Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Finding Purpose

Back in early 2017, I completed the final book in the Runes of Issalia trilogy and found the moment bittersweet. The overarching plot for the series was something I had conceived two years earlier, before I even wrote the first book. Seeing the story come to fruition felt wonderful. At the same time, I knew there were many more stories to be told within the world I had created. In fact, the history I had documented while writing the Runes series gave me an outline to write Rogue Legacy, a stand-alone novel set four hundred years before Brock was even born. However, that prequel was just the beginning of what was yet to come.
Over the summer of 2017, I began to jot down ideas of what the future held for Issalia, detailing how changes to the political climate, social structure, and the discovery of Chaos magic might impact the world. As the events following the collapse of the Issalian Empire began to coalesce, so did my next tale. From those notes, I wrote a prequel novella titled ICON, and that set the table for an entire new series.
  
  

The Warden’s of Issalia series has just kicked off with A Warden’s Purpose, which released on May 17th, 2018. The story begins seventeen years after the fall of the Empire. As the first book in a series, it offers an entry point for new readers without rehashing what seasoned readers have already learned from my previous books. I cannot say much without spoiling the plot, but I CAN tell you that the series is shaping up to be a bit like The Kingsmen movies, but with magic replacing technology to create inventions and gadgets.
The last pieces of the puzzle, but the most important, were the characters. An author whom I respect once quoted “Fiction novels should be about interesting people doing interesting things.” I could not agree more. A Warden’s Purpose features two main characters, each possessing very different personalities and abilities. Everson is brilliant and driven to prove his usefulness through his inventions. This drive comes from an internal need to overcome his feelings of inadequacy related to his physical disabilities. Quinn, Everson’s sister, is bold, defiant, and overprotective when it relates to her brother. Her relentless determination and distaste for the bullies of the world define her as much as Everson’s needs define him.
Fans of action, adventure, intrigue, magic, discovery, and betrayal will find A Warden’s Purpose a fun read that will leave them eager for the sequel. I am currently in the revision process of The Arcane Ward, Wardens of Issalia, Book Two. The novel will go to my editor in a few weeks and should release in early September. In the meantime, if you have read A Warden’s Purpose, I suggest you also read ICON as it will answer a few questions that may linger. ICON is only available to subscribers of my author newsletter, which can be found at my website: www.JeffreyLKohanek.com .
Best wishes and happy reading.
-Jeff

Friday, April 27, 2018

Cover Reveal: A Warden's Purpose

The Fantasy Inn book review/blog site recently hosted a cover reveal for my upcoming release, A Warden's Purpose. The book is now up for preorder on my website (for US residents) and will release on book websites worldwide on May 24th. The original article from The Fantasy Inn is pasted below.

-Jeff
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Cover Reveal – A Warden’s Purpose by Jeffery L. Kohanek

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The Fantasy Inn is honoured to present the cover reveal for Jeffrey L. Kohanek’s newest book, A Warden’s Purpose!
Credit goes to J. Caleb for the gorgeous cover art.
A Warden’s Purpose is the first book in Jeff’s new series, Wardens of Issalia. A new coming of age fantasy series that is a bit like the Kingsman, but set in a fantasy world where magic replaces and augments technology.
Two schools: One of magic and science, the other focused on military excellence.
A dangerous undercurrent flows within both…dark and deadly.
Everson is brilliant, ingenious, and yet, he feels broken. Cursed with a disability, he dreams of nothing more than being useful. Quinn is bold, defiant, and will do anything to protect her brother.
When Everson is accepted to an academy of magic and engineering, Quinn enters a school of combat in order to join him in Fallbrandt. However, things within the fabled institutions are not what they seem. Beneath a mantra of good intentions and the objective of a better future, spies and conspiracies lurk.
Quinn finds herself embroiled in a struggle she doesn’t understand, one with dire consequences as her training shifts from difficult to deadly. Her relentless determination and will to survive might be enough, if she only knew whom she could trust.
Within the other school, Everson learns about a dangerous power known as Chaos. Unable to wield this magic, he is instead intent on melding Chaos with science, dreaming up inventions that would shape the future. Perceptive, imaginative, and curious, his endeavours lead him to a revelation that could change the world…and then, he discovers the truth.
A Warden’s Purpose releases on May 24th, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Enjoy Fantasy Maps? Me Too!

