Welcome to the Guild of Sevens!

THE HERO FEAT OF HANNAH HELSTROM is set in the world of the Guild of Sevens—our world, with a twist. I’ve written two novels set in that world and am working on the third right now. In terms of chonology, the third (upcoming) book references Hannah’s hero feat.

Guild of Sevens, book 1

New powers. Big problems.
Fourteen-year-old Joss Morgan loves joking around, but it’s no joke when he discovers he has superpowers. Those powers may get him killed. Heroes and villains want Joss to join them. Both will use him. Everyone has secrets. And his life isn’t the only one on the line. If Joss can’t figure out who to trust, his whole family could die.

5 stars on Amazon: “One of the best fantasy books I’ve read in the last few years!” “I was sucked in from the first chapter” “I finished in one day because I was riveted” “This book has everything that makes a great middle-grade and young adult read”

Get JOSS THE SEVEN now: ebook (free on Kindle Unlimited)  / paperback / Audiobook (Amazon) / Audiobook (Audible.com)


Joss’s story continues in…

Guild of Sevens, book 2

Joss aims to keep his word by keeping his parents in the dark. It may cost him everything.

Joss Morgan barely survived the summer after eighth grade, in spite of—or maybe because of—his superpowers. Now, in the last few days before starting high school, he has a commitment to keep, but he’ll have to defy his parents to do it.

After convincing himself he’s not really being dishonest, Joss gets to work helping a friend in trouble. Unfortunately, Joss’s other superpower kicks into high gear—his ability to create utter chaos for himself and his family. Before long, Joss is wondering if he’ll be alive when high school starts.

Joss turns to his friends for help while trying to figure out how to make things right at home. This time, though, sneaking around isn’t going to be enough. When he realizes the danger he’s caused his family, it’s all out war.

Amazon reviewers love it: “But there is an aspect to both these books that at least takes a few moments to view real moral issues in the context of the hero plot. And of course the question of how we navigate our relationship with our children, as they grow in independence and ability, is very real. Don’t worry — the book won’t get mired down in it … it’s a fun read with a few quick moral dives — for parents and kids.”

Get GUARDIAN ANGEL now: ebook (free on Kindle Unlimited) / paperback


Welcome! I’m J. Philip Horne, the boy who lived (check my bio to learn just how well that moniker applies to me).

I’ve written three books and have more in the works. You just saw two of them: JOSS THE SEVEN and GUARDIAN ANGEL. The third book, a stand-alone work called THE LODESTONE, was actually the first novel I ever wrote. While I believe my writing has continued to improve since I wrote THE LODESTONE, the story is still near and dear to my heart and gets high marks from Amazon reviewers. On top of that, the cover art is based on original pen-and-ink drawings by my daughter.



A boy. An evil wizard. Two worlds. A desire to live. A willingness to die.

When twelve year old Jack Paris feels the small jaws of a creature that shouldn’t exist clamp down on his leg, life as he knows it in small-town northeast Texas comes to a sudden end. Miss Edna, his foster mom, is forced to take him and his friend Sally to a world she secretly forsook two hundred years before to save his life. There Jack discovers that an evil wizard needs him for unknown purposes and will stop at nothing to capture him. The wizard pursues Jack and Sally through forests and under mountains on the other world, and even across Kansas back on Earth.

With all their hope placed in Miss Edna, she suddenly disappears, leaving Jack and Sally to carry on without her. It soon becomes clear, however, that the events of the present are tied to Miss Edna’s past, and the children begin a desperate effort to find her before all hope is lost.

When Jack finally realizes why the wizard needs him, he learns that to live and love, you sometimes have to be willing to die.

Get THE LODESTONE now: ebook / paperback