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


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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Prioritize Your Time

My, how the weeks fly by. I find myself wondering where the time goes, not only in my day to day stuff, but also with my social media marketing stuff. I tend to lose track especially if I get caught up on Facebook, or any other social site.

Lately I've been putting more time in my latest WIP (work in progress). I've got so much work to do that using up my time scrolling through Facebook is losing valuable minutes. So I've chosen to back off the endless hours of dog videos and political talking points. It's amazing how much more I can accomplish.

Choosing to limit your time on your social sites is the best way to organize, not only your work, but your life. I think one of the best things I ever purchased is my smart phone. I can jump on any site and spend a couple of minutes, then get on with other things. I'm still engaged, but on a much smaller time table.

I've been working on building ads for Fable and my website. I'm almost ready to send out my first one. I've also been trying to update my website with pictures and contact letters for my newsletter. In fact, the most valuable way to reach your readers is through emails and I've refocused on doing just that.

Writing on this blog is another social marketing tool. It's nice to be able to reach people with a click of a button on my Fanpage. 

But the most important way to connect: getting my series written and publishing it so my readers can enjoy my hard work. I mean, isn't that what it's all about? My writing?! 

I am going to be offering, not only a free book - Fable - but if you leave me a review on Amazon you can read Fated for free. Refocusing on what's is vital, which is reviews, takes me to a whole other level. I want to get my books out there for readers to enjoy and hopefully can't wait for the next one. It's truly what I strive for.

And I want to build my fanbase so reorganizing how I market is key to reaching my goals.

What do you do to reach your fans? Do you find yourself spending too much time on Facebook? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts or secrets. I would love to discuss it with you.

Taking time out to do for you and to continue doing what you do best is what's important. Think about this before you spend all your time on social media. Everything needs balance.

Love, Lisa

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Creative Writing Skills Blunder

Finally getting back on track with life. It's been overwhelming lately, but things are slowing down now to a crawl - which I prefer. I decided maybe it's time to get back to discussing some creative writing skills and maybe some marketing hints on this blog. It's never to late to touch on the basics.

Today I thought one issue that comes up a lot in critiques, at least with my critique partner and I anyway, is redundancy. And not just in descriptions, but also in using the same word(s) a lot within the same scene/chapter.

You don't even realize that you're doing it, which is where having a critique partner comes in handy. I thank God everyday for Robin. I'm also blessed with Heather and Michael too. Without them my books would not sound, or read, as crisp as they do. It's absolutely worth seeking out a great team!

Now onto the subject at hand: Redundancy.

One lesson that most writers are taught is: You Can't Edit Your Own Work.

It's a hard one to swallow since we tend to think our writing is amazing, no matter how long we've been at it. Even a lot of the veteran writers need edits. At least that's what I've seen with all the reading I do. But letting go of that ego and constantly working on bettering your craft will take you much farther in this business as apposed to just publishing anything - like your rough draft. Which I have often thought when reading some of the new writers out there. 

Life is a constant learning curve, and that's okay.

For some reason when we are typing away on the keys, really focusing in on a scene we want to get down on paper, we tend to use a lot of the same words. That's fine as long as you realize that you have to go back and revise your work. We like to over use "was" "things" "looked" and a whole host of other junk words. And we can find ourselves choosing a word that we use for describing the same action over and over. Lately I was pointed to the fact that I use "heading" a lot. You know, instead of, walking, strolling, anything other than "heading". 

I didn't know I was doing it, and even though I read over my work and attempted to revise, I didn't see I my mistake. It could be any word like the one I used above. And it's not hard to find yourself repeating - we all do it.

The other redundancy we do is trying to point out an important event of issue, we tend to point it out several other times within our dialog or internal thoughts of our characters. I think the reader has gotten the point, especially if you've said it twice already. A third or more times gets monotonous.  

