Upcoming Publication Schedule and other news from the human! (Plus an amusing rant.)

My human has been naughty.

The Human is a bad, bad girl.

In the next week or two, the human will be releasing this book. Claustrophobic is the first contemporary rom com our human will be releasing. She’s always enjoyed contemporary rom coms, and she’s been working on a few, but after having so much fun with Blending In, she decided to go all in and do another one.

As a result, her schedule has shifted. Well, not all the schedule shifts have been due to randomly starting (and finishing) another holiday story.

Cheetahs Never Win needed another editorial pass, so it went off to a new editor, thus pushing its release date to early January.

Since December was pooched anyway, the human then decided she’d do a sale for No Kitten Around. (Watch out for that by the end of the month. It’s coming. $0.99 for a limited time. She’ll probably set the price back to $4.99 when Cheetahs Never Win launches–roughly.

That’s just how she rolls.

A Funny Thing Happened…

As I’m a cat, and I’m a bit of an asshole, too, I thought I’d take a few moments to share something about people.

My human? She’s a busy human. She works hard most days of the week writing books. (She will cut you if you get in the way of her writing time. She even has a little unicorn shirt that says so. (The unicorn has a shiv taped to its horn.))

So, as part of being a writer, she tries to meet new readers. Sometimes, she runs giveaways. Okay, she runs a lot of giveaways. She does them in group efforts, on Amazon, on her facebook page. All the damned time.

She likes giving presents to people.

But other humans?

Some sure can be sore losers. My human gets messages where people complain they didn’t win. Some losers complain they get added to newsletters (or, you know, willingly hit the follow author button to try to get a free prize.)

Uh, if you don’t want added, humans… stop entering giveaways. That’s all on you. We invite you to investigate the door. It’s that way.

(Seriously? Nobody has time for your temper tantrums. The human will either have me make fun of you or just delete your messages without a single fuck to give.)

So, to the ‘nice’ people who keep leaving comments or dropping messages, we are actually laughing at you.

Sorry. We are. You’re so upset you entered a contest and lost that you feel the need to have a temper tantrum? I mean, that’s Grade 3 behavior. We are totally going to laugh over that shit.

And then roll our eyes and delete the messages.

Here’s a good way to handle this situation:

Don’t enter any contest or giveaway.

If you do forget yourself and enter, unsubscribe or unfollow. Simple!

In the meantime, I’m going to go back to laughing.

Oh, the publishing schedule thing…

 At current, the human is working on a bunch of books. (Surprise!) Claustrophobic will release sometime between December 11 and December 14. Ish. Time for the book to make it through vendors varies. (Apple will likely be last.) My human has decided to sell it for $2.99 because why not. (It’s technically a full-length novel, but it’s the holidays and she’s like whatever.) It had been meant to start its life as a fun romp of a novella, and as these things often do, it outgrew its britches somewhat.

I’m sure you’re so sad about that.

Storm Called is 9,488 words. The human is typing up two scenes a day before working on something else.

Burn, Baby, Burn is at 27 handwritten pages. Typing begins anywhere between 60 to 80 pages, to give you a general idea. That said, Burn, Baby, Burn is a dual-POV story, so it might end up being longer. Once the human gets to the end of the journal, she’ll start typing and write the conclusion of the book directly on the computer. (That’s normal for her.)

Pirate Magic is having a page a week written. The photograph of the project then goes in the facebook readers’ group. (Look for the Fantasy Worlds of R.J. Blain on facebook if you want to read along.) The human was originally going to type it up, but she’s been too busy. Sometimes, pages of Burn, Baby, Burn also shows up in the group. The readers’ group is really the best way to keep in touch with our poor, poor human.

Blood Bound has words. The human is even adding to those words. Her job, after I relinquish use of her keyboard again, is to read over those words and add some stuff to them. it was on the back burner for a bit, but is being worked on.

Another Bernadette Novel is also being worked on. The human is in the outline and giggling phase of this one. There’s been so much giggling. So much giggling. (Someone make the giggling stop. She keeps interrupting my naps.)

Steel Heart is being worked on. Promise. It even has a date in the human’s new 2019 planner. That means it’s marked in stone.

But there’s a catch… there’s always a catch.

