A Fairy-tale Ending

It’s been a long time (last November) since we’ve been able to say a new Jack Heckel book is coming out. However, a new Jack Heckel book is being released this August, only it’s actually two old Jack Heckel books, old meaning 2014. Continue reading

Voyager Valentines: A Matchmaking Contest

Welcome to February, the month of holidays celebrating dead presidents, groundhogs and romance. After minutes of deliberation as to which of these three worthies to celebrate in blog form, I decided that groundhogs were obviously the most overlooked and therefore, the perfect candidate. No one suspects groundhogs! the_groundhog_by_backlash_wave-d4a0t5p

Fortunately, my fellow Harper Voyager authors pulled me back from the edge of groundhog blogging as they suggested we all do dating profiles for the characters in our books. So, romance, it is! (Alas, poor groundhogs!) If you suggest a match, you could win a prize! For my part, I’m willing to send out free e-copies or softcover copies if available of any two of my books, including Once Upon a Rhyme, Happily Never After or any books written by my Harry Heckel half (see www.harryheckel.com) such as In the Service of the King.  Prizes will be awarded February 16th! Just comment with a match from one of the other sites, name the other author’s site, and the character on this site for the match and voila, you have a chance to win. If you’ve finished Happily Never After, then you may know that at least one of these characters is off the market, but we’re having fun here. Who knows what the future may hold! Many of the other authors are also running giveaways, so if you suggest matches for their characters, you’ll have more chances to win prizes. The event runs until 16 February, so get matchmaking!

Voyager Valentines

Dating profile: Princess Gwendolyn Mostfair
AGE: Much older than I looks, but I look fantastic
JOB/CAREER: Going quite mad and seeking revenge for being left to linger sleeping in a Dragon’s Tower for a generation and being rescued by accident
WHAT YOU DO FOR FUN: Dream of my wedding day
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Trapping a fairy and gaining control of the Kingdom of Royaume
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION: My crystal which contains the trapped fairy and is the source of my magic
IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, YOU’D BE: Something beautiful, like a swan, but I can’t imagine being an animal. My destiny is to be queen and find true love. At least, that’s what was supposed to happen.
FIRST CRUSH: Prince Rupert Charming, the love of my older sister’s life, at least until the… (sob)
FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Playing with my sister, Rosslyn
EVER BEEN IN A FIGHT OR PRISON? Does being entrapped by a Dragon for over twenty years count? Of course, I’ve been in prison. How foolish! Don’t you know who I am?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CHILDREN? I can’t even find true love. When could I ever hope to have children? So many dreams, shattered.
GREATEST FEAR: That I will fail Rosslyn. That I won’t find true love. That everything that happened, my fairy tale story could mean nothing.

Dating profile: Prince Edward Charming

AGE: 21
JOB/CAREER: I’m Prince Charming, of course.
WHAT YOU DO FOR FUN: Depends on the day. I will say, I rather enjoy trying on new fashions. However, practicing couplet does cause me to lose myself on many an afternoon, and there’s always questing and defeating foul enemies. When you are as great as I am, everything’s fun.
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Well, I suppose there was the time that I…ahem, does just being me count? I did compose an epic couplet yesterday after tea.
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION: The latest outfit designed for me by the Royal Tailor. By tomorrow, it will be passé, so I’ll have to have another designed.
IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, YOU’D BE: A lion or a peacock.
FIRST CRUSH: I don’t have crushes. Women have crushes on me. Well, there is that Elizabeth Pickett who I can’t quite get out of my mind, but she’s the sister of that fraud, Will Pickett, and she’s a commoner, but still, those eyes, that hair…
FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Stealing apricot tarts from the Royal Kitchen, but not that time I was caught by my father, the King.
EVER BEEN IN A FIGHT OR PRISON? I regularly triumph in tournaments, and men tremble when I walk onto the practice yards.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CHILDREN? I make sure that I smile and wave. Sometimes, I pat them on the heads if they appear to have clean enough hair so as not to soil my gloves.
GREATEST FEAR: Oh, you mean like not slaying the Dragon that I’ve been prophesied to slay? Like having some peasant named Will Pickett do it instead? Like finding out that everything I’ve been told that I was supposed to do, has been done without me? That my life has no meaning?

Now, here are the other participating authors to visit:

A.F.E. Smith (author of DARKHAVEN, coming July 2015)

Katherine Harbour (author of THORN JACK, available now)

Nancy K. Wallace (author of AMONG WOLVES, coming May 2015)

Ingrid Seymour (author of IGNITE THE SHADOWS, coming April 2015)

John Ayliff (author of BELT THREE, coming June 2015)

Lexie Dunne (author of SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS, available now)

Laura Liddell Nolen (author of THE ARK, coming March 2015)

Christi Whitney (author of GREY, coming April 2015)

Graeme Talboys (author of STEALING INTO WINTER, coming July 2015)

Terry Newman (author of DETECTIVE STRONGOAK AND THE CASE OF THE DEAD ELF, available now)

Brooke Johnson (author of the upcoming novel THE BRASS GIANT: A CHRONIKER CITY STORY, coming May 2015)

Bishop O’Connell (author of THE STOLEN, available now)

Check back later for more authors to be added!