But at the same time, when the subject of that issue or event comes up again several chapters later, you do need to remind the reader. Otherwise they will become confused about it and find themselves looking back to see what you're talking about. That's just as obnoxious. 

The same goes for past events in your previous series. Sometimes you need to remind the reader about the event so they understand what the characters are facing. This can also become redundant. You don't have to do a "tell all", just key occurrences to juggle their memories. If they haven't read your previous books, then they will have to go back and read them to understand the full extent. 

Redundancy is more than a typical issue, it is a constant one. As we become more aware of our craft and the skills we need to focus our efforts on, this one will hopefully fall to a rarity. Remember it's our readers that are the most important if you want to gain fans, and possibly a huge following.

I hope this helps those of you who are new to writing, and maybe some of you who have written a few books. What do you do to prevent redundancy? Do you have great critique partners, or do you even rely on one?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject so leave me a comment!

Have a great week/weekend all!

Love, Lisa

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Struggles With Writing and Reading

Well, summer is slowly coming to a close. Only a few more weeks and we will have the official first day of fall. I don't know about you, but I'm ready. These last few months have been chaotic. 

I look forward to curling up on cold days and delving deeper into my book and getting it finished asap. I don't believe this one will take as long as I anticipated, but things creep up as we all know. I'm on chapter 13 now, moving right along. Once I get to chapter 20 I will be meeting with my cover-artist, Karla, to do some brainstorming for Tale. If you have any cool ideas I'm open to suggestions.

And I've been reading several of my friend's books. I touched on this a few posts ago, but I loved their stories! I just started a trilogy by an author I don't know, that could be a great story, but the writer needs to work on a lot of creative writing issues. I'm not sure if I will be able to finish even the first book because of all them. But alas, I've said it before, you need strong critique partners and editors. 

It's not that she makes a lot of mistakes, it's her putting forth the story - in other words - it's dull and has a lot of telling as apposed to showing. Her main plot has a lot of holes too. 

What amazes me is she has over 242 reviews and they're all 4 + stars. I guess it must be young people because anyone who reads a lot would probably feel the same as me. I would think anyway.

But her friends and fans write reviews, and what a difference they make. The amount of reviews with Amazon can make you or break you so if you have read my books and liked them, but haven't left a review, I'm asking you PLEASE and THANK YOU! 

Not to mention, I would really appreciate it, not only hearing from you, but it gives me motivation. 

When you have 50 + reviews you fall into another category with Amazon. They advertise your books more. So when someone is looking for a new adult fantasy my book will be further up on the list. Amazon is my only source, other than my website, where I sell books so if you have a minute I would love it if you would jump on my page on Amazon and leave a review. Fable on Amazon

Now, onto other business. 

Recently, I was having a hard time with how the direction of Tale would go so I had a brainstorming session with Robin my critique partner. With this book in particular I didn't know how I wanted to end it. As most author's know, if you know the ending, you can figure out the direction you need to reach that goal. 

I told her what I was thinking and she agreed it would be a great place to end it, not the entire story, just this piece of the series. We also brainstormed a scene I had started and she thought it was a good route too. So needless to say, I'm feeling much better about moving on in the story.

It's amazing how talking about your story with someone you can trust can help you in your struggle to make the story come to life. Not only is having great critique partners help in catching mistakes, but they know your story as well as you do and their insight is invaluable. 

So those of you that write, take it from me, it can make all the difference in the world. It doesn't mean they will take over your story, only enhance it. 

Have any of you gone through some of these struggles? What helped you to get passed them?

Until next week, have a great weekend and keep in touch!

Love, Lisa 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Do You Got Those Few Fans? The One's That Keep You Going?

Well, looky there - it's Friday! Another busy week in the Fender household. I finished painting my office yesterday, which by the way, was crazy! I have an all oak, executive desk that I picked up at a sale at my daughter's job a few years ago. It's a monster. Try painting a small room with a desk parked in the middle of it the size of a twin bed - good thing I was a gymnast when I was young. Even overweight I managed to finagle around it, but it took longer than normal. 

