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A Year Without A Book

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, July 27, 2017,

So many of my readers continue to ask me when something new is coming out. My last new book was Cold-Blooded and that was released in 2015. Before that, I had something new at least once a year. 2016 was my first year without a new book. Not because I wasn’t working on stuff, but because other crazy stuff was happening in my life. So, if you’re interested in the real reason that 2016 was my year without a book, read on.

 

In February of 2016, my daughter, husband and I were sitting down to ...


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$120 Amazon Giveaway Ends December 18th!

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, December 16, 2015,

A few of my favorite authors invited me to be a part of this awesome holiday giveaway. So we're giving away one $120 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner. This giveaway ends December 18th. All you have to do is sign up to be on one or more of our newsletter/mailing lists. Each author's newsletter counts as an entry. So if you sign up for just mine, you're entered to win the gift card once. If you sign up for six newsletters, you'll be entered six times. Plus, each author is giving away some o...


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A $120 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, December 7, 2015,

A few of my favorite authors invited me to be a part of this awesome holiday giveaway. So we're giving away one $120 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner. All you have to do is sign up to be on one or more of our newsletter/mailing lists. Each author's newsletter counts as an entry. So if you sign up for just mine, you're entered to win the gift card once. If you sign up for six newsletters, you'll be entered six times. Plus, each author is giving away some of her ebooks to some lucky readers...


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Taking the Leap Into the Romance Genre: Nancy S. Thompson's STIRRED

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015,



I am thrilled to welcome Nancy back to my blog as part of her blog tour. Today she'll be discussing transitioning from the thriller genre to the romance genre with her new book, STIRRED. I really loved her new one. I think it has a little bit for everyone and I hope you'll check it out. You can read my review of it on Goodreads here


And now, Nancy:



I’m so excited to be here to chat with you all about my newest book, Stirred, a contemporary erotic suspense and my first foray into real romanc...


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Shameless Promotion of My Fellow Authors: Nancy S. Thompson's New Release, STIRRED

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, November 17, 2015,

(To see the trailer or enter the giveaway, please visit this post Blogger.)

I'm so very excited to tell you about STIRRED by Nancy S. ThompsonNancy is one of my favorite authors. Period. (Disclaimer: Yes, we are good friends but it was actually Nancy's writing talent and her first novel, THE MISTAKEN that drew me to her in the first place. It was that book that made me feel like, "Wow! I need to know more about this lady!" A friendship developed.)


Anyway, her first two novels, which are brill...


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Shameless Promotion of Fellow Writers: R. Mac Wheeler's Newest!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, October 15, 2015,
Book 3 of the 6 Ways Series


At eighteen it’s tough to decide a life path when the threat of pandemic hangs over the world, your brother is the genius who engineered the plague, and you’re repeatedly drawn into the fight against the terrorists spreading it. Plenty of people would kill an Abernathy on sight so it would be wise for Mar to visit the dojo, otherwise play invisible, but her brother is manipulating her into another adventure.



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Writing Tips from Author, Donna Huston Murray: The Best Advice You'll Ever Hear

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, September 18, 2015,

I'm really excited to welcome author, Donna Huston Murray to my writing tips segment today. I met Donna at meetings for our local chapter of Sisters In Crime. She is so wonderfully gracious and kind and never gets annoyed with me for asking all kinds of questions. She is also immensely talented. I had the pleasure of reading her latest, What Doesn't Kill You earlier this year. It is truly fabulous. I love Donna's writing and to be honest, whenever I see her, I do have a little fangirl moment ...


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Writing Tips Part 3 from Author, Augustus Cileone

Posted by Lisa L. on Saturday, August 29, 2015,

I'm thrilled to welcome back author, Augustus Cileone to my blog today for his third post in my writing tips series. Today he will be discussing the allure of mysteries, a topic I find quite fascinating myself. Although this isn't a straight writing tips-type of post, I think it does speak to the issue of what draws readers, particularly to the mystery genre.


In case you forgot, here's a little bit about my guest: 




Augustus Cileone won the Dark Oak Mystery Contest sponsored by Oak Tree Press, f...


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Things I Want You To Know About

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015,

It's me! Just little old me. I just have a couple of things to bring to your attention. Then next week I'll have another awesome writing tips post for you!


This author is Karli Rush:



Don't know her. Never met her. Never had any dealings with her at all. But I saw a Facebook post floating around about her yesterday. It touched me in my core. Her husband just died suddenly. He was the primary income in the family. They have two children. One is Autistic and the other is on dialysis awaiting a kid...


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Writing Tips from Author, Tony Knighton

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015,

I am super excited to welcome fellow crime fiction author, Tony Knighton to my blog today with his 7 Suggestions for Writing Crime Fiction. Tony is not just a Philadelphia resident like myself, he is a Philadelphia firefighter and a former Marine! (Thank you, Tony, for your service to this great nation and our great city!) I actually read about Tony in my local, neighborhood paper and reached out to him to see if he would do a guest post for me. He graciously agreed. Here's a little more abou...


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Writing Tips from Author, Marielena Zuniga

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, July 16, 2015,

I'm excited to welcome Marielena Zuniga to my blog today for the writing tips segment. She'll be talking about using meditation to help your writing. I personally really loved this post because I have a lot of trouble focusing and staying on task.



Here is a bit about Marielena:


Marielena Zuniga is a creative writer and award-winning journalist of more than thirty-five years. She has been a staff writer for newspapers and magazines and worked in public relations in corporate and nonprofit enviro...


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Writing Tips by Author, Sandra Carey Cody

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, July 2, 2015,

I am thrilled to welcome author Sandra Carey Cody to my blog this week with a fantastic post about plotting one's novel. Sandy is an amazing writer and a wonderful person. I hope you'll enjoy this post and then check out some of her work! 


Before we begin, here's a bit about your host:


Sandra Carey Cody was born and grew in Missouri, surrounded by a family who loved stories, whether from a book or told on the back porch on a Sunday afternoon. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, mov...


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Writing Tips by Author, K.A. Libby

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, June 25, 2015,

This week I welcome author, K.A. Libby for a guest post in my writing tips segment. Here's a bit about Ms. Libby:



“Beware the Sleeping Dog” is Karla Reidinger’s (k.a. libby) first novel. It hibernated as a tiny germ of an idea for years before she actually started writing the manuscript. Much like George Bernard Shaw's quote above she had an idea. She imagined its growing into a novel. She studied her favorite authors and learned how they developed the goals, obstacles and stakes for the...


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Writing Tips Part 2, Author Augustus Cileone: Using Your Experience in Fiction

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, June 18, 2015,

I'm thrilled to welcome back author, Augustus Cileone to my blog today for his second post in my writing tips series.


In case you forgot, here's a little bit about my guest: 




Augustus Cileone won the Dark Oak Mystery Contest sponsored by Oak Tree Press, for the novel, A Lesson in Murder, about homicides associated with a Philadelphia Quaker school. His second novel, Feast or Famine, a satire, deals with a traumatized man dealing with his Catholic Italian American upbringing in the 1960's and 19...


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Writing Tips from Author, Augustus Cileone

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, June 11, 2015,

I'm thrilled to welcome author, Augustus Cileone to my blog today for my writing tips series. Gus is a member of my local SINC chapter (Sisters in Crime). I can tell you that he is smart, interesting and accomplished. I'm excited to share his writing tips. Gus will be here today talking about building characters and next Thursday, he will return to discuss using your own experiences in fiction writing.


Here's a little bit about my guest: 




Augustus Cileone won the Dark Oak Mystery Contest sponso...


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Respecting Your Process

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015,

My Daughter's drawing of a "Plantster" - which is what I am: a cross between a Plotter and a Pantster

Get it? Plotter + Panster = Plantser? Pants with a Plant growing out of them. Tee hee


Last year, I posted about this awesome blog post I had discovered by author, Rachel Aaron wherein she proposed a new way to increase word count. You can read the post that I wrote here. (The bit about Aaron is all the way at the bottom, so scroll down.) What I had gotten out of her post was that if you spend a...


