The Books

Erift's Journeys: Secrets of the Sealed Forest
Second Edition Coming Soon.

Secrets of the Sealed Forest

He had played too many late night video games. It was the only way Joseph Erift could explain the odd dream that started his day. From there, things only get stranger. He encounters an elderly gentleman he has never seen at his school. The man tells him to expect something exciting at home. Sure enough, an envelope is waiting for him in the mail. It’s an invitation for him and his best friend, Eric Castis, to an exclusive gaming event on an island resort. Yet there’s a catch; it tells them to come alone.

The thrill draws them in and they decide to take the risk. However, the unexpected summer trip following their junior year doesn’t go as they hoped. Now Joseph isn’t sure what worried him the most; the exploding inventions of a coffee-addicted professor, the old stranger that continues to follow him, or the real Magic awakened by a troubled young man who has stolen the professor’s research.

“Secrets of the Sealed Forest” is the first book in the Erift’s Journeys series. Follow Joseph Erift and the friends he meets along the way as they take a video game inspired adventure that deals with coming of age, bonds of friendship and making your own path through life. This is a book for all ages, especially those who are a fan of Harry Potter’s easy to read style and love urban fantasy.

The Dark Messengers

More than a year has passed since Joseph Erift and his best friend Eric Castis were lured into their first, real life adventure. However, plans for college are set aside when they are once again contacted by Professor Benjamin Thessit; the same enthusiastic researcher who revealed to them the existence of real Magic. Being chased to the airport by moaning shadows soon becomes the least of their concerns.

The SIA, a worldwide organization, has been monitoring their every move and is now threatening to shut down Professor Ben’s research before he can uncover answers to their dilemma. An old enemy returns, yet his appearance is overshadowed by a pair of mysterious entities that seek an ancient passage home. Even with the help of friends both new and old, Joseph worries that Eric’s attempt at online stardom will only record their tumble down a more ominous path.

The Dark Messengers by J.T. Tenera
Second Edition Coming Soon

“The Dark Messengers” picks up a year and a half since Secrets of The Sealed Forest unfolded. Joseph and Eric have held off on their college plans at the urging of Professor Benjamin Thessit. While Eric is thrilled at the idea for another adventure, Joseph is more worried than anything. The second book in Erift’s Journeys continues to deal with themes of growing into an adult and self-discovery as characters seek to discover who they truly wish to be.

The Story

Erift’s Journeys is a story heavily inspired by RPG video games. While not LitRPG, it does consist of the same story structure you would find in most fantasy and adventure genres. It follows Joseph Erift as he and his best friend, Eric Castis, are invited to an exclusive presentation during summer vacation. From there, the events continue to escalate. Magic and exploding inventions become part of their every day as they are shown the amazing world that is awakening in our modern time by a coffee-fueled professor. However, their light-hearted trip is not all it appears to be and they soon find themselves pulled into the center f a chaotic problem.

Magic is an important part of the series. Casting spells can easily exhaust the user, especially if they’re a novice. As the professor explains, there are two sides to Magic.

Ivory Magic

Ivory Magic

Often used to help heal and protect

Obsidian Magic

Used in both offensive and defensive ways

Elements

There are eight elements in total

While there is no such thing as good or evil Magic in Erift’s Journeys, spells can easily be used by a good or evil caster. You will also find many elements in the magical world of Erift’s Journeys. Eight in total!

Whenever Magic is awakened back into our modern world, it seems that other things are returning with it. Joseph’s unexpected adventure will take him through many new and exciting locations as he is pulled deeper into the events that are unfolding around him.

However, he won’t be doing it alone.

Meet The Characters

Meet the author

J.T. Tenera - Author

J.T. Tenera will fully admit that he never wanted to become an author when he was a child. Born March 10th, 1987, his dreams consisted of one thing; making video games when he grew up. However, a project in the 8th grade changed his mind. His class was tasked with writing and illustrating their own children’s book. After receiving 110% on the project, and being told by his teacher that he was talented in story telling, he started down a more creative path. Especially since he later learned that making video games was a lot more complicated than he thought as a child.

 

Tenera originally published Erift’s Journeys when he was a senior in high school. It was a proud moment seeing the story he dreamed about finished as a real book. However, it was all just for fun. He wouldn’t realize his desire to take his writing to a professional level until 2019. Mostly self-taught, Tenera now works to bring his world to life for readers of all ages, all while doing his best to find time to game in between.

Merchandise

Did you enjoy Erift’s Journeys and started to think “I wish I had some cool stuff from this story to wear and use!” Well then you’re in luck! Erift’s Journeys merchandise if available!

There’s t-shirts to wear, notebooks to write down your adventures, cool carrying bags to hold your travel gear, stickers to slap on windows, cars or computers and even coffee mugs! Some days you just can’t start your magical research without a little caffeine to get you going.

Redbubble makes amazing products, and I’ve personally bought at least one of everything to check out the quality. Author approved!

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