Monday, October 28, 2013

Your Daily Ralph! New releases for the week of 0/28/13

Welcome to this weeks new releases . This is the list of new books (Both digital ebooks and traditional paper released for the week.) I'll be modifying this process as the weeks go by. More on that tomorrow. For now, scroll down and enjoy!

Skorpio By Mike Baron

Cannibal Gold  By Chuck Dixon

The Crimson Mask Anthology from Airship 27 productions 

Blind Corners By Jay Johnson

Grydscaen: utopia by Natsuya Uesugi

Bobby Nash/ BEN books sale!
All of Bobby's books are only $2.99 this week

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Your Daily Ralph-10/24/13 Overlooked Gems.

I hate to say it, but I think I have two overlooked gems in my writers resume'.

 The first is my first novel, 'Redemption of the Sorcerer, The Crystalon Saga, Book One' which for some reason never took off as I expected. It still sells a few copies a month, but nothing to write home about, and it's a shame, because it is a grand epic bridging two worlds and universes involving magic,. action and adventure. It's sort of Indiana Jones meets Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter. It's actually a great roller coaster ride of an adventure.  Yet sadly it really hasn't piqued many peoples interests. It steadily sells a few copies a month but never in numbers I assumed it would. Why did I assume it would? It's a great story and world hopping adventure.

My next overlooked Gem is 'Torahg the Warrior, Sword of Vengeance' This was overall my favorite piece to write. It's a savage, barbaric novel set in a pre-historic past filled with warriors, dark sorcery, demons and monsters. It's a great, great story about one mans quest for revenge against almost incalculable odds and harkens back to the great sword and sorcery novels of decades past. Torahg is my favorite character out of who I have created so far.  He's a single minded man on a savage mission to free his homeland from an insidious foe, his own brother. The very same brother who framed Torahg for the murder of their father after he himself committed that murder. Now after twenty years of exile Torahg is returning to his homeland of Fairandia, and he's angry! To this day I'm surprised this has not been a best seller on Amazon and other channels. Those that love Sword and Sorcery and barbarian pulp should be flocking to this one. If you love those things and you haven't read it yet, you're doing yourself a disservice.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Your daily Ralph 10/22/13 Review of The Avenger-Roaring Heart of the Crucible

The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible



This novel is actually an anthology by many authors including Matthew Baugh, James Chambers, Greg Cox, Win Scott Eckert, CJ Henderson, Michael May, Matthew P Mayo, Will Murray, Bobby Nash, Mel Odom, Barry Reese, Chris Sequiera, John Allen Small and David White.

There are fourteen tales of the Avenger and his crew spread across the years of his career, and they are in no particular order. My experience before this with the Avenger was limited to the original novel some thirty years ago and possibly one or two more. I like the character well enough, but to me he was never a ‘Doc Savage’.

The Avenger is a man who had a terrible loss, both his wife and daughter were taken from him, presumed murdered by criminals and never found. This girded him into an almost inhuman machine that sought nothing but justice for those in similar situations. The Avenger has a few special abilities which I won’t get into here.

Suffice to say the volume is filled with very exciting and action filled stories about the Avenegr and his crew. Smitty, Nellie (Smitty’s lady love), the dour scotsman Mac, as well as Josh and his wife Roseamund.

Not all of the characters are in all of the stories, in fact the last tale I was pleasantly surprised to find the two most popular members of Doc Savage’s supporting cast involved in the story. They were not named, but you know it was Monk and Ham. That was a very pleasant surprise.

All in all this was a very enjoyable volume. It had loads of action and interesting stories throughout. There wasn’t a clunker amongst them. It was fun reading about a character I knew so little about and still be able to follow along. The assembled authors did a very nice job with these tales of the Avenger.

This has a great cover too, by the way. Highly recommended.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Your daily Ralph- New releases for the week of 10/21/13

There're only a couple here, hopefully next week more will be sent to me. As a reminder you can send me your information in a message on my facebook account 'Ralph L. Angelo Jr.' or you can send an email to . remember I want links to either your personal site where your books are for sale or the amazon or B&N page they are for sale at. I'll be putting these up every Monday night. Again, this is open to books that have been put on sale in the past 7 days only.


