Monday, July 30, 2012

Almost There, I Can See It

So close, yet so far. That's what keeps ringing in my head each time I think about not spending time on my book. We are at 48 pages left. 48 until the re-write is finally finished and it's the toughest part of the book, the climax and end! 


It has been a long re-write, a year as a matter of fact, and now less than a month away where we can finally say the re-write is finished, now onto the revisions. I can't believe we have finally reached this far. We see light at the end of the tunnel! 


People wonder why it has taken so long and the reason is simple, I had to learn how to actually write the words to make them a book. I know, to those of you that aren't writers that doesn't make sense, but when you are writing a story and want to turn it into a novel that will captivate, you need to follow certain criteria.  It's not all grammar and punctuation, it's turning a sentence around so that it says the same thing only better, more intriguing. I guess the term would be, more professional. Anyone can tell a story, writing it into a novel is a whole lot more than you could imagine.


On top of learning the skills of writing, I had to add detail, description, and action. It had to make sense and not lose the reader along the way. After all, I am creating another world, one that needs to ring true, and take you inside. 


It has been quite a process, but I love it! Each time my sister comes over and we sit down to the book, I am excited. Between the two of us we take each line, each paragraph and turn it around to be filled with richness and flow, to captivate and grab you so that you want to know more. I am totally submerged in the Djenrye world and the characters I've created.   


It is a hard thing to do, though. After a few hours of working, you are absolutely exhausted. That's another reason for it taking so long, you have to take breaks other wise you start becoming slap happy and the work gets shotty at best. Not to mention, life happens. We both work, we both have a husband, kids, ect... that seem to need our attention too! It never ends, but we look forward to the next time we get together and do it again. 


Well, today I have to go to work, but my thoughts are on my book. I think about how to set up the next scene, or what to take out or leave in. How far we will be at the end of the week. How much more until we are done with this stage of development. But, then I have to come back to earth and deal with what ever is in front of me. Until Tuesday night when my sister comes over and we immerse ourselves in the Djen world once again. I can't wait!



Leave me a line and let me know, if your writing, what you go through to get your novel ready for submission or self-publishing. Or maybe your just a supportive friend or family and now understand the process we are going through and want to add a comment. Either way, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for all you do!


Love, Lisa

Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome Lori Corsentino

Please welcome Lori Corsentino this morning. Thank you Lori for coming on my blog, I look forward to seeing any questions or comments since your books sound really fun! I especially like the name of the third book's main character. That's my given name, but I go by Lisa. Good choice! There is a contest. A name will be drawn and the winner receives great gifts from Lori, so enjoy and ask away!




Thank you for hosting me today on your blog, Lisa! I’m excited to be here to share a bit about myself, and my writing, with your readers. 


