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“From the Ashes of Ruin” Blog Tour


Goddess Fish Promotions is sponsoring a blog tour for my series, From the Ashes of Ruin. The tour begins today, 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 is listed below. 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.

February 1: Room With Books
February 1: Linda Nightingale…Wordsmith
February 2: Edgar’s Books
February 3: Kit ‘N Kabookle
February 3: Writer Wonderland
February 4: fuonlyknew
February 5: Blog of Jacey Holbrand
February 5: Beyond Romance
February 8: LizaOConnor
February 9: The Snarkology
February 10: Cover2Cover
February 11: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
February 12: Two Ends of the Pen
February 15: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
February 16: Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
February 17: Natural Bri – review
February 18: With Love for Books – review
February 18: Who She Reads
February 19: Where the Story Comes First
February 19: Around the World in Books

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.

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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.

Reminder: Coming Soon: The Sceptre of Morgulan: The Cover Reveal

The date for the Cover Reveal for my next novel, The Sceptre of Morgulan, has been set. The Sceptre of Morgulan 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.

The Cover Reveal will be hosted by GoddessFish and it is scheduled for October 13th, 2015. 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 $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. We expect more to join between now and the actual Cover Reveal; so, stay-tuned. We will be awarding a $10 Amazong Gift Card to one randomly selected host: So, 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: Long and Short Reviews
2: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
3: Independent Authors
4: Sharing Links and Wisdom

Announcement: Coming Soon: The Sceptre of Morgulan

Hi All,

Just an announcement to let you know we’ve decided on a release date for the next book in my series From the Ashes of Ruin. Previously, you have borne witness to Drasmyr, the prequel, and The Children of Lubrochius, Bk. I. Now, I am pleased to announce the coming release of Bk. II, The Sceptre of Morgulan. It continues the adventures of Coragan of Esperia and his struggles with the vampire Lucian val Drasmyr and the evil witch Korina the Black. The ebook is scheduled for release on November 10, 2015 at Smashwords, Amazon, and Lulu. May you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I’m Looking for Reviewers for my Novel

Hi All,


This is an open request to any fantasy aficionados out there. I have previously published the novels “Drasmyr” and “The Children of Lubrochius.” “Drasmyr” is the prequel, and “The Children of Lubrochius” is Book I in my series “From the Ashes of Ruin.” I am nearing the final stages of Book II “The Sceptre of Morgulan” and I’m looking for reviewers. If you have read the prequel and Book I, great, I’m hoping you will consider reading Book II and reviewing it for me in exchange for a free download (ebook only). If you have not read any of my books, I’d like to recruit you to review all three: “Drasmyr,” “The Children of Lubrochius,” and “The Sceptre of Morgulan.” Deal will be the same: free ebooks (all 3) in exchange for an honest review of each (although “Drasmyr” is free for everyone). If you start the series and decide you don’t wish to continue, let me know and I will drop your name from my list of reviewers. No hard feelings.


Just for your information, although a vampire has a major role in this series it is not a romantic role. The vampire in this series is evil; he’s kind of my sinister alter-ego. It is nothing like “Twilight.” The series as a whole could best be described as a cross between “Dracula” and “The Lord of the Rings,” or perhaps an AD&D style story. Additionally, you should be informed that I am planning two more books for this series, so that in the end it’ll be a four book series with a prequel, or five books in all.


I would ask that all reviewers post a review on Amazon and on Smashwords. Especially Smashwords.


If you are interested, send me a DM on Twitter: @MatthewDRyan1. Then we can exchange e-mails and go from there.



Thanks in advance.


Matthew D. Ryan

Author of “Drasmyr” and “The Children of Lubrochius.”


Movie Review: Seventh Son (3 ½ *’s)(2015)

            Seventh Son is a movie inspired by the novel The Spook’s Apprentice. I think there is also a novel or a series of novels out there entitled The Seventh Son of a Seventh Son which has some connection to the movie as well, but I’ve read neither, so I can’t say for sure. Anyway, the main character of this book is Tomas Ward, the apprentice of Master Spook, Gregory. A spook is a man who hunts down evil spirits and creatures. The main antagonist in the story is an evil witch queen named Mother Malkin who leads a group of lesser witches in a bid for absolute power.

