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R.J. Blain

R.J. Blain 

Beware of Sanity, it bites. Writer. Favorite Genres: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Occupation: Writer. Lover of far off worlds brought to life by words.

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AmyBeth Inverness33,871The 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. Blain14,957You'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 14:00:0013  

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2016-09-30 15:08:53 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

For those of you interested in the Kindle Scout program, here is a peek at the back end, along with a little bit of how it worked.

Day one had the most traffic, with day two the next strongest day. After that, general views (and I'm assuming nominations) went to pot. The first day's boost (267 views) essentially got the book onto the Hot list for five days. It has since dropped off the list, and I expect views/nominations to plummet into complete obscurity at this point.

Five days is also the length of time it was still showing in the new releases sections of the site.

Interestingly enough, half the viewers (and I'm assuming nominations, as I can't see that statistic) have come directly from the kindle scout site.

Over all, this is a really interesting system. Unlike the other publisher sites (most of which are now defunct; Book Country closed... more »

Most reshares: 5

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2016-10-13 20:03:27 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Step-by-Step guide to formatting a project in Scrivener for ebook production, assuming you're using word, openoffice, or google docs to write your story.

Includes pictures. Your mileage will vary.

Most plusones: 13

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2016-11-30 15:50:07 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Cover Reveal for Silver Bullet (Coming 2017!)

2016 has been a doozy, and while I've made really good progress on Silver Bullet, I'm not going to have it out by the end of the year as I hoped. That said, I am upping the ante:

Wolf Hunt, the first book of a follow up series to Witch & Wolf, will be released shortly after Silver Bullet. (Don't ask how I managed to finish the draft of Wolf Hunt before I finished the draft of Silver Bullet. It may have had something to do with me toying around with an idea, really liking it, and testing out how it'd work in the Witch & Wolf world.)

So, while technically Wolf Hunt can be considered W&W 5, it's not. It'll be its own series, and with a good, magical... and pink reason.

You'll just have to see.

For now, enjoy Silver Bullet's cover, created by the wonderful and amazing... more »

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2017-02-20 17:28:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Hey, folks. So, a basic life update.

My husband was bumped back several steps in the immigration to the US process, but we're... making forward progress again? They held onto his passport for so long we have to redo his medical exam, which likely means he has to redo his base-level interview again.

In theory, we could be moving within two months if everything goes well.

So, this week I'm doing a lot of house cleaning, and next week might end up looking the same, fitting in any form of work while I can in the meantime. I'm still hoping to stay on schedule with Water Viper and Silver Bullet, but we will see.

(I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...) Actually, I'm fairly sure I can, as I'm at the implementing my editor's commentary and proofing stage of Water Viper, although Silver Bullet has a great deal of work left to do on it before... more »

Hey, folks. So, a basic life update.

My husband was bumped back several steps in the immigration to the US process, but we're... making forward progress again? They held onto his passport for so long we have to redo his medical exam, which likely means he has to redo his base-level interview again.

In theory, we could be moving within two months if everything goes well.

So, this week I'm doing a lot of house cleaning, and next week might end up looking the same, fitting in any form of work while I can in the meantime. I'm still hoping to stay on schedule with Water Viper and Silver Bullet, but we will see.

(I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...) Actually, I'm fairly sure I can, as I'm at the implementing my editor's commentary and proofing stage of Water Viper, although Silver Bullet has a great deal of work left to do on it before May.

I still think I can do it, though.

So, back to the grind. The house isn't going to clean itself.___

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2017-02-16 19:37:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

On the best of days, my release schedule is a chaotic mess. On the surface, there’s no rhyme or reason to my publication decisions. There actually is. And a lot of it has to do with you, my readers. There are other influences, but you play a huge part in…

On the best of days, my release schedule is a chaotic mess. On the surface, there’s no rhyme or reason to my publication decisions. There actually is. And a lot of it has to do with you, my readers. There are other influences, but you play a huge part in…___

2017-02-15 18:19:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

General Status Update:

1: Water Viper is with my editor. Looking at a mid to late March release. (Woohoo!!)

2: I'm ahead of schedule with Silver Bullet. Release date anticipated to be May 16, 2017. (Print and e-book at same time.)

3: Once Silver Bullet releases, I will begin prepping indiegogo rewards for people who are getting signed copies.

4: I started a new Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) story with a whole new cast of characters because I needed some fun in my life. Here's an unedited snippet for your enjoyment:

The next time I took a vacation, I’d just stay home. While there were cozier places than my apartment in Chicago, it beat being covered head to toe in blood spatter on a busy sidewalk at Times Square. I’d seen a lot of crazy shit during my short stint as a cop, but I had never seen a body plummet from a skyscraperand... more »

General Status Update:

1: Water Viper is with my editor. Looking at a mid to late March release. (Woohoo!!)

2: I'm ahead of schedule with Silver Bullet. Release date anticipated to be May 16, 2017. (Print and e-book at same time.)

3: Once Silver Bullet releases, I will begin prepping indiegogo rewards for people who are getting signed copies.

4: I started a new Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) story with a whole new cast of characters because I needed some fun in my life. Here's an unedited snippet for your enjoyment:

The next time I took a vacation, I’d just stay home. While there were cozier places than my apartment in Chicago, it beat being covered head to toe in blood spatter on a busy sidewalk at Times Square. I’d seen a lot of crazy shit during my short stint as a cop, but I had never seen a body plummet from a skyscraper and crash through the windshield of a car struck in traffic before.

One body was bad enough, but the victim had landed on the driver and passenger. Maybe if they’d used a real windshield instead of a substitute, the glass wouldn’t have broken into razor-sharp chunks and killed them. I’d seen it in Chicago once, where an enterprising idiot had purchased window glass, ground it down, and forced it to fit in their vehicle.

He had died after rear-ending someone, breaking their makeshift windshield and puncturing his carotid artery.

What stopped me in my tracks, however, was the furry head sticking out of the back window, its white fur stained wth crimson and its long, fluffy ears turned back. My mouth dropped open, and I rubbed my eye, blinked, and looked again.
Nothing changed. A rather angry looking alpaca glared at me as though I had somehow been responsible for the corpse falling through the windshield of its car, which by some miracle, hadn’t accelerated following the accident. ___

2017-02-12 21:33:42 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I'm not all that active on Google+ anymore for a bunch of reasons. I check my notifications daily through my email, but here's the deal: I'm looking for friendly, casual engagement I can do between my work.

I'm not looking for drama.

I'm not looking for politics. (I've 99% cut out all politics from my life. The discussions weren't bringing anything to the table for me, stressed me out, and made me miserable.)

I'm not looking for bad news parades.

Between these three things, my Google+ isn't a very welcoming atmosphere for me. It's hard to teach google+ 'I don't want any politics on my stream.'

