Steven K. Smith

Steven K. Smith Steven K. Smith is the author of The Virginia Mysteries, Brother Wars, and Final Kingdom series for middle grade readers.

Steven lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and three young sons and a golden retriever named Charlie. He moved south from New Jersey in the spring of 2011.

MyBoys3 is a blog that was started in late August, 2009 to capture some of the daily excitement and trials that comes with being a dad to three growing boys. MyBoys3 Press began in 2013 with the release of Steven K. Smith's first middle grade children's book, Summer of the Woods. His second book, Mystery on Church Hill, will be available in December 2013.

Cover Reveal! The Recruit is the 2nd book in my new Final Kingdom sci-fi thriller series for ages 10+. If you've already...
12/30/2019

Cover Reveal! The Recruit is the 2nd book in my new Final Kingdom sci-fi thriller series for ages 10+. If you've already read The Missing: Book One, either as a preview reader or an early purchaser and would like to read an advance copy of The Recruit, leave a comment below and I'll get you an early ebook preview copy. Unlike my other series, you definitely want to read this one in order. Would love your feedback and a review on Amazon when it releases in early February. Thanks!

Day after Christmas getaway. #warmer #rest #butstillwithkids
12/27/2019

Day after Christmas getaway. #warmer #rest #butstillwithkids

Finished making my favorite peanut butter Christmas candy from my grandma’s secret recipe. Ready to look for a co-packer...
12/24/2019

Finished making my favorite peanut butter Christmas candy from my grandma’s secret recipe. Ready to look for a co-packer and sell them to the masses. Maybe I’ve been watching too much “The Profit.”
#christmasgoodies #theprofit #yummy #authorlife

12/14/2019

Richmond area friends - Come out today to the Barnes & Noble Chesterfield Town Center from 12-3 to say hi and get your books signed! Or tomorrow I'll be at the B&N Libbie Place from 1-3. A great chance to buy gifts for the readers on your list!

We held a special tour this June of Hollywood Cemetery (it's in Richmond, not California!) led and organized by Sharon P...
12/09/2019
www.hollywoodcemetery.org

We held a special tour this June of Hollywood Cemetery (it's in Richmond, not California!) led and organized by Sharon Pajka to be customized with my book Ghosts of Belle Isle. The weather was hot, but the experience was cool for the 30 super fans who attended.

We may do another formal tour in the future, but in the meantime, Sharon has created a great PDF for a self-guided walking tour connected to the book. It's posted on the Hollywood Cemetery's website (link below), and features a guided tour map, historical notes, pictures, descriptions, quotes, and all the connected parts to my book!

If you haven't yet visited Hollywood Cemetery, this walking tour will be a great way to make the connection with Ghosts of Belle Isle. Check it out and thanks again to Sharon for all her efforts!

https://www.hollywoodcemetery.org/pdf/The-Virginia-Mysteries-Guide.pdf

12/07/2019

Come out to Barnes and Noble Short Pump today from 12-3 where I’ll be signing all my books! Hope to see some familiar faces!!

Hamilton! @ Altria Theater
12/06/2019

Hamilton! @ Altria Theater

The only night of the year that I get to wear my Grinch pajamas out in public, when I’m a guest reader at The Little Boo...
12/05/2019

The only night of the year that I get to wear my Grinch pajamas out in public, when I’m a guest reader at The Little Bookshop’s llama llama pajama party!
#authorlife #christmas #childrensbooks #thegrinch #bookstgram #authorsofinstagram #llamallamaredpajama

The Virginia Mysteries Book 8 is here! Get it now on Amazon https://amzn.to/2qfJkf4 or come to a Richmond-area signing h...
12/03/2019

The Virginia Mysteries Book 8 is here!

Get it now on Amazon https://amzn.to/2qfJkf4 or come to a Richmond-area signing https://myboys3.com/events/

I can't wait for you to read this new story! Here what advance readers are saying:

"I have read every book in the series, and this is my favorite so far!"

"My 9 year old boy read it in one day saying that he couldn’t put it down with the continuous search for clues."

