Sunday, March 17, 2013

Author Interview: Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud by Jon Thomason

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Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud

Max has anger management issues. But she has a secret, too. She can make things happen. Like magic. She almost killed a loser skate punk and nearly used it on her stuck up older sister. The question is, can she do anything other than blow things up? Can she learn to control it? And is it really possible that an obscure teenage girl is the key to keeping all of humanity safe?

Philip just got his ring back. He got it taken away for messing with his teacher’s mind so he can cheat on a test. Now that he has his ring, he thinks he should be able to use his power to make his life better. A lot better. The problem is that people want him to be responsible. But if you could do magic, wouldn’t you use it to escape work in any way possible?

Aaron wants to be a soldier. He knows there are lots of people who would try to take over, and he’s determined to stop them. The problem is that there’s this new girl. And she might be not be on the right side of things. She’s really talented and pretty, but she might be able to destroy everything he believes in. Whatever the case, he knows he needs to learn to be world class with the magic sword while he figures out what to do.

Brynn never gets out. Her grandfather won’t permit it. Her only access to the outside world are high fashion magazines, so she has an unusual idea what she should wear. She’s dying to get out and travel. And adopt animals. Any kind of animal. Is she a lonely future granny with cats or are her ridiculous clothes actually the next fashion craze? What possible role could she play in the destiny of the world?

Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud is a fast-paced fantasy adventure for all ages (10 and up) and is the first of a planned trilogy. Fans of magic, swordplay, secret agents, and conspiracies set in a modern everyday world will not be able to put the book down. Jon Thomason is a debut author and paints a vivid world of magic right under our noses and delivers rapid-fire action that keeps the pages turning.

Book Excerpt #3
Philip Stylus hated calling himself a ‘genie.’ He had no choice, though. Not if he wanted his ring back. When he introduced himself the way he preferred, the dim teenager didn’t understand ‘jinni.’ He wrinkled his nose at the stench. What a pigsty! At least he’d soon have the ring. The thought almost erased his annoyance at being yanked out of London and into the boy’s Los Angeles bedroom. Almost.
The boy was a statue, his mouth a perfect ‘O.’
“What did you expect?” Philip said. “Find a genie’s ring and rub it. Why be surprised when he appears? Hand over the ring, please.”
The boy still didn’t move. Philip raised his voice a notch. “Get it together, mate! I don’t like repeating myself. Give me the ring so I can grant your wishes.” Like all jinn, Philip couldn’t do magic without a ring.
The boy stirred. “I-I really get three wishes?”
“Didn’t I already say that? Yes! But first, the ring.”
Two years ago, the Council took Philip’s ring away after convicting him of breaking the Rules. Without the ring, the flame inside him still burned, but no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t gather it. The Council had his ring. That the boy found it must mean his sentence was complete.
The boy looked doubtful, but gave up the ring. Philip recognized its intricate inscriptions immediately. A thrill rushed through him. He slipped it on and hungrily gathered fire for the first time in years. He nearly wept with joy while grinning ear-to-ear like a kid after his first kiss.
The teen saw Philip’s reaction and his eyes narrowed with dull suspicion. “How do I know you are who you say you are? Who ever heard of a skinny, blond genie with a British accent? And what’s with the ugly clothes?”
Philip’s smile vanished. The flame begged to be released. Violence was only a breath away. With difficulty, he got himself back under control. He could only keep the ring if he granted the wishes. Even in the face of insults. Sharply: “Do you want your wishes or not?” Seconds ticked by. Philip could almost see the wheels turning behind the boy’s eyes. Turning slowly.
Then finally: “I guess it doesn’t matter what you look like.”
“Wise decision,” Philip said, trying in vain to keep the sarcasm out of his voice. “What’s your wish?”



"Impressively inventive and enjoyable...vivid storytelling and exceptional characterization...Max's personality is layered and complex...conveyed flawlessly...keeping readers intrigued and engaged...writing style is smooth, and a subtle sense of humor comes through...narrative tension builds at a good pace and easily flows toward a satisfying and exciting conclusion...parents are likely to both approve of the story and enjoy reading it themselves...talented writer...sure to find an appreciative audience that will eagerly anticipate the next book in the series." -- ForeWord Clarion Review

"Thomason shines in his heroine's characterization...magical" --blueink Review

Author Jon Thomason

Jon Thomason lives with his family in San Diego, after many years living in the beautiful Seattle area. He has a successful career in high tech where he's been fortunate enough to participate in many big-name industry releases.

Storytelling permeates everything he does. In the moments when Jon is not helping build the story of the tech world, he can almost always be found working on a project: writing, photography, videography, graphics design, or 3D art.

And he's always careful to conceal his jinni magic abilities, though perhaps might slip one day and be discovered...


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