Thursday, March 3, 2022

People of the Sun by Ben Gartner - Book Your + Giveaway


by Ben Gartner


GENRE:  Middle Grade, Action Adventure, Time Travel, Historical Fiction



The explosive reveal about who John and Sarah really are and why they’re
traveling through time, with their most gut-wrenching challenge yet.

In the time of the Aztec, a scoundrel named Cortés arrives and the kids are
forced to make an extremely difficult decision: If you could change history,
should you? For more twists, more danger, and more fun, read the third book
in The Eye of Ra series, People of the Sun!




The ground shook like the end of the world. 
At least, that was how it felt to John, who had never experienced an
earthquake while growing up in Colorado. And they’d only lived in Maryland
for a month before taking this trip to California to visit their aunt. On
their second day in the steep mountains of Santa Cruz, while hiking through
an old-growth redwood forest that reminded John of a fairy tale, he suddenly
felt woozy. But he wasn’t sick. His legs swayed like he was dancing the
hula, as if the ground beneath his feet were the roiling sea. Birds took to
the sky. Their aunt’s dog, Nickel, barked and snapped at the air, her ears
tucked back and tail between her legs.

“Sarah?” John looked over to his sister and held out a hand to steady

She wore the same expression of bewilderment for a moment, then realization
dawned across her face. “Is this an earthquake? Cool!”

Her voice rose and fell with the waves just like her knees riding the
shifting earth as if it were a skateboard or a pair of skis. Dander like
fireflies floated down from the trees and sparkled in the sun’s rays.

“Earthquake,” Aunt Lorraine confirmed. “Just a little one. Hold on, it’ll
end in—”

The earth eased to a halt.

“There ya go, all done.” Aunt Lorraine heaved a breath. “For now.”

“For now?!” John hunched over, ready to fall flat on the ground if it got
any worse.



What are four things you can’t live without?

My wife and two boys. Does that count as three? They are, by far, the most important parts of my life. For the last thing, I’ll cheat a little and lump “books” into a broad category. I relish learning, and reading is my favorite way to do that. This includes both nonfiction and fiction because both are great for learning and having fun.

What is your favorite television show?

I don’t have a favorite, but I tend to enjoy the more involved series, in a wide variety of genres. I can’t wait for the next season of Expanse to become available. Ted Lasso makes me smile. I liked The Last Kingdom, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Peaky Blinders, Dark, okay I’ll stop now though I’m sure I’ve forgotten to include some great ones. To be honest, it’s hard to find really good television and I’m always asking for recommendations. So, toss ‘em my way!

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

When I was a kid, my knee-jerk reaction to this question was the Silver Surfer or Iron Man. Iron Man makes sense. Everyone wants to be Iron Man. But, Silver Surfer? Do you even know who that is? Go look him up. For some reason, that idea of surfing around in midair, safely, all over the place sounds rad. 

But you’re asking me who I’d want to be now, and though it may seem like a cop-out, I gotta go with John Tidewell, one of the two main characters in my middle grade series, The Eye of Ra. I mean, come on, they get to travel through time!

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

People of the Sun, book 3 in The Eye of Ra series, publishes February 1, 2022 wherever fine books are sold. This is a big one, so don’t miss it!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ben Gartner is the award-winning author of The Eye of Ra time travel
adventure series for middle graders. His books take readers for a thrilling
ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found
living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys.







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One randomly drawn winner will receive a $50 Amazon/BN GC.


  1. Thank you kindly for having me on your blog. :)

  2. Enjoyed reading the interview and I enjoyed the excerpt, People of the Sun sounds like an excellent adventure book for my granddaughter to enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  3. Thank you for sharing your interview and book details, I am looking forward to sharing this book and series with my grandchildren

  4. this looks really good, i can't wait to see what happens next!

  5. Looks like a very interesting book.


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