Before I wrote my first book, I had created a map of the world of Issalia. That map has been a guide for me as a writer and has been used by thousands of readers to follow while Brock and his friends journeyed across the land. As I prepare to launch a new series set in Issalia, I decided to seek out a professional to apply her cartography skills to my world. Thanks, Ren. I think the map looks AWESOME. I'd love to hear what you think of my new and updated map.

Below the map is a blog post I published a little over a year ago that relates to thsi subject. I thought it might be fun to repost it for those who have not read it while they check out my new map and compare it to the old version.

-Jeff.


Feb 15, 2017 by 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 another 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 a result, I discovered authors such as David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist, Piers Anthony, Lyndon Hardy, Terry Brooks, Margaret Weiss/Tracy Hickman, and others. One thing that each of these books had in common was a map. I would scan the bookshelf for a cover that teased my imagination and I would immediately page through the first section of the book. Without fail, if I found no map, I would put the book back on the shelf and move on to the next.

After tasting the intriguing universes that high fantasy books offered, anything that took place within our own world seemed bland in comparison. I found that a map was the key to unlock these exciting new worlds, worlds that came to life within the pages that followed.

When I decided to enter the fray as an author, creating my own world and the stories of the characters that existed within it, I started with a map. Before I even created a plot outline, I needed a map to shape the world, a world with a rich history and a unique culture. Once the ancient kingdoms and current Empire of Issalia were drawn on paper, the last details of the plot and the magic system somehow became self-defined. Everything melded together as if it were a grand performance, perfectly orchestrated.

I am now deep into the final rounds of edits for the third book in The Runes of Issalia trilogy and I anxiously await for its April release. Although this particular adventure comes to an end, the world that surrounds the story contains many other tales waiting to be told. You can look forward to a prequel and even another series, taking readers to places and experiencing discoveries that I have only begun to imagine.

And to think, it all started with a map. An image of my original world map is posted below.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

More New Beginnings

Some time has passed since I last posted. However, don’t think that means I haven’t been busy. Not only did I relaunch three books in January and released a new book (Rogue Legacy) in February, but I have also updated my website with a new look and feel. Check it out HERE and let me know what you think.

The book relaunch and launch have gone well, attracting new readers and resulting in a wave of new reviews both on Goodreads and on Amazon. Doing particularly well review-wise is Rogue Legacy, which has fourteen 5-star ratings out of 28 total Goodreads reviews after only 3 weeks(That's 50% 5-Star!). Nothing is more rewarding than hearing that readers are enjoying my books. 
As for writing, I recently completed the first book in a new series titled Wardens of Issalia. While I have yet to deal with the inevitable changes coming from my editor or the feedback I expect from beta readers, I have now begun writing the second book in Wardens of Issalia series.
A Warden’s Purpose is the title of the first book in the series, and it offers an entirely new entry point into the world of Issalia, seventeen years after the Empire disbanded. I’m super excited about the book and the characters within. Look for more information about A Warden’s Purpose, along with a cover reveal, in the second half of March. As always, the meaty details and the earliest look at the cover will go to subscribers of my author newsletter. Interested? If so, click HERE to subscribe and I’ll even throw in a FREE copy of The Buried Symbol, Book I in the Runes of Issalia trilogy.
Happy reading.
-Jeff

