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I am typing this while sitting in my sister’s kitchen. The male cat, Connor, has already been out, and back in, and back out, in the 30 min I have been here. The older female cat has already, spit out a pill across the floor, hidden and had to be dragged out, yowled and hissed, at me.
In other words – everything is right on track.

I’m having my first cup of coffee, gearing towards that elusive state called ‘awake’. Once I achieve this mystical realm, I’m going to see if my Muse will deign to bestow a few moments of her time and inspiration. I’d really like to write again.

I’m starting to feel the excitement build for the approaching Ad Astra Convention. Having the business cards being designed for me is certainly fanning the flames. I will be handing these out, to fellow attendees as a ticket to a free e-copy of my newest release, the anthology Blondes, Books, & Bourbon.

And, in case, I needed any further proof that I am being sucked back into the life of the SCA, I bought a glass bowl just because it was a nice blue colour and I believe I can use the glass to make ‘gems’ for jewelry. In the same resale shop, I also grabbed up a great piece of fabric, which, although small, could have been a head cover, or insert panel, or something for my wife to make into garb… it was, however, far too over prized for the small amount of cloth.



My life over the past couple months has been taken unexpected turns. It’s not all bad, I don’t even know if, in retrospect, any of it has been ‘bad’, actually.

I stopped writing, not so much by choice or even lack of motivation / creativity, but because of ‘real’ life interfering. I was too busy cutting wood to keep the house warm, and working on making the truck run to really have time to sit and write. When I did find time, I was too worn out to actually do so.

Then my wife said that we were going to be active again in the Society for Creative Anachronism. I wasn’t necessarily being bitten my the bug to do so, though I had been on and off for the past decade. I didn’t complain because is was clearly a good thing for her. I knew, once we started playing, I’d be swept up in the life and that has proved true.

When this decision was made, I was already getting to the point where less time was being taken up by wood cutting, due to warmer weather. I had more free time, but wasn’t quite in the zone to write. Instead, I threw my creative energy into what I used to do last time we played SCA – jewelry making. By jewelry making, I mean carving / shaping bronze, and brass, bone and wood, into ornaments, decorated my hand shaped glass ‘gems’ all in the style of 1500’s venetian period. It is an exacting, creatively challenging, hobby that is very rewarding.Maiden's Heart #1full copy

So, in one way, I’m glad I wasn’t writing when this life change happened, because I would have found it harder to adjust and slip back into the life. I have plan on stopping writing. I honestly don’t think I could, even with the ‘new’ distraction. In point of fact, my mind is percolating, starting to work on a short story I started months back. working a short story is a good way to get back into the rhythm, I find. From there, delving back into the novel will be easier to accomplish.

When will this start? Saturday. How can I know? Because tomorrow, I go to Windsor for my twice annual cat sitting job which is always a writing retreat – a stimulus for getting the words out and onto the screen. I’m looking forward to it, the zen of writing, the enjoyment of submersing myself into another world. I am also packing the equipment needed to work on jewelry, so that I can have both creative outlets available to me. I will have the time, and the desire, and plan on indulging.

If I have any doubt about getting back to writing – or the value of completing another short story – all I have to do is look at the reviews coming in for my second released book, Blondes, Books, & Bourbon. The anthology has been getting some very encouraging things said about it :

anthology 5* – “I loved this book even more than Mr. Ridley’s previous one, Tomorrow Wendell, which BTW is also about Jonathan Alvey and is super awesome! I absolutely loved all the stories and will re-read them very soon (yes, it’s that good!) All the stories are unique and adventurous… Mr. Ridley has created something more than just a likeable character, he’s created a character sensation. Jonathan Alvey is an extremely well developed and an amazingly crafted character”

5* – “Ridley opened this anthology with an interview that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and an even bigger reaction in your brain to continue on reading.
If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Tomorrow Wendell, you’ll still enjoy this collection and get to know Jonathan Alvey, as well as a few other recurring characters”

5* – “Ok so I want to start out by saying I have a strong dislike for short stories in general. But I really enjoyed the time I spent with each one of these. Alvey is an awesome main protagonist that is easy to get along with and root for… I never felt lost reading these stories, and I was never just wanting to get onto the next one either. I can honestly say I like each and every one of them. Even if you haven’t read Tomorrow Wendell you’ll have no problem keeping up or getting to know Alvey…If you like magic and the supernatural in your stories, then Blondes, Books, and Bourbon: A White Dragon Black Anthology is for you. If you’ve never really tried out a detective story, then this is the one I would recommend finding out with. Great writing, amazing characters and fun yet creepy new monsters you don’t normally run into.”

