Spring Break Giveaway


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Looking for something to read on Spring Break or on an upcoming vacation?  If you have a Kindle, or a device that can read Kindle files (so, practically anything), and you’d like to try my books for free, then mark your calendars.  Wednesday, March 6, through Sunday, March 10, I’m giving away the Kindle edition of my short story Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale and Forging Truth.  My goal is to give away truckloads, so tell your friends.

If you enjoy the books, I’d ask that you throw something up on Amazon to let others know to give it a read.  Reviews are an independent author’s bread and butter.  Without them, we just cannot get the ranking and sales that we need to survive.

I really, really hope you’ll enjoy the reads.  Thanks for helping me to Spread the Truth.

Sincerely,

Raymond

A Not-Too-Desperate-Request


Hello, all.  Tonight I come to you for a favor.  I hope this doesn’t come across as desperate (it is, I just don’t want to sound that way).  Heh.  It’s been almost a year since I published Forging Truth, and I have received only one (1) review on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Forging-Truth-Raymond-F-Masters/dp/1468096214/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353895795&sr=8-1&keywords=forging+truth

If you’ve honestly read it (no sympathy/buddy reviews) and like the sucker, even a little bit, I’m calling on you to do me a solid and throw up a small review.  This is the stuff that’ll make or break an aspiring author.

If you do not rate/review the book, that’s okay, too.  I’m stink at remembering to review my purchases.  Like for real.  If you feel like giving me an early Christmas gift, however, then knock yourself out.

Much obliged,
Raymond

Memphis Comic and Fantasy Conventions, November 9-11


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MCFC Poster

Guess where I’ll be this weekend. Yep! I’ll be there promoting Forging Truth and my other writing across 3 different panels. Here’s a link to where I posted on GeekDad about it: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/11/join-the-fun-memphis-comic-and-fantasy-convention/.

  • Friday, 5:00pm-6:00pm — Getting the Gizmo/Science Right
  • Saturday, 12:00pm-1:00pm — Getting Visual: Writing Scenes for Comics, Books & Movies
  • Saturday, 2:00pm-3:00pm — Q&A with Raymond Masters

Lucifer Haynes: Lucifer in a Small Town


Want to know what my NaNoWriMo novel is going to be about?

“Is a man more than his name? We’ve all been teased, from time to time, about our name. The fact remains, though, we weren’t the one’s to choose what we were to be called. Lucifer Haynes: Lucifer in a Small Town tells the story of one man, who has had to suffer the burden of his parents’ unfortunate naming decision. This twisted prank has cost him everything he’s ever held dear; and it’s kept him from finding lasting relationships, stable employment, and a place to call home. Recently, though, things have begun to slowly turn around for him. He’s upgraded to living out of an extended cab Ford, with room to stretch out; he’s befriended a kindred spirit with ample under-the-table work opportunities; and his love life isn’t quite as non-existent as it once was. He’s even started going to church. Luc Haynes is on the path to achieving all he’s longed for.

Until now, Luc has thought of his name as a sick gift from long-deceased parents. Unfortunately for him, he’s about to learn that, perhaps, things aren’t exactly as he’s believed. With several unnatural deaths pointing toward his involvement, will Luc be able to hold on to that which he has worked so hard? Or will one man’s namesake bring a small town to complete desolation?”

20 Copies of Forging Truth


With only 60 hours left to reach my Kickstarter goal, I posted another update. Here’s the link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/669727244/fund-the-truth-saga-book-2-and-get-books-1-and-2/posts/233995

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Well, I received my order of 20 copies of Forging Truth. You would have thought it was Christmas around here. It might as well have been 200 copies, instead. My wife got a kick out of the fact that I made her feel how heavy the box was.

“Your books are pretty heavy.”

“I know.”

It’s a good feeling. My parents gave me $100 to go toward it. I’ll get to put some in a mom & pop store down the road. I have a few folks who have been waiting on me to get some more physical books, too. Also, I’m going to send one off to the powers-that-be at Books-a-Million to see about landing it on their regional author shelf. If so, I’ll get to do a book signing there, too.

Fingers crossed.

Kickstarter Upadate: A Thank You to My Wife


Just published this over at Kickstarter. There are only 4 days left, and I badly need your assistance. Go here to check out my campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/669727244/fund-the-truth-saga-book-2-and-get-books-1-and-2/posts/232336

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If you’ll indulge me for a moment, I’d like to use today’s update as a way of saying thanks to my wife of THIRTEEN YEARS TODAY!!!

*Ahem.*

Sorry about that. Anyways…

We met in 1998 and married in ’99. I began writing in 2002. She had no idea what she was getting into. :) Being married to a writer is probably not all it’s cracked up to be. At times, she probably feels neglected. The blank page is my mistress and sometimes, it’s hard to fight her tempting embrace. I lay next to my wife, tossing and turning, praying my ideas will remain fresh through the night. She pretends to sleep as I give in and slip out of bed to sneak in just a few last words for the day. There probably shouldn’t be a time I shut my door to her, yet I have to close out the world when I’m in an urgent frenzy.

Then, there’s the financial side of it. As an Indy author, I am not given an allowance from my publisher. No, it comes from my wife. To be honest, I probably have to cut through just as much red tape. And it’s for the best. My wife knows that should she loosen the purse strings, I would return it wrong side out and threadbare. Author’s copies aren’t cheap when you print-on-demand. My cover artist, though reasonably priced, still enjoys being paid. And advertising? Well…

But bless her… My wife is always there for me. Steadfast, she watches over me to make sure I’m spending wisely, saving my sales receipts to pay for the next batch of books, and not wasting away my “free time” on the Internet. It is because of her that I click and clack at the keyboard when I really just feel like putting in the next disc of whatever series we’re watching at the time.

After all, if I don’t crank out the next volume in The Truth Saga, she’s threatening physical violence. And that is the hard love for which I am most thankful.

Happy anniversary, baby! I’ll get you that book soon enough.

- Raymond