Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunset: Bloodstained

Sunset: Bloodstained, the second installment of the apocalyptic zombie series, is underway once again. A teaser has been released here at jjritonya.blogspot.com for your enjoyment...I hope.
Additional content is available to site members only at www.jjritonya.com. A drawing for a free novel takes place every month as well.
Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "JJ, how do I get this content you speak of? And how do I get myself entered for chance to win a free novel?"Well, I'll tell you. Go to www.jjritonya.com. Click on the Register link at the top right of the page, then fill out the form. It's that easy!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Almost Christmas!

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Christmas. Stay warm and be good to each other.
This month's drawing will be coming up soon so if haven't already, sign up to become a site member at http://www.jjritonya.com/.
Thanks again for your support...and for those of you who are waiting for Sunset 2, here's a small teaser.

Sunset: Bloodstained by JJ Ritonya

An explosion rocked the “TAP” sending the survivors scurrying for cover. The building shook as if it were going to collapse and drop them eighteen stories to their death. Luckily, the building the group now called home stood in downtown San Francisco and had been engineered to withstand a 7 in the Richter scale. The blast that just occurred barely registered above a 1. The “TAP” was short for Trans American Pyramid, the structure resembling a towering pyramid.
Brandi, the newest member of the group peered out from under the table she had crawled under. She arrived just a few days earlier with her companion and newly found lover, Stanley, who was currently on a recon mission with another member of the group, Green.
Lipman, the mechanic of the group sat up from where he snoozed on the couch and looked around frantically for Joan.
“What the hell was that?” Joan cried as she picked herself up from the floor.
Gunney, a former tow truck driver and reservist in the United States Army stood at the western facing windows and looked down toward the street. He stood on his tip-toes in an attempt to get a better view.
“I can’t see anything from here. Just some smoke. Whatever it was…”
Another explosion rocked the building. Gunney ran toward the north side of the building, where the report from the blast seemed to originate. The rest of the group followed in his path just as McCaffery came out of the rest room.
“What the hell is goin’ on?” he cried as he finished pulling up his trousers.
“Don’t know,” Joan answered hurriedly on her way past.
The group reached the north end of the building, each pushing their noses to the glass, desperate for a glimpse of what had caused the commotion. Black smoke drifted up past the windows toward the morning sky making it difficult to see the street below.
Gunney was the first to spot them. “I see a black SUV down there. All four doors are open but I can’t see anyone.”
Brandi stood at the end of the line of survivors, furthest to the east. “I see someone,” she said. “He’s carrying a pipe or something on his shoulder.”
McCaffery had finished adjusting his fly and now joined the group. He peered over Brandi’s shoulder toward the street below.
“That’s not a pipe, it’s a rocket launcher,” he said.
Just as he finished his sentence, the man below was joined by another man. An assault rifle was slung over one shoulder and he carried a grey metal box by a handle on the top. He stopped next to the man with rocket launcher and opened the box, pulling out an object that at first no one recognized. He opened the rear port of the rocket launcher and put the object inside then closed the blast door and patted his partner on the top of the head.
Dropping to place one knee on the pavement for stability, the man aimed the rocket launcher upwards. To Brandi, it appeared he was aiming straight for her. A white flash accompanied by a trail of white smoke whisked upward toward the group at an amazing speed.
“DOWN!” McCaffery screamed as he grabbed Brandi from behind and pulled her to the floor.
A blast much louder and closer than the previous two rocked the building as the missile exploded into the windows just a few floors below them. Glass and metal shards burst from the building. Iron beams and supports groaned against the force of the blast.
“We’ve got to get out of here!” Joan screamed as she tried to quickly formulate an escape plan. The noise of the explosion had subsided but no one noticed as Joan continued to scream.
“Gunney, you and McCaffery grab your rifles and head to the lobby! No one gets in! We’ll meet in the garage in ten minutes! And while you’re down there, see if you can pick that bastard off before he brings the whole building down!”
Gunney nodded and he and McCaffery sprinted off to their rooms to retrieve their weapons and ammo.
“You two are with me,” Joan told Brandi and Lipman. “Grab as many supplies as you can. Weapons, ammo, food and water. Nothing else. We’re out of here in five. GO!”
Brandi struggled to her feet and ran off to her room. She had only shared it with Stan for a couple nights before they had been separated. She was so mad at him. He had actually volunteered for the mission in an attempt to prove his worth to the group, but goddamnit, she needed him.
They met only a few weeks earlier in Las Vegas. Stan had found her just hours after her escape from a gang of thugs in the city. She had actually mistaken him for one of their kind momentarily and scared him off when she showed her rough side. When he backed off, she realized her mistake and followed him to a strip mall on the outskirts of the city. After saving his life from a horde of the undead, the two traveled west toward San Francisco for no other reason to than to stand on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Gunney found them on the beach and invited them to join up with the group at the “TAP”.
Now she scurried around her and Stan’s apartment looking for her pistol and any other items that might prove valuable later. After a quick scan of the rooms, she decided there was nothing else she needed. She ran back to the hallway just as the elevator doors closed on Gunney and McCaffery who were just heading to the lobby. Lipman was a wiz mechanic and had the generator in the basement running like a top. Power was supplied to the first floor, the elevator and the eighteenth floor where the group kept their apartments. The rest of the power to the building had been cut off to conserve what little energy there was.
Brandi arrived at Joan’s room just as she was coming out. She held an automatic rifle in one hand and had a brown backpack slung over her shoulder. She looked down at Brandi’s mostly empty hands.
