Wow!!! Check this kid out! It's like someone smashed together Jake and Archie (Archimedes) and got Jakeimedes. This is 13-year-old, genius, inventor, wunderkind and viral internet sensation, Max Laughlin, inventor of a possible free energy breakthrough. Looks like Jake, talks like Archie, lol (and has a few of Dani O'Dell's freckles). What a cute kid, and holy smart! I wish I were this good at public speaking, lol. I always wonder about the parents of child prodigies and what it's like to have a kid that's way smarter than you, lol. Pretty neat, also, that Max has a twin brother who seems equally charming and very down-to-earth (see second video clip).
Of course, I should mention, some people in internetland think he's a big hoax. I don't think so...I sure hope not. He seems legit to me, but what do I know. He claims to have invented a contraption that cost him only $14 to build that converts electromagnetic energy into usable electricity. Basically, an endless supply of free, no waste energy. Building on Nikola Tesla's ideas about energizing the whole planet. Watch some of his videos and see for yourself. What do you think? Is this kid for real? Hoax?
We're happy to report that the last and final Gryphon Chronicles book is coming along nicely. We think we've put all the pieces together and the writing is flowing. There are quite a few loose ends that we have to tie up, so we spent a lot of time planning and plotting everything before getting down to business (the actual writing) -- fat stacks of note cards, whiteboard flow charts, you get the idea. Normally we don't pre-plan quite so much. We've found that overdoing the prep phase with too much outlining in advance kills the creativity. Also, it's MUCH more fun to more-or-less "write into the dark", as they say, figuring things out as you go. But for this book, we didn't want to take any chances of accidentally dropping any story threads. I'm sure you guys would've let us know if we did, ha ha. :)
Also exciting... we have a title, which is always fun (can't share it yet, sorry!), and our amazing cover artist, Josh Addessi, is hard at work doing his cover magic. Grand reveal in a few months.
And as to the BIG question: When will Book 6 be released? Our best guess is this fall. Thanks for your patience as we always try to put out the best quality work we can regardless of how long it takes.
And on a sad note...
For the past couple of years we've noticed that Amazon has been recommending to our Gryphon Chronicles readers (within our "Also Boughts") the Royal Institute of Magic series by Victor Kloss. Neither of us have read any of the books yet, but the reviews are great and we have them on our TBR (To Be Read) pile. People seem to really love the series.
Sadly, Victor passed away at the end of 2016 in his mid-30's, leaving behind a wife and a young daughter. He and his wife Tara posted a touching blog last November to notify the fans of his health issues. You can read the blog post here if you're interested. Very sad. :(
Currently, Elizabeth's Legacy (Royal Institute of Magic, Book 1) is on sale for 99 cents at Amazon. Click here to check it out. We'd really urge our readers to pick up a copy to help out the family, plus, hey, you get a read that middle grade fans have enjoyed and there's an excellent chance you'll like it, too!
Tara Kloss: You have our deepest sympathies. We wish you all the best in this very difficult time. Your husband obviously had a wonderful gift and we're looking forward to diving into The Royal Institute of Magic series and experiencing his talents firsthand. Victor will surely be missed, but his spirit will forever carry on in the wonderful world and characters he has created, and the smiles he left on the faces of his readers. God bless!
Eric & Gael Foley
Well, it's been six months in the making. You've waited ever so patiently. And today, dear reader, we're thrilled to announce that, at long last, Book 5 of The Gryphon Chronicles series, SECRETS OF THE DEEP is finally available in Audiobook!!!
We hope you'll sit back, relax, and let narrator Jamie MacKenzie be your guide on this epic seaside holiday adventure. Join Jake, Dani, Archie, Isabelle, Nixie, and Maddox in this latest installment of The Gryphon Chronicles as they plunge into adventure WAY over their heads! It's sink or swim as they discover the...
Secrets of the Deep
Dive in to an epic undersea adventure the whole family can enjoy!
Some lost treasures were never meant to be found...
With the Dark Druids after him and a magical war brewing, thirteen-year-old Jake Everton must lie low for a while, so his Elder witch aunt takes him and the gang on a long beach holiday, out of harm's way. But sure enough, Jake plunges into trouble once again when he meets a feisty royal mermaid on the run.
Princess Sapphira, daughter of King Nereus, recently ventured into the deep and stumbled upon a powerful artifact from ancient Atlantis. But the mysterious orb holds deadlier secrets than she ever suspected, and now every power-mad tyrant in the Seven Seas wants it-especially the dread, undead pirate king, Captain Davy Jones. When the legendary Lord of the Locker invades her father's kingdom and takes her little sister hostage, demanding the orb in exchange, Sapphira blames herself for the catastrophe and means to hand it over. But Jake finds out that if Jones gets the orb, he'll use its power to drown the world in a second Noah's Flood!
Now it's up to the aspiring young Lightrider and his friends to help the mermaid rescue her little sister and save the world from the same watery doom that drowned Atlantis-if Jake and the headstrong princess don't strangle each other first!
To enhance your listening pleasure, we invite you to check out our SECRETS OF THE DEEP Bonus Extras. This is a massive book, chock full of details (some real/some made up), and we wanted to share with you our inspiration behind many of the places, ideas, creatures, food, characters, myths, and whatever else we could think of in a series of blog posts. Don't miss out on the fun!
We sincerely hope that you enjoy this latest installment of the Gryphon Chronicles as much as we did writing it. This book (and series!) is truly a labor of love.
Thanks for Reading / Listening and we hope your 2017 is off to a great start!
Eric & Gael
Hope December finds you well. It's been a while since we've posted anything on our blog. Sorry about that. We've been working so hard this fall, the time just flew by. Weather's been great in the 'Burgh. We were in the low 60s a few days ago. Did a bit of hiking and biking. There's nothing like being deep in Western PA woods, very peaceful and inspiring! Well, we have some December news for you...
The Gryphon Chronicle books are now officially in hardcover. YAY! So excited about this, you don't even know! We're just waiting on SECRETS OF THE DEEP which will be available later this month. These are GORGEOUS, durable, high quality, collectors editions that are available just in time for gift-giving. :) Here they are arrayed in our kitchen. Oooh! Ahhh!
Some of you are anxiously waiting for the release of SECRETS OF THE DEEP audiobook. This has been a massive project. Thank you for your patience! You won't be sorry. It's coming out AMAZING and looking like it's going to be around 19 hours long. That should fill up some of your drive time. :) Once this audiobook is out, it will bring The Gryphon Chronicles series grand total up to 70 hours of audio. Whew! If you've never listened, click here for samples of each of the 5 books. They're really great.
So when will this audiobook go an sale? At this point, all of the chapters have been recorded, and Jamie, the narrator, is doing his post-production work. Basically he has things he wants to redo, polish, and shine. The guy's a perfectionist and, let's face it, it shows. We wish we could give you an exact date, but we're just not exactly sure. It shouldn't be too long now.
In the meantime, here's some audio of chapter 1 for you:
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Well, that's all for now. We'll be in touch soon. Wishing you all the best this holiday season!
Eric & Gael
Best of luck to all the kids and teachers, too! Wishing you a successful, fun new school year full of bright ideas, big lessons, and great books!