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Thursday, February 11, 2016

From the Ashes of Ruin Series

From the Ashes of Ruin Series
by Matthew D. Ryan


GENRE: Fantasy



We vampires do not make easy prey. Our weaknesses are few, our strengths many. Fear is something we do not know, and death but a distant memory. So tread softly, pray to your god, and gird yourself with silver when the moons arise and night’s dark prince awakens. We fear not the wizard, nor the warrior, neither rogue, nor priest; our strength is timeless, drawn from darkness and we know no master save the hot lust of our unending hunger. We long for blood, your blood and no blade, nor spell, nor clever artifice, can keep us long from our prize. Feel our teeth at your throat, your life ebb from you, and know as darkness comes to claim you that the price of your folly is your everlasting soul.



Excerpt from Drasmyr

There’s a woman in chain mail standing across the room from me; her sword is leveled at my chest. I can smell the enchantment on the blade, it’s a strong one; maybe even strong enough to cause me harm. Still, I’m not too concerned; it’s at least a ten foot lunge and I know I move faster than she does. Indeed, she’s the one who is looking worried. My display of strength and the death of her comrade have shaken her resolve.

She’s got a pretty face, flushed with excitement but strong and in control. It is her neck that really draws me, though, so soft and inviting, filled with the warm blood I desire. The curve of her flesh glistens, waiting for a well-placed gentle kiss.

She’s breathing rapidly now, her breath coming in shallow gasps. Her trek up through the castle has sapped much of her strength. And the fear she feels is naked in her eyes. Now, she’s getting ready to pounce, just a little too much tension in her stance, her eyes just a little too focused. She couldn’t give me more warning if she were to ask my permission first.

She moves in with remarkable speed, her blade striking out like a serpent’s tongue. Even winded, she still manages to cut my cape, then prances away with her back toward the wall, ready for anything. Anything, except me.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Matthew D. Ryan lives in northeastern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. His writing has been featured at and He is the operator of the web-site which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” ( a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. He is the author of the dark fantasy novels “Drasmyr,” “The Children of Lubrochius,” and “The Sceptre of Morgulan,” as well as a growing number of fantasy short stories including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.”


The Children of Lubrochius:

The Sceptre of Morgulan:

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Matthew Ryan said...

Thanks for hosting me today. I really appreciate it.

Becky Richardson said...

Thanks for sharing this giveaway.

MomJane said...

Beautiful covers. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

Rita said...

I enjoyed the post, thank you.

patrick siu said...

I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

Matthew Ryan said...

Becky .... Glad you liked it.
MomJane ... Thanks. Which one's your favorite? Mine's Drasmyr.
Rita .... Glad you liked it.
Patrick .... Thanks. Hope you'll consider downloading them. At the moment, "Drasmyr" is free (hint, hint). :)

Eva Millien said...

Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt - thanks for sharing!

Matthew Ryan said...

Eva .... Glad you liked it.
Victoria ... Thanks. I appreciate that.

Betty Woodrum said...

Great post, thank you for sharing!

Matthew Ryan said...

Betty ... Thanks. Glad you liked it.

Matthew Ryan said...

Thanks for hosting me today. I really appreciated it.