Jak Phoenix is now FREE on iTunes!


A cast of characters from the space adventure novel Jak Phoenix. Baxter, Jak, Cyan and Murdock
Baxter, Jak, Cyan & Murdock – Art by Jeff Thomason

More good news if you are an Apple user / super fan, with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Jak Phoenix is now free on iTunes! Look for it in the iBooks app.

These links will get you started…

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/jak-phoenix/id365939811?mt=11

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/jak-phoenix/id365939811?mt=11

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/jak-phoenix/id365939811?mt=11

 

Jak Phoenix is now FREE at Smashwords!


Jak Phoenix - An independent space opera sci fi adventure novel by Matt WilliamsGreat news! The ebook edition of the first full-length Jak Phoenix adventure is now available FREE at Smashwords! Now it’s even easier to enjoy the space shenanigans and occasional interstellar inconvenience. Head to the Jak Phoenix page at Smashwords and pick up a free copy today!

Like Marvel’s Guardians? You’ll love Jak.


If you have checked out the new trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film and like what you see, I can pretty much guarantee you are going to love the Jak Phoenix adventures.

Jak Phoenix (2010) & Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception (2012), by Canadian author Matt D. Williams, are written in the same vein as the Guardians film, featuring action and adventure kept light with a heavy dose of comedy. They were written to be a space adventure everyone could enjoy, which looks like what Marvel is going for with their new film.

The Jak Phoenix novels are available at a great low price wherever ebooks are sold. Load up your eReader, tablet, phone or iPad and join the adventures!

Take a look at the trailer here:

Connect with Jak Phoenix and Matt D. Williams on Goodreads.com


Jak Phoenix author Matt D. Williams is on Goodreads.com and so are all the Jak Phoenix space adventures. If you’re a reader there, check out Matt’s author page and become a fan or friend! If you aren’t using Goodreads, check it out today at http://www.goodreads.com

Here is the author page of Matt D. Williams: 

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4591308.Matt_D_Williams

And below are the pages for each Jak Phoenix title, where you can add them to your collection, rate, review, and connect with other readers and authors!

The Jak Phoenix series on iTunes and the iBookstore


The Jak Phoenix space opera sci fi adventure ebook is on iTunes for the iPad and iPhoneThe Jak Phoenix series by Matt D. Williams is now available at the Apple iBookstore for those of you looking for a good space adventure ebook for your Apple iPad, iPad2, the New iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Open iBooks on your iOS device or find it in iTunes on your PC or MAC. Space shenanigans and interstellar inconveniences await!


Author Matt D. Williams was interviewed by fantasy author Tracy Falbe where he discusses his inspirations, writing in general and the character of Jak Phoenix. Check it all out!

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jak phoenix 1 and jak phoenix 2: the markazian deception paperback booksI was interviewed by fantasy author Tracy Falbe yesterday and we discussed writing, inspiration and my character Jak Phoenix. Here’s a snippet of that interview:

With two novels and a short story to his name (and a few good reviews) Canadian indie author Matt D. Williams reveals what he likes about his low-achiever hero Jak Phoenix and his writing goals.

1. Why space opera? What elements of this genre do you enjoy most as a writer?

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to sprawling space opera-type tales with an inherent lighter tone. There is just something about an action packed pulp story told on a grand scale that gets my heart pumping and my mind racing. The big heroes, the diabolical villains, the explosions, the space pistols – fun stuff.

There are many very talented authors out there who are doing exceptional work with harder…

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Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception – Coming in Spring 2012


A title announcement on a snowy Canadian Sunday…

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception, a space opera sequel by Matt D. Williams, is still on track for a spring 2012 release!

Stay tuned for more info!

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception by Matt D. Williams

Jak Phoenix 2 Update – Coming in Spring 2012


jak phoenix 2 coming in 2012Update!

I just finished the rough draft of Jak Phoenix 2.

Everything is in place and the story is on its way for a Spring 2012 release.

An extra special thanks to everyone who has supported me through 2010 and 2011 and an extra shout out to authors Jeff Thomason, Robert Capko and Tracy Falbe for both assisting and inspiring me to push ahead.

