Lisa Shearin, National Bestselling Author

Audiobook news and The Gorgon Agenda updates

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Audiobook news and The Gorgon Agenda updates
I haven’t sent a newsletter in a while because I’ve been busy writing The Gorgon Agenda. I know you’d rather have me working on a book than sending a newsletter telling you I’m working on a book. But I’ve been feeling really guilty, so here’s an update. 

And by the way, if you don’t hear from me for a while, it means I’m working hard. I’m not dead. If I’d died, my husband would contact my agent who would put out the announcement. So when you think about it that way, not hearing from me is good. : ) 

Here are the updates:

1. I’m finishing The Gorgon Agenda now and will be turning the manuscript over to my editor Betsy Mitchell on September 1. It’ll take her about a month to do the edits, which will then come back to me. I’ll take about two weeks to make my changes, then send it off to my copy editor Martha Trachtenberg. Martha generally takes a few weeks to do her thing, sends it back to me, and I do mine. Then the book is ready to go into layout/production/proofing. All this to let you know that from the time I finish a book until it’s ready for you to buy is 2-3 months. So we’re looking at a November/December release date.    

2. I’m going to narrate my own audiobooks. I’m really excited about this, and I know a lot of you will be, too. I’ve been looking into what’s involved, and after an initial investment in recording and editing equipment and software, I can produce my own audiobooks and upload them through ACX for sale on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. I’ll be narrating them myself. For years, when I’ve done readings, I’ve had people ask why I didn’t record my own books. I’m comfortable in front of a microphone, and I’ve always loved doing readings. My husband, aka my computer dude, will be doing the editing and production. While I finish The Gorgon Agenda, he’ll be getting everything we need to set up a recording booth in the house. I don’t have a date for when I’ll start recording these, but it’ll be in the next few months.

That means there will be an audiobook for The Gorgon Agenda and The Solstice Countdown in my SPI Files series. Wedding Bells Magic Spells, Ruins & Revenge, and Treasure & Treason in my Raine Benares series, and The Entity Game in my Aurora Donati series. And any other book that doesn’t already have an audiobook.   

3. Tea label for The Gorgon Agenda. As you can see from the newsletter banner, my artist (the amazing Elizabeth Peiro) has finished the label for The Gorgon Agenda custom blend tea that’ll be offered for sale by Adagio Tea through their Fandom Blends program. It’ll be offered in bags and tins. If it goes well, I’ll be creating a custom blend (with character art) for each of my future books.        

I think that’s it for now. I’m back to work