Monday, 5 October 2015

Morning, sucker

Just a quick word to let you know how things are going in the land of Lillian.

With RL stuff happening, writing of new material has been slow. Progress hasn't been helped by the regular interruption of edits for New Lease of Life. Luckily these haven't been too intensive, more the occasional rephrasing (or debating the existing phrasing) rather than any rewrites. NLOL has now been through three rounds of edits with Dreamspinner and that part of the process is over. The blurb is pretty much finalised and now I'm just waiting on a cover. As soon as I have a release date I'll let you know.

Hopefully I should be able to get back into a regular writing routine because I'm eager to get back to Rick and Mal and the rocky road at the start of their relationship. Who are Rick and Mal? Well, if you were at the UK Meet their initial story is on the USB. Don't worry if you weren't, one of my jobs over the next few weeks is to sort out a cover and get that story uploaded to ARe and Amazon.
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Why the abusive header? You do me a disservice, I was saying hi to my fishy friend.

Okay, that's all there is from me. What are your plans for the coming months?

Friday, 25 September 2015

Fiction Friday

So, as I finished the post two weeks ago I mentioned that I was reading the Charmed and Dangerous anthology and would give you my thoughts next time I posted (I actually said it would be last week but we'll ignore that shall we).

That is one long book. It is also quite excellent. My favourites (and there were a lot of them) were:
Swift and the Black Dog by Ginn Hale - Excellent world building that evolved naturally as the story progressed. Quite dark in tone and more of a fantasy with a sliver of romance than a fantasy romance. The story was gripping but could have been better served in a longer format, certainly with regard to the romance. 4*
A Queer Trade by KJ Charles - Excuse me while I squee. Set in the Magpie verse but with no knowledge of the other books in the series required. Full of Charles' rich well-rounded characters, humour and horror in equal measure (and often both at the same time), and a beautifully paced love story that could have been called insta-love in a lesser author's hands. 5* (NB. A novella staring these two characters is in the pipeline. YAY!)
Magically Delicious by Nicole Kimberling - Enjoyed this sequel to the story in the Irregulars anthology. 4*
Everyone's Afraid of Clowns by Jordan Castillo Price - My first outing with Psycop. Don't know why. Another series to start reading. 4*
The Thirteenth Hex by Jordan L. Hawk. Loved this. Fell easily into the world without needing a complicated build up and the characters were gorgeous together. 4.5*
One Hex Too Many by Lou Harper - I like Lou Harper's writing and enjoyed all aspects of this story, although I'd have liked a bit more made of the relationship. 4.5* (Plotbunnies have taken hold of Lou Harper for this world. We will see more I'm pleased to say.)
The Trouble With Hexes by Astrid Amara - Second chances story with a real sense of urgency. I loved both characters and I thought the in depth details on hexes were excellent. I guessed the bad guy early on but you know I wasn't in it for that, I was in it for the relationship and that was perfectly pitched. 4.5*

Now, Magically Delicious by Nicole Kimberling is a sequel to a story that originally appeared in the Irregulars anthology (which I own but had never read). Naturally I had to read this first so I started the Irregulars anthology while halfway through C&D. I'm glad I did as it had backstory that helped me appreciate her story in C&D more. I've not finished Irregulars yet so you'll have an update on that next time out.

What else have I been reading? To be honest, not a lot. Really, that anthology was very, very long.

Deadpool comics but you don't want to know about that.
Some okay reads and some bloody awful, delete off my Kindle immediately reads.
Oh, and Demon Dog by Ally Blue. I have quite literally just finished this book moments before writing this post. It's good. A very good paranormal mystery, in fact. It's established couple and a spin-off from the Bay City series by this author. I have to confess I didn't realise this when I started to read but it didn't have any bearing on the enjoyment of this story. There are characters from the other series in this but at no point do you feel like you are missing anything. Now I can't decide whether to go on to book 2 in this series or start the original series and discover everyone's backstories first.

Apart from the books that are already queued up to read on my two Kindles I'm going on to free reads for the rest of the month. Expect me to have very few recs next week and less books on my Kindle if the two I read last night were anything to go by!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Rainbow awards

TU 600x900 photo TheoryUnproven600x900_zps1f5d6483.jpgTheory Unproven is up in the Best Book Cover category at the Rainbow Awards.

Meredith Russell did an amazing job on the artwork and I'd be grateful if you could show her some love by voting for this cover.

Let's try and get my elephants into the next round.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Fiction Friday

Sorry there was no Fiction Friday last week. I was laid out by the flu and it knocked me for six.

Omega Heart  by 

Who can object to a story where a large pink dildo plays a role? Not me. Very cute and I'd love to read more of this couple.


Like a Lover by 

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Labor Day

Two sales this weekend where you could pick up one of my books.

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ARe are having a rebate sale where you could pick up all my titles with the rebate.

Alternatively, if you'd rather buy direct from the publisher, JMS Books are offering 30% OFF on all e-books now through September 7!  So you could pick up Waiting for a Spark at a reduced price.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Another excellent review for Lovers Entwined

A 5 'Victoria Cross Medal' rating review from Bike Book Reviews.

"This is one of those books that you wish you could read over and over for the first time!"

"...a beautiful love story that is timeless and beautiful in the telling!"

"This book is epic... you don't just get one love story, you get several, but get out your tissues, because you WILL cry!"

"Thank you Lillian, for a love story that is so big it spans centuries!"

Read the review in full here.

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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Final day of the sale

Today is the final day of Love Lane Books 11 books, 11 days sale.

It's your last chance to grab Theory Unproven at the reduced price of $2.99.

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