Blog tour: The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien

The Rampart Guards: Chronicle One in the Adventures of Jason Lex
Book title/Author: The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
Publisher/Year: February 26 2016 Camashea Press
Genre: YA/MG Urban Fantasy
Series: The Adventures of Jason Lex #1
Pages: 268
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


After his mom disappears, Jason Lex and his family move to a small town where he has no friends, no fun, no life. Things get worse when he’s chased by weird flying creatures
that only he can see---Jason thinks he’s losing it.
But when Jason discovers new information about his family, he’s stunned to learn that creatures like Skyfish, Kappa, and the Mongolian Death Worm aren't just stories on the Internet---they’re real and they live unseen alongside the human race. Many of these creatures naturally emit energy capable of incinerating humans. An invisible shield keeps these creatures hidden and protects the human race from their threatening force, but someone, or some thing, is trying to destroy it.
Unsure who he can trust, Jason is drawn into the fight to save the people closest to him, and he finds help in surprising places. Confronted with loss, uncertainty, and a devastating betrayal, Jason must make a gut-wrenching decision: Who lives, and who dies.

My review

This book was so interesting! I had no idea a job like cryptozoology even existed, but now I do and I loved reading about it. The premise of this book is so unique and the action gripped me from start to finish.

Jason as a protagonist was great as he felt like someone who wouldn't normally be the main character of a story. However, that just made me like him more as he felt so relatable.

I really enjoyed the fact that this book focuses so heavily on family and how this big tradition of being a Guard runs in the family.

Despite this being a fantasy novel, none of the circumstances in which Jason finds himself in felt over-the-top or unnecessary, as Terrien has the ability to make everything seem relatable, particularly the grieving parts of this book.

Overall this is a fun Middle Grade novel that I would recommend to young lovers of magic and supernatural creatures.

Author Bio

Wendy Terrien has been writing stories since she was in grade school. Her debut novel The Rampart Guards (February 26, 2016) is the first in her intriguing urban fantasy series.

Inspired by an episode of Bones that suspected a killer to be a fabled chupacabra, Wendy was fascinated and dove into research about cryptozoology - the study of animals that may or may not exist, or cryptids. Pouring over stories, videos and photographs of creatures others had seen all over the world, Wendy developed her own story to share with middle grade, young adult and grown-up readers.

Raised in Salt Lake City, Wendy graduated from the University of Utah and soon transplanted to Colorado where she completed her MBA at the University of Denver. Having applied her marketing expertise to the financial and network security industries, it wasn’t until a career coach stepped in that she fully immersed herself in her passion for writing. Wendy began attending writers conferences, workshops and retreats.

 She regularly participates in two critique groups and is the Secretary of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and a member of Pikes Peak Writers and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2014, she was a finalist in the San Francisco Writer’s Contest and in March, will release a novella in the anthology Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time.

Wendy lives in Colorado with her husband Kevin and their three dogs: Maggie, Shea and Boon. All three of her dogs are rescues and Wendy is passionate about promoting shelter adoptions. If you’re ever in Colorado, you may even be able to spot her by her "Adopt a Shelter Pet" license plates.


“A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-­driven story. This paranormal fantasy is not only wildly entertaining, but also undeniably unique. The cast of authentic and endearing characters is one of the novel's many strengths, along with the brisk pacing, action-­packed narrative and creation of the novel's fascinating creatures. Both adult and YA audiences should find this book appealing.” -­ Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews

“Terrien has created an intriguing world that seamlessly integrates the fantastic with the realistic and is supported by a relatable cast of characters. This appealing novel is sure to find an appreciative audience.” -­ A Five Star Review from Foreword Clarion Reviews

"An intriguing introduction to what promises to be an expansive series. The Rampart Guards introduces engaging characters, a unique concept and the potential for developing both more fully in future novels." -­ Blue Ink Review

Q&A with Wendy Terrien

Your story really appeals to readers of all ages. Can you tell me the story behind the idea for ​The Rampart Guards? 

I was watching an episode of the television show Bones, and the perceived killer was a chupacabra. I thought, “What is a chupacabra?” Then the main character in the show mentioned cryptozoology, and I was locked in. The whole thing fascinated me. I’d heard of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, of course, but soon discovered there are many more supposed creatures out there, known as cryptids, and that the study of creatures that may or may not exist is known as cryptozoology. My imagination really zipped along after that, and one “what if” question after another popped into my head. 

What do you think will surprise readers most about ​The Rampart Guards? 

