Sale Alert: Empire of Chains, The Shadowed Land, and Sunweaver

I currently have deals running on three of my books. Empire of Chains is free, The Shadowed Land is available for only $0.99 instead of $3.99, and Sunweaver is available for $0.99 instead of $2.99.

You can get them by following this link: https://www.amazon.com/Ryan-W.-Mueller/e/B071YXBZRW/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

You can also click on the cover images in the right-hand sidebar.

 

Book Review: Soldier Son by D.K. Holmberg

I’m going to try to get more active on this blog again. I’m also trying to read more books this year. I figured I could put the two together and put some book reviews up on the the blog.

Today, I’m reviewing Soldier Son, Book 1 of the Soldier Son trilogy by D.K. Holmberg. Holmberg is one of the bigger names today in indie fantasy, and he’s an insanely prolific author. Seriously, I envy his ability to publish enjoyable books so frequently.

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Without further ado, here’s the review: (No, I didn’t intend for that to rhyme. It just happened.)

I picked this up because I’ve really enjoyed Holmberg’s Cloud Warrior saga. I’ve read most of the way through that series and wanted to try one of his other series.

Overall, I’d say this was a good read. It’s about on the same level as the first Cloud Warrior Saga book, which I enjoyed, but not as much as the later books in the series.

Everything I’ve read so far of Holmberg’s focuses on a single point-of-view character. This allows for a shorter novel and a more focused read, but as a reader of epic fantasy, I sometimes find myself wishing I could see the world from others’ viewpoints.

In this one, it took me a while to warm up to Endric, the main character. At the beginning, he seems like a petulant child even though he’s old enough to become a military officer. This was an intentional choice by Holmberg, though, intended to showcase Endric’s character development throughout the novel. And he does develop. I won’t give away too much because I like to keep my reviews spoiler-free.

Because of the narrow focus, I found that the worldbuilding came out gradually. I also enjoyed finding out answers to mysteries as the story progressed. This approach works well for me as a reader because there’s nothing I hate more than the beginning of a book being weighed down by worldbuilding infodumps. Thankfully, those were kept to a minimum here.

Toward the end, there was a fair amount of action. It wasn’t an explosion of action like in his Cloud Warrior books, but it was still enjoyable. Overall, the book was a little lighter on action than I’d expected for a military-focused book, and that’s part of the reason I didn’t quite love it.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy fantasy read, this book fits the bill perfectly. It’s not great by any means, but it’s the kind of popcorn fantasy I like reading to relax before bed.

Rating: 8/10

The Winds of Time is out!

It has finally happened. I’ve finally finished the series I first started working on way back in 2005, when I was 15 years old. The Winds of Time is finally out. I may have wanted to get it published during the summer, but better late than never, I guess.

Now that the series is complete, I’m working on cover art for a box set, which will give you the entire series at a discounted rate.

I’m excited to get to editing the next book in Sunweaver now. With how long it took me to get The Winds of Time ready, that series has been sadly neglected.

It’s all part of the learning process, I guess. I’m figuring out most of this stuff as I go.

An Update

Just thought I’d pop in here to let everyone know that I am getting close on The Winds of Time. Ideally, I’d like to get it out sometime this month, but school is getting very busy, so I may not meet that goal. Just know that it will come out, and sometime in the relatively near future.

After that, I’ll release a “box set” version as well. That will come at a discounted price compared to buying the books separately. Either way, the entire series is also in Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read it for free.

And here’s the cover, which I really like:

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A Realization

Tonight, I had one of those random writing-related epiphanies I get from time to time. Oddly enough, it happened while I was reading.

This is my realization. I’m not the kind of writer who can write x amount of words every day. It just doesn’t work well with my overall personality. I tend to work in spurts, largely due to the manic side of my bipolar disorder.

But I’ve read so many bits of writing advice that tell you that you have to write EVERY SINGLE DAY. Maybe that works for these people, but it doesn’t work for me. Writing every day makes it feel like an obligation, and I begin to resent it.

Instead, I’m going to focus on writing when I have time during the week. I know I can do well writing in spurts, so I’m hopeful that, in two or three days, I can hit the same 7,000 words I’d produce if I did write 1,000 words every day.

In the end, I think this approach will be better for my productivity, my mental health, and my passion for writing.

Finding the right (write) balance.

I’ve written a number of posts on this subject, but I feel like it’s important to write another one. As writers, we are not writing machines. We are human beings with all kinds of interests and obligations. Sometimes, I have to remind myself of this.

In the end, writing is something I want to enjoy doing. The biggest part of making it enjoyable is taking out the pressure I’ve been putting on myself.

So I am no longer going to beat myself up for not writing or not editing. I am no longer going to scold myself for missing a tentative deadline. I am no longer going to pressure myself to write X number of books per year.

Writing is just one part of who I am, and I want to enjoy it again. But other parts of me are just as important. I’m a student. I’m a son. I’m a gamer. I’m a reader. I’m an engineer by trade and a scientist by nature.

Most importantly, I’m a slave to our feline overlords, and sometimes they don’t want me to write.

In the end, I have to do what’s best for me. I don’t want to forget about my readers (few though they are). So I just want everyone to know I am writing. It’s just not the sole focus of my life. I tried to put that kind of time and effort into it, and it sucked all the joy out of the process.

As someone who struggles with depression, I don’t need that kind of pressure making something I enjoy doing feel like work.

So I hope everyone will be patient with me.