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AmyBeth Inverness31,957The next short story in "The Cities of Luna" comes out on Saturday, December 6. I'll be promo-ing all day (and the entire next week, but that's irrelevant) culminating in a facebook party in the evening. After all's said and done, I'm coming over to G+, kicking off my shoes (thus...the event header image...) and hanging out with all of you while I recover from my hectic day. You don't have to hang with me at that specific time. You can just 'sign' my 'souvenir' book anytime._One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor_ Release Day After-Party2014-12-07 04:30:005  
R.J. Blain13,796You're invited to join me on my website, on the plus, facebook, and twitter -- all of the interwebs!! -- for the launch party of my newest urban fantasy thriller release, Inquisitor! It also just happens to be my virtual birthday bash too! For more information: http://rjblain.com/2014/05/youre-invited/ If you use facebook, you can invite your friends here: https://www.facebook.com/events/231773600349858/ For those on twitter, follow me and watch for the shenanigans here: https://twitter.com/rj_blain Thank you so much for your support!Inquisitor Launch Party2014-05-16 14:00:0012  

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2015-06-28 20:25:42 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Dear Erotica Authors,

I read some erotica. I have a policy.

Two star auto deduction for use of the word taint. I'm sorry, taint is not sexy. Taint doesn't intrigue me. Taint makes me think I need to get a bottle of lysol and start spraying. If you're writing your male or female having a taint, I immediately believe they are incapable of bathing and properly caring for their vagina or penis.

Please. I know, it's hard coming up with classy ways to describe a penis/cock or vagina/pussy/however you want to describe it... but spare us. Don't call it taint.

I read a book last night that did, and it was ew.

Most reshares: 7

2015-07-01 01:03:49 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Hey, U.S. / C.A. folks,

I know the 1st and 4th of July are a big deal for you, and for good reason. But, when you go to make pretty boom booms in the sky, remember the veterans, police officers, and other individuals with gun-related PTSD.

Fireworks sound like the discharge of weaponry. It triggers episodes, and it isn't uncommon for them to react really badly. So, play nice with your pop-bangs this year. They're the folks who helps give you those two days, so treat them nicely.

While I'm at it, remember your pets, too. Pets suffer from fireworks and pop-bangs as much as vets do. If you have pets, or know your neighbor has pets, be courteous. It's not much.

Go watch the city-hosted displays and celebrate with your neighbors. (Those are much easier for the vets to deal with and avoid; they know when they'll go off, and they can prepare. It's... more »

Most plusones: 57

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2015-06-30 21:04:21 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

I need a hair cut to get the Frizzy controlled but I have a new colour!!

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2015-07-05 04:16:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Leahy was a great concert! Unfortunately, no merchandise table. I was super disappointed. :(

I will buy a cd online, since I couldn't get one at the concert!

(I was shocked, no merchandises for me to throw money at. :( )

Leahy was a great concert! Unfortunately, no merchandise table. I was super disappointed. :(

I will buy a cd online, since I couldn't get one at the concert!

(I was shocked, no merchandises for me to throw money at. :( )___

2015-07-04 22:01:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Watching geese terrify humans. Free entertainment. 

Watching geese terrify humans. Free entertainment. ___

2015-07-04 09:33:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

What sucks is going to bed early and overactive imagination kicks in, preventing proper sleep, yet 'waking up' at 5:30 extremely wide awake because why the hell not.

I have a concert tonight. I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to be sleeping right now.

That said, I have a concept for a novel now... one I'm ultra eager to pursue, as soon as I finish up some necessary work stuff first. (I have been outlining it so it is preserved.)

What sucks is going to bed early and overactive imagination kicks in, preventing proper sleep, yet 'waking up' at 5:30 extremely wide awake because why the hell not.

I have a concert tonight. I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to be sleeping right now.

That said, I have a concept for a novel now... one I'm ultra eager to pursue, as soon as I finish up some necessary work stuff first. (I have been outlining it so it is preserved.)___

2015-07-04 02:25:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

In retrospect, I could write another urban fantasy thriller but make it a thriller where a Normal--an actual, honest-to-God Normal--gets caught up in the supernatural stuff.

I could have so much fun with that.

It still counts as a thriller, right? Right??

(I'm hopeless.)

In retrospect, I could write another urban fantasy thriller but make it a thriller where a Normal--an actual, honest-to-God Normal--gets caught up in the supernatural stuff.

I could have so much fun with that.

It still counts as a thriller, right? Right??

(I'm hopeless.)___

2015-07-04 00:28:16 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Oh man, so I was researching thrillers and their sub genres. This is a problem. I love them all. I love them all so much.

According to Wikipedia...:

Common methods and themes in crime thrillers are mainly ransoms, captivities, heists, revenge, kidnappings.

This kinda includes absolutely everything I love about good UF thrillers. Obviously, I was meant to write thrillers.

I could write one really long thriller than includes them all, yes? :gets huge eyes: Oh man, I need to go read some thrillers now oh gosh.

:swoons:

(Or I could, just, you know.. write more UF thrillers like I normally do. With the UF part. Which, when turned around, is FU. Appropriate...?)

:twitch:

Maybe I should compile a list of every thriller cliche ever and write a 'thriller' that includes every single one of them? I could parody thrillers as... more »

Oh man, so I was researching thrillers and their sub genres. This is a problem. I love them all. I love them all so much.

According to Wikipedia...:

Common methods and themes in crime thrillers are mainly ransoms, captivities, heists, revenge, kidnappings.

This kinda includes absolutely everything I love about good UF thrillers. Obviously, I was meant to write thrillers.

I could write one really long thriller than includes them all, yes? :gets huge eyes: Oh man, I need to go read some thrillers now oh gosh.

:swoons:

(Or I could, just, you know.. write more UF thrillers like I normally do. With the UF part. Which, when turned around, is FU. Appropriate...?)

:twitch:

Maybe I should compile a list of every thriller cliche ever and write a 'thriller' that includes every single one of them? I could parody thrillers as a thriller and make it a thrilling parody?

Oh gosh, I could have so much fun with that.___

2015-07-03 23:58:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Stupid busted screen in the window letting in flies. One was drowning in my coffee, so I stuck my finger in and let him crawl out.

Okay, I'm not heartless all the time. Fine! You caught me.

Anyway, I had to go turn off an alarm upstairs, so I carried my new pet bug with me. He just went along for the ride like what the hell...

I named him Cocoa (I was drinking Belgian Chocolate Coffee) and set him on a roll of paper towels until he was able to dry off and fly.

His evil cousin AssWipe the annoying bug dies as soon as I catch him though.

Stupid busted screen in the window letting in flies. One was drowning in my coffee, so I stuck my finger in and let him crawl out.

Okay, I'm not heartless all the time. Fine! You caught me.

Anyway, I had to go turn off an alarm upstairs, so I carried my new pet bug with me. He just went along for the ride like what the hell...

I named him Cocoa (I was drinking Belgian Chocolate Coffee) and set him on a roll of paper towels until he was able to dry off and fly.

His evil cousin AssWipe the annoying bug dies as soon as I catch him though.___

2015-07-03 20:00:59 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

By the way, if I do pursue the thriller stories I'm thinking about, I will use a pen name, and I'm not sure if I'll actually link to the stories in public, instead recruiting some people to spread the word for me that these stories exist.

