Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What's Next for The Awakened Series?

I’ve received quite a few messages lately (via this blog, Facebook, email, or comments on Amazon) about the continuation of The Awakened series. Readers want to know what happens to Kael. Some have asked about Adair. The majority just want something else to read.

First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone for the kind words, encouragement, and for giving me hope that this “hobby” of mine could possibly be something more someday. Secondly, I wanted to explain where I’m headed with the series, and why.

In a letter to his editor published in The Silmarillion (Second Edition), J. R. R. Tolkien writes of the way in which his imagination worked on disparate topics that interested him (history, language, mythology, etc.). Over time, his imaginings began to put down roots and reach out to each other, eventually becoming one organism—the world of Middle Earth. This foundation, if it can be called such, wasn’t in place at the time he wrote The Hobbit. Rather, it attached itself to those characters and storyline, grew around it, and enveloped it.

I understand now the challenges of storyline consistency and editing Tolkien admits to struggling with during that time. As readers, we’d like to start at the beginning of a story and work our way to the end. As a writer, I’m experiencing the reality that the imagination doesn’t always work in such a linear, logical fashion. Not mine, anyway!

When I was roughly sixteen years old, I ran across a passage of scripture that intrigued me:

“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose… There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown. (Gen 6:1-2 & 4; KJV)”

Ever since then, my imagination has been working overtime. Who were the Sons of God? How did they produce giants as their offspring?

This curiosity turned into research, which led me to a historical writing called the Book of Enoch. Though not considered Scripture, it is still an interesting writing which tells the story of the Watchers (angels) who abandoned heaven in order to act on their lust for women. Their offspring—the Nephilim (giants)—consumed all the resources of mankind and eventually turned against humans, corrupting the earth. In this account, the Nephilim are cursed to war against each other and eventually die out as a race, while their fathers watch helplessly. Then, God sends angels to imprison the Watchers within the earth until the Day of Judgment. All of this is what required a global flood to cleanse the earth and give humanity a fresh start.

While the story seemed to be wrapped up into a nice temporary conclusion, I still had several questions:

If this timeframe was immediately preceding a global flood, then how were there “giants in the earth in those days; and also after that”? Did they survive the flood? Or were there Sons of God on the earth after the flood, producing more giants? What if they’re still here, but we just don’t know it? What would beings of such power be involved in if they have indeed been on the earth for all these millennia? How would God choose to deal with that? Would He send more angels to fix the problem? Or would He, with a sense of poetic justice, raise up one of those oppressed by the angelic intrusion, to complete this task? a human being.

So, when I began writing The Awakened, I began with Kael’s story. I set it in a culture similar to the late Greek and early Roman empire, and envisioned a character who would chase the enemy into modern times. Eventually, the story would culminate in a post-apocalyptic future, hopefully giving me the genre-spanning satisfaction that I had hoped for, but was unable to find on bookstore shelves.

After writing The Awakened, but before its publication, I began to think more in-depth about the hints that I had worked into the storyline, pointing into the past. What is the altar in the Temple of the Kaliel? Who built it, and who built the temple? Why or how does the altar act as a portal between worlds? What is the significance of Kael’s crystalline sword and Saba’s staff, and why do they seem to interact with the altar? Is the altar a time-travel device? What is the explanation for the parallel worlds? How did the Watchers and/or Nephilim survive the flood? Which ones are still here on the earth? What is Sariel's involvement in all of this?

And this is how my imaginings about the history led me to the future. What I realized was Kael’s story represents the pivotal moment in an epic struggle that has lasted for thousands of years, and is not yet finished. Even the tiniest decision about what happened in the past will have enormous impact on how the future plays out. How can I possibly write the ending if I haven’t even taken the time to sit down and fully flesh out the beginning? How can I do justice to Kael’s continuing story if I haven’t examined the significance of what the Awakened is destined to accomplish? Not just for readers, but for my own sake!

I realize it may be a little bizarre for me to feel a sense of responsibility to characters that I created out of thin air. But I do. I have to take them seriously as people, or you won’t either. I feel obligated to Kael to properly set the stage for the coming confrontation. If the foundation had been fully in-place, I would have started at the beginning. But it wasn’t.

So…

To everyone out there who’s read The Awakened, I apologize for making you wait to hear the continuation of Kael’s story. Hopefully you’ll understand my desire to make the actual story as grand as the one in my head. Hopefully you’ll understand my need to deliver my very best effort, and not settle for anything less by rushing into the future without knowing the past. I can assure you that I am more excited than anyone to see this epic come to life.

