Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Skyborn: Cover, Book Description, and Release Date!

My publisher, Penguin Random House, now has a page up for Skyborn, the third book in the Thrones and Bones series. It has a high resolution version of the amazing cover by Justin Gerard, as well as the book description and my crafted-for-book-three author bio. I reproduce that here,!

Hardcover $16.99

Sep 06, 2016 
352 Pages 
Middle Grade (8-12)

For fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull comes the epic conclusion to the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy that began with Frostborn.

Find the Horn. Free the City.

The chase continues for the legendary Horns of Osius. Thianna and Karn’s quest to retrieve the horns from those who wish to abuse their power takes them to Thica, an ancient land where two tyrant queens reign supreme and where years earlier Thianna’s mother was labeled a traitor. Soon the two heroes are caught up in an epic battle for control of the kingdom, one that puts their very lives at stake. The only way to overthrow the queens is to beat them at their own game. But with an entire empire against them, how can Karn and Thianna hope to compete—or better yet, survive?

The novel includes instructions for playing the board game the Queen’s Champion, a Thican timeline, and King Herakles Hammerfist’s recipe for the Best Spanakopita Ever. Visit for additional games, maps, character profiles, and more!

Praise for the Thrones and Bones series

“Future fans of Tolkien and George R. R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A powerful, fast-paced tale. . . . The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred


Lou Anders drew on his adventures traveling to Greece in his twenties to write Skyborn, combining these experiences with his love of adventure fiction and games (both tabletop and role playing). While he has yet to ride a hippalektryon, creating his own board games for Frostborn, Nightborn, and now Skyborn is one of his favorite indulgences. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over 500 articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature, and regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He resides with his family in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at and, on Facebook, on Tumblr, and on Twitter at @Louanders.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Top 10 of 2015

Thrones and Bones books have popped up on two lists at Aleksandra's Corner.

Nightborn, book two in the series, is #7 in her list of the Best Books I've Read in 2015.

Skyborn, book three in the series, comes in at #9 on her list of the Top 10+ Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2016.

I'm thrilled to be on both these lists, and also to show off the Skyborn cover (art by Justin Gerard), which has started popping up online.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Frostborn: 2016-2017 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

My novel, Frostborn, book one in the Thrones & Bones series, has just been listed as a nominee in the 2016-2017 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees in the Middle Grade category. The Young Hoosier Book Award is administered by Indiana Library Federation. Each year the YHBA committee selects twenty titles in the category of Picture Books, Intermediate, and Middle Grade. Indiana students serving in grades K-8 then vote on their favorite book. Any Indiana student can vote, provided they have read 5 of the 20 books in the Middle Grade category. I'm thrilled to be on this list, alongside many great works, including books by friends Jonathan Auxier, Holly Black, and Brandon Sanderson.

This is the third awards nomination for Frostborn. The novel was previously nominated for Children's Literature Association of Utah's Beehive Book Award and is a current nominee in the Nebraska Library Association's Golden Sower Awards.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Holiday Shopping Event for Educators

This Saturday, December 5th, I'll be at the Barnes & Noble at The Summit from 8am until 10am as a guest author at their Holiday Shopping Event for Educations. B&N will open one hour early just for educators, who are invited to enjoy drinks and snacks from the Cafe, and then receive 25% off books, games, toys, music, movies and more. 

Teachers and librarians, come help me drink their coffee dry, mingle, and get rune-stamped and autographed Thrones & Bones books!

And if you're not an educator, it's still a good time to grab a copy of Frostborn or Nightborn for a Holiday gift! 

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Podcast/LiveCast: One Fantastic Week

Today, I was honored to be a guest on the One Fantastic Week podcast, which livestreamed a Thrones & Bones-related interview with me, after which I joined hosts Samuel Flegal and Peter Mohrbacher in critiquing a succession of very interesting artist portfolios. You can watch the entire thing here!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Podcast: Atomic Robot Part Four

The 4th and final part of our Atomic Robo actual-play is up at the RPG Gamer Dad Podcast.

This is my final outing as the title character in the fabulous game based on the incredible comic series--one of my all time favorite comics--from Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. Mike Olson, the creator of Atomic Robo RPG, is the actual GM. Shanna Germain of the fabulous Monte Cook Games is Helen ‘Nightingale’ McAllister. Devon Kelley of the Sharkbone Podcast is Donovan ‘Jack Tarot’ McAllister. And RPG Gamer Dad is Professor Pierson.

