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« on: September 16, 2009, 04:13:20 pm »
Hi there folks,

My name is Ricky Sides and I'm a new Kindle author. I really don't know how to classify myself. I am partially published in that Books in Motion is publishing audio versions of my Peacekeeper series, but I guess I am also independent because I am self publishing the Kindle versions.

Here's a bit of background on the first book in the series titled Birth of the Peacekeepers.

     A series of natural disasters of biblical proportions occurred on a global scale. Around the world tens of millions died as a result of the earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, gigantic super cell thunderstorms and tornadoes which had ravaged the earth.

     A rogue nation decided to take advantage of the chaos at that time to attack America with nuclear weapons. The American intelligence network learned of the plan and the government decided to launch a first strike at this rogue nation. This information leaked out to other nations and soon the world was poised on the brink of all out nuclear conflagration as the nuclear nations chose sides in the coming conflict.

     As the militaries of the world went underground in preparation for the impending conflict most of the world was blissfully ignorant of what was about to happen. There were a few exceptions to this. The civilians who were aware of the coming war made plans to try to survive the attacks as well.

     As the moment for the anticipated attack drew near, earthquakes of unprecedented intensity and numbers beset the beleaguered planet. Oddly the epicenters seemed to be located at every major military installation around the world.

     When the survivors of the earthquakes looked around them the next morning they saw a world drastically changed. Most men and women struggled to cope with the devastation as best they could, but many turned to marauding as a means of survival. They preyed on the other survivors they encountered, slaughtering anyone who opposed them as they took anything they wanted.

     A few of the survivors banded together to protect those weaker than themselves from the bands of roving marauders.

     This was the Birth of the Peacekeepers.


About the author.

      Ricky was Born in Florence, Alabama in May of 1958. He has a wife named Sue that he married at age 18. He has one adult son named Larry Dale.

     The author studied martial arts from 1981 to the mid 1990s. He has been an avid camper and student of survival. The techniques described in his fight sequences are often from his own personal experience and training. He has taught women's rape prevention seminars in the 1980's.

     The author's writing experience includes The Birth of the Peacekeepers, the Brimstone and the Companions of Althea series which is a nine novel set based on the on line game t4c (the fourth coming) and was written by Ricky Sides under the pen name Raistlin and edited and collaborated on by a wonderful lady from Louisiana under the pen name Kittie Justice. The author also wrote a book on women's self-defense named The Ultimate in Women's Self-Defense.



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Read a sample of my book!


Ricky Sides Action Adventure/Science Fiction. The Peacekeepers, Some Gave All. Book 2. https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,13725.msg262954.html#msg262954

Ricky Sides Action Adventure/Science Fiction. The Peacekeepers, Liberty or Death. Book 3. https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,13727.msg262982.html#msg262982

Ricky Sides Action Adventure/Science Fiction. The Peacekeepers, Eternal Vigilance. Book 4. https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,13728.msg262994.html#msg262994

Ricky Sides Action Adventure/Science Fiction. The Peacekeepers, Descent into Madness. Book 5. https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,13729.msg263001.html#msg263001

Ricky Sides Action Adventure/Science Fiction. The Peacekeepers, The Citadel. Book 6. https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,21627.msg404283.html#msg404283

Ricky Sides Short Stories. Adventures in Reading. https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,16207.msg310740.html#msg310740


Ricky Sides Nonfiction. The Ultimate in Womens Self-Defense. https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,18808.msg466759.html#msg466759


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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 04:26:23 pm »
    Welcome!

    Here's a link to your book:


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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 04:32:05 pm »
    Man, you beat me to it, Lynn.  Oh, well, since I already made the link, I'll post it too. ;D



    at $1, I'm going to try the first one.

    You can find all five of Ricky's books at Ricky Sides, Kindle

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009, 04:34:20 pm »
    Thank you very much. I haven't figured out how to do that yet, I try the link maker but it can't find the books.

    And thank you Betsy. You're too kind.

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009, 04:35:30 pm »
    I bought it on August 24th, gotta give it a bump on my Kindle.  ;D

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #5 on: September 16, 2009, 04:37:55 pm »
    Thank you very much. I haven't figured out how to do that yet, I try the link maker but it can't find the books.

    And thank you Betsy. You're too kind.

    Ricky--

    there's a problem with the Linkmaker 2.0 because of a change in the way Amazon manages the Kindle book database. We're hoping it's temporary.  In the meantime, you can use the Linkmaker 1.0 https://www.kboards.com/link/link-maker-1-0.php to make image links, it's a bit more complicated but very doable, you need the ASIN number and a link to the cover image.

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #6 on: September 16, 2009, 04:47:52 pm »
    I bought it on August 24th, gotta give it a bump on my Kindle.  ;D

    Thank you for buying a copy. I'm afraid most of the folks buying are holding off reading the book for a while. That would explain the lack of any reviews. So I'm pacing the floor like an expectant father.  ;D

    Thank you Betsy for the information. I'll try again with the book 3 post.

