Welcome to the blog of Ron Leighton, Fantasy Author

Join me in the Shining Lands where gods, giants, werewolves, vampires and bears are real. (Oh, and I may share my art once in awhile so it doesn't get lonely in the portfolio.)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Come visit my new Shining Lands site

Hello Everyone,

I'd like to invite you all over to my new Tales of the Shining Lands site.

The content is similar to what is here, but I will be updating that site more often than this one in the near future.

Ron Leighton


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Master copy with brick-red and white carbothello pencils of a Greuze original. Got an A! Woohoo!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Author Interviews for 'With A Twist' -- A Vampire Anthology

Read some author interviews for 'With a Twist,' a new vampire anthology featuring, among others, my short story, 'A Cheerful Smoke for the Dead'! By the way, it was put together by editor-extraordinaire Heather G. Coman.

Editor Heather G. Coman's blog

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Art 231 Intermediate Life Drawing Final Critique drawings

These are the drawings I chose to use in the final critique for my Art 231 Intermediate Life Drawing course, May 16, 2012. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I got me another blog award nomination. This time it was from the speculative fiction writer Chris Mawbey, whose blog you can find here.  He's got some short stories and an ebook called Shades of Imagination. His nom-de-twitter is @ChrisMawbey.
As for me, I can always use the traffic, 'cause the way I figure it, every hundreth person will go, "Hey, wait, I kinda like this shtuff."
If you are nominated and wish to accept this award and pay it forward (and back), do this:
1. Thank the person who nominated you on your blog and link back to them.
2. Nominate up to 5 others for the award.
3. Let them know by commenting on your blog.
4. Post the award on your blog.
I know tons of folks with neat blogs and good stuff going on. This time around, though, I'm sticking with specifically fantasy-related blogs! Here are my nominations:
1. Over at Halla Litríocht you will find "the ramblings of Walter Shuler," aka, @anakronistical. He writes about many things, including his book, Gods of Sand and Stone.
2. Nicholas Rose has a number of fantasy books out. His blog is over here. And his twitter is @Nicholas_A_Rose
3. I finally found out what "hersenskim" means, and you will too when you visit Carin Marais's blog! Tweet her @CarinMarais
4. "Wake to a world tangled in the Threads of Fate" over at S.J. Wist's "Dragon Aster Trilogy" blog. When you get untangled, tweet her,
5. Find out about the "Children of the Lost Moon" over at Gabrielle Blue's site. Her tweets can be found @GabrielleBlue
When you are completely finished devouring these blogs, come on back over here and read up on the Shining Lands. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

'Beneath a Vengeful Sun' now on Amazon!

My third fantasy short story set in the Shining Lands and featuring the character Ránača is now live on Amazon!

Here's Daniel Swensen's 4-star review (from Smashwords):

"Beneath a Vengeful Sun is the inner (and outer) journey of Ránača, a concubine laboring beneath the yoke of cruel captors. 

This is the third short story I've read by Ron Leighton, and I think it's his strongest yet. The character of Ránača is strong and compelling; wracked by self-doubt, yet resolute. As with his other short stories, Beneath a Vengeful Sun hints at a much greater scope, mentioning a panoply of cultures, nations, and snippets of history.

Beneath a Vengeful Sun is a fun adventure, well worth your buck, and another stirring lead-in to Leighton's upcoming (I hope) Shining Lands book."

ONLY 99 cents!

Download today from Amazon, Smashwords or any of the other booksellers listed at the right margin

Once you experience the Shining Lands you will always want to go back!

Monday, March 19, 2012

My interview by author Tim Greaton

Head on over to Tim Greaton's Forum and check out my interview by author Tim Greaton!

It was fun, and I really look forward to doing more such things in the future! :)