The New Face of RainHand

Hello folks!


Rainhand Books (originally ordonline.net) has been through a number of changes since its debut in 2012. Originally I intended it just as a place to collect my own printed works, and the occasional stray thought. While this was enjoyable, it never really amounted to a whole lot in the way of content. Well, years and times change, and in that time I've had a chance to delve into the love of reading that drove me to become an author myself in the first place.

Fast forward to the present, and the new initiative for RainHand. I'd like to be involved in the writing community again, and given I know what it's like to be a new, self-published author struggling for attention, I've decided to merge my love of a good read/review with a nod to folks looking to promote their work. The result is "RainHand Books and Reviews!" As an informal initiative I hope to meet some wonderful new and self-published authors, share some social exposure for them, and most of all, read some great books!

So stay tuned for some book reviews from authors you may not know too well, but might just be hiding must read gems you have to check out!

Thanks for reading RainHand!

REVIEW - Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence (Bill O'Reilly/Martin Dugard)

Killing England - Bill O'Reilly 'Killing' SeriesIt's been some time since I did a book review, so I've chosen a title I read some months ago, but is still fresh enough in my head to speak of. I admit that I wasn't waiting for Killing England to release - I wasn't even familiar with the 'killing' series before I noticed an advertisement for the book in, of all places, Walmart, but I have a standing interest in the American War of Independence, and this title thus caught my attention.

The first thing that I personally had to take into account whilst enjoying this book is that it is not comparable to Jeff Shaara's The Glorious Cause. I wouldn't call the two books apples and oranges - perhaps a better comparison would be Georgia peaches with peaches from...anywhere else. One is a factual peach, while the other, to many of us, is the stylized image of a peach. The Glorious Cause is most certainly steeped in reality and is based heavily around actual historical data, but at its core, it is still a work of fiction, particularly in the behavior of the major characters throughout, some of whom tend to be reduced to their most base common denominator.

Killing England, by contrast, is a true documentary, and though it also follows the actions, behavior, and thoughts of certain key players of the time, it does so from a detached and clearly biographical perspective. These facts are still presented in enough of a storylike fashion to maintain interest even in those with a passing desire for the topic. This is fortunate, given I am most likely not the only person who better recalls facts learned in an enjoyable way.

I was not reading a physical copy, and thus didn't notice the page count until I came to the end of the main story. I was intrigued to find that (at least formatted on my device) there were still nearly a hundred pages to read. These consisted entirely of posthumous 'where are they now' bits, chronicling the lives of the key players from the end of the war until their deaths. I do enjoy a factual account that assumes portrayed persons had lives outside of the event being accounted for, and thus I found it worthwhile to read all the way to the end - nearly all of this was information I was not previously privy to.

The title is not without its tribulations. For one, you can tell this was written by a person who knows that shocking news gets attention, for there is a certain seemingly unnecessary focus on topics such as what exactly happens to your body when you are hanged, and various other depictions of gore that all culminate in the understanding that yes, war is horrible (we get that, on with the information please). This focus seems to be there mostly to keep reader interest, as though the book were afraid you might put it down for being too dry - I suppose I might have expected this given the overly theatrical title. The passage of time also comes off as convoluted and makes the book a bit harder to follow at times - one moment we're in 1881, and suddenly we're back in 1775 to touch on some information that might have been better served presenting when we were still talking about events taking place in 1775.

I found that I could overlook these relatively minor issues and still enjoy this documentary for what it is, especially from the perspective of persons of the time I otherwise knew rather little about (King George III, for example). I learned a great many things, and for that I felt it was time well spent. It's the type of book that will appeal more to folks who already have an interest in the topic, but for those who don't, perhaps aspects of the presentation that I could have done without will help to draw in new reader interest.

OrdOnline is now RainHandBooks!

What is Rainhand?Hello, readers!