If you are interested in being such a guinea pig for an authorial experiment, please ping me.

The thrillers would be non-political, non-military; possibly environmental (see Project Zeta but without the magic/ESP) or caused by politics/military while the characters are civilians.

I would likely write them in a novella style. (See Tales of the Winter Wolf.) Why? This would let me fit them in around the novel work I am planning on doing.

If you're interested, I will create a private circle specifically for those who want to play ball on this.

By the way, if I do pursue the thriller stories I'm thinking about, I will use a pen name, and I'm not sure if I'll actually link to the stories in public, instead recruiting some people to spread the word for me that these stories exist.

If you are interested in being such a guinea pig for an authorial experiment, please ping me.

The thrillers would be non-political, non-military; possibly environmental (see Project Zeta but without the magic/ESP) or caused by politics/military while the characters are civilians.

I would likely write them in a novella style. (See Tales of the Winter Wolf.) Why? This would let me fit them in around the novel work I am planning on doing.

If you're interested, I will create a private circle specifically for those who want to play ball on this.___

2015-07-03 18:49:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The lovely crunch of my cat catching (and eating) a bug. I'm really not sure why she chewed on the bug for so long, but she really liked it.

(There is a hole in a screen somewhere letting some bugs in... and Princess loves hunting bugs. Free cat toys...)

The lovely crunch of my cat catching (and eating) a bug. I'm really not sure why she chewed on the bug for so long, but she really liked it.

(There is a hole in a screen somewhere letting some bugs in... and Princess loves hunting bugs. Free cat toys...)___

2015-07-03 18:27:07 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Please see blog post for relevant links. Copy pasted for your convenience.

There has been quite a bit of news about Amazon lately. Some of it has been good. Some of it hasn’t been so good. While I’m absolutely loving the changes to Amazon’s exclusive program, the rumors of changes to their reviewing platform (leaked by top 500 reviewers from a message sent by amazon) has me absolutely hating what they’re up to.

It’s hard enough to get honest, legitimate reviews. Sure, in theory, honest retailers (and authors) should have an easier time having their products seen. However, there are two substantial issues with this, in my opinion.

Non-verified reviews (IE, ARC copies) will be given a negative modifier.
Older reviews will be given a negative modifier.
On the flip side, there are benefits to this:

Helpful reviews will have more weight (positivemodifier.... more »

Please see blog post for relevant links. Copy pasted for your convenience.

There has been quite a bit of news about Amazon lately. Some of it has been good. Some of it hasn’t been so good. While I’m absolutely loving the changes to Amazon’s exclusive program, the rumors of changes to their reviewing platform (leaked by top 500 reviewers from a message sent by amazon) has me absolutely hating what they’re up to.

It’s hard enough to get honest, legitimate reviews. Sure, in theory, honest retailers (and authors) should have an easier time having their products seen. However, there are two substantial issues with this, in my opinion.

Non-verified reviews (IE, ARC copies) will be given a negative modifier.
Older reviews will be given a negative modifier.
On the flip side, there are benefits to this:

Helpful reviews will have more weight (positive modifier.)
Newer reviews will have more weight (positive modifier, current reviews of a product.)
However, there are some even bigger issues outside of this change that I feel will really, really hurt authors–a huge driving force of Amazon’s sales. I’m an honest author. If I acquire book reviews, they are a part of a blog-based book tour, where the reviewers are required to be honest by their touring groups. Many of these people are Vine reviewers–or have high amazon review rankings. These individuals don’t lie about how they feel about books.

I do not buy reviews, nor will I buy reviews.

However, this makes it very difficult to get reviews.

To set the scene for this post, I want to discuss Amazon’s current practices. Some of these rules will take you by surprise.

The Good:

Anyone can review. (Non-verified reviews.)

Five star ranking system. (I like five stars because it’s a good range, with a very obvious ‘middle ground.’) Even-numbered star review systems hurt me.

Flat algorithm; it’s easy to know why a book is ranked as it is, just by looking at the reviews.

The Bad:

Very easy to post abusive reviews and have them hold weight.
Anyone associated with the author can have their review yanked. Including fans.

Easy to buy reviews.

This is a very short list. I could come up with a lot more, but I feel these are the important ones. Now, before I pick up my pitchfork, I want to mention a few things.

The new system isn’t all bad. However, considering that fans who follow authors on Facebook have been having their reviews removed for ‘having an association with the author,’ there are substantial problems.

Authors rely on their fans to post reviews. I’m not different. It’s very hard to get reviews when you’re honest. You rely on your fans and readers to do it.

I don’t like chasing fans and readers for reviews. It’s not comfortable for me. I really hope my fans/readers love my books enough to want to leave a positive, honest review about what they loved.

Dishonest authors simply buy those reviews. I refuse to do this. Reviews help, but I simply won’t stoop to that level.

But with Amazon attempting to identify fans/readers and punishing them for following their favorite authors on Facebook, things are even harder.

I’ve had this happen to me before–not as the reviewer, but as the author. I’m adamantly against fans and readers who reach out to authors to connect being punished because they enjoy reading books.

Being an author requires a social media presence. Otherwise, all I’m doing is shooting in the dark and hoping I get lucky. I’m not lucky. We’ve established this!

How much of an Affect?
This is what we simply don’t know yet. We don’t know when the changes took place. So far, I haven’t noticed a huge change on my books–but I don’t buy reviews. (In theory, this is what should happen.) Unfortunately, I don’t know the numbers of any authors who bought reviews showcasing the before and after.

That’s a problem.

I can only hope that because I’m honest I won’t be hit hard by this.

Authors need you more than ever, Readers.
I’ve said it. Readers, authors like me are utterly reliant on you. Because you read, we eat. (And my cats eat, they really appreciate eating. They also appreciate the kitty toys we bring home for them. And the cat nip…)

If you love a book, please stop and take the time to review it. We need you.

If you love a book, please stop and take the time to mark reviews as helpful. We need you.

If you love a book, please share it with your friends. We need you.

If you love a book, please keep reading. We need you.

We need you now more than ever.

Thanks for reading.

Reading Material
I’ve compiled a short list of articles I’ve read about the changes to Amazon’s reviewing process. This is a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

1: Haden Interactive on Amazon’s Review Changes (Vine Reviewer)

2: Teleread Article (Industry Discussion)

3: Tech Investor News Article (Industry Study.)___

2015-07-03 17:36:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm reviving an old hobby of mine. I need to do more 'fun' things, not just writing and editing. I haven't been reviewing a lot lately because, well, busy.

I haven't been prowling Amazon for things either.

So, my pet project is getting queued up again and I'll try to get back into the habit of prowling the amazon for interesting new releases.

I'm reviving an old hobby of mine. I need to do more 'fun' things, not just writing and editing. I haven't been reviewing a lot lately because, well, busy.

I haven't been prowling Amazon for things either.

So, my pet project is getting queued up again and I'll try to get back into the habit of prowling the amazon for interesting new releases.___

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2015-07-03 15:20:30 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Looking for an explosive urban fantasy thriller as your Independence Day weekend read?

Join Vicky, Nicole, and Jackson on a wild ride through the witch and wolf world, where the things that go bump in the night are real and nothing is as it seems.

Inquisitor and Winter Wolf can be read in either order; Inquisitor released first, but chronologically, Winter Wolf happens first in the timeline.