Wandering Stars is a four-volume prequel series that will tell Sariel’s story and take readers from the time of the angelic invasion to the start of The Awakened. It’s going to be a prehistoric, mythical, fantasy adventure in the same style as The Awakened, bringing together personal struggles (emotional and physical), clashing cultures, and technological advancement amidst moral decline. There will be lots of action, lots of suspense, and answers to most of the questions I’ve heard from readers so far. I think you’re really going to enjoy the journey that I have planned. If you’re curious about my progress, check out the Wandering Stars page on this blog.

If you want to know how to help me write quicker, tell everyone you know about The Awakened. I can’t make a living as an author yet, so my time is divided. You’re the only one who can change that.

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115 comments:

froggyspad said...

While I would like to know what happens to Kael, I could really appreciate a prequel about Saba's beginnings. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks froggyspad!

Enchanter said...

Hi there,
I have just finished the first three books and thought they were very entertaining and a good read. I am very interested in Dana's story and am really happy that you are writing a prequal.

Pleas keep up the great work.

Do you have a mailing list?

Best regards,
Bill

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Enchanter (Bill),

I'm glad you enjoyed them. By "Dana", I'm assuming you meant "Saba"? I'm almost done with the research stage, and I am only a couple weeks away from starting to write. I'm very excited about the material that will be covered during the prequels, and I think you'll like it as well. I'd be happy to send you a note when I have something else for you to read. You can write me at jasontesar@yahoo.com and I'll add your address to my list.

Thanks so much for your support,

-Jason

MJ Earl said...

I can say that I am a big fan...new fan because I stumbled across The Awakened by accident ( I am very happy I did) I read all three books in a 2 day span. You do have great talent and I will patiently await book 4.

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks MJ! I'm working to get the next book out ASAP, so hopefully your wait won't be long.

-Jason

IBuyOnly - aka Clifford J. Phillips said...

Hmmm...how to find the right words....

Your work has really piqued my interest. I have always been a prolific reader and thoroughly enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, hybrid, as well as mysteries and some general fiction.

Your indications of a genre spanning multi-series makes me quite glad to have found your book.

I recently finished Steven Erickson's Malazan: Book of the Fallen series, so long books with lots of detail are very enjoyable, so I think your books will bring me much satisfaction.

Please do take the proper time to write the books. Even if it takes longer, the wait will make it worth the while in my opinion. BASED on the first book - I will get the others as soon as I can do so - I think your taking time to develop the characters is very enjoyable. I will be glad to come to know them and laugh with them and grapple with their bigger perspectives alongside of them.

Also, thank you for using the passage you indicated to 'flesh out' as this kind of thing only deepens my thoughts of similar vein.

All-in-all - KUDOS and WOW to you and your writing. Glad I can also support a good new to me author.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Clifford!

Thank you for your encouraging comments. I really appreciate your support and I will do my best to make sure the prequels and sequels aren't rushed. That's not to say that I'm not working quickly, because I'm making great progress on Wandering Stars. But in the end, I only want to publish stories that meet my own standard of quality...something I can be proud of.

I hope you enjoy Book Two and Book Three.

-Jason Tesar

Fausto said...

The first 3 books were great!! I am sad that I have to wait for a 4 volume prequel before I get to read #4 but I'm sure you'll do a terrific job. Keep up the good work!

Fausto said...

3 trys later!!!! I really enjoyed your first 3 books. I look forward to #4 although I have to wait for 4 more books before I get to the end. Keep up the terrific work.

dort said...

My niece is writing her first short story as a 13 year old. I am helping as it is a project for our sunday school. It led me to study christian fiction which is how I came across yours. Wow! Excellent writing - I read all 3 in just the past few days. I wait to see how you finish....that is if there is a finish. Though I always found those scriptures quite intriquing....I have found that Daniel 2 -the verse about the Kingdom of Heaven growing and growing till it fills the whole earth....more fascinating! Where the children of God take it from there. Anyway, Kudos to you.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Fausto,
For some reason I didn't get an email notifications that you left a comment. Sorry about not responding sooner. The prequels are progressing quickly and after you read them, I'm sure you'll understand why I had to put Kael's story on hold.
-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Hi dort,
Writing short stories...what a cool concept for a Sunday school project! I'm glad you enjoyed the Awakened books, and yes, there will definitely be a finish. I'm one of those people who enjoys satisfying endings, but with this series, I have to put off some of that satisfaction until the whole story is told. I'll have to check out that passage in Daniel 2; I've never noticed that before.
Thanks for your support!
-Jason

Paul Charlton said...

Hi Jason.
I'm glad I stumbled onto your blog to see you're planning prequels and sequels etc. I thouroughly enjoyed the three books of The Awakened series, but I've got to say I felt some disappointment with the closing of book four that did little to explain some important points or fill in the blanks, as it were. I'm encouraged though to read of your plans and look forward to reading your forthcoming contributions.
Keep it up, best wishes.

