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December 25th, 2017

03:25 pm: Merry Christmas!

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11:31 am: Merry Christmas!

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December 24th, 2017

08:47 pm: Yule Eve at Gryphon Park

 

Yule Eve brought their yearly journey into the forest behind Gryphon Park Manor to find next year’s Yule Log. This was followed by smearing butter on the outer lintels for the returning sun to melt—so the sun would have the sustenance it needed to burn more brightly again—and the moonlit Yule Buck procession, as Rachel and the other children from Gryphon-on-Dart paraded from house to house carrying the last wheat stalk of the harvest. They sang songs that honored the returning sun and the god Thor; while the houses they visited rewarded them with candied fruit and mulled cider.

 Upon coming home, the duke and duchess threw three burning coals into a barrel of water, and nobles and servants alike washed hands and feet there. Then, they all donned new garments, never before worn—ensuring that neither troll or trow would trouble them during the year to follow. And, of course, they played snapdragon and, as always, Rachel singed her fingers trying to steal raisins from the blue flames of the burning brandy. She recalled Gaius scoffing that no one ever burnt their fingers at snapdragon and smiled sadly.

Then deep into the night came Candle Dark, when every light in the mansion must be extinguished. This period of darkness was one of Rachel’s favorite times all year. After the hour of Candle Dark, the winter lamps were lit and placed in windows, where they would keep burning until the spring equinox. Candle Dark was the one hour all year when the Vestal Virgins extinguished their fires.

Read continue reading in The Awful Truth About Forgetting

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December 19th, 2017

10:42 am: Free! December 19th to 21st — The First Book of Unexpected Enlightenment!

 

What if there were another school of magic…

Nestled amidst the beauty of New York’s Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire—enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.

On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

Described by fans as: "Lovecraft meets Narnia at Hogwarts", The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.

Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin! 

"Lamplighter introduces many imaginative elements in her world that will delight…" VOYA
 

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin on Amazon

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December 13th, 2017

09:58 am: The Last Closet — the truth about Marion Zimmer Bradley and her Child-Molesting Husband

This book was written by a friend. Even the excerpts have been painful to read. I am definitely buying it to support her. Whether I will have the strength to actually read it, I don't know.

How very brave of her to write it.

 

Marion Zimmer Bradley was a bestselling science fiction author, a feminist icon, and was awarded the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. She was best known for the Arthurian fiction novel THE MISTS OF AVALON and for her very popular Darkover series.

 

She was also a monster.

THE LAST CLOSET: The Dark Side of Avalon is a brutal tale of a harrowing childhood. It is the true story of predatory adults preying on the innocence of children without shame, guilt, or remorse. It is an eyewitness account of how high-minded utopian intellectuals, unchecked by law, tradition, religion, or morality, can create a literal Hell on Earth.

THE LAST CLOSET is also an inspiring story of survival. It is a powerful testimony to courage, to hope, and to faith. It is the story of Moira Greyland, the only daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and convicted child molester Walter Breen, told in her own words.

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December 6th, 2017

12:38 am: Christmas Choices for the Reader!

Here find all things Wright and Lamplighter from this past year. 

MOTH AND COBWEB

 

In just over a year, John has written six Moth and Cobweb books!  The Green Knight's Squire trilogy and the Dark Avenger's Sidekick trilogy. These stories follow the adventures of young half-elves as they try to protec humanity from the cruel whims of their supernatural relatives. Gil, who talks to animals, strives to become a knight–in the modern day, and the second trilogy is Tamlyn with ninja! 

PROSPERO'S CHILDREN

The Prospero's Children trilogy has been reissued from Wordfire Press with beautiful new covers by Dan Lawlis. For five hundred years, since the end of the events chronicled in Shakespeare's Tempest, the dread magician Prospero and his children have guarded mankind from the ravages of the supernatural world. Now Prospero has gone missing, and it is up to Miranda to gather her siblings and save him–if she can just get them to believe that someone as powerful as their father could really be in trouble. 

BOOKS OF UNEXPECTED ENLIGHTENMENT

The fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment is finally live! When otherworldly forces conspire against those she loves, Rachel Griffin must face her most desperate hour. This on top of winter fairies, lost friends, undeniably attractive older boys, and, oh, a rampaging ogre.  

There is a book trailer, The Students of Roanoke Academy, with a song written by poet Ben Zwycky and sung by the lovely and incomparable Sarah Koolbeck.

COUNT TO…

At long last, the final episode of John's Count To A Trillion is here! And it may be the most vast, most awesome, most mind-blowing science fiction book I have ever read! 
Will Montrose finally get his wife back? Will Blackie kill him first? Will they finally have a duel that nobody interrupts? Find out in this last chapter of Menalaus Montrose's epic saga: Count To Infinity!

MAGAZINES

Read the beginning of Nowhither, the sequel to the Dragon Award winning Somewhither in Astounding Frontiers "Give us ten minutes, and we'll give you a world."

 ANTHOLOGIES

Monster Hunter!

A collection of stories set in the background of Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International books, Monster Hunter Files includes a story by John set in England. 

