Countdown: 2 Weeks. We’re counting down to the release the first book in my new children’s series. Each week, I’ve brought out sketches, character introductions, and explanations of the adventure ahead. Today, I’m unveiling the element of magic that’s found in the Byways books.
The Johns family tree was truly magical. Some said it was because Ian’s great-great-great-grandfather had married a woodland fairy. Since then, men and women in their clan sometimes showed signs of magic. Those with dynasty level talents considered the Johns’ ability a quaint quirk. But Ian was proud of his inheritance.
—excerpt from Byways, Book 1: On Your Marks
Magic is a rare trait that tends to run in families. Right from the beginning of the series, readers learn that members of the Johns family have magic in their blood. Their particular talent is more interesting than useful. Ian and his sons are Changers who can take the form of an animal.
The Postmaster of Liberty is famous for being able to change into a great, golden eagle. His three sons have also found their forms. Ewan’s is an elk. Zane’s is a wolf. And Ganix’s is a raccoon.
Byways, Book #1: On Your Marks
releases July 4, 2014
Taking sibling rivalry to brand new lengths…
Series Summary: Ian Johns is the founder of the postal system in the land of Liberty. Twice widowed, he has three sons, all half-brothers, and the boys don’t get along. In order to help them bond, Ian plans a tour of the country in the hopes that travel will bring them closer together. But somehow, the plan is twisted around, and the trip becomes a race.
Age Range: These books are geared for young readers who are ready for their very first chapter books (K-2).