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Paul. I'm aiming for fewer loose ends between books in the prequel series. But the overall story (Wandering Stars and The Awakened) is too big to resolve everything until the very last scene. Because it's a series, I'll have to leave some things hanging so people will want to read the next book.

-Jason

Electrifyn said...

I love how your mind works. Please thank your wife for me and all my fellow readers that have enjoyed your writing so far, for supporting and encouraging you to write your story. I know what it is like to have an idea for a story grow, consuming your idyll time. You have raw talent! And I enjoyed watching your writing ability mature as the story progressed. Hopefully it became easier for you even if the details became more difficult.
I personally prefer reading book series because you never get to fully know a character in one "simple" (using the term loosely here) book. I like to know the back ground story, why people act and do the things they do. I'm hoping that in your prequels you also include Urkira's story. You hinted at him being indebted to Magnus, yet not a follower of Rameel The All Powerful. I'm intrigued.
Anxious as I am for the next instalment, I prefer you to take your time and get it right. Hug your wife for me again as thanks. And thank you for those hours of enjoyment and escape from the mundane. Happy writing.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Electrifyn,

Thank you so much for your kind words!

I had to come up with a backstory for the character of Ukiru so that I understood his motivations and personality when writing his part in The Awakened. But in the end, the backstory wasn't included because it would have detracted from the main thrust of Kael's journey. I imagine that I'll run into this same issue with any future novels and characters. I've seen other authors publish a collection of short stories as a way of including those interesting tidbits in a way that doesn't distract readers from the main story. I may end up doing that if there is enough demand for it. As of now, the prequels won't include this type of info. They will be dealing with much broader concepts and characters who had a greater impact on why the world turned out the way it did for The Awakened series and my plans for the sequels.

But since you asked...

I'll post another comment soon that will give you a little more info on Ukiru.

-Jason

Chele2046 said...

Hi Jason!
I just finished the third book of the Awakened! My kindle suggested your book to me and I am soooo glad it did! I loved the series and I can't wait to read the first book in the Wandering-Stars series next!

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Chele2046! I'm glad you liked the books. And, I guess...thank you Kindle.

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Electrifyn,

I tried adding a comment with some background information on Ukiru (and some on Magnus), but it was too long. Instead, I made it its own post. Hope you like it!

-Jason

Anonymous said...

Wow. I am very impressed and excited about this series! I have just completed book one, and I really must say that I enjoyed the characters, plot, conflict, and climax of the novel immensely.
Your concept is unique, as I really don't remember a novel having such a complex story line. Like I said, I'm excited and can't wait to see how Kael''s story continues in the second book.

Jason Tesar said...

Anonymous,

Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy Book Two, as well.

-Jason

Maria Lonjers said...

I was bored one day, looking to read something and Kindle offered the 1st of the Awakened books for free, so I got it, I found myself not wanting to put the book away. I finished it in two days, (would have finished in one day if I didn't have to go to work) I immediately bought the second and third book, and finished them in two more days. I can honestly say that they have become one of my favorite series of books. I can't wait for prequel series.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Maria. I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

Kim Brown said...

Kudos, Jason. Excellent work. It won' t be long until you will be full time. Can't wait for more. Thank you.
Kim

Pamcbrien said...

Hi Jason,

I have really enjoyed all three books of The Awakened and am looking forward to finding out what happens with Kael in "future" and if he reconnects with his father, and of course, they rejoin their family.
I'm a little confused. Is Wandering Stars a 4 volumne pre-quel to The Awakened series or does it include the 3 Awakened books?
One more thing, while it certainly did not diminish my reading enjoyment of your books, good proof-reading could have eliminated several misused words, especially in the 3rd book.
Good Luck to you,
Patricia McBrien

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Kim!

Jason Tesar said...

Pamcbrien,

I'm glad you enjoyed the books! I had a whole group of people proof read and edit them, but it seems impossible to catch everything. I plan on revising them in the near future and will probably have them professionally copy-edited.

Yes, Wandering Stars is a 4-volume prequel series that tells the history of how the multiple worlds came to be and the villians and events that required the coming of The Awakened, with Sariel as the main character. After it's published, I'll be able to pick up with The Awakened series, which will probably have a total of ~ 7 books by the time it's finished.

-Jason

Grandma Bev said...

I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and have downloaded lots of freebies. The Awakened (book one) was one of those freebies. I absolutely loved it and had to get book 2 and 3 to find out what happened! Am absolutely looking forward to the prequels! Can hardly wait to find out more about Saba, what happens to Kael and of course am anxious to find out if Adair will find his way back to Maeryn! No doubt you will be able to "quit your day job" before long! What an imagination!! Love it!

Jason Tesar said...