5* – “This is an amazing read, although short stories, all the stories are linked through Mr. Jonathan Alvey and this is a unique collection that reads like an amazing novel. The reader follows Private investigator Alvey as he takes on paranormal cases. I won’t go into each one but just know they are interesting and compelling cases that will have the reader glued to this amazing anthology… This is an amazing book and the author has done a wonderful job creating a special story. Believe me this is a do not miss story!”

5* – “Alvey is a fantastic homage to the hardboiled detective fiction of old with a fresh insertion of the mystical and arcane. Conjuring images of rot-gut bourbon, duplicitous dames and dangerous foes, Ridley manages to channel some of the best traditions left over from the old school of detective fiction… Full of intrigue, danger and bleak humour – the stories in Blondes, Books and Bourbon not only expand on the world Ridley introduced us to in his debut novel Tomorrow Wendell, but rather supersede it.”

5* ‘Great book, I can’t wait to read more from this author.’


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5 * ‘Brooding, cantankerous, and so deeply flawed he’s almost on the verge of shattering completely, Alvey is a fantastic homage to the hardboiled detective fiction of old with a fresh insertion of the mystical and arcane.’

5* ‘Like his last book, Mr. Ridley has created something more than just a likeable character, he’s created a character sensation. Jonathan Alvey is an extremely well developed and an amazingly crafted character.’

5* ‘Ridley opened this anthology with an interview that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and an even bigger reaction in your brain to continue on reading.’





BB&B bannerSo this Friday is the day. All the hard work, the hours and hours of writing and editing, it all comes down to this – putting the out into the world an hoping that it is well received.
That’s how it was going to be.
Now it’s about something else. Something more important than if the world at large likes my stories. Something very personal in nature, and close to my heart. It is about helping a family pay for medical expenses for surgery to remove cancer.

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a teacher, band director, composer/arranger, husband, father, and grandfather and he and his family need your help!

This Friday the 13th, help one family’s battle with cancer by purchasing my book, for yourself, or for a friend. If you preorder your Kindle copy then the sales are guaranteed to be registered as Friday’s sales. This means the royalties are guaranteed to be earmarked as going towards helping to pay for this families bills. If you prefer to hold the real thing in your hands – well, you are a reader after my own heart. If this is the case, PLEASE first thing Friday, Order your paperback version of  the anthology.


It was not too long ago that I lost my cousin to cancer. She fought back for many years, but in the end – unfortunately – she passed away due to complications. She lived here in Canada though, so there were no devastating bills piling up with each bout. She was able to get treatment, see doctors, and spend time in the hospital without the worry about how to pay for it.

This family is not just worried, they are feeling the weight of this burden while Mr. Grauer still recovers in hospital. YOU CAN HELP – simply PRE-ORDER your Kindle copy of this anthology NOW, or purchase the paperback first thing THIS FRIDAY.

Please share this post. Reblog it, tweet it, post it on Facebook or G+ – help me get the word out about this. There are only days left!

This Link will bring you to the Facebook page about this event, and share how you can win prizes by taking part.

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Don’t know what A ‘Book Bomb’ is?  Just to reassure you, it’s not the same as a book bombing in sales.

In this case, particularly, the term means we are doing our best to get it in your face, on your mind, and most importantly on your Kindle. We want you to preorder your copy of my anthology to make sure those sales get registered on that day. You don’t have much time – the anthology goes live this Friday the 13th!

Why?  Well, it isn’t about my ego. It isn’t about my publicity. It isn’t even about my profits… but it does have a lot to do with money.

You see, ALL of the royalties from that day’s sales of Blondes, Books, & Bourbon are going to a benefit. Not any random benefit, but one very close to the hearts of everyone in my publishing house.

Commedia Aly, Pirate Aly, and Steampunk Aly agree – a Touchstone™ is an anytime accessory!A fellow indie author of mine, Alyson Grauer, needs financial help. Not to get a better wardrobe, or finance a trip to a convention, not even to buy more books, or finance writing more books (though we all want her to write many, many more). She needs this money to help pay the medical bills of her father. Hard to say no to that one isn’t it?

Click HERE to read more about what this is about and why this family deserves and needs your support.

That’s why I’m doing this.


As a Canadian – I can, all too easily, take for granted the fact that so much of my medical expenses are covered by my government. I can’t fathom having to need medical assistance and then being sent a bill that would bankrupt a small country. So my publisher is working with me and ALL the royalties from sales on my release day will go to help out my fellow author and her family.

PLEASE – PREORDER you copy of Blondes, Books, & Bourbon NOW!
I promise it isn’t wasted money. The reviews are starting to come in, and they are saying it is even better than the first novel, Tomorrow Wendell!
If urban fantasy / paranormal private investigator stories are not for you there are other ways you can help.

There is MORE!  This isn’t just about asking for you to buy a book… there are prizes to be won!

Just follow this ‘LINK and find out all there is to know, about other ways to help, and what prizes there are to be won and especially how to win them!