Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: The Cerberus Rebellion by Joshua K. Johnson

Today my guest is Joshua K. Johnson, author of The Cerberus Rebellion. It's  an epic fantasy with wonderful world-building and realistic characters. Joshua is here as part of a Virtual Book Tour and he will be awarding .mobi copies of his short stories (details available at to one commenter at every stop. There will be a grand Prize for one random commentor: The Chesian Wars collection (all published 3 short stories and an additional prelude short story exclusive to the collection).

Follow the tour and comment to increase your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:
Enjoy the excerpt below, but first let's find out more about Joshua K. Johnson...

Hi Josh. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm in my late 20s, married with an 18-month old son. I've been writing since about the age of 13.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Taking care of my son, or generally spending time with my family. I work nights as well.

Do you have a day job as well?

Not exactly a “day” job; I work the midnight sort at UPS as a Part-Time/Frontline Supervisor (they're constantly changing our title lol)

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I first started writing at about age 13; I finished my first book shortly after. It was terrible; a collection of barely-veiled plagarisms from games, comics and books.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

Sci-fi and fantasy are just the two genres that really appeal to me.

Where do you get your ideas?

Most of them just wander through my head and I try to grab them before they wander out the other side.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

I've experienced writer's block many times, but when I get stuck on one project I always have others that I can turn to.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I work with a pretty detailed outline, but I always leave room for on-the-fly adjustments.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

George RR Martin and David Weber have been a major influence on my writing their respective genres (Fantasy and Space-Opera Sci-Fi)

How did you come up with the title?

The title for The Cerberus Rebellion was actually a labor. I had several ideas as I was writing (the original title was just Revolution). I had an idea of how I wanted the titles for the series to work: I wanted to highlight the major house that was the primary player in the novel and then tell something about what was happening in the novel. House Jarmann (the primary players in TRC) have a 3 headed Hellhound as their sigil, so I went through iterations of using Hellhound and finally settled on Cerberus.

What project are you working on now?

I'm working on The Hydra Offensive, the sequel to Cerberus and book 2 in this series of Griffins & Gunpowder novels.

Thanks so much for coming by.


One hundred years of peace and prosperity. War changes everything.

On the world of Zaria, Elves, magic and mythical beasts coexist beside rifles and railroads. The futures of two nations hang in the balance as rebels and revolutionaries trade gunfire with loyalists and tyrants.

Eadric Garrard was raised to believe that as the rightful King of Ansgar, his loyal nobles and fearful subjects answered to his every whim, no matter the cost or consequence. His decision to send his troops thousands of miles away will test that fear, and loyalty.

Raedan Clyve was ordinary until an Elven ritual involving a griffin’s heart turned him into something more. Twenty years later, he still struggles with the magics that rage through his body. His mentor holds him back from his full potential and he faces pressure to find a suitable wife and father an heir.

Hadrian Clyve has picked up where his father left off and works to expand his family’s influence amongst the Ansgari nobility. His aggressive negotiation of alliances and shrewd choice of marriage agreements has earned him respect, and resentment. When his King calls his troops to arms, Hadrian has other things in mind.

After a century of scheming and decades of preparation, Magnus Jarmann is ready to bring his family’s plans to fruition by launching a war of independence that will free his people and return his country to its rightful place among the nations of Zaria. The King’s call to arms creates an opportunity that Magnus cannot afford to miss.

In a war, little is held back; in a revolution, nothing is safe.


The crackle of musket fire drifted up from the trenches; only a few quick shots at first, but quickly followed by full volleys. Flashes of light marked the battle in the trenches and Raedan listened carefully for the command to push his troops forward. He glanced behind him quickly.

The color guard stood resolute, the banners of Arndell and the North Griffin Cliffs at the front of the formation. A half-company of infantry had been assigned to protect the flags should they come under attack.

Wounded began to drift back out of the trenches. Some retreated under their own power; others were carried between two of their fellows. Raedan tried to count the men fleeing the battle, but quickly lost count.

Finally, the trumpets sounded again, ordering him forward.

“How's it look in there?” he asked a retreating officer. The man wore the gaudy orange of Sea Watch and the stripes of a captain. He had taken a round through his shoulder and was supporting a corporal that had taken a shot to the leg.

“The artillery did a job on them,” the captain said. “But they've still got some fight left.”

“All right, men! Let's take it to them!” Raedan started toward the trenches at the double time and his men started to trot after him.

The earthworks twisted and zagged one way and another, slowly leading the infantry closer to the fortress that loomed large above. The sun had finally set and flares were exploding high overhead.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Joshua Johnson is the author of "Gunpowder Fantasy" The Cerberus Rebellion (due to release in early July) and the creator of the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. When he isn't working or spending time with his family, he writes novels, short stories and novellas.
He currently lives in Northern Illinois with his wife and young son. 




Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Joshua today.

Joshua Johnson said...

Thanks for hosting me and The Cerberus Rebellion today!