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, which is his fantasy series centred around the magic of orcs, Bill is working on a young adult series that involves 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.
Another Stupid Trilogy is a first person high fantasy series, the likes of which hasn't been seen in 60 years. The tone and vocabulary of the tale shifts as our narrator, Sorch the orc, finds ways to enhance his intelligence. You get to grow as Sorch grows, learn as he learns, and share his most intimate thoughts.
Sorch is an orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity every time they cast a spell. While foraging for food one fateful night, our hero happens upon two human mages who are 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 friend and mentor, Shaman, Sorch becomes a real mage.
Sorch 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?
Another Stupid Spell is available exclusively on Amazon. You can read it on just about any PC, Mac, phone, tablet, or E-book reader by downloading the free Kindle E-book reader (U.S., U.K., Canada) and adding Another Stupid Spell to your library.
Sorch is a former orc mage, and the prisoner of a demon worshiping cult that is trying to steal his nightmares. One jailbreak later and Sorch is unleashed upon the world once again. But this time, he's not so sure that he wants to go back to a life of magic and adventure. Being the smartest orc on all of Panos wasn't all fun and games.
With the help of a new friend, Sorch rediscovers his purpose in life. He embarks on a quest to save his friends, who were trapped on another plane of existence. During his travels he encounters more horrible injury, more magical treasures, casual love, university midterms, a plot against Panos, and then of course he saves the world. Or does he?
Another Stupid Demon is available exclusively on Amazon. You can read it on just about any PC, Mac, phone, tablet, or E-book reader by downloading the free Kindle E-book reader (U.S., U.K., Canada) and adding Another Stupid Demon to your library.
After destroying the possessed Voodoo Engine that threatened to enslave his tribe and start the next Great War, Sorch took some much needed time away from the peril of adventure. In the two years that followed, Sorch finished his arcane education and learned to be a real father to his recently discovered son, Benno. But the world wasn't done with Sorch and his family just yet. Drought, flooding, and deadly creatures driven up from the depths of the earth itself threatened to destroy cities and towns all over the world. It would take the two smartest orcs on Panos, and all of their brave friends, to discover the forces that threatened to tear the planet apart.
In a race against time, Sorch is forced to lead his family into unparalleled danger. During his travels he encounters even more horrible injury, even more magical treasures, yetis, the power of fatherhood, frightening school children, an ancient threat to all of Panos, and then of course he saves the world. Or does he?
Another Stupid Apocalypse is available exclusively on Amazon. You can read it on just about any PC, Mac, phone, tablet, or E-book reader by downloading the free Kindle E-book reader (U.S., U.K., Canada) and adding Another Stupid Apocalypse to your library.
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' follows Lucas Andrews, known as ‘Lucky’ to his friends. Lucas is a young man who managed to become legally emancipated from his abusive parents. On paper he lives with the family of his deceased best friend, but in reality they can’t afford to keep him. Instead, Lucas lives in an old station wagon parked in the Massachusetts woodlands. He endures constant bullying at school. He's able to muddle through the pain, work in a record store in order to earn food money, and quietly finish school as a straight B student.
On the morning of his 17th birthday, 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? Or will they be overrun by forces who will do anything, including murder, in order to maintain the religious status-quo?
The people who were responsible for rocketing 'The Martian' into the hearts and minds of millions saw something special. They saw a brave, smart orc who needed a home.
Bill Ricardi has signed on with the legendary Podium Publishing to give Sorch a voice. 'Another Stupid Trilogy' is coming to audiobook format! Award winning voice actor and 2017 Audie finalist James Patrick Cronin will be voice of Sorch.
Let's meet the rest of the Podium team:
On behalf of Rick, Loki, myself, and of course Sorch and his family, I want to thank Podium Publishing for the chance to reach the hearts, minds, and ears of millions.
'Me Smart Orc!' is a free Choose Your Own Adventure game set in the world of Panos. You play the role of
Lizzy, Shaman's flying lizard. Your quest: Protect Dunwart, a promising apprentice mage of the Jeywafa orc
tribe. What's the catch? In the world of Panos, orcs get dumber every time they cast a spell. And Dunwart
'Me Smart Orc!' will be available for free download on Steam, some time in early August. A Mac and Linux friendly version will be available on the web.