Every cryptid that appears in the book actually exists! At least on the Internet. There are numerous sites that follow and discuss the likelihood that certain creatures exist, and many share photos, videos, historical stories, etc. So if a reader is intrigued by any or all of the cryptids in The Rampart Guards, they can Google that cryptid and then make the decision for themselves if that particular creature does or does not exist. 

What’s your goal when you’re writing for your readers? 

I hope my book lights up their imagination! I want to write stories that are fun to read, that maybe take the reader out of their real world for a while and entertain them, maybe even delight them. I hope they feel the same way about the story as I do regarding the cryptids – who says they don’t really exist? Maybe there really is a shield. Maybe there are Skyfish zooming around us on a regular basis…I mean, there are people that certainly believe that they do. It’s so much fun to let your imagination run free for a bit and see where it takes you - it’s energizing! 

What do you find most rewarding in your day-to-day life? 

I love using my optimism for good. When I hear any negative self-talk from friends, I find the silver lining and spin that comment around on its ears. In fact, it’s not just a silver lining. I simply remind them of the truth about how fantastic they really are, and that’s never hard to do. So often, we talk ourselves down and there’s no good reason for that. Focus on the positive! It’s highly likely you have a ton more good stuff going on than bad. 

I also love the dogs we share our life with: Maggie, Shea, and Boon. They’re all rescues. Maggie, we found as a puppy in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming. She was skin and bones, and she had scabs down her side, probably from being thrown out of a moving car. We nursed her through that and parvo, and today, she’s our black beauty. 

Shea came to us through the Boulder Humane Society after she’d been transferred from Kansas. Her mom was a stray and was going to be euthanized until they saw how far along she was in her pregnancy. A kind soul fostered her and the puppies until they could all be transferred to Colorado where they had a better chance at adoption. And I’m happy to say they all found homes. Shea is our mighty dog.

 And Boon is a sweetheart we adopted from a shelter in Arizona where my mom was living at the time. He’d been there nearly a year, likely because he looks like he may have some pit bull in him. He’s as sweet as sweet can be, though and we’re lucky to have him. Boon’s personality and the misinformation about the pit bull breed inspired me to make Finn — a very cool canine character in The Rampart Guards — a pit bull. 

How has your journey into writing helped you grow as an author? 

I’d considered myself to be a good writer and thought I was well prepared to write a novel, but I was so wrong. I had tons to learn and it was fantastic. My brain lit up like a fireworks finale. I could not get enough. That has since led to meeting incredible people and establishing myself as a member of a writing tribe here in Colorado where I feel really comfortable, really at home. 

What do you find most fascinating about your writing process? 

How the characters and the story come to life. Even though I have an outline (loose though it is), they decide where the story is actually going. I’m surprised from one chapter to the next. 

How has your education, profession or background helped you in your writing career? 

Just about every job I've had demanded good writing skills, and as such I've been able to continuously improve upon my basic skills. And the marketing aspects of my different jobs have kept me thinking creatively. 

I also love the business training I've had, because I’m able to confidently wear two hats – both creative and business. Writing is not just about writing. Writers are also a small business and it’s so important to understand that. If you’re serious about having a career as an author, you must invest in your business from a time and “sweat equity” perspective, as well as from a monetary one. And you work hard. That’s true whether you’re traditionally or independently published. 

Who has influenced you most in becoming an author? 

This is a tough question, because I don’t think any one person influenced me to become a writer. I've always loved writing stories, and friends and family have often told me I should write more, but I never considered pursuing it “for real” until I was laid off a few years ago. 

I wasn't excited about returning to a job similar to what I’d already had, and after a couple months of my less-than-enthusiastic approach to my job search, my career coach sussed out my writing bug. And that bug was buried deep—even I was surprised when the words “I want to write” came out of my mouth. After that, I put it out into the world and told my family and friends that I wanted to do this, and not one person told me I was crazy. At least not to my face. I immersed myself into the writing and publishing world, and here I am with one novel and a novella complete, and more stories in the works. It gives me a huge thrill! 

A bit premature, since your debut book will release in February, but I know authors are always thinking ahead! What is your next project? 

You’re right! I am planning ahead. I have a novella being published in an anthology along with six other writers in March 2016. The theme is time, and the title is Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time. I've already read some of the other stories to be included and it’s great stuff. I'm really happy to be part of this project. 

As for my series, I want to write two separate novels as “book two.” Simultaneous stories - one following Jason and his adventure with the League of Governors, and the other following Sadie’s story back home in Salton. The final chapter in both books brings them back together in Salton. It will probably kill me to get them both written and released together and in a timely fashion, but I’m really excited about the idea.


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