Lisa Shearin, National Bestselling Author

Snippet from The Myth Manifestation featuring a special guest star

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Here’s a snippet from The Myth Manifestation (SPI Files 5) with but one special guest star from my Raine Benares series. ; )  It’ll be released in January, and I’ll know the exact date soon.

Mago Benares walked slowly to one of Rake’s penthouse’s floor-to-ceiling windows that were now clear of the pocket dimension’s distortion. His eyes were gleaming like a hawk seeing a whole world of squirrels.

The Regor Regency was only thirteen stories tall, but to an elf who had never seen anything except Renaissance-era-sized cities, it must have been overwhelming. Though if it’d been me in his polished designer shoes, the view of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District would’ve made me run and hide in a closet.

Mago didn’t look like he wanted to either run or hide. He wanted to explore and conquer.

“Wondrous,” the elven banker turned ambassador breathed. “I cannot wait to go out.”

Snipet from The Myth Manifestation

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The Myth Manifestation (SPI Files 5) is due to go to my editor two weeks from today. We’re looking at a January publication date. Sorry for the delay, but life got in the way of this one. As soon as I know the exact release date, I’ll post it everywhere.

Meanwhile, here’s a snippet for you. I just wrote it, so it’s piping hot from my writer brain.

Kenji and I climbed up and out of the elevator. Standing on top of the elevator car had put the open door waist high on Kenji, chest high on me.

The Dunmor’s maitre d’ made no move to assist us.

Yeah, it was rude. But I couldn’t really blame him.

Our arms and hands were covered in elevator cable grease, and the rest of us was sporting a thin coat of giant snake spit — or whatever it was those things put out to let them wiggle through tight spaces. I told myself it was just spit, and I’d keep telling myself that until I believed it.

While the maitre d’ didn’t help us out of the elevator shaft/snake pit, he was only too happy to call his boss for me. I was sure he’d had plenty of practice finding Rake in his own hotel.

Kenji and I took the opportunity to do what we’d come here to do.

Find that fake goblin.

The key to not being questioned anywhere you went was looking like to belonged there. In our present state, it was obvious that Kenji and I did not belong in a restaurant that had been awarded three Michelin stars last year. We fell back to the second key to not being questioned — look like you had every right to be there. We were wearing SPI’s SWAT-lite uniforms, we were armed, and the conference hotel had been sealed in a pocket dimension. We had ourselves a bonafide emergency. Yes, one of my guns was a paint pistol, and Kenji’s weapon was a badge scanner that looked like a Star Trek phaser, but it was all about attitude. And after nearly being enveloped in a nest of giant snakes, I had attitude aplenty.

The Ghoul Vendetta is out in audiobook today!

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For SPI Files audiobook fans. . . The Ghoul Vendetta (SPI Files #4) audiobook is out today! 

Enjoy!

 

New cover art & news of upcoming books!

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Hey there! I’m taking a wee break from writing The Myth Manifestation (SPI Files 5) to give y’all an update.

Yesterday, we approved the final cover for The Myth Manifestation by my fabulous SPI Files cover artist — and 2017 Hugo Award winner for Best Professional Artist — Julie Dillon. The title, etc. aren’t in place yet, but I wanted you to get a first look. . .

I couldn’t be more thrilled! And when all the text is in place, I’ll post the final version.

I was hoping to release The Myth Manifestation in mid-November. Now, it might be in early January. Sorry! I thought my body understood that it’s not allowed to get sick until *after* I finish a book. Apparently there was a breakdown in communications. I’m coming off almost two weeks with a nasty cold that turned into bronchitis.

I’m back on my feet now, and my writing is up to full speed. My goal now is to have the book to my editor by the end of this month. Hopefully. As I said in my last post, we’re hosting our nephew’s wedding rehearsal dinner here at the farm on September 29, and we’re smack dab in the middle of prep — landscaping, painting, cleaning and more cleaning. Last week, our contractor finished the driveway, walkway to the front door, and parking areas. They also put in planting beds in front of the house. We’re in central NC, and while it doesn’t look like Irma is going to trouble us, we thought we’d wait a little longer before doing the landscape planting.

For those of you in Irma’s path, please stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones!!

The book is shaping up well, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. There will be an audio version (from Audible), but they have to have the final manuscript before they can start production. After they get the manuscript, it takes about three months for the final audiobook to be available. When I have a release date, I’ll let you know.

Speaking of which, the audiobook for The Ghoul Vendetta will be available on September 19! 

Now on to upcoming books. . .After I finish The Myth Manifestation, I’m going to re-read the entire Raine Benares series in preparation for a new Raine book from her POV. And this time, Mychael will be with her on the cover. : ) After that, I’ll either do another SPI Files or finally write the first book in a new paranormal thriller series that’s been percolating in my head for the past two years. And after that, I’ll be writing a book set in Raine’s world from Phaelan’s POV. Yes, your favorite pirate gets his own adventure. And oh boy, have I found the perfect model for Captain Phaelan Benares.

And speaking of the Raine Benares series, those of you who are reading both series will have noticed that characters from the Raine series are turning up in The SPI Files. That takes another big step forward with The Myth Manifestation. I’m not going to give anything away, but you’re gonna love it! And for those of you who haven’t read the Raine Benares books, don’t let the covers fool you. They have the same tone and humor as The SPI Files. Try ’em, I think you’ll like ’em. ; )

As soon as I have a release date for The Myth Manifestation, I’ll post it on my blog, and my social media accounts, and send out a newsletter.

I’ll get back to work. Take care & stay safe!

Lisa

Writing, and painting, and figs! Oh my!

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Hey everybody! Just dropping by to let you all know that yes, I’m still alive. Tired, but alive. ; )

I’m in the final stretch for writing The Myth Manifestation (SPI Files 5). However, I’m also doing a lot of house stuff. Derek and I volunteered our house (which is the old family farm) for my nephew’s wedding rehearsal dinner at the end of September. We’ve needed to make a lot of outdoor repairs, and thought having a hard deadline would be the way to get it done — landscaping, deck repairs & decorating, powerwashing, house painting, brush clearing, etc. The only thing we’re not doing ourselves is grading and re-graveling the driveway, and clearing an embankment of small trees. (because neither me nor Derek know now to drive a bulldozer). ; )  And, as of last week, our figs are coming in. Check my Twitter feed for pics of the bounty of figgy goodness. I just texted Derek and told him that we’re gonna need a bigger freezer. We’ve got a serious bumper crop. Thankfully, the rest of the family loves figs, too. And my MIL makes world-class fig preserves.

I have a September 15 deadline for the book, and the rehearsal dinner at the end of the month. So, after I turn the book in, I’ll have two weeks to do all the last-minute stuff. Oh and yesterday, Julie Dillon, my unbelievably fabulous SPI Files cover artist, sent seven sketches of potential covers. It was so hard to choose. As soon as I have a final version, I’ll post it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wash some figs and finish another chapter.
Your author (and fig farmer),
Lisa