A Little Story About A Story And A Cover

Once upon a time, there was a little bird named Samantha.

Now, Samantha was considered a wonderful and dear friend to Lissa and she knew how much Lissa liked to read male/male erotic romance.

Samantha, such a delightful friend suggested to Lissa that she should consider writing stories in this genre she loves so much. One thing, dear readers that you must understand about Samantha is the simple fact that she writes stories in this genre as well as the male/male/female genre and so coming from such an esteemed and successful writer, Lissa took Samantha’s suggestion to heart.

Over the course of a couple of months, some serious thought went into this idea. Lissa had considered writing male/male before, had even written a very short male/male free read, but had primarily focused on male/female contemporary. But Samantha had put a bug in Lissa’s ear to write male/male, to try her hand at it and Lissa couldn’t stop thinking about it, couldn’t stop wanting to try and so she took her very short free read out of the storage closet, added a few words, polished it up, sent it off to a few friends to read, including Samantha (whom Lissa hasn’t heard back from yet…) Thoughts so far though on Lissa’s effort are good and positive.

Armed with a little confidence and a lot of nerves, Lissa is aiming to self-publish this little collection of male/male spanking stories, 5K each.

The End.

Grins…

I even have a cover, created by the wonderful Valerie Tibbs. I am working on the second 5K story and will then move on to the third one. I’ll keep y’all informed as to a release for it.

A big thank you for the faith of author Samantha Kane. And a big thank you to those already self-published who are helping me along this new avenue: Melissa Schroeder, Eliza Gayle, Selena Blake, Bella Andre.

~lissa

 

 

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

Best Ballads in the Business

Much to the detriment of my soul, and my mother, when the mid-late 80’s came around, I started banging my head to the likes of Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Ozzy, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, etc…

That was over 20 years ago and I still love them all. I have even found new hard rock bands to love, but the previously mentioned bands will always been my favorites and will always hold a special place in my heart.

One thing about them that I always loved was they could write/sing/play ballads like no one else. Their guitar riffs, while maybe not the best, always got to me. Ever. I’ve listened to music from the earliest recordings to current and I don’t think any era comes close to the ballads of the the 80’s hair bands.

I went to see all these bands live and many others. Concert tickets back then were a mere $15, sometimes as little as $12. I pay that just in parking now for shows. And we won’t discuss the actual ticket prices currently. They are astronomical and while the shows are sometimes good, the assigned seating and alcohol drinking leaves a lot to be desired.

Music in general is special to me. It’s where most of my inspiration comes from for the books I write. Some old songs, some new songs, some classics, some very obscure. But, I can get lost in the 80’s. Following are some of the ballads that still give me chills…

This was not a ballad but it always gives me chills. Randy Rhoads was completely amazing.

What ballad, from any era, gives you chills?

~lissa