Once Upon a Rhyme and Happily Never After eBook sale

Hi everyone,

In order to fill your e-Stockings, Harper Collins has put both Once Upon a Rhyme and Happily Never After on sale until Jan. 5th. Here’s the link below:


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!


The One Person I Wish Would Read My Book (This Week)…

I was spending some time wondering about how I could get more people to know about Once Upon a Rhyme and Happily Never After. I kept thinking if only the right person would read the book and tell the world, then everyone could know that a troll who only eats humans is a true humanitarian and/or debate whether dwarfs or dwarves is the proper pluralization with me.

But, who should it be?

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HAPPILY NEVER AFTER: Charming Tales Volume II


Aha! The release date of Volume II of the Charming Tales is here! Follow the link under our books page to get your copy today.  And, if you didn’t get the reference to “Aha!” then you obviously haven’t read Charming Tales Volume I: Once Upon a Rhyme. You can pick that up at the same time and have the whole story of Charming’s ruin and rise or rise and ruin–depending on who you are rooting for.

Jack hopes everyone enjoys the book and wants you to know that he is already hard at work on Volume III.

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Jack Heckel at New York Comic Con!

Once upon a time, Jack Heckel, in his guise as Harry Heckel, was invited to New York Comic Con. After much celebration and tremendous effort, he made it there (and if he can make it there, he should be able to make it anywhere…). There will be a full accounting of events and in depth fairy tale discussions here, but for now, there’s a recap up on www.harryheckel.com. Enjoy!

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New York Comic-Con Appearance Upcoming

Lots of interesting things going on, but first, everyone should know that copyedits have been completed on Happily Never After. It was an intense September with lots of work on The Charming Tales but unfortunately, not as many blog posts.

East Coast Jack (aka Harry Heckel) went to the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27th. It was a great event, and Harry had the opportunity to give out a number of free copies of Once Upon a Rhyme and speak to numerous writers and fans of science fiction and fantasy. A special thanks to Catherine Asaro for all her work in setting up the event.

On October 11th, Harry will appear at the New York Comic-Con, on a panel with a number of other writers, including Naomi Novik and Bishop O’Connell, titled Not Your Mother’s Fairy Tales. An autograph session will follow, and while there aren’t any physical copies of the book, Harry will have a number of cards with a free e-book offer.

Here’s the link for the information on the New York Comic Con.

Thanks again to everyone for all the support, reviews and encouragement.

Meet My Main Character – A Blog Hop

Welcome to the Meet My Main Character blog hop!

Thank you to Katherine Harbour for inviting me. She’s one of my fellow Harper Voyager authors and shares my love of fairy tales, inviting her readers into the world of Night and Nothing with Thorn Jack, a dark fantasy retelling of the ancient Scottish ballard, Tam Lin, set in upstate New York. You can find her book here: Amazon in harcover, paperback, Kindle and audiobook. You can learn more about her heroine, Finn Sullivan, and how she has to overcome tragic loss and find a way to outwit the supernatural at Katherine’s blog: Katherineharbour.blogspot.com.

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The main character of Once Upon a Rhyme is probably Will Pickett, a peasant who discovers the Great Wyrm of the South has died on his farm. For his entire life, he’s dreamed of being in a fairytale and he decides to take advantage of his opportunity to rescue Princess Gwendolyn, who has been held captive by the dragon for many years. Once he does so, he quickly finds himself lauded as the Dragonslayer by the people of the kingdom. After he becomes Lord Protector, he soon finds that he doesn’t know how to live up to expectations. Fortunately, he’s developed the instinct to bite his hand, slouch and mumble incoherently, or quote a bit of peasant wisdom when things get tough… wait. Hmmm.

Okay, well, Will’s skills probably don’t help much as he tries to live up to what the kingdom thinks a Dragonslayer should be. As his older sister, Liz, points out, the closest that Will has come to using a sword is threatening fence posts with a stick.

I’ve reconsidered. The main character of Once Upon a Rhyme is actually possibly (ahem) maybe Prince Charming. After all, the series IS called The Charming Tales. Charming is a paragon of virtue, excepting all those trysts with the ladies and well… okay, but as I said, Charming is the hero of the kingdom who will slay the dragon, but of course, he doesn’t and can’t really seem to do much right.

Charming does look incredibly dashing in teal hose, and not many men can pull that off.

That didn’t help, did it?

Okay, the main character could be Liz Pickett, Will’s older sister, who finds herself caught between her brother’s dreams, Charming’s desire to expose Will as a fraud, and comes into conflict with a slightly mad Princess who wants revenge for being left in the dragon’s clutches for decades. That might sound better.

In the end, I’d love for everyone to continue the blog hop by going to visit Lexie Dunne.

Lexie Dunne is a woman of many masks, all of them stored neatly in a box under her bed. By day a mild-mannered technical writer and by night an adventuress and novelist, she keeps life interesting by ignoring it and writing instead. She hails from St. Louis, home of the world’s largest croquet game piece, and SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS is her professional debut into the world of caped crusaders, a journey that started when her father took her and her brother to see The Rocketeer.

A masked woman dropped by and let me know that Lexie’s ultra-top secret blog is hidden at: http://dunnewriting.com.

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