Political Anthologies:

Two anthologies with an political edge. Forbidden Thoughts features stories that venture where Political Correctness fears to tread, while MAGA 2020 & Beyond features upbeat stories and articles showcasing a happier tomorrow. Both include works by John and Jagi

Christian Anthologies:

Two anthologies of science fiction tales written by Christian writers. Mythic Orbits 2016 is a "best of" for 2016 that includes my "HMS Mangled Treasure: The Rescue of Mr. Spaghetti" story (a story set in the background of the Prospero Books, starring Mab Boreal.) Victorian Venus is tales of a terraformed Venus peopled with Victorians. It includes a tale by me called "Gaslight Jungle" which features Charlie Fairweather, from the Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, before the Raven brought him to Roanoke. It features a character based on the real Victoria Woodhull–first woman to run for President of the United States, a fascinating character!

Note: while these are tales by Christian authors, the stories are not necessarily specifically Christian.

Other Anthologies:

Lyonesse is an interesting new e-magazine with its own unique format. This anthology contains some of the first stories published. My story "Four Funerals and a Wedding" appears here. It is a story about a young woman who is trying to do something very unexpected at funerals without getting caught by the crusading reporter who is searching for the person responsible. 
Tales of the Once and Future King is something very new also! It is an anthology where the stories appear as tales inside an overarching story where elements of the interal stories show up in the overarching one. Quite intriguing. My story concerns a character who Rachel Griffinwill someday meet. It is a Cthulian King Arthur in Hell story.

And one more!  With a story by John!

 

And…The Wright Stuff store at Zazzle:

Unexpected Enlightenment gear is features in the picture above, but the Wright Stuff store also carries Moth and Cobweb gear, Prospero gear, Somewhither items, and much more!

 

Selected Older Works:

 Somewhither — tale of pure awesomesauce

Awake in the Night Land — tales of eerie wonder

Iron Chamber of Memory — what if you lives a whole life you could not remember?

 In the Lamplighter — stories of wonder and delight

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November 20th, 2017

08:34 pm: Come One, Come All and Share the Wonder!

Come join us on Facebook on November 21st at 2:30 to celebrate a new Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: The Awful Truth about Forgetting!

With fun and games and giveaways from many fine authors including: 
Nick Cole, John L. Monk, Declan Finn, Jane Lebak, Dave Butler, Marina Fontaine, Steve Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Kacey Ezell, Ben Zwychy, Scott Huggins and more!

Plus a number of anthologys, bookplates, an Audible version of MONSTER HUNTER FILES and, grand prize, object of the winners choise from The Wright Stuff Roanoke Collection on Zazzle

 

Bookplates — for the winner of the Spoiler question:

Two of choices for the Grand Prize:
(See the rest of the collection)

Also, Book One is on sale today for .99 and Book Two for $1.99.

  $.99 — See on Amazon

  $1.99 — See on Amazon

For Nov 21 and 22 only, the third Book of Unexpected Enlightenment, RACHEL AND THE MANY-SPLENDORED DREAMLAND is available in a set with eight other books, for the low price of $2.99 — that is nine books for the price of one.

   $2.99 for nine books — See on Amazon

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November 18th, 2017

10:47 pm: A Book Launch of the Wise!

Coming from Wisecraft Publishing, the YA Imprint of Superversive Press, the fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT FORGETTING

The launch will take place on Tuesday, November 21st on Facebook from 2:30 to 5:50. There will be games, giveaways, a video reveal of the book trailer made by Superversive's own Ben Zwycky and lovely singer Sarah Koolbeck, and conversation with Rachel Griffin and Sigfried the Dragonslayer.

There will also be a Spoiler reveal, so get your questions in early!

The invitation reads:

Come one, come all and join in the wonder!

Rachel Griffin and Sigfried the Dragonslayer invite you to a Facebook Launch party for the fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT FORGETTING. 

Festivities will included: games, giveaways, meet the characters, guest authors (TBA), and one Spoiler in response to reader's questions (the person who submits the winning question will receive a set of four Unexpected Enlightenment bookplates signed by the author and illustrator. )

Grand prize winner may choose one item from among The Wright Stuff Zazzle store's Roanoke Alchemical Shoppe.

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November 7th, 2017

05:10 pm: Wonderful time at Calliope Writing Workshop!

This is me mentoring writers at the Taliesin Nexus's Calliope Writer's Workshop, this September. It was a wonderful experience for me, and the authors said that they, too, felt it was really worth their time.

They are looking for writers for their next workshop, so if you are at all curious, check out their programs! https://talnexus.com/ and https://talnexus.com/calliope-authors-workshop/  

It was really a wonderful experience!

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October 23rd, 2017

11:17 am: Now available on pre-order!

You have all been asking! Here it is:

The Fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment

What she knows, she dare not tell.

Rachel Griffin should be having an amazing freshman year. She has the Princess of Magical Australia and  crazy orphan Sigfried the Dragonslayer for friends and a handsome sorcerer boyfriend romancing her with charms magical and otherwise.

But otherworldly forces conspire against those she loves.

While all others can be made to forget the truth, Rachel cannot. When she runs afoul of the hidden force responsible for hiding these terrible secrets, Rachel must face her most desperate hour yet.

This on top of winter fairies, missing friends, Yule gifts, flying practice, and a rampaging ogre…oh, and schoolwork.

Then there is the matter of a certain undeniably attractive older boy…

What she knows, she dare not tell.

See on Amazon

 

 

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