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Wizards of Seattle Series

Posted by John O'Riley on December 9, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (1)

The Witch With No Name

Posted by John O'Riley on November 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I am such a huge fan of Kim Harrison's Hollows series that I hated it when The Witch With No Name became available because I knew it was the end. This is such an inventive, exciting, and fun series. The Witch With No Name was an absolutely fantastic conclusion to the series. It brought all of the elements together and by the end of the story she tied all the loose ends. I would definitely recommend anyone who's a Hollows series fan or who loves urban fantasy. If you haven't read her other books, I would encourage you to start from the beginning.

Her story is rich with supernatural characters including demons, the elves, witches, and gargoyles. The mystics were another fantasy element that I found so intriguing and it was suspenseful because you never knew what they were going to do or what the outcome would be. There were so many surprising plot twists, so much adventure, and there was romance.

I won't say any more because I don't want to give away any details to anyone who hasn't yet read the book. 

New Urban Fantasy

Posted by John O'Riley on March 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The latest urban fantasy book, Terramezic Energy, will be available soon.

The urban fantasy, Terramezic Energy, is the fourth installment of the Grumpy Old Wizards series. When a mysterious and destructive magical force strikes near Sarasota, Florida, the chief of police assigns his best investigator and arguably strongest wizard, Josephine O’Connor, to the case. As Josephine works on this mysterious phenomenon, she learns that a young woman has become a lab rat to develop stronger wizards. As Josephine tries to help the woman controlher abilities, it becomes apparent that the new wizard has a volatile powerthat may prove impossible to contain.


Josephine and her friends face their greatest challenge yetwhen a hostile AI known as APU 81, created by an advanced civilization,resurfaces and targets them for termination. APU 81 has plotted for centuries to enslave humanity and the time has finally come for it to carry out its sinister plans.

Terramezic Energy will be available soon. Here is the cover reveal:


Free Book Giveaway: Book Tour: Day 2

Posted by John O'Riley on March 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Today is the second day of the Book Tour for Dark Energy, the third installment of the Grumpy Old Wizard series which brings us to Coffee Break.

There will be a free book giveaway for 5 ebook copies of Dark Energy at most of my tour stops.

Book Tour Schedule

Posted by John O'Riley on March 10, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is the Book Tour Schedule for the third installment of Grumpy Old Wizards, an urban fantasy called Dark Energy which starts tomorrow.

There will be contests for free ebook giveaways at most of the tour stops:

March 10th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 11th: Guest Post and Giveaway @ Coffee Break

March 12th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Taking Time for Mommy

March 14th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Forever Book Lover

March 16th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Deal Sharing Aunt

March 18th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ Auggie Talk

March 20th: Guest Post and Giveaway @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

March 21st: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Bookish Madness

March 22nd: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

March 24th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Little Whimsy Books

What to do when your dog likes to eat books

Posted by John O'Riley on March 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I've loved reading as far back as I remember. When I was in grade school, I owned a purebred cocker spaniel named Rudy who loved to eat books. This provided me with a challenge on how to read my books before they were devoured by my naughty but loveable pet.


One of my favorite spots to hide a book was in between the mattress and the box springs. I was reading a Wrinke In Time by Madeleine L’Engle and about halfway through the book. I remembered how engrossed I was in it and looking forward to some more reading when I came home and found the book on the floor with a bunch of the pages ripped out and the corners of the book chewed badly. That’s right, Rudy had managed to dig it out from between the mattress and the box springs because I hadn’t shoved it very far in. I hadn’t dreamed she would reach in there like that. I didn’t make that mistake again but if I ever forgot to put away a book, it’s days were numbered. I wonder what she would have done with my Kindle if I had owned one at that time.