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Joe was born in Carthage, Illinois, and currently lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his artist wife Andee, their son Fletcher, and their cats Lucky, Milo, and Camptown. Joe is a freelance writer and a substitute teacher at Benton County School of the Arts. In addition to writing, he enjoys purchasing (and occasionally watching) copious amounts of Blu-Ray discs, listening to music, playing video games, and collecting Mego action figures from the 1970s. Small Things is his first novel. Threads, the sequel to Small Things and the second book in the trilogy, will be published sometime in late 2013. You can write to Joe at Joe@JoeDeRouen.com or visit his website at JoeDeRouen.com.
on Oct. 17, 2013 :
I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.
I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while, but my schedule was against me starting it for far too long. Finally, I realized how close it was to the release of his second book and his spotlight on One More Chapter, so I had enough excuses to be able to start it.
From the beginning, it drew me in. I found myself having a hard time putting the book down. I enjoyed getting to know each of characters and how everything fit together. I especially found myself entertained by the dialogue of this story. I highlighted at least four different conversations on my kindle.
There were a few parts in the story that took me out of the story briefly, but I was drawn back into it just as quickly. I've already told all the other admins on OMC to read it, and I highly recommend this book.
I cannot wait to start book 2!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Feb. 02, 2013 :
There's a monster in Carthage Lake, and it's stalking 15-year-old Shawn Spencer and and his friend, Jenny McGee. Jenny swears she saw the monster kill her brother, Tanner, who was Shawn's best friend. Shawn doesn't believe her, until one fateful night...
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SMALL THINGS, Joe DeRouen's debut novel, is several things at once: a coming-of-age novel, a small-town horror story, a B-monster movie that scares the hell out of you, and a dark fantasy nerd-tale full of in-jokes for comic book and action figure fans. It's a little Matheson, a little Bradbury, a little King, and a little John Constantine, all rolled up into an entertainingly spooky tale that you'll want to read in one go. DeRouen tells a strong story in plain language and he's only bound to get better.
(Disclaimer: I was a First Reader for SMALL THINGS in manuscript form, and I've enjoyed it both times I've read it.)
(reviewed long after purchase)