Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pics From ComicCon And Free Book!

Another ComicCon gone by. Another successful conference and more of my books out into the world. I'm satisfied. We sold the same amount of books as we did last year at the Con. 

The Con was fun, exhilarating, and exhausting - but worth every hour. I love ComicCon! I would love to do others. I might do the new on in Colorado Springs next year. 

I also plan to do Starfest next year and see what else is out there. We shall see. But in the mean time, we are moving back to Denver. I'm so happy!! Finding a new place was cutting it close, but we did - Thank God!

Lot's been going on, and on top of packing, hunting for a place, ComicCon and trying to keep up with my marketing, I've been working on building ads for Facebook. In fact, I've been working on them for a few weeks, but I think we got the ad part down, now the landing page. 

Marketing is a constant learning curve. In frustration I'm surprised I still have hair on my head. It can also become expensive, and of course, we're strapped right now. Story of my life.

But that's all going to change - I can feel it! I think the more people that read my books, the more popular the series will become. I have faith!

Everyone who has read Fable has loved it, at least that's what they've told me. So if you haven't read Fable here's your chance to read it for FREE! Free Fable

Give it a read, it's free, so you can't lose! And if you do, let me know if you liked it! A review would be bonus too! 

I think if you like to read fiction, I think you'll like my book. And in the meantime, I'll see you at the fantasy conferences in Denver, or on Facebook. I mean after all, it's all about getting my series out there to the public!

Enjoy the pics of ComicCon and have a great weekend!

Love, Lisa


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's finally here - ComicCon week! A busy, busy week for me getting ready for a fun weekend filled with awesome fantasy costumes, exciting exhibits, famous sci-fi/fantasy actors, comic books and fantasy books - lots of books!

Rick and I had a blast last year and have been looking forward to this year. We have banners for behind our table and a new book to show off - very stoked!

In fact if I could I would love to do some other ComicCon's around the country. Maybe someday. But for now we have the Denver one and we look forward to getting more books out there for people to enjoy and hopefully become fans. 

I hope some of you that are in the Denver area are going to be there and if so please drop by our table. Our number is AA35 in author alley. If I've never met you make sure to tell me who you are. 

So I won't be around much, but I will check in with posting pics on Facebook and giving updates. I hope everyone has a great weekend whether you are going to the Con, or enjoying the Gay Pride parade on Sunday. Or maybe you're going camping or a road trip to get away from the heat and celebrate Father's day. Whatever it is I hope it's a blast!

I'll be checking in so look for me on Facebook!

Love, Lisa

PS. Happy Father's day for all my dad friends and family!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sometimes You Need To Give Yourself A Kick In The Butt

Getting back to writing has been tough. After all the issues we've been dealt the last few months, I'm still not in calm, breathable mode. But I decided that needs to change. 

About ten days ago I went to my first chapter, the prologue in my WIP, Tale, and scanned it. Sure it needs a lot of work, but no time like the present. I changed a few things, and scanned it again hoping I would find my inner creative person. No such luck.

So I decided I'm going to send this to my critique partner and let her, with her fresh eyes, scan it too. She did. Not long after I received the chapter back with marks. It wasn't so bad. Not great, but not bad. So I fixed the critiques, took a few mental notes, and sent it back to her with questions and thoughts. Still waiting to hear, but I took the first step.

Sometimes when life seems to be upside down, you have to give it a nudge to turn it around. When you're a writer I'm sure you've realized you tend to be a little more sensitive to life's hurdles. It can make it hard to focus and get back where you need to be. If you have found yourself in this predicament maybe my few tips can help you through it.

1. Don't give in: As a writer your life's dream is to have a lot of novels written and published with great sales and lots of fans. Don't give up on your dream just because life handed you lemons. Get back at it as soon as you can.

2. Know you have friends that have your back: We are all here to help each other, that includes your critique partner, who is probably a good friend. I knew if I sent Robin the chapter she would look at it with a critical eye knowing me and my writing. There are those you can depend on to help you out of your slump. All you need do is ask.

3. Take it slow if you need to: No one is expecting you to bounce back and be that awesome writer overnight. Between sickness, stress, and life's other challenges, we all can be faced with the task of getting back in the game. It's okay, go at your own pace, just make sure to keep moving forward.

4. Don't be so hard on yourself: Take time out to breathe. Know it will happen, but you need to take those baby steps. It's okay. Remember, we are our hardest critiques, but in a way, that can push you back to where you need to be.

5. Don't force it: Writing isn't a craft that you can sit down to no matter what. We tend to be stress balls. Try to breathe, maybe yoga or meditation, and when you sit down to write, just let it happen. You can always delete what was gibberish and move on when your head is clearer.