Here are links to Part OnePart Two, and Part Three. Check it out!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Interview in The Leaf

A wonderful article about my visit to Riverchase Middle School in specific and my books and school visits in particular has appeared this week online in The Leaf

Thanks to journalist Angie Bell for a great piece! 
“I like fantasy,” said sixth grader Haniya. “This book has really good characters. I like the dragons and giants.”

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Loki's Wolves

Loki's Wolves (The Blackwell Pages)Loki's Wolves by K.L.  Armstrong and M.A. Marr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two years before Magnus Chase appeared on the scene, kids were already tackling the threat of Ragnarok and taking up magic weapons to save the world. K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr's Loki's Wolves is a fantastic and fast paced adventure about a group of eighth graders who discover that, as descendants of the long-vanished Norse gods, it's up to them to face down the Midgard Serpent and prevent the end of the world. Matthew Thorsen is the stand in for the god Thor, while Fen and Laurie Brekke are the children of Loki. They team up on an impossible quest, looking for more descendants, and hoping that their own lives aren't bound to tightly to the fates laid out in the old sagas. I plowed through this book, and the cliffhanger ending has me eager to jump into the next one. Highly recommended for fans of Norse mythology, action adventure tales, middle reader fantasy, and, naturally, you-know-who.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Podcast: Atomic Robo Part Three

The RPG Gamer Dad Podcast presents part three of our session of the Atomic Robo: The
Roleplaying Game from Evil Hat Productions. I'm playing the title character in the fabulous game based on the incredible comic series--one of my all time favorite comics--from Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. Mike Olson, the creator of Atomic Robo RPG, is the actual GM. Shanna Germain of the fabulous Monte Cook Games is Helen ‘Nightingale’ McAllister. Devon Kelley of the Sharkbone Podcast is Donovan ‘Jack Tarot’ McAllister. And RPG Gamer Dad is Professor Pierson.

Here are links to Part One and Part Two. Check it out!

Podcast: Creation & Inspiration Part Two

I'm back on Dungeon Master's Block this morning with the second half of our "Creation &
Inspiration" talk, this time with a list of Top Ten ideas for stories and games. DM Mitch and DM Chris have some utterly fabulous ideas as well! We really had a lot of fun bouncing scenarios off each other. Check it out.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Reflections from the Road: Fultondale Elementary School

On Tuesday, November 10th, I visited Fultondale Elementary School in Fultondale, Alabama during their Scholastic Book Fair. The moment I walked through the door, I was impressed by the library. It's a huge, bright space, dead center of the school, adorned with beautiful white columns and glass bricks. Nice!

I presented after lunch to the entire fourth and fifth grades, who were a very enthusiastic bunch (with a high percentage of Skyrim players in attendance. Fus Ro Dah!). Then I signed in the library for those who had bought books. The kids were great -- one boy said he was so excited he was going to faint. Fortunately, he didn't. But they were all very enthusiastic about Frostborn and it was great fun meeting them!

Thanks very much to Librarian Laurie Purser for arranging such a great visit! And for asking me to sign a Viking helmet!

And a huge thank you to Fultondale Elementary for giving me a place on the Wall of Visiting Authors!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reflections from the Road: FaerieCon 2015

This past weekend, I was excited to be a guest at my first ever FaerieCon, where I joined such fabulous authors as Melissa Marr, Holly Black, Kami Garcia, and Kelley Armstrong. FaerieCon is a faerie/celtic themed event with a strong emphasis on music. The internationally famous  German band Faun appear every year, as well as bands like the marvelous Woodland. This year's FaerieCon had a Norse sub theme (explaining my appearance there), and featured a performance by Einar Selvik of Wardruna, the Norwegian band who play on traditional Norse instruments and whose music has been featured on the TV series Vikings.

After an early morning flight Friday morning, I arrived just in time to make a panel with Melissa Marr, Holly Black, and Kami Garcia ostensibly about the Faerie Marketplace, though it turned into more of a writing instruction panel. After which a friend I haven't seen since I was in college drove up to hang and found himself dragged to an Author's Tea where fans and authors gathered to sample tea and eat cookies, and he was nearly smashed by Wotan the Faerie Smasher. Then it was goodbye to my old friend and hello to four new ones, with a fabulous dinner with the three aforementioned authors and Kelley Armstrong. And after dinner Scotch.

