Friday, January 31, 2014

Just Filling You In

An announcement blog is due since a lot has been going on with the writing and marketing of the books.

We are so excited to announce that we will have a radio interview next Wednesday at 9:15, channel 1060 am here in Denver! Woody Vincent, an old friend of mine from the days I used to book comics, has a radio show now and has asked us to come on and discuss the books! Thanks Woody! I hope there are those of you who can tune in.

Next, we have a table at Starfest this year, and again we are overjoyed! We were told when we were at MileHiCon, that Starfest was much busier so we hope to get more books sold and gain more fans! If you like to dress up in costumes and love sci-fi/fantasy then come on out to the conference. I plan to have a great time so maybe you can join in! I know that Amanda Tapping will be there, from Stargate, and Patrick Stewart is invited. I hope he comes! The dates are May 2-4.

We do plan to go to MileHi again this year, if the funds allow, and we are going to look into ComicCon. 

The books are coming along great! With the new one, Fated, recently published, the sales here at home have been phenomenal! Thanks to all our wonderfully supportive family, friends and fans!

The next book in the series is sounding better and better. I am real excited about this one. Lore will bring you into the world of the Djen and will also keep you in touch with what's going on here at home with Detective Wood, Jack, Alyssa, and Jan. The ideas we have for the book should make for an awesome read!

Lineage, the second compendium is on its way to fruition. I have written the first chapter and started on the second. This one will touch on more of the sci-fi in the series, so it should be an informational one. 

I think you're all caught up on what's happening in the Djen Den now. We really appreciate all of you who have been there for us and continue to do so! Our fan base is growing and Fable is getting more known. Just know that you are all our biggest fans!

Have a wonderful weekend and will see you back here next Tuesday!

Love, Lisa


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Inside Info

Recently there have been some questions that are asked of Toni and I all the time and I thought that maybe I could answer some on the blog. One of my author friends did this on his blog and I thought it was a good idea.

I'll start with the one we are asked the most, and the one that was suggested by a friend of mine for a good post: How does it work to write with a partner?

I first want to say, this is a loaded question. Why? Because there isn't a "one way" that we work together. Almost every time we get together, we do something new. It's not like we have a "set" agenda. We decide when Toni gets here what the priority is for that day.

Sometimes the priority is getting through the rewrite on the next chapter so we have it to send to our critique partners. Other times it might be working on the outline or some marketing issue. And still there's times where going through the critiques and fixing the most recent chapter is the most important.

But we do have an overall sequence, you know, the big picture of our collaboration. 

1. I usually write the rough draft. Then I try to clean it up a little before Toni and I work on it.

2. We rework one scene at a time usually. Toni works a full time job so we only have so much time together. Saturday's are the best day for us because we have at least 4 to 5 hrs. 

3. We read each line together and decide how to rewrite it. Usually there are discussions on the scene, setting, what information needs to be added, and the like.

4. After we have revised a chapter it goes to Robin and Janet. We try to give each other at least 2-3 days to have time to make corrections at home and then we meet on Thursday's and go over all of our chapters.

5. After Toni and I have fixed the chapter per the ladies critiques, we read through it and send it off to our secreted partner in crime, Michael. (Not to be mixed up with Mikey our cover artist)

6. Then we revert back to step one.

So as you can see, there's a lot to it. In between there might be an issue, for example: Today the first thing we did is sign up for Author Central with Amazon, (which we just found out about) and called them about an issue with cataloging our books. Then we worked on the first scene of chapter 4 in Lore.

When we aren't together we work on different things at home. I have been writing Lineage, the next compendium, so that it's ready when we get through Lore. I also work on social media stuff and any trips to the post office, ect..

Toni has been entering all of our information for taxes and any other things she can do a lot easier than me. 

It is a team effort, but now that we have settled in and have found our best way to organize and prioritize, writing has become a lot more enjoyable. Yes, we are sisters and fight once in a while, but we've learned to sit down and talk about anything that's bothering us. We compromise and consider each other's feelings and roles in our adventure together.

No, it's not perfect, and neither are we, but we have figured out what works for us. I really love writing with my sister and look forward to it each week. I wish we could get together more often but Toni still has to work full time for now. We are hoping as more and more books get published that will change and she can at least go to part time so we can get books out faster.

