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Thursday, August 25, 2016

"Death by Word" Produced at the Theatre of Western Springs' New Plays Workshop!

I just realized, I may have to change the name of this blog to include more than just "Scholar and Sphinx" news...

What an amazing past weekend! The Theatre of Western Springs in Illinois produced three world premiere plays for their New Plays Workshop Aug. 18-21, 2016. "Death by Word" was one of them and was very warmly received all four performances. Thanks to Ed Wavak, the director, the entire cast (see below for names) and crew, and Willy Steele for the original music!

If you live in the Western Springs, IL area, please go out and support this theater and all that they do. They put on fantastic shows all the time, and their next show "Steel Magnolias" is bound to be a hit!
Back row, left to right: Tom Gess, Jay Baldwin, A.R. Cook, Ed Wavak, Karla Hudson
Front row, left to right: Michael-Colin Reed, Mina Dillards-Gits, Noha ElGanzouri, Kathy Racine

Friday, August 12, 2016

For Writers of Young Adult Lit: New Contest through Writer's Digest!

Hello all!
Thought I would share this for any of you who write young adult fiction. Writer's Digest is hosting another "Dear Lucky Agent" contest, in which you can submit the first page of your unpublished YA novel (sadly, no high fantasy or high sci-fi) to be read by a literary agent.

The top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by the agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to, 3) Their choice between two new books coming out in September 2017, the Guide to Literary Agents 2017 or the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2017.

This time, Ms. Andrea Morrison from Writer's House will be judging the contest.

This is a great chance to get your work seen by an agent from one of the most reputable literary agencies in the country!

Go to to learn how to enter!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Launch for "Threads of Fate" and New Play Workshop Coming this August!

Hi folks! Even though "The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Threads of Fate" has been out for a month now, it hasn't had an official book launch yet.

Thanks to bestselling author Marsha Cornelius, who just invited me to participate in her next monthly author gathering for their fantasy / science fiction themed evening, the Book Launch for "Threads of Fate" will take place at A Novel Idea in Canton, Georgia!

Here is a listing of my next two author events and if you're in the area, I invite you to come and have a great night out!

A Novel Idea: Book Launch for "Threads of Fate"
Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
The Snug Gastro Pub
190 E Main St, Canton, GA 30114

Theatre of Western Springs New Plays Workshop
Aug. 18-20, 8:00 p.m., and Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave., Western Springs, IL 60558
My new play, "Death by Word," will be performed as part of a night of three world-premiere plays for the Theatre of Western Springs New Plays Workshop. Come enjoy a night of brand new theater shows!
For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Happy Publication Day to "The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Threads of Fate"!

TODAY'S THE DAY! Book Three of "The Scholar and the Sphinx" series is out, in both paperback and e-book. So make sure you get yourself a copy and complete the series (or, if you haven't picked up Books 1 and 2 yet, now's the time to get the entire trilogy)!
Early Praise for "Threads of Fate":
“Adventure awaits! Combining history, mythology, danger, and mystery, The Scholar, the Sphinx, and the Threads of Fate is a thrilling tale that you’ll gladly give up sleep to stay awake and finish.” - Shaun Hutchinson, author of “The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley”, “FML” and “The Deathday Letter”
“Cook weaves a tapestry from magic, myth, madness, and mayhem that is the curtain between reality and everything else. Fascinating, engrossing, and a little bit frightening. What fun!” - Chris A. Jackson, award-winning author of Pathfinder Tales “Pirate’s Honor” and “Pirate’s Promise,” the Weapon of Flesh trilogy, and the Scimitar Seas series
If you want to try your luck, there are still a few days left to try and win a free signed copy of "Threads of Fate" on my Goodreads giveaway, so hop on over to the Threads of Fate page and see how lucky you are!

You have until June 30 to enter! Good luck!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Maybe the Universe is Telling Me Something...

This month has turned out to be interesting, in that several things have happened that have returned me to the original form of writing I studied in college: play-writing.

Now while I do have the 3rd and final book of "The Scholar and the Sphinx" coming out very soon (it is supposed to be next Tuesday, June 28, but a sudden round of edits due to wonky formatting may push that back a week to July 5), I've actually received several bits of news in the play-writing world.

One, I have a staged reading of my new children's play "The Smile of the Cheshire Cat" being performed tomorrow at Brenau University. This isn't a full-scale production, but the summer camp kids and whoever wants to attend (could be you, if you live in Gainesville, GA) can watch a cute little story that's a prequel to "Alice in Wonderland."

Second, I received a lovely nod today for a short play I submitted to the Cambridge "Channel the Bard" competition a while back. I didn't win the grand prize, but the Cambridge publicist Ms. Diana Rissetto noted several of her favorite entries (out of over 300) and mine was listed:

Finally, I got a call this week from the Theatre of Western Springs in Illinois (about 20 minutes from my hometown) that they have selected my one-act play "Death by Word" as part of their New Plays Workshop. It'll be one of three plays performed August 18-21. I refer to this play as "relatable absurdism," centering around a maintenance man who is a self-proclaimed poet, he is diagnosed as clinically insane for believing poetry is still relevant. Also he needs to reconnect with his catatonic son (who has been banned from using the Internet, so just stares at the wall all day) and his workaholic wife who doesn't know what to make of her husband's "unproductive creativity."

So if you live near Western Springs, IL, come out to the theater Aug.18-21! I'd love to see you there! Stay tuned for more updates about show times, or visit the TWS website:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

B-Fest Teen Book Festival at Mall of Georgia this Weekend!

I will be signing books at Barnes and Noble's B-Fest Teen Book Festival at the Mall of Georgia this weekend, June 11! Author book signings start at 2 p.m., so hop on over, grab some coffee from the cafe and pick up a great teen read or two!

Starting at 11 a.m., you can get sneak peeks of your favorites, including James Dashner's prequel to The Maze Runner, new stories from Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and an exciting new series from Veronica Roth, plus other exciting giveaways.

This is an event happening at all Barnes and Noble bookstores across the country, so even if you don't live in the northeast Georgia area, you should still go to your closest B&N and support this awesome event!

Saturday, June 11
Barnes and Noble Mall of Georgia
3333 Buford Dr.  Buford, GA 30519

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

See You All at TimeGate this Weekend!

If you're in the Atlanta area and love Dr. Who, TimeGate is the event for you! The Marriott Century Center is hosting it again this year, and will featured lots of awesome guests, including Doctor #8: Paul McGann!

I'll be an author guest there this weekend, May 27-29, so I'd love for you to drop by and see me! And if you attend my panels, you can be entered into a raffle to win copies of Book 1 and Book 2 of "The Scholar and the Sphinx" series, so you'll be up to speed when Book Three comes out June 28!

A.R. Cook’s Panels:
Friday 9:00pm : Young Adult, Old Adult (Decatur 1)
Saturday 10:00am : The Wonderful & Ever Expanding World of Disney (Decatur 2)
Sunday 10:00am :     Somewhere That's Green: The Little Shop of Horrors Retrospective (Decatur 2)
Sunday 4:00pm : The Writer's Process (Decatur 1)

See you there!