It is 10 PM, roughly, where the female lives. She’s made her resolutions for the year. The big one is ‘move out of this fucking apartment.’ Then she has ‘do better at cleaning, work less, play more.’ Standard stuff, but good stuff. Mostly.
‘Pet the cats’ more was not on the list, nor was ‘make the red dot appear.’ We’re concerned.
Please don’t antagonize 2021. Be polite and respectful. If you don’t cop an attitude with it, it might not cop an attitude with you. If the female’s resolution for ‘move out of this fucking apartment’ is realized… 2021 will be a good year. A very good year.
The book faire will resume on Monday, where it will evolve into the January 2021 Book Faire. As we’re contrary felines, we will also restart the count.
Today, the female had a migraine. (Which is why you’re not getting book faire entries today.)
Here is a picture of the food the male brought to the female. It gave her two lunches, and we’re pretty sure she cried a little.
This plate, right here? This plate is one of her top favorite foods. Yes, over chiccy nuggies.
May you all have a wonderful 2021, humans. We’re cheering for you!
2020: A Year in Review.
Covid sucks. That is all. The male’s aunt passed away, (Correct: migraine brain and cat assistance resulted in the wrong human being used.) and unfortunately, one of my readers did as well. I’m fairly certain several have, as some consistent faces vanished without a trace.
One of the hardest parts of being an author is when someone approaches me with the stories. Some readers are sick. Others passed, and the female was their favorite author.
The female will be sorting and replying to contact messages on the first, and she’ll probably handle this duty twice a month in the New Year, once at the beginning of the month, once in the middle somewhere. (She won’t reply to everything, but she’s working with Jenny to make sure she sees the truly important things. (Hi, Jenny! You’re da bestest.))
Book awards: they happened. It was surreal. One even happened without her knowing, and then she won the whole kitten kaboodle because you all are amazing.
Beyond that, it was a bunch of crushed hopes and dreams. But she made it through to the New Year!
But, the female did get an incredible amount of writing done. Her total word count, including handwritten material, is roughly 900,000 words. She published 14 books, although one of those was a collection.
Here is the entire list.
- Blood Bound (R.J. Blain)
- Cold Flame (Susan Copperfield)
- The House Lost at Sea (R.J. Blain)
- The Run Around (Bernadette Franklin)
- Grave Humor (R.J. Blain)
- Dawn of Dae (R.J. Blain)
- Taken (Susan Copperfield)
- Booked for Murder (R.J. Blain)
- A Chip on Her Shoulder (R.J. Blain)
- Outfoxed (R.J. Blain)
- The Flame Game (R.J. Blain)
- License to Kill (R.J. Blain)
- Murder Mittens (R.J. Blain)
- Beginnings (Royal States Collection) (Susan Copperfield)
Here is the list of the female’s personal top five favorites, listed in no particular order:
- Booked for Murder
- License to Kill
- Murder Mittens
So, ironically, the books written under crazy deadlines also became her favorites. She’s still sad Booked for Murder wasn’t as well received as she would like, but she loved the book, and she’s really looking forward to writing Booked for Kidnapping.
It is possible December 2021 will be a double release of two holiday themed books, one under the R.J. Blain brand, and the other under the Susan Copperfield brand.
She really was sad she didn’t get to write a proper holiday story this year.
As soon as Wild Wolf is finished, life for the female becomes much more relaxed. She’ll still have to work like she means it, but only for eight hours five days a week. That is what her husband is expected to do, and that’s fair. She’s so excited.
If we get to move, things get so much better, because there will be office space for both the male and the female. If you have candles and want to light them (while supervising them,) please do so. Or whatever your personal rituals are.
Have a wonderful New Year, folks!
Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2021 is uneventful, yet productive. (And fun, lots of fun).
I’ve read many of your books, my wife got me hooked last year and I’m so thankful. This year I appreciate the ‘Body Count’ books more than any other series. Thank you for the laughter during a rough year. I still have a few more books of yours to read… no doubt I’ll enjoy whatever is up next. I have 2 cats who might have a little magic in them. They cheer me up whenever I need it. Thank you for creating a wonderful world to escape in.
