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90 Days to Release

Beyond the Map’s Boundary, Book 1, A timely Sort of Adventure, is due to be released in 90 – 100 days.  I put a few finishing touches on the proof today and we should be good to go!

Foreign Rights Request

We received three different requests for foreign rights for the first novel in the Beyond the Map’s Boundary series.  These came from a book fair in Balogna this spring and was offered by ForeWord Magazine and Reviews.

The requests came from Turkey, Brazil and Germany.

This adds a further credibility to the book and an exciting twist to all of us here at Thornock International.

Letters of Recommendation

I’m starting a section on ‘Letters of Recommendation’ from the principals and media specialists that so graciously send them to me following a presentation to their school.  I want to thank them for their extra effort in doing so and am pleased to share them with everyone around the world.

Go to the ‘Letters of Recommendation’ page by clicking here…

Vae View Elementary Presentation

Vae View Elementary in Layton, Utah filled their lunchroom with some really terrific students to see me present.  Talk about fun kids!  They were so involved in the story they forgot to participate in the actions.  They had a lot of good questions and were very well behaved.  My compliments to the teachers and Principal Van Natter for teaching such good manners and helping the children get the most out of the assembly.

I had a lot of fun with you all!


Youth Focus Group

I’ve selected  ten, exceptionally fun, brilliant young bookworms to act as a critique forum for the new sequel.  We met together for our first meeting today and had an absolute blast!  These kids are more fun than a zip-line down Mt. Everest. Boy they are sharp. We reviewed eight chapters and plan from four to eight every Saturday morning until all 40 chapters are complete.

We have a California Trekker that comes into the group over Skype (which is always a problem program, but better than nothing).  We have another that may be Skyping in from Pittsburg.  The rest are from around here and are so smart!  My Calitrekker adds so much to the team and is so fun to have amongst us.  Every single one of them are exceptional and contribute freely.  I’m getting to love all of these kids and look forward to every session with them.

1st Draft of Sequel Completed

I completed the first draft of Book II in the series today.  I’m calling it “The Chronicles of Quant”.  I’m beginning a Youth Focus Group with some pretty intelligent kids ranging from 6th grade to college graduate.  They will be looking for words that don’t work, information that is confusing, misspelled words, wrong punctuations and overall flow of the chapters.  They will be particularly helpful in evaluating whether the story line holds their attention and with offering their young thinking to the mix.

It should be fun!

Christmas Gift from Nibi

I am creating a Serial Book on the website for a free read of the novel. I’ll be posting a new chapter every Monday from now on until all 28 chapters are up for viewing.  I think you’ll get a kick out of the story if you haven’t already read it and of course, if you can’t wait to read it you can purchase it on the website at a discount and I’ll sign it for you.

Merry Christmas and happy reading!

Book II Nearing Completion

The second book in the series is nearing completion.  It will be entitled “The Chronicles of Quant” and will be a continuation of the adventure from the first book.  Several new characters will be introduced and the fun never ends.


I met a kindred spirit last week who apparently read the novel in one night.  What a reader!  She connected me with Goodreads and added a review.  It opened another interesting avenue for me as a new author and I’m excited for the opportunity to share with other readers at Goodreads.  Thanks Jen!

Review: Books and Movies

This is truly one of the most amazing time-traveler stories I ever read and for sure is among the best three books I’ve read this year. The plot is so full of twists that keeps us, the readers, on the edge on every page we turn. The description of the characters and their actions is so rich in details that we feel ourselves traveling together with Mattie or helping Trevor supporting her throughout the book. When we talk about time traveling stories,  classics like The Time Machine (H.G. Wells), or Timeline (Michael Crichton) are always remembered. This book is destined to be remember as one of the greatest science-fantasy time-travelers stories ever. The author wrote a masterpiece that deserves a massive audience and I am eager to read the sequence of this incredible saga.  (read more here…)