The Raythe Reign Team says…
2015 was an awesome year for Raythe Reign. Let’s take a look at what happened in 2015!
What ended? A lot!
The Abyss ended its multi-year run. After some serious plot twists, lots of battles, and developments of new powers, immortal space vampire Abaddon has finally discovered both his mysterious origin and his true mate in Anarion.
(If you think that sounds pulpy, that’s because it is.)
The Pact also wrapped up. Nathaniel has come to terms with who he really is, and Emrys is Emrys: eccentric, sensual, and always up for a good time (preferably with Nate, naked…)
The Merman book series ended with Book 5 being twice long as the other installments. Because there was a runaway favorite secondary character in The Merman’s later volumes, Members will get some new developments for this series in 2016!
Valkyrie, our modern take on Norse immortal warriors, got off to a great start. Raythe Reign’s first brothercest romance even got voted up to receive an extra chapter in our holiday poll!
Crimson, our loose interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood, just launched! We’ve been planning this one for a while, and while Raythe is a bit nervous about writing a ‘pack story,’ we think Members will be tremendously entertained by human Jude and not-so-human pack alpha Gareth.
And Date A Vampire.Com, the insanely popular original manga drawn by Mathia Arkoniel. Everything about DAV is so beautiful, including the shirtless man on the cover…
Having these series conclude marks the end of an era. These stories made up the “old guard,” which was all huge, rambling stories. This year, we hope to balance the multi-volume epics (such as The Fell) with stories that are more novel-length like Crimson, and even novella-length, such as The Fall.
- The Artifact 2 novel’s text is done! Editing, final cover, and release to come in early 2016.
- The Dark Earth Manga #7 released in mid 2015. DE 8 is coming very soon. It would have been done this year, but we’re having a bit of trouble with the formatting changes that Amazon has sprung on us.
- The Dark Earth serial is allllmost done… but these epic battles take longer than Raythe thinks they will 🙂 When this one is done, we have a GREAT story in the works that will make some people very happy.
In 2015, we decided to focus on the social aspects of RR. The big things were:
- Better tech support in the form of a competent tech person.
- Blogging more with an actual editorial calendar.
- The new “Welcome” site (what you’re on right now.)
We’ve blogged a lot more to let people know what’s going on, and just give you the chance to chime in on what’s happening. We’ve missed a few dates, but on the whole we’re happy with the increased communication.
The new Welcome site has helped us get organized and encourage more comments, questions, etc. The RR community usually gets under-sold just because it’s easy to lean on the content (I mean, hot sexy guys with superpowers… it’s a pretty good angle.) But getting everyone to interact with us and each other is really important.
One thing we did to help this along was the add-your-own-answer polls. When we started doing the polls, we were excited to see so many poll respondents. Of course, we get plenty of write-in comments on our posts, too — great, thoughtful, and respectful comments — but we realized we needed to provide a way for the silent majority to cast votes, too.
Speaking of polls…
We can only do what we can do, but we always want to know what YOU, our Members and readers, want to see.
Choose multiple answers or add your own!