Tell us about your current series.
My new series, Tales of the Fey, is a planned trilogy centering on three siblings in a Fey royal family. The first book, titled Destiny's Awakening, focuses on the brother, Alexander. It is a bit of a twist on an old fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty involving a modern woman and a 500-year-old Prince in an enchanted sleep. This was originally a novella and meant to be an introduction to the series. I took that original story and added more details, so you have a better idea of who the characters are and how they interact with each other. It’s still meant as an introduction to the meatier 2nd and 3rd books.
The second book focuses on Annora, Alexander's twin sister and Crown Princess of their Fey realm, Sha'Mir. We first meet her in the first book. The second book starts with her being kidnapped, so she’s in a bit of a fix and in serious need of a knight in shining armor. What she gets is Sebastian "Bas" St. James, a bounty hunter. I’m really excited about this story and can’t wait to finish it.
The third book focuses on Analiese, the younger sister. She's a warrior Princess who dabbles in science and technology, making her a true Renaissance woman. While on a mission, she finds herself in a strange place, with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Enter jaded cop Jake Devlin. They’re polar opposites, and I love their interactions!
Each one of the stories in the Tales of the Fey is exciting in its own right. Together in a series, I think they’re going to be a real treat. 
What inspired your latest book?
Destiny’s Awakening is a prequel to a dark little tale about a fairy princess held captive by an evil wizard that I was working on about 4 years ago. I’ve used that material to create the Fey and mortal worlds that Alex and Evie live in, and also introduced readers to the set of characters that would be featured throughout the planned trilogy.
Tell us about your heroine. Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.
Evie is a study of contrasts. She’s active, dramatic, extroverted, and skeptical. She questions everything. She’s rather impetuous, so she’ll oftentimes do things spur of the moment and without thinking, which usually lands her in hot water! For all that, she is capable, strong, and independent, except when she finds herself in a place where she can’t get through by herself. Then she’ll reach out and ask for – or rather demand – some help. Her main strength is her confidence and sassiness. She rarely lets things get her down. Her weakness is her impetuous nature. As I mentioned, it usually gets her in trouble! All in all, I think she’s pretty amazing.
Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
Prince Alexander is definitely the strong, silent type. He’s steadfast, haughty, and in control of everything around him. He cares deeply about his people and is fiercely protective of things he considers his. He demands respect, and is rather imperious at times. You wouldn’t think it, but he does have a softer side. He is a true romantic and loves the idea of having his life partner at his side. His strength is his power of will and strong protective instincts. His weakness is his inherent caring nature. He will always give of himself to save those he loves. What a great hero to have in your corner!
Do you have critique partners?
I’m not currently active in a group, but I have had several critique partners in the past. I really enjoy working within a group. You can learn so much by reading others work, as well as tap into their writing experience. And – being accountable to a group of writers keeps you writing!
What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I’d say conflict and emotion are the toughest for me. You have to layer them in to your story, and sometimes I don’t go thick enough! Each is so intense and adds so much to the characters and story that sometimes I think I’m going overboard. I guess I just need to relax and trust myself to not get lost and go off on a tangent.
Do you have a favorite writer you’ve read over and over?
Linda Howard, hands down. She totally rocks. I think I’ve got just about every book she’s ever written. One of my favorites, After the Night, has the most intense love scene I’ve ever read. She’s a real inspiration for me and I love to read her stories!
What genres are you drawn to as a reader?
Regency romance and other historical romances are a definite favorite. I fell in love with the richness of court and country life in England in the early 1800s reading Barbara Cartland novels when I was a pre-teen. I love the combination of romance, history, intrigue, and noble characters.
I also enjoy romantic suspense. Linda Howard was the first author I read that combined romance and murder in such a way that I couldn’t put it down! This genre takes up a lot of space on my bookcases!
I can’t forget paranormal romance. I love the places where the authors can take you with their tales of the supernatural, time travel, and fantasy! If I really need to clear my mind, I’ll pick up a paranormal and enjoy a mini mind vacation.
How far do you plan ahead?
I don’t! I’m a real seat of the pants writer. I know I should plan more, and I usually do plan some after I start a new project. Then again, I have to, because I usually
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?
Write. Every singe day put hands to keyboard or pen to paper and write, even if it’s only a couple minutes, or hours at a time. I’m not the best at this, but I find that when I write for a couple days in a row, it becomes something I look forward to.
Network. Get out there and play with your fellow writers. You can learn so much from them. Plus, there’s always a good time when you get a bunch of women in a room talking about sex!
Be true to your muse. Write your own story. Now I’ll agree it’s good to hear feedback from your critique partners or beta readers, and I highly encourage writers to seek this out, but always remember that this is your story – not anyone else’s. That said – don’t be a cement head and refuse to change things! Be flexible and willing to massage what you need, but always stay true to your voice and your characters.
Don’t ever give up. Be brave and keep going. You’ll get there, and it’ll be awesome!
Do you or have you belonged to a writing organization? Which one? Have the helped you with your writing? How?
Yes. I belong to several. I started out on the Yahoo loops and at eHarlequin almost ten years ago. About 5 years ago, I joined Colorado Romance Writers, one of two Denver chapters of Romance Writers of America. I decided I wanted to get really serious with my writing. It was the best move I could have made. It changed my life. Seriously. I’ve learned so much by attending the meetings and networking with other romance writers. I’ve attended classes and workshops and learned many of the facets of the craft of writing, from grammar and characterizations to promotions. If you want to write, I highly recommend joining your local chapter. It could change your life!
Now I belong to several other groups including Heart of Denver Romance Writers, FFnP, and Savvy Authors.
Where can readers find your books?
Destiny’s Awakening is available June 28th from Amazon in both eBook and print, and from Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and All Romance eBooks in eBook format. You can also purchase directly from the publisher at www.5princebooks.com

Thanks again Lisa for having me on your blog. I’m giving away a bag of swag, including a free print copy of Destiny’s Awakening to one lucky commentor! For your reading enjoyment, below is a short excerpt of my book. I hope you enjoy!


