Firefighter Books and Middle Grade Adventure Books

You’ve come to the right place. Middle grade adventure books and firefighter books (fiction) are my forte. Look no further for fast moving, adventure/suspense books for juvenile/middle grade readers and adults.  There’s plenty of firefighter non-fiction written by Canadian firefighters, but only one other fiction novel as far as I know.  You’ll discover having a firefighter as the main character a refreshing change from lawyer and cop stories set in the U.S.  I am the first fiction writer with a Canadian firefighter as a protagonist.  The real deal.

“You have a real talent with language. Every scene you describe is vivid, and the dialogue is alive and authentic.”  -TransAtlantic Literary Agency

“Your work is certainly of merit…” – Robert Astle and Associates

If you think these covers are pretty hot, wait till you read what’s inside: explosions, steamy romance, arson, murder, Russian Mafiya, fire investigation, corruption, and obsession.  No car chases because you had enough of them as well as cop stories, right?  Mainly, they are about the human condition.  I like taking a stalwart, courageous firefighter and throwing him in situations he’s never dealt with.  As Monty Python says, “And now for something completely different.”  These are the first Canadian firefighter books and written by me, a former firefighter and fire rescue captain with the City of Edmonton

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Final Response is ready for prime time. Bookkus Publishing is taking all three firefighter novels. Check them all out on the ‘firefighter books’ tab on this site.  This story was on the Bookkus publishing site garnering 4-5 star reviews.  It will be available in eBook and paperback in early  Spring 2015.

 

 

Juvenile/middle grade fiction

        Far Bank

“A wonderful sense of place, an interesting glimpse into adolescence in the seventies, a good story of a boy coping with the challenges of being a boy.  This is a real page turner.  …laced with descriptive touches that are not only apt and vivid but a pleasure to read.  Very very good!”  –  Anon. judge, Writing For Alberta Youth Competition

The plot, characters, and interactions between the children and adults are all things editors look for.”  –  Heacock Literary Agency

My juvenile / middle grade have are adventurous boys who don’t appear tough or particularly brave or heroic.  They don’t have magic wands or special powers.  There’s no wise, talking creatures to help them succeed or escape.  They don’t live on a parallel Earth or alien planet.  It’s all about reality. When called upon to show courage my boys are lions.  Brains and true grit pull them through bad and dangerous situations.  Bullies, scheming, and fights are the reality in the stories. Integrity, friendship, bravery, and courage are the true grit of my main characters.  These stories have been tested for your assurity by 110 Grade 5 students in Edmonton  and Toronto schools.  VooDoo Bully is currently seeking a publisher.  You can read the first chapter here on the Juv/MG tab.  My highly critical writers group loved it.  I really enjoy writing in this middle grade genre.  Archie’s Gold and The Far Bank are now available in print at Amazon and Indigo Chapters.

All my books are available @  Smashwords and Amazon Kindle as well as Diesel eBooks, Apple iBooks, Nook (Barnes & Noble), Sony, Google eBooks, and Kobo (Chapters Indigo).  You can also read samples and reviews there.

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Do not fear the eBook.   You should switch to eBooks.  Most of my novels, so far, are eBooks and completely recyclable.  If you don’t have, or want, a Nook or Kindle eBook reader, a Kindle app can be downloaded onto your PC or laptop enabling you to read my books and a zillion others, many of them free. You can even download an eBook in a third world Cambodian village!  Can’t beat eBooks for travel. Smashwords is a great site for formats because there you can download eBooks in easy to read PDF and other formats for any computer/eReader.  Do it.

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Check out my short stories under the Quick Reads tab.  True Grit is a favorite short story of mine about my first job, delivering papers during a snowstorm.  It damn near killed me.  So far over 1,000 downloads.  Mikaela, a grade 6 student gave it a review on Apple iBooks.  My cool book covers are photos taken by me and tweaked by my son Joel, an industrial designer in Toronto and William of Bookkus Publishing.  If you’ve got an invention or a product that requires improvement, Joel’s your man.

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