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,


Memphis Comic and Fantasy Conventions, November 9-11

MCFC Poster

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

Forging Truth Blog Stops

Since its release, I haven’t really done too much PR work for Forging Truth. So, over the next month or so, I’m conducting a blog tour through the kindness of some of my fellow authors and bloggers. I’ll be doing several giveaways during this time, too. Of course, I still have 40 days or so left with my Kickstarter project, if anyone’s interested in donating there.

Here are the dates that I have so far. There are about 10 more that haven’t been finalized. That still leaves several, so if you are interested in hosting a stop that’s not filled in, I’d more than welcome it. I’m open to an excerpt, and interview, a giveaway, or a book review. I can also do a guest post if you give me an idea of what you’re looking for.

April 15: Kickoff post on raymondmasters.wordpress.com

April 16: Giveaway announcement on http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/24257-forging-truth (LINK UPDATED) (This actually went live on 4/17.)

April 17: Podcast interview about turning the geeky things I love into creative works at http://www.robf.com.au/ (It was recorded and should be up later this week, complete with uhs and ums.)

April 18: A book review by my nephew (Hey, I have no shame!) over at http://codyaray.com/2012/04/book-review-forging-truth#comment-10145 (Updated with correct link)

April 19: OPEN

April 20: OPEN

April 21: A guest post about Forging Truth http://christa-polkinhorn.blogspot.com/

April 22: OPEN

April 23: OPEN

April 24: OPEN

April 25: An interview, discussing what got me where I am today at http://marlenedotterer.wordpress.com

April 26: Author Interview at http://www.shannonmayer.com/ (Formerly scheduled for 4/20.)

April 27: A guest post about writing over at http://ericjguignard.blogspot.com/

April 28: OPEN

April 29: A guest post about Kickstarter, crowdsourcing, and the self-pub pros and cons http://paperlessreading.com/

April 30: OPEN

May 1: Book review here: http://swtft.com/blog

May 2: OPEN

May 3: Learn a little more about my book at http://bexbooknook.wordpress.com/

May 4: OPEN

May 5: OPEN

May 6: OPEN

May 7: OPEN

May 8: OPEN

May 9: A guest post with topic TBD at http://www.tktoppin.blogspot.com/

May 10: OPEN

May 11: OPEN

May 12: OPEN

May 13: OPEN

May 14: Interview, excerpt, and giveaway at http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/

May 15: Wrap up post on raymondmasters.wordpress.com

Three Years Ago, Today

Corrupting Truth Writing Goal

Man, has it really been that long?  I guess so.  It was three years ago, today, that I finished the first draft of <cite>Forging Truth</cite>.  That is one of the most euphoric days of my life.  In fact, I thought it would really be the start of something big.  I knew I had finally arrived.  I was a writer, something I had worked toward and dreamed about since high school.

But then, something happened: Nothing happened.

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My books are now in the hands of over 600 people!!

In the past 5 days, I gave away 585 copies, combined, of Forging Truth and Dangerous Hunts!!!  That puts me somewhere around the 650-copy range!  For this indie author, it might as well be 6,000.  Heh.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

– Raymond

Promotional Screw Up: Positive or Negative?

Okay, wow.  When I screw up, I do it right!  Last night, I announced that starting today and going through February 16, Dangerous Hunts would be available for FREE.  Well, it is, so I did at least that much right.  Along with Dangerous Hunts, though, I some how managed to list Forging Truth for FREE, as well.  I’ve thought about doing so, but I’ve really been looking for the right time to do so.

So, this morning, I about had a heart attack when I checked to see the status of Dangerous Hunts, only to find out I had also “sold” 111 copies of Forging Truth in about 12 hours.  Well, needless to say, I thought maybe it was in relation to heavy promoting as of late.  At the worst, I figured on a glitch in the system.  Then, while laughing with my wife over the probable glitch, it donned on both of us at the same instant: What if I were the glitch?  What if I had listed both books at $0.00?

Sure enough.  That’s when I quickly clicked on end promotion for Forging Truth.  Of course, the other is still in effect until February 16.  That means if you’re still interested in picking your copy up, and you’re not one of the hundred or so to have already done so, you may go out and snag it for your Kindle right now.

On the upside, this has helped get my books out there.  In half a day’s time, a combined 250 copies have made it into the hands of potential Amazon and GoodReads reviewers, word-of-mouthers, and bloggers.  Hope they all enjoy my screw up to the max.

Here’s a snapshot of the numbers at the moment:

# Given Away of Forging Truth

US:  121

UK:  14

DE:  3

# Given Away of Dangerous Hunts

US:  84

UK:  27

DE:  0

Rank of Dangerous Hunts (In the Kindle Store, not just in FREE)

#20 on Amazon.co.uk

#70 on Amazon.com

Rank of Forging Truth (In the Kindle Store, not just in FREE)

#36 on Amazon.com

#21 on Amazon.co.uk (Note: I can’t get a rank to pull up now, for some reason, but about 3o minutes ago, it was right behind Dangerous Hunts as #21.)

Free: Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale, Feb. 12 – Feb. 16

Dangerous Hunts

Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father's Day Tale

Get your free copy of Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale from Feb. 12 through Feb. 16.  JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!!!


The brochure reads: “Dangerous Hunts: If it moves, you can kill it.” But the Carters will soon discover that not everything that moves can be killed.

At his wife’s urging, Matthew Carter takes his new step-son on a Father’s Day hunt he will not soon forget.

It’s open season on the undead, and there’s no limit on the amount you can bag.