Grandma Bev,

Thanks so much for your encouragement. I'm glad you enjoyed the books and I'm looking forward to showing readers what happens to these characters.

-Jason

TheBestPamela said...

It seems like many others on here I got the book with the Kindle Fire I received for Christmas. Out of boredom Saturday night I started reading the first one. I bought the next two and finished all 3 by Monday. I cannot wait for the next book! It has been a long time since a series has interested me this much. I know this is what you do in your spare time, but please, please keep at it. I hope that you will be able to write full time in the very near future. I will absolutely buy the next one when it comes out. Good luck with the family and the writing!

Jason Tesar said...

TheBestPamela,

Thank you for the encouragement. It's exciting to hear how much you enjoyed the books. I will defintely "keep at it." I'm working hard on the first book in the prequel series and will release it as soon as I'm confident in it's level of quality.

-Jason

Clay C. said...

My only... How can I say this... "Issue", with the series to date is that I could not finish them quick enough and now that I have, I am foaming at the mouth for more!

Characters that I personally would like more on, assuming its not already being done/been done, Saba and Adair. There is story line I would lille to see develop more, but that will come with the next books!

Adair - there were two mentions of his story after he was "transported" and it was the same thing from two view points; his and his "captors"

Saba/Sariel: His role seemed weak as he knew his powers, atleast to some degree, yet did almost nothing with them after saving Kael's life even though the All Mighty mentioned him multiple times.

I have grown extremely fond of this series and the characters within!

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Clay,

I'm glad you enjoyed the books and happy to tell you that the two characters you wanted to know more about will definitely play major roles in future novels. You'll have to wait for Adair until I get back to the Awakened series. But Sariel is the main character of the prequel series. And you'll understand his self-restraint over the course of the series.

-Jason

Isaac - San Antonio said...

I am going to be honest with you, this isn't exactly my type of read. The reason I picked it up is because I read your story and how you went about writing it. I figured that anyone who put that much effort into writing something they are passionate about deserves to have people read it.
Ok, so I liked the books and I am waiting on the next ones that you pump out.
I also wanted to tell you that you have inspired me to put pen to paper so to speak. I've written short stories but my goal would be to write a novel. I'm a bit late in starting (32 yrs old) but hey... who knows.
Keep up the good work!

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Isaac,

I'm happy you liked the books, but even more excited that you're inspired to write a novel. Don't worry about getting a late start. Just go for it!

And let me know if you need any advice. I'd be glad to help!

-Jason

Georgia said...

The first book was free, so I started reading it, out of curiosity. Needless to say, I could't put it down. The storyline - fallen angels - was fascinating. Number 2 and 3 were extremely detailed, but I expected more....I wanted to know more about Saba/Sariel. Adair, he just vanished into the future. The other fallen angel from the future... The books made me think.... The books are so well written that their characters are impregnated into my mind... I can't wait to read more...

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Georgia,

I'm also fascinated with the topic of fallen angels. I think you're going to enjoy the Wandering Stars series. With Sariel as the main character, you're going to learn a bunch about him and his changing role in the larger saga. You'll have to wait a bit longer for Adair, but don't worry. I have plans for him :)

-Jason

Shi~Fox said...

i LOVE your books and i cannot wait for the fourth one to come out =) i love books about fallen angels. Kael and Adair are my favorite two and i can't wait to see Adair come back =D looking forward to the new one coming out!!! great work

~Shi Fox

Jason Tesar said...

Shi~Fox,

Incarnation will dive right into the "fallen angels" topic, so I hope you enjoy it. I also can't wait to pick up the stories of Kael and Adair when I continue with the Awakened series. Its going to be fun! Thanks for your support.

-Jason

Namratha said...

Jason,

I stumbled unto Awakened by accident and I am glad I did. I finished all 3 books in a week. It's very interesting and hard to keep the book down to catch sleep at night.
In my country we have similar mythological stories and I think that was the main attraction for me in your books.
I have informed many of my friends about your novel.
Keep up the great work. Waiting eagerly for the #4. I'm sure it will be a grand story.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Namratha,

What country do you live in?

During my research for the Awakened and Wandering Stars series, I was struck by the similarities between the mythologies of different cultures--even cultures unrelated to one another. I had already planned on writing about this topic, but it really got me thinking about the possibility of a single event, or time period, that gave birth to all these related ideas.

Thanks for telling your friends about The Awakened!

-Jason

catherine said...

Beyond excited to read sariels story, although this series has caused sleep deprivation because it is so engaging. I really look forward to the continuation of Kael's story especially since you are so passionate about where his future lies. Thank you for such an amazing literary oppertunity and I will do my best to spread the word so more can read your work.

David Riches said...

