Saturday, December 22, 2012

a 5 star review from amazon!

Another five star review on amazon! "I loved this book! A very good twist on the story of Cinderella. I would it read it again, its that good".  Thank you!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mermaids 13 now on kindle!!!

Mermaids 13 includes a Shards Of The Glass Slipper short story "Syrenka"!!!

"They are the sirens of the sea, beautiful creatures that can lure a sailor to destruction. They are beings both aquatic and human. They are the Mer folk and we’d like you tell their stories.
Join us for tails, or rather, tales of these mysterious, exotic and sometimes dangerous creatures. Read of tragedy, comedy and adventure, of loves both lost and found, of horrors inflicted on them or by them.
The stories in this book will take you on back yard adventures and to a big city night club, to war ravaged oceans and the realms of fantasy and, since you’re one of the lucky ones, on a much desired tour."

Featuring the talents of: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Michael A. Black, James Chambers, John L. French, C. J. Henderson, C. Ellett Logan, Roy Mauritsen, Terri Osborne, Darren W. Pearce & Neal Levin, KT Pinto, Hildy Silverman, Patrick Thomas, Robert E. Waters

The cover art for Mermaids 13
Early Promotional ad featuring Syrenka!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Apocalypse 13 now on KINDLE!


It’s the end of the world as we know it, so forget about feeling fine. Things are going out with a bang and a lot of whimpering in these thirteen tales of the end of days. Where can we turn for help? Gods and goddesses, wizards and warlocks, the fey folk, heroes, assassins, federal agents or even outer space? No, we turn to International best-selling author Keith DeCandido, award winning authors Patrick Thomas, John French, KT Pinto and those visionary masters of the craft – Roy Mauritsen, Edward J. McFadden, Hildy Silverman, David Summers, Robert Waters – as they stand side by side with newcomers Samantha Mills, Matt Schianti, Briana Vandenbroek, Jordan Pettit and lead the charge into the final battles to prevent total annihilation and save us all.

In Roy Mauritsen's story "Norman's Ark"  An unhappy teenager struggles to deal with a new life after his mother remarries. His only refuge is at a local science fiction convention where a chance encounter stands to change his world or destroy it. That choice is up to Norman.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Found this great 4 star review on amazon today!

 4 stars! **** "Great twist on the classics. Best book i have read in a long time, all the twists in the story are unexpected and very well blended. for someone to mix all the classic tales in to one and have it work so well is amazing."
Thanks, Jessica!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pre Order Mermaids 13 & Apocalypse 13 at Padwolf!

The Padwolf website is updated! you can now pre order mermaids 13! Which includes my short story "Syrenka" (a story based on a character from my novel Shards Of The Glass Slipper). And Apocalypse 13 which includes my story " Norman's Ark". There are plenty of other authors and books to check out so, stop by!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Roy's Artwork published Chess Life Magazine!

My artwork for the story "The Sicilian Defense" is in this month's Chess Life Magazine! It features an original short story by author and friend, Darin Kennedy and a full page full color illustration for his story by yours truly!!!! ( page 35, I'm told) this is the official magazine of the US chess federation and has a circulation in excess of 85,000 readers! Congrats to Darin, and many thanks to the editor Daniel Lucas for his generosity! Information on how to check out the magazine to come! :)

discussing the cover art of Shards novel!

 "The first thing I did before I even started writing the book was to develop the logo that I could brand anything with going forward. I wanted to evoke a sense of fantasy. so I developed  the logo from several different typefaces and further tweaked the art to make that it was much more unique. Fairy tales have a sort of built in visual recognition, and symbolism so subsequent art and ultimately the book cover would play to that strength."
read the rest  here!

new website is now live!

There may be some tweaking in the future but the revamp is complete! I rebuilt the website from scratch on new software so,  hopefully this will run smoother, and on the back end the updating and any future modifications should be easier to update.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

updated website coming soon!

Time for a new website for my Book Shards of the glass slipper. Coming soon!

Monday, July 23, 2012

A "groundbreaking" endorsment from the author of Deconstructing Tolkien!

[Roy Mauritsen's Shards of the Glass Slipper]  " a fun, unique, and entertaining twist on fairy tales you’ve come to love, but watch out—you’ve never seen Snow White, Cinderella, Goldilocks, and a host of other fairy tale legends quite like this before. Mauritsen breathes new life into the classic fairy tales, and provides an extraordinary and invigorating take on fables I thought I knew well. Don’t miss this  groundbreaking work, which is sure to be enjoyed by young and old for years to come."  -Edward J. McFadden III, author of Deconstructing Tolkien and The Black Death of Babylon

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

another 5 star review from amazon!

Thanks Tamara!
"It's a great time for the fantasy genre, and Shards of the Glass Slipper is an intriguing twist on traditional fairy tales. I never tire of fairy tale re-imaginings and retellings, and Roy Mauritsen does it well his first novel. If you enjoy things like Once Upon a Time and The 10th Kingdom, you'll like this story. Mauritsen incorporates nursery rhymes and Wonderland to give old, familiar tales from the Brothers Grimm new twists and captivating origin stories.

