November 30, 2023

Introducing the “Eye of the Moon” Series

Smith-Obolensky Media created a presentation of the Eye of the Moon series you may enjoy. I am deep in writing the third. Stay tuned!
July 14, 2022

Smith-Obolensky Media: 4 books in 4 years

We have been busy! From 2018 to 2022, Smith-Obolensky Media has published four books: Eye of the Moon and Shadow of the Son, and their Latin […]
February 2, 2021

Update to Sequel of Eye of the Moon

You will be happy to know that the first draft of the sequel will be finished very soon. This is good news for me, too. Of […]
November 19, 2020

The Rhinebeck House of Eye of the Moon

This photograph is of the actual house in Rhinebeck I summered at. It was called Marienruh. I never called it by that name. To me, it […]
May 18, 2020

Eye of the Moon Now Part of the Bedside Reading Family

Eye of the Moon was selected for the Bedside Reading program and featured in their newsletter this month.
July 9, 2019

Fiction and Lies

Earlier this year I was privileged to be interviewed by Peter Anthony Holder. He recently sent me an email after reading my novel, Eye of the […]
April 25, 2019

Gothic

Definition: Gothic Adjective. 3. of or relating to a style of fiction characterized by the use of desolate or remote settings and macabre, mysterious, or violent […]
April 11, 2019

Xenia

I am writing the sequel to Eye of the Moon and am a tenth of the way through, or maybe not. That milestone is subject to […]
February 9, 2019

Eye of the Moon Wins Second Place!

Eye of the Moon has won the Silver/2nd Place award in the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards for the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category! JUDGES’ COMMENTS:  – The cover […]
November 22, 2018

That’s Nice

I gave a book reading at Books & Books in Coral Gables the other day. Before I got to the reading itself, I spoke to the […]
October 25, 2018

Ghosts

Ghosts have been part of the human experience for as long as stories have been recounted. They have been recorded in one form or another by […]
October 11, 2018

Alice II

According to my grandfather, Serge Obolensky, Alice was an expert in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Toward the end of her life, he wrote that she had gotten herself […]
October 4, 2018

Alice

Many readers have wanted to know more about Alice in Eye of the Moon. Alice in the novel was inspired by my grandmother, Ava Alice Muriel […]
September 25, 2018

The Interval Between Two Worlds

The Bardo Thodol is part of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Nyingma means “ancient” in Tibetan. Bardo Thodol translated into English is “Liberation through hearing […]
September 19, 2018

Complexity into Simplicity

When I was in High School, I was often given writing assignments to analyze poems and novels to find the author’s hidden meanings. I thought this […]
September 13, 2018

Duality

In Eye of the Moon, Alice wrote in her diary:      To those that come after:      If you are reading this, I am dead.      […]
September 1, 2018

Gold Medal Winner: Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

I am thrilled to share with you that Eye of the Moon won the Gold Medal for “Fiction: Intrigue” in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards! […]
July 24, 2018

The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

The Egyptian Book of the Dead features prominently in Eye of the Moon. The ancient Egyptians believed that the afterlife was just like the Egypt of […]
June 22, 2018

Goddesses and Eye of the Moon

Egyptian mythology developed over a period of 3,000 years. This is an extraordinary amount of time when compared to the 600-year life span of the modern […]
June 7, 2018

First award: “Best First Book (Fiction)” in the IRDAs!

Eye of the Moon won the “Best First Book” in the fiction category of the 2018 IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs). I received the award at BookCon in […]
May 30, 2018

Rhinebeck

The last time I was in the town of Rhinebeck was so long ago, I have no memory of it. The other day, I visited and […]
April 26, 2018

Book Blog Tour Update

February 1st: Compulsive Reader featured their review of Eye of the Moon in their newsletter announcement. February 2nd: Elizabeth A. White hosted Ivan for a guest […]
April 6, 2018

Library Reading

I did my first book reading as an author on March 28th at the Glendale Central Library, Arts & Culture. I have been to a few […]
March 15, 2018

Tucson

This weekend I participated in my first book festival as a member of the Southern California Mystery Writers of America at their booth at the Tucson […]
March 14, 2018

Review of Eye of the Moon by Athena Schaffer

Hereditary Witch and current High Priestess of the Sherwood Wiccan Coven, as well as an accomplished journalist, artist, and fellow author, Athena Schaffer reviewed Eye of […]
March 8, 2018

Julie Davide Reviews Eye of the Moon

Today on Julie’s Bookshelf, Julie Davide posted her review of Eye of the Moon, as well as a synopsis, short excerpt and other goodies. We were […]
February 9, 2018

Guest post: “The Basis of Eye of the Moon

We are very excited to announce today’s book blog tour post: Nadene of Totally Addicted to Reading hosts Ivan, with the guest post “The Basis of […]
February 2, 2018

Guest Post: “An Addiction Worth Cultivating”

Elizabeth A. White is a professional editor and journalist, and her site features a variety of in-depth reviews, interviews, and guest posts. We are thrilled to […]
February 1, 2018

Review on the Compulsive Reader

Compulsive Reader, an elegant site maintained by Magdalena Ball, hosts intelligent and insightful reviews and author interviews for a worldwide community of over 10,000 readers. It was […]
January 12, 2018

What’s in a Name?

A number of readers have asked me how I was able to write Eye of the Moon. It is one of those questions that can be […]
December 15, 2017

Assumptions

We all make assumptions and sometimes they trip us up. It is a theme that runs through Eye of the Moon. We assume that people are […]
November 22, 2017

Adventures with the Real Robert the Bruce

At the beginning of Eye of the Moon, Johnny Dodge blames his troubles on Robert the Bruce. Percy asks whether he is referring to the Scottish […]
September 12, 2017

Why I Wrote Eye of the Moon

I grew up in an environment that was decidedly different from the majority of my peers. There were cooks, maids, butlers, and chauffeurs. Both my parents […]