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Authors United Against Child Slavery

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015,

Psst . . . Please check this out. Remember that Finding Claire Fletcher t-shirt fundraiser I did last year? It was for this very same organization: Operation Underground Railroad. Now these two super awesome authors, Laura Johnston and Donna K. Weaver are going all out to mobilize the writing community in order to raise money for O.U.R. Please check it out. By the way, earlier this year, the Elizabeth Smart Foundation merged with O.U.R. Elizabeth Smart has long supported O.U.R. and I hope you...


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A New Cover and Exciting News

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015,

Okay, so I was very, very late in posting this so I apologize. But as you've probably already seen somewhere on the web, the new ABERRATION cover is out!  Here it is:



Regina Wamba of Mae I. Design came up with it. I think it is absolutely breathtaking! I'm very excited.


So to celebrate this amazing new cover, my publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing decided to run a 99 cent promotion on the ebook from May 14-18. The exciting new is that during this sale, my little old book cracked Amazon's Top 10...


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Writing Tips from Katie Mettner

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, May 11, 2015,

I am starting a new guest post feature on my blog. It is going to center around writing tips and writing advice. It will likely be irregular, but that's okay. I'll try to label each of the posts under Writing Tips so that once I've got a good store of them, you can just click on that and access them all.


For my very first Writing Tips post, I've invited the lovely Katie Mettner. Right now, she is promoting her novel, Liberty Belle on Kindle Scout. So you'll hear a little about that and then Ka...


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So Many Things . . . An Update!

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015,

Well, I am happy to say that one of the reasons I haven't been blogging or particularly active on social media, or quick at answering emails or tweets or private messages or . . . you get the picture, is that I've been working hard on my next book. Right now, it's titled COLD-BLOODED. It is the next book in what I hope will become the Jocelyn Rush series. (No, I do not have a release date yet as I still have to polish it and submit it to a publisher). I finished the first draft FINALLY (see p...


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Cover Reveal: A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015,



Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories

Author: Nick Wilford

Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction

Cover Design: Rebekah Romani ( https://www.facebook.com/rebekah.romani)

Release Date: May 25th 2015

 

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

 

I...


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Shameless Promotion of My Fellow Authors: 2 New Releases I'm Really Excited About

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, March 12, 2015,

I am just dropping in to tell you about these two books that just came out by two of my favorite authors. (Disclaimer: these authors also happen to be very good friends and wonderful human beings).


Carrie Butler's LOYALTY



AND


Michael Infinito's XXXTREME DISCRETION




Here's the skinny on these two books:


LOYALTY:


Rena Collins should be busy planning her happily-ever-after. Instead, she’s working for the enemy—or so they think. With the help of her fiancé Wallace and his unscrupulous brother Cole,...


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An Anniversary Surprise

Posted by Lisa L. on Saturday, February 14, 2015,


When I met my husband, I knew within a few hours that I was going to marry him--or try like hell to marry him, anyway. We "clicked" instantaneously. He was handsome, hilariously funny, down-to-earth, chivalrous and incredibly smart. He had been in the military, which is something I deeply respect and appreciate. We had so many things in common. We even ordered the same meal on our first date. We were also very different in many ways. We had each had different life experiences which was cool b...


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Guest Post: Elizabeth Seckman & One Super Twisted Tale

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, February 13, 2015,

I am thrilled to welcome back one of my favorite ladies to the blog today, the brilliant and incomparable Elizabeth Seckman. She's on tour for her latest release, DEFYING REASON and she has stopped by with a doozy of a story for you! Without further adieu, here she is:


Trying to come up with blog post topics is never easy, and when you're touring and trying to come up with twenty in a month...wow. So, I was wandering the web and looking up odd love stories (keeping the love thing going, ya kno...


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My First Foreign Translation

Posted by Lisa L. on Saturday, January 31, 2015,


I'm kind of ridiculously excited over this. HOLD STILL was translated into German and will be released in Germany in paperback and ebook format on 2/24/15. That's the cover there! I think Amazon Crossing did an amazing job and I'm just beyond thrilled over the whole thing. 


I think when you're collecting those rejection letters from agents and daydreaming while hitting the refresh button on your email 79 times an hour, you think about particular things: getting an agent, getting a contract wit...


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A Sad Ending

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015,


I posted a few weeks ago about a young man from my neighborhood who had gone missing the night before Thanksgiving. This past Saturday, he was found. Unfortunately, it was not the outcome that anyone in my community had hoped and prayed and wished for. Shane Montgomery's body was recovered from the Schuylkill River not far from where he was last seen by a volunteer diving group called the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit. These wonderful, compassionate people began searching at the reque...


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Real Life Drama: Shane Montgomery

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014,


If any of you are Facebook friends or followers then you've seen me post about this since just after Thanksgiving.




Please look at this young man's face. This missing persons case is deeply personal to me. Shane Montgomery is from my neighborhood. He grew up here, just like me, just like my husband, just like both of our families. His family lives one block over from where I've worked every day for the last decade, which is only blocks away from my home. In fact, they live only a few doors down...


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Finding Claire Fletcher T-Shirt Fundraiser

Posted by Lisa L. on Saturday, November 22, 2014,



I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who participated in the Finding Claire Fletcher t-shirt fundraiser! As you may know, I am raising funds for a non-profit called Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) whose goal is to stop child pornography and human trafficking. You can check them out here:


https://www.ourrescue.org/


My campaign ended on 11/12. My goal was to sell 30 shirts and I sold 35 so YOU GUYS ARE TOTALLY AWESOME!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! (Yes, multiple exclamation poin...


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Predictability v. Expectations

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, November 14, 2014,

So I read this book recently where the killer turns out to be . . . well, the killer. What I mean by that is the main character is convinced that the person who was convicted of killing her loved one is innocent and that the real killer is still out there. So the book follows her along this odyssey--her fight to bring the "real" killer to justice but in the end, it turns out that they had the right guy all along. I thought this was brilliant although perhaps it just spoke to the part of me wh...


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200

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, November 14, 2014,

Today, Finding Claire Fletcher got its 200th five star review on Amazon.


That's right. My own little underdog novel that took me literally years to sell to a publisher now has 200 FIVE STAR reviews on Amazon. You can check out the lengthy Agent Rejection Pictorial here. 


Big Pub 1 to Agent (11/5/10):

Thanks for the FINDING CLAIRE FLETCHER material. The real-life background is horrific, of course, but I'm not that sold on the novel itself.
Good luck with it!


Some writers might think, "So what? Big ...


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Yay for Re-Release Day and Last Call for Finding Claire Fletcher T-shirts!

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014,



So tomorrow is the big day! VETERANS DAY! Yes, it really is and I hope that tomorrow you will say a prayer for all the servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much so that we can live in relative safety and have all sorts of freedoms, big and small. If you see a servicemember--any day of the year--walk up to them, shake their hand and thank them for their service. I do it all the time. I've done it at parades, just walking down the street, on the bus, in airports, in restaurants, in store...


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Finding Claire Fletcher T-Shirt Fundraiser

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, October 23, 2014,

 

So, Claire Fletcher, who is the protagonist of my first novel has a birthday today!

 

In honor of her birthday, I'm holding a t-shirt fundraiser. Buy a Finding Claire Fletcher t-shirt and all profits will go to Operation Underground Railroad or O.U.R., a non-profit organization founded by a former CIA/Homeland Security agent. They use cutting-edge technology to locate and track child pornographers and human traffickers. They use their findings to assist law enforcement all over the world to st...


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So Many Things!

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, October 6, 2014,

I've been away so long! I apologize. This summer kicked my behind. I had a wee bit of a health scare which involved me having to get an MRI of my brain (everything is fine) and then a minor surgery (again, everything is also fine). 


