The Codex Audiobook Edition

The Codex Audiobook Edition

The Codex Audiobook Edition


I couldn’t be happier this evening. Recently I decided to give the audiobook market another college try after my first partnership didn’t work out. I reached back out to the original narrator that I was going to go with, and after we caught up, found out that he has gone on to narrate a ton of books, and that he was interested in narrating some of my fiction. I listened to a few samples, and he sounded great. 

steve barnes

Steve Barnes, Narrator

So, Steve Barnes will be narrating The Magic Shop this fall. It should be completed by the end of September.

Once I sent The Magic Shop off to Steve, he asked if he could narrate some of my shorter fiction between now and when he would start hunkering down on The Magic Shop. So, after discussing what I had out there, he thought The Codex sounded interesting enough to start there. 

Today, I’m pleased to announce that Steve turned in his final draft of The Codex, which will include the origin story, “Failed Crusade,” by Patrick Tracy and Paul Genesse (they were gracious enough to allow me to include it.) I just got done listening to it, and I have to say that I am totally impressed with what Steve was able to do with all the characters, and the gritty nature of the stories. I can’t wait for you to hear it.

Oh, wait… Here’s a sample!  The full audiobook version of The Codex will run almost 3 hours, and should be available within the next 30 days. I’ll probably be running some contests for free download codes, so keep your eyes peeled!

(Let me know what you think in the comments.)



The Codex Audiobook

by Justin Swapp | The Codex Audiobook

(The sample above is from “The Transition” listed below)

The Codex Audiobook will contain the following content:

  1.  Opening Credits
  2.  Preface
  3.  Failed Crusade, Part 1
  4.  Failed Crusade, Part 2
  5.  Failed Crusade, Part 3
  6.  Failed Crusade, Epilogue
  7.  The Transition
  8.  The Merging
  9.  Club PK2
  10.  Closing Credits
Follow Your Favorite Authors

Follow Your Favorite Authors

Example of Justin’s Amazon “Follow” Page

New Amazon Author “Follow” Feature

Amazon has recently added a new feature that answers most reader’s age-old question—How do I know when my favorite author’s new book comes out? Amazon has created a new “Follow” feature they’ve been rolling out over the last month or so, and it and solves this need. When an author releases a new title, he or she now has the ability to send you a little message about a new release, along with a notification. So, its not as in your face as a newsletter might be considered to be, and you can always opt in or out whenever you want. All you have to do is go to your favorite writer’s author page and click the yellow “Follow” button underneath their picture. At that point, you’ll receive an email whenever that author releases a new book. I’ve gone out there myself and followed my favorite authors (practicing what I preach). As far as my readers go, I’ve started to get questions about when The Shadow’s Servant will be coming out. It will be this year, but might slip into early fall a bit (work has been crazy busy.) But, by clicking on the follow button on my Amazon author page, you can get my alert the moment any of writing or novels goes public. Pretty cool, right!?  

Star Wars The Force Awakens and Battlefront Trailers

Star Wars The Force Awakens and Battlefront Trailers

star wars the force awakened lead actors

The Force Awakens Trailer # 2 and #1

Great news, Star Wars fans. 2015 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for the Star Wars franchise. It didn’t take too long after Disney acquired the Star Wars platform from Lucas Arts for it to start production on several projects. Not the least of which is the new movie due out at the end of 2015 – The Force Awakens. Trailer 2 just came out, and you can watch it below, along with the first one that was released about four months ago. The Force Awakens, trailer # 2 gives us some interesting answers to questions that trailer #1 caused.

The Force Awakens Trailer 2

  Apparently this movie is going to follow Anakin and Padme’s children! The force will awaken in them. I’m going to guess that we’ll see both the son and the daughter grow strong in the force. How about that Darth Vader helmet? It kind of looked like a wilted, black pumpkin 🙂 The star destroyer crashed on the planet reminded me a lot of the epic scene in The Force Unleashed when Starkiller used the force to crash the ship in similar fashion. If you haven’t already caught the first trailer for The Force Awakens, you can watch it below.

The Force Awakens Trailer 1


  Besides the movies, 2015 promises us a new Star Wars Battlefront game as well!

Star Wars Battlefront Trailer

Update – EA just released a new trailer for Battlefront, and boy is it gorgeous. I can’t believe this is all rendered off the in-game engine. I can’t wait to get this in November!  


