Bill Ricardi

Publisher info

Bill Ricardi is a fantasy author from Belfast in the U.K. He has a bent for writing the unusual.

In addition to 'Another Stupid Trilogy' and 'The Blackstaff Siblings', which are his two fantasy series centred around the world of Panos, Bill is the author of 'The Ihy Saga', which involves a young man becoming the avatar of the Egyptian god of music in the modern world.

Bill has a wonderful life partner, and a giant cat named Loki. Both enjoy tormenting him.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
So many authors have changed my life and my writing style through the years.

Off the top of my head and in no particular order: Roger Zelazny, J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Katherine Kurtz, R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. Honestly, since I became a full time author, my novels have become my entire life.

On the fantasy side, I want to explore ever corner of Panos, from Sorch's world in 'Another Stupid Trilogy' to the radical changes seen in 'The Blackstaff Siblings' trilogy.

On the urban side, 'Rhythm' is simply addictive. Tailoring an entire world around music is no small task. But every time I write a new scene with Lucas and Izadore (and more recently, Bo and Rashida), it electrifies me.
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Splice Shorts: Warren and Delilah
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,410. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2020 by Bill Ricardi. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Splice Shorts are bisexual erotic short stories in the Splice universe. They involve the sex lives of genetically engineered human-dog hybrids, essentially high tech weredogs. Descriptions are graphic and anatomically correct. Experience unfettered bisexual pleasure. A fast burning, dystopian tale about a pair of erotic performers doing everything they can in order to survive after the flood.
Splice Shorts: Henry
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,220. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2019 by Bill Ricardi. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Splice Shorts are bisexual erotic short stories based on the Splice universe. They involve the sex lives of genetically engineered human-dog hybrids. Experience unfettered bisexual pleasure. A fast burning, dystopian tale about Henry, a Saint Bernard hybrid designed by Animore Industries as a high end companion Splice. Learn about his loves, and how close he came to a very different fate!
Splice Shorts: Vivian
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,090. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2019 by Bill Ricardi. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Splice Shorts are bisexual erotic short stories based on the Splice universe. They involve the sex lives of genetically engineered human-dog hybrids, essentially high tech weredogs. Descriptions are graphic and anatomically correct. Experience unfettered bisexual pleasure. A fast burning, dystopian tale about a pair of submissive Splice prison guards, and the things they must do to survive.
Splice Shorts: Ash and Bo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2019 by Bill Ricardi. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Splice Shorts are bisexual erotic short stories based on the Splice universe. They involve the sex lives of genetically engineered human-dog hybrids, essentially high tech weredogs. Descriptions are graphic and anatomically correct. Experience unfettered bisexual pleasure. A fast burning, dystopian tale about a human cop and the brave Splice that loves him.
Splice: Conditioning
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,880. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2019 by Bill Ricardi. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
With Earth devastated by coastal flooding, governments look for ways to appease the masses. Genetic engineering creates a race of human-canine hybrids built for combat, for service, and carnal pleasure: Splices. Experience unfettered bisexual pleasure. A fast burning, dystopian tale about a driven human woman, an indomitable Splice male, and the harem they build together as emotional equals.

Series

The Blackstaff Siblings
Sarah, a half elf mage attending the Arcane University and very distant heir to the throne of Civilia, thought that this was going to be a nice walk in the woods. She had dragged along her older half brother Granite, a half orc journeyman ranger, so that he could help her to collect some material components for the new school year. Neither of the Blackstaff siblings expected their little trip to be interrupted by fire raining down from the sky. And they certainly had no clue that a ragtag mercenary army would use this natural disaster as an opportunity to invade the sovereignty of the northern elves. In desperation, they leap through an unstable portal and find themselves ill prepared for the snowy mountains that surround them. Now the clever young mage and her fiercely loyal brother not only have to survive, but they also need to find new allies that can help answer the questions that haunt them: Are their parents still alive? Why can nobody reach the elven royal family? Was the firestorm a natural event, or something far more sinister? Finally, who are these invaders, and what do they want with the Blackstaff siblings?
The Ihy Saga
The Ihy Saga is a third person, Young Adult urban fantasy series, based on an alternate Earth where the powers of certain ancient Egyptian gods are returning. At the turn of the century, the world was introduced to a group of 72 physical mystics called the ‘Host’. Hosted individuals have struck a bargain with Ihy, Egyptian god of music, pleasure, lust, and fertility. A Host shares their mind and body with one of Ihy’s children, keeping them safe and ‘feeding’ them with sensations from the vast array of human experience. In exchange, the Host receives supernatural powers based on the kind of music they’re listening to at any given time. This allows them to bend physics, have supernatural strength and agility, and even influence the hearts and minds of those around them… if the right tune is playing.
Rhythm
Price: $3.99 USD.
Cadence
Price: $3.99 USD.
Another Stupid Trilogy
Bill Ricardi's debut fantasy series, written as the first person diary of an orc who wanted to live a braver life, was an immediate sensation. Podium Publishing quickly secured the audiobook rights, helping to propel 'Another Stupid Trilogy' into the hearts of fantasy fans around the globe. Sorch is an abused orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity every time they cast a spell. As a slave to the Voodoo Engine, he was fated to live a short, unrewarding life. While foraging for food one night, Sorch stumbles upon two human mages in big trouble. He saves their lives, and in return they give him an amulet that will make his life easier. Unbeknownst to the humans, their gift grants Sorch the power to break the cycle of intelligence drain and physical abuse. With the help of his friends, Sorch becomes a real mage. He leaves his swamp and embarks on a series of incredibly exciting and dangerous adventures. During his travels he encounters horrible injury, magical treasures, love, snow, university admissions tests, a plot against the Kingdom, and then of course he saves the world. Or does he?