Seriously, waiting for appointments to begin is an awesome time to write!
I think I got 3K done waiting for this MRI. 


The school year came so quickly, I've barely had time to process things, let alone blog about them. There are so many things I wanted to comment on ...


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Get Your Vote On at the eFestival of Words Awards!

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014,


So I did a post earlier this year about all the amazing authors I know who had been nominated in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2014. In an awesome turn of events, all the authors I was rooting for made it to the finals this year in one or more of the categories they were nominated in, so I'm going to ask you to help an author out and go vote for these authors. I've read their books and loved them. I am very passionate about them so please, please, PLEASE take...


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Post-Release Post #8: Fear of Disappointing Readers

Posted by Lisa L. on Sunday, July 6, 2014,

Two of my most favorite, I-would-probably-pass-out-if-I-got-within-2-feet-of-them-and-sort-of-almost-did -when-I-met-one-of-them authors are Karin Slaughter and Dennis Lehane. This is well-documented.  I discovered Lehane in the last year, but I've been reading Karin Slaughter's books for over a decade. Both writers have a series based on a specific set of characters. I'm a dedicated, passionate fan of their work.





And yet, they've both written one book I felt disappointed by.


I won't say which ...


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2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Award Nominations

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, June 27, 2014,

I'm way late to the party but better late than never, I suppose. In May, the eFestival of Words Best of Independent eBook nominations for 2014 were announced. I was super thrilled to see so many talented and deserving authors on the list this year who also happen to be friends or acquaintances. 




As you may or may not know, the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards is a "peer-nominated awards program designed to highlight the best of the independent community from both indie a...


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Another One of My Favorite Books is OUT NOW!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, June 5, 2014,

I promise this blog is not turning into a promo site. The problem is that I know so many amazing writers who keep churning out these amazing books. It's a heavy cross to bear (*winks, smiles*). So the lovely, kind, funny, crazy-talented Dana Mason has just released the third and final book in her Embrace Series. Now look, by now you guys should know I don't really do romance. I do give a lot of romance books a chance each year but usually don't make it through any of them. Dana Mason's books ...


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Otherborn Has a New Cover

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, May 30, 2014,



You guys might remember my post on the Otherborn series earlier this year. I was blown away by both books. Anyway, Otherborn has a brand new cover which I'll be sharing with you here. Please check out these books. They are totally awesome!


  


   

 

Author Bio:


Anna Silver is an author and artist living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edwar...


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Something Else Amazing Happened!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, May 22, 2014,

So you guys might remember my What if Something Amazing Happens post which is my second most popular blog post ever. (The first most popular is the one about the Finding Claire Fletcher launch). At the time, I had finally found an agent after 4 years of rejection and I had been on submissions for over a year (and had 6 more months to go!) You can go back and read the post, but basically it's about not giving up even when going forward seems like utter madness. 


As you guys also know, my first ...


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Post-Release Post #7: Marketing (Blog Tours)

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, May 16, 2014,

I've had this post sitting here for a long time, waiting to be published. So here goes! 


This post should really be called Marketing for the Indie Author because I'm pretty sure everything I'm about to say does not apply to authors published by Big 5 publishers or their imprints.  Although to be fair, authors pubbed by large houses still have to do a lot of marketing work via social media if they want to be successful.  I was going to do one post on Marketing but it turned out to be way, way, ...


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Shameless Promotion of My Fellow Authors: Nancy S. Thompson's Incredible New Release

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, May 8, 2014,

This year has been kicking my ass. Lots of stuff going on at home. Lots to keep up with. So I am sorry I haven't been blogging much. Have to narrow my focus to try to keep up with everything. But I wanted to pop back in to let you know that one of my favorite authors and favorite people, the incomparable Nancy S. Thompson has just released her second book. It is a sequel to her brilliant first novel, The Mistaken and it is call LEVERAGE



Here's the synopsis:


Four years ago, Tyler Karras’ que...


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My Third Book is Out!

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014,

Just popping in once again to let you know that my third novel, Hold Still, a stand-alone set in my native Philadelphia which I hope to develop into a series is now available in ebook format. The print version will follow in the next week or so. It actually went live last week but I haven't officially announced it till now. So if you're interested, below you'll find the cover, description and buy links. It is as gritty as it gets, so if you could stomach my first two books, you'll probably li...


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Shameless Promotion of My Fellow Writers: Carrie Butler's New Release (and why it is super freaking awesome)

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014,

Psst!  Over here!


I'm just popping in to let you know that one of my favorite authors (and favorite people in the world), Carrie Butler, has released a new novella in her Mark of Nexus series.


It's called Honesty.




It is only 99 cents right now.


It is incredibly awesome!!!!


It's no secret that I love Carrie's books. As I always say, that says a lot about her abilities because I generally can't get through anything that is either paranormal or romance--let alone both. But she is converting me one bo...


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Why You Should Read the Otherborn Series by Anna Silver

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, March 7, 2014,

I connected with author, Anna Silver through SSP (my publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing). She recently released the second book in her Otherborn series, Astral Tide. She had approached me about reading and reviewing them. Normally, I don't read very far out of my genre, but I had heard from another writer that her work was quite good, so I thought I'd give it a shot. 




I am so happy I did!!!!


I read both of these books in 3 days. I couldn't stop reading. So before I gush about how freaking awes...


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Guest Post: Top 5 Favorite Writing Tips by Elizabeth Seckman

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014,

I've asked the lovely and incomparable Elizabeth Seckman to join me today as part of her Fate Intended blog tour. I asked Elizabeth to tell me her Top 5 Writing Tips, so here she is! (It's really great stuff!)


Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there. Anton Chechov…the rule we know as Che...


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Post-Release Post #6: Signings and Events

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, February 7, 2014,

I've been to a half dozen signing events in the last year.  The most successful one was the FCF launch where I unloaded 155 paperbacks.  The least successful one was at a farmers' market on the hottest day of the year when I sold 2 books.  Everything else was in between.  What I've found is that bookstores don't really want authors.  Our local, neighborhood indie bookstore, in spite of being touted in our local, neighborhood paper for their "outreach" with local authors, actually told me, "Au...


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My Next Book

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, January 24, 2014,

I finally have a release date for my new book!  On March 25, 2014, I will release my third novel, Hold Still. The synopsis is below, but the real reason I wanted to talk about it is so you can see the freaking awesome cover which was designed by Carrie at Forward Authority Design Services.  I love this cover so much, I can't stop looking at it.  So here it is!  Voila!



Here's the synopsis (but don't go away because I want to tell you about how 2 of my favorite books are available in audiobook f...


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Best Books of 2013

Posted by Lisa L. on Sunday, January 19, 2014,

It's always hard to do a post on books I've enjoyed cause as you may know, I won't finish a book I'm not completely and totally into so basically, if I read it, I thought it was pretty awesome.  I don't suffer through books anymore--not even mediocre ones.  There's simply not enough time.  I read a lot of amazing books in 2013.  I discovered Dennis Lehane whose books spoke to my soul.  I read all of his Kenzie/Genarro series and cried when it was finished.  His books are like drugs.  All this...


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Honesty Cover Reveal

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, January 13, 2014,

Honesty (Mark of Nexus #2.5)

Category: New Adult  Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Description:
Note: This title is best enjoyed after Strength (Mark of Nexus #1) and Courage (Mark of Nexus #2). Cole Blake is more than just a roguish ladies’ man. He’s also a dedicated worker—so dedicated, in fact, that he’s willing to blackmail his boss with a falsified sex tape in order to keep his job. And his proactive efforts don’t end there. After hours, he uses his Dynari abilit...

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Post-Release Post #5: The Year in Review

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, January 3, 2014,

I had all these good intentions of doing a Happy Holidays post and a Happy New Year post . . . but those things didn't really work out.  Although I do hope you all had a fabulous holiday, and I hope 2014 brings wonderful things and good health to all!  




