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C. S. Johnson

C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at

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"A fast-paced, effective teen-paranormal outing."

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Reader's Favorite Award, 2013: The Starlight Chronicles: SLUMBERING

2nd Place in 2012 Munce Writer's Competition, 2012: The Starlight Chronicles: SLUMBERING

Hometown Duncansville, PA

Day job Teacher

Favorite line from a book “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” George Orwell, 1984

Favorite word Esoteric

Unexpected skill or talent Reading people, terrible sense of humor

Passion in life Daydreaming, helping others


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ISBN: 978-1449779139
Page count: 206pp

A sci-fi/fantasy series about a teenager with superpowers.

In Johnson’s debut, the first book in a projected series, Hamilton Dinger is a handsome and popular 16-year-old football star at Apollo Central High School in Ohio, tolerating school, enjoying hanging out with friends playing video games and basking in the adulation of his peers. He’s affable if a bit conceited (“My life had always been about me,” he reflects early on), but his life changes when a mysterious meteorite strikes town. It nearly kills him, and it leaves him hearing celestial music nobody else hears and dreaming about mysterious supernatural creatures. When one of those creatures—a deadly being named Maia—shows up in waking life and starts killing people, Hamilton suddenly finds himself caught between ancient, warring mystical beings. He meets Elysian, “a kind of lizard-snake or mutated eel,” who gruffly agrees to tutor him in his new reality. Elysian explains that there are two otherworldly realms vying for control of all time and space, but these worlds have shades of gray between them: “Light and dark are not natural enemies.” Hamilton learns that his destiny is to fight the Sinisters with his newfound powers. The news is not welcome; the teenager mainly wants to go to college, maybe get a law degree and become a government worker. Instead, he finds himself fighting the forces of evil in Apollo City as the superhero known as Wingdinger, although most of this first volume consists of flashbacks showing the hero’s origin. Johnson fills these chapters with the kind of zesty overwriting typical of current YA fiction, and the ordinary-teen stuff (homecoming games, school plays, dating jealousies) feels forced the longer it continues, despite supernatural beings popping up everywhere. But Hamilton’s inner progress toward heroism feels touchingly genuine, and there are plenty of good comic moments to keep the story moving. Percy Jackson fans will eagerly await the next volume in the series.

A fast-paced, effective teen-paranormal outing.



“I have better things to do.” “Like what?” Rose asked. “Waste your life on a fool’s journey, under a silly girl’s orders?” “I have never considered saving your life to be the same as wasting mine, Rosary.” He came and stood in front of her, the ease of his presence replaced by an unusual heat rather than familiar warmth. Rose had never before been bothered by the six inches he stood taller than her, but all of a sudden the shadow of his strength imposed itself on her. The cursed beauty of the moonlight revealed the clarity and sharpness of his eyes as she gazed up at him. “What if you did waste your life though? What if?” “If I have wasted my life, I have wasted it on you. Willingly." For four years, Princess Aurora of Rhone—Rose to her friends—has searched the world for a way to break the curse placed on her by Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies at war with her kingdom. Under the curse, Rose is doomed to die on her eighteenth birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. And time is running out. On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Rose makes the journey home with her friends—Theo, a priest with a penchant for revenge; Mary, a young and talented fairy; and Ethan and Sophia, siblings with a troubled past–as pressure from her father, King Stefanos, leaves her with two equally unsatisfying options: Abdicate the throne, or get married. Enjoy this novella series retelling of the Sleeping Beauty, with new characters, new plot twists, and plenty of action and adventure. Perfect for teen and young adult historical fantasy readers, and check out Part II, "Beauty's Quest," as the story continues!

