Sunday, August 02, 2015

Nightborn on Tour: Books of Wonder and Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fest

This past week plus has been a busy one. Sunday, July 26th, I participated in a middle grade author event at Books of Wonder in New York City, where I got to talk up Nightborn on a panel alongside Newbery Honor Award Winning Author, Gail Carson Levine, celebrating her recently released Stolen Magic, and Sarah Mlynowksi (of the Whatever After series). Then I spent a week in New York City with the family, seeing the sights, eating the food, taking in a Broadway play, and introducing them to the good people I work with at Penguin Random House.

Home on the following Friday, I took off work to spend the day playing a Fate Core RPG game with my son and nephew that we set in the world of Thrones & Bones. Which, by the way, is amazing fun!

Then Saturday, August 1, the Hoover Public Library hosted their first Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fest, a celebration of books, games, films, and television, headlined by Katherine Harbour, Bobby Nash, and Van Allen Plexico. I participated in a wonderful RPG panel, alongside veteran gamer Mark Owens and Excelsior game store owner Ken Oswald. Then in the afternoon I was on a second panel with authors Stephen Duncan, J.F. Lewis, and Ingrid Seymour (and moderated by Jared Millet). Thanks to the organizers and to Barnes & Noble for handling book sales. The event seemed well attended and I hope the Hoover Library will host it again next year.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Nightborn: Staff Pick at Nicola's Books

Nightborn has been named a Staff Pick by Nicola's Books of Ann Arbor, Michigan. And their Staff Reviews, Nathan, who is entering the fifth grade, gives it a wonderful review.
"I think the amount of fighting and the love for games in the book is amazing! It even comes with instructions on how to play the game they play throughout the book. The game is called charioteers, and they play it to win information from people. But Karn likes games, so he plays charioteers for fun also. It is based on racing in a hippodrome, which is a racing track for chariots. 
It is a good book, a little bit like The Percy Jackson series. It is definitely like the book 'Thrones and Bones: Frostborn.'
I would recommend it if you like strategy and action."

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nightborn on Tour: The Nightborn Launch Event

Last Saturday, July 18th, was the launch part for Nightborn. We held it in the afternoon at the Barnes & Noble at the Summit Shopping Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite the best efforts of the weather--there were reports of hail!-- we had a great turn out. Thanks to all the booksellers who worked to make this happen and to everyone who came. Here are some of the pictures from this wonderful event.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Books of Wonder Event This Sunday

In New York City?
Then come see me, and two other wonderful authors, this Sunday at Books of Wonder!

Sunday, July 26th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Books of Wonder is thrilled to invite your middle grade readers to meet and
hear from Newbery Honor Author, GAIL CARSON LEVINE, LOU ANDERS,
and SARAH MLYNOWSKI! Your young readers won't want to miss out on an
afternoon of filled with magic and adventure as these talented authors talk
about their latest books.

LOU ANDERS for Nightborn
SARAH MLYNOWSKI for Whatever After #7: Beauty Queen

Monday, July 20, 2015

Adventues in SciFi Publishing: Nightborn

Today, I am a guest on the Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcast episode 307, talking about Nightborn, world building, writing for middle readers, transitioning from one side of the desk to another, and role playing games, among other things. Shout outs to Rpg G Amer-Dad and a big discussion of Evil Hat ProductionsFate (role-playing game system). Check it out here!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Three-Part Nightborn Interview Conducted by Phoebe Yeh

My editor at Random House Children's Books, the wonderful Phoebe Yeh, conducted a three-part interview with Yours Truly to celebrate the release of Nightborn. Part one, "On Norse Mythology, Strong Female Heroines, and Gaming," debuted on the website Brightly. Part Two, "On World Building," appeared on Suvudu. Part Three covers my research trip to Norway, and what being an editor taught me about being a writer. You can read it on SF Signal.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nightborn: Today is the Day!

Today is the day that Nightborn is unleashed on the world! The second book in my Thrones & Bones series of middle reader adventure is now published! And I am thrilled.

