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Review of Vision of the Griffin’s Heart

by Author L.R.W. Lee

Vision of the Griffin’s Heart is an emotional roller coaster. Andy Smithson is growing up while facing unprecedented challenges.

Vision of the Griffin’s Heart: Teen & Young Adult Griffin Epic Fantasy Book (Andy Smithson 5)

In Book 5 of this Andy Smithson series Andy faces his greatest challenges so far. As the heir apparent to the throan of Oomaldee, he and his family become the primary target of the evil Abbadon. The story opens with Andy and his Mom back in Lakehills, Texas. Andy has been reflecting on events just prior to his leaving Oomaldee about a year earlier when a chest appears near the family mailbox. In it, a letter from this friend Alden and one from Yara Princess of Chromlech. “The two hit it off,” after Hans the healer lead a mission to rescue her from Abbadon.

Shortly thereafter a flock 30 zolts armed with swords appeared, accompanied by a sound like thunder on a clear day. The adventure is on.
Readers of this series by author LRW Lee have come to anticipate a host of challenges, intense battles and on a monumental scale. In Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, you won’t be disappointed.

Not all challenges require physical skills and acumen. As an example, while searching the contents of the attic at his home in Lakehills, Andy finds a parchment, the Prophecy of Deliverance. In the prophesy there’s a mystery. Deciphering the mystery gives clues to his fate. The prophesy begins:



The enemy borne from within appears, casting shadows, darkness, and fear.
He avenges without pity,
makes the Land’s inhabitants quake;
chaos and destruction
ravage in his wake.
Blind to the troika’s beacon,
a glow pierces the night.

This challenge and others provide guidance to Andrew, his friends and allies. Andy receives assistance from: his father, mom, his Mini-Me (sort of like his conscience), the magician Merwin and other leaders. As the story progresses, Andy realizes the people of Oomaldee can’t defeat Abbadon on their own. The allies must build a coalition with friendly states in the area to challenge Abbadon.

LRW Lee draws upon epic fantasies like Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia which to a large extent are based on Nordic myths and the Bible. These writings challenge protagonists to engage enemies in battles of good against evil. The good folks in these stories aren’t super heroes. The draw strength bonds of friendship, the participants working together toward a common goal. Sacrifices are made for the greater good of all. Friends draw upon faith from belief in a higher power, in God, and are guided by representatives of that power.

In this story Andy faces grief as people he loves either die or threatened with death. Through various means he is allowed to view and better understand, life beyond physical life, something that provides comfort if not elimination of grief.

This book shows us a more mature Andy, someone begins to understand the meaning of love and the pain that follows when love is taken away.
Andy Smithson Book 5 advances the ongoing quest as the stakes are raised. For lovers of fantasy, I consider it a must read.

L.R.W. Lee Author Page

LRW Lee author of the Andy Smithson series

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L. R. W. Lee is the author of the Andy Smithson juvenile fiction series of epic fantasy books for kids 9 to 99 including teens and young adult, set in medieval times with knight, magic and mythical adventures. She lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband and her daughter who is a Longhorn at UT Austin. Her son serves in the Air Force.

Her teen YA fantasy series includes free young adult books. Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, the series starter, is one such Kindle freebie. Lee gives away the first ebook of her teen & young adult books for free in order to let readers sample her work at no risk and so those without a large reading budget can enjoy an epic adventure.

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January 13, 2016 · 9:43 am

Reblog: Billy The Kid–To Hell on a Fast Horse

Friends, Julia Robb is a former reporter and active novelist who writes western fiction. In her latest blog, she interviews Mark Gardner and expert in western history about the events connecting Billy The Kid and Pat Garrett. Julia Robb begins with the following.

Readers, Mark Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett and Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape



begins with the following:Click the link below for the complete story.

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My Review of The Music of Us

frontcoverAuthor Uvi Posnansky shares my review about about a young Marine who meets a beautiful pianist at the beginning of WWII. Their lives will never be the same again. Click the link below for the full review of this powerful story about two young people drawn together while facing difficult obstacles.

book, Link to my review of, The Music of Us

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Gathering of Authors Charity Event 2015

This year the Gathering of Authors gala has moved to a new venue. The organizer Tammy Holder Thompson will host the Charity and Book Signing event at the Texarkana Convention Center.  In the past I’ve had the pleasure of working with this group but have a schedule conflict this year. It supports great causes. If you live in northeast Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas or southwest Oklahoma, don’t miss it.


For more information see the poster below or the link at the bottom of the page.


For more information see the poster below or the website at:

Following is reblogged from the Gathering of Authors webpage.

Texarkana Literacy/Charity Annual Event


We started this very unique event in 2010, focusing on writers in and around our
area, but since has grown into something far greater.  We combine the importance
of literacy and giving into one.  Four years ago, we added St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital into our event as our Charity of choice to donate to, but later included Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well.  We bring in authors from all around to share their books, speak and do autographings at the event.  These wonderful authors have become like family to this event and together we all work hard to raise money for these two remarkable hospitals that do nothing but save children’s lives.  Please join our Gathering family and be a part of our event. 

2015 GOA Dates:  Friday Nov 20, and Sat. Nov. 21st – 
Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center

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Announcing Denton Poets’ Assembly meeting, October 17th

Greetings Friends~ The Denton Poets’ Assembly will meet again Saturday, October 17th from 10 A.M. to noon. Members and guests are welcome. Free Admission. See link for details. DPA October 17, 2015.

Denton Poet’s Assembly welcomes all poets, members and guests to our October 17th meeting of at the Emily Fowler Central Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  J. Paul Holcomb plans to deliver a lesson. Please join us for a timely poetry presentation.

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Reblog – Denton Poets’ Assembly July 18th Meeting

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The Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will meet on July 18th, at the Emily Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Following announcements and a welcome to visitors, DPA member and guest speaker will be Diane Glancy. Diane is an award winning poet and author. She will share her experiences at the NFSPS convention in Florida, including the 50 categories for poetry and will share the contest brochures.

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Memorial Day, 2015

A Tribute to Memorial Day-
Reblogged from Thomas Drinkard

This is, again, in memory of my friends and comrades who did not come home from Vietnam and for all of us who came home burdened with memories of our war and our losses.



An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick…
W.B. Yeats

Pinnacle Writing

I looked at the records and see that I posted this bit of poetry two years ago, for Memorial Day. I can do no better, two years later.

This is, again, in memory of my friends and comrades who did not come home from Vietnam and for all of us who came home burdened with memories of our war and our losses.


                                                                 OLD SOLDIERS

                                                         An aged man is but a paltry thing,
                                                         A tattered coat upon a stick…
                                                                            W.B. Yeats

 Old soldiers from all our modern wars
crowd into the same slice of time,
-in Veteran’s Hospitals,
waiting together,
mutely bonded by losses,
-empty spaces that surround
and define us.

Sitting on an uncomfortable island of vinyl
awash in a surf-rolling susurrus of voices,
cocooned inside my silence,
untouched by misery and despair
swirling in the crowded air like cigarette smoke,
stinging exposed nerves.

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