Audiobook: 1 hour 32 minutes (15,500 words)
Narrated by: Dan Calley
Genre(s): Historical fantasy, M/M romance (with elements of BDSM)
Cedric de Breos was an average son from an average farmer’s family before he was chosen—by royal decree—to befriend Alain Tomolia, the solemn and enigmatic crown prince of Dunn. As Cedric dutifully pursues their strange friendship, he begins to suspect that Alain is haunted by a dark secret, one which has its roots sunk deep in the crown prince’s past. Cedric’s situation is complicated by the gradual realization that his intended purpose is not only to serve as companion to the crown prince but also as his surrogate in the whipping yard, taking the punishment for Alain’s misdeeds. Will Cedric find a way to come to terms with the resentment, pity, curiosity, and reluctant attraction he feels toward the crown prince, or will he allow the circumstances around them to command their fate?
January 16, 2023
Sharing the book trailer video I made for the upcoming release of His Whipping Boy in audiobook. Dan Calley has done an absolutely stunning job narrating it. There's so much depth and emotion in his performance for these characters. I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.
HIS WHIPPING BOY by J.A. Jaken
Audiobook Trailer Video
January 7, 2023
Happy New Year, everyone! I've been struggling with some health issues over the past six months or so, but I'm starting to get back to my former routines now and I'm looking forward to returning my attention to my interrupted writing projects again. Writing brings so much joy and peace to my life, even if I never share it (although sharing it is a separate joy all on its own). It's been really difficult not having that support to lean on, but I can feel my muses gearing up now with the urge to start crafting new worlds and stories once again. It is a really good feeling.
So what does this newest year hold in store? I'm planning to move forward with the audiobook production of The Magician's Apprentice, which will be narrated by Dan Calley. I'm also intending to continue with my interrupted plans to start releasing some exclusive short stories for subscribers to my newsletter to enjoy, in thanks for their continued support of me and my writing. The most ambitious project I'm planning by far is a new novel titled The Demon Thief, which I'm really excited about because it entails some creative twists and ebook programming techniques that I haven't used in a novel before. I think you'll all be really surprised and intrigued by it, and will hopefully enjoy it very much. ❤️