From the Ashes Of Ruin Series by Matthew D. Ryan ~ Excerpt and Giveaway

Posted: February 4, 2016 in Excerpt, Fantasy, giveaways, Series
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From The Ashes Of Ruin Series

by Matthew D. Ryan

FromTheAshesOfRuin Drasmyr  FromTheAshesOfRuin children lubrocious  FromTheAshesOfRuin Sceptre

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.


Enjoy this 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:

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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.”

Drasmyr: Smashwords / Amazon / B&N

The Children of Lubrochius: Smashwords / Amazon / B&N

The Sceptre of Morgulan: Smashwords / Amazon / B&N

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  1. Naomi Hop says:

    Wow Laura… I enjoyed that excerpt from Drasmyr…. I wonder what happens to the woman!!

  2. Mary Preston says:

    I rather like the idea of a woman with a sword and wearing chain mail.

  3. sherry1969 says:

    Sounds like a very interesting book.

  4. Peggy says:

    Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Not so much writer’s block as just getting sick of writing. It amounts to the same thing as I usually have to stop and take some time off of writing. Once I do that, though, I’m good to go.

      • Peggy says:

        Thank you for answering my question.

        Do you write every day? Do you have a word goal for each day you write?

      • My writing routine keeps shifting. This includes writing times, and word counts. For a while, I was doing three pages (about 750 words) a day, everyday–including weekends. Then, I kind of got out of the habit. It is difficult to settle on a routine. I wrote most of book II (Sceptre) in the mornings, but I’ve done most of book III so far in the evenings. Either way, the biggest time sink is editing. Once you get the rough draft done, you have to edit the whole thing over and over until you are entirely sick of it. What usually happens to me when I finish the draft is I just go edit-crazy, and do nothing but edit for several months. Currently, my life is a little crazy so I have to squeeze in whatever I can whenever I can.

  5. gemiinii90 says:

    Love the cover!

    Betul E.

  6. debby236 says:

    IT is a nice cover. How much input do you have?

  7. Thanks for hosting today. I really appreciate it.

  8. Freya D says:

    I got a copy, thanks for sharing the link! I can’t wait to get started.

  9. Lisa Brown says:

    thank you for the chance to win

  10. amyc says:

    WOW! Sounds like a read for me. Adding to my wish list!

  11. Betty W says:

    Sounds like a great series, thank you for the post and for the chance!

  12. Rita Wray says:

    Great excerpt.

  13. I too love to know about covers. Digital Donna does a great job. I love a strong female character. Is she based on anyone you know?

    sherry @ fundinmental

    • No, Clarissa is a completely fictional character. There may have been touches of influence here and there. But the finished product is completely from my imagination.

  14. Becky says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt a lot.

  15. momjane says:

    What a fascinating excerpt.

  16. Thanks for hosting me today. I really appreciated it.

  17. Betty W says:

    Great excerpt! Matt, I see that you live in the Lake Champlain area. I visited there last fall for the first time and it is an abolutely beautiful area. You are so fortunate to live there as I’m sure you well know!

    • Yeah, it is beautiful, especially in the fall. The Adirondack leaves are amazing. On a side note, my brother and I think we saw “Champy” once … the legendary Lake Champlain Monster. But that is a tale for another time …. Buwahaha.

  18. Stephanie says:

    The covers are fantastic.

  19. Anne says:

    A wonderful feature and fascinating excerpt which interested me greatly.

  20. Victoria Alexander says:

    The covers are beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

  21. Meredith Miller says:

    I love vampire adventures. Thank you for the free book. I can’t wait to check it out.

  22. Thanks for the intro to a new author!! Looking forward to this!