Lisa Shearin, National Bestselling Author

Upcoming books (yes, plural) in 2020

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It’s time to make my plans for next year, and I’m going to do all I can to get TWO books for y’all in 2020.

First, will be The Entity Game, the first book in my new paranormal thriller series. The first draft is done, and I have feedback from my agent and beta readers. I’ll be incorporating their comments into the second draft which I’m determined to knock out in November. December and January will be for a third draft (if needed), and any tweaks. The finished manuscript will go to my editors on or before February 1. I’m shooting for a June release date. When I have jacket copy written, I’ll send out another newsletter, so you’ll know exactly what you’ve got to look forward to. This book took a long time to write and get right, but IMO, the wait will be worth it. I’m really proud of this one. 

Next will be the seventh book in my SPI Files series, The Solstice Countdown, where Mac takes Rake home to meet her family. I’ve got the plot worked out, and this is gonna be a fun one, with a heaping side order of chills & thrills. The release date for that will be the later part of next year. While I’d love to be able to write three books a year, two is all I can handle.  

And for all you Raine Benares fans, I haven’t forgotten about you! I miss Raine & Company, too. I’m shooting for a new Raine book in 2021. I know that seems like a long ways off, but it’ll be here before you know it.  

That’s it for now. I’ll get back to work.

Your seriously busy author,

Update & MurderCon in Raleigh, NC this weekend

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I’m in the final stretch of writing the first draft of The Entity Game (political thriller with paranormal elements)On August 19, I turn it in to my agent for her input. I hope to get a week off before I have to dive in on edits. After The Entity Game is polished, my agent will be sending it out to potential publishers. Keep your fingers crossed for me! But if it doesn’t get any takers, I’ll be publishing it myself. So one way or another, you’ll get to read it. ; )

After The Entity Game is out on submission, I’ll be jumping into The Solstice Countdown (aka, SPI Files #7). Dang, I can’t believe I’m up to seven books (and one novella) on this series! 

This weekend (well, starting on Thursday, August 1), I’ll be attending the Writers’ Police Academy MurderCon, in Raleigh, NC. I’m just there as an attendee, hoping to learn all about arson investigations, buried bodies, do’s and don’ts of interrogations, blood evidence, biological & chemical weapons, firearms, and lots of other fun stuff. 

If any of you will be there, don’t be shy about coming up and talking to me. I would love to meet you! If you’ll be there, email me and let me know. We can set up a time to chat, have coffee, or even meet up for dinner. 

That’s it for now!


Upcoming books and writing update

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Upcoming books and writing updates  
I’m in the final weeks of writing The Entity Game — the first book in my new paranormal thriller series. It’s due to my agent on August 19 for her initial edit and comments. On June 1, I went from writing five days a week to writing six days a week. In July and until August 19, I’ll be working seven days a week — writing a chapter every 2-3 days. Yep, I’m a busy girl. 

My agent is going to shop this book, meaning after the editing and polishing stages are complete, she’ll submit it to editors at publishing houses who like books like The Entity Game. Since it’s a thriller and not fantasy, it’s not only a new genre for me, but I’ll need to reach readers who don’t necessarily read fantasy, and probably haven’t heard of me. That’s why we would need to sell this to a publisher of thrillers rather than me publish it myself.

All that being said, all of you who read and enjoy my SPI Files and Raine Benares series don’t need to worry — at all. I’ll still be writing those series and will continue to do so for a long time. I’m just branching off in a new direction. You may have noticed that quite a few fantasy authors (Rachel Caine and Charlaine Harris, for example) are doing both fantasy and mystery/thrillers. And some thriller authors are now writing fantasy. I love both genres, and after 17 fantasy books in two series, I want to stretch out and try a few new things.     

And after I put The Entity Game to bed, I’ll start plotting and writing the next SPI Files book — The Solstice Countdown (aka Mac takes Rake home to meet the family at the same time that all hell is breaking loose in her hometown of Weird Sisters, NC.) It’s gonna be so much fun!     

To clear my mind in the evenings from writing all day, I’ve taken up crocheting. I’ve gone from afghans, to scarves and hats, to baby blankets and booties, to hand warmers, baskets, stuffed animal toys, tote bags, and even cardigan sweaters. (When I find a new hobby, I tend to get obsessive.) I was thinking about opening an Etsy store (maybe around the holidays) to sell the things I make. What do y’all think? Is that something you would be interested in?   

