Bad Way Out is “Definitely not a literary masterpiece”, but it will be free for Kindle-lovers soon

Free for Kindle-lovers June 1-5

Free for Kindle-lovers June 1-5

Got a brand new review of Bad Way Out on Amazon, and it was posted just in time for this announcement.  Bad Way Out will be free in the Kindle store from June 1 to June 5 (This coming Sunday thru Thursday). That’s the good news.  The bad news is the review is not a ringing endorsement unless you count “so-so story” and “the writing is predictable” as major selling points.  I can’t complain too much because the reviewer gave it 3 out of 5 stars.  I’d hate to read his/her 1 star reviews.  I imagine threats of bodily harm are issued towards current and future generations of the author’s family.

So here’s my request.  Tell your friends and family who are Kindle-lovers to download the book, but don’t mention the “so-so story… Definitely not a literary masterpiece, the writing is predictable” bit.  Let them come to that conclusion on their own.

BTW – I’m not the “literary masterpiece” kind of guy.  Don’t ever pick up one of my books and expect a profoundly moving experience that will change your life.  If I get a chuckle, smile, chill, or even tear out of you, that’s enough for me.

BTW2 – In all seriousness, I appreciate that the reviewer took the time to read the book and offer his/her opinion.  I was just having a little fun… to hide the pain.  🙂

The Takers is #68 and rising

Free for a limited time

UPDATE: At 10:00 10:50 AM 6:35 PM, the ranking is now #45 43 42.

As of this writing, The Takers is number 68 in the Free Kindle store!  Awesome.  It’s been as high as 50 before but that took three days for it to climb that high.  It reached 68 in a little over 24 hours.  Thanks to everyone who helped promote the giveaway.  The free downloads go a long way in raising awareness for the entire Oz Chronicles series.  Two more days to go.

Watch Out World! I Am a Top 50 Indie Author!

I'm number 24!

The Takers put me on a list of top indie authors (I love that term, BTW).  I am number 24 on the list of the 50 best rated indie authors in the Kindle Store.  I’m humbled and honored and all that other crap people say at times like this.  Here’s what they had to say:

The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles by R. W. Ridley. Rated a perfect 5 stars on 33 reviews. A very good fantasy/adventure/survival novel.

Aw shucks!

If you have a Kindle, and you’re looking for some good books, here’s the rest of the list: 50 Best Rated Indie Authors in the Kindle Store

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Lost Days Brings Brad and Jen Back Together Again!

Proof that Lost Days brings people together.

What?  It could happen!  Seriously, Lost Days did get an awesome review today on Red Adept Reviews.  My favorite part of the review:

Hayley was a wonderful character, deep and drawing a lot of empathy. She stayed in her age group throughout the entire novel, showing just the right amount of maturity.  I was very happy to read a young adult novel where the main character was not a ‘frivolous female.’

One thing in the interview portion that I realize now sounds a little off.  Red Adept sent me a couple of questions about the book and my process.  I happily answered, but I screwed up on one question.  Here’s the question and my answer:

Where did you get the idea for the novel?

I am a bigfooter.  I love the big guy.  The whole mystery and fantasy of it just thrills and fascinates me.  I’ve always wanted to write a book for young adults about the big ape, and I’ve always wanted to write a book from a female perspective.  I was raised by my mother and three sisters, and wanted to create a character that reflects their strength and independence.  Lost Days was the perfect vehicle for a cryptozoology story with a female protagonist.

My answer makes it sound like my Mom was a single Mom and my Dad wasn’t around.  That’s not true.  My parents have been married for over 60 years now.  What I meant to say is the women in my life inspired me to write a book with a female protagonist.  Sorry, Dad. Didn’t mean to leave you out.

You can read the entire review here: Lost Days by R.W. Ridley (Overall 5 Stars)

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Hootie-Hoot! The Takers is in the Top 10 in the Monsters Category (sub-sub-sub-category)

The Takers is a top 10 Monster!

The Takers is a top 10 Monster!

It’s a sub-category of a sub-category of a sub-category, but still it’s the Monsters label that has me so pumped. I’m all about the monsters and freaks. The Kindle version of The Takers has made it’s second top 10 list. The $1.99 price tag seems to have hit the spot. Danke schön, Kindlers!

UPDATE: It actually reached number 7

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My Book, The Takers ( Kindle Version)- I lowered the price to $1.99!!!!

The Takers Kindle Version - $1.99

The Takers Kindle Version - $1.99

This is a rare moment where I will talk book business on this blog. Happy to talk about my books anytime, but I usually don’t get into that “Buy Now” mode, but this is an exception. Of course, this only applies to Kindle Owners. The Kindle version of The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles is now only $1.99. Why? Cause I want more people to read the book. Duh! (Wow, I just duh’d myself. Pretty pathetic.) Any-who… It’s available. It’s cheap. It’s a decent read (so I’ve been told).

The One Sentence Pitch: A 13-year-old boy wakes up to discover he is responsible for the end of the world!

The Genre: SciFi/Horror

BTW – I haven’t decided for sure yet, but this price is likely to be temporary!

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My First Book is Now Available as a Kindle Book

The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles is now available in the Kindle format. Wow… I think. I’m sure this is cool, but I don’t have a Kindle so… Yeah, wow. Really happy about this. I feel… no different actually. It hasn’t improved my life at all. That parts disappointing, but maybe I was expecting too much. No, no because I wasn’t expecting anything, and I’m actually getting everything out of it that I expected. So, I guess you could say that the Kindle version of The Takers has been a tremendous success. Good for me!

As of this writing I’m #43 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Children’s Chapter Books > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Spine-Chilling Horror.  I’m #43!

If you have a Kindle and you buy my book, let me know, and I’ll send you a 3×5 card with my signature.  Or you could send me your Kindle, and I’ll sign it and send it back to you… eventually.