6. And finally, relax: Life's too short to let it get in the way of what you love. Hang in there, the words will flow again and the story will come to life. All you need give it, and yourself, is patience.

I hope these help. They are a reminder to me also. It's time for me to take those lemons and make some awesome lemonade!

Next week I will post to this blog earlier. I will be at Denver ComicCon for the weekend selling my fabulous books! I hope, if your going, you stop by my booth! I would love to see you!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Lisa

Friday, June 3, 2016

I'm Conquering My World

The distractions that life hands you are usually the normal stuff - like having to run errands, go to the grocery store, pick up the kids, and the like. In my world they aren't simply distractions, they are interruptions.

It is how it's always been in my world. You would think I'd be used to it by now, but I think the older I get, the more things get on my nerves. 

Recently the new aggravations are having to look for a place to move to by the end of June. The problem isn't so much hunting for a place, but the affordability. In Denver now the rents have doubled, seemingly over night. I have found a few places where the price is within reason, but most are full. Why? Because these places are smart enough to know that if it's a good price they will always be full.

I wish the other complexes would take heart and learn from these places. 

The other thing I noticed is the market is saturated. On Craigslist alone there was 2500 home/apt ads for Denver metro. That doesn't count all the other sites with listings. Eventually these companies will learn in order to fill your vacant places you need to bring down the price. The greed is rampant!

Next, it's my health. I received a message on my Kaiser page from the doctor stating I have a serious health problem. Although, I'm not going to say what it is on here, but I do question it's merit. So now I have to spend more money for doctor's appts and possibly medication that we simply can't afford. (My husband gets several prescriptions as it is that we struggle to pay for.)  

I'm not looking for sympathy, only stating the way my world is. It's almost like the writing Gods have it in for me. All I want to do is concentrate on my books, but something always prevents me. 

But I am ignoring the Gods! I have sent my first chapter for critique. I will write - if it kills me! That's my new motto! No more stopping the process with tick bites, pneumonia, and squirrels entering my house! No more upsets with landlords or bills!

I'm conquering my life! I'm setting the rules! This ends now! 

At least that's my new attitude.

I hope it works!

Take care all and don't forget to download Fable for free here - Free Fable Download

And don't forget, if you've read Fable already, that Lore is now on Amazon. Here's the link - Lore - Book 2 of the Lorn Prophecy

Have a great weekend all. See you next week!

Love, Lisa

Friday, May 27, 2016

Marketing Skills - A Must Have

I know, I know - you just want to write and not deal with marketing. I feel your pain. But there are some positives to marketing your own book. The number one reason would be to interact with your readers. Building relationships are key to getting your books out there. 

I mean, don't you want to see your novels out in the mainstream? If the answer is yes, then you need to get to know your readers. Believe me, I am just as guilty of not working on this stuff every day, but I don't think you have to.

Recently I was sick with pneumonia and then some other issues took precedent in my life and I wasn't following through on things I needed to do with marketing. But we all get sick and things come up so simply go on your fan page and tell your readers. It's not that complicated.  Most will forgive you and besides, no one likes to be bombarded with to much social media marketing anyway. Give yourself a break and catch up when you're ready.

Now once you're back at it, you can do some catching up. Write a blog post, contact those who offered to put you on their blog as a guest, write a newsletter. And if you have them, send out an ad.

Time is on your side, it just means it will take a little slower to get the word out about your novels. That's completely up to you. I know authors that are on it all the time and usually benefit from their hard work pretty quickly, but if life has you down, it will take you a little longer.

That's okay!

So work yourself back into the mainstream and take it one step at a time. You will get it caught up and feel much better that you did!

What are some of the things you do you open communication with your readers?

Until next week, don't forget if you would like to read my first book for FREE then go to this link and download it. Free Fable 

Once you've enjoyed Fable you can read Lore. It is online now for your reading pleasure and it's a big book so it should keep you busy for a while!

Love, Lisa

Monday, May 23, 2016

Lore Is Here!

It's done! Lore is finally published on Amazon! What's so unusual about that? Well, all the road blocks I have dealt with along the way. 

Yes, I am so grateful that this feat has finally been accomplished, but believe me, it was a long, tough journey. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for sympathy, only amazed that it's done.

There is nothing easy about self-publishing, but it is worth it in the end. I did have some learning curves - learning to write by myself instead of with my sister - several setbacks with critiques, such as deaths in families, vacations, weather constraints and the like. Also a total rewrite and a new beta reader who went through the book with me page by page, and then the dreaded issues with formatting the book for paperback and ebook. (Thank God for my sister!)