The entertainment industry is capitalizing on the popularity of books and films like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, and too many current works just seem to be suffering from executive meddling. They leave me with a manufactured feeling to their plots. Shards is a story from the heart, from the discovery of a prince to the titular shards. It's a genuine story with genuine characters, from both well-known and unexpected sources.

Shards is sincere, unpretentious storytelling, and stands out as something authentic in a sea of pre-fabricated, homogenized plots and saccharine-coated characters in other works. Even the cover is a beautiful work of art by the author himself. It's a "real" fairy tale perfect for those looking for Happily Ever After"

Friday, July 6, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

here's a 4 star review ... from down under!

A well designed book, July 4, 2012

This review is from: Shards Of The Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder (Paperback)
"... The flow was easy enough to follow, though I read many books with POV changing often.
The characters were believable and mortal, finding the world of fairytales I was so familiar with changed into a story you could always believe "Well that's how the fairytales came about". An amazing twists to Snow White, Cinderella, Jack the Pauper, Goldilocks, Ms Muffet, and my favourite of all was Little Red Riding Hoods twist. There are many more famous character in which appear along the way and play a major part.... I really did enjoy the book..."

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Five star reader reviews and another author blurb!

"....A worthy writer with real talent AND a unique vision, a combination rare and important."
-Janet Morris, author of Beyond Sanctuary & The Sacred Band.

  • "Loved the way this story used so many different characters from fairy stories and nursery rhymes, many very cleverly done, like the woman who lived in Aishew with a lot of children (there was an old woman who lived in a shoe....)and a certain young lady with a red cloak who was also a werewolf! Very enjoyable read, loved the way the characters and their stories came together and were then joined with characters from Wonderland. Would recommend to anyone who loves fairy tales and fantasy" review
  • a five star review from amazon by author Michael Taylor... This is one you won't put down. "Once upon a time takes on new meaning in Roy Mauritsen's Shards of the Glass Slipper. In the great tradition of true masters of fairy tales, Mauritsen twists the reader in and out of timeless stories, and leaves the reader asking, "Is there a happily ever after?" Shards of the Glass Slipper is a book that will stand the test of time. This will become a work that will find itself in classrooms from middle school to college. I was incredibly impressed with Mauritsen's ability to alter the reader's traditional ideas of certain characters from fairy tales. He has, with great skill, given the world of fairy tales new life. He's breathed fresh air into antiquated stories, and in doing so, revived stories that may very well have faded into the past. The way Mauritsen changed my perceptions of fairy tale characters equals Maguire's way to make the reader sympathize for the Wicked Witch of the West. Mauritsen is a true visionary who sees a world that is forever changing, and in his vision he's given us a masterpiece to cherish. If ratings went higher than five stars, I would give Mauritsen every one of them. He deserves each of them for allowing the world to experience Shards of the Glass Slipper." I was incredibly impressed with Mauritsen's ability to alter the reader's traditional ideas of certain characters from fairy tales. He has, with great skill, given the world of fairy tales new life. He's breathed fresh air into antiquated stories, and in doing so, revived stories that may very well have faded into the past.The way Mauritsen changed my perceptions of fairy tale characters equals Maguire's way to make the reader sympathize for the Wicked Witch of the West. Mauritsen is a true visionary who sees a world that is forever changing, and in his vision he's given us a masterpiece to cherish. If ratings went higher than five stars, I would give Mauritsen every one of them. He deserves each of them for allowing the world to experience Shards of the Glass Slipper." 
  • "I finished the book not too long ago. While I was reading it all anyone heard from me was how much I loved it. Every twist and turn was amazing leaving me reading it as fast as I could, even at work. The only thing I didn't like was having no more to read at the end. I can't wait to find out how everything goes down. This book made me root for characters i never would have before and detest others I used to enjoy. And the art is wonderful. I can't wait to get more posters. And slowly infecting others to read and love this book. Can't wait for the next one! Thank you for the amazing story. Next step: Movie." (Thanks Amanda!)
  • Very Entertaining! (four star by author Ernie Laurence)...This was a great read from Roy Mauritsen. The story was well thought out and unique given the nature of the characters. I especially enjoyed the subtle way he worked in the familiar themes into unfamiliar plot twists. Character development and relationship development were well done, especially as we get to see a more mature version of the storybook characters we grew up with. Roy's first work is a harbinger of great things to come as he grows as an author. Again, well done. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale and look forward to more!

