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Here's where you will find the latest on what's going on with my books and the movie. It's also a great place to ask questions, where I recommend other books, and post different things bouncing around in my head. Look me up on Facebook and if you want to buy, signed, discounted, copies of my books, head over to http://www.ryannwattersbooks.com/.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I'm working towards a 2013 release date for "Ryann Watters and the Belt of Truth," but for now you can get a massive discount on book 1, "Ryann Watters and the King's Sword," due to the publisher releasing a pallet of boxes from their inventory.  While they last, you can get one case (that's 22 books) for just $25!  That comes out to $1.13 a book and -94% off the original $17.99 retail price. Go to www.ryannwatters.com and click on the "Shop" stone.  Feel free to pass it on, but only after you order yours :)

They will be mailed in the original publisher box via media mail for the lowest shipping cost of only $11.50.  One book via normal first class postage was $3.00.  Here are a few reasons to act quickly...

1. Make Dave Ramsey proud.  Spend $25 and have Christmas and birthday presents for the year!
2. Donate the books to your church or school.  There is a free PDF at www.ryannwatters.com for teachers to use in class.
3. Use the books as a unit study for your home school group and the same free PDF on-line.
4. Start a children's book club and provide the first book for free to those that attend.
5. Donate the books to your local children's hospital or inner-city reading program.  Character-4-Kids, my non-profit charity, does this all over the United States.
6. Use the book as a fund raiser for your church, home school group, school or extra-curricular group.  Big profits in buying the books for $1.13 each and selling them for whatever price you choose.  Plus they are healthier for you than cookies, popcorn and candy bars that are the typical fund raisers!
7.  Keep the box in the back of your car and give them away when you run into families, friends, and kids who you think would enjoy them.

Don't delay.  I moved the boxes from the publisher's warehouse to a temporary location, but they are priced to ship out now and be where you want them in time for Christmas if necessary.

Friday, June 8, 2012

What's up with Ryann Watters?

I've had quite a few inquires into what is going on with the Ryann Watters book series and the film project, so I thought I clear it up on my blog and post an update to my website as well.  If you didn't know already, the movie first effort with "Ryann Watters and the King's Sword" began on-site in Mt Dora, two summers ago and was about 70% into initial filming when things went south.  It was fun to watch the shooting, on location, and see scenes I had only previously dreamed about being on film.  I learned a great deal about the movie industry, from cameras to budgets, to the actors involved and the film crew positions.  I'll spare you the details of what went wrong, but it was demoralizing personally, because I like to make people happy and I knew the results were going to disappoint readers, those involved with the film, and investors. 

Through the process I have come to terms with the fact that God's timing is not Eric's timing.  If things occured on my time table, book 3 would be in stores and you would be going to the theatre to see the movie.  So, where are we now?

There is still a core group that is making headway towards a film.  Gold Pictures revised the script for "King's Sword," and wrote a script for "Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith."  They have put together a great proposal for filming both movies simultaneously and there are even some actors that are committed to being a part if/when the time comes (see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1858527/).

Taylor Boswell, who is slated to play Liddy, is the only actor from the first efforts who is still part of the new director's plans.  Taylor is currently on the set of "Summer Snow," filming in Kentucky.  It is a faith-based film that comes from the same people involved in "October Baby." http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/18/2192653/faith-based-movies-being-filmed.html

The studio continues to seek financing for the approximate $6 million budget for both films.  Continue to keep that in your prayers.  I am specifically praying that God will provide a "yes" answer this summer!

In regards to "Ryann Watters and the Belt of Truth," I have written five chapters and outlined the rest of the novel.  The original studio bought back the rights to the first, two books, in my series from Creation House, so I am an author without a publisher as it stands right now.  My agent wants to wait until funding for the movie comes in and the studio makes a major announcement, so that he can use that news to secure a new, and larger, publisher.  He goal would be to have books one and two, re-released in paperback, with some rewrites based upon the movie (which I would enjoy doing) and then secure a contract for books three and four in the series. 

Right now, my plans are to see if funding for the movies pans out over the summer.  If it does then I believe the plan of action by my agent (above) makes sense and would hopefully play out.  If the funding does not come about then I may seek to follow the route of some of my fellow, friend, authors, Christopher Hopper and Wayne Thomas Batson, and self-publish an on-line and on-demand version for book three.  I can tell you that "Belt of Truth" has an awesomely, exciting, plot.  Ryann, Terell and Liddy are gifted with some amazing powers (which they can use in Mount Dora) and Drake Dunfellow returns, in a BIG way.

Thanks for your prayer and patience.  I hope to have more updates over the summer!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Visit the NEW Book Store in Mount Dora!

Hey! There's a great new bookstore in Mount Dora, Florida and you know what's really cool? It's located right next door to the old bookstore (sadly closed several years ago), that Ryann, Liddy and Terell meet in to plan all their adventures.

Barrel of Books and Games - 144 W 5th Ave, Mount Dora, Florida 32757

Phone 352-735-1950

I stopped by today to visit with the owner, Crissy, who is now carrying my books. I signed, stamped, and put a gold sticker "signed by the author" on every copy and they come with our glossy, full color bookmarkers as well. Before I could leave the store 2 books were already sold!

Crissy is coming up with a date for a book signing at the store, probably the beginning of April. I will keep you posted here and on my Facebook page.

She indicated that the online store has been open for 5 years and they just recently opened the retail location. Games are a big seller on the website, but books dominate the sales in her store. New books and games are up front and there is a large section of used books in the back of the store. New books are 25% off and used are 50% off list prices.

Check them out the next time you visit Mount Dora and tell her I sent you!


Monday, January 9, 2012

TIM TEBOW's 316 yards have fans keeping the faith!

Article from Washington Post (on faith) by Elizabeth Tenety

The Denver Broncos’ playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night was unlikely enough, but Tim Tebow’s passing yardage — the Christian quarterback threw 316 yards — sent commentators over the edge. The Associated Press reported that he also averaged 31.6 yards per completion. The religious connotations to John 3:16, a famous Bible verse, were too much for many to chalk up to chance.
For the true believers, it was no coincidence.

The quarterback for the Denver Broncos has become a polarizing figure in football, in part because of his outward displays of Christian faith.
Tebow has said previously that the Bible verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” is his favorite. When he wore the Scripture verse on his eye black during the National Championship Game in 2009, the term “John 3:16” was reportedly Googled more than 90 million times.

The Christian athlete has faced repeated criticism during this NFL season for wearing his faith on his sleeve. Bill Maher criticized Tebow (and Jesus) in a controversial Tweet after a Denver loss, and “Saturday Night Live” mocked the quarterback in a skit in which Jesus suggested that the quarterback “take it down a notch.”
Some say that the religious significance of Sunday’s game went deeper than the stats.

In a column this weekend for The Washington Post’s Outlook section, David Kuo and Patton Dodd set up the showdown between Tebow and Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this way:
“Tebow and Roethlisberger point to the essential aspects of evangelicalism, the ones that make it persist — its missionary, proclamatory character on the one hand, and its private, searching piety on the other. The former wants to appeal to the whole world, which is why Tebow’s family raised him not only to preach, but to persuade others with a winning demeanor. The latter wants a changed life; Roethlisberger, in evangelical parlance, rededicated his life to Jesus after a period of backsliding, because he knew no other way to break his pattern of misbehavior.”

The Broncos’ win Sunday means that, for a week at least, Tebow mania is here to stay

High School student, Jason Derfuss films a summary video of book 1