Saturday, March 1, 2014

The frenzy to finish book 5

In addition to my quite-demanding day job (which is actually a 4-midnight kind of job), I have been in an editing frenzy. At the advice of my editor at Bell Bridge Books, I did a very large structural reworking of Book 5 (which should be out within a few weeks). The restructuring took a long time and was frustrating, but the book is definitely the better for it. I hate to say that my editor was right, but to this point she always has been, so I pretty much need to give up and just do what she says without any moaning. :) Anyway, in a few more days my series will be featured in yet another promotion, and this one will be the biggest yet in terms of the exposure the series will receive. I'll post updates as the event nears. Thanks to any and all who follow this page. Every person who has ever read one or all of my series has provided me a special honor, and it is much appreciated.

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The Death Wizard Chronicles is a sexy, action-packed six-book epic fantasy series: Book One (Forged by Death), Book Two (Chained by Fear), Book Three (Eve of War), Book Four (World on Fire), Book Five (Sun God), Book Six (Death-Know).

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In a groundbreaking paradox, the Death Wizard, a champion of good, derives his power from a source traditionally seen as negative -- death. His nemesis, an evil sorcerer, derives his power from the sun, the benevolent source of all life. Their struggle to control the fate of the planet Triken will take your breath away.

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I was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., but grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla. I graduated from the University of South Florida (Tampa) in 1979 with a B.A. in Journalism. I now live in South Carolina near the Blue Ridge Mountains, a pleasant setting for writing, to say the least. I was an award-winning journalist at the St. Petersburg Times for twenty-five years and I currently work at the Charlotte Observer. I am married with five daughters.

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Jim Melvin, a veteran journalist, debuts as novelist.