From the Ashes of Ruin Series Book Tour @matthewdryan1 @GoddessFish

February 1, 2016

From the Ashes of Ruin Series

by Matthew D. Ryan

 

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GENRE: Fantasy

 

About the Series

We vampires do not make easy prey. Our weaknesses are few, our strengths many. Fear is something we do not know, and death but a distant memory. So tread softly, pray to your god, and gird yourself with silver when the moons arise and night’s dark prince awakens. We fear not the wizard, nor the warrior, neither rogue, nor priest; our strength is timeless, drawn from darkness and we know no master save the hot lust of our unending hunger. We long for blood, your blood and no blade, nor spell, nor clever artifice, can keep us long from our prize. Feel our teeth at your throat, your life ebb from you, and know as darkness comes to claim you that the price of your folly is your everlasting soul.

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Excerpt

Excerpt from The Sceptre of Morgulan

“It was an accident!” Gaelan pleaded. But he knew it was useless. His father was in a particularly dark mood, a mood that wouldn’t relent until he’d beaten his son bloody. Gaelan wanted to crawl away and hide, but there was nothing he could do; both his hands were bound to the post. He could kick with his feet, but his father was bigger and stronger than he was; it would be a feeble gesture at best.

“Accident or no, it makes no difference,” his father said. “You’ve got to be better than that, son. You’re worthless and you’ll never amount to anything unless you straighten up.” He swung the strap again; it struck him across his shoulder blades garnering two new welts and a bloody line of damaged flesh. “I won’t have myself a worthless son.”

Again, the strap came down. Gaelan fell to his knees. The tears flowed freely now; he couldn’t stop them. He felt small and helpless, too weak to defend himself, a victim of pitiful circumstance. People often spoke of the gods, but where were they now? How could such injustice be permitted? Either the gods did not exist, or they did not care. Either way, thought of their so-called mercies did not help him. Mardikkar. Auraria. Neither one was there to stop the pain. He struggled to his feet.

Weak. Helpless. Weak. Helpless. The words formed a grim incantation in his mind. Something to focus on. Something to fight against.

I will not remain a victim, he thought. Not forever. He looked back over his shoulder and saw his father holding the leather strap, preparing to strike yet again. And though his knees quaked and his body bled, he felt a burning anger in his chest. Someday, father, he thought, I will hold the whip, and it will be you begging for mercy. And when that day comes, I will remember this moment and I will give you exactly what you deserve.

His father struck again.

Gaelan awoke …

 

About the Author

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Matthew D. Ryan lives in northeastern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. His writing has been featured at Aphelion.com and YesteryearFiction.com. He is the operator of the web-site matthewdryan.com which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” (http://matthewdryan.com/a-toast-to-dragons-the-blog/) a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. He is the author of the dark fantasy novels “Drasmyr,” “The Children of Lubrochius,” and “The Sceptre of Morgulan,” as well as a growing number of fantasy short stories including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.”

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Purchase Links

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Drasmyr

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Amazon

Barnes & Noble

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The Children of Lubrochius

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The Sceptre of Morgulan

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Giveaway

Matthew D. Ryan will be awarding a $15 Amazon/B&N gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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22 Comments

  • Sue A. February 19, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    World building involves so many details and must be all involving that I was thinking it is very time consuming. How long did you take just to develop the backdrop of the story?

    • Matthew D. Ryan February 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I wrote the original draft of “Drasmyr” without a properly built world. It was all stream-of-consciousness and I did it about 20 years ago. I couldn’t do that today. I require much more planning now. I went on to later develop the world for both a pen and paper role-playing game and as the setting for my novels (so I killed 2 birds with one stone). World building for a single novel is not as time consuming as world building for an RPG system. The novel only needs the stuff you’re going to use. Of course you still world build more, just to be safe. But RPG’s are another animal entirely. I could go on and on about this. And I have actually written a few blog posts about world building and its difficulties on my blog (http://matthewdryan.com/a-toast-to-dragons-the-blog/) if you are interested. You can go there and do a search for worldbuilding.

  • Sandra Watts February 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Enjoy your weekend and thanks again for hosting.

  • Lisa Brown February 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  • Sandra Watts February 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Hope you had a great weekend. Try to enjoy your week as well.

  • Victoria February 7, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Sounds like an awesome series! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Matthew D. Ryan February 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Glad you’re intrigued. Drasmyr is free, if you are interested.

  • Matthew D. Ryan February 1, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for hosting today. I really appreciated it.

  • Matthew D. Ryan February 1, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    My apologies to all commenters. When I looked at this site earlier today, I missed all the comments. Sorry. Will try to respond now.
    BN100–Thanks for your interest.
    Mary P–My vote is for powerful evil vampires.
    Sandra W–From lots of different sources. I kind of have a fantasy stew in my brain into which I delve.
    Rita W–Glad you liked it. Check out the book.
    Becky R–Fantasy (Sword and Sorcery)
    Eva M–Thanks for your well-wishing. Hope you enjoy the books.
    Ana M–Thanks for your interest.
    Sherry S–Hardest thing is Marketing. Next hardest thing is settling on a writing routine … I keep changing mine.
    Danielle C–Thanks. I appreciate that.

  • bn100 February 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    interesting series

  • Mary Preston February 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Strong vampires are the way to go.

  • Sandra Watts February 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    The books look interesting. Where do you get ideas for the main plots.

  • Rita Wray February 1, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I enjoyed the excerpt.

  • Becky Richardson February 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    What is your favorite genre?

  • Eva Millien February 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a thrilling series, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

  • Ana Mafalda Valente February 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    This looks interesting, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Sherry S. February 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Sounds like a very good book. What is the hardest thing about writing a book for you?

  • Danielle Corrow February 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Sounds like a very good and interesting book to read

  • Matthew D. Ryan February 1, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for hosting me today. I really appreciate it.

  • Goddess Fish Promotions February 1, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for hosting!