ISBN: 978-1943934256
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“You’re crazy,” Rose said. “He knows, of all people, how I feel about love.” “And he is the one person, of all people, who is determined to get past the barriers you have in your heart.” Rose shook her head. “He won’t.” Rose, the Princess of Rhone, doomed to fall into a sleeping death on her eighteenth birthday, has only ever wanted two things in all her life: to be free of her curse, and to never fall in love. After securing the dragon's blood from the Serpent's Garden, Rose is confident she has all she needs to free herself from Magdalina's curse. But when Magdalina comes to offer Rose a new deal—one that would free her from her curse, while also eliminating future threats—Rose is forced to confront the truth of her feelings for Theo. As Theo's past and new troubles interrupt their journey back to Rhone, Rose knows she must make a devastating choice. Will she let herself fall in love? Or will she break her own heart instead? This novella series is an expanded retelling of the Sleeping Beauty, with new characters, new plot twists, and plenty of action and adventure, perfect for teen and young adult historical fantasy readers. Look for the conclusion of this saga in "Beauty's Gift."
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“You want to be free,” Theo told her. “But you don’t even allow yourself to dream of it, even with small things, like singing a song.” A new wave of anger, both at him and at herself, washed over her. “If I am free, I am free to refuse,” she muttered. “It’s not a matter of freedom, but fear.” “I am not afraid!” “Aren’t you?” Theo asked quietly. “No.” Rose waited to hear Theo argue with her. But he said nothing. In order to defeat the sorceress Magdalina, and free herself from her curse, Rose, the Princess of Rhone, has set out to find dragon’s blood. As she travels toward the Romani territory, where the Serpent’s Garden resides, she is accompanied by her faithful group of friends, including their newest member, Prince Philip of Einish. But when the group ends up shipwrecked on the small island of Maltia, they find themselves trapped without supplies and a way off the island. With time, money, and new enemies working against them, Rose remains determined despite her despair to rise to each challenge. But can she face the growing fear—and longing—inside herself? Sweet, suspenseful, and full of surprises, Beauty’s Quest is the second book in the Once Upon a Princess saga from C. S. Johnson. Enjoy Part II of this historical fantasy retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale!
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Epic fantasy, superheroes

I found every layer of myself chiseled away, the blackened cynicism of my heart breaking open and oozing the kind of fear which only stems from the deepest sort of longing. "Don't leave me." And then I kissed her. As if Hamilton Dinger needs any more frustration at the moment. Not only has he accepted his duty as a Starlight defender, he's got swim meets to prepare for, his little brother to babysit, and an annoying new girl in his class. Plus he's got his 'mentor' dragon, Elysian, on his back every chance he gets, and his 'co-defender,' Starry Knight, urging him to quit the superhero business after every battle. As the Seven Deadly Sinisters and their leader, Orpheus, search for new ways to gather power, Ham finds both betrayal and friendship in unexpected places. Desperately searching for a way he can get stronger, he finds his own inner struggles costing him the most as he attempts to keep the rest of the city safe. Will Hamilton realize his potential in the power of trust? Will he be able make peace with Starry Knight, or will their quarrels be the downfall of them both? Continue reading through the epic fantasy series from young adult author C. S. Johnson, as fallen Stars/superheroes Wingdinger, Starry Knight, along with their dragon Elysian, fight evil as much as they fight with each other.
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Epic fantasy, superheroes

I was standing before the entrance to my high school, staring into space and sloshing my feet further into the cold wetness of the surrounding slush, when a foreboding premonition settled on me like softly falling snowflakes. I'm alone. Things have been peaceful for the past three months in Apollo City. And while this would normally make Hamilton Dinger happy, Raiya’s sudden departure leaves him irritated and angry. Despite the decrease in crime and attacks, Hamilton knows it is only a matter of time before the remaining Sinisters and their mysterious new leader cause more trouble for him. When Alora comes under attack, Hamilton and his team, with help from his new friend, Mary, set off with St. Brendan the Navigator to restore the flow of time. But it is only after they work to save Time do they realize how little of it they have left. The Starlight Chronicles epic fantasy adventure series continues on with Book 5, Continuing, as Hamilton Dinger and his friends face SWORD, Sinisters, and Elysian's long-lost brother, Draco the Dragon. Look for Book 6, Outpouring, to see how it all comes crashing together!
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Epic fantasy, superheroes

