One of my best-reviewed books is currently free

 

IT'S FREE!!!!! (For a limited time)

IT’S FREE!!!!! (For a limited time)

The Man Who Saved Two Notch is currently free in (or on) the Kindle store right now.  I feel sorry for Two Notch because it doesn’t get a lot of virtual space because The Oz Chronicles takes up so much room, but it is one of my best-reviewed books on Amazon.  If I had to do it all over again, I would have released it as a C. Hoyt Caldwell book, and maybe some day I will.  Here’s the latest review that was posted on Amazon yesterday.

Damn fine western, May 2, 2014

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This review is from: The Man Who Saved Two Notch (Kindle Edition)
Story? Check. Mystery? Check. Death, gore, twang and riveting action? Yep, got that too. A post apocalyptic western, original and amazing. A can’t put down book. It even has a bear in it. You know you want to find out why…
Get it while it can get got.

The Man Who Saved Two Notch will be free!

I’ve read all of R.W.Ridleys books but this was by far the best! – T Jones

The best hillbilly backwoods adventure story I’ve had the pleasure to read in my lifetime…5+ stars!!! – Dave H

The Man Who Saved Two Notch (Two Notch for short) will be free on Kindle from September 1 – September 5.  That’s this coming Saturday – Wednesday for you days-of-the-week-o-philes.  Two Notch is my first published title under R.W. Ridley written for an older audience than The Oz Chronicles books.  Rather than me give you my author pitch, here are some actual reviews of the book from bona fide readers. I feel compelled to point that out given the current “paying for reviews” controversy going on in the publishing world right now.  Of the 100+ reviews I have on Amazon, I paid for zero.  It’s made my literary rise a bit slower than the chumps that have paid for hundreds of positive reviews on retail sites, but at least I know the reviews are real.  The whole paying for positive reviews thing irks me, and I’ll get into it in a later post.

ACTUAL reviews of The Man Who Saved Two Notch

Dave H  – “The Man Who Saves Two Notch” by R.W. Ridley is a remarkable coming-of-age adventure/horror novel filled with ingratiating, quirky, peculiar, riveting, and sometimes poignant, backwoods characters that will make you smile, laugh, lament, gasp, forgive, and overtly cheer for again and again. To say I was amazed with the storyline would be a gross understatement, “I absolutely loved this story!” The first 80 pages are a bit slow but after that the story accelerates at breakneck speed. Be forewarned there are copious amounts of profanity throughout the story! The best hillbilly backwoods adventure story I’ve had the pleasure to read in my lifetime…5+ stars!!!

T. Jones – I’ve read all of R.W. Ridley’s books but this was by far the best! At first it was kind of slow but it picked up the pace about a quarter into the book and I could not put it down. You fall in love with all the characters, especially little Henry who knows nothing about the real world outside of Two Notch. Some parts made me laugh out loud!

Mojoriesen – I truly enjoyed this book and don’t feel I can do it justice in a short review, but here it goes… I’m a big fan of Ridley’s Oz Chronicles series (and highly recommend them as well) and was curious if I would enjoy this one. The characters and back story pulled me in right away. Abel Decker is the anti-hero the town seeks to recruit in hopes of saving their town. Not to be cliché, but he’s the man you love to hate. Ridley’s storytelling and scene-setting captured me right off the bat just his Oz Chronicles did. Two Notch is definitely geared more towards an adult audience than Ridley’s Oz series though, but that was a good thing IMHO. Some of the story may not be appropriate for younger audiences.  So what are you waiting for? Buy this book and read it! Check out his other books their reviews. Once you read one you’ll want to read them all.

HairyPete – I love the seemingly post-apocalyptic-world type scenarios that R.W. Ridley created in the Oz Chronicles and this one is no exception. It has a different, perhaps darker feel, but the characters still resonate in a familiar way. The book didn’t appeal to me in the first chapter, and I only kept reading because of the Author’s previous work, but then it grabbed me and I couldn’t put it pown. A great no-nonsense read.

Two Notch is my homage to the great Cormac McCarthy and Charles Portis.  Both men can writer circles around me, but the way they develop characters and tell a story are what I strive to emulate some day. They are masters, and I am their humble, invisible student.

BTW – You’ll notice that all the reviews talk about it being slow in the beginning. It is compared to The Oz Chronicles, and that’s how all these readers came to know me.  Two Notch builds character before jumping into the action.  There is a lot of blood, guts, and gore in this book, but to make it a tad grittier than my young adult novels I loaded the beginning with back story to give you a sense of the utter poverty and destitution these characters endure on a daily basis.

