Life Strikes Again

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 her. We bury her on Thursday. On Sunday evening, one of our closest family friend’s father died. Technically, he was our friend’s step father, but in all things of importance, Geoff was his dad. Geoff was good people, and I was honored to have known him, too. His family buries him on Friday. We were in North Bay, Ontario, when we received word about Geoff’s death. Several hours later, we received the call Rose’s condition had worsened. We turned our car around and headed back. We didn’t make it in time, but we didn’t expect to; not when we were…

Sneak Peek at Water Viper: a Jesse Alexander Novel

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 magic. Technology involving combustion is unreliable at best, but humans have found a way to blend the mystic and the mundane. With power in the hands of many, governments around the world rely on mercenaries to keep the peace and take on the jobs their police and military can’t–or won’t–do. Jesse Alexander isn’t just a mercenary. A single impulsive decision exposes her identity as the Water Viper and plunges her into the dark and murky world of Charlotte’s politics and intrigue. If she plays her cards just right, she’ll escape with her life. With the deck stacked against her, time’s running out until she finds herself on…

Life, Writing, and Stuff

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 first Tales of the Winter Wolf omnibus will be available in print in the next few weeks, too. Since I’ve been hard at work on some client editing projects, my writing work has gone to the wayside a bit. I should be working on Silver Bullet, but instead, I’m playing with a project called Water Viper. I’m also putting together ideas for an anthology called Guardians, which features the Guardians of the Rift and the Rift King. Yes, there will be at least one Kalen/Breton centric story, and there will be a lot of hopping around the Requiem for the Rift King timeline. Some stories will…

Tentative Upcoming Releases Schedule (Late 2016, Early 2017.)

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. September or October 2016: Rider of the Sun Horse & Silver Bullet. I am approximately halfway finished both books. I’m hoping for a productive August. If things work out, you can expect these books to release in late September or October. (Note: if my husband’s Visa application is approved, this will be shifted to a November or December 2016 release.) February or March 2017: Chameleon and the Hound, Dae Portals 3. (Writing as Trillian Anderson.) I will be writing the novel in November as my NaNoWriMo, and I’ll finish drafting it in December. Unknown but Upcoming Releases: Wolf Hunt & Memento Mori. Wolf Hunt is a continuation series…

Paperbacks of Beneath a Blood Moon, Pack Justice, and Shadowed Flame available!

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 Beneath a Blood Moon, Pack Justice, and Shadowed Flame! The covers were designed by my cover artist, Holly Heisey. About the Books Matia Evans has it all, except for one thing: she can’t see color. With an adopted family who loves her, a company she helps her father run, and more prospects than she knows what to do with, she’s in no place to complain that her world is limited to shades of gray, black, and white. Her inability to perceive color isn’t the only strange thing about her: all souls have shadows, and she can see them. Unfortunately, there are humans who are worse than monsters.…

I’m Playing Pokemon Go, and I regret (everything) nothing!

I’ve been playing Pokemon Go for several days now. I regret everything nothing. Those who know me understand my poor relationship with exercise. Normal people can go out, pick a direction, and start walking, and some sore legs later, they arrive with no issues. People with asthma probably understand what it’s like to be me a lot better than others. I have hefty issues with my endurance. This manifests as asthma-like symptoms as my body struggles to figure out how to provide oxygen all over the place. It’s a multi-fold issue. If I get my heart rate up, bad things can happen. So, I can’t afford to do that. Those who understand how to get in shape are probably cringing, because it involves getting your heart rate up so your body triggers all the fancy things to build your circulatory and respiratory systems. I can’t do that. Elevated heart rate is bad for…

I’m Celebrating the Awesome that is Indie Authors and their Books Today

Just go with the flow. Ignore the fact official days for this stuff is in March or October or some other day of the year, because seriously? Books. Happy Canada Day, and Happy RJ Contrived This Celebrate Indie Authors and Books and Reading Day. (We can celebrate in the traditionally pub’d ones, too.) Happy early American Independence Day, too. Screw tarnishing such celebrations with things like logic and official days in other parts of the year! Since Smashwords emailed me earlier (Jun 30, 2016) with some stuff about celebrating all the indie authors and things, I was like sure why the hell not. (I still have no idea why Smashwords emailed me. I don’t have any books on their site, and I have no intention of putting any on their site.) So, I pinged some folks, did a little digging, and made a post, because it is summer and we need more books. Because…

Upcoming Releases, Summer Sales, and More!

This is a State of the Blain address. Fasten your seat belts, because this is going to be one hell of a ride. If you want to read about the personal stuff, scroll down towards the end of the post. News From the Witch & Wolf World I’ve been pretty quiet on the writing front since the double release of Shadowed Flame and Karma. I needed some time to recharge, I’ve been pretty busy on the personal front, and two books one day? Wooooooowie, I needed a ‘smoke break’ after that craziness. In 2014, when I first released Inquisitor, I never thought the Witch & Wolf world would be so popular. The series has made me, as far as I can say I’ve been made. I’m grateful people enjoy my take on werewolves and witches. When I finished Winter Wolf, I was almost ready to walk away from the series and…

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…

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