So, my social media usage on the plus is really low. I'd be sorry about that, but I'm doing this for me. I want to be a happier, healthier person... and I could either wipe out my circles completely and... more »

I'm not all that active on Google+ anymore for a bunch of reasons. I check my notifications daily through my email, but here's the deal: I'm looking for friendly, casual engagement I can do between my work.

I'm not looking for drama.

I'm not looking for politics. (I've 99% cut out all politics from my life. The discussions weren't bringing anything to the table for me, stressed me out, and made me miserable.)

I'm not looking for bad news parades.

Between these three things, my Google+ isn't a very welcoming atmosphere for me. It's hard to teach google+ 'I don't want any politics on my stream.'

So, my social media usage on the plus is really low. I'd be sorry about that, but I'm doing this for me. I want to be a happier, healthier person... and I could either wipe out my circles completely and have an empty feed, or just move on and engage with people when I post to my blog or make an announcement--which is fine by me.

But I'll say this much: for some reason, the google+ community thinks it's A-ok to hunt me down on private venues to complain about a fairly open community I formed. This has happened several times in the past week. I've had people come onto posts that had nothing to do with said community about it. I've had people email me. Some of these people have been pretty rude.

I gave others moderation abilities, I sometimes moderate when I have extra time.

Google+ has a pretty thorough community spam filter, and it's generally pretty good.

Most of these people were caught in the spam filter... and their posts didn't meet community guidelines anyway.

Sigh. Shit like this really doesn't encourage me to be more active here.___

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2017-01-31 15:54:24 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) has released! Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution. What do you get when you mix gorgons, an incubus,…

Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) has released! Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution. What do you get when you mix gorgons, an incubus,…___

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2017-01-26 06:41:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

After a really hard (but productive!) day editing, it is time to unwind and continue my search for my next new favorite author. For some reason, I thought ‘funny urban fantasy’ would be a good start. I like urban fantasy novels. I like humor! After my…

After a really hard (but productive!) day editing, it is time to unwind and continue my search for my next new favorite author. For some reason, I thought ‘funny urban fantasy’ would be a good start. I like urban fantasy novels. I like humor! After my…___

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2017-01-24 21:09:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

For as long as I can remember, I have been told how important it is for me to do shit like ‘accept what you can’t change’ and ‘go with the flow.’ Embrace differences, listen to everyone’s opinion, and try to be the change I want to be. I’m coming away…

For as long as I can remember, I have been told how important it is for me to do shit like ‘accept what you can’t change’ and ‘go with the flow.’ Embrace differences, listen to everyone’s opinion, and try to be the change I want to be. I’m coming away…___

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2017-01-24 00:20:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

When shit happens, sometimes the best (only?!) solution is to go buy books. When your budget doesn’t agree with you (boo) and you’ve had a bad day, sometimes the only solution is to go buy free books. So, guess what I’m doing? I’m going to Amazon, braving…

When shit happens, sometimes the best (only?!) solution is to go buy books. When your budget doesn’t agree with you (boo) and you’ve had a bad day, sometimes the only solution is to go buy free books. So, guess what I’m doing? I’m going to Amazon, braving…___

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2017-01-23 20:26:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Today, I should have written coffee instead of tea, but I’m just going to roll with it. I’m going to start this post with a rant. I almost used the obscene gestures picture, but this one seemed a lot more personal. My friend Lisa made that cup, and I love…

Today, I should have written coffee instead of tea, but I’m just going to roll with it. I’m going to start this post with a rant. I almost used the obscene gestures picture, but this one seemed a lot more personal. My friend Lisa made that cup, and I love…___

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2017-01-17 19:47:33 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog. Sorry about that. January 1, 2017, my husband’s aunt died. I’ll just say it put a crimp on some of my plans for the start of 2017. My editor hasn’t been feeling well, so I’m so far behind schedule…

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog. Sorry about that. January 1, 2017, my husband’s aunt died. I’ll just say it put a crimp on some of my plans for the start of 2017. My editor hasn’t been feeling well, so I’m so far behind schedule…___

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2016-12-01 15:31:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The House Lost at Sea, a Plundered Chronicles kindle worlds story, has released! Catalina de la Corona, the former Pirate Princess of the Seven Seas, has lived an unnaturally long life due to a terrible curse. Hiding in plain sight as an investment…

The House Lost at Sea, a Plundered Chronicles kindle worlds story, has released! Catalina de la Corona, the former Pirate Princess of the Seven Seas, has lived an unnaturally long life due to a terrible curse. Hiding in plain sight as an investment…___

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2016-12-01 04:38:11 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

SURPRISE, It's a book release!

I have taken to the high seas in a kindle worlds production linking to Alex Westmore's The Plundered Chronicles!

I am calling this a 'novella' only because I may have promised someone I wouldn't let this become a novel. I may have lied a little.

Fun Fact: This is Amazon's first LGBT Kindle Worlds production, and I'm so thrilled to have been able to join this great community with this book.

Don't let the LGBT tag scare you off. Catalina may not be your traditional heterosexual character, but this story is appropriate for those of most ages. (As with the rest of my books, this is a clean read with content and themes suitable for mature teens.)

Catalina de la Corona, the former Pirate Princess of the Seven Seas, has lived an unnaturally long life due to a terrible curse. Hiding in plain sight... more »

SURPRISE, It's a book release!

I have taken to the high seas in a kindle worlds production linking to Alex Westmore's The Plundered Chronicles!

I am calling this a 'novella' only because I may have promised someone I wouldn't let this become a novel. I may have lied a little.

Fun Fact: This is Amazon's first LGBT Kindle Worlds production, and I'm so thrilled to have been able to join this great community with this book.

Don't let the LGBT tag scare you off. Catalina may not be your traditional heterosexual character, but this story is appropriate for those of most ages. (As with the rest of my books, this is a clean read with content and themes suitable for mature teens.)

Catalina de la Corona, the former Pirate Princess of the Seven Seas, has lived an unnaturally long life due to a terrible curse. Hiding in plain sight as an investment banker, she waits for the end of eternity and the death she has rightfully earned.

When a rich client's fascination with a long dead pirate queen threatens to exhume the watery grave of Catalina's lost captain and crew, she must take up arms against friends and enemies alike to protect her captain's legacy. Should the Calico's sunken ruins be discovered, the House Lost at Sea and its unknown treasures will be plundered, revealing the secret of Catalina's immortality, guaranteeing she'll lose the most precious treasure of all: her freedom.___

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2016-11-30 15:50:07 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Cover Reveal for Silver Bullet (Coming 2017!)

2016 has been a doozy, and while I've made really good progress on Silver Bullet, I'm not going to have it out by the end of the year as I hoped. That said, I am upping the ante:

Wolf Hunt, the first book of a follow up series to Witch & Wolf, will be released shortly after Silver Bullet. (Don't ask how I managed to finish the draft of Wolf Hunt before I finished the draft of Silver Bullet. It may have had something to do with me toying around with an idea, really liking it, and testing out how it'd work in the Witch & Wolf world.)

