The Crown and the Ring

It’s taken me a while to finish this and I’m quite proud of the results. The Crown and the Ring is finally available on Amazon.

His name is Danr and magic is his birthright.

With the giants on the move, he embarks on a dangerous quest to recover a relic from the last age. Accompanied by a priestess and her paladins, he has the chance to claim a prize he has sought for generations but at what price?


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Tips and Tricks: eBook Management

If you’re like me, you have a lot of ebooks on your Kindle. Some of them might be in different formats or from sites other than Amazon. There are a lot of tools to help you manage your ebook library. You might want to convert ebooks brought on older devices or other operating systems so you acn read them on your Kindle. Some even let you edit and create ebooks.

I use calibre to manage my library of ebooks. It’s a a free and open source program with a lot of useful features.


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It’s Done

I spent last week putting the finishing touches on The Crown and the Ring. I’m going to give it another read over the next few days and doublecheck the formatting before I publish it. After that, I’ll work on finishing another project.

In other news, I have only gotten one response to my “In a Nutshell” post. I’m going to shelve the idea. Along with it, I’m discontinuing a number of author centric articles and posts. I want to focus on the things that interest me the most. In addition to posts about my writing and kindle related news, you’ll see the occasional post about  gaming, comics, costuming, and travel.

Well, that’s all for now.  Next post will have a little more information about The Crown and the Ring including its release date.

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Tips and Tricks: Private Browsing

Ordinarily, sites will show up in your browsing history and can be seen whenever uses your Kindle. With Private Browsing, you can surf the web without saving a record of your visits. Pages you view during a Private Browsing session do not remain in your browser’s history, cookie store, or search history after the session is over. Note: this will not hide your browsing history from your isp or the websites you visit.

To enable Private Browsing, tap the page action icon at the bottom of the screen and select Enter Private Browsing. While Private Browsing is enabled, tabs appear in purple and have the word Private after the website name. To disable Private Browsing, tap the page action icon and select Exit Private Browsing. You might then be prompted about whether you would like to keep or delete any downloaded content.

I will sometimes to use this feature if I need to borrow someone’s Kindle to look something up on the web.

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First Impression: Fade to Black

I decided to sample Fade to Black. after one of the authors contacted me on Twitter. The book had a lot of things going for it including positive reviews, an eye catching cover, and a description that made me curious about it.

When two authors collaborate on a book, the union isn’t always perfect. Sometimes you can spot differences in the writing styles and the way the characters are portrayed. That kind of thing can sometimes distract a reader and lessen their enjoyment of a book. It happened to me with Kill Ratio by David Drake and Janet Morris.  That’s not a problem with what little I read of Fade to Black.

The opening chapters serve to introduce the main character and set the stage for what is probably going to be a very fun ride. My only gripe was that the sample seemed shorter than normal, a sign that the book was able to hold my attention in a good way. Some might have a slight problem with the first person perspective but that’s a matter of personal taste. It works for some stories and I liked it in this case.

With all I have to do right now, I probably won’t get around to reading this and the other books in the series until the Summer time when I’ll be on the road traveling. One thing is certain. I’ll have plenty of good books to read and Fade to Black will be one of them.

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Book of the Week: Halo Bound (Redneck Apocalypse Book 1)

The holy champion chosen to save the world is enslaved to a sadistic fallen angel and losing the battle for his sanity.

The guy chosen to save the holy champion is his binge-drinking redneck brother.

So, basically, the world is screwed.

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In A Nutshell

Every once in a while I get a fun idea. This is one of those times and to implement it, I’m going to need a little help.

We authors spend a lot of time breathing life into our characters. Their complex individuals with hopes and dreams. Their motivations can be painfully apparent or hidden from view. Sometimes their philosophy can be summed up in one sentence. I think it will be fun to ask a few authors to do just that for their favorite characters.

If you’re interested in contributing to this, email me at kyrin_@msn or send me a direct message via twitter to kyrin_rj. Please include the character name, his philosophy in one sentence, the book(s) he or she appears in, and a link to them. I’ll start posting them as soon as I get a few submissions.

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