Lastly, a message for one of my subscribers, Lydia Broyles: I haven’t been able to reach you for the SPI Files bundle you bid on and won in Read 4 Pixels. Please email me by responding to this newsletter. Hope to hear from you soon!

That’s it for now!

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Writing updates & Read For Pixels fundraising goodies 
WRITING UPDATES: I’ve been working hard on the first book in my new paranormal thriller series. It’s going great! I’m due to turn in the finished manuscript to my agent at the end of June. Edits will follow. By the fall, I hope to be starting on The Solstice Countdown — the next SPI Files book where Mac takes Rake home to meet the family! And for the Raine Benares fans, yes I will be doing another Raine book from her POV set in her world. The plan is to write that after The Solstice Countdown. All that will keep me out of trouble until this time next year.    

ALL OF MY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE ON GOOGLE PLAY: My self-published books have now joined my Penguin-published books on Google Play! Self-pub book links are below:
The Myth Manifestation 
The Phoenix Illusion
Wild Card (a Raine Benares novella)
Wedding Bells, Magic Spells
Treasure & Treason
Ruins & Revenge

READ FOR PIXELS FUNDRAISER: This year, I’m participating in The Pixel Project, a completely virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 non-profit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women using the power of the internet, social media, new technologies and popular culture/the arts.

I’ve joined other award-winning, bestselling women authors in donating exclusive goodies to a RallyUp fundraiser to develop and expand The Pixel Project’s campaigns, programs, and projects to end violence against women and girls. 

The prize packages (called “perks”) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to this page to learn how you can donate and get a perk from one of your favorite authors.  
Scroll down the page to get to my three perks which were posted this morning. They include a Raine Benares bundle and have me name a character after you in my next book! (The SPI Files bundle has already been snatched up. Sorry!) All bundles include a custom crocheted slouchy beanie hat. (I’m seriously into crocheting now. It helps me work my way through plot problems.) The “character name” perk includes a scarf and matching beanie for the donor. 

In addition, today I have an interview on The Pixel Project’s blog. 

That’s it for now!

A brand new series & Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank you so much for all the emails, comments, and reviews for The Phoenix Illusion! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!  If you have time (and are so inclined), I’d love for you to leave a review on Amazon or the retail site of your choice. It really helps spread the word about my books.

I wanted to pop in before Thanksgiving (here in the US), and before the rush of the holidays gets into full swing, to let you know what I’m working on now. It’s a new series that’s a little bit of a stretch for me. It still qualifies as urban fantasy, but with a paranormal thriller twist. The series is called Operation Paranormal, and the first book is The Entity Game. More details to come.

Next, don’t worry. I’m still fully committed to SPI Files and the Raine Benares series. I’ve just had this new idea in my head for the past few years, and it’s time to let it out. Rest assured, there’s no end in sight for either SPI Files or Raine. : )

I know everyone’s about to get seriously busy, so I may not send out another newsletter until after the first of the year. I just wanted to thank you all so much for the awesome reception you’ve given The Phoenix Illusion, and to tell you about my shiny new idea.

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and the happiest of holidays!

Love & hugs to you all!

Finally — The Phoenix Illusion is out and available now!  

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It’s here — about danged time, right?

(It’s also Election Day here in the US — GO VOTE, if you haven’t already!)

Here’s where you can get your copy:  
Amazon (Kindle ebook)
Amazon (paperback)
Audible (audiobook) 
Barnes & Noble (Nook ebook), preorder link, release Friday, November 9
Kobo (ebook), preorder link, release Friday, November 9
Apple (iTunes ebook) preorder link, release Friday, November 9

*My apologies about the 3-day ebook delay at B&N, Apple and Kobo. It was the quickest release date available.

Order link to come:  
Barnes & Noble (paperback)

Available in ebook through your local library via:  
Baker & Taylor


The Phoenix Illusion is available for pre-order at more retailers

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The Phoenix Illusion has started appearing for pre-order at various retailers ahead of its November 6 (next Tuesday) release.  I’ll update this post as more sites go live.

