• Top 10 Reasons Why Getting My Geek On at Age 48 Rocks #Geeks #Pokemon #Firefly #Cosplay #Supernatural

    I was slow to the geek game. My brother was a much better and earlier geek than I was. He’s three and a half years younger than me and was constantly trying to get me to play games with him. Boring games like Stratego and Risk. Erm, no thanks. He got into Dungeons & Dragons early, and I’m pretty sure my mom thought he was heading straight to Hell because of it or at least down some dark, drug-filled alley. Parents really didn’t understand a game that used your IMAGINATION back then. Kids who played those games were weird loners.

    Wait, maybe that was just my own judgment coming through.

    He was also a charter player of World of Warcraft. He’s has fourteen high-level characters playing the game. I’m heading over to his house soon so he can help me set up my first.

    Honestly, though, I didn’t get it. I needed games I understood and could win at. Not games that took place mostly in my head, lasted for days/weeks/years and never had a clear winner.

    Not to say I didn’t do/share/participated in my share of geeky things. Television and movies were more my bag in the 80s and 90s. I loved so many shows. M.A.S.H. was one of the first, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, all of those 30-minute sitcoms. Mine was the Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink era. Those were my people and my geekdom.

    I was always more of a geek than a nerd. I tend to think nerds are smarter and mathier than I am. #TeamGeek

    Now, at age 48, I’m finally embracing my geekiness. And friends, the geeking is good.

    Top 10 Reasons Why Getting My Geek On at Age 48 Rocks

    #10 It’s much easier to find and connect with geeks these days via the Internet, comic stores and conventions. I’ve been to three comic cons now and San Diego Comic Con is so on my bucket list. #someonesendmetickets

    #9 My little brother is no longer interested in breaking my toys.

    #8 I can DRIVE—to cons, comic stores, movies, Pokémon meet-ups—and I don’t have a curfew.

    #7 I have a job and money, which means if I want to spend $5 on a Supernatural Mystery Mini or Pokémon cards AND a $5 Starbuck’s coffee …I CAN. #bestofbothworlds

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    #6 I no longer care if someone thinks I’m a geek. In fact, I feel rather proud of that label and aspire to even higher levels of geekiness. #LevelUp

    #5 We have the Twitter, which means I can interact with movie and television show actors and writers as well as authors of books I love. I get a little charge every time one of them likes or replies to my tweets. Seriously, it’s addictive, and I have to dial back my stalking tendencies. #alltalknostalk

     

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    #4 Lots of my real-life and online friends are geeks too, and we can chat across the Interwebs before, during and after especially awe-inspiring episodes and events. #lifeisgood

    #3 I am confident enough in my geekiness I’m not afraid to ask questions. If I don’t know how to battle in a Pokémon gym, I’m not above asking a ten-year-old.  #likeaboss

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    # 2 I can dress up as my favorite characters and people think I’m cool. Some people think I’m cool. Random con people think I’m cool, like Captain Mal. The rest of you don’t count. #cosplayrocks

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    #1 I can be a badass superhero (or trainer) even if it is only in an augmented reality game that neither the people at my day job nor my family has any interest in. Level 10, baby! #TeamValor

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    What makes your geek flag fly?

     

     

     

     


  • Cover Reveal: Reap & Reckon, Book Four of The Reaper Series by Lisa Medley #darkfantasy #urbanfantasy #paranormalromance

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    I’ve been holding on to this baby for a while now. Since the story is well underway, I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you. Jaycee at Sweet ‘N Spicy designs has done such a fantastic job with my series covers.

    Don’t you think?

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    They look so pretty lined up there. They’d look even better on your e-reader. Book one is FREE EVERYWHERE. Get it here and start the series FREE today: http://lisa-medley.com/free-book/

    As always, reviews are welcome.

    Sign up for my newsletter or blog posts at the top right of this page to stay informed.

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  • Book Four of the Reaper Series: Reap & Reckon is underway

     

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    It’s happening, people. After much soul searching (and equal parts procrastination), I made progress on Reap & Reckon this weekend. The characters are already a constant chatter in my mind. They want their stories told.

    After a productive weekend, Reckon sits just over 10K. This pleases me.

    I started a Pinterest board. It will be fluid as the story develops, but there are a few tasty bits there to check out.

