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Inside all of us, there’s an unsung hero waiting to be found.  Find yours today!
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Welcome!  You have reached the companion page for the novel, The Thirteenth Hour, by Joshua Blum as well as other stories in the same universe.  This page contains pictures and other behind-the-scenes information about the novel and related works.

Tales in The Thirteenth Hour universe:

1.) A Shadow in the Moonlight: A Thirteenth Hour Prequel

The moon shone brightly overhead, blanketing everything in a soft white glow. A perfect moon to accompany all that hunted by night…

In this gothic prequel to The Thirteenth Hour, a young hunter accidentally interrupts a wizard’s spell, turning him into a living shadow only able to venture out by night, unable to interact with others, and doomed to spend the rest of eternity hunting an elusive, ethereal deer night after night. Help and danger collide when he encounters an injured runaway, and he must decide if he is strong enough to brave the light.  Approximately 11,000 words.

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 2.) The Thirteenth Hour

The ancient clock in the Land of Dreams struck thirteen, and the dreams, now free, soared back to Earth under first vesper’s light …

And so begins The Thirteenth Hour, a tale about dreams and wishes, wild hearts and childhood promises, and the quest to find the unsung hero that lies in all of us.

When a young boy falls asleep during school one day, he is transported into a fantasy world of wizards, dragons, quests, and the tale of Logan, who has come of age and must leave his sleepy village to be a soldier in King Darian IV’s Imperial Army. Although he finds himself immediately at odds with military life, Logan’s tour is surprisingly extended when he is picked by the King’s wizards to be specially trained as an Imperial Ranger for a mysterious quest to find the secret to eternal life, catapulting him into an epic adventure he had previously only thought possible in books, daydreams, and fairy tales.

Combining the adventure of The Princess Bride, the irreverent humor of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, and the feel of 1980s science fiction and fantasy films such as The Neverending Story and Labyrinth with a healthy dose of introspection surrounding the journey teens experience on the way to becoming adults, The Thirteenth Hour is part adventure yarn, part fairy tale, and part introspective narrative that can be enjoyed by both teenagers and teens in remission.

The Thirteenth Hour contains over 35 illustrations, music written specifically for the story, and rich world both on and off-line that was sixteen years in the making.  Check it out today, and let the adventure of The Thirteenth Hour become your story!  Approximately 144,000 words.

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Also available at Smashwords for other ebook formats

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NEW!  Now available signed, with free shipping, and in FULL COLOR direct from the author!

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 3.) Falling Leaves Don’t Weep: A Thirteenth Hour Epilogue

In this short story epilogue to the novel, The Thirteenth Hour, an elderly king reflects on a restless life of self-absorption, hedonism, and dissatisfaction with the present after falling leaves blow into his bedroom one night when he’s unable to sleep. Approximately 2,000 words.

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4.) Your Star Will Glow Forever

“ … There’s a star above your head, fallen from way up high …”

And so begins this illustrated picture book from the enchanting world of The Thirteenth Hour about stars, hope, and the love parents have for their children.

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Check out the companion sites for additional content!

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