08 December 2012 by Published in: Jet 15 comments

JET – my breakout novel about a young female ex-Mossad agent who faked her own death to escape her past – has been selling briskly, thank heavens. So have the sequels, JET II and JET III. So what can I do to bring the year to a close with a resounding bang, you ask?

JET IV, of course.

JET IV – Reckoning, wrote itself, and after a trip to the editor, is now ready for prime time. The novel is a bit longer than the others in the series, and continues the legacy of unexpected twists, earth-shattering conspiracies, chases, action, and general mayhem – and even a little romance.

Yes, you read that right.

The R word. It’s a bit of a departure from its predecessors in that respect, but I believe the romantic entanglement expands our understanding of the character and provides an additional dimension. It’s not going to give any of the popular books with bare-chested cowboys on the cover a run for their money, but hey, 50 Shades of JET sounded kind of dumb as a working title anyway, so I didn’t go there. Thankfully. But there are some intriguing conflicts in this one that take her to the next level. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this latest installment as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I’m knee deep in writing the fifth in the Assassin series, Requiem for the Assassin, but have gotten sidetracked, so it won’t be releasing on the 27 as I had hoped. I could probably make it, but I’d have to rush the editing, and that’s never a good idea. In wine parlance, we shall release no novel before its time. Which is my way of saying that instead of finishing the year with 19 novels, it will be 18. I know. I’m a slacker. It is what it is.

I’m really excited about 2013. It will bring JET V, tentatively scheduled for Feb, and then in no particular order, another Assassin book (#6), possibly JET VI, and a Silver Justice sequel. And maybe a Fatal Exchange Sequel. And that’s it. Unless I decide to write Assassin #7. We’ll see.

My thinking is that I’ll put out 4 novels – one per quarter. That will seem like vacation after this year (seven novels). But that’s a ridiculous pace to try to sustain. And I can’t feel my feet anymore. Not that they ever felt particularly noteworthy. But still. Sitting for long periods isn’t to be done for years on end. Unless you’re a guru or a 500 pound shut-in, or lost a bet. None of which describe me.

So that’s all I have for you. JET IV, and holiday cheer, which is code for binge drinking and screaming incoherent obscenities at the circling gangs of clowns cleverly disguised as my neighbors. Which is all I have left now that my relatives stopped visiting.

For which I am endlessly thankful. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.

Oh, and the JET series is now available in paperback, as is Silver Justice, and within the next week or so, The Geronimo Breach, Fatal Exchange, and the Assassin series. Which means that if you’re wondering what to get that idiot you hate at work you got stuck with for Secret Santa, or want to ruin the minds of some young ones, or are tired of gifting your loser drunk sibling with Starbucks cards he’ll just sell for fifty cents on the dollar so he can buy booze, you can get him a Russell Blake novel or two. It’s the perfect gift. Really. And way cheaper than a pony.

On a serious note, it’s been another incredible year, and I will easily surpass my 100K books sold in 2012 goal. I thank all of you for your continued support and patronage. Except for those of you who hate me and left barely-comprehensible one star snipes disguised as legit reviews. You will die cold and alone in a drainage ditch, your dreams dead, while your enemies mock you.

Which you brought on yourself.

Just saying.

But in this season of celebration and joy, let’s not dwell on that. Better to reach out for someone you love, unless there’s a restraining order involved, in which case…oh, never mind. You’ll just make that sound ugly, too.

Don’t be haters. Now go read something.

JET IV – Reckoning, Available NOW!!!



  1. Mon 10th Dec 2012 at 2:07 am

    Wow. Congrats, Russell.

    I still have no idea how you managed to crank out 18 novels in a year. That’s nothing short of insanely ridiculous.

    And big props on selling 100,000 books in a year. Looks like I’m going to fall a bit short of that. : )

    • Russell Blake  –  Mon 10th Dec 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Well, it was actually 18 months. But still, we agree it was insane. And ridiculous.

      I’m very lucky that my work found an audience. Here’s hoping it grows in 2013!

      • Stan R. Mitchell  –  Tue 11th Dec 2012 at 2:19 am

        That’s a little more rational, but like you said, still insane and ridiculous.

  2. The Dude Abides
    Mon 10th Dec 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Congrats on a great year. Bring back Al from Geronimo Breach. That guy is my hero.

    • Russell Blake  –  Mon 10th Dec 2012 at 5:13 pm

      I’m afraid Al was a once in a million character. Can’t see bringing him back. His story was sort of already told, and his new story wouldn’t be as good, I’m afraid. Unless of course it was a prequel. Hmmmm.

  3. yoon
    Tue 11th Dec 2012 at 11:14 pm

    “Animal Planet, with a feature on the honey badger.” You kill me.

    Didn’t you write eight novels this year, not seven?

    • Russell Blake  –  Wed 12th Dec 2012 at 12:29 am

      Oh, yeah. Crap. I sort of did. Oh well. Seven. Eight. Whatever.

      I thought of you while I was writing about honey badgers. I think I can say that. I’m not ashamed. OK, a little, but only appropriately so.

      • yoon  –  Wed 12th Dec 2012 at 12:57 am

        Well… I’m not ashamed honey badgers remind you of me. They are cute. Ugly, but cute. I think they are cute, dammit!

        • Russell Blake  –  Wed 12th Dec 2012 at 1:02 am

          They are cute in a sort of ferocious way.

          If the shoe fits.

  4. John Kai
    Wed 12th Dec 2012 at 3:43 pm

    A friend turned me on the “King of Swords” and I am hooked! Looking forward to reading the entire “Assassin” series and will quickly move on to the “Jet” series. Keep it up! Aloha from Hawaii. @akolea

    • Russell Blake  –  Wed 12th Dec 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Glad you are enjoying King. Some of my best work, I think. Although JET is breaking all my prior sales records. Thanks for the warm words, and as always, wear sunscreen!

  5. TC
    Fri 28th Dec 2012 at 3:27 pm

    hi – I’ve read all your books. except the selling one.
    Loved each one and look forward to the next. Hope you’ve managed to make a reasonable living on the books you;ve sold this year. in terms of my enjoyment you deserve to be driving a ferrari but I guess it couldnt be any good on those mexican roads.

    • Russell Blake  –  Fri 28th Dec 2012 at 4:46 pm

      The selling one is actually a brutally vicious parody of self-help books. If you have a cruel, black sense of humor, you would probably even enjoy that.

      Thanks for the kind words. I’ve been very fortunate and am earning far more than I’d ever imagined from writing novels. But too right about the roads and the Ferrari. Pity, that, but I’ve never been big on the Italian go fasts anyway. One learns to make do…

  6. skarfie
    Fri 28th Dec 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Russell your eggnogis well deserved. Love your work man!
    Check out New Zealand for scenery man. Outstanding!

    • Russell Blake  –  Fri 28th Dec 2012 at 7:43 pm

      One of the places I’d love to visit. Never got there, though been to Oz a bunch of times. On my bucket list.


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