Holiday Deals for my series “From the Ashes of Ruin.”

Hi All,

Just a note to let everyone know: from now until January 7th, 2017, in celebration of the holidays–all of them, but especially Christmas–I’m offering special holidays deals on the ebook novels in my fantasy series, “From the Ashes of Ruin,” at Smashwords. “Drasmyr,” of course, will remain free. “The Children of Lubrochius” will be available for $0.99 if you provide the code: ZH97C. “The Sceptre of Morgulan” will be available for $0.99 if you provide the code: PT26G. That’s a savings of $6.00. Six dollars! That’s a price of about $2 for nearly 300, 000 words of pure fantasy fun, plus a 120k word prequel. Can’t beat that! Anyway, here’s the fancy graphic:

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Wrapping Up The Cover Reveal Of Prism

All right, it’s been several days since my Cover Reveal Tour for my novella, “Prism,” ended. The winner of the comment contest was Gabrielly. Last name is, of course, being withheld for privacy reasons. Congratulations Gabrielly. And thank you to all the other commenters and especially the hosts for each site (and Goddess Fish–it wouldn’t have been possible without them). Thanks again. “Prism” is due to be released January 2nd, 2017–which is sooner than one might think. Here is the cover:

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Behold: The Cover Reveal: Prism by Matthew D. Ryan

It’s time for the Cover Reveal of my next ebook, Prism. Prism is a short, stand-alone novella totally unrelated to my series From the Ashes of RuinI took a break from that series to keep my creative juices flowing.

 

This Cover Reveal of Prism is being hosted today by GoddessFish. Throughout the day today, we will be visiting a large number of blogs on the web, each of which will be sharing a graphic of the cover. We will be responding to comments and inquiries on each of the sites. We will also award a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly selected commenter on the tour (that’s one for the entire tour, NOT one per site).

 

Prism will be released on January 2nd, 2017 and will be available for free download for at least several months. Afterward, I may start charging a buck or two. So, stay on the alert and jump on it when it comes out—you can get your copy for free.

 

The list below is a list of participating sites. Just click on a link to visit any one of the sites; you’ll see the cover and be able to comment. The book has an awesome cover (designed by Digital Donna); I’m sure you’ll enjoy this.

 

1: T’s Stuff
2: The Avid Reader
3: Long and Short Reviews
4: Dalene’s Book Reviews
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’

6: Book Giveaways
7: Kit ‘N Kabookle
8: Christine Young
9: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
10: Welcome to My World of Dreams

11: It’s Raining Books
12: Straight from the Library
13: Paperlore
14: Author Deborah A Bailey
15: Books,Dreams,Life

16: THE TLE BOOKS
17: The Blackwood Blog
18: Readeropolis
19: Am Kinda Busy Reading!
20: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

21: This and That Book Blog
22: Cover2Cover
23: The Snarkology
24: Two Ends of the Pen
25: Edgar’s Books

Cover Reveal: Prism by Matthew D. Ryan

The Cover Reveal for my next ebook, Prism, is set. Prism is a short, stand-alone novella totally unrelated to my series From the Ashes of RuinI had to take a break from that series to keep my creative juices flowing. Fear not, the next book in that series is still on schedule.

 

The Cover Reveal of Prism will be hosted by GoddessFish and it is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th, 2016. Throughout the day, we will be visiting a large number of blogs on the web, each of which will be sharing a graphic of the cover. We will be responding to comments and inquiries on each of the sites. We will also award a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly selected commenter on the tour (that’s one for the entire tour, NOT one per site).

 

The final ebook of Prism will be released on January 2nd, 2017 and will be available for free download for at least several months. Afterward, I may start charging a buck or two. So, stay on the alert; jump on it when it comes out and get your copy for free.

 

The list below is a list of participating sites as it stands today. We expect more to join between now and the actual Cover Reveal; so, stay-tuned. If you wish to host for the tour make sure to contact Goddess Fish to set that up. The book has an awesome cover (designed by Digital Donna); I’m sure you’ll enjoy the event.