My family and I were sick almost the entire month of December and when we weren't there were school obligations, Christmas-type obligations and other things that needed tending to.  But I had been working on this post piecemeal and I think it's...


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12 Days of Christmas Tour & Giveaway with Author, Jane Lark

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013,

12 Days Banner Final

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour with Jane Lark.

After signing with publisher Harper Impulse, Jane, author of the smash-hit Marlow Intrigues series, has decided to end 2013 with a bang! She’s gathered together some of the industry’s best authors to create one enormous Christmas giveaway.

The huge prize is made up of more than 30 books, a combination of signed paperbacks and eBooks, and two gorgeous book bags. It’s the perfect early Christmas present for any bookworm and all you’...


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99 Cent Madness

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013,

Just popping in for a quick second to let you know some of my favorite books are going on sale for 99 cents in the coming week!


For one day only, 12/5/13, Carrie Butler's awesome new adult paranormal novels, STRENGTH and COURAGE will be 99 cents.  If you haven't read these, do yourself a favor and spend two bucks.  It will be the best two bucks you ever spent on books.  I love these books!



Get STRENGTH here.

Get COURAGE here.


Then starting 12/6/13 and running through 12/9/13, THE MISTAKEN, a roma...


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In Honor of Andrew

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, November 15, 2013,

Last weekend, one of my favorite bloggers/writers, Nick Wilford, lost his step-son Andrew.  Nick has always been extremely gracious, kind and encouraging to me.  I am deeply saddened by his step-son's passing. I cannot imagine anything worse than losing a child.  Nick's love for Andrew and his passion for making sure that Andrew's needs were met was evident in every word he wrote about Andrew and nothing short of inspiring.  Today, as I understand it, is Andrew's funeral.  Because those of us...


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The Tag You're It Blog Hop

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, November 14, 2013,
Today, the lovely and brilliant Dana Mason tagged me in this blog hop/meme thing that's going around.  It's really easy.  Yay!  All I have to do is answer the following four questions and then tag 3 people.


(Pssst . . . if you haven't read Dana's books yet, please check them out here: Dangerous Embrace and here: Precious Embrace.  They are totally awesome!)

So here goes:

1. What are you working on right now?

Well, my third novel, Hold Still is in the hands of my very capable and very wonderful cr...

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News, News, News and Oh Yeah, News

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, October 24, 2013,

I'm BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!


For now.  First, apologies to all my brilliant writer/blogger friends.  I haven't been making the rounds to comment on your blogs.  I have, however, been lurking.  I'm an excellent lurker.  I subscribe to a lot of blogs via email so there are certain blogs I've been reading the last couple of months, but I haven't been around to comment and for that I am sorry.


Obviously, things have been crazy.  Regular old full-time-job-have-a-family crazy.  But also, I've been ta...


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THANK YOU!

Posted by Lisa L. on Sunday, August 25, 2013,

Well the votes are in and my debut novel, the one that took me over six years to get into the hands of readers, the one that was passed over so many times by agents and publishers before finally finding champions, the one that was snubbed repeatedly so many times, is a WINNER!


Today Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine for Claire Fletcher and came in as runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013!




WOO HOO!!!!!!


I am thrilled and overwhelmed...


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Last Call!

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, August 19, 2013,


Yes, I've been remiss in my blogging duties.  This summer is kicking my $#%.  So I apologize.  The good news is that I'm actually making progress on my next book.  Like real progress.  I'm really just popping my head up from said manuscript to ask one more time that (if you have not already) you vote in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.  This is the last week for voting.  Voting closes August 23, 2013.  Finding Claire Fletcher is doing quite well in Best Heroine but...


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Pranks as a Form of Foreplay: A Guest Post by Cassie Mae

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013,


I am thrilled to be a stop on Cassie Mae's blog tour for her newest release, Friday Night Alibi.  For one thing, Cassie is always loads of fun and she is pretty hilarious.  Secondly, although I'm not a big romance or YA or NA reader, I think her stories have some of the most original premises out there today.  I'm blown away by her creativity.  So to celebrate the release of of her NA novel, Friday Night Alibi, I asked her to do a guest post on pranks.


So here she is!


Pranks as a Form of Forepl...


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Interview with Dana Mason

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, July 22, 2013,

I'm thrilled to have the lovely and brilliant Dana Mason here today.  Dana is a romantic suspense author whose books I can't get enough of.  So I was thrilled when I was able to get an ARC of her newest release, Precious Embrace.  It's available now.  So below you'll find some info on the book, my interview with Dana and my review.


A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and wha...


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Cover Reveal: Courage by Carrie Butler

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, July 15, 2013,

I'm thrilled to be a part of Carrie Butler's cover reveal today!  Courage is her second novel and the next book in her Nexus series, which I just love!  So here it is:



Cover Credits:

Design: Carrie Butler

Photography: Subbotina Anna & Yuri Arcurs


Here is the synopsis:


(By the way, I've had a sneak peek at this book and it is FABULOUS!)


Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but, hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering org...


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Happy Release Day, Dana Mason!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, July 11, 2013,

I'm excited to announce the release of the wonderful Dana Mason's second novel in her embrace series, Precious Embrace!  Woot, woot!




A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career.

When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason t...


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The Mistaken is on Sale!!!!

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013,



The brilliant Nancy S. Thompson's novel, THE MISTAKEN is on sale for only 99 cents from July 9th through July 15th.  It is getting rave reviews. If you haven't read this one yet, I strongly suggest that you pick it up while it only costs 99 cents.  Believe me, it will be the best 99 cents you ever spent!


Here are the links:


Amazon


Barnes & Noble


Here is the synopsis:


All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the ...


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Interview with Author Mandy Baggot

Posted by Lisa L. on Sunday, July 7, 2013,

I'm thrilled today to introduce you to romance author, Mandy Baggot, or as I like to call her, Lady B.  Mandy has two titles published with the same publisher as me, but the real reasons I wanted to invite her to my blog today are that she's pretty accomplished in her genre and also, she's super supportive of other writers, even those outside of her genre like myself.



So here is the interview and stay tuned for news of Mandy's exciting upcoming release with Harper Impulse!


1.      How long have...


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Finding Claire Fletcher is a FINALIST!!!!

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, July 1, 2013,


What else can I say but WOO HOO!!!!!!


Finding Claire Fletcher is a Finalist in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards in TWO categories! Best Novel and Best Heroine!


Lisa, this is Cloud 9.  Cloud 9, Lisa.


I am crazy humbled and flattered that my little old book that took me almost 10 years to get into the hands of readers is being recognized in this way.  I'm totally speechless.


I just want to thank all my readers, fans, supporters, friends, family and the eFestival of W...


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To Book Club or Not to Book Club?

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, June 28, 2013,

So one of the many invitations you may get as a published writer is to come to book club meetings after the club has read your book.  Now if you've written some thought-provoking, life-changing, Pulitzer Prize-winning tome of literary genius, this is a great idea!  If you're a genre writer, it gets a little weird.


 

 

In my experience, most book clubs are made up of people who only want to read thought-provoking, life-changing, Pulitzer Prize winning tomes of literary genius.  They're not intere...


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Shameless Promotion of My Fellow Writers: Michael Infinito

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013,

Just wanted to bring to your attention a newly released book by my good friend, Michael Infinito, Jr.  Mike is, in a word, awesome.  We have the same agent, and we were on submissions pretty much the entire time together and every time I wanted to crawl into bed, cry my head off and never come out again, Mike would send me an email that would make me laugh and sigh with relief that I wasn't alone.  Anyway, I had the privilege of reading his new book way, way back before he even had a contract...


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How to Date a Nerd Cover Reveal & Winners

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, June 10, 2013,

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Aberration blog hop!  It was so much fun seeing all the aberrant characters people came up with.  I'll list the winners of all the prizes below but first:




It's Cover Reveal Day for the lovely and brilliant, Cassie Mae's How to Date a Nerd.




Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy ‘you only wish you were me’ reputation, burying who she really is—an...


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Aberration Blog Hop and It's Here! It's Here! Release Day is Here!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, June 6, 2013,

Hello all!  Thanks for stopping by.  As you may know, today is the release of my second novel, Aberration.  Very quickly let me give you the skinny:

FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop is assigned to the “For You” Killer’s Task Force after a series of sadistic murders bearing the same signature arise in different parts of the country, but when the investigation leads directly back to her, she is forced to delve into her own past. To find the killer, Kassidy must confront the painful memories of h...


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The Author's Guide to Reviews

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013,



Before I begin, don't forget about the Aberration Blog Hop which will be held on June 6th and 7th to celebrate the release of my second book!  Prizes, people!  There will be prizes!  Go here to sign up.


And now for today's topic, The Author's Guide to Reviews




The Incredibly Awesome Review.  This is the 4 or 5 star where the person has only great things to say about your book.  They loved it.  They've put a great deal of thought into writing their review and even the things that they may have ta...


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Post-Release Post #4: FAQs

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013,



Before I begin, don't forget about the Aberration Blog Hop which will be held on June 6th and 7th to celebrate the release of my second book!  Prizes, people!  There will be prizes!  Go here to sign up.


Now that that's out of the way, welcome to the 4th installment of my Post-Release Series.


So now that my book has been out for six months, I've had enough time to field questions about it and about being an author and surprisingly, many of them come up over and over again.  Here are the most fre...


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Getting Behind the Violence (in my book)

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, May 16, 2013,

I've often thought about doing a post explaining why I chose to include so much violence in my novel, Finding Claire Fletcher.  I haven't done this post because I'm not in the habit of defending my own work.  As I've said many times in the past, not everything is for everyone. But now I feel this post is necessary--not in defense of my book, but in defense of people like the three Cleveland women who were recently rescued from captivity after ten long years, because Claire's story is my ficti...


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Returning with Lots of News

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013,

I hadn't planned on returning till next week, but two things happened in the last 24 hours.  One was that three women who had been missing for 10 years were found alive in a house in Cleveland.  Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. At the time of their abductions they ranged in age between 14 to 20.  The similarities to my debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher were, to say the least, chilling.  I started receiving countless messages from friends, family and readers about this news s...


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A Short Blogging Hiatus

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, March 29, 2013,

As you've probably noticed in the last month, I haven't been around the blogosphere very much.  The truth is that I can't keep up with 2013.  No matter how hard I try.  Not at home, not at work, not on social media.  About the only thing I can keep up with is at least taking my prescription medication every day . . . and even that gets dicey sometimes.  I used to be able to do it all plus half of everyone else's shit.  Now I can't seem to  complete even a simple task.  I can't remember anythi...


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Strength Blog Tour: A Guest Post by Carrie Butler

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013,


I'm thrilled to have my wonderful and brilliant friend, Carrie Butler over today for a very poignant guest post. I hope you'll read on because it's a good one . . .and stay tuned to hear more about the Strength Giveaway.


And if you haven't read the book yet, you really, really, really, really, really should cause it is beyond awesome!


And now to Carrie:




From My Lowest Point (to My Highest)


Thank you for having me over, Lisa. I'm going to share something personal today, because, well... March 19th...


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Happy Release Day, Carrie Butler!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, March 7, 2013,


I'm super thrilled to celebrate the release of Strength by the lovely and brilliant Carrie Butler.  I'm neither a romance nor a paranormal fan and yet this book had me in its clutches.  You will love it!  So check it out!  And CONGRATS to the incomparable Carrie!


    Title: Strength

Series: Mark of Nexus – Book 1

PublisherSapphire Star Publishing    Category: New Adult (NA) Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR) Release Date: March 07, 2013

Available at: AmazonKindle, Barnes and Noble, Nook, Sony ...


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To Entice You . . . An Excerpt from a Friend

Posted by Lisa L. on Saturday, March 2, 2013,

I've been given permission to post the first chapter of Michael Infinito's In Blog We Trust which is available now. This book had me turning pages all through the night so I'm thrilled to be able to whet readers' appetites with this chapter.



First Chapter of IN BLOG WE TRUST


1996


           The crowd erupted into chaotic screams as Incorrigible, the world’s biggest rock band, made their way to the stage. Wasting little time, they picked up their instruments, immediately breaking into the song,...


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Post-Release Post #3: Reviews

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013,
To comment, please visit this post at Blogger.
 


It took me awhile to write this post because there really isn't that much that one can say about reviews.  The truth is that good ones make you feel euphoric and bad ones make you feel like crap.




I think the real question for writers is whether or not to read your reviews.


I know so many authors who do not read their reviews at all, ever.  Or who stopped reading them after a particularly brutal review.  I always wondered how they could do this--I m...


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Getting Ideas From Dreams: Guest Post by Julie Flanders

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, February 11, 2013,

I'm thrilled to welcome Julie Flanders to my blog today.  Her debut novel, Polar Night was released last week.  


You can get it here.


Here is the skinny on the book:



When Detective Danny Fitzpatrick leaves his hometown of Chicago and moves to Fairbanks, Alaska he wants nothing more than to escape the violence and heartbreak that left his life in pieces. Numbed by alcohol and the frozen temperatures of an Alaskan winter, Danny is content with a dead-end job investigating Fairbanks' cold cases. Th...


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Happy Release Day to Some Awesome Ladies!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, February 7, 2013,

Just a quick post today to congratulate these three amazing writers on their release days today!


Julie Flanders' debut novel, Polar Night



When Detective Danny Fitzpatrick leaves his hometown of Chicago and moves to Fairbanks, Alaska he wants nothing more than to escape the violence and heartbreak that left his life in pieces. Numbed by alcohol and the frozen temperatures of an Alaskan winter, Danny is content with a dead-end job investigating Fairbanks' cold cases. That all changes when a prett...


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Post-Release Post #2: Readers

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, February 1, 2013,
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So now it's been almost two months since my book came out. It has been a crazy whirlwind.  I have to say that the strangest part about having your book published is this:  everyone you know reads it.  And I do mean every one.


People you never thought would read it--they read it.  People who are self-professed non-readers?  They read it.  People who haven't read a book in 10 years?  They read it.  Your 82 year old grandmother?  Yeah, she read...


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Interview with Author Donna Huston Murray

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013,
To comment on this post, please visit it at Blogger.
 



I'm really thrilled to welcome Donna Huston Murray to my blog today.  I recently joined my local chapter of Sisters In Crime where I've already connected with many incredible writers.  Donna was published by a Big 6 publisher for many years, and recently she has gone Independent with a new suspense novel that is a departure from her successful cozy series.  I was quite anxious to hear what she had to say about writing and  the publishing in...


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Cover Reveal: Polar Night by Julie Flanders

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013,

I'm very excited to be a part of debut novelist, Julie Flanders' cover reveal for her upcoming novel, Polar Night, which will be released on February 7, 2013 from Ink Smith Publishing.  Julie is a wonderful person and a very talented writer so I hope you'll all check out her book when the time comes.  For now, I'll whet your appetite with the following:




When Detective Danny Fitzpatrick leaves his hometown of Chicago and moves to Fairbanks, Alaska he wants nothing more than to escape the violen...


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Psst . . . It's a stop on the Healing Summer Blog Tour With Elizabeth Seckman

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, January 21, 2013,


(NOTE:  To comment on this post, please visit it at Blogger.)
 

I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Healing Summer Blog Tour.  Healing Summer is Elizabeth Seckman's second novel.  I discovered Elizabeth's blog last year and have been totally enthralled ever since.  She is warm, witty, hilarious and so down to earth!  I'm excited to have met her online and doubly excited to help her promote her new book!

Maybe Love, Not Time, Heals All Wounds


Ditched at the altar…biopsied for cancer…Mollie Hin...