More details including the full title, synopsis and trailer will be coming in the new year. Stay tuned!

Matt D. Williams

Get Jak Phoenix on your iPad!


Jak Phoenix Space Adventure ebook on the iPad

If you’re getting an iPad or iPhone this holiday season, Jak Phoenix makes a great read. Available on iTunes through the iBooks store, this ebook is a fast paced space adventure written in a light hearted tone.

Here’s a bit of what Feathered Quill Book Reviews had to say:

“Above all, what makes Jak Phoenix a good book is the pacing. Williams brilliantly balances action with plot and character development throughout the book. There is never a dull moment, whether Jak and his friends are outmaneuvering attackers in space, boarding an enemy ship, fighting robotic soldiers, or outwitting captors.”

Eloise Michael, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Hopefully you’ll enjoy it too.

An Interview with Fantasy Author Tracy Falbe


Fantasy Author Tracy Falbe

Fantasy author Tracy Falbe found the time to answer a few questions about her new book and life in general. Take a read – her answers will show you why she’s a writer…

MW: When we spoke last, I found out you had an adventure of your own this spring with a certain natural disaster. Would you like to share a bit about that experience?

TF: On May 29th a severe storm with 100 mile per hour winds hit Battle Creek, Michigan. I personally believe there were tornadoes in the storm but I don’t know if that was officially confirmed. My neighborhood was badly hit. Battle Creek is an old town and most of the neighborhoods are filled with glorious mature hardwoods. In a matter of minutes hundreds of them came crashing down as the storm tore a swath of destruction through the city, smashing homes and taking out utility lines. On commercial streets without the tree cover, businesses lost roofs and many signs were bent over and torn apart. Everyone is amazed and grateful no one died. A person caught outside in the flying debris could have easily been killed.

I think everyone heeded the sirens because of the many tragic deaths farther south this spring. The storm I experienced came incredibly fast and hit like a hammer. The storm did not so much as blow in as come down straight from the sky. Everything went white outside and I could not see beyond my yard as I rushed my kids into the basement. There was a massive roaring sound and I did not hear what must have been the terrible noise of huge oak trees crashing across my street. The storm plastered my house with chewed up leaves and small branches pierced my yard like spears, but otherwise my property was lucky. Four very large hardwoods, two oaks and two maples, directly threaten my home, but bless their woody hearts they stood firm while many of their mates succumbed all around.

What influence will this event have on your future stories? Are we likely to see some reference creep in?

The colossal power of Nature has always had a presence in my writing. I know that my puny humanity and technology are nothing compared to the chaotic might of a living planet. I’ve beheld the towering darkness of an oncoming dust storm in the Mojave Desert. I’ve endured the choking despair of wild fires while ash rained on my home. I’ve been saved from drowning by a stranger when he pulled me from a rushing river. I’ve watched funnel clouds go by and now I’ve cowered beneath one, so, since you asked, I probably should throw a tornado into a story.

This bad storm has also made me reflect on luck. You really can get lucky for no reason. (And doesn’t a hero in an adventure novel need that?) My home was unscathed. Elsewhere in my neighborhood I saw a property where three tall oaks came down and somehow managed to miss that man’s house AND boat as if a loving god were juggling logs for his sake. Across the street from the same place, vehicles were smashed and one house was about cut in half by falling oaks. Anything can happen and there is not much you can do about it.

Tracy Falbe's Rys Rising Fantasy eBook on Jak Phoenix .comTell us about your new book, Rys Rising.

Rys Rising: Book I is launching my second epic fantasy series. The story is in the same world as The Rys Chronicles but I have gone 2,200 years back in time. I’ve created the ancient civilization of Nufal that was an extinct ruin in my first series, and I’m detailing the early days of the rys and the rise of Onja and Dacian as that race’s Queen and King. Much of the action also involves the western tribal kingdoms and the human character of Amar. This epic was a challenge for me to write because it has three races and two civilizations. Also there is a rivalry between religious sects in Nufal to further complicate things. I’m styling the Rys Rising series as a complex epic told from many angles. It also has a greater emphasis on the bad guy. The fantasy genre for me is about having fun and exploring facets of society even if they are deviant. Rys Rising: Book I has a big focus on outlaws, like the main character Amar. My husband even insists that Amar IS the hero despite his lack of good deeds.