Mikey grinned, and for moment, I had to laugh; Mikey looked just like his high school self, with food stuck in his teeth, his smile wide and innocent. "If that's the best I can get from you for now, I'll take it. Besides, given our history, I'd say a miracle is right around the corner." "Ha, ha, yeah right." I rolled my eyes. I'd forgotten how to believe in miracles. It has been many years since that day, the day Hamilton Dinger wishes to forget, along with the ache in his heart. But his desire to let go of the past is usurped when the future comes barreling into his apartment in the form of two young Starlight defenders, Lucas and Lyra, calling for a new mission for the retired Wingdinger. More than reluctantly, Hamilton heads home to Apollo City as Dante Salyards, now a rogue agent from SWORD, seeks his help in dismantling a new administration of evil in Apollo City. After a shocking discovery, Hamilton is faced with the choice to renew his commitment, and embrace the responsibilities, both pleasant and painful, the Prince of Stars had in store for him–but it could cost him more than his heart this time. With everything on the line, can Hamilton finally have the life he had always dreamed of? Find out in this stunning conclusion of The Starlight Chronicles, an epic fantasy series for teens and young adults.
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Epic fantasy, superheroes

She'll die if she keeps fighting. I had to do something. With my free hand, I reached over and drew her close to me. I kissed her, fervently hoping that it wouldn't be our last, even as I feared it would be. The end is approaching for Hamilton Dinger and his friends. As the forces of darkness in Apollo City gain power, Hamilton finds himself on trial as the media, the law, and even his friends seem to have turned on him. The souls of the city—and the world—are on the line as the long-fought war against Alküzor, Draco, and the Seven Deadly Sinisters comes to a crux with SWORD, Wingdinger, and the forces of Adonaias. With Elysian and Starry Knight by his side, Hamilton must face the harder truths and complicated answers found only in the challenges of life and the surprising power of love. But can his heart survive such an outpouring? Read through this part of the Starlight Chronicles, an epic fantasy adventure series for young adults, and remember that Book 7, Everlasting, is coming up next!
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Epic fantasy, superheroes

I looked at her, with her hand outstretched, and watched as the last of her power fizzled out and retreated inside of her. Her fist closed, and she straightened as she squarely met my gaze. "... I'm Starry Knight," she said, her words soft and light, even as they soundly struck me to the core. With the arrival of 11th grade, Hamilton Dinger has no shortage of activities to pursue. With his job at the mayor’s office, schoolwork, and fighting off evil, he has no time to worry about Starry Knight’s recent betrayal and his relentless fixation with her. Even though he does anyway. Pushing past his emotional turmoil, he works with Aleia and Elysian to uncover the truth about the Seven Deadly Sinisters and his supernatural origins. When disaster strikes once more, Hamilton and his friends realize the only way to prevent chaos from taking over Apollo City, and eventually the world, is to find the answers to the questions hidden deep inside his heart and mind. Enjoy this book? Look for the next book in this epic fantasy series for young adults, Continuing, by C. S. Johnson.
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Epic fantasy, superheroes

There had been a feeling hanging over me in the past few weeks, a feeling that change was coming. It didn't click until that moment that change had already arrived. I was changing, things were changing, and I was finally okay - in fact, more than okay - with that. It was flooring, the idea I was looking forward to something more in life than Tetris and being cheered on by my friends. Those things still mattered, of course, but there was more, and I was enthralled there was more. There is nothing like a birthday to give Hamilton Dinger something to look forward to in his busy life. With his new job as a part-time intern at the Mayor’s office, being a full-time high school student and Starlight Warrior has its challenges. And although he has the full support of his girlfriend, Gwen, and his best friend, Mikey, and even a tentative partnership with Starry Knight, his ally against the Seven Deadly Sinisters, he has definite cause for concern. The arrival of SWORD, the growing demonic activity in Apollo City, and the increasingly negative media attention has sparked ongoing unrest among the city and its inhabitants. But Hamilton has some additional help in Aletheia, a new supernatural ally, who has come to equip Hamilton for his calling to be a Starlight defender. With the help of the crew of the Meallán and its captain, St. Brendan the Navigator, and Aletheia’s sister, the Star of Time, Elysian and Hamilton set off for the Celestial Kingdom to deepen his commitment through learning, new landscapes, and cosmic surfing. As evil forces continue in their quest for power and control, Hamilton finds uncertainty and distrust between his two worlds. Can he find the answers that will help him? Will he find the strength he needs to carry on? Will Wingdinger realize the importance of his choices, and more importantly–make the right ones? Cross through the River Veil and into the world beyond the Star of Time in the Starlight Chronicles, a young adult epic fantasy series from C. S. Johnson. Be on the lookout for Book 4, Remembering, as Hamilton and his fellow superheroes continue to fight evil and get their schoolwork finished!
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Science fiction, romance

