Another Cover Reveal   1 comment

Herd-MagicWell, the post’s title says it all. I’ve got another new cover. Woot! This time for Herd Magic, book 2 of In Deception’s Shadow, my epic fantasy series from MuseItUp publishing.

It’s almost through the editing pipeline, and I’ll be able to post an excerpt and first couple chapters once that’s done and I’ve received the okay from my line editor.

Nika Dixon, the cover artist, did another great job, if I do say so myself. She also did the cover for Betrayal’s Price.

Thank you Nika!

Cover Reveal—> Stone’s Song   3 comments

SongsSongHere’s another quick update. The Avatars Book 2 now has a cover. I’m still working on beating Stone’s Song into shape, but its coming along. So for those of you still waiting (and waiting, and waiting some more) for the continuation of Lillian and Gregory’s story, it is STILL coming. lol. I promise.

However, Herd Magic, book 2 of In Deception’s Shadow, my epic fantasy series from MuseItUp Publishing, will be out first. But I’m hoping to have Stone’s Song out by mid November. Now I really must get back to writing.

Posted August 26, 2013 by Lisa Blackwood in Uncategorized

Updates and Editing Funnies.   1 comment

I see I haven’t updated my blog in a while. Big surprise there. Bad me.

Writing wise, a couple months back I signed a contract for book two of In Deception’s Shadow, my epic fantasy romance series with MuseItUp Publishing. This one is called Herd Magic, and is about Ashayna’s sister, Sorsha, and the Santhyrian Ambassador, Shadowdancer. I just finished round one of edits, and am about to send it back to my editor. I’m also working on book three(Lamarra’s story), called the Dead Queen.

At the same time, since I can’t seem to work on just one project, I’m writing book two of the Avatars. In Stone’s Song, Lillian and Gregory face off against a newly awakened, centuries old Siren—and she’s not at all happy with what humans have been doing to her oceans while she slept.

I’m also about to reboot a new sci-fi series I started last year because Vengeance, Warship of the Spire, is just too much fun to let stagnant on my hard drive.

Night Owl Reviews is having another of their web scavenger hunts. I decided to join this one. Click on the widget to the left for details about how to win books, Amazon gift cards and other cool stuff.

 

Editing funnies from Herd Magic. (Because an author should be able to laugh at themselves.)

 

Map instead of heap (don’t ask me how I made/missed that one)

Past instead of passed (should have caught that one)

Then instead of than. (but only twice. Yeh! An improvement.)

Torn instead of tore (more than once)

Just….is a filler word. Bad Lisa.

Towards instead of toward. (and vice versa. Too many times to count.)

Power, power, power,….you get the idea.

Sweet instead of sweat.

Founded instead of found….yep…really.

Bounded instead of bound. (Which I think is actually worse.)

Lay instead of lie.

Hewed instead of hewn.

 

Yep, them there are some great mestakes. ::rolls eyes::

 

The next issue I ran into is probably only something sci-fi and fantasy authors encounter. While a character’s internal thoughts are usually denoted with italics, so too is telepathic communication between characters. The only difference is the telepathic communication has quotes (I’ve seen other symbols used as well, but quotes seems to be the most popular.) But I found having both in italics was too confusing to read, so my character’s internal thoughts are not in italics. Apparently I don’t just break rules, I reverse them. Lol.

I’m Guest Posting Today.   Leave a comment

I’m over on fellow MuseItUp author, Mary Waibel’s blog today as part of her How Author’s Write series. Stop over, and say hello if you have a moment.

Posted March 25, 2013 by Lisa Blackwood in Author Interviews

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readanebookweek

Come celebrate with MuseItup Publishing during their March Read an Ebook Week.

Visit the bookstore from March 10 -16 and download a FREE ebook each day.

Don’t forget to bookmark and come back often, because the entire month of March they’ll be offering Super Duper (their wording not mine–lol) Specials to fill up your e-readers!

Posted March 6, 2013 by Lisa Blackwood in Uncategorized

Argh! Another Goal Bites the Dust.   Leave a comment

I had planned to start blogging again. My goal: once a week.

Now that doesn’t sound too hard, does it?

For the average human, no, probably not. But for me, the social media sloth….those plans for a once a week post turned into once a month post. ::cough:: ::cough::

Though, this time I do have a good excuse.

What can I say, I’ve been trying to figure out the IRS and their ITIN process. When I haven’t been there, I’ve been poking around the Canada Revue Agency website. So far, the CRA comes out on top—they don’t seem to want my first born. LOL. Some authors are smart enough to figure this out all on their own. Me—I think I’m smart enough to know when I need to find a tax professional to do this kind of stuff for me.

 I’ve been deep into editing book 2 of my epic fantasy romance series, In Deception’s Shadow. So between that and tax funnies, I may have an excuse for being a little…or a lot crazy.

 Which brings me to today’s news (since Lea from MuseItUp freely admits she’s crazy, too).

 Over on the MuseItUp Publishing blog we’re running a monthly blog theme about author pet peeves. I’ll be posting on March 14, so be sure to pop over to see what pushes my buttons. I’ve also heard there’s going to be some daily e-book giveaways. I’ll post details later about that. Stay tuned—Muse has some fun stuff in the works.

Here are some titles from this month’s posts:

No One Likes Rejection, But….

Publishing and/or Writing Pet Peeves and How I Solved Them

Yippee-Ki-Yay-Mother…Nature. A True Canadian Winter   Leave a comment

Dog and Snow Feb2013Storm 037Well, in one of those rare once-in-a-decade events, the Day Job called this morning and I was told we would be closed due to the snow storm. Which is so OKAY with me since I’m coming down with a cold. Plus, I’m almost done editing book two of the In Deception’s Shadow series, and can certainly use the day off for writing related stuff.

RANT BEGINS:

So far the day has turned out something like this…get up, shovel, eat, edit, shovel, edit, lunch, go play with dog in the snow, edit, make tea, shovel, take pictures of the snow, edit, blog. By the look of this storm it’s going to be one of those really nasty SOBs. I understand the need for winter, and snow pack is a great thing so I’m not going to complain….oh, who am I kidding? Like a true Canadian I love to *itch about the weather, so I’m going to. I hurt! My back hurts, my elbows hurt, my shoulders hurt. And then I get finished and what do I hear but the deep rumble of the snow plow coming down the road. Argh!!! I think I’ve shoveled more snow today than in the last three winters combine.

 

Dear Mother Nature:

In case you didn’t get the memo, here’s today’s definition for you….  Moderation is the process of eliminating or lessening extremes.

 

I know, Climate Change is our own dang fault…mumble, mumble, mumble.

RANT ENDS.

At least my dog loves the snow.

Dog and Snow Feb2013Storm 054

 

 

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