Connecting with readers was among my greatest challenges when I first released my books back in 2008. It took me a while to figure out where readers both like to hang out and were approachable. I used Facebook to connect with family and friends, but reaching out to new folks was a little awkward and sometimes bordering on creepy. Despite that, I have connected with hundreds of readers and writers on Facebook, even if my effort there is a little disjointed. As I mentioned, I have a personal account, and then I have a Facebook Page for the Godsland Series, and last but not least there is the fan-created Brian Rathbone fan page. The latter is a huge honor. My only real problem on Facebook at this point is figuring out where to post which things. I end up cross-posting a lot, but it’s the only way I know to keep all my Facebook friends informed.
I’ve used a number of other social networks with limited success. Goodreads has been great for introducing me to new readers, but I don’t do a lot of interacting there. It wasn’t until I found Twitter that things really clicked. When you follow someone on Twitter it’s not as creepy as saying you want to be friends with someone you’ve never met, instead it’s more like saying you think that person might have something interesting to say. Twitter is a great place to find and connect with people who share common interests with you. Nowhere else have I found such a rich, vibrant and open community of readers, writers, artists and creative people.
Over the past four years I’ve made great friends on Twitter and have had some downright hilarious discussions. I don’t talk all that much about my books but instead try to provide things fantasy fans might like. I tell dragon jokes and tweet inspirational sayings. I share writing tips and promote other authors and their books. Feel free to join in on the fun! http://twitter.com/brianrathbone
of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage
of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities,
harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils
awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. When a Catrin Volker, a teenage
horse trainer, inadvertently fulfills the prophecy of the destroyer, she
becomes the most feared and hunted person on all of Godsland. With the help of
her friends, she must convince the world that she wants only peace.
her homeland behind, Catrin Volker goes in search of knowledge and peace,
unaware that she will face the greatest evil her world has ever known.
Godsland Book Three- Dragon Ore
Ore is the exciting conclusion of The Dawning of Power trilogy.
Clinging to life, Catrin Volker struggles to regain her strength as her
foes go in search of even greater power. Ancient enemies threaten and
forgotten alliances emerge.
Brian Rathbone started out as a professional racehorse trainer, but
he later transformed himself into a network engineer, programmer, and,
more recently, rural broadband specialist. One thing that never changed
was Brian’s love of reading fantasy fiction. For years he would think of
story lines for his own stories as a way to keep from dreaming about
writing code. When the time came that Brian could concentrate on
writing, The World of Godsland became real.