Erin Ritch

Author, Mom, Founder of No Wyverns Publishing

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Jolabokaflod PDX

I’m so excited to be taking part in a wonderful new event next month in Portland, OR – Jolabokalflod PDX!

What is Jolabokaflod, you ask?

The event was organized by the talented Margaret Pinard of Taste Life Twice and will be held at the fantastic venue of Nordic Northwest. There will be music, giveaways, and of course…local authors like myself! I love that this is a book fair with a theme and it will be a lovely way to usher in 2019!

Join the Facebook page here to stay updated on the event! I hope to see you there!

Jolabokaflod PDX

December 30, 2018

3:30-6:30 pm

Nordic Northwest

8800 SW Oleson Rd

Portland, OR 97223

Advanced Reader sign up for “The Reanimation of Robert”

 

We now have an official launch date for The Reanimation of Robert…December 25, 2018!

But in the meantime…I’ve just started sign up for Advanced Readers – you can download the book through Booksprout here!

What is an Advanced Reader? You get an early copy of the book now – free – (as an ebook) and have time to read it before the official launch. Once the book is live, you are asked to leave a review on either Amazon or Goodreads. Why is this important? Because the early stages of a book launch are a prime time for new readers to stumble across my book and having a few reviews on there is GOLD!

I’ll be making more updates soon about the book launch soon! Thank you!!

 

Cover reveal!

 

It’s here! I can finally share with you all the cover reveal for my urban fantasy “The Reanimation of Robert” – coming late fall/early winter! I am so happy with this cover, yet another piece of art done by the talented Char Houweling of Houweling Design.

Look for an announcement soon for the official publication date AND a sign up for Advanced Readers! In the meantime, what the heck is this book about, you ask? Well, read on…

Robert Castle should not be alive. When his wife Claire was murdered almost a year ago, Robert has no memory of his whereabouts on the night of her death or how he escaped the same fate himself. Narrowly cleared of suspicion for Claire’s murder and still reeling from her loss, Robert finds refuge in his floating house on the docks and the companionship of Piper, a spirited barista who sees another side to his sad tale.  But Robert is no ordinary grieving widower; he has made a risky deal with Death itself to bring his wife back to life – he just doesn’t know it.

As a string of murders plague Seattle, Robert finds himself again under the watchful eye of Alex Shaw, the detective who investigated Claire’s murder and believes Robert escaped justice. Caught between a budding relationship with Piper and his obsession with Claire’s cold case, Alex is willing to risk it all to connect Robert with the killings.

Life and death collide as Robert navigates his new powers and the consequences they bring. The deceased seem drawn to him like moths to a flame, but Robert’s end goal remains the same – to bring back his dead wife and clear his name. But if you make a deal with Death, prepare to pay the price.

More info to come!

Summer updates

Ahhh…summer. Long days. Really early mornings. Really, really hot temperatures. And too many activities out in those really, really hot temperatures. (Can you tell I’m a fall/winter gal?)

But I’ve got some air conditioned plans coming up in the future! I’ll be attending the Willamette Writers Conference August 3-5 in Portland, Oregon. If you haven’t attended before, it’s a GREAT conference filled with workshops for every interest. I’ve made some great contacts in the past and it is just a great feeling to commiserate with hundreds of other authors who are all toiling away on their projects as much as you!

I’m also participating in a My Book Cave promotion called “Lost in Time” with over a dozen other authors. You can download a copy of our offered book for free (I have “Memories Wait Alone” up there now!) in exchange for signing up for our newsletter. If you’re interested, you can snag a free book here until August 6th!

In other book news, I am THISCLOSE to finishing the final draft on “The Reanimation of Robert.” I can’t wait to share this book with all of you. It’s been several years in the making but I’m proud of the themes addressed and the main character is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Be patient with me, gentle reader. I only get work done when everyone else is asleep (and I probably should be, too.)

Myth Machine!

If you all haven’t heard of this site yet….well, you’re welcome.

I’ve shared a bit about this in my newsletter, but I’ve been involved in an amazing site called Myth Machine since earlier this year. Readers can go to this site and “read for free” from a selection of books (I have three books up there!) that are posted. You can read these in an e-reader style program that Myth Machine populates, and every other page will have ads (this is how us authors benefit, too!)

Free for you…pays us, too.

I personally love the way this is designed.

But wait…there’s more! They are also building fandoms around our books, in addition to MANY MANY other books, television shows (Charmed!!), movies, etc. These fandoms have a social media feed built into them….so you’re sharing and chatting and connecting with other people who love that fandom as much as you do.

WHEW!

If you are interested, sign up for a free account here.

And then go find me here and let’s be friends!

Don’t forget to join my fandoms for Myth, Memories Wait Alone, and The Quinn Family Adventures. I’ll be sharing more history and other fun stuff surrounding my books in the future. I’ll see ya there!