So, while technically Wolf Hunt can be considered W&W 5, it's not. It'll be its own series, and with a good, magical... and pink reason.

You'll just have to see.

For now, enjoy Silver Bullet's cover, created by the wonderful and amazing... more »

Cover Reveal for Silver Bullet (Coming 2017!)

2016 has been a doozy, and while I've made really good progress on Silver Bullet, I'm not going to have it out by the end of the year as I hoped. That said, I am upping the ante:

Wolf Hunt, the first book of a follow up series to Witch & Wolf, will be released shortly after Silver Bullet. (Don't ask how I managed to finish the draft of Wolf Hunt before I finished the draft of Silver Bullet. It may have had something to do with me toying around with an idea, really liking it, and testing out how it'd work in the Witch & Wolf world.)

So, while technically Wolf Hunt can be considered W&W 5, it's not. It'll be its own series, and with a good, magical... and pink reason.

You'll just have to see.

For now, enjoy Silver Bullet's cover, created by the wonderful and amazing Holly Heisey!___

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2016-11-25 19:17:06 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Happy Holidays, folks! It’s that time of year. The holidays are in full swing, most of us have eaten far too much turkey (and other delicious foods) for our own good, and are settling in for the Christmas holiday shenanigans. I have some books on sale for…

Happy Holidays, folks! It’s that time of year. The holidays are in full swing, most of us have eaten far too much turkey (and other delicious foods) for our own good, and are settling in for the Christmas holiday shenanigans. I have some books on sale for…___

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2016-11-24 03:33:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Beneath a Blood Moon was shortlisted for ReadFree.ly's Top 50 Indie Books of 2016 in the Paranormal category! Read it? Love it? Please click and give it a vote and help it make the list! It'd make my Christmas extra special this year.

(And the competition is fierce.... especially since... I'm competing against some other fantastic books... and myself? The Dawn of Dae (Trillian Anderson) also made the Paranormal list!)

Wowsers! Me, Myself, and I are so thankful for your nominations, folks! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

http://www.readfree.ly/vote-50-best-indie-books-2016-paranormal/

Beneath a Blood Moon was shortlisted for ReadFree.ly's Top 50 Indie Books of 2016 in the Paranormal category! Read it? Love it? Please click and give it a vote and help it make the list! It'd make my Christmas extra special this year.

(And the competition is fierce.... especially since... I'm competing against some other fantastic books... and myself? The Dawn of Dae (Trillian Anderson) also made the Paranormal list!)

Wowsers! Me, Myself, and I are so thankful for your nominations, folks! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

http://www.readfree.ly/vote-50-best-indie-books-2016-paranormal/___

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2016-11-18 19:53:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Once Silver Bullet is finished and the print edition is made, I'll be able to order the print copies for autographing! Yay!!!

Once Silver Bullet is finished and the print edition is made, I'll be able to order the print copies for autographing! Yay!!!___

2016-10-29 00:34:02 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Glorious day! Shadowed Flame is in the pool for ReadFree.ly's book of the month! Voting is open, so if you have a moment, please consider tossing an entry for it in the ballot, pretty please!

Thanks so much!

http://www.readfree.ly/help-choose-our-next-book-of-the-month/

Glorious day! Shadowed Flame is in the pool for ReadFree.ly's book of the month! Voting is open, so if you have a moment, please consider tossing an entry for it in the ballot, pretty please!

Thanks so much!

http://www.readfree.ly/help-choose-our-next-book-of-the-month/___

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2016-10-21 21:59:50 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Hey, folks!

Shadowed Flame is a free read today on Amazon, if you're looking for a urban fantasy thriller with a touch of romance. And explosions. Lots of explosions. Yummy, nummy explosions.

Share the love!

Hey, folks!

Shadowed Flame is a free read today on Amazon, if you're looking for a urban fantasy thriller with a touch of romance. And explosions. Lots of explosions. Yummy, nummy explosions.

Share the love!___

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2016-10-17 17:16:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Little is as satisfying as finishing a novel. When I complete the first draft, it’s a triumphant moment. No matter how many books I write, I’m always thrilled when I turn an idea into something others can read and enjoy. No book is perfect, but every time…

Little is as satisfying as finishing a novel. When I complete the first draft, it’s a triumphant moment. No matter how many books I write, I’m always thrilled when I turn an idea into something others can read and enjoy. No book is perfect, but every time…___

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2016-10-13 20:03:27 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Step-by-Step guide to formatting a project in Scrivener for ebook production, assuming you're using word, openoffice, or google docs to write your story.

Includes pictures. Your mileage will vary.

Step-by-Step guide to formatting a project in Scrivener for ebook production, assuming you're using word, openoffice, or google docs to write your story.

Includes pictures. Your mileage will vary.___

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2016-10-13 04:50:44 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Grace Draven started asking some really interesting questions on her facebook stream about character trope types (heroes, from Alpha to Gamma) and strong heroines.

Apparently, I have a lot to say on the subject, and so I talk about it, and I showcase the characters I've written who fit the various profiles, and why I feel they fit the profile of Alpha, Beta, or Gamma--and what makes a strong character actually strong.



Grace Draven started asking some really interesting questions on her facebook stream about character trope types (heroes, from Alpha to Gamma) and strong heroines.

Apparently, I have a lot to say on the subject, and so I talk about it, and I showcase the characters I've written who fit the various profiles, and why I feel they fit the profile of Alpha, Beta, or Gamma--and what makes a strong character actually strong.

___

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2016-10-11 20:54:07 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

My website was just redesigned, and I really, really like it!

http://rjblain.com

It so suits me. <3

My website was just redesigned, and I really, really like it!

http://rjblain.com

It so suits me. <3___

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2016-10-06 17:52:48 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Warning, Warning: This blog post contains spoilers from an upcoming novel. One of my favorite pet projects is a book called Memento Mori, which is an urban fantasy set in a version of our Earth where radiation does… rather interesting things to people.…

Warning, Warning: This blog post contains spoilers from an upcoming novel. One of my favorite pet projects is a book called Memento Mori, which is an urban fantasy set in a version of our Earth where radiation does… rather interesting things to people.…___

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2016-09-30 15:08:53 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

For those of you interested in the Kindle Scout program, here is a peek at the back end, along with a little bit of how it worked.

Day one had the most traffic, with day two the next strongest day. After that, general views (and I'm assuming nominations) went to pot. The first day's boost (267 views) essentially got the book onto the Hot list for five days. It has since dropped off the list, and I expect views/nominations to plummet into complete obscurity at this point.

Five days is also the length of time it was still showing in the new releases sections of the site.