Broken Glass

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Your daily Ralph- My Rant Against Kickstarters 10/20/13

I have to get this off my chest. I don't like kickstarter programs. Now I understand that some high profile projects are just not feasible out of pocket, things like a comic series that will cost an estimated $50,000 as well as movie kickstarters. That is all understandable. Go for it. Now I know I'm going to ruffle some feathers here, but  that is not my intention. I'm not trying to insult anyone. That being said. I don't like the whole kickstarter concept. I self publish a lot of my own work (Novels). It's not cheap and I'm not a rich guy. But I would never think to ask someone to kick in to fund a project because I want to see it happen. I'd prefer them just buying copies of it when completed. But nothing I've published so far  has been what I would term astronomically expensive. I don't believe it's right for me to ask a large group of people to find a project I have written. Someone said that to me last year when I was buying back the rights to 'Redemption of the Sorcerer' that I should do a kickstarter to fund it once it was ready to be released again. I ignored him. The very thought of asking others to essentially lend me money to start a project that would be paid back by copies of the book just rankled me. Again, a novel is not expensive, comic projects are. I understand about paying an artist and all of that.

God help me, this is going to sound insulting, but it's not meant to be; if you're going to produce a novel and you can't afford it, save your money until you can, because that's what I'll be doing. Every time I read someone begging people to fund his dream novel I have to move on to the next item. If your novel is good it will sell and pay for itself. The concept of asking for assurances on sales in advance is just too much of a safety net, and to be honest, to me as an author to do such a thing would just feel degrading.

Think before you kickstart.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ralph's Rants does reviews, Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace

Doc Savage the Miracle Menace




I have been a Doc Savage fan since I was a kid. To this day he is still my favorite pulp hero. Will Murray began writing new Doc Savage tales about 20 years ago and then stopped. Recently he started again, and his newest Doc tale is called the ‘Miracle Menace’. I have to say that there have been some great stuff in Will’s Doc books, as well as some mediocre ones.

But this newest story may be the best one yet. I read this in two days, spending hours at a time reading it. It involves a magician, his assistant, Christopher Columbus (Yes you read that correctly), a savage Indian tribe, a mysterious house, an international spy ring, a group of evangelicals, as well as telepathy.

In all honesty this was my favorite of Will’s ‘Docs’. It was exciting and interesting. All in all I thought it was great.

Just to make sure you don’t think I’m gushing without restraint, I’m going to list a few things I didn’t like about it as well. First I didn’t like that Doc didn’t seem as infallible as in previous books. I don’t like that in my hero’s, especially not Doc. At one point he’s battling this Indian chief, and he actually thinks he’s going to lose. Yet later on he soundly kicks the guy’s butt, which made up for the earlier fight. Then in another section of the book he emerges from the mysterious house dazed and confused almost. His skin actually looked pale, as if he had been frightened. Again I did not like that. I’m fine with him being surprised by something or a foe being underestimated, but Doc is Doc.

Now that being said, beyond those two incidences, this was an amazing and fantastic book. Though there was one part of the book where Monk squared off to fight Doc and Doc kayoed him with a gas pellet. I would have liked to have seen them fight. I know Doc is stronger than Monk, and certainly better looking, but I think a fight between Doc and an infuriated Monk (Which is what we had here) would have been fun to see. Later on Monk and Long Tom almost square off, yet Monk is hesitant. The rest of the crew were taking bets, with Ham actually wagering on Monk to win. That’s where my money would have lay too.

This was just great fun and a fantastic adventure absolutely worth the name of the “Wild Adventures of Doc Savage”

No doubt about this one, five stars, handily.  

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

You Daily Ralph! All my books and where you can buy them! With Links!

The Books of Ralph L. Angelo, Jr.

The Halloween Terror of Weatsboro
A small Pennsylvania town harbors secrets that even the citizens don't know anything about. There are monsters there, as well as the monstrous. Plans laid over a century in the past are about to come to fruition, and all that stands between a horrifying future for the entire world are a hundred hearty souls. Will they be enough?
A kindle only novella, available exclusively at


The Cagliostro Chronicles

In the year 2089 earth has striven for decades to break the light speed barrier and failed time and time again. But there is more to it than that. Why are we failing? Why does something always seem to happen whenever mankind gets close to exploring the wider universe that destroys that ambition? What is the reason for these constant setbacks? Join genius inventor/engineer/CEO of Johnson Aerospace, Mark Johnson and his hand-picked crew of adventurers as they seek to unravel the far greater threat hanging over mankind before it’s too late for the entire planet. In a novel filled with conspiracies, action and intrigue, all of humanity may face destruction and death unless the crew of the Cagliostro can unravel the web of deceit and danger that seeks to crush the Earth and its inhabitants in an ever expanding claw of evil!

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Torahg the Warrior, Sword of vengeance.

