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:

Character Collaboration with Jeff Thomason


In March 2012 Jeff Thomason (the superb comic artist behind the Jak Phoenix Universe illustrations) decided to create this stellar graphic depicting his character, Wandering Koala, and good old Jak Phoenix himself in a ‘what-if’ situation. Like everything he has drawn for the Jak Phoenix Universe this one is a wonderful piece of art. Jeff’s drawings took Jak Phoenix off the page and really brought him to life. His article here explains some of the technical details behind the work and is entitled ‘Teamwork in Fiction,” which perfectly outlines the relationship he and I formed through our indie publishing adventures. Thanks again, Jeff!

Matt D. Williams

Author of the Jak Phoenix Adventures

Jak Phoenix and Wandering Koala

 

Be sure to check Jeff’s original article here: http://atouchofjeff.blogspot.ca/2012/03/teamwork-in-fiction.html

Jak Phoenix Update


Jak Phoenix of the Jak Phoenix space adventure novel by Matt D. Williams – art by Jeff Thomason

So it has been quite a while since I touched base with the kind souls who might be paying attention to Jak Phoenix-related info. It has been an extremely busy year for me with major changes and a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, the writing of the next Jak Phoenix novel was something that had be slid (temporarily) onto the back-burner.

I was heavily into the writing of Jak Phoenix 3 when some pretty big changes in the way I make a living took place. I left my job of 14 years to work full time on my business. It has consumed every waking moment of my life (in a good way) and so JP3 just had to wait.

The crappy thing was that I was totally consumed with writing this book. I know every author says their latest installment ‘will be my best work’ but I really do feel like this will be the strongest, funniest, most dramatic, and longest Jak Phoenix novel yet.

So I wanted to touch base to make sure anyone who checks knows it isn’t dead in the water. As I gain back a few minutes per day I will be picking right back up where I left off with JP3’s creation.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this book series. Have a great 2014!

Matt D. Williams

Author of the Jak Phoenix Space Adventure Series

Jak Phoenix at the Canadian Kindle Store!


Jak & Baxter in the Great White North!

jak phoenix 2: the markazian deception space adventure ebookJak Phoenix - An independent space opera sci fi adventure novel by Matt Williams

Recently, both Jak Phoenix novels became available in the Amazon Canadian Kindle Store. Being a Canadian author, this is important to me. Click on the book covers for direct links.

On a side note, I’d like to give a quick shout out to all those who have read or are planning to read Jak Phoenix. The feedback has been excellent and I can’t begin to describe my appreciation. Thank you so much for your support. The best is yet to come…

Matt Williams

September Space Shenanigans – Time is Ticking!


Jak Phoenix - An independent space opera sci fi adventure novel by Matt Williams
Get Jak Phoenix FREE!

Just a quick reminder about the special events this month. Take advantage of some great Jak Phoenix promotions throughout the month of September. Until September 30th, 2012, you can download the original Jak Phoenix ebook from Smashwords for FREE!  Use coupon code WE65H at checkout to get the $1.99 book absolutely FREE!

Head to this link to pick up your ebook:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9293

jak phoenix 2: the markazian deception space adventure ebookWin a Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception paperback at Goodreads.com!

Head to Goodreads.com and enter to win a paperback copy of Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception. The contest closes September 28, 2012. 108 people have already entered the draw. Get in there!

Engage engines and head to this link

September Space Shenanigans!


Jak Phoenix - An independent space opera sci fi adventure novel by Matt WilliamsGet Jak Phoenix FREE!

Take advantage of some great Jak Phoenix promotions throughout the month of September. Until September 30th, 2012, you can download the original Jak Phoenix ebook from Smashwords for FREE!  Use coupon code WE65H at checkout to get the $1.99 book absolutely FREE!

Head to this link to pick up your ebook:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9293

jak phoenix 2: the markazian deception space adventure ebookWin a Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception paperback at Goodreads.com!

Head to Goodreads.com and enter to win a paperback copy of Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception. The contest closes September 28, 2012 so get over there and enter!

Engage engines and head to this link

The Jak Phoenix Series on the Sony Reader Store


The Jak Phoenix series by Matt D. Williams is now available at the Sony Reader Store for those of you looking for a fun space adventure ebook for your Sony eReader, Android smart phone, Android tablet and your PC or Mac. Space shenanigans and interstellar inconveniences await!

Using Words and Pictures to Tell a Story – A Guest Post with Jeff Thomason


Jeff Thomason artist on Jakphoenix.comJeff Thomason stopped by Jak Phoenix author Matt D. Williams’ website with a great guest post! The author and artist discusses the illustrated story and how he is making it work for him. Check out this snippet and then head to mattdwilliamsonline.com for the full article!

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Using Words and Pictures to Tell a Story

Words can be spoken, written, or read. The auditory section of your brain does the processing and interpreting, even if you read black text on a white page. Using words is telling a story (despite what your English teacher said about showing and not telling). There are many advantages to using words and telling including clarity (say exactly what you mean) and economy (cover large periods of time quickly).

Stories can also be told with pictures. The visual part of the brain does the interpreting here. Pictures have the advantage of showing what is happening, whether it is an action or emotion. They also save time by showing a scene and avoiding a lengthy description. The disadvantage is everyone sees something different in an image, so this approach lacks the clarity of words. And the economy—you can’t move as quickly through time nor as effectively with just visuals…

Head to mattdwilliamsonline.com for the full article!

Win a paperback copy of Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception at Goodreads.com!


jak phoenix 2: the markazian deception space adventure ebookHead over to Goodreads to enter into a draw to win a paperback copy of Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception, the sequel to the space adventure novel Jak Phoenix, by Canadian author Matt D. Williams.

Go to the Goodreads giveaway page to enter!

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!

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