Well I hope this answers most people's questions of how we write together. It's not for everyone, but if you can swing it, it is nice to have someone to write with. Writing is a lonely job otherwise.

Until Friday, have a great week!

Love, Lisa

Friday, January 24, 2014

Do You Search For Your Fans

One of the suggestions I've heard over and over I have been working on...find your fans. Not an easy thing to do in our genre-much easier in the romance one.

When your a woman writing fantasy fiction there aren't as many female readers out there. I know, it's hard to believe, but true. Unless, of course, there's romance involved. We do have romance in our books, but not to the extent that most romance readers look for. It's not all about the love story in ours, it's about Stevie's journey and becoming the Guardian in Djenrye.

For me I can't understand why women want to only read these types of stories, but that's just me. I want action and adventure, and epic worlds, not the same story over and over, but with a pirate one book, and a vampire in the other. But I am a fantasy/scifi freak.

If you write in another genre, besides romance, it can be tough searching where your fan types congregate. I have been looking into getting reviews from people that do that for say Amazon or Goodreads, or even looking it to critic sites for my particular genre. But I would love to find the big fans of fantasy.

I know of several people who didn't normally read fantasy but tried our book Fable anyway and really liked it. In fact some have become big fans of ours, which is really nice.

So if any of you writers who read my blog have any hints as to where to find fantasy/scifi fans let me know. I know they're out there! Or if you have any other way I can reach out to them, I would love to know. Just asking!

I think our story is building great and I believe you will really like the next books in our two series. Stevie will soon find out that in the Djen world it's not all rosy. There is a dark side and she will soon discover some truths that even the Djen don't know about. Lore should be a must read!

Lineage, the next compendium, will be about the Andrones and how they came to be cousins of the Wood Elves. There will be more scifi elements in this book.

So, you see there's lots more to tell and hopefully you all will enjoy where the story takes you.

Do you have a hard time finding the fans of your genre? Leave me a comments and fill me in! Until next week, I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.

Love, Lisa

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Successful Launch

Another launch in the past, but what a great time we had! Most of our writing group showed to celebrate with us, which was awesome, and of course our most loyal fans in the Denver area. 

It's so nice to know you have fans of your work. What a fantastic feeling! Thanks everyone who took the time to read Fable and enjoyed it. And thanks to whomever has left us reviews, those are really big to an author. They help to get more people trying the book and with rankings on Amazon.

Word of mouth is big, too, so if you get a moment tell your friends to check it out. I'm looking forward to the launch of Lore. We are working on making it an excellent continuation of Stevie's journey. I think you all will like it.

Stay tuned because there's more to come in the world of the Djen. We are working on our web-site and I believe the digital book for Fated should be uploaded to Amazon today. (Keep your fingers crossed for us!)

What an amazing journey this has been for us! The best part is, it's not over, we still get to write together. 

I hope you know just how appreciative we are of all of you who have stood by us and helped to get the word out for our books. We know you have busy lives and reading isn't always at the top of your list, so we blessed to have you as our fans!

I hope you continue to enjoy all of our books and if you ever have any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to share. We like hearing from you. We want to know what you think or feel about our writing.

Until Friday, I hope all of you have an excellent week and keep in touch!

Love, Lisa

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Great Event

We are so excited for our launch tomorrow! I can't wait to see our loyal fans here at home and I'm sure our loyal fans outside the state will be with us in spirit as well.

It really wasn't a tough decision whether or not we should have another launch for this book since it was our second one, but it's a side book to the series and will kind of have it's own series, just not what you think.

It will be a collection of stories about Djenrye's history and give you more insight to our made up world. We could probably write 10 books in the Djenrye Chronicles series alone. But we shall see.

Our hosts, Truett and Shana Mickey, are great people and run an excellent venue, Bean Fosters. They are making special goodies for the event and have delicious latte's for those of you that enjoy yummy coffee.

They also have a large collection of new and used books and plenty of nooks to quietly settle in a comfy chair and escape to another world. Reading for me is a way to get away. Whether you're the detective on the tale of a killer, a pirate searching for treasure or a girl from a small town who is now a Guardian in a world she never knew existed. 

I hope you can make our celebration on Saturday and for those of you that can't we appreciate all your support. We know you're pulling for us and our fantastic story(s). Thanks for purchasing Fable and leaving your awesome reviews and thanks ahead of time for buying Fated.

