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  • Pre-Order Links are LIVE for Reap & Repent

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    It’s TIME!

    The pre-order links to the Harlequin E Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Box Set featuring Lisa Medley, Misty Simon, Neely Powell & Naomi Bellina are live and ready for you!

    Don’t miss out. This box set is only available until June 2 when each work will go live as a solo title.

    You can pre-order now and on March 3 the box set will magically appear on your ereader. How awesome is that? Very.

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    Don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon etc. after you read. Thanks so much for your support!

     


  • Reap & Repent Cover Reveal!

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    At long last, a first look at the cover of my debut urban fantasy romance, Reap & Repent available March 3.

    To say I’m excited would be a vast understatement.

    Thanks to everyone for all your support in helping to make this lifelong dream come true.

    Reap on.


  • Harlequin E Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Box Set Releases March 2014

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    At long last, I have a first peek at the box set. It seems surreal but sure enough, there is my book. I am pretty dang excited! I’ll have a cover to reveal soon!

    Even more good news as of today, I have an awesome street team in place called Medley’s Marauders who will be helping spread the word about my books.  Go, Team!

    If you signed up, GREAT! And thank you!

    If you wished you had signed up, fear not. There will be other opportunities coming up.

    If you’ve been following my blog you know it’s taken a while to get here. The magical thing is that we ARE here. And I couldn’t have done it without your support.

    If you’re new to the blog, here’s the timeline to publication and a snapshot of how it went down.

    July 15, 2011 Started Reap & Repent

    January 2012 Finished Reap & Repent.

    August 2012 Started Reap & Redeem.

    September 2012 Entered the first 5,000 words of Reap & Repent (then titled Reap ‘Em & Weep) into Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest against more than 700 global entries.

    October 2012 Was selected for the Top 28 in Harlequin’s SYTYCW Contest.

    November 2012 Lost contest.

    December 2012 Sadness ensued.

    January 2013 Finished Reap & Redeem.

    January 2013 Received the Harlequin CALL from Toronto and a contract for Reap & Repent in their new Harlequin Digital First imprint now called Harlequin E thanks to an angel editor named Mary-Theresa Hussey at Harlequin who had forward my book to them.

    June 2013 Started Reap & Reveal.

    June 2013 Signed the contract for Reap & Redeem & Reap & Reveal.

    December 2013 Finished Reap & Reveal.

    December 2013 Started Haunt My Heart.

    March 2013 Reap & Repent is PUBLISHED.

    In between all of that was editing. Lots and lots of editing.

    Some days I just can’t believe how lucky I am.  My hope is that one day I can actually make a living a this gig.

    The seeds have been sown. Let’s reap.

     

     


  • Reaping What We Sow: Join Medley’s Marauders Street Team

    Do you enjoy reading about monsters in love? Do you like your romance to bloom while your hero and heroine are fighting against the things that go bump in the night? Join my street team, “Medley’s Marauders”, and you could receive ARCs  (advance reading copies – means you read for free!) and earn prizes just for reading, writing reviews and spreading the word about my books and upcoming events.

    Team member duties:

    • Reading my books and then writing and posting reviews of my paranormal romance/urban fantasy works on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Harlequin. (Don’t worry if you’re new to reviewing. I’ll send you a ‘How To’ tip sheet!)
    • Tweeting
    • Sharing and posting on your Facebook
    • Other creative ways that you devise to spread the word

    Benefits include:

    • Author review copies of my new releases
    • ARCs of backlisted books on occasion (when I HAVE a backlist, ha!)
    • Opportunity to win gift certificates to Amazon (a points-based system)
    • Special monthly prize drawings for gift certificates
    • Extra entries in ALL contests I run on my blog

    Qualifications:

    • Must enjoy reading sometimes steamy romances about sexy heroines and dominant heroes in all sorts of supernatural situations 😀
    • Writing and posting reviews of my paranormal/urban fantasy romances
    • Must have a Twitter and Facebook account
    • Other social media connections helpful, but not required.

    To apply:

    Just fill in the contact form below and say “Sign me up, Lisa!” in the comment box!

    Special note: Existing Medley  Marauders will receive 10 points during this promotion for referring a friend who joins the team. (Have your friend follow the instructions above AND mention your name in the body of the email).

    The first release will be Reap & Repent, an urban fantasy romance to be released by Harlequin E in a paranormal romance/urban fantasy box set with three other authors in early March. New members who join now will receive an ARC mid February with pre-order buy links so they can post reviews as soon as they finish reading.

    Thanks for sharing in the dream! Let’s do this!

    P.S. Book reviewers may also contact me on the contact form below or at lisamedleyauthor@gmail.com Reap & Repent should be available on NetGalley soon!


  • Prepping for a New Year of Writing: Plotting 2014

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    I’m working on my third synopsis this weekend in advance of two of our local writing groups’ upcoming events. As I wait for my beta readers to return their feedback on Reap & Reveal before I send it on to Angela, I’m looking ahead to what might be coming next.

    I’ve had an idea for a ghost romance rumbling around my brain for a while now. It came to me one night when I was trying to fall asleep and was failing miserably. The bad thing about working late into the night (and sometimes morning) is that often my brain just won’t turn off when I walk away from the keyboard.

    The night of the ghost romance idea was the perfect example. I grabbed my iPhone and typed away with my tired thumbs from bed as I expelled the basic elements of the story into the Notes app. It turned out to be a pretty long note! It tried twice to fall to sleep before I had to grab my phone again and add a few more details.

    Purged of the mental Post-its, I finally fell asleep. I printed it out a few days later and added to my Novel Ideas folder.

    When I pulled it back out Friday night to finally begin fleshing out the story, I got more and more excited about it. Researching the writing of a new novel is a rush. So many possibilities! The hardest part, once the ball is rolling, is reining the thing in.

    I ended up with a four-page synopsis I feel really good about 🙂

    Next I moved on to an idea I had for a new Harlequin E Erotic Vacation subgenre. It would definitely be a departure from my other books, and I could only rustle up a one-page synopsis for it. The expected word count is much smaller 15-50K. Right now it feels like it might flesh out to 20-30K. It’s hard to tell until the thing takes flight. 

    The third synopsis is for a fourth book in The Reaper Series. I’m tentatively calling it Reap & Reclaim. There were several loose ends and unanswered questions lingering from book three. I’m thinking that all of those Reaper Authority Force reapers, who were coincidentally named after angels, aren’t quite what they appear. It may take a few books to reveal their true origin and mission.

    Right now, I keep coming back to Haunt My Heart. It’s my brain squirrel at the moment. Every few minutes I find myself Googling something else dealing with HMH research instead of my Reclaim synopsis. I’m taking it as a sign.

    January first is the launch date for #JANO2014. JANO is like NANOWRIMO only sponsored by Sleuths’ Ink and Ozarks Romance Authors, the two bestest writing groups in the Ozarks.

    JANO officially begins January 1 but gets a huge push at our 3rd Annual Mega Critique & Write-In. It’s a fun day of writerly fellowship and high word counts.

    Anyone can attend. We’ll even feed you lunch!

    If you’d like a sneak peak of where I’m headed with Haunt My Heart, you can check out my Pinterest board.

    It’s good to be Queen.

     


  • Book Two is in the Harlequin E Queue

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    Book two of the Reaper Series, Reap & Redeem, is all wrapped up, copyedited and on it’s way to Harlequin. Book three, Reap & Reveal, is out to my beta readers and awaiting its turn.

    Reap & Reveal is due for submission to my editor Jan. 31 so I have a few more tweaks to make to it before I hit send. Hitting send on book three is just as scary as hitting send was for book one.

    Some days I wonder how all of this actually happened. As I was reading through Reveal for the umpteenth time, it seemed like someone else entirely had written it.

    Apparently, birthing books is a lot like birthing babies and you pretty much immediately forget all of the pain and discomfort they caused you all those long months the moment they finally appear, fully-formed into your world.

    And now I’m ready to do it all again.