“That’s it?” she asked, nodding at the pistol.
Brandi nodded. She and Stanley had only been with the groups a few days and hadn’t had the time to accumulate any worthy possessions.
“Good,” Joan said. “Traveling light means we can most fast. Lipman!”
Lipman emerged from his room across the hall, his arms full of items. Joan walked over and began taking objects from him and throwing them to the floor.
“Don’t need this, this or this,” she said as the removed a pillow, a book and screwdriver from his inventory. She left him with his hunting rifle and backpack.
“Let’s go she said,” and headed off toward the elevator.
After several tense minutes of waiting for the elevator to rise from the ground floor, Joan grew impatient. “Must be out of service. Looks like it’s the stairs.”
The group backtracked down the hallway, past their rooms and entered the stairwell at the far end of the building. Security lights lit their way but were slightly darkened from the smoke and soot that drifted up the stairwell The group could smell burning paper and charred metal as they quickly made their way down flight after flight. As they grew near street level, they could hear gunfire coming from below. Some shots sounded very close while other seemed to come from outside on the street.
Slapping feet on concrete risers sounded and the group halted. Joan’s eyes grew wide as she moved her rifle from her shoulder and pointed it toward the stairwell below. She put her finger to her lips to signal Brandi and Lipman to be quiet as the group waited. After a few tense moments, a figure rounded the corner. Brandi immediately recognized Gunney.
She grabbed Joan by the arm. “Don’t shoot,” she screamed.
Gunney hadn’t seen them as he looked up, startled by their appearance in the stairwell. Then he smiled. “Thank God,” he gasped, trying to suck in air. “I was hoping you were heading down. I didn’t want to have to go all the way back up.”
The group now stood on the landing in between the third and fourth floor of the skyscraper. Gunfire and small explosions continued to drift up from the ground floor.
“What’s going on down there?” Joan asked.
“I’ll tell you while we move. Right now we have to go,” Gunney wheezed.
The group continued their descent as Gunney explained their situation.
“There’s four or five of them out front of the lobby,” he began. “I think they’re out of rockets but they seem to have plenty of grenades. They keep chucking them through the front windows. It’s a good thing none of them have a good arm otherwise me and McCaffery would be goners.”
Joan’s eyes grew wide. “What do they want?” she asked.
“Fuck if I know,” Gunney said. “But if I had to guess, I’d say they want us dead.”
The group finally reached ground level and stopped at the security door which led to the rear hall and eventually the lobby. Gunney had just reached out to grasp the handle when the door burst inward. McCaffery shot into the stairwell running face first into Gunney, knocking them both to the floor. The two men picked themselves up off the floor, both glad to see the other.
“Here’s the deal,” McCaffery told the group as he tried to catch his breath. “You all head down to the garage, load up in the van and get the hell out of here. I’ll stay behind and keep them distracted. Head to Santa Cruz and hole up in the City Hall building. I’ll meet up with you in a couple days.”
“No,” Joan said. She had a stern look on her face. “We stay together.”
McCaffery was about to protest when Brandi spoke up.
“What about Stanley and Green?” she cried.
“That’s why I’m staying behind. Someone will have to let them know where we went and we sure as hell can’t stay here,” McCaffery argued.
Joan opened her mouth to reply when a blast, closer than any so far shook the walls. Their attackers were becoming more accurate with their grenade tosses.
“There’s no time!” McCaffery screamed. “GO!” He disappeared back through the security door and ran toward the lobby.
Joan sighed in resignation. “Let’s go!” she yelled.
The group descended the final flight of stairs to the parking garage. A white delivery van sat at the far end of the garage. Blue letters ran across the side which read “Ming Cleaners: We Deliver!”
The group quickly piled into the van. Gunney in the driver’s seat, Joan rode shotgun and Brandi sat on the floor in the back. Lipman ran over to the metal security gate which was lowered and locked in place. He released the lock and hit the button to raise the door to the overhead position, then sprinted back toward the van and jumped in the side door.
“Hang on!” Gunney screamed as he put the van in gear and stomped on the gas.
The van lurched forward and picked up speed as they neared the garage door. Joan rolled her window down and set the muzzle of her weapon on the window sill, ready to fire at the attackers. As the van shot out of the garage and onto the street she opened fire on the surprised group of men. Gunney saw the look of shock on their faces as he quickly pulled the wheel to the left and accelerated down the empty road away from the “TAP”. Joan screamed as she sprayed bullets at the men, surprised when she saw one go down with a hole in his chest. The men scrambled for cover then returned fire as the van sped away, the rear window of the van shattering when a bullet struck the glass.
“Get down!” Joan shouted as Brandi and Lipman flattened themselves on the floorboards. Shards of glass sprinkled down on their backs.
The attackers sprinted toward their vehicles to give chase. Two men ran toward the black SUV they spotted earlier and the other two ran toward red pickup truck leaving their fallen comrade behind.
The survivors sped east out of downtown San Francisco and across the Bay Bridge hoping to outrun or somehow lose their pursuers. Santa Cruz was their goal and destination, although no one knew if things would be any better there.
Brandi held herself and shivered with fear, hoping that her farewell just a few days earlier would not be the last time she would see her precious Stanley. She continued to tell herself that it couldn’t be the end. They had only been together a few weeks now, but she loved him more than she had loved any man. In the short time they had been together he had showed her an unconditional love and kindness that she had never known.
“It wouldn’t be the end,” she told herself as a tear ran down her cheek. Lying to yourself was easy. Believing the lie was the hard part.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a wonderful and food filled Thankgiving. This month's give away has been completed with the winner being notified by blast email to all members of www.jjritonya.com. Rememeber, you can't win a free novel unless you are a site member, so sign up today.
Thanks again for your continued support and have a happy holiday season!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