Interestingly enough, half the viewers (and I'm assuming nominations, as I can't see that statistic) have come directly from the kindle scout site.

Over all, this is a really interesting system. Unlike the other publisher sites (most of which are now defunct; Book Country closed... more »

For those of you interested in the Kindle Scout program, here is a peek at the back end, along with a little bit of how it worked.

Day one had the most traffic, with day two the next strongest day. After that, general views (and I'm assuming nominations) went to pot. The first day's boost (267 views) essentially got the book onto the Hot list for five days. It has since dropped off the list, and I expect views/nominations to plummet into complete obscurity at this point.

Five days is also the length of time it was still showing in the new releases sections of the site.

Interestingly enough, half the viewers (and I'm assuming nominations, as I can't see that statistic) have come directly from the kindle scout site.

Over all, this is a really interesting system. Unlike the other publisher sites (most of which are now defunct; Book Country closed their doors this month, and HarperCollin's Authonomy essentially died a while back, too.) kindle scout focuses on quick (45 day) campaigns to bring attention to a title.

Will Water Viper actually make it anywhere on kindle scout? I really doubt it. But, it's very interesting to see this system play out on one of my titles.

So far, the experience has been good, and I think anyone who has a finished book with a decent cover should consider giving it a chance, if Amazon exclusivity doesn't bother you.

Unlike standard publishers, Amazon has performance-restricted out clauses. Standard 5 year term, but if the book doesn't perform, the author can pull the title. The out clauses are some of the best I've seen, and are no-questions-asked if the conditions are met.

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about (or want to nominate the book) you can check out kindle scout (and Water Viper) here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/CZEYEJP5HJDE___

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2016-09-29 23:13:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

I have written about creating story bibles before, with an emphasis on characters and world building. This post is going to expand on this, explain some of the changes I’ve made to how I develop a story bible/concept journal, and track important…

I have written about creating story bibles before, with an emphasis on characters and world building. This post is going to expand on this, explain some of the changes I’ve made to how I develop a story bible/concept journal, and track important…___

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2016-09-28 23:32:41 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

So, a few days ago, I put Water Viper, an upcoming novel, up on Kindle Scout. In part, I wanted to test their system, in part, I wanted to see how it would do. The Kindle Scout system is fairly interesting. It gives the number of page views a campaign has received and how long the book has been 'hot' on the site. It also, interestingly enough, gives counts of external site traffic versus those who find the book by browsing kindle scout.

So far, it has been listed as 'hot' for 88 of 96 hours, and the book has been viewed 515 times, 272 of which were from external sources. (Mostly facebook, as kindle scout actually provides the referring URLs of all external clicks.)

It's been an interesting experience. I actually have no idea how many people have nominated the book OR saved it for later; apparently, saving a book for later influences the metrics, but like... more »

So, a few days ago, I put Water Viper, an upcoming novel, up on Kindle Scout. In part, I wanted to test their system, in part, I wanted to see how it would do. The Kindle Scout system is fairly interesting. It gives the number of page views a campaign has received and how long the book has been 'hot' on the site. It also, interestingly enough, gives counts of external site traffic versus those who find the book by browsing kindle scout.

So far, it has been listed as 'hot' for 88 of 96 hours, and the book has been viewed 515 times, 272 of which were from external sources. (Mostly facebook, as kindle scout actually provides the referring URLs of all external clicks.)

It's been an interesting experience. I actually have no idea how many people have nominated the book OR saved it for later; apparently, saving a book for later influences the metrics, but like nominations, it's an invisible statistic.

From my understanding from what other users have experienced, I'll find out how many people nominated the book at the end of the campaign.

I don't know how many nominations are required to get noticed by Amazon. While I remain hopeful I'll at least be considered, I'm not actually expecting to be picked up. (And that's not saying anything about the book. I love this book to pieces, I had a great deal of fun writing it, and I look forward to being able to share it with the world. I just don't have high expectations for good luck. Hey, at least I won't be disappointed if I'm not picked, right?)

Anyway, that's my first report on my Kindle Scout experience. If you want to help out a bit, click the link, give the sample a read, and if you like it, please nominate. A share and a +1 in the old hat would be appreciated, too.

It really is an interesting system, though, I will say that much. I've already found one book I'll probably buy at a later date once it's properly released, if it isn't picked up by Amazon. (And if it is, I get the book for free. That's the perk of participating in Kindle Scout. If the book you nominate is chosen, you get a free copy... so, if you like my books, this is a good way to support my writing. If you like paying me in the real cash... buy a copy for a friend after it releases. :)

Thanks, folks!___

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2016-09-25 17:08:57 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

I posted about this already, although it was through my blog rather than directly to google+. So, here's the deal.

I decided to give kindle scout a test drive with my new book, Water Viper. To do this, I need your help.

If the book is selected by the kindle scout folks for publication with kindle press, everyone who voted/nominated this book will get a free copy.

Unlike other publishers, which pick books very rarely, the kindle scout folks pick up a few books every month, so it's entirely possible Water Viper could get selected.

To make that happen, though, I need as many people clicking and nominating as possible. All you need to do is click the link and click the 'nominate' button. You'll need to be logged in with your amazon account.

It'll cost you a few moments of your time, but I'd really appreciate it if you... more »

I posted about this already, although it was through my blog rather than directly to google+. So, here's the deal.

I decided to give kindle scout a test drive with my new book, Water Viper. To do this, I need your help.

If the book is selected by the kindle scout folks for publication with kindle press, everyone who voted/nominated this book will get a free copy.

Unlike other publishers, which pick books very rarely, the kindle scout folks pick up a few books every month, so it's entirely possible Water Viper could get selected.

To make that happen, though, I need as many people clicking and nominating as possible. All you need to do is click the link and click the 'nominate' button. You'll need to be logged in with your amazon account.

It'll cost you a few moments of your time, but I'd really appreciate it if you helped out.

There's a sample of the book on the kindle scout site for you to read and enjoy if you'd like.

Once you're done, I'd really appreciate a share of this post.

Once the kindle scout process is completed, I'll review it on my blog for other writers who are interested in submitting, how it works, and what's generally involved in participation.

Now, for a little about the story...

Water Viper is an urban / paranormal fantasy following Starfall, an astrological event. Yep. I smacked a meteor into Canada. The meteor flooded the world with magic and decided it really had something against fire. So, combustion and fire? Not so reliable in this post-Starfall Earth.

I enjoy assassin turns hero stories, I will not lie. Same with mercenary turns hero stories. So, I decided to write on. My mercenary has a side job as an assassin, and she's as ethical as they get.

If she's left her mark on you, it's because you deserve it and are the scum of the Earth.

Until she meets Nate... and then her mark takes on a whole new meaning, and dumps her right in the middle of a problem that could ruin everything she's worked so hard to build for herself.

