Previous Updates

November 29, 2014

Another signing has been scheduled for December 6, 2014 from 2:00-4:00pm at Ocmulgee Traders in downtown Macon. Stop by this wonderful store, pick up a fresh cut Christmas tree, grab a cup of coffee, do a little shopping, and get your signed copies of John's books!

November 28, 2014

John was interviewed by his local newspaper about his newest release, My Boss is a Vampire: Stories from the Library Volume I. He talks about the inspiration behind the book. 20 % of all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to his local library. The article also mentions John's upcoming offering, The Frogs of Tattnall Square Park, which should hopefully be available this Holiday Season or early 2015. You can read the article in its entirety here:

Macon Telegraph article

November 25, 2014

Two signings are coming up in December! I'd love to see you there!

    On December 6, 2014 from 10:00am - 1:30pm John will be at William's Fun Smart Toys located at 2356 Ingleside Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31204. Come out and support a local business, get some Christmas shopping done, and get a signed copies of his books!

    On December 13, 2014 from 11:00am - 2:00pm John will be at Kema's Hobby located at 109 Atlanta Road/Highway 11, Gray, Georgia 31031 with fellow artists Otis Scarbary and Darryl Bollinger. A great store run by a great lady! Come get your signed copies of John's books and enjoy Kema's hospitality!

October 19, 2014

Got a great review today on my latest book, My Boss is a Vampire: Stories from the Library Volume I! Reviews are so helpful to me.  They make the book more accessible to other people and give Amazon a reason to make the book more visible.  Thanks so much to Thomas Baker!  You can read his review here!  If you've read the book, please leave me a review!

In other news, I hit 50,000 words on my fourth book in the Eli Arnold series today!  This books going be huge!

October 7, 2014

My Boss is a Vampire: Stories from the Library Volume One is now live on! Thanks so much to everyone who preordered a copy! If you haven't gotten your copy yet, head on over and grab one before they're all gone (just kidding, they have an endless supply, but you should still go get a copy)! If you got your copy, I'd really appreciate some honest reviews! Thanks again!  

September 22, 2014

Got another 5 star review on Smashwords for Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book One: It's About Time! Book One is always FREE, so get your own copy and maybe leave me a review? I would greatly appreciate honest reviews from anyone who's read the book. Thanks so much!

September 16, 2014

Just got the proofs for My Boss is a Vampire: Stories from the Library Volume One! They look great! Get your digital copy by preordering on Amazon today! Digital and print copies will release on October 7th!

September 10, 2014

Now available for preorder! My Boss is a Vampire: Stories from the Library Volume One. Order today and receive your digital copy on October 7th! Help me get my Amazon ranking up before release! Please get your copy, share the link, tell your friends, etc. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Washington Library! Thanks for all the support!

July 12, 2014

June 17, 2014

Lots of stuff going on!

1. Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book One is FREE (as always) over on Smashwords. Get your copy, tell a friend, pass it on to your connections in the publishing industry, leave a review, etc., etc.

2. I have a book signing scheduled for July 12, 2014 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Higher Grounds Café here in Macon, Georgia. Stop by and say hi and get your copy of Books 1, 2, and 3 signed!

3. 1001 likes on the Facebook page. Thanks to everyone for all the support!

4. Eli Book 4, tentatively titled Fire and Ice, is in the works and coming along nicely!

February 26, 2014

Another great review, this time for Book Two: The Myth of Mythology.

Eric wrote, "Overall, 'Mythology' impressed me. I liked the 1st volume in this series, but book two was definitely a step up in both entertainment value and writing style. I look forward to reading book 3 in Carter's series soon."

February 25, 2014

Good reviews keep rolling in on all the books in the Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever series!

The latest review on Book One is 5 stars and can be seen here: Book One review

And Book Three has already received a great review. It can be seen here: Book Three review

February 10, 2014

I just released Book Three, All Roads, in my Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever series. It's available on Kindle now and will be available in paperback in a few weeks. If you have kids or are just a big kid yourself, please check out the series. The first two books have gotten great reviews from kids and adults alike! If you've already read any of the books, please take a minute and leave a review over on Amazon and Goodreads. I would appreciate it.  Thanks for all the support. Please tell your friends!

February 8, 2014

I, along with fellow authors Otis Scarbary and Darryl Bollinger, will again be at Kema's Hobby Bookstore in Gray, Georgia, to sign books and to answer questions about the books. Hope to see everyone there!

February 6, 2014

Book Three is finally finished, edited, and published in e-book form. The paperback will be available in just a few days! You can find a link to Book Three on the Buy the Books page!

January 28, 2014

First proofread is finished. Now to start checking the suggestions my beta readers are making. Not long now for Book Three: All Roads. Stay tuned! And if you haven't already picked up Books One and Two, you should!

December 21, 3013

Y’all come say hey!

Decembe18, 2013

The big book signing is THIS Saturday from 11:00-2:00 at Kema's Hobby. Stop by and say hello, pick up some last minute gifts, and check out both my books and Otis Scarbary's novel. Hope to see you all there!

December 4, 2013

I recently visited Dames Ferry Elementary School and spoke to the fourth and fifth grade classes about writing and my two books. I had such a good time and really enjoyed answering the kids questions and reading them a little of my first book. They sort of inspired me to keep writing and had some great ideas for books of their own. So many thanks to the school for allowing me to visit. I'd love to do it again!

November 4, 2013

One of my young readers, Dagney Taylor, age 8, sent me this great review of Book One: It's About Time. Thanks, Dagney! Hope you like Book Two as well!

Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It's About Time by John Carter

A book review by Dagny Taylor

I liked Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever because every time I finished a chapter I could not stop reading without wondering what would happen next. I think it was funny when Eli could not focus and Sir Mortimer was always so literal. The book made me feel a little scared sometimes, laugh a lot, and really look forward to reading the next book.

August 15, 2013

A lot has been happening in the Eli Arnold books! I've just started a Kickstarter campaign so that I can make these books even better! With the money I raise through, Kickstarter, I plan to hire a professional editor and invest in some marketing. I've also begun talks with an agent and may be submitting Eli for traditional publishing soon! Take a minute and check out the Kickstarter campaign! You guys have all been great and I appreciate your support!

August 1, 2013

Book Three is coming along nicely. I'm about 3/4 of the way through writing the first draft. The title has been decided and will be (drum roll here): Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book Three: All Roads. I'll update you guys as I get closer to a release date!

July 15, 2013

One of my younger fans read the first Eli book and created his own game based on the story. How awesome is that?

January 1, 2013

Please check out the latest review for Book One of the Eli Arnold series on

When I started this book, I wondered right away why I was reading it, as it was not particularly aimed at an adult audience, but I was drawn in to the story and latched on to the characters fairly quickly. This is a rip-roaring adventure with a lot of humour and ironic wit, where the hero seems to be adept at everything, martial arts, foreign languages, Egyptology, time travel, Inca history, and lots more. He is such an exaggerated character that he is really funny and manages to take everything in his stride including alien abductions. My favourite aside of Eli’s was;

‘Frankly, the thought of standing in the middle of the Peruvian forest facing a giant black jaguar was not one of the things that went through my mind when I bought the fireworks.’ very funny in context.

The use of language is good and the story flows from one scrape to the next with just a bit of time travel in between. Eli’s introspection can be a bit confusing at times as some of it is totally unrelated to what is happening in the story, but it might just be my old fashioned idea that needs everything to be relevant. This does not spoil the plot, but you need a ‘tongue in cheek’ attitude to enjoy the comic aspects of the story.

I love the way the scene changed all the time and kept me reading to find out what came next. No problem in recommending this as a good read.

You can see the entire review here:  Review

December 26, 2012

Another 5 star review for Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book One: It's About Time!

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read, December 25, 2012 By

Angella Graff "She was a vixen when she went to school, and though she be but little, she is fierce. ~Shakespeare"

This review is from: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book One: It's About Time (Volume 1) (Paperback)

As a mom and an author myself, I'm always on the look-out for good young adult fiction. My kids aren't quite middle school age yet, so finding something that will encourage them to read above their level, but something they can relate to tends to be difficult. This book was very cute, and super fun, and after reading it, I immediately passed it over to my son and then daughter who are huge fans of history and mythology. They enjoyed it as much as I did. It was very well written, and definitely a series I'd love to keep buying for them! A big five of five stars and looking forward to getting the next installment.

December 19, 2012

Book Two is now available in paperback!  Order one today and finish up that last minute Christmas shopping list!  

December 18, 2012

All the files have been submitted.  The cover art is done.  Waiting on final approval and Book Two will be available in Paperback!  Here's the finished cover!  Thanks Sheenah Freeitas!

December 17, 2012

Check out the new cover for Book Two!  Almost done!

December 16, 2012

Book Two: The Myth of Mythology just received another 5 star review!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next installment!, December 16, 2012


Otis L. Scarbary "Odie"

This review is from: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book Two: The Myth of Mythology (Kindle Edition)

The second Eli Arnold book continues the imaginative quest which began in the first. No doubt about it, the hero will appeal to the adolescent/early teen reader. However, this aging man found the story witty and entertaining, too.

Can't wait for the next installment!

5 Star Review

December 13, 2012

Another great review for Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book One! 4 stars!

4.0 out of 5 stars A Rollicking Adventure, December 13, 2012


Occasional Avid Reader

This review is from: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It's About Time (Kindle Edition)

Eli Arnold is smart, multi-talented and lovable. John Carter elegantly establishes these truisms in the first few pages, and reinforces them throughout the book. The story moves quickly from one adventure to another, as Eli navigates a multitude of dangerous predicaments.

In his (time) travels, he encounters flying dragons, princesses, precious stones, mummies, assorted mythical creatures, even a hint of a love story. If you're a fan of puns, you'll be in heaven. They're celebrated!

There are no slow spots in this tale. The dialog is sharp and witty, and the characters are well-defined and fascinating, heroes and villains both. It's been awhile since I've read an MG book, and it felt somewhat nostalgic. There's no shortage of childishness to appease young boys, which I believe is where the book can really find an audience.

I only gave it 4 stars as I felt it could stand just a shade more editing. Don't get me wrong, it's well-written and very readable, but the occasional awkward sentence threatened my suspension of disbelief at times. Also, I enjoyed Eli's asides, but as the story gained momentum, I found myself skipping over them in order to stay in the flow and see what would happen next.

Aside from these minor criticisms, I highly recommend this book. It has a "Princess Bride" magic to it, and deserves attention and acclaim in the genre.

4 Star Review

December 12, 2012

Check out these sneek peeks of the new cover for Book Two: The Myth of Mythology done by Sheenah Freeitas.  The updated cover and a paperback version of Book Two should be available very soon!

November 29, 2012

John's local newspaper interviewed the author about his popular Eli Arnold series.  Check out the story here:

Macon Telegraph Article

John with his daughter, Rachael


November 1, 2012

Check out this amazing 5 star review of Book One left on!

5 Star Review