Blood Diamond, released last week, is best read third, as Jackson joins forces with many of the characters from the previous books.

Enjoy!


Looking for an explosive urban fantasy thriller as your Independence Day weekend read?

Join Vicky, Nicole, and Jackson on a wild ride through the witch and wolf world, where the things that go bump in the night are real and nothing is as it seems.

Inquisitor and Winter Wolf can be read in either order; Inquisitor released first, but chronologically, Winter Wolf happens first in the timeline.

Blood Diamond, released last week, is best read third, as Jackson joins forces with many of the characters from the previous books.

Enjoy!
___

2015-07-03 04:35:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I never thought I'd find a massage bar from LUSH that smelled like I imagined Fenerec smelling...

I never thought I'd find a massage bar from LUSH that smelled like I imagined Fenerec smelling...___

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2015-07-03 02:55:47 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

My unicorns are chilling out together. 

My unicorns are chilling out together. ___

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2015-07-03 02:43:48 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

My new friends.

Raptor is an attention whore. 

My new friends.

Raptor is an attention whore. ___

2015-07-03 01:51:53 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

They have raptors in at least 3 other colors at the Hallmark store I found my new raptor yet.

I need them. Problem, they're $26 each...

I need another birthday this year so I can just ask for Raptor plushies

They have raptors in at least 3 other colors at the Hallmark store I found my new raptor yet.

I need them. Problem, they're $26 each...

I need another birthday this year so I can just ask for Raptor plushies___

2015-07-03 01:46:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Went out to pick up some coupons and dinner.

Came home smelling like a Fenerec with a Raptor plush. (Yes, a Jurassic World Raptor plush.)

My wallet is weeping, but I'm in cloud nine. Cloud cuckoland really...

Went out to pick up some coupons and dinner.

Came home smelling like a Fenerec with a Raptor plush. (Yes, a Jurassic World Raptor plush.)

My wallet is weeping, but I'm in cloud nine. Cloud cuckoland really...___

2015-07-02 20:02:01 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Here's an update, thanks to +Lorraine Pearl!

If you are a KDP Select exclusive author, you can find out what your standardized page count is by clicking "Promote and Advertise" next to your title. Scroll to the bottom. It looks like this:

Earn royalties from the KDP Select Global Fund

Earn your share of the KDP Select Global Fund when customers read your books from Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You’ll be paid for each page individual customers read of your book, the first time they read it. To determine a book’s page count in a way that works across genres and devices, we’ve developed the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC) v1.0. Learn more

"Inquisitor"

Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC) v1.0: 608

So, now that I know what the normalized page count is, here is ahandy c... more »

Here's an update, thanks to +Lorraine Pearl!

If you are a KDP Select exclusive author, you can find out what your standardized page count is by clicking "Promote and Advertise" next to your title. Scroll to the bottom. It looks like this:

Earn royalties from the KDP Select Global Fund

Earn your share of the KDP Select Global Fund when customers read your books from Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You’ll be paid for each page individual customers read of your book, the first time they read it. To determine a book’s page count in a way that works across genres and devices, we’ve developed the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC) v1.0. Learn more

"Inquisitor"

Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC) v1.0: 608

So, now that I know what the normalized page count is, here is a handy chart of estimated royalties based on what the estimated pay per page is:

Title | KENPC |  Pay per Page | Total Royalty
Blood Diamond | 826 | $0.0058 | *$4.79*
Inquisitor | 608 | $0.0058 | *$3.53*
Winter Wolf | 711 | $0.0058 | *$4.12*___

2015-07-02 19:26:48 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I'm so tempted to write a straight up thriller. No paranormal. Just a straight up thriller.

I don't know what the hell the thriller would be about, though. I'm so used to writing paranormal that I'm convinced I might not have any idea how reality actually works in fiction anymore...

I like thrillers. I sometimes even delude myself into thinking I do job of writing them...

I'm so tempted to write a straight up thriller. No paranormal. Just a straight up thriller.

I don't know what the hell the thriller would be about, though. I'm so used to writing paranormal that I'm convinced I might not have any idea how reality actually works in fiction anymore...

I like thrillers. I sometimes even delude myself into thinking I do job of writing them...___

2015-07-02 19:18:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Dear me,

I know you want to fiddle, but we're proofing. That means correcting errors, not making sideways adjustments because another way might sound a little better.

Eliminating mistakes, not adding more by fiddling.

Leave. The. Words. Alone. Unless. Broken.

Yours,

Me.

Dear me,

I know you want to fiddle, but we're proofing. That means correcting errors, not making sideways adjustments because another way might sound a little better.

Eliminating mistakes, not adding more by fiddling.

Leave. The. Words. Alone. Unless. Broken.

Yours,

Me.___

2015-07-02 18:20:38 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Tales of the Winter Wolf Vol.5 Release -- Staggered or With Vol 1-5 Omnibus?

Yes, I'm already working on Volume 5, which should be ready for release 2-3 weeks after Volume 4.

I will be bundling volumes 1-5 in an omnibus, which will be priced at a little lower than it would to buy the volumes individually. Not much lower, but low enough it's a savings for readers to buy the omnibus if they don't want to buy them individually.

So, here's my question:

Together or not? Go!

Tales of the Winter Wolf Vol.5 Release -- Staggered or With Vol 1-5 Omnibus?

Yes, I'm already working on Volume 5, which should be ready for release 2-3 weeks after Volume 4.

I will be bundling volumes 1-5 in an omnibus, which will be priced at a little lower than it would to buy the volumes individually. Not much lower, but low enough it's a savings for readers to buy the omnibus if they don't want to buy them individually.

So, here's my question:

Together or not? Go!___

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2015-07-02 17:26:46 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Please read on my blog. It has a pretty picture and tables for you to look at!

I talk about the new KDP Select system--with math and actual numbers, partway through Day 2.

Please read on my blog. It has a pretty picture and tables for you to look at!

I talk about the new KDP Select system--with math and actual numbers, partway through Day 2.___

2015-07-02 15:40:00 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

New KDP Select Page Payment... Yep, I like it.

I'm getting substantially more per book versus the old way things were done. I did the math three times, and my awesome best friend (who is a data analyst) also did the math.

I'm not quite earning 3x what I was before the change, assuming the numbers Amazon handed out are accurate for June.

Actually, I'm making more in the new KDP Select system than I do from regular sales on these books. Shh, don't tell Amazon that.

New KDP Select Page Payment... Yep, I like it.

I'm getting substantially more per book versus the old way things were done. I did the math three times, and my awesome best friend (who is a data analyst) also did the math.

I'm not quite earning 3x what I was before the change, assuming the numbers Amazon handed out are accurate for June.

Actually, I'm making more in the new KDP Select system than I do from regular sales on these books. Shh, don't tell Amazon that.___

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2015-07-02 15:03:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I talk about intentional and unintentional inconsistencies in the Witch & Wolf series. <3

Whee, fun!

As a Google+ Special Tidbit, an interesting inconsistency to note:

Richard's fur is noted to have tan in it in Winter Wolf.

In Tales of the Winter Wolf, you will learn Richard's coat color.

What's the deal? Because of how distinctive Richard's normal coat color is, dye was used in order to give him a more 'normalized' coat color. This isn't covered in the story.

As another google+ exclusive tidbit, it's noted that in the later part of Winter Wolf, transforming is risky to Alex, yet he had transformed earlier in the story.