Those of you who have kept up with my writing since the release of my first novel some years ago may have been wondering what I've been up to since then. Or you might just be wondering why ordonline.net no longer links to this site. Well, there have been some sweeping changes over time, and one of them has been a switch to a new domain, Rainhandbooks.com. This change was made because my writing is no longer only about the Traveler of Ord series. I exist in different forms on many platforms, but as this site is about the printed literary works that I attribute to myself sans pen-names, I felt it was time to diversify the domain. I have updated my books on Amazon, as well as all the places I could think of that still have ordonline.net listed as an author resource for me. If you find one I missed, please let me know! And if you're wondering what on Earth 'RainHand' even means, click the image above for an explanation!

Meanwhile, I never really went anywhere, and you can still find me at the resources listed under the aptly named 'Where To Find Me' dropdown list in the navigation bar above. Suffice to say I wear a number of literary hats. I have different communities for different types of writing I do, and even some revolving around adapting stories into comic format, or recording audiobooks. (What an interesting task a one-person audio show is!) I'm even looking forward to a potential speaking engagement this summer at a popular fan convention. If all works out, I'll be engaging in that dreaded task among tasks, public speaking, as a co-panelist and I go provide tips, advice, and a general pep-talk for how you can stay on task and meet your writing goals!

At any rate, keep in touch, and so will I!

The Ferryman has Come!

Paying the Ferryman - Charon Coin PressTomorrow, October 20th, marks the release of Paying the Ferryman - The latest anthology of chilling tales about life after death!

I'm pleased to announce that Charon Coin Press has chosen to feature my work as part of the anthology--

Eden in Spring is a putrefying, 4600-word tale about a man who finds out a shocking truth about the next life, and learns the hard way that the clock never stops ticking - even after death. It is being featured alongside nineteen other works by talented authors, befitting the theme of a dark outlook on the afterlife.

I'm very excited for the opportunity to work with some talented individuals on such a delightfully frightening project, and would like to thank the staff at Charon Coin Press for their patronage.

The banks of the Styx and Acheron are wet with bile, and the boatman draws near. Get it here!


Claiming the Goldenwealth - Congratulations!

Congratulations to Lindsay R. and Rebecca L, the first and second prize winners in the Pure Jonel Traveler of Ord giveaway! Rebecca won a copy of The Goldenwealth Light (TGL), while Linsday won both TGL and Everywhere the Road Ends (ERE)!

Enjoy your books and thanks for participating!

Excerpt and Giveaway - Everywhere the Road Ends









Check out the excerpt from ERE here!

Win the World of Ord!

Citizens of the Goldenwealth,

Interested in joining young Theodore Ellsworth's adventures in the World of Ord? Enter to win a free copy, sponsored by Pure Jonel! First prize wins both The Goldenwealth Light AND Everywhere the Road Ends!

Check out a excerpt from ERE and enter to win here, but act fast! Entries close January 29th!

Excerpt and Giveaway - Everywhere the Road Ends


The Ferryman is Nigh - Keep the Last Obol for Yourself

Paying the Ferryman - Charon Coin PressI'm pleased to announce that Charon Coin Press has chosen to feature my work as part of their upcoming horror anthology Paying the Ferryman!

Eden in Spring is a putrefying, 4600-word tale about a man who finds out a shocking truth about the next life, and learns the hard way that the clock never stops ticking - even after death. It will be featured alongside a dozen other works by talented authors, befitting the theme of a dark outlook on the afterlife.

I'm very excited for the opportunity to be working with some talented individuals on such a delightfully frightening project, and would like to thank the staff at Charon Coin Press for their patronage. Check back here or on Charon Coin's main site for updates as they become available in upcoming months.

The banks of the Styx and Acheron are wet with bile, and the boatman draws near. Flee here for more information!


(The image above is from a cover reveal post for the anthology. It was created by artist Natasha Alterici, and beautifully captures the theme of the book in a chilling moment of white-knuckled suspense!)