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American Outback Explorer who loves Fantasy Greetings!
I'm Jon Ray, an American born in Texas, who now calls Sydney, Australia home. When I'm not reading, I like to get out to the actual Australian Outback every chance I can for adventure and to pan for gold/gems. I'm also a fantasy author with two novels out now in my Gorp the Goblin series.

At the moment I'm wrapping up the 3rd and final book and hope to have it out later this year. Next, I have my fantasy world of Agrobathe that I've spent over 10 years of world-building on, which I've been writing short stories for and will publish as an Anthology. Because I deal in fantasy so much and am a Dungeons & Dragons lifer, I also do my own fantasy cartography work and all my books come with maps. One of the things I love about reading old fantasy book are the maps that use to get included.

Reading wise, I'm an active reader and have been taking the Goodreads Challenge 3 years in a row now. Last year was 20 books and for me, that's a lot as I'm quite an active person and don't have as much time to read as I use to. I also fill most my free time with writing as I'm working towards establishing myself as a full-time author, eventually. In Middle School, I read "The Hobbit" and have been hooked on reading fantasy ever since then. I next moved over into the Dragonlance series and have read probably half that entire collection.

I could go on and on, but I'll cut it short and just point everyone to the two places they can catch more of me.

Official Site - http://author.jonray.net
FB Author page - https://www.facebook.com/JonRayAuthor

Jon Ray

January 12, 2019, 11:31:07 AM
Re: American Outback Explorer who loves Fantasy Thanks for the welcome!
In that case, I'll post the world map for my Gorp the Goblin series :)

January 15, 2019, 11:31:54 AM
Re: Is it worth using Goodreads? I use Goodreads as both a reader and author. As for reading, I really like the Yearly Challenge they have going and it actually has encourage me to read more. I also have my TBR list and I have found other books I'd like to read by see what others share in their TBR or Read piles.

As an author, it's also been good for me in regards to providing another platform to interact with the public. I've also had interviewers and bloggers use it as a form of authenticity to validate me as an author, so having a profile there at minimum would be a high recommendation. As for the social aspects, there are a select few Groups that have been good and I've learned a few things, even sold a few books, but there are nasty groups that I quickly leave once I find them inactive or mismanaged. But I don't consider that enough to leave the site altogether. And the new GR Giveaway is utter trash and overly priced. If they would greatly lower the cost, I'd consider using it again, however, I have used Amazon's giveaway before and GR is much better than the one on the Amazon website.

January 23, 2019, 12:00:35 AM