It was a calculated risk. Not covered in the story, but I'm just tossing it out there for your curiosity. Neither mistake or inconsistency, but rather a deliberate risk... more »

I talk about intentional and unintentional inconsistencies in the Witch & Wolf series. <3

Whee, fun!

As a Google+ Special Tidbit, an interesting inconsistency to note:

Richard's fur is noted to have tan in it in Winter Wolf.

In Tales of the Winter Wolf, you will learn Richard's coat color.

What's the deal? Because of how distinctive Richard's normal coat color is, dye was used in order to give him a more 'normalized' coat color. This isn't covered in the story.

As another google+ exclusive tidbit, it's noted that in the later part of Winter Wolf, transforming is risky to Alex, yet he had transformed earlier in the story.

It was a calculated risk. Not covered in the story, but I'm just tossing it out there for your curiosity. Neither mistake or inconsistency, but rather a deliberate risk taken.___

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2015-07-02 03:27:48 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Well, there goes the neighborhood.

Amazon is changing how star ratings work on their site. If cnet's report is correct, here's the deal in a nutshell:

1: Non-verified reviews will mean very little in star ratings.
2: Helpful reviews will weigh more in the algorithm.
3: Verified reviews are the snazz.
4: Age of the review matters

I'm going to my bunker and crying. (It's hard enough getting any reviews to begin with.)

P.S.: If you loved an author's book, it's now even more important you leave a helpful review.

Side-note: I am happy that they're trying to find solutions to abusive reviews and even happier that they're trying to kill how people game the system...

I'm just sad because it's already difficult trying to be an honest/legit author.

Well, there goes the neighborhood.

Amazon is changing how star ratings work on their site. If cnet's report is correct, here's the deal in a nutshell:

1: Non-verified reviews will mean very little in star ratings.
2: Helpful reviews will weigh more in the algorithm.
3: Verified reviews are the snazz.
4: Age of the review matters

I'm going to my bunker and crying. (It's hard enough getting any reviews to begin with.)

P.S.: If you loved an author's book, it's now even more important you leave a helpful review.

Side-note: I am happy that they're trying to find solutions to abusive reviews and even happier that they're trying to kill how people game the system...

I'm just sad because it's already difficult trying to be an honest/legit author.___

2015-07-01 22:13:06 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I am having anxiety over something completely and utterly out of my control, something I can do, well, nothing about.

Someone preordered volumes 1, 3, and 4 of Tales of the Winter Wolf. That means when 2 comes out, they're probably expecting their preorder to go through, but it won't.

I want to magically give the person the preorder at this point--I'd even buy it for them, if only I knew who they were.

Seriously, I'm OCD'ing on this. Why? Because I know how disappointed I would be if I preordered and it didn't go through right away!!!

I mean, when I preorder a book, I am stalking my device when it's time to acquire the book. I will pull fucking all nighters to read the shit I preorder, because if I'm preordering, I want the book that badly.

I can't handle this, too much, too much!

:faint:

I am having anxiety over something completely and utterly out of my control, something I can do, well, nothing about.

Someone preordered volumes 1, 3, and 4 of Tales of the Winter Wolf. That means when 2 comes out, they're probably expecting their preorder to go through, but it won't.

I want to magically give the person the preorder at this point--I'd even buy it for them, if only I knew who they were.

Seriously, I'm OCD'ing on this. Why? Because I know how disappointed I would be if I preordered and it didn't go through right away!!!

I mean, when I preorder a book, I am stalking my device when it's time to acquire the book. I will pull fucking all nighters to read the shit I preorder, because if I'm preordering, I want the book that badly.

I can't handle this, too much, too much!

:faint:___

2015-07-01 15:33:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

KDP Global Select Fund and Per Page earnings

Amazon announced news regarding the new KDP Select by page payment system. If my math is correct (1.9 billion pages, 11 million in funds) I should be paid $1 for every 175 pages read, approximately.

Someone confirm my math. I'm sick today, and math is hard.

If my numbers are correct, I should see a substantial increase of earnings for July, which would be super, super fantastic. (I could use the boost to earnings and some good luck.)

I'm not going to get my hopes up too much, but I really like seeing the numbers of pages read on my stats page. It's really making me feel warm, fuzzy, and loved.

KDP Global Select Fund and Per Page earnings

Amazon announced news regarding the new KDP Select by page payment system. If my math is correct (1.9 billion pages, 11 million in funds) I should be paid $1 for every 175 pages read, approximately.

Someone confirm my math. I'm sick today, and math is hard.

If my numbers are correct, I should see a substantial increase of earnings for July, which would be super, super fantastic. (I could use the boost to earnings and some good luck.)

I'm not going to get my hopes up too much, but I really like seeing the numbers of pages read on my stats page. It's really making me feel warm, fuzzy, and loved.___

2015-07-01 13:41:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I am really curious how the new numbers of pages stuff will go. I'll admit, it is nice looking at the stats page and seeing a nice, big number showing. Lol

I am really curious how the new numbers of pages stuff will go. I'll admit, it is nice looking at the stats page and seeing a nice, big number showing. Lol___

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2015-07-01 02:36:27 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

This is so freaking cool, Amazon gave my one series a set series page.

I'm going to go dance from joy now.

(P.S.: I love you guyyyyyys.)

This is so freaking cool, Amazon gave my one series a set series page.

I'm going to go dance from joy now.

(P.S.: I love you guyyyyyys.)___

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2015-07-01 01:21:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Maps like this make me want to go and improve my map-making skills.

Lovely art as always, +Jeff Brown 

I am doing FANTASY MAPS! for $450 each. I usually paint them to look like this one with big castles and such, but i'm open to any type. All I need is a drawing (it can be ugly) with a rough idea and the titles clearly printed as well as any other instructions. 

Please contact me at jeffbrown67@gmail.com and take a look at my other work at www.jeffbrowngraphics.com. I would appreciate it very much if you could share this with anyone interested!___Maps like this make me want to go and improve my map-making skills.

Lovely art as always, +Jeff Brown 

2015-07-01 01:03:49 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Hey, U.S. / C.A. folks,

I know the 1st and 4th of July are a big deal for you, and for good reason. But, when you go to make pretty boom booms in the sky, remember the veterans, police officers, and other individuals with gun-related PTSD.

Fireworks sound like the discharge of weaponry. It triggers episodes, and it isn't uncommon for them to react really badly. So, play nice with your pop-bangs this year. They're the folks who helps give you those two days, so treat them nicely.

While I'm at it, remember your pets, too. Pets suffer from fireworks and pop-bangs as much as vets do. If you have pets, or know your neighbor has pets, be courteous. It's not much.

Go watch the city-hosted displays and celebrate with your neighbors. (Those are much easier for the vets to deal with and avoid; they know when they'll go off, and they can prepare. It's... more »

Hey, U.S. / C.A. folks,

I know the 1st and 4th of July are a big deal for you, and for good reason. But, when you go to make pretty boom booms in the sky, remember the veterans, police officers, and other individuals with gun-related PTSD.

Fireworks sound like the discharge of weaponry. It triggers episodes, and it isn't uncommon for them to react really badly. So, play nice with your pop-bangs this year. They're the folks who helps give you those two days, so treat them nicely.

