A love-hate relationship with the writing life…

My thriller, Sophia von X, is finally here. 👻
It took me 6 months and 3 very extensive weeks to finish the book. And now, when I’m thinking about all the work I’ve done, I’m realising I killed an insufficient amount of people.
I’d like to kill more…

I’d like to kill them all…
Ah, what a great feeling to say goodbye to all the crazy heroes you spent days and nights with!

If you know Ray (me) well, then you understand – this is not a normal thriller you’d pick in the local book shop. It is grotesque, on the edge with a parody to different movie flicks and books. The heroes are flat and without long back stories (there’re some life-tales though). I don’t like to show much, so I tell it as it is. 😂
It’s fast-paced, suspenseful, bloody, in some places – boring (too many car-chasing and guns), romantic (without any hard erotica), humorous and absurd.  

I also believe that my blurb is much better than the book 🙀. I always could write nice, short pitches or synopses. In general, I love writing short stories, because I don’t get lost among the enormous number of characters.🐰👽🐻🦊

The heroes of the book are very colourful. Some exciting details:
Psycho husband
Car chasing
Bikes on the road
Hotels, endless roads…
Team of hot girls: Korean, French, Italian, Russian and American
Sicilian Mafia
Guys from Ethiopia
Prize fighters
Fear of beards
Fake archaeologists
Bible = verses, verses, verses… (quite random)
Flying on a private jet
Red Syndicate – Asian Mafia
Ripper (kind of)
Pregnant ladies

Places: Italy, Turkey, Israel

A couple of words about the ending… It’s okay if you hate the ending. I hate it too! 💣😉

x x x

In this book, I don’t explain much. Why? Because I can’t give you all the answers. I still believe that we don’t know what kind of panties our neighbour is wearing today, but we can guess… So, please, use your imagination.

Think, read, think, repeat! 

Ebook – 0.99 (until the end of the month, because I’ll run a promo) – link to Amazon

Paperback will be available next week. I’ll let you all know as soon as I check it. Price –$8.99. It is only 200 pages. I cut out the material I didn’t like much, and I dropped the prologue. 🤨

What else? This thriller is for grownups 18+, simply because I’m using bad language, inappropriate for a young audience. 

If anyone spots a typo or mistake (not in punctuation, ONLY in the word or name) – let me know. The book was edited and proofread, but there’re always the possibility of missing something, especially considering I changed a couple of names in the story. 

All kind of reviews are welcome in the future! I mean, I accept everything from 3 to 5 😜! No less than 3, folks! I put too damn much time in that story.  And coffee ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️

6 months work + 200 pages for 1 star?
Thank you! Be nice!

P. S. I’ll spend 2-3 weeks blogging, then, in April, I’ll start working with editing So Absurd It Must Be True, book 2 🔫🔫🔫

Next post – 10 Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Writers


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40 Responses

  1. masercot says:

    Looking forward to it.

  2. Congratulations. Looking forward to reading it.

  3. Given your glowing recommendation. I bought the book. I’m anxious to see what you do with a thriller.😁

  4. Jerry Laiche says:

    I know the feelings. I am FINISHED ‘book 2’ of the culinary history (ha, ha, ha) Finished is an overstatement, but if I don’t tell people that I’m done, then I’ll never get done with the proof. Hopefully to the printer by Easter. Anyway, congrats on the complete job, looking forward to reading it and immersing myself in Ray’s memorable, magnificent, bizarre, and wonderful prose once again. Looking forward to the blogs once more.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Please, we need some recipes! Share something yummy 😋 or did u already? 😀
      And thank you 🙂 maybe it is memorable because very bizarre 😂😂.
      I’ll try to post some tips/working rituals from the greatest tomorrow:))

  5. Yay to that.
    Looks pretty bloody. Now how many characters does your book have?

  6. George F. says:

    I’d like to kill more…
    I’d like to kill them all…LOL! I get it! Will purchase e-book this week.

  7. George F. says:

    Yeah, I’m gonna have to work in more Bible verses…inescapable…

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Lol 😂 I ordered the bible study book 📖 but only after I finished my thriller…how smart of me 😂😂

  8. River Dixon says:

    That’s great, Ray. Looking forward to reading it. I say when in doubt, kill ‘em.

  9. kinkyacres says:

    Did someone mention “recipes” ??? Looking forward to it RNB! 🙂

  10. Can’t wait to read this.

  11. InspiresN says:

    Wow sounds exciting and interesting .Good luck Victoria!

  12. markbierman says:

    I hear you, the books we write are our”babies.” We send them out into the world and hope they do well. By the sounds of it, yours will succeed! All the best, Victoria.

  13. Sorryless says:

    I totally relate. I love AND hate writing, equally so.

  14. Hyperion says:

    “It’s so absurd it must be true.” You are a prolific writing genius, Ray. Congratulations and if anyone gives you less than 3 stars you can send my dragons to live under their bed until they update their review with kind and true words of endearment. You are so right. A lot of time and coffee go into every great story.

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