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Ewan can take the form of an elk.
Zane shape-shifts into a wolf.
Ganix can Change into a raccoon.

But it will take more than magical bloodlines to win this race.

The Race. 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.

The Brothers. When CJ dreamed up this epic cross-country adventure, Ian’s sons started out as living pictures of three constitutional ideals—”life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Ewan is a protector by nature. He takes care of the young lives in his keeping. Zane values his independence above all else. And Ganix just wants to have fun.

Brothers Chibis by f-wd


Book #1 • On Your Marks • The Adventure Begins
Ian Johns has three sons, and the brothers don’t get along very well. Somehow, their father’s plan for a family trip turns into a three-way race. Ready, set, go!
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-002-8
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-018-9 978-1-63123
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-007-3

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Book #2 • Aboard the Train • A Ewan Johns Adventure
On the first leg of his journey, Ewan Johns takes the train north into the snowy woodlands. He’s sure he has a great head start, but when Ewan discovers two stowaways, they force him to change his plans.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-004-2
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-019-6
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-008-0

Book #3 • Over the Bridge • A Zane Johns Adventure
Zane Johns and his best friend Jovan are searching for one more person for their team. At their first waypoint, they hear a rumor about a blacksmith who wants to move West. A visit to the forge brings one surprise after another.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-005-9
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-020-2
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-009-7

Book #4 • Up the Mountain • A Ganix Johns Adventure
Ganix Johns is already at his fourth waypoint, but is he the tortoise or the hare? The upcoming peach blossom festival sounds like fun, so he decides to stay. But one little accident leads to big trouble, and it’s up to Ganix to make things right.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-006-6
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-021-9
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-010-3

Byways, 5, 6, 7

Book #5 • Inside the Tree • A Ewan Johns Adventure
Ewan Johns has to raise money for three train tickets, so he takes a job in Charter. While he’s at work, Tamaqua and Juniata discover that the big, old tree on the village green is being used as a mailbox.
ISBN (e-book): 9978-1-63123-013-4
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-023-3
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-022-6

Book #6 • Into the Hills • A Zane Johns Adventure
They say that people living along the edges of the Wilds are half-wild themselves. Zane Johns might fit right in, but he has to deal with a pushy blacksmith, his bookish best friend, and the town that wants to throw him a tea party.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-014-1
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-025-7
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-024-0

Book #7 • Across the Line • A Ganix Johns Adventure
Ganix Johns doesn’t think he needs a constant companion, but then he meets someone who needs him. Hurlock is a magician with chains on his ankles, and his wife Galena is about to be sold. Ganix schemes to set them free.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-015-8
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-027-1
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-026-4

Byways, 8, 9, 10

Book #8 • Down the Stairs • A Ewan Johns Adventure
Ewan Johns takes a wrong turn and ends up on the wrong mountain. A late spring storm strands him and the girls in Boiling Springs. The town has a fine inn, a steamy bathhouse, and a secret. When Tamaqua and Juniata disappear, Ewan has to chase the legend of a dragon.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-041-7
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-030-1 978-1-63123-030-1978-1-63123-030-1
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-034-9

Book #9 • Through the Notches • A Zane Johns Adventure
Zane Johns follows his nose into the sweet-smelling town of Sugar Hill. He can’t wait to join in on their annual games … until he finds out what he has to wear! He, Jovan, and Bree are nowhere near their next waypoint, but the Old Man of the Mountain knows a shortcut.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-042-4
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-031-8
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-035-6

Book #10 • Back on Track • A Ganix Johns Adventure
To keep his teammates safe, Ganix Johns is hiding in one of Liberty’s new colonies. Hurlock and Galena need to keep away from the chasers who hunt for runaway slaves. Thankfully, Ganix has plenty of plans to protect his new friends—detours, disguises, and donkeys!
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-63123-043-1
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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-63123-032-5
ISBN (library edition): 978-1-63123-036-3

Upcoming Titles

Byways books release in batches of three, one for each brother.


Book #11Under the TorchA Ewan Johns Adventure
Two teams arrive at their shared waypoint on the same day, but it’s easy to get lost in a city as big as Beacon. A case of mistaken identity leaves Ewan tongue-tied. An urgent letter sends Jovan rushing through the maze of waterways. And Zane is having all kinds of trouble with two little tagalongs.

Book #12In the MiddleA Zane Johns Adventure
A feud on the fringes drags Zane’s teammates to opposite ends of town. Both sides are convinced that the other is to blame for recent disappearances, but Bree knows better. Zane must chase down the truth in order to haul his best friend out of danger.

Book #13Among the TentsA Ganix Johns Adventure
Ganix finds the perfect job in a bustling seaside town that’s famous for its circus. Flashy costumes, dazzling magic shows, and a kind-hearted ringmaster make it possible for Hurlock and Galena to keep their secret. Until one of the sideshow attractions starts acting strange.

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9 thoughts on “Byways

  1. I am thankful to be a part of this fantastic series of books! In an alternate colonial America, the land of Liberty, three bickering brothers are tasked with crossing the country to check in at each post office–their father is Liberty’s Postmaster. The job turns into a race, with each brother crossing the country on different routes, into Wilds infused with magical creatures. But the brothers have a bit of magic of their own to help them along.

    An adventure series combined with a game of hidden words given in the backmatter, each book also revolves around one state, with state facts woven into the storyline for readers to find, like the state flower.

    The author has also created a blog, a “waypoint,” where readers can follow the progress of each brother as they make their way through the series and across the country. At the Waypoint Log, readers can also sign on and have a unique seal created for a “letter stamp” like the wax seal each brother must use at each post office along the way to mark where they’ve been.


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