Monday, August 24, 2015

Virtual Tour: The Ryo Myths by Perrin Pring @Psquaredbooks @GoddessFish #Giveaway

The Ryo Myths
by Perrin Pring 

Appointment at the Edge of Forever


Filion felt safe in his role as a Dream Searcher. He was paid to venture into other’s dreams and exert influence over individuals whom he would never meet in the flesh.

But that was until he received The Summoning. Filion has been called to track down and protect Ryo, the last of the Chozen. She is the only hope of preventing a tide of evil driven by the Afortiori and the prospect of universal slavery if they aren’t stopped.

Time is ticking and Filion has no idea of how to find Ryo let alone how to protect her, yet destinies of planets rest in her hands. Enlisting the help of a rag-tag band of mercenaries, Filion will set out to search the wastes for Ryo. Together they will confront an evil whose power they just might have fatally underestimated. 


The universe, as we know it, was created as a result of an exercise of thought. In another dimension, far away from here, there is a race of beings known as the Eoan. The Eoan world is nothing more than clouds of raw elements, those elements constantly crashing into one another. The Eoan are the energy that propels these clouds.

Do not assume, however, that the Eoan are a primitive race. It was the Eoans that created our universe. They sought a challenge. They sought to create something merely because they willed it to be so, and from their will our universe was born, but this was only the first step.

A universe without life is barren. Each Eoan took it upon itself to create a world within the universe. There were no set parameters as to what each Eoan could or could not will into existence. The only limits were each Eoan’s imagination. Planets, bacteria, plants and animals followed.

Eventually, the Eoans created free will, and then the Eoans were faced with a dilemma. We would call it a ‘moral’ dilemma, but the Eoans wouldn’t go so far. Did they want to continue to craft and manipulate a universe whose inhabitants were able to think, create, and destroy on their own? Some Eoans fervently believed that our universe was theirs – that the Eoans could do what they wanted because they had made us. But a growing number of Eoans were developing a sort of conscience themselves, which was a surprise. To suddenly feel responsibility and guilt, as muted as it was, was a violent shift for some of the Eoans.

Consequently, the Eoans split. A small faction, the self proclaimed Afortiori, believed that they had the right to continue to manipulate our universe as they pleased. The majority did not believe this. The Eoans and Afortiori went to war.

This war never ended. 

Tomorrow is Too Late


 I was a natural flier, I could take a punch, and I was smarter than most. Within five years I was a full-fledged pilot. On my last assignment, I was Master Pilot Eri Everfar, commanding pilot of a class B Federal war ship, the Seeker, and that’s where I met him, Drakier Lu…

Filion and his new friends have escaped Bok and are stuck in an asteroid field that isn’t supposed to exist. They’ve almost run out of fuel, their water supply is seriously depleted, all of their food has been destroyed, and the girl they’d just risked everything to save, Ryo, is dead.

Captain Eri’s former lover, Drakier Lu, has been promoted to Master Commander of the entire Federal Fleet, and his assignment is to find and capture the Dark Horse. Captain Eri has been identified as a Tiori, and she and her associates have just become the Federation’s most wanted. Things aren’t what they seem though, and the line between good and evil blurs as the players’ true motivations come to light.

Filion and the crew return, traveling the galaxy and dodging the Federation and the Tioris, all the while searching for a rogue planet that may or may not be harboring the one person who can save them all…


 “You said this is a psychiatric facility?” Ryo asked.

The mola stared at Ryo with wide, broiling blue eyes.

“Yes, SIR!!!!” the mola screamed, attempting to break free of Ryo’s grasp.

“Why are you calling me Sir? Why are you doing this strange dance at me?”

The mola went completely still, its eyes on Ryo.

“You’re elite.”

Ryo tipped her head at the mola. “I am?”

“Yes, not like the other elites but more so. You bleed energy.”

Ryo felt as if she’d been punched in the stomach. The mola’s whirling skin disappeared, and its recycled clothes and sticky hair faded into the background. All that Ryo could see was a dim, broken streak of light – energy.

Ryo jumped back. Immediately her arms began to burn. She raised her hands, ready to defend herself.

“Who are you? What are you?” Ryo said quietly.

The mola watched Ryo, but didn’t say anything. Finally, it said, “You’re stronger than me, but we are the same.”

The Degrees of Destiny


 When I was on Lamu, I inhaled an Afortiori's vileness. That blackness will be what allows me to win. I will use their own evil against them. Because of this I am tainted. I am but a degree different from what I fight, but in that degree, hangs the balance between universal slavery and Free Will.

Having fled from Lamu only moments before its destruction, Filion and his friends find themselves hiding in the shadows as the Federation and the Afortiori mobilize against their worst enemy, The Etulosba and its crew. The Etulosba, Ryo, plans for her final battle. She was engineered to fight for Free Will, but to win that war, she will have to become what no Chozen was meant to be - an Afortiori. Caught in Ryo's wake, Captain Eri is torn between leading her crew and confronting Drakier Lu, her former lover and torturer. Will she be able to overcome what he did to her, or will she fail, thereby becoming what he made her and letting down Ryo, her crew, and ultimately, the universe? Filion and the crew return in the final installment of The Ryo Myths. Join them as they begin a journey that not all of them will survive.


