Roxanne Bland

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

The Underground: Second Edition is LIVE!

Well, the official release date isn’t until May 15, but because of the way I publish, one can’t pre-order, so it’s available now. It’s available in print and in ebook format on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Abe Books, Kobo and Smashwords. As time goes on, I’m pretty sure it’ll be available in other venues, too. But you should still get your copy today!

In other news, I’ve been ferreting out folks who might want to review my book. I’ve gone to most of my usual sources, and they seemed willing enough, despite the warning about the seriously adult content. Keeping my fingers, eyes, toes and signals crossed for excellent (or even good) reviews!

Proof Is In The Pudding

Final stages of production! Just sent off an order for the proof of The Underground Second Edition. Have a feeling I’m going to have problems with it, though. Saw something on the virtual. It looks like there’s a shadow ISBN number. Supposedly there was a problem (too light, I think) and they “fixed it.” Well, they’ll have to “fix it” again. But all in all, we’re in the homestretch!

Forgot To Mention…

I’m either getting old, or I’ve got too much to do. Those radio shows I was talking about? They’re available on my website–all 10 of them. So if you want to take a listen, go to http://roxannebland.rocks and look under the “News” tab. Sheesh.

Almost There!

A quick post: Just sent the final proof for The Underground Second Edition back to the formatter. Then its on to fitting the cover and whatnot. I’m pretty certain the physical proofs will be fine, since unlike The Moreva of Astoreth, this is a wrap-around cover.

Once this baby is out, I’ll finally be able to get back to The Underground sequel…

Back On The Air

Well, my 10-part series as a guest on CUTV News Radio ended earlier this week, on April 10th. A few days later, I got a call asking if I would again be a guest, this time for an 8-part series. They liked me that much, I suppose. It’ll be fun working with Jim and Doug again. I’ll be doing one of the shows from Balticon, so I suggested that we have the theme for that show be conventions. I have no idea what else we’ll talk about–we did the The Underground and The Moreva of Astoreth during the last set of shows, so I guess we’ll just have to see. It’ll be good for me to have to think on my feet. I used to be excellent at it, and I like to think I’m still pretty good, but it’s really a matter of keeping in practice.

And now, on a different topic, I’m gratified that my readers like The Moreva of Astoreth so much that they’d like to see a sequel, or at the very least, another book set in that universe. But I really do have to finish the sequel to The Underground first. It’s been very patient with me. Between The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground Second Edition, the sequel has been in the drafting process for about four years. Now it’s the sequel’s turn to be completed. I hope to have it out sometime in 2018–maybe in December.

That’s what’s up with me at the moment. How about you?

Goin’ Strong

I can’t believe we’re at the 7th installment of my interview series with CUTV News Radio already. These past few months have gone by so fast. I mean, it’s nearing the end of March. But then, between the day job and marketing activities, my days are full. Really, I need to start using my calendar. It’s one thing to write stuff down. It’s something else entirely to actually look at it. I have a tendency to write things down on random pieces of paper, then lose them in the piles of paper and other mess I call my office. This has been driven home to me by the delinquency notices I’ve received from NJ and MD. I have to file sales tax returns, even if I made no money. And if there’s anything I’ve learned in my career, it’s don’t fuck with the states. They’ll give you a chance, but they have no qualms about yanking your license if you don’t comply with their rules. Speaking of which, I need to check out Massachusetts…

I received a wonderful compliment yesterday. I was working, and a Face Book notice popped up that my name had been mentioned in a comment. So I clicked on it to see what it was about. Someone had alerted all of her author friends that she needed books to read, and to send her their links. Well, you can imagine how many folks sent them. Anyway, she said my books, either The Moreva of Astoreth or… Continue reading

Bling

For once, a post that has nothing to do with writing.

I’m not sure what’s come over me. I’m collecting jewelry–earrings, mostly–at an alarming rate. I’ve filled up one jewelry box, about to fill another, and the last one is so huge–it’s a ring/earring display box, really–it scares me just to think about filling it up. And I’m not buying shit, either. Some are lab grown, some are not, but none of it is what you get at your local Wal-Mart. I’m not going to say how much I’ve spent, but it’s a lot.

Back to jewelry shopping…

In Production

Finished the proofreader edits on the manuscript for The Underground Second Edition. Made a few changes here and there, but nothing major. The pre-production phase is over. Now we’re into production. I copyrighted the manuscript today, and am ready to have it formatted. Then we’ll finalize the cover–put in the ISBN, etc.–and it’ll be ready for publication.

Weird–I’m not anxious over this. The first Underground, I could feel the tension. True, it was my first book, but I was in such a hurry. I felt like I had to get it out like RIGHT NOW. The Moreva of Astoreth, not as much. The tension came from the shit job those Brit formatters and cover artists did. Lucky for me, I found Vyrdolak, who is just the best. So she’s doing The Underground Second Edition, too. Anyway, my target date is May 15, 2017, and it’s only March 12. So I’m cool. And while that’s going on, I can concentrate on other things–like finding out why my sales tax license from Maryland hasn’t come yet. And a couple of other things, too, the kind of life stuff one needs to pay attention to but doesn’t because one is so busy doing other life stuff. I don’t know about you, but I don’t multitask well, and things tend to slide. This is my time then, to straighten some of those things out.

Onward!

Coming or Going?

Goodness–don’t know which. Did I ever show you the cover for The Underground, Second Edition? If I didn’t, here it is. I think Vyrdolak did a great job on it.

Oh, wait–I must have. It’s in the picture gallery. Well, here it is again. And by the way, I only need make one more pass over the manuscript, and that bad boy will be ready to go into production. I’d anticipated that it’d be released in May, but now it looks like April. Of course, I could always hold it until May, but I haven’t decided whether I want to do that. I can make that decision once I have a product.

CUTV News Video Interview

So, as long as I’m remembering to post the good things that have been happening to me, here’s a video interview I did last October. On YouTube, the last time I looked it had almost 9,000 views. I didn’t think that was too shabby…

Well, you’re just going to have to go to YouTube. WordPress says  the file is too large. Hmm…kind of like me. At any rate, the easiest way to find me is just to plug in roxanne bland, and go from there.