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Happy Release Day! Michael Infinito's In Blog We Trust

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, January 17, 2013,

A couple of years ago, a writer contacted me about my agent.  He had a full out to her and he wanted to know if I was happy with her or not.  We emailed back and forth and quickly became friends.  Eventually, my agent offered him a contract, which was really cool because now we had even more in common than before.  We were on submissions together for what felt like years.  We exchanged short emails almost every single day.  Usually one to two liners, just enough to keep each other's spirits u...


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The Importance of Minor Characters: A Guest Post by Libby Heily

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, January 14, 2013,

I could not be more excited!  Today is the release of Tough Girl by Libby Heily.  I had the pleasure and privilege of reading this book in its last stages of editing and to put it quite simply, my mind was blown.  This book is completely unlike anything I've ever read.  I feel like the word masterpiece even falls short in describing the greatness of this book.  I could go on and on but I have to leave room for Libby's guest post, so if you want to know all my thoughts, I encourage you to read...


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Author Spotlight: Becca Ann, Author of Reasons I Fell For The Funny Fat Friend

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013,


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Today I'm thrilled to bring your attention to a new novel, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann.  Although this is a YA book, and I don't normally read YA, the title and premise are so intriguing to me that I find myself drawn to this book.  I've already purchased it and can't wait to read it!


So here's the blurb:



It’s stupid to fall for your brother’s ex. It’s even worse to enlist another’s help to win the ex over. Bu...


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Post-Release Post #1: The Launch

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, January 4, 2013,

My daughter said to me, "Why are we calling it a launch?  That's something only rocket ships do!"  


I don't know, but that's what we called it: "The Launch".  It was mine and my mom's idea to have some kind of party to mark the occasion of me fulfilling my lifelong dream.  So we set about planning a Launch/Release party.  We ended up having it at the neighborhood Applebee's because, well, Philadelphia doesn't have a lot of love for its debut authors.  I grew up in the Roxborough/Manayunk secti...


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2012: The Year In Review

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, December 31, 2012,



Well, 2013 is almost here! Time to reflect on the last year. I set goals every year on this blog. I can tell you without even looking that I accomplished almost none of the ones I set for myself in 2012. But I'm going to let myself slide this one time because 2012 was a wild and crazy ride, filled with incredibly high highs and terribly low lows. 


We had several sudden and unexpected deaths in our family this year--some that are still really hard to accept. In my immediate family, we were face...


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Are You Tired of Me Yet? (Also, winners and another giveaway!)

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, December 24, 2012,
To comment please visit this post at Blogger.
 

So I've been all in your faces for the last two weeks online with my Finding Claire Fletcher blog tour.  You're probably all sick of seeing me and my book and wondering where the heck I've been in terms of commenting on your blogs.


So first I want to say THANK YOU to all my blog tour hosts.  You guys have been so supportive and encouraging and wonderful--I am so blessed and grateful for each one of you!  Also THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by al...


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It's here! It's here! Release Day! Claire Fletcher is At Large!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, December 6, 2012,

Looking for the Finding Claire Fletcher Blog Tour Giveaway?


Click here.



Okay, so yeah, that's a little obnoxious but my plan is just to leave this post up till the end of the blog tour so if people meander over to my blog, they'll know where to go to enter the giveaway!


Anyway, today is the big day!  RELEASE DAY!  Today my first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher, my book baby, 8 years in the making, is being released into the world!


I can't quite believe it!


So let's see.  First, I want to thank all ...


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Look Here! The Look Meme

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012,
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The talented and intriguing L.G. Smith over at Bards and Prophets tagged me in this Look Meme awhile back.  Her post is here.  It's fabulous.


Apparently I'm supposed to find the first time I use the word look in my WIP and paste in the surrounding paragraph(s).  Then tag some people.  So I am going to go with my actual WIP, Hold Still, rather than my second novel, Aberration since that is in edits right now.  The overused word look actually ...


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Cover Reveal for Natasha Hanova's Edge of Truth

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, November 23, 2012,

Hi guys!  I'm excited to be part of the reveal team for my SSP Pub sister, Natasha Hanova's upcoming novel, Edge of Truth.  The cover is pretty awesome so check it out!  Her and I will have releases on the same day!  June 6, 2013.  Exciting stuff!




Title: Edge of Truth

Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing 

Category: Young Adult

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Dystopian

Release Date: June 6, 2013

Book Description:

  

Long Synopsis


Citizens who report to work on time, obey the Overlord’s laws, and stay off...


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, November 22, 2012,

Have a safe, healthy, happy, abundant Thanksgiving, everyone!  If you go shopping, may you not get trampled.  


I am grateful for each and everyone of you who stops by my blog and to all of you who have consistently shown me such incredible support along my writing journey!


I'm also grateful for (in no particular order) our troops, health insurance, an amazing family, great friends, the absolutely incomparable doctor who helped our family this year, having a job, sugary treats, readers and that ...


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Finding Claire Fletcher Book Trailer & Other Awesome Stuff

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, November 16, 2012,
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I'd like to thank Carrie A. Butler for her help with this.  I actually made my own trailer and then sent it to her for approval.  She worked her magic and this is the result!  So thank you, Carrie for saving my technologically challenged butt once again!


Voila!




Some other awesome stuff:


The winner of my Something Amazing Giveaway, who will receive a signed copy of Finding Claire Fletcher is . . . Prosecutor's Discretion!  Yay!  I will be in tou...


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My Something Amazing

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012,



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What is THAT?  Is that my dream come true?  Right there in that regular old box?  It IS!!!!!!


I recently received a shipment of my debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher.  For the first time, I got to hold my own book in my hands.


I'm not even going to try to tone this down.  Besides the birth of my child, this is the best feeling ever.  Best. Feeling. Ever. Seriously.  Here, look at them again from a different angle:



I sat down to write THAT ...


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Interview with Author, Katie Mettner

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, November 12, 2012,
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To comment on this post, please visit it at Blogger.


Today, I'm excited to welcome author Katie Mettner.  Her first novel, Sugar's Dance is available now.  You can get it here.  Her second novel, Sugar's Song was released on 11/9/12 and Katie graciously agreed to answer some of my questions.  Katie is a real sweetheart and she is super supportive of her fellow writers.  I'm very happy to have her here on my blog!


First, let me give you the low down on her new novel:



When I am afraid, I will tr...


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Aberration Cover Reveal!

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, November 9, 2012,

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for the I'm Thankful for my Readers bloghop!  I'm thankful that you all stopped by and that you continue to stop by.  So I promised today I'd reveal the cover for my second novel, Aberration, which is due for release from Sapphire Star Publishing on June 6, 2013.


Voila!


Okay, so I know that if you put it next to the cover for Finding Claire Fletcher, it almost looks like the same cover.  (But look closer, this dude in the hoodie has a knife!)  But in all seriou...


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The I'm Thankful for My Readers Blog Hop

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, November 5, 2012,

Today I'm participating in the I'm Thankful for . . . My Readers Bloghop which is hosted by Tara Tyler and Vikki and takes place between 11/5 and 11/8/12.



To find out all the details, go here.


Basically this is my chance to say thank you to some very important people.


But before I do that, although I'm quite late, I want to send a big CONGRATULATIONS out to Julie Flanders at What Else is Possible? whose novel, Polar Night was picked up by Ink Smith Publishing and is due out in 2013.  YAY!  I'd a...


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Interview with Thriller Author, Nancy S. Thompson

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012,


Welcome to this stop on Nancy S. Thompson's blog tour for her debut novel, The Mistaken!


I am thrilled to have Nancy here today.  If you haven't already seen her new book around the blogosphere, just know that it is an incredible, pulse-pounding read!  Here's the short synopsis:



Obsessed with revenge following the violent death of his pregnant wife, Tyler Karras pledges the woman responsible to sex-traffickers in San Francisco’s Russian Mafia.  In exchange, they’ll finally let his brother, ...