some reader reactions and 8 five star reviews from amazon:
  • "Thank you soooo much for this book! I couldn't put it down. The story, the prose, It was masterfully crafted, I cheered, teared up and found myself drawn into the world. Amazing! One of the best fantasy books I have ever read! I am waiting with baited breath (and credit card handy) for the sequels!!!!! I just cant say enough good things about it! Thank you for your creativity and willingness to show a new perspective on old tales. This book will be staying on my kindle for a great reread!!!!"
  • "I bought this book having an interest in classic fairy tales. It brings a wonderful twist to them, giving each character their own flavor. Just when you think you know where it's going it gives a turn and you have no idea anymore. Keeps you on the edge of your seat as you fall in love with certain characters and detest others. It's a wonderful book to read to pass the time. You wont be able to put it down."-Amanda
  • "I picked this one at ICON where I meet the author, Roy Mauritsen. Aside from being a very nice guy, Roy has written a truly beautiful book. A complex fairy tale that will stay with you long after you read it. I look forward to the next installment."- Joseph
  • "I've never written a review for any of the books I've read. The books I read tend to have thousands of reviews anyway so I've never bothered. This weekend I took a chance on this book from a first time author. I love fantasy books and was just searching for something new. Nothing caught my eye until I saw this one (yes i admit I judged a book by its cover). Needless to say, I finished it in three days. This book came as a breath of fresh air. From start to finish this book had my attention the entire way through. I loved how the author put an ENTIRELY different spin on fairy tale characters we all know and love. I'm always a sucker for a good villain and this book did not disappoint. If you're a fan of good old school character driven fantasy then I highly recommend this book. I look forward to the next book and others from the author" -Tom 
  • "I really loved this book. My first from this author but not the last. Can't wait for the next one."
  • "This is a great read. The character's point of view bounces around quite a bit so sometimes it took me a minute to realize that someone else had taken over. I'm a fast reader so I just had to force myself to slow down so I could take in all the details." -Elaine  
  • "Mr. Mauritsen has done a wonderful job in taking classic characters that almost everyone knows and showing them in a new and interesting light. I love how he interweaves parts of the classic fairytales with a unique fresh story, and has characters from a variety of fairytales interacting with each other. He pays homage to their various roots while making them into characters all his own. The story is engaging and fast paced for the most part, with everything you'd want in a fairytale....action, suspense, betrayal, redemption...magic, fairies, witches, and of course, a talking rabbit! I enjoyed this story very much, and look forward to the second in the series"- Kimberly
  • "I just finished reading Shards of the Glass Slipper and I am totally in love with this book! Not just the story but the amazing art work that came along with my Kindle addition. My only hope is that Mr. Mauritsen will be writing a sequel to this story. I was completely taken in by this story and whisked away to a far away land captured in a story that seem as though I were one of the main characters. This is one book I will forever keep in my collection." -Tammy
  • "Just finished reading it! One word: Amazing!!!! Love it! I was so disappointed when I finished and couldn't find the next one lol! I recommend this to anyone for a Great read and interesting take on fairy tales!" - Wesley
  • "Nearly finished with the book, It's fantastic! One of the better fantasy novels I've read in quite a while!" -David
  • "I just read your book "Shards of the Glass Slipper" (which I loved, by the way. I couldn't put it down!) I was wondering if you had a sequel for it yet? I'm absolutely dying to know what happens next!"- Rebecca

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Here's a wonderful endorsement of the book. Thanks!

"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND EVERYONE TO READ SHARDS OF THE GLASS SLIPPER. What I wanted to say is that I LOVE IT! I'm not really far into the book yet, but having studied Fairy Tales in college, I am loving the way you introduce the characters. You have taken, from what I've read so far, every little detail from these fairy tales and skillfully incorporated them. Another HUGE PLUS for you, you don't use a ton of exposition. I know exposition is where authors lose their readers. You have the PERFECT amount.
One day I hope to be able to shake your hand. You are a beautiful writer. I can't wait to finish the book."

-Michael Taylor, Middle school teacher and author

Saturday, March 31, 2012

some great feedback!

Wanted to share a great message I got in my inbox! This was wonderful to read...

"Roy, I wanted to let you know that I showed your YouTube book promo to my 7th and 8th grade students. They went crazy. They loved it. They asked if there would be a movie and if there was a play. I know you have some very interested readers in Frederick, Maryland. You have really captured the attention of reluctant readers."

Saturday, March 10, 2012

LUNACON appearance- panels!

Roy Mauritsen
Book Trailers (Panel), Sat 12:00 - 13:00, Westchester Ballroom A1
Original Digital Art? (Panel), Sat 16:00 - 17:00, Maple
Marketing and Promotion for Authors and Artists (Panel), Sat 19:00 - 20:00, Westchester Ballroom A1

also  Shards will be having a display at their table  in the dealer's room for lunacon. Stop by!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Shards Radio interview

On Friday, Feburary 24th, I was interviewed on WUSB  for their "science fiction" show Destines.
We talked about the book, Fairy tales resurgence and the album Shards. They played a song from the album and I read an excerpt. I had a lot of fun!

here's the link... please scroll down the page to my section.
 and ***spoiler alert!*** we talk about some spoiler stuff in the book.
Author Roy Mauritsen Discusses his new book on WUSB

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pre-Order Shards Of The Glass Slipper!

Padwolf Publishing is offering a paperback, paypal pre-order of  Shards Of The Glass Slipper!  As a  special bonus, every pre-order will be autographed by the author! The book will be released on or about 3/16.

Click here to order!