Friday, December 29, 2017

Thinking back on 2017

Wow, what a year this has been! Tale was quite a ride, to say the least. But then again, so was the other books in my series. I wanted to reflect on this last year since there were a few changes to my writing team and to my craft in general. 

I really worked hard to get this book done by the end of the year, and low and behold, I did it! My launch party was held December 10th and, thank goodness, it was another success. 

Of course, no thanks to getting Pneumonia in May, emergency gallbladder surgery in August, Rick's stem cell injections in September, serious financial struggles, and taking care of my mother who now lives next door. It was a tough year all around.

Tale was an interesting book for me because for the first time the story was completely in Djenrye, not going back and forth between worlds. But my series has seemed to develop a theme, although I won't say what it is yet just in case you haven't read the books. I really enjoyed writing Tale. I could really delve into the world of the Djen and see where Stevie's story would take me. I think it turned out rather good.

Of course, now we have another dilemma to contend with for the next book, Myth, but we learned a lot about the other dimension and about Stevie's past. My goal was to go deeper into the "Gods" aspect of the story, and carry it through. If you remember, my inspiration is Ancient Alien theory. So the world that's wielded by Gods will be unveiled.

I have always had an idea what would happen in the end of the series, but what my characters had to go through to get there, is another story entirely. I really had no idea until I started writing Tale. Now I can see the books all the way to the end.

Writing a fantasy fiction series is interesting. I had no clue when I started where it would take me. I also had no idea how much goes into creating, not only characters and their personalities, but the world of Djenrye itself. There is much more to it than you think.

Hence, the reason why my team is invaluable to me. They keep me on the right path. There has been times where Robin will point out to me that a certain character would not do whatever it is I wrote, or Michael would keep their voices the way they needed to be. I have found if I'm in a certain mood, it will come out in my writing and they will draw me back to where I need to be.

They also know my story as well as I do - that's priceless. 

Robin and Michael have been with me from the beginning. And I'm happy to say, they are still on my team. Robin is one of my critique partners, I've always had two. But after Lore, Janet decided she had too much on her plate and would have to put writing on the back burner for a bit. So, in comes Heather. I met Heather through my books. She was given them for Christmas a few years back and loved them. She emailed me and told me so, then she made the fatal mistake of telling me she wants to write. ;-)

We got together to talk about it, and a friendship was born. She is still planning to write, but in the mean time, she jumped on board at the end of Lore and now Tale. I'm happy to report, she will be with me through Myth, and I hope, the rest of the books.

Michael, at first, was my Jr. Editor. What is that you ask? Well, after my critique partners and I would go over a chapter and I would fix the changes, they would go to him. It was a pair of fresh eyes, and not to mention, he's a non-fiction writer himself, and is rather good at catching mistakes. After Fated was done, he told me he wanted to become an editor, so I gave him a chance. He edited Lore and now Tale. I hope he continues with me through the rest of the books.

I know it seems like a lot of people, but when you're like me and don't have enough confidence to strike out on your own, it sure does help to have those who know what they're doing to point out mistakes and hopefully, to learn from them. They are my family too, and I can't imagine writing a book without them.

I hope this next year is a good one. My goal is to get through Myth and hopefully publish in the spring of 2019. I did manage to learn a lot from my sister, Toni, how to format for createspace and download. I hope to learn how to format for ebooks from her this next year.

The other thing I plan to learn more about is marketing. I did learn some things this last year, but was unable to keep up with it and with this next year, plan on organizing my time better so that I can market properly. 

I do think once you read my books, you will love them. If you would like to give them a try, you can always download Fable for free and check it out. Free Fable

This is the perfect time to do so since it's winter time and you can curl up and read. If you do decide to give it a whirl, let me know what you think. I know there are a few mistakes in the book, and I do plan to go through it and fix them, but if you can overlook those few, I think you will enjoy it.

So stay tuned - Myth is being written and will be available in a year or so. If you haven't read any of the books, you still have three more to read after Fable. 

Enjoy the pictures from the launch and I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year's celebration and I pray that we all have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2018!

Love, Lisa

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Post Thanksgiving Freebie!

Hi Everyone! I hope all of you had a fantastic Turkey Day and have plans for the Holidays that will be just as wonderful. 

