Raythe Reign 2016: Endings & Beginnings

The Raythe Reign Team says…

2015 was an awesome year for Raythe Reign.  Let’s take a look at what happened in 2015!

 

Endings 

What ended?  A lot!

Abyss_Landing_Banner2The 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.)

thepact 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…)

merman-5book-listheader-shortThe 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!

 

Beginnings! 

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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_cover1_front_text 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.  

date-a-vampire-coverAnd 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.

Developments! 

  • 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.

Community building!

In 2015, we decided to focus on the social aspects of RR.  The big things were:

  1. Better tech support in the form of a competent tech person.
  2. Blogging more with an actual editorial calendar.
  3. 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.  

What would you like to see us do in 2017?
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27 Responses to Raythe Reign 2016: Endings & Beginnings

  1. tayla de melo teixeira December 31, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    I love R and R, but I have to content myself with only look, the form of payment makes it impossible for me. I use debit card, and I have an aversion to credit card, do not even have landline. so I can only Eye.

    • admin January 1, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

      Use paypal! They accept debit cards! Or you can hook your account directly to paypal and we can do a manual payment!

      • Sabrena January 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

        You can use a debit card like a credit card to pay for the site, Tayla. My subscription is paid using one.

        • Raythe January 2, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

          Only some debit cards seem to work. Depends on country. I’m assuming they tried and it didn’t work.

    • Andrea Lind January 4, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

      What about pre paid credit card? I got one of those, works great for buying stuff on the internet or for subscriptions

  2. River Iris December 31, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    I still have so many stories to read. XD I read twenty+ chapters, life happens, then I forget I was reading to begin with. *sigh* I am thoroughly enjoying ‘Date A Vampire.com’. It’s beautiful, and sweet, and funny; thank you all for the extra updates this month. May the new year bring everyone joy and peace and love. In the immortal words from Doctor Phlox from ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ “Optimism, Capetian!” *impossibly big smile* =}

    • admin January 1, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

      Optimism is key! I think that’s why we all think to restart exercise programs after the 1st of the year … me included. But yes, there is a lot to look forward to!

  3. Ipodpixie January 1, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    For 2016 is there anyway to create some kind of bookmark for the long running stories. I often leave them for a while, for example The Pact. I have no idea where I am with it now and will have to check each paragraph from the beginning.

    I am gutted that some of my favourites are now or soon the be finished, Raythe more long haired gorgeous men please. Just a small request but keep up the good work!!

    • yudashin January 1, 2016 at 1:25 am #

      I would love a way to bookmark the chapters, too. I, also, forget where I left off in reading and have to go through multiple chapters to figure out what I read last. This was suggested in the past, but nothing developed.

      • admin January 1, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

        For sure, very important!

    • darknari January 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

      Yes, I agree! We need bookmarks.

      • admin January 1, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

        THIS is a priority for the new site. The current one does not allow it, I don’t think … Though I’ll confirm with our Tech God Jeremy.

      • Joelle January 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

        Yes, I have lost my place with some stories to and would like a system for bookmarks. What I ended up doing was taking a word document listing all the stories I was reading and on what chapter I was on before saving it. That is the only way I have been able to keep track so far of what I am reading on this site.

    • admin January 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

      It’s always hard to finish up a story for me, especially ones that were there from the beginning like Abyss and Dark Earth, but then I remind myself we made room for stories like Valkyrie and WHCC. So its a bittersweet thing.

  4. Cecil January 1, 2016 at 1:32 am #

    PLEASE do the podcasts. They’re entertaining for travelling and such (which I do quite a bit) and it provides a more personal look on the RR team. I would follow your podcasts religiously, as I do the updates for your site (:

    • admin January 1, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

      We think it would be great fun. We just weren’t sure it would be something people would want! But good to know that there is some interest!

  5. Krondor2000 January 1, 2016 at 2:47 am #

    I would like more e-books available for paid members to download to their devices. And of course more merman stories! 🙂

    • admin January 1, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

      Well The Artifact will be published in 2016 so that’s happening!

