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The Book Blast for Prism by Matthew D. Ryan

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Prism is here. Welcome to the Book Blast. 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 Book Blast is being hosted by GoddessFish. Throughout the day today, we will be visiting a large number of blogs on the web, each of which will share some information about the book such as excerpts and blurbs. We will respond to comments and inquiries on each of the sites and engage in discussions about various aspects of the book.

 

As of today, Prism is available for free download at Smashwords. I must make a note and apologize to both my commenters and hosts: I intended to have it up and available for free at both Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon. Unfortunately, due to the holiday season, I didn’t get it uploaded on Smashwords and Amazon until yesterday. As a result, as of this moment, it is not listed on Barnes and Noble and it costs $0.99 on Amazon. Smashwords distributes to B&N, so it should be listed for free there some time during the next few days. As for Amazon … I sent them an email last night, not sure I used the correct page, though. I will continue trying. Eventually, the price match feature at Amazon should kick in and list it as free there, as well. It is my intention to keep it free for at least several months. Eventually, I will start charging a buck or two. So, if you want it free, get it sooner, rather than later. And remember—at least for now—it is only available for free at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/693400.

 

 

The blogs participating in this Book Blast are listed below. Just click on a link to visit any one of the sites; you’ll see the cover and be able to comment. I’ll be awarding a $15 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly selected commenter on the tour (that is, a commenter on one of the participating host sites, NOT atoasttodragons). I’ll also be awarding a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly selected blog host.

 

 

 

  1. Book Giveaways: http://bookgiveaways. jessicaandgracie.com/prism-15- amazon-gc/
  2. Books, Dreams, Life: https://staceyschneller06. wordpress.com/2017/01/02/ prism-release-day-book-blast/
  3. 3: BooksChatter: http://bookschatter.blogspot. co.uk/2017/01/tour-prism.html
  4. 4: Edgar’s Books: http://edgarbooks.blogspot. com/2017/01/prism-by-matthew- d-ryan-book-blast-and.html
  5. It’s Raining Books: http://its-raining-books. blogspot.com/2017/01/prism-by- matthew-d-ryan-spotlight-and. html

 

  1. Long and Short Reviews: http://www. longandshortreviews.com/guest- blogs/prism-by-matthew-d-ryan- spotlight-and-giveaway/
  2. Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’: http:// stormynightbloginandreviwing. blogspot.com/2017/01/prism- giveaway.html
  3. Straight From The Library: http://straightfromlibrary. blogspot.com/2017/01/straight- browsing-from-library-prism- by.html
  4. The Avid Reader: http://the-avidreader. blogspot.com/2017/01/02-book- blast-giveaway-prism-by- matthew-d-ryan-GF.html
  5. The Silver Dagger Scriptorium: http://silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com/

 

  1. Welcome to My World of Dreams: http://jhthomas.blogspot.com/ 2017/01/win-15-gc-prism-by- matthew-d-ryan.html
  2. Wake Up Your Wild Side: http://galestanley.blogspot. com/2017/01/release-day-book- blast-prism-by-matthew.html
  3. Deal Sharing Aunt: http://dealsharingaunt. blogspot.com/2017/01/prism-by- matthew-d-ryan-free-book.html
  4. CBY Book Club: http://cbybookclub.blogspot. com/2017/01/book-blast- giveaway-prism-by-matthew-d. html
  5. T’s Stuff: http://teresanoel.blogspot. com/2017/01/book-blast-for- prism-by-matthew-d-ryan.html

 

  1. Mixed Book Bag: https://mixedbookbag.blogspot. com/2017/01/prism-by-matthew- d-ryan-book-blast-and.html
  2. Fabulous and Brunette: http://fabulousandbrunette. blogspot.com/2017/01/prism-by- matthew-d-ryan-book-blast.html
  3. Hope. Dreams. Life … Love: http://elainepcantrell. blogspot.com/2017/01/prism. html
  4. Author Deborah A Bailey: http://dbaileycoach.com/ brightbooks/2017/01/release- day-book-blast-prism-matthew- d-ryan/
  5. Am Kinda Busy Reading: http://www.amkindabusy.com/ 2017/01/02/prism-by-matthew-d- ryan-release-day/

 

  1. Readeropolis: http://readeropolis.blogspot. com/2017/01/read-excerpt-of- prism-by-matthewdryan1.html
  2. Writer Wonderland: http://writerwonderland. weebly.com/goddess-fish-tour/ prism-release
  3. Room With Books: http://roomwithbooks.com/ prism-release-day-book-blast/
  4. Queen of All She Reads: http://queenofallshereads. blogspot.com/2017/01/release- day-book-blast-giveaway-for. html
  5. Books Are Love: https://hello-booklover. tumblr.com/post/155281243531/ prism-by-matthew-ryan

 

  1. Reviews By Crystal: http://reviewsbycacb.blogspot. com/2017/01/giveaway-prism-by- matthew-d-ryan.html
  2. This and That Book Blog: http://thisandthatbookblog. blogspot.com/2017/01/prism-by- matthew-d-ryan-goddessfish. html
  3. Fundimental: http://www.fundinmental.com/ giveaway-prism-matthew-d-ryan- matthewdryan1-goddessfish/#. WGo_3VMrLIU

The Book Blast and Release of Prism by Matthew D. Ryan

prism_ebookcoverThe Book Blast for my next ebook, Prism, is quickly approaching. It is scheduled for January 2nd, 2017. 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.

