21 March 2016 by Published in: Uncategorized 8 comments

April 18th, the first installment of my new post-apocalyptic/dystopian series will launch. Titled The Day After Never – Blood Honor, it promises to be a non-stop adrenaline rush for fans of the genre, as well as, and I know this will sound weird, sci-fi, and…westerns.

I know. WTFF? But that’s how it turned out.

Here are cover reveals for the first and second installments, Blood Honor and Purgatory Road.

These will be priced in the weeds. $2.99 for the first installment, $3.99 for the second and third, which are longer.

Early beta readers are saying this is some of my best work. I’ll publish a sneak preview of the first bit in a few, but until then, I have…covers! I’m super excited about them, and think the design, by Elizabeth Mackey, rocks. But you decide:

Rear view of businessman looking at ruins of city

Rear view of businessman looking at ruins of city



  1. Mon 21st Mar 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Covers look great. I wish she did literary fiction covers. There are so few cover designers who have samples of them in their portfolio. I recently found a designer with covers in my genre that blew my mind, but they are $1,500 and up, and I can’t afford that.

    • Zarayna  –  Mon 21st Mar 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Kim,
      Hope you don’t mind me butting in but I do sympathise with your cover dilemma.
      I don’t wish to lead you astray or suggest anything unethical but (!) I wonder if you might consider using the prototype style of cover at $1.500+ as but an inspiration for a student graphic artist to produce a cover for you although at a price that will allow you to eat.
      Just a thought. If it’s a bad thought then please forget it and ignore me.
      Whatever, I wish you well and wish you much success.

      • Kim Cano  –  Mon 21st Mar 2016 at 3:51 pm

        Thanks for the kind offer, Zarayna. My cousin is a book cover designer and has done all my covers, but I am always looking in case she is too busy. Email me a link to your portfolio so I can keep you in mind. 🙂

        • Zarayna  –  Mon 21st Mar 2016 at 4:07 pm

          Hi Kim,
          Thanks for replying – very kind.
          Wow, you have a talented cousin. Artistic genes must run in your family.
          My above suggestion was not for myself. Unfortunately, the only painting I do now are doors and window frames. But I am told that, occasionally, we can find someone on fiverr (or similar org.) who can produce a reasonable job, particularly when given clear guidance. Something worth investigating.
          I wish you well.

  2. Zarayna
    Mon 21st Mar 2016 at 3:37 pm

    This looks to be a most intriguing series – I am really looking forward to reading.
    The covers are beautiful. Lovely contrast of colours which contrasts with the desolation of the land/city-scape.

    So, congrats to you and to Elizabeth Mackey.

  3. Wed 23rd Mar 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Very nice covers indeed. Best of luck with this Series. Wondering if The Day After Never is caused by a nuclear war of negative interest rates, or both:) I look forward to reading them.

  4. Francisco A.
    Sun 17th Apr 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I can find the second book of the series on Amazon, but not the first (Blood Honor). Do you know what’s happening?

    • Russell Blake  –  Mon 18th Apr 2016 at 10:06 am

      Amazon’s releasing it within a few hours. There was a small scheduling disconnect. All will be well by noon.


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