Commune 2 Audio Book Status Update

This was waiting for me this morning.  We are past the review stage and on to retail.  Very, very close.  I’ll send out an update  as soon as we’re live!



Commune: Book Two Audio Production Wrapped on 3/12!

Commune Book Two Audio

Production wrapped today!  All that remains now is to submit the completed package to Audible and let them run through their own QC process (hopefully today).  I can’t say when it will finally be available for download because the time for them to complete their process is variable, but trust me: I’ll sound the alarm as soon as you can go grab it!

– Josh

What a great way to celebrate the release of my third book! Thank you, Dusty!

As this is the third book in Joshua Gayou’s Commune Series, I thought I’d take a look back at my reviews of the first two installments. Of the first book I said it was an “excellent first book by a new author.” By the second book, I had dropped the “by a new author” caveat and said that it was simply remarkable. And now, with Commune Book 3, I can faithfully say it is extraordinary. And I’ll add that I believe it is on par with some of the best writers I’ve read, and easily surpasses just about anything else I’ve ever read in the post-apacolyptic genre.

That was a long-winded way of saying C3 is the best one so far. In this one, Mr. Gayou shakes things up a bit with a shift in perspective, switching to third-person narrative versus the multiple-POV first person format of the first two books. It’s immediately evident why he has done so. The story world has expanded, to include narrative threads from people and groups beyond the titular commune. But the change in format also gives Gayou the opportunity to fully stretch his wings as a storyteller. And the result is…well, as I said, nothing short of extraordinary. In addition to the commune members we already know, we’re introduced to a host of new characters (and wow, what characters they are!). With the third-person perspective, the author is no longer stuck inside the head of the POV character. This allows him to paint a picture of every scene that is crisp, vivid, and memorable. And the characters are brought to life in technicolor. Now we, the reader, get to see their own narrow perspectives (or their unreliable memories of events, as the previous books were fashioned as re-tellings by each character), and see every side of each conversation, including a drone’s-eye-view of the POV character, his/her behavior, mannerisms and appearance. And Gayou seems to have an inexhaustible supply of character material to draw on, as the depth and detail of these varied personalities is astonishing. And my god are these characters entertaining! From heart-wrenching moments that leave you on the brink of tears, to hilariously disgusting antics that will leave your sides splitting. These are some of the most memorable characters I’ve read.

One gets the sense that Mr. Gayou isn’t simply showing off. He has a rare talent in sketching these people, but there seems to be a profound reason for this, which we can feel ratcheting up tighter and tigher as the story progresses. Everything is coming to a head at some point. And Mr. Gayou is setting us all up for a fall. He’s doing a masterful job of investing us in these people (both the good guys and bad, I might add), so that the stakes are ever higher when the proverbial feces finally hits the fan.

I won’t spoil any of the plot for you (surely you’ve already read C1 and C2 if you’re considering reading Commune 3). I’ll just say that C3 is a riveting continuation of the story line, expands the cast and , stress-tests a few of the characters (both old and new), and gives more background on some of the more mysterious cast members.

Commune 3 is extraordinary. If I could give it 6 stars, I would.


Reminder: Commune 3 E-Book Releases this Thursday, March 1st!

Order your copy now!

Commune - Book Three



Commune #2 Audio Book is in production now!

Commune Book Two Audio


Commune 3 eBook Pre-order Available NOW

The book drops March 1st!

Commune Book Three


Commune Book Three First Draft: COMPLETE

176K words.  Now for the beta readers and the editing.  What a freaking relief!


Commune Book Two Audio Book Release: Mid February – 2018

We start production on 1/15.  Get ready…

Commune - Audio Cover - Book 2 - Promo


Had to share this review…

The reviews are really starting to pile up for Commune Book One on Audible, overwhelmingly positive, making me overwhelmingly grateful.  I’d like to share them all but I feel like it would become quickly tiresome for any folks stopping by this blog, who I flatter myself might be interested in my thoughts on storytelling rather than me just sharing the words of others praising my work.  It’s a fine line you walk, teetering between being proud or being…”that guy”.

But I couldn’t help but share this one from Natalie at Book Lovers Life.  What a fantastic way to wake up in the morning!

“Amazing characters!!”

When the world is hit with a CME bigger than the Carrington Event, things quickly go to hell, but humanity perseveres and they try to survive. Just as things are starting to come together, a sickness spreads and kills even more of the survivours. Now we are following a group of people who are intent on trying to make things work.

This book surprised me a lot!! While it follows the basic rule of a post apocalyptic book, it isn’t the plot that makes this shine, it’s the characters and it’s the way the story is told! It’s told to us as a story, the narrator is recording how the Commune came to be but we also see the same story told through multiple characters POV. Now, that can sometimes be awful but it works here, and works well!!

This focuses on 4 people. Jake, Billy, Amanda and her daughter, Lizzy. How the four came together is something you will have to read the book to find out, because I don’t want to spoil it! But it’s a heartbreaking journey for some of them. I loved how they came together, and I think the author does a fantastic job with it. But it doesn’t just stop with them meeting, nope, the journey continues as a group and is captivating and addicting!! I absolutely devoured it.

Every single character is well written and developed, which is rare in a debut book. There is depth to these characters that really captured my attention. Amanda and Lizzy have a hard journey, but they come out stronger. Billy is a great character and a real father figure. Jake is mysterious and I really can’t wait to find out more about him. He is a fantastic character!! I also liked the fact that there isn’t a love story here! While there’s potential, I’m glad the author didn’t feel the need to create one, especially after what Amanda endured.

In all, this is a story of survival when nothing is available anymore. The author really makes you realise how things can change in the blink of an eye! He puts a lot into the world building, but even more into the character development and what he has created was a memorable read, and I can not wait for the next one!!!

R.C Bray… let’s all bow down to the awesomeness that is R.C Bray! His range of tones and voices is impressive and he really knows how to tell a story!! A good story teller can draw you into the book and make you forget everything else, well this is what Bray does. He drew me in and made the story effortless to listen to. It played in my head like a movie and I loved it!! He is a narrator I could listen to every day and feel like I was listening to different people. Amazing performance!!

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.


Commune Book 2 Audio Book Release Date

A lot of you are starting to clamor for book 2’s release date on Audible.  Well, I’m sorry to say that, though R. C. Bray and I have a production target date set, I’m unable to share it yet because of his schedule, which is always insane.  This is a courtesy to R. C. Bray; he has a lot of things pulling him around, making demands on his time and so forth.  Sometimes, he has no choice but to shift his projects around other life events.

Think about it; even if the guy gets a cold, his voice is rendered unusable until he fully recovers, and this could throw his whole production schedule off by a week or so.  A week isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but then he and I have both seen readers and other authors alike tear out their hair at the slightest prospect of delay.  On one hand, this is a great problem for us to have – it’s wonderful that you guys want so badly to share in our labors, and most of you are incredibly understanding with regard to life’s little curve balls.  Even so, guys like RC and me hate to disappoint, and setting a concrete date months in advance is more stress than I want to put on the guy.

What I can say is that we’re scheduled to start very early in 2018 and, the closer we get to him stepping into the booth, the better we’ll feel about announcing a hard date.  But like I said, we look like starting super early in the first part of 2018.

Thank you, all, for your patience.