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #7 on: September 16, 2009, 05:35:55 pm »
    I sent myself a sample but will probably go ahead and buy it for 1.00. Great price!

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #8 on: September 16, 2009, 05:57:48 pm »
    Thank you Melissa. I hope you like the book. It offers a mixed bag of science fiction, action adventure and yes even a bit of horror and romance. The book and I have something in common. Both of us are difficult to categorize.  :)


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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #9 on: September 16, 2009, 06:06:57 pm »
    Thank you for buying a copy. I'm afraid most of the folks buying are holding off reading the book for a while. That would explain the lack of any reviews. So I'm pacing the floor like an expectant father.  ;D

    Thank you Betsy for the information. I'll try again with the book 3 post.

    Well, when I read a book, it gets a review on my blog and on Amazon.   ;D  I just have SO many books to read. 

    I'm reading as fast as I can, though. And, from what folks tell me, that's pretty doggone fast.  :o

    I just sent you a PM.   ;)

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #10 on: September 16, 2009, 06:23:09 pm »
    Thank you, I got the PM and responded. It is a pretty long book so don't lose sleep on my count when you tackle that read.

    Thank you for making me feel welcome on this forum. You folks are nice.


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    « Reply #11 on: September 16, 2009, 07:29:47 pm »
    Bought it.  Sounds interesting.....Thanks!

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #12 on: September 16, 2009, 07:39:00 pm »
    Quick question for you Ricky, your synopsis of the book intrigued me and I was ready to buy until I saw the book cover... that shuttle looking object in the sky makes me think this is a sci-fi taking place in the future. Is that the case? The synopsis doesn't lead me to believe so...

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #13 on: September 16, 2009, 07:52:24 pm »
    Thank you Tangiegirl.

    No Jason it isn't about some long term future events. The graphic you referenced is the ship the good guys use.

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #14 on: September 16, 2009, 08:09:08 pm »
    Cool... just purchased it. It takes place #56 in my To Be Read queue...

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #15 on: September 16, 2009, 09:40:50 pm »
    Hey there! Thanks for telling us about your book. It sounds very interesting and very unique. I will be sure to pick up a copy.  ;)  Also, thank you for pricing it at $1.

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #16 on: September 17, 2009, 03:08:11 am »
    Thank you Jason. I hope you enjoy the book.

    Thank you as well evpseeker, and you are more than welcome.


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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #17 on: September 17, 2009, 08:24:28 pm »
    OK, just bought my copy.  ;)  This is the first book in a series,right? How many books are in the series?

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #18 on: September 18, 2009, 03:24:18 am »
    OK, just bought my copy.  ;)  This is the first book in a series,right? How many books are in the series?

    Thank you for purchasing a copy of my book. Yes it is the first book in a series. There are currently five books in the series. I have begun work on a sixth book, but to be honest with you I haven't added to that sixth book in a couple of months because I am thinking seriously about letting the series end at book 5. One of my test readers I've used for years suggested that book five was the perfect ending spot for the series. I think I'll wait and see what the readers say. If they indicate a desire for the series to continue I'd be foolish to end it at book 5.

    You can see the rest of the series at:

    http://www.amazon.com/Ricky-Sides/e/B002P9SO48/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

    Book 1 details the events leading up to the formation of the peacekeepers.

    Book 2 details the development and growth of the peacekeepers as a cohesive force for stabilization in America. The book also encompasses several of the early missions of the ship and crew.

    Book 3 details the explosive growth and spread of peacekeeper technology. It also documents several large scale conflicts waged by the peacekeepers as they battle those who would enslave their fellow Americans.

    Book 4 also details the further growth and spread of peacekeeper technology. It documents a biological warfare attack on the United States and the peacekeeper response as they take the battle to the invaders.

    Book 5 details the conflicts between the peacekeepers and a cult which resulted in the wake of an unexpected attack on a group of traveling peacekeepers who had stopped and made camp for the night.

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #19 on: September 23, 2009, 03:34:42 am »
    Hi there,

    This is just a note to let Kindle readers know that I have lowered the prices on books 2 through five of the series.


    The Birth of the Peacekeepers. (science fiction, action adventure)
     
                 Price: $1.00
     
    The Birth of the Peacekeepers.
     
     
     
    The Peacekeepers, Some Gave All. Book 2. (science fiction, action adventure)
     
                              Price: $3.00
     
    The Peacekeepers, Some Gave All. Book 2.
     
     
     
    The Peacekeepers, Liberty or Death. Book 3. (science fiction, action adventure)
     
                              Price: $3.00
     
    The Peacekeepers, Liberty or Death. Book 3.
     
     
     
    The Peacekeepers, Eternal Vigilance. Book 4. (science fiction, action adventure)
     
                              Price: $3.00
     
    The Peacekeepers, Eternal Vigilance. Book 4.
     
