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  • Reap & Reckon progress: new words and a reaper birth announcement! #darkfantasy #urbanfantasy #paranormal


    Poor Ruth. I know, I know. She’s been pregnant FOREVER! Well, today was the day! I finally wrote the birth scene. I’m not going to lie, things were dicey, and I still don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. To any of them. BUT, suffice it to say, Ruth is no longer pregnant and all Hell is about to break loose in Meridian.

    Again.

    Sorry, but you’ll have to read Reap & Reckon to find out if Ruth & Deacon’s new bundle of joy is a BOY or a GIRL.

    I’m not going to lie, things were dicey, and I still don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. To any of them. BUT, suffice it to say, Ruth is no longer pregnant and all Hell is about to break loose in Meridian.

    Again.

    I made some good progress this week, adding nearly 5K words. I lowered my projected word count a bit to 75K (you may notice on the progress counter at the upper left of the page). I think I’m about at the halfway point.

    People have been asking when Reap & Reckon will be finished, and I’ve been loath to put a deadline on it. That said, I’m going to go ahead and announce a January 9 release date. Last year after Visioncon, I promised to have book four available for the 2018 convention. Since it looks like I’ll be a featured author at the 2018 Visioncon, I definitely want to make sure and keep that promise.

    Now wait a minute, I hear you whining. January is NOT that far away. I mean, look at the summer! How quickly did THAT fly by?

    January 9, people. It’s going to happen.

    At some point, I’ll put up a pre-order. Probably when I get ready to send Reckon off for editing.

    In the meantime, you can always reread the series, and if you haven’t started yet…

     

    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

     

    Start reading Reap & Repent (book one) now for FREE  

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    Also, ahem,I do have FOUR other books if you are so inclined.

    Find them all on ready for instant download my Amazon Page.


  • Haunt My Heart gets a makeover. #coverreveal #PNR #ghost #romance

    This little project has been on the back burner for a while now and last week, it finally happened. Haunt My Heart got a makeover thanks to Jaycee at Sweet ‘N Spicy Designs. 

    It’s the same great story but with an updated look.

    It’s available now in ebook and print.

    If you’ve already read and reviewed Haunt My Heart, THANK YOU! I’d appreciate it very much if you could share this post with your reading friends as well 😀

    If you haven’t read Haunt yet, what are you waiting for? Did you know Haunt has 44 reviews and 4.7 of 5 STARS? Get it now on Amazon.

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    A Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

    Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir

    Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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    Let me know what you think of the new cover 😀

     


  • July Writing Stats and Reckon Progress #amwriting #urbanfantasy

    The good news is I made words in July and progress on Reap & Reckon. The bad news is it wasn’t nearly as much as I had hoped.

    I signed up for Camp NANOWRIMO with a goal of 30k. I fell far short of that but did make 6,200K new words forward on Reckon. That little jaunt has me at approximately 40% of my end goal (32,137). I never really know how long a story will be, but I’m aiming for around 70-80K.

    There’s a lot going on in Reckon and many loose ends to tidy up.

    I squeezed in little writing sprints where I could and on the days I was able to write I was very productive.

    Today begins a new month and a new opportunity to advance the story. I keep wanting to share a bit of the first chapter but there is a MAJOR spoiler on the very first page! What do you think? Can you handle it? Do you want it?

    Make your case in the comments, and I’ll carefully consider your request for a first chapter reveal.

    Be careful what you wish for…

    Meanwhile, if this is your first visit to my site or you’ve been holding out for some bizarre reason, you can start the series for free today!

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    Reap & Repent blurb:

    They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.


  • Me and Dean Winchester: Going Gold at the #Supernatural Convention Chicago #SPNCHI

    Two weeks ago, I attended my first and only Supernatural Convention in Chicago. It was four days of supernatural nerdgasm. Since this was my one and only Supernatural Con, I got to go full tilt and had the Gold Package, front row.

    I’m not going to lie. It was ridiculously expensive.

    Sheriff Jody and Sheriff Donna who will have a new series spinoff soon called Wayward Sisters

     

    The package came with nine actor autograph opportunities. Honestly, I’ve never really had much interest in seeking autographs. They just don’t mean that much to me, but I did get caught up in the fever and managed to collect them ALL. It was a challenge. I won.

     

    I also paid for two photo ops with Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester). I really only meant to buy one, but a fortuitous double click caused me to have two. I could have sold one at the con. I didn’t. I decided to use it for a Reap & Repent promo. Considering Jensen’s voice was in my head the entire time I was writing my reaper hero, Deacon Walker, it only seemed right.

       

     

     

     

     

    Creation also has cons for The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Star Trek and more. Whatever your jam is…there’s a con for that. It’s fun being with a bunch of people who nerd out over the same things you do.

      

    I was nervous about those photo ops the entire weekend. The ops weren’t until the last day of the con. Thank God they were early in the day. The wait was excruciating. I wasn’t nervous about meeting Jensen. I was more nervous about the photos being crappy. Mostly about the way I LOOKED being crappy. I knew Jensen would turn out great, because SERIOUSLY. Have you seen that man?

    They herded the crowd through crazy fast. Each op took a total of 10 seconds each. But by God, they happened. And the pics turned out fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for better.

    Overall it was a very fun experience. Lots of Supernatural fans attend con after con and make lasting friendships along the way. It’s a tribe. A family. The SPN FAMILY they call themselves. I made a few new friends there as well, and I’m happy to count them among my people. I took most of these pics from my seat.

    I’m working to get all of my autographed pics framed and on the Supernatural Shrine wall in my writing cave. So far so good.

     

     

     

     

     

    Next, I have my eyes set on Wizard World in St. Louis and eventually Dragon Con in Atlanta.

    So many cons. So little money.

    If you’d like to read the book I wrote that was inspired by the reapers of Supernatural and imagine Dean’s voice as you do so…you can start the series free here:

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  • #CampNaNoWriMo to the rescue

    I started writing. Again.

    Nothing makes a writer happier than three thousand new words on a long overdue project. I got a late start on #CampNaNoWriMo but better late than never. Starting back on a stagnant project is hard. Motivation is hard. Every word feels like a trudge through quicksand, but then… But THEN, somehow when you read back later, like a few weeks and many chapters later, those words get acquainted in the bits and bytes of your iPad or laptop and suddenly seem… much better.

    This is almost universally the case for all of the books I’ve written. I expect nothing less this time.

    So even when it’s hard (and it almost always is), forward progress is the key.

    Why can’t I remember that?

    In a few short days (EIGHT!), I’ll be getting on an Amtrack train and riding to my own personal nerd Mecca. Also known as the Supernatural Convention in Chicago for four days of geeky, Supernatural immersion. You know, of course, that show started this entire writing endeavor. I loved everything about it. The grown up, Scooby Doo vibe, the cute brothers, the overarching story of good vs evil.

    It was the reapers in the series that sparked my interest and led me down this path.

    The road so far has been rocky but good.

    I’ve even written a few pages of a screenplay this month; the last scene of the Supernatural series finale, which will likely never be seen by Eric Kripke, but you can’t blame a girl for trying. I promise it is a FAN-PLEASING conclusion and could be added to the end of their final battle. You know…like ten years from now.

    I’m already plotting ways to slip those pages into Jensen Ackles’ back pocket when I pose with him for a picture next weekend.

    That would likely get me kicked out of the con and onto some sort of restraining order.

    Still might be worth it.

    I’ll give you a full recap after the con.

    Unless you see me on CNN before that.

    via GIPHY

     


  • I’ve been #covfefe for a while now. Time to get back to the grind.

     

    Not gonna lie. I’ve been playing covfefe for a while now. Also known as…erm…not writing. In my defense, I did work on a little between-the-stories short work to give away to my mailing list subscribers. Still working on that one.

    Also still sitting at 25K on Reckon.

    What I have been working on lately is…me. I’ve lost ten pounds since May 2. Plenty more to go, but feeling great! We’ve been eating mostly Paleo recipes and low carbs. If you know me at all, you’ll know that’s insane. I’ve run on carbs and sugar for the past 49 years. The change has been good for me and the husband. The kid is less than thrilled, but she’ll come along. Bryon is down fifteen pounds.

    I’ve eaten more vegetables in the past month than I have in my entire life. Brussel sprouts? I’ve eaten a dozen now. That includes my lifetime count. Cauliflower? I riced it and made a chicken stir fry. And it was … good. I know. Shocked me, too.

    Now I want to make more cauliflower rice or cauliflower pasta or cauliflower pizza crust or just mash it.  Like every meal! Every meal that is when I’m not making spaghetti squash. Oh my! The wonders of spaghetti squash!

    So clearly, you can see the distractions.

    Also, I’ve been getting eight hours of sleep. Like in a row!

    It’s crazy town over here.

    I know it won’t take much to get me back on the writing track, and I promise I will, soon.

    In the meantime, I’ve been reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series. It’s awesome! The movie (trailer here)  looks waaaaaay different but amazing.

    What are you up to this summer? What are you reading? Share below 😀

     


  • Win Shifted in Seattle or more than 55 other paranormal shifter romances! #contest


    Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you. I’ve teamed up with more than 55 fantastic paranormal shifter romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner!
    You can win my novel SHIFTED IN SEATTLE, plus books from authors like
    CATHERINE VALE & EMMA STORM.
    Enter the giveaway by clicking here:

    bit.ly/paranorm-shift-rom  

    Good luck, and enjoy!