In a time lost land of sorcery, demons and blood crazed warriors, a young prince is framed for the murder of his father a beloved king, by his own flesh and blood, his brother. Fleeing from the land of Fairandia, Torahg roams the world for twenty long years, as the forced into exile son of a murdered king. Along the way he acquires skills in many of the fighting arts. He lives as a sell sword and is content if not happy with his life he feels resigned to, until a beautiful woman comes into his life with a secret of her own. Now after twenty brutal years where he was forged upon the anvil of revenge, Torahg is returning to Fairandia with vengeance in his heart and a keen blade in his hand. Let all who stand in his way beware, for here comes Torahg the Warrior, Sword of Vengeance!


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Redemption of the Sorcerer, The Crystalon Saga, Book One

Once he was the most powerful man in his universe, a sorcerer without peer. He ruled that universe with a fist that rankled many. A long term plot was hatched and Crystalon was overthrown and exiled to a world without magic. A world where he was now but a powerless pauper on. That is until he saw a man having his soul ripped out by hungry demons. Now it is a race against time as Crystalon must somehow regain his magical prowess in time to defeat the shadowed mastermind behind a devastating plot that will leave all of humanity on both worlds enslaved to a despicable madman! Will Crystalon find it within himself to regain his power and help those of this new world he finds himself on? A world that looks so much like his own Earth, save it is a world bereft of magic? Will he care enough to try? And if he does, will he be in time to stop his enigmatic foe, or will he be too late? Find out today in ‘Redemption of the Sorcerer, The Crystalon Saga, Book One’  


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Help! They’re all Out to Get Me! The motorcyclists Guide to Surviving the Everyday World.

Want to learn the safe way to ride a motorcycle? Want to brush up on tips and tricks you may have forgotten over the years? Or worse yet, never learned? This is the book for you! Written by a BNYS certified motorcycle instructor and frequent writer for magazines such as ‘Backroads Motorcycle Touring Magazine’ as well as ‘Motorcycle Consumer News’ and ‘Motorcycle Online’, ‘Help! They’re All Out to Get Me!’ is the one specialized tool that should be in every rider’s tool kit.


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Your Daily Ralph! 10/14/13 Links to interviews I've done

Interview links

These are links to interviews I’ve done about my books.


Independent authors network: 


Indie author news:


Indies Unlimited : 




Cheryl Carpinello’s interview with me.


Mark Bousquet’s interview with me:


Earth Station One podcast interview:


My Pulped Podcast interview with Tommy Hancock : interview:


My interview for the Cagliostro Chronicles :



My Interview on the Time Warriors site.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

On writings and ruminations.


Last night I made magic. I typed the most magical sentence in the universe. Pure mystical power that can never be matched by for author. (I still love referring to myself as an author, it’s such a hoot!) I typed ‘The End’ Finally after a good five or six months I finished ‘My Enemy, Myself’ last night. I went back this morning and cleaned up the last chapter a little bit, then I went to the beginning and began proofreading it.

But I only got a few pages into it and had to stop.

Why you ask?

I can’t wrap my head around it yet. It’s too soon. This guy Crystalon is a very complex individual, and getting more complex the more I write him.

In this novel he’s no longer the reluctant hero, he’s embracing being the good guy. It’s been two years since he saved the worlds from his arch foe, now he’s been quietly guarding protecting the world from magical threats both big and small. He’s more relaxed and less high strung. He’s a bit of a nicer guy.

Don’t confuse that though, with being wimpy or weak. He’s neither. He’s just happily relaxed somewhat in his new existence and his new world.

This novel was a long strenuous journey for him and his friends. He may have known what he was getting into when he begins this journey, but no matter what he has said and warned them about the people with him do not. It’s real shock for most of them when they find what they’ve actually signed on for.

But the one thing about this novel that strikes me strangely is how likable Crystalon is in this book. He was a definite anti-hero in ‘Redemption of the Sorcerer’ and while at times he’s still a curmudgeon, for the most part he’s someone most people wouldn’t mind being.

What amazes me most about writing him is that people still either underestimate him, or continue to treat him as the bad guy.

But you’ll have to read it to find out what I mean, when it finally gets published. I’ll read through the entire novel and proof read it myself this week at least once, then it’ll go into the very competent hands of my editor.

Before she’s done with it I’ll commission my artist to start the cover.

But while that is going on, I’ll begin writing the second book in ‘The Cagliostro Chronicles’ which is just a big hit for me. I can’t wait to get back to that one.

This is one big hurdle completed for me. Book two’s always have a lot to live up to, but in this case at least I think ‘My Enemy, Myself’ has more than lived up to expectations. In fact it may have surpassed them!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Your daily Ralph 10/5/13 Another 5 Star review for the Cagliostro Chronicles!

Another excellent five star review for the 'Cagliostro Chronicles' Have you read it yet?