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    I don’t have a projected publishing date yet. I mean, hey, I just started the thing. But so far, it’s going well. Really well. It feels good having the band back together.

    Also, I have a cover. Yeah, I had a cover many months before I knew if there would be a book. That’s how I roll.

    Look for a cover reveal later this week.

    What are you most hoping to find out in Reap & Reckon?


  • 100+ Reviews for Reap & Repent!

    100+ Reviews!

    First of all THANK YOU for reading and reviewing Reap & Repent. Just last week, the book passed the 100 reviews mark. and sits with a 4.5 of 5 STAR rating on Amazon. 😀

    In honor of reaching this milestone, I’ve picked a random reviewer to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

    Maliceon Books, I’m looking at YOU!

    I’ve punted around whether to continue the series. The folks who’ve read it keep emailing and contacting me about book four. So, as soon as I’m back from vacation in July, I promise, I’ll get back to Reap & Reckon. It’s going to take a while. The other Reaper Series books took me six months each to write. I’d said I’d have Reckon out in 2016. That could still happen, but it will more likely be early 2017. You have plenty of time to catch up on the series in e-book, print or audio 😀

    I have a good start. Oh, and I killed off a reaper in Chapter One.

    So there’s that to think about in the meantime, mhwahahahahahaha!

    If you’ve read Reap & Repent, please leave a short review on Amazon for me. Doesn’t have to be a book report or recap of the entire book. A sentence or two is just fine. Also, a share or two with your reader friends would certainly help 😀

    If you’re new to the series, book one is super duper, no kidding, FREEEEEE!  You can start reading below, then click over and BUY it for $0.00. Yep, it’s true.

    Reap on.

     

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  • Spotlight on NEW RELEASE Trapped with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol #SFR #SCIFI #giveaway


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    Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) by Cara Bristol

    Genre: Science fiction romance

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    Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) blurb:

    The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…

    Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

    Like him. Sonny Masters. Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin. He can’t seem to understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

    If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

    Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) is a standalone read.

     

    Excerpt: In this opening scene, Sonny Masters is in bar waiting to meet up with his Cyber Operations partner when he observes and alien hitting on a blonde.

    The Malodonian leaned in close to the blonde. “What’s a pretty little thing like you doing in a place like this?”

    Sonny snorted into his drink. Did pickup lines like that ever work? He watched out of the corner of his eye and shamelessly eavesdropped. In the Nebula Lounge of the freewheeling Darius 4 Pleasure Resort, one could not expect privacy.

    “Minding my own business.” The woman’s glare suggested the Malodonian do the same.

    “How about I buy you a drink?” he persisted, unfazed by the rejection. His skin was as thick as it was blue.

    “Already have one.” She raised a double shot of Cerinian brandy. Her second. Sonny’s cyborg brain had kept track—not that counting to two proved a challenge. However, one single shot of the potent alien liqueur had been known to put many a stout man under the table. This woman could hold her liquor.

    She’d caught his attention the moment he’d entered the lounge. Like the Malodonian had noted, she was pretty—very pretty, but not so little. She was long limbed and toned in a way that he liked.

    He might have been tempted to try his luck himself—with a better line, of course—except he had little time for R&R. He needed to meet up with Manny, his Cyber Operations partner who would debrief him on the details of the next mission.

    Hover lights floating around the bar flattered the woman, turning her hair to pure gold, but the warm-toned illumination wasn’t kind to the Malodonian, whose blue skin acquired an unattractive green cast. “Why don’t I join you, then?” He planted himself next to her.

    “Why don’t you not?” Without wince or wobble, she knocked back the brandy and slid off the barstool. Tall, like he’d guessed. Sonny stood six foot six. Most females barely reached his shoulders. The blonde’s head would graze his chin. A nice fit for dancing, vertical and horizontal.

    “What’s the rush? Don’t run off.” The Malodonian grabbed her arm, his fingers biting into her skin.

    Amusement vanished. Sonny leaped to his feet. “I believe the lady said—”

    Before he could finish his sentence, she had the Malodonian on his knees, his arm wrenched at such an awkward angle Sonny almost felt sorry for the poor bastard.

    “What part of leave me alone didn’t you understand?” she said in the Malodonian language.

