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January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!!! I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe 2019 filled with love, friendship, happiness, and lots of good stories to read. :)

Look for lots of changes coming in the new year. Many of my books are shifting publishers starting in 2019, which means there may be a bit of a delay where they will be temporarily unavailable. But they will each come online very soon!!! I will post updates as often as I can to keep you all informed of their current status.

The books that are affected by the publishing turnover are:

The House of Silence series
Nicholi's Vengeance
The Charming
His Whipping Boy

I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. But there is good news as well! Two of my newest novels that have been on hold for some time now will very soon be available! Pathfinder 2: The Ouroboros Prophesy and The Magician's Apprentice are both waiting on covers and will be released quite soon.

December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas, everyone! This has been such a busy year for me. I sold a house and bought a new one, and ended up staying with my parents for nearly a month while I waited to move in to the new place. It's not quite home here yet, but it's definitely getting there. The new house has got nice, big rooms with lots of natural light, and a yard big enough to have a pool put in later next year. I'm so excited and happy to be here!

The fourth book in the Sacred Guardian series is on a bit of a hold as my editor is dealing with some personal issues and hasn't been able to finish beta reading for me as of yet. I'm hoping for good news soon and will post updates as soon as I get them.

I hope all of you had a wonderful year filled with love, friendship, and lots of happiness!

September 29, 2018

Book number 4 in the Sacred Guardian series is currently with my editor, and I'm hoping to get the initial review back soon. I am really, really excited about how the story turned out! I've had such a blast building the world these characters live in over the past few books, and this latest one has given me the opportunity to dig more into the country of Kazure's past as well as the underlying magical structure that this universe uses. Plus I absolutely adore both Kaori and Hunter, and have enjoyed bringing them further along the road of the relationship they're forging together.

This might be the final book in the series, because it ties up a lot of the loose ends I've left hanging from the previous novels. But we'll have to see what the future holds. The Sacred Guardian series has given me the chance to indulge my love of m/m romance in addition to my love of high fantasy, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Every moment I've spent working on the series has felt like the most decadent indulgence: magic and mystery, adventure and romance, fantastical creatures, intrigue, plots and betrayals, and a cast of characters I have grown extremely fond of. ♥

Here is a link where you can learn more about the Sacred Guardian m/m fantasy series: http://jajaken.com/novels/sacredguardianseries.htm

Here is an excerpt from the story to whet your appetite:

Hunter watched his opponent carefully, coolly assessing, and waited for him to make the next move. The soldier gave in to impatience finally and moved in to strike at him again, the blade of his sword flashing in the sunlight. Hunter moved in a smooth sidestep to avoid the blow and darted in low, reaching up to disarm him.

The two of them grappled for a tense moment, their feet kicking up a fine cloud of dust in the dirt of the field. Then the soldier struck Hunter hard across the side of the face with one mailed fist, making him stagger. A final hard swipe of his blade sent Hunter's sword flying from his grip to land clattering on the ground.

"Point!" the arbitrator's voice rang out over the suddenly deafening roar of the crowd. "To Uruma."

Kaori was moving before the echo of the words had faded, ducking underneath the fence and running at full speed across the field. He felt cold, his chest tight. His mind struggled to process the reflexive shock that gripped him.

Hunter had lost the match.

How was that even possible?

He skidded to a stop at Hunter's side, reaching up a hand to touch the scrape bleeding freely down the side of his lover's face. Had it really been necessary to hit him so damned hard?

"Hunter," he said, breathing heavily. "Are you all right?"

"I'm fine, Kaori," Hunter told him. The words were thick.

Kaori glared at him. "What the hell happened?"

Hunter shook his head, looking lost. He closed his eyes when Malo ran up and threw his arms around his waist, Rin following swiftly behind him. The older boy's expression was both fierce and possessive as he glared at the soldier who had dared to defeat their father.

"Kaori?" Ben said in concern, stepping up behind them. Kaori gave him a helpless look, placing a restraining hand on Malo's shoulder.

"I'm sorry, High Lord," the soldier from Uruma said, sounding wretched. Clearly, he regretted having bested his High Lord's future husband, now that the battle was won.

Kaori waved the apology away dismissively; he didn't care about a stupid contest. His chest tightened even further as he took a step closer to Hunter and peered into his lover's face. "Hunter," he said again, urgently. "You're not all right."

Hunter didn't contradict him. His hand settled on Malo's head as if seeking to comfort the boy, while his other hand clutched at Kaori's sleeve.

"Kaori," he whispered.

Then he swayed once and fell bonelessly to the ground, fainting dead away.

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