Hi Jason, I am pleased to see that there is more to come surrounding The Awakened. I was one of the 150,000 who downloaded the books, I am an avid Kindle fan.
I have read Sci Fi and Fantasy books since i first dicovered them when I was 14. I am now 73 and still love the genre. Keep up the good work. I would like, if possible, a "heads up" when your next book/s are available. A couple series are doing that and it is great service. Cheers David

Jason Tesar said...

catherine,

Thanks for spreading the word!

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Hi David,

Wow! 14 to 73; that's a die-hard sci-fi/fantasy fan!

I'll be posting announcements on this blog--and everywhere else I can think of--when Incarnation is ready. If you'd like to be added to my email distribution, please send me a note: jasontesar(at)yahoo(dot)com. I'll be sure and add you to the list.

-Jason

Greg said...

Just got finished with your series The Awakened and it was the first storyline to grab my attention in years. I am not big into reading books but for some reason I decided on yours. I am now intrigued at where you are going with this story. Cannot wait for the prequel so we can get to the ending and find out what happens to Kael!

katherine lucas said...

JASON can hardly wait. But. I can since you haven't finished it. I enjoyed the first three solo much that I had to slow down. I was skipping whole paragraphs! I will re-read while waiting for more. Thank you very much for the books.

katherine lucas said...

Jason I too have enjoyed your books and have told friend..It is surprising that you are a first time author. You were born with a talent. Keep up the good works. Can't wait for more.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Greg,

I'm glad you enjoyed the books! I am also anxious to continue with Kael's story and cannot wait to jump into the present day and be able to write in the military and science-fiction genres as the story continues.

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Katherine,

Thanks for your patience and for telling your friends. I'm nearing completion on my next book, so you should have some new material soon.

-Jason

Anonymous said...

Jason,

I am probably not your ordinary "fan" but I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading all 3 of The Awakened books and was disappointed when I was left hanging. These types of books are not what this 62 year old grandmother usually reads but your book kept popping up when I visited Amazon so I finally took the plunge and I'm glad I did. Can't wait for the next installment. You are a very talented writer.

Rita

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Rita,

I'm not sure who my "ordinary fans" are. It's been amazing to get notes from middle-schoolers to retirees who are enjoying The Awakened. I'm glad you decided to take the plunge and I look forward to writing the rest of the story so that I don't keep you and other readers hanging.

-Jason

Jody said...

Hi Jason,

i finished all 3 books of the awakened and was lost as to what to read next! i am not going to look into wandering stars - but i am hoping that there is more to the awakened... i want to know what happens to kael (which, i love that name!!) and saba! i saw that you had posted your email for updates, i hope you dont mind that i send you a message there to get on the list. i also looked you up on facebook but did not find an actual "author" page - but there are several jason tesars!

great story! cant wait for more!

Anonymous said...

Jason,
I figured, what the heck, it's only $2.99. As it turns out, I couldn't put the book down. I raced through books 2 and 3 just as quickly! I would happily have paid much, much more for each book. So often I am disappointed with an authors inability to make me really care about the main characters. You were able to make me care about many characters, even minor ones.

It's been a week since I finished book three and I still catch myself imagining what might be happening to Adair and Kael in the future. I have also theorized why Saba wouldn't/couldn't use his powers any longer. See what you've done!! Congratulations? I am a fan and can't wait to buy your next works. You should charge more because you are so worth it.

jillianne

Anonymous said...

Three words on the Awakened series:LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!

As soon as I get off work today, I am downloading the Wandering Stars series!!!

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Jody,

Was that a typo? Are you "now" going to read Incarnation, or "not" going to read it? Glad you liked the Awakened books, and yes, there is lot's more coming. My facebook author page is jasontesar.com.

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

jillianne,

Thanks for your kind words. The Wandering Stars series will answer your questions about Saba. And I'm looking forward to writing about Adair and Kael again.

-Jason

Anonymous said...

Jason, thoroughly enjoyed reading the first 3 books on my Kindle! Enjoyed your writing style.

Creative criticism: Please have your proof readers go over the print again, there were several misprints. Don't want your work diminished!

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks for the input. I will be releasing the 2nd edition of the Awakened books in the near future, to include rewritten scenes, new artwork, and copyediting. Hopefully we'll catch all the typos and errors this time around!

-Jason

Brandy said...

I really enjoy the Awakened books!!! Just happened upon them and I am very thankful I did. Do you have a release date on the 4th book yet? I can't hardly wait to get my hands on it!! Just a side note...I read to read...not proofread. I didn't mind the typos a good book is a good book!!! GREAT READ!!!

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Brandy! Because the Awakened series is moving into our world in the present day, I have a ton of research and story design to do before I can start writing. So, it's too soon to project a release date. But if you need something else to read in the meantime, I just released the first book of the prequel series that will tell Sariel's story.

