Lisa Shearin, National Bestselling Author

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),

The Ghoul Vendetta audiobook now available for pre-order!

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For SPI Files audiobook fans, it’s finally happened (yea!!!) — The Ghoul Vendetta audiobook is now available for pre-order!

Pre-order The Ghoul Vendetta now for the September 19 release. 

The Ghoul Vendetta audiobook out on September 19!

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I finally have a release date for The Ghoul Vendetta audiobook — September 19!  As soon as the pre-order button goes live, I’ll let you know.

Meanwhile, I’m working hard on The Myth Manifestation (SPI Files #5), which will be out on November 7. I’m almost at 30k words, and have started work with the fabulous Julie Dillon on the cover.

Stay tuned!


Books I love and read again & again — Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

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Today’s “love it and read it again” book is Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy. I’ve read and loved many of Tom Clancy’s works, but Rainbow Six stands out as the one I keep going back to. Awesome action and great character development. Warning: It’s a big book. The original hardcover version (which I have) can be used as a doorstop–or brutally effective spider squasher. Though being a big book means it’ll just keep you happier for longer.

Rainbow Six: (paperback), (ebook), (hardcover)

Here’s the jacket copy:

In this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller, author Tom Clancy takes readers into the shadowy world of anti-terrorism and gets closer to reality than any government would care to admit…

Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark has been named the head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, Clark is confronted with a violent chain of seemingly separate international incidents. But there is no way to predict the real threat: a group of terrorists like none the world has ever encountered, a band of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

Snippet from The Myth Manifestation

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I thought I’d start off the post-holiday work week with a snippet from The Myth Manifestation (aka SPI Files 5) that will be out November 7. And no, the pre-order links aren’t up yet. ; )               

I hope you enjoy it!

While Ian and I weren’t officially on duty for another hour, we knew we’d been unofficially on duty the instant we set foot outside our hotel room doors.

Neither one of us had had nearly enough coffee to deal with this.

And it didn’t look like I was gonna be eating that bacon biscuit in my jacket pocket anytime soon.

The pair of arched doors leading to the Regor Regency’s ballroom was just as ornate and beautiful as the rest of the hotel.

For now.

One of the doors quickly opened, two pale and wide-eyed hotel staffers darted out, slammed the door, and threw their backs against it as something bigger than both of them put together charged the door from the other side.

The resulting boom shook the floor under our feet, and the door buckled, but held.  


I was fairly certain I was underqualified to deal with whatever was on the other side, and I was positive I didn’t want to open that door for confirmation, but that was our job. Confirm and confront things from the other side.  

My mouth was suddenly a tad bit dry. “Well, that’s interesting.”  

A normal person would think that was something you didn’t usually see in an upscale Manhattan hotel.

We weren’t normal people, and this wasn’t a normal hotel.