Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cover for "Angelic Revelations"

Cover design for Angelic Revelations is close to being finalized...
The website is being designed to support it, and social links are being setup...

More information coming soon. ;)


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thanks Smashwords!

371... That's the number of free downloads from eBook Week.  Thanks to everyone who participated!
I have some new developing and will report back soon.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Official Read an Ebook Week - Free BOOK

CONVERGENCE 2012 is part of Smashword's "Read an Ebook Week" in an effort to promote more reading  I am participating and offering CONVERGENCE 2012 for free.  So starting the 4th of March until the 10th you'll be able to get a copy for FREE.  So, share the news and enjoy!  Head on over to at the stroke of midnight to get your hands on a completely FREE copy of CONVERGENCE 2012...  Remember starts the 4th and ends on the 10th.   

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What others are saying about Convergence 2012...

Here's some reviews pulled from sites about Convergence 2012...

"I recommend this book. I'm kind of a geek when it comes to books. This one was good. On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being like Dune or Ender's Game I can't put it down and 1 being like Twilight (ahhhh my eyes burn.... can't read it) This book was a solid 6+. I would rank it with some of Stephen Kings early work when he was all over the place but raw."  - Chris White

"Robert Ricks tells an intriguing story centered around aliens, conspiracies, and the fate of mankind. The flow of the story was smooth with a host of believable characters. Definitely a book for adults as Ricks paints a vivid picture of humanity's indulgence of the self, whether their vice is sex, drugs, or money. There was an abundance of interesting symbolism spread throughout the story All in all, I would definitely recommend this novel to adult readers interested in exploring the Mayan prophecy from a modern literary perspective. I look forward to the next book." - Timothy_Darwin

"This book is a Sci-Fi Fantacy novel. It begins in 2011 and works its way thru the end of 2012. The characters are well written and even though it takes place on earth, there is alot of mystical type stuff going on.
I found this novel hard to put down. I was constantly wanting to know what was coming next. It was unpredictable and very enjoyable. I recommend this book highly and I hope that Robert R Ricks comes out with the next book soon. I can't wait."- Theresa Wyckoff

"I won this book in a "giveaway" on Goodreads and finished it in short order. Kuthanaga, Xanari, Reshnogga, Annukai and more....with names like that, it took a while to get used to but Mr. Ricks keeps them in a running commentary and you quickly get up to speed as to who is who. The imaginative tale adds a twist to the recent plethora of 2012 fear-mongering and it was rather nice to have a bit of a different approach to "our" demise. The human heroes (with much easier pronunciation), Tim and Joy, are both losers and winners and the one thing I wish Mr. Ricks had added was a bit more flashback and stories of their drugs and violence years. It would probably have made their eventual "winner" status a bit more substantial. It would also have added insight as to why Kuthanaga chose them. I liked the idea of the being "marked" concept. And the constant changing of how and who was being marked worked in parallel with the changes that were rapidly occurring all over the world. I want to again thank Mr. Ricks for the opportunity to read his story and also...thanks for the cool bookmarks!!"- Bobby J

"I was glad I began reading this novel at the beginning of my days off. I couldn't put the book down, wanting to see what happened next. I found myself up all night reading. The characters are well developed and the story-line is almost too beliveable. Will the end of this world as we know it occurs in 2012 as predicted? Kept me turning pages! This was an enjoyable read."- LovesPooh

"I liked this book. I don't know why but the book went by pretty quick. Took me nearly two weeks and that's pretty fast for me. I usually take about a month to finish. If you like your stories colorful and not predictable you'll like this. There were some typos and there is some harsh language but neither really bothered me all that much."-Jamie Coleman

" I wasn't sure what to expect with the story. A friend of mine referred it to me after he read it. He knows that I'm a conspiracy nut and also deep into the whole 2012 Mayan prophecy. This is a story of fiction that uses the backdrop of aliens, conspiracy and mythology as a nicely woven tapestry.