The story begins with Master Gregory imprisoning Mother Malkin in a deep dark pit, covered with iron. He thinks this will hold her forever, and so he leaves her. However, ten years pass; the iron covering rusts; and the blood moon rises. As her power peaks, Mother Malkin escapes and begins to plot revenge. She kills Master Gregory’s current apprentice and he is forced to find another. Enter Tomas Ward. He is the seventh son of a seventh son (as all Spooks are). Master Gregory seeks his family out, pays the parents a significant quantity of coin, and recruits Tomas. Pressed for time, Master Gregory endeavors to train Tomas on the go. He barely survives the first evening in Master Gregory’s home because he encounters an infernal skeleton that animates and attacks. Only the intervention of Master Gregory saves him. Still, believing he lacks the time, Master Gregory still insists on seeking Mother Malkin out and training Tomas on the go. The movie follows the standard fantasy quest from there. There is a love interest, a few conflicts, lots of special effects, and so forth.

Strengths: the characters were interesting and well-developed, the story was consistent and semi-decent, and the special effects were good (as most modern movies are). The acting was fine and the dialogue was decent. Weaknesses: the plot was somewhat lacking. It was pretty much standard fantasy quest type stuff … no surprises. My biggest complaint isn’t so much a complaint as it is a warning concerning the portrayal of witches. They are portrayed in the typical Western way. Witches are evil (except for one who isn’t), servants of demons and hell. There is no exploration of the religion of Wicca in the film. For me, this is fine, because I kind of like the demonic witch figure for the purposes of story-telling. That said, such stories tend to do a disservice to real witches. Real Wicca does not involve Satan-worship or the casual practice of evil despite what some groups might say. In Wicca there is a God and a Goddess (or a Goddess and her Consort). If I want to know what a witch believes in, I will ask the witch and not someone from a different religion that has a skewed view of her. Anyway, I could probably go off for pages on Wicca and its misinterpretation, but I’ll just leave that topic there.

Anyway, Seventh Son was okay, but nothing to write home about. I’ll give it three and a half stars out of five.

Movie Review: Into the Woods: (4 stars) (2014)

Into the Woods is the latest musical released into theatres by Disney. It follows the tradition of many animated features, but is a live-action film with lots of singing. It showcases a lot of talented actors and actresses in it. The most significant are: Meryl Streep (as the witch), Emily Blunt (as the Baker’s Wife), Johnny Depp (as the Wolf), James Corden (as the Baker), and Anna Kendrick (as Cinderella). The tale told incorporates four famous Fairy Tales into a single tale woven around a Baker and his wife.

The Baker and his wife are childless. At the beginning of the movie, they learn that this is the result of a curse. A witch offers to reverse the curse, if the pair obtain four special items integral to four concurrent fairy tales: a cow white as snow, a golden slipper, yellow hair like corn, and a cape red as blood. The cow, of course, belongs to Jack (Jack and the Beanstalk), the slipper belongs to Cinderella, the yellow hair belongs to Rapunzel, and the red cape belongs to Little Red Riding Hood. Desperately, the Baker and his Wife enter the wood in search of the four items, items with which the owners may not easily part. Each tale interweaves with the others creating a tapestry of mystery and magic.

Strengths: it was a musical, so the acting qua acting (love that word) was minimal, but what there was was very good. There was lots of singing, and the singing was well-performed as well. The special effects were good, and the plot was engaging. The dialogue, via song and sometimes not, was also good. Weaknesses: the movie was dark at times, possibly too dark for the very young. However, it was rated PG, not G, so I would think that parents should be cautioned against bringing the very young to the film. My biggest complaint comes at the end. And it has nothing to do with plot, acting, or dialogue. One of the last musical numbers played in the song had questionable lyrics. There was a lot of “There is no right or wrong,” or something to that effect. Disney did the same thing briefly in Frozen, an animated film I richly enjoyed. I just do not think it is a good idea to try to instill in our children that there is no moral truth. Yes, I get the notion that we all make mistakes. But you can only understand a mistake through a moral lens. The music itself was fine … it was just the words were not appropriate, I think. Also of concern to parents, I’m sure, was when the Baker’s Wife and Cinderella’s prince (married prince, at that) had a brief tryst in the woods.

Despite its flaws, it was still an enjoyable film and I’ll give Disney’s Into the Woods a full four stars out of five.

Goodreads Giveaway for Drasmyr, 3 Copies Available

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Drasmyr by Matthew D. Ryan


by Matthew D. Ryan

Giveaway ends December 12, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Reminder: Book Signing and Talk for Drasmyr and The Children of Lubrochius

Matthew D. Ryan will be giving a talk on the writing process at Plattsburgh Public Library for its celebration of Teen Read Week. Afterward, he will be holding a book signing for his dark fantasy novel, Drasmyr, and its sequel, The Children of Lubrochius.


Talk and Book Signing Schedule
Thursday, October 16th, 6:30 p.m.— 7:30 p.m. Plattsburgh Public Library, Plattsburgh, NY