GUEST POST – The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

I’m really excited for the September 7th release of The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson.  If you are a regular reader, you know how much I love stories with talking animals.  It is one of the coolest plot devices – EVAR!  Plus, check out that cover!  Does that not spell READ ME NOW?

Authors Adam and Andrew stopped by to share a story to get us geared up for their novel.

"My Childhood Pet Breathed Fire"

When I’d walk home from elementary school, there would be a dragon sitting on my shoulder. Not a big one, just a pocket-sized one. Green scales and small red eyes. Wings that looked like a butterfly’s. He’d eat the occasional bird or squirrel, and possibly burn the hairs off the back of my neck if he coughed. Yes, when I was 10, I dreamed of having a familiar of my own. I remember some of my friends would pretend that their family dog or cat was magical, but my family didn’t have a pet, so I had to make one up. It wasn’t always a dragon. Sometimes, it was a flying horse or a pixie on a leash or a lightning-charged hawk. Who would have thought that my childhood fantasies would inspire a series of books? And yet now I know I wasn’t alone in having those dreams. Every person who reads The Familiars seems to have their own tales of magical pets or the ones they dreamed of. And with our book selling to a dozen countries around the world, it appears people of all cultures pretended they had an imaginary dragon on their shoulders, too.

Tell us about the magical powers you imagine your childhood pet had. Email us at or leave a comment at our blog, The Familiars.


Ha!  This is a total secret, by my dog, Buu, can read minds!  He talks, too!  All the time, but only when nobody else is home but me.  What is up with that?  I wish he would learn how to vacuum or throw in a load of laundry, but no, he says that is “human” work.  What?  I bet he’d change his tune if I stopped taking him for walks…

Check out the new trailer, for The Familiars, too!  I love the tree frog!  Tree frogs are cool!

Because I know you are going to want to know more about Adam and Andrew, here is a quick introductory video.  Something tells me these guys can be a handful of trouble!


The Familiars will be in bookstores everywhere September 7th.  You can learn more about the book by visiting the website here.  Don’t forget to drop Adam and Andrew a note about your pet’s magical ability!

One thought on “GUEST POST – The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

  • August 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I love the cover of this book! I am already a follower but wanted to drop in and wish you an awesome weekend!

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