Excerpt
Evie turned back to her inspection of the perfection of his face. Before she could stop herself, she raised a hand and traced the fine skin encircling his eyes. The tip of her finger then found the small indentation which softened his stubborn chin. Restless, she continued her journey along his square jaw and experienced the erotic tickle sensation only a man’s prickly beard could invoke.
She had plenty of male friends and colleagues, but she had not often spent intimate time with only one. Having the opportunity now to explore and caress territory which was familiar, but unexplored, was like a forbidden treat. She had to admit, she was enjoying it. Studying this masculine, magnificent man was stimulating.
And she was going to kiss him and maybe bring him back to life.
Evie took a deep breath and surrounded herself with the savory richness of his scent. She knew his life was in her hands. Likewise, her life seemed to be in his. They needed each other. It was her job to awaken him. Then it would be his job to release her and send her home.
It was time.
“Evelyn Marie Wright,” she said in her best imitation of her mother’s voice, “do the damn thing.” Evie moved her hands to rest on either side of his head and savored the sight of his succulent lips. With a final pep talk of “ah, hell,” she whispered, “here goes nothing.”
Evie closed her eyes, leaned over and hovered. There was such a tremendous pull to cross that final inch and lay her trembling lips on his. She dropped her head until their mouths met. Molten sensations rushed through her the second she made contact.
She was on fire.
Her lips tingled, shooting a white hot awareness throughout her body. Evie was determined to do a thorough job of kissing his highness. She gave herself permission to let go, to give way to fantasy and let her mouth run wild. She indulged herself with his full bottom lip as she’d wanted to ever since she’d gotten a good look at him. She nipped it, tugged on it, and ran her tongue along to soothe her rowdy ministrations. She increased and lessened the pressure, then pressed quick kisses first along the bottom, then the top.
There was a taste on his lips that hinted of sweet herbs. It was odd, given the circumstances, but very pleasant. She went back for more, snaking her tongue along the lower lobe. When she was about to intensify her kiss, his lips softened. They became flexible, then once again hardened against hers, exerting their own pressure.
He was responding!
His lips moved against hers. The reciprocal caress encouraged her to continue exploring. Startled, she broke the contact. A hand cradled the back of her head and exerted enough pressure to bring her lips back to his.
Oh no, what had she done?


Lori Corsentino Bio
Lori’s love of reading has transcended to include penning her own tales of romance. She is experimenting with writing in several different genres, including paranormal – a definite favorite. “There is just so much you can do when you step outside the known world,” she explains “and creating a paranormal story allows you to take yourself and your readers anywhere your imagination wants to go!”

Destiny's Awakening is Lori's first foray into the "Tales of the Fey" paranormal romance trilogy. Visit her website at www.loricorsentino.com and follow her on Twitter @LoriCorsentino and on Facebook.com/LoriCorsentino. Also check out her blog weekly for a Manic Monday, Wicked Writer Wednesday, or Favorite Friday entry.

Thanks again Lori! This was fun and I really enjoy the hot guy on your cover, you go girl! Please make sure you leave a comment and join in on the discussion!

Love, Lisa

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Should Writers Use All The Support Steps?

Lately I have read several comments from writers on my LinkedIn groups on the importance, (or not importance) of having a critique partner and joining workshops and writers groups. First off, I want to say they are all equally important for the success of your book. 


Whether you are already published or working on your first novel, all these supportive aspects will be the difference on the quality of your novel. Of course, the one other thing that will make or break your novel is professional editing.


I have met plenty of authors, whom even after becoming published, still have a critique partner and go to their monthly meetings or workshops. I believe it is essential to the quality of your work. I actually joined a national romance writer's group, not because I am a romance writer, but because of the camaraderie, support and information. Yes, I do have romantic elements in my story, but this group is not just romance writers, there are all sorts of genre's involved in this group. I have found out how much help and advice means the difference on the success of a novel and even the success of your platform. 


Quite a few of the author's have each other as guests on their blogs, (me included) which helps to get the word out on their upcoming novels. We even share our blog posts on each other's Facebook sites so that more people get to know your name and your latest novel. It has made such a difference for me.


The other helpful aspect has been joining the writing groups on LinkedIn. Great support and equally informative. I have gotten answers to all kinds of questions about self-publishing, editing, and advice about the aspect of writing it's self. 


