Well, my 3 month term with Amazon’s KDP Select is over. While I’ve given away a lot of free Kindle books [which gave me a lot of exposure], I’m not sure that trading exclusivity with the world’s largest e-retailer was worth sacrificing a broader distribution base. Fortunately, I’m now free to explore other options.
Johnny Came Home is still available on Amazon, but now that I’ve dropped KDP Select I’ve uploaded it to Smashwords.
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The Mayan Long Calendar ends on December 21, 2012 and everyone’s seeing that as a sign of an impending Apocalypse. Well, not everyone. The Mayans were actually looking forward to it as something of a Golden Age per some scholars.
In any case, Christians need not fear this hocus pocus. Jesus adamantly stated even He didn’t know the day nor hour of His Return, only the Father alone – and certainly no man! [Matthew 24:36] That includes Nostradamus, the Mayans and anybody else who may be predicting a date for the End of Days. In fact, I can confidently state that if a particular sect, movement, religion or person gives you a date for the return of Christ or the End of Days, they’re a cult. Period. Avoid them.
But what are we to make of the end of the Mayan Calendar then? I dunno. I just want to point out that my calendar ends every year and, well, I just buy a new one and nothing happens. No Doomsday. No Golden Age. So I think it will prove to be nothing of consequence. At least, I hope so. There are always some nutjobs who try to make things happen…
In any case, if you’ve decided to stay indoors this December 21, 2012, know that I was thinking of you when I decided to offer Johnny Came Home for free on Kindle one last time. This “A Good Book for the End of the World” special starts at roughly midnite Pacific Standard Time on December 20, 2012 and extends right on through December 21, 2012 until about 11:59 PM PST.
It’s a great book, and I’m not the only one who thinks so! Reviewers are calling it action-packed from start to finish, that it was hard to put down and that they can’t wait for the sequel. More than one has commented that the characters are well-developed and believable, and that the book includes Biblical truth without being preachy. You’re gonna love it!
So over the next two days, while you’re waiting around to see if our world ends, get your free Kindle copy of Johnny Came Home and see how John Lazarus saves his!
Starting now, you can read excerpts of Johnny Came Home and John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich at
The Johnny Came Home preview covers the first 5 1/2 chapters of the book… just enough whet your appetite for the whole thing, but just enough to see why reviewers are calling it action-packed and saying that they couldn’t put it down and that they can’t wait for the sequel. Of course, you can purchase your copy of Johnny Came Home at Amazon today for Kindle or as a trade paperback.
The 2 chapter sneak peak at the sequel, John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich, was previously only available to purchasers of the Second Edition of Johnny Came Home. We couldn’t wait to let everybody see what’s coming early in 2013!
We chose WattPad because it allows you to read the book excerpts chapter-by-chapter, as you would a book. It also allows you to give us feedback!
Speaking of which, if you’ve already purchased Johnny Came Home and enjoyed it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon!
Though I’ve been working hard on writing the sequel to Johnny Came Home and on making a few revisions to the first novel [which will include an excerpt from John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich], I managed to carve out some time last night to work on the book cover for the newest John Lazarus Adventure. We’re still beta testing the cover titles, but the artwork is pretty much identical to what the final cover will look like.
And just for kicks, here’s the teaser from the back cover:
“One year after John Lazarus returns to Midwich, questions still linger. Is he human? Something more? The events of last year taught him that someone is trying to start a war between super-powered humans and the rest of humanity, but he has no idea how vast the conspiracy stretches. Or who he can trust.
As the world discovers the presence of super-powered humans, battle lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Johnny will need the help of a team of heroes to avert the coming world war. But will it be enough?
Find out more in John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich, the thrilling sequel to Johnny Came Home.
Legends arise. Dark forces gather. Heroes unite.”
K G Powderly, Jr., author of The Windows of Heaven series, weighed in with five stars on Johnny Came Home’s first Amazon review. His review expounds on the mythological elements I crafted into the world of John Lazarus:
As a boy, I lived at the pharmacy comic book section, where The Avengers and X-Men captured my imagination, and made me want to be a mutant (I’m old enough to remember before Beast got blue, before Wolverine was even a thought). While I got over my mutant fixation, I still confess enjoying Marvel comics because their heroes have human problems compounded by their super-powers. Reading Tony Breeden’s Johnny Came Home made me feel nostalgic. It was refreshing to see Christian characters deal with super-powers that not only gave them “mad skills,” but complicated their lives.
Science fiction is an expression of today’s mythology, which may or may not have religions spun around it. To most people, myth is just a fanciful story that never really happened. But to the professional mythographer and historian, the technical definition of “myth” is “any story–whether from real history or made-up–that explains why things are as they are.”
As a student of myth with a Bible-centered worldview, who has written fiction dealing with the origins of ancient myth, I was delighted to find Johnny Came Home peppered with allusions to the central Greek flood myth characters. The “evil overlord” corporation, Titan (named for pre-deluge deities as the Greeks recalled them), is in the business of making a new kind of human–a “next step in human evolution” or, when viewed from a biblical worldview, a fanciful depiction of the restoration of human capabilities lost through the Genesis Fall and Deluge. Titan’s hidden agenda is dark and sinister, as monstrous as many of the Titans of Greek myth.
In Greek mythology, a titan named Epimetheus creates man of clay, while his brother Prometheus angers Zeus by giving man fire. To hinder the titan brothers, Zeus sends them a woman as a gift, Pandora (her name means, “all gifts”); with a box that she must never open. Curious, Pandora opens it anyway, and uncontrollable evils spring from it, unraveling creation. The box is shut, trapping “hope for the future” before it escapes, but not before evil gets so bad that Zeus wipes out the Titans and men with a deluge. Pandora’s daughter, Pyrrha, marries Deucalion, son of Prometheus. Zeus relents, and preserves the couple from his flood in a giant floating box, to repopulate the earth by them afterward. Zeus also overthrows his father, Chronos, with the other Titans, setting himself up as the new chief god, while imprisoning the Titans in Tartaros, beneath the lowest chamber of Hades.
Breeden alludes to this myth (and related Atlantean myths of Poseidon and Atlas) with genius in naming the players of his story; set in today’s world. What’s more, he views the myth and his own story through the lens of the Bible’s redemptive history, and its view of human life. Best of all, he does it in a fun and readable story that appeals to kids from 10 to 90. While Johnny Came Home has no flood, it deals with a form of chaos only opening “Pandora’s Box” can unleash.
John Lazarus returns to his hometown for mysterious reasons not even he understands. Three years ago, John’s father died in a house fire that John barely escaped. His father was Sherriff, a devout Christian, and an employee of Titan burdened with a terrible secret. The world thinks Johnny is dead…
I hope Tony Breeden hooks up with a graphic artist to make a graphic novelization of Johnny Came Home. But sparing that, I hope the [subtitle] “(A John Lazarus Adventure)” means a sequel is coming, or better yet, a series. Johnny Came Home is a delightful read with many plot twists and surprises. Breeden so brings it home!
Well, the subtitle does mean exactly that: two [and possibly even three!] John Lazarus Adventures are being written even now. As for a graphic novel… just wait and see.
In the meantime, buy Johnny Came Home at the DefGen.org eStore and begin the adventure!