"My 10 year old...read it twice within two weeks!"

Steven K. Smith's cover photo
12/03/2019

Steven K. Smith's cover photo

My Kindle books and most hardbacks are discounted way down! Get them while they're hot! https://amzn.to/34yZDCI
11/29/2019

My Kindle books and most hardbacks are discounted way down! Get them while they're hot! https://amzn.to/34yZDCI

Berkeley Plantation (Virginia)
11/27/2019
Berkeley Plantation (Virginia)

Berkeley Plantation (Virginia)

Next on our list of Presidential and First Lady sites is Berkeley Plantation, the birthplace of our nation’s ninth President, William Henry Harrison. It also happens to be the site of the first pl…

11/21/2019
Meeting Ms. West’s awesome 4th grade class at Barack Obama Elementary in Richmond last week. Shared copies of Shadows at...
11/20/2019

Meeting Ms. West’s awesome 4th grade class at Barack Obama Elementary in Richmond last week. Shared copies of Shadows at Jamestown with each student, and some couldn’t wait to get started! #rva #rvaschools #authorsofinstagram #middlegradebooks #middlegrade #authorvisit #virginiamysteries #authorlife #wearerps

ESCAPE FROM MONTICELLO is coming December 2nd! First 5 requests in comments (that are not already on my advance reader t...
11/16/2019

ESCAPE FROM MONTICELLO is coming December 2nd! First 5 requests in comments (that are not already on my advance reader team) gets a free preview copy shipped out today in the mail! GO!

Cover reveal! ESCAPE FROM MONTICELLO: The Virginia Mysteries Book 8 is almost here! Coming your way in early December ju...
10/28/2019

Cover reveal! ESCAPE FROM MONTICELLO: The Virginia Mysteries Book 8 is almost here! Coming your way in early December just in time for holiday shopping. Stay tuned!
#booklaunch #coverreveal #virginiamysteries

Hope you can join me for the launch of my new middle grade sci-fi series! Targeted for ages 10-15 but early adult reader...
10/24/2019

Hope you can join me for the launch of my new middle grade sci-fi series! Targeted for ages 10-15 but early adult readers have loved it too!
#rva #middlegrade #bookstagram #booklaunch #ya #yascifi #middlegradebooks #authorsofinstagram

Every so often Amazon surprises me and decides to put my books on sale. Today the HARDCOVER version of Summer of the Woo...
10/24/2019
Summer of the Woods: The Virginia Mysteries Book 1

Every so often Amazon surprises me and decides to put my books on sale. Today the HARDCOVER version of Summer of the Woods is discounted to $11.07 from regular $17.99, and Hardbacks of Books 2, 4, 7 are priced as low at $9.99. What a deal! There's no telling how long this will last, so get it now if you want a hardcover of your very own!

https://amzn.to/2PiyjDU

When ten-year-old Derek and eight-year-old Sam move with their family to Virginia, they have no idea what adventures the summer will bring. As the brothers explore their creaky old house and the deep surrounding woods, they uncover a sixty-year-old mystery of a valuable coin collection stolen fro...

What a fun event we had at Swannanoa last weekend! 100 super fans came for a book signing, historical talk and tour of t...
10/20/2019

What a fun event we had at Swannanoa last weekend! 100 super fans came for a book signing, historical talk and tour of the summer mansion of Maymont’s James and Sallie Dooley, and a setting in my 5th VA Mysteries book. Based on the response, we hope to do it again next year, so stay tuned. Thanks to everyone that made it for all your interest and support.

10/14/2019
Secrets Of The US Capitol: Ghosts, Underground Subways, Secret Crypts | TODAY

Several scenes in The Virginia Mysteries Book 8: Spies at Mount Vernon are at the US Capitol. If you've read the book (Possible plot SPOILERS in video so use discretion!), this is a great view of inspiration for parts of the story from my research and what I saw in my own in-person tour!
(I know Matt Lauer isn't a happy thought these days, but try to see past it!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulzEchrYQyw

TODAY takes viewers along on a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol. Matt Lauer delves into the intricate system of hallways, tunnels beneath the Capit...