Saturday was a full day with a panel entitled "Sex & Politics in Modern Fantasy" (hello? Children's book author!), an absolutely jammed packed/standing-room-only panel entitled "Norse Culture & Mythology in Modern Fantasy," a signing where I signed books for most of an hour, another Author's Tea, and a Faun concert.

Afterwards, I ended up giving an impromptu two-hour session of my ScripTips course to several interested parties in the bar, and then more Scotch, and then wine in a suite where the various band members were hanging out. And then suddenly it was 4:30 am.

Sunday yet another college friend drove up from DC to meet me for breakfast. Then I had my final signing and I'm happy to say we sold out of Frostborn and nearly of Nightborn! By this point, enough people had heard about ScripTips that I volunteered another session (in exchange for coffee and beer, which is considerably cheaper than my usual fee) and I taught another two hours to a group of about eight to ten people (who were very smart and very fun to teach).

The evening ended with an acoustic show, in which various members of Faun and Woodland played, bracketing a solo performance by Einar Selvik that was transcendent for this Norse-enthusiast.

And there ended a fantastic weekend!

Thanks to organizer Robert Gould, all the other authors, my two old college buddies, the tireless booksellers and convention staff, the Hunt Valley Inn, my drivers Cybele and Kim, all the musicians, and Wotan the Faerie Smasher for an unforgettable time.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Podcast(s): RPG Gamer Dad Podcast and Dungeon Master's Block

Once again, I'm a guest on not one but two fantastic podcasts, this time The RPG Gamer Dad Podcast and Dungeon Master's Block

On The RPG Gamer Dad Podcast, we continue our live-action role play session of the Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game from Evil Hat Productions. Mike Olson, the creator of Atomic Robo RPG, is the GM. Shanna Germain of the fabulous Monte Cook Games is Helen ‘Nightingale’ McAllister. Devon Kelley of the Sharkbone Podcast is Donovan ‘Jack Tarot’ McAllister. And RPG Gamer Dad is Professor Pierson. And I am the Atomic Robo himself! (You can hear Part One here.)

I'm also making my first ever appearance on Dungeon Master's Block today, talking with Chris and Mitch about All Things World Building, for gamers and writers alike. We go indepth as to how I created the World of Qualth for my Thrones & Bones novels. It was a fabulous conversation with two really insightful and interesting guys (their podcast is always chocked full of useful ideas) and I'm thrilled to be on it! 

Check out both shows! 

Thursday, November 05, 2015

FaerieCon 2015 Schedule

This weekend I'll be at FaerieCon 2015 in Baltimore, MD!  Come see me and a host of other guests, including Holly Black, Kami Garcia, Kelly Armstrong, Melissa Marr and Einar Selvik, founder of the band Wardruna, who provide the music for the show Vikings!  The convention has a Norse theme this year, so be sure to get your copy of Frostborn and Nightborn signed and stamped in Elder Futhark. 

My schedule for the weekend:

Friday November 6th

2:30-3:30 Panel: The Faerie & Fantasy Marketplace: 
Melissa Marr, Holly Black, Kami Garcia, Lou Anders

5:00-6:00 Author Tea: Drop by and see who’s hanging out! Meet our featured authors! Held in the Chase Room of the Tack Suites.

Saturday November 7th

11:00-12:00 Panel: Sex & Politics in Modern Fantasy: What’s Changed? - Kami Garcia, Holly Black, Lou Anders

2:30-3:30 Panel: Norse Culture & Mythology in Modern Fantasy - Lou Anders, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong

5:00-6:00 Author Tea: Drop by and see who’s hanging out and meet our featured authors! Held in the Chase Meeting Room.


Saturday November 7th

4:00 Holly Black & Lou Anders Signing

Sunday November 8th:

1:00 Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr and Lou Anders Signing 

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Podcast(s): RPG Gamer Dad Podcast and the Cornell Collective

This week, I'm a guest on not one but two fantastic podcasts, The RPG Gamer Dad Podcast and The Cornell Collective. And I'm joined by some other really spectacular guests.

