Erin Ritch

Author, Mom, Founder of No Wyverns Publishing

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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!

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!

“The Reanimation of Robert” – open for Beta readers!

Teaser of the book cover! Artwork by Char Houweling of Houweling Design

 

I am so excited to announce that my Paranormal fiction “The Reanimation of Robert” is moving into the next phase of development…and I need Beta readers, like you!

If you’re new to the term, a “Beta reader” is willing to read an early draft of a novel and provide their feedback. That means you’ll have to overlook some possible spelling/grammar errors and help the author (me!) identify any parts of the story that just don’t make sense. This is an important and exciting part of the editing process – and I need your help!

Here’s a short synopsis of the story:

Robert should not be alive. Missing from his wife’s side on the night of her murder, he has no memory or explanation for his absence other than a strange twist of fate. Haunted by the dead who continue to cross his path, Robert realizes they are seeking his help and that he has abilities he never knew imaginable. When a messenger of Death is sent to investigate his newfound power, a young barista is Robert’s only ally in the race to save the souls of the lost, including his family, before they become trapped in darkness forever.

To entice you further, I’ve included a teaser of the book cover above ~ the amazing Char Houweling of Houweling Design is designing the cover! She also created the artwork for “Myth” and I couldn’t be happier to be partnering with her again.

If you’re interested in becoming a Beta reader, please email me at Erin@NoWyverns.com before December 26th  and let me know your e-reader preference. I’ll send you the file and a few short questions to be answered at the end of the story. I’ll ask to hear back from you before January 20th, 2017 (please). All Beta readers get a free copy of the finished e-book and my forever gratitude.

Thank you!

 

 

It’s release day for Myth!!

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Finally, it’s here!

It feels like forever ago we released Myth for pre-order only…and now release day is finally here! Both the e-book and the print version are live to purchase today. I hope you all love it and please, share with your friends!

Get your copy of Myth here!

“Myth” release date announcement…and e-book pre-orders open!

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Cover illustration by the talented Char Houweling

I can’t believe this day is finally here but…my Young Adult Fantasy book “Myth” has a release date of 7.25.16!

Get your e-book pre-orders here!

If you know me and my writing, then you’ve probably heard me talk about this book at least a hundred times. What started as notebooks full of handwritten pages has turned into a novel. It’s traveled with me from Oregon to Vancouver B.C. (where those handwritten notebooks were almost stolen – thank you, nice Canadian thieves, for leaving them in my parent’s car), then to California (where I packed them with my valuables when we were almost evacuated from fires), then back to Oregon, tucked safe atop my bedroom dresser.

Where it sat. And sat. And the paperclips of notes between the pages grew rusty with age. It sat some more until one day I needed this story again. And those characters were still there, dutifully waiting in the place I had left them.

That was August of 2014. So I picked up where I left off, writing “Myth” while working full time. I’d write on my lunch breaks. I’d write after my toddler went to bed or on my days off. I don’t know how many ideas I’d repeat to myself over and over during my commute between home and work – don’t forget it, don’t forget it until you get home and jot it down. It went painfully slow but at least it went.

I was able to scramble one edit through the finished manuscript before taking it to a writer’s conference in August of 2015. I pitched it to several agents and editors, all who displayed interest. But then “Myth” had to sit and wait again. So it sat and sat, waiting for the response from those “interested” agents that eventually arrived, if at all.

Now it’s 2016 and this story is tired of sitting and waiting. When I started No Wyverns Publishing, I knew I’d have total creative control over “Myth.” And while that’s stellar, it’s also a lot of work. You need to get as much feedback as you can. You need to hire and seek out help from professionals. You need to edit and revise and edit again (then again. Oh, and again). It also helps to be married to a brilliant book format expert and all around problem-solving-genius.

But guess what? I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It takes a lot of patience to write a book. Unfortunately, I’ve had to say ‘no’ to some things and drag myself to the computer when I just wanted to go to bed instead of editing until 1 am. But through it all, I couldn’t put this story down and never tired of it and I hope readers feel the same way.

It’s going to be an exciting and busy summer and I have twenty emails to write about this announcement. But right now I’m going to sit back and reflect on how far this book has come. It’s survived theft and fire and age and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

So that’s the story of how “Myth” came about…but what’s the book about, you ask?