While I'm at it, remember your pets, too. Pets suffer from fireworks and pop-bangs as much as vets do. If you have pets, or know your neighbor has pets, be courteous. It's not much.

Go watch the city-hosted displays and celebrate with your neighbors. (Those are much easier for the vets to deal with and avoid; they know when they'll go off, and they can prepare. It's the sudden, unexpected pop-bangs that really, really hurt them!)

So, have a safe and happy Independence Day, folks--and remember the vets when you do.

~With love, me.___

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2015-06-30 21:04:21 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

I need a hair cut to get the Frizzy controlled but I have a new colour!!

I need a hair cut to get the Frizzy controlled but I have a new colour!!___

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2015-06-30 18:40:05 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

New addition to my collection. This fluorite sphere came home with me this afternoon.

And because it is fun, all of my babies together. 

New addition to my collection. This fluorite sphere came home with me this afternoon.

And because it is fun, all of my babies together. ___

2015-06-30 17:39:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

It went from really cold yesterday to kinda hot today. I actually turned the AC on. I'm relieved, however, the plants outside are having a freak fit, which in turn is making my allergies freak. Can't win!

Oh well.

Time to settle in to get some work done. Hopefully my afternoon is more productive than my morning has been.

It went from really cold yesterday to kinda hot today. I actually turned the AC on. I'm relieved, however, the plants outside are having a freak fit, which in turn is making my allergies freak. Can't win!

Oh well.

Time to settle in to get some work done. Hopefully my afternoon is more productive than my morning has been.___

2015-06-30 14:10:02 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Wow, I should maybe avoid the internet today, or start cleaning my circles. Two hate messages in my stream so far this morning, and I only looked at something like 15 posts.

That's sad.

Wow, I should maybe avoid the internet today, or start cleaning my circles. Two hate messages in my stream so far this morning, and I only looked at something like 15 posts.

That's sad.___

2015-06-30 13:42:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I slept so terribly last night. Ugh.

Today I'll be drafting until I get notes back from client about writing stuff. (Woo, halfway point in project.) I'm doing so fun reading of old stuff first, though.

Not awake. Slept like crap.

Not going to post links to books unless someone asks. (You've all been super patient enough with me as is!)

2 weeks, roughly, to launch of next title. That's nice!

I slept so terribly last night. Ugh.

Today I'll be drafting until I get notes back from client about writing stuff. (Woo, halfway point in project.) I'm doing so fun reading of old stuff first, though.

Not awake. Slept like crap.

Not going to post links to books unless someone asks. (You've all been super patient enough with me as is!)

2 weeks, roughly, to launch of next title. That's nice!___

2015-06-29 20:11:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I wonder if, by some accidental magic, I tapped into the male reader romance market... Hmmm...

I wonder if, by some accidental magic, I tapped into the male reader romance market... Hmmm...___

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2015-06-29 13:41:01 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Nicole, Richard, and Vicky join forces with a brand new character in the third installment of the Witch & Wolf series!

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction. 

However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest threat of all to the survival of mankind...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010FAGRC4

If you enjoy urban fantasy with a hint of romance, a lot of thrills and chills, and big fluffy wolves with big teeth, Blood Diamond might be up your alley.

P.S.: My cats will thank you for filling their kibble bowl. Do it for the cats!

Nicole, Richard, and Vicky join forces with a brand new character in the third installment of the Witch & Wolf series!

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction. 

However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest threat of all to the survival of mankind...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010FAGRC4

If you enjoy urban fantasy with a hint of romance, a lot of thrills and chills, and big fluffy wolves with big teeth, Blood Diamond might be up your alley.

P.S.: My cats will thank you for filling their kibble bowl. Do it for the cats!___

2015-06-29 13:23:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Things to confuse me, the Monday morning edition:

Amazon asked me if I wanted to share my new release with my followers.

Is this a trick question?

Things to confuse me, the Monday morning edition:

Amazon asked me if I wanted to share my new release with my followers.

Is this a trick question?___

2015-06-29 04:32:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I might be watching the movie my characters are currently watching in a story, which means I'm not really working on the story, instead I'm watching the movie they are watching.

This is kinda meta.

I might be watching the movie my characters are currently watching in a story, which means I'm not really working on the story, instead I'm watching the movie they are watching.

This is kinda meta.___

2015-06-29 02:00:15 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

New Hobby:

Pick short but bad stories to read on amazon to boost self esteem.

New Hobby:

Pick short but bad stories to read on amazon to boost self esteem.___

2015-06-28 20:25:42 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Dear Erotica Authors,

I read some erotica. I have a policy.

Two star auto deduction for use of the word taint. I'm sorry, taint is not sexy. Taint doesn't intrigue me. Taint makes me think I need to get a bottle of lysol and start spraying. If you're writing your male or female having a taint, I immediately believe they are incapable of bathing and properly caring for their vagina or penis.

Please. I know, it's hard coming up with classy ways to describe a penis/cock or vagina/pussy/however you want to describe it... but spare us. Don't call it taint.

I read a book last night that did, and it was ew.

Dear Erotica Authors,

I read some erotica. I have a policy.

Two star auto deduction for use of the word taint. I'm sorry, taint is not sexy. Taint doesn't intrigue me. Taint makes me think I need to get a bottle of lysol and start spraying. If you're writing your male or female having a taint, I immediately believe they are incapable of bathing and properly caring for their vagina or penis.

Please. I know, it's hard coming up with classy ways to describe a penis/cock or vagina/pussy/however you want to describe it... but spare us. Don't call it taint.

I read a book last night that did, and it was ew.___

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2015-06-27 22:07:21 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I recently talked about how I was in process of making changes to how I work, the things I need to do to succeed, and so on. Lately, I've been hard at work on the Witch & Wolf series. Blood Diamond released on Friday. On July 14, the first of the Tales of the Winter Wolf short story collections will go on sale. July 31, August 12, and August 28 will see the other three volumes of the collection launch.

(If you're reading this on G+, you can find all of the books I talk about here: http://www.amazon.com/RJ-Blain/e/B00EA5VH6M)

I am hoping in mid September, I will have Volume Five ready for sale as well.

At that point, I will begin working on novels again. I really want to finish Project Zeta, which is my space opera destroy-Earth-with-Volcanoes story. I'll be working on short stories while working on the novel, as I really enjoy the Tales of the Winter Wolf... more »

I recently talked about how I was in process of making changes to how I work, the things I need to do to succeed, and so on. Lately, I've been hard at work on the Witch & Wolf series. Blood Diamond released on Friday. On July 14, the first of the Tales of the Winter Wolf short story collections will go on sale. July 31, August 12, and August 28 will see the other three volumes of the collection launch.

(If you're reading this on G+, you can find all of the books I talk about here: http://www.amazon.com/RJ-Blain/e/B00EA5VH6M)

I am hoping in mid September, I will have Volume Five ready for sale as well.

At that point, I will begin working on novels again. I really want to finish Project Zeta, which is my space opera destroy-Earth-with-Volcanoes story. I'll be working on short stories while working on the novel, as I really enjoy the Tales of the Winter Wolf set. I have a lot of stories to tell about Richard and Nicolina, so I expect at least several more volumes following the ones I've already written.

Here's the thing: I want to succeed as an author. That means I have a lot of work ahead of me. It means I have to (somehow) avoid giving up due to all of the frustration associated with my career choice.

