RJ Palmer


There is nothing the least bit interesting about me and in truth sometimes I believe that I live vicariously through characters of my own creation in which case I should probably seek professional help straightaway. I could bore you with dry facts recited by rote but that would be contra-indicative of my personality type which demands that I at least make this somewhat interesting regardless of the enormity of the task involved. Easier said than done I can assure you.

RJ Palmer on Self Publishing

To be completely truthful I've found that more off beat authors who have acquired a faithful following have the more richly woven stories. That's not to say that authors who receive a lot of attention are not by all means talented I simply believe that in the practice of traditional publishing there are a select group of authors that receive almost all the attention for one reason or another and I believe that this is an effective way for publishing houses to tell a reader what they're supposed to like which is something with which I do not agree. In keeping with this train of thought I believe that there are hundreds of incredibly talented authors who do not get the attention that they deserve and the opportunity to share their talents with the world which would be an enriching experience for anyone who has the pleasure of stumbling upon their work.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the name but I do remember the impact it had on my teacher. My reading skills took on a kind of life of their own when I was in about the second grade but prior to that, I'd had quite a bit of trouble turning library books back in on or before their due date. I had a lot of overdue books. When I was in the third grade, I asked my teacher if I could borrow a book from her classroom to read. She wasn't happy with me and told me that I could with a very sour look but that I had to bring it back the next day because she was aware of my library record. I did as I was told and brought the book back and handed it to her the next day. She told me that I didn't have to return it yet, just bring it back each day until I was done. I let her know that I was done with the book and the look of surprise she gave me was quite gratifying. The disbelief in her voice was fairly rewarding when she asked me, "You read it in a night?!" I spent most of my youth with my nose stuck in a book. Where ever I was, anyone could count on me having a book or three near.
How do you approach cover design?
Quite simply put, I don't! I'm NOT a graphic artist if the cover of my work "Birthright" is any indication. I can't draw a straight line with a ruler. Trust me, I've tried and I always bump the ruler and screw up the line. Drawing is not among my strong points and I gave up trying a long time ago so I defer to a true professional in regards to cover art. They can give me what I want without me having to get all stressed out about it. No muss, no fuss.
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Where to buy in print


Sins of the Father
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,780. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
A minister losing touch with his faith… A severely autistic child with no past, no present and no real future… An evil older than time itself… When the boy Lucian is thrown into Aaron’s life with nowhere else to go all hell breaks loose and Aaron confronts things he never actually imagined could really exist in an effort to save one small, tortured child.
Birthright: The Evolution Chronicles Book 1
Series: The Evolution Chronicles. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 98,380. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
What if the next stage of evolution was caused by the oversight of man and what if that oversight was a simple medical mistake?

Smashwords book reviews by RJ Palmer

  • Soul Quest on April 04, 2011

    I do not typically go for the how teenage love story but hey I decided to give this one a chance because of the description. I dove in thinking that I would be bombarded by wishy washy teen puppy love quotes, only to find I was wrong. The plot itself will circumvent the feeling that all you are reading a teen love story. I loved it and will be looking to read the next one in the series in the near future.
  • Say Goodbye on June 09, 2011

    Say Goodbye was an excellent military suspense/thriller that keeps you hooked throughout the story. The storyline is well put together and leaves you wanting more. This is must have for fans of Military style writing.
  • Tales of the Zorantian Brotherhood Volume One: Black Winds on July 11, 2011

    So here we are jumping into another Science Fiction novel. And jump I did, from the first chapter all the way to the last I was intrigued with The Brotherhood of Zoran and their journey. I was so impressed that I sat and read all three of the novels in order.
  • The Recycled Window on July 27, 2011

    If you have any kids 9-12 in your house, your neighbors house, the house across the street or the house across the world, they need this book. I was impressed with the imagination of the author and her ability to create a world that children of that age would really get into. This is a must have for any 9-12 year old and all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone else who knows a child should be grabbing this one up now. All that and the ebook is free. Grab it now.
  • Transplant on Aug. 26, 2011