A whirlwind three days this week meeting hundreds of students across grades 3-6 as part of Shenandoah Valley Reading Cou...
10/11/2019

A whirlwind three days this week meeting hundreds of students across grades 3-6 as part of Shenandoah Valley Reading Council celebrations in Rockingham, Bath, and Augusta counties!

Steven K. Smith, the author of Virginia History Mysteries, spoke to all RCPS 4th graders in two assemblies at Turner Ashby High School on Tuesday. In the evening he welcomed about 200 students, families, and teachers as he focused on his writing journey.
Students got a sneak peek at his new title due for release in late December/early January which focuses on Thomas Jefferson's homes and legacy. His Shadows at Jamestown is currently a Virginia Readers' Choice title, and his first book, Summer of the Woods is being made into a movie. The script is being developed with hopes of filming in Virginia starting this summer.

I can’t explain what a great feeling it is to finally send a manuscript off to your editor after months of struggling to...
10/11/2019

I can’t explain what a great feeling it is to finally send a manuscript off to your editor after months of struggling to pull the story together just right. For whatever reason, this one was harder than most, but I’m happy to share that VA Mysteries Book 8 is coming in for a landing. Stay tuned for more soon!
#middlegrade #virginiamysteries #monticello #kidlit #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #bookstagram #poplarforest #thomasjefferson

Signing the wall (they asked me to!) in the education department after speaking to future teachers at James Madison Univ...
10/07/2019

Signing the wall (they asked me to!) in the education department after speaking to future teachers at James Madison University this morning!
#studentteacher #authorsofinstagram #schoolvisit #virginiamysteries #kidlit #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #virginiahistory #socialstudiesteacher #socialstudies

Bryce would never have just left. Thirteen-year-old Zach knows that deep in his bones. Something terrible must have happ...
10/04/2019

Bryce would never have just left. Thirteen-year-old Zach knows that deep in his bones. Something terrible must have happened to his older brother. But Zach must question everything when a hidden message in his favorite video game connects Bryce to a top-secret government project and a bridge to the virtual world. Racing against a deadly Ranger dispatched to stop him, Zach and his friends begin a frantic quest to find the truth. But is Zach willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his brother?

Kids age 10-15 who are obsessed with Fortnite, Minecraft, and Ready Player One will quickly relate to this fast-paced modern-day story, the first installment of the Final Kingdom trilogy from Steven K. Smith, author of the popular middle grade series The Virginia Mysteries and Brother Wars.

It was great to work with Literati Book Club this year and to have them feature Summer of the Woods as one of their ‘mos...
09/25/2019
Literati

It was great to work with Literati Book Club this year and to have them feature Summer of the Woods as one of their ‘most kept books!’ Check them out!

We pour thousands of hours into researching the best books for kids of all ages, yet we *never* know which books are the winners until we get the data on which books club members keep.

See, Literati books are all returnable by design. This allows parents to try new things out, and see which books kids really love before they buy. Naturally, we become better curators in the process.

Here are some of the most kept selections in Club Nova (Ages 7-9) Whether you buy from us, or leverage us as a resource, keep reading, keep learning, keep growing. Fall in love with the world just a little more deeply.

One more stop at Mr. Jefferson’s vacation home #bookresearch #thomasjefferson #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #bookstagr...
09/20/2019

One more stop at Mr. Jefferson’s vacation home #bookresearch #thomasjefferson #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #middlegrade #virginiamysteries #virginiahistory #4thgrade #authorlife #middlegradebooks #kidlit @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

I have this power standing desk and it works great!
09/17/2019
Autonomous

I have this power standing desk and it works great!

A powerful, nearly noiseless SmartDesk 2 - Home Edition should be yours, no?

For just today, we’re offering this adjustable workstation for an unbeatable $249, $50 off the regular price.
#standingdesk #smartdesk #autonomousdotai

09/16/2019

Hey all - I'm launching a new upper middle grade Sci-Fi series for ages 10-15. If you'd like to get a free E-BOOK preview copy, I'd love to get your feedback and help in the release. Reply in the comments if you're interested. If you haven't shared your email in the past, message it to me. Thanks - I'm excited about launching this new series and marketing to middle schoolers!

