Thanksgiving and More…

I seem to be doing that a lot lately, huh? Adding ‘and More…’ to my blog posts. But, I have so much I want to say and unless I write 2 or 3 posts in one day, it’s just easier to do it all at once.

So, first of all, to my American friends and counterparts, Happy Thanksgiving.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Family, friends, readers, health (minus the sinus infection I can’t get rid of), writing, a home, freedom… There’s a lot of hardship in our country and in the world and we need to remember the things we do have, the people we do have that enrich our lives and help share our burdens because there are many who don’t have anything or anyone.Be thankful for what and who you have…

If you are not celebrating Thanksgiving today, well, Happy Thursday! smiles…

Onto the more part of my post… Tomorrow I will be participating in a Black Friday blog hop. Myself and 19 or so other authors have gotten together to talk about Black Friday and any deals or shopping tips we may know of. We’re also giving away a Kindle Fire, and most of us if not all of us are giving copies of books and other such prizes. Click here for the details…

There’s also a HUGE holiday party happening over at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews. A lot of authors with a lot of gifts being given and sharing holiday traditions, memories, recipes, etc… It’s a fun time and it’s going on through the end of December. You should check it out! Click the graphic below if you want see what it’s all about. I’ll be there on November 29th and on December 19th.

I have been writing, but not as much. One of these days, years actually, I’m going to learn that November and NaNoWriMo and I don’t really go well together. I need to stop. I’m not that kind of writer. I wish I were, but I’m not. I want to be, but I’m not sure I ever will be. It’s too much pressure for me. I write differently. Sometimes a lot in a short amount of time and sometimes a little in a very long period of time. It’s gets done. Maybe not on my timetable or your timetable but it does get done.

I will be concentrating in December on finishing up Trouble in the Making for a January release. I had wanted next weekend, but it’s just not going to happen and as I get into December, I want to concentrate on the release of Twisted Up. I am planning a little 10 day party and will give details as they come to me.

Revealed has done well and I’m thrilled beyond imagination at how many of you have written and commented that you want another story in the series. I have a feeling, y’all will keep wanting more as long as I’m willing to keep writing them. 😉 I don’t have a title and I don’t have a cover concept yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll let you know and I’ll get started on it soon.

I will be reworking Sugar Rush soon as well for re-release. I’ve missed cowboy surfer Graham and snarky Jane and look forward to revisiting them. I am still working on Drive Shaft. I’m concerned about some of the business end of it and so while I’ll mull it over, what I want to do with it, what I think is best for you, my readers, I am still writing it. I love it so far… Alli is really out of her element at the moment.

That’s all on the update front for now. I need to get back to cooking… Have a great day, y’all!

~lissa

Twisted Up Available for Pre-Order!

Did y’all know this? If not, you do now!

Pre-order for your Kindle here!

Pre-0rder for you Nook here!

It does have the wrong cover on both sites, but I’ve got an email in to Samhain asking for the correct cover to be put up instead. Twisted Up is also listed on Goodreads!

Y’all I’m so excited about this book I can’t hardly stand myself!

~lissa

Twisted Up Cover Hotness!

Release Date: December 20! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We Will Be Having A Party!

Blurb will be forthcoming!

I’ll tell ya all about my trip to the mountains later this week. For now, I gotta get back to work on this week’s release of Masked.

~lissa

Oh!!!!! I will be on Leah Braemel’s blog tomorrow talkin’ about bein’ Southern and how it fits into my writing and into me!

 

Save the Date!

What’s a skeptical gal to do when Fate interferes and drops a hot, young cowboy in the chair next to her as she’s nursing a beer and wallowing in feelings of failure?

Well, avoid Fate and the horse she rode in on, of course.

At least that’s what Ella tried to do. Luckily for her, the Fate believing cowboy named Justin was having none of that.

Twisted Up by Lissa Matthews coming December 20, 2011 from Samhain Publishing. Mark your calendars…

~lissa

Edits and Other Things

I’ve been working on edits this week. They haven’t been as hard and difficult and hair-pulling as other edits I’ve received from my editors, however, I want this book to be great, to be awesome, to be incredible. It’s important. I know most authors and hopefully all authors want their books to be great. It doesn’t always happen and readers don’t always see the end result as being the best thing EVER, but we authors, we strive for it.

Along with edits, there’s been a lot of healthy eating, the emphasis being on healthy and on eating. Whole grains. Little to no preservatives. Little to nothing processed. Gallons of water. Whole foods and nothing that says fat-free or sugar-free. It’s been interesting and I feel so much better. Migraines are less. PMS symptoms are less. I’m sleeping better. My moods are better. I’ve also been eating more and migrating more toward organic foods and local foods. It’s more expensive in some ways, but I’m looking for the payoff in better health.

I am writing. With edits it’s been slower than I had planned, but I am writing. I am also reading. On the sidebar of my website homepage here, is ‘What I’m Reading Today’. As you can see it’s a Dakota Cassidy book. It’s the second in her ex-trophy wives series. I love this book. I loved the first one, too. She’s got such a wonderful voice, so raw and real. If you haven’t read this series yet, think about giving it a try. The books are full of wit, sarcasm, getting even-ness, learning to stand on one’s own two feet, laughs, growing pains, etc… I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

I am headed for the dinner table.

Oh, and per the begging request of a friend, I’ll be taking my Keurig to Authors After Dark and setting it up in her room. At least I’ll have yummy coffee while there next week. If you’re going to be at AAD, please hunt me down and say hi…

~lissa