But the one thing that has been the biggest help of all has been my critique partners. Yes, that's right, I said partners. I'm not messing around, I have 5 partners! My first partner was Robin, and her and I struggled together learning the different skills and techniques to help each other out. Then came along Janet, who has been a tremendous help in editing. (I personally think she could make a career at it). She joined Robin and I and we are a great trio. Then, after joining HODRW, Hearts of Denver Romance Writers, I became involved with their newest venture, a critique group.


Since it's conception, 4 of us branched off and started our own unique group. Yes, that means I have 5 chapters to critique, but the amazing thing is, I have learned so much and I get to read their books before anyone else does, which is great! 


And, last but not least, the importance of hiring a professional editor, a must!
I have read several different books from author's I've met though LinkedIn and Twitter. Some are good, some not so good. Not that the stories are bad, but the writing is distracting if it's not up to par. You can absolutely tell when someone has not taken the extra step to get their novel edited. Between grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes, and then the one that takes me over the edge, POV shifts and head hopping, it can stop me dead in my tracks! 


That doesn't mean that "all" mistakes are found. I have read some published works by long time authors that have errors, but at least you can pretty much bet that 99% will be caught and fixed. 


So that's my rant for the day and not to mention, my reasons why these tools are invaluable to the success of a novel. But most of all, I have met some new and great friends and they are all in the same boat as me. It's been a wonderful experience and I have grown in so many ways! Thanks to all of you! You are extremely appreciated!


One more thing before I sign off, tomorrow I am posting a special blog for my new friend and author, Lori Corsentino. She has a new novel out and I think it's her first one written alone. (her last one was written with two other author's). She is a great lady and I love her humor and style. Please come and visit tomorrow and leave her a comment or question after reading all about her new book. She will have a contest for comments and believe me, she gives away great prizes! I hope you take a little time out and come to my blog tomorrow and check it out!


Have a great rest of your week all!



Love, Lisa

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Djen World

There have been those that have tried to correct me, 'isn't it spell Djinn?' but I'm hear to say, not in my world it's not. The people in my world are the Djen, and their world, Djenrye. They are not going to come out of a lantern when you rub it and deem you three wishes. They are a magical race that live on the other side, in another dimension, and like us, some of them are good and some bad. 


They have one main purpose, to protect the planet, and in doing so, they protect us. Sure, the Rebels have other thoughts in mind, but that is where Stevie and the prophecy come into play, to try to stop their destruction. At least that's the plan. 


There are also other magical beings in this world, one's that are familiar to you, and there are some races that aren't. They have different abilities and live different lives than of the Djen, but most work together for a common goal.


Kind of like here in our world. Trying to turn around the mess we've caused. Wouldn't that be nice?!


Their world is simple. No cars or airplanes. No huge cities filled with an over abundance of people, each trying to survive this unforgiving world. They live off the land, and they give back to the land. 


For thousands of years they have followed the instructions of the Gods and Goddesses. To protect the balance of the Earth, but of course, there is always someone who wants to be in control. Hence, the bad guy. 


Now, I'm not going to say anything more, but if you love action, intrigue, magic, urban fantasy mixed with medieval fantasy, conflict, romance, and of course, a series, you will love my books. At least, I hope! 


It's something new, not the usual fantasy characters, and has been a blast to write. I hope when my books come out you give them a read. And, if you do, let me know what you think. As always, I value your input.  


Well, it was a weekend filled with all sorts of emotions. Happy to be getting my new carpet, tired from taking everything we own and stuffing it in the garage, but then a sense of accomplishment once we saw it all put back together. Our house is feeling more like a home now.


But the most emotional part of the weekend has been watching the terrible news of a gunman entering a movie theater here in Denver, Aurora actually, and killing 12 people and injuring countless others. My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their family and friends. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to go through the pain they are. They did not deserve to die such a senseless death. I have seen the pictures and cry each time they show one of the people that died. The six year old girl tugged my heart the most, what a senseless tragedy. 


I am glad that they caught the man who did this horrible act, but I do wish he didn't have the luxury of being alive right now when so many aren't. 


I hope this week is off to a good start and that we can get back to a sense of normal. Please send prayers and love to these victims and their loved ones. I also pray that justice will prevail.



Love, Lisa

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A New Book Review

Okay, I've got a great new book for all of you, Bloodline, by James Rollins.