It's a hard job. I want to tell stories others will enjoy. The problem is this: I need to make enough money to support my household.

It's an issue every self-published and traditionally published author faces. There are millions of books out there. There are millions of readers, many of whom purchase (and consume) many books each year.

The trick is finding them and forging connections and relationships with them. This is something I'm terrible at, for several reasons.

The most notable reason is my love of writing. I'm so busy writing more stories that I often vanish for days at a time. My nose is inches from my laptop while my fingers are setting keys on fire as I try to wrangle my latest story into shape. I'm telling stories.

I'm not exactly winning any races finding my magical golden pot of dedicated fans and readers. I heard someone say it takes a certain number of loyal fans, who will buy your book on opening day (or preorder) in order for an author to succeed.

I always regarded it a bit warily, I have to admit. Why? Isn't it just one of those writing rules? You know, the ones experienced authors ignore once they've learned enough about the craft to realize it takes more than just rules (and knowing when to break them) to succeed...

Well, I think they're right.

Right now, I have ten or so super loyal fans and readers who buy my books right away. (Seriously, I don't know who some of you are, but you really brighten my day. For those of you I do know, you know it already--or you should.)

I've heard numbers range anywhere from two hundred to one thousand plus loyal readers and fans buying a book on opening day to give it a hope of success.

To give you an idea, ten loyal fans made Blood Diamond reach 17,000 in the rankings on Amazon on its opening day. That's actually not bad at all! I was really happy and grateful.

Every little sale helps.

But, I need to do better. I need to tell better stories. I need to get my editorial shit together and make sure each book is as clean as I can get it, hunting down errors and fixing them before they reach my reader's hands.

But, I also want to tell stories that engage them and please them even considering the presence of the inevitable mistakes. (I'm human. Haven't quite managed to get over that disadvantage yet.)

So, to try and do this, I've been changing how I work on my writing. Honestly, I want to kick my feet and scream. What do you mean I'm not perfect and good enough exactly as is? That's not fair!!

That's just tough shit for me, unfortunately! I need to do better. (Yeah, you've heard this before.)

So, what am I doing to improve?

Readers and fans might get bored with this part of the post--I'm sorry! (Please stick with me, I'll try to be amusing.)

#1: Improve Self-Editing Skills
I've learned through experience and trial and error that the only person responsible for my editorial mistakes is me.

That means while I have an awesome crew of people helping me, it falls to me to learn how to spot my own errors, to do a better job of cleaning up my story, and to give those helpful, awesome people much, much cleaner and more polished stories.

Yes, the three or four of you who get the raw material for your pleasure, you will still get them for your advance reading pleasure.

But, when you ask me if you can proof the final version, you'll end up with far fewer mistakes to hunt down and find.

#2: Tell Better Stories
I read my reviews. I don't say much or acknowledge them in public often, but I read them. I read what you are writing, and I decide what to do from there. Sometimes it's as simply as acknowledging the fact a reader doesn't like the story. That happens.

Sometimes someone simply doesn't like my writing style. That happens.

But sometimes, you catch things I really need to fix--so I sit down and I start fixing them.

That's how it is supposed to work.

#3: Keep Telling Stories
This is the one thing I do right. I may not be a great writer, but I'm prolific. Writing is what I do. It's a major part of who I am. I need to write. That's all there is to it.

Here's where my confessions come into play.

Last week, before I wrote those posts about hard work, I considered quitting fiction altogether. As some of you are aware, my husband doesn't like my writing career. He acknowledge I work hard, but because I can't meet income standards--even minimum wage--it isn't a job. It's painful for me to admit this in public. I treat my writing as a job.

But without the two hundred plus loyal fans, it's play money. I do better than the average self-published author. My income is generally stable at approximately $400 USD a month. There are bursts if a new release does well. Lately, they haven't. Storm Surge and Winter Wolf didn't do as well as I was hoping they would. Actually, Storm Surge completely flopped, and Winter Wolf didn't come close to making back what I spent on promotional costs.

I don't know if I'm simply not reaching my audience with my promotional efforts or if my stories, simply put, suck. I don't want to believe I tell terrible stories. I want to believe I tell stories worth reading.

But, money matters.

In order to find those two hundred plus loyal fans and readers, I need to tell better stories. Each book needs to surpass the last. Each one needs characters who live on the page. Each one needs to engage you, my fans and readers.

There are a lot of things I just need to deal with.
The hardest part of these little confessions is acknowledging the fact I'll need to just deal with it--the bad luck, the good luck, the doesn't-exist-at-all luck. It's a part of the game.

I don't have to like it, but it is what it is, and I have to deal with it.

So, Readers, Let me Ask you This:
What do I need to change to make you a loyal fan or reader who buys my books when they release?

You're the expert.___

2015-06-27 21:12:45 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Just sent out the ARC copies of Tales of the Winter Wolf, Volume 1. Woohoo! That's a big load off my shoulders. I'm way ahead of schedule on the short story compilations, mainly because when I set up the preorders, I was mostly finished anyway. So while I'm polishing, the major work was already done. Pretty stress free!!

Just sent out the ARC copies of Tales of the Winter Wolf, Volume 1. Woohoo! That's a big load off my shoulders. I'm way ahead of schedule on the short story compilations, mainly because when I set up the preorders, I was mostly finished anyway. So while I'm polishing, the major work was already done. Pretty stress free!!___

2015-06-27 14:43:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I'll be in my bunker working if you need me! <3

Around 3, techs come again to fix the internet round 3. Let's see if it works this time!

I'll be in my bunker working if you need me! <3

Around 3, techs come again to fix the internet round 3. Let's see if it works this time!___

2015-06-27 14:09:22 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Hey, Morning Crowd! Blood Diamond released yesterday. :3 (And a #SaturdayScene thrown into one nice neat package!)

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction. 

However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest threat of all to the survival of mankind...

Like Urban Fantasy? Enjoy thrillers? Enjoy light romance but don't want to deal with sex scenes? This book is for you!

Like Nicole and Richard from Winter Wolf? Vicky from Inquisitor? This book is definitely for you then.

And for the Scene...

Chapter One

The world was full of corpses, and I, Dante Jackson Emmett Anderson, knew them by name. Unfortunately for me, my... more »

Hey, Morning Crowd! Blood Diamond released yesterday. :3 (And a #SaturdayScene thrown into one nice neat package!)

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction. 

However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest threat of all to the survival of mankind...

Like Urban Fantasy? Enjoy thrillers? Enjoy light romance but don't want to deal with sex scenes? This book is for you!

Like Nicole and Richard from Winter Wolf? Vicky from Inquisitor? This book is definitely for you then.

And for the Scene...

Chapter One

The world was full of corpses, and I, Dante Jackson Emmett Anderson, knew them by name. Unfortunately for me, my brother knew my secret.

When my brother asked for help, it usually involved unidentified bodies or paperwork. When he had showed up at my door, I hadn’t expected an invitation to join an Inquisition field operation, one dangerous enough to warrant the use of my brother’s armored truck. He had me dead to rights when he told me I’d be driving, and judging by the way he had smirked while spinning the keys around his finger, he had known it.

I doubted the red-painted, tempting seductress of a monstrosity could be eliminated by anything other than a missile or a tank; even if someone wanted to blast their way in, they’d need a ladder to reach the door. I wasn’t small, not at six foot three, and I needed the help of the step rail and roll bar to climb in. The rest of the team needed me to give them a hand.

