Ebook Review: The Marvelous Neverland of Oz

marvelous_ozThe Marvelous Neverland of Oz by Ron Glick

Wonderland and the Looking Glass World have been joined to Oz, saving three faery lands from destruction – but nothing is as simple as this when the Cheshire Cat is involved.

Meanwhile, the March Hare leads a renegade army from Wonderland and Mombi plots to bring even more chaos in an effort to escape Oz. Glinda must delve into her own past – but will what she discovers require the greatest sacrifice of all? And as three magical realms seek to find balance, an eternally young boy makes his way to Oz with secrets of yet another faery world – Neverland.

With a faithful eye to the original Baum, Carroll and Barrie classics, The Marvelous Neverland of Oz launches the next exciting chapter in the modern classic Oz-Wonderland series.

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Guest Post: Writing An Epic Series

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By Ron Glick

Ron Glick is the author of numerous novels and three different ongoing epic series. In this post he outlines what it takes to write a successful continuous book series.

I have always been told that there are three cornerstones that must be built as an Indie author if you ever wish to establish your brand—a library, consistency, and legacy. Basically, this means you must have more than one book for your readers to enjoy, have a reliable schedule for release of materials, and books that share common characters and storylines. Though I might speak more on the first two at another time, it is for the purpose of the latter that I am writing this article today.

Specifically, I would like to discuss the concept and unique challenges presented by writing books in an epic series, a series that is a continuous, ongoing storyline. Though not all books with a common history are part of a specific series (look to Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon stories, as an example), it is largely an accepted fact that readers generally enjoy following the ongoing stories they fall in love with. And if you have done your job as a writer, this will be exactly what you have achieved: a bond between the reader and the characters you have created.

Another thing I was once told is that all good stories have a sad ending—because they end. If your reader is not sad that the story is over, if they do not feel a yearning to know what happens next, then you likely have not engaged your reader enough to have them read anything more you have written. Readers almost always put down one book and pick up another, and you always want to get your readers to put down that book and look for another one of yours.

This is a vitally important function as a writer—to get your reader to willingly suspend disbelief (something else I have touched on in other articles that I will likely one day write about in more depth at a later time), which is to say have them become so invested emotionally and mentally in your story that they are willing to set aside the knowledge that what they are reading is not a true story and believe what is being presented. If you achieve this, they will want to know what will come next in the story, and they will go looking to see if you have written anything else that continues the story.

This is where series come into play. True, books like Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code are great stand-alone stories, and it helps that they share a common protagonist, but unless you do some work on browsing through all of Dan Brown’s work, you really do not know this. One advantage of writing an actual series is that the reader can tell at a glance what the next book in the story is.

For example, if a reader were to read my book, The Wizard In Wonderland, he or she can see on the front page, “Book 1 of the Oz-Wonderland Series”. This ready-made label tells the reader that there are either more books available in the series or more are forthcoming. So if the reader enjoys the book, he or she will likely look for Book 2, and so on. True, a reader might like my work enough to just look for my name to see what else I write, but it is a sure bet that if he or she liked the book they just read, they will be more drawn to its sequel. Continue reading

Ebook Review: Three (Book 3 of The Godslayer Cycle)

three_ron_glickThree by Ron Glick (Book 3 of The Godslayer Cycle)

Everyone has a past that affects their present – but not many have their present affect their past.

The latest sword has awoken, but it is unlike any of the others that have come before. Three is not a sword that controls perception or elemental power, but instead gives its wielder mastery over time itself. What better way to destroy a Godslayer than to send him to a time before he ever was one?

And without the Godslayer in the present, who can possibly stand against a conspiracy of immortals seeking revenge against their errant parents, the Gods themselves?

Three is the third volume of the Godslayer Cycle, the nine book epic destined to redefine the power of divinity within fantasy fiction forever.
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Ebook Review: The Wonderful Alice of Oz

wonderful_alice_ozThe Wonderful Alice of Oz (Third Volume of Oz-Wonderland) by Ron Glick

Three Wicked Witches vie for control of the Magical Land of Oz, while the Wizard appears no closer to solving the mystery of how to return the former Wyrds to Wonderland. But Glinda’s secret may shift the balance in an entirely unforeseen direction! Meanwhile, a quest beyond the Looking Glass may have gleaned more than anyone was hoping for when Dorothy’s return from that magical realm attracts the attention of a new player in the conflict…

Written with a faithful eye to the original Baum and Carroll classics, The Wonderful Alice of Oz concludes the first story arc of the series, while setting the foundation for the next chapter to unfold.

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Ebook Review: Immortal’s Discord

Immortals_Discord_coverImmortal’s Discord (Second Volume of Chaos Rising) by Ron Glick

The threat raised by Tarinel’s Song has passed, but the prophecy is still unfinished. Once more, the unlikely heroes of the Eastern Realms are pulled into the path of destiny woven by this centuries’ old divination. With only two verses of eight fulfilled, great portent is now given to the ancient predictions, yet still none understand when and where the elements of the prophecy will come to pass.