OMG! What an awesome book! It should be a movie! I loved it! 

If you like action, intrigue, twists, richness in characters, adventure, then you will love this book. There are hidden agenda's, government conspiracies, a mother and child in harm's way, a president shielded by his own operatives, a nightmare scenario, guns, bombs, and even a lot of rich detail to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

If you are looking for an action packed ride, this is it. I am reading it at night to my husband, and we can't wait to get back to it. I hope you give it a read and if you do let me know what you think. I am going to buy some more of Rollins' books. I hope they are as good as this one. I give it 5 stars!

I will not give away any of the book, I don't want to ruin it for you. But, if you go to the Amazon page to order it there is a video by the author that talks about the book. The book really pulls you in and holds onto you. If you are a woman there might be parts that tug to your heart and gut, but hang in there...pay backs, ya know. 

Anyway, this book is awesome and the writer really is one of the best. 

I wanted to share with you also, I will be a guest on Lori Corsentino's blog tomorrow. This is my first guest blog where I'm the guest. I would love to see some of you join me and leave comments. There will be a contest. Come on over and check out Lori's blog and drop me a line, or two. I hope to see you there!
http://loricorsentino.com/blog/

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and don't forget my new claim to fame, as it were, tomorrow, Friday the 20th...LOL! 

See you then, Lisa

Monday, July 16, 2012

Seer Abilities

Would you like to have the ability to see into the future? How about past events too? Would you be afraid if you suddenly had these abilities?


The reason I ask these questions is because my main character in my novel realizes that the strange dreams she is having are not just nightmares, but are images of the past and of the future. Stevie is having dreams about a world and people she has never met, and although they are of the past at first, she has no idea. Soon after the dreams begin, she has a waking vision, and not a plain old waking vision, but one that takes her into another person's body without any way to stop it.There are reasons for these visions, but she is not sure what those reasons are. 



Through the centuries of human history there have been famous prophets, people we still talk about today. Daniel, and John from the bible, Edgar Casey, Nostradamus, Mohammad, Jean Dixon to name a few. Although we try to ignore their claims, we are still intrigued by their gifts. 


Nostradamus seems to be given the most attention due to his quatrains. They are a mystery within a mystery. After an event happens, we seem to be able to tie it to a quatrain. 


There must be some basis to people having these abilities because the military has been known to study these and other abilities such as telekinesis. Even the police in different areas of our country have used people with psychic gifts to try to locate missing people. 


Do you know or have you ever met anyone with these gifts? I have known one person in my life who had ESP, but soon after she received this ability, it disappeared. It just shut off one day. I myself have been told that under certain circumstances I have shown the ability of channeling. Not the kind that dead people talk to me, but for some reason I have been able to talk to a person who needs help about things I never knew about. It is hard to explain exactly. It has been a while though since I have experienced anything relevant to this. 


Although there are those among us who have dreamed of having these gifts, would you really want to know what could happen, whether to someone you know, or to the future of the human race? Would you want to carry that burden? People have been trying to put together the pieces of past seers 'end of the world' prophecies for centuries. Even the Mayan calendar intrigues us all. There are even those who believe the end of the world is fast upon us, December 21, 2012. 


What do you believe? Would it scare you to find yourself in the shoes of my character Stevie? Would you want to know about things that other's could not fathom? Do you want to know what happens to Stevie in my book? Are you curious where this leads her? I hope so, and I hope you are ready to read my novel and the one's that follow!


Drop me a comment today and let me know your thoughts. I am wondering what you would do if you woke from a dream that was so vivid, you were left with the thought, what is happening to me?



Love, Lisa

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Musing Today

Today was supposed to be a guest blog with Lori Corsentino, but she had something urgent come up and re-scheduled for the 27th of July. This left me with, what in the world am I going to post today?! I hope you do come visit her on the 27th and leave her a comment, I'm sure she would love to hear from you.

Back to the task at hand.

In the last few months I have been learning about different marketing skills to help grow my followers and get my name out in cyber space. I have to say, this is harder than I thought. My eyes glaze over as I read about SEO's, hashtags, and hopefully at some point, bitmarks. I have found 'zip' on that subject.

I was not raised with computers as a part of my life. Back when I was in school you took a typing class, not a computer class. I am one of those people that learns visually, not by reading a bunch of information with terms that are not in my vocabulary. So everyday that I try to learn something new, is like a  trying to become a surgeon in a virtual class on line, not going to happen!

