Lisa Shearin, National Bestselling Author

Snippet from The Phoenix Illusion & new series news

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A little over a month to go until The Phoenix Illusion releases on November 6! Every Monday between now and then, I’ll be posting a snippet. And this Friday, I’ll post the first three chapters.

My book design/production person is on vacation until the middle of this month, so that’s why I don’t have the book up for pre-order yet. Depending on how quickly we can process it through, The Phoenix Illusion may not be available for pre-order (sorry!), but it WILL be available on November 6.

What I’m working on now: I’m writing the first three chapters for the first book in my new paranormal thriller series. The idea has been bouncing around in my writer brain for the past few years, and it’s finally ready to see the light of day. More details to follow.

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Here’s your Monday Snippet: 

Ian and I were going to see what Kenji had dug up about the previous building disappearances.

I’d made the mistake of checking Twitter. According to every news source, I was now dating a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and superhero.

So much for running under the radar.

When Ian and I got off the elevator on the floor where the agent cube farm was located, I was greeted accordingly.

“Yo, Pepper Potts!” came a shout from somewhere in the middle of the walled warren of offices.

“Bite me!” I yelled back.

That earned me some cheers and whistles.

As we made our way to the far corner and the IT department, Alain Moreau’s cultured voice came over the PA: “A reminder that tomorrow at noon in the cafeteria will be a Lunch and Learn on troll interpersonal relations and cultural taboos. After last week’s incident, it’s apparent that some of you could use a refresher. It’s open to anyone who wants to attend, but for Agent Team Delta, it’s mandatory.”

“Ooooh,” went up from the bullpen.

Snippet from The Phoenix Illusion

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As promised, here’s the first of the weekly snippets from the upcoming (November 6) The Phoenix Illusion (SPI Files 6). Beginning next week, I’ll be posting them every Monday until release day: 

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“Reptilian invaders from outer space?” Kitty asked, when Tam had finished. “I guess the trope had to have to come from somewhere.”

“Bi-pedal alien lizard invaders sounds better than what we have on our hands right now,” I said.

“It sounds like a movie I saw once on Mystery Science Theater 3000,” Ian said.

“A bad movie,” Rake muttered.

“But in a good way,” I added. “I like MST.”

“They’re all bad movies on MST.” My partner glanced around. Yasha hadn’t come back yet. “Don’t tell Yasha I said that. He thinks those movies are the golden age of film.”

“I heard that,” Yasha called from the kitchen.

I thought for a moment. “Which brings up something I’ve wondered about, especially since coming to work at SPI. Why do we keep trying to contact extraterrestrials? Hasn’t it occurred to anyone that there are homicidal maniacs in space the same as there are here? What are the chances that if we do make contact, we’ll attract the attention of cute, little ET aliens instead of a race of lizards who think all we’re good for is food?”

Ian leaned back and stretched his legs out in front of him. “Hopefully we’re too far down on the evolutionary scale to be worth noticing.”

“Or taste bad,” Yasha added, padding back from the kitchen. Getting words around his increasingly werewolfy dental work was a challenge. “Space travel must be like road trip. You do not stop at places with bad food. Little green men have been here before. Have not been back.” The Russian werewolf shrugged. “Earth must be greasy truck stop of universe.”

“We can only hope, buddy,” Ian said. “We can only hope.”

Cover & jacket copy for The Phoenix Illusion

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Just wanted to pop in and tell you that yes, things are happening, and The Phoenix Illusion will be available on Tuesday, November 6 in print, ebook and Audible. Pre-orders may not be available until a week or so before the release date ( sorry!), but the wait will be worth it. If you liked The Myth Manifestation, you’re gonna love The Phoenix Illusion. I think it’s the best SPI Files I’ve written so far.

I’ve attached the finished artwork from the marvelous Julie Dillon. Yep, Mac & Friends venture out of New York in this one–and they have special guest help from Rake’s cousin Tam Nathrach. ; )

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting a snippet a week, and next Friday, October 5, I’ll post the first three chapters.

Here’s the jacket copy:

The agents of the Supernatural Protection & Investigation (SPI) are used to dealing with the weird and the wacky, but even they are stunned when a building from another world suddenly appears on an empty lot in New York. . .

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and it’s just my luck that my birthday party is literally crashed by a building from another planet. And it’s not just any building—it’s my goblin boyfriend’s house from his home world. SPI’s mission, to keep the public clueless about the supernatural, has us scrambling to find who did this and why, not to mention how.

