12 September 2014 by Published in: Uncategorized 17 comments

My co-authored novel with Clive Cussler, The Eye Of Heaven, broke out in its first week at #2 on the New York Times ebook bestseller list, and #5 on the hardcover print list.

So I can scratch that off my bucket list.

Here are the pages of the September 21st bestseller lists. It charted on one of the combined charts, too. So an auspicious beginning, one could say.

It’s all a dizzy whirlwind on my end as I write away every day. Hitting the lists is fun and a neat way of earning bragging rights, but the truth is that it’s readers I care most about, so my interest in the lists is only to the extent that they represent reader habits. I’ve charted on the USA Today list, and now the Times, so from this point on I won’t be paying much attention to them.

What is kind of cool is that people have been sending me photos from airports around the country, where the book is on the shelves, so that part of my evil plan is playing out nicely. It’s a charge to see one’s book next to John Green and Nora Roberts. Whodda thunk?

Still, it’s not every day you hit the NY Times bestseller lists, so I’ll have a happy memory of Sept. 11, 2014, for the rest of my life. Now back to writing. Because the damn books don’t write themselves…

Clive Cussler Eye of Heaven




  1. Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 1:50 pm

    RB you have every right to feel proud and strut your stuff. It’s damn few writers earn that lofty perch, and it’s no easy feat. Thank you for reaching for the gold ring, which only inspires people like me, and thank you for leading the way into this thing of ours.

    Now please. Return to the keyboard and thump out the next one.

    And…uh, we’re missing Craft 4.

    • Russell Blake  –  Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 7:14 pm

      I’m thumping away, as always. Thanks for the warm words.

  2. Amber Dane
    Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Awesome news, Russell. Congratulations! Always a pleasure reading good news about someone you admire. So happy for you & thanks for sharing.

  3. margaret rainforth
    Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Way to go, RB! You’re a rock star! (and an awesome writer besides!)

    • Russell Blake  –  Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 7:13 pm

      I like to think of myself as the Honey Boo Boo of pulp fiction.

      We have to chase our dreams.

      • Inge H. Borg  –  Sat 13th Sep 2014 at 12:22 pm

        Now,there’s an image I’d rather not dwell on; I’d rather remember your swarthy face below the bandanna–something you’ve apparently ditched with your growing fame.
        Heartfelt Congratulations–and thanks for not ditching your admirers from “the old days.”

  4. Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 5:45 pm

    So awesome that it happened on that day and it can be a happy memory instead. Congrats!

  5. Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Congrats, Russell! Soak it up.

  6. Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Your hard work and perseverance is astonishing to us all.. You deserve this. Congratulations, now go celebrate!

    • Russell Blake  –  Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Fortunately, neither apparently involved sobriety or talent. So I’ve got that going for me!

  7. Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Congratulations, Russell. This was not a stroke of luck. You caught this break because of all your hard work and dedication. Well deserved.

    • Russell Blake  –  Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks, Mike. What a long, strange trip it’s been…

  8. Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Congratulations! You deserve it! Hard work and long hours paid off!

  9. Sat 13th Sep 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Apply hand to back and pat. Well done. Tis a great book. I enjoyed it.

  10. cinisajoy
    Sat 13th Sep 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I so love this. You are a fantastic author. As a reader I don’t really pay attention to the lists. As your loyal devoted fan girl I love this. I will be bragging about you.

  11. dan
    Sun 14th Sep 2014 at 2:51 am

    Just took a trip from Kansas City to Southern California. My wife and I were in some airport mini-mart when I noticed the books on the wall. I grabbed the wife and told her about how one of the self-pubbed authors I stalk always wanted to get into airports because there’s a lot of money there. Lo and behold we find a hardback, The Eye of Heaven, sitting on the shelves.

    Well deserved buddy, congrats.

  12. Alan Downunder
    Sun 21st Sep 2014 at 3:18 am

    G’day Mate!!!!

    Just returned from Far North Queensland at Port Douglas and saw the new hardcover book at the Cairns Airport and the Melbourne Airport!!! No doubt it’s in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth as well!!!!!
    Can’t wait for January to come around for the Kindle edition!!!

    I’ll enjoy a nice glass of Shiraz in your honour!!!!

    Loved the “Requiem”!!! Outstanding as always!!!!

    Alan in Australia!!


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