Well done on all you have achieved. Never forget you are amazing. Keep smiling and don’t forget to snuggle with your cats (and Mr Blain).
Loved Booked for Murder… What on earth is wrong with people 🙂
Happy New Year, and house hunting! Have loved all the books, and hoping that Dawn of the Dae part 2 will be available in the near future, but not too near, as I’m old enough to be R.J.’s grandmother.
Keep up the good work!
I freaking loved Booked for Murder and also neglected to review it. Rectifying that oversight immediately.
Have a happy and healthy New Year. Enjoy each day. Today becomes our memories.
Love your books. Thank you.
Hi RJ – Happy New Year! I have a question about your possible upcoming move – if I’m not being too nosey. Are you thinking about a local move or are you thinking about moving to a different state?
The Sneaky Kitty Critic
The Sneaky Kitty Critic
We can’t afford to move locally. The prices are insane. Our current rent for a 685 square foot apartment from hell is $2,600. COVID (the ONLY thing COVID was good for) dropped our rent to that from $3,200. We expect it to go back up to that amount next year or whatever their cap is if there is one.
It’s so bad here. We don’t want to pay $4,000 for a two bedroom. $4,000 is the average for a decent two bedroom. $3,000-$3,500 can get you a sketchy two bedroom right now. Those prices will go back up to $4k+ once COVID settles.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I hope you find the space for the beneficial amount for you and your brood. Covid really hit a lot of people in so many ways.
Keep cuddling with those fur babies and Mr Blain. God knows my other half and my fur baby Snickerdoodle has helped these many dark days. Us fans can so relate and wish all the best fir the new year
Please have a more relaxed New Year! Thank you for all the joy your books bring. I am petting your cats by remote thoughts, the way I pet my own (I’m in the long process of moving cross-country & I have a very nice brother hosting my fur children, so they are not lost in the move).
I loved Book for Murder, too!
Have a calm and happy 2021.
Will be hoping for a new Lowrance Vampires book. Loved Blood Bound as well ass the funny books. Really needed those this year. Here’s looking forward to better 2021. (Boo covid and people who refused to face reality, Wear 😷 people!!) Best of luck with your new abode and finding something that the kitties will deign to live in.
I’ve loved all the books you written…Karma and License to Kill are favorites..thank you for all the hours of escape and enjoyment you ve given me this year…have a wonderful Blessed New Year..
Happy New Year. Stay well.
New reader here who started with Booked ror Murder. I for one loved Booked for Murder and can’t wait for the next one in the series to be released. Also, just got hooked on the Zodiac series so currently on a holding pattern for the next. At least this gives me time to catch up with all your other books and loving them all. Witty, sarcastic humour and zany characters with attitude…Whats not to love !!!
All the best for 2o21
Try the Witch and Wolf series. You will fall in love with all of them!
Hope you have a wonderful new year and a productive home search! I’ve binged on all the body count and royal states books and love them all! I’ve been recommending them to everyone I know and in the author’s groups I belong to. Now to settle in and read everything else you’ve written as soon as the budget allows!
Your books are wonderful, addictive fun! I’ve read all I can get my grubby electrons on, sometimes up to 3 times each, just in the last 3 months.
Is there a master calendar somewhere so I can track when the books in your various series are coming out and, like the fox in _The Little Prince_, know when to prepare my heart to be happy?
Thank you very much!
The Sneaky Kitty Critic
There isn’t precisely a calendar, but here are the current release dates:
Wild Wolf: January 19, 2021
Catnapped: May 11, 2021
Client from Hell: July 27, 2021
Booked for Kidnapping: September 7, 2021
Up in Smoke: November 2, 2021
This may be up for debate/change, but I’m hoping to release Whiskers on Kittens (Mag Rom Com) on Christmas.