The Process of Picking Projects

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.

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New Release: Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)

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

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Adventures on Amazon: RJ’s Book Buying Binge, January 26, 2017.

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.

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It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to say enough is enough.

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

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RJ’s Free Book Buying Binge (Jan 23, 2017.)

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,

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Reviews, TBR Piles, and Preorders, oh my…

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

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State of the Blain Address: January 2017

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

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Book Release: Plundered Chronicles: The House Lost at Sea

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

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A Release Announce, plus Witch & Wolf Three Novel Box Set is on Sale (Plus other goodies!)

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

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Progress Report: Water Viper

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

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Formatting in Scrivener: Setting Up a Basic Project

  Formatting is one of the more frustrating elements of preparing a book for publication. Due to money (and the lack thereof), I have taken to doing my own formatting for both print and e-book editions.

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Defining ‘Strength’ in Fiction

  Grace Draven began asking her reader and writer friends a few really interesting questions lately, questions I hold close to the heart. One of them included a request to define what a strong heroine

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Preparing to Write Your Book

When I first started taking writing really seriously, I began researching life as a writer on the internet. I found a lot of information–too much information. I'm a fairly methodical person, which

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Writing a Synopsis and Creating a Concept Outline

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

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Conceptualizing and creating a Story Bible or Concept Journal

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

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Did the Chicken Come Before the Egg?

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

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Kindle Scout Campaign for Water Viper, A Jesse Alexander Novel, is now live!

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

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Preparing for Hell on Earth. (Don’t worry. It’s just your novel bursting out of your chest.)

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

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Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol. Six has released!

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

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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

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