Joe Rover

Biography

One day while on a field trip, I was bitten by a radioactive writer. Thus, I was granted the proportional imagination and typing speed of a writer. I also found that I could stick notes to walls and developed an early warning “grammar sense.” Eventually, I learned that with great action verbs comes great sentences. From that day forward, I was The Somewhat Impressive Writer-Man!

But really…
Joe Rover is the pen name of an author who spends his time writing many family-friendly fictional stories. “Joe” has been a journalist, computer programmer, photographer, and graphic designer. He is currently studying digital animation and business.
He has won many awards, such as the "Magic Holiday Thrills" contest and the "Write to Rank" Orange Belt round.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Nook. It was my first e-reader and it was the first time I could buy and read books from a “big name” bookstore like Barnes & Noble. I used to have to wait months or years until the books filtered down to the local stores (sometimes the local store never got the copy). Usually by that time, everyone had read the book and I was left out of the conversations.
How did you come up with the pen name “Joe Rover”?
Who says that’s my pen name? I’m kidding...or am I?
First, I wanted it to seem like it was the character who was writing the stories—make it seem like it was a memoir or journal. Second, since the character is a superhero that is half human half dog, I wanted the name to have a common human name and a common dog name to give it that “Average Joe” feeling. So it was Joe and Rover. Third, in the beginning Joe’s family owned a restaurant and so there was a joke about “Eat at Joe’s.” Also in one of his first adventures (like in pre-rough draft days), Joe is shrunk and eventually at the end of the story ends up in his friend’s drink while trying to get his attention. He’s friend spots him and says, “Oh look, it’s a cup of Joe.”
For awhile, it was the full name Joel Tobias Rover, but I figured that was too formal sounding (and long to say). I thought about JT Rover, like some other authors do, but it kind of lost that “Average Joe” sound to it. So I ended with Joe Rover.
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Series

The Dogboy Chronicles
A hero has many tales to tell; these are just a few. Join Joe and the rest of the Rover-verse as they take on many adventures, grand and small. The laughs and action don't quit.
Gift of the Minion
Price: $2.99 USD.
Who Pranked JR
Price: $2.99 USD.
Wizard of New Town
Max, a writer living in the modern era, wakes to find himself lost in ancient times. He must journey across this new land in order to restore the world.
Side Quests
The Multiverse is a wonderous place full of diverse worlds. Some of the worlds are similar while others are standalones. These are just some of those tales.
Dogboy Reborn
Five years ago, Dogboy sacrificed his powers to save the universe. Now, danger is brewing once more, and his powers have returned.
The Life of Ace Journeyman
Ace Journeyman arrives at Neo-Geo for an internship but discovers he has strange powers. He decides to use these gifts to help others while trying to uncover the mystery of his father's disappearance.
Box Sets
A collection of stories sold in sets.

Books

Who Pranked JR
Series: The Dogboy Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,900. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
It was a dingy, stormy day; the kind of day that makes everything seem black and white. Johnny Blewz played his sax over the radio filling my office with jazz music. I stared out the window watching the rain wishing that it could likewise wash away the sins of this city. Joe Rover is found pranked, a pie to the face. Luckily, Danny Smith is on the case in “Who Pranked JR.”
Gift of the Minion
Series: The Dogboy Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,630. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A hero has many stories to tell; these are just a few. Join Ryan as he hunts for a Christmas tree but finds more than he bargained for in "Ryan's Christmas Adventure." Then in "Gift of the Minion," Dogboy and Stickyfingers must stop a horde of zombified Black Friday shoppers. If you enjoy fantasy, action, and humor, make sure to buy the latest Dogboy Chronicles story.
The Beast of Camp TimberWolf
Series: The Dogboy Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,030. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A hero has many tales to tell; these are just a few. Zak’s mission is to stop someone from killing everyone at a summer camp. The mission of the rogue agent from the Omega Institute is to make sure the killer succeeds. Can Zak uncover the rogue agent’s identity and stop the murders or will he beome a victim? Check out “The Beast of Camp TimberWolf.”
Alone (Wizard of New Town, #3)
Series: Wizard of New Town. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,040. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The plan was simple: go to Upton, get the book, defeat The Wizard; but Max soon learns that many more dangers lurk within the shining city. Will Max continue his quest once he is separated from his friends? Find out in the latest The Wizard of New Town adventure.
Sparks of Rebellion (Side Quest #6)
Series: Side Quests. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Includes the bonus short story “A Thief’s Greed.” The Multiverse is a strange and wondrous place filled with stories of all shapes and sizes. Some worlds are similar while others are standalones. More and more people begin to vanish as the Toon Rebellion begins. The members of the Rebellion only wish to free people. They wish to show everyone the truth. Join them and you too can be free.
Freaky Furry (Side Quest #5)
Series: Side Quests. Price: Free! Words: 3,420. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
The Multiverse is a strange and wondrous place filled with stories of all shapes and sizes. Some worlds are similar while others are standalones. After a villain swaps Will’s body with that of a cat, Will must find the one person who can help him: Dogboy.
Carl Rogers Is Missing (Side Quest, #4)
Series: Side Quests. Price: Free! Words: 4,120. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Multiverse is a strange and wondrous place filled with stories of all shapes and sizes. Some worlds are similar while others are standalones. Buddy Riggs was assigned to check on Carl Rogers. What he found were assailants who were also looking for Carl. What happened to the news story informant?
December 2018 (Side Quests, #3)
Series: Side Quests. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
Holiday treats to keep you warm and entertained have landed. This issue of “Side Quests” features a crazy plane ride and a mystery surrounding a holiday celebration.
November 2018 (Side Quests eZine, #2)
Series: Side Quests. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,880. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
November is National Novel Writing Month. Do you need help? The November issue of “Side Quests” has a NaNoWriMo inspired prompt and an article to help you survive the 50k task. You can also chill out with a comic, some stories, and a picture to color. Why should kids have all the fun?
October 2018 (Side Quests eZine, #1)
Series: Side Quests. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Will Dogboy save the abducted child? What happens when a test run of a space ship leaves a pilot stranded? The Halloween issue of the Side Quests eZine is waiting for you. Mmwha-hahahaha!!
Revenge (Dogboy Reborn, #2)
Series: Dogboy Reborn. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,690. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Shock. That was what Joe felt when he was told his friend was arrested for murder and sabotage. Following the recent space travel cruise ship sabotage, Brain becomes the prime suspect. Joe must dig deep to uncover the truth. But will the truth destroy him?
Alliance (Life of Ace Journeyman, #2)
Series: The Life of Ace Journeyman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,000. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
Just as Ace meets someone who knew his father, trouble brews. A rash of missing persons halts his investigation and clues point to the newcomer being involved. Can Ace navigate a maze of secrets and hidden agendas to uncover who he can trust and rescue the missing townspeople?
Rebels (Wizard of New Town, #2)
Series: Wizard of New Town. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,570. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Max is still lost in New Town, the amalgam of the modern world and the ancient world. He’s told he’s the one to set things right. But he knows he’s no hero; he just wants to go home. Can Max find his courage in time to save the town from invasion?
Not So Secret Origins
Series: Box Sets. Price: Free! Words: 30,370. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This “box set” book contains the teaser stories from the Wizard of New Town, Life of Ace Journeyman, and Dogboy Reborn series. Find out how it all began for Max, Ace, and Joe.

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Smashwords book reviews by Joe Rover

  • The Missing Girl on Sep. 25, 2019

    Once I started I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed how it took what you expected and turned it around. Well done.