Monday, March 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR [Interview + GIVEAWAY] Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud

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WELCOME 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...


Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?

I think I'm supposed to think that most of the time that I like lurking in shadows, but in reality, I like the spotlight and being the center of attention. I guess we all do, at least some of the time. But it's hard to admit...

How many books are in your TRB pile?

Dozens, or maybe an infinite number! So many fantastic books out there and never enough time to spend reading.

What is next on your to read list?

A fabulous story by Robert Crais (who is one of my favorite thriller/mystery writers) called Suspect about a broken down police officer who as a last chance becomes a K-9 officer and inherits a broken-down dog who was injured in Afghanistan.

What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?

Steak. Big, bone-in Ribeye. Medium-rare with Bernaise sauce. I could eat that every day, I think.

What is the last thing you bought?

The very last? A new toothbrush head for my electric toothbrush and stuff to outfit my son for Little League Baseball. Somewhat more exciting? An iPad Mini so I could hand my older iPad down to my daughter. The iPad Mini is, in the words of Ferris Bueller, "pretty sweet" and a perfect size.

Pet Peeves?

Getting a glass of water at a restaurant or a soft drink at a fast food joint only to find that it's 90% ice and 10% liquid. I normally make a point of asking for "no ice," not so much because I want my drink warm, but because I want 100% of a glass of actual drink!

Pizza or Pasta?

Pasta. I really love Alfredo Sauce, but i cooked it once and was startled to see how much cheese (and hence calories) are in it! So, I get the pasta, and long for the Alfredo or Pesto, but end up with the Marinara.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

That I'm really very shy and reserved at heart (and if you believe that, there's this bridge I'd like to sell you...).

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?

I would start with a bike ride (I love to ride, but have trouble finding enough time to do it), would catch low tide for a fabulous scuba dive at La Jolla Cove, then just sit and read. With music. Until I fell asleep and would sleep and sleep...

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Leonardo DaVinci. The man was madly brilliant and there are so many (many!) things unknown about his life that would be interesting to ask about. Or Shakespeare...

What do you do in your free time?

What free time? If and when this unlikely event does happen, I write, or work on some other creative project.

Can you share a little about the current title you are working on? 

I'm working on the sequel to Max. I can't share much about it at this stage, but let's just say that the story moves forward, and moves location to somewhere interesting. And don't give up on Philip just yet...

Thank you for your time, and I appreciate the opportunity to share a little about me and my book, Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud with you!

Thank you for visiting with us today! :D

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.



"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

Blog Tour Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash plus a copy of Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud
Print copy to US only, Ebook Internationally
Ends 3/31/13

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