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