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Back On The Air This Friday, 5/19/17!

Hey, everybody!

CUTV News is having me again for a series of interviews starting May 19 and ending on July 7! This week, I’ll be talking about my newest release, THE UNDERGROUND: SECOND EDITION! The show will air this coming Friday at 2 PM Eastern. Come take a listen! If you can’t, the show will be archived on my website, www.roxannebland.rocks.

Here’s the link for Friday’s show!

Hope to “hear” you there!

5 Starz!

Well, so far The Underground: Second Edition has received nothing but five-star ratings.

These are professional editorial reviews, not buyer reviews. All have said they’ve never read anything like it. This is good. I think that’s why I couldn’t sell it traditionally–nobody was thinking out of the box back then. And they’re probably not thinking out of the box, now. At any rate, the way I look at it, it’s an indication of what I can expect from lay readers. Oh, I know not all are going to be five-star. It would be silly to expect something like that. But it’s a great–no–fabulous start!

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!

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…

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

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.

Had To Share This…

A friend is reading The Moreva of Astoreth. Not only does she have a crush on Teger, she can’t put the book down. I’ve done my job as an author. I’ve delivered a mesmerizing story, and provided hours of entertainment.

My Commercial

Hey, my commercial’s up on YouTube! I have to say, the folks did a good job with it.

Here’s the link: