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

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!

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!

“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!

“The Unfinished” at The Manifest-Station

Today, I was honored to have my essay “The Unfinished” featured on Jen Pastiloff’s wonderful website, The Manifest-Station. This was a very personal piece for me, detailing my journey from a miscarriage I suffered several years ago and how it played a part in my return to writing.

I wrote this essay for several reasons.

One – Writing is cathartic for me. It’s how I process life and death, literally. I knew writing about my loss was the key for me to find that elusive closure, but I wasn’t ready to tackle it until the recent birth of my daughter.

Two – I aspire to be a truthful and brave writer. And sometimes (well, many times) that’s going to be mean placing myself out of my comfort zone. Look, there’s some pretty darn personal stuff in this essay. But be brave and truthful, right?

Three – Maybe my story will help someone else. Shortly after my miscarriage, I joined an online grief support group. I was floored. My weird little horrible miscarriage had happened to other people too! I wasn’t a freak. I wasn’t an anomaly. And to know someone else out there had survived and healed, well, that made all the difference.

New Horizons

 

It’s near the end of the first month of 2017…wow. January has been a busy month of birthdays, anniversaries, family visits, ice skating lessons and pretty much everything else in between. Oh yeah, did I mention I’m having a baby in about six weeks? *insert ten thousand other things that need to be done before baby #2 comes*

I have a lovely list of goals for 2017 outlined on the front page of my obsessively detailed 2017 planner (which I live by.) I’m calling them my New Horizons because I’m excited about the direction it will take me and my writing. I’m hoping to expand No Wyverns Publishing, release three new fiction titles this year, and explore the world of non-fiction writing. Another goal on my list? Aim for 100 rejections this year. That’s right. The more rejections = the more I’m submitting my work out there.

Oh yeah, did I mention I’m having a baby in six weeks? Don’t worry, that event is on my planner, too.

“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!

 

 

Ashland Literary Festival & Indie Author Day 2016!

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I’m excited to announce I’ll be at the Ashland Lit Fest next month! It’s being held on October 8th, which falls on the first annual Indie Author Day! I learned about Indie Author Day from No Shelf Required, where they discuss the participation of over 260 libraries to help indie authors get their voices heard. See quote below from David Greenough:

“Over the past three years, we’ve seen this movement grow and evolve, and Indie Author Day will be the first instance of bringing this whole community together on one day to raise awareness of self-published books and demonstrate its place as a vibrant part of the publishing ecosystem.”

How fantastic is that?? You can learn more about Indie Author Day (and which libraries are participating in your area) at IndieAuthorDay.com. I wish I had learned about this earlier, I would have encouraged my own local library to participate!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m over the moon to be involved with Ashland Lit Fest! It will be held in Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University. Hope to see you there!