Author Friday – Samhain Publishing Closing Its Doors

MalachisWord72web1This news was announced this afternoon and it has come as a shock and a heartbreaker for many, if not all of Samhain Publishing’s authors, editors, cover artists, and readers. It’s a devastating feeling. Though I haven’t published with them in a couple of years, as fate would have it, I had a couple of titles planned for submission for them this year. One of those is Abe’s Law, Book 3 in my Bar Next Door series. With Samhain closing, I will not be able to submit the book to them and will have to either find another publisher for it or publish it myself. I will keep you informed as to what will happen with the series once the rights have come back to me. I will let you know what I will do with all my Samhain titles when I receive the rights. I don’t know when this will be and at this point, they do not either.

I have enjoyed being a Samhain author. I have worked with some incredible people and they helped me become the author I am. I couldn’t have done without them and I will always remember the feeling of having received that first acceptance letter from them for Pink Buttercream Frosting.

The publishing market has changed and will continue changing and though Samhain changed as best it could with the ArcticShift200market, it wasn’t enough. It was stated in their email that they did not wish to go down the road of not paying authors in order to keep the company going because it wouldn’t be fair to anyone. There are already publishers who have taken the delay royalties to simply not paying royalties and I commend Samhain for not following that example. They have always tried to keep up to date with things and it’s just proved too difficult in the changing climate. There’s no telling what the future will hold for any of us before publishing levels out and we all regain our balance.

Thank you Crissy, Marty, Tera, Bethany, Holly, Amy, Jacob, Amanda, and those I know I’m forgetting without meaning to… Thank you for an awesome ride. I wish us all the very best of everything in the future.

~lissa

10K Weekends For Writers – Week 8

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The weeks are going by faster and faster. It’s a wonder anything gets done at all. Especially this week. It was my birthday Monday and I didn’t do anything. My son came down with the flu this morning and it’s been a little rough. Hopefully, he’ll be better in the next few days.

I spent today working with pencil and paper and I’m always surprised how it helps the thoughts come out a little different. I’m always surprised by how much I can write when I do so on paper. I also wrote a bit in Evernote, one of my favorite note taking applications.

But there are more words to write and I’ll be getting to those in this weekend. If you’d like to join, please add your name to the Linky at the bottom of the post and join me. It’s usually only me doing this. It hasn’t taken off as much as I’d hoped it would, but it’s been keeping me on task and if that’s all it ever does, then that’s enough.

My project this weekend is Bearing The Ink with perhaps some words on a couple of other projects that will be coming in the next few months.

So, if anyone does in fact join in, the hashtag is #10KWeekendsForWriters and the writing weekend ends at 10pm Sunday night! Best of luck!

~lissa

 

 

Temptation Tuesday – The Billionaire’s Heiress

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I placed a kiss on her shoulder and pushed inside her. She was still tight, still wet from the all night sex – in every position on every available surface – marathon. Dawn was just breaking the sky.

I’d taken one look at her last night in the restaurant bar and made an instant, insane decision. I’d already been stood up by my business partner and didn’t feel like going home batting zero for a thousand.

No, I’d wanted the woman standing nearest the door, looking for all the world like she was ready to bolt. And I’d gotten her. Money could do a lot of things and where one day I was just another geeky four-eyed nerd in a lab, the next I was rolling in so much green I could had a different woman knocking on my door every evening.

Nothing about her said one night, though. Nothing about her said me. Instead, everything about her said please and right now and delicious.

I’d read her right.

But I might have gotten it all wrong, too. I wouldn’t think about that now. Now was all about her slick heat grasping and clinging to me, sucking me in, pulling at me. Now was all about her straining beneath me, and her bound hands tugging at the headboard.

You can pre-order The Billionaire’s Heiress now from Amazon. The official release date is April 26th…

~lissa

Music Monday – New Moon On Monday

Today is my birthday and as such, I am picking a song at random. It is one of my forever favorite songs and it’s by my first head over heels in love with them all but especially Nick Rhodes fangirl crushes, Duran Duran.

My birthday always makes me nostalgic and I tend to think back on all the birthdays before. I went to see Duran Duran in 1984 on the Seven and the Ragged Tiger tour and the birthday I had just a few months before was to be the last happy birthday that I would have for the next several years.

There’s something about this song that’s always resonated with me. It’s about revolution and standing up to the establishment and it inspires me in several parts of my life…

~lissa

10K Weekends For Writers – Week 7

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It’s that time again, writers! Time for an attempt at 10,000 words in a weekend. Do you have word count to meet? Do you have a book you want to make serious progress on? Do you have one big project or multiple ones to get words in on? Then this is for you!

From Thursday (tonight) to Sunday at 10pm, is the time to get your write on!

Sign up with the Linky below. Keep track of your word count. Add the hashtag #10KWeekendsForWriters to your social media posts and get writing! Invite friends to join too!

Questions or comments? Contact me please! This is meant as a fun way to connect and get writing.

I’ll be writing in sprints between watching Nascar races. So, let’s write!

~lissa

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