IWSG: Meet Jack Templar, my fave MG fantasy!

Hi, it’s Sher today with the Insecure Writers Support Group., thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh. Sorry if I’m slow to reply. Once again I’m at the doctor because I’m still throwing up after 2 failed stomach opening expansions. Turns out my food sits at the bottom of my esophagus and drips into my stomach slowly, but not before I upchuck most of it. But while I’m not having fun, I wanted to promote a series I think fits the writing insecurity bill combined with loads of scary fun for teens and adults, the Jack Templar Monster Hunter books.

What does Jack Templar have to do with writing insecurities, you ask? Well, writers need an audience to sell books, and there’s no tougher sell than to tween and teen boys. I know from experience that most are too busy with sports or video games to read much even if they wanted to. Why would any writer put him or herself through the torture of trying to capture such a recalcitrant group? It seems like failure waiting to happen. Still, I tried because I wanted my own sons to learn to love reading because I got hooked on reading in grade school. And I happen to know that Jack Templar started as a means to get author Jeff Gunhus’s own sons to read. The difference between us is that Jeff never got sidetracked from his goal or discouraged enough to quit.

More important, he had the right formula to hook reluctant readers.  Monsters and action. Lots of both. So even though I’m not currently writing my own books for reluctant readers, I’m editing for Jeff and having great fun in my imagination at a time when real life is tough. My writing insecurities are on the wane thanks to witnessing Jeff’s triumphs.  So what if I’m basking in someone else’s glory? It still feels good. Best of all, here’s the latest installment with a giveaway!

Jack Templar 5


Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5).

With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre’s Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.

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jeffAuthor Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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Jack Templar awards

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Ends 8/28/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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  1. It’s really nice of you to help promote an author even when you aren’t feeling well. Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, I appreciate it.

  2. I’ve always enjoyed Jeff’s books. Glad to see that the series is still working for him.

    When are the doctors going to get you fixed up again? this diet plan of yours seems a bit harsh.

    • Hey, Ken, me too. As for fixing me up, I have my last medical test on Monday and see the surgery doc on Tuesday, so I hope they have an opening later in the week to do surgery.

  3. Hi,
    I’m sorry to hear that you are not feeling well and I hope you start feeling better soon.
    Hang in there.
    Pat Garcia

  4. Poor you! Do smoothies help?
    (I love my Nutribullet.)

    I know what you mean about tween and teen boys. Mine stay glued to their electronics, even the one that’s a reader.

    Looks like a great series! …if you’re a teen or tween boy. LOL

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