Ron Leighton


Born of gypsy parents in a small Romanian town in the shadows of the Transylvanian Alps, Ron began writing fiction at the beginning of this sentence. Um, is there time for a do-over? In the Year of Our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty five, and in Albuquerque, NM, the very corazon you might say, of the Land of Enchantment, Ron was born. He started writing after he read Tolkien’s 'Lord of the Rings'. I mean, right after. It was like he was abcessed. Er, obsessed. Along with Conan stories by various people, including Robert E. Howard, of course, Tolkien proved to be an unavoidable inspiration. The twists and turns of his life, especially in the last 10 years, have colored his writing with both humor, sorrow and, he hopes, heart.

In addition to promoting his short stories, 'A Cheerful Smoke for the Dead,' 'Child of Chaos' and 'Beneath a Vengeful Sun,' he is busy shopping a full length novel called 'Belt of the Wolf: A Tale of the Shining Lands.'

Where to find Ron Leighton online


Beneath a Vengeful Sun
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,780. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The concubine Ránača, despairing over her dead family and status, agonizes when Mother Volhuxa, oldest of Master Hergesto's bed-slaves, informs her that they will be sent out of the main house to live with the other slaves. Ránača fears what this will mean--and wonders whether she wants to live at all.
Child of Chaos
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Birviodish upstart Kenhesho discovers the power of fear. A Tale of the Shining Lands.
A Cheerful Smoke for the Dead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
Young Nathaiu frets over the journey of his dead parents in the afterlife. When an old man comes to town peddling an incense said to lead the dead straight to the holy father, Orotar, Nathaiu buys a pouch of the stuff. When he burns the incense at his evening prayers, he discovers the nature of the old man's magic.

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bandit    concubine    desperation    fantasy    horror    leighton    magic    memories    moon    revenge    slavery    suicide    sun    vampire   

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Smashwords book reviews by Ron Leighton

  • A Letter to Brody on Sep. 29, 2011

    R.S. Guthrie’s short A Letter to Brody is a heartbreaking memorial to an infant boy gone too soon. But it is also an insistent and finally victorious assault, gathering momentum as it goes, on the fear that resides like a cancer in the heart of grief.