Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My New Novel, Coming November 1

Then We'd Be Happy is a tale of lower middle-class friends trying to fashion futures out of whatever opportunities they can find. Opportunities to make money. Opportunities to be together. Opportunities that fall apart. Opportunities that must be put back together, no matter what.

The friends include a would-be chef, a flirtatious (and unfaithful) waitress, a single mother with a tattoo of Bart Simpson on her shoulder, and an easy-going young man who must make some hard choices.

Living among the ones and zeros of California's Silicon Valley—the coders and big-bucks brainiacs—they band together to pay rent and enjoy whatever pleasures they can.

Theirs is a story about fortune cookies, class warfare, disease-fighting neuropeptides, strawberry rhubarb pie, and what it will take to be happy.

Preorder now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fasten Your Seatbelt

Greg Bardsley's new novel is a madcap race against time and conflicting priorities in California's go-go Silicon Valleya raucous parody of the valley's twisted family and corporate values.

I'm telling you, this guy has style. And a wicked imagination. And nobody has more fun with a story than Greg does.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Ever-Present Past

Eleven short works so far ...

All at the intersection of memory and imagination.

You'll find the full list here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Where memory and imagination merge

I've started posting short fiction in a personal publication called The Ever-Present Past.

How short? You could read each of the pieces I've posted so far in two minutes or less.

Look for a new narrative each week, around Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blog Tour

The Possibility of Snow has been making the rounds. Here's what book bloggers are saying:

“In the end, you may feel both a sense of loss and peace, but also anger. Whatever your reaction to this work, it will be visceral.” 
— Naomi Leadbeater, Naimeless

“I loved the story and the way it was handled ... this was an honest, real, emotional and very well written book.” 
— Bri Wignall, NaturalBri

“The Possibility of Snow reminds us what it is like to develop a new relationship and all of the emotions involved. [It] keeps you turning the pages as Al Riske pushes the limits with the friendship of these two characters.” 
— Rachel Rennie, Rachel's Blog

“The author does a great job of showing the boundaries of new friendships and what happens when those boundaries are crossed.” 
— K.M. Hodge, In Review

“The ending blew me away! This book will challenge the way you think.”
— Avid book reader, Granny Loves to Read

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Taking Readers Through Highs and Lows

Stellar review from a writer I admire ...

Al Riske has a rare talent for connecting the reader to complex emotions. The Possibility of Snow showcases that talent – taking readers through highs and lows – and excels at evoking all the difficult-to-label feelings in between.

— Jay D. Gregory, author of Cry of the Phoenix 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

First Review of New Novel

"In a deceptively simple tale of friendship, Al Riske does a great job of exploring the boundaries of what we can expect from and be to each other."
- J Clement Wall

See her full review on Goodreads.