The deeper we dig, the more we realize this incident is the opening gambit to a much larger event. Old enemies have combined forces with an even older nemesis to develop the means to kidnap an entire building and everyone in it. But who, or what, is their ultimate target? Finding out and getting to the mark before they do will require all hands on deck, including some extraterrestrial help from the goblin home world. We’re running out of time, and if we can’t get our act together, we’ll have front-row seats for the end of the world as we know it.

The Phoenix Illusion snippet — But wait, there’s more!

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There was a knock on the door.

It couldn’t be the butlers; and if it were, they wouldn’t knock. Besides, Rake had turned down their services, instead preferring the comfort of walking around the suite unglamoured.

“Expecting anyone?” I asked Rake.

At the moment of the knock, he and Tam had simultaneously uncoiled from their chairs in a single smooth move. Ian and Gethen had been on their feet an instant later. Ian had a gun in his hand; Gethen was packing a red glow. Rake and Tam had no visible weapons, apparently counting on their innate badassery to deal with whatever was on the other side of the door.

I tossed a questioning glance at Ben. He shrugged. We followed.

By the time we got there, the door was open, and Ian had been engulfed by a huge, hairy whatever, and the goblins weren’t doing a thing to help.

Ben took a step back. “Is that a sasquat—”

“Yasha!” I squealed happily. A petite silvery-haired woman stepped around him. “Kitty!”

At the sound of my voice, Yasha tossed Ian aside, and I was now the target of his enthusiasm. Fortunately, I remembered to suck in all the air I could before my feet left the ground.

Before my face was buried in his chest fur, I saw my friend was the embodiment of tourist chic: Hawaiian shirt, cargo shorts, straw fedora, and Oakleys. Instead of the dreaded socks ‘n sandals combo, in true Yasha fashion, my werewolf buddy was sporting his favorite combat boots.

Take that fashion risk, Yasha. Own it.

When he put me down, I saw the fanny pack. Though I knew what had to be in there. One of his guns. As a werewolf, it wasn’t like Yasha needed protection. He just liked things that went boom.

As far as I was concerned, Ian was only one of my partners. Yasha was the other. Ian had my back, but Yasha had both our backs and then some. And the last time we’d dealt with a situation that could only be explained with physics that hurt my head, Kitty had been there to shut it down.

We had the goblin spellslinger trio for Marek and his gang, Ben for the rocks, Kitty for the sciencey woo-woo, and Yasha to kick any and all butts that deserved it.

The team was together.

Snippet from The Phoenix Illusion

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A little something fresh from my writer brain for The Phoenix Illusion (coming November 6.)

There was a knock on the door.

It couldn’t be the butlers; and if it were, they wouldn’t knock. Besides, Rake had turned down their services, instead preferring the comfort of walking around the suite unglamoured.

“Expecting anyone?” I asked Rake.

At the moment of the knock, he and Tam had simultaneously uncoiled from their chairs in a single smooth move. Ian and Gethen had been on their feet an instant later. Ian had a gun in his hand; Gethen was packing a red glow. Rake and Tam had no visible weapons, apparently counting on their innate badassery to deal with whatever was on the other side of the door.

I tossed a questioning glance at Ben. He shrugged. We followed.

By the time we got there, the door was open, and Ian had been engulfed by a huge, hairy whatever, and the goblins weren’t doing a thing to help.

Ben took a step back. “Is that a sasquat—”

“Yasha!” I squealed happily.

The release date for The Phoenix Illusion is November 6!

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Sorry I haven’t sent any newsletters for a while, but I thought you’d rather hear from me when I had important news, rather than to say “I’m still working on the next book.” Well, I am still working on the next book, but now I have a release date for it. Finally!

All versions of The Phoenix Illusion (ebook, print, and audiobook) will be released on Tuesday, November 6! It’s not available for pre-order yet, but as soon as it is, I’ll send out another newsletter with all the info you need to get your copy.

After all the parties involved agreed on that date, I realized that it sounded familiar. November 6 is also Election Day here in the US. For my US fans, do not sit this one out regardless of your political affiliation. Now is not the time for apathy. It’s never been more important for Americans to think long and hard about what we truly believe, the future we want for our country, and then to stand up and vote with the courage of our convictions.

Then, once you’re sporting an “I Voted!” sticker on your shirt, treat yourself to the relaxing beverage of your choice (adult or otherwise) and a copy of The Phoenix Illusion.

The utterly fabulous Julie Dillon is working on the cover, and I’ll be sure to send you a newsletter with the finished art. I can’t wait to see what Julie comes up with!

I’ll get back to work.

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.


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)

Ebook    Paperback

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!