    The man’s guttural insult ended on a high note when she twisted his arm. “Get out of here.” She shoved him, sending him sprawling into a table. He swore again, his epithet translating to the C-word, and scrambled for the door.

    “Impressive.” Sonny applauded—from a safe distance.

    “The way I took him down?”

    “That, and the way you hold your liquor.”

    She scowled, but then her lips twitched in a reluctant smile that lit up her face. So she did have a sense of humor. If he had the time…well, maybe he could make some. Once he departed Darius 4, it would be a long while before he could avail himself of feminine companionship. Manny wouldn’t arrive until morning. Perhaps he and the blonde could work something out for tonight?

    Tread carefully, though. He’d hate to end up on his knees the way the Malodonian had. Not that the blonde could get him there. Despite being well-toned, she couldn’t beat a cyborg’s nanocyte-enhanced brawn. The image of them naked and wrestling, vying for dominance, brought a smile to his face. He’d win, of course. But he’d allow her to think she had a chance.

    “Something amuses you?” she asked.

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    Leave it to a man to ruin a perfect suicide mission.

    The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love.

    In a battle to save the galaxy, falling in love isn’t part of the mission plan…

     

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    USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes contemporary and science fiction romance and has topped the Amazon sales charts in science fiction and fantasy romance and erotica. No matter what the romance subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven, seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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  • Read, Write, and Respite. What comes next?

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    That time I broke down and told you the truth…

    I just finished reading Felicia Day’s fantastic memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) today. It was weirdly inspirational and got me thinking even more about what’s next for me, creatively speaking. July marks my five-year authorversary. I started  Reap ‘Em & Weep (which became Reap & Repent) July 15, 2011.

    Here was the inaugural post where I espouse all the vainglorious reasons for beginning this journey. July 2016 will mark the release of my seventh book, Shifted In Seattle. It’s a sexy, Sasquatch shifter story. Weirdly wonderful, I think. Are sexy Sasquatch stories what’s selling now? Probably not. But now it’s a thing, nonetheless. Because I made it. Myself.

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    I’m not going to lie, creating a story for public consumption from my own brain is very satisfying. Selling books is very satisfying. Getting reviews from strangers saying they enjoy those stories is even more satisfying. But at some point, I have begun to wonder if it’s all worth it.

    Writing takes time. A lot of it. And for very little return, financially or otherwise.

    Would any of my other past hobbies: scrapbooking, beekeeping, homesteading, raising chickens, adventure racing, walking/Fitbiting, reading et al have produced a substantial income? Not likely. In fact, most of those things only cost money and never have a financial return.

    A rough estimate shows that after five years of publishing (in all its various incarnations), I’m basically at the break even point, Somewhere around $10K out vs somewhere around $10k in.

    Five years. Seven books.

    Maybe it’s time to move on to the next big thing.

    That said, I have 6K written on a fourth reaper book, REAP & RECKON and a kernel of an idea for a third Cosmic Cowboys Episode, The Magnate’s Moon.

    I just don’t know if I have the heart left to finish them.

    Some days, I’m one click away from dismantling the entire endeavor.

    But I won’t. It took too much work to build it all.

    In the meantime, you can check back here, sign up for my newsletter for the release of Shifted In Seattle, and follow me on social media to see WHAT’S NEXT.

    It will be a surprise.

    For both of us.

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  • Read & Reviewed: The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones & Why It Took Me So Long To Read It

    I write reapers. The grim kind.

    Before I started writing reaper stories, I’d never actually read a reaper story, with the exception of Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Kiss, which is the story of Lucien, the Keeper of Death. When I finally decided to take the plunge into writing, I needed a beastie that wasn’t overdone. I liked the idea of the grim reaper and set to build a fictional world in which the collection of souls made sense to me.

    Because I was writing about reapers and the world I was creating, I purposely did not read any reaper stories in my genre. I didn’t want to absorb other’s details. The series it was absolutely the most difficult to stay away from was Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series. Those books all but cried to me to be read.

    Now that my own writing world of reapers is firmly set across three books, I finally dove into Darynda’s series and Oh. My. God. If you haven’t read them, go! Go right now and start.

    Charley is the Stephanie Plum of the supernatural world. And Reyes? Well, you aren’t even going to believe Reyes.

     

    If you don’t know who Stephanie Plum is, you can NOT call yourself a reader. Go read Janet Evanovich’s amazing series, the first is One For The Money. She’s on book twenty-three now in THAT series alone. Read them. Read them all.

