RJ the Story Guy
Children’s, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
RJ Mirabal lived in the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico most of his life. Recognized with awards for teaching, RJ taught high school English, speech, and drama. Now retired, he pursues writing, playing music on his hammered dulcimer, driving his sports car, and volunteering for a motorcycle club and New Mexico Dulcimer Festival. His first novel is 2012’s The Tower of Il Serrohe, Book I of The Rio Grande Parallax series. In 2015, Extreme Dust Storms May Exist (Book II) followed, and Zero Visibility Possible, Book III, concluded the series in 2016. All were finalists in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. The series follows the exploits of a troubled man and his young cousin as they confront a powerful enemy in an alternative New Mexico, an ancient and magical version of the Southwest. His most recent book, Trixie Finds Her People, is a middle elementary book with built in appeal for all ages, 8 to 108, about his rescue dog and the adventures they share as she and her new people discover and adjust to each other. Included are three fantasy stories based on Trixie’s dreams.
Title: Dragon Train
Publisher: High Desert Libris/2020
Genre: Middle Grade
Jaiden, a 15-year-old farm boy, dreams of a more exciting life in a world where people have enslaved dragons as beasts of burden, guard animals, and soldiers. He has never been more than a few miles beyond his farm and the quiet village of Hilltop. Yet Jaiden desires escape from his grouchy and somewhat abusive father. And then the dragon train makes an unscheduled stop in Hilltop. Skye, the huge Blue Dragon pulling the train, may die of exhaustion unless someone can help. Thus, a boy and dragon embark on an epic adventure in the hopes of fulfilling their longing for freedom, excitement, and happiness.
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Title: Trixie Finds Her People (Trixie the Brown Dog Book 1)
Publisher: Ralph J. Mirabal/2019
RJ the Story Guy tells the story of Trixie the Brown Dog. This mama dog is rescued from a situation where she and her puppies were part of a hoard of 23 dogs. Soon, her puppies were adopted, and she joins a girl and her grandparents as her new family. At first, everything is new: living indoors in her new home, learning to potty outdoors, getting the occasional bath (not fun!), and being locked in the laundry room at night (really not fun!). Soon Trixie and her people’s lives turn into a series of wonderful, humorous and sometimes scary adventures. In addition to her real life, Trixie embarks on three fantasy adventures while she sleeps. In the end it’s all about the bond of love between a rescue dog and her true forever family.
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Title: The Tower of Il Serrohe
Publisher: Black Rose Writing/2012
The Rio Grande Parallax series, set in New Mexico, starts with The Tower of Il Serrohe, Book I. After his wife kicked him out of their house, Don Vargas rents a dilapidated South Valley casita which—unknown to him—is actually a portal to another world. A bat, Nightwing, lures Don through the dusty Portal on a quest into the Valle Abajo—a parallel New Mexico—where local clanspeople urge him to save them from the wily Soreyes and their mysterious Tower. Complications arise, spawning the dramatic conclusion.
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Title: Extreme Dust Storms May Exist
Publisher: Black Rose Writing/2015
Five years after the conclusion of Book I, in Extreme Dust Storms May Exist (Book II), the bat persuades Esther, a sixteen-year-old cousin to Don, to help drive the Soreyes from the Valle Abajo. Once there, new dangers threaten Esther and the clans while a mysterious presence lurks in the background. The saga continues, leading to a gut-wrenching cliffhanger…
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Title: Zero Visibility Possible
Publisher: Black Rose Writing/2016
In Zero Visibility Possible, Book III, adventure builds at a breakneck pace to the shocking conclusion of the series. Impossible odds face two companies of comrades while new Soreye terrors abound. Riddles—including those surrounding Don—and unforeseen threats add confusion. Can the hapless clanspeople hope for freedom?