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Happy Independence Day! Be safe, have fun, enjoy yourself.

And I hope you enjoy my brand new video/trailer for my book of short stories, Undone, which is currently free on Smashwords!

 

This is a collection of novel excerpts, stories, and vignettes. They are well written, concise, austere, and filled with genuine emotion. Most are dark, some harrowing. All are evocative, with a feeling of authenticity. Writing with this much feeling suggests that the author based it on personal experience and close observation; it took more than imagination, reading books, and popular entertainment. I may be wrong, but I believe one must have been there to know this difficult territory. Extra credit due for being able to present the material from multiple points of view.The selection is varied, but deals with common, universal themes: love, survival, regret, loss, family dysfunction. Some pieces are fragmentary, others more fully developed. An abused wife rationalizes her victimhood and an abusing husband his behavior, a young man rescues his fiancée from a drug overdose, a mother is angry at her son’s late night behavior, a man looks back with regret upon his difficult childhood, a young woman blames her brother for not protecting her from sexual abuse, and so on.

One bright sketch in this dark collection is SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL, in which the protagonist runs to “him” with apparent reciprocated love. I interpreted the object of this interest as the process of writing itself; that is, writing these harrowing tales as an act of redemption and positive in outcome. (O. Barnack, Amazon Reviewer)

Thoughts on Undone

Undone FREE today only on Smashwords

Hello, all! I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of small talk … so, let’s just get right to it. Here’s the promo video for Like Shards of Glass:

“I don’t mean he was bad to you,” Karter swallowed hard. “I just mean, there were times when, I didn’t get why you stayed. When he came back – after the bombings, there were times when I hated you for letting him be the way he was. Like you were invisible. So that meant, he expected you to be invisible to me. Making me have to tell him to acknowledge you, your questions, things you’d do.”

“What do you mean?”

“You know what I mean.” Karter rubbed his beard. “Forget it. Just eat your food. Don’t want you to lose any more weight.”

“So you saw it all?”

Why did I sound so surprised?

“Please eat, Mom.”

“Did he, you know, keep you from me, Karter?”

Staring down at the table, then up at me, my son, the full-sized man, softened. His posture, his gaze, even the way he stretched out his arms, shifted. I had my answer.

“After it happened – after what he did, you went AWOL. You came back with a broken hand. What happened to your hand? Where did you go?”

“I don’t remember.” His eyes fell as he shook his head adamantly. He was far too adamant.

“No, no, no, don’t shut down on me, Karter. What happened?”

“I honestly don’t remember.”

“Two weeks you were nowhere to be found. Tell me. Tell me what did you do?”

“Do?” His eyes met mine with a deep confusion. “What do you think I am? What do you mean what did I do?”

“It’s not what you are. It’s what you’re capable of.”

“One time. One time I get a little angry, this is what you – you don’t trust me at all to be a human being. You think I’m him. Admit it.”

I skirted his accusation, just as he was skirting mine. “You lie to me. How can I trust you? You’ve always lied to me…”

Karter nodded and his eyes filled with tears. “He taught me to lie to you.”

Scooting my chair closer to his, I took his hand. “Where did you go for those two weeks?”

“I don’t know.”

“I don’t believe you, Kar –”

“It scares me. All right? Trying to remember. Because I don’t wanna know what I…” His hand trembled as he pulled away from me. “I don’t wanna know.”

Sample or download your copy of my book, now available for preorder, here: Like Shards of Glass

Being shy has been my least favorite thing about myself. There have been orchestra recitals, piano contests, times when my parents wanted me to sing … in front of people, (and the list goes on) and with each of these situations, I’ve either disappeared, or made myself physically ill when it was all said and done. I’m getting better, I’d like to continue to work on that, and I’d like to not only take baby steps, but to dive in.

Today, I’d like to do something wacky. Well, it’s wacky to me.

When I create a book trailer (or, wait. I think we’re supposed to call them videos, now) I create quite a few. And in some of them, I sing. In one of them, I actually used lyrics I had written, and put them with the melody my friend had composed on the piano. I never officially shared it, because it had far too many errors, and the sound quality was really bad. Today, I’ll be sharing one of my drafts, and in it there’s a clip of me singing. Just going with the flow, being creative, having way too much fun. But isn’t that what it’s all about?

Tomorrow, I’ll share the official promo video.

So …

Here goes; here’s my Like Shards of Glass draft:

 

 

Did you roll your eyes? Don’t roll them too hard. They may get stuck up there. I repeat, I was just fooling around. 😉

It’s just a draft, but like I said, I had fun and plan to share more of my ‘fun’ in the future. I like to share the process, the drafts, the mistakes, what-was-I-thinkings, and the lessons behind all of the above

Again, I’ll be sharing the official video, tomorrow. Be here or be square! Wait, that’s not how that goes. Awkward.

Anyway. Side note: Becoming an author has been one of those things that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. When I finished writing my first books, I told anyone who expressed an interest in them, or suggested that I get them published, that I was only writing for me; I was only writing as a hobby. But the hobby was a passion. The passion has taken on a life of its own.

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Move out of your own way and let your hobby become a passion, and take on a life of it’s own. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my new Just Beneath the Surface II book trailer! I hope you enjoy!

In Just Beneath the Surface II, new characters confront what has been buried and laid to rest – or so they thought.

Landon, a mysterious engineering student has learned to treat his past as though it belongs to someone else. He has learned to control every thought that enters his mind: everything from his memories, to his smile, to the tone of his voice. Anyone who believes that they have begun to understand Landon is sadly mistaken. He is a man impenetrable.

His own brother, Peter, refers to Landon as a robot. Landon’s mother fears that he will soon self-destruct. Landon only wishes that everyone around him would accept and understand one thing; Landon has unlocked what he considers his most prized possession: the gift of control.

Seven is a peculiar beauty whose temper, harsh tongue and violent tendencies often get her into trouble. After meeting Landon, Seven finds her way into unchartered territory: his heart. Soon, Seven’s perception of herself is challenged. She is frequently urged to step away and reevaluate herself, as the handsome young man who is wise beyond his years gently coaches her into finding her best self.

As secrets are revealed, and an unspoken bond is formed, Landon and Seven grow to be inseparable.

Before long, the horrors of the past bring Landon full circle. As his soft stoic surface faces intrusion, his old self is relinquished to paranoia. In time, Landon’s world is threatened by the recurring nightmare he thought he had left behind.

I love watching book trailers. They really give new life to a writers’ story; the images and music make everything pop.

Although I am still planning to do a book trailer for all of my books, I decided that for now, I would try something a bit different.

An author trailer …


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I have many more (brief) videos at facebook.com/rhramsey. They are a combination of book character thoughts, music and images.

Feel free to share your facebook page or favorite book trailers 🙂