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

Forever In Blue Jeans

I just hit send on the submission of Forever In Blue Jeans, Book 3 in the Blue Jeans and Hard Hats series, to my Samhain editor, Bethany.

Let’s all cross our fingers and toes and eyes that she likes it.

I’ll keep y’all posted! I am taking the rest of the day off from writing/revising. I’ll watch some NASCAR, go to Best Buy and the Home Depot, nap, eat yummy food, drink some coffee, read, start setting up my food blog, and wait for edits to arrive from that same editor for Twisted Up.

Monday is when I’ll start writing again…

Y’all have an awesome weekend.

~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

What are you reading now?

What books? What authors? What genre? What has you turning pages and pulling out your credit cards or pushing that ‘Buy Now with 1-click’ button? What’s filling up your bookshelves, virtual or physical?

I want something that leaves me breathless…

What have you got for me?

 

~lissa

So close…

…to the end of this book, I can taste it. It and the warm whole wheat chocolate chip cookie bowl I’m devouring as I write this.

This week I’ve done a guest blog and an interview over at Under the Covers Book Blog. They’re celebrating 500 followers and if you haven’t been over there, go take a peek.

Next week I’ll be doing another guest blog, this time over at Shameless Romance Reviews. Again, go take a peek.

I have to thank the women at both of these blogs for inviting me, especially Ann and Dee. For an author that hasn’t put out a book in many months, one tends to get treated a little different  or not at all, so being invited to guest blog has… Well, I’m just happy to have been thought of. I am grateful that my readers have stuck with me, some with great patience, some with not great patience.

The majority of my energy this week has been put into finishing Forever In Blue Jeans, though. And running my son to and from baseball camp. While he’s playing, I’ve been spending the mornings writing in an awesome local, little coffee shop called Summit Coffee. I’m only a few thousand words away from the end and I’m anxious to get there.

I’m not putting out as many books, not finishing as many as I did last year. However, I am writing longer books. Twisted Up is 50+K and once it goes through edits will be added to, I’m sure. Forever In Blue Jeans is slated to be around 55K. In terms of last year, that would be have been the equivalent of 3 or 4 books combined. I’m liking my writing now. I think it’s stronger. And most asked for longer books so once I started writing again, I decided that I would try to make that a goal. I don’t think it’s been a conscious thing though when it’s actually come to the writing. I think it’s just happened and worked out that way.

Anyway, I wanted to take a moment before bed to touch base and say hello, let you know I haven’t forgotten you! I hope all of you are having a great week and staying as cool as possible.

~lissa