Author Name: Jay Jordan Hawke
Book Name: Onwaachige the Dreamer
Series: The Two-spirit Chronicles bk #3
Series is best read in order.
Pages or Words: 200 pages/57,547 words
Categories: Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: December 17, 2015
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
What would you do for the boy you loved? What if to save him you had to abandon him forever?
Fourteen-year-old Joshua Ishkoday faces an impossible decision as a terrifying dream sets him upon a thrilling and treacherous journey of self-exploration through the dangerous vastness of the Wisconsin northwoods. There, along with his best friends, Mokwa and Little Deer, Joshua summons the power to confront his greatest fears. To do so, all he has to do is trust in his dreams. Unfortunately, Joshua discovers that his dreams have been deceiving him thanks to the intrusion of strange creatures. For out in the middle of the forest dwell the enigmatic Memegwesi, bizarre manitous who have a special plan for Joshua. Joshua soon realizes that he has three monsters to battle: the extraordinary creatures haunting his dreams, the dangerous torrential storm brewing in the northwoods, and finally, the greatest demon of all—his homophobic mother.
A Scout is Brave
“The brutal murder of Matthew Shepard continues to captivate the nation. More after this quick announcement.”
Joshua had no idea who Matthew Shepard was, but the murder must have been pretty brutal, he realized, to be making the national news. But he didn’t have time for the news. He had to find his uniform and finish packing.
“There you are,” Joshua mumbled as he spotted his uniform hanging over the bathroom door. It looked clean and pressed, unlike when they bought it from a secondhand store. His mother had obviously hung it there for him. Joshua grabbed his uniform and shoved it carelessly into his backpack. He had camped out many times before, but he wasn’t used to packing anything so formal.
The news story came back on. “Matthew Shepard, the young gay teen who was brutally murdered back in October—”
“Joshua, are you up?” his mother interrupted from outside his room.
Joshua zipped up his backpack.
“Joshua!” she yelled again, this time knocking on his door.
“Yes, Mom, I’m getting ready!” Joshua responded, frustrated by the intrusion. He slammed the off button on his radio and forcefully opened the door.
“Oh, there you are,” she said, stating the obvious. “I have breakfast ready.”
To Joshua it sounded more like a command than an offer, but it was hard to tell with his mother. He picked up his backpack, threw it over his shoulder, and headed off toward breakfast. It would be his only real food for at least a week, so he was determined to enjoy his “last meal.” As he ate, the words he had just heard on the radio emerged from his mental buffer. Young gay teen? Joshua mused, wondering if he had heard that right.
Pukawiss the Outcast
JOSHUA GAZED out the car window at the majestic forests that dominated the small country road on the way to the reservation. He was surrounded by such forests at home, but the mystique of the reservation made the forests seem more alive and magical. The reservation was only about an hour away from his home in Eagle River, but to Joshua it might as well have been overseas in some strange and foreign land.
Joshua’s mother had not allowed the family to visit the reservation in years. They used to visit when he was much younger, but that had ended years ago. Joshua couldn’t even remember how old he was the last time he had been there. His mother changed the subject whenever he brought it up until Joshua finally learned simply not to talk about it anymore.
Joshua had some memories of the reservation, but they were dreamlike, as though they never really took place. He had disjointed images of some people he had known from there as well. His grandfather was one of them. In his mind, Joshua remembered a very gentle old man with long black hair—grayish in spots. He recalled his grandfather looking down at him, and he was always smiling. Joshua remembered his emotions more than any images, though. Specifically, he remembered feeling loved.
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Meet the author:
Jay Jordan Hawke holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in history, as well as a second master’s in Outdoor Education. He loves everything sci-fi, especially Star Trek! He teaches high school history and anxiously awaits the day when he can write full time. His hobbies include camping, movies, reading, running, and writing. His first book, Pukawiss the Outcast, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Young Adult Gay Fiction. He resides in one of the Great Lakes states.
Where to find the author:
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Rafflecopter Prize: Two e-books to two different winners from any of the three books in the series (Pukawiss the Outcast, A Scout is Brave, or Onwaachige the Dreamer).