-Jason

Arthur Sleep said...

Jason I have just finished book 3 of the awakened, amazing stuff. Could not wait to pick up my kindle each night and immerse myself in the characters and the world you created. Cannot wait for the forth book and I will be downloading the prequel after I write this as I am an addict. I sincerely hope you get more recognition, someone of you're calibre deserves it. Best of luck with you're future work!

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks so much Arthur! I hope you enjoy Incarnation.

-Jason

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. Just finished the 3rd Awakened book. I have been unable to stop since I picked the first one up. I am addicted. Please hurry. Not too much, but please hurry.

Nancy said...

Love the first three books in the awakened series. Just wondering when the fourth will be released??

Ed said...

Read the first book in the Awakened series. I could not put it down. Thanks for the sleepless night. : ). Devoured the second and relished th third. I cannot wait for the fourth one. You got some talent and a new fan.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Nancy,

It's too soon to set a release date; I'm only in the research/planning stage for Book Four. It will likely be sometime next year.

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Ed,

...glad to have you on board :)

-Jason

Anonymous said...

Hi Jason, I stumbled upon the awakened books whilst looking for something different to read and am now hooked! They are an amazing series and am so thankful to your wife for encouraging you to write the story you'd thought of and to share it with us. Can't wait to read more.

Thanks Victoria

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Victoria. I'm blessed to have an insightful and supportive wife! I'm glad you enjoyed the books.

-Jason

Anonymous said...

Very good work!!! Exciting and no good point in the series to take a break. By far the best series of books I have ever read. I would love to see a movie of this series.

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks so much; I'm glad you enjoyed them! If you know anyone in Hollywood, feel free to spread the word :)

-Jason

Erika said...

Hey Jason,

I just finished the whole trilogy of The Awakened on one afternoon. I will surely have some busy hours as I put my homework away in order to enjoy your book, but I just couldn't put it down. In my opinion that's what shows real talent. You grabbed my attention and didn't let go. Great work!
I can't wait to read what's next for Kael!
Erika

Anonymous said...

I LOVED your books. They are on same level as Teddy dekker. Couldn't put them down! Cant wait for the rest of the stories but will start with incarnation. Thank you!

Natalie said...

Hello Jason

I am so excited to have found your books. I really enjoyed The Awakened. I just finished the third and have just purchased Incarnation. Your style is refreshing and I enjoy your mix of religion and midieval times. I am thankful to have been able to read the first three back to back. I look forward to seeing much more from you in the future. I have passed your name to all of my fellow readers.

Thank you for making me a new follower,
Natalie

Samantha Noe said...

Hello Jason ~
I stumbled upon your books completely by accident. I generally do not enjoy the fantasy genre. Honestly, I only read the synopsis to determine if it would be a book my brother in law might be interested in. I was completely hooked by the end of the synopsis! I downloaded Book One of Awakened from Amazon on October 9, 2012. At the time of this writing I have finished all three Awakened books and Incarnation: Wandering Stars. I am married, have a full time job and two children that are active in all kinds of extra curicular activities. I really did spend every spare moment reading your books. I EAGERLY await the release of Awakened Book four and/or book two of Wandering Stars.
By the way - thank you for the glossary and pronunciations provided at the end of Wandering Stars. It certainly helped me enjoy the story all the more because I could follow the strategy and storyline.
Rather than pass my Kindle along to my brother in law, I plan on giving him the printed books for Christmas!

Keep up the good work!
Samantha

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Natalie,

Thanks so much for passing my name along! I'm still trying to turn this into something more than a hobby, so I really appreciate your support.

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Samantha,

I really enjoy it when people say, "I don't usually read fantasy, but..." That's the best compliment! You must be a quick reader if you got through all of them in 6 days. I'm glad the glossary was useful to you; I enjoy that kind of thing in other author's books and find it essential if there are lots of locations and characters to keep track of. It would be interesting to know how many readers actually use it.

Thanks so much for supporting my work!

-Jason

Adam said...

hey, I found the awakened books by accidentally whilst on holiday...and by the end of the holiday i had finished all three. There great and i cant wait for more. thankyou :)

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Adam. I'm glad you enjoyed them!

-Jason

Fazayah Augusta said...

I just have to know, when is book four coming out? I've read all three books in a matter of days, they were so good! Now I simply don't know what to do with my life! lol. Please don't make us wait any longer... you are so talented! Also will the Awakened series ever be made into a movie? It would definitely be a blockbuster!

Fazayah Augusta said...

I'm halfway through wandering stars volume one and I must say, I didn't think it would be as good as The Awakened series but it's equally amazing! I am so in awe of the imagery and suspense that the books brings. Again, keep up the good work. I will never doubt you again:) Love love love

todd vandell said...

