Saturday, August 10, 2019


Welcome to my blog. I want to introduce you to a fabulous author and his book I think any urban fantasy fiction lovers are going to enjoy. Meet Sir Ragnarok and his book REVERIE'S END: BLADES OF MALICE.

  1. Sir Ragnarok

    Reverie's End: Blades of Malice

  2. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    I'm a gamer, anime fan, nerd, and a math teacher. I just started writing "fantasy anime novels" and I'm enjoying it so far. Constructive criticism is welcome.
  3. What inspired you to author this book?
    Years of playing Japanese Role-playing games and watching anime have finally motivated me to write my own series.
  4. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    "The Blades of Malice" are one of the main antagonists in the book. The cover shows their emblem.

  5. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    It's hard to say because I've played so many games, watched plenty of anime, and listened to many game composers over the years. They all molded me as an individual.
  6. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    The hardest part is believing that your book can sell and actually finishing it.
  7. Tell your readers about your book.
    The land of Ethos is on the brink of war. Nine characters, many of which cannot even be classified as "good", are guided by their own motives and inadvertently guide history onto the path it was destined for. Meanwhile, the Blades of Malice, the 7 kingdoms, and the various non-human races of Ethos all seek power, but fail to see the danger that is about to envelop them all.

    This is the first book in a series of short novels that I plan on writing. My main inspirations are fantasy anime, Japanese rpgs, and Game of Thrones. Chapters will usually be told from the perspective of one of the nine main characters.

    Main Character Bios:
    Amalia: A priestess of Twilight Sanctum. She is an orphan of war that finally sets out on a journey to help those in need, only to find out the cruelties of reality.

    Miri: An adventurer mercenary from a fishing village. She wants to make a name for herself, but does not yet understand how much her journey will cost her.

    Dart: A commander of the Blades of Malice. He only desires to overthrow the kingdoms of Ethos.

    Will: A runaway noble and ex-soldier that chose to live life as a bard. He only desires to be free.

    Gin: A mysterious man that notices a disturbance in Ethos' flow of mana.

    Lita: A rage-filled assassin who has some names to cross off her "kill list".

    Ordalia: A noblewoman that wants to maintain her family's authority at any cost.

    Beowulf: an ex-paladin. He was branded a traitor during the war and now wanders around as a ronin.

    "Sinister Man": An evil man from another world. He just wants to wreak havoc and have fun.
  8. Who is your target audience, and why?
    Fans of anime, manga, Jrpgs, Game of Thrones, or anything "nerd-related" in general.
  9. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    Being saved by my lord and savior Jesus Christ.
  10. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    I try to minimize the use of plot armor for my characters. Plenty of Shounen anime do this and it does become cliche and annoying after a while.


Friday night NFL football came, I went, and the Sants lost to the Vikings. Although the game is preseason and the outcome doesn't mean anything, I still prefer a win. No matter, what I did see encouraged me about the future of the Saints team. Several rookies stepped up to the plate, and for the first time in a long time, we have two potential kick off returners and our special teams looked great. Also, our backup quarterback played flawlessly. Geaux Saints!

As I post this blog, I am in Bay St. Louis, MS, at our family's antique store called FAMILY TREE ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES located at 10750 HWY 603, Suite A. I'll be there all day, so if you're in the neighborhood drop by and I have copies of my books here and I can autograph them for you. For all of you NEVER STOP RUNNING fans, this is the antique store that Jackie and her mother visit. Come see for yourself, and just like in the book, we have a free item available. First come first serve. Also, if you come, someone please bring me a snowball.

When I run the antique store, I also write or read between the times that I don't have customer's in the store. Here is a little gem I'm reading now written by LaToya Lawson called MA'SITTER.

MA'SITTER Paperback – July 29, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019


Good morning and it is a wonderful morning. I'm the first one up in my household, in fact, I've been up since around 4:00 a.m. because I am in the middle of a plot in next novel SECRET ROMANCES: A FORBIDDEN THIRST FOR LOVE. This book is nothing like my other novels, in fact, as the title reflects, it is a romance novel. After writing three psychological thrillers back-to-back, my brain is enjoying the romance. Readers need not worry as the second book in THE KEYSTROKE KILLER is almost finished and I am about two-thirds into NEVER STOP RUNNING part two.

Speaking of NEVER STOP RUNNING, the sales for the audible book are increasing daily as word gets out about this thriller. With more than fifty five-star reviews on ACX, it is quickly becoming in the ranks of the top 100 books on audible after opening up as the #1 New Release in paperback, eBook and audiobook narrated by Jessie Drumm. This is an action-packed thriller with many twists and turns. Order your copy today.

Another reason I am excited is that tonight I get to go to the Saints versus the Vikings preseason game in the Superdome. If you have followed me for any time at all, you know how much I love NFL football and the New Orleans Saints. So, maybe that's the real reason I'm up so early.

Yesterday I hit a milestone on my blog and my followers are now are the 200,000 mark. I am humbled that so many take the time to read my blog as I love sharing with you author tips and introducing you to new books and their authors. Today is no exception as a I a special one in store. Joshua C. Carroll and the book THE ADVENTURES OF SARAH  ANN LEWIS AND THE MEMORY THIEVES. Think of an adventure similar to A WRINKLE IN TIME and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. Set is the 1980s and filled with spies and mad scientists, this sci-fi tale is perfect for pre-teens and teens to get one last book in their reading corner before they head back to school.