  6. Evilcleo January 1, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

    I voted for more short stories and novellas. I enjoy your long stories but after reading a long one, it’s nice to take a break and commit to a short one before starting another. Tell me how far that proofreader idea goes. I have an amazing ability to pay attention to detail that becomes useful in that type of thing.

    On a lesser note, I started your “the Deep within” manga only for it to end on a cliffhanger. I know I can go to the novel and read what happens but what happened there? I know you have a lot planned for 2016 so it doesn’t necessarily have to be this year but will it ever get completed?

    • admin January 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

      About editing: It’s in the FAQ and we are ABSOLUTELY CLEAR ABOUT THIS. We do NOT edit on the site. There is simply no way for me to do the amount of writing I’m doing and then have a proofreader go over a chapter and then me go in and edit the story and then post it. That takes time I simply don’t have. MORE STORIES has won out over LESS TYPOS. So if you want less typos think 1 chapter a week as opposed to 3 or 4. Typos don’t sound all that important anymore, do they?

      As to The Deep Within, the artist flaked out. I mean completely. Wasn’t our choice, but his to stop communicating. So no, it will not continue unfortunately. That’s why now I concentrate on a small number of artists now that I can trust for long term projects.

      • Evilcleo January 2, 2016 at 5:21 am #

        I meant no offense with the editing idea. My rule for stories is that as long as you can understand the sentence, a couple tyops and mistakes don’t matter and your chapters pass that. However, you did put a “Get some proofreaders/I find spelling and grammatical errors all over your stories!” option in the poll. Take my previous comment as an example of how readers might read and/or interpret the option.

        Thanks for the explanation about the deep within manga! It’s unfortunate the artist backed out but I understand your decision regarding it.

        • Raythe January 2, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

          We didn’t put that in. It was added by a poll responder. You can add your own poll answer. It’s frustrating bc this is something we are so clear about but there’s always one person who is like: typos!

          And I should say that I’m not angry at you or the posters! Just that I want people to know especially that we don’t do it so if typos bother you … only buy the completed works. Because you’ll be driven insane. I had one person who didn’t realize this literally editing in the comments until I said: uhh, don’t do that. So fair warning!

  7. Jess January 2, 2016 at 12:07 am #

    Since first reading it years ago, I am still obsessed with Drakon. I would love to see it have more stories. <3 So, I voted for more dragons. MOAR DRAGONS!

    However, I agree with the second highest. MORE EVERYTHING! I love everything as it is, and I love all the new things you come up with. And, I love all the stories, great and small. I don't care how long the new stories are. Length matters so much less to me than content, and you always deliver that in spades.

    • admin January 2, 2016 at 1:37 am #

      I think we HAVE to do more dragons! I love them. Merman is next but after that DRAGONS!

      • Jess January 2, 2016 at 3:56 am #

        AWWW YISS! … Time to go read about dragons again. No, this totally isn’t my 23rd time re-reading Drakon. Honest. >.> (Liiiiiies)

  8. klara January 2, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Yes, more of everything please! I would loved more of threesomes relationships like in the Abyss. I like the idea of new dragon or werewolf stories too 🙂 And the Fell and the Valkyrie have really good father/son and brother/brother relationships, you write it well so I woluld like to read more of this too. I’m so looking forward to 2016 and whats comming!!!

  9. sryseeker January 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    I really enjoy all RR stories. Dark Earth is one of my favorite series. Sad to see it end soon, so any side stories of Asher and Aiden would be great for this coming year. At least the graphic novel is still continuing.
    In 2016 I would like to see stories that contain more conflict between the two main protagonists themselves. Such as, more jealousy, more couples arguing, more break-ups / make-ups, and not having them fall in love with each other so easily.
    Either way, I’m looking forward to what’s coming up on RR for 2016 (especially the next issue of the DE manga) 😀

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