Category Archives: Witches

From the Ashes of Ruin” Blurb Blitz Blog Tour

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Goddess Fish Promotions will be sponsoring a blog tour for my series, From the Ashes of Ruin, during the first half of February. The tour will begin on February 1st and will last until February 19th. It will be primarily a Blurb Blitz Tour, meaning that every stop will have a blurb and excerpt from one of the books. The Blog Schedule will be listed shortly. There’s still a lot of open slots, so if you are interested, please contact Goddess Fish Promotions. The books in the series so far include: Drasmyr (The Prequel), The Children of Lubrochius (Bk.I), and The Sceptre of Morgulan (Bk.II). Also, make sure you check out the sponsor of the whole tour–Goddess Fish Promotions–it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

Also, I will be awarding one randomly chosen commenter on the tour (for those who comment on the tour sites—NOT atoasttodragons and NOT my web-site) a $15 Amazon Gift Card.

Announcement: Upcoming Blurb Blitz Virtual Tour for “From the Ashes of Ruin”

As of November 2015, I released my latest novel, The Sceptre of Morgulan, for general consumption. It is the second book in my series, From the Ashes of Ruin. In honor of the release, I am doing a Blurb Blitz Virtual Tour for the entire series so far, including the prequel. There will be excerpts and blurbs from each book. That’s right; you’ll get tantalizing excerpts not only from The Sceptre of Morgulan but also from The Children of Lubrochius and Drasmyr. Once again, Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing and handling the tour (They do a great job). The tour will run three weeks from Monday, February 1st through Friday, February 19th (M-F only, I believe). We will post a schedule when more information becomes available. Also, note that an Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to a randomly selected commenter on the tour (Note: comments on matthewdryan.com do NOT count, NOR do comments on my blog).

 

Hope to see you on the tour.

Behold: The Updated New Cover for “Drasmyr”

I’ve been wanting to update the cover of my first novel, Drasmyr, for quite some time. I finally got around to it just this past week or so. If you want to let me know what you think about the new cover, contact me on Twitter: @MatthewDRyan1 . If you wish to purchase the novel in ebook form, click here; or in pbook form, click here (It may be a few days before I upload the new cover to lulu, though). Here are the two covers side by side:

Drasmyr, The Novel

The Original Cover.

DrasmyrRevised

The New Cover.

As you can see, I merely added a few things. I liked the original cover, but I always felt it lacked something. With only the building really being visible on it, it was difficult to figure just what the story was about. You could tell it was meant to be sort of creepy, but that’s about it. And also there is the blood-like writing. That effectively sets a tone, but in my view, having seen it listed next to other covers many times on-line, it looked a little sloppy or even amateurish sometimes. Particularly because it didn’t convert well to thumbnail pics. The blood was unclear and served only to confuse the writing making it difficult to read when small.

As far as the new pic is concerned, I am quite pleased. The female vampire adds some body to the pic, and the sinister cloud vampire does the same. Deciding on the correct pic for the cloud vampire was really a struggle. We went through a number of different options. The first designs involved human-like vampires, but eventually we started experimenting with the cloud. We added a face. Blurred the face. Then emphasized the eyes. And the wolf was a nice add on, too. Overall, I think it makes a much better cover.

So, I’m just doing this private Cover Reveal on my own site and nowhere else to reveal it for the first time. You should feel privileged to view it. Oooh. Ahhh. 🙂

Again, if you want to let me know what you think about the new cover, contact me on Twitter: @MatthewDRyan1 .

 

New Cover Reveal and Goodreads Giveaway!

Upcoming New Cover Reveal: … Sort Of. I’ve had my cover for my first book, Drasmyr, redesigned. It bears some similarities to the original cover, but has had a number of improvements added. I will “Reveal” the modified cover here on my web-site on 12-14-2015. Hope everyone has a chance to look at it and maybe give me some feedback. Thanks, all.

 

The Goodreads Giveaway has begun: In celebration of the release of my latest novel, The Sceptre of Morgulan, I’m holding a giveaway on Goodreads from now through December 30th. The novel is Book II of my series, From the Ashes of Ruin. It was preceded by the prequel Drasmyr, and Book I The Children of Lubrochius. I will be giving away three free hardcover copies of the The Sceptre of Morgulan, one each to the three winners of the giveaway. Winners are determined randomly by Goodreads. For more information and to sign up for the giveaway, follow the link below:

Link: http://wp.me/p3Lbq0-sg

 

Happy Belated Saint Nicholas Day! (It was December 6th, you know.)