So, tell your friends, family, and strangers The Man Who Saved Two Notch will be free on Kindle from September 1 – September 5.   If you’ve read Two Notch, and you enjoyed it, please post a review on Amazon.  Reviews on sites like Amazon really do help sell books.  If you’ve read Two Notch and didn’t enjoy it, keep that crap to yourself. 🙂

Two Notch news and the Banshee Worm King

BOTYA Finalist in the Thriller Category

I’ve been so bad about posting on the blog lately. The sad thing is I have no excuse. I have been working to get the ARCs of Banshee Worm King ready for distribution, but I’d be lying if I said that’s the reason I haven’t been posting. I guess I just needed a break from the interwebs, outside of the time I burn on Facebook, that is.
I didn’t even post some fairly exciting news I got last week. The Man Who Saved Two Notch is a finalist in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award competition in the Thriller category. That does not suck at all. To be frank, I love Two Notch, but I’ve been a little disappointed with its sales numbers. It’s really tough to market because it’s not young adult, and I wouldn’t recommend it to young readers of the Oz Chronicles. So, I was hoping it would find an audience on its own. I lowered the Kindle price to .99 and sales have picked up slightly. A couple of reviews have come in on Amazon that made me smile and happy for the characters in the book. And yes, I do get happy for the characters. They are very much fictional characters, but when you spend as much time with them as I do, you grow attached to them.
Here’s my favorite review for Two Notch:

5.0 out of 5 stars By Dave H (Oregon, USA)
This review is from: The Man Who Saved Two Notch (Kindle Edition)
“The Man Who Saves Two Notch” by R.W. Riddle is a remarkable coming-of-age adventure/horror novel filled with ingratiating, quirky, peculiar, riveting, and sometimes poignant, backwoods characters that will make you smile, laugh, lament, gasp, forgive, and overtly cheer for again and again. To say I was amazed with the storyline would be a gross understatement, “I absolutely loved this story!” The first 80 pages are a bit slow but after that the story accelerates at breakneck speed. Be forewarned there are copious amounts of profanity throughout the story! The best hillbilly backwoods adventure story I’ve had the pleasure to read in my lifetime…5+ stars!!!

Thank you, Dave H. of Oregon!

The Banshee Worm King ARCs are coming in three shipments. The first shipment has arrived, and I turned around and shipped them out to people who requested a copy. I’ll keep you posted as more come in.

The Man Who Saved Two Notch Book Trailer

This is the book trailer for The Man Who Saved Two Notch.  It’s available in the Kindle store for free from February 1- February 5.  Read the book and you could win a Kindle Fire.  No Joke.  Go here for details: The qualifying question for the Two Notch Kindle Fire drawing.  I’ll be posting complete details later today.

The qualifying question for the Two Notch Kindle Fire drawing

What was Abel Decker's horse's name?

I’ve told you that I’m going to make an announcement for the promotional giveaway for the Kindle Fire on Wednesday.  Well, I’m going to jump ahead a little bit today and give you the qualifying question you must answer correctly in order to be entered into the drawing.  Why a qualifying question?  Because I don’t want to get bombed with entries from contest bots.  You will have to have actually read The Man Who Saved Two Notch in order to answer the question. I’m trusting that you will not share the correct answer with your friends and family.  If you do, I can promise you someone will send me an email ratting you out.  It’s happened before.  I’ll disqualify anyone who gets caught posting the answer to the question on your Facebook wall or Tweeting it out to the universe or anywhere else.    I want this to be fair to everyone who “reads” the book.  Go here to see how you can get it free: The schedule of free books and how to win a free Kindle Fire.

Here is the muliple choice question:  What is Abel Decker’s horse’s name?

  1. Runner
  2. Chubby
  3. Crank
  4. The name is never given.

Since this is a multiple choice question, you will only get one chance to get it right.  Once you have the answer, email it to me at member@rwridley.com with the subject line: The answer to the Two Notch question.  Please make sure to use that exact subject line.  It makes organizing the contest so much easier when every one uses the same subject line.  If you don’t use that subject line, there’s a chance I’ll miss it.

BTW – This is not a young adult book.  The theme is pretty gritty and not for the same young readers of The Takers and my other books.

Good Luck!