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Cover Reveal: An Empire in Runes

Jeffrey L Kohanek

By the time I signed my publishing contract in early 2016, I already had two books written and had an outline for the final book in The Runes of Issalia trilogy. Despite the need to actually write book three and a daunting number of edits before any of them could be published, I believed that it might be possible to complete and release all three books within a twelve month window.  Amazingly, it all came together and the release of An Empire in Runes is on the near horizon with an official publication date of April 27, 2017!  I'm looking forward to the release...

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It's Been a Great First Year

Jeffrey L Kohanek

A year ago, I was an unpublished author who was eager to share my imagined adventures with the world. Now, I have two YA/fantasy books published with a third on the way (coming in April). I've been exposed to the pains and joys of publishing and have been able to engage with a group of awesome readers, many of whom are now fans. While I won’t reach my one-year anniversary as a published author until May 5th,  I HAVE hit another milestone this week: It’s been oine year since I launched my online presence, including my Facebook page and author website. Accordingly, I thought...

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It All Started With a Map

Jeffrey L Kohanek

The first time my twelve-year-old self opened The Fellowship of the Ring, my eyes lit-up upon reaching page four. I found the map of Middle-Earth a revelation, painting this new world in a manner I had never before experienced. As I read through The Lord of the Rings, I would go back to that map countless times, studying it as Frodo and company journeyed across dangerous and fantastical lands. Something special occurred while those books and I found my reading experience permanently corrupted. I would go to the bookstore or library, seeking stories that could capture my imagination as Tolkien did. As...

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The Beginning of the End

Jeffrey L Kohanek

It’s been a while since I shared a blog post. That darn thing called life has been in the way, limiting how much time I could spend writing. Well, it’s a new year and I’m back. Let’s do this. I began constructing the world of Issalia and Brock’s story almost three years ago. Now, I find myself writing the conclusion of the third and final book in the series. As Brock’s journey nears the end, I've found it an unexpected struggle to finish what I started so long ago. It’s not that I don’t want to complete the book. I’d love to...

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A Writer's Journey

Jeffrey L Kohanek

Three years ago, I knew little of what was involved in writing a book. I wasn't aware of the various routes to becoming published or of the methods that modern authors and publishers use to promote their books. By the time I had my first book published, I realized that the knowledge gained through the process had value and that there were other aspiring authors who, like me, would appreciate insight on the writing and publishing process. Accordingly, I put together a workshop to share my experience with others. In late May 2016, I took my first spin at the workshop by...

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