Cover Reveal- IA:Union

The long anticipated finale of John Darryl Winston’s IA Trilogy will be released later this month and I have been given go ahead to share the cover! This is super exciting as the whole series has been given a cover make-over.

There is still plenty of time to get initiated. Visit to recieve a free copy of book one, IA: Initiate (scroll down for the link to my 5* review). Book three, IA: Union goes on sale November 24th.

Winston has built a fascinating world for his protagonist, Naz Anderson. Part urban fantasy, part sci fi thriller, all great fiction; this series offers much to its audience, teens and adults alike.


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NazNaz races to put the pieces of his life back together while D’s life hangs in the balance.

Naz has lost everyone that he loves. And while he may have found refuge and pause at International Academy, he has found no peace and certainly no answers. All that he knows calls to him from the streets of the Exclave and Union High School where he reunites with friends and mentors.

Naz struggles, unsuccessfully, to put the pieces of his shattered life back together again—until D comes into his world and changes everything. She helps him put things into perspective, see things he couldn’t see before and remember things he had all but forgotten.

But when D goes missing, it will take more than Naz’s newly found abilities to discover her whereabouts, rescue her, and bring her unlikely captor to justice. Will he reach her in time?





High Praise for IA and John Darryl Winston

“A story about, and for, those living the real story” – Jeff Talarigo, The Pearl Diver & The Ginseng Hunter

“Fresh, current, and absolutely superb” – Readers’ Favorite

“Like seeing Anakin Skywalker grow up in a bad urban environment instead of a desert planet” – Amazon Customer

“Naz and Meri make a compelling pair.” – Amazon Customer

“Naz is special. He’s only just beginning to realize it.” – Amazon Customer




John Darryl Winston 3The IA series is an origin story by debut author John Darryl Winston. A Detroit native and public school educator, Winston created the coming of age hero’s journey as part of a creative writing and ‘Boys Read’ program. He is a graduate of The Recording Institute of Detroit, Wayne State University, The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, and received his MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has written songs with and for Grammy winner David Foster and record mogul Clive Davis. He has been a recording artist on Arista and Polygram records, and has written and/or produced songs for Gerald Levert, Gerald Alston, and many others. Winston currently lives with his daughter, Marquette, in Michigan and intends to acquire an African Grey parrot one day when he conquers his irrational fear of birds.

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IA: Initiate

Initiate_JD_Winston_FC_Listing“Everyone has secrets… What if you didn’t know your own?

One young man with latent supernatural abilities plus one street gang hell-bent on recruiting him equals…IA: Initiate.

The most important thing in the world to thirteen-year-old orphan “Naz” Andersen is keeping his little sister safe from the streets of a Chicago/Detroit-like urban ghetto known as the Exclave. Naz tries to stay out of the way at his foster parent’s home, but he walks in his sleep. He is unable to keep the fact that he hears voices from his therapist. He attempts to go unnoticed at school and in the streets of the Exclave but attracts the attention of friends and bullies alike.

Naz is ordinary, or so he thinks. He harbors a secret of which he is unaware. A seemingly random act of gang violence propels Naz on a path that leads to discoveries about his supernatural abilities, abilities that will ultimately decide whether he lives or dies. Now he must navigate his turbulent surroundings and face the full force of the world around him. The only way he can survive is to discover the supernatural world within.

Pure science fiction, IA: Initiate is the first book in a YA supernatural thriller trilogy, an origin story, and a coming-of-age hero’s journey set in the mean streets of America. It’s like Anakin Skywalker growing up in a bad urban environment instead of a desert planet.

Award-winning author, John Darryl Winston has penned a story about, and for, those living the real story. Pick it up. Pick it up! PICK IT UP … today!

See my full review for IA: Initiate HERE


IA: B.O.S.S.

BOSS_JD_Winston_FC_LISTINGHow much would you sacrifice to learn the truth?

Supernatural abilities are revealed. A sacrifice is made. A hero is born.

Naz Andersen’s life is quickly becoming complicated. After losing his best friend to suspicious circumstances, he turns his attention to ruthless gang leader Roffio Styles and the Incubus Apostles.

But to get answers, he must summon the world within once more. With his sister Meri’s help, he begins to understand his strange experiences are actually telekinesis and telepathy at play–gifts from his forgotten father.

When Naz gets too close to the truth and tragedy strikes again, he must unleash his newfound abilities to wield his own unique brand of justice. Will his appetite to avenge his friend’s murder lead to his destruction or his destiny?

See my full review for IA: B.O.S.S HERE




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