    I’ve been spending the past few months catching up on Darynda’s grim reaper books. The series is quirky and fun but filled with edge-of-your-seat action. I can’t believe how many plot threads she weaves together in each book.

    If you get the opportunity to listen to the audio books they are FANTASTIC. Narrator Lorelei King is the BEST and really brings these stories to life. Be sure to listen to the author interviews at the end of the first few audio books. They are worth it!

    These stories are best described as urban fantasy mysteries.

    Also, Darynda is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She even listened to Reap & Repent and did a book blurb for me:

    “Lisa Medley is a fascinating storyteller with real talent. Her books are heart-wrenching, alluring, and sexy as hell!” 
    -NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones. 

    Thankfully, I’m only halfway through the series and there are still several books yet to savor. Here’s a sampling:

     

    First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is an amazing first book of the series. Charley’s snarkasm is infectious. I love the world Darynda Jones has built and can’t wait to see what Charley gets up to next! Also… REEEEEEYYYYYYEEEEESSSSSS!

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    Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Charley and Cookie are the most hilarious crime-fighting duo this side of Heaven…or Hell. Either way. How Charley survives her capers is a boggling. It’s almost like she has a guardian angel…or devil. Such a fun series!

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    Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Amazing and full of big reveals! I love this series.

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    Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Another great addition to the Charley Davidson Series. I love these audio books. It astounds me how many intricate plotlines Jones can thread together in one story. She always keeps me guessing until the end. Now, if we could just tame Reyes…

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    Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5)Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Jones’ intricately entangled plots continue to astound me. Charley’s complicated and hazardous life is filled with adventures and seriously sexy, edge-of-your-seat action. Reyes is turning out to be everything I’d hoped he would…and more.

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    As always, Reap & Repent is FREE EVERYWHERE if you’d like to dive into my series.


  • Recently Read & Reviewed: The Walking Dead Compendiums 1 & 2, The Infinite Sea, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Tell

    I’ve been taking a break from writing to make a dent in my to-be-read pile. The pile is really two large bookshelves, a tower, a nightstand and a Kindle full of books now. I have, however, made some progress…
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    The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is not a happy series, but it’s compelling, dark and apocalyptic just how I like them. Alternating first-person POVs sometimes throw me off for a bit, but now, at the end of the second book in the series, I’m starting to get the hang of it. I pre-ordered The Last Star. I can’t wait to see how it all ends. Very good series.

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    The Walking Dead, Compendium 1The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    It was super fun to go back and read this series from the beginning for the first time. I watched the AMC television series first. I think reading the comics AFTER seeing the series gave me a different perspective. Normally, I read first then watch. The character building is the key for both the comics and the show. Slow, methodical and oftentimes hopeless. The black, white and shades of gray of the comic panels are a perfect metaphor for the zombie apocalypse. I loved it.

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    The Walking Dead, Compendium 2The Walking Dead, Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkman
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I love these comics and catching up with the AMC series storyline. It amazes me how well AMC brought these pages to life. Although some characters have been left out completely, replaced or combined in the AMC adaptation, both are fabulous and complimentary. On to compendium three for me!

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    Tell (The Heckmasters, #3)Tell by Allison Merritt
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Holy Heckmasters!

    Having just finished Tell, the last of the Heckmasters trilogy, I find myself both happy and sad. Happy because I really, really enjoyed Tell’s story, which caps off the series nicely. Sad because, well, it’s the end.

    Shh…Tell was always my favorite Heckmaster brother and Berner my favorite supernatural town. Add in a devilish imp and this story made me laugh out loud despite the direness of their situation.

    No spoilers here, but I can only hope there will be future stories to come of the next generation of Heckmasters.nbsp;

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    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Percy Jackson meets The Shipping News! I’ll admit, the cover and the peculiar title totally sucked me in. Then I saw there were photos, and I was hooked. This book has been on my TBR pile for some time and I’m so glad I finally made it around to it. I actually started listening to the audiobook first and it is FANTASTIC! But, I HAD to see the photos, so I grabbed the book too.

    I loved everything about this story. I can’t wait to move on to Hollow City.

    This book was not what I expected at all and as soon as it took a turn toward the weird, I was all in.

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