On The RPG Gamer Dad Podcast, I am playing the title character in the fabulous Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game from Evil Hat Productions. The game is based on the incredible comic series--one of my all time favorite comics--from Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. It's about a sentient robot created by Nikola Tesla in 1923, whose adventures span nearly a century of tales. Cut from the same cloth as Doc Savage, Buckaroo Banzai, and Tom Strong, it's one of the zaniest and best things to come out of comics in years. The whole thing is online to read for free now, though frankly I prefer to give these guys my money. The role playing game, meanwhile, is powered by the Fate Core System, a fantastic storytelling game in with which I've fallen in love and which I use to power my own home campaign, set in the world of my Thrones & Bones novels. For this episode (which is Part One of our adventure), Mike Olson, the creator of Atomic Robo RPG, is the actual GM. Shanna Germain of the fabulous Monte Cook Games is Helen ‘Nightingale’ McAllister. Devon Kelley of the Sharkbone Podcast is Donovan ‘Jack Tarot’ McAllister. And RPG Gamer Dad is Professor Pierson. It was an incredibly fun session to play, and I'm glad it's made for a great show as well.

On The Cornell Collective, my dear friend of many years, Paul Cornell (of Doctor Who and Marvel comics fame, and many other things), sits down to chat with myself, our mutual friend Joseph Mallozzi (executive producer of such wondrous shows as Stargate: Universe and Dark Matter), and the delightful comic book artist Emma Vieceli (she of the critically acclaimed independent web series, Breaks, Doctor Who for Titan comics, IDW's Jem & the Holograms, and much besides.) We discuss our secret Geek origins, the influences in our respective works, and horrendously embarrassing moments from each of our careers.

I'm really happy with both podcasts, but particularly  so as on each I got to have fun with such wonderful and exciting people, friends old and new. Please check them out!

Monday, November 02, 2015

Frostborn: Nebraska Golden Sower Award Intermediate Nominee 2016-17

I am enormously exited to announce that Frostborn has been selected as one of the Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee Titles for 2016-2017 in the "Intermediate" category!!!

The Golden Sower Award is the children's choice literary award for the state of Nebraska. The award's sponsors, the Nebraska Library Association, hope the program will sow seeds which stimulate children's thinking, introduce different types of literature, encourage independent reading, increase library skills, and foster an appreciation for excellence in writing and illustrating.

The full list of nominees can be found  here. The Golden Sower Award website is undergoing an overhaul, but information about the award can be found here. I am just thrilled with this announcement and want to extend my congratulations to all my fellow nominees!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Reflections from the Road: Fort Daniel Elementary and Dacula Elementary

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of visiting two schools in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Fort Daniel Elementary and Dacula Elementary.

I drove down Wednesday afternoon, where Dacula Librarian Paul Carey and his wife met me for dinner at Jim 'N Nicks barbecue. We had a wonderful evening talking about books, gaming (role playing and board), Scifi TV, and other things, and ate entirely too much!

The next day it was up and off to Fort Daniel, where I met Librarian Beth Martinez. Beth showed me the fantastic artwork on their hallway wall depicting students' favorite scenes from Frostborn. I was really impressed, and, as you might imagine, honored and flattered. Then I presented to the fifth grade students (about 120 kids), followed by a signing of Nightborn (Their Frostborn order hadn't come in yet so I signed bookplates for that).

Afterwards, we had a lunch break - Domino's Pizza! - where I ate with Beth and about ten or so of her students. It was a very fun meal with some very bright kids (and one budding actress). Then I presented again to the fourth grade (about 115 students) and had another signing. Thanks so much to Beth Martinez and all her students for a great morning.

After a quick trip to the Barnes & Noble at the Mall of Georgai, and an obligatory recovery period at Starbucks, it was off to Dacula Elementary for their after-hours Scholastic Book Fair. Paul wisely planned my visit to coincide with their Literary Carnival, thus ensuring that there was a large turn out of parents and students. I was seated at a table with a big display of the Scholastic edition of Frostborn and my Thrones & Bones boardgames "travel set." I got to talk casually with parents and kids from 4pm to 7pm, after which I did a short presentation on my Thrones & Bones series. Having an author present during a book fair was great, and having a Literary Carnival there too was even better. I signed a LOT of books. And I got to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Thanks very much to Librarian Paul Carey and all the parents and teachers.

Finally, after a fantastic day in Georgia, it was time to make the three hour drive home. But if you live in Gwinnett Country, don't worry. Like Frosty the Snowman, I'll be back again one day!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pelham Reporter: Author thrills RMS students with ‘Thrones and Bones’

Today, I am interviewed by the Pelham Reporter in an article entitled "Author thrills RMS students with ‘Thrones and Bones.’ The occasion of the interview, which was conducted by Jessa Pease, was my recent visit to Riverchase Middle School, though the article is also about my Thrones & Bones series and school visits in general. Please check it out!

