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From Darkness to Darkness is out!

From Darkness to Darkness by Jay BellWhat’s the opposite of a delay? Whatever it is, that’s what going on. From Darkness to Darkness is out the gate and running for the hills. There’s no stopping it now! This is my first sequel, which is sort of a weird feeling. Usually my books sink or swim on their own merits, but this one has to politely wait in line while people judge the first book. The Cat in the Cradle was the first novel I ever published. I’d like to think I’ve grown as a writer since then, so if you enjoyed that book even in the slightest, please give From Darkness to Darkness a nibble. I think you’ll enjoy the taste. If you’re nervous about the Loka Legends series in general, you can always give Finding Fire a quick read first.

From Darkness to Darkness artFor those returning to the series, there has been one change in regard to the illustrations. Before, Andreas cranked out one drawing for each chapter, but the idea of him having to create twenty-seven more for this book seemed cruel. I also felt that there wasn’t always a suitable idea for each chapter, which is why the first book has a drawing of melons in it. It’s a lovely drawing, but hardly exciting. So we limited it to one image every fifty pages or so. The good news is that the illustrations are now full page and thus a lot more glorious. Aside from that, it’s business as usual for Dylan and his friends; Danger, romance, and hopefully a little bit of fun when they aren’t running for their lives. I hope you guys enjoy. You can start reading the first four chapters here, buying options are on the left, and the blurb is directly below. Now reread that last sentence and picture me gesturing at things like a stewardess.

From the cradle to the grave…

The Black Oligarch is dead. Some call his replacement a boy, others call him a threat. Cole lost everything the night he became Oligarch: his family, his home… even Jonah. Now he’s alone, left only with painful memories and the power to destroy the Five Lands.

When Dylan is sent to help Cole, he finds they have more in common than expected. They hope to build a new life together, but dark forces have other plans for them. The dead are rising, bringing secrets from the past that threaten to change their lives forever. Can Dylan guide a young man through the darkness and protect those he loves without making the ultimate sacrifice?

As always, be sure to let me know what you think of the new story. Something Like Winter is up next. When? Soon, I hope. I better get to work!

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15 Responses

  1. Claire

    *\o/*::throws all the confetti::*\o/* Reading it right now! Love how Kindle offers instant gratification 😀

  2. Lena Grey

    Yes! More Loca Legends. I have ‘Flesh and Blood’ but not ‘Finding Fire’ and ‘From Darkness to Darkness’ of course. I love that there are more fabulous illustrations.

    “Now reread that last sentence and picture me gesturing at things like a stewardess.”

    The sentence above evokes an image of you in a skirt with a blond wig on directing passengers with hands waving in all directions. he he

    • I recently submitted From Darkness to Darkness to a certain review site. *wink wink nudge nudge*

      As for me in drag, I always post blog entries while wearing a skirt. It helps me think. 😉

  3. Michael Sky

    Congratulations Jay on your first sequel! Everything looks really good. I intend to read it soon amidst my own work and writing.

  4. Cissy

    So Dylan and Tyjin aren’t together anymore? Sorry I’m just confused about the “having more in common than expected ” and “building a new life together” thing.

  5. Warren

    Sounds pretty rad! I know what I’ll be getting myself for my birthday.

  6. Cody

    I am so beyond excited!!! The Cat in the Cradle was the first of your books I read, and I adored it! I only wish I could have read it as a young teenager…so inspirational to me. The only things of yours I haven’t yet perused are the two Loka stories. Something Like Summer made me cry my eyes out, and Hell’s Pawn was beyond interesting. The only downside is that this new book came out while I’m in the midst of reading another great series of books: The Weather Warden series. I will have to speed through them to get to this new addition to your family as soon as possible! Unlike my best friend, I’m not great at spreading myself out to multiple novels at the same time 😉 Thanks for your great work, the awesome illustrations, and being yourself!
    P.S. I can’t wait for Something Like Winter!!

    • Hey Cody!

      If The Cat in the Cradle was the first book you’ve read by me, then you’ve probably been with me since I very first started publishing. No worries about you being busy with the Weather Warden series. My books will still be there when you’re done. I had never heard of that series, but having looked it up, it sounds pretty cool. I also never liked reading more than one book at a time. It amazes me that people can do that. Even wilder is authors that work on multiple books at once. There’s some crazy people out there! 😉

      • Cody

        So true- I can’t even imagine attempting to write more than one book at once! I have just started the last book in the Weather Warden series (which should totally be made into an anime series or something of that nature) and then I will be devouring your novel! I am beyond excited to revisit these characters and their world. I am attracted to strong characters, such as those you write and those in the Weather Warden series. Thanks again for writing!
        A huge fan (you’re one of my favorites!)

  7. L.J.

    Jay! Your books are so engrossing. I can’t wait for the next book in this series and also “Something Like Winter”. Thanks for making reading so much fun for me!

    • Aw, thanks L.J.! Comments like yours make writing fun and help motivate me to get my butt into gear. Stay tuned. Something Like Winter isn’t far away!

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