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…

Karma’s New (Tentative) Release Date

Sometimes, life just happens. It happens to me, it happens to my editor, and sometimes, it happens to both of us at the same time. Karma’s tentative release date for next week is confirmed to be blown sky high into smoldering little bits of wreckage. I’m sorry. I’d rather wait and release a better, cleaner book–and so would my editor. We’re sorry. Really. But, in this storm cloud is a silver lining. My editor and I bumped heads together (yes, it does kinda hurt, not recommended) and talked dates, looked at where we’re at in both Karma and Shadowed Flame, and have set a new release date: May 16, 2016. That’s right. We’re going to try to release both books on the same day. Since we’re putting in all the effort for the super duper release day party for Shadowed Flame, Karma’s going to sneak it, meekly say hello, and…

State of the Blain Address: April 2016 Edition

Unsurprisingly, things have been pretty busy! Originally, I was going to release Karma on the 26th, but I’m fairly confident in stating that’s not going to happen. I’ve been busy hammering out Shadowed Flame, which has a hard May 16 deadline. I hate missing deadlines, but I’d rather push it back a bit and release a better book. Sorry. So, while Karma is being delayed, I have a few fun announcements regarding the May 16th release party happening on facebook. (Seriously. Come say hi, even if you’re not a big facebook user. There are a lot of awesome prizes I’m giving away. One of those prizes is a complete autographed set of Grace Draven books. An autographed copy of Tiffany Roberts’s Make Me Burn will also be available. I’m really looking forward to the party, to say the least. I really love autographed books. Books are already magical, but having…

Discounting Accomplishments

I have a confession. I have a bad habit, although I often take advantage of it. I am a master of discounting my accomplishments and achievements. I often don’t even realize I do it. I’ve been doing this to myself all day today. I track my progress–or lack thereof–and I beat myself up when I fail to reach my goals. I was in progress of beating myself up over how little I’ve gotten done. I wasn’t feeling good earlier in the day, so I slept for a while. I’ve been cleaning a lot, and while the accomplishment of sorting through most of my novels is sitting right next to me, I have been hammering at myself for failing to do all the work associated with preparing a home for sale and an international move and writing all the words! I’m an idiot. Yep. I have a habit of checking on my word counts for…

You’re Invited!

On May 16, 2016, I will be hosting a birthday party for myself–and for Shadowed Flame! The party will take place on facebook, and you’re invited! I have gathered a bunch of awesome autographed books for giving away. There will also be giveaways of ebooks and other goodies. Facebook and all other social media sites are not responsible for anything regarding the giveaways. (Yep. Had to say it to stay on the right side of the terms and conditions of all those sites.) Shadowed Flame tells the story of Matia, a colorblind woman with the ability to see the shadows of the human soul. Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between knowing the darkness of someone’s spirit and preventing them from acting on their malevolent desires. Please enjoy this teaser from the beginning of the book! For the third time since arriving to work two hours ago, Dad tripped over his…

Productivity Tracking: When Organization Goes Bad

Last week, I did an experiment, and it was hell. I’m not the type of person to be accused of being lazy; I’m prolific, but not because I write fast. Time and time again, I have told people I’m only prolific because I put a lot of work and effort into what I do. So, last week, I decided to track my productivity by hour. What a pain in my ass. Seriously. I’m glad I did it, I even did it for three full days before I got a serious case of the ‘fuck its!’ Organization is important for me. So are to-do lists. I have a really crappy memory for things outside of my novels. My books consume the vast majority of my attention, and the rest dribbles out of my ears. I had a lot to do to prepare to release Pack Justice, so I needed to make sure…

Pack Justice is Now Available at Amazon!

Happy birthday, Pack Justice! Amazon worked its magic really fast, so Pack Justice is now available for purchase! I had a lot of fun writing this book, and I hope you all enjoy it. There will be an email about the release going out to my subscribers on Wednesday, which will include an exclusive short story. Sean’s guardian angel is a feline, but his spirit cheetah prefers rival attorney, Andrea Morgan, over him. Trapped in a failing, dangerous marriage and stalked by an accomplice of one of the most dangerous criminals he’s ever prosecuted, Sean’s troubles are just beginning. A vacation should have offered him a chance to save his relationship with his wife, Idette. Instead, Sean learns he isn’t the only one with a secret, and his discovery of his wife’s true nature should have killed him. To ensure Sean’s survival, his cheetah strikes a bargain with a wolf.…

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