Tag Archives: Character: Zane Johns

COVER REVEAL: Through the Notches

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Jovan studied the blue line that zigzagged west. “I wonder if Grandfather had you in mind when he sketched this route across the map.”

At the heart of Liberty, towns were few and far between. Wide green land, low rolling hills, and a maze of hidden valleys—they marked the eastern boundary of a place where strange things had a way of happening. Magic thrived. Mythical beasts roamed free. No one had ever dared to map all of its mysteries. Not even the rangers who kept peace throughout the land.

“Uncle Vanek knows what I like,” said Zane, who was a great-nephew of Jovan’s grandfather. “He lived out there, didn’t he? During his ranger days.”

“Yes, but that’s a long way from here. In the deepest part of the Wilds.”

—Byways #9, Through the Notches: A Zane Johns Adventure

Wandering and Warning Signs. Zane Johns follows his nose into the sweet-smelling town of Sugar Hill. Continue reading COVER REVEAL: Through the Notches

ART: Byways Brothers

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FanArt is fun! There’s nothing quite like opening mail and finding a reader’s creative outburst. Last week, I received another piece of Byways art from Skylee, who’s been reading through the series. This’un is titled “Byways Brothers” and features all three boys plus Ewan’s girls.  Continue reading ART: Byways Brothers

BYWAYS: Sketches for Book #3

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Coming Soon. This fall, I’ll be releasing the next three books in the Byways series, one for each brother. Between now and then, I’m offering peeks at some of the details that are falling into place. Story snippets. Character introductions. Cover reveals. Today, I bring more of Hannah Christenson’s sketches, this time for Byways Book #3. Over the Bridge is Zane‘s first solo adventure.  Continue reading BYWAYS: Sketches for Book #3


Byways Entries

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. Continue reading BYWAYS: Magic


Byways Entries

We’re one month away from the release of Byways, Book 1: On Your Marks, which will kick off the cross-country race that takes sibling rivalry to new lengths. Today, I’m revealing this first book cover, which features Ian Johns and his three sons. Continue reading COVER REVEAL: On Your Marks

FOLKS: Zane the Rebel

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Countdown: 6 Weeks. We’re counting down to the release the first of the Byways books, my new children’s series. Each week, I’ll bring out sketches, excerpts, and explanations of the adventure ahead. Today, I’ve added a Byways page to the website. Look for the tab and see where it leads. More pages will be added in the weeks ahead! And … it’s also my pleasure to introduce the Johns family’s middle son—Zane. Continue reading FOLKS: Zane the Rebel