Blog Tour For The Jack of Souls by Stephen C. Merlino From May 4, 2015 to May 29, 2015 - Come Join Us!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Stephen C. Merlino will be touring the blogosphere to promote his fantasy novel The Jack of Souls. This virtual book tour is being hosted by Pump up Your Book and will last from May 4, to May 29, 2015!

The Jack of Souls Blog Tour Information:

Meet Stephen C. Merlino

Stephen C. Merlino lives in Seattle, WA, where he writes, plays, and teaches high school English. He lives with the world's most talented and desirable woman, two fabulous children, and three attack chickens. 

Growing up in Seattle drove Stephen indoors for eight months of the year. Before the age of video games, that meant he read a lot. At the age of eleven he discovered the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien and fell in love with fantasy.

Summers and rare sunny days he spent with friends in wooded ravines or on the beaches of Puget Sound, building worlds in the sand, and fighting orcs and wizards with driftwood swords.

About the time a fifth reading of The Lord of the Rings failed to deliver the old magic, Stephen attended the University of Washington and fell in love with Chaucer and Shakespeare and all things English. Sadly, the closest he got to England back then was The Unicorn Pub on University Way, which wasn't even run by an Englishman: it was run by a Scot named Angus. Still, he studied there, and as he sampled Angus's weird ales, and devoured the Unicorn's steak and kidney pie (with real offal!), he developed a passion for Scotland, too.

In college, he fell in love with writing, and when a kindly professor said of a story he'd written, "You should get that published!" Stephen took the encouragement literally, and spent the next years trying. The story remains unpublished, but the quest to develop it introduced Stephen to the world of agents (the story ultimately had two), and taught him much of craft and the value of what Jay Lake would call, "psychotic persistence." 

Add to that his abiding love of nerds - those who, as Sarah Vowel defines it, "go too far and care too much about a subject" - and you have Stephen Merlino in a nutshell.

Stephen is the 2014 PNWA winner for Fantasy.

He is also the 2014 SWW winner for Fantasy.

His novel, The Jack of Souls is in its fourth month in the top ten on Amazon’s Children’s Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Best Seller list, and among the top three in Coming-of-Age.

Connect and Socialize with Stephen!

About The Jack of Souls:

An outcast rogue named Harric must break a curse laid on his fate or die by his nineteenth birthday. As his dead-day approaches, nightmares from the spirit world stalk him and tear at his sanity; sorcery eats at his soul.

To survive, he’ll need more than his usual tricks. He’ll need help - and a lot of it - but on the kingdom’s lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts. One of these outcasts is Caris, a mysterious, horse-whispering runaway, intent upon becoming the Queen’s first female knight. The other is Sir Willard - ex-immortal, ex-champion, now addicted to pain-killing herbs and banished from the court.

With their help, Harric might keep his curse at bay. But for how long?

And both companions bring perils and secrets of their own: Caris bears the scars of a troubled past that still hunts her; Willard is at war with the Old Ones, an order of insane immortal knights who once enslaved the kingdom. The Old Ones have returned to murder Willard and seize the throne from his queen. Willard is both on the run from them, and on one final, desperate quest to save her.

Together, Harric and his companions must overcome fanatical armies, murderous sorcerers, and powerful supernatural foes. Alone, Harric must face the temptation of a forbidden magic that could break his curse, but cost him the only woman he’s ever loved. A tale of magic, mischief, and the triumph of tricksters.

Purchase your copy from Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Read Chapter One here!

The Jack of Souls Book Publicity Tour Schedule:

Monday, May 4 - First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Monday, May 4 - Interview with Book Nerd Paradise
Tuesday, May 5 - Interview at Examiner
Wednesday, May 6 - Book Featured at Bookingly Yours
Thursday, May 7 - Book Review at Books Reviews ETC
Friday, May 8 - Book Featured at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Monday, May 11 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Tuesday, May 12 - Interview at Confessions of a Reader
Wednesday, May 13 - Book Featured at CBY Book Club
Thursday, May 14 - Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Friday, May 15 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, May 18 - Book Review at Must Read Faster
Tuesday, May 19 - Character Interview at Pimp That Character!
Wednesday, May 20 - Guest Blogging at Beyond the Books
Monday, May 25 - Book Review at I Sold My Soul for Books
Tuesday, May 26 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Wednesday, May 27 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Thursday, May 28 - Book Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Friday, May 29 - Book Review at Curling Up By The Fire

May you read well and often