     
    The Peacekeepers, Descent into Madness. Book 5. (science fiction, action adventure)
     
                              Price: $3.00
     
    The Peacekeepers, Descent into Madness. Book 5.


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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #20 on: October 01, 2009, 05:13:12 pm »
    Hi there,

    I have reformatted the book to make it more convenient for Kindle users to read. The reformatted version is now live.

    I had discovered that I'd made some formatting errors and sought to correct those errors. I apologize to any reader who has already purchased a copy and has encountered formatting issues.

    sincerely,
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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #21 on: October 11, 2009, 03:51:45 am »
    Hi there,

    I'd like to thank the Kindle readers who have purchased book 1 of the peacekeeper series.

    Originally written in the mid eighties and revised heavily to accommodate the world changes in the interim, this book has long been a part of my life. I am pleased to announce that it is now available on Smashwords for those who do not own a Kindle as yet. It is also available in print.


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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #22 on: October 11, 2009, 09:27:02 am »
    Ricky,

    Are there any significant differences between the web versions of the books and the ones at Amazon or Smashwords (which I prefer, in some ways, as a purchaser can pick which version of a book to download, plus extra formats mean more future-proofing of your library)?

    Will the other series make it to Smashwords or Kindle anytime soon?

    Wish I'd known about the Smashwords versions when I did the blog post on you (it's HERE, if you missed it). I'll go back and add a link at the bottom.

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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #23 on: October 11, 2009, 02:20:51 pm »
    Karen,

    Wow you put a lot of work into that blog. I thank you for the assist. I did wonder why sales spiked from the second through the fifth. Now I guess I know lol.

    Thank you for what you have done for my series. I've been looking for reviews on Amazon and missed yours because I didn't know about it.

    My website is as you stated in your blog free for all to read on-line.

    www.sonofartherk.com

    I do ask that readers not copy the web pages for obvious reasons. The website is updated as often as I have the time. However there is usually a gap between the edited versions you can get at the Kindle shop and Smashwords. I work a full time job and then I read, write, edit and try to promote my books in my spare time. Sometimes I am a bit slow on the updates to the website.

    Currently the website is updated and caught up with my editing, so the books are the same as those in the shops. That will probably change soon as I have to begin a more serious edit on book 3. That book is next in line to be studied by Books in Motion.

    The Brimstone series that you asked about is coauthored by a nice lady from Louisiana named Kathy Young. She did the editing for that series while I did the lead writing. Kathy also occasionally contributed to the female dialog for Damia. That was most pronounced in book 9 of that series.

    Brimstone is based on the on-line role playing game t4c. Dialsoft owns the rights to t4c. I have a license from the president of the company to have the series published for 10% of the gross. Now for Kindle and Smashwords that might work out alright. However for a print edition 10% of the gross is unrealistic. Therefore I am attempting to secure another license in writing from the President of Dialsoft that will set the figure at 10% of author earnings. Unless we can arrive at that sort of agreement the deal could well leave Kathy and myself owing Dialsoft for sales of the books.

    Also there is the problem of the covers. My art skills are nill. Nor can I afford the services of skilled graphics people. This is another reason that Brimstone has never taken off, despite the fact that it was extremely popular with the readers as it was released serial style on eAcceleration's Brimstone forum. At one time I compiled a view count for the different threads of that series. I was shocked. I was humbled by the amount of time that people had spent reading the series. It was an emotional moment for this old word warrior.

    Sadly that forum is gone now. eAcceleration wiped their forums clean and omitted the Brimstone forum when they redesigned their forums. No doubt because book nine ended the series and the forum was pretty much dead.

    I revised all nine of those books in August. Kathy is editing them now. Her edited draft of book 1 is on my site. The rest are my revised editions.

    Thank you for purchasing my books. I hope you continue to enjoy the series. You're right it needs more polishing.





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    Re: Birth of the Peacekeepers, by Ricky Sides
    « Reply #24 on: October 12, 2009, 08:02:42 am »
    Thanks for the background info on the other series. I still have three to go on PeaceKeepers, so you have a little time before you need the next nine on Smashwords and Kindle! ;D

    Maybe you can get someone to donate a cover (it does happen); too bad the forum was shut down as there were no doubt some artists in the fan group.

    As to the "a bit rough" comment - it's nothing a good editor would not work out with you. I've definitely seen much worse, even with traditional publishing. And I'm not stuck puzzling out words that were introduced thru scanning, as I am with a book I'm currently reading, where the OCR to Text made some bad guesses and it looks like Word was allowed to pick the closest thing, but no one read thru the book after that. As a result, the word "mat" is used many times instead of "that", for example, and in some spots the correct word can take a while to figure out. And it's not even a Topaz book, so the text was submitted in digital form by the publisher (not a self-published book, either) to Amazon with all the mistakes. The story and writing are good and I doubt they were so sloppy on a print edition, but it's typical of the lack of care publishers put into their ebooks until very recently (and an example of why ebooks didn't sell well amongst those who like to read).


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