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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.

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.

Author Update

Well, it’s May, 2016. I have nothing else to write about tonight, so I figured I would do an author update to fill people in regarding my current writerly adventures. I’ve joined a Writer’s Group, which is cool. I’ve been itching to do so for several years, now; I just was having difficulty finding one. But no worries, I found one that meets at the local library. Actually, I wasn’t the one to find them: One of my associates at the Food Shelf found the ad in the newspaper and cut it out for me. Woo hoo! Thank you, Dorothy!

Anyway, I was in a big slump for almost three months, maybe even longer. But the Writer’s Club rescued me from the doldrums. They brought a successful published author in to give a talk and that talk got me psyched for writing again. I’ve churned out, oh, I don’t know, seven chapters in about five weeks or so. Very productive. I think I have maybe one or two chapters left in total and then I will have finished the rough draft of Book III of From the Ashes of Ruin. Also, I’m still trying to publish a few short stories. Oh, and I have a novella in the works which I shall shortly release and give away for free. It has nothing to do with my current series, but it’s a cool tale nonetheless. It was kind of an escape from the series; it let me relax my brain and chew on something different for a while. (At the time of posting, I have officially completed the rough draft of From the Ashes of Ruin.)

Anyway, that’s the news!

Guest Post on Farish’s Freehold

SceptreMorgulan_ebookcoverI have a guest spot on a fellow writer’s blog that will last for the next few days. The owner of the blog is a man by the name of Lincoln S. Farish. We met through Twitter and arranged this promotion for my book The Sceptre of Morgulan on his blog—a site dedicated to horror and dark fantasy entitled Farish’s Freehold. Technically my book is more fantasy than horror, 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 Mr. Farish’s blog here: http://farishsfreehold.blogspot.com/2016/03/matt-ryans-got-witches-bounty-hunters.html

It’s pretty intense. Make sure you check it out.

The general link for the site is: http://farishsfreehold.blogspot.com

Pressure Points in Fantasy Literature

One of the topics I’ve been interested in lately is pressure points. I purchased a couple books on the subject from Barnes and Noble and read up on it. What I wanted to find was a complete map listing all the pressure points in the body and how best to use them, so I could experiment on myself with this or that technique and see what happens. I’m still looking. I found a book on Shiatsu Massage and Acupressure and that listed a great many of them, but not all. A number of those listed were on the back of the body and, therefore, more difficult to access, particularly in a fight. I have a black belt in the martial arts, so I know a couple from that endeavor, but I would like to know more. As it happens, I stopped studying martial arts right when we were beginning to learn about such topics as chi and pressure points. I know enough to know both are real, but I lack all but the most rudimentary skill in either.

 

What is a pressure point? I’m not sure I know how to define it properly. It is a point on the human body where, when pressure is applied, the flow of chi can be interrupted. This can result in pain or relief from pain depending on the amount of pressure applied and the condition of the body prior to the application of pressure. Chi (or a person’s physical life force) is said to flow through meridians that exist throughout the body. Some have equated meridians to nerve pathways in the body. Again, I’m not sure if that is actually the case, or if meridians are something else entirely. I do know that chi can do a number of things that our current understanding of nerve energy does not allow.

 

Anyway, as far as fantasy literature is concerned, my interest in pressure points stems from my use of martial arts in my novels. I haven’t used martial arts in my novels a lot yet—other than as a general understanding as to how combat works—but I have a character on the horizon, who is essentially a ninja, although I don’t call him that. He has a thorough understanding of pressure points and how to use them; he has even mastered the dreaded “touch of death.” In any event, I wouldn’t expect the “touch of death” to be thoroughly discussed in a book I purchased at Barnes and Noble (if it, in fact, exists … which is a big if) but I did want to find a map of all the points known. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case.

 

The best way to learn about pressure points remains through a qualified teacher and instructor in martial arts, acupressure, or acupuncture. There’s only so much a book can tell you. But I lack the money for formal training. Besides, I’m not trying to become a master of the arts; I’m just curious. Anyway, they have a unique place in a fantasy world—and the advantage of using them in a fantasy world is that they can be altered and changed to the writer’s preference. The “touch of death” may not exist in the real world, but there is no reason why you can’t use it in a fantasy world. Likewise, other effects can be thrown in; and it will remain believable, because it is, in the end, a fantasy world.

Confucius Speaks

First, the important stuff: I am deeply offended that I was ‘upstaged’ by a Goodreads Giveaway Announcement last week. We all know cats are more important than selling books. Jeez! Now, on to the rebuttal of my whining human’s complaints:

My human clearly is not cut out to write. He can’t take the pressure. Afraid of a little bit of competition from Amazon. Hah! Boo hoo! It’s not like they have a complete monopoly on milk. I mean, that would be a travesty. Milk! Yum yum. Meeow. A few books here. A few books there. And he’s complaining because he’s not making any money at it. You have to have gumption to write! Nerve. And tenacity. It takes persistence and more persistence. I know. Back when I was being worshiped in Egypt, so many eons ago, I wrote a book in hieroglyphs. Perhaps you’ve heard of it: The Book of the Dead. Yes, I am the font of ancient Egypt lore. Because I’m a cat. And we know things. Most specifically we know that the human race will know no peace until we are worshiped once again as gods. And fed. Regularly. And have our ears rubbed. Just the way we like it.

Get your priorities straight Mr. Ryan. And get me some cat treats!

 

Confucius Speaks …

Confucius

Look at me! I’m a cat! I am wise, wily, and wicked. I’m an avid fantasy reader who has agreed to post on Mr. Ryan’s blog. I’ve read Mr. Ryan’s books. They’re all great, except for one flaw: No cats! What is the problem? He had rats! But no cats. I’ll be contacting PETA soon unless you include a cat in the next book. Be warned, Mr. Ryan. Overlooking a class of animal as prevalent as we are is tantamount to deliberate oppression. You have not heard the last of me. And if PETA doesn’t respond, it’ll be the Labor Department. I’ll take you to court and sue you for as many cat treats as your 401k can provide.

 

Unless, um … um … you rub my ears and fluff my pillow and let me rub my body against your calves. Don’t step on me! Just let me revel in my silken loveliness!