Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Jonathan Austen

I Survived the Tucson Festival of Books!

I made my first ever public appearance recently at the Tucson Festival of Books, and survived! It was HOT. Both literally and figuratively. The temperatures were in the 90s, and the place was jammed pack with voracious readers. It was great to get out from behind my keyboard and meet [...]

March 23, 2017 Jonathan Children's Books, Public Event 0

The Lighter Side of Dating – Episode 6: The Jigsaw Puzzle

The Lighter Side of Dating – Episode 6: The Jigsaw Puzzle (strolling through an outdoor mall) Me: Hey, let’s go inside Barnes and Nobel and look at the children’s book section. We can see where my book would be if it ever made it to the shelf. Girlfriend: Sure! (opens [...]

March 21, 2017 Jonathan The Lighter Side of Dating 0

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About My Series A Tale of Hope and Adventure

When I write an adventure about Hope and her friends, I try to use as many real places and creatures as I can. By doing this, I give you, the curious reader, something to learn outside of my books, while bringing the world I’ve created to life. My only rule [...]

March 15, 2017 Jonathan Children's Books 0

The Chatterbox Podcast

Last week I met with Jocqueline Protho for an interview. She has this cool podcast called The Chatterbox where she interviews indie authors, allowing the readers to connect with the writers of their favorite books. Because we live in Arizona, we were able to meet in person. We met at [...]

March 10, 2017 Jonathan Children's Books, Public Event 0

Tucson Festival of Books

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 at 10 AM I’ll be selling and autographing my books at the Tucson Festival of Books. Buy the first two books, and get the festival exclusive third book The Ogre King FREE. I can’t wait to see you all there! It’s gonna be a great time. [...]

March 7, 2017 Jonathan Public Event 1

The Lighter Side of Dating – Episode 5: Free Samples

The Lighter Side of Dating – Episode 5: Free Samples (pull into shopping plaza and park the car) Girlfriend: (walking through the parking lot) I’m hungry. Me: We can go out to eat afterward. Girlfriend: Cool. (enter grocery store together) Me: Should I grab a carriage or basket? Girlfriend: Naw, [...]

March 5, 2017 Jonathan The Lighter Side of Dating 0

The Lighter Side of Dating – Episode 4: The Popcorn

The Lighter Side of Dating – Episode 4: The Popcorn (Girlfriend arrives at my place so that we can drive together to the Harkins movie theater) Girlfriend: Hi honey, I’m here. Guess what? Me: Hey babe. What? Girlfriend: I hope you won’t be mad, but I made popcorn at home [...]

February 28, 2017 Jonathan The Lighter Side of Dating 0

Why I Hate Rottentomatoes.com and the Film The Fits

Before I tear into rottentomatoes.com, I want to say that I’m a big supporter of the arts. I not only belong to the Phoenix Film Society, and go to a lot of shows, but I donate to the arts as well. Now that I’ve gotten that disclaimer of the way [...]

February 26, 2017 Jonathan Movies 0

The Holy Grail of Bad Kung Fu Movies

I’ve spent years training in martial arts. In both Tae Kwon Do and Shaolin Kung Fu. I’ve spent even more time watching bad Kung Fu movies. How much time? Let’s just say if I had focused my time on my martial arts training instead, I’d have reached the rank of [...]

February 24, 2017 Jonathan Movies 0

The Ogre King

SNEAK PEAK AT THE NEXT ADVENTURE Hope and her friends Ruff, Buffasip, and Celeste are off on another quest. This time they’re in search of the Midnight Miracle flower—the final ingredient required to make a magical amulet that will lead Hope to her missing family. There’s only one problem—four actually—an Ogre [...]

February 24, 2017 Jonathan Children's Books 0