Posts Tagged ‘King Arthur’

Renegades–steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves

Monday, March 5th, 2018

 

“Think before acting,” her father always warned.
But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has
not changed this.
When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones.Renegades–foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess–steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more
danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality. Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?”

 

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I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and
Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds-Ancient Egypt, Medieval Wales, and coming soon, a hair-raising adventure through ancient worlds in search of 5 rare Phoenix Feathers.
All of my books come with Free study guides and/or extensive
Back-of-the-Book materials.
My husband and I love to travel. In 2008, we spent three weeks in
Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other; in 2014, we spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England, Wales, and Scotland; and in 2016, we spent a week in Iceland. We’ve also traveled to Mexico, Jamaica, and Aruba. Our next big adventure will be to Greece and Italy.

 

When I’m not writing or traveling, our 4 grandkids keep us busy.
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  1. When did you start writing and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become as author?

 

I’ve been writing for a long time; I wrote my first poem in eighth grade. My college years and my teaching career solidified my love of the ancient world and the times of King Arthur. It wasn’t until I retired from teaching literature and writing that I had the time to devote to my own tales which had roamed around in my head for years.

 

  1. Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us about it?

 

Yes and yes! I have started a new five book series Feathers of the Phoenix, and the first book The Atlantean Horse. Rose from Sons of the Sphinx will share the spotlight in this series with her cousin Jerome. Both of them have special abilities that they are struggling to live with and still be teenagers. The adventure revolves around an old prophecy that says one day when the five feathers of the Phoenix bird are reunited with a white stallion and one-who-survived—both of which were saved from destruction by Poseidon when he destroyed Atlantis—the lost island will rise again long enough for all three to return to their home. It will then disappear forever. Naturally there are those who want to be at the rising in order to steal the treasures rumored to be in that lost city.

 

  1. What is your favorite writing snack?

 

Red licorice.

 

  1. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose and why? What food would you serve?

 

I would love to sit with young Guinevere from my Guinevere trilogy, but I’m a picky eater. There’s very little food from Medieval times that I would eat.

 

  1. How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

 

I love spending time with our grandkids. We two boys, ages 9 & 4, and two girls, ages 2 & 1. They are a lively bunch and keep us running.

 

  1. What’s your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?

 

Traveling. I want to visit those places in the ancient and medieval worlds—whose literature I taught–that I’ve read and written about. We’ve done Egypt, Wales, England, Iceland, but have a lot more to explore. Every other year we pick a destination and plan a 3-week trip. Due for the next one in 2018. Wonder where we’ll go?

 

  1. What do you fear most?

 

Losing those I care for most. We’ve had a lot of loses in our family in the past, and just in the last nine months, we have said goodbye to three.

 

  1. What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?

 

Ask yourself these questions:

 

What type of story do you want to write?

Who are you writing for?

How will your characters/plot appeal to readers?

Why do you want to write?

 

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Blast of the Dragon’s Fury

Monday, November 28th, 2016
The Andy Smithson series, set in the medieval times of King Arthur and filled with fantasy and supernatural is an allegorical juvenile fiction series of fantasy books for kids 9-12, teens and young adults which also includes unicorns. 
 

Blast of the Dragon’s Fury:
A Hilarious Dragon Epic Fantasy Book with Dragons
(Andy Smithson 1)
By L.R.W. Lee 

Genre: Teen, YA Fantasy

Video games don’t train you for real-world dragon fighting.
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Andy Smithson just found out how much the zap of a wizard’s curse can sting. But after an epically bad day, he finds wizards are the least of his problems.
An otherworldly force draws him to a medieval world where fire-breathing dragons, deranged pixies, and vengeful spirits are the way of things. Trading his controller for a sword of legend, Andy embarks upon an epic quest to break a centuries-old curse oppressing the land. It isn’t chance that plunges him into the adventure though, for he soon discovers ancestors his parents have kept hidden from him are behind the curse. 
Blast of the Dragon’s Fury is a coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring fast-paced action, sword fights, laugh-out-loud humor, with a few life lessons thrown in.
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Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning 
(Andy Smithson Book 2)

Ancient Secrets. The Alchemist’s Creed. What’s Andy Mixed Up In?
Resurrection stone? Almost. The Stone of Athanasia has kept the king and his wizard alive for over five-hundred-years, but a villain has stolen it, driving the pair to the brink of death. 
Andy must hunt down the Stone along with the next ingredient in the curse-breaking potion. But as Andy and his friend, Alden, scour the land, things get unbelievably weird when they visit Oomaldee’s ancient library and find a portrait that looks exactly like Andy. 
Andy holds the fate of the monarchy in his hands. But what fate do the library’s secrets hold forAndy?
Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning is the second novel in a coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring page-turning action, terrifying villains, and witty banter, mixed with tender exchanges that will grab your heart and make you beg for more. Author L. R. W. Lee’s Andy Smithson series continues to grow in scope and excitement in this second installment.
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Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor 
(Andy Smithson Book 3)

