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THE MAGICIAN'S APPRENTICE

I just got the ebook proof for The Magician's Apprentice, and it is so very beautiful!!! Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. This story is incredibly dear to my heart, and I put a lot of myself into creating this newest version of it. I can't wait to share it with all of you. *bounces excitedly*

You can find more info about the book series it's a part of on my website here: www.jajaken.com/novels/dragonmagechronicles.htm

I'll post the release date here as soon as I get more information. :D





The Magician's Apprentice
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (110,000 words)
Genre(s): Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance


Jander Teregnan has never wanted anything more than to become a mage--to serve his king and defend his country as he explores his natural talent at commanding the strange power known as magic. Of course every apprentice needs a master, which comes with its own set of challenges...especially when the master he's chosen for himself is none other than Andrei Teresh, personal advisor to the king and master mage of the city of Vallerin.

Andrei, however, has more pressing problems on his mind than dealing with the unsolicited advances of one untrained mage-apprentice. A fierce and merciless army of unknown intent is sweeping across the land, threatening the kingdom he has sworn to protect. Even worse, dragons--long thought to have withdrawn from the world of mankind--are emerging once again and spreading chaos in their wake. Somehow, Jander must find a way to help; not only to prove that he can be of use in the defense of his kingdom and become a mage, but also to secure his place at the side of the man he hopes to claim as master both of his magic and his heart.

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THE OUROBOROS PROPHECY now in print!!!

Drumroll please! The Ouroboros Prophecy, sequel to Pathfinder, is now available in paperback. *happy dance*

     Buy Link (print): getBook.at/Path2PB

     Buy Link (Kindle ebook): getBook.at/pathfinder2

     Buy Link (Smashwords ebook): www.smashwords.com/books/view/936288

Summary:
A vision drawn from the mind of a dying member of an Outrider clan draws Shai and Lorne back into the city of Nhil-Rhar, where they are pulled into a deadly conspiracy. Pathfinders are having dreams of destruction and chaos, criminal factions are battling openly in the streets, and a mysterious virus has been unleashed in the Agency's computers. On the fringes of it all lurks a dark figure that Shai can sense but not see, a figure that is neither pathfinder nor guide yet somehow--impossibly--more powerful than both. Time is running out, and if he doesn't solve the mystery of the ouroboros prophecy, not only his life but the lives of the Outriders and everyone in Nhil-Rhar will be forfeit.



Wow, I hadn't realized how long this book was until I saw how many printed pages it turned out to be. Part of me still can't believe I finally wrote this story (it's been years in the planning), but here is the undeniable proof of it in my hands. These are the days that make me very happy to be a writer. :)

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PATHFINDER now in print!!!

It's finally here!!! My m/m scifi novel Pathfinder is now available in paperback. Here are the links where you can find it:

     Buy Link (print): getBook.at/PathPB

     Buy Link (Kindle ebook): getBook.at/pathfinder

     Buy Link (Smashwords ebook): www.smashwords.com/books/view/934973

Summary:
Shai discovers he is a pathfinder and is desperate to find a genetically suitable partner to prevent his extrasensory talents from running amok. Unfortunately those talents make him a target for the brutal crime lords and other violent denizens who inhabit the city of Nhil-Rhar. Shai needs to learn how to use his pathfinder senses—no matter how much they terrify him—before he's trapped in a partnership that will enslave him for the rest of his life.



This story has gone through so many incarnations since it was first written, all the way back in 2003 when I was approached by MAS-Zine (an online publication of m/m abuse themed original fiction) and asked if I might like to contribute a story to their publication. I had never written original fiction before then (fandom was my entire world in those days), at least not any that I shared with anyone other than myself. But I was encouraged by the interest and intrigued by the idea, and I very much wanted to be a part of this project. So to my computer I went, and I began to write.

I had no idea the story would turn out to be so complex, or so beloved by so many readers who have contacted me over the years to tell me how much they enjoyed reading it. Through the writing I also fell in love with Shai and Lorne and the dystopian world they inhabited, and I very much wanted to see their story continue. It took a long time, but I finally succeeded in that goal as well when I wrote the sequel to Pathfinder, which I called The Ouroboros Prophecy. If it's possible, I think I love that story even more than the original. ♥

And after all of that, there's still a sense of unreality every time I hold a printed novel that I've written in my hands. I love the sound of the flipping pages, and looking at the words to see characters and scenes that I created coming to life on the page right there in front of me. It feels a bit like a reward for all of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into writing a book. It reminds me why I go through all of the trouble and effort to write the stories I do, to create these worlds. Or at least to put down on paper the worlds that live inside my head. ^_^

The print version of The Ouroboros Prophecy is also in the process of being published and will be available very soon!

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