And now we shall take a moment to pimp a writer friend of mine.
I met James Matlack Raney last summer at Mysterious Galaxy, a well-known independent bookstore here in San Diego. He was participating in a local author event they held. I attended as a customer because I was still relatively new to town and I didn’t want to be that guy who just walked into the bookstore and said, “Hey let me pimp my stuff will you?” I wanted to be a good customer first and foremost. 🙂 Anyway, we hit it off and I bought his book, Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves because he was cool and it looked interesting. And it’s aimed at young readers (I think middle grade is the official category – the main character is eleven), and since I have several youngsters in the house…
We met again last Christmas at Mysterious Galaxy; this time I was one of the local authors participating with him. We exchanged business cards and became Facebook and Goodreads friends, and have corresponded since then. And I picked up his next book, Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull.
I’ve been reading Mat’s books to my oldest and I’m enjoying them a lot. And more importantly, so is she. 🙂 I think she’ll enjoy them even more when she’s older; some parts are a little over her head. But hey, she’s six. 🙂
Anyway, Mat has continued to plug away and the final book in the series is almost ready. Here’s a peak:
Jim Morgan and the Door at the Edge of the World is the climactic follow up to the IndieFab Book of the Year Finalist, Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull, and the final chapter in the Jim Morgan series. Check out the first two books here, and look for Door at the Edge of the World in Fall 2014.
Pretty awesome, right? Be sure to mark your calendars; I’m going to.