Newish Freebie Release Monday!

Under the Freebie Fiction tab, the old freebies have been replaced with one new freebie. Well, it’s a newish freebie.
Like Clockwork and A Tangled Mind is a collection of three short stories. Two of them – Amy and Mischief in Reau Garden are previous releases.

The new story is called A Great Man. It’s about a guy named Charlie who leaves a bar with a girl and wakes up at her place. She doesn’t want him to leave. He doesn’t have his car and they are at an isolated location in the country, so he doesn’t have much say in the matter.

Amy is second in the lineup. I describe it as a zombie love story. I tweaked Amy slightly for this new release. Some of my reviewers on Smashwords offered constructive criticism that I happened to agree with, so I made changes. I also found parts that I wanted to change. The story is fundamentally the same though.

Then we have Mischief in Reau Garden. This story is a companion to my novel, MacDowell Sisters & Annabeth. The girls in Mischief are the child versions of elderly women in the novel.

I wouldn’t call this story a prequel, necessarily, but the relationship dynamic between the girls is one that lasts into their later years. Also it takes place at a Victorian mansion called Reau House, which is a vital setting in MacDowell Sisters & AnnaBeth.

The free ebook can be found in two other places aside from the blog. It’s also on my website: http://www.LeaRyan.com

If you don’t love pdf, you can find it in a variety of ebook formats on Smashwords.

I plan to release it on a couple of other ebook websites as well in the near future.
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guest post Inception, by Gunter Jameson

Inception: Mind Trippingly Satisfying

Christopher Nolan is the not the kind of filmmaker who rushes around from one project to the next. He takes his time, considers his material, and painstakingly puts together worlds and scenarios that twist audience’s minds around in five different directions at the same time before settling on an ending that always leave you wanting more. In fact, Nolan may be the current master of artistically complicated thrillers, and his latest film, Inception, is a master showcase for his abilities.

A dream within a dream within a dream . . .

Inception, due out on DVD December 7th, is a mind-bending thriller that takes audiences deep into a dream world where ideas can be stolen and planted in a high-stakes game of corporate espionage. Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio), is the best in the world at extraction, a process whereby he enters a person’s dreams and steals their ideas, selling them to the highest bidder. But since the death of his wife, he’s been on the run, accused of her murder.

When he fails an extraction audition for wealthy businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe), he is offered a chance to redeem himself and clear the murder charge by planting an idea in the head of the CEO of a rival company. With the help of other masters of dream manipulation (including Ellen Page, and Joseph Gordon-Leavitt), Dom builds the most complicated dream scenario he has ever created, involving multiple layers of dreams within dreams, in order to make the executive (Cillian Murphy) feel as if he was the one that came up with the idea.

What ensues is a head-tripping thriller that not only leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat but also forces you to reconcile multiple dream worlds into an overarching philosophical and metaphysical message about the power of ideas and the strength of memory in shaping our lives. Overall, it’s not the type of movie that you can passively sit through; it makes you work, but following Nolan’s complicated dance feels less like homework than it does like finishing the NY Times crossword puzzle—difficult, but immensely satisfying.

The right cast

Although Nolan is at the head of this crazy train, he could not have pulled off the level of storytelling that he does without the fantastic acting work done by DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard (as Dom’s dead wife), Ken Watanabe, and Joseph Gordon-Leavitt who create realistic and engaging characters with their performances. In addition, Nolan’s dream world is made all the more beautiful and frightening by cinematographer, Wally Pfister, who is also known for his fantastic work on other Nolan films like The Dark Knight and Momento.

Inception is a movie that will stay with you a long time as you continue to mull its conundrums around in your head, proving that Nolan is one of the greatest filmmakers working today.

Gunter Jameson writes about several topics including travel, minimalism and pell grants

random wednesday updates

Reading: Algernon Blackwood, Four Weird Tales
Soundtrack of the day: Almost Alice, various artists

Almost Thanksgiving greetings!

Ok, so I’m pushing the free short story ebook thingy release until probably Sunday. I planned to release this week but with the holiday going on, is anyone really going to be paying attention? I probably won’t be.

So. Sunday, unless I experience technical difficulties, which is always a possibility. I will blog about/officially announce the release/provide links on Monday. Exciting times! I hope everyone will read it.

The three stories aren’t really that long, so if you wanted to read them on a computer screen or print them out on paper, the experience wouldn’t be too obnoxious.

