Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Title: Ragesong: Awakening
Author: J.R. Simmons
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure

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.

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Book Excerpt
From Chapter 11

“Jake!” she screamed as though coming out of a trance. “Are you okay? Did he hurt you?” she asked, rushing over. Reaching down, she tried to pull him to his feet.

Jake winced and waved her off. “He kicked me in the ribs. I don’t think he broke anything, but, man, that really hurt!” He gingerly got to his feet and rubbed his side. “We need to keep going. Swyf said not to stop until one of them caught up with us. Are you okay?”

“Something happened,” Sam said in wonder, almost as if he was not there. “I picked up that rock, but I didn’t know what to do with it. I was terrified. I mean, that guy was huge! Then everything slowed down around me and I wasn’t afraid anymore. When I threw the rock, I knew I couldn’t miss. I know it sounds impossible, but I could have thrown fifty more and each one would’ve landed right where I aimed.”

Sam glanced down at the fallen soldier, who had blood running down his face from where the rock had struck him. “Jake,” she added, horrified, “I can’t throw that hard. I mean, I thought I might just distract him a little, you know? Give you a chance to roll away or something, but…” She looked at Jake quizzically, but he had no answers.

“It was Ragesong,” Joraus’s deep voice announced.

Author Bio
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.

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