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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.


    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.


    I made some good progress this week, adding nearly 5K words. I lowered my projected word count a bit to 65K (you may notice on the progress counter at the upper left of the page). I’m just past the halfway point.

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




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  • 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.

  • 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.



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  • 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: https://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.

    Reap on!


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



    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.


    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?

  • 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.

    View all my reviews


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

  • Spotlight On ★★NEW RELEASE★★ Dark Devotion by Lauren Dawes #NorseGods #Odin #Loki #UrbanFantasy

    Beneath Rhys’s skin lies a legendary and feared beast. Rhys is tormented by his daily struggle to contain the ruthless, cold-blooded creature sharing his body. But when his best friend Galen disappears, Rhys’s careful restraint and self-control are finally broken. Fueled with a desire to find Galen, Rhys strikes an unlikely alliance with the only god who knows the truth about his dark past.
    Taer has found her revenge, yet she’s still not happy. There’s something missing from her life, but still she fights what her heart is telling her. It’s only when the incredibly infuriating and dangerously sexy Aubrey goes missing that she can admit her true feelings for him. Taer’s racing against time to rescue Aubrey, but when will she finally allow him into her heart?
    Perfect for fans of Gina Showalter and Patricia Briggs.
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    Other titles in this series:

    Dark Deceit (book #1) 
    Dark Desire (book #2)

    About Lauren

    Born in South Africa and raised in Sydney, Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Dark Series.
    In 2009, she quit her full-time job teaching English as a Second Language to finally begin writing “that book”, letting her over-active imagination pour out onto the digital pages, much to everyone’s horror. The catch phrase “I didn’t know you had such a dark imagination” only fueled her to write more, where her love for Norse mythology and gods finally got the spotlight.
    She currently lives with her husband and daughter in whatever city they happen to be posted to, and her cat, Oscar, who has inspired more than one character quirk or scene in her books.
    To find out more, visit www.authorlaurendawes.com

  • Listen Now! #AudioBook for Reap & Redeem Available – Chapter 1 Unlocked!

    I’m excited to announce the audio version of REAP & REDEEM is now available on Audible and Amazon.

    This was such a fun project working with ACX and narrator Michael Rubino. Michael really brought my story to life.

    You can find REAP & REDEEM here:

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    Audiobook REDEEM Amazon http://amzn.to/1nYwWtp

    Want a preview? Put on some headphones and you can listen to Chapter One free here:


    He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

    After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

    Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first.

    If you’d like to start at the beginning, you can purchase book one, REAP & REPENT, in audiobook and print on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble or read the ebook for FREE EVERYWHERE.

    Let me know what you think!