But it's done! Now I can write again!

As I was reminded by my newest, and very awesome fan,Stephanie. 

It feels good to have those fans that can't wait for your next book. The one's that reach out to you and leave you a message about how much they love your story. People like her make what I'm doing well worth the sacrifice. 

I have a few fans/friends like that. And I appreciate them with all my heart. If it weren't for them I don't know if I would be pushing myself to get Tale published as soon as possible. I would, however, love for them to leave me reviews on Amazon. Reviews make or break an author. Even if you leave a two line comment makes all the difference in the world.

So While I'm trying to get Tale written for them, I'm pushing for my fans/friends to get their reviews done for me. 

Now back to my fans. I have to say there's nothing like showing up to a conference that you sell books at every year, and have people run to your table to purchase your next book, or email you and tell you how great your books are. The fans that sign up to your newsletter, or fanpage. The one's that keep you on track.

They really are what keeps me writing. And Stevie loves them too! She told me so! ;-)

Until next Friday, if you haven't read Fable, here's a chance to download it for free. Free Fable 

And If you wish to join my email list, you can sign up for it on my website too. I try to keep everyone up to date without bombarding them with announcements in their email so you don't have to worry about that.

One more thing you can do - sign up for this blog!

Take care and thanks for being my cheerleaders! I need all of you!

Love, Lisa

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Teaser From Tale

Hi Everyone! I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and writing. I said last week that I would post an excerpt from Tale and usually I post from the first chapter in my latest work in progress, but I decided this time to tease you with a vision-walk between Stevie and Queen Feya Lune. 

Here's the teaser and if you get a moment let me know what you think.

Stevie’s eyes opened and she found herself in a vision-walk—in the middle of a forest—one she was familiar with. A song in the distance became louder as tiny lights appeared all around her. The Faeries. She knew it was Queen Feya Lune that invaded her dreams.
            She looked around at the trees until she spotted the little Queen morphing from the size of her pinky finger, to a full grown human size. Stevie bowed and smiled as Feya Lune transformed in front of her. “Hello, Feya Lune.” Stevie gazed into the soft gold of her eyes.
            “Ty Greial,” the Queen’s ethereal voice said, her wings fluttering.
            “I have missed you. We haven’t talked in weeks.” Stevie knew this wasn’t just a catch up meeting. Feya Lune never called her unless it was important. “I’m sure there’s something you need to tell me.”
            Feya Lune inclined her head and then caught Stevie’s eyes with hers. “There is much to discuss—I fear for you.”
            “What is it?” Stevie asked. “You look awfully worried.”
            “You not accepted fully, Shylae—Guardian of Phraile Highlae. A few wish you gone. And others begrudge the Hundye who have breached the portal.”
            Stevie smiled. “I know. And in time the people will accept all of us.”
            “Tis true, but take care to be aware of surroundings.” She fluttered around the trees as if pacing, her colors changing from pastel to more vibrant. “There is more, Ty Greial. A prophecy unfolds. Yet there is knowledge not given. A dangerous journey must take place—and one will be sacrificed.”
            “What do you mean, one will be sacrificed? Whose life is in danger?” Stevie held her breath waiting for the answer.
            The Queen shook her head, frustration showing in her hues. “I know not. I see a death, but no face. I see an enemy, but know not who. There is a task that must be conquered to triumph the battle foretold.” Darkness settled across the Queen’s features.
              Now Stevie’s frustration became obvious. “Why do you always talk in riddles? I need answers.”
            The Queen’s song grew louder, filling Stevie’s ears with a trill. She brought her hands to her head, the sound pounding in her temples. “Stop, Feya Lune. I’m not trying to upset you, but I need to have answers.”
            The noise quieted, and the Queen slowed. She now stood in front of Stevie. “You are brave, Ty Greial, but will have to go on—even in the face of loss. I warned you long ago. Now you must continue your destiny.”
            Stevie huffed. “Feya Lune, I had no choice, even if I’d heeded your warning and left, I’d still be in danger. I am ready to face the Rebels, and the Behm. But I am afraid of the Jajing.” Stevie started her own pacing. “I don’t know how to be a leader of a war. And I don’t want to see any of my friends or family die.”
            The Queen began to shrink. “I must leave you now, my powers wane.”
            “You always do this to me. Can’t you tell me before you go?”
            Feya Lune became a tiny Faerie once more. Stevie could hear her voice through the trees. “I will return, Ty Greial. Until then—see with both eyes.”
            And she was gone.

