entering the weekend

Happy Friday! Today is a wonderous day.

The release of What the Dead Fear was frickin’ awesome. On Smashwords alone, 83 people downloaded it in the first 24 hours. A bunch of people read it on scribd too, about 20, I think. That’s huge for little, old me.

It is now available for 99 cents in the Kindle store after a bit of a delay. Here is a link for your clicking pleasure.

http://www.amazon.com/What-the-Dead-Fear-ebook/dp/B004P8JJOQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298687738&sr=1-3

There is a second listing for $2.99. I am currently trying to figure out how and why that happened and of course, trying to get them to remove it.

It should also be available on obooko.com soon. I’ll post a link if/when I get that going. That’s a new site for me, so we’ll see how that goes.

Thank you to everyone who already downloaded the ebook. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

What’s next? Hmmmm…I hope to crank out at least two more novels this year. I had a kick-ass idea for a third project that may sneak its way in too. That might be another novella though.

This weekend will involve some AnnaBeth editing and notes for future projects.

Perhaps Monday I will have a new photo of me for the blog. It may be time to retire cartoon me.

That is all. Have lovely times.
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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find links to two free ebooks on Smashwords and novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

movie: Let Me In

This weekend’s movie selection was Let Me In. It’s a touching story of boy meets girl; girl happens to be a vampire.

Thankfully, Abby (played by Chloe Moretz, also Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass) is not a Twilight vampire. She’s a good, old-fashioned rip-your-throat-out vampire, just the way they’re supposed to be.

She befriends a boy named Owen.

Owen has no idea what she is, at first. He’s shy and gets bullied at school. The scenes in which Owen is bullied are pretty awful as far as what’s being done to him. He has problems at home too. His parents are divorcing and arguing on the phone. I wanted to reach through the screen and give him a hug.

Abby’s situation elicits almost as much sympathy. She is just as lonely as Owen. I won’t get too far into that because I don’t want to insert any spoilers.

Let Me In has some very graphic scenes. The most violence is, of course, inflicted by Abby the vampire. It’s strange to see someone so young and innocent looking work through these gruesome, bloody scenes. Her role as Hit-Girl involved a lot of violence as well, but she used weapons in Kick-Ass. In Let Me In, she just uses herself.

The plot was a little slow in places but the movie was definitely watchable.
It gets an A-.

Tomorrow, free novella release day. WOO! Check back for links and such.
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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.
Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

not a release day

Today is not the day I hoped it would be. Today was supposed to be release day for the novella, but I’ve decided to hold onto it for a couple more days. I’m still tweaking the words. Wednesday should be the day and I’ll drop links to the book and the trailer, just like one big multimedia splat.

So, Wednesday.

Today we’ll compare similar plots, because I haz them.

There is a somewhat significant similarity between the plot of Babylon Dragon (my first novel) and What the Dead Fear.

Both protagonists are dead and trying to save someone who is still alive for at least most of the story. Also both stories have some pretty darn strange settings. Adrea (Babylon Dragon) is in Purgatory and Juniper (What the Dead Fear) is in Limbo.

That’s where the similarities end though.

I guess the point is to say that I know these stories have certain aspects in common, but they are also unique. This dead person trying save a living person isn’t a shtick. What the Dead Fear is probably the last story in which the protagonist is dead that I’ll write for quite a while, probably until (if) I write the Babylon Dragon sequel.

That is all.
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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

so little to say and yet, still here

I’m starting to think the blog is like an addiction for me. I didn’t have anything to share, really, and yet I’m still hanging out in my cyberhome.

I am working on a bunch of stuff, mostly word stuff, mostly obsessing about the novella release that’s coming up. I probably will have read it no less than 4 times by the end of this week. I think Brain is stuck in psycho edit mode.

Anyway husband showed me this video the other day. I thought it was really cool so I’m showing it to you too.

It’s a redo of Jay-Z’s 99 problems but in a style similar to that of the Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree song. The band is called ‘Hugo’. I have no idea what else they sing.

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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

Juniper Townsend character sketch

Juniper is the main character in my upcoming novella, What the Dead Fear. I thought I would write a bit about her today.

At the time of her death, she’s a 22 year old college student and the only child to her single mother, Francine.

Juniper is different from the female leads in my novels. Where Adrea (Babylon Dragon) and AnnaBeth (MacDowell Sisters and Annabeth) (also, both ‘A’ names? What does that mean?) were unsure of themselves and constantly questioning whether their actions were right, Juniper doesn’t. She has few or no reserves about jumping into the fire for her friend. From almost the beginning of the story, she is on task.

However, she does carry a lot of regret with her into Limbo. The feelings she has gnaw away at her, especially in situations in which she perceives herself as helpless, which isn’t very often. Her remorse can only be healed through action.

Juniper is loyal and brash and relentless. She takes whatever path she believes will bring her closer to her goal, even if she doesn’t always have a complete plan.

What the Dead Fear, release date 2/21/11. Check back for updates and links.

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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1