Can anyone guess how awesome I am at blogging? I'll give you a hint...my last "update" was two months ago! Urgg...
The holidaze, with 3 kids, tends to get a little busy and leaves me rather scatter brained. Between hanging the holly, making out under the mistletoe, wrapping the wonders and then throwing in a fantastic feast for the family (that was a tongue twister and I didn't even say it aloud) I found myself with roughly 20 entire minutes to breathe.
But- the new year is here, and with it, new days! Busy days, yes, but at least they're new, right? I mean really- who wants another washed up Monday?
So what's been up? Well, I finished a little story I like to call Maggie Henning & The Realm book 4- Phoenix Ashes, if you're interested!
Ok...yeah, I know- you have either just found me, only read book one or possibly book 2 and the novella...what do you mean FOUR? Did I miss something?
No, you didn't. And no, although I am Math Challenged, book 3 has been finished for awhile now and is with editors. The *plan* is to get that out in March, book 4 in early July, and then *sob* wrap up the series in November or December. I know...I know...but everything has to end sometime, right?
Don't argue...yes it does...
Anywho... how was your holiday? Did Santa bring you anything awesome (or anything with a receipt to exchange for awesome?) This year, I am starting the think there may have been a theme to my gifts the cookie gobbling over stuffed elf deposited under my tree. BBQ Sauce, Walking Dead t shirts, and a pair of Katanas! The theme- Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness. I will now have the proper attire, the proper weapon, and sauce to slather over my tasteless white rice that I will be forced to sustain myself with. It beats that episode of season three of my (he doesn't know it yet husband Daryl Dixon's) show The Walking Dead where Carl was two seconds away from spooning in the dog chow, right?
This week (in more news that actually related to my writing) I am on the Author's Corner on the Stephanie Meyer Facebook page! There will be three trivia questions per day- 2 related to my books and one unrelated (to give folks who haven't read them yet a chance to score free copies!) There will also be caption contests! I've put together some neato swag to give away that I think y'all will like.
In addition- all week long to welcome the new Likes to my author page, I'll be doing random "pop up" giveaways, too! Make sure you check in on either page for a chance to win!
Well...I suppose I should now move on and either (1) wash dishes, or (2) write... SURVEY SAYS?
yeah...I'll be writing...who needs to cook anyway?
until next time my fine friends- keep on rockin', shockin', and something else that rhymes with either of those words!
Good, and very early morning, everyone! I realized last night how terrible i am at the whole blog thing... THAT CHANGES NOW!!
How about we start with some updates, shall we? Phoenix Rising launched on July 19th in eBook format and is now also available in paperback! When the story came to mind a few years ago, it began with one little sentence... as many of mine tend to do. Now, to see it our there, to hop over to Google and type in the words "Phoenix Rising" and see my story come up... just wow.
Thus far, the reviews have been pretty good, too. I peeked at them and cried... because honestly, as an author, to look at a review where a person you don't know, have never meant... to see that they have fallen in love with your story & have become emotionally invested in your characters... I guess the best analogy I can use is one like this- I'm a Mom... the kind things written in reviews of PR is a similar feeling to watching my child do a great job and have strangers clapping and cheering. I cannot put into words how humbling and flattering it is to see that folks enjoy my story.
I am just days away from the beginning of my first Blog Tour, too. The fantastic folks at TEMPTING BLOG TOURS have been so great in orchestrating this and helmed by the talented Jennifer Malone Wright, who has been such a wonderful source of information to me. I look forward to this tour. I'm nervous, I'll admit it!
Well, The Muse woke me just before 3 am... it's currently 4:14 am in chilly NY... time to see what is going on in The Realm that had me wake so early!
As always, HAPPY READING & HAPPY WRITING EVERYONE!
So...you want to talk giveaways? Have you checked out the link on the left regarding the HUGE prizes that some lucky fans will win to celebrate the July release of PHOENIX RISING?
All the contest rules can be found there, but it's pretty simple... sign up for the newsletter (once a month to the email address you provide), collect the "code words (4 total) and then, in July, you'll enter those code words. I'll have a random drawing for the prizes!
With things like a KINDLE FIRE, FREE eBooks, and other swag, HOW do you not take a chance?
I've also updated my reading, having finished a pair of awesome books by Nathan Wrann! I don't "do" spoilers, but I will tell you this- not to be missed reads!!
I've also added the links to where I can be found lurking! Including facebook, and getglue! Why not join in my craziness, too?
Here's to hoping you're having a fantastic Friday!
A quick update...
Firefly & Wisp Publishing, a FANTASTIC company, will be releasing the Phoenix Books!
Book 1- PHOENIX RISING is expected out in July of 2012.
PHOENIX BURNING, book 2 in the series, has an anticipated release date of September 23, 2012!