Stevie sank to the forest floor, her head in her hands. Which one of my friends will die? I have to know who needs extra protection.

I hope you enjoyed my excerpt and look forward to the next book in my Lorn Prophecy series, Tale.
Have a great week all and don't forget to get your copy of Lore!  Lore on Amazon

Love, Lisa

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Critiquing Woes

I know it has been a while since I've touched on any of the creative writing skills, but it's been a busy, not to mention, wild summer.

Between moving, and now trying to put our new home together which includes painting, and errands, I've had really little time to just hang out in my office and get things done. I might get caught up at some point, we shall see.

But in the mean time, I have been reading at night before bed. I've read two of my friend's books. One was a fantasy fiction/romance and the other is fantasy/sci-fi. Both are great stories and both have strong character building. And although they have great attributes, they both have to work on certain creative writing skills. 

The first had a few mistakes, nothing major, but the author head hopped here and there. Not a whole lot, but enough so that it was noticeable. 

The other, head hopping all over the place, confusing scenes and a few grammar and spelling mistakes. Strong characters though.

I think both could have been great if only the author's had strong critique partners, and maybe listened to their editors. (I'm assuming their editors said something about these mistakes).

Now, not to say my book, Lore, doesn't have mistakes. I reread the entire novel and found plenty that I plan to go in and fix, but at least I will do that. For some reason you don't see all the mistakes until you're reading your book in Kindle format. I don't know why that is?! But it doesn't change the fact that they are there and I will be working on those and re-downloading in the near future.

I do keep hoping, however, that my message gets across to new authors - no head hopping. It can confuse the reader and makes it look as though you're lazy. 

On a lighter note, Tale, is coming along great! I've written 10 chapters so far and have just sent chapter 4 to my critique partner. Once my life settles down, which should be by Fall, I will be able to go more gung-ho on the book. I'm sure it won't take as long as the last books.

I will post an excerpt from the book soon for those who are interested. Until then, keep on writing, and don't forget to get your copy of Lore!

Love, Lisa

Saturday, July 16, 2016

On A Lighter Note

Trying to figure out what subject to write about in your blog post every week can become cumbersome. So I thought since I've covered most creative writing skills, social media marketing and other off the cuff stuff, that maybe today I would keep it real.

With all the stressful issues we are facing in the world today, one way to get away from it all is a good book. 

Those who have found solace in picking up a great mystery, fantasy, or science fiction know the value of escaping to another world, another life. There's nothing better than to take a trip to your favorite "other world" and enjoy a vacation in your mind. I mean, after all, isn't that where it counts?

To only pay a few dollars and be taken away is worth every penny. Whether you're looking for that perfect man with a romance novel, or a new realm to traverse in an epic fantasy, you can go to new places and a new life, if only for a while.

The good news is, when you're finished reading a book, you can always start a new one. 

We are always looking for a place to escape to. We spend thousands to go to the ocean, or mountains. And although they are lovely places, they're short lived too. Not to mention, probably 80% of you take along a favorite novel to immerse yourself in. 

So for those temporary getaways, buy a novel, or download one from the library. You'll be glad you did. In fact, you'll find yourself wanting to get back to the book as soon as all your errands, work hours, and other extraneous chores are finished.

