Book Spotlight – Reckless Traveler – Walter Rhein

Reckless Traveler – By Walter Rhein #Travel #adventure #memoir #Perseidpress


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Reckless Traveler:

‘Reckless Traveler’ is part travel writing, part humor, part tour guide and part memoir. It began as a collection of anecdotes about expat life that the author used to tell whenever he returned home from his travels, and grew into a narrative of personal growth. Every now and then it’s valuable for a person to hit the pause button on their life and assess their choices and progress up until that point, especially if they’ve been making some radical decisions. To sell everything you own and move to Lima, Peru certainly qualifies as a radical decision. ‘Reckless Traveler’ is a novel for anyone who finds themselves disenchanted with following the status quo. If you are a young person, or you’re young at heart, and you are faced with an imminent future of debt from student loans, or a life of drudgery in a job you despise, pick up this novel for a glimpse of an alternate history. There are some who would have you believe it’s reckless to set off on a journey with nothing but a back-pack and a spring in your step. Walter Rhein’s personal experience will assure you that if you have the courage to take the leap, you’ll return renewed and enriched.


Guest Post:

I’m coming off of a very good month of writing and exposure. I continue to get emails and messages of support from my “Speaking Spanish in America” article, for which I am very grateful. In addition to that, I have fallen into a very nice rhythm of submitting articles for Silent Sports magazine (I even had a cover image not too long ago).

The writing life is certainly a slog rather than a sprint. I’m turning 42 in February and sometimes I look back and think that I’m about twenty years behind where I should be in terms of literary stature. However, I’m a very stubborn person, and above all I’ve always elected to write what I want, not what necessarily might pay the best.

It’s interesting to assess the articles you see while scrolling through your Facebook feed. Inevitably, one of the trash headlines sucks you in and you spend the next frustrating twenty minutes clicking through a story that’s little more than a framework for pop-up advertisements. The fact that articles like these go viral demonstrates that virality is more often a completely artificial construct than a meritorious response.

As a writer, you get to decide whether you want to play the game of deceit and produce content of little to no value. The alternative is to aspire to create something worthy of the time of your readers, but which is not likely to be widely seen. Even if you do write something that stirs people to the soul and inspires them to share your words, your content will eventually get buried by the clickbait nonsense that people spend large sums of money to promote. The coffers of those entities never seem to run low. Or maybe it’s an illusion and they’re nothing but thin gold plate on a mountain of debt. In any case, the deafening vapid masses will never go away.

I’d begun to suspect that the idealistic notion that quality will find a market was a myth, but then my ‘Spanish’ article went viral. Perhaps that will be the most attention I ever receive for something I’ve created, but at the very least the experience has rejuvenated my enthusiasm to keep writing. I’ll continue to strive to get better, and there are a lot of things I wish to convey so I don’t see the well drying up anytime soon.

For those of you who’ve had the opportunity to read something of mine, please interact with me! Leave a comment, post a review, send me a message on Facebook. The lessons I’ve learned from the responses of my readers have done the most to improve the quality of my content.

Thanks to all of you, and best of luck!

Short Author Bio:

Walter Rhein was raised in Northern Wisconsin and received his degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. After graduation, he moved to Lima, Peru. What began as a two week vacation stretched out into a nine year residency in the land of the Incas. Peru was a great destination for an aspiring writer because in 2001, it was extremely inexpensive to live in Lima. Rhein spent his time writing for small publications, translating, working as an editor and as a teacher. In 2009, he returned the US with his wife and currently resides in Chippewa Falls WI. He writes regularly for, and his personal Peru blog He also occasionally sends in an editorial to the local paper. In 2016 his article Speaking Spanish in America was the most read article for the Eau Claire Leader Telegram with 242,000 views.


Nine Heroes – Heroic Fantasy Anthology

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Stencil Press is proud to release its first Heroic Fantasy short story anthology: “Nine Heroes.”  “Nine Heroes” is a collection of short stories from some of the most exciting fantasy authors working today.  Proceeds from the work will go towards promoting the Heroic Fantasy Facebook group.  The hope is that this book will generate sufficient funds to allow the members of Heroic Fantasy to promote the work of new and upcoming writers.