THE MISSING: FINAL KINGDOM BOOK ONE
Bryce would never have just left. Thirteen-year-old Zach knows that deep in his bones. Something terrible must have happened to his older brother. But Zach must question everything when a hidden message in his favorite video game connects Bryce to a top-secret government project and a bridge to the virtual world. Racing against a deadly Ranger dispatched to stop him, Zach and his friends begin a frantic quest to find the truth. But is Zach willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his brother?

Time Travelers Weekend Sept 21 & 22 - What a great time to visit TONS of Richmond's historic sites and museums for FREE!
09/13/2019
Time Travelers – Maymont

Time Travelers Weekend Sept 21 & 22 - What a great time to visit TONS of Richmond's historic sites and museums for FREE!

Richmond’s most renowned historic homes and museums offer visitors a “passport” to time-travel during a special admission-free weekend on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 2019. Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the City’s treasures, spanning 400 years of fasci...

Who knew? 😉 #brownpaperbagname
09/11/2019

Who knew? 😉 #brownpaperbagname

A great time this morning speaking to the 4th grade at Collegiate!
09/11/2019

A great time this morning speaking to the 4th grade at Collegiate!

Collegiate School 4th Graders enjoyed a visit this morning from Richmond author Steven K. Smith, who met with the entire grade level to talk about his "The Virginia Mysteries" and “Brother Wars” books, and all the research that goes into writing them. The next installment of “The Virginia Mysteries,” Mr. Smith’s eighth book in the series, will feature Thomas Jefferson and will be finished by the end of the year. After his presentation, Mr. Smith met with smaller groups of 4th Graders and discussed the writing process and what makes a good story. #EverydayCollegiate

Family RV Trip Days 4&5. Bass Harbor Light, Jordan Pond, Lobstah Roll and Chowdah. @ Bass Harbor Head Light
08/22/2019

Family RV Trip Days 4&5. Bass Harbor Light, Jordan Pond, Lobstah Roll and Chowdah. @ Bass Harbor Head Light

Family RV Trip Day 4. We made it to Maine. Not a bad view from our camp site! @ Bar Harbor and Acadia, Maine
08/20/2019

Family RV Trip Day 4. We made it to Maine. Not a bad view from our camp site! @ Bar Harbor and Acadia, Maine

Family RV Trip Day 3. Salem, Mass.  @ Fort Pickering Light
08/19/2019

Family RV Trip Day 3. Salem, Mass. @ Fort Pickering Light

Summer family RV trip Day 2. NYC. Start spreading the news. @ 161 St - Yankee Stadium
08/18/2019

Summer family RV trip Day 2. NYC. Start spreading the news. @ 161 St - Yankee Stadium

Family RV trip Day 1. Croton-on-Hudson, NY. @ Croton Point Park
08/17/2019

Family RV trip Day 1. Croton-on-Hudson, NY. @ Croton Point Park

I hope you can stop by my booth Sunday at the Carytown Watermelon Festival! #rva #virginiamysteries #summerfestivals #au...
08/06/2019

I hope you can stop by my booth Sunday at the Carytown Watermelon Festival! #rva #virginiamysteries #summerfestivals #authorlife #middlegrade #middlegradebooks

6 am walks on the beach with the dog - totally worth it. #obx  @ Corolla, North Carolina
08/05/2019

6 am walks on the beach with the dog - totally worth it. #obx @ Corolla, North Carolina

SPECIAL EVENT! Join me Saturday, October 12th 10-12 at Historic Swannanoa, the former summer home of Maymont's James and...
08/01/2019

SPECIAL EVENT! Join me Saturday, October 12th 10-12 at Historic Swannanoa, the former summer home of Maymont's James and Sallie Dooley, and a setting in my fifth Virginia Mysteries book, Midnight at the Mansion!