My daughter and I stuffed this dummy to scare off the trick or treaters...which means more candy for me! Mwuaahhhaaa!
Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

October Give Away

The give away for October will be held this weekend. If you haven't already, sign up at www.jjritonya.com to become a site member and be automatically entered for a chance to win a free copy of a novel by JJ Ritonya.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Things that go bump...

Halloween is almost upon us, which brings thoughts of scary nights and unexplained noises.
Have you ever been lying in bed late at night, unable to sleep when an odd noise grabs your attention? Maybe it sounds like a door closing or the floor creaking. You're not quite sure what it was but whatever it might be has your mind racing. You begin to question if you locked the door or closed the garage when you came in. It plays on your mind so furiously that you have to lay on your back and face the door, just in case. Finally, you can take it no more as it tugs at your brain and you have to get up and check on it.
Even after you realize that all the doors and windows are secure, something in the back of your mind insists that it's not your imagination.
At some point you tire of being scared and eventually doze off, hoping you don't wake up dead.
When you wake up in the morning, things are normal again. With the lights on, noises which rendered us paralyzed have no power over us. It's the law of night, and it does not discriminate against race, sex or even age.
Have a happy Halloween and don't be afraid to sleep with your lights on!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September Book Giveaway Almost Here!

Last chance to sign up for this month's giveaway which is a signed copy of Sunset. Sign up today at www.jjritonya.com and be automatically entered. Thanks again for your support!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

September Book Giveaway

This month's giveaway is a signed copy of Sunset. If you haven't signed up yet, do so now at www.jjritonya.com to be automatically entered in the drawing.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August Giveaway

The drawing for this month's giveaway will take place this weekend. Tell your friends and family members to sign up at www.jjritonya.com to be automatically entered. This month's giveaway is for a signed copy of Hubbert's Peak.
Again, thanks for your support.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hatchet House

I'm looking for anyone who has information, stories, links to websites or any memories of the Hatchet House. In case you don't remember, it was an old, boarded up school house in west Omaha where a school teacher supposedly murdered her students with a hatchet. Feel free to comment here or email me at jjritonya@jjritonya.com.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Zombie Food

Zombie Food, an article by JJ Ritonya has been posted at The Zombies Are Coming website. Check it out here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Createspace self-publishing guide

Fiction author JJ Ritonya releases an in-depth how-to article on self-publishing specific to online self-publishing company, Createspace. The step-by-step article includes how to format and upload interior and cover files as well as tips and tricks on converting your files into standard PDF files.
Get it in the articles section at http://www.jjritonya.com

Friday, July 17, 2009

F-You Friday is here!

