The Launch of Evasion, a YA Fantasy novel
The Launch of Evasion, a YA Fantasy novel
Evasion continues the story of James, a young sorcerer exiled to The Never after being convicted of murdering his mentor.
Evasion continues the story of James, a young sorcerer exiled to The Never after being convicted of murdering his mentor. Read more
About this project
Evasion, a synopsis:
Leading his band of exiles, James continues to heed the call of the black castle, unsure if it will lead to salvation or destruction.
As his companions fall prey, one by one, to the dark forces that hold sway in the mysterious world of The Never, James finds that only his love for the headstrong Kilani grounds him in his purpose of finding a way home. Hoping to fulfill his promise to her, he ventures into the treacherous realm of the enigmatic boy-tyrant Gai. In a shifting reality, James discovers secrets that will shake the beliefs that define him. His travels in and out of Gai’s Courtyard of the Five Doors grant him glimpses of truth that breed doubt as to whether he is truly the Anointed One.
To Read Chapter one of Evasion, CLICK HERE.
You may also read chapter one of Exiled, book #1 in The Never Chronicles Series by CLICKING HERE.
I held a contest for the best video reenactment of chapter one from Exiled. This is the winning video.
Why am I doing this?
Books change lives. That's a fact few would dispute. It is my hope that the torch of creativity I now carry will be passed to a younger generation of readers and writers - that is a profound and worthy purpose.
Anyone can publish a book these days but very few are able to get their work in front of enough eyes to truly make an impact on the reading public. As the publishing industry changes, so must the authors.
With your help, I hope to make a big impact. The success of this project will turn heads. Why? Because not only will it show considerable interest in my writing but it will say that people care about more than just a product. They care about the product's potential to impact lives.
The success of this project will say that you believe in me -in my ability not only to write but my passion to get out there and share the great things that come from reading and writing.
Where will the money go if the project is funded?
After covering the expenses of all the rewards, I will do a print run, enabling me to distribute my books as well as do book signings, pay for marketing (because if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?...if a book launches without marketing, will anyone know?). Also, I would like to have the chapters illustrated (like they are in Exiled) and pay my editor. (She has been kind enough to barter up to this point but deserves to be paid for her amazing work.)
"What do you get when you cross the Harry Potter series with the television show "Lost"? The answer: The Never Chronicles by J.R. Wagner. Book 1 titled "Exiled" throws you into a magical world that intermixes with an island fantasy realm." -Kelly, Goodreads
"By far one of my new favorite books to read. I will most definitely keep an eye out for the sequel to this epic story." -Bobby, Goodreads
"I really enjoyed this book. The author delivers many interesting/mysterious characters and plot lines. It has a Harry Potter feel with the magic world and an Ender's Game with one person expected to save his family, friends, and the whole world." -Jeremy, Goodreads
"Loved every second of it. Full of magic and plot twists and turns, this book was a wonderful read. Though the story is far from finished so I'm quite anxious for the next one!" -Verenocturna, Amazon
"The author(s) do a great job describing each setting, character, emotion, write in a strangely addictive way, and I cant wait for the next book" -Summer, Amazon
Successfully published and launched Exiled
Exiled is the first book from The Never Chronicles series. This process included dozens of book signings and speaking engagements allowing me to interact with readers. It also entailed marketing, trade show appearances and online interviews.
Stripped of his powers and banished to The Never, James must save himself before he can save his fellow sorcerers from imminent demise. Prophesied by the greatest of all seers to be the sorcerer who would bring an end to the Epoch Terminus—the destruction of his kind—James grew up developing his powers under the watchful eye of his mentor, Akil Karanis. James’s insular world is shattered when he is found guilty of murdering Akil and exiled to The Never, a mysterious and dangerous place reserved for the worst of the worst, a land from which no one returns. Powerless and alone, James quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants. If he is to have any chance of returning to his family, any chance of proving his innocence, any chance of saving his kind, he must survive the dangers and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind in order to discover what no one else has been able to discover—a way home.
Read chapter one from Exiled HERE
Listen to chapter one below.
Exiled video trailer below
"JR Wagner does an amazing job of thrusting you into the life of young Margaret. Each page paints a picture of the life of the fragile, sad, and shunned girl. My heart ached for her as her story unfolded. Wagner's descriptive writing of Margaret and her troubled life keeps you turning page after page (I read the book in one sitting, I could not put it down) in hopes for a glimmer of hope and her evil mother's demise. Don't be fooled, a Cinderella story this is not. This is not the book for you if you're looking for a light read, however if you're looking for mystery/fantasy, heartache, deeply developed characters and setting, and a story of the true human spirit for survival, this is a must read." Jennifer -Amazon
"The writing style of Wagner is just incredible. I could read books by him all the time." -Reading To The Stars and Back, Goodreads
"This short, very dark story is gripping and a page turner in every sense of the word. J.R. Wagner was able to bring across a hauntingly disturbing story of a nine year old girl who suffers abuse at the hand of her mother. The way that she deals with the pain and humiliation is completely real and shows a depth of understanding not common in books geared towards young adults or in the epic fantasy genre." -Multitaskingmomma, Goodreads
Successfully published and launched, Tristis Manor
Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles.
Tristis Manor synopsis:
Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again. Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles, an epic fantasy series.
Read chapter one from Tristis Manor HERE
Another version of my Kickstarter intro video...
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks when it comes to fulfillment. I am able to have the finished product in my hands within 1 week of funding. My printer/distributor will have all the necessary files before the campaign even begins.
My biggest concern is not having the backer's shipping info fast enough to beat the release date, which would null the 'advanced copy' portion of the reward.
- (29 days)