I drew a deep breath and let it out in a sigh. I should have refused my twin and ignored the lure of driving his absurd, stupid truck. I should have told him I would do a stint at the Inquisition headquarters shuffling papers and naming dead people instead of pretending I was trained for field operations.

Drumming my hands against the leather wheel, probably the only normal thing in the truck, I waited. The manila envelope on the dashboard mocked me, reflecting in the windshield as I watched the darkening forest for any signs of the team’s return. Once I opened it, I’d know more about the operation and its Inquisitors than I wanted. I’d know the names and faces of the dead, and if my bad luck held, I’d get a glimpse of their final moments.

The dead were vindictive like that.

I leaned forward, resting my forehead on my hands. My brother had been in enough of a hurry to get me into his truck and on the road I hadn’t had time to change out of my suit. Combat boots, fatigues, and Kevlar protected the Inquisitors. I wore a silk dress shirt and an equally thin jacket a bullet would ignore before tearing a hole through me.

Clenching my teeth, I bumped my forehead against the wheel as I cursed my idiocy.

A smart man would’ve put the idling engine into gear and left. If I did that, I’d be the target of my very own Inquisition operation. I doubted even the Red Beast could withstand a pack of angry Fenerec armed with more firepower than the military. They had missiles, and I had supplied all six warheads to them. If they launched one at the truck, they’d blow it—and me—into scrap metal and unidentifiable bits.

I turned my head to check the clock. In ten minutes, it’d be time to rip open the envelope and find out how the operation was going. If things went well, the photographs would tell a story where the Inquisition’s victims were dead and my team still lived. My brother had been adamant about the next part of my directions: if half of my team was dead by sunset, I was to take the Red Beast and get out of the area fast.

Fast was something the truck could do. I had clocked it at a hair over a hundred miles per hour over the rabbit trail of a road leading into Oconee National Forest, much to the dismay of the nine passengers crammed into the cab with me.

In a way, I felt sorry for my brother. He thought he knew me. He thought he could guess what I’d do, like he was so good at doing as the Inquisition’s youngest Shadow Pope. Unfortunately for him, while I had nodded my acknowledgment of his orders, I had no intention of abandoning the Inquisitors, and the team knew it. They had stared at me like I’d grown a second head for daring to disobey orders within five minutes of receiving them, but I wasn’t about to have a pack of Fenerec haunting me for getting them killed unnecessarily.

If everything went well, I’d do as my brother wished, staying in the Red Beast while my team did their dirty work. Once done, I’d drive the Fenerec pack home, clearing away a year of obligation to the Inquisition as payment.

If things didn’t go well, I would do what I could for them. The world was full of corpses, but if any of the Inquisitors numbered among the dead, it wouldn’t be because I had abandoned them. If I were going to be responsible for someone’s death, it’d be because I chose to tap a bullet between their eyes. Of course, I’d have to be close to my target to hit them, but that was a different matter entirely.

I checked the time again.

Five minutes gave me enough time to double check my gun, a vanilla Beretta M9 I had snatched on my way out the door. I preferred something heavier, but the M9 would suffice. It was loaded with silver, and that’d stop a Fenerec for a bit—or kill it, if my aim was good enough.

I wasn’t willing to make any bets on that.

If I needed the Beretta, it was because the team was in trouble, and I had left the Red Beast in favor of stupid heroics without the benefit of body armor and heavy munitions. If I didn’t get myself killed, my brother was going to finish me off when—if—I made it home.

I took my time checking the magazine before chambering a round, turning the safety on, and holstering the gun. Drawing a deep breath, I held it to the count of thirty before letting it out. The manila envelope was filled with photographs and a few sheets of paper. Dumping the contents onto the Red Beast’s dash, I flicked on the overhead light and used the reflections in the windshield to flip the twenty-three photographs and the stapled sheets of paper upside down.

So long as I didn’t directly look at the faces of the men and women the Inquisition meant to kill, my magic wouldn’t work. The photographs belonged to the wild Fenerec pack living too close to civilization, slated for execution. The papers, which consisted of three sheets, included the pictures of the eight men and one woman on my team. If they died, I’d learn their true names instead of the code names they favored during field operations.

I sighed, watching as the vestiges of sunset faded from the sky. In the dark of night, I would begin my own hunt—one my brother wouldn’t approve of. If he had wanted obedience, he wouldn’t have come to me asking for help. He should’ve known better than to think I would turn my back on those entrusted to my care.

I lifted my chin and began my grim task of flipping over photographs so I might learn the names of the dead. Of the twenty-three, one still lived, and all I could see in her jade eyes was accusation.___

2015-06-27 03:17:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I am working on editing Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol. 1 while fretfully wondering if Blood Diamond will do well.

Ah, the glamorous life I lead.

Tomorrow, internet installers visit. I will be treating tomorrow like a normal work day, working on Tales of the Winter Wolf. Sunday, I'll either veg or write something.

Monday-Friday, or until I'm finished, I edit for +Ellis Morning!

I am working on editing Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol. 1 while fretfully wondering if Blood Diamond will do well.

Ah, the glamorous life I lead.

Tomorrow, internet installers visit. I will be treating tomorrow like a normal work day, working on Tales of the Winter Wolf. Sunday, I'll either veg or write something.

Monday-Friday, or until I'm finished, I edit for +Ellis Morning!___

2015-06-26 23:36:04 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Hey, evening crowd! Blood Diamond, Witch & Wolf #3 released today!

Like the other Witch & Wolf titles, it's an urban fantasy thriller type... but this one has some legitimate romance in it.

Also, Nicole and Richard are back, as is Vicky! You know you want this.

Please tell your book-loving friends. I'd super appreciate it! (Or like and share. Please!)

<3 Much love to all of you!

Hey, evening crowd! Blood Diamond, Witch & Wolf #3 released today!

Like the other Witch & Wolf titles, it's an urban fantasy thriller type... but this one has some legitimate romance in it.

Also, Nicole and Richard are back, as is Vicky! You know you want this.

Please tell your book-loving friends. I'd super appreciate it! (Or like and share. Please!)

<3 Much love to all of you!___

2015-06-26 22:09:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

There is a curse on me and my house.

On Tuesday, we had a fiberoptic internet connection installed. It worked fine until Wednesday, where it completely shit the bed.

Thursday, a tech arrives to repair it. (This is the only good luck part of this story, One day tech? Woo!)

He goes about repairing stuff. He gets close to the end of it... power goes out.

My UPS battery fails 20 minutes before he was able to have the job finished, so he could finish it.

So, we have to make a new appointment. Great. I go to do so, and spend an hour on the phone. They want to see if they can reconfigure the modem remotely. I'm all down with this. Sure, let's try it.

(I knew it wouldn't work because the tech said another tech had to come. I told the tech this, too. Didn't listen. His problem I guess.)

Tomorrow, new tech. Third time is a... more »

There is a curse on me and my house.

On Tuesday, we had a fiberoptic internet connection installed. It worked fine until Wednesday, where it completely shit the bed.

Thursday, a tech arrives to repair it. (This is the only good luck part of this story, One day tech? Woo!)

He goes about repairing stuff. He gets close to the end of it... power goes out.

My UPS battery fails 20 minutes before he was able to have the job finished, so he could finish it.