Some juvenile humor from the golf course. You can add the reply, "That's what your mom said" after each.
Get in the hole!
You want it in or out?
You’re going to have to hit it harder than that!
It’s short…
Not long enough…
You’re up…
Nice poke…
We need one more to round out the foursome…
That's what your mom said!

Last chance to enter this month's book giveaway

The drawing for a signed copy of Sunset will take place this weekend. Sign up now or lose your chance to win!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Free Book Giveaway

This months giveaway will be held this weekend. The winner will receive a free copy of Sunset, an apocalyptic zombie tale. If you haven't done so already, sign up to become a site member at www.jjritonya.com to be automatically entered.

Friday, July 10, 2009

F-You Friday

I am going to start posting every Friday with a new way to screw with people or a funny (I hope) anecdote of a situation where someone got F'd with. Hopefully it will make you laugh or brighten your day if only slightly.
This week's F-You Friday features:
Man, that's a lot of F's. So anyways, a few weeks ago we were at a friend's just hanging out and drinking. They have a computer at a desk in their kitchen and my friend's wife left her Facebook account logged in. So, being a little buzzed, I sat down and began to type as if I were her.
"Hey everybody! Good news. I'm pregnant!"
Then the comments started rolling in.
"Congratulations!" "Good for you!"
She had to spend the next few days telling her friends and family that she was not pregnant, but I sure thought it was funny.
Next time you're at a friend's house, keep an eye out for this. There are many posts that will draw a huge response.
"Just found out I have cancer."
"My wife/husband has been cheating on me. We're getting divorced."
"My alcoholism has left me alone and without anyone to turn to. Seriously considering suicide."
"The test results just came back. Apparently I have Herpes."
You get the idea. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Las Vegas

I am taking a trip to Las Vegas later this month, which got me thinking. In my first book, Sunset, one of the characters starts his journey there after most of the population is killed. I think I chose that location because of how creepy it would be if you were the only one left. All those lights and sounds going on around you but void of human life. I would proably freak out. Vegas has to be one of the most vibrant and alive places I have ever been and to think of it as "dead" takes alot of processing.
Hope I can create the same type of imagery in the sequel.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Dear friends and family,Just wanted to let you know that my book, Sunset, was published today in ebook form on Smashwords. As many of you know, the book is an apocalyptic zombie tale. I hope you'll take time to check it out at Smashwords, where you can sample the first 25% of the book for free.
Here's the link to my Smashwords author profile: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jjritonya
Here's the link to my book page, where you can sample or purchase the book: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/2756
Please help me spread the word. Won't you take a moment to forward this email to everyone you know, and ask them to do the same?Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Things at the bottom of the lake

So I was at a lake this past weekend with friends. We stayed at their condo and boated and swam and did things you do at a lake. While in the water, things went through my mind. Such as, what could possibly be at the bottom of the lake. It has most likely been there hundreds of years.
How many cars, boats, bicycles, beer cans or bodies could be just a few hundred feet, if even that far, below your dangling feet? I know some people who won't get in lakes because of that specific reason. They don't know what's in there. I say, ignorance is bliss, but it still got me wondering. What would we find if we were able to drain the lake? How many mysteries would be solved by examining the objects found at the bottom of the dark and murky waters?
If you think about it too much, you could really creep yourself out. I choose not too while I'm there, but can't stop myself when my mind reverts to "creative mode" while I'm thinking of storylines or scary situations. Lakes always seem to be in some of the best horror stories such as Friday the 13th. It's because you can't go down there and see what's there, I think.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day Weekend

Had a great weekend. Not much writing was done but that's how it goes in the summer. Sunset: Bloodstained is still being hashed out. No release date as of yet but hopefully it will be finished sometime in early 2010. I will post a teaser chapter at some point also but no firm dates on that yet either.
Thanks again for your support.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

June Book Giveaway Complete!

This month's winner of the free book giveaway is Puppie! Puppie has won a signed copy of Sunset. Congratulations!
July's contest winner will win a free signed copy of Hubbert's Peak. Tell your friends and family to register on www.jjritonya.com to be automatically entered for the monthly contest.
Thanks for your support!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Last chance to register for the free novel drawing!

The drawing for a signed copy of Sunset will be held this weekend. Time is running out so register to become a site member on www.jjritonya.com and be automatically entered. Thanks for your support!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Update: Sunset II

The sequel to Sunset is still in the works. Nothing official yet, but I think I may subtitile it. Something like, Sunset: Bloodstained. Sounds scary and cool at the same time.
Also, this months drawing for a signed copy of Sunset will be coming up in the next week or so. If you haven't already signed up to be a site member, do it today. It's the only way to have a chance to win.
Sign up here.

