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Rick Riordan Book Signing

19 Oct, 2010 by in rick riordan 1 comment


Last night The Kings English bookshop hosted a huge release party for Rick Riordan’s newest book The Lost Hero. It’s the first book in the middle grade Heroes of Olympus series, with the second scheduled to be released October 2011 (to read the first two chapters go here). Mr. Riordan plans on publishing a new book in one of his series every six months. The next book will be a new 39 Clues series to be published April 2010.


According to Publisher’s Weekly “Riordan told a group of media representatives during a conference call last week that he decided to write a second series about young demi-gods at Camp Half-Blood because he had so many more Greek and Roman myths he hadn’t been able to explore and twist into tales for modern-day readers in the first series. He also conceded that he wanted to “give Percy Jackson fans what they still want.” A “gods-eye-view” of the “worldwide party” for Heroes of Olympus at BookPeople. One book will be released each spring in his three-volume Kane Chronicles series for middle-grade readers, based on Egyptian mythology, and one book will be released each fall in the five-volume Heroes of Olympus series, which will mix Greek and Roman mythology. “

Mr. Riordan told fans last night that he retired from school teaching five years ago to write full-time and his characters are based on people he knows. One being a fifth grade math teacher he worked with, whom he later told. He took questions and answers from people in the crowd which filled the high school auditorium. Fire and Ice was fortunate enough to have a copy of The Lightening Thief signed for our blog followers. To enter to win fill out the form below.

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James Dashner Scorch Trials Release Party

13 Oct, 2010 by in Heather Gardner Photography, maze runner, scorch trials 27 comments

Last night was another fabulous release party hosted by The Kings English for James Dashner’s new book “The Scorch Trials,” book two in his Maze Runner series.

We learned that:

Thrive magazine announced The Maze Runner has been optioned by 20th Century Fox. They are currently writing a screenplay and selecting director for the movie. He hopes Robert Pattinson or Zac Efron play Thomas (LOL!)

The author that most inspired James is Dean Koontz, whose style he tries to emulate. Fast paced, short chapters. And the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is his favorite book of all-time.

A very big player in this book “The Scorch Trials” is a certain disease called the Flare. He had to do a lot of research on the brain and viruses.

There is a thing in the second book called “Flat Trans”, very advanced technology

He is currently working on three series, including “The Thirteenth Reality”



James speaking to his readers


The scorched sugar cookies


Twilight MOMS Natalie, Christy, Amy O and book blogger Catie S

Also in attendence were YA writers and member of “The Six” Emily Wing Smith, Bree Despain, Brodi Ashton, Valynne Nagamatsu, author Nichole Giles and book blogger Maw Books. Special thanks to James for being so kind to us and teaching my oldest not to use the word “fart” in public. He has a new little fan!

We are giving away a signed hardback copy of The Scorch Trials to our readers.
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Contest ends November 12, 2010 and is open to US Residents only.