Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Storm Without End by R.J. Blain

Epic Fantasy
Date Published: November 10, 2013

Kalen’s throne is his saddle, his crown is the dirt on his brow, and his right to rule is sealed in the blood that stains his hand. Few know the truth about the one-armed Rift King, and he prefers it that way. When people get too close to him, they either betray him or die. The Rift he rules cares nothing for the weak. More often than not, even the strong fail to survive.

When he’s abducted, his disappearance threatens to destroy his home, his people, and start a hopeless and bloody war. There are many who desire his death, and few who hope for his survival. With peace in the Six Kingdoms quickly crumbling, it falls on him to try to stop the conflict swiftly taking the entire continent by storm.

But something even more terrifying than the machinations of men has returned to the lands: The skreed. They haven’t been seen for a thousand years, and even the true power of the Rift King might not be enough to save his people — and the world — from destruction.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Writing is definitely a valid career choice. I can easily work eight hours a day on my writing, day after day. I treat my writing like I did my office job, when I had it – except I have a lot more personal investment in my writing. While I worked hard at my office job, I’m working for me now. That makes a huge difference to me! It’s much easier to put in eight hours a day or longer when I know I’m doing it because I want to. It’s like college for other careers – I have to invest the time and money now to make my career really happen.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

The editorial process is definitely the hardest part of my writing process. I work with 2-3 different editors each and every project. I have to make certain I do my job so they can do theirs – and I have to swallow some changes I may not like to better my novel.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

My editors. They’re my primary support. I also have a lot of friends in the Google+ community who listen when I’ve had a bad day at the writing gig. I’m also an editor, so my writing clients make a huge impact on my mental health – for better and for worse! My work with them lets me pay for my writing career, and I’m so very grateful for that.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I am currently working on the second installment of my epic fantasy series, Requiem for the Rift King. Storm Surge will be coming out in not too long – hopefully within the next four months!

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I do! I have some fifty books on my to-read list. However, I got The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance (Brandon Sanderson) recently, both in hardback, so I’m going to find time to work my way through these lovely, lovely tomes.

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When The Rift King is abducted, his disappearance threatens to start a hopeless and bloody war.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Mp3

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed Tatters

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Who?! (Blush)

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy

#7 – Call or Text? Text

#8 – Public School or Home School? Home School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She also has a tendency to play MMOs and other computer games.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

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April 23 - My Reading Addiction - Review
April 24 - Pure Jonel - Review
April 25 - Readsalot - Review
April 28 - Texas Book Nook - Review
April 29 - Words and Book Reviews - Review
April 30 -  Must Read Faster - Review
May 1 - Rhythem Poets - Review/Interview
May 2 - Alina Popescu - Review/Guest Post
May 2 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

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