Monday, December 30, 2013

Goodreads Quiz

Do you have the memory skills that spies need to operate behind enemy lines? Take the Goodreads quiz to test your knowledge of Sword of Damocles.

Here's the first question:

What piece of equipment does Cade help his father develop?

a) Minox camera
b) Backscatter gauge
c) J-Phone
d) The Thing

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Codebreakers Hint

To date, there has only been one person to crack the code included in the back pages of Sword of Damocles (congratulations, Nancy). Here's a hint for those of you out there who are currently working on it.

The type of cipher used in Codebreakers is named after a general, statesman, Consul who was born in 100 BC. He died on March 15, 44 BC.

Good luck. And remember, the first five to break the code win an autographed paperback copy of Sword of Damocles.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sharing a review

I am proud and thrilled that Sword of Damocles received a great review today from Cyclamen over at Long and Short Reviews. Check it out here: Sword of Damocles book review by Cyclamen at Long and Short Reviews

I appreciate every review. And I know Cade and Brooke enjoy seeing them as well.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Recommended Reading: RUSSIAN ROULETTE by Anthony Horowitz

Could you ever sympathize with the enemy? Before you answer, you better read RUSSIAN ROULETTE by Anthony Horowitz.

Alex Rider fans (count me in) have known for a long time that Yassen Gregorovich was a professional who respected Alex, but we never knew how he became a contract killer - until know.

Check out what Mara A. at The Reading Hedgehog had to say about Yassen and RUSSIAN ROULETTE.

"...obviously something horrible had to have happened to make him turn to killing for his profession. Normally backstories for villains (though I kind of consider Yassen more of an anti-hero) will ruin them. You can make a villain too sympathetic. However, with Yassen, it just made him that much more of a brilliant character; that much more tragic; that much more complex. I positively enjoyed seeing him as a kid, a youth, and finally a young man; I enjoyed seeing him grow as a character, seeing the changes that took place in his personality that made him the amazing assassin we Alex Rider fans know him as. You wouldn't think an assassin would be an easy character to emotionally connect to, but Yassen is. Because Yassen really is a good person, and circumstances and a betrayal he can never forgive change him. Talk about tragic!"

Read the full review at The Reading Hedgehog. I recommend checking out the rest of the site as well. I like the reviews. Not to mention, where else can you go to see a reading hedgehog? Seriously, his name is Bilbo.

Have you already read the book? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday, Cade. Happy birthday, Brooke. Hope you guys are having a great day. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Codebreakers Update

For those of you who may not know, there is a secret code located in the back pages of SWORD OF DAMOCLES (both ebook and print editions). Look in the back of the book for a page titled Codebreakers. The first five people to break the code will receive an autographed paperback edition.

And we have our first winner. Congratulations to Nancy for being the first to break the code! She's a skilled codebreaker. I know I'm impressed at how fast she cracked the code.

I plan to post a clue on December 1, 2013 if we don't have all five winners by that date.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway: Winner

The Goodreads giveaway generated 824 entries. Many thanks to all those who entered and added SWORD OF DAMOCLES to their to-read bookshelf.

And congratulations to Eve03 for winning the autographed paperback. Your book is on the way.

Happy reading.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Goodreads Listopia

Do you think Cade and Brooke belong on the list of best spies? If so, cast your vote on Goodreads by clicking here: Best YA Spies

If you have other favorites, tell us what they are in the comments.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Max Training Operation

Brooke sent me a photo of Max conducting a training operation. Check it out.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway

I have scheduled a Goodreads book giveaway. The winner will receive an autographed paperback edition of SWORD OF DAMOCLES. The giveaway will begin on September 24 and run through October 20, 2013. Hop on over to Goodreads and enter to win.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Max Knight

I met with Cade today to celebrate the release of SWORD OF DAMOCLES. He shared a photo of Max doing some rock climbing. Check it out.

Monday, September 9, 2013


Hey, guys. I'm totally stoked. Why? Because of this:

I think that's an awesome book cover for SWORD OF DAMOCLES. Many thanks to Jeroen ten Berge for designing the cover. Jeroen is not only talented, he is also a pleasure to work with. I can't wait to see the cover in print.

Thank you, Jeroen.