Roxanne Bland

I am a genre-bending novelist of fantasy, science fiction and romance. My motto: Reality is highly overrated.

December Doings

Here it is December, already. November went by like a slap in the face.

I did a video interview this weekend in Connecticut. It went well, at least I thought so. Hope I didn’t flub it in places too badly. It snowed, too. I hate snow. Having to clean it off a car is the pits. Scared to death to drive in it, too. I’m just not used to it anymore. Lucky for me, the roads were clear by the time I set out for the airport.

Have I ever told you how much I hate cold weather? Well, I do. Seems the older I get, the less I’m able to deal with the cold. I just don’t want to go out in it. I’ve even been known to forego grocery shopping, just so I won’t have to go outside.

So. Invasion is doing well, lots of 4 and 5 star reviews. I’m making sales, too. About 40 or 50 so far, which is not bad, considering I’ve done hardly any marketing on it. The other two books–The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground–are doing pretty good, too.

Will be making my yearly trek to Boston in January, to the Arisia sf/f convention. I think I’m also going to say the hell with it and go to Boskone, too, in February. I’ll be taking the train, and it has wi-fi, so I can work.

That’s all for now. Pretty much worn out after my trek this weekend.

Ciao!

On The Book Of The Day Campaign, Part II

Well, Saturday is coming to a close, and my Book Of The Day campaign is too.

What did I get out of it? A lot of exposure, that’s for sure. Seems like folk were coming out of the woodwork. Then again, OnlineBookClub claims to have something like 300K members. So maybe that’s it. But very few sales.

Anyway, I did see a good deal of enthusiasm. The majority of responders said they were interested. Of course, there were the few trolls who felt it necessary to proclaim that The Moreva of Astoreth “wasn’t their cup of tea,” “don’t like epic fantasy,” and whatnot. Well, then, don’t read it. Oh, yeah–and they don’t like the cover.

Tomorrow’s Book Of The Day should be VERY interesting. It’s featuring The Underground. The warning is in BIG, CAPITAL letters, but we’ll see how many people actually pay attention to it. Never mind that it’s 4.4 on the Amazon scale. I can see a lot of people complaining to the club about it. BET I get a note from Scott Hughes either banning me from the site, or at least banning me from participating in BOTD in the future. Whatever. I’m not sure I’m going to follow it like I did today. For one, I’m going to the movies tomorrow. For two, I need to get some WORK done. I don’t even know what my topic is going to be. If I don’t get SOMETHING done tomorrow, I’ll be up all Monday and Tuesday nights,… Continue reading

On The Book Of The Day Campaign

This’ll be short.

The campaign itself is going fine. Lots of reactions. But they’re not translating into sales. Four books sold today. That’s it. I suspect many of those fantastic numbers come from free or 99-cent downloads.

It tickles me that so many of the readers are congratulating me on being “Book of the Day.” Trust me, guys–we pay for that shit. Through the nose.

And We’re Live!

Invasion is published! All the links are live, the print copy is available! On Amazon, at least–I don’t know when it’ll show up on BN. If BN gets their stuff from Ingram…it may be well into next year.

I found out this time around that Smashwords puts their “imprint” on ebooks distributed by them. I really don’t like that. I thought about changing my preferences so to stop that shit, but soon realized I’d miss out on their distribution network. They’ve got one, I don’t. So I’ll just have to grit my teeth and bear with it until I do.

Aaaand…Invasion received its first 5-star review yesterday! Said some nice things about my story. And I also made a sale! I don’t consider that too bad for a book by an unknown that’s been out for a week. A harbinger of things to come? Please?

And Now, For Something Completely Different…

As Monty Python would say. Love those guys. Wish I could have seen their last show, even if Graham Chapman was there only in spirit.