    Lisa Medley


  • Tunes to Reap & Reckon by: A playlist while you wait. #ReapandReckon #darkfantasy

    Here’s what I’m listening to through the day, while the characters of Reap & Reckon talk to me.

    It’s dark in here. Bring a flashlight.


  • News on Reap & Reckon

    Good news, reaper fans! My owl crocheting funk has come to an end!

    I didn’t want to post and get you all worked up for no good reason. But now? I have some substantial progress to share.

     

    See, I made words! We’re on our way, and it feels great having the band together again. So what can you expect in Reap & Reckon? Let me drop a few names of those who are on stage right now: Samkiel, Sgt. Victoria Moreno, Ruth, Deacon, Kylen, Nate, Maeve, Bo…Rashnu…oops, I better stop now before I give the whole thing away. You can expect more twists, turns, and some surprising matchups because even in the apocalypse, love finds a way. Or maybe that was Jurassic Park. Anyhoo, I’m writing again, and I made a promise to this year’s Visioncon attendees, and YOU, who keep asking for book four. I’ll have it done by this fall. Probably sooner. Most likely sooner.

    If you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter HERE and watch the top left corner of the web page to see how the story is progressing. I’ll update it regularly.

    My favorite quote so far is this from Rashnu:

    So don’t give up, reaper fans. Stay the course. Hold the line and all that. It’s coming. Faster than you can say apocalypse.

    Finally, I’m starting a new Facebook Fan Group. Even if you’ve liked my Facebook page, you probably don’t see all (or any) of the posts. Facebook is so grumpy about all that. Join my Lisa Medley Reads & Writes FB group HERE.

    In the meantime, look upon my accomplishments of months past. Not words, but owls. Here’s to hoping my hands are busy typing instead of crocheting in the months to come.

    Of course, I did manage to crochet a reaper during that down time. Maybe I’ll give him away to a lucky newsletter subscriber when Reap & Reckon releases… you’ll have to sign up to win!  Sign up for my newsletter HERE

    Reap on.

     

     


  • The Long Year and a Look Ahead in an Indie Writer’s Life #amwriting

    Not going to sugar coat it, 2016 was a hard year.

    Reflecting

    Despite the struggles, I somehow managed to publish two new books: The Astronaut’s Princess in February and Shifted in Seattle in October. And I haven’t written a word since.

    My mother (70) was diagnosed with non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis two years ago. She steadily declined this year but the img_5824past six months proved very challenging. She spent August in a nursing home near my home and then lived with us in our home September, October, and November…when she wasn’t hospitalized, which was frequently. I spent the last week of her life with her (she in a coma) in yet another nursing home. She passed Nov. 10.

    I’m so glad we got to spend that time close to her.

    As you can imagine, there wasn’t much time or energy for creating.

    But, a new year is on the horizon, and I’m getting back into the writing cave and looking ahead.

    It’s exciting.

    I already have about 10k on book four (Reap & Reckon) of the Reaper Series so that’s encouraging, and as I read through those pages, I’m reenergized with passion for that project.

     

    ReapandReckon (427x640)I had a brief stint (two months) with all of my books on Smashwords and distributed through all retailers, thinking this would find new readers. With little to no promotion, however, and out of KDP Select, all those book rankings slowly sank. They currently sit like the Titanic on the bottom of the Amazon Sea.
    I’m fixin’ to go on an expedition to try to raise them.

    They’ll all be back in KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited by the end of the weekend. Amazon is Queen, and I am her minion.

    Planning

    I was looking over my 2016 Writing Business Plan. All in all, I accomplished most of what I set out to do. Except finish Reckon and have audio books made for my non-reaper books. I just don’t think audio books are worth it. The narrator and I are making about $10 a month on those two audio books. I just can’t ask someone else to invest that much time for such a minimal payout.

    Wonder what my plan looked like? Take a gander if you want. The barely legible red writings are the results. Check marks mean it happened, baby.

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    A few more good accomplishments in there: a box set put together, audio books released, an AWESOME endorsement blurb from Darynda Jones…seriously, go check out her reaper books.

    Future

    So what’s in store for 2017? Kid, if I knew that, I’d play the lottery and own a mountain somewhere. That said, I’m working on THE PLAN now. I hope it will include Reap & Reckon published, work on the third Cosmic Cowboys episode, The Magnate’s Moon, attending Visioncon in Branson in February and Ozarks Indie Book Fest in Springfield in October.

    Right now the rest is TBD. I want to stay open to the possibilities. But like I always tell my husband, if we don’t make a plan…nothing happens.

    Here’s to some good happenings in 2017.

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    What does your 2017 Plan look like?