Donnerstag, 21. Juli 2016

News! Finally!

Yes, something has happened!
At last I have something to report in my blog!!

Firstly, let me just say that I think my mojo has returned... whatever a mojo is? Sounds like a make of Italian sidecar but that's by the by. It's all come about quite suddenly too, let me explain...

I used to belong to a vibrant and happy stable of authors who wrote and published for Thorstruck Books, (or Publications? I can't remember). 
Anyway, we had a tremendous esprit de corps amongst our ranks; with every one of us rooting for the other, helping with edits, promotion and opinions, and all the goodness that comes out of a collective with a dream. 
Alas, when Thorstruck closed its doors, the dream withered as we went our separate ways.
Two of my books went to Wild Wolf, who also have a great sense of community and mutual support, and Paul and myself released two books on Ravenous Roadkill.
However, I won't lie, I missed the constant chit chat we had on our Thorstruck page. Wild Wolf is far larger than Thorstruck, and we weren't, "discovered" by the guys making the decisions, so there was no major support. That's not dissing WW, not by any means! It's just Division and House had run their course and nobody throws money or effort at dead fish.

Paul and myself, (Ravenous Roadkill) are defo on the same wavelength in all manner of things, but he's as busy as I am so our communication, besides the online Facebook banter wasn't anywhere near like Thorstruck.

ANYWAY... Poppet, one of the movers in Thorstruck, decided to start an ezine with a couple of friends, and long story cut short, she invited us ex-Thorstruckers to participate.
It sounds daft, there's no money involved, well not yet, and I'm not even sure what I can contribute with? Do horror stories have any place in a magazine that wants, (and I quote),
"book reviews and releases, author interviews, gardening articles, natural health articles (with journal references), and earth and animal friendly products"?

Who cares, whatever they want I'll deliver, because I'm back with the guys and it's going to ROCK !!!

I'm stoked, does it show?
:D
Check them out here: 13th Sign Publishing

Take it easy.
Reg.

Samstag, 19. März 2016

News... I have none.

Honestly, time slips by so quickly nowadays, I can't believe I haven't written anything since LAST YEAR!!!
Whatever, nothing has really happened since then anyway. A couple of reviews for Sisterhood, one for House, an interview with Tee, (link to follow), and sales so spare you'd think I've been blacklisted or something.

Anyway, Division of the Damned part two is stuttering and wheezing like a bronchitis-lamed chain smoker as I simply don't seem to find the time and energy to, "get stuck in". The story is there, everything is set, and yet my Mojo, (whatever that may be?) simply isn't playing ball.
It's on the agenda, and I know when I'm in the Zone it'll just fall out of my fingers. However, the road to this legendary "Zone" is taking its time being found.

So, no news except for a couple of good reviews, and an interview.
Here's the link for my chat with Tee, and I'll bid you all a fond, fondue.

Tee Geering's Blog

Have a great weekend, as you were.
Reg.

Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2015

Montag, 28. Dezember 2015

Update... a little overdue.

So where do I begin?

Okay, I'll start with Christmas because, to be honest, nothing has really happened since my last post, (which seems unfeasible in this fast moving era of the internet, I know, but it's true).

Just before Chrimbo, Paul, (my partner in crimes against literature at Ravenous Roadkill) wrote to me to say he's sorted out the paperbacks for Sisterhood and Chronicles.

I won't lie, I was ecstatic! To write a book in itself is a labour of love, and to see it on Amazon being sold as an ebook is a real kick. However, the kudos lies in paper, and to hold my own work in my hands, in book form is like scoring with a millionaire nymphomanic photomodel, especially when you're as proud of your own mindless literary wibblings as I am.

Reality bit when I ordered my first copy. We'd set the font too small and consequently it was unreadable. A minor glitch, but one that twanged the heart strings as I planned to give a few away for Christmas, (being the absolute cheapskate that I am). There are actually still a few copies going around among my friends that need a neutron microscope to be read.

However, leaving our disappointment sitting in the dust we moved swiftly on, sorted that out and the book was good to go by the middle of December; and if I say so myself, it looks bloody good! The cover is the same as the ebook, (made by our good friend Poppet), but I twiddled some knobs, played with some photos and made the back cover and spine myself. We set the price for as low as Amazon would let us sell it for without us making a loss. On Amazon.co.uk it's going for 4.99, which is a snip for a new book IMHO.

The Chronicles of Supernatural Warfare came hot on its heels. Paul had a few issues with the cover, (to say the least. It was sent back something like five times before it was accepted), but he fought through the cyber-redtape and made an excellent cover that we both liked. Formatting was an issue, as was the fact that the page numbers didn't show up and we forgot the index, but I think they've all been sorted out by now. If not... well, then not.

