Monday, September 28, 2015

Tour Kick Off: Blood Diamond by @rj_blain

Paranormal Suspense / Urban Fantasy / Supernatural Thriller / Light Paranormal Romance
Date Published: June 25, 2015

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction.
However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest threat of all to the survival of mankind...

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Definitely. I spend 8 hours a day working on my writing, be it working on a project or handling business affairs. I treat it like a career, so I guess it counts as one! I’m grateful I do, because it means I really enjoy my job.

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

Without doubt, the editing is the hardest part of the process. It’s almost as time consuming as the basic writing of each story—in some cases, it takes even longer than writing the story. The drafting and refinement of the story tends to be a one-person job, but I need lots of help with the editing, which makes it a big, big job.

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

I sure do—I have two people who help me equally, so I’ll mention them both. Alysha is my primary cheerleader, who hears all of the crap no reader ever wants to hear an author say. Susan is my primary proofing editor, and without her, I’d be lost.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I have so much in the works it is absolutely insane. My next big projects, however include my space opera, a traditional fantasy, a fantasy with a few steampunk elements, and working on the final Witch & Wolf novel. I also have a few standalone witch & wolf stories in the works for those who love the world!

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

I love to read, but right now, I’m between books. I just finished Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb. I’m waiting for Patricia Brigg’s next Mercy novel with bated breath. Finally, I’m looking forward to the next Harry Dresden novel by Jim Butcher.

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The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. In order to preserve his future, he must lay them to rest.

This or That?

#1 - iPod or Mp3?

iPod. Every generic mp3 player I’ve ever had broke on me. iPod is the only device to serve eight years without failing me.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

Both. Together, in a chocolate vanilla swirl, teasing me with its delicious glory.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?

Mashed potatoes. My favorite type is a creamy garlic mashed potato from an Irish pub near me called McKibbin’s.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

Comedy Dramas – Castle is a perfect example, as this is my favorite television show to date, with Mythbusters as a close second.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?

I’m going to hang my head in shame and say neither. I tried reading a Danielle Steel novel once, and I simply couldn’t get into it. I haven’t read any of Sparks’ books either.

I’ll play along and put Robin Hobb vs Jim Butcher.

Now you can watch my head explode while I drool and try to comprehend how I could possibly choose between them.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

Fantasy. If I want a reality check, I can go grab the mail.

#7 – Call or Text?

Text. Autocorrect makes for some pretty fun conversations.

#8 – Public School or Home School?

That’s an interesting question—I live in a place where kids are often forced to attend a certain language school. Because of this, and disliking the freedom of choice, I favor home schooling.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

Mix them both together and call it a day. Mochas are one of my favorite drinks! The sweetness of the chocolate counters the bitter of the coffee, thus making it an ambrosia of the gods.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

eBook. I reserve hardbacks and paperbacks for my special titles—and signed copies. I now collect autographed books, so when I get a paperback or hardback, it’s often special. eBooks allow me to get as many books as I like without having worry about if I have room for them, too!

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, and obeys the commands of Tsu Dhi, the great warrior fish.
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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