 

The Book Blast for Prism will be hosted by GoddessFish. Throughout that day, we will be visiting a large number of blogs on the web, each of which will share some information about the book such as excerpts and blurbs. We will respond to comments and inquiries on each of the sites.

 

Prism will be available for free download throughout the day and for at least several months afterward. Eventually, I may start charging a buck or two. So, stay on the alert and jump on it when it comes out.

 

Those wishing to be part of the tour should contact Goddess Fish.

 

The blogs participating are listed below. Just click on a link to visit any one of the sites; you’ll see the cover and be able to comment. I’ll be awarding a $15 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly selected commenter on the tour (that is, a commenter on one of the host sites, NOT atoasttodragons). I’ll also be awarding a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly selected blog host.

 

1: Book Giveaways
2: Books,Dreams,Life
3: BooksChatter
4: Edgar’s Books
5: It’s Raining Books

6: Long and Short Reviews
7: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
8: Straight from the Library
9: The Avid Reader
10: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

11: Welcome to My World of Dreams
12: Wake Up Your Wild Side
13: deal sharing aunt
14: CBY Book Club
15: T’s Stuff

16: Mixed Book Bag
17: Fabulous and Brunette
18: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
19: Author Deborah A Bailey
20: Am Kinda Busy Reading!

21: Readeropolis
22: Writer Wonderland
23: Room With Books
24: Queen of All She Reads
25: books are love

26: Reviews by Crystal
27: This and That Book Blog
28: fundinmental

The Upcoming Book Blast and Release of Prism by Matthew D. Ryan

prism_ebookcover

The time for the release and the Book Blast of my next ebook, Prism, is quickly approaching. January 2nd, 2017 is just around the corner. 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.

 

The Book Blast of Prism will be hosted by GoddessFish. Throughout that day, we will be visiting a large number of blogs on the web, each of which will share a graphic of the cover as well as excerpts and blurbs. We will respond to comments and inquiries on each of the sites.

 

Prism will be available for free download throughout the day and for at least several months afterward. Eventually, I may start charging a buck or two. So, stay on the alert and jump on it when it comes out.

 

Those wishing to be part of the tour should contact Goddess Fish.

Romance and the Vampire: Romeo vs. Dracula

Vampire stories abound, from the modern “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, to the classic “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. I’ve never read or watched any of the “Twilight” series. I am tempted to, if for no other reason than I’ve written a vampire book myself (entitled Drasmyr–see my about page for the link), and I want to check out the competition. But I just have too many misgivings about the fundamentals of the plot to even bother. In my view, “Romeo and Juliet” does not offer a reasonable archetype for a vampire novel. A fellow blogger (That Fantasy Blog) wrote this review, which gives an excellent thrashing to the notion of using a vampire as a romantic partner. But I have a few further points to tack on.

 

I get the vampire as seducer or seductress. That makes perfect sense. They have quasi-demonic origins. And, at least in Western traditions, demons and evil are supposed to have a quasi-erotic attraction for humans. It goes with the mystique and temptations that come with evil. Somewhere along the way, though–I think it may have started with Anne Rice’s “Interview with a Vampire” series–we stopped looking at the vampire as a creature of the night, and started to humanize him/her/it. Then came the romanticizing. They were the ultimate bad boys. The beasts that every teenage girl wanted to tame. Oh, please.

 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was not intended to be a teenage heartthrob. He was based on the draconian tyrant Vlad Tepes for God’s sake. Why, oh why, would you want to romanticize that? Also known as “Vlad the Impaler,” Vlad Tepes approached torture and killing with a near-religious fervor: he set enemy soldiers on giant wooden stakes, hanging them up to let gravity pull them slowly down the length of the stake so that each one would die an agonizing death, and not quickly, mind you.

 

Vlad Tepes was evil. The Dracula character was evil. Evil is fundamental to the nature of the vampire. Not romance. But dark and insidious evil.

 

Trying to morph it into something else, something actually desirable is, as “That Fantasy Blog” aptly puts it, creepy. A vampire is an animated corpse. And yet the modern teenager seems to  want to have a baby with one? What does that say about us?