Thanks so much. +1s, shares, and nominations are really, really appreciated.

(P.S.: More NaNoWriMo blog posts will be coming this week for those of you waiting for the next in this year's batch.)
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2016-09-24 20:56:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Books are complicated beasts. A good book needs a stellar plot and intriguing characters. It needs to be able to capture the imagination of the reader–and the writer–and lead them down the rabbit hole. NaNoWriMo isn’t about writing a good book. It’s about…

Books are complicated beasts. A good book needs a stellar plot and intriguing characters. It needs to be able to capture the imagination of the reader–and the writer–and lead them down the rabbit hole. NaNoWriMo isn’t about writing a good book. It’s about…___

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2016-09-24 04:17:56 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

My Kindle Scout campaign for Water Viper is now live! This is your chance to give Amazon a helpful nudge in the right direction. Like my books? This is a free, easy way for you to tell Amazon you think they should give me a publishing contract–and if…

My Kindle Scout campaign for Water Viper is now live! This is your chance to give Amazon a helpful nudge in the right direction. Like my books? This is a free, easy way for you to tell Amazon you think they should give me a publishing contract–and if…___

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2016-09-24 02:22:53 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner. In a little over a month, a bunch of stressed, psychopathic authors are going to band together and attempt to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Every year, I give a lot of my blog space…

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner. In a little over a month, a bunch of stressed, psychopathic authors are going to band together and attempt to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Every year, I give a lot of my blog space…___

2016-09-22 01:21:12 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

I'm going to be beginning my yearly prepping for NaNoWriMo series of blog posts soon. I will end up posting them twice; once public, and once to one of my collections.

I don't know if I will plan daily writing challenges for November, but if I do, I will be posting to my public profile.

If you have requests for subjects you want me to cover for preparation to write a novel in a marathon, speak up now!

I'm going to be beginning my yearly prepping for NaNoWriMo series of blog posts soon. I will end up posting them twice; once public, and once to one of my collections.

I don't know if I will plan daily writing challenges for November, but if I do, I will be posting to my public profile.

If you have requests for subjects you want me to cover for preparation to write a novel in a marathon, speak up now!___

2016-09-19 02:04:49 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Just finished writing Water Viper. The novel is 192,000 words short, and I'll be starting the editing process tomorrow. Woohoo!

Just finished writing Water Viper. The novel is 192,000 words short, and I'll be starting the editing process tomorrow. Woohoo!___

2016-09-18 00:34:52 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I am considering releasing my next novel, Water Viper (new world, new series, new characters, etc, etc) on all marketplaces.

I'm also considering attempting Kindle Scout.

In short, I'm open to ideas and thoughts on the subject. Please vote! Thanks.

I am considering releasing my next novel, Water Viper (new world, new series, new characters, etc, etc) on all marketplaces.

I'm also considering attempting Kindle Scout.

In short, I'm open to ideas and thoughts on the subject. Please vote! Thanks.___

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2016-09-13 16:33:19 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Shameless Book Plug (mine): Free Book: Winter Wolf, Witch & Wolf #2. (Can be read as a standalone.) (Free between Sept 13-15, 2016)

FAKE REVIEW: (Because I wrote the book.)

I have a serious love/hate relationship with this novel. This book drove me up every wall, left me dangling from the ceiling, and otherwise made me question my sanity. I had a devil of a time writing this book.

I recently read through the entire thing again on a proofing run, and I was a little startled to discover there is a decent little book lurking under all the bad memories associated with the hell period of my life when I wrote it. (Things like my basement flooding with sewage, friends having a really bad time, etc, etc.) But I survived, and the book is... better than I feel it should be.

Which is an odd thing for me to say.

The most interesting thing about writing this... more »

Shameless Book Plug (mine): Free Book: Winter Wolf, Witch & Wolf #2. (Can be read as a standalone.) (Free between Sept 13-15, 2016)

FAKE REVIEW: (Because I wrote the book.)

I have a serious love/hate relationship with this novel. This book drove me up every wall, left me dangling from the ceiling, and otherwise made me question my sanity. I had a devil of a time writing this book.

I recently read through the entire thing again on a proofing run, and I was a little startled to discover there is a decent little book lurking under all the bad memories associated with the hell period of my life when I wrote it. (Things like my basement flooding with sewage, friends having a really bad time, etc, etc.) But I survived, and the book is... better than I feel it should be.

Which is an odd thing for me to say.

The most interesting thing about writing this book was juggling reality versus confabulation--a syndrome the main character suffers from. Confabulation is a great word, isn't it?! It is a medical syndrome where those who suffer from amnesia, dementia, or forms of memory loss build memories for themselves to allow them to cope with what they lost. In many cases, the fabricated memories make a great deal of sense... even though they aren't true. The victims don't even realize they're doing it. (Which separates them from compulsive liars and other syndromes; this is a subconscious fabrication.)

So, there's a lot of things in this book the character believes... that isn't the truth. Which made it even harder to write.

It allowed me, however, to do some really neat things with the book--and screw around with perceptions, especially Nicolina's.

Yeah, I can be a real jerk to my characters sometimes.___

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2016-09-12 19:39:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews

This review is for both Clean Sweep & Sweep in Peace.

This was my second introduction to Ilona Andrews. In all honesty, I didn't really enjoy the Edge series book I read; if I had jumped in on Clean Sweep or Magic Bites to start with, I would have become a hardcore Ilona Andrews fan long ago. (I'm so hardcore fan I hired a book store to take a complete set of the Kate Daniels books to a convention to get them signed for me.)

What I really loved about this series is the intersection of worlds and the relationship the main character has with those around her. She's an innkeeper on a mission, but she's struggling; Inns are living beings, and hers is in dire need of a boost.

Sweep in Peace (book 2) is definitely my favorite of the books, but I really enjoyed the first one, too. It's funny,... more »

The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews

This review is for both Clean Sweep & Sweep in Peace.

This was my second introduction to Ilona Andrews. In all honesty, I didn't really enjoy the Edge series book I read; if I had jumped in on Clean Sweep or Magic Bites to start with, I would have become a hardcore Ilona Andrews fan long ago. (I'm so hardcore fan I hired a book store to take a complete set of the Kate Daniels books to a convention to get them signed for me.)

What I really loved about this series is the intersection of worlds and the relationship the main character has with those around her. She's an innkeeper on a mission, but she's struggling; Inns are living beings, and hers is in dire need of a boost.

Sweep in Peace (book 2) is definitely my favorite of the books, but I really enjoyed the first one, too. It's funny, it's different, and it has such an unusual take on the nature of inns, innkeepers, and fantasy slamming into science fiction. This book blends genres beautifully, firmly science fiction and firmly fantasy... and good at both.

That's rare, and yet the books are light enough to be enjoyable by a far broader audience than science fiction often allows.

