Joshua and the Arrow Realm
(Lightning Road #2)
by Donna Galanti
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books
With his loyalties divided between our world and theirs, Joshua wonders whether he alone can restore magic to the twelve powerless Olympian heirs, or whether he is being tricked into making the one mistake that might cost them all.
JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM is the exciting follow up to JOSHUA THE LIGHTNING ROAD which the Midwest Book Review called, "a heart-pounding thrill ride."
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Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.
To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.
In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.
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I lived in foster care for nearly a year before I was adopted. However, I was not supposed to be with my parents at all! They drove in town to adopt twin boys but that adoption fell through at the last minute so my bold, grab-life-by-the-horns mom said to the social worker, “Well, we drove all this way so what else you got?” And it was me! The daughter of the foster mom cried so when she came home from school that day and I was suddenly gone with no warning as she adored me (my foster mom told me later as we’ve since connected). When I was eighteen years old my natural mother came into my life and that has been a rollercoaster relationship. Adoption has shaped who I am and it plays a big role in my Lightning Road series. Joshua Cooper in the book is a lot like me in that he moved around many times, never felt like he belonged, and doesn’t know truly who he is – all things I’ve experienced too.
What is something really interesting that's happened to you?
I graduated high school when I was sixteen years old and wanted to be a writer but had no idea where to start! After wandering through colleges without a goal, I drove past the U.S. Navy recruiting office one day, went inside, and signed up on the spot with a departure date to boot camp of December 23! My Christmas was spent getting yelled at. LOL! At the time, the Navy had no openings for journalists so I became a photographer instead. After training, I was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, working in Fleet Intelligence (the building with no windows). Funny enough, this role and place in my life would be a big part of the first book I ever got published.
What are your top 10 favorite books?
These are books I’ve re-read many times or would:
Surviving Bear Island by Paul Greci
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Lottery by Patricia Wood
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
White Fang by Jack London
The Last Testament by John Grisham
Watchers by Dean Koontz
The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
What inspired you to write this book?
A contract and a deadline! LOL. I got a two-deal with the offer to publish Joshua and the Lightning Road, book one. I had no idea for continuing the series at that time. But as it came to me, I knew that I wanted Joshua work things out for himself in this adventure. This awareness led me to write the second book leaving Joshua up to his own wits and device much of the time without friends or powers. I truly wanted to test him and throw him into some scary situations! Once I decided that the story would be set in the Arrow Realm ruled by Queen Artemis (Greek god of the hunt), I wanted a great hunt to be part of the story. From this, grew an entirely new subculture of the Wild Childs who live in trees to escape the hunt. Many ideas came to me on walks and I spent many hours audio recording scenes in the woods – about scenes in the woods!