 

1: T’s Stuff
2: The Avid Reader
3: Long and Short Reviews
4: Dalene’s Book Reviews
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’

6: Book Giveaways
7: Kit ‘N Kabookle
8: Christine Young
9: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
10: Welcome to My World of Dreams

11: It’s Raining Books
12: Straight from the Library
13: Paperlore
14: Author Deborah A Bailey
15: Books,Dreams,Life

16: THE TLE BOOKS
17: The Blackwood Blog
18: Readeropolis
19: Am Kinda Busy Reading!
20: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

21: This and That Book Blog
22: Cover2Cover

Upcoming Cover Reveal: Prism by Matthew D. Ryan

Hi All,

The date for the Cover Reveal for my next ebook, Prism, has been set. Prism is a short, stand-alone novella totally unrelated to my series From the Ashes of RuinI had to take a break from that series to keep my creative juices flowing. Never fear, the next book in that series is still on schedule.

 

The Cover Reveal of Prism will be hosted by GoddessFish and it is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th, 2016. On that day, we will be visiting a large number of blogs on the web, each of which will be sharing a graphic of the cover. We will be responding to comments and inquiries on each of the sites participating for the duration of that day. We will award a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly selected commenter on the tour (that’s one for the entire tour, NOT one per site).

 

If all goes according to plan, Prism will be released on January 2nd, 2017 and will be available for free download for at least several months. Afterward, I may start charging a buck or two. So, stay on the alert; jump on it when it comes out and get your copy for free.

On Writers’ Groups

A few months back (in March, I think), I joined a Writers’ Group. A few weeks ago, it basically disbanded. It counts as the fourth such group I’ve ever joined. Anyhoo, I figured I would comment on what I’ve learned from such endeavors. Or, at least, give my opinions.

In my view, smaller is better. I say a maximum of five people is preferred. This latest one usually included about eight or so, at the meetings, and perhaps as many as fifteen in the group in total. And, of course, everyone wanted to expand and get more people. Not me. I didn’t mention it to anybody, but I wanted fewer.

There are several benefits of working with only a few people instead of a lot. First off, it is much easier to digest the comments of four other people instead of fourteen. Secondly, you will also have a better chance of getting your work looked at in a reasonable amount of time. In this last group, two people would submit their work on any given week, and the next week we would discuss it. That worked pretty well for a while, like when it was eight people, because then you would only have to wait a month to get more feedback as you cycled through again. Unfortunately, though, as the group got bigger, the time between your submissions grew. And I, for one, join writers’ groups primarily to get feedback, not give. I give in exchange for that, but my primary interest is still getting. Call me selfish, if you like, but I think that is the primary goal. Thirdly, the feedback you do get is usually much more in depth. With a large number of people, it just seems likely to degenerate into little more than proofreading. You simply don’t have time to get fourteen different commentaries on a ten page short story, unless you spend like five hours at each meeting… but who wants to do that?

I also think it is a good idea to focus on a single genre like speculative fiction, or fantasy, or what-have-you. Just keep it in one genre if you can. For myself, it would be fantasy. In this last group, we had poetry, sci-fi, fantasy, memoir, romance, and I’m sure a few more. It’s all very interesting, but I don’t really know how to comment on any of those except fantasy, and maybe sci-fi. Don’t get me wrong. You do learn things reading different genres, but I think you get the most bang for your buck from a genre-focused group.

So, to sum up, my ideal group would consist of five people, all involved in fantasy. We would meet every other week and we would focus on two people out of the group at a time.

Don’t know what else to say on that topic, so I’ll close it here.

Again, An Author Update

Well, it’s late September, 2016. Time for another author update, because I’ve got nothing better to do. I’m still editing my novel, The Citadel, and making progress. I’ve also finally decided to go ahead with my plans for my novella, Prism. I’ve read it over several times and I finally think it is ready to go. I have a Cover Reveal for Prism coming up on November 16th for which I will give more information later on. I still haven’t heard anything about my short story, but that’s okay; it takes time to get these things reviewed. When you’re a writer, any project will require quite a bit of time spent waiting for a reply after submission. Well, at least, most of the time. There have been places that have gotten back to me within a week, but those are usually rejections anyway.

My writers’ club is now defunct, which, I suppose, is bad news, but in my opinion, it was getting a little too large and unwieldy anyway. Everyone else wanted to increase the size of the group, and I think I would have preferred a smaller group. But it served its purpose; it boosted my confidence in my writing: all the people there—each one a writer—liked my stuff and none of them was a relative or friend who could be biased.

Anyhoo, that’s all I wanted to say.