Every step over the rocky dirt and stilted grass brought him closer to her seemed too surreal. After the weeks of missing her, it seemed more like a lifetime had passed, yet nothing had changed. The wave of pleasure, the surge of protectiveness - all of it rushed out of him, as he finally took hold of her again. Life in the United Revolutionary States has never been easy for Aerie St. Cloud. Recovering from recent injuries and unable to recall the last few weeks of her life, she feels haunted by a growing absence in her memory. Stepping out in search of the truth, she is determined to get the answers she seeks—even if they only bring her more pain. After losing Aerie, Exton Shepherd once more faces the temptation to take his revenge against the URS, and General St. Cloud in particular. With the help of his family, community, and Aerie's long-lost mother, Merra, he leads them into battle to reclaim the Ecclesia's outpost of Chaya in hopes of finding inner peace. Surrounded by secrets and deception, and plagued by their own shortcomings, can Aerie and Exton find their way back to each other without sending the world into further chaos? Take your reading all over the world as Exton and Aerie return in The Breadth of Creation, book in the Divine Space Pirates trilogy, a futuristic romance series. Look for Book 3, The Price of Paradise as they - and the rest of the world - prepares for the coming end!
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Science fiction romance

"I'm your enemy," Aerie told him. "There. It's that simple. Now, I'd appreciate it if you would stop with the pleasantries and start torturing me. I'll be much happier when I am dead." "I can understand your thoughts on the matter," he said, obviously smothering a laugh, "but I'd love for you to give me the chance to change your mind." Frustration hit her again. Was he teasing her? Or worse - was he telling her the truth? There is nothing Aeris St. Cloud wants more than to win her father's love and the acceptance of her family unit by joining the Military Academy at New Hope. But after she is captured by the fearsome space pirate, Captain Chainsword, Aerie is certain falling in love with her nation's arch enemy is the last possible way to earn their coveted esteem. Driven by vengeance, Exton Shepherd never set out to save anyone. As he circles the war-torn world in his pirated starship, the Perdition, he only sees his father's ghost lurking around every corner and the looming darkness on the horizon. When Aerie unexpectedly tumbles into his life, he finds he cannot trust her, anymore than he can ignore her. But just like the raging war down on Earth, it's tempting to think he can ... When the war ascends to the heights of the Perdition, Aerie's loyalty, and Exton's heart, are put to the test. But will love be enough to save them - and others - from certain destruction? The Heights of Perdition is the first book in the Divine Space Pirates trilogy, a futuristic romance series where family, faith, and freedom are all at risk. Look for Book 2, The Breadth of Creation, as the story - and the war - continues on!

ISBN: 978-1540527967
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Science fiction, romance

"So the world is better off because you love me?" Aerie asked. "My world certainly is." His icy blue eyes softened as they locked into hers. Aerie and Exton are still at war with the Revolutionary States, but there is much to celebrate. Now that they are together again, Aerie finally has what she's always wanted: A loving home. But her past, and her parents, are far from letting her move on with her new life. When Merra further escalates the war with her treachery, Aerie is faced with an impossible choice: Save her mother, or betray Exton. Years after his father's murder, Exton finally has the killer at his mercy. But General St. Cloud has a surprise for him—the truth about Silas's death. While Exton struggles with the ghosts of his past, his allies face dire threats at Panama, where a battle has ensued over a shipment of weapons. The stakes are raised even higher as the dictator of the fair world himself, Grant Osgood, launches the GPI, his Global Planethood Initiative, in hopes of finishing off the Perdition and demolishing the defectors' hopes for liberty. With the fate of the planet on the line, Aerie and Exton know each of their decisions could mean the difference between victory and defeat. Can they pay the price that war—and true love—demands? Enjoy the pleasure of finishing the Divine Space Pirates trilogy, a science fiction romance series for teen and young adults, as Aerie and Exton's love faces off against the pressure of a world at war.
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