I promise Fated will be on digital copy soon for those of you who are waiting to download the book. It's been a learning curve for Toni, but I think she is almost there and we plan to have it uploaded to Amazon next week.

Mikey will be there too with his newest prints for everyone to check out! We love Mikey's art and he will be doing a painting of Stevie and Colton for our upcoming website! Can't wait!

Also, a big thanks for our critique partner Janet Baltz for taking the pictures last time and has agreed to take them this time, too. Both Janet and Robin have been wonderful critique partners and great friends! I look forward to the day we throw them their launch parties!

This should be a great weekend with not only the launch but the big game as well. And then we have a birthday party to top the weekend off! My niece Sonia's birthday is Sunday and I wish her all the love and light the world has to offer! Happy birthday Sonia!

Until next Tuesday, have a fun and busy weekend all!

Love, Lisa

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Childhood Comfort Zone

When I was young sports was a big part of my life. I took gymnastics and played football and kickball with the neighborhood kids and any other sport we could think of. We played baseball, went swimming, and rode our bikes everywhere. We were never inside for too long.

Those were the days! We didn't have more than 3 channels on TV and there was no such thing as video games so we made up our own games or played games that our parents had, such as tag and hide and seek. 

My father's best friend was also an ex-pro football player, Ted Greene, and he took my dad to all sorts of events and games and he got to meet a lot of the greats like Vince Lombardi, and others, so football was huge in my life.

In fact, I took pride in the fact that only one kid in our entire neighborhood could tackle me. Big time tomboy here, let me tell you. 

So when it turns to fall and I hear football on the TV it comforts me and takes me back to the fun times of going to our parents friend's houses to watch the game and BBQ and playing with the kids outside until it was dark. Sometimes my dad would take me to the game in Cincinnati. 

My father taught me a lot about the game and I still enjoy watching it. The Broncos have done well this year and it's been great getting to go to a game and tailgating, my first time doing that, and most of all, cheering for our team and seeing them go this far in the season.

So it's a comfort zone for me. Remembering time with my dad, my "uncle" Ted and the game itself.

What are some of the things that brings you back to the good old days? The memories that make you feel comforted and happy? I would love to know!

Until Friday, I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from Lore and look forward to the next book in the Lorn Prophecy series. We sure do!

Have a great week all and GO BRONCOS!!

Love, Lisa

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Teaser From Lore

As Promised I am posting a teaser from Lore - book 2 of The Lorn Prophecy. We have only started revising the manuscript and have the prologue and chapter 1 close to finished, but I thought it would be fun to post a sneak peek into what happens when Stevie, Colton, and Marise reach the other side of the portal.

I hope you enjoy and if you want please leave a comment and let me know what you think so far. Your opinions mean the world to us!

From Chapter 1 near the beginning of the chapter:

She held her breath, closed her eyes, and hand-in-hand with Colton stepped through the liquid-looking substance.
Time had no meaning. Whipped about this way and that, she entered a carnival ride from hell. Stevie opened her eyes, but could not focus. Colton was no longer at her side. Dizzy to the point of nausea, she had no idea when she stepped into the portal that she would be thrown around so brutally.
A portal? It should be called a “brain scrambler”.
Her feet landed on solid ground and she stumbled forward. A rough cave wall came into view. She had entered the other side.
Stevie swiped at the long blonde mass of hair that had come loose from her ponytail. She leaned against the earthen wall of the cave to keep from collapsing. Eventually, the cavern stopped spinning, but her legs remained rubbery. She gingerly pushed off of the wall. Glancing down, she was happy her vision had returned to normal, but unhappy with the reddish-brown dirt covering her hand. Wiping it clean on her jeans she glanced around the dim cave. This doesn’t really look like another dimension—just another cave.
Well, except for that… Her eyes drifted back to the portal.
It had returned to its swirling colors. The Gods’ version of closing a door, I guess.
The trembling in her limbs subsided. Two strong hands slipped around her waist from behind. She did not have to turn to know it was Colton. She recognized his scent, his presence. If her eyes were closed and he approached, she would feel him.
“Are you ready to see the land of your birth?” He asked. His warm breath blew softly across the back of her neck and his raven hair tickled her cheek.
“Yup, I’m ready.” She hoped she sounded more confident than she felt. What will these people expect of me? What do I expect of this world? Stevie had no idea. She waited until Colton moved to her side and clasped her hand in his. Together they slowly walked out into the vast wilderness of Djenrye.
The brightness of the sun momentarily blinded her. She heard a voice to her right and glimpsed a female figure haloed in the glare.
“Welcome to Djenrye!” The woman said jubilantly.
Marise. Colton’s Warrior sister had entered this world ahead of them.
Marise approached. “I’ve scouted the perimeter. I located the tracks of the Rebellion. They head south-west, perpendicular to our direction north to Phraile Highlae.”
“How long did that portal ride take?” Stevie asked.
“Moments,” Colton responded. “It took longer for you to gain your footing than the passage itself.”