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Claire's Public Service Announcement

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, October 26, 2012,

WARNING:  DISTURBING POST AHEAD!


Below you'll see a video that rocked the city of Philadelphia over the summer.  It is distressing and disturbing footage of a grown man trying to abduct a 10 year old girl on a city street in broad daylight.  Luckily, this girl was brave enough to put up such a fight that the abductor ultimately decided it was not worth it and he fled.  He was later caught.




Last week, in my own neighborhood, mere blocks from my home there was an abduction attempt of an 8 year ol...


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Happy Release Day, Nancy S. Thompson!

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, October 18, 2012,


I'm way excited today!  Today is the release of The Mistaken which is Nancy S. Thompson's first novel.  As you probably know by now, Nancy is my bestie and my writing soul mate.  (She is also kind, warm and hilariously funny.  She's always there with supportive words when I'm a mess--she's an all round wonderful person and I'm thrilled that her dream is finally coming true!)


HAPPY RELEASE DAY, NANCY!


I feel about as excited about this release as I do about my own.  I had the pleasure and privil...


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The Bouchercon Post

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, October 15, 2012,
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So last weekend (October 4-7) I attended my very first writers' conference, The Anthony Boucher World Mystery Writers Convention or simply, Bouchercon.  It was held in Cleveland and open to both writers and readers of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre.


It was fabulous.


As most of you know, my best friend and writing soulmate is Nancy S. Thompson (whose amazing book, The Mistaken comes out on 10/18/12).  Her Bouchercon post is here and it's g...


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Interview with Mark Pryor, Author of The Bookseller

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012,
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 I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Pryor in person over the weekend at Bouchercon (a Bouchercon post is in the works, will probably be up next week).  He is ridiculously charming--he is very charismatic--and his debut novel, The Bookseller came out yesterday!  It is getting rave reviews so please stick around for the purchase links below!




Max—an elderly Paris bookstall owner—is abducted at gunpoint. His friend, Hugo Marston, head of secur...


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The Mistaken Book Trailer

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, September 24, 2012,



Because I'm not too savvy with this embedding book trailer stuff, this introductory paragraph will come after the book trailer.  Above you will find the book trailer for my friend, Nancy S. Thompson's thriller, The Mistaken which is due out on 10/18/12.  It is awesome.  Just like Nancy's book.


If you've followed my blog (or Nancy's) for any length of time, then you know we're besties.  I first "met" Nancy through Nathan Bransford's forum.  I had been looking for critique partners who wrote in ...


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Is it good or is it good? Or is it good?

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, September 18, 2012,
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Here's the deal with my reading habits.  You can visit my Goodreads profile and you'll see I've never rated a book lower than 3 stars.  (3 stars, by the way, means I liked it; it just didn't blow my mind).  Why?  Because if a book is that bad, I simply won't finish it.  And I refuse to rate a book I haven't actually read.  That seems wrong.


My time is precious.  I have a family and a full-time job.  I'm trying to do this writing thing which ...


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Carrie A. Butler's Strength: Cover Reveal

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, September 10, 2012,
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I'm way excited to share in the big reveal of Carrie A. Butler's cover for her upcoming New Adult Paranormal Romance novel, Strength.  It will be available from Sapphire Star Publishing on March 7, 2013. This novel is a study in sheer awesomeness.  I don't really read romance and I almost never read paranormal.  Both seem to bring out the raging skeptic/bitter Scrooge in me for some reason and I rarely enjoy them, no matter how well they a...


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The Next Big Thing

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, September 5, 2012,
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The lovely and talented, A.L. Jackson recently tagged me in The Next Big Thing.  So I have to answer some questions about my next book and tag five more people. 


I figure you guys are all Finding-Claire-Fletchered out so I'm going to talk about my next book, Aberration.  


What is the working title of your book?


Aberration


Where did the idea come from for the book?


I lived in this really tiny apartment once (which I called, not affectionately, the...


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Let's Talk Money or Why There Are No Writers In Philadelphia

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, August 20, 2012,

I live in Philadelphia.  And when I say that, I mean I actually live IN Philadelphia.  I don't live in one of these suburban towns an hour outside the city and call myself a Philadelphian.  (Ahem:  Bradley Cooper:  Jenkintown; Pink:  Doylestown.  NOT Philly, people.  NOT Philly.)


Stuck in traffic on the way home from a Phillies game!


I love this city.  One day I'll probably move out of it because let's face it, the crime rate ain't exactly going down, but I love it.  I grew up here, the product...


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Interview With Thriller Author, David Kessler

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, August 17, 2012,
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I am thrilled (no pun intended) to welcome thriller writer, David Kessler to my blog today!  David is from the U.K. and his Alex Sedaka series was released in the United States earlier this year.  Right off the bat, the e-book version his first Alex Sedaka novel was downloaded 20,000 times in six weeks.  Go, David!  If you read his work, you'll see why.  You can get his first novel, You Think You Know Me Pretty Well ...


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You Tell Me: What Do You Look For In A Blog?

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, August 14, 2012,
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Last week, Jeff O had a great post called Will Success Change Your Blog?  He talked about what happens to writers' blogs once they've achieved what we're all working toward:  the coveted book contract.  Blog posts tend to slow down and the blog becomes more about the author's self-promotion than anything else.  I think this is extremely tricky to navigate.  I started blogging a couple of years ago for one reas...


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Interview with Thriller Author, Jennifer Hillier

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, August 8, 2012,

I am very excited to welcome the talented and amazing Jennifer Hillier to my blog today! Jennifer's debut novel, Creep, a psychological thriller (one that will keep you up all night turning pages and checking the locks on your doors) was released last year. In fact, Creep was just recently released in paperback so if you haven't read it, go get it! Yesterday her second novel, the sequel to Creep was released. It's called Freak and here is the blurb, which I've borrowed from Freak's Amazon lis...


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Guest Post About Creating Compelling Characters by J.C. Martin, Author of Oracle

Posted by Lisa L. on Sunday, August 5, 2012,

I am very excited to welcome the amazing and talented J.C. Martin today whose thriller, Oracle was released on July 30, 2012!




J.C. and I were critique partners and I had the privilege of reading Oracle just before J.C. snagged a publisher.  It is an incredible book.  As I read through it, I had to keep reminding myself that I was supposed to be critiquing. It was just that good.  Again, here is the blurb!  Keep scrolling for the guest post on developing compelling characters.




Oracle

 

With London...


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J.C. Martin's Blog Tour Olympics

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, July 30, 2012,

I'm very excited to celebrate the release of J.C. Martin's Oracle today!  




Please visit her blog for Oracle Blog Tour Olympics.  There is a giveaway!  This is an awesome book and I will be hosting J.C. on August 5th!  Until then, here's a little bit about her release and the blog tour Olympics!



Olympics-mania is at fever pitch! What better way is there to get into the Olympic spirit than a book set around the London Games? J.C. Martin releases her debut novel, crime thriller Oracletoday! To c...


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Shameless Promotion of My Fellow Writers: Lots of Good News

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, July 26, 2012,

I just want to give a shout-out to three amazing writers who also happen to be wonderful people who have very good news to announce this week.


My friend, Michael J. Infinito, Jr. over at The Wizardry of Otin signed contracts for both of his novels!  His first novel, In Blog We Trust was picked up by Black Rose Writing and his second novel 12:19 was picked up by MuseItUp Publishing!  I'm very happy for Michael.  He has been an incredible friend to me and his books are non-stop thrill rides that...


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Hey, I'm on Goodreads!

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, July 20, 2012,

Before I start, I want to thank the lovely ladies at Falling for Fiction for hosting the Hookers and Hangers bloghop this week. It was so much fun!

So I signed my contracts in April which means it's been three and a half months since Sapphire Star Publishing made my wildest dream come true. To tell you the truth, I'm still all woo-hoo-floating-around-on-cloud-9-while-my-family-gets-annoyed-with-me-for-being-so-flighty. If you've followed my blog for any length of time then you know how ridi...