Initially, she’d thought the energy transfer had been temporary. Then she’d tortured Teeive instead of killing him, and now she realized the true cost of what she’d done. Some of his energy lived on inside of her. She hadn’t foreseen that. Inhaling Teeive’s energy had been like filling a suitcase with sand. She’d dumped out most of the sand, but grains of it remained, and they were expanding. She could feel the cold, calculating, psychopathic tendrils of Afortiori vile spreading and threatening to overtake her body. It wasn’t a battle she was sure she could win, but it might be what won her the war.

“I held that evil inside of me,” Ryo continued. “It powered me. I became high on its force. Then it left but not all of it. Some of it still lives within me.” She stood and faced Wiq. “I cannot fight this war without it.” She stood and faced Wiq. “I cannot fight this war without it. That blackness will be what allows me to win. I will use their own evil against them. Because of this I am tainted. I am but a degree different from what I fight, but in that degree, hangs the balance between universal slavery and Free Will. You and I, we have fought over Free Will, we have fought for Free Will, but we have never had Free Will. Captain Eri must exercise her Free Will because to me, she is everything that those words mean. If she does that, I can stay on the side of the right. I can fight this blackness and use it to save her. If she denies it though, or if she dies…”

Ryo looked at her hands. They flashed and became translucent. Wiq could see Ryo’s veins. As Wiq watched, a shadow spread through Ryo’s blood, darkening it to black.

“This vileness inside of me is not static. It pushes. It grows. I fight it, but I’m fighting on all fronts. She is my hope. She is my faith. She is what keeps this blackness at bay. She must not fail, or we all die.”


What inspired you to write The Ryo Myths?

I wanted to combine both my love of fantasy and science fiction. I wanted to write a world where magic and science simultaneously existed. I also wanted to write about a diverse group of characters who were forced to work with each other. What resulted were The Ryo Myths, a story about magic, science, and a group of oddballs stuck together in a spaceship.

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t ever remember not wanting to be a writer. I was always reading, and I often tried my hand at writing little books. The problem was, as a kid, I figured I had to illustrate my books (probably because that’s what we did at school). I’m a terrible artist though, so I figured I’d write more when I got older and wasn’t expected to include drawings in my work.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

When my brother and I were young, my mother read to us every night. When we were especially young she would sit with each of us individually and read us a book of our choosing. As we got older, she’d sit in the hallway between our rooms and read to us. I remember her reading Nancy Farmer’s Ear, Eye and Arm and a whole lot of Boxcar Children books. When I read on my own, I read a lot of Goosebumps and Tintin. In third grade I remember reading Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins. Upon finishing that I considered myself pretty advanced because that was a legitimate chapter book.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

While I will read any genre at least once, I find myself gravitating towards science fiction, non-fiction and a smattering of literary fiction. I do like fantasy, but after finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, I’ve been slow to start another fantasy series.

What is your favorite book?

Oh, I don’t know. I think books affect you differently depending on the landscape of your life at the time. Some of the books that have had significant impressions upon me are Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, David Benioff’s City of Thieves, Johnathan Weiner’s Beak of the Finch, Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams, Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, Flannery O’Connor’s The Complete Stories, Donna Tartt’s  The Secret History, and Micheal Chabon’s Wonder Boys, just to name a few.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Again, I think that my favorite author depends on where I am in my life. I’m currently very much into Tana French, Donna Tartt, Octavia E. Bulter, and Flannery O’Connor. For whatever reason, these women speak to my soul.

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

Ahh, there are tons of places I’d go. One place would be the World Fair of 1893 in Chicago. I’d love to have seen the Gilded Age. While I know the Gilded Age sucked for a lot of people, just to see the quality of buildings, clothing, food of the elite would be amazing. I understand that it was all resource heavy, but the architects of the 1890’s  would have never built a strip mall, and I wish we felt similarly now. I would have loved to see the fair before it burned up. I’m sure it was jaw dropping, even by today’s standards.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

The writing just flows. The editing, that’s the torture, and my writing needs a lot of editing.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I love animals. Unfortunately my day job requires me to move a lot, and every animal I’ve ever had the pleasure of living with has always belonged to a roommate. If I could, I would be a cat lady, or dog lady, or bird lady, or whatever. I’d love to have a pet skunk. I hear they are very nice.

What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

Bulgogi beef in bi bim bop. A bison burger with a fried egg, blackberry jelly and diced peppers. Eggs hollandaise with tomatoes and avocado. Unsweetened green tea. Coffee.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Read and write. The rest is just details. Also, keep going, no matter how many rejections you get. ‘Failure’ is a part of the game. It doesn’t mean they are right and you are bad. It just means that you have to keep going no matter what. Everyone starts worse than they finish. That’s what practice does for you, it makes you better. Every sentence you write, despite your critics, makes you a better writer. Don’t forget your critics started off writing run-ons and mis-punctuating their work too. Have the courage of your convictions and keep pushing towards your goal. Also, keep reading. That’s super important.


Perrin is the author of The Ryo Myths, a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy that has been heralded to engage both nerds and non-nerds alike. Check out her books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. When not writing, Perrin enjoys drinking coffee and swimming, although usually not at the same time.


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Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a great series, I really enjoyed reading the excerpts! Thanks for sharing :)

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Rita Wray said...

I enjoyed the interview.

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed the interview~thank you for sharing! This sounds like a terrific series!

Mary Preston said...

An insightful interview thank you.

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I loved the interview and the excerpts! Thank you!