That leaves the novella, which may travel toward Lady Editor’s desk this week. I like it a lot. The novella is also going to be a freebie, possibly released in January.

I’m trying a few different things with the marketing this time around, so I need some extra time to get that all put together. It is also short enough that printing it or reading it on the computer screen wouldn’t be too much of a pain.

AnnaBeth book 2 is up to almost 20 pages. That is the way out into the future release. I probably won’t hardcore work on it until the novella is done.

Don’t forget – if you want to be notified when things are released (even free things), you can sign up for notifications by sending a blank e-mail with the word ‘subscribe’ to LeaRyan@LeaRyan.com. I promise not to share your e-mail address with anyone else or drive you crazy by sending messages every other freaking day like DSW does to me.

What else is going on.

Ah, Tron drops next month! I am so ready to go see it. We have the first one on DVD and we plan to watch that a day or two before we go to the theatre, just to refresh our memory of the story. I will definitely post about it here on the blog.

I have one last guest post for tomorrow about the movie Inception. The post is written by Gunter Jameson. He will be the last one for this round of guest posts.

I hope to hook up some author interviews for the beginning of next year. I think that would be exciting!

I may or may not be in Friday. Probably not unless I have some words just burning a hole in my brain.

Have a nice holiday!

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guest post, Five-Plus Reasons Why Writing Keeps Me (Us?) Coming Back by Brian Bujdos

Five-Plus Reasons Why Writing Keeps Me (Us?) Coming Back

A lot of us spend so much time writing that we probably never take a step back and admire what we like about plying our trade. I mean, we all enjoy the art of words, but what about writing really gets us going?

1. For me, the one reason I enjoy writing is simple – freedom! I have the freedom to carry on with my words however I want. I can take this blog in any direction, and you can’t stop me. Neither can the government (for the most part). This blog may make little or no sense to anyone, including me, in about 10 minutes, but I’m in charge here. And that’s comforting.

2. Another cool thing about writing is that our skills are constantly evolving. I believe I can be a better writer tomorrow than today. Not sure about you, but when I see a word that I’m not familiar with, I need to find out more. I am guessing most writers are that way. We are creative beings who are naturally enamored with language. For me, the language is kind of like a puzzle with no border (not so different than the Southwestern United States. Wait, this isn’t a political piece, but…)

3. Writing gives us a voice. Typically, writers have plenty to say. We enjoy communicating, and since many of us have chosen this as our profession, we like to communicate effectively. This allows us to influence other people – sometimes with the intent to change their mind, but often simply to report facts or to give them something to think about. Writers have an inherent ability and need to share something with others (or even just ourselves on occasion).

4. The Top 40 always changes. By this I mean there’s always another award-winning, or self-fulfilling story, article, blog or poem to be written. It’s kind of like the idea that hundreds of thousands of babies are born every day, but none of them look like anyone who’s already here. And to top that off, I find it interesting that I could have sat down two hours or to days later to write this “exact” blog, but it too would be quite different from what I am writing at this moment. Man, writer types are deep.

5. Writing is an escape (but you can still get paid for it). Maybe the best single thing about writing is that people will pay you to move your fingers around on a keyboard. For many writers, including myself, I feel blessed to be creative and passionate about writing – and that I can make a career out of doing what I enjoy. This may not be true for all writers, but for me, writing is an escape as well. Irrespective of the positive or negative things in my life, there’s a certain cognitive place to which writing leads me. It’s kind of like the place Bob Ross found when he painted his happy trees. Or something like that.

Of course, there are plenty of other things to enjoy about writing – such as the important contributions the written word can make in the lives of others. This might come in the form of an objective report about a horrible tragedy, or the penmanship of a captivating novel enjoyed on the beach.

If nothing else, I hope my rambling allowed you to reflect on why writing is enjoyable to you.

Brian Bujdos earned his B.A. in Journalism from Syracuse University in 1994. Brian is a guest writer and blogger for Viamedic.com, a safe U.S. medication facilitator with over 12 years of pharmaceutical experience. You can read more about Viamedic & their customer milestone of more than 1.5 million orders processed on PRweb.com.

movie Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex is a movie based on a DC comic book. It takes place during the civil war era.

Hex is a bounty hunter bent on revenge for the murder of his family. His enemy, Quentin Turnbull, is back from the dead and causing trouble. Jonah Hex is enlisted by the government to stop him.