I haven't read a book in probably 20+ years. I just, by accident, came across The Awakened series and not knowing what I was getting into, have found something I can't wait to see what happens next. In about 3 weeks I have read all three books and the Prequel Wandering Stars. I really can't wait til you have time to get the next addition written.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Fazayah,

Book four should be out sometime in 2013. Thanks for you comments and for supporting my writing. I've said this before to other readers, but if you happen to know anyone in Hollywood, feel free to suggest my work :)

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Todd,

That's a big compliment. Thank you very much for supporting my writing! I'm in the planning/research stage now for Book Four and hope to start writing in January.

-Jason

Pako Aradillas said...

Hi Jason,

Why don't we boost this out and increase your public, I would love to translate ur work to spanish, I loved your books and I believe lots of people would buy it in spanish. pakoaradillas@hotmail.com by the way, awesome plot!

Stretch9119 said...

Mr Tesar,
I have just finished your Awakened series and wanted to express my thankfulness. I am a voracious reader and read all 3 books in 3 days. I want to compliment your fantastic imagination and your ability to put it into the written word. I also enjoy your stated pre-education of yourself with this series with the Bible and book of Enoch and making it an interesting intertwining of imagination and respectful questioning. I would again like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your books and I plan on starting your prequel now. I am also very happy that I came to your webpage and learned more about your fantastic skills. I will support you in anyway I can and spread the word to my bookworm friends. I do apologize that I am probably not giving you the best prophet by reading your work on Kindle but if I enjoy the prequels as much as I think I will consider buying the sets. Also I can also offer my skills to you as a proofreader so as not to see so many typos which I attribute to the Kindle more than your writing but just putting it out there. Again thank you so much for the enjoyment you provided me.

James B. Stanton said...

Most excellent work, and fantastic imagination. Keep your focus on your passion and your life will catch up. Look forward to following your work. Please add me to your mailing list so I don't miss your next book! A

All the best,
James

Jason Tesar said...

Hi James,

I'm pleased that you enjoyed the stories. I'm doing just as you suggest and focusing on my passion. So far, things are falling in line, though not without a good measure of faith! In the near future, I will be redesigning my website and making it easier for readers to sign up for my email list. But for now, would you mind sending me an email so I can add you to the list?

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Matt (Stretch9119),

I hope you're enjoying Incarnation. Thank you so much for supporting my work! Oddly enough, I make more profit on ebooks than on the print editions...even though they are priced much, much lower. It's kinda weird how it all works out.

-Jason

Anonymous said...

I bought the combined edition of of the 3 Awakened books. I enjoyed them very much. Your description of Kael's fighting techniques were very ninjaesque, and pretty easy to follow. I liked the the way your story is flowing, and the premise is intriquing. Please keep up the good work, and let us know what happens to Adair & Kael.

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks! There's much more to come with Kael and Adair, so watch for Book 4 in 2013.

-Jason

Pako Aradillas said...

Hi Jason, Happy New Year!
I'm chewing my bones out of eager, I can't wait to read Wandering Stars Volume 2, please dont take too long, you certainly have a gift.

Unknown said...

Hi,

In one word "Mindblowing"!!! I am a book freak, who accidently came accross The Awakened & finished all 4 books including the prequel in 3 days time....Normally I dont purchase e-books...but, in in this case I had no second thpoghts & I am glad I purchased it...Keep up the good work...& beleive it or not I like the prequel better, because that is not fiction altogether, its based on actual facts & you know it. Our past has been twisted too such an extent that the present generation looks at the past as some kind of fairy tale....

& I think one of the comments from "namratha"...i think she is from India...
God Bless!

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Pako! The timing for releasing Volume 2 will depend on reader demand, so it's good to know when folks are waiting for it.

-Jason

Jason Tesar said...

Unknown,

I'm pleased that a self-proclaimed "book freak" enjoyed my stories. And I'm always curious to know if the prequel is well-received. Mythology has always fascinated me, especially the similarities between cultures that didn't have direct interaction with each other. I'm reading a book by C. S. Lewis right now and he made the comment that he suspects there is much more truth embedded in mythological stories than most people are willing to admit. Makes you think :)

-Jason

Anonymous said...

Dying to know what happens...... Please finish soon!!!! :))

Anonymous said...

loved the first three awakened books just away to get the wandering stars serie, is the awakened book 4 available to buy on amazon yet?

Jason Tesar said...

Book 4 is scheduled to be available in June.

Anonymous said...

Thank the gods!!!

Pat said...

Hi Jason,

Your first book intrigued me in a similar manner as you described concerning the books of the scripture and the apocryphal books. It was after reading your first prequel of the wandering stars that I went to search for Enoch and having read this, am looking for more. You have made your characters very likable and though I want to know what happens in the Awakened Series, I am looking forward to the wandering stars series more. Get on those quickly if you please.