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Hookers and Hangers Bloghop: Hangers

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, July 18, 2012,
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Welcome to part 2 of the Hookers and Hangers Bloghop, hosted by the amazing writers at Falling for Fiction.



On the 16th we posted the first line of each chapter.  We're allowed to post as many as we'd like.  I did 10.


Today, we post the last line of each chapter.


That's right, today is devoted to HANGERS.  (hee hee hee)


As I said in my Hookers post, I'm using my debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher which wil...


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Hookers and Hangers Bloghop: Hookers

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, July 16, 2012,
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The lovely and talented ladies over at Falling For Fiction are hosting a bloghop!



So the deal is that today we post the first line of each chapter in one of our works.  Then on the 18th we post the last line of each chapter.


So today is for HOOKERS (tee hee hee).


I'm going to use Finding Claire Fletcher since it comes out this year (12/6/12) and I'm only going to do 10 since it has 80 chapters and I'm guess...


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Fabulous Blog Award

Posted by Lisa L. on Friday, July 13, 2012,

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It's been a bit of a crazy week but I promise to make the rounds this weekend and catch up on peoples' blog posts! In the meantime:

Tara at More Than Fiction has graciously bestowed the Fabulous Blog Award upon me! This one goes by 5s. I'm supposed to name 5 of my most fabulous moments, 5 things I love and 5 things I hate and then pass this along to 5 fabulous bloggers. So here goes:



Five...


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Interview with Gary Kassay, Author of Murder In Silence

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, July 9, 2012,
I am very excited to welcome my fellow Sapphire Star Publishing author and thriller writer, Gary Kassay to my blog today. 


Gary's crime thriller, Murder in Silence is available now! 
Here is the synopsis:  

Two police officers have been brutally killed by having their throats ripped out, but the wound appears to have been done with surgical precision. With no witnesses, no forensic evidence, and two bizarre clues to follow, the case falls to Inspector Duke Becker, head of the high profile Specia...
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Guest Post from R. Mac Wheeler: Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, July 4, 2012,
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I am pleased to welcome a Guest Blogger today! Welcome Mac!  I hope you'll visit his website and blog and check out some of his books.  I enjoy reading his blog posts on "Today's favorite passage" and his photo posts!  I hope you will too!  Here he is:

If you're an avid reader, you may care that I’m an author of character-driven SF/F/paranormals and suspense filled novels with quirky sorts who lug a lo...


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Inspiring Blog Award & Upcoming Blogfest

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012,
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Although I hardly think of myself as inspiring, the lovely and talented J.C. Martin nominated me for the Inspiring Blog Award all the way back on June 11th. Thank you, J.C.! Please check out her novel, Oracle which comes out July 30, 2012. I've read it and it is incredible!



So the rules are that I have to tell you 7 inter-related facts about myself and then nominate 7 people I find inspiring. (It was t...


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Cover Reveal

Posted by Lisa L. on Saturday, June 16, 2012,
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Woot, woot!  I can now reveal the cover of my debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher (how weird and cool is it that I can say that?  My "debut novel"?!)


Voila!



I can't believe it!  It is so surreal that the tattered pieces of looseleaf I was scribbling furiously on all the way back in 2004 when I started writing FCF have now led to this!


I want to give a big shout-out and thank you to the cover artist, Chad a...


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Shameless Promotion of My Fellow Writers: Carrie Butler

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012,
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I am really excited to let you all know that my fellow writer, critique partner and friend, Carrie A. Butler of 
So You're A Writer has some big news!  Carrie just inked a deal with Sapphire Star Publishing for her first novel, Strength.  WOO HOO!!!!



I first read Strength last year when I was critting for Carrie and she sent it over to me in pieces.  So every morning I would literally jump out of...


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Ode to Walter

Posted by Lisa L. on Sunday, June 3, 2012,

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This was supposed to be posted yesterday but alas, the day got away from me.  Weird times.  

 

Anyway, here it is:  As you know, I finally found a publisher and am nearing the completion of my lifelong goal of holding one of my own books in my hand.  I'm staring down a dream I've had since I was eleven years old.  And there is one person I had really hoped would be around to see this day who will not be--my ...


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The Hardest Part of the Writing Process

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, May 30, 2012,

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Someone once asked me what the hardest part of the writing process is for me. It took me awhile to figure this out. I don't like revising as much as I like writing the first draft so my initial reaction was: revisions, of course! But no, sometimes revisions are fun and in the end, they are quite gratifying so I can't say that revisions are the hardest part of the writing process for me.

It's the second draft.

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Brick & Mortar

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012,

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Not sure I'll ever get used to bookstores--real, physical bookstores--being referred to as "Brick & Mortar" stores. I have been a voracious reader since the age of 4. Growing up, every single week I'd take my allowance and go to our local bookstore, Encore Books (where I later worked in college) and buy as many books as my allowance could get me.

I am a lifelong book hoarder. Somewhere in sto...


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Research

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012,

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A very long time ago (or so it seems now!) I did a post celebrating my 100 followers in which I asked for suggestions for future blog posts. Sometime after that, I prepared this post and somehow never actually posted it. So I am posting it now. It is in answer to the very original J.C. Martin's suggestion for a blog topic:


I'd like you to talk more about your process when writing a crime nove...


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H is for Hoopla and Other Cool Stuff

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, May 7, 2012,

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Are you having A to Z Challenge Flashbacks?

FYI: I'm still catching up on other writers' blog posts so please bear with me, people!


First, you'll note the blog's new look. I'm still playing around with the color scheme but I'd like to thank the lovely, talented and amazing Carrie Butler for my blog header! Also check out my website to see the photo/slogan she did for my header over the...


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When Critiques Go Wrong: Are We Talking About The Same Book?

Posted by Lisa L. on Wednesday, May 2, 2012,

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So last year I was critiquing for someone and I gave her my usual disclaimer which goes a little something like this:

Please keep in mind that my suggestions are just that, suggestions. I am only one reader and also, you are the writer and ultimately you have to make choices that YOU are comfortable with. Nothing I say is gospel, it is just one reader's opinion designed to get your creative juices flowing.

She said...

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And The Winner Is . . .

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012,

So as you know from my last post, I was giving away a $15.00 Amazon gift card to a lucky follower/commenter. There were 16 comments in all so I assigned each person a number: the first commenter was 1, the second commenter was 2 . . . you get the picture. Then I went to random.org and used their true random number generator to pick the winner. The winning commenter was #8 which is Melodie of Forever Rewrighting! Yay! Thanks to all of you who commented. I will get in touch with Melodie.

I'm...


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Something Amazing Happened! Now what? (Hint: a small giveaway)

Posted by Lisa L. on Thursday, April 19, 2012,
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If you've been around awhile, you know the title is a reference to my What If Something Amazing Happens? post which is still, oddly enough, the most popular blog post I've ever written. So yeah, I kept pulling that old rope and kept getting water dumped on my head until one day, I didn't. Instead of water, I got a publishing contract. Can't say WOOOO HOOOO enough! Thank you again, Sapphire Star Publishing!



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BIG, BIG NEWS!

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, April 9, 2012,

I had so many titles for this post. This post I've been longing to be in a position to write since I landed my agent in October 2010. I thought of calling it: Delayed Gratification. *smirks* I thought of calling it: "And Then", a reference to my last Surviving Query Hell series post. But in the end I chose the old stand-by: Big Big News!


Hey, what's that?


No one ever talks about submissions. It seems to be an unwritten rule and I can see why--you don't want to tip your age...


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About Me


Lisa Regan I am a crime/suspense writer, author of Finding Claire Fletcher and Aberration, which are available now. I released my third novel, Hold Still in March 2014 which has been picked up by Thomas & Mercer. My newest release, Cold-Blooded is available now. This Blog is also available at www.lisalregan.blogspot.com for Blogger Folks!

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