Lisa Shearin, National Bestselling Author

A snippet from The Phoenix Illusion featuring a VERY special guest star

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Fresh from my writer brain, here’s a little something I just wrote for The Phoenix Illusion (SPI Files 6), out early this fall. It introduces a very special guest star from my Raine Benares series — the goblin Tamnais Nathrach. Tam in Manhattan. Let the fun begin. ; )    

The mirror with its sturdy metal frame was nearly seven feet tall and three feet wide. It wasn’t a mirror to admire yourself in, though we all could see our reflections just fine. This mirror was for transport. Mirror mages could connect two specially constructed mirrors, enabling a person to step into the mirror on their end, and step out of the destination mirror, covering distances between worlds in one step.

That was the extent of my knowledge of how this thing worked, and I was pretty sure I didn’t want to receive enlightenment on what went on in between. Rake had mentioned that last year there’d been a bit of a giant spider infestation in the Void, which was what the space between mirrors was called.

Nope.

I didn’t need to know anything else, since Satan would be serving snow cones in Hell before I’d ever step through one.

Rake’s portal mage stood about five feet in front of the mirror, one arm extended, palm out, fingers spread wide, his stance one of casual readiness.

“My lord, Chancellor Nathrach’s mage has activated the mirror on their end and is ready when we are.”

Rake nodded once. “Bring him through.”

The mage straightened his stance, facing the mirror, now with both arms extended toward a surface that began to ripple, then swirl, picking up speed.

I quickly looked down at my feet. There wasn’t enough Dramamine in the world for me to be able to look at that mirror and not lose lunch. A pulsing light reflected on the polished floor, and then thankfully, the light show stopped.

I looked up at the new arrival.

Chancellor Tamnais Nathrach wore black, and he wore it well, from his leather-armored chest and arms, snug leather pants, down to the toes of his over-the-knee boots. He was also wearing blades everywhere there was room.

Yes, the view was nice; but I think what dropped my jaw was that Tam Nathrach could have been Rake’s nearly twin brother. The only big difference was that Rake’s hair was shoulder length, and Tam wore his to the middle of his back.

Rake gave his cousin a quick up-and-down glance and grinned. “Expecting trouble?”

Tam responded with a crooked grin of his own. “Forever and always.”

The two men hugged, Rake being careful to maneuver around his cousin’s portable arsenal.

No, this wasn’t gonna be awkward in any way, shape, or form.

Update on the sales links & a recommendation on a great series to read

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Update on the sales link transfer — Everything has successfully moved over from NLA Digital to me, and the links are back up and functional. Whew! (That was a colossal pain in the patoot.) Huge thanks to Lori at NLA Digital, and the folks at KDP/Amazon and CreateSpace for helping me get moved and settled in!

Today’s post is another series of books that I’ve read, read again, and love. They’re known as the “Agent Pendergast” series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (or Preston & Child, as they’re known). The authors also do separate series. More on those in a future blog. Spoiler alert. . . they’re great.

Below are the synops and links for the first two books in the series. I think there’s something like 17 of them now. So if you read the first couple and love them, you’ve got plenty more fun lined up and waiting. I think you’ll especially enjoy FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. He’s one of my all-time favorite characters.

Helpful hint: Read them in order.

Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Agent Pendergast Book 1)

Ebook  Paperback

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…
But the museum’s directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.
Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who–or what–is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

Reliquary (Agent Pendergast Book 2)

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Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation. Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D’Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare..

Broken or missing sales links for my books? Be patient.

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I’ve gotten quite a few emails about the links to my indie published books being broken or even gone.

It’s okay. I’m still here, and I’m not going anywhere. : )

I had been doing my indie publishing through my agent’s imprint NLA Digital LLC. Kristin has recently decided to ramp down and discontinue that small part of her business. However, I am still her client, and she’s still my super agent, forever and ever, amen.  I’ll merely be doing my indie publishing myself. The past few years of being under the NLA Digital umbrella has been an incredible learning experience for me. Mucho, mucho thanks to Kristin, Lori, and Angie for taking such good care of me and helping me prepare during the past few weeks for taking off my publishing training wheels.

This weekend, I moved over the last of my books. The books affected by the move include:

  1. The Myth Manifestation
  2. Treasure & Treason
  3. Ruins & Revenge
  4. Wedding Bells Magic Spells
  5. Wild Card (Raine Benares novella)

The ebook versions at BN, Kobo, and iTunes are now available.

Amazon ebooks are in the final stages of being posted. They should be up in the next day or two.

I’m doing my print books through CreateSpace (the same place they came from with NLA Digital). As of this morning, they’re being uploaded to the various retail sites and should be there in the next 3-5 days.

I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

As to what I’ve been doing besides all of the above: I’m still working on The Phoenix Illusion (SPI Files 6), and still plan to have that out in the early fall.

Oh, by the way, with all the social media brouhaha going on, many are opting to curtail or even eliminate their social media accounts. Whether you decide to do that or not, there’s an easy way to continue to get all the news about my books–simply sign up for my newsletter. That way, book news, pub dates, pre-sale links, sales links, upcoming new series news. . . all of it will be delivered straight into your inbox, no social media surfing necessary. It’s quick, it’s easy, and I promise not to talk your ears off.

Here’s the link to sign up for my newsletter. 

