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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 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

Title Announcement! Jak Phoenix 3: The Hangman’s Clash


Guess what? Writing Jak Phoenix 3 has been going very well. So well, that author Matt D. Williams decided to surprise the fans of Jak’s interstellar inconveniences with a title announcement! Jak Phoenix 3: The Hangman’s Clash will debut some time in 2013. Stay tuned during the next few months for more information, hints and teasing…Jak Phoenix 3: The Hangman's Clash space adventure novel teaser image

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

Jak Phoenix is on Sale at Smashwords.com!


Both Jak Phoenix and the sequel Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception are on sale at Smashwords.com until July 31st, 2012!

Jak Phoenix - An independent space opera sci fi adventure novel by Matt WilliamsThe Jak Phoenix eBook is 50% off at Smashwords.com until July 31st, 2012. Enter code SSW50 at checkout to get it for only $1!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9293

jak phoenix 2: the markazian deception space adventure ebookThe Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception eBook is 25% off at Smashwords.com until July 31st, 2012. Enter code SSW25 at checkout to get it for only $2.24!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/152602

Offer ends soon, so grab them while you can!


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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!

Originally posted on mattdwilliamsonline.com:

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 is now available!


Initiate space shenanigans!

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception is now available!

jak phoenix 2: the markazian deception space adventure ebookThe space adventure sequel is now available on Smashwords.com and at Amazon.com for the Kindle, priced at only $2.99 for the ebook version. If you prefer a different format or retailer, hold tight. It will be available shortly at other retailers like iTunes, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble and in print on Amazon.com soon enough. Info will be relayed as soon as JP2 shows up there!

I sincerely hope you enjoy the book!

Thank you again,

Matt D. Williams

Jak Phoenix 2 & The Journey of Life


Author Matt D. Williams posted a message about the writing of Jak Phoenix 2 over on www.mattdwilliamsonline.com. Check out the full article here, or read a snippet about Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception below…

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About the Book

With Jak Phoenix 2, I had some different goals in mind than on the first novel. I wanted to keep the humor and action at a level as high as the first book, but I wanted to keep the story grounded in a smaller galactic region. In Jak Phoenix 1, they were flying all over the galaxy. I wanted to see how Jak might react with some restrictions on not only his movements, but his actions.

I also made it a goal to ensure the villain was not as clear. In the first novel, the villain was as big as a planet, but this time I wanted to create a story where things weren’t so easily figured out. Fewer villains wearing black hats, as they say. I wanted more twists and turns, and a stronger sense of mystery.

I also wanted to put the characters through more emotionally difficult situations and experiment with creating a rising level of dramatic intrigue. Don’t worry, Jak is still a lazy smart ass, but maybe he is a man who can be beaten … or hurt … or deceived. What happens when his selfishness starts to affect the people around him?

In the end, it’s still a simple pulp space opera story meant to supply you with big spills, thrills and chills, and a heavy helping of humour. But, by the end you’ll see something more sinister might be brewing in the Azore’s Crown galaxy.

Matt D. Williams

Check out the full article at http://mattdwilliams.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/jak-phoenix-2-the-journey-of-life/

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Jak Phoenix – A Recommended Read at Fantastic Adventures!


Jak Phoenix - An independent space opera sci fi adventure novel by Matt WilliamsCheese levels at maximum!!!

So I just found this great post from Brent Nichols on his blog, Fantastic Adventures. He listed Jak Phoenix as a recommended read and I couldn’t be happier. His notes were spot on, understanding the fun of the Jak Phoenix story. Fantastic Adventures can be found here: http://brentnichols.blogspot.com/  Thanks again Brent!

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Recommended Reading – Jak Phoenix

Their finances had dried up, Jak’s ship was falling apart and their weapons and tools should have been on display in a museum. They were facing the reality that they may have to quit and gain real, meaningful employment.

I’ll admit that the cheese factor is fairly high on this one, but this book is too much fun to pass up.  Jak Phoenix is a down-at-the-heels would-be space pirate.  No risk is too great, no hardship too onerous, if it will save him from the horrors of honest employment.  With a dilapidated spaceship, an antiquated pistol, and an unshaven sidekick, he’s trekking across the galaxy in search of a dishonest buck.  He is no Captain Kirk, but to his dismay Jak will find that the galaxy needs saving, and no one else is available.

Jak is the ultimate anti-hero, a blend of Han Solo and Spaceman Spiff with a bit of Three Stooges mixed in.  It’s a light-hearted adventure that will make you laugh out loud.  Don’t try to take it seriously.  Just sit back and enjoy the ride.  You won’t learn anything profound about the human condition, but you’ll have a lot of fun.  Matt Williams has created an old-fashioned space opera that is preposterous, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Original post by Brent Nichols at his blog Fantastic Fiction http://brentnichols.blogspot.com/2011/06/recommended-reading-jak-phoenix.html

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