FINALIST in 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards!
 Twelve-year-old Andy discovers a mystery when his parents reveal his mom’s past. He is heartbroken when he realizes she will die when he breaks the curse unless he intervenes. Andy returns to Oomaldee to find unicorns in the land and he and his company soon embark upon a quest to retrieve the horn of a unicorn. But a seductive voice calls to Andy, tempting him to surrender the unicorn horn in exchange for a promise to preserve his mom. Will he jeopardize his ability to end the curse to save her?
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Resurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace 
(Andy Smithson 4)

When Andy landed back home, little did he realize the hunt Abaddon would initiate to capture and punish him for thwarting his plans for eternal life for yet a third time. Meanwhile, when Methuselah unexpectedly extends in Mom’s hand while in Texas, something it has never done for him, it triggers more revelations about her past. 
After a frustrating and, at times, terrifying year, Andy returns to Oomaldee and joins Hans’ quest to locate the only surviving heir to the throne of Cromlech. In the process, Andy and company discover the Giant’s Ring, the center of Cromlech’s healing powers, has been destroyed by Abaddon’s evil sorcerer. The situation grows dire when Andy finds that the phoenix who rose from that land millennia before has returned to be reborn and the evil mage has trapped her inside the decimated Ring. Without the freedom to collect the materials she needs to build a pyre, she will die. Andy knows failure is not an option for he needs a feather from this phoenix as the next ingredient to break the curse. Will Andy and his friends free the phoenix in time? Will they be able to fix the Ring and restore Cromlech’s healing powers? Will Andy collect a phoenix feather?
 
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Vision of the Griffin’s Heart 
(Andy Smithson 5)

The evil Abbadon, king of Oomladee’s northern neighbor Hadession, steps up his attacks on Andy and Mom at home in Lakehills, TX over the next year, unnerving Andy as he overhears speculation that Methuselah may no longer be able to defeat this nemesis. But why?
Over a year later, Andy arrives back in Oomaldee to tensions running high as more and more citizens are turned into zolt. But there’s more going on than meets the eye, for the effectiveness of Abaddon’s strikes reveal he’s getting inside information. Could there a spy in their midst? 
Despite the chaos, Andy receives a clue for the fifth ingredient needed for the curse-breaking potion, the claw of a griffin. There’s one not-so-small problem however–griffins guard the land of Carta’s gold and silver mines and don’t take kindly to humans. While away in Carta, fears over an imminent attack materialize and Abaddon with his new mage, Fides, enact a campaign of terror no one could have imagined!
 
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Wisdom of the Centaur’s Reason 
(Andy Smithson 6)

A powerful enemy. An irresistible bribe. One choice could change the world forever.
Standing on a precipice is very different than jumping off. Andy Smithson would know. For five years he’s collected ingredients for a curse-breaking potion, all the while knowing his actions will turn his world upside down the instant he succeeds. He wonders if he’s reached the point of no return when events at home reveal he may be part of something much bigger.
Andy returns to Oomaldee to find overrunning Castle Avalon and turning out the king’s court didn’t begin to satisfy Abaddon’s thirst for long-held vengeance on the land. No. The people must suffer…as he has, and he begins to reveal the true depths of his malevolent plan. 
The stakes go up when it comes time for Andy to hunt down the sixth ingredient, for Abaddon has put a bounty on the heads of Oomaldee’s monarchy. Will Andy succeed or will citizens betray him? One wrong choice will change the future of the kingdom.

 

Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason is the sixth novel in the Andy Smithson coming-of-age, fantasy series. If you like unexpected twists, exhilarating action, vengeful villains, and tales of intrigue, with tender moments that leave you begging for more, then you’ll love L. R. W. Lee’s latest entry in this epic adventure.
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L. R. W. Lee is the award-winning author of the Andy Smithson juvenile fiction series of epic fantasy books for kids 9 to 99 including teens and young adult, set in medieval times with knight, magic and mythical adventures. Her characters are young and fearless, but in real life L. R. W. can’t handle scary movies, Stephen King novels, or cockroaches. She knows she wouldn’t last long in one of her books. Nope. But give her a drink and a Hawaiian sunset and she’ll be just fine. 
She lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband. Their two children have flown the coop. One came to roost at Microsoft and the other in the Air Force.
 
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Might is not right and Mercy is not weakness

Friday, December 18th, 2015

JC Thompson is visiting today.

JC. tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born and raised in Arizona. I recently moved to Salt Lake City from Billings, Montana.

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What makes you passionate about writing?

Writing enables me to look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary. It gives me the opportunity to take the mundane and see the wonder in it.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

That’s an interesting question. I didn’t write my manuscript in a traditional way. My book was published in a serialized format. I wrote and submitted chapters of my book to my editors at Bigworldnetwork.com, after it was polished it was released online. When forty-nine chapters were completed, ready to publish in book form, I got to do a final edit on everything I’d written so far.

All told, writing that way it took me two years.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? (more…)

Elsie Park tells us all about SHADOWS OF VALOR

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Elsie, welcome to my blog. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

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I was born in Hollywood, California. I lived most of my life in a small town outside of Yosemite National Park, California until I graduated high school and then moved to Utah to attend college and study zoology, botany and criminal justice. I currently reside in Northern Utah with my husband and three (soon to be four) children.

 

Sunny California, nice. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? (more…)