Here is the E3 trailer of Star Wars Battlefront.


Another Star Wars Battlefront Trailer (with early leaked footage?)

What do you think? What are your theories on The Forced Awakened? Leave me a comment below!

Star Wars Battlefront: Multiplayer Gameplay | E3 2015 “Walker Assault” on Hoth

This just came out at E3 2015. Check out the fantastic gameplay during this five-minute trailer called, “Walker Assault” on Hoth. There’s a lot of Star Wars goodness at E3 this year.


STAR WARS: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire – “Sacrifice” Trailer

“A man can have anything, if he is willing to sacrifice everything.” Wow, just wow. Check out this Star Wars trailer from E3 2015.  Knights of the Fallen Empire seems to be an expansion to The Old Republic. Whether you play the game or not, this is a fantastic trailer. They convey so much in a mere few minutes.  


My Current Reading List for 2015

My Current Reading List for 2015

goodreads challenge I’m probably a little late writing this, but one of my goals in 2015 is to make more time for reading. Now that I have a little bit of a commute to work, I am really leveraging audiobooks to help fill the gap. Below, I’ve listed the majority of the books that I have on the docket for this year as of today. Of course, I reserve the right to add or remove books depending on how the reading goes. After reading through the list, I feel like I am actually behind a couple years. I tend to read several book at once (as you can see below), which makes things a little crazy sometimes, but should help me get caught up. I recently finished The Lost Hero, which was a good middle-grade read. Now I’m struggling mightily to get into The Iron Trial. What are you going to read this year? Leave a comment below and give me your recommendations.

 My 2015 Reading List, In No Particular Order:

  1. The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan (Finished!)
  2. Wool, by Hugh Howey
  3. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  4. The Atrocity Archive, Charles Stross
  5. The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Currently reading)
  6. The Thirteenth Tale, Daine Setterfield
  7. Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Currently reading)
  8. City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare
  9. Monster Hunter Alpha, Larry Correia
  10. Legion, Brandon Sanderson
  11. Carrion Comfort, Dan Simmons
  12. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith
  13. The Screaming Staircase, Jonathan Stroud
  14. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
  15. The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
  16. Coraline, Neil Gaiman (Finished!)
  17. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  18. Croak, Gina Damico
  19. The Iron Trial, Holly Black & Cassandra Clare (Finished!)
  20. The School for Good & Evil, Soman Chainani
  21. Nightrise: The Gatekeepers Book 3, Anthony Horowitz
  22. The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson (Currently reading)
  23. Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson
  24. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (Currently reading)
  25. The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1, Brandon Sanderson
  26. Hard Magic, Larry Correia (Currently reading)
The Magic Shop: Shelf Unbound Middle-Grade Notable Book and Favorite Book Cover

The Magic Shop: Shelf Unbound Middle-Grade Notable Book and Favorite Book Cover

I‘m really excited to write this post. As I posted about a week ago, I recently learned that The Magic Shop has been honored in the December / January issue of Shelf Unbound magazine. This issue is special because it showcases the best books of nearly a thousand books that were submitted for review. I’m please two announce that The Magic Shop, my Middle-Grade Fantasy novel, was honored as both one of their favorite book covers, and also as a notable book for the Middle-Grade category! This means that The Magic Shop placed somewhere in the top one hundred books. I want to give a shout out to the great Arthur Wang, the artist, and mind behind The Magic Shop’s engaging book cover. I was lucky enough to trip over his work on and I am so glad we partnered together for this project, and hopefully future endeavors. I’ve included some screen shots of the Shelf Unbound pages that call out The Magic Shop. Hopefully this exposure will help The Magic Shop find more readers this holiday season, and enable Arthur to continue to share his great talent.     TMS Shelf Unbound Favorite Book Covers     TMS Notable Middle Grade   Here’s the tribute graphic to Arthur Wang – The Magic Shop animated .gif. It shows the cover evolve as Arthur sent me updates every other week or so. You can watch it come to life before your eyes, just like I did. Congrats, Arthur!   Magic Shop Animated Cover Small       If you are interested in reading the magazine for yourself, I’ve imbedded it below. You can also CLICK HERE, where I’ve linked to the page. Let me know what you think below in the comments!  


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