I know anthologies have a bad reputation when it comes to sales, but Chronicles is the product of an idea a friend of mine had years ago. Theresa Geering, or Tee to everyone, put the idea in my head about 2009, I even wrote a post on it a couple of years later, here: Short Stories post

It grew in importance and when Paul suggested we team up on it, I was sold. I'm glad we did as well, I really like the stories and to have them in print is something to cherish.
Again we set the price as low as possible without us making a loss and it's up there for 6.99 in Britain. If we could sell it for cheaper we would, but Amazon and the taxman take their tribute, which leaves us with mere pennies.

Anyway, if you're interested, here are the links to peruse at your leisure and convenience:
The Sisterhood of the Serpent

The Chronicles of Supernatural Warfare

I can't see Wild Wolf publishing Division and House in paperback, they're simply not selling, but one day it might happen again... one day...

And now to another issue. Reviews.
If anyone feels the need to write a review for Chronicles or Sisterhood, but feels a bit abashed at the seriously exorbitant price, drop me a line and I'll send you a Mobi version. However, please don't ask for a version and then forget it on your Kindle for the next five years. BTW, Mobi versions don't work with the Kindle App, but will work with Kindles.
If you don't like what I've written, fair enough, I ask only that you're honest...ly nice :D
Drop me a line on my FB page, or message me with your email address. Don't feel obliged, just do it if it's convenient to you.

In January I said that there'd be no new novels out from me this year, but I lied. Sisterhood is out there, and now Chronicles. I have four books on Amazon and one short story, and I'm bloody proud of them all!

Next year I hope to release The Division of the Damned part two, (Gulag), and maybe my "War and Peace meet Jurassic Park" novel, who knows...? 
Hogs might get high, or whatever the saying is? ;)

Take it easy.
Reg.


Sonntag, 27. September 2015

Finally!

Richard Rhys Jones Literary Productions, in association with Ravenous Roadkill Publications, are proud to present our third novel, out now!
Sounds quite official that does, don't it :D

It's only taken nigh on three years to write, suffering more stops and starts than the rise of Western civilisation, and was born of an idea thrown at me while I was signed to Taylor Street, and yet it's finally out.

Here's a quick reminder as to what happened...
The people who ran Taylor Street asked me if I would be interested in writing a story set in a famous hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip? Their plan was to publish the book, and maybe have the hotel endorse it. They were given the go-ahead from the establishment in question, and so I began to write the book. However, six months into writing it, Taylor Street died a death and I was suddenly without a backer for the project.

However, I was so enamoured with the idea I decided to push on with it anyway. Then came Thorstruck and my new project took a back seat as the books they had so nicely taken on had to be promoted, which was only fair. Thorstruck were so cool and friendly that I could never have lived with myself if I just consigned Division and House to the back shelf after they had been edited, repackaged and rereleased.
Thorstruck were interested in an anthology of stories that Paul Rudd and myself had collected over the years, so we ploughed our energies into releasing Chronicles, and Sisterhood was thus kept on a low flame.

Then the Thorstruck thunderbolt hit, and once again I found myself without a publisher.

Wild Wolf stepped up to the plate and kindly offered to let Division and House take a place on their shelf... which was mega cool of them, truth be told. 

Meanwhile. Paul decided to go ahead with Ravenous Roadkill and we released Chronicles and The Fiddler's Soul.
Suddenly I had space to move on with the novel, and after many stops and starts, it was finished.
Our good friend Poppet, in a flash of kind support, sent us a cover and the whole tome was edited and formatted by our good friend Kris Stone of Blue Hour Books.
I really love the way you guys stepped up to the plate and helped without batting an eyelid or demanding money.
You guys both ROCK!!!

Due to the intricacies of the German tax system, I decided not to be a partner at Ravenous, which would then be a multi national company...! 
However, I will be helping with the running... which basically involves me sending Paul abusive texts and reminders of who the best footy team in the world is, (Liverpool, FYI).

So, there you have it.
Next stop is Gulag, The Division of the Damned part two.

Anyway, here's the blurb, then you may proceed directly to Amazon to purchase your book there, (but not you Poppet and Kris).

The Sisterhood of the Serpent.
The Nagani.

As ancient as death and unspeakably scarred with the marks of Leviathan, they stalk the gates of Hell for the souls promised them by their feeder cult, the Sisterhood of the Serpent.

Bailey's hotel and casino, Las Vegas. 1997.

Jim and Rebecca Gregory were just glad to be in the safe hands of the FBI after the botched attempt on their life by the Mexican mafia. However, that all changed when Jim found out which hotel the Bureau used as a safe house; Bailey's, on the Las Vegas strip.

Bailey's, where Jim's first wife had committed suicide sixteen years before to escape the clutches of an obscure cult in Colorado.

That cult, an all-female sect who believed God and the Devil were dead and salvation lay only in the demon Leviathan, had called themselves the Sisterhood of the Serpent.

Now Jim would be confronted by a past he never knew existed, and find himself fighting for his soul, and the souls of his wife and their unborn baby.


As you were.
Reggie, :)