I hope you enjoy learning about the author and the book in my featured Author Interview.

The Adventures of Sarah Ann Lewis and the Memory Thieves (The Sentinels Book 1)



  1. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    I was born in Colorado, but I grew up in Abilene, Texas, and lived there until I was in my 30s. Abilene is where I went to college, met and married my wife, bought our first house, and became a dad for the first time. It's a great big little town, and it's the only thing for a long way around, so it's got a really interesting social dynamic. In a lot of ways, growing up in that sort-of-rural-but-not-quite place has shaped the way I relate to the world and how I write.

    These days, I live in Fort Worth, Texas. My wife and I have been married for 16 years, and in addition to our two biological daughters (5 and 13), we also have two wonderful foster daughters (2 months and 14 months).
  2. What inspired you to author this book?
    When I first moved to Fort Worth, my family was still in Abilene finishing out the school year and trying to sell our house. During that time, I had a lot of extra alone time on my hands, and when I have time to think, I get creative. This story was born in that time as something I wanted to give my oldest daughter.
  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    The cover is a scene straight out of the book. In it, Sarah sneaks onto her neighbor's property one night, still wearing her pajamas and discovers a secret laboratory inside a cave.

  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    I grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit over and over. Without Tolkien and Lewis, I don't think I'd be writing stories today.
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    This was my first novel. Just convincing myself that I could finish was such a battle, especially at first. And then, once it was written and revised, it was a shock to discover that most publishers won't touch a middle-grade novel that's more than 50,000 words long. There was a lot of rejection.
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    The Adventures of Sarah Ann Lewis and the Memory Thieves is, first and foremost, a spy thriller. There are mystery and elements of science fiction. But there's also a magical fantasy thing going on in the way the story is told and in the way Sarah experiences the world she uncovers It's been compared a lot to A Wrinkle in Time and I Am Number Four, and since it's set in a rural area during the 80s, some have drawn parallels to Stranger Things. There are lots of Easter eggs for fans of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Sarah, the main character, is 13 years old and lives with her Grandpa. She's had a hard life and is trying to find a sense of normality as the book opens. She's curious to the point of getting into trouble, and she hates going to school.

    What she doesn't know is that her family has some big secrets. And now, spies are stalking her because of those secrets.

    People she loves are hurt and endangered. And to save the day, Sarah has to team up with people she never knew existed. People who, it turns out, aren't even human.

    It's a lot of fun, and it gets pretty intense. It's a lot closer to, say, Harry Potter than to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    This book is technically categorized for "upper middle grade" readers, but really, it's for anybody who loves the sorts of books my oldest daughter and I love: the Percy Jackson series, the Pittacus Lore books, A Wrinkle in Time, Narnia, etc. If you like mysteries, spies, mad scientists, alternate dimensions, talking animals, shapeshifters, and 1980s nostalgia, this book is for you.

    It's also found a home among other foster/adoptive families. Sarah Ann contains some themes around belonging in the family that has chosen you, even if they aren't the family you were born into, and that really resonates with people who are living that reality. Seeing their positive response to this story has been one of my favorite outcomes of publishing it.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    I don't know that I have achieved it, but my number one goal is to be a great husband and dad for my family.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    I didn't set out to be different, but I definitely seem to have landed there. Maybe that's because I didn't set out to write a book that people would buy. I just set out to write the sort of story my daughter and I would want to read together. I can't help but pull a lot of broad influences together into my stories, so they tend to be a little hard to nail down.


    1: Memory Thieves is an imaginative and very well-written book that provides a glimpse into a world we will probably be seeing a lot of in the future. Sarah Ann Lewis provides us with a likable young girl who is thrust into the forefront of a battle between unseen universes and good and evil, and her relationships with characters from these unseen universes provide us with examples of loyalty, bravery, duty, and honor. What more could we hope for in a hero? The story was rich in adventure and really engaging for the reader. There is much to like on each page, beginning to end.

    Joshua Carroll has made an auspicious debut in this book, filled with memorable characters and a fun storyline. My expectation is that there will be a strong following for this series for many years to come.

    2: This book is amazingly awesome. It is a science fiction, mystery, good vs. bad, awesome book. Do not hesitate in ordering. If you don’t order, you will live a very sorry, miserable, horrible life, knowing you did not order a book that is AWESOME. Such, such, such an amazing book. (Do not hesitate. I am so serious. This is an awesome book.)
    I think someone put glue on my hands while I was sleeping. Because, I was pretty much “read, read, read, but mom! This is a really exciting part! Read, read, read, go to bed, wondering what will happen next, can’t go to sleep, read some more, fall asleep, read while eating breakfast, etc., etc.” Very good book. Can’t wait until the next one comes out! This is what I was like when I started:!!!!!

    3: When was the last time you read a book that you just couldn't put down? This was one of those books for me. I read it in just 2 sessions, which is unusual for me. The mystery of Sarah's past drew me in. Mr. Carroll does an excellent job of revealing enough information to engage the reader while at the same time holding back enough information to keep the mystery alive.

    Reading this book was extraordinarily fun. Any young fans of adventure and fantasy would enjoy reading it. Mr. Carroll brings us an exciting, engaging world to be in for a while. I can't wait for the next book in the series!