Cycle of Ages Saga Creators Roll Out Second Novel, Sands of Sorrow

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PIEDMONT, ALABAMA, September 30, 2015– Local authors Jeremy Hicks and Barry Hayes are happy to announce the publication of their second novel, Sands of Sorrow, the next installment in a fantasy series called The Cycle of Ages Saga. Though it will be available online through Amazon and other retailers by week’s end, they will officially launch it at Huntsville’s Rocket City Lit Fest on October 10, 2015.

A native of Piedmont and Jacksonville State University alumnus, Jeremy Hicks spent several years working as a field archaeologist throughout the Southeast before teaming up with his co-author and longtime friend, Barry Hayes, to realize a shared creative dream. They created an original horror-fantasy environment (Faltyr™), wrote a screenplay to introduce it, and then started a company (Broke Guys Productions) to promote it. They adapted it into a novelization of the same name; and their first novel, (The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers), was published by Dark Oak Press at the end of July 2013. Barry and Jeremy have appeared at book signings and conventions around the Southeast to promote their book, including Decatur Book Festival and Alabama Phoenix Festival.


Sands of Sorrow is their second novel together. It continues the adventures of the Master-of-Disaster (Kaladimus Dor) and his wise-cracking buddies, the mercenaries of Finders Keepers. Cover art was produced by Rob E. Brown, former Marvel artist and the current artist for the Bela Lugosi estate. Graphic design was completed by Kevin “Fritz” Fotovich, Raytheon employee and another JSU graduate. When asked what he thought about the epic new cover, co-writer Barry Hayes was quoted as saying, “By god, I like it!” Mr. Hicks was unavailable for comment as he was busy writing this press release.

Paperback cover design from the second edition of the Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers.

If you would like more information about the Cycle of Ages Saga or Broke Guys Productions, please contact Jeremy Hicks at For information on Rocket City Literary Festival, go to

Upcoming Appearance — Geek Gathering 2015

Ten days until The Cycle of Ages Saga arrives at The Geek Gathering 2015! Don’t miss it!

J. Jeremy Hicks -- Author

Ten days from now, I’ll be bringing the Cycle of Ages Saga to the most happening convention in NW Alabama. Thousands of people will descend upon the town of Sheffield to attend The Geek Gathering on September 19th & 20th. You’ll be able to meet and greet with actors like Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior, Weird Science), shop scores of vendor tables, attend panels on various Geek culture topics, and even buy autographed books from struggling authors like me. Please buy books from struggling authors like me. 🙂

Hope to see you there!

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Finders Keepers 2nd Anniversary Giveaway

Enter now for a chance to win one of two paperback copies of the Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers!

J. Jeremy Hicks -- Author

Enter now to win one of two paperback copies of the Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers from Amazon!

Enter fast. Contest ends July 23, 2015. No purchase necessary. Twitter account required to enter.

Enter HERE!

Paperback cover design from the second edition of the Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers. Paperback cover design from the second edition of the Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers.

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Burlesque Interview: The Sizzling Shay Blaze!

Check out Jeremy Hicks’s new interview with burlesque dancer and cosplayer Shay Blaze!

J. Jeremy Hicks -- Author

Today, I have the pleasure and privilege of interviewing the sizzling Shay Blaze, burlesque performer, cosplayer, and, last but certainly not least, my friend. She is a petite, almost fae-like beauty with a smile and personality bigger and brighter than the sun itself. And if you’re like me, you are already looking forward to learning more about her. Without further adieu, I give you the lithe, the lovely Shay Blaze.


J: Let’s start with something simple. How long have you been performing as a burlesque dancer? And how did you start performing?

S: I’ve been performing burlesque for 5 years now. It all started when a good friend of mine told me about a local audition here in Alabama and I just fell in love with it.


J: Did you decide on your stage name or was that moniker applied by someone else? Either way, what does that name mean…

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