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I've been busy with getting Tale finished, formatted, and ready for publishing. It has been quite the learning experience for me. My sister, Toni, has always done the formatting for Createspace and the ebook, and she's moved to a different state, so we've done most of it over the phone. But I did learn a lot and hopefully I'll be able to do a lot of it for the next book, Myth.

Yes, the next book's title is, Myth. Originally I had planned on there being four books to the series, but the way the story is going I realized there will be five. Which is fine since the story needs to go the way it needs to go. 

I have started the rough draft of Myth, but like I said, a lot has been going on. I managed to write two chapters so far. I know everyone hates to wait for the next book, and I will try my hardest to get it out in a reasonable time frame, but I do want my books to be good, and not rushed. After I finish writing this blog post though, I will be starting the next chapter.

I'm extremely excited about the launch party on Dec. 10th. I look forward to seeing my friends and fans, and I hope to see some new faces there. So I thought, in the mean time, I would offer the link to read Fable for free again for those who haven't had a chance to read it. I would love to see some new readers to add to my fans. You never know, you might really like it! Here's the link: Free Fable

Give it a try and if you find you like it and want to read Lore, let me know!

I can't believe I've actually written four books now. It blows me away! But there is one book that some skip, that I think you should read AFTER Fable, Fated. I know it's a companion book, but you learn a lot more about the characters in the regular series and hey, it's a good book!

Tale will be published on Amazon this next week in the paperback format, the ebook soon to follow for those of you who are out of state or prefer the ebook format. I will announce them on Facebook as soon as they are available for purchase. 

Well, since it is cyber Monday tomorrow, I am contributing a free download, but you will be able to download it all week, not just Monday. 

In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from my fans and you know where to reach me - Facebook, or email, or even my website! Until then, have a wonderful holiday season and don't forget to let me know if you liked Tale!

Love, Lisa

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Crazy Life

First, just to let you know, Tale is coming along great! I'm on chapter 32, so only 8 more to go. At least on my end anyway. Still waiting to get back the chapters from my critique partner, Heather, so I'm sure there will be changes I have to do before sending it on to the beta readers. I'm hopeful it will be in the next couple of weeks.

Second, I'm also waiting to get the cover finished. The painting is done and scanned into a file, now waiting for the title and my name to be added, along with creating files for Amazon and the like. I do have to start on the blurb for the back and plan to do that this weekend.

So, lots going on, but in the midst of all this, I've been struggling with IBS, which hasn't been a for sure diagnosis until I have a few more tests. All I know is when I have an attack it is very painful. I've been to the Kaiser after hours and the emergency room, and even though my heart and other parts seem normal, there really is no explanation as to why I can't eat anything without finding myself in severe pain. It's extremely frustrating to say the least.

The other big news, well, almost surreal for me, is I have discovered my blood family(s). For those of you who don't know, I am adopted - hence the reason I wrote Stevie as an adopted baby. 

I was contacted by whom I think is my 3rd cousin, Debbie Mahoney, and we ended up on the phone. Since then she and I text almost everyday about who my birth parents could be. I told her that I'm sure I'm the best kept secret in their family.

After speaking with my newfound cousin, I made contact with another woman who is my 2nd cousin, which we determined, and I actually went to her house yesterday and met her. I lucked out having a blood relation here in Colorado! Her name is Elizabeth, but she goes by the nickname, Betty. 

Betty is a lovely person. I enjoyed getting to know her and learning about her side of the family - or - I guess my side. It's kind of hard to wrap my mind around it yet. I did contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics and spoke with a woman from there yesterday. She gave me another woman to contact and told me it is quite a process to unseal my adoption papers.

Both of these issues have weighed heavily on my mind and soul the last couple of weeks. It's been hard for me to concentrate on the book with all of this going on, but I'm trying to get through it. I will keep plugging away though. I have a set goal and hope I can reach it.

I do have to say my life is anything but dull. There is always some kind of conflict or different direction for as long as I can remember. 

Those of you who are adopted can fully understand what it's like for me right now. I am ready for some simplicity in my life though 'cause I'm tired.

I hope to meet my goal of having my launch in November. Keep your fingers crossed for me while I struggle through. All of you have been very supportive and have stuck by me with my book journey and other life's challenges. Thanks for that!

I'm leaving you with a couple of cool pictures, and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and hope to hear from you.

Love, Lisa

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Just Catching You Up

Now that I'm at the revisions segment of writing a book, I am reminded of how much work it is. Not only combing each line and adding or taking away either paragraphs or scenes, it's detailing the story as needed.

On top of that, I have a running list of things I want to do to the story. And I need to finish the outline so that I can glance at the book in it's entirety. Whew ... I'm tired already.

But I'm on it. I'm up to chapter eight at this point. I had a little weekend diversion - Comic Con. Which, by the way, was very successful. Not only in sales, but in meeting new contacts and building new relationships.

I do want to announce that I will be at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference this September. They set up a book store and book signing on Friday night the 8th for the authors and it's open to the public. Even more good news - Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander, will be there! You can come out and meet and say hello!

I am extremely excited about that. I want to ask her when the 9th book of the series will be out. Although she does have a new book, which is actually two novellas in one, ready to buy.

It will be at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver - Sept. 8 - 10. I hope if you're in the Denver area you decide to stop by.

So, the next thing I'm hoping is to have the book ready to publish this fall. And that means - Launch Party!! I love my launches. I have a lot of great people who come by, not only to get a signed copy of my latest and greatest, but to visit and have a wonderful cup of coffee at Bean Fosters in Golden.

Lots going on this fall, plus it will be cooler, and I'm all about cooler weather. Keep your fingers crossed for me that everything pans out and Tale will be available by November. That's my goal anyway. 

Well, I just wanted to get you caught up to what's new. The revisions are moving along great. I will be hitting up my beta readers real soon, and then off to the editor. 

I hope you're looking forward to Tale! I know a few people that are, and I've recently gained a few more fans so that's great news too.

Take care and stay in touch. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to read!

Love, Lisa

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I'm Back and Tale is Done!

Hi Everyone! I hope the last few months have been great for you. I know it's been awhile since I've posted on here, but I had decided, since not too many people ever commented on here, that maybe I would lay off it for a while and concentrate on getting my book written.

Well, it's done! At least the rough draft is finished. I just sent the last chapter to my other critique partner after fixing my marks. I'm very excited!

What's next, you ask?

I go through it again. But it will go much faster since it's all written now. I think it will take a few months to revise and be ready for beta readers. Then next, my editor.

My cover is coming along too. We had a small set back, but it will be finished by the end of the month. 

This book's premise is more about the Gods of Djenrye. There's not a lot of battles, but there is magic, and Stevie will be coming more into her role as the Guardian. She will learn some new things about herself too. I sure hope everyone of my readers like it!

The next book, maybe two, will be more about the huge battle to come and then everyone fighting for their lives! Stay tuned...

Now, onto a few announcements and a question.

I will be at Denver Comic Con if you're going. My booth number is D-18 if you decide to stop by and visit. I wish I had Tale available to buy, but it is what it is. I didn't want to rush it and it not be all it can be. I will also be at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's conference in September. It's in DTC and I think anyone can come in and buy books. I won't have Tale there because I couldn't register it since it's not published yet, but there will be a lot of fun things to do and see there. One of which, the author of Outlander will be there! 

I will have my book launch this fall. You will be able to get Tale there, since it will be all about Tale! I will let you know when that is.

Now, my question. I am thinking about writing Lineage, which is the second book in the Djenrye Chronicles series. It will be about how the Andrones came to be. I will write a chapter and post it online. You would pay a dollar to read and then you can offer your ideas, suggestions and comments as I go. 

Then when I am finished with the story, I will rewrite, and use your ideas as part of the writing. After it's all done, then it will be published on Amazon. The question is, well two questions: Would you be interested in being a part of that and would you be willing to pay as you read each chapter?

Let me know. I think it would be fun!

Again, I hope all is well with you and I look forward to revealing the cover soon and publishing Tale!

Happy Summer, Lisa

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Little of This and a Little of That - Plus an Excerpt

There's a lot that's been going on in Djen World. So I thought a little update is in order. I know I've not posted as many articles on here lately, but it's been a busy few weeks. 

Tale is coming along great! I've surpassed the halfway zone - I'm on chapter 20. I love the story so far and I'm at the peak of it. A few more chapters and it will be going into the wind down faze. I'm very excited!

I've also been getting more reviews and sales thanks to marketing. It's not a whole lot, but I'll take it. It feels good getting Fable out there. And my newsletter subscriptions has grown to 80 people. 

And I've met a few more fans who are becoming friends and that's always a bonus!

It is a slow going process, and for some it goes much faster, but at least everything's going in the right direction. I'm happy! Now, to do more. I've begun the task of advertisement on Facebook. I've only sent out two ads so far and I'm weighing the option of doing more on there. I've learned of a new way to advertise directly through Amazon so I'm thinking of trying that next.

But of course, that's another learning curve I must conquer and is my next week's study.

In the mean time, I will be opening up my blog to some guest posts. I plan to have a few of my author friends and my writing coach, Janet Roots. She's having her first writer's workshop in February and I want to get the word out there for those who are interested in writing. So make sure to look for those interviews in the near future.

Lot's happening in my little world of the Djen. 

Well, I thought I would leave you with an excerpt from Tale. I hope you enjoy and look forward to the next book in The Lorn Prophecy series.

Dusk settled on Phraile Highlae, the last of the sun’s rays disappearing behind Ty Raile ai Highlae—The Hall of Light. Laylan stood at the window facing the cliff side, and pondered her reasons for agreeing that Ty Greial could go on this journey.
Her father’s words played over and over in her thoughts, “Beware this new Guardian. She is an Omen—her foretold presence begins the Prophecy.” Even though his words spoke true, the plea that escaped his lips before he took his last breath were the words that troubled her the most, “You must not … trust her. If she is allowed to take her place, there will be no place for you. You will never gain … your status.”
Her father never understood, although she had expressed her desire repeatedly, that Laylan did not want the role. Her dream was to marry Marek and settle down in Tyré. Not to spend her life in the role of Supreme Leader.
Yet, she did as he asked—fought for their rightful place.
Laylan’s memories of being kidnapped by Torren came to the forefront. Shylae had been forced into the room with her. And they became friends. If it had not been for Ty Greial’s inner strength, Laylan realized she might not have survived. She was there for me. Now I have turned away from her—accusing her of commandeering my rightful position.
She knew this was never Shylae’s intent. If Laylan was completely truthful with herself, she would have to admit her father did not mean trust in the literal sense. He wanted her to be like him—vague and misleading—especially when it had to do with the Prophecy. His deceit made her ill and irritable. Yet, why do the Gods forsake my family’s service—my legacy?
After countless attempts to speak with the Gods, she felt abandoned—by the very deities she had turned to from the time she could walk. As she grew, her father stressed the importance of their place within the hierarchy. Once she had matured, he instructed her in the ritual to contact the Gods but he shared nothing else—until his death. He then imparted his warnings.

Laylan made no promises but told him she would do what she could to hold onto the family heritage—the station of Supreme Leader. But she was now failing in carrying out her father’s dying wish. She followed every step of the connection ritual as he had shown it to her, but for naught. The only connection had been through a dream—one that left her powerless. There had been no other choice—Laylan must do the will of Tzak. 

I hope you liked my little teaser. Have a wonderful week everyone!

Love, Lisa

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope all of you have great plans and are spending time with family and friends this weekend.

I know I haven't written a new blog post in a few weeks, but my mind has been elsewhere. I finally posted my first ad on Facebook. I know, anyone else would have whipped right through it, but I have a severe learning curve when it comes to this stuff - setting it up. They just don't make it easy for those of us who have no idea what they're talking about.

My poor marketing teacher probably rolls his eyes every time he reads my questions on the student posts. But that's what I pay him for. Thank God for my daughter. She came over and helped me set it up. 

I will get past these learning curves eventually, so bear with me. In the mean time I also sent out my first reviewer targeter and have received over twenty requests to read Fable for free with a promise of a review. I'm stoked! I can't wait to read the reviews on Amazon!

I know that it's not for everyone, but I hope and pray most like my story. I guess we shall see. 

In the meantime, I'm back to writing Tale. I'm on chapter 18 and the story is moving well, I think. This weekend will be brainstorming, along with eating my fill of turkey and pie. I'm sure it will pan out and the book will move forward as it should.

My plan is to finish and release Tale next spring/early summer. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I have it ready for Comic Con next June. That would be fantastic! 

So, it's only fitting for me to be positive and enjoy the holiday's. I hope your's is wonderful too! I am thankful for all that I have. A loving, supportive husband, my books, my children and grandchildren, my mom, and a whole lot of love. 

And, I'm grateful for all of you who have stuck with me through my writing endeavors. I appreciate all of you!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and don't forget to actually be thankful and to hug your family and friends!

Love, Lisa