Here are the pre-order links active now:
Amazon (Kindle ebook)  Release Nov. 6

Amazon (paperback) Order link live NOW (they made an unfixable boo-boo)

Apple (iTunes ebook), release November 9

Barnes & Noble (Nook ebook), release Nov. 9

Kobo (ebook), release November 9 

Audible (audiobook), release November 6

*My apologies about the 3-day delay at B&N, Apple and Kobo. It was the quickest release date available.

Pre-order link to come:  
Barnes & Noble (paperback)

Available through your local library via:  
Baker & Taylor

The Phoenix Illusion ebook is available for pre-order at Amazon!

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I’ve uploaded the finished/final manuscript and cover art to the various distributors. The Kindle ebook version of The Phoenix Illusion is the first to go live for pre-orders. Here’s the link. 

I’ll post as the other links/versions go live.

Snippet from The Phoenix Illusion & only 1 WEEK until pub date!

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Only one more week to wait! Next Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day here in the US (please vote!), and release day for The Phoenix Illusion.

We’ll be finalizing the formatting for the last ebook version in the next day or two, and then I’ll be uploading everything to the distributors I use for print and ebooks. Audible will be releasing the audio version on Nov. 6 as well.

AS SOON AS, I have preorder/sales links, I’ll post them here. OR if you want the links sent directly to your inbox, sign up for my newsletter (see link in the right nav bar).     

Here’s the final snippet before you can get your hands on the entire book:

The helicopter waiting for us was large, black, and unless my sleep-deprived eyes deceived me, came complete with machine guns mounted on either side.

Cool. That is, unless Mr. Moreau thought we’d be needing them.

Ian noticed my apprehension. “We’ll be flying into Nellis. This is one of their birds. SPI has contacts in all the military branches. We’ve scratched their backs, they scratch ours. Help when help is needed.”

He didn’t elaborate further, and to tell you the truth, the only thing I wanted to know about SPI and black helicopters was could I catch a few winks over the engine noise.

We got in and took off, and as far as I was concerned, we were flying way too low. It was pretty much all desert below us, but I still thought we were entirely too close to it.

“This feels like dragon flight, but without the wind in your face,” Tam told us. “My team and I flew from the coast of Aquas inland to Nidaar on battle dragons that were about this size.”

“How long did it take to get there?” I asked.

“We left at sunset and arrived shortly after sunrise.”

Ben gave a low, impressed whistle.

Flying all night. In the open air. I couldn’t even begin to imagine. Nor did I want to.

Tam admired the gun outside the window. “Our dragons could breathe fire.”

“A Black Hawk can breathe Hellfire missiles,” Ian told him.

“Sounds impressive. What are—”

“Basically, a tube packed with explosives with a range of almost five miles.”

“That would be better than dragon fire,” Tam admitted, then his fangs flashed in a quick grin, “but not nearly as much fun.”

“I’ve never flown a dragon, but I think I’d have to agree with you.”

“If you visit our world, I could make arrangements.”

Now it was Ian’s turn to grin. “I just might take you up on that.”


The Phoenix Illusion — Cover art & snippet

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Two weeks until The Phoenix Illusion (November 6) is available in print, ebook, and Audible! 

I’ve gotten questions about why it’s not available for pre-order yet. My book designer was on vacation for three weeks, and she just got back. I proofed and approved the print version this weekend, and I’ll be doing the same to the ebook versions in the next day or so. The cover art is ready to go. See below for the awesome cover Julie Dillon created for me!

Long story short, I’ll be submitting the book files and cover to my various distributors hopefully by the end of this week. Then it’s in their hands as to how fast they get it up for pre-orders. Hopefully it won’t take long. Rest assured, as soon as they go live, I’ll send out another newsletter with all the links. Y’all will hear about it here first.

Here’s today’s snippet. . .and under that is Julie’s glorious cover!

I kept regular daylight office hours at SPI. Usually. Unless something big was going down, then I went until I couldn’t go any more. The forces of evil didn’t clock in and out, so neither could I.

My problem was that when I was borderline exhausted, more often than not, exhaustion brought along her good friend insomnia.

Insomnia was a jerk.

In addition, my subconscious had brought paranoia, fear, and inadequacy to the sleepover.

I did meditative breathing. No go. I tried counting sheep, but just as I was starting to doze off, the fluffy little sheep turned into zombie sheep and attacked me.