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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Catching Up

Well, it seems things are slowing down a bit in my world so I've had more time to work on the book and marketing. This week will be devoted to mostly marketing since I do have a video to watch and a new program I downloaded and need to learn how to implement.

Although the writing is getting somewhat caught up too. I think someone heard me, maybe up above, and has granted me openings in my schedule - which is a good thing. Of course next week is filling up.

When you find yourself on overwhelm sometimes it's a good thing to voice your grievances. Anyway, I'm getting back on track. 

I am now at the part in the book, Tale, where the action is happening. I have written my first monster/beast, whichever is the proper description and I'm excited about it. It has been a lot of work, and continues to be, but I hope the scene turns out great. I'm looking forward to getting this book out there. I pray my readers like the way the story is unfolding.

Of course, it still has a long way to go, but so far, I'm liking the direction. Writing fantasy is not as easy as you think while reading it. Although, most writing isn't easy. But if you love doing it, it's worth the agonizing that comes from worrying about, well, about every aspect. 


For me, it's worth it. If not for anything, just getting my story down on paper and watching my story grow. I do enjoy writing and I do love hearing from my readers. Any time you want to leave me a comment or write me an email, I'm available. It means the world to me that you like Stevie's story and even more so when you tell me that. It keeps me writing.

Thanks to all of you who have supported me through these years and I want you to know that I appreciate you. Don't forget, when you have a moment, to sign up to my website Djenworld I will be rebuilding the site sometime next year, but when you are a part of my fan base you will get exclusive info and free books.

Take care and have a wonderful rest of your week!

Love, Lisa

Friday, October 7, 2016

Priorities

Lately I've been asking myself when will I have time to write? I've made my priority my next book, Tale, but it seems there is always something that keeps me away from time to do so. 

It's not just the marketing stuff that I have to do, it's also the learning curve - which literally sucks the time right out of my day. But there are other things too. Such as errands, cleaning, cooking, taking care of my mom, now helping her neighbor, who is a good friend of our family, with her Alzheimer issues, painting the house and a whole host of other things that are filling up my plate.

And it's not so much that I mind doing these things, it's the fact that my writing is getting pushed further down the list. I've even asked for help from one of my family members, but she's too busy for me. So I'm back to square one.

Last post I talked about breaking out my calendar and organizing - not an easy task since I'm filling it up so fast that there's no time left for anything, let alone writing. I even emailed my marketing coach about help and he suggested I go watch one of his videos.

I don't have time to sit and watch a video.

So I've decided that I'm shelving a lot of this marketing stuff, for now, and just simply writing. The fact that I'm getting my blog done is a miracle in of itself, but I've always written a blog and I figured I can at least get that done. 

It's not for a lack of trying, there's just not enough time when you're being pulled in a lot of different directions. So, again, my priority is writing, and that's what I'm going to do. Everything else is taking a back seat. 

(I know, I'm whining, but I think I'm allowed once in a while.)


I'm sure there are plenty of you that are going through the same thing. What helps you to get it all done? Are you on the computer 24/7? I can't do that with my neck and eye issues. About an hour at a time and then I have to do something else or be in pain all day.

If you get a moment let me know how you manage to get it all done - that is - if you do.

Have a great weekend all!

Love, Lisa


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Entrepreneur Blues

I'm sure most of you who are in business, whether you're a writer or sell a product(s), you have had this thought - I wish I could afford to hire an assistant.

I know I have. There are so many side marketing tasks you must perform that it can become overwhelming. First of all, I am not a computer person. I want to concentrate on my writing, not chasing after reviewers or building advertisements for Facebook. And there are a lot of other things I'm supposed to be doing to build my business.

But I have no other choice.

Then low and behold, you find out there are people out in the world that can actually help you - but there's a drawback - it costs money. For me, it's a no brainer. Either I spend the money, or I don't get it done. It's that simple.

I do not have the expertise to figure out, not to mention the time, how to perform a lot of these marketing skills. I admit it. Plus, life's too short. However, this is where organization comes in. And I've preached a lot about organizing your time.

So, it's time to break out the old calendar. Time to list what I need to do. And, hopefully, check these items off one by one. 

If you want to be successful as an indie author, and even as a traditional one, you have to market your books, otherwise they will never be noticed. Therefore, today I will be writing, and working on marketing. 

What has helped you gain more customers/followers? Are you putting in the time to get noticed? Have you broke down and hired someone to do it for you?



I would love to hear your ideas and even procrastination moments through your journey - either as a writer, or as a business owner.

I hope everyone has a great week and keep in touch!

Love, Lisa