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James Dean Maxon

James D. Maxon is a creativity driven storybook author with a passion for reaching out to children, teens and young adults.

Having been a former troubled youth, James reflects on the struggles he faced while touching the lives of others with messages of faith, hope, and insight. His primary focus is on speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, fairy tales, and SF). Read More »

Traphis A Wizard's Tale

Traphis: A Wizard's Tale

A year after the death of his father, fifteen-year-old Traphis stumbles across his father’s hidden collection of books. Forbidden from learning magic at a young age, he resolves to read the books in secret.

Doors to a dark and formidable world begin to open, and a treacherous adventure awaits both him and his newfound friends. In their journey to fight the power of lies, betrayal, and greed, they discover that no matter how well they master their magic skills, they are powerless without the most important skills in life, such as the abilities to trust, care, and forgive.

"I work as a teacher aide for a 14 year old who has severe muscular dystrophy. When I first started working with him he was obsessed with vampires and werewolves and many fantasy elements, but was enjoying stories that were very dark with no redeeming qualities. Then I found your Traphis book. I had only read a few pages before I knew Shayden needed to read this book with me. So we started reading, and he didn't want to stop. It was a real turning point in his trusting me." – Tiffany

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The Cat That Series The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again The Cat That Tamed a Flame

The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again

A nameless cat lives in a town of dry, unhappy people devoid of moisture, joy and creativity. How did the townspeople get this way? Who stole the moisture? And how can one crafty cat return moisture—and life—to his town? "The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again" tells the tale of how a feline hero discovers these answers. On his journey, he overcomes obstacles with wit and determination, finds new friends in unexpected places, and learns the simple joy—and transcendent power—of helping others. Buy Here » | Learn More »

The Cat That Tamed a Flame

Having restored the life-giving moisture to the land, and returned to his life as a house cat, Samuel's leisurely existence is once again interrupted—this time by a visit from a wolf. With news that a rampant flame threatens to burn down the forest, Samuel travels with his new companion in hopes of stopping the fire before it spreads across the land. Yet new dangers await our feline hero as the harsh realities of nature put his survival skills to the test. Buy Here » | Learn More »


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