Today I’m excited to welcome Jason Joyner for an author spotlight and giveaway. Read through to the end to see how you can enter for a chance to win his new book.
Jason C. Joyner is a physician assistant, a writer, a Jesus-lover, and a Star Wars geek. He’s traveled from the jungles of Thailand to the cities of Australia and the Bavarian Alps of Germany. He lives in Idaho with his lovely wife, three boys, and daughter managing the chaos of sports and superheroes in his own home. Launch, a YA superhero story, is his first published novel. Go to my site www.jasoncjoyner.com and sign up for my newsletter where I give away a $10 Amazon gift card each time.
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Have you noticed how many superhero-related movies and shows are out there lately? From TV to movies, from cosmic-spanning movies like Avengers: Infinity War to family fare like the animated Incredibles 2, there are so many super productions coming out of Hollywood. What used to be a niche area for comic book lovers has taken over pop culture.
Some may think these stories are just escapist fantasy, mindless action and CGI mayhem to keep us mildly entertained for two hours. I think there’s a deeper reason going on.
In the chaos of our modern world, superheroes have taken over the mythological figures of old. Really, cultures always have their larger-than-life heroes. From David’s mighty men in the OT to Robin Hood and King Arthur to the Lone Ranger and James Bond, these characters show up in stories to encourage us and show us there’s someone standing up against injustice or evil.
Why do we crave these stories? I believe we have an innate sense that we are not powerful enough on our own to conquer life’s battles. There are so many challenges out there, and these stories point to someone who can help us in our time of need. Ultimately, they point to our need of a Savior.
One only needs to look at the parallels of Jesus and Superman. A father sends his only son who has great power to be a salvation figure for people in need.
That’s why I decided to write a story where teens develop powers inspired from Bible stories. Samson had great strength. Elijah once outran a chariot. Today we would call those superpowers. We know that God gives gifts to people, and they have a choice of what to do with them.
In my debut novel Launch, teenagers with special gifts are drawn to a special conference hosted by a tech billionaire who is looking for those with powers that can help him influence the world. It gave me an opportunity to talk about social media, the influence we have, and what we do with our gifts.
Stories can help us explore issues in a way that discourse and study cannot. I started writing this story five years ago, when superheroes were growing but not as huge as today. I hope Launch is a story for such a time as this. At least I had fun writing it, but I hope that fans of fantastic stories enjoy it too. Maybe their faith will be encouraged along the way too.
Author Interview Questions:
What (2 or 3) fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
Unique things: I sang in front of 25,000 people in Germany. I’ve skied in July in Australia. I wasn’t in the Navy but I got to sail on the USS Knox from Hawaii to California for a week.
- What can your readers expect from you next?
My next book is called Fractures and is book 2 in the series Rise of the Anointed. It doesn’t have a release date yet but I’m hoping for Fall 2019.
- What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
If you enjoy my book, or any author’s book, there are two things you can do to help the author immensely: leave a review – at least on Amazon, but copy and paste it on other sites as well, and tell others about the author – word of mouth is huge. I’m hoping to reach teens and fans of YA stories and superheroes with this book.
READERS, to enter the giveaway for a PDF copy of his book, answer this question… What superpower would you like to have if you could?
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sixteen-year-olds Demarcus Bartlett and Lily Beausoliel are among a select group of youth invited to an exclusive, all-expenses-paid conference at social media giant Alturas’ California headquarters. Led by charismatic founder Simon Mazor, the world’s youngest billionaire, this isn’t the typical honors society. It seems that everyone here has some secret, untapped potential, some power that may not be entirely of this world. An ancient prophecy suggests that if these teens combine their abilities, they could change the course of history. The only question is: Will it be for better or for worse?
This might not be a great idea, but Demarcus Bartlett had to see if he could outrace a sports car.
He crouched behind a bush next to the on-ramp for the highway. His blue hoodie concealed his shoulder-length dreads, so it should be hard for any cars passing by on Santa Clara Street to see him. No Toyotas or Hondas would do. His prize would have some horses under the hood. He’d have to be patient. Not many cars out at 5 am would fit his needs.
He checked his shoelaces again, his fingers fumbling over the knots. Didn’t want to trip at highway speeds. That could get ugly. He glanced at his phone again. He had a job to go to, but the drive to see what he was capable of overwhelmed him.
Even with the risk of being discovered.
The light for the on-ramp turned red. In the soft rosy glow, a growling beast stopped at the white line. Its shiny black paint reflected the traffic light off of the hood. A rev of the Camaro’s engine. The owner was ready to try out his toy as well. The blinker flicked on, signaling a turn onto Highway 101.
This guy was the one.