Stories include:

Black Sword by Janet Morris and Chris Morris

The Act of Sleepless Nights by Walter Rhein

To Kill a Myth by Jesse Duckworth

No Life Too Small by Douglas R. Brown

To Live by Tom Barczak

Dozen by Shane Porteous

Just One Mistake by A.L. Butcher

Witness to Death by Teel James Glenn

Through the Sting of Fairy Smoke by R.A. McCandless

“Nine Heroes” is currently available on the Createspace Bookstore and available through Amazon here

Please visit the create space “Nine Heroes” page and help us out by clicking the blue Facebook “like” button available there.

Review copies of “Nine Heroes” are currently available.  To request a review copy, please send an email to  Please include a link to a recent review.  Reviews should be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and your personal blog (if applicable).

Also please check out the other works by the authors of “Nine Heroes” which are currently available.

The Sacred Band by Janet and Chris Morris

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 The Reader of Acheron by Walter Rhein

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 A Song of Betrayal by Jesse Duckworth

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The Rise of Cridon by Douglas R. Brown

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 Veil of the Dragon by Tom Barczak

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How Gods Bleed by Shane Porteous

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles by A.L. Butcher

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Songs of a Warrior Priest by Teel James Glenn

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Tears of Heaven by R.A. McCandless

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Reader of Acheron – New Release – Walter Rhein – Fantasy

13 12 26 New Front Cover WR 13 12 26 New Full Spread Cover Wrap WRJanet Morris Announces the Release of “The Reader of Acheron” by Walter Rhein

Perseid Press is proud to release “The Reader of Acheron” by Walter Rhein.  “Reader” is the first book in the “Slaves of Erafor” series.  The novel is a heroic fantasy that takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopia in which reading has been outlawed and human exploitation is prevalent.

Janet Morris is the editor of the work, and is famous for being one of the more celebrated contributors to the “Thieves World” shared universe.  The first three Thieves World novels: “Beyond Sanctuary,” “Beyond the Veil” and “Beyond Wizardwall” have also recently been re-released from Perseid.

Walter Rhein is most well-known for his novel “Beyond Birkie Fever” which was selected for the 2012 Chippewa Valley Book Festival.  His first novel “The Bone Sword” was published by Rhemalda Publishing in 2010 and is scheduled to be re-released by Harren Press in February 2014.

The Reader of Acheron” is the beginning of a fairly ambitious project, and further stories in the series are in development.

Author Interview Number Twenty-Seven Walter Rhein

Welcome to Walter Rhein

Please tell us a little about yourself. I was born in Wisconsin and went to college at UW-Eau Claire.  My degree is in English with a minor in Physics.  People think that sounds strange until they remember that Physics was once called Natural Philosophy. After college, I moved to Lima, Peru for 10 years.  Initially I was just going to go for a few months in order to learn Spanish, but I got a lot of work teaching and writing so I stuck around.  Now I’m back in WI with my lovely Peruvian bride and two adorable daughters.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. In Peru, my main writing income came from sci-fi and fantasy stories.  Lately, I’ve been far more successful placing adventure and travel articles like this one (  My best selling book is best described as humorous travel writing, you can read more about that here (  I have a new fantasy book coming out in a couple months with Janet Morris of Perseid Press. (Please see the post here

Where can readers find your book? Amazon is the best place, but there are a smattering of book stores in WI that carry my stuff.  Also, the New Moon ski shop is going to place “Beyond Birkie Fever” in their 2014 catalog and I’m excited about that.

How long have you been writing and what made you choose the genre in which you write? Oh, my writing addiction has been going on forever (as is the case with many of those unfortunate enough to write 🙂 ).  I’ve always loved fantasy which is mostly influenced by Tolkien (like everyone else), in my other writing I’d say the biggest influence is Bukowski.

Can you name a both a positive and a negative experience from your writing?The positive stick in your mind more.  I’ve been fortunate in that “Beyond Birkie Fever” was popular enough that people actually sought me out to tell me how much they liked it.  That’s really great, although it’s still hard to wrangle reviews out of people, even when they go to great lengths to meet you and shake your hand.

The negative side is when a work gets rejected for completely absurd reasons.  For example, I had a manuscript sent back to me that started on a beach in Seattle.  One of the people who evaluated the book said, “the author obviously didn’t do his research since there are no beaches in Seattle.”  Thing was…the book was a true story.  I could take her to the beach.  Seattle is on the coast!  I don’t know why this person found it so hard to believe there was a beach there!  But that was her opinion, so the book got sent back.