A new dawn is coming to the Eastern Realms – a new God is destined to rise and a great tyrant is foretold to be defeated. But much must fall in the path of the prophecy, as well – including an extradimensional stronghold and even magic itself!

Can the heroes of Tarinel’s Song be able to reunite in time to save their world, or will the prophecy’s demands be too great for mere mortals to withstand? Continue reading

Intellectual Property and the Indie Writer

Courtesy of Ulfbastel, Wikimedia Commons

Courtesy of Ulfbastel, Wikimedia Commons

By Ron Glick

This post was originally published on http://godslayercycle.wordpress.com/. Ron Glick, an indie author of 9 comic trivia books and 5 novels, shares his insights and experiences with intellectual property. Read his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass.

In recent months, the subject of intellectual property rights has become a very big issue for me personally. I swear, the last half of 2013 must have been an unwritten copycat movement that I never received the memo on. Out of nowhere, I found myself defending my own intellectual properties on various fronts, all from claims originating in this time frame. However, to make matters worse, it opened my eyes to exactly how under-informed independent (or indie) authors really are on the subject.

As writers, we all recognize the value of a brand. We rely on creating something marketable and unique to grab the attention of our audiences, but it frightens me at how little the indie writer market seems to understand of exactly how sovereign we are in preserving the concepts we create. Worse, not a single indie writer I have discussed this issue with in recent months is even aware of the necessity to aggressively defend what they have created. Continue reading

Ebook Review: Dorothy Through the Looking Glass (Oz-Wonderland Series)

dorothy_through_looking_glassDorothy Through the Looking Glass by Ron Glick, illustrated by Toni Kerr

The Wizard’s journey to Wonderland has exposed a shared history between that faery land and Oz – but the meaning behind the connection is still largely a mystery. Dorothy and Alice have come together to save Wonderland, but can they do anything before the Wicked Witches succeed in taking over Oz? With the looming conflict already threatening two worlds, the path ahead leads Dorothy to a third: a mysterious unnamed world that exists on the other side of a mirror in the university at Oxford – where reality itself has been set backwards, and Dorothy finds that entering this particular faery land may end up being a one-way trip. Meanwhile, Alice must come to grips with what Wonderland did to her all those years ago. 

Written with a faithful eye to the original Baum and Carroll classics, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass continues the epic adventure that brings together both classic heroines from Oz and Wonderland in a new modern story. Continue reading

Using Kindle Countdown Deals as a Marketing Tool

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By Ron Glick

Indie authors have to make a lot of decisions when it comes to marketing books. New tools come out frequently. Ron Glick, author of 12 books, weighs in on his experience using Amazon’s Kindle Countdown. Read on for some great insights. Also check out his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass.

Being an independent or self-published author usually means you are literally responsible for every aspect of producing and marketing your book. Things that a writer can rely upon through a traditional publishing house – such as marketing, media contacts, professional reviewers, etc. – are not readily available to an independent, which means an independent must work considerably harder to market their work. The key to any successful independent author is marketing, and anyone who has been where I have been with self-promotion, you know there is no readily available network to plug into to get instant recognition of your work. In a nutshell, marketing is everything. Continue reading

E-Book Review: Two

twocoverTwo (The Godslayer Cycle) by Ron Glick

The Pantheon has succeeded in creating a Godslayer within the mortal realms – Nathaniel Goodsmith has slain the New Order’s Goddess, Imery. But none in the New Order know exactly what has happened to their Mistress of Truth, and for that matter – few seem to care. Only a trio of the New Order Gods take it upon themselves to uncover the true fate of their sister.

Meanwhile, the former heretic, Avery, has been visited from his own future – and set upon the path to where the second of the nine swords will awaken. While Nathaniel, Brea and Bracken race to claim the new sword, they are unaware that Avery seeks to arrive first to claim the new sword for his own. If he can beat the Godslayer to the new sword’s location, he might still be able to retain his status as a God – and defeat the Godslayer once and for all. 

Yet neither the mortals nor the Gods themselves are ready for the newest players to enter the contest – the demi-Gods!  Continue reading

E-Book Review: The Wizard in Wonderland

TheWizardinWonderlandcoverThe Wizard in Wonderland by Ron Glick, illustrated by Kayla Perisho

Dorothy Gale has been to some strange lands, but none as unexpected as 19th century Oxford, England. Yet this is exactly where Dorothy meets Alice Liddell, a young woman with her own fanciful stories of a place called Wonderland. Alice finds herself pulled into Oz to face a new Wicked Witch, while Dorothy must follow the Wizard into a Wonderland civil war. Unknown to either girl though, plots have arisen against both faery lands, and they must uncover the hidden history shared between these lands if they are ever to set things right again.

Written with a faithful eye to the original Baum and Carrol classics, The Wizard In Wonderland reveals the secrets of Oz and Wonderland in a story that brings together both classic heroines in a new epic adventure. Continue reading