Music Monday – All About That Bass

Because it’s just the cutest thing… And I like the message. We could all use a little levity and laughter and realism and less harsh criticism about size and perfection based on unrealistic standards.

If you’ve got it, then flaunt it…

Learn to love yourself. Learn to accept yourself. Learn that you don’t have to live up to anyone’s standards but your own. These are things I’m having to learn and adopt myself, so I know how hard it is and how hard it can be. But it’s not impossible and life will look a whole lot brighter if we can love ourselves completely…

 

Football Football Football

Yes, y’all that’s what time of year it is!

I do write and work on things on the weekends, but I primarily watch football. It starts for me on Thursday nights. There’s Friday night college football too. All day Saturday starting at 9am with GameDay on ESPN, Sunday starting at 10am with the NFL, and Monday nights. That’s A LOT of football. And that makes for a happy Lissa.

It’s a lot of time in front of the television, too. On my ass. Though I do get up and walk in place (hey, it counts) every now and then. And walk to the kitchen…laughs. But, it’s also time with my son. We watch football together. We talk about all kinds of things during the games and between them. It’s where his interest is…sports. So, it’s something we can share and connect with. That’s important to me. It has always been important to me. He and his father have baseball and softball. He and his sister have video games. He and I have football and racing and golf. It’s all about the connection, the conversation, the time spent making memories…

So, while I type words into the computer from the pages and pages of handwritten ones, I’ll be watching football.

We all know I have college teams I follow and college coaches I can’t stand. But I don’t follow NFL teams. I follow players who I paid attention to in college. I like seeing them progress and it allows me to watch all sorts of teams and games. It’s the fantasy way to do it, only I don’t play fantasy football. I simply watch and I watch for the love of the game.

Y’all have a great Sunday!

~lissa

Kindle Select for Stick Shift

StickShift200x300If you’ve paid any attention to the re-release of Stick Shift this week, you may have noticed it’s not on Barnes and Noble or All Romance eBooks or Smashwords. There’s a reason for that and the title of this post makes that clear.

I’ve enrolled Stick Shift in Amazon Kindle Select. It’s exclusive to Amazon for 3 months. It’s a test, you see. For me. To try something new. To see how things work with Kindle Select. To utilize some of the deals and special things they have in place for authors who give them exclusivity. To see if it would be beneficial for another book down the line. To see how Kindle Unlimited affects things.

I’m not as savvy as some of the more successful self-publishing authors. I don’t know all the algorithms. I don’t know all the tips and tricks. I don’t know all the short cuts or how to play the system to make it work better for me and my books. I don’t have Amazon reps. I can only go off what I see, hear, observe, and by the answers to the questions I ask when I think someone might be willing to share information.

And it’s possible that I’m doing everything wrong, but that’s how we learn most of the time, or at least, that how’s I learn most of the time.

So, over the next couple of months, I’ll be trying these different things out while working on finishing up the second Bad Boys of Racing book and The Sticky Cowgirl.

Y’all have a great weekend. I’ll be writing and watching football.

Oh and if you have read Stick Shift and liked it, please consider leaving a review.

~lissa

Into The Newness

Change is hard for most people. Whether it’s personal or business, large or small, change affects us and can be downright scary. Sometimes change is out of our control, and sometimes all it takes is a toe dipped in the water.

At the same time, change can be very good for us.

The one thing I came away from Authors After Dark with this year, is that things need to change. For me. With me. Personal and business. And honestly, I’m scared shitless.

I don’t like change. It’s typically way outside my comfort zone and the only way I’ll go is kicking and screaming. At lease on the inside (I’m way too shy and introverted to make a scene).

What conclusions did I come to about changes?

I need to let go of old ideas, things I’ve held on to, things others expected of me. I need to move in new directions.

I need to let go of people. Some I’ve clung to out of a strange sense of loyalty they didn’t seem to feel, and some because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to navigate without them. They were comfortable. Familiar to a point. But they’ve all moved on, and it’s time for me to do the same.

I need to let go of preconceived notions of can’t and can, and adopt the attitude if can and will. This is also one of those scary as all get out things. Frankly, all of it is. It’s necessary though.

There will be a new look coming in a couple months. New covers. New books. New people.

Just… Newness.

~lissa

Cover Reveal – Five Alarm Alphas

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See? And I bet y’all thought I’ve been doing nothing for months on end…

I was so thrilled to be asked to join this group of authors. I hadn’t been asked to join an anthology and to be completely honest, my feelings were kind of hurt. There are people I know and considered friends who’ve been in several and none of them ever asked me if I’d like to participate, not even for the anthologies in genres I write in.

For this one, an author I’d never talked to before, who I didn’t even know knew I existed sent me a message and said another author who I didn’t know personally either had suggested me (Lexxie Couper and Mari Carr). I was completely humbled and flattered and as I said, thrilled. I’d never written a fireman before and I have to say, I’ve enjoyed this one.

Five Alarm Alphas will be up for pre-order next week and will be out on November 7th for $.99 for a limited time.

~lissa