Nasty forecast for King Ryzthar’s hike to the summit of Mount Mammyth

“It may be summer down at the lower elevations, but the goddess Ione usually defended the summit with wild or wintry weather. Hurricane-force winds, thunderstorms, ice storms, snow storms, dense fog and even hail the size of human heads — any or all of these could be awaiting the intrepid monarch.”

— from the upcoming mythological tale, REVENGE TO THE TENNTH POWER by Jack Chaucer (coming out in Amazon paperback and all major e-book retailers on August Tennth)

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Brand new blurb for REVENGE TO THE TENNTH POWER

Book blurbs are always a challenge because you’re trying to condense so much action and emotion into just a few riveting sentences. Here’s my second crack at REVENGE TO THE TENNTH POWER, which will be out on NetGalley in June and published on August Tennth of this year …

Tenn believes all men are evil after a childhood of betrayal, imprisonment and abuse. When the discarded daughter of a dead queen reveals her pain and anger in a powerful and treasonous song, low-born upstart Antero is drawn to help her despite the danger. Can Antero change her mind about men and win her heart as he and a group of allies help Tenn take back what is hers? Can Tenn learn to harness her growing powers over fire, blood and a shape-shifting beast to deliver justice to those who have wronged her? Ruthless King Ryzthar and mysterious 14,000-foot Mount Mammyth stand in their way.

Coming 8-Tenn-18!!!

Cover reveal and intro teaser for REVENGE TO THE TENNTH POWER!

The amazing Jeanine Henning of Cape Town, South Africa, has turned my one idea into this bad-ass cover! Click on the image for a closer look. This cover needs to be seen blown up to fully appreciate the wicked black magic Jeanine has summoned for Tenn and Strix, the 10-headed hydra.

This mythological tale, a perfect summer-beach-read paperback at 34,000-plus words, officially drops on 8-TENN-18, but ARCs will be available much sooner on NetGalley.

Below is the prologue teaser, the book blurb and chapter titles …

REVENGE TO THE TENNTH POWER (Mammyth #1)

BY JACK CHAUCER

PROLOGUE

The second time Antero ever laid eyes on Tenn, she appeared far too alone, young and beautiful to sing for the rag-tag regulars of a back-country shit cave like the Tomb of the Living.

For one thing, singing in public was banned for all low-born throughout the kingdom, even in the forgotten, guano-crusted bowels of Mount Mammyth. King Ryzthar, and the monarchs who preceded him, understood well the power of song and its potential to plant the seeds of rebellion among the rabble.

Most performers here gripped an instrument, like Antero’s friend Zakk, who could unlock any sound he desired with his pilfering fingers and sawing bow thrusts across a fiddle.

Tenn, however, had nothing in her hands, which she balled into fists against the sides of her green-and-silver tunic. Her eyelids slammed shut even tighter, but for some reason, every wayward soul in the Tomb gazed at this tall, slender girl — whose long, brown hair cascaded into glowing whorls of gold in the torch light — with open anticipation and respectful silence.

Antero nearly laughed in disbelief into the void, but then her voice smacked him. It was too low and haunting; shockingly vulgar and treasonous.

“Fux the king …
I will never be queen
Because of what you did to her
And what you did to me

On the day I flowered
I had already been devoured
Heart, body and soul

I have boiled your depraved priests,
leaving them to rot, a feast for Strix,
but my anger remains unquenched
So I will scorch your royal corpse
With my blood-red rage
Until the whole realm is my stage”

Zakk, burly, blonde and bearded, quaffed some ale and flashed Antero a toothy smile as he watched his friend fall for her like a rock into a ravine.

So restrained was her voice in the first chorus that Antero’s jaw dropped for her second — the same exact words, unleashed with the fury of a thousand flaming arrows. Every one hit its mark and burned true.

Her final echo seemed to travel through time itself — “age” after “age” after “age” — rocking the cave with its power.

And when Tenn finally opened her eyes amid the flickering flames, the sea-green flash of allure and pain made Antero realize he had met her once before, much higher up on the mountain.

Somehow she had brought him back to consciousness, only to fear him when he woke; when he had foolishly laughed at her strange response to his simple question.

“All men are evil,” she concluded, before she ran away.

… Coming 8-TENN-18

BOOK BLURB FOR REVENGE TO THE TENNTH POWER
Betrayed by her own royal blood at age 5 and kept prisoner in a temple dungeon for nine years, Tenn sees death as a merciful end. But when the temple priests’ attempt to sacrifice her to The Nine gods backfires, Tenn embraces the unexpected gifts of life and freedom. She desperately tries to elude capture by the king’s soldiers, and searches through Mammyth’s rugged wilderness for low-born allies. Burgeoning friendships with huntress Jett and rock-climbing expert Antero aid Tenn in her healing. One year after her escape, she taps into her exponentially increasing powers over fire, blood and a shape-shifting beast to seek revenge. Her target is the man who ordered her mother’s execution and banished her to be “purified” by perverted priests — her father, King Ryzthar.

CHAPTER TITLES
1. BLOOD BOIL
2. THE VULTURE
3. DEATH SCREAM
4. ALL MEN ARE EVIL
5. NERA’S COUNSEL
6. ARROWS & ALLIES
7. ROYAL REVEAL
8. GRACELESS, YOUR GRACE
9. TOMB OF THE LIVING
10. MORE OF A MAN
11. THE DYING & THE DEAD
12. CLOSET IN THE WOODS
13. FORTUNE TELLER
14. ONE GOOD REASON
15. RUTT HUTT
16. FIREBALL
17. RAINING BOULDERS
18. CHANNELING THE DEAD
19. WHITE WIDOW
20. A TERRIBLE POET
21. THE HYDRA
22. DOOMED
23. NEAR KISS
24. A SWORD THROUGH THE HEART
25. HER STAGE
26. THE UNDERWORLD
27. VIEW FROM THE NINTH SPIRE
28. THE WAIT
29. NO MORE KINGS & QUEENS
30. YOU BETTER NOT FUXING DIE
31. THE MONUMENT
32. MAMMYTH O

Revenge to the Tennth Power is done!

The writing, revisions and editing for my new mythological tale, “Revenge to the Tennth Power,” are complete. Now it’s time to think about a cover concept, and I’ve got an interesting idea. I think Jeanine Henning might be the artist to conjure this one to life. If all goes well, I hope to have an ARC on NetGalley sometime this summer. Shooting for a fall release in paperback and ebooks!

For now, here’s the book blurb:

Betrayed by her own royal blood at age 5 and kept prisoner in a temple dungeon for nine years, Tenn sees death as a merciful end. But when the temple priests’ attempt to sacrifice her to The Nine gods backfires, Tenn embraces the unexpected gifts of life and freedom. She desperately tries to elude capture by the king’s soldiers, and searches through Mammyth’s rugged wilderness for low-born allies. Burgeoning friendships with huntress Jett and rock-climbing expert Antero aid Tenn in her healing. One year after her escape, she taps into her exponentially increasing powers over fire, blood and a shape-shifting beast to seek revenge. Her target is the man who ordered her mother’s execution and banished her to be “purified” by perverted priests — her father, King Ryzthar.

Freeway and the Vin Numbers compared to Pulp Fiction and Hard Core Logo in 5-star review

Rebecca McNutt, a talented author in her own right from Nova Scotia, just dropped this 5-star review of my rock ‘n’ roll novella, FREEWAY AND THE VIN NUMBERS …

“This book is excellent! Imagine a cross between the films “Hard Core Logo” and “Pulp Fiction” and this story is about what you’d get. If you’re a fan of rock n’ roll music from the days before autotuned pop and digitally-synced voices but you also like some romance, comedy and adventure thrown into what you read, this is definitely a book you’ll enjoy. Full of poetic, meaningful song lyrics and featuring characters that seem just like real people, Freeway and the Vin Numbers is a great book for any reader. It begins with a bang as Vincent “Vin” Masoli gets beaten senseless for stealing, and the thrill of playing in a band drives the story forward with a whole new purpose. Behind the times and way ahead of its time all at once, what I loved most about this book is the sense of nostalgia for the days of classic rock music that it calls back to in a way unlike anything else I’ve ever read before. It’s available for free so if you’re looking for a great story I’d definitely check it out! 🙂 ”

Here’s the free download link at Apple iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/freeway-and-the-vin-numbers/id1061784184?mt=11

32 chapter titles for Revenge to the Tennth Power

I have completed the second draft of my mythological novella, “Revenge to the Tennth Power,” starring a girl named Tenn. It checks in at a taut 32,000-plus words over 32 chapters. No blurb or cover yet, but for now, here are the 32 chapter titles as a way of a tease. They look like 32 hit singles/B-sides on a double album, don’t they? Ha, ha …

“REVENGE TO THE TENNTH POWER”
BY JACK CHAUCER

CHAPTER TITLES
1. BLOOD BOIL
2. THE VULTURE
3. DEATH SCREAM
4. ALL MEN ARE EVIL
5. NERA’S COUNSEL
6. ARROWS & ALLIES
7. ROYAL REVEAL
8. GRACELESS, YOUR GRACE
9. TOMB OF THE LIVING
10. MORE OF A MAN
11. THE DYING & THE DEAD
12. CLOSET IN THE WOODS
13. FORTUNE TELLER
14. ONE GOOD REASON
15. RUTT HUTT
16. FIREBALL
17. RAINING BOULDERS
18. CHANNELING THE DEAD
19. WHITE WIDOW
20. A TERRIBLE POET
21. THE HYDRA
22. DOOMED
23. NEAR KISS
24. A SWORD THROUGH THE HEART
25. HER STAGE
26. THE UNDERWORLD
27. VIEW FROM THE NINTH SPIRE
28. THE WAIT
29. NO MORE KINGS & QUEENS
30. YOU BETTER NOT FUXING DIE
31. THE MONUMENT
32. MAMMYTH O