The Great Big World series follows Jake Baker and his family as they deal with all sorts of fantastic and supernatural happenings. The series is a genre mash-up of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and comic book action featuring a cast of colorful characters with a great sense of humor.

Suitable for Middle Grade readers and up.


March 14, 2019 - Work finally begins on Great Big World Volume 2! With work on Maxim Ultra ending, I can finally turn my attention back to Jake and his friends for their second exciting adventure! I don’t want to set a release date yet, because it’s early days yet, but the writing is going well. Once I have most of the book complete, I’ll reveal the title. This promises to be a darker adventure than The Trouble with Dr. Beamo, which is mainly due to the villain that the Greene Street Gumshoes face off with, but it will still have the same sense of humor and satisfying story. Can’t wait for you all to read it!



The summer leading up to sixth grade was supposed to be quiet and easy for Jake Baker. Instead, he finds himself trying to save the world. A series of strange events in his neighborhood leads him and his Greene Street Gumshoes into something far more dangerous than the usual lost dog case. An ageless sorcerer named Count Sugar Cain and his associate, a mad scientist called Dr. Beamo, are on the verge of conquering the town of Avalon and after that, the Earth. A returning contestant to the world-conquering game, Sugar Cain plans to win this time and rule with an iron fist, while bringing magic back to prominence.

The Gumshoes are standing in his way.

Jake and his friends are pulled deeper into a world of magic and mystery as they try to stop the nefarious Sugar Cain before he can turn Avalon into a hotbed of dark magic. Along the way, Jake discovers secrets about his own family that will forever change both his life and the lives of those around him.

Will the Gumshoes defeat the powerful Count? Will Jake live through the summer to make it to middle school? And why does his best friend Shellie keep trying to hold his hand?


Suitable for Middle Grade Readers and Up

Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo is now available in ALL formats. You can purchase the print and Kindle Editions by clicking the button above. All other eBook Editions can be found at Smashwords! Thanks for reading!

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