Where does this book fall into the chronological order with the rest of the Rys Chronicles?

Rys Rising is a prequel series, so it is the beginning. Because rys and tabre can live for thousands of years and hibernate, readers will get to meet some of the magical characters from the first series and see their original adventures.

Why did you decide to release this in the weekly serial format?

In addition to making Rys Rising: Book I a free ebook download at my websites, I decided to serialize it chapter by chapter to help market the novel. Every time I post a new chapter it gives me something new to talk about in my marketing efforts. Instead of constantly saying “download my free ebook” I can also say something fresh like “go read this chapter.” I also want to make it easy for people to check out my fiction. Reading a blog post is basically effortless compared to downloading an ebook. People like to read excerpts before committing to actually downloading a file.

I’m also hoping as time goes by and more people read the novel that the blog novel version will serve as a place for readers to comment and discuss the content.

Can you give us a hint of what to expect in the next volumes of the Rys Rising series?

Maybe these hints are best expressed in a tag cloud….adultery, awesomeness, bachelor party, betrayal, burning idols, dancers, drummers, duel, dungeon, enchantments, execution, funeral, magic, monsters, politics, religious war, sacrifice, siege, slaughter, swords, vengeance, wedding…Is this epic enough for you?

What kind of a timeline are we looking at for a release?

I can confidently say that Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II will be published in October. I wish I could commit to getting New Religion: Rys Rising Book III published in time for Christmas, but realistically it could be January. Book IV that is untitled right now should be out in the last half of 2012. It’s half written.

What kind of format will the next installments arrive in?

Ebooks will be the format of first publication. By far I reach the most readers with ebooks, so digital is my priority. After publishing the ebooks I will develop print-on-demand paperbacks and hardcovers at Lulu.com. I just made the hardcover of Rys Rising: Book I live at Lulu http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/rys-rising-book-i/17146690 and the paperback version will be live as soon as I examine a proof copy that is en route to me.

What are you enjoying about your independence in the publishing world?

I love most that I am building a business around my dearest creative passion. I love also that I am writing stories straight from my soul and reaching an audience. This is infinitely better than trying to attract the interest of a publisher, which I wasted four years (2000 -2004) doing. Life is too short to leave my dreams in the hands of others.

Are you writing full time now?

Well, writing for me is not a 40 hour a week thing. If I actually write for two hours in a day, it’s a good session. So maybe that is full time for me. I try to write everyday although right now I am immersed in reading, editing, and proofreading Savage Storm and New Religion. I need to get those two novels fine tuned before I can return to writing the final part. This process allows me to absorb the middle of the epic and ponder the nuances so I can draw everything together in the conclusion. I know from experience that finishing an epic is very hard. Writing The Borderlands of Power: The Rys Chronicles Book IV was very challenging. Plus with every subsequent novel I write I push myself to do better. Although readers will make their individual judgments about each novel, I must always be satisfied that my latest novel is my best yet. An artist must always strive to improve.

What else have you been up to?

I have a ridiculous range of interests. I grow and preserve a lot of food for my family, so I’m busy in the garden and the kitchen. I’m always researching organic gardening and experimenting with plants. My goal is to make my yard as productive as possible, and I’m enjoying a good deal of success with that. I’m also an estate sale addict, which means I go shopping in dead people’s houses. Through the winter I plan to start making some upcycled décor from vintage items. I even have a quilting project.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for the interview and I wish you much success with Jak Phoenix.

Free ebook Rys Rising: Book I http://www.falbepublishing.com/braveluck/free-fantasy-ebook-rys-rising.html

Blog serial http://falbepublishing.com/rys-rising/2011/08/02/1-mountain-daughter/

Wattpad http://www.wattpad.com/2160964-rys-rising-book-i-chapter-1-mountain-daughter

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