uthors Weldon Payne and Honor Raconteur will sign books and talk with readers during a reception in the Follett Bookstore on the Motlow College Moore County campus this month, according to Carol Horn, bookstore manager.
The reception is open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 10. Follett Bookstore is in Forrester Student Center.
Payne will sign his new novel, Alone, and Raconteur will sign copies of Jaunten, the first book in her four-book series, Advent Mage Cycle.
Alone, its author said, is different than anything he’s written before, and tells the story of Jim Todd, an artistic paraplegic who awakens one morning and finds himself alone in the world.
“As the story unfolds, Todd is eventually joined by four other misfits struggling to come to grips with an empty and largely silent world,” Payne said.
The novel is described on Amazon.com as “A lofty exploration of the concepts of life and death, reality and insanity, love and hate, heaven and hell, as the protagonist wakes up one morning to find himself thrust into a world where everyone else has simply vanished.”
“This story will have an iron clad grip on you from the first sentence,” wrote a reader on the same website. “I have enjoyed many titles by this author, and Mr. Payne did not let me down with his latest novel. It’s one of those books that will take you well past your bed time, deep into the night because you won’t be able to put it down … I loved the building tension as well as the love story that quickly takes center stage.”
In addition to Alone, Payne is the author of five other novels: Mister Malone, Lonesome Time, Little Boys Bad, Beyond the Rain, and To Taste the Wild, and his column, Through the Pane, runs in several Tennessee newspapers. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, former editor of the Manchester Times and The Tullahoma News, former instructor at Motlow College, and retired from the University of Tennessee Space Institute, where he was public relations director.
Raconteur’s Jaunten is a fantasy adventure about Rhebengarthen, who described himself in the book as “the first Mage born in 200 years,” and said of his many feats, “I’ve turned a city into an island; erected a barrier around an entire country, and awakened a war hero from a 200 year old slumber. Prophecies have marked my coming. Kings and nations have begged for my aid in times of peril. I hold the power to create and destroy nations.”
The book has received many online positive reviews from readers, including one from a self-described sci-fi/fantasy junkie, who wrote, “…you won’t find a better adventure for the price, so clear a full day or two in your schedule, buy this book, and prepare to be absorbed in the wonderful new world of the Advent Mage.”
Last year, Raconteur founded Raconteur House, which has since published fantasy novels and children’s books. She has also written several books of her own, including the Advent Mage Cycle series; Special Forces 01, a novel about the struggles of a child soldier; Practical Publishing, a how-to guide to becoming a self-published author; and her latest novel, The Midnight Quest, to be released this spring.
Raconteur also writes a blog, “From the Desk of Honor Raconteur,” about the Advent Mage Cycle Series, at http://www.adventmage.net46.net/. More information about Raconteur’s work can be found on her website at http://www.honorraconteur.com/.