Here is an amazing trailer to show you what the book is about:

And here is a ridiculously long list of fantastic endorsements already in from the critics:

"A winning testament to the value of friendship and to a surly dragon’s power of persuasion." Kirkus Reviews

"Good pacing, well-drawn characters, and engaging action scenes. And yes, there’s the promise of more to come." Booklist

"A highly enjoyable, fast-paced read." Joseph Mallozzi, co-executive producer of Dark Matter

"I thoroughly enjoyed both the books in these series, and am positive that young middle grade readers everywhere will get caught up in this action filled adventure. With characters that are easily likeable (or easy to hate), and a storyline that will grip you from the very beginning, there is a little bit of something for everyone!" Chapter by Chapter

"Nightborn was even better than Frostborn, which I didn't think would be possible!" Downright Dystopian

"I absolutely adored Nightborn....a really fun series that I think adults will also enjoy as well as younger readers." Winter Haven Books

"The author does an amazing job at grabbing your attention and keeping it." Lovely Reads

"My latest young reader obsession." All About Romance's Blog

"I went into reading this book thinking it would be a great read for my kids and I would pass it on. Little did I realize that I would fall in love with it myself. This book had everything a fantasy lover could want in a book." Seeing Double in Neverland

" I highly recommend Nightborn to everyone and can't wait to read the next book!" Short & Sweet Reviews

"I was never bored reading Nightborn! In fact, I was on the edge of my seat, following Desstra and Karn on their various (mis)adventures. The fast pace had me turning page after page, eager to see what was next." Books and Whimsy

"I love the pacing. You’re never really bored reading it, nothing is too short or too long, it’s just perfect." Words We Heart

"The climax is awesome!" Not Actually Hermione, But Pretty Close

"There’s plenty to enjoy about Nightborn, with new cities to explore and new characters, particularly the conflicted Dark Elf, Desstra, to meet. More importantly, Lou brings a sense of wonder to proceedings that often gets forgotten in many fantasy books." Sci Fi Pulse

"I highly recommend this serious to children looking for something similar to Rick Riordan’s series but meets a Lord of the Rings for kids fantasy. They won’t want to put the book down!" Twining for Books

"I loved every second of it!" Nightly Rendering

"A terrific fantasy adventure that promises much more to come, I can't wait to get my hands on the third." Children's Atheneum

"Fun, engaging, and the characters are great." Great Imaginations

"A great read for young minds looking for adventure." Reach Reads and Reviews

"This is a great series for younger readers especially if you are looking for a book that boys and girls can both enjoy." On Starships & Dragonwings

"Anders does a wonderful job of creating a vivid world, rich in detail, that makes the reader feel they are seeing it with their own eyes. The diverse cast of characters in the book resemble something from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Dragons, elves, giants, gnomes and other creatures abound, making it a great introduction to the fantasy genre for any MG reader." Middle Grade Mafia

"It is perfect for middle graders, teens, and even adults. There is action and mystery.  It shows how true friendship is meant to be." Mind-Ventures

"The world that Anders created is so cool. We got to see a lot more of it in this book, and I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to see more! Overall, Nightborn is a fabulous addition to the THRONES & BONES series! I highly recommend starting this trilogy!" Marie Loves Books

"I think that this is an amazing series!" This Kid Reviews Books

"This novel is a wonderful adventure for readers of all age; it is not just for middle grade bookworms. Because of the adventures that friendship tends to bring in this series, I greatly enjoyed this book, and I am very excited to read more exciting novels that Anders has written." Cavalier House Books

"Heavy on the Lloyd Alexander when sharpened with Rowling, Lou Anders has hit his follow-up to Frostborn right out of the park. With a new games, challenges, and adventures, Thianna and Karn have returned for a rollicking good time in Nightborn!" Sit.Write.Bleed

"I adored these books." The Lovely Books

"The sense of adventure never slows down, teetering from challenging riddles and games (this book introduces the game called Charioteers) to battles and sieges and even a manticore driven chariot race that would impress and amuse Ben-Hur." The Bibliosanctum

"Mr. Anders has written a good story. A very good story. A really, really very good story. You get the point." View from Valhalla

"Nightborn is a fun middle grade adventure in a rich fantasy world and great for those young readers sick of gendered books. There are also instructions for board games at the end of each book, which sounds like a great afternoon activity wink emoticon. If you’re looking for a light and fun fantasy adventure or something to give to a young reader after they finish the popular middle grade fantasies, Nightborn is a great choice." On Starships & Dragonwings

"With Nightborn not only has Lou Anders told a thoroughly entertaining story, he is starting to reveal a long game for these characters and this world." SF Signal

"I highly recommend this book to every fan of fantasy books, no matter the age... Nightborn is a great fantasy adventure both for boys & girls, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!" Aleksandra's Corner