Squinting, she moved unsteadily toward Marise, who embraced her warmly. As they parted, Stevie’s eyes adjusted to the brightness, and when they did…Oh! My! God!

I hope you liked the excerpt from our book! Thanks for everything and have a wonderful weekend everyone! 
Love, Lisa

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Teacher Is Learning Too

Due to the snowy weather we had to cancel our class this weekend. I was looking forward to seeing everyone and the topic was building your platform, which is a tough thing to do. I guess we will move it to the next class.

Our group is growing, which is nice. There's 14 of us now, and two of which are teens. It's so nice seeing these young people take their writing seriously. I wish I would have when I was younger, but I guess it all happens the way it's supposed to happen.

The next thing I would like to see in our group are some guys. I know men usually don't like to get too involved in these types of groups, but it's nice to have their energy and ideas. We will see what ends up happening.

I am running out of ideas, and or, creative writing skills, but we are starting to break up into critique groups now. This particular skill is one I am working to better myself in also.

I used to be drawn to only marking the punctuation mistakes that I found, but I have since learned that those have changed dramatically since I was in school. For one, people here in the states read differently than those across the pond, or so I am told.

They are sticklers over there, much more so than the American writer. Actually I like to read books from writers over there because of that. The writing is so much tighter and flows much better. 

I am teaching myself, based on my own critique partner's marks, to look at the whole sentence-paragraph now and determine if a lot of other writing skills are being implemented properly. Such as POV's, getting rid of "junk" words, or the actual scene set up.

It's helped me a lot in my own writing. I see mistakes and other skills much more effectively. I do appreciate all that I've learned in the past 5 years and I like passing it on to other new writers.

Do you have a critique partner or join writing groups? If not, why? I find they have brought me a long way in my writing. It feels more professional now.

Well, I hope all of you have a wonderful week. Leave me a comment sometime. I love to hear from you!

Love, Lisa

Friday, January 3, 2014

Catching Up With Life

It is already turning out to be a busy new year and it's only the 3rd of January. Toni and I are tying up a lot of loose ends though. 

We reloaded Fable for the 3rd and (hopefully) last time. We found more mistakes. Not big one's mind you, but enough to effect our OCD side of our personality. 

We also are finally getting our outline caught up, both the story and the character one. There has already been a few inconsistencies that we caught and it reminds us again the importance of keeping track of everything. (See, there really is a reason to be a plotter, not a panster!)

We are starting to work on getting a web-site up. We took pictures of a friend of ours that reminds us of Stevie and plan to get Mikey working on a painting of Stevie and Colton for our new site. I'm really looking forward to that!

So, all and all, we have been busy!

Our launch party is January 18th and We are so looking forward to it. Not only for getting Fated in people's hands, but getting everyone together is a lot of fun. Any excuse for a party!

The holiday's were great. Lot's of family time, which is always my motivation. Now, time to settle down and get busy with our next book, Lore.

I'm really excited about how Lore will turn out. We have some great ideas and some knew characters to introduce. We plan to have a lot of conflict and action and hope that Stevie welcomes her Djen side.

As soon as we get a few chapters done, I'll post an excerpt from the book for all of you. Maybe in a couple of weeks. In the mean time, don't forget to check out Fated and give it a read, and after you do, leave us a review. They're really helpful for our ranking and let us know what you thought.

How's your new year going so far? Are you finding you're just as busy?

Leave me a comment below! I love to read them!

Until next week, have a great weekend! Lisa