Avid4 Coming of Age

Patrick Canning


The Colonel and the Bee is an exciting coming of age/adventure story in which a peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat travel the globe on a building-sized hot air balloon, racing against a menagerie of deadly treasure hunters to solve a riddle and locate the precious artifact it promises. Around the World in Eighty Days meets Wizard of Oz, or as one reviewer put it, “Lara Croft, steampunk style.”

David J. Naiman


Jake, Lucid Dreamer

12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his heartbreak over the loss of his mother for the past four years. But his emotions have a way of haunting his dreams and bubbling to the surface when he least expects it. When Jake learns how to take control in his dreams, he becomes a lucid dreamer, and that’s when the battle really heats up. Using his wits to dodge bullies by day and a nefarious kangaroo hopping ever closer by night, Jake learns about loss, bravery, the power of love, and how you cannot fully heal until you face your greatest fear. This uncompromising novel is a magical yet honest exploration of emotional healing after a devastating loss.

Cody Taylor

Former Master of The Storyteller’s Guild under the kindness and provision of Prince Rogier, Cody Taylor works at Bed Bath and Beyond and longs for the day when writing pays the bills instead. Striving to always keep things entertaining and never take anything too seriously, he spends his days giving people nicknames at work and his nights listening to whatever his next story has to say for itself. If he’s not writing, you can find Cody at his local church serving alongside his dear friend Joshua Grant. As for hobbies, he doesn’t do much; mostly goes for long drives and smokes cigars. Bears beets Battlestart Galactica!