22 July 2012 by Published in: Uncategorized 11 comments

Finally. July 23 is here, and my new magnum opus Silver Justice officially launches!

Unlike my last bunch, this one is not going into KDP Select on its launch, and is not seeing any free days nor loans. It’s my experiment with having it on multiple platforms – B&N, Kobo, Apple, etc. I guess we’ll soon see how that works, although it typically seems to take a few months for a book to find its stride.

Silver Justice is the story of a strong female protagonist, Silver Cassidy, who is the FBI agent running a task force that’s hunting a brutal serial killer who is targeting financial industry bigwigs. It uses the 2008 financial crisis as the backdrop and posits some disturbing explanations for what caused the dislocation that is still affecting so many today.

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STOP THE PRESSES! New guest blog on writing Silver Justice with author & book reviewer Sheila Deeth.

BREAKING NEWS: A noteworthy book review for Silver Justice from author Bert Carson.

NEWS: Interview with Rachelle Ayala on writing, Silver Justice, and Jet. A good one!

MORE NEWS: New guest blog explains exactly how to write three novels a year in your spare time!

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I believe that some will hate this book. Certainly anyone connected with Washington, Wall Street or the regulators are not going to be fans, and that means that most financial journalists won’t be, either. And those that wish to view reality with rose colored glasses are going to find it deeply disturbing and frustrating – not because they will be able to rebut anything in it, but simply because it is uncomfortable for them.

Silver is a new kind of protag for me – a kick ass, no nonsense heroine reminiscent of Agent Starling from Silence of the Lambs, but more mature. When I first came up with her, I was actually thinking, “What would Starling be like 10 years after Hannibal?” I know. I don’t have much of a life. But at least the hours are good.

As part of the launch I’ll be doing a mini-blog tour replete with interviews and guest blogs and the like, and World Literary Cafe is featuring me, which is always a treat. I’m also trying to get Beyonce or Bieber to recommend the book to their fans in concert, but so far neither are returning my calls, which is probably because the clowns got to them first. F#cking clowns are always at it. Do you wonder why I hate them?

Below is the cover for Silver Justice, as well as a link to purchase it, which I understand will bring prosperity, magnetic attraction and teen-level libido, boundless good health, longevity, and the ability to crush your enemies like insects and grind their bones to jelly as you dance a victory jig on their cold, lonely graves. If that sounds like a police procedural/thriller that delivers a lot, you betcha it does. And it whitens teeth and grows hair, too.

On Tuesday I start writing my new one, JET, and I’ve very excited about it. And not just because I’ve been drinking. It will be pure escapist action/adventure featuring an ex-Mossad operative who faked her death to get out of the game, but whose past has come back to haunt her. Probably looking at a September launch for JET, so I need to get busy.

Check out Silver Justice – you can read an excerpt here, or buy the book here. As always, I appreciate the support.

And for all those complaining that I don’t post enough gratuitous sparrow photos, take that! She now weighs about a hundred and eighteen pounds, and eats two raw rib eyes a day. And I’ve trained her to attack, mutilate and kill. You don’t want a piece of me. Trust me on that.

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  1. yoon
    Sun 22nd Jul 2012 at 9:50 pm

    What a cute bloodthirsty killer bird you got there! How do your dogs get along with Bird? Does any of them want to make a quick snack out of her?

    And good luck with the launch.

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    • Russell Blake  –  Mon 23rd Jul 2012 at 2:24 am

      Thanks. Yes, one of them eyes her at least 50 times a day, so perhaps the bars aren’t to keep her in as much as to keep him out.

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  2. Mon 23rd Jul 2012 at 9:33 am

    Good luck with your Launch. I just purchased it and hope to get to read it between writing. I’m always scared that if I read while I write, other author’s ideas subconciously show up in my writing.
    I see you have braved the price wars and raised the price slightly. Well Done! I’m sure its worth more!
    My fourth book in my series goes live this weekend, July 29th and I’m going to try for a higher than my usual price for its launch.
    Hopefully one day we Indie Authors can be considered equal quality to the Big Publishing Houses and sell dollar for dollar with them!
    Good Luck with Silver Justice!
    T I WADE

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    • Russell Blake  –  Mon 23rd Jul 2012 at 9:38 am

      Don’t worry. There are no new ideas, so if any of mine pervade your psyche, it will be news to both of us.

      I wanted to experiment with a higher price. It may work, or may flop. I’m also going to play with some pricing on a summer special for a week with a few titles, lowering to see if that changes the revenue mix any.

      Hope you enjoy it. Great reviews so far!

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      • T I WADE  –  Mon 23rd Jul 2012 at 9:51 am

        Last week I dropped my prices for seven days on two of my series, the first two books, and sold a couple more but income on the books dropped. Maybe seven days is two short a time, but yesterday I put them back up and they sold the same numbers as before I dropped them!
        It is so unbelievable that books sell the same amount every week, within a few sales of each other plus, within 10-15 sales every week. I suppose I should be gratefull for sales, but a spike would really be exciting.
        Growth over the last 3 months though is about 5% per book in the U.S. and 12% in UK.
        So many eReaders out there, and the numbers can be so concise!?!
        T I WADE

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  3. Mon 23rd Jul 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Really nice cover. Looking forward to this, Russell!

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  4. Wed 25th Jul 2012 at 11:47 am

    I purchased it last night. Great cover!

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    • Russell Blake  –  Wed 25th Jul 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Carol. Be sure to let me know what you think. Unless you think it blows goats. Then, I prefer to remain delusional. Wink.

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  5. Hannah Taylor
    Thu 26th Jul 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Just bought this, really looking forward to it.

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    • Russell Blake  –  Thu 26th Jul 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Hopefully you’ll enjoy it. Be sure to let me know. I can always rewrite it if you don’t.

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  6. Hannah Taylor
    Sun 05th Aug 2012 at 9:18 am

    Well, just finished it and you don’t need to rewrite it. Fantastic book, really enjoyed it. I have now read the assassin series and this so I’m off to get your other books on my kindle.

    When is the next one out??

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