Monday, July 22, 2013

Gonna Get This One for My Kid!

...or the post in which I tell you about Ragesong by JR Simmons.

I was lucky enough to meet him last Saturday at my book signing, and he is seriously one of the nicest guys you'll meet. He was really excited to talk shop on books and the business of writing. He told me a little bit about his book, and I'm pretty stoked to get this one for Sparky. She's a big reader and this seems like her kind of book. The cool thing, though, is I keep reading how the publishing industry is moaning and shaking its head that no one is writing for boys, something they can identify with and get excited about. I think Ragesong is what they're looking for! Look for it August 20!!!

About the Book

When the peaceful kingdom of Fermicia is enslaved by a power-hungry renegade, its only hope lies in a band of unlikely heroes: two children whose musical abilities allow them to harness the power of Ragesong, and their shape-changing guides.

Jake starts his first day of junior high completely oblivious to the fact that he has been chosen for something incredible.  That same afternoon, he learns that he has been marked as one with the power to save an entire kingdom. Through the course of his journey, Jake discovers that his advanced musical abilities are peculiarly connected to a mysterious power known as Ragesong.  Joined by a shy, young girl with similar musical talents and two Changelings that hold a fierce loyalty to their homeland and king, Jake must learn to harness this ability in order to survive the dangers of a hostile new world.

About the Author

JR Simmons lives in Northern Utah with his wife and 4 boys. He loves spending time with his family and coaching his kids in all of their different sports. He is an avid gamer and is very excited that his boys are picking up on his hobby. JR was recently introduced to triathlons and has since found that he loves the sport. Most nights he can be found either sitting down with a good game or hunched over his iPad writing.