Zephyr: the West Wind by R.J. Tolson – YA Fantasy
Publication date: 21st August 2012
17 years ago, in the island village of Dentro, lived a large and powerful demon. With just a howl, mountains were obliterated. With the help of an outsider, the chief of Dentro destroyed the demon and sealed its dark power into three powerful ancient weapons: a spear, shield, and a sword. After leaving the unwelcoming village, the man who helped destroy the demon took the sword in an effort to keep it away from the village. Months later, a villager bore the son of the outsider, breaking one of the sacred village laws in doing so.
Born into a village filled with people who hated him, Zephyr grew up without knowing why they did. With no friends, and eventually no family with the passing of his mother, Zephyr was forced to survive by himself as an outcast. Zephyr’s only wish being to make his mother proud and force the village to recognize him while surviving in a world filled with demons, paranormal abilities, love, hate and undiscovered lands.
R.J. Tolson is a 19-year-old CEO, model, musician and debut novelist.
He founded the website building and computer programming company RJTIO and its divisions, RJTINC, Forever Trust Charity and RL Infinity International. He also serves as president of both the metaphysical philosophy group Sages of Essence and literary organization Living Writers.
The accomplished teen can speak 6 languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Greek, Korean and Japanese. Currently studying in his second year in college, as only a freshman R.J. taught a metaphysics college level online course once a week.
A jack-of-all-trades, R.J. played varsity soccer in high school and received his black belt in nin-jit-su and senjutsu. And with his love of music and experience as a lyricist, composer and musician, R.J. releases in summer 2013 his debut album Human, comprised of house, acoustic, pop and hip/hop.
Writing is perhaps R.J.’s greatest passion. In 2012 he launched the first novel of his young adult Chaos Chronicles series, Zephyr the West Wind. Forthcoming titles from the new author include a Zephyr sequel Hugh The Southern Flame and romance novel Blood Red Love.
R.J. was born to a dentist father and lawyer/professional tennis player mother. He lived throughout Virginia, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. before heading to college on the west coast.1
The Soundtrack to Zephyr
I personally listen to a lot of instrumental music from soundtracks. But here is a mix readers might enjoy with the book. I decided to include less of the hundreds of just instrumentals I listen to and some similar more popular songs. The range of genres varies depending on the scenes I’m writing along with my mood. During one of the training scenes in the book, I listened to “Stronger,” by Kanye West. Another example is “Greyhound” by Swedish House Mafia as a battle built up to start, and songs like “duel of fates,” by John Williams with fight to the death battles and “Grade 8,” by Ed Sheeran during lonely moments of inspiration with Zephyr. I didn’t write a single chapter without some form of music playing in my mind, almost as if a soundtrack to the movies in my imagination as I wrote Zephyr.
1. Home Alone Theme by John Williams
2. Hedwigs Theme also by John Williams
3. Spiderman (titles) by Danny Elfman
4. Grade 8 by Ed Sheeran
5. Gasglow by David Guetta
6. False King by Two Steps From Hell
7. Bow Chika Wow Wow by Mike Posner
8. Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz
9. The Veldt by DeadMau5
10. Tuvan by Gaia
11. Arrival At Aslans Hollow by Harry Gregson Williams
12. Jack Sparrow by Hans Zimmer
13. Alphabet by David Guetta
14. Paris by David Guetta
15. Prince of Persia by Harry Gregson Williams
16. Chess Game (Harry Potter) by John Williams
17. A Window to the Past (Harry Potter) by John Williams
18. Statues (Harry Potter) by Alexandre Desprat
19. Duel of Fates by John Williams
20. Heart of Courage by Two Steps From Hell
21. Moving Mountains by Two Steps From Hell
22. Fire Nation by Two Steps From Hell
23. Black Blade by Two Steps From Hell
24. Invincible by Two Steps From Hell
25. Protectors of Earth by Two Steps From Hell
26. Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia
28. Slip by DeadMau5
29. The 16th Hour by DeadMau5
30. FML by DeadMau5
31. Brazil by DeadMau5
32. Don’t Stop Dancing by Kaskade
33. Raining by Kaskade
34. Stronger Kanye West
And might I add… *jaw drop* ↩