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Monday, May 2, 2016

Thank You to JordanCon and Another Book Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who organized JordanCon 2016 in Atlanta! It was a really fun weekend and everyone had a great time. I got to meet famous artists Charles Urbach (Magic: the Gathering, among lots of others) and John Picacio (tons of sci-fi and fantasy book covers, including Star Trek and X-men) and reconnect with some author friends.

It was also the book launch of my newest release, "The Secrets of the Moonstone Heir," and a few folks picked up the book. I hope they enjoy it, and thank you!

But in case you haven't snagged a copy yet, there is a new giveaway on Goodreads running now until the end of May. You can win one of five paperbacks of "Moonstone Heir" so follow the link below and enter to win!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Book Giveaway to Celebrate "The Secrets of the Moonstone Heir"!

So have you been wondering what I've been hinting at you these past few weeks? Not only do you get a chance to find out before JordanCon next week (April 22-24 at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center), but you might even win a free e-book!
In celebration of "The Secrets of the Moonstone Heir" book launch at JordanCon, there is an e-book giveaway going on at Amazon now through April 27! You can be one of 10 lucky winners - or, if you don't want to wait, it's only $0.99 to buy! So get your e-book of this new fantasy series today!


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dahlonega Literary Festival This Weekend!!

Who all is going to the Dahlonega Literary Festival this weekend, March 12-13, at St. Luke's in downtown Dahlonega, Georgia? 

I'd love to see you there! I'll be selling copies of "The Scholar and the Sphinx" series, and I'll be on the discussion panel "Regional Writers: Using Fantasy Elements" along with local authors Carolyn O’Neal, Shelley Pickens, Debra Webb Rogers and Tom Winton. Come to room 106 in St. Luke's at 10:15 a.m. to ask any and all your fantasy book related questions!

This is a fun event for book lovers in northeast Georgia, and will feature famous authors like Joshilyn Jackson, Cherie Priest, Delilah S. Dawson and Karen Abbott. For the full schedule and list of author guests, go to

See you there!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

L.R.W. Lee Talks about Newly Released "Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, Andy Smithson, Book 5"

A while back, author L.R.W. Lee was kind enough to feature me in one of her episodes of Book Nerd Paradise on YouTube. With the new release of her fifth book in her Andy Smithson fantasy series, “Vision of the Griffin’s Heart,” it’s time we get to learn more about her and her writing!

The story continues the quest of young Andy Smithson, who is collecting elements for a potion to break a 500 year-old curse on the land of Oomaladee. This time he must gather the talon of a griffin – if he can do so without falling prey to hostile griffins, herewolves and therewolves, and other enemies in this magical tale of wonder, friendship and courage.

The book has garnered great reviews on Amazon and from fellow authors (check out Lee’s website at to find out more), but let’s hear from the author herself!

1. How did you come up with your main character, Andy Smithson? Did he just pop into your imagination or did you specifically develop him?

LEE: Andy is patterned after my son. After our first child who was what I would call compliant and seemed to need little to no correction, our son arrived on the scene. As with most 2nd children, he was polar opposite and provided much fodder for an engaging main character.

2. How did your experience with building a business help with your writing?

LEE: It has been invaluable for I understand that writing is only 50% of the writer’s success equation. Unlike Field of Dreams, with so many good books available today, just launching it, even on a well trafficked platform like Amazon, does not get recognition. Because of my corporate background, from day one I began working to build a platform – Twitter and Facebook primarily and now also Book Nerd Paradise. As well, I understand the importance of the author community, for no author can succeed these days without the support of fellow authors. My background has also helped in understanding the need to optimize my books to rank well on the variety of sites they are listed on. There’s much more, but those are the biggest helps I would say.

3. Was there any particular book or author whom you feel had the most influence on your work?

LEE: I have to say JK Rowling. The imagination she revealed, the strength of her characters, the world building, the depth of plot over multiple books…she definitely shaped how I think about writing.

4. What do you love the most about writing for young people?

LEE: Young people are moldable. My passion for writing is to share with readers principles that from my experience can help them live more peaceful lives. A few of these principles include overcoming fear, frustration and impatience as well as understanding that true success in life is not from riches, fame or power, but rather responsibility, diligence and dignity. If they can finish any of my books closer to understanding these principles, I feel very fulfilled.

5. Which part of the creative process is your favorite? Least favorite?

LEE: Designing the story arc is my favorite part of the creative process for you can take a story anywhere your imagination can go. My least favorite part is editing and revising. Even though I know the narrative gets much stronger as a result, it’s still my least favorite part.

6. How long does it usually take you to write one of your stories from when you get the idea to when it’s finished?

LEE: Usually about 6 months.

7. I know that most authors love all their characters but which of your many “children” is your favorite (besides Andy) and why?

LEE: I have to say Mermin, the kindly old wizard who speaks with a lisp. I love him most after Andy because he’s so warm, humble and approachable. He’s fallible and he knows it, which is why he doesn’t apologize for his mistakes, rather he is comfortable in his own skin.

8. Do you ever plan to branch out into other genres besides middle grade/young adult fantasy?

LEE: Funny you should ask. Yes, I’m actually noodling with a story arc of a YA Sci Fi story.

9. How do you feel your writing has evolved since your first novel?

LEE: I can see how much I’ve changed and improved in showing rather than telling my readers what’s happening. I want them to engage and to show – providing sight, sounds, touch, smell, and taste cues is a big part of that. I was particularly thrilled when my editor came back a full week sooner than expected with this current book because I had improved so much between book three and four. My pocketbook also appreciated that.

Visit to learn more about the Andy Smithson series, or visit L.R.W. Lee at her Facebook or Twitter pages.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Happy Holidays from The Scholar and the Sphinx!

Whether you'll be traveling on the road or by air, or just staying at home to spend time with your loved ones, I hope you have a safe and joyful holiday season. Plus, the wintry weather is the best time to curl up with a good book!

And more importantly, to gift good books! Want to give the avid reader in your life something special? How about not just a new book, but a signed book from the author? I am more than happy to send folks signed books at their request, or a signed book plate (a sticker you can paste inside the book cover). Feel free to send me an e-mail at if you have a book you'd like me to sign!
Stay tuned, as the official release date for Book Three, "The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Threads of Fate" should be announced soon!

I'd love to see you at one of my upcoming author events after the new year. I'm hoping to be at Con Nooga in Chattahoochee, TN, from Feb. 19-21, but nothing has been confirmed yet. But I will be at the following events:

Dahlonega Literary Festival
March 12-13, 2016
Dahlonega, GA

For more information visit

JordanCon 2016

April 22-24
Atlanta Marriott at the Perimeter Center
Atlanta, GA

For more information and the panel schedule, visit

You may always visit my author website to see the most updated news and events about the series, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter if you want to chat! 

And remember...the best way you can show authors that you love their work and appreciate the time and dedication they put into writing it is to leave a review! It can be on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, or even on your own blog or favorite social media site! It only takes a few minutes to share a couple sentences, and it's the greatest gift you could give an author.

Have a very harmonious holiday full of love, family, friends, and happiness that will last through the new year!

Seasons Greetings!