Really recommended. Go in with a sense of humor and an interest in the unusual.___

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2016-09-12 00:18:35 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Fake Review: Karma by RJ Blain (Yeah, that's me. Thus, fake review. Shameless plug with added bonus of some humor.)

Okay, so this isn't really a review... but rather my thoughts about this book. This one released May 16, 2016. I'm really fond of it--in some ways, it's one of my favorite books I've written. I've always been a fan of Tom Clancy, and some of my very first books I read included mystery novels, something my grandmother really enjoyed. My mother wasn't keen on a lot of books, so I first gained access to books at my grandmother's house and the school library. (Then I figured out public libraries existed, and my mother rued and lamented my discovery. Nearest one of any use was 30ish minutes away, and it kinda sucked, and my favorite one was like 40 minutes away, but walking distance from Church. She learned she could get me to go to Church with a promise... more »

Fake Review: Karma by RJ Blain (Yeah, that's me. Thus, fake review. Shameless plug with added bonus of some humor.)

Okay, so this isn't really a review... but rather my thoughts about this book. This one released May 16, 2016. I'm really fond of it--in some ways, it's one of my favorite books I've written. I've always been a fan of Tom Clancy, and some of my very first books I read included mystery novels, something my grandmother really enjoyed. My mother wasn't keen on a lot of books, so I first gained access to books at my grandmother's house and the school library. (Then I figured out public libraries existed, and my mother rued and lamented my discovery. Nearest one of any use was 30ish minutes away, and it kinda sucked, and my favorite one was like 40 minutes away, but walking distance from Church. She learned she could get me to go to Church with a promise to stop at the library.)

Anyway, this book blends the Witch & Wolf world with the mundane life of a FBI agent who is joining CARD. (Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team.) She discovers the supernatural world later in the book, and things get... interesting.

I like trying to come up with how law enforcement, especially on the upper end, would work if supernaturals existed and were in hiding.

Karma cracks me up, and I have so much fun writing her, especially as she breaks apart and has to struggle with a lot of problems, problems that unhinge her and knock her off her rocker.

This book also is responsible for me starting two new UF worlds, both completely outside of the W&W scope... and those two books are definitely among my favorites. One of them releases in the next couple of months.

But I will always hold a special place in my heart for Karma and Jake... and look forward to starting the second installation of their wild and crazy adventures. (Which will be soon.)

Fun Fact: I recently dropped the price of Karma from $3.99 to $2.99, and I found a few tiny errors I've corrected (uploaded at time of posting so who knows when they'll be on amazon live.) I periodically re-read my own books and update Amazon with those errors removed. I don't like errors in my books, and try to fix them whenever I spot them.___

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2016-09-11 23:29:08 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

This is a sci-fantasy 18+ story. Yes, it's erotica dressed-up in shifter science-fantasy fiction. I don't mind erotica. I also won't deny reading it. I found this one as a free read trolling amazon for books, as I have exhausted my book budget for the rest of the year.

Sooo, everything with the shifter keyword that was free ended up on my kindle in a mass book-buying binge--one without any guilt. So sue me!

This erotica actually had a plot line, and while it did fall back on some standard fantasy erotica cliches, it was interesting enough to mostly make up for the inclusion of those cliches.

Ah, my kingdom for a shifter fantasy novel that doesn't involve "Shifter sees/smells/touches mate, recognizes their soul mate, must have mate, they live HEA" tropes...

I'm totally all for shifter sees hot, sexy person and has a full case of... more »

This is a sci-fantasy 18+ story. Yes, it's erotica dressed-up in shifter science-fantasy fiction. I don't mind erotica. I also won't deny reading it. I found this one as a free read trolling amazon for books, as I have exhausted my book budget for the rest of the year.

Sooo, everything with the shifter keyword that was free ended up on my kindle in a mass book-buying binge--one without any guilt. So sue me!

This erotica actually had a plot line, and while it did fall back on some standard fantasy erotica cliches, it was interesting enough to mostly make up for the inclusion of those cliches.

Ah, my kingdom for a shifter fantasy novel that doesn't involve "Shifter sees/smells/touches mate, recognizes their soul mate, must have mate, they live HEA" tropes...

I'm totally all for shifter sees hot, sexy person and has a full case of lust... but the soul mate on sight thing does get old. I am much more of a fan of 'Boy meets girl who wants to kick his ass and he's totally turned on by it" trope.

What? I like badass women and the men they smack down as much as the next girl.

Anyway, Abby isn't exactly badass, though she does earn her badass creds a bit later in the story. I mostly liked the characters, and it had a plotline.

So, if erotica is up your alley, you might enjoy this one.

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2016-09-11 23:06:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Book Review: Faerie Blood by Emma L. Adams (4* Read.)

I've been on an Urban Fantasy kick lately, and I came across this book random shopping on Amazon. I liked the cover, tried the sample, and was curious enough I bought the first book. I haven't purchased the second title in the series yet, but it's on my to-buy list when I have money to buy books again. (Or someone gifts me a copy or amazon money falls out of the sky or something like that.)

There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, but I think the stand-out reason I enjoyed it so much is Vance. Vance intrigued me. He's such an interesting mix of obnoxious high powered man and nice guy. He is written in such a way he's easy to huff over but also like at the same time.

I have a weak spot for that sort of male lead.

Best of all, he partners so well with the heroine, who is stubborn... more »

Book Review: Faerie Blood by Emma L. Adams (4* Read.)

I've been on an Urban Fantasy kick lately, and I came across this book random shopping on Amazon. I liked the cover, tried the sample, and was curious enough I bought the first book. I haven't purchased the second title in the series yet, but it's on my to-buy list when I have money to buy books again. (Or someone gifts me a copy or amazon money falls out of the sky or something like that.)

There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, but I think the stand-out reason I enjoyed it so much is Vance. Vance intrigued me. He's such an interesting mix of obnoxious high powered man and nice guy. He is written in such a way he's easy to huff over but also like at the same time.

I have a weak spot for that sort of male lead.

Best of all, he partners so well with the heroine, who is stubborn and tough, and has enough secrets to sink a battleship with.

There were a few things that kept me from totally loving this book, although they were personal preference types of things rather than anything actually wrong with the book. Plot was entertaining, the characters were intriguing and varied, and it was a nice escape from reality.___

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2016-09-11 22:49:22 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #1.)

This is a first-person present tense novel. I typically hate books of this type, but this is absolutely one of my favorite books. I read it in one sitting, resulting in me staying up to 5 AM because I couldn't put it down. I loved everything about it, from the main character, her unlikely love interest, her confused innocence, and the absolute whacky mish-mash of legend and lore, blending our world's mythology with this fantasy world. The magic is interesting, the writing is engaging, and the characters really make this story shine.