    Overall Feedback: Just as the many David Moreton books that I have read prior to this one, I was enthralled from the beginning. The reader will be entertained and overcome throughout the book. This science fiction adventure will have you at the edge of your seat and begging for more of Moreton. Point of View: You ride through the story as a watcher. Third person that is. You hear and see the world throught the eyes of the main character via a narrater of sorts. Voice: As usual in his writing, Moreton does a stellar job. Character Development: As I have come to expect of Moreton's stories he did a phenomenal job with development of the characters. You, as the reader, get a real sense of kinship with Glyn. Plot: Perfect plotline for a science fiction adventure. Dialogue: It takes a chapter or too for Moreton to really nail down the dialogue but once he does it is flawless. Pacing: Breakneak speed and a pageturning race to the finish. Setting: Moreton once again proves that he can bring you to his planet and I must say, more than happy about the visit. Continuity: The dialogue in the first couple of chapters will bring this into question but I promise if you make it past those you will not regret it.
  • No Rules Of Engagement on Nov. 16, 2011

    Overall Feedback: Unbelievably well written story. This is a hold on to your seat, rampant ride into space military action. The action is non stop and Thomas has really done well to grab a hold of the reader and not let go until the last page. Point of View: You will be following young Hawk as he realizes was he is born to do. Voice: It seems to me this is more about realizing the truth of yourself rather than the truth people choose to see in you. Character Development: You will get a real feel for the main character. I do think that the supporting characters could have used a little more polish. Plot: Twisting turning action packed space military adventure. Need I say more. Dialogue: Believable and natural. Pacing: The writer will run away with your imagination leaving your heart racing and you breathless. Setting: Perfect and adds to the imaginary real to this story. Continuity: A couple issue in the beginning but nothing that will keep you from enjoying a great story.
  • Mad Gods - Predatory Ethics: Book I on Dec. 12, 2011

    First and foremost, let me say that I started reading Mad Gods with more than a little skepticism and was fully prepared to have to slog through a written work that I figured was more politically coded than the Bible. I was prepared to be bored out of my mind, Athanasios and you can be annoyed with me for it later but read this review first and perhaps you’ll change your mind about it. You see, I had interviewed Athanasios at one point and during the course of said interview, he had explained what Predatory Ethics means to him. His definition was something akin to, “Do unto you because I can,” and since he’d written a few works about it and I had read the reviews and garnered some small kernel of the plot line from them, he asked me to read and review the books. Now that I’ve read Mad Gods I must say that I’m glad I have because it was not only an interesting and engaging read, it has underlying meaning and morals intricately interwoven into the storyline that are impossible to miss. Athanasios seems quite adept at multitasking in his written works and I can respect that. I couldn’t help but notice one consistently underlying theme through out the entire story and it was as simple as this: Destiny is not preordained or predetermined, your life and the direction it takes has everything to do with the choices you make. While a person’s path may be set in front of them, it is up to them to determine which direction that path goes. It’s integral to the story and carved like stone into the plotline. I enjoyed the blending of religious iconography with mysticism and mythology as well as occultism. Mad Gods was an artful and masterful blend of all the myths, legends, rituals, rites and beliefs to which everyone clings, both the religious and the faithful and it painted a vivid portrait of the writers’ beliefs about the circumstances that brought about all our modern day faiths. Athanasios has a remarkable grasp on historical religions and myths and legends and their influence on the modern day right down to the everyday choices we make. In the end, I’d have to give Mad Gods a four star rating because there are formatting issues that took me out of the story at first. I thought that it was patterned for dialogue and wondered at it until I noticed that there really was no discernable pattern and I was thereafter able to disregard it and just continue reading. There are also some punctuation errors though I want to stress that they didn’t interrupt the story or take from the storyline for me. I do believe that this is not a work for anyone who is easily offended or for kids because there are openly sexual encounters and though they’re realistically not terribly descriptive, they are not for those who don’t like written illustrations of same sex encounters. I really liked Mad Gods and believe that anyone with an open mind will think the exact same thing I did when they read it; Well done, Athanasios!
  • Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 on Jan. 10, 2012

