Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Virtual Book Tour: Steel Heart by RJ Blain @SneakyBookLady #blogtour #urbanfantasy #paranormal #giveaway #interview @RABTBookTours

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Jesse Alexander, #2
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Date Published: December 25, 2019

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With the Hope Diamond locked around her throat, Jesse Alexander finds herself in the unfortunate position of being a walking national treasure. With the Starfall stone poised to pulse and flood the world with more of its magic, she must figure out how to remove it before she becomes its pawn yet again.

Unfortunately, the stone has a mind—and plans—of its own. Add in a determined tiger, a wolf out for revenge, and an ultimatum to find her clan's missing Starfall stone, and it will take all of Jesse's wit and cunning to survive with her life—and her heart—intact.


Thanks for having me today! I hope everyone has had a great holiday season and a wonderful start to the new year.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Honestly, the whole part is challenging; I’m constantly editing as I go, as I can’t stand rewriting a book. (Every time a book is rewritten, it loses part of what made it charming and interesting to me, so I want to write it correctly the first time.) I have a great deal of fun with writing, but making sure the book is as ready as possible in my first and final draft is a major challenge.

Some writers need raw drafts; my first draft needs to be the final draft because of how I write. And that’s hard. (There’s so little room for error, and I have to make sure I adjust the entire book if something is changed. It’s tough!)

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

There’s a lot of 80s and 90s music kicking around my iTunes, as that’s what I grew up with. However, if I had to pick a few of my favorite musicians, I’d go with Pentatonix and the Piano Guys. I’ve also seen both groups live in concert! (I’m a bit of an addict.)

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have beta proofers, who mostly help find errors that slipped through in the initial stages of editing and proofreading. I heavily rely on my editor to help point out if something is inherently wrong with the book.

What book are you reading now?

Unfortunately, I’m between books! I’m not sure what I’ll be starting next. I have a very long TBR list, and I think I’m going to have to resort to rolling the dice to figure out what’s next on my list. I might go re-read some Ilona Andrews books, however. I always have a good time with those.

How did you start your writing career?

I lost my job. (I was laid off when the company downsized.) I needed something to do, as I was having trouble finding a new job. I decided to take writing seriously.

It worked. Color me relieved and very happy.

On January 28, 2020, I’ll be releasing Blood Bound: a Lowrance Vampires novel. Pepper was made into a vampire against her will, and to get back at the man who stole her life, she crawls from her grave and hunts miscreants—lowlife vampires who prey upon humans.

When Emerick Lowrance catches her, she’s dragged into a world of intrigue and uncertainty, as vampires have lost the ability to raise women from the dead. She’s the first woman to have survived the process in many years, making her a prize of the preternatural world.

Let’s just say she’s in a lot of trouble. It’s a fun story, and I’ve been loving working on it.

Thank you so much for having me!

About the Author

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

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

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