There's a bit more sex than I usually like in my straight up fantasy, but the build up for it is just wonderful.

For those of you who don't normally like present tense books, give this one a try. It's really well done, and half the time, I forgot it... more »

Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #1.)

This is a first-person present tense novel. I typically hate books of this type, but this is absolutely one of my favorite books. I read it in one sitting, resulting in me staying up to 5 AM because I couldn't put it down. I loved everything about it, from the main character, her unlikely love interest, her confused innocence, and the absolute whacky mish-mash of legend and lore, blending our world's mythology with this fantasy world. The magic is interesting, the writing is engaging, and the characters really make this story shine.

There's a bit more sex than I usually like in my straight up fantasy, but the build up for it is just wonderful.

For those of you who don't normally like present tense books, give this one a try. It's really well done, and half the time, I forgot it was in present tense. I found the story exceptionally engaging.

Have read again. Will read again. Sample for book two left me sobbing for more, because I wanted it now.

This series may end up on my instant buy list.___

2016-09-11 22:41:30 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I'm about to go on a major book reviewing binge. If you want to follow the reviews, they'll be going to my Sci-Fi / Fantasy Novels collection.

I may / may not slip in my own books to the collection, too. Because I can. /shameless.

If you have any book recommendations or titles you'd like me to read & review, comment! If I've read it, I'll up it on my priority list. (And I may start reviewing from indies again, although my TBR pile is a bit... large.)

If you want a review (of a sci-fi or fantasy novel) and don't mind waiting, you can just email a mobi to blain . rj @ gmail . com -- I will try to review everything that hits my inbox, but no promises on how long it will take me to get to the book.

Author beware... I have a fairly low tolerance for the following issues in fiction:

1: Bad formatting. (I need indents or really good... more »

I'm about to go on a major book reviewing binge. If you want to follow the reviews, they'll be going to my Sci-Fi / Fantasy Novels collection.

I may / may not slip in my own books to the collection, too. Because I can. /shameless.

If you have any book recommendations or titles you'd like me to read & review, comment! If I've read it, I'll up it on my priority list. (And I may start reviewing from indies again, although my TBR pile is a bit... large.)

If you want a review (of a sci-fi or fantasy novel) and don't mind waiting, you can just email a mobi to blain . rj @ gmail . com -- I will try to review everything that hits my inbox, but no promises on how long it will take me to get to the book.

Author beware... I have a fairly low tolerance for the following issues in fiction:

1: Bad formatting. (I need indents or really good spacing between paragraphs. I prefer decent indents. 1-2 characters isn't a decent indent. If I can't easily see the paragraphs, I get migraines.)

2: Horrible punctuation / spelling. (It happens in books. I generally ignore mistakes unless I find one every couple of pages. Then I get pissy. I count myself happy if I only find 10ish problems in a book.)

3: I don't like rape scenario stories. If your story has a woman who is only strong because she was raped, I'll just pass in advance. It's a trope type I find meh at best. (This is not saying a character can't have been raped, but... if it's the primary focus, I'm probably not going to like it.)

Generally, I'm pretty open... but I'm not a fan of zombie stories or excessive gore. You can send it, but I probably won't enjoy it unless yours adds something very new to it--or has some really badass awesome medical science disease vectors where the disease is the main start and it's fun.

I also don't like POV character deaths or the death of primary love interests.

Beyond that, go to town. I'll also read mysteries, spy thrillers, and comedy. And yes, I DO read romance. I don't mind erotica.___

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2016-09-07 13:49:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Mini Book Review: Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

I have a love/hate relationship with the Jane Yellowrock series. This series is on my preorder as soon as preorders are open list. However, it took me several tries to get into the series. I found the first book initially off-putting, but ended up hooked in the second book, and proceeded to devour the rest of the series in a cringe-worthy binge.

Jane is one of the more unique UF heroines, and she doesn't have it easy, which makes it so enjoyable. The series gets better as it goes, too.

Part of the reason I have a bit of a hate relationship is due to one of the side characters, who is also a romantic interest. Absolutely hate him. So, that romantic interest arc drives me looney toons.

I'm also one of those stereotypical readers who enjoys one main love interest in a series. This is not the case with Jane... more »

Mini Book Review: Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

I have a love/hate relationship with the Jane Yellowrock series. This series is on my preorder as soon as preorders are open list. However, it took me several tries to get into the series. I found the first book initially off-putting, but ended up hooked in the second book, and proceeded to devour the rest of the series in a cringe-worthy binge.

Jane is one of the more unique UF heroines, and she doesn't have it easy, which makes it so enjoyable. The series gets better as it goes, too.

Part of the reason I have a bit of a hate relationship is due to one of the side characters, who is also a romantic interest. Absolutely hate him. So, that romantic interest arc drives me looney toons.

I'm also one of those stereotypical readers who enjoys one main love interest in a series. This is not the case with Jane Yellowrock, although I do actually enjoy the interplay between Jane and two other of the men her Big Cat finds so interesting.

I just hate the third one and want to stab him in the face with a rusty spoon.

Anyway, once I got through book one, I got hooked and became a squealing fan girl in book two. This series is different, which is part of what makes it so much fun to read.

Includes an interesting take on vampires, Cherokee legend and lore, and a very edgy take on shapeshifters, which is quite fun. Generally, a good read.

Side note: I have a mega crush on Bruiser.___

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2016-09-06 15:42:57 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Mini Book Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #1)

The Kate Daniels series is quickly becoming one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Ilona Andrews is a wife and husband team, and the Kate Daniels stories focus on a wide selection of character, although the main axe being grounded is the interactions of the People (vampires) and the Pack (shifters) and the rather human (but not quite vanilla human) Kate Daniels.

In Magic Bites, Kate's guardian is murdered, and she takes it on herself to find out who has caused his death--and why. But there's something even more sinister than her guardian's death at play, throwing her into the middle of a bad situation that just gets worse as it goes.

My favorite line from this book: "Here, Kitty, Kitty..."

I really enjoy Kate's perspective, but it's the rich side characters in this... more »

Mini Book Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #1)

The Kate Daniels series is quickly becoming one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Ilona Andrews is a wife and husband team, and the Kate Daniels stories focus on a wide selection of character, although the main axe being grounded is the interactions of the People (vampires) and the Pack (shifters) and the rather human (but not quite vanilla human) Kate Daniels.

In Magic Bites, Kate's guardian is murdered, and she takes it on herself to find out who has caused his death--and why. But there's something even more sinister than her guardian's death at play, throwing her into the middle of a bad situation that just gets worse as it goes.

My favorite line from this book: "Here, Kitty, Kitty..."

I really enjoy Kate's perspective, but it's the rich side characters in this story that really just make me love this series.___

2016-09-06 05:15:37 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Starting this week, I'm going to try to post a new book to my SF&F book collection with mini reviews or why I want to read it.