 

Goodreads Giveaway: The Sceptre of Morgulan

The Goodreads Giveaway has begun!

In celebration of the release of my latest novel, The Sceptre of Morgulan, I’m holding a giveaway on Goodreads from now through December 30th. The novel is Book II of my series, From the Ashes of Ruin. It was preceded by the prequel Drasmyr, and Book I The Children of Lubrochius. I will be giving away three free hardcover copies of the The Sceptre of Morgulan, one each to the three winners of the giveaway. Winners are determined randomly by Goodreads. For more information and to sign up for the giveaway, follow the link below:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sceptre of Morgulan by Matthew D. Ryan

The Sceptre of Morgulan

by Matthew D. Ryan

Giveaway ends December 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Announcement: An Upcoming Redesigned Cover Reveal

I’ve been wanting to update the cover of my first novel, Drasmyr, for quite some time. I finally got around to it just a few weeks ago. I’ve been holding back on revealing it for a number of reasons. The main one was that I was quite busy and needed to launch my novel The Sceptre of Morgulan. Now, however, things have calmed down a bit and I can get back to my new cover for Drasmyr. So, with that in mind, I would like to announce that I will reveal the redesigned cover for Drasmyr on this site only on December 14th, 2015.

 

So, stay tuned. I really like the new pic. It’s not a complete abandonment of the original cover, but I believe it is an improvement. The reveal will include a twitter campaign at the same time—one of my own and one of Goddess Fish Promotions.

Upcoming Goodreads Giveaway

My cat, Confucius, is still in the line-up. You’ll hear from him next week. In the meantime, I wanted to inform everyone of my upcoming Goodreads Giveaway. It starts November 26th and lasts through December 30th. Three hardcover copies of “The Sceptre of Morgulan” are on the line; each winner will win just one. Here’s the code:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sceptre of Morgulan by Matthew D. Ryan

The Sceptre of Morgulan

by Matthew D. Ryan

Giveaway ends December 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Guest Post on Cirsova: My Influences for My Fantasy Literature

Hi All,

Just a note to let you know I’m guest posting on Cirsova today. Just a few thoughts on some of my influences in fantasy literature and how they have affected me. I talk a lot about J.R.R. Tolkien. Check it out!

Before I forget …

Announcement:

I almost forgot to announce the winners for my comment contest and host contest for my Cover Reveal of “The Sceptre of Morgulan” on October 13th.

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The comment contest winner was a woman named Anne. She won a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

The host contest winner was http://madhoydenish.blogspot.com/. They won a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Congratulations to both our winners. And thanks to everyone for participating.

The Cover Reveal: The Sceptre of Morgulan

Here it is. The long awaited Cover Reveal from my latest novel, The Sceptre of Morgulan. It is the second book in my series From the Ashes of Ruin. It was preceded by Bk. I: The Children of Lubrochius, and the prequel: Drasmyr. Now, here is the cover (designed by Digital Donna):

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This Cover Reveal is hosted by GoddessFish. 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 participating for the duration of that day. We will award a $20 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly selected commenter on the tour (that’s one for the entire tour, NOT one per site). The list below is a list of participating sites as it stands today (this site—A Toast To Dragons—is not considered a participant). We will be awarding a $10 Amazong Gift Card to one randomly selected host. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the event. The following list contains all participating sites.

1: Long and Short Reviews
2: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
3: Independent Authors
4: Sharing Links and Wisdom
5: Full Moon Dreaming
6: Teatime and Books
7: 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
8: Reviews By Crystal
9: Independent Authors
10: Coffee Books & Art
11: StarAngels Reviews
12: Dark Treasury
13: The Snarkology
14: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
15: Tina Donahue
16: The Voluptuous Book Diva
17: MAD Hoydenish
18: Unabridged Andra
19: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
20: Welcome to My World of Dreams
21: It’s Raining Books
22: VAMPYRELADYS FAVE BOOKS, REVIEWS & OTHER LOVES
23: Straight from the Library
24: Queen of All She Reads
25: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews