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

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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.

5 great reviews from 3 different countries for THE PASSWORD IS WISHPERS …

Five NetGalley/Goodreads reviewers from Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Canada and Great Britain share their thoughts on Jack Chaucer’s new children’s book, THE PASSWORD IS WISHPERS, now available in paperback at Amazon and Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, as well as major e-retailers.

“Such a super quick, and very cute story about keeping a group of small children calm during a scary situation. Even though it is only around 30 pages long, I have already fallen in love with the author and his writing style, and I cannot wait to check out more of his stuff.”

— Jemma Hammond, author and reviewer from Great Britain

“Ever wonder what kids do during a school lockdown? How do teachers keep their classes quiet when they are in such an emergency situation?

THE PASSWORD IS WISHPERS is a tale of imagination and playful fantasy set in the context of a lockdown. Mrs. Shea keeps her class of twelve students quiet and calm with a trip to the Isle of Wishpers. With their eyes closed, Mrs. Shea uses storytelling to guide them through their trip. Each child has an opportunity to whisper a wish (wishper) to add flair to the story.

The tale was beautifully written. I was in awe of Mrs. Shea’s ability to smoothly incorporate each child’s wish into her story and change the direction of the story without hesitation. I could see the eager faces of the children and imagine teachers inspired to tell similar tales to their own classes during lockdown drills or the real thing.”

— Liz Tipping, book reviewer from Joelton, Tennessee

“This is a very good story that shows the school classroom during a lockdown. I can’t exactly describe the quality that sticks with you other than to say that the story created a sense of peace in me. I can only hope that my children have a teacher like this in a similar situation. The teacher’s quiet confidence sticks with you after the story is finished. It does feel like it could use a few more illustrations. The ones that are included are well done and help bring the wishes the students make alive.”

— Richelle Zirkle, former school and government librarian in Houston, Pennsylvania

“As a retired elementary school teacher/administrator, we had to practice lockdown drills with our students. Because they were always drills, I do not think they were taken as seriously as they should have been. I liked that this story emphasized being quiet, taking it seriously. the story the teacher and students whispered was calming and kept them on task. The story was a bit long and probably could have used more illustrations. The illustrations that were there were large, vivid and colourful. This would be a great book to read before a lockdown drill or emergency so the activity could be used when the time arises. A nice addition to a primary classroom.”

— Carla Johnson-Hicks, retired teacher and primary school administrator in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

“I liked the colourful illustrations dotted throughout the book, allowing the reader to imagine what is happening a bit clearer. It’s a unique book. I’ve not come across anything similar before which is nice.”

— Rebecca Walsh, primary school educator in Great Britain

THE PASSWORD IS WISHPERS officially released today!

My new children’s book is now available in Amazon paperback, Kindle, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, etc., as well as the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot! The amazing cover art and illustrations are by Jeanine Henning of Cape Town, South Africa!

Here’s the Amazon link …

And here’s what Joanne M. Moore, MLS, school library media specialist at Litchfield Center School in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA, had to say about the book:

“Author Jack Chaucer sensitively addresses a solemn school exercise in his first children’s book, The Password Is Wishpers. Along with fire drills and other safety measures, lockdown drills are standard in schools of today, and the author’s message soothes and distracts students in the fictional story about the sensitive topic. In the story, during an extended drill, the teacher and her students weave an exciting tale of adventure. Along the way, the children spell the word CHILDHOOD, as they discover and are reminded that their childhood is a gift to be cherished every day. Although silence is often required during a lockdown drill, if whispering is permitted, the book has a comforting message and is an exciting read. The book would be an excellent one to “whisper read” to students during lockdown drills in every school.”

A children’s book about school lockdowns? … unfortunate but true

I wrote my new children’s book, “The Password Is Wishpers,” because unfortunately in this world we live in, even our youngest school kids must participate in lockdown drills in case the next Adam Lanza shows up at our schools.

It is not lost on me that my 6-year-old twins are now the same age as many of the victims at Sandy Hook. I literally consulted with my son and daughter on the lockdown procedure they have experienced while writing this book. “The Password Is Wishpers” puts a positive spin on that experience with a resourceful and imaginative teacher, who weaves a tale from the whispered wishes of her first-grade students.

The lesson is to protect and treasure childhood innocence, even in a situation as horrible as a school lockdown.

This transitional book for first- through fourth-graders is 34 pages and will be published in paperback on Aug. 4 ($12.99 on Amazon), well in time for school and children’s libraries to order for the 2017-18 school year.

Jeanine Henning
of South Africa did the amazing cover art and interior illustrations. She handled every piece of art with incredible sensitivity to the book’s tricky subject matter for such young readers.

And what exactly is a wishper?

A wish made with a whisper = wishper

Check out this Goodreads link for the book blurb and more details:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35264578-the-password-is-wishpers