Yes, I am frustrated, and as I reach out and ask questions, I get no help. AGH!

Back when I was in my thirties I took some computer classes through ITT here in Denver. I figured I better come into this century because at some point everything will be computers. And, I was right about that. Even learning how to use a cell phone now a days needs a class practically! When I took those classes you still had to learn programming. It was called DOS. If it wasn't for one of the engineers where I worked, I would have never made it though that class. Thank God that was changed by the birth of Windows and the Internet.

Not long after we got a computer and I would play games on it and chat. That was the extent of my computer knowledge. Eventually I learned how to work an email account and could write to people instead of mailing letters. I loved the instant gratification. I had that computer for 6 years until it was not keeping up with the latest and greatest technology and had to consider a new PC.

My daughter was getting her first laptop and gave me the computer I have now. Much better and faster and it still runs today. I know it is getting to the point of having to consider a new one, but for now it is hanging in there.  Since I wrote my first rough draft of my book, my basic understanding has grown substantially. I know all of this new social media and platforming information will sink in, it just takes a little longer for me than my son, mister tech guy. But, I will get it...eventually.

If any of you have any short cuts to these new found adages to the social media world, feel free to enlighten me, I could use all the help I can get.

I hope all of you have a great weekend and be sure to drop me a comment on my blog and explain to me some of this stuff. I would much appreciate it. And, don't forget to talk in laymen's terms, I'm a little slow!


Love, Lisa

Monday, July 9, 2012

Do You Like The Details?

While at my critique group on Saturday, we got into a discussion about readers attention spans and how the industry believes that everyone's is short now a days. I beg to differ. I agree that most of that argument started with writing young adult books (YA), but I still believe that people, no matter what their age, like detail, and most of all, like a good build up.


I have read several new books lately, and the ones that held my interest were the ones who left you with anticipation, and falling in love with the richness of the characters. It did not matter if the book was written by a new author or someone with quite a few novels under their belt, the ones that kept me reading were the ones that built up the story, then taking you into the climax, wanting it to not end.


I cannot understand why publishers want you to cut out half of the build up so that you can cut to the chase, to the whole purpose of the story...well the end of it as far as I'm concerned. Even some movies today have left me feeling unsatisfied and with no emotion.


My examples that prove the industry wrong are good ones, ones that you will have you stop and think, 'yeah, those were the best and still are'. 


Harry Potter, could you imagine these books without the wonderful detail that J.K. Rollings wrote? How about the newest hot books, Game of Thrones? George R. R. Martin gave us so much detail and brought to life how many characters?! You fall in love with his characters, good or evil.


Wait, there's more...Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Alien, Angels and Demons, The DaVinci Code, just to name a few. The novels that ended up becoming popular movies and we just can't seem to get enough of, those are the ones that you run to the store or order a head of time on Amazon so that you can dive back into these worlds and enjoy the ride.


I understand about tightening the writing, to take out unnecessary words and long sentences, but to cut out scenes so that you can go straight to action is not only wrong, but takes out the very heart and soul of the story. I mean don't you want a good roller coaster ride in the story? Don't you want to experience what the character is going through and feel the richness of the story? Don't you love it when a book grabs you and you have a hard time putting it down because you just have to read one more chapter? I do. 


So my argument is don't take away from your story because someone tells you it should be all action. There needs to be a build up, and something happens, then that is solved. Then do it again, until the final climax that is stretched out a little longer until the reader can't stand it any longer. Tease them, make it where they come back for more. That to me is good writing and reading, and even movie making. Not, just action, but detail, richness, description, and above all, ringing true. Where you can put yourself there, actually in the story and feel what the character is experiencing and then you have your sympathy for that character, good or evil.


What are your thoughts on this? Have you gone to a new movie lately and been disappointed? Especially one that depicts a series you've read, such as the Hunger Games, or Twilight? Even one's that weren't books. Are you left feeling empty and wondering what the director was thinking? Or even picked up a book and a few chapters in, you are confused by too many characters, or not enough detail so that you know what is happening? 


Drop me a line and let me in on your thoughts. I think it's time for the industry to come back to good stories and not ruin them with the thought that people can't sit that long in a movie or won't read that long of a book. I have plenty of examples to prove them wrong.