5.0 out of 5 stars The Cagliostro Chronicles ( Ralph L. Angelo Jr.), October 5, 2013
By Sheri A. Wilkinson (Princeton, IL) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)    This review is from: The Cagliostro Chronicles (Kindle Edition)
The Cagliostro Chronicles ( Ralph L. Angelo Jr.)
Mark Johnson is a scientist and engineer. He and four crew members of the Starship Cagliostro venture into the galaxy. Their mission turns out to be perilous as they are under attack, they face obstacles with their air craft, aliens, and unravel a conspiracy that can endanger all of mankind.
A fast paced action filled story that takes readers on a journey of suspense, air attacks, aliens and mysteries beyond the galaxy.
Trues sci-fi lovers will enjoy this action packed adventure. 

Click on the image below to order your paperback copy at amazon today! Also available in kindle, Nook (At and all other e-versions at

Friday, October 4, 2013

Your daily Ralph 10/4/13 - Everybody's working for the weekend

Today I was inspired. I sat down and wrote 3400 words in 'My Enemy, Myself' the sequel to 'Redemption of the Sorcerer'. That's 1400 over what I usually endeavor to put down per day. The reason I think is that I'm getting closer to the end. I'm up to about 77,000 words now, and I figure on about another 13,000 to go to end this blockbuster. Then will come the passes for editing. That is the hard part. Not the writing itself. I don't talk about this much, but I have a limitless imagination. I'm, one of those guys who can see a gum wrapper on the ground and a torn shoelace and I can make an adventure out of it. I dream big, and my best dreams are in the waking hours. I've always had a vivid imagination. I was told I daydreamed as a child. Yeah well, that was a good thing, I hate to tell ya. I was talking to my buddy Tommy Hancock a dew days ago, and he asked me what I had planned in the near future after I finished 'Enemy'. I rattled off two immediate projects I want to get to after I finish this one, but you'll hear more about that on the pod cast I did with him in the coming weeks. Sometimes I feel I would work on two projects simultaneously, but I can't really do that. A lot of writers can (That's cool I just referred to myself as a 'Writer'. I'm still not used to that.) but I'm not one of them. I have to stay focused on one project or I'll never finish it. Even this one is taking me a lot longer than I originally expected it to take. I think I originally expected to be done with this by the end of July or mid August, but right now I still think I'm at least two weeks out. Oh well, hopefully I'll get it done for a pre-Christmas release. But there's a lot to do yet. I have to get it edited and a new cover drawn up, then I'll need to assemble it all into one neat package. You see, some of these books I publish using my own publishing company I started. Right now it's just for stuff I want complete control of, and it's only for my stuff alone. I'm not publishing for anyone else. But in the future that may change. So when you see "Cosmic Comet Publishing" inside the book you know that's me.

Cosmic Comet publishing as so far published 'The Cagliostro Chronicles'

And 'Redemption of the Sorcerer'

As well as the nonfiction  'Help! They're All Out to Get Me!'

and of course 'Torahg the Warrior, Sword of Vengeance' was published by the inimitable Pro Se publications

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Your Daily Ralph- 10/03/13

First off I want to remind everyone that my website is

It's been a busy week or so here at Ralph Central. I've done two really great podcasts (in fact my buddy Lucas Garrett keeps telling me I should do my own. If I ever figure out what I need to do so I may just do that, but that's not in the foreseeable future at the moment) Otherwise I've been trying to write, to get 'My Enemy- Myself!' finished. I have under 20K words to go at this point I think. I've settled on getting somewhere between a 90-100K word count total. Probably be about two weeks till its finished, then a week of my own editing, then off to my editor . Once she's done I'll contact my artist I used on two books so far and try to get him hooked up for a third cover. While that's going on I'll start writing the next part of the 'Cagliostro Chronicles' .
What's different about the Cag books is that I write them as more pulp style then the Crystalon novels. The Cag books I keep to the 65-70K word range so they're a fast paced easy read. After that is done I have two more projects in mind. One is a late 30's avenger that I'm going to be looking for a publisher for instead of self publishing that, the other is something I've always wanted to write, and that's an ongoing prose superhero saga.

In the meantime, you can check out what I've got out there already. Click on any of the pictures below to go to the amazon page for each book.

The Cagliostro Chronicles

In the depths of space, beyond our galaxy's furthest star awaits danger!

In the not too distant future, mankind has finally discovered the secret to faster than light space travel.

 But it is a most dangerous discovery indeed!

