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Wizards of Seattle Series

Posted by John O'Riley on December 9, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Reader's Choice Awards

Posted by John O'Riley on November 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I recently entered the International Reader's Choice Book Awards 2015 competition and I just got back a 5 star rating from them for the book I submitted, Black Moon. I am thrilled by the recognition and can't wait to see how the book does at the end of the contest.

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:


Book Tour and Free Book Giveaway

Posted by John O'Riley on March 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Today's tour stop is the second to last day of my Book Tour for Dark Energy, the third installment in the Grumpy Old Wizards series. My book tour stop today is at which is an excellent place to read reviews of great books. You can enter for a chance to win a free copy of Dark Energy here.

Free Book Giveaway & Book Tour Stop

Posted by John O'Riley on March 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

My book tour stop for today is at where the host has set up a contest for a free ebook giveaway of the fantasy novel, Dark Energy.

Book Tour & Free Book Giveaway Day Four

Posted by John O'Riley on March 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The fourth day on my book tour brings me to which is an awesome book blog!

Visit the book blog today and you can enter for a chance to win a free ebook for urban fantasy Dark Energy, the third installment of the Grumpy Old Wizard series!

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

International Writing Finalist

Posted by John O'Riley on March 9, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I am stoked to receive word that two of my screenplays have made it to the Quarter-Finalists for this year's International Filmmaker's Awards. One of the screenplays is New Earth, a science fiction adventure about another dimension. The other is a comedy called Pinky Swear. I look forward to the next round in the competitions.You can view the official finalist award page here.  I love writing about other worlds, magic, and the paranormal.

One of my favorite series that I'm currently working on is the Grumpy Old Wizard series. It is a fun, magical adventure that I would love to see on the big screen. My book tour for the third book in the series, Dark Energy, begins Monday, March 10 and my scheduled stops will be available soon. There will be free book giveaways for ebook copies of this urban fantasy at each tour stop. I hope to see you all there!

Praise for the Grumpy Old Wizard series:

"Fresh and original story with finally a refreshing and more real view on "eternal youth" in which physical eternal teenager beauty does not correspond to eternal teenager in the mind. I really enjoyed it greatly. Also a great storyline, good plot, and really really interesting characters all around." Review from mirba at

"This series is just plain fun. Think of Harry Potter meet the geriatric set and you have an idea of what you are in for with this series. It has humor and enough action to keep you reading. I look forward to the next installment." Review from Dragonflame2045 at

"This is an outstanding book! It is one of the few books in the last few years that has instantly captured my attention and kept it throughout the whole book. Josephine is a deeply engaging character, her friends a nice compliment to her, and the story line. This book combines the correct elements of mystery, suspense, and urban fantasy that will make an outstanding series This book is a true page turner, and a joy to read." Review from Javadog70 at Barnes & Noble.