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A New Beginning

As the new year begins, so does the next phase of my author career. No longer am I a servant of the whims of my publisher…I am the publisher and the owner of my own imprint, Fallbrandt Press.
Not unlike May 5, 2016, when The Buried Symbol was first published, January 4, 2018 is a milestone for me. Today is the release date of the very same book, but with a new cover, a freshly edited story, and a new imprint.
For readers who are new to the Runes of Issalia series, there has never been a better time to pick up a book and join in Brock’s adventures. With The Emblem Throne and An Empire in Runes both releasing within the next three weeks, readers have the luxury of experiencing the full trilogy without waiting between books.
I look forward to 2018 as a year of growth, with an Issalia prequel novel releasing in February and a new fantasy series in launching in May. While I must remain focused on my writing, I’ll be sure to share periodic updates along the way.
Best wishes for a wonderful 2018,
-Jeff
The Buried Symbol

Friday, December 15, 2017

Going Rogue

Two years ago, I had a fresh manuscript in hand and was eagerly seeking a publisher. Come February of 2016, I signed with Black Rose Writing and my first book was published in May of that year. The moment I became a published author is one I will never forget. I enjoy being an author immensely. It is my passion.
Over the next year, I released two more books through my publisher, completing the Runes of Issalia trilogy. As one might expect, I learned a lot in the process - not just from my publisher, but also from an amazing and supportive community of independent authors. The knowledge gained has armed me with the tools required to make a big change. Here it comes...I'm so excited!
As of January 1st, the rights to the Runes of Issalia series revert back to me in full. This is important because it enables me to have complete control over the covers, format, distribution, pricing, and marketing of my books. Accordingly, I will be relaunching the series in January, beginning with the release of The Buried Symbol on January 4th. In preparation, I have been doing light rewrites, and I have new covers ready to roll. The new covers are shown below as an early preview before they go live. I'd love to hear what you think about them.
In other news, I continue writing and am nearly finished with the initial draft of first book for my new fantasy series. While I haven't yet settled on a name for the book or the series, I expect book one will release in May with the sequel coming next fall. Exciting times!
I wish you a wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to a wonderful 2018.
Happy Reading,
-Jeff

UPDATE: After receiving some welcome feedback on the 1st proposed relaunch covers, I went back to the drawing board for updates.
I kept the formatting, typography, and color scheme, which most people appeared to like. However, the 3D renders are out, replaced by 2D art (all based on scenes from my books) that an artist was able to update and get back to me super fast. I hope you like the new look!







Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rogue Legacy Cover Reveal

Greetings!
Rogue Legacy, the prequel novel to The Runes of Issalia series, is now complete and the book cover is posted below. I hope you like the design, since this cover is the first that reflects my new branding.
My inspiration for Rogue Legacy lies somewhere between Princess Bride and Forrest Gump, combining the spirit and themes of both while placing the tale within Issalia, 400 years prior to the events of the original trilogy. The book consists of a two-part story, with both parts based on the same character. Part I is FREE for anyone who subscribes to my author newsletter, while Part II will come when the full novel is released on February 8, 2018. Don’t worry, Part I was written to be a full story within itself and it concludes with a satisfactory ending. I have included the book teaser below for more information. In addition, the book is now LIVE on Goodreads for anyone who reads part I – or is among the few who receives a full ARC – and wishes to leave a review.
As for my writing, I am now well into the first novel of my next fantasy series. I expect the book to release in May, with a sequel coming in fall of 2018. Look for more information early next year.
Best Wishes and Happy Reading,
-Jeffrey L. Kohanek

A powerful organization, a dangerous magic, a dark plot...and the girl who stood in the way.
When tragedy strikes, Lyra runs for her life…directly into the hands of fate. Destiny places her at the heart of a plot to overthrow the rulers of Issalia, a plot she must help thwart. Led by a man armed with powerful magic, and joined by a single soldier who wields an enchanted weapon, the three must face the most fearsome army the world has ever known. Even if they survive this epic confrontation, the future is not secure…for the threats surrounding Lyra do not end there.  
History often forgets the details, and sometimes, history forgets the truth. Meet Lyra: an orphan, a thief, a liar, a bard, a warrior, a princess…a rogue. Her story reveals what truly happened hundreds of years before The Runes of Issalia series takes place. Within these pages, resides her legacy.