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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: http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2016/06/shakespeare-as-interpreted-by-the-next-generation-of-great-playwrights/

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: http://www.theatreofwesternsprings.com/

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!


http://timegatecon.org

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!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29898404-the-secrets-of-the-moonstone-heir


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!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY


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 https://literaryfestival.org/.

See you there!!