Pat

Jason Tesar said...

Thanks Pat! I'll apply my writing time wherever I get the most support from readers, so it's good to hear from a Wandering Stars fan.

Ian Middleton said...

Hi Jason,

The Seeds of Corruption is brilliant but a little too short - I just wanted to keep reading more. I hope that you can find the time to continue the series and can understand the difficulties of combining employment that allows you to live and writing books that others want to keep reading. Hopefully the day will come when the royalties of past book brings in enough for you to spend more time writing. You certainly have the tallent for it.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Ian,

Thanks for writing. I also saw your Amazon review and wanted to assure you that I'm not just stringing out the storyline with endless numbers of books. There will be nine total in the Awakened series, and four in the Wandering Stars. The scope of the larger story is huge and cannot be resolved with fewer books.

I'm pleased that you enjoyed Seeds and wanted to keep reading. Even though I'm only writing 3 and 1/2 days week, I'm cramming more than full-time hours into those days. I look forward to the day when my writing is able to fully support my family and I. Until then, I will just move ahead with Book 5 and get it done as soon as possible.

Thanks for your support!

Anonymous said...

Jason....

So I will ask...when is the 5th book of the Awakened series coming out? I have read all 4 books in one week and was disappointed when I had finished. Your writing style is intoxicating and leaves me wanting to read your stories everyday! What a breath of fresh air in your style....I am usally a who done it reader but your stories trapped me in a world in which I can't get enough of.

Thank you for your excellent work!

Sonya B.

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Sonya,

Thanks so much for the comments! I love hearing from readers who don't usually read the sci/fantasy genre. I'm working on Book 5 now (actually typing the first words today) and plan to publish it this November.

-Jason

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled across your series and am very intrigued with them. My one concern is how you plan to end the series. I read a 6 book series in which the author did major research on how and where earlyman lived in continental Europe. The research for each book took 5-10 years. By the time the last book was written, you could tell the author had writers block or just got tired of writing. The ending was disjointed and was not on par with the first books. What a major disappointment after waiting 10 years for the finale. Please make sure you know how things will finish. i'd ahte to go through that again!

Stretch9119 said...

I wouldn't worry to much about that "Anonymous". In my dealings with Jason you can really see where his heart is even though he's still stuck writing on the side. I don't think us as his fans would allow a cop out like that and from my correspondence with him he wouldn't do that to his fans. He would except the criticism from the people he has in place to tell him before he publishes it. Plus if you've read this blog and/or had any correspondence with him you'd see the kind of man you are really dealing with as an authonor who truly respects the people that contact him.

Jason Tesar said...

I appreciate your concern regarding the ending of The Awakened series. I have also read a series that dragged out for too long without the content to support it.

I knew where my series was going before I started writing it. The ending is already planned and I have even thought through some of the dialogue and visual concepts. I have big things planned!

Since you asked, I'll give you a hint. The series will be 9 books total. Each of the three trilogies will focus on characters and events in a different world/setting. The series begins with an ancient culture and moves into a modern timeframe, while the scope of the conflict grows from personal concerns to political issues, and then worldwide espionage. As it moves forward, the series carries along its fantasy roots, further develops its military aspects, and heads toward sci-fi.

You can see the trajectory of the series and know that the ending books will grow the story to an epic scale.

So, that's the challenge I'm facing. But you can be assured that I won't release anything until I'm happy with it, and I have a low tolerance for boring and overdone stories.

Clint Will said...

I stumbled across your books not to long ago in search of a fresh style from an author I haven't read before. I've finished all of your books now and can't wait for the next one to come out! I love how you are spanning the genres and still manage to grip my attention. Keep up the good work, and I hope you get enough support to do this full time!

Jason Tesar said...

Hi Clint,

Thanks for supporting my efforts. I'm glad you're enjoying the series. I'm currently putting in full-time writing hours while I also work a part-time job. I'm hoping that I'll be able to make the switch once and for all sometime in the future.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jason, I just wanted to say what great books you've written. I just finished book 4 in the Awakened Series and can't wait to start The Wandering Stars Series. I've never opted to read this genre of books, but I am completely blown away at how I'm 'sitting-at-the-edge-of-my-seat' through the entire series! You are really a good writer and I can't wait till all your books are out! Thanks for not interjecting obscene talk, too. I have already recommended your series to several people!

Jason Tesar said...

Thank you so much! I love hearing about readers expanding their genre horizons. And thank you for recommending my books to others.

Anonymous said...

HURRY UP WITH BOOK 5!!!!!! PLEASE!

Oh- great job with the first 4 :)

Thanks- Lynda