When Cal and James discover something terrible in the woods, their youthful curiosity unexpectedly leads them on a path that soon threatens their very survival. A fast-paced adventure requiring physical prowess, mental toughness, and unwavering trust . . . best friends caught in the most perilous situation of their lives.
A great read for all ages.

“Such an unusual story . . . hard to figure what would come next. These boys were rascals!”
– Trinette Weber

“The adventure carries you along like you are living all the excitement. Imaginative and entertaining . . . a great read for young and old.”
– Judy Fletcher

“Our family enjoyed reading it out loud, with geat animation, although the silent reader would have no problem creating a vivid picture in their mind’s eye . . . difficult to put down.”
– A. Kovacs

Meet The Authors

Cameron Ventura

“I’ve made my living as a filmmaker, often writing scripts for screen and television commercials. In my early twenties, I wrote my first short story on an old antique Underwood, a real commitment to get that ink on the page. When I created the characters of Calvin Poag and his best friend, James Nelson, residents of the fictitious mountain town of Mud Lake, I was bitten by the bug. These two adventurous young teens taught me the wonderful journey of writing fiction.”

Dennis Mansfield

Dennis Mansfield has long been a passionate man of progress, from his time at West Point to a bid for the U.S. Congress. When he and his wife’s beloved son, Nate, passed away suddenly, Dennis changed his life’s course from personal ambition to helping others. “You might say that it sharpened my perspective and gave me clarity about what is truly important.” Whether coaching business executives, speaking at an event, or writing a book, Dennis has focused on imparting courage to others, helping them overcome challenges that might hamper success in business, in relationships, in life.

Dennis and his wife, Susan, have enjoyed traveling the world together, but they’re happiest riding bikes along the Boise River greenbelt . . . and being with their children and grandchildren.

Other Books

Draft

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Divi Builder

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Bloom

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Upcoming Events

July 23, 2018

Bloom, Book Signing • San Francisco, CA

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August 10, 2018

Draft, Book Reading • Los Angeles, CA

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Newest Release!

While exploring the Magpie Mine, best friends’ Cal and James accidentally overhear a couple of local hooligans burying a mysterious chest. Naturally, the boys investigate . . . but taking from thieves can lead to disastrous consequences, including the kidnapping of Pepper—James’ younger sister—and a rescue attempt that explodes (literally) in their faces. The thrilling and dangerous adventure is just beginning. It’s Now or Never as Cal, James, and Pepper try to escape a despicable family of goons and knuckleheads who will stop at nothing to reclaim their treasure.

My Writing Blog

Follow Along

7 Influential Slave Narratives

For the longest time, I have been fascinated by slave narratives. Honestly, as a black man, just saying that makes me squeamish. In Send Judah First, I wanted to take the best of these books and tell a different story…

Send Judah First – Apple Pan Dowdy Recipe

In Send Judah First,author Brian C. Johnson not only opens a powerful and heart-wrenching door into Judah’s life, but also into Belle Grove’s kitchen where Judah served as head cook from 1817-1836. Today, we’re sharing one of the author’s favorite recipes: Apple Pan Dowdy. Ingredient quantities have been added for baking convenience!

 

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