Apologies for the Cat

ConfuciusFor the record, I am not politically correct. In fact, I have a very strong urge to do the exact opposite of what the politically correct say I should do. That said, I used to be a Platonist and was against the mocking of other people’s religion. The constructive criticism of such was okay as long as it was done politely and with decorum, but the attempt to “shout down with laughter” I thought to be a very unsound and distasteful approach in the etiquette of argument. And yet, a few weeks/months ago (5/28/16 to be precise), through the personage of my cat, Confucius, I mocked a certain Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan for trying to ban people from taking pictures with cats. He believed that people who took pictures with cats were becoming “too Western.” In response, I ridiculed him here. Now, the Platonist in me (and the Christian, as well) feel obliged to offer the Sheik an apology. So, I apologize to Sheik Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan—although I’m sure he has no idea I exist. I should not have mocked him and, by extension, even Mohammed and Islam. It was poor taste on my part. Sorry.

Anyway, in my opinion, banning pictures with cats seems very odd. If you want to make it some kind of religious tenet, I suppose you can, but it seems kind of a trivial thing to me. Kind of on the level of not eating meat on Fridays in Lent according to my own Faith (Catholicism). I was always of the mind that how you treated other people was paramount. Ritual was just ritual, and not of major consequence. Kind of: “I desire love, not sacrifice.” God wants us to love Him and each other, not get lost in the minutiae of religious rules and strictures. The older, wiser me realizes that some people get very upset if their rituals are infringed upon.  Anyway, I think the more pressing problem for Islam is the segment of its practitioners who are going around killing everyone and everything they can. I think the Sheik and his religion would be better served if he addressed that problem and not the current celebrity status of cats. I am free to criticize the loons of Isis all I want, but they probably won’t listen to me, as I am an outsider. Indeed, they probably won’t listen to the Sheik either. But potential recruits? There the Sheik might have a more substantial impact. Muslim youths would surely listen to him far sooner than they would me. And he could do so much good, if he directed his energies there.

Just Another Author Update

Well, it’s August, 2016 and once again I find that I have little to write about for this blog. In fact, I haven’t made a substantial post on this blog for quite some time. So, with nothing better to do, I’m going to give another author update. The last few days have been difficult; I’ve been dealing with mental illness/antichrist issues. Which means I’ve done very little in terms of writing and editing this week. But that’s okay. I’ll get to it eventually.

As of now, The Citadel (Book III) is currently entering its third draft. I suspect it will take at least another year to get it in its final form. I also have a novella, Prism, which was all set to go, but then I submitted parts of it for critiquing to my writers’ group. It consists of basically four chapters. After rereading it, I’ve decided that Chapters I and II are kind of slow. Although the characters and world are unique, I’m feeling I have to do something to those Chapters, especially chapter two. So, I haven’t released it yet.

I’ve also got a really cool short story that is doing the rounds, hoping to be accepted by an ezine. Plus, a second short story—also cool, in my opinion—that has completed several edits and is almost ready for submission.

Anyway, that’s where I stand at the moment.

Interview and Promotion on Megan Cashman’s Site

I have a guest spot on a fellow writer’s blog today. The writer’s name is Megan Cashman. We met (on-line, that is—we’ve never met in person) a couple years back on one of my previous blog tours. Anyway, she offered to do a promotion for me when I released my latest book, The Sceptre of Morgulan, back in November 2015. Unfortunately, at the time I lost the email amidst the chaos of events and never replied. When I finally discovered my mistake—about a month ago—I dropped her a line to apologize and she offered again. Which is way cool of her. Anyway, she’s agreed to promote my books on her site. The promotion should last one week or so. The books in question include my series From the Ashes of Ruin. The series starts with the prequel, Drasmyr, continues with The Children of Lubrochius and then The Sceptre of Morgulan. My series is primarily a fantasy story, but it does have strong horror elements running through it. Specifically, it features a gothic-style vampire much more in the line of Bram Stoker’s Dracula than Stephanie Meyers Twilight. My vampire is evil and diabolical. You wouldn’t want to date him. There are also a number of demons scattered throughout the series, so there is that dark element as well.

Anyway, you can find my promotion on Megan Cashman’s site here: http://wp.me/p2q6dm-lM

Please go check it out and lend her your support. You’ll also be able to find the coupon codes on the bottom of the page for a promotion running simultaneously on Smashwords. If you use both codes, you’ll save six dollars. SIX DOLLARS! WOO HOO! (And spend only $2) Anyway, check it out and leave a comment.