    The books birthing, not the baby birthing. I’m all good on that front. I don’t feel the desire for a series of real babies.

    What I do have is a burning desire for is a BACK LIST. And the only way you get a back list is if you continue to write and publish books.

    I’m spending the remainder of December brainstorming and working up synopses (what a weird word that is) for three ideas which have been scurrying around the nether regions of my brain. Plotting a book is a heady thing.

    I spent all afternoon last Sunday working on a ghost romance idea. As you can imagine, there are some obstacles to romance to overcome with that idea but it’s fun trying to figure out how to make it happen. I already have a working title, hero/heroine names, settings, and the beginnings of a playlist. And yes, the plot is coming together.

    I went to bed at midnight Monday morning and couldn’t turn off my brain. Those characters are already pounding at the door wanting to tell their story.

    I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve discovered through the years I am a great STARTER but sometimes have trouble SUSTAINING. With writing, I get to enjoy the best of both of those worlds. Brainstorming new novel ideas feeds my organization and STARTER self while 75-80K seems to be just about the end of my SUSTAINING capacity. If I had to write longer books, I think I’d lose interest before I ever completed them.

    Writing a series right out of the gate has been challenging. Keeping ALL of those details straight would be impossible for me without the help of my beta readers and my fantastic editor. I really lucked out when Angela was assigned to me.

    The ghost romance will be a standalone book.

    Plotting a new book is a lot like working a puzzle without having the picture on the box to look at for guidance. Right now I’m gathering all of the pieces and working the framework. I know it’s say, a picture of birds and flowers, or in this case a ghost romance but the rest is revealed as the writing progresses.

    I know what the general picture is going to be but there are lots of details that won’t take shape until much farther into the story. I think that’s what makes writing so exciting.

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    It’s true!

    I’m trying to resist writing those first lines until I have worked out more of the framework but it’s hard!

    I thought I’d take a break but I think, writing something new and different and taking a step back from the reapers for a bit will re-energize me and enable me to see where the reapers are headed next.

    Sometimes you have to leave the forest to appreciate the trees.


  • Reapers Go to ePress March 2014

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    Reap & Repent is officially on the Harlequin E publishing calendar. For reals! I have seen it with my very own eyes.

    Not only is it on their calendar for a March 2014 release date, but you are going to get THREE MORE great Paranormal/Urban Fantasy titles along with it! That’s right, Harlequin E is releasing Reap & Repent in a four-book box set for $4.99.

    Not that you’ll WANT to buy it twice–although I certainly won’t discourage that level of devotion–but Reap & Repent will then have a second release as a standalone title in June. I expect the standalone price to be $3.99.

    By the end of 2013, I should have a cover to reveal for book one. Book two, Reap & Redeem, is off to the copyeditor, and I just typed THE END on my first draft of book three, Reap & Reveal.

    It’s been a busy month.

    I expect book two to come out in another box set in June when the standalone book one releases, then book three in a box set in September with the standalone release of book two.

    I can’t even imagine the logistics of launching a new publishing imprint.

    If all goes as planned above, I’ll have three books published in 2014.

    Part of me wants to sit back and coast for a while, but I don’t think my writing addicted brain will let me. By the time book three is in copyediting, I have a feeling the voices in my head will revolt and demand some action.

    Next up is either a ghost story romance (possibly in the Shivers Harlequin E genre) or an Erotic Vacation novella I’ve been incubating for Harlequin E.

    Stay tuned.

     


  • Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Reaper Like Me?

    Reapers are not the cloaked, skeletal figures of legend. Or HalloweenCostumes.com If you want to see a reaper, look at my banner on the top of this website. Yeah, not too bad, right?

    And the Grim Reaper is not a supernatural Santa Claus, collecting all of the souls in the world in need of reaping. There are LOTS of reapers and they are nothing like any of these costumes.

    Since the normals might freak out if you walk around in your street clothes while carrying a real scythe on Halloween, visiting graveyards, hospitals and funeral homes looking for souls to collect… Here are a few costumes I found to get you by.