    Over the course of the last months, I’ve made friends with LA Jones via our various self-promotions and such with each of us being an Indie Author and I had originally agreed to read and review Tales of Aradia after she had gotten it edited and then republished. Considering that LA Jones has the same kind of social impairment as my son and I’ve seen examples of his writing, I had figured that Tales of Aradia was going to be a thoroughly confusing read with very literal language and no imagery whatsoever. I was wrong and Ms. Jones, I now offer my virtual hand for you to slap (please be gentle) and I figure I deserve a little chastisement. Just don’t be too hard on me, okay? While I would place Tales of Aradia firmly among the Young Adult genre, at certain points I felt a little old reading it because I would say to myself, “Is that what kids say and do nowadays?” Then I would smile that little smile as adults are wont to do and remind myself that I’m not a teenager anymore because I could almost picture a group of kids looking at me like I’m some sort of fossil and saying, “Geez lady, what’s with you?” Enough said. I can tell that Aradia is a teenager (well DUH!) and that she is thoroughly absorbed with everything that a teenaged girl’s world centers and revolves around; cute boys, fitting in, social life and learning self-acceptance all while doing her best not to be set apart from the crowd or rock the boat. There’s also the far afield aspect that she knows she’s different and can’t do anything to change it so she’s on her own kind of journey of self-discovery which is never easy for a teenager. She has exceptional healing abilities and can’t manage to hide certain aspects of herself no matter how hard she tries; a tendency toward clairvoyance and strength above and beyond what it is she should be capable of are just scratching the surface and these things bother her. I can tell that the author, Ms. Jones was heavily influenced by the Twilight Saga but I’m honestly still trying to pin down whether she was on team Jacob or team Edward as she has carved like stone through the storyline the timeless question of divided love and interest. Ms. Jones does however, liberally interlace throughout the story several other mystical and mythical races that to my knowledge are not included in the classic vampire versus werewolf story and I can respect that. In having to give a star rating because I know I will whether I want to or not (par for the course, ladies and gents), I have to give four stars because I felt that Ms. Jones could’ve developed Aradia better as a character. There are places in the novel that it’s a little difficult to relate to her though the plot does read to the point without any rambling. I also felt that Ms. Jones could’ve included a little more adversity because it’s in the most trying circumstances that Aradia finds her most compassionate and noble character aspects so in her journey of self-discovery she needs to have a little more trouble and be a little less cocky. Now Aradia will have to meet someone that’s more than her match because everyone eventually gets knocked down a rung or two when they’re climbing that cocksure ladder, as it were. I’m going to have to get the rest of the series now because I have to find out what happens and I have to say honestly to LA Jones, well done, well said and well written!
  • Jacks School of Shines on May 06, 2012

    This story runs a lot like Harry Potter and somewhat brings you back to the time before it became mainstream. This story is not just a reincarnation of Harry Potter as it is a little edgier and quite a work in its own right. Well worth the effort of purchase and reading.
  • Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems on Sep. 26, 2012

    I kind of had to push myself to read “Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems” at first because I was absolutely sure that it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. Then I started reading and had to drag myself away to go take care of my day to day life. Score one, Susan, my dear. It’s a lighthearted, fairly easy read and I was so very happy that I didn’t have to slog through a bunch of heavy love scenes. I like to have a little left to the imagination in that department. “Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems” is not so much a love story as it is a story about a journey of self-discovery and how you don’t have to be in your roaring twenties to embark on such a journey. Susan calls it “midlife adolescence” and I call it “getting back on the ol’ horse”. Either way, it shakes down to the same thing, you’re never too old to start having a little fun even if you just came out of a phase in your life where the world seems to be crashing in around you. I got a real kick out of some of the names that Susan came up with for some of the sleazy characters that the main character met while giving a go at dating again. That was just plain funny. That and showing that what goes around comes around was strangely cathartic. It gives me hope for aspects of my life. I have to say honestly, the part that I liked the most about “Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems” was that any person who has been where the main character has been can relate to the situation she’s in whether male or female. The emotions; anger, jealousy, resentment, bitterness and distrust are real and come part and parcel with emotional baggage. These things are expected with someone who is emotionally scarred and getting back into the dating game. They’re also confronted head on in what I can only call a superb accounting of self-identification. Anyone who has been in any kind of relationship and come out the other side is a changed person whether for good or ill and Ms. Ricci does not try to skate around this. I can only assume that she has used her own experiences to better her characters and make them more real and she’s done it with a kind of forthright honesty that I applaud. Now, onto the blasted star rating which is going to be a bit of an enigma to me. Instinctively, I want to give a five star because I genuinely liked “Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems” and finished reading with that disconnected, euphoric sensation that I only get after I’ve gotten completely involved in a book. I’m also struggling with the idea that Susan is a close and personal friend of mine. Even with that said, I have to take away a star not because if my association with Susan, but because I want to see more. I’ve seen Susan’s talent for description first hand and I would like to challenge her to give me more stories to devour. Keep writing, bring out the emotion and show me what you’ve got. Enough said.