So. What’s so different, you ask? Well, I’m now a rock collector. No, really. Rocks. Or, perhaps I should say, gem rocks. Emerald, sapphire, ruby…you get the picture. Mind you, these aren’t “gemmy,” that is, suitable for being cut and polished into jewelry stones. But an emerald is an emerald, you know? I bought a huge, 5-pound chunk of obsidian that I’m going to put goodness knows where. I also bought a Herkimer diamond. These are crystals that are found only in Herkimer County, in upstate New York. This one has a water bubble in it. I mean, there’s water in there. And that water would be 400 to 500 million years old. But I would dearly love to have a blue garnet. Very rare, these stones. They’re blue in fluorescent and sunlight, but purple under incandescent light. They are wildly expensive, too. I found a site that sells them, and they have some lovely specimens at lovely prices. I hold myself back because even though I have the cash, I’m not certain I have the money. I mean, I’m trying to promote my books, and I’ve got a third one coming out. I dropped $1200 just yesterday to promote The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground on ONE site.  And who knows what’s coming down the pike?

At any rate, I suppose this means… Continue reading

More Promotion!

Okay, here we go again…

And here’s the link to The Moreva of Astoreth! <a href=”http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/science-fiction/15416″ target=”_blank”>The Moreva of Astoreth</a> Click this link, and you can purchase the book from Amazon!

Promotion, Promotion, Promotion!

Wow–I’m getting really into this promotion stuff. Right now, it’s just for The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground. I really should create some buzz for Invasion. Well, let me finish with this round first, and then I’ll get to work on it. So check out below, and see what’s happening!

Here is the link for my book on AskDavid.com. <a href=”http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/paranormal/15415″ target=”_blank”>The Underground – Second Edition</a> You can make a purchase right from the page, too!

Getting There!

Received the cover for Invasion from the illustrator. Needs a tiny bit of work, and then it’s good to go. Then I can send it off to my formatter, who’ll do the ebooks and whatnot.

I’ve scheduled the paperback version of Invasion to drop on October 15. If all goes well, the ebooks will drop before then. Whew!

Stay tuned!

Finalist!

Just a quick update…The Underground: Second Edition placed as a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. I’m chuffed!

In other news, the manuscript for Invasion (and Forever Bound) is finally finished. I’ve tweaked, tweaked and tweaked, and I think I’ve caught everything. No spelling errors (never are) grammatically perfect (well, let’s hope). I will copyright it today, and then it’ll be ready for formatting.

After Invasion is published, I’m taking a break from writing. I’ve been going at this great guns for years now, and it’s time to take a rest. I’d rather write than work, but writing doesn’t pay the bills (at least not yet). And there are other things in my life that need attention right now. So I’m looking at, say, six months, but if I know me, I’ll probably last for two before I’m back at the keyboard. Regardless, a rest is in order. Give some ideas time to percolate. Like for the next Tehi and Teger book. The only things I know right now is that 1) the red fever has mutated, 2), she’s pregnant, and 3) she loses the baby because of it. And I’d really like to write about a dystopian society starring my psychiatrist. And I’d like to do some “prequels,” if you like, of the main characters in The Underground and Invasion. The rest time will give me a chance to get the books in order, too, I think.

To close, here’s a mock-up of the cover for Invasion.

Update

So, the ms is back from the editor. Went through the suggested changes. She certainly likes semi-colons. Or maybe that’s the way I write. Well, I can tell you that semi-colons don’t belong in dialogue. So, I rewrote the text to get rid of them. In fact, I rewrote all of them except for one, I think. Anyway, going through the ms one more time. And then it’s time for formatting.

Now we’re working on a cover for Invasion. I’m going to switch the werewolf and the vampire. Werewolf looks too effeminate. Vampire looks too rugged. It’s supposed to be the other way around.

Will be getting the physical proof of The Moreva of Astoreth with its new cover, soon. I already know it’s going to be fucked up. The front cover is going to spill over onto the spine. This is why I asked for a wrap-around cover. Don’t know what’s the matter with CreateSpace, but this isn’t the first time it’s happened to me, and I know other authors to whom it’s happened to, too. He just didn’t listen–went his own merry way. Well, he’s going to get a formal reprimand from me. “It’ll be what YOU want,” he said. And he didn’t give me what I wanted.

In other news, Harvey is now a Cat 4 hurricane. And it’s moving slow. Texas is gonna get fuckin’ hammered.

And here’s a pretty picture of the moon.