    This one they call Adult Grim Reaper. I shudder to think there might be a real child grim reaper somewhere (shades of Gage from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary anyone?). Of course all reapers are adults. Don’t be ridiculous.

    Thankfully, my reapers will never look like this. Reapers stop aging after their first successful reaping which usually happens late twenties to early thirties.

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    Then there’s the Winged Reaper. The wings are a nice touch but not true. Only angels have wings, silly. And what’s up with the bedazzled scythe Martha Reaper?

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    Of course, we can’t forget the EXCLUSIVE Sexy Reaper. As if fishnets and high heels were conducive to soul collecting through graveyards. Or demon hunting. Which happens. A lot.

    Sure there are lots of female reapers, but many of them grow up to become Valkyries. And none of them dress like this girl.

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    And that scythe is clearly not a supernatural weapon. It looks as dull as a political convention. Put some shine to that thing!

    One last note: the scythe isn’t used in the actual reaping. It’s used in the event of a demon encounter. Think on that for a while.

    Happy Haunting!

     

     

     


  • ORACON 2013 Afterglow

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    Last weekend was amazing. I know, I know. You’ve been seeing my tweets and shares about ORACON 2013 for like what? The past six months? Well, if you are a writer or even tangentially interested in being a writer and you weren’t there… you so missed out.

    More than ninety authors from all over the Midwest including Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Missouri were in attendance. This shot is the the whole gang!

    The amazing Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary Agency, Holly Atkinson of Samhain and Tish Beaty of L. Perkins Agency took pitches and asked for submissions from nearly twenty authors. That alone was worth the price of admission… But wait! There’s More! 

    The Dynamic Duo Jennifer Jakes and Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs (both fantastic authors in their own right) presented workshops on self-publishing as well as branding and the importance of high quality covers.

    Jeannie Lin and Shawntelle Madison revealed the secrets of worldbuilding and how to get your books noticed in a crowded market. Tish Beaty gave us some great tips on self-editing our work and character development. And Leigh Michaels’ workshop on plotting backwards was inspiring.

    And if that wasn’t enough, Davis Photographic Designs took headshots for authors in an event room. So this happened…

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    Which means you will no longer have to stare at my selfie when I tweet and share more amazing Ozarks Romance Authors events!

    When I attended the Romantic Times conference this spring, I knew it was a big event. It FELT like a big event. More than two thousand in attendance. I bow down in awe to the organizers.

    I would have grown an ulcer before the thing ever launched. I certainly won’t take anything for granted this coming year in New Orleans when I attend RT14.

    I was so proud to be a part of planning and participating in this day. It was exhausting but all of the kind words of attendees both during and in the aftermath made it all worthwhile.

    If you are interested there are like eight million pictures here. I won’t inflict them all upon you now. Although, they are fabulous.

    In fact, looking at them has already given me euphoric recall and made me a little sad it’s all over.

    Let’s do it again!

    But let’s wait until next year 😀

     

     


  • How The Plot Thickens

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    Last week my spanky friend, Cara Bristol, posted on how she plots. You can find Cara’s post here. She had some great advice. As she begins her tenth book, I’m still writing through my third and her advice was timely.

    So far, my biggest writing problem seems to be weaving my plot and subplot lines together simultaneously. I already have a tendency to wrap thing up around the seventy percent mark then tack on some … But wait! There’s more!

    While tackling my structural edits for book two and attempting to rearrange my last third plot line, I cut apart my chapter-by-chapter synopsis (I’ve done one for each book which I find very helpful) and tried rearranging it on my wall.

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    Trying to do this on my laptop alone is nearly impossible. I need the visual, and I just can’t see it all on my screen. Once I had the chapters reordered in a better way, I renumbered my chapters on the opposite wall.

    Then I got down to the hard work: the rewrite. Of course, spending  some more time in Kylen and Alivia’s story isn’t all bad.

    That said, my goal for book three is to avoid the last third rewrite. I love you Nate and Maeve, but let’s write it right the first time this time 🙂

    Write on.