So, we have to make a new appointment. Great. I go to do so, and spend an hour on the phone. They want to see if they can reconfigure the modem remotely. I'm all down with this. Sure, let's try it.

(I knew it wouldn't work because the tech said another tech had to come. I told the tech this, too. Didn't listen. His problem I guess.)

Tomorrow, new tech. Third time is a charm??___

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2015-06-26 19:59:31 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Blood Diamond, the third installment of the Witch & Wolf series, has released!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010FAGRC4/

While you can go ahead and jump in if you haven't read Inquisitor and Winter Wolf, please be aware that many of the characters from the previous titles make appearances. Some of the events from both previous titles are mentioned! Witch & Wolf is a series following the lives of different characters, and in Blood Diamond, these paths cross.

Blood Diamond is currently available on Amazon for purchase.

About the Book

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction.

However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest... more »

Blood Diamond, the third installment of the Witch & Wolf series, has released!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010FAGRC4/

While you can go ahead and jump in if you haven't read Inquisitor and Winter Wolf, please be aware that many of the characters from the previous titles make appearances. Some of the events from both previous titles are mentioned! Witch & Wolf is a series following the lives of different characters, and in Blood Diamond, these paths cross.

Blood Diamond is currently available on Amazon for purchase.

About the Book

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction.

However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest threat of all to the survival of mankind...

Chapter One

The world was full of corpses, and I, Dante Jackson Emmett Anderson, knew them by name. Unfortunately for me, my brother knew my secret.

When my brother asked for help, it usually involved unidentified bodies or paperwork. When he had showed up at my door, I hadn’t expected an invitation to join an Inquisition field operation, one dangerous enough to warrant the use of my brother’s armored truck. He had me dead to rights when he told me I’d be driving, and judging by the way he had smirked while spinning the keys around his finger, he had known it.

I doubted the red-painted, tempting seductress of a monstrosity could be eliminated by anything other than a missile or a tank; even if someone wanted to blast their way in, they’d need a ladder to reach the door. I wasn’t small, not at six foot three, and I needed the help of the step rail and roll bar to climb in. The rest of the team needed me to give them a hand.

I drew a deep breath and let it out in a sigh. I should have refused my twin and ignored the lure of driving his absurd, stupid truck. I should have told him I would do a stint at the Inquisition headquarters shuffling papers and naming dead people instead of pretending I was trained for field operations.

Drumming my hands against the leather wheel, probably the only normal thing in the truck, I waited. The manila envelope on the dashboard mocked me, reflecting in the windshield as I watched the darkening forest for any signs of the team’s return. Once I opened it, I’d know more about the operation and its Inquisitors than I wanted. I’d know the names and faces of the dead, and if my bad luck held, I’d get a glimpse of their final moments.

The dead were vindictive like that.

I leaned forward, resting my forehead on my hands. My brother had been in enough of a hurry to get me into his truck and on the road I hadn’t had time to change out of my suit. Combat boots, fatigues, and Kevlar protected the Inquisitors. I wore a silk dress shirt and an equally thin jacket a bullet would ignore before tearing a hole through me.

Clenching my teeth, I bumped my forehead against the wheel as I cursed my idiocy.

A smart man would’ve put the idling engine into gear and left. If I did that, I’d be the target of my very own Inquisition operation. I doubted even the Red Beast could withstand a pack of angry Fenerec armed with more firepower than the military. They had missiles, and I had supplied all six warheads to them. If they launched one at the truck, they’d blow it—and me—into scrap metal and unidentifiable bits.

I turned my head to check the clock. In ten minutes, it’d be time to rip open the envelope and find out how the operation was going. If things went well, the photographs would tell a story where the Inquisition’s victims were dead and my team still lived. My brother had been adamant about the next part of my directions: if half of my team was dead by sunset, I was to take the Red Beast and get out of the area fast.

Fast was something the truck could do. I had clocked it at a hair over a hundred miles per hour over the rabbit trail of a road leading into Oconee National Forest, much to the dismay of the nine passengers crammed into the cab with me.

In a way, I felt sorry for my brother. He thought he knew me. He thought he could guess what I’d do, like he was so good at doing as the Inquisition’s youngest Shadow Pope. Unfortunately for him, while I had nodded my acknowledgment of his orders, I had no intention of abandoning the Inquisitors, and the team knew it. They had stared at me like I’d grown a second head for daring to disobey orders within five minutes of receiving them, but I wasn’t about to have a pack of Fenerec haunting me for getting them killed unnecessarily.

If everything went well, I’d do as my brother wished, staying in the Red Beast while my team did their dirty work. Once done, I’d drive the Fenerec pack home, clearing away a year of obligation to the Inquisition as payment.

If things didn’t go well, I would do what I could for them. The world was full of corpses, but if any of the Inquisitors numbered among the dead, it wouldn’t be because I had abandoned them. If I were going to be responsible for someone’s death, it’d be because I chose to tap a bullet between their eyes. Of course, I’d have to be close to my target to hit them, but that was a different matter entirely.

I checked the time again.

Five minutes gave me enough time to double check my gun, a vanilla Beretta M9 I had snatched on my way out the door. I preferred something heavier, but the M9 would suffice. It was loaded with silver, and that’d stop a Fenerec for a bit—or kill it, if my aim was good enough.

I wasn’t willing to make any bets on that.

If I needed the Beretta, it was because the team was in trouble, and I had left the Red Beast in favor of stupid heroics without the benefit of body armor and heavy munitions. If I didn’t get myself killed, my brother was going to finish me off when—if—I made it home.

I took my time checking the magazine before chambering a round, turning the safety on, and holstering the gun. Drawing a deep breath, I held it to the count of thirty before letting it out. The manila envelope was filled with photographs and a few sheets of paper. Dumping the contents onto the Red Beast’s dash, I flicked on the overhead light and used the reflections in the windshield to flip the twenty-three photographs and the stapled sheets of paper upside down.

So long as I didn’t directly look at the faces of the men and women the Inquisition meant to kill, my magic wouldn’t work. The photographs belonged to the wild Fenerec pack living too close to civilization, slated for execution. The papers, which consisted of three sheets, included the pictures of the eight men and one woman on my team. If they died, I’d learn their true names instead of the code names they favored during field operations.

I sighed, watching as the vestiges of sunset faded from the sky. In the dark of night, I would begin my own hunt—one my brother wouldn’t approve of. If he had wanted obedience, he wouldn’t have come to me asking for help. He should’ve known better than to think I would turn my back on those entrusted to my care.

I lifted my chin and began my grim task of flipping over photographs so I might learn the names of the dead. Of the twenty-three, one still lived, and all I could see in her jade eyes was accusation.

~~*~~

Thanks so much for your support! (Please consider buying a copy of Blood Diamond so I can keep on writing!)___

2015-06-26 17:41:00 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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Today, there were several terrorist attacks around the world, one of which was in France. Please take a second away from the awesome celebrations of Gay Rights to have a look at the rest of the news. It's important.

~Me

Edit: phone deleted the + symbol from address. Thanks, phone.

Dear Google +,

Today, there were several terrorist attacks around the world, one of which was in France. Please take a second away from the awesome celebrations of Gay Rights to have a look at the rest of the news. It's important.

~Me

Edit: phone deleted the + symbol from address. Thanks, phone.___

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