RJ Returns to Bubonicon,
For the last two years, this venerable science fiction/fantasy convention was cancelled due to the Pandemic. But not this year! I’ll be back with my books (including my RJ The Story Guy books, featuring Dragon Train) available for selling and signing. The details of the Con can be found here: Bubonicon.
Of course, I want you and any of your interested friends to come by and see me and take home some of my books, but the Con itself is a great event with famous authors in the genre giving talks, readings, signings as well as panel discussions on all aspects of the genre including movies, television, cosplay (participants dressing up as their favorite characters, contests, etc.), art displays, and other events.
I’ll be in the dealers’ room (see here for open hours) which doesn’t require an admission ticket but you really want to check out all the venues available at the Con, so come on over for an experience out of this world.
RJ Signing at Treasure House of Books and Gifts,
next Saturday, June 11th, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
At last RJ will sign books and chat with new readers once again at Treasure House of Books! You’ll find this great bookstore in Old Town Albuquerque along the south plaza. This store and its owner, John, is a great supporter of New Mexico authors. Please Share this news with your reading friends.
RJ is featuring his latest book: Trixie: Round Brown Ball of Dog and, of course, Dragon Train and his other books too. Don’t miss it or he’ll miss you!
RJ Signing all Books at St. Pius Craft Show, April 30th, 9 am — 4 pm
Don’t miss out on this chance to increase your supply of my RJ The Story Guy children’s and young adult books: Trixie Finds Her People; Round Brown Ball of Dog; and Dragon Train. I’ll be there with other fine NM authors in the main gym. Let your friends and family know! St. Pius High School is on the West Side of Albuquerque just off North Coors (MAP).
RJ Returns to Treasure House for Signing, Oct. 3rd
RJ’s First Post-Covid Event!
Next weekend, July 9-11, 2021, I’ll return to the in person book event circuit at the New Mexico Artisan Market to sell and sign my books, including the two new RJ The Story Guy books for young readers. I will be joined by Joyce Hertzoff, fellow fantasy writer who has shared booths with me at many cons, book fairs, and other events the last few years.
Where: 1904 Bellamah Ave, Albuquerque, a more than 12,000 sq. ft. space located in the Sawmill District across from the popular new Sawmill Market and Hotel Chaco.
When: Fridays from 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 10am to 8pm, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
I now have two reviews of my first Dragon Train book. I’m very pleased with the latest review found on Indie’s Review, a Blogspot site which will also appear soon on the Dragon Train book page on Amazon. Read the review now HERE.
RJ’s Panel Discussion, January 9TH
Promoting His Latest Book: Dragon Train
My Story Guy got a positive start to 2021 by participating in a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators panel of New Mexico MG and YA authors sharing their newly published books while they discuss their process, struggles, and successes. Video is available: Visit RJ The Story Guy’s webpage for the details and links.
RJ’s Interview on Treasure House of Books Facebook Page
RJ just finished an interview with John Hoffsis and you can find it on his Facebook page: Treasure House of Books and Gifts–as we discuss Dragon Train. View the interview at your convenience. Thanks, John for the opportunity to talk about Skye and Jaiden.
(Here’s Trixie cuddling her very own Skye the Blue Dragon stuffed toy)
Right now, you can find out more about the Young Adult story which begins the journey through three or more books chronicling the Dragon Train Quest.
About Dragon Train for those interested in the details
(otherwise, visit our other pages on this site for fun info, etc.)
Jaiden, a 15-year-old farm boy, lives near Hilltop, a Medieval-type village and has never been more than a few miles beyond his home. He lives with his widower father who works the boy hard and treats Jaiden rather abusively. In this world, people have enslaved dragons as beasts of burden and as something like guard dogs and soldiers.
There are three kinds of dragons characterized by their various colors: Gold (dog-sized) Dragons trained to hunt and serve as guards; Silver (about the size of a cow) trained to carry gold dragons on their backs and to serve as soldiers and hunters; and Blue Dragons (somewhat larger than an elephant) who are trained to tow Dragon Trains (powered by a low-flying dragon rather than a steam engine).
The Gold and Silver dragons aren’t very intelligent, but obedient to humans and easily trained. The Blues however, are very intelligent and can communicate with each other telepathically although most humans are not aware of their ability to communicate. For many centuries dragons and humans were enemies, but in the last couple of generations, humans have become clever enough to overwhelm and enslave the dragons.
But the Blues long for freedom and escape from human control. Jaiden and Skye, an escaped Blue Dragon, encounter each other and a close, friendly relationship develops as the Blue Dragon with the young man’s help escapes servitude towing a Dragon Train. The pair avoid capture while they are pursued through the forests and caves of the Emerald Forest. Eventually, they travel to Portville, a large city where the Dragon Train camps and training grounds are located.
But can the pair free her family and escape to a far northern land where dragons may live free?