I found myself laughing out loud at a few of the conspiracy references and have to give the author props. Some of the stuff in this book a LOT of people will gloss over, but to us conspiracy nuts we'll catch everything he throws at us.

This is an easy read and you can't beat the price. The book is solid with good character development and continuity was maintained. I will keep an eye out for the next volume.

I loved it. "-Jack Duncan

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gonna Kill GodKill...

While it was a novel idea to brush off the dust from my first novel Godkill which I wrote waaaaay back in 1989, I've decided to kill it for a few notable reasons:

#1) The main character rose to divinity by fooling the Muslims of the world and after watching what the author of Satanic Versus and the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, I decided a fatwā against me would be a bad thing... 

#2) The main concept of the story could get me killed by the other end of the spectrum.  The main character is supposed to try and find a way to kill God...  What the fuck was I thinking back then?

#3) A movie called Dogma came out in 1999 (10 years after I wrote Godkill) and there's all kinds of similarities, for example I have a small golden demon who is foul-mouthed and perverted named Loki, Dogma also has a character named Loki... In my story Gerard has the army of hell and evil gods helping him battle the forces of good to try and kill God. In Dogma they jumped God to put him in a coma so angels could exploit a loophole and get back into heaven.  Very different stories but I remember when I watched the movie (which i thought was funny as hell) and said outloud, "Sonofa BITCH!"

#4) Some of my thinking all those years ago was plain stupid.  Embarrassing and just a little creepy...  The main character put his girlfriend in suspended animation and shrunk her down and carried around in his pocket for safe-keeping.  Seemed logical at the time, but when I was telling my wife about it, she just looked at me and said "That's fuckin' creepy" to which I have to agree to a point.

#5) Too many things that didn't make sense.  Too much convoluted plot twists that were very very very bad.  My wife points out "Hey you were only 18... give yourself a break..."  

I could go on and on, and maybe at a point later on I'll revisit it, but for now the only copy in existence is hanging on my display...  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


So what makes the SIGNATURE EDITIONS of Convergence 2012 so cool?  Well they are signed on the cover with metallic ink, and the cover and first page are emboss sealed.  The first page is also signed with whatever you want it to say.  I had the books for the winners of the contest and my daughter snapped pics while I was working on them and now am sharing with you...
The books arrived (20 of them... 10 for the winners and the rest need a good home...)

Clean work space to sign and emboss-seal them...

My son watches me, making sure I do it all correctly...

He got bored and walked away as I kept signing...

The 10 copies for the winners are finished...

Now for the emboss-sealing...  It requires a LOT of strength to press through the cover...

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the custom hand-made bookmarks...

Here's a sample of the bookmark...

All packaged up and ready to go...
If you want to snag one of these bad boys, just hop over to the SIGNATURE EDITION page...


Monday, January 2, 2012

And the winners are....

Winners of the Jan 02 2012 autographed book giveaway on are:
01) Lexi W. of Greenwood, ME
02) Julie F. of Montevideo, MN
03) Larry K. of  Lebanon, OR
04) Michelle S. of Columbus, NE
05) Theresa W. of Caledonia, NY
06) Adam S. of Falls Village, CT
07) Lori H. of  Fort Wayne, IN
08) Jennifer H. of Jacksonville, FL
09) Beau S. of Sanford, MI
10) Bobby J. of Scottsdale AZ

I'm getting my copies in hand on the 4th end of day and will be shipping the copies out on the 6th.  I will be emailing each winner with instructions I need from them (double checking shipping info, etc.).  Each book will be emboss-sealed with the mark and also autographed in two locations (cover in metallic ink, and inside front page black ink) [as is standard on all my signature editions.

There were 590 people who entered and to you, I say "Thank you for your interest" and since I personally hate losing I am offering a free digital version from

The code you will need to use on checkout is: RD95Z  This code will only be good until 01/09/2012 (one week).  You enter the code after you add the book to your cart at:

Act like you are going to buy the book, add it to your cart and then there will be a part of the order process where you can enter a discount coupon code.  (I think you also need to create an account but you're getting a free book out of it...)

Again, congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who entered!