Due to circumstances, which involve the poor human being tired, things will be changing. She really, really loves the Bernadette Franklin stories. So, for the foreseeable future, this is the order of her bookmakery:

  • Claustrophobic (Bernadette Franklin)
  • Storm Called (Susan Copperfield)
  • Shammed (Bernadette Franklin)
  • Blood Bound & Grave Humor (R.J. Blain) (Half-half working because of Grave Humor’s general May 16 deadline.)
  • The Run Around (Bernadette Franklin)
  • Burn, Baby, Burn & Steel Heart (R.J. Blain) (Half-Half because Burn, Baby, Burn should be ready for typing at this point in time, Steel Heart and the other Jesse Alexander novels are typed directly into the computer.)
  • In a Bind (Bernadette Franklin)

Everything after will be very up in the air. The human no longer has access to preorders on Amazon as she needed to hire a new editor to go over Cheetahs Never Win again. It’ll be that way for a year. Sorry, humans. There’s no way around that, so she’ll release as books are ready. 

With a little luck, things will go well and the loss of preorders won’t hurt the human too much. She’s worried. Publishing is a hard business, and preorders are a good way for readers to follow along and get the books when they see them, knowing the book is coming and when.

She was really distressed she had to push the release date back, but she wasn’t confident without the assistance of a second editor. So she got the second editor.

It is what it is.

What this does mean is that the human is pretty bitter about the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series right now. Cheetahs Never Win is a dark humor. Most of the books are to some degree. Blending In was sillier. Burn, Baby, Burn is just flat-out ridiculous. Grave Humor is a mix.

The human likes alternating styles of humor.

She doesn’t want to ride one horse in the humor department.

She writes because a story interests her. She hopes others will like it. But she’s never going to cater to one style of humor or one style of story. She will try new things. New things may not work well. They may work surprising well!

And sometimes, she just gets tired.

Right now, she’s tired.

So, we’ll see what happens with the Mag Rom Coms after Burn, Baby, Burn releases. She may just gamble on losing a lot of income and write on some other, untested projects for a while and try again on that series in 2020 or 2021.

(This is what happens when people bitch, moan, and complain. The author just won’t want to continue working on a series. The human is getting to that point on the Mag Rom Coms.)

It helps my human doesn’t read the reviews now, but she’s lost count of the number of times people have directly approached her with commentary, a lot negative, about how they just didn’t like something.

It’s a part of being a writer, but it gets damned tiring on the human.

Here’s hoping that a significant change of pace, in the form of Bernadette Franklin, helps.

You may have noticed the lack of links on this post. There’s a reason for that, and it generally involves the Furred & Finned Management just not up for being salesy today. We’re newsy today.

Go forth and read something fun, humans.

Leave a Comment:

Sarah says December 6, 2018

As excited as I am about the Mag Rom Com series, if the contemporary series make you feel better I hope you write more of them. You should take care of yourself. As I am sure most of your readers will agree, we care about you as a person and want you to be emotionally and mentally happy just as much as physically fine. So you do YOU and we will be right there if you need us.

CJ says December 6, 2018

Tell the human to take a deep breath. Then another. I buy her books and read them to my husband. I try to review them as soon as I read them. I will wait patiently for the next book. She owes me nothing. No writer does. She needs to write for herself and no one else. It what gives her a unique voice and why I read her books.

Cathy brown says December 6, 2018

I love everything you write…I’m surprised how much sometimes because either the main character was something I don’t like…like snakes…or the description I is something I’m not sure of..but you make it work and I love the snark…ignore the idiots….your great…

Scott says December 10, 2018

People who don’t like the Mag Rom Coms are dead to me and my wife. Ignore them. People who complain that you’re sharing YOUR vision/story with us should sit down, shut up, and go along for the ride, or write their own book. You do you, and we’ll keep buying your books. I will get others hooked – it is ridiculously easy to do once they’ve read the first book.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us, and letting me know that I don’t have the only a-hole cats out there…heh…I, for one, enjoy your humor in your newsletters. My cats, however, do not believe that humans should read, and will sit on my Kindle (after knocking it over), book, or newspaper at all times.

J says December 31, 2018

I have really enjoyed all your RJ Blain and Susan Copperfield books. All have kept me highly entertained and looking for more. Just wanted to let you know. Thank you.

    The Sneaky Kitty Critic says December 31, 2018

    Thank you, and you’re welcome! <3

Patricia says January 5, 2019

I love all of your magic rom cons please ignore the petty people and keep writing fo the rest of us. PLEASE

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