Hi there, Mikey Lee Ray here. I've been passionate about my writing since I started working on my first novel 'Pandora's Market' (published under the name Matthew Schafer in 2006). Since then I've published two full length e-books on Smashwords the first being 'Confessions of a Gaming Attendant' a diary / fiction piece where the protagonist works in the gambling industry and 'How to Lose Money and Irritate People.' While the second e-book had a similar story line it was more comedy based and descends often into fantasy and farce whereas 'COAGA' is more serious.
I began writing LSD at the end of 2012 and am now in the process of editing and re-working the first issues so that we can re-release them and then continuing on with new ones once this is done. I hope that you will take a look at some of these stories as I pride myself on my unique writing style, perspective and life experience. I look forward to hearing your feedback if you have read something I've written. - Sincerely, Mikey
What are you working on next?
A few years back a friend Stewart Gillam and I started working on a Harry Potter parody. I know a lot of parodies have already been done but I thought to myself we can do this differently and better. How about a book by book parody of the HP books that pokes fun not only at the original source material but a whole bunch of other stuff as well? And so we began working on Harry Potter and the Pimptastic Parody... I believe it will be finished soon so watch this space.
Who are your favorite authors?
That depends on what genre I am reading. I like to read biographies of historical figures so I'd say writers like Jung Chang, Humberto Fontova, Dmitri Volkogonov and others. I like reading strategy books too, The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an interesting read as is The Prince by Machiavelli. With fiction I go in for a lot of different genres, Chuck Palahniuk is a favorite and an inspiration, I like the Percy Jackson books too and Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
Compares Richard Matheson's classic book I Am Legend with the latest film version of the same name. This is the first in a series titled Real Vs Reel where we will be comparing books to their film adaptations.
Do you hate your job? Ever find your mind wandering to things you know it shouldn't while at work and you're forced to deal with one annoying customer after the other? If so and you're looking for a laugh then this is the book for you!
LSD is back with another exciting issue! I know you're as excited as I am to hear once more from your favorite Smashwords editors and writers Richard Batchelor, Mikey Lee Ray and Jo Lewis. So what's in the new issue then? Take a look and find out!
Issue #2 of LSD the popular online magazine... currently being edited and re-uploaded. Check out Issue #1 to see where the magazine got its start from. If you like it don't forget to leave a positive review.
If you have an addiction that is taking over your life be it smoking, drugs, alcohol, gambling or something else than this little book is here to give you the tools and ideas you need to take it back. Based on the six years experience that I have had surrounded by the worst types of addicts imaginable, I Mikey Lee Ray am here to help.
70 Inspirational And Motivational Quotes
on Sep. 27, 2012
While I did enjoy some of the quotes I feel this ebook needs a lot of work in order to achieve its full impact. For example more information on the writer who uses quotes from himself however without context quotes are merely words on a page. If you're looking to be inspired by words and ideas this might just be for you though.
The Nine Mistakes Gamblers Make
on Sep. 27, 2012
First off I work in the gambling industry and I've heard every system under the sun and so this one is no different. Every sucker I see regularly at the slots machine has a 'system' that they play by and each one loses in the end. The only people making money from gambling are a) the people who own these venues be it slots machines or the casinos and b) people who sell these systems to suckers like you.
If you want to know the truth about the gambling industry then I recommend you read my warts and all expose Confessions of a Gaming Attendant. It takes an insider to expose the hypocrisy and corruption of an industry after all and to explain why it is the way it is. Guys like this are just out to make a fast buck.
Skipping the Tiramisu: Becoming the Writer You Were Born to Be
on Sep. 27, 2012
Finally, a book written that makes you want to become a writer and not the other way around. Or as in my case to become more invested in writing. I couldn't agree more with Kristine's comments about blogging and social media. Yes it's good to have a group on facebook to discuss your writing but at the end of the day is anyone actually doing anything because of it? Confessions of a Gaming Attendant for example has a facebook group with 30 members, how many sales has it generated? Zero.
Social media and the internet in general are great if you have an existing audience but if no one is searching for you how will they find you? You need a presence in the real world like fish need water. Sorry about the pun.
Kristine's book was not only inspirational but it made sense with the advice it gave. About taking time off from writing and blogging to recharge the batteries, ditto my agreement. If you write non stop you're in front of a computer all the time and you need to get out to have experiences so that you can write better. Nobody wants to read something they can't relate to.
But I digress, all in all if you're a writer or even just a dedicated reader then this is something I can't recommend reading highly enough. But damn it all those references to white chocolate raspberry cheesecake sure did make me hungry. :)
On an altogether unrelated note about writing I'd recommend maybe making a video trailer for your book and posting it on youtube I know it's worked for me.
A Guide For Your Gambling Trip To Vegas
on Sep. 29, 2012
Downloaded this in PDF format and it came out pretty buggy but what I could read of it was great and the author clearly knows the city well. I think The Pleasure Pit was the best place I played cards at in Vegas, I mean really playing cards against half naked women (and I won for the record) you can't really top that can you? Viva Las Vegas, a cool read. Def recommending this one.
Quit Smoking For Intelligent People. The Psychology Of Quitting
on Oct. 15, 2012
Finally, someone who has the common sense to break the age old myths about breaking addictions and habits, much like I've been saying in 'Conquer Your Addiction' and other titles this reveals the plain fact that most of 'addiction' is simply a repeated habit and is in the behavior as well as the mind. Breaking addictions has become an industry worth a lot of money, especially with smoking where you can buy 'nicotine gum' and 'nicotine patches' but Mitch here shows a no-nonsense approach that actually works.
The Temp Pest
on March 03, 2013
For those of you who wish to bitch
About your nine to five job please spare a thought for Rich.
His humorous, painful tale's one of comedy and woe.
Drawing from Greek legends which some of you may know.
With biting satire, sarcasm and wit
One can only assume The Temp Pest will be a hit. (I do my bit). - Mikey
P.S. the football match had me in hysterics.
The Wrecking Crew
on June 20, 2013
well written although if I had any criticisms it's that it seems a little too formal and a little too textbook if that makes sense but overall I liked this one. Four stars.
on April 10, 2014
I give you 5 stars for bringing up the subject however I'm sure there are a lot of people in Cuba who would disagree with your views about Che Guevara. For one all the people who had family members executed by Che. The Cubans who called him an 'assassin' and whose economy was wrecked by Che and Castro, or authors like Humberto Fontova who wrote "Exposing The Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize him." Che hated America, executed many without even the sham trials Stalin gave his victims and was a hopeless military leader in Bolivia and elsewhere. Castro sent him overseas to get rid of him and when he was deservedly shot as he'd executed so many in the same fashion Castro made a martyr out of him. People are Useful Idiots if they wear "Che Guevara" tee shirts in the streets with no idea of who the man really was. Ask a Cuban who he was don't ask Robert Redford or Benecio Del Toro.