What I’m Working On Today…

I am going to tell you through pictures and let you kind of see where my head is.

The images are in no particular order as it will be much more fun to let you try to match the pieces of the puzzles together all on your own. It’ll also make it more interesting to see if you can figure out how many things I’m working on today…

Y’all ready? Grins…

 

Now, any guesses as to the order of things and what images go together? Hehehe… One hint. The mask stands alone. It goes with no other images in this post.

Y’all have a great weekend!

~lissa

Some news coming soon…

See, for so long y’all didn’t think you’d ever get any new news out of me. Well, and you’re not. Yet. But soon… Maybe even by Friday I’ll have something more I can say. But if not, soon.

Until I can though, just be assured that I am writing and working my little, okay well, not so little, behind off for you, my darlin’ readers.

Oh, and Oh. My. God. I have found a store I think I am going to love as much as I love Trader Joe’s. I know, you’re shocked, right? I won’t be shopping there often because holy moly it’s expensive, but the organic foods, the natural foods (both of these would be why it’s so much more expensive), the fun stuff like you can make your own peanut butter right there in the store stuff… Lissa will be going there at least a couple times a month. You know, when I need something special like grains in bulk (whole wheat pastry flour) or specialty dairy (organic flavored half and half or REAL butter) or the natural sweetener (dried cane sugar) I’ve been searching all over town for that I can bake with that won’t send my husband’s blood sugar through the roof kind of special stuff…

The store is called Earth Fare. It’s like a smaller Whole Foods.

I do feel a contest coming on soon, too, y’all… I’m thinking about it and when I’ve got down what kind we’re going to do, I’ll let you in on it.

And there was something else, some other thing… Really important too… Ummm… Oh yeah, I remember now! It’s that time of year…

Florida State Seminoles Football. Game Day 9/3/2011, 3:30pm. Oh yeah! I’m gonna be fixing some game day munchies Saturday morning… probably to include some boiled peanuts!

What game day snacks do you like, need, crave, will kill to have?

~lissa

Good News and Not Gonna Make Ya Happy News…

…which do you want first?

Good news? Okay. Yesterday, my Samhain Publishing editor sent me a contract offer for Blue Jeans and Hard Hats, Book 3, Forever In Blue Jeans. If you’ve followed the series, this is Blue’s book. It’s a longer book, too. Just over 60,000 words. My longest one yet.

Now, for the Not Gonna Make Ya Happy News… I was told by my editor that she put in for it to be a July 2012 release.

*hides from all the things being thrown at me*

If it makes y’all feel any better, I wanted to cry. And honestly, if it weren’t the last book in the series, I’d self-publish it, but I want the books together. I know with the invent and all of ereaders, that all the books would be together at Kindle and Barnes and Noble. However, the other side of that coin is that I want this book to have the same look, feel, and quality treatment as the other books in the series.

I know y’all wanted that book much sooner than a year from now and I know it’s just gonna screw up any sales momentum, but it is what it is right now. At least we know it’s coming.

In that same vein, that same line of positive thinking, here’s a little clip for ya to cheer ya up… give you a bit of bar fight and survival from one of my favorite sports movies, The Replacements

I finished writing a short story for submission to The Cowboy special call from Delilah Devlin and Cleis Press. I’ve always wanted to write for Cleis Press so, cross your fingers!

And now it’s on to other writing…

Twisted Up is in the final stages of editing. Hopefully we’ll have a cover and blurb and be on the Samhain coming soon page, well, soon. I’m also hoping to have a cover soon for Trouble In The Making, my first self-pub book which I’ve been trying to finish. I asked the cover artist about it this morning so…

That’s about all for now. It’s almost football season, y’all. College football season… To celebrate, I’m feelin’ a giveaway comin’ on… I’ll keep y’all posted.

Have a great week!

~lissa

If you…

…could have a fling with someone from high school… If you could go back and have said fling with them as they were in high school, who would it be? Who was your secret crush?

As y’all know, I have a book I’m writing about a woman that meets up with her high school crush 20 years later called Trouble In The Making. It’s based on a real guy I went to high school with, and was good friends with, but not in THAT way, however, he’s been awesome enough to let me use parts of him for this story and I am ever so grateful. After I get done re-writing the beginning for the 4th time, I’ll be able to post an excerpt for y’all…

Of late a lot of blasts from the past have been catching up with me, finding me after many years and it’s brought back both good and bad memories. But the one fun thing, is that I’ve spent a little time on this question that I’ve asked y’all and pondered and wondered who I would go back and have a fling with if I could. The answer… is… about 10 names on a list long! I couldn’t believe it when I started giving it some serious thought. There’s more than 1. How very naughty of me…

So, on to you. Who would you go back and fling with?

~lissa

In the meantime…

Yesterday was an emotional, topsy-turvy day and if you missed my tweet/Facebook update about it, don’t worry, I’ll talk more about it here soon.

I am in midst of doing self-editing/self-revisions on Forever In Blue Jeans, the 3rd book in the Blue Jeans and Hard Hats series. It’s my longest book at nearly 60K and by the time is is finished and through edits at Samhain (provided they contract it), it’ll likely BE 60K. My plan is to turn it in to my editor this weekend and hopefully we’ll all have an answer on it in the next 4-6 weeks. That would mean, we’d probably be looking at something like an early (if we’re lucky) Springtime release.

My editor did email me yesterday about the edits for Twisted Up and she said she’ll be getting those to me this weekend. So, my focus today and tomorrow is on the revisions of Forever In Blue Jeans, so when edits comes in, I can get started on them.

I need to get writing next week as well on something else… I need to finish Trouble in the Making for self-publishing, Drive Shaft (the follow-up to Stick Shift) because some of you are asking for it, and get to work again on the follow-up to Ink Spots which is the one titled Too Bad (Jackie and Mac’s story). If you have a preference one way or another, let me know.

In the meantime…

~lissa

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