Interesting facts: he can talk to dead people and has a couple of Gatling guns somehow affixed to his horse.

Josh Brolin played the ever grouchy, ever snarling Jonah Hex. The makeup and special effects artists really did a great job of making Brolin’s face look messed up. I did wonder if he had to hold the side of his mouth up the whole time he acted the part or if the makeup people rigged it up that way.

John Malkovich plays Quentin Turnbull. Will Arnett is in the mix too. He’s a Lieutenant.

Special cameo bonus – the guy who plays Broyles on Fringe! YES!

Megan Fox plays Lilah, a prostitute with a soft spot for Hex.

The corset they crammed that poor girl into probably did some sort of internal damage. Her waist looked painfully small.

I read a lot about Megan Fox (mild celeb gossip addiction), people giving her crap, calling her crazy, etc. The girl has skills, not necessarily great acting skills, but skills, nonetheless. She looks good and can pull off action sequences. That’s what she’s good at. Really, what else do we need her to do?

She didn’t really get much screen time until the almost the end of the movie, which I thought was sort of interesting, given that she was so heavily featured in the trailers.

Also interesting was the mention of Eli Whitney. You may know him as the inventor of the cotton gin. In this story, he invented a super weapon.

I read some bad reviews of this movie when it first premiered in the theaters. I actually thought it was good. There was plenty of action and the acting was fine. I’m not sure what those other reviewers were expecting.

I give it an A-.

Tomorrow! Tomorrow we have a guest post by Brian Bujdos about the joy of writing.
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The Chronicles of a Lost Soul, by Michael LaRocca

The Chronicles of a Lost Soul is a collection of short stories and poems written by Michael LaRocca.

I’m not going to go through every story individually because we’ll be here all day. So, I’m doing a brief overview with some highlights.

In various parts of the book, the writing style was reminiscent of King, Poe, or Dante. The book had everything from philosophy to suspense to creepiness to humor to goriness.

One thing I really noticed was the author’s ability to alter his ‘voice’. The stories were each written in a distinct manner.

There were only a couple parts of the book that I didn’t love. One of them was a story told from a dog’s perspective.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. If you would like to check it out, the link to smashwords is below.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/17846

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guest post Laura Hogg

Please welcome author Laura Hogg! She is here to share some information about and an excerpt from her historical romance, Descent Into Darkness.

Title: Descent Into Darkness
Author: Laura Hogg
Author’s email: l_hogg@comcast.net
Genre: historical romanc
He has come back from war, fighting Napoleon’s men on a ship. She is a lovely shopkeeper with a great sense of humor. A heroic heart rests inside this insecure, intelligent beauty, and she will be called to prove it. She and her love are pitted against each other for the sake of their families and some terrible accusations. She will be in constant peril as she gathers evidence to convict his dangerous brother of a harrowing crime. His heart breaks when he discovers something about her sister. Can their love survive the results of their investigations? They devise a dangerous plan to get to the truth, which brings them into the heart of Napoleon’s camp in 1812 Russia as spies. Risking everything, they must get to the truth.

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Excerpt:

“You want me gone?” The corners of his lips turned down.
She brought pleading eyes to his face. “I merely want you separated from your brother.”
“Why?”
“Something happened. He…” She wrung her hands.
He studied her.
“Take me with you.” Her lip quivered.
He curled his fingers around her arm. “No. It would be risky.”
“Where are we going?”
“Clarissa—”
“I pray you, Duncan.” She bowed her head and squeezed her eyes shut. “Please.”
“It’s dangerous.”
She opened her eyes. “I don’t mind that, as long as I’m by your side. If you left me here, it’s a certainty that you’ll come back a widower.” Her beseeching gaze tore at his heart.
He sighed and embraced her trembling form, rubbing his hand in comfort over her back. “You’re truly terrified. All right. I’ll take you. It’s fortunate you speak French. And French manners and customs?”
Her brow narrowed. “Of course, but what does that have to do with anything?” She stood.
“We are to be Monsieur et Madame—what French name do you fancy?”
She could do nothing but stare.
“Where are we going?”
“To see the Emperor Napoleon.”
She paled and fell backward. He caught her around the waist before she hit the mattress.

buy link: http://www.moongypsypress.com/hogg.php

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Ooh la la! Sounds exciting! Thank you for stopping by, Laura.