Dear Fans: An Open Letter

Fans are the lifeblood of any television show, movie, author, or… just about anything in the entertainment world. This letter is to every fan, no matter how you rate your obsession, love, or interest in the thing you like, appreciate, or utterly obsess over. Dear Fans, We have a problem. You might be puzzled over why I think ‘we’ have a problem–or who ‘we’ actually is. We is you, the fans, and us–or me–the creator. Together, just by being what we are–fans and creators–have a problem just from existing. That sounds a bit harsh, doesn’t it? I, like every other author, actor, director, publisher, or other creative type, rely on you to survive. Without you, we’re nothing. This is where our problem begins. I have been watching the current meltdown between Paramount and the fans of Star Trek with a mix of dread and resignation. Before you go get your pitchforks…

Two Novels Nominated for Readfree.ly’s Top 50 Self-Published Novels Worth Reading List!

I never really thought the day would come that I would be writing a blog post like this. While I have a morning ritual of getting up and checking if I somehow magically became famous, I never actually hold my breath or hope to make any form of shortlist for a top anything list or competition. So, it came as a complete surprise when two of my books were nominated for ReadFree.ly’s Top 50 Self-Published Novels Worth Reading in 2016 list. When I found out, I was stunned. There are around 100 books in the final vote for the list, and two of them I wrote. I may not make the final list, but this really, really made me happy. If you’ve read or liked the books, please vote for them! Hell, if you’ve wanted to read the books and haven’t had a chance to yet, please vote for them. Tell your friends…

There are a Lot of Good People in the World.

There are a lot of good people in the world. Today, I’ve seen a lot of people on facebook and other social media sites scorning the Stanford Rapist, with everyone trying to remind everyone else how to become a good person. Maybe people are angry. Maybe they’re tired of hearing about the bad people in the world. Maybe they’re wanting to find something they can look towards as a compass and good example–something, anything–to show society hasn’t gone completely to hell in a pretty basket. There are bad people in the world, but I think it’s so very easy to forget about the good people in the world, too. We’re so busy looking for the evils in the world that we often don’t appreciate those around us–those who try to do good. It’s so easy to get caught up in the relentless negativity of our society. This is particularly true during…

This again? Books, Readers, Piracy, and Theft.

The drama of the week is flavored in book theft, and I, like so many authors, are stepping up to talk about it. In a way, I feel like Cardeth and Zero. The ‘city’ of the literary world is smoking around us authors, and the rioters are… … people who like what we do? Look, I like reading as much as the next person, and because I’m an author, I can’t afford to buy many books. I cherry pick the books I want to have. I buy them. I respect others who are in my same situation, and if I can’t afford to have it, I live without it. Suck it up, precious little snowflake. There are a lot of ways you can get books for free without paying a cent and still respecting the authors who wrote them. Let me teach you how. Go to Amazon. Click on the genre you like. Go…

Teas of the Day Plus Bonus Random Rambles

I like tea. I really like tea. I’m going to have to just go out on a limb and state I’m an addict. I’m not a snob–I don’t care how people have their tea, so long as they enjoy what they’re drinking. I like talking about tea, too. Today, I’m going to showcase (with pictures!) four of the teas I’m drinking today. I make them in 16 oz iced tea batches. One is therapeutic in nature. It helps with my allergies and sinuses, even when iced. The others are pure bliss. I’ll start off with the one I’m currently drinking, which also happens to be my therapy tea. It’s called ‘Organic Cold 911’ and is produced by David’s Tea. Actually, all four teas I’m showcasing are by David’s Tea. Cold 911 is available in a kosher blend as well as the organic blend. It’s made with peppermint, apple, and juniper berries,…

You Don’t Have to Steal My Books to Read Them

I’m friends with a lot of really amazing authors. Some of them are bestsellers, some of them are just plain popular without having made the bestseller list, and some of them are like me, somewhere near the middle of the pack. Many of us share one thing in common: we’re plagued by book thieves. These are people who buy a book, read it, and return it once they’re done reading. Sometimes, they download the file, grab the mobi from their device, and then return it as ‘an accidental’ purchase. Sometimes, they give a different reason. Some of these book thieves have gotten really bold. Some of them leave reviews complaining they loved the book but they had to buy it. This happened to one of my friends. To add insult to injury, it was a 1* review, where the reviewer praised the book and went on to bitch about the price…

Write What You Like. Read What You Like, Too…

/RantOn I started writing this post over two months ago. When I started it, I noticed a trend in social media conversations. I don’t remember which book had caused the latest fuss–probably Twilight or Fifty Shades–but it was the same old shit, different day. I have an opinion, it’s a very blunt one, and I’m going to share it. I’ve been sitting on this for so long because I didn’t want to offend people. Well, fuck it. I’m going to go ahead. If I offend you… well, think it through, because if you’re in the group that’s going to be offended by this, there might be an issue, and it might not be with me. Here’s the brief summary of the situation: A bunch of egotistical elitist assholes were judging some new readers (some of these were teenagers) about their choice of books. They were judging these people because they didn’t enjoy ‘proper’…

Old Authors, New Worlds…

I was reading a review recently on goodreads, and I was intrigued by its content. The reviewer was hoping for a whole new world in the new series. (Sorry, Balancing the Scales is in the Witch & Wolf world. It does introduce a new species of supernatural in the same way Pack Justice did, but it is still in the same comfortable alternate Earth the rest of the books take place in.) It made me think. To date, I’ve created three independent worlds. Technically, four, but one crosses over with one world… I’ll explain below. Since I’m going to go to the effort of writing out all the books I’ve written (and am planning to write in the near future), I’m going to put the books in chronological order for you. Finally, right?! So, bear with me. World #1: High Fantasy (Arasanor) Series: Requiem for the Rift King & Related Works In chronological…

Happy Book Birthday, Karma & Shadowed Flame!

It’s my birthday today, and for some reason, I thought it’d be a great idea to release not one, but two books today. Yeah, I’m crazy. Happy book birthday, Karma & Shadowed Flame! Both books are available for $3.99 over at Amazon. If you want an epub version, please email me with a copy of your receipt to blain . rj @ gmail . com (remove the spaces!) About Karma… Karma Johnson has spent her entire adult life working to become a member of FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team. She’s earned her transfer to CARD, but when she’s caught up in the kidnapping of an infant from a festival, she learns what it’s like to be the victim. Pretending she’s a teen keeps her alive while trying to get herself and the baby to safety. But the kidnapping only scratches at the surface of a far more nefarious scheme, one…

The Dusty Recesses of a Broken Mind

It is 11:38 PM (Monday, May 9) as I begin to write this. I can’t remember the last time I took a full day off–I think it was two weeks ago. I knew I’d be in for the long haul, then. A week from now, I’ll be releasing two new books to the wilds. Releasing one is difficult enough. Two might break me–more than I’m already broken, that is. I’m late with my coloring book pages. I’m sorry, I really am. They need to wait until Karma and Shadowed Flame are finished. I wanted to be done sooner, but I needed to fix things. I needed to work on the pictures a bit more so I’m happier with them. I need to add background elements to some. I need time to do it–time not burdened with an upcoming release. I’m sorry. They’ll be coming sometime during the week following my…

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