Sunset now only $13.95

After uploading a reformatted interior file of Sunset, I am now able to make it available for only $13.95 on Amazon.
Get it here.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sunset once again available!

After uploading a revised version and adding some cover enhancements, Sunset is available once again. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunset Paperback Sales on Hold as of Today

Sunset paperback sales will be on hold starting today until the new version is released. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sunset Papersales On Hold Later This Month

Paperback sales of Sunset will be on hold later this month as I release a better edited version of he novel. It will also be formatted slightly different which will take the page coundt down slightly. This in turn will allow me to bring the price down about a buck also. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes any potential buyer. For now it will continue to be sold as is. The on hold period will hopefully last only a week. Thanks again for your continued support.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Win a FREE copy of Sunset!

Register to become a site member at http://www.jjritonya.com/ and be automatically entered for the chance to win a FREE, signed copy of the horror fiction novel, Sunset, by JJ Ritonya!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hubbert's Peak Giveaway

The drawing for JJ Ritonya's new novel, Hubbert's Peak has taken place! The winner is Dave Freemyer.
Next month's giveaway will be for a signed copy of Sunset. Thanks for being a site member and for your continued support.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hubbert's Peak paperback edition now available!

Hubbert's Peak is now available in paperback. It can be purchased for $13.95 from Createspace immediately by going here.
It will also be available on Amazon within a day or two.
Thanks to everyone who has shown their support. It is much appreciated.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cover struggle continues...

I am still struggling with an issue regarding the cover of Hubbert's Peak. I believe I have the issues worked out and am waiting on a proof copy of the book to arrive. I am still planning on doing the free giveaway once it's complete and will most likely do another for the month of June. Thanks for your patience.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hubbert's Peak Now Available!

Amazon Kindle version is available here!
PDF version is available at Tradebit here!
Paperback version soon to follow!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Win a FREE copy of Hubbert's Peak!

Register to become a member at www.jjritonya.com and you will automatically be entered for the chance to win a free copy of JJ Ritonya's new novel, Hubbert's Peak.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Hubbert's Peak

My editor has finished with Hubbert's Peak. Now it's time to apply the changes, send a copy in and approve the final product. I'm hoping to have this done within two weeks.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sunset II Has Begun!

After much deliberation I have decided to begin work on the sequel to Sunset. At first I wanted to move on to other stories that have been bouncing around in my head, but in the end, I think it will be the right choice. And the more I thought about it, the more cool ideas I came up with for the sequel. I hope it's as good, if not better, than the first.

Still undecided on its name so for now it will be Sunset II. Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sunset PDF Version Only $5.95!

Download the PDF version of Sunset for only $5.95 at Tradebit.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Published Short Stories

Dark Realm Review is publishing a few of my short stories this month and next. Check them out here.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Podbram Review of Sunset

Podbram recently completed a review of Sunset. The article can be found here.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hubbert's Peak Complete!

Hubbert's Peak in now complete! The editing process has begun which can take a three to four weeks. Once edited, the layout process can take a week or less. Then, publishing! I am tentatively hoping for a mid April release. Check back for updates.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hater by David Moody

Finished the novel, Hater by David Moody last week. It was a very quick and easy read. The storyline keeps moving and holds the reader's attention. A twist more than half way through was one I didn't see coming and the ending leaves you wanting more along with the open ended possiblity of a sequel which I believe is already in the works. All in all worth the money spent and I would buy the next installment to find out what happens next.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

$2 off discount code for Sunset!

Use discount code ZG73VSVN and receive $2 off Sunset at Createspace.com


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hubbert's Peak

Nothing new to report on a release date as of yet. I decided I needed to back up and add more story line at the beginning. It's not going to create a new overhaul of the entire book but will require some changes. I still hope to have it released by April at the latest.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hubbert's Peak Sneak Peek

Check out a sneak peak chapter from the new novel by JJ Ritonya, Hubbert's Peak.
Click here.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hubbert's Peak

Hubbert's Peak is coming along...stay tuned for the release of a few teasers from the novel.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

$1 OFF Horror Fiction Novel, Sunset by JJ Ritonya

$1 OFF Horror Fiction Novel, Sunset by JJ Ritonya
Use discount code VKW4SW64 at Createspace to receive $1 off Sunset

Follow the path of three different men in three different cities as they deal with the end of civilization as we know it. In a matter of hours, ninety eight percent of the Earth’s population was exterminated. Forty eight hours later, the dead have disappeared.
For the survivors, existence has become a massive struggle. However, survival becomes much more difficult after…
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