Max and the Spice Thieves
(Secrets of the Twilight Djinn #1)
Publication date: April 20th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
When his mother goes missing, Max Daybreaker’s world is turned upside down. Luckily, a crew of Spice Pirates, led by the mysterious Captain Cinn, help Max on his dangerous mission across the three seas.
Along the way, an unlikely alliance aids in his search—a teenage warrior queen, a three-eyed seer, and an assassin spy.
Their journey takes them through treacherous lands while facing shapeshifting bears, an ancient witch, harpies, and the nightmarish Djinn, who will stop at nothing to enslave the world.
With every new challenge, Max unlocks the secrets of his unsettling past. Powers awaken within, forcing him to question everything he knows.
Is Max who he thinks he is? Only time and destiny will tell…
- What is on your nightstand?
Empty bottles of Topo Chico (mineral water- I drink it by the gallon.) I also have Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff and Pappyland by Wright Thompson. On my iPad is Discovery of Witches.
- What author would you totally fan?
Neil Gaiman- although the idea of me being a fan boy in my mind would be comical. Mostly I wouldn’t know what to say- I would introduce myself, tell him I loved his work and probably fade into a crowd. A celebrity recently confided that her favorite fans are the ones that never approach her and respect her space.
- What makes you cringe?
Bad covers. Lots of typos. And the overuse of swear words. They have a place- but they are often overused.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Max and the Spice Thieves was a total write as I thought it- but then it took a year to redo it. Book two- I am using Scrivener and Plottr, and it is working much better. I still change the plot as I go, but at least I have the layout there- makes it easier to make progress.
- Is there a word you love to use?
“Brilliant”. My mentor used the phrase- Be Brilliant whenever we said goodbye or whenever he sent me a letter. It always lifts my spirit and makes me aspire to being brilliant in all things I do!
John Peragine is an author of over fourteen books. The Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series was written as a bedtime story for his son Max to cope with medical issues he was facing as a little boy. John is a full-time ghostwriter who lives with his son, wife, and a menagerie of animals on his vineyard overlooking the Mississippi River.
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