I am so honored to join the ranks of these fantastic authors! Please, head over there and check out their website! You'll discover, if you haven't already, some really great reads by authors like Lee Taylor, Dawn Jayne, J.S. Wilsoncroft, and Brenda Hastings!
Happy Reading Everyone!
Good Morning Realm Watchers! Today's blog post is brought to you by the letter I..as in interview!
Liam was doing a little digging through The Trust's library and happened to find an old interview that was done with the Realm Princes. I guess you would call it a "publicity piece"... After much deliberating, and none too little begging on my part, I was able to convince Liam to let me take a little peek at it. What the librarian didn't know, however, was that I'd brought my handy dandy cell phone with me. I was able to snap a few quick photos of the interview. What I saw, I've posted below...
INTERVIEW WITH PRINCES LUC AND MICHEL OF CELINE; sons of our great KING EDWYN (interviewed by Sherinz of the Tulip Folk)
Sherinz: Good day, my lords. I am honored to have the chance to sit with- *Prince Luc yawns* I apologies, your majesty, am I keeping you awake?
PM: Nevermind my brother, Sherinz. Luc finds discussing anything that doesn't center about himself boring.
PL: And rightfully so, Brother. Can you find a topic more fascinating than I?
PM: The Plague does come to mind...
S: My lords, if we may continue? I would like to begin by asking you about the recent rumors that have begun to mill around The Realm.
PL: We can stop right there...yes, it is true. Michel does, in fact, enjoy wearing women's underwear.
PM: *the prince looks angrily at his brother before focusing on this reporter again* I believe I am aware of the rumor you refer to. Could it be the one regarding the return of a long though race?
S: You have heard?
PL: The rumblings about a Phoenix found within the confines of The Mortal World? That old song and dance? I'm sure your readers would be far more interested in hearing about Michel's love of a silk thong...
S: Yes, Prince Luc...perhaps another time. Prince Michel, yes, the word has been traveling throughout the Realm that the child of Muriel and John Henning, long kept under Revenant Guard, will be making an appearance in Celine soon. Do you care to comment?
PM: At this time, I can tell little, other than to confirm the Henning child has, in fact, turned 16 Human years, bringing to an end the prearrange agreement of her safety.
S: Does this mean that Muriel Henning has been located or that John Henning will be released?
PL: Who do you work for, Wikileaks? Like we'd tell you that sort of information...
PM: At this time and to the best of my knowledge, no- Muriel Henning has not been located, nor is there any plans to release John Henning. What I can tell you is this. An especially close eye will be kept on Maggie Henning. The time is drawing closer to when she must learn of her true nature.
PL: Geez, Michel...could you sound a little more official?
S: Do either of you care to address rumors that someone close to the Henning Girl has been in place by the Revs to-
PM: I think we should stop that question there. No need to broadcast everything...
S: Indeed, your majesty. I have here another report that says a celebration is in the planning stages...that your father, King Edwyn of Celine, is planning to host an introduction of the Henning girl to the Realm Folk. Is this true?
PL: *takes paper from my hand and studies it* You've got to be kidding me? Have you seen this Michel? Really? 300 coin for an orchestra? For that kind of money, seems like we could bring in Metallica...
PM: If King Edwyn is planning a celebration, we know nothing of it.
S: ok... Prince Michel, would you care to address rumors that you've begun studying the Henning girl...making a point to be near her?
PL: this is the first I've heard of it...Michel, are you holding out on me?
PM: While it is true I have been spending more time frequenting the Mortal Realm as of late, rest assured it is only in the case of my music. Decent strings for a guitar are in short supply within The Realm
S: On a serious note, Prince Michel, would you care to adress recent reports of your personal involvement in the Lycanthropic genoc-
***PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THIS TIME, SEVERAL PAGES OF THE INTERVIEW APPEAR TO BE MISSING***
PM: please forgive my brother's sudden departure, my fae friend. Certain topic tend to bring out the worst in the Prince.
S: So I see, my apologies. *Prince Michel bows and signals I continue* I know our time grows short, Prince Michel, so if I may ask you a personal question?
PM: You may.
S: Speculation has been circling regarding your brother, Prince Luc, that there is a growing animosity between your father and him. Do you care to set the record straight?
PM: Their relationship is no more strained than any father and son's. I believe that, given time, they will both be back on a level understanding...that Prince Luc, if you will pardon the phrasing, will remember his place among our people. Now...I have an appointment at a Mortal music store. They hope my playing can bring in more business. It has been a pleasure.
Prince Michel smiles kindly as he stands, then transports himself away, ending our interview.
Lisa C. Morgan
author, mother, reader, fangirl, harbinger of doom, and extreme nerd