Need to get back into doing that. Heh.

So many books I've read recently, and I've been too lazy to post the reviews on them.

Starting this week, I'm going to try to post a new book to my SF&F book collection with mini reviews or why I want to read it.

Need to get back into doing that. Heh.

So many books I've read recently, and I've been too lazy to post the reviews on them.___

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2016-09-01 22:45:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Voting for the new Summer Indie Awards is now open. My many thanks to those who nominated my books for an award! From my understanding of how it works, users may vote once per day. I'm unaware of limitations on the number of people you can vote on in the same category.

You can find my books under the following categories:

Thriller: http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533524xDB1441CC-22

Scroll down to the very bottom to find my entries or use the find feature of your browser. I have four titles in the thriller category, including: Blood Diamond, Karma, Pack Justice, and Shadowed Flame.

Fantasy: http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533504x87804214-22

I have six titles in the fantasy category. They're scattered all over the place, unfortunately! Titles in this category include: Storm Surge, Beneath a Blood Moon, Karma, Pack Justice, Shadowed Moon, and Blood... more »

Voting for the new Summer Indie Awards is now open. My many thanks to those who nominated my books for an award! From my understanding of how it works, users may vote once per day. I'm unaware of limitations on the number of people you can vote on in the same category.

You can find my books under the following categories:

Thriller: http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533524xDB1441CC-22

Scroll down to the very bottom to find my entries or use the find feature of your browser. I have four titles in the thriller category, including: Blood Diamond, Karma, Pack Justice, and Shadowed Flame.

Fantasy: http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533504x87804214-22

I have six titles in the fantasy category. They're scattered all over the place, unfortunately! Titles in this category include: Storm Surge, Beneath a Blood Moon, Karma, Pack Justice, Shadowed Moon, and Blood Diamond.

Paranormal: http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533504x87804214-22

I have five titles in the paranormal category, and they're all listed together: Shadowed Flame, Pack Justice, Beneath a Blood Moon, Blood Diamond, and Karma.

Finally, I have two books in the Dystopian Category: http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533523xe37d4b0E-22

The Dawn of Dae and Unawakened are two titles I wrote under my other me alias, Trillian Anderson. They're together in the list, and can be spotted easily searching for Trillian.

Any and all votes are appreciated--thank you so much!

(Please share? Pretty please with a cherry on top?)

For more information on the Summer Indie Awards, you can check it out here: https://metamorphpublishing.com/summer-indie-book-awards/
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2016-08-30 19:54:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

After a slew of delays, Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol. Six has finally arrived! My apologies to those who were expecting it sooner. Life happened.

Unlike the other volumes of the Tales of the Winter Wolf set, this takes place after Winter Wolf.

Nicole Thomas, once Nicolina Desmond, managed to save her sister and family from the plague killing the Fenerec. However, there’s one life she’s touched most of all—Richard Murphy’s.

This is his story.

A common question I've had about Winter Wolf involves why I ended the book where I did. This story (written in three parts) is the reason why. I've always though the next part of their story, as a couple, belonged to Richard. While there is a section written from Nicolina's perspective, everything is centric to Richard, who he has become, who he was, and a glimpse of who he will become.

Peoplehave al... more »

After a slew of delays, Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol. Six has finally arrived! My apologies to those who were expecting it sooner. Life happened.

Unlike the other volumes of the Tales of the Winter Wolf set, this takes place after Winter Wolf.

Nicole Thomas, once Nicolina Desmond, managed to save her sister and family from the plague killing the Fenerec. However, there’s one life she’s touched most of all—Richard Murphy’s.

This is his story.

A common question I've had about Winter Wolf involves why I ended the book where I did. This story (written in three parts) is the reason why. I've always though the next part of their story, as a couple, belonged to Richard. While there is a section written from Nicolina's perspective, everything is centric to Richard, who he has become, who he was, and a glimpse of who he will become.

People have also commented about Richard's personality in Blood Diamond, particularly how he has certain edges. While Blood Diamond happens quite some time after the events of Winter Wolf, the consequences of his relationship with Nicolina and the events surrounding Winter Wolf have a long arm.

For those of you who wanted to find out more about what happened to Nicolina and Richard, this volume will answer some of your questions. It may make you ask more questions, but that's okay.
Their story isn't done, not yet. There will be a lot more of this pair in the future.

Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol. Six is now available on Amazon for $0.99. It is also available in the KU library.___

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2016-08-24 08:32:05 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

On Sunday evening, my mother-in-law passed away. Rose was a wonderful person, and I was honored to have known her. My husband and I got to see her several hours before her death. We were among the last people to talk to her, hug her, and tell her we loved…

On Sunday evening, my mother-in-law passed away. Rose was a wonderful person, and I was honored to have known her. My husband and I got to see her several hours before her death. We were among the last people to talk to her, hug her, and tell her we loved…___

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2016-08-11 02:23:17 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

For those who know me on facebook, I’ve been talking about Water Viper a lot lately. It’s an urban fantasy of sorts, where magic and limited technology blend. Thanks to Starfall, a meteor event in the upper reaches of Canada, Earth has been flooded with…

For those who know me on facebook, I’ve been talking about Water Viper a lot lately. It’s an urban fantasy of sorts, where magic and limited technology blend. Thanks to Starfall, a meteor event in the upper reaches of Canada, Earth has been flooded with…___

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2016-08-04 18:05:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I make such dignified post titles. So descriptive. Much elegant. Things have been busy lately. I’m juggling several client edit projects, I’m working on a play project, and I hope to have Tales of the Winter Wolf Volume Six out sometime next week. The…

I make such dignified post titles. So descriptive. Much elegant. Things have been busy lately. I’m juggling several client edit projects, I’m working on a play project, and I hope to have Tales of the Winter Wolf Volume Six out sometime next week. The…___

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2016-07-25 04:24:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Disclaimer: This is a tentative list and is subject to change. August 2016: Tales of the Winter Wolf Volume 6. This set will include three ‘After Winter Wolf’ stories. The stories will take place almost a month following the conclusion of Winter Wolf.…

Disclaimer: This is a tentative list and is subject to change. August 2016: Tales of the Winter Wolf Volume 6. This set will include three ‘After Winter Wolf’ stories. The stories will take place almost a month following the conclusion of Winter Wolf.…___

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2016-07-21 19:23:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

As of today, three Witch & Wolf novels are back in print! Later this year, expect the three volume omnibus including Inquisitor, Winter Wolf, and Blood Diamond to hit the shelves in addition to Silver Bullet! For now, please enjoy the print editions of…

As of today, three Witch & Wolf novels are back in print! Later this year, expect the three volume omnibus including Inquisitor, Winter Wolf, and Blood Diamond to hit the shelves in addition to Silver Bullet! For now, please enjoy the print editions of…___

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