Here's an excerpt:
“I wanted to write a strong, strong female and a clever boy instead of what’s usually done,” he said. “I wanted to write a fantasy that would encapsulate all the things that I loved about the fiction I read growing up, but that would have parts for girls and parts for people who are not white. I wanted to write a fantasy for today’s kids.” - See more at:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Reflections from the Road: Vestavia Hills Elementary Central

Yesterday, I got to visit with the students at Vestavia Hills Elementary Central. I arrived in the morning, walking into a busy project-in-progress in their library, but was quickly swarmed by kids wanting their Scholastic Book Fair edition of Frostborn signed and personalized. This library is clearly the heart of the school, with a lot of activities and interesting things ongoing on tables throughout the room and students taking advantage of it throughout the day. The library even has a 3D printer, and I got to see student-designed fabricated creations!

Then I had a nice lunch with Librarian Elizabeth Hester and several school staff and teachers. The brownies were delicious! After lunch, Elizabeth took me around the school on a whirlwind visit to most of the thirty-three classrooms, to pop in for quick hellos and pictures with students.

Finally, it was off to the gymnasium for two back-to-back presentations, one to the fourth grade and one to the fifth. These were shorter presentations than my usual, but we hit the highlights and you could tell the students were eating it up.

All told, I got to speak to a lot of VHEC students, both around the school and in the short Q&As after each presentation, and I was very impressed with their engagement, the quality of their questions, and how enthusiastic and polite they were.

Thank you to Media Specialist Elizabeth Hester, Principal Marian Humphries, and all the wonderful teachers and students for a great visit to VHEC!

Monday, October 26, 2015

I'm Coming to FaerieCon 2015: International Faerie Convention

I'm very excited to announce that I have joined the amazing guest lineup of FaerieCon 2015, held in Baltimore, MD on November 6th-8th!  Come see me and a host of other guests, including Holly Black, Kami Garcia, Kelly Armstrong, Melissa Marr and Einar Selvik, founder of the band Wardruna, who provide the music for the show Vikings

This year's convention has a strong Norse theme. Hmmm, wonder why they invited me?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Reflections from the Road: Liberty Park, Riverchase, and Berry Middle Schools

This week was an incredibly fulfilling but Herculean tour of three schools in three days, across which I spoke to a total of approximately 2, 193 sixth to eight grade students about my Thrones & Bones series.

On Tuesday, I visited Liberty Park Middle School in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. My visit started off by speaking to all 470 students in their gymnasium. After this, I went to their library to sign books at their Scholastic Book Fair. It was tremendous to once again see the awesome sign that Scholastic has made for their edition of Frostborn, the first time I've seen the sign in action (as when I saw it last that school's fair had already
ended). Then I had a bit of a break, during which I lunched with the teachers and talked about all things geeky. After lunch, I conducted a writing workshop in the LPMS Library for a small group of students who were all up and coming storytellers. The whole day was very nice. The students and teachers were great. I was very impressed by the students' questions after my book presentation, and I'm sure I've met the next generation of talented authors who will one day give the rest of us a run for our money. Thanks to everyone at Liberty Park, especially Librarian Jean Deal and Assistant Principal, Roger Dobnikar.
On Wednesday, I spoke to 523 students at Riverchase Middle School in Birmingham, Alabama, divided into five separate groups, with a book signing after each presentation. This was a day long undertaking, with books on hand courtesy of Little Professor Book Center.  The most talking I've ever done in one day before was four back-to-back sessions and that left me exhausted, but I've got a lot more experience presenting to schools since that time and this was both a blast and a breeze. The kids were great and had fantastic
questions. Highlights were being asked "Are you a feminist?" (after I described my reasons for writing Thianna the way I did) and meeting a girl who introduced herself as "the shortest person in my school" who said she felt an instant kinship with my half-sized giant character. Thank you to Librarian Kathy Collins, and all the teachers and students, for a wonderful day. 

Yesterday, I returned to Berry Middle School. I'd visited them during their Fall Scholastic Book Fair in September, but I came back to speak to all 1,200 students in there gymnasium across three sessions of 400 each. I did all three presentations back to back, speaking to the sixth, seventh, and eight grades separately. Once again, great questions from the kids and their enthusiasm was just tremendous. One girl is obviously the Berry Middle School resident expert on mythology and fantasy, as she answered four of my questions in a row! Finally, we ended
midday with a lunch with a student, several teachers, Media Specialist Ginger M. Hewitt, and Principal Dr. Chris Robbins.  Thank you to Ginger Hewitt, Dr. Robbins, and everyone at Berry for another great visit. (And to The Heavenly Donut Co.! Mmmm!) 

