TALKER 25 Launch Party Kickoff with Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette AND a Giveaway (or more)!

We Emus are thrilled to be kicking off the week-long launch party for Talker 25 by Joshua McCune. Talker 25 is an intense, action-packed YA fantasy set in a not-too-distant future where dragon wars have shaped society.

It’s a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population.

To celebrate the launch of Talker 25, we have all sorts of goodies and interviews and dragon fun planned for the week. Not to mention giveaways! Comment on any post this week, Monday thru Thursday, to be entered to win a signed hardback copy. The winner will be announced on Friday. And there will be more giveaway goodness to come this week, so make sure to check back for additional opportunities to score your own copy.

 Talker 25 is available everywhere tomorrow, April 22, but to hold you over until then we asked Josh’s agent, Ammi-Joan Paqutte, a few questions about working with him and Talker 25.

Ammi-Joan Paquette

How did you come to represent Josh?

AMMI-JOAN PAQUETTE: I first discovered Josh’s work when I was browsing online and discovered the first line of his novel, which was then called Kissing Dragons: “When Trish called and invited me to go dragon hunting, I should have trusted my instincts.” Wow! Between the title and the first line, I was more than intrigued. I visited Josh’s website and knew I had to read on further. I sent him an email, and eventually received his manuscript to consider.

What was it about Talker 25 that grabbed your attention?

AMMI-JOAN PAQUETTE: What captivated me about the manuscript right from the start was the fresh approach to dragon mythology, and the way an alternate history (dragons vs. humanity) was seamlessly woven into the narrative. In addition, Melissa was a dynamic character that I believed in immediately and wanted to get to know better. I’ve always been a sucker for stories about good people who overcome terrible odds and go on to do great things, and this story hit all the right notes for me.

If you were a dragon, what would type of dragon would you be?

AMMI-JOAN PAQUETTE: Oh, that’s a hard one! I think I would be a quietly undiscovered, wise and peaceful dragon, who spends my days in my treehouse lair reading books and eating chocolate. Is that cheating? 🙂

Is there anything else you want to add?

AMMI-JOAN PAQUETTE: Only that if you haven’t yet stopped by Josh’s website, you should head over there right now:!news-and-events/c1pz and check out the incredible book trailer! Talker 25 is an incredibly immersive and moving book, and one that you won’t regret reading.

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Thanks, Joan, for taking the time to help us celebrate Talker 25! We Emu’s agree that Josh’s book trailer is incredible. So incredible, in fact, we can’t resist sharing it here:


You can find Talker 25 online at IndieboundAmazon,, or at your local bookstore.


Filed under Book Promotion, Celebrations, Interviews, Launch, Updates on our Books!

19 responses to “TALKER 25 Launch Party Kickoff with Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette AND a Giveaway (or more)!

  1. Lindsey Lane

    Yea!!!! Talker 25 week is here. It’s finally here. WaHooooo!!!


  2. Great interview, Jenn and Joan! And YAY for TALKER 25!


  3. Rebecca Van Slyke

    SO looking forward to reading this, Josh!


  4. It’s always fun to get a peak behind the curtain at the agent-getting process. Thanks, Joan, and congrats, Josh! Launch week is finally here!


  5. Moy

    This sounds like a must read! And yes the trailer is very cool!


  6. I hadn’t heard about Josh’s book but you’ve convinced me to take a look!


  7. I feel very smug about being an early fan of Josh’s work, which is gonna punch a gaping, sizzling, blazing hole in the sky. In, you know, a good way.


  8. Woohoo! TALKER 25! Josh! Joan! Jenn! This post of full of awesome. =D


  9. Love the trailer! Can’t wait to read the book. Congratulations Joshua!


  10. Great to hear from Joan! Congratulations, Josh! Tomorrow is the big day!


  11. Launch week, yay! Congrats, Josh!


  12. YvonneJ

    Dragons. Did someone say ‘Dragons’? This is definitely on my TBR list.


  13. bn100

    Happy release! Nice interview


  14. darith3duh

    Definitely would want this book to read! 😀


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