Reading is not only an escape, but it builds intelligence. In other words, it's good for you. So jump on Amazon and download a book today, or go to your local book store if you like the feel of a physical book in your hands. 

Take my word for it, you won't regret it!

And if you like fantasy, you can start with a free book Free Fable Download!
What's it going to hurt to read a free book?! Try it, you might like it!

 Until next week, have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to relax and enjoy your new novel.

Love, Lisa

Friday, July 8, 2016

Back In The Swing Of Things

As a writer you hear the advice - write every day - easier said than done. With that said - I'm glad to be back in the swing of things. It's been a long couple of weeks and I missed having the time to just sit and work on my next book, Tale.

With the move behind us now, and my computer set up, I can get back to the exciting ideas I have for the next in the series of,The Lorn Prophecy. Stevie will be on a new quest to save Djenrye and the other side of the portal as well. There will be new challenges, new races (that the Djen didn't even know about) and new dangers facing this brave, young teenager.

Well, I guess she is no longer considered a teen, but a young woman coming into her own. Stevie will learn what it's like to be a leader of her people and deal with the conflicts facing her. I'm so stoked! Can't wait to see what happens!

I guess I better sit down and do some more outlining of the book though. When writing a series, you can't write by the seat of your pants (A panster), you have to plan it out (A Plotter). This is especially important for character development and story. 

Your characters will learn and grow as people so you must show the progression. Some will digress since they're the antagonist(s). Using an outline really does help in all phases of your book. From character development, story, plots and sub-plots. It will help you not to write yourself into a corner, not knowing how to get out without doing the ultimate no-no - suddenly making up a new power that was never mentioned throughout the entire book. This won't ring true and will turn off your readers.

So if you decide to write a series I strongly suggest you outlining your story as you go. It will help you in the long run and keep you from having to rewrite your entire book.

Are you a panster or a plotter? I'm interested to find out. 

Until next Friday, have a wonderful weekend and stay cool!

Love, Lisa

Friday, July 1, 2016

A Hint For Marketing Your Books

So the plan is, this will be a good weekend. We finally are moving out of this cold, drafty, ugly rock cabin. Can't wait! 

I've endured this place for nine months, and in my opinion, it was nine months too long. I know some of you are saying, well at least you have a roof over your head, and that's true. I am grateful for that. But this place, as my friend Janet said, is one step up from tent camping. Try sleeping in a tent at 8200 ft through the freezing winter of the Rocky Mountains?!

Anyway, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This move is also the beginning of much needed changes. It will be the start of a new life for us. One that only positive changes will happen. I am bound and determined to turn things around for the better.

Now, it won't be easy, and there will be times where I will want to sink back into the abyss, but my attitude is one of good mojo and is only allowed in this household. What are the major changes? Losing weight, saving money for my hubby's much needed knee replacements, and marketing the books to a point of profit. Oh, and of course, writing my next book, Tale!

What is the abyss? Spending money where it's not needed. Wanting something I don't need. And needlessly spending too much on marketing. Trust me, It can add up quick. 

I know marketing through Facebook can add up quickly, but if you figure out what's affordable for you each month, I believe it will be worth it. A good ad, a great description and a well thought out image make all the difference. If you try three different ads, with three different images, then compare the clicks, you will discover what works and what doesn't. 

Plus a good marketing class doesn't hurt either. Support is critical from friends and colleagues, and writing more books is key to a successful writing career. But make sure your covers and the story are excellent too. Without a good story to captivate and a cover that grabs them, all you hard work will be for not.

So, that's my take on it. I hope those of you who plan to write the next best novel of our time, realize how important a good marketing strategy is. If you would like to know more about the class I'm taking feel free to ask. I will be more than happy to talk to you about it.  

What do you do to market your books? Is it working for you?

Until next weekend, and from my new house,(very excited)have a great one and happy fourth of July! May it be a safe and fun outing for you and your family!

Love, Lisa

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