Also, most authors now have newsletters. So go and check all your favorite authors’ websites for links, and let the news come to you. : )

Great books I’ve read lately + news on SPI Files 6 (The Phoenix Illusion)

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I’m picking back up with a blog series I started on books I’ve found that I absolutely love. With all the books out there, it can be hard to sift through and find the gems. I’ve found a few really great ones (in my opinion). I’ll try to post on this every week or two.

UPDATE ON MY OWN BOOKS: I’m writing SPI Files 6 right now (The Phoenix Illusion) which I hope to have out in the late summer/early fall. It’ll be in ebook, paper, and audiobook from Audible. More details to come as I have them.

The first is the Jessica Blackwood novels by Andrew Mayne. He’s an author and magician who has worked with David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blane. He’s written several series in completely different genres (talented guy). While I’m reading more of his books, this is just the first series of his that I’ve completed and can heartily recommend.

ANGEL KILLER (Book 1) eBook and paperback

FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test.
A mysterious hacker, who identifies himself only as “Warlock,” brings down the FBI’s website and posts a code in its place. It hides the GPS coordinates of a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground . . . as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave.

Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star—until she turns her back on her troubled family, and her legacy, to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes’s discovery of an old copy of Magician Magazine will turn Jessica’s carefully constructed world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose—and everything to gain—by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to seemingly achieving the impossible.

The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock’s series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to embrace her gifts and stop a depraved killer? If she can’t, she may become his next victim.

NAME OF THE DEVIL (Book 2) eBook and paperback

When a church congregation vanishes under mysterious circumstances in rural Appalachia, the bizarre trail of carnage indicates the Devil’s hand at work. But Satan can’t be the suspect, so FBI consultant Dr. Ailes and Jessica’s boss on the Warlock case, Agent Knoll, turn to the ace up their sleeve: Jessica. She’s convinced that an old cassette tape holds the key to the mystery, and unraveling the recorded events reveals a troubling act with far-reaching implications. The evil at work is human, and Jessica must follow the trail from West Virginia to Mexico, Miami, and even the hallowed halls of the Vatican.

BLACK FALL (Book 3) eBook and paperback

Magician-turned-FBI agent Jessica Blackwood investigates a series of seemingly unrelated, but equally bizarre and sinister, crimes that lead her to the Colorado desert and a town that has, simply, disappeared.

With two big cases under her belt, FBI Agent Jessica Blackwood is learning to embrace her unconventional past as the rising star in a family dynasty of illusionists. Her talent and experience endow her with a unique understanding of the power and potential of deception, and a gift for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be. Once resenting her eccentric grandfather, a brilliant magician in his own right, Jessica now sees him as a mentor and regularly seeks his advice about her work.

But Jessica’s routine surveillance operation becomes a fight for survival when a disturbed young woman, clutching a baby, shows up at the stake-out location and threatens to kill her child. On the same day, an hour after a severe earthquake rocks the eastern seaboard, a strange video goes viral. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Peter Devon has been dead for eight years, yet here he is on camera, predicting the location and date of the earthquake. Jessica is put on the case by her boss, Dr. Ailes, but when Detective Aileen Lewis reports that they’ve found a Jane Doe who matches her description of her attacker, she’s torn between professional duty and a personal desire to find out who the woman was, and why she was killed.

The investigations pull her in very different directions—until they start to converge, leading Jessica to confront something darker, and more powerful, than anyone expected. Something so twisted, only one person could be behind it…the Warlock.

As I said, I loved these books. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 

Upcoming books & news on The Myth Manifestation paperback

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The print version of The Myth Manifestation is now available from B&N for those of you who were waiting.

Thank you so much for all of your kind emails, reviews, and comments on The Myth Manifestation! It was as much fun for me to write as it was for you to read.

That being said, I’m now working on the next (6th) SPI Files book — The Phoenix Illusion, which I hope to have out in late summer/early fall of this year.

After that, I have six books in the queue (which will keep me busy for the next 2-3 years):

  • SPI Files 7 — The Solstice Countdown 
  • SPI Files 8 — The Pandora Predicament
  • SPI Files 9 — The Demon Directive
  • Two more Raine Benares books (from Raine’s POV)
  • A “Raine Benares World Novel” (from Phaelan’s POV)

This is NOT the order in which these books will be written. I do know that I’ll write The Solstice Countdown after The Phoenix Illusion, and probably after that will come a Raine Benares book. After that? I won’t know until the characters tell me.

One thing I can tell you about the book I’m writing now (The Phoenix Illusion) — There will be two “guest stars” from my Raine books. Tam Nathrach and Agata Azul. Is that squeeing I hear? : )

For those SPI Files fans who have yet to read my Raine Benares books, writing the SPI Files was a natural progression from that series, as is the crossing over of characters and plots between the two.  From their covers, the Raine Benares books may look like traditional fantasy (and kinda “girly”), but they’re not. I wrote them with a modern urban fantasy tone—full of the type of action and humor found in the SPI Files. In short, if you like Mac, you’ll love Raine. And if you love Ian and Rake, you’ll go gaga over Mychael Eiliesor and Tam Nathrach. My Raine Benares novels are packed with adventure, intrigue, hot elves, and sexy goblins. There are sample chapters on my website (lisashearin.com), or you can download samples at Amazon.

Try ’em, I think you’ll like ’em.