Shogun Saban dreams of becoming a woodsman like his grandfather; to fly between the trees and listen to their stories. But his father wants to keep him rooted on the ground and far away from his childhood friend, a girl of the sea named Madigan who can control the elements.

Beyond their little corner of the world, an evil has sprouted and is quietly spreading; corrupting its victims and marking them with eyes full of shadows. When it reaches their sleepy hometown of Shrunken Hollow, Shogun and Madigan search for the origin of the darkness – but the answer lies in an old myth about a place that only exists in dreams.

With the aid of the forest and the sea, Shogun and Madigan must unravel the myth before the darkness takes over their world – and themselves.

 Thanks to everyone that helped me with this book, got excited with me about this book, put up with my pickiness, waited while I “just need to finish this last paragraph,” or just offered a “that’s awesome!” We did it!

New cover for The Mayan Ruins!

 

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Illustration by Matt Smith!

I’m super excited to reveal the new cover for

The Quinn Family Adventures: The Mayan Ruins

For the last few weeks I’ve been working with an amazing artist, Matt Smith, to create an illustration to replace the existing cover. We decided the old cover was halfway there…it had a bit of “textbook” feel to it due to the photograph.

Out with the old!

Out with the old!

It was a really fun (and easy!) experience to work with Matt on this project… and I think he created an illustration that really captures the adventure of the story! (If I had drawn it myself, you would have seen stick figures holding a map.)

Check out more of Matt’s work at Smith vs. Smith – I love the weekly comics he posts and he also does commission work, such as this book cover! I also follow his Instagram account, where you can see his comics and process videos!

Now I really feel like this book is wrapped up and complete…and the plans for the next book in the series are on the horizon!

Complete book jacket design!

Complete book jacket design!

The Quinn Family Adventures: The Mayan Ruins – now in print!

Cover design by the Talented Mr. Nicholas Ritch

Cover design by the Talented Mr. Nicholas Ritch

 

It has been a long road of lengthy edits (I believe I was on proof 4 when I was finally able to approve it) but The Quinn Family Adventures: The Mayan Ruins is now available in print! This book has been available as an E-book for a few months but the print version proved a bit of a challenge. We had some formatting hiccups which led to very small errors in the copy, such as random extra spaces inserting between text and quotation marks. This was so unbelievably obnoxious to me, its very possible that no one would have ever seen it for all of time, but I would forever know they were there.

What some people see: “Hello, my name is Erin Ritch. “

What I see: “Hello, my name is Erin Ritch.                    “

I’m excited to have another completed book ready to go! Onto the next!

 

Memories Wait Alone in bookstores!

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(Can you spot the “Memories Wait Alone” poster?)

 

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Ta da!

 

I’m very excited that print copies of Memories Wait Alone are making their way into bookstores now. The last remaining parts of my promotional materials for the book arrived last week. I hope the poster will attract interest and I consider the bookmarks a great advertising tool. This is a picture of the storefront from the wonderful Thurston Book Exchange in Springfield, Oregon. The owner has been a pleasure to work with – it has been a great experience to partner with gracious professionals in this industry. More to come!

“Memories Wait Alone” – available in print!

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Super excited that my Historical Fiction novella “Memories Wait Alone” is now available in print! I wrote this story several years ago and spent my maternity leave with my daughter editing it (because I had nothing else going on…right!? *note extreme sarcasm*). After some cover updates, I recently relaunched the story as a Kindle E-book. But there is nothing like the feeling of seeing your book as real book!

Here’s a synopsis of the story:

It is 1885 and Cecil Sherbowe has everything he could ever want in life. He has led a privileged childhood, raised in a large estate nestled in the plains of the English countryside. He is in line to inherit his family’s property. That is, if he can fulfill his father’s archaic wishes. Under the watchful eye of his cantankerous caretaker Ananias, Cecil is ordered to spend several months working in the poverty stricken village of The Deverills. Intending to break him of his vanity and pride, instead his months at The Deverills introduce Cecil to a new infatuation – a beautiful village woman named Natalie. When he is forced to choose between her and his freedom, Cecil spends years chasing after his lost love, from the Boer War of Africa to the speakeasies of 1920’s New York City. In order to reunite with the woman he loves, Cecil may have to lose everything along the way.

Right now the book is only available on Amazon but I’m working on getting copies in local bookstores soon. If you happen to get a copy – thank you so much! – and please leave a review. I’d love to hear your thoughts!