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Small Press & Self-Published / Empire of Chains FREE 4/8 to 4/12
« on: April 08, 2019, 04:26:10 PM »
Just thought I'd pop in here to let everyone know that I'm running a free promotion on Empire of Chains through Friday. If you're looking for some classic quest fantasy, but with a few modern twists, I hope you'll give it a chance.

The good news is that the rest of the series is complete, so you won't have to wait to read the rest if you enjoy it.


Small Press & Self-Published / World in Chains: The Complete Series
« on: March 12, 2019, 04:23:20 PM »
The box set of my first series is on sale for $2.99 instead of the usual $9.99 this week. If you've been looking for the right time to jump in, this is it. You can also read the entire series for free with Kindle Unlimited. If you enjoy classic adventure fantasy with a few modern twists, you should enjoy these books.


Small Press & Self-Published / Big SFF $0.99 promo.
« on: May 23, 2018, 03:06:49 AM »
I'm currently part of a big $0.99 SFF promo with Empire of Chains. There are also many other authors to choose from, covering the wide range of science fiction and fantasy. If you're looking for new authors to try, this is an easy and inexpensive way to sample a few.


Small Press & Self-Published / Sunweaver by Ryan W. Mueller
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:24:38 AM »
On January 11th, I will be releasing Sunweaver, the first book in a new epic fantasy trilogy. It's a bit of a change from my other series. It still has quite a bit of action, but it's not as much of a traditional quest fantasy. It's more inspired by authors like Brandon Sanderson.

It's available here: https://www.amazon.com/Sunweaver-Ryan-W-Mueller-ebook/dp/B078VL4QV7/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515558180&sr=8-1&keywords=sunweaver

Here's the description:

The sun is dying. The world has turned to ice. Only the Sunlord can keep humanity alive.

Deril was supposed to be the next Sunlord, following in his father’s footsteps. But it doesn’t matter how much Deril trains. He is no savior, just an ordinary Sunweaver, powerful but useless. But then Fireweavers kidnap his father, intending to use his Sunlord powers to free their mad god. Now Deril must infiltrate a secret Fireweaver organization and earn their trust. If he doesn't, the mad god will kill all Sunweavers. Driven insane by centuries of imprisonment, he may even finish what he started...and destroy the sun entirely.

Rella is a Fireweaver living in secret. When her powers are discovered, she must flee to the frozen wasteland Fireweavers call home. There, she’ll come face-to-face with her family’s darkest secrets and with the plot to free the mad god. She has the chance to stop it, but first she’ll have to decide if she can support Sunweavers, the people who executed her mother. The people who would do the same to her without a thought.

Kadin is Lightless. He has no Sunweaving or Fireweaving talent. Sold into slavery by his abusive father, he struggles to survive under his cruel master. But when Kadin manifests strange abilities, he begins to suspect he isn't as powerless as he once thought. He may even be the key to stopping the mad god's return...but only if he first conquers the anger and darkness within him.

Small Press & Self-Published / Empire of Chains by Ryan W. Mueller
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:26:11 PM »
My debut epic fantasy novel, Empire of Chains will be coming out June 30th. It is an entry in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, and it's in the Fantasy Faction pool.


Description here:

Five hundred years ago, powerful magic sealed Emperor Darien Warrick inside a ring of mountains. For five hundred years, his subjects have been trapped beside him. Some say he's evil and these actions were necessary. Others say he's a man willing to sacrifice anything for the greater good.

To young noblewoman Nadia, he is nothing but a murderer. On the day Warrick's executioner takes her mother's head, Nadia dedicates her life to one goal: killing Warrick. She spends her days training with the castle guard, her nights poring over the notes her mother left behind. In them, she finds the location of the only spell that can defeat the immortal sorcerer. But it feels too convenient. If she is to succeed in her quest, she must uncover his true motivations and outsmart him.

For young woodsman Markus, Warrick is the man who owns him. Markus has spent his entire life training to become an Imperial Guard. It's a future he can't stomach, but it's the only option he has, or at least the only sane one.

Until he meets Nadia.

Reformed thief Berig doesn't care about Warrick one way or the other. Berig would rather keep his head down and scratch out what meager living he can. But in a world like this, he'll never get what he wants.

Warrick has other plans.

I just commented in the Best Series thread about how I found the writing in Lord of the Rings tedious, so I'm wondering what other people think when it comes to writing in fantasy novels. What kind of writing ruins a story for you, or at least makes the story a less enjoyable experience?

For me, it's writing that's trying too hard to be good writing. I'm noticing the writing, which takes me out of the story. In my opinion, the best writing is writing that lets you remain immersed in the story. Brandon Sanderson doesn't get much praise for his prose, but I find it is very effective at accomplishing this. I often don't notice that I'm reading because I'm so immersed in the story. But then I read something like Tolkien or Guy Gavriel Kay. The writing itself is beautiful, but it often pulls me out of the story.

Now I can think of a writer who has great prose that lets me remain immersed in the story: Mark Lawrence. In fact, I'd argue that the prose is the only reason I got through three books about Jorg.

Another kind of writing that ruins a story for me is poorly done omniscient. This can happen in a number of ways. One of them involves the narrator, especially in a children's book, talking down to the reader. Another happens when you see too many characters' thoughts in a scene. It's jarring, and I often have trouble remembering whose thoughts I'm reading.

I'm also bothered by poorly used creative dialogue tags. For example, I read one book in which the characters seemed to rasp every fifth line of dialogue. I enjoyed the book, but it got really old after awhile. Thankfully, the author got much better with her subsequent books. Even worse are dialogue tags that can't be dialogue tags (shrugged, smiled, grinned, laughed, etc.). I mean, I get what the author is saying, but it bothers me. However, that might be because I'm also a writer, and it's drilled into our heads that we're not supposed to use verbs like those as dialogue tags.

Overly descriptive writing can also be a major problem for me. I don't need to know what every piece of furniture in the room looks like. I prefer to go by the advice I've read. You fill in a few of the most interesting details and leave the rest to the reader's imagination.

So that's a nice long list...

Introductions / Greetings
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:15:00 AM »
Hi, my name is Ryan Mueller (if you didn't already figure that out from my username). I'm a huge fantasy fan, and I also like some science fiction. I got my start with Harry Potter, but I've since branched out a great deal. In fantasy, I like both secondary world fantasy and urban fantasy, though I've actually read more secondary world. Some of my favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, and Jim Butcher. I also have a weakness for cheesy quest fantasy. I know it's not the best stuff out there, but it can be a lot of fun. Good quest fantasy is better, of course.

I'm also an aspiring fantasy writer. For the moment, I'm focusing on secondary world fantasy, but I can't rule out writing urban fantasy. I also make forays into young adult and middle grade fantasy (both in my reading and my writing). Basically, if it's fantasy, I like it. At some point, I might try to write some science fiction. It kind of scares me, though.

I ended up here because I was looking for book recommendations. I've been slowly going through the What Are You Currently Reading thread, looking for books to add to my to-read list. For the record, it has over 1,000 books on it. I'll be busy for a while.

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