This kid-centered tour of The Palace and grounds is designed for young readers and their parents, but all ages are welcome! Book signing to follow tour. Adult tickets are $15, and children 12 and under are FREE.

You're hearing about this event first as FB followers, but it will soon be opened to the public. There is limited availability, so go to the link below and purchase your tickets now!

BUY TICKETS HERE: https://bit.ly/2Mz591U

Exploring the hidden “Cuddy” off the Dome Room at Monticello. Looks like a good spot for a clue! #virginiamysteries #boo...
07/31/2019

Exploring the hidden “Cuddy” off the Dome Room at Monticello. Looks like a good spot for a clue! #virginiamysteries #bookstagram #authorlife #bookresearch #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #authorsofinstagram @ Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Took the boys on a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center - pretty amazing place. If you’re looking for a fun summer acti...
07/29/2019

Took the boys on a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center - pretty amazing place. If you’re looking for a fun summer activity, it lasts an hour and it’s free! #amazonfctours #amazontour #getoutofthehouse #rva

A great tour today of Tuckahoe Plantation, Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home, and also a filming location for the TV show ...
07/28/2019

A great tour today of Tuckahoe Plantation, Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home, and also a filming location for the TV show TURN. Thanks to Bryan for the history lesson. #rva #virginiahistory #thevirginiamysteries #authorlife @ Tuckahoe Plantation

Early morning kayaking on the James #rva
07/18/2019

Early morning kayaking on the James #rva

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My son, James, did a nice job on a book report on book #7 Spies at Mount Vernon.
My son is doing a book report on Midnight at the Mansion. He had to give Sam a report card and grade him on four characteristics. 😊. I’m wondering if Sam and Derek have a last name that is ever mentioned? We can’t find one but may have overlooked it!
Looking forward to meeting you today!
My family moved here to Virginia in November from Washington state and our 9 year old started borrowing books you wrote from her school library! Her and her father and I were reading the Ghosts of Belle Isle together and got about half way done when she had to return the book to the library Tuesday and couldn’t renew it! Ahhhh now all three of us are dying to know what happened! Went to see you last night at Carver but sad to see you couldn’t make it! Hoping to come see you at another event you may have coming up! Now I need to go get some of your books and especially excited to find out what happens in Belle Isle! Thanks for such awesome books with facts and info about Virginia! You have four very new and very excited fans!
Reading to his best buddy ❤️
I shared your books with my friend Cory Matthews Price and her son is reading Summer in the Woods and loving it!! She is also reading The Brother Wars to her first graders (my nephew is one of her students) and they loved it so much she ordered the sequel!! We put the entire series in our middle school library and have a few students who have read them back to back and keep coming back for more! They are sharing with their friends and are so excited about finishing the books! Thank you so much for coming to Roanoke in January to speak to us and share your work!
What an amazing presentation from Steven K. Smith! My students were thrilled to have you!!
She is so excited to read your book!!📚
Hey Steve this is Bentley from Mountain View Elementary in Rockbridge County. I am loving your Ghosts of Belle island book (if this helps I’m the guy that likes the Lord Of The Rings) It’s soo good. I’m just wondering what you’re Gmail is if you even have one I’d like to Email you some of my books. If you give me your email I”ll email you mine.Anyway thanks for listening. Bye!!
I just had to share with you...I gave my grandson Summer in the Woods you signed for him. All he saw was part of the back of the book and he told me what it was and your name! He said you had come to his school. And that they read it together at school. He loved it! He wants to read them all! His mom said it was the first book set he's shown interest in. He said you told them about another series, too. His month dropped open when he saw you had signed it. You've made quite an impression on my young reader. His mom and I have had some trouble getting him interested in reading. You've done a great thing! I told him I would keep an eye out for another book signing so he could officially meet you. Thank you so much for sharing your gift!
Our son, James, really enjoy your books. Keep up the great work.
Hi Steven, my family and I are looking for your books in our local library and can not find them. We even tried the state library of North Carolina, the online tool couldn’t find yourself or the Virginia mystery books. Any suggestions on what else we can try. Thank you