Love, Lisa

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Latest News

Where to begin, I guess I will start with my book news. We are very close to finishing the re-write. I know I have said this before, but the last chapter we just wrote had weeks of research attached. But, we finally finished it and have moved on to the next. I think within a month the book will be ready for revisions, YAY! I am very excited because the revisions will move much quicker and I will be that much closer to publishing! It has been a year of re-writing. Yes, it took that long, and it's because we were not only re-writing but adding all the detail and description, and researching as we went along.

I know I keep saying we, and that's because my sister, Tanya is writing with me and has for the last year. It has been great working on this project with her and now I can't imagine not having her with me twice a week to work on the book, so I decided to keep her around and have her as my co-writer. I wouldn't have it any other way! She has been wonderful and is in to it as much as I am.

I said I would keep all of you up to date, so that is the latest in the continuing saga of writing Fable.

The next announcement is I have some guests lined up. Lori Corsentino will be a guest here next Friday. She is in the middle of a blog tour for her new novel. I am very excited to have her join us and tell us all about her new book and fulfilling her dream of being a published author. Next, I will have another special guest, no date set yet, For Michelle Benavidez. She is a friend of mine from the VFW post where I work. She just finished walking from Colorado to Illinois. The trek was to bring awareness of families who have lost a child or member of their family in the wars. Her son was killed and his name was to be put on a wall in Illinois for remembrance. I won't give you all the details, I want her to fill you in. Also, I plan to have another author friend of mine, Marilyn Rice as a guest. I will be getting in touch with her this week to set up a date to have her on.

And finally, I will have my first guest appearance on Lori Corsentino's site this month. I will let you know the details as soon as I get them. It will be a first for  and not to mention amazing for me since I am not published yet, but it will still be fun! I am looking forward to it!

A busy month this month. whew! I have had a lot going on. I have 5 critique partners from two different groups I am involved in. So that means 5 chapters a month I have to review. I am also now a judge for one of the writing contests with HODRW, that was a good con job on Kathy's part! And, I have to find time to read those books for the contest, but so far I have managed to squeeze it in. To top off this busy month, our landlord has agreed to new carpet in our place, so we will be moving everything we own, except for the pictures on the wall, to the garage in two weeks for the install. It sure will feel nice to have new carpet though!

The bad news is, because of the heat, dryness and fires in our state, we have cancelled our mini-vacation to Mesa Verde and Buena Vista. Way to hot to go south right now, but we are rescheduling for the end of September, so all is not lost!

The last thing I want to mention is I would love to do another contest for those of you signed up to my blog. I am thinking what would be a fun contest and will fill you in soon. I think it will be for the month of August.


Thanks so much for all you support and comments on my blog. It means the world to me to know there are people who care about me and my book's success. I appreciate all of you! Stay tuned, there's more fun to come! have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Love, Lisa


Monday, July 2, 2012

The Third Gate-A Book Review

I love historical fiction, and the book I just finished reading was not only fun, it kept me to the edge of my seat a few times. I have read several of Lincoln Child's novels, but liked this one the best. The Third Gate.

It is a brand new release and I down loaded it to my Nook. It would be a fun movie. It is based on the first Pharaoh of Egypt and discovering his tomb. But, they don't discover it in the sands of Egypt, instead, in the swamps of the Sudd, which is part of the Nile. 

He had a few twists you didn't expect, and the characters were written with richness and realistic qualities. Of course there was a curse, but it made the book. It was the best part. 

I have always wanted to go to Egypt to visit the great pyramids and study the hieroglyphs.  I find it fascinating, a thrilling subject. I also find the ancient alien theory attached to the pyramids even more exciting. A lot of questions are tied to some of the oldest structures in existence, and the people of those times. 

What a rich and diverse culture, to bad they are having such a crisis in that area. With all the political and religious arguments and the unrest, I don't think I will get a chance to go some day, but I can still dream about it at least and watch some wonderful history shows about it. 

Back to the book, if you enjoy historical fiction, and especially when it is tied to Egypt, you will have fun reading this book. I recommend it. If you buy it and like it, try some of the other Lincoln Child's books. He is a great writer, I even enjoyed the books he wrote with fellow author Douglas Preston. The Wheel of Darkness and Brimstone, both great novels. 

Until next time, I hope all of you have a wonderful week. I look forward to your comments, and any questions you might have. I tried to not give away to much of the book. I stuck pretty much to the blurb as far as information.


Take care, Lisa