R. D. Blake


R.D. Blake recently retired from a successful accounting and business career. Even as a child, he had an interest in science in general and space in particular and loved reading science fiction. As a parent, he enjoyed entertaining his young children with inane and wild stories he would make up on the spot. And now he is turning that interest and talent toward a larger audience. He currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
One of my favorite authors is Neil Stephanson. In particular I enjoyed Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Series (a classic and must read for everyone). Another author is Tad Williams. His Otherland and Shadowmarch were intriguing from start to finish.
How do you approach cover design?
I prefer to select a scene from the later episodes of the book--one that includes some level of interest or suspense and that will perk the reader's interest to reach that part of the story. It's not always an easy decision when you have a multitude of key characters within a novel.
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Where to find R. D. Blake online


Faith. Fate. Two words so full of potency, yet fraught with nuances touching on many of humanity’s hopes and fears. The world of Galileo was the original home of both Jude LeClaire and Bree Matthews. Yet their beginnings could not have been more removed from the other's: one born to privilege and wealth, the other to squalor and quasi-slavery. Still, each of their respective states arose from the same source. It both propelled them to what they ultimately achieved and yet worked to oppose them. For an evil has existed on Galileo for millennia, festering, hidden from the majority of its population. In the midst of malignant intent, both faith and fate worked to bring these two together. It could not have happened in any other way for these two prodigies, apart, adrift and alone, until they found each other again after the most inauspicious of ways. By that means they ascended and they brought us with them.
Prodigium: Ascension
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Saga of Michael Liddle
What if you discovered that your own past is not what you thought? In fact like no other on Earth? That you alone have no common ancestry with the human race? And that your destiny had been set out for you from choices made by others who existed eons ago? What if you were eleven year old Michael Liddle? A forgotten ancient prophecy of  a race of bestial giants who live in seclusion on a planet at some other end of the galaxy has resurfaced: a prophecy concerning the Chosen and the Cast-Out and an approaching dark force that now threatens many worlds and other civilizations. Salvation of the races in the path of this ominous galactic evil rests on the unlikely shoulders of Michael and an elfin-like Tylani princess. Whether the prophecy of the Chosen and the Cast-Out applies to these two children is uncertain but what seems sure is that the convoluted and murky future vision of the giants tells of a time of great conflict unless the "Gift of the Ideema" is found. What this "gift" is and how it can prevent the coming holocaust is unknown but the path to its discovery is a long and, quite candidly, tortuous one with danger and "complications" all along the way.


Between The Crosses Row On Row
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 130,540. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Even before David Hutchings and Clare Edwards arrive in St. Milborn-Under-the-Hill, they discover there are secrets within the precincts of the village, secrets despite its bucolic setting that speak of long-held animosities, secrets that have obscured the truth behind the death of one of the villagers.Yet it is their own secret and sinful pasts that goad them to the solution of the murder.
Prodigium: Ascension
Series: Prodigium. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,540. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
More than four millennia ago, humanity was freed to spread out across the Milky Way, its future set firmly on a new course—or so all believed. Yet that greater liberty revealed itself as only a chimera until two teenagers, two prodigies from the world of Galileo, discovered each other. It was from those juvenile and inauspicious beginnings that they ascended—and brought us with them.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,740. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Ryan Nielsen felt he was cursed, on a never ending, swirling descent into the gutter, simply struggling for existence, and suppressing his hopeless love for the girl down the street. Then someone else came into his life who asked "Is this all you want?" There was only one answer to that! Soon, he had the girl of his dreams but discovered there was more to him than he could ever have imagined.
Unvanquished: The Tale of Two Sisters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,060. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Princess Kara stands in the fulcrum of what is to come. Her world is changing, reverting, once again facing threats and creatures once believed to have been obliterated. Her father, King Jolivet, agreed to her training but is unaware of what ultimately will be required of her, in the dark as much as she is. And now, her sister, Princess Margaux's life rests in the claws of the dragon, Darkspur.
Imprisoned: The Princess and the Stable Boy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,090. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Ever since Princess Charlotte had ordered Broderick to ride with her to the old mill, his life had been turned upside down with no one granting him the right to choose his own future. With every new situation that befell him with the princess, Broderick only felt the cell door in the castle dungeon looming that much closer and the hangman’s noose appearing more and more a sure certainty.
Cursed: The Tale of No One, Nobody, and No Where
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,240. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
“As long as she lives, may she turn uglier each day… be less fair, less desirable and that it continue until her death.” Black, evil, merciless words spoken by one whom Ilena, in all of her innocence, believed loved her. What then can oppose such a foul curse? What act of man or greater power can overcome it? There is a way and that, my friend, is the great need of No One and No Body in Nowhere.
Michael Liddle: Rise of the N'uru
Series: The Saga of Michael Liddle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 222,040. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The means to find the Ideema Gift fail and Michael believes the search had become hopeless. And the prophecy now includes references to "The Lost" and "The Forsaken." What that portends is lost in the midst of Alowyn's sudden disappearance. And despite his growing powers, Michael cannot find her. Adding to his troubles is a new warning: Beware the N'uru, an ancient Yeddura word meaning "Death."
MIchael Liddle: Search for the Bastion
Series: The Saga of Michael Liddle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 191,510. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
It’s bad enough that Michael and Alowyn are expected to find the "Gift of the Ideema," a device that will save the princess' worlds from the dark threat of the Elhadra. Now the Procifi are naming him the “Arribahur” — “the one who opens the bridge,” located somewhere in an unexplained and mysterious "Bastion," to their home world. And it seems there is danger lurking in every direction he takes.
Michael Liddle: The Portal of Prophecy
Series: The Saga of Michael Liddle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 136,160. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
An ancient prophecy concerning the Chosen and the Cast-Out and an approaching dark force that threatens many planets out in the galaxy turns eleven year old Michael Liddle's own world upside down. Secrets begin to define his entire life, not only with what he begins to discover about himself, but in how he must hide the truth from his mother and his new school friends.

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