Introducing: Benjamin Brooks!

Posted: December 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
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The time has now come to tell you about a new project.

In case you don’t know (and most of you don’t), I have a ten year old son.  He is not the strongest reader, and some of that is on us, because we didn’t read to him as much as we did his sister when he was a baby.  The other part of that is he has technology that reads to him, and Netflix in his room, and Youtube.  There’s not much point in reading.

All of that to say, he has only a couple of books/series that he enjoys.  The Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings and Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown.  The problem is, he has read all of those books, and the new ones don’t come out fast enough.  So, after an exhaustive search to find him a new book to read, I decided to write one for him.

Benjamin Brooks: Fourth-Grade Monster Hunter.title-2*

This is the first book in a new series designed specifically for upper-elementary students.  The best part (at least for me) is that it stays within the world of the Midnight Defenders.  To my knowledge, this is the first book for kids that has spun directly out of an adult series.

One of the main questions people asked me after reading my first novel, The Dark Communion, is what are you going to do with Adam Gables?  My answer was always the same.  Nothing.  He was a one-off character.

Well, he’s back.  When I set about writing this book, he was the logical character to bring in.  After the events of The Dark Communion, Adam’s mom wants a fresh start.  His older brother, Eric, goes off to college, so Mrs. Gables moves Adam away from Seattle to a small town in Oregon.  Where he meets Ben and they have their own adventure.

Here’s Ben and Adam:



I’ll have more of a synopsis and the cover image to share with you in the coming days. I will say, it involves kappas and tiddaliks and a grasshopper that plays guitar.

This book is coming January 2017.  But if you want it for a last-minute present for that youngster in your life, keep checking back, because I’m trying really hard to have it available before Christmas.  Just a few pictures left for the interior and a few final tweaks.


*not a final image


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