Port Orford Indie Press Writer’s Conference – 4.21.18

I’m excited to share that I will be presenting at the First Annual Indie Press Writer’s Conference in Port Orford, Oregon on April 21st! I will be focusing my presentation on some of the questions I had when I first began self-publishing. I truly hope the information I share will be valuable and help another author get their work out there!

And it’s at the Oregon coast…can’t get any better than that!

Read more about the conference at WordLink and visit the Port Orford Library’s website here. I am blown away at the wonderful programs offered by this library, I can’t wait to visit next month!

Goodreads!

Happy 2018! Anyone else taking place in the Goodreads Reading Challenge? One of my goals for this year is to up my time dedicated to reading…my evenings should be spent either writing, reading, or yes, occasionally watching reality TV.

So far this year, I am two books into my 25 book goal. I consumed Murder on the Orient Express and cannot wait to get my hands or Kindle e-reader on more Poirot. He is by far one of my favorite fictional characters and Christie’s magnificently constructed story….well, it’s no surprise this story has stuck around as long as it has.

My second book for the year…The Handmaid’s Tale. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to REALLY love this book. I have a Margaret Atwood quote hanging up in my office, for goodness sake. But I felt unable to connect with the main character, Offred, from the start. I’ve spent a good deal of time pondering if this was all part of Atwood’s plan, to keep us disconnected from Offred just as she was disconnecting herself from her terrible predicament. Yet still, it kept me distracted from the story. I loved the ending and how it substantiated the tone of the book. And, of course, Atwood’s use of language and sentence structure is right up my alley.

Good luck to you, fellow reader! Future books on my horizon include The Great Gatsby and a range of Sci-Fi classics. Happy reading!

“Myth” and “The Mayan Ruins” …free (for now!)

I’ve recently joined several promotions through My Book Cave that have been working out fabulously! By signing up for the No Wyverns Publishing newsletter, a copy of Myth or The Mayan Ruins can be downloaded for free. So far it has been a very successful promotion – if you are interested in signing up, see below. (But hurry, the promotions are ending soon!) Read on!

Click here to sign up for a copy of Myth!

Click here to sign up for a copy of The Mayan Ruins!

Short Story Collection Volume I – published!

Yay! After much compiling, formatting, and proofing…my first collection of short stories is finally published!

Ta da!

I am so excited to have these stories out. I am a lover of short fiction, my first story ever published online was a piece of flash fiction. As the description says, they are “tales of fantasy, science fiction, and the obscure.” Some of the work has appeared previously on this blog over the years, while other stories are new and unpublished.

For the cover design, I wanted to incorporate the new-and-improved No Wyverns Publishing logo. The background text is a loop of the titles of the twenty-two stories contained in this book. I plan to publish more anthologies of short fiction in the future that will use this same layout…eventually becoming a box set! (Oh, the plans…the plans…)

 

Here is an excerpt from one of my favorite stories included, “The Last Machinist.”

I have searched countless years, scouring the globe for an object that probably doesn’t even exist.

Jen-Li stared at the wrinkled page of her sister’s last journal entry. It trembled in the whipping wind that invaded the abandoned living quarters, howling as it broke through the cracked windows. The room was so cold. Bitter and lonely, as though resentful for being left in such a state. A thin layer of dust covered the overturned furniture and broken dishes like downy, providing just enough protection against the raging elements outside.  Removing her gloves, Jen-Li traced the sentence with her finger, leaving a muddled smear of letters in its wake. She wiped it again for the last time so that it would belong to her alone. So that this idea that her sister pondered became nothing but a blur, just like the stain of runny ink on her fingertips that would eventually wash away.

“What does it say?” Terra asked from the doorway. Her small frame was swallowed by her heavy coat, transforming her into a bulky, short stump of a ten-year-old. Her blue eyes shone fiercely from the depths of her fur-lined hood. She could read her mother’s body language too well.

Whisking the withered journal in her arms, Jen-Li closed it with a loud clap. A cloud of dust sauntered up to her face, burning her freckled nose as she hacked on the taste. The sound seemed to startle the frozen room as another wave of dust trickled from the ceiling and into her damp auburn hair.

“I wanted you to stay in the mech,” she said, peering out the frosted window glass as she replaced her gloves. Her mech was still there, motionless and protected beneath the ancient fir tree on the edge of the abandoned drive. She looked up at the splitting beams of her sister’s last known dwelling place. “This place is falling apart.”

“Did Aunt Nina find it?” Terra pressed. Her voice sounded on the precipice of panic.

“I don’t know,” Jen-Li replied sharply before she caught herself, realizing that her own voice sounded strained. That was not her job, not her duty as Terra’s mother, to sound afraid. That was not who she was. That was not the tone of this journey that had taken them from the warmth of home to this wasteland. Jen-Li recovered and joined her daughter in the entryway.  “But we will find out.”

 

Intrigued? I hope so! The e-book is priced at only .99 and the print version at $4.99 – both available at Amazon!