Talking with students about the world of my books has got to rank up there as one of the most fun things I've ever done. I'm grateful to everyone at Liberty Park, Riverchase, and Berry for such a fantastic week! 

Next week is three more schools on the Nightborn tour. I'll be back with another report then.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Podcast: Let's Get Busy

Today, I am a guest on the fabulous Let's Get Busy podcast, hosted by super librarian Matthew
C. Winner, aka The Busy Librarian. I've been a big fan of Let's Get Busy for a while now, so I was very excited to get to talk to Matthew. He's a great host, and he got me to talk in depth about all the world building that went into the writing of Frostborn and Nightborn.We also talk about gaming, and whether the cornucopia  of technological resources available to kids today are a distraction or a boon (you can guess where we both fall). I'm very proud of the interview, and I hope you'll check it out.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reflections from the Road: Oak Mountain Middle School and the Southern Festival of Books

Last week was a double whammy. On Thursday, October 8th, I spoke at Oak Mountain Middle School.  The school has approximately 450 sixth grade students, and we broke them up in to groups of around 90 kids at a time, which meant I did five sessions in one day! Frostborn was on hand as part of the Fall 2015 Scholastic Book Fair. And Nightborn was provided through Homewood, Alabama's wonderful independent, Little Professor Book Center.

The kids were great, and very enthusiastic. I got to see the wonderful promotional display poster that Scholastic has made for their edition of Frostborn, and I was honored by the great fan art a couple of the students produced as well. Thank you Whitney Howton librarian and to Crape Myrtle's Cafe for the Grilled Fresh Fish Sandwich.

Then on Saturday, October 10th, I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee for the second time this month to attend the 27th Annual Southern Festival of Books. The festival is held in the Legislative Plaza of Downtown Nashville. I drove up that morning, lunched quickly at the excellent Crepe A Diem Food Truck, gave my presentation at noon, then did a book signing where I was delighted to meet, among others, two very enthusiastic fans that told me September was far too long to wait for book three. Afterwards, I snuck away from the festival for a bit to walk to Germantown and the Nashville Oktoberfest Street Festival,  where I heard some interesting music and had one of the best hot chocolates of my life at  Tempered Cafe and Chocolates.  Then it was back to the festival to attend a private authors reception and call it a night. Thanks to the festival organizers, and to Parnassus Books for facilitating sales of Frostborn and Nightborn.

And now, some more pictures from my visit to OMMS!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Southern Writers' Showcase

On Saturday, October 17th, I'll be participating in the Southern Writers' Showcase at the Barnes and Noble Patton Creek located in the Patton Creek Shopping Center, 171 Main St., Hoover, AL 35244. The event is from 11am to 3pm, and I'll be joined by host of southern authors. Here is the event poster and press release below. Come out and see us all!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sandra Foreman
Phone:    (205) 682-4467

October Autographings & Events
Barnes & Noble
171 Main St.
Hoover, AL 35244

Date: Saturday October 17, 2015 @ 11:00AM-3:00PM
Event: Southern Writers Showcase featuring: Patti Callahan Henry, Lou Anders, S.L. Duncan, Hunter Murphy, Heather Jones Skaggs, Rebecca Cybulsky Walden, Catherine Pittman Smith, Kim Johnston, Shane Busby, Vita Coop, Mark Glick and Todd Gerelds. 
Every hour authors will host a 10-minute quick talk about their latest title followed by a Q&A session and signing. There will be several author stations throughout the store so make sure to stop by them all!

Title List: 
The Idea of Love- Patti Callahan Henry
Throne and Bones Frostborn- Lou Anders
Throne and Bones Nightborn- Lou Anders
The Revelation of Gabriel Adam- S.L Duncan
The Salvation of Gabriel Adam- S.L Duncan
Imogene in New Orleans- Hunter Murphy
Images of America Bluff Park- Heather Jones Skaggs 
Images of America Hoover- Heather Jones Skaggs
Images of America Vestavia Hills- Rebecca Cybulsky Walden
Images of America Mountain Brook- Catherine Pittman Smith
Haunted Shelby County, Alabama- Kim Johnston
Haunted Talladega County- Kim Johnston and Shane Busby
Hearing Colors: The Birth of Anniston- Vita Coop
Serpent Kind- Mark Glick
Woodlawn- Todd Gerelds