October 17th, 2013


From the sky, it all looked intriguing and yet alien. Yesterday morning, she had been at Gryphon Park—now she was part way around the world. It had not been a hard trip. Her parents had taken her to London, along with Peter and Laurel, her older brother and sister, and the three children had stepped through a Travel Glass—which turned out to be a really big version of the Walking Glasses they used to get around town.

The Travel Glass led to New York City. Her parents had taken them to see a few sights: the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the gilded Temple of Apollo on Fifth Avenue, the Shrine of the Goddess Amaterasu. These last two landmarks had been crowded with mundane folk who had come to worship. Rachel had never mixed with the Unwary before, those who were ignorant of the magical World of the Wise. She had kept her shadowcloak tucked around her and stayed close to her family.
After that, it had been a simple matter of stepping through a second glass that exited in a cottage near the dock along the Hudson River, where the ferry, the Pollepel II, picked them up to carry them to Roanoke Island.

The trip had not been difficult, but it had been disorientating. The worst part, the part that made her chest clench even now, as she soared on her broom, had been leaving Sandra behind. For years, Rachel had imagined she would arrive at Roanoke for the first time holding her oldest sister’s hand. All those years, as she had watched Sandra leave for school each autumn, she had never bothered to do the math. Otherwise, it would have been obvious long ago that, by the time she was old enough to come to school, Sandra would already have graduated.

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)

R J Tolson, Young Buckaroo Bonsai! On CBS WUSA9


(Do not be deceived by the cover. This is a Percy Jackson style adventure. )

Some info about an upcoming interview with young author R.J. Tolson on CBS WUSA9 as well as an appearance.

RJ is an extremely talented and well-spoken young man. (When I described him to a friend, he asked if I was talking about Buckaroo Bonsai. That level of talent.)

Watching him talk could be of interest to any creative or ambitious teen.


Watch CBS WUSA9 Exclusive Interview

20 Yr Old Author & CEO RJ Tolson

CBS WUSA9 legendary Anchor Andrea Roane interviews award-winning author, international charity founder & CEO RJ Tolson LIVE 10/18 WUSA9 Noon Newscast!

Just 20 years-old, Tolson is igniting a passion in America's youth. "I hear young people of all ages saying they never really thought they could make any of their dreams come true…But I'm here to tell you, where there is inspiration, there is a way." At only 18, RJ published Chaos Chronicles Book 1: Zephyr The West Wind

and founded Forever Trust Charity. Forever Trust now supports 58 U.S. based international relief and development organizations.

Catch him in action 10/18 – 19 at the 2013 Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend Book Festival! Event hosts have announced him as the "Surprise Guest Speaker" for the 10/18 7:00 pm Men in Literature reception at the Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Bowie, Md.

Festival coordinator, Sharon Lucas, an avid supporter of Tolson's National Literacy Campaign, shared "after reading an article about RJ I was intrigued by how much he has accomplished…." she continued "It's not often that we read about young people who are promoting literacy and I thought this information was worth sharing with other readers."

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)