Have you experienced any hostility when you told people you are a writer? I usually don’t tell people.

How much research do you do? Why is this important to your world building? I would say very little.  I’ve always been surprised when I’ve received compliments on my world building.  I hate coming up with the “name” of the place my characters are having their conflicts.  Do we really need the name of another magical kingdom?  Can we truly improve on Middle-Earth, Oz, or Neverland?  I’m more concerned with my characters and their issues.

With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well? Is this medium important and why? Every time I’ve looked for a publisher I’ve always wanted one that did a print version.  These days that’s not that difficult though, create space will give you a print version for free, and for $25 you get their worldwide distribution upgrade (worth it).  Yes, I’d say print is still important, but just for something you can hand out at speaking engagements.  I’ve made more money from speaking engagements than from my writing actually.

Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write? I didn’t used to, but now that I have kids I find myself doing it more just because something is always making noise. It used to bother me to get interrupted, not so much now!

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? Depth of emotion and complexity of theme.  A movie is limited to a couple hours and the medium simply can’t hold attention for more than that.  The exception would be TV series which actually can get pretty deep.  However, I always get the impression that TV shows are made up on the fly, which keeps them semi-superficial.  I only made it through season 3 of “Breaking Bad” so I could be wrong on this.  I don’t play enough video games to comment fairly on them.  It could be that video games and movies/TV are the equal of books.  I just haven’t seen it yet personally.

What advice would you give new writers? Start up an email list of people who like your writing and keep track of them.  Write a quarterly newsletter so those people don’t forget you.  These people will represent your core readership that will get you publishing contracts and make sure your books sell

What are your best marketing/networking tips? Hound people for reviews, create networks with other writers, maintain a dialogue with your readers through Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.  I’m not so high on public appearances.  Oh, and always be polite to people.  A person who loves your book will forget about it instantly if they meet you and you act like a jerk.

Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? I always say Roald Dahl when I’m asked this question.  Dahl just impresses me.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? When I was in high school I got the rumor started that I could put an orange in my mouth and peel it with my tongue.  The rumor spread.

If you are having a sale, new book release do please mention it. 

I recently obtained the rights to the first book I wrote which was accepted for publication.  I decided to make some changes to it and publish it on Kindle.  It’s available here for .99 (  I used a pen name because I feel I’ve come a long way since that book and I didn’t want to confuse my regular readers with it (although a lot of them have been curious about it).  I think .99 is the right price for this book.  There will be two sequels coming before the end of October 2013.  I have also plotted out a 4th book, but not sure when I’ll get around to polishing that off.

Also mention your own blog/website if you like.

I blog at, and you can find me on my “Heroic Fantasy” page on Facebook here (

Here’s my Facebook page:

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Guest Post from Walter Rhein – Fantasy and the Chance to win!

I am delighted to welcome Walter Rhein to my blog, he is here to announce his forthcoming fantasy The Reader of Acheron. There is also the chance to win a free copy.  This writer has a lot of talent, look out for more of his work and add this title to your reading lists soon!

Fifty Free Fantasy Books!

Hey Folks!  In the next month Perseid Publishing will be releasing “The Reader of Acheron,” the first book in the Slaves of Erafor series.  Perseid is the Publishing house of Janet Morris of Thieves’ World Fame and we’re super excited about this book.

“Reader” is a heroic fantasy in a post-apocalyptic setting where slavery is commonplace and reading is outlawed.  It’s a dark fantasy novel with mature, ambitious themes.  Both Janet and I are really excited to get some feedback on it.  To that end, we’re giving away 50 copies of the book to anyone who promises to post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

If you’re interested in receiving a review copy, just send an email to  Be sure to specify whether you want a physical or electronic copy and include the relevant mailing or email address to send the copy.  This offer is limited to the first 50 people who respond so get your emails sent out quick!

I’ve also recently released a reprint of a fantasy series that has been getting some great reviews.  This reprint is through Stencil Press and the series is “The Chronicles of the Tainted Gods.”  The first two books are already available here and here with the third scheduled to see release before the end of November.

Thanks for taking the time to read this little note.  If you’re interested in discussing some fantasy projects, come over and hang out with us at the Heroic Fantasy Facebook group.  See you there!

Walter Rhein

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