Now Mark Johnson, a brilliant scientist and engineer, will lead a handpicked crew of adventurers into the unknown. Where they will discover the truth about the secrets of the much larger universe and the myriad dangers it holds.
Now, in a race against time, if the crew of the Cagliostro cannot unravel the depths of the mystery, conspiracy and danger that surround the earth like a closing claw of evil, mankind itself will not survive!
Join with us for the inaugural voyage of the star cruiser Cagliostro as its crew begins to unravel a conspiracy that will take it beyond the furthest star and into the very heart of adventure!
Check it out on Amazon at the link below!

Next up is Torahg the Warrior, Sword of Vengeance!
From Pro Se Productions comes the first chapter in a Sword and Sorcery Epic saga of Betrayal and Battle, of Blood and Death, of Redemption and Revenge. From Author Ralph L. Angelo Jr. comes TORAHG THE WARRIOR: SWORD OF VENGEANCE!

A Prince Predestined- An honored prince stands first in line for the throne of his father, the most powerful King in the world. Young and unaware that the world around him, his very birthright, is about to be snatched from him by murder!

A Brother Betrayed- In one fateful day, his own brother, in league with a malevolent sorcerer, kills the king. And the Prince, the heir to the kingdom, became a wanted fugitive. Forced to abandon his kingdom, to leave his home, to exile himself seemingly forever.

A Warrior Born- Twenty years have passed and he returns, no longer the kind hearted youth who watched his father's murder before his very eyes. He walks with the confidence and scars of a hardened warrior, a veteran of many campaigns and trained fighter in many forms of combat. With a heart hardened by twenty years as an outlaw across the world, Destiny calls again, driving him to return to the land of his birth! No longer the Heir to the Throne usurped by his evil brother, he is instead a man with only one mission- Vengeance!

A Young fugitive prince fled the land. Now he returns and he will be forever remembered as TORAHG THE WARRIOR: SWORD OF VENGEANCE!

From Pulp Fantasy Author Ralph L. Angelo, Jr. comes the first novel of a New Pulp character with classic roots! Fight alongside this battle scarred, blood hungry Warrior as he tackles evil in all its forms across the kingdom he once called home! A man without a land and with only one purpose- To Avenge the Wrongs done against Him and the world!

In the tradition of Robert E. Howard, Angelo breathes a savage, raw life into SWORD OF VENGEANCE, bringing Pulp Fantasy back to life with a barbaric results!

Pro Se Productions and Author Ralph L. Angelo, Jr. Present- TORAHG THE WARRIOR: SWORD OF VENGEANCE!

Torahg The Warrior, Sword of Vengeance!

Redemption of the Sorcerer, The Crystalon Saga, Book One.
            Crystalon is a sorcerer of unprecedented power. He is the ruler of his world and universe. But Crystalon is still a man, and not a God. What happens when that man, after centuries of immortal life and power loses his way, giving in to human temptations until he is finally seduced by the power he wields?
            What follows is an epic adventure that spans two universes, while the man caught in the midst of it all seeks redemption from his past sins. But will he see the error of his ways in time to save both universes from an evil, unknowable enemy, and utter annihilation? Or will an incalculable amount of innocent souls be damned to an eternity of enslavement and doom?
'Redemption of the Sorcerer' is an epic fantasy novel that will have you on the edge of your seat to the very last page! Click on the image to go to the amazon page for
Help! They're All Out to Get me, The Motorcyclists Guide to Surviving the Everyday World!
"Help They're all out to get me!" Is a book created to make the new, and even the not so new motorcyclist a better motorcyclist. Between these covers you will find tips and tricks that make surviving the everyday world for the everyday rider a much easier proposition. Inside you'll find everything you need to get yourself out on the road safely as well a confidently, with recommendations for just about every conceivable occurrence that can plague you, both on the open road, as well as right outside your door. This book will teach you, or refresh your memory on the little things one needs to know about motorcycling, as well as the large. Everything is covered here from putting down your kickstand to accident management in a group ride situation. "Help! They're all out to get me! The motorcyclists guide to surviving the everyday world." Is truly one specialized tool that should be in every rider's toolkit!

            Crystalon is a sorcerer of unprecedented power. He is the ruler of his world and universe. But Crystalon is still a man, and not a God. What happens when that man, after centuries of immortal life and power loses his way, giving in to human temptations until he is finally seduced by the power he wields?
            What follows is an epic adventure that spans two universes, while the man caught in the midst of it all seeks redemption from his past sins. But will he see the error of his ways in time to save both universes from an evil, unknowable enemy, and utter annihilation? Or will an incalculable amount of innocent souls be damned to an eternity of enslavement and doom?
'Redemption of the Sorcerer' is an epic fantasy novel that will have you on the edge of your seat to the very last page!