Books

A Falconer's Guide to Dying
Series: The Blackstaff Siblings. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,140. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A dying falconer sends his most beloved companion, Belinda the gyrfalcon, to bond with captive Prince Granite. She introduces him to a world inside of his own mind, and helps to prepare him for the trials to come. Can the young man and his new winged ally survive the trials of the Igneous Citadel? Can the Blackstaff siblings survive, when Panos itself seems hellbent on their destruction?
A Princess of Last Resort
Series: The Blackstaff Siblings. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,980. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
With the elflands in flames and the royal family silenced, a distant heir must flee from murderous invaders. Will Sarah and her half brother Granite survive the frigid wilderness and find the allies that they need to fight back? Are their parents still alive? Why can nobody reach the elven royal family? Was the firestorm a natural event, or something far more sinister?
Another Stupid Trilogy: The Unabridged Anthology
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 301,460. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
"If your own intelligence was the fuel that your magic ran on, how brightly would you dare to burn?" This box set contains the complete 'Another Stupid Trilogy' story line; an unabridged collection of Sorch's adventures through Panos! And as a BONUS, we've included Sorch's origin story: 'Shaman's Fable'. Now you can buy the entire trilogy, including the bonus prequel story, for one low price.
Cadence
Series: The Ihy Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,430. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Zealots and gangsters and Voids, oh my. Sometimes working for the god of sex and music isn't all it's cracked up to be. Just as Lucas and Izadore start to find personal and financial success, they're plunged into metaphysical chaos and mortal danger. Will they be able to find the right help and training in time? Or will the nebulous Void or their dogged pursuers silence them forever?
Rhythm
Series: The Ihy Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,330. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Lucky gets the offer of a lifetime. He's invited to become a Host if he willingly shares his body with Ihy's son, Izadore. After weighing all the pros and cons, Lucas accepts the god's offer and is merged with 'Izy'. This fateful decision puts Lucas on a dangerous path. Being a Host also means being hunted. Will Lucas and Izadore be able to hone the power of their new partnership in time?
Another Stupid Apocalypse
Series: Another Stupid Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,720. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A semi-retired mage is torn away from his new family when the world itself starts to self destruct. Will Sorch allow his son to follow in his dangerous footsteps to attempt a final, desperate gambit to save Panos? Sorch discovers more magical treasures, yetis, the power of fatherhood, frightening schoolchildren, an ancient threat to all of Panos, and then of course he saves the world. Or does he?
Another Stupid Demon
Series: Another Stupid Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,220. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When a captured hero forgets his past, an unlikely group of friends must rescue him from his imprisonment by a demon worshipping cult. Will Sorch recover in time to save his allies from the plane of Pandemonium? More more magical treasures, casual love, noisy roommates, wild elves, university midterms, a plot against all of Panos, and then of course Sorch saves the world. Or does he?
Another Stupid Spell
Series: Another Stupid Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 88,700. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Sorch is an orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity when they cast a spell. While foraging for food one night, our hero finds two human mages who are in big trouble. He saves them, and in return they give him an amulet that will make his life easier. Their gift allows Sorch to break the cycle of intelligence drain and, with the help of his friend Shaman, become a real mage.