See, when it comes to understanding all this stuff, such as marketing, getting around the different sites, formatting, ect... I'm lost. Sure, I can write the book, and even though it might take me a while to get it right, or where I like it to be, I can do that. It's all the other stuff that gets me stymied. I've even been working with my daughter on some of the marketing and she's as lost as I am.

I am taking a class, but the information assumes I understand what he's talking about - I don't in a lot of cases. The easy stuff like rewriting my book descriptions I got that, it's the facebook ads, landing pages, and tracking. I have no clue.

So I'm back in that learning curve again. I'm even trying to figure out how to do a launch party on line. There's so much to learn, and along the way I have to write the next book. Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it.

There needs to be a course that goes through it all step-by-step. You know, marketing baby steps for the computer software illiterate. Now that course could make a lot of money because I know I'm not the only one who doesn't understand how to do all this stuff.

But in the meantime, bear with me. I will have a launch party on my Fanpage and I will learn to make the ads. Until then, Lore is on Amazon for those who would like to download the book. And I would sincerely appreciate anyone who reads it to leave me a review. It really helps author's ranking and get my book out there more.

Here's the link to Lore and I hope you enjoy it! Lore book 2 of The Lorn Prophecy

Until next week, enjoy Lore and let me know if you liked it!

Love, Lisa

Friday, May 13, 2016

If I Didn't Laugh ...

Well, I have to say, my life sure is interesting, to say the least. Truly, If I didn't laugh half the time, I would shed tears. But just when I thought it couldn't get any crazier, I am abruptly woken from a nap from a loud crash in the living room.

Now my first reaction was someone's trying to break in - which scared me to death. I threw on my pants, I'm sure whoever it was did not want to see me in my underwear - there's somethings you just can't unsee - and I began to slowly walk toward the sounds.

Another crash happened and I stuck my head around the corner to see ... no one?! I was like "what is going on"?! 

Then out of the corner of my eye I spotted the culprit. A squirrel. And not just any squirrel, he must have weighed at least 3 lbs (which is pretty big for a squirrel) and he was up on the side of the wall yelling at me with his chirps, twitters, and I'm not sure what other word would describe the sounds coming from him - but he was mad big-time!  

I ran to the front door to see if he would be willing to escape my house, but he wasn't having it. He stared me down and continued his yelling. I ran to the other side of the room to my cell phone and hurriedly unplugged it to call my husband Rick. Just as I clicked on his number the squirrel dashed back into this hole up near the ceiling. I guess the hole leads to the sofits outside.

Now, don't judge me.

Those of you that know me personally know that I hate this crappy cabin we've been forced to rent since the rent in Denver metro is outrageous now. It's a 1948 rock cabin with cement walls, except for the living room which is wood walls like a log cabin - well kinda. And since moving here I have done nothing but freeze half the time. Plus I've gotten sick twice, and I never get sick. Trust me, it's like living in the arctic when it's snowing up here.

So, needless to say, yes there are holes big enough for a squirrel ( or very large rat) to fit through. After the chaos died down, Rick told me to spray the hole with bug spray. He said they hate that smell. It must have worked because he didn't come back in.

Once my husband got home he found some steel fencing and covered up the hole. We thought the problem was solved - that is until Tuesday afternoon.

Here is was, lying on the couch, sick with a high fever, (from living at 8200 feet in the middle of a canyon) watching TV. All of a sudden my cable goes out. The very first thought that crossed my mind was - that squirrel is paying us back. He chewed up the wire.

When I said that to Rick he thought I was losing it. There's no way since the wires didn't go into the sofits. So I call Xfinity. Guess what?! The guy tells me our house is the only one out. Could we have critters around here that could have chewed through a cable?

I had to laugh!

Sure enough when they installed the cable the guy ran the wire right underneath the hole outside where the squirrel was coming in. Yup - paybacks.

Also explains why it's so cold in this place. So those who had convinced me how great it was for a writer to live in a house like this and get to have all this quiet, alone time to write my manuscripts, I have this to say - NOT!

Even though it is true, try to find the positives in your not so great situations, and believe me I work on it everyday, it is tough to be all smiles and joyful when you're living in a house like we do. 

It's pretty interesting though that the one reprieve I've had is a squirrel breaking in and cursing me because he freaked himself out knocking over my stuff. 

Life sure is funny...

Until next week, I'm very excited to say the proof came back for Lore and I am ready to order books! The electronic book should be ready soon for those who prefer to download. And again, if you would like to read Fable for free just follow this link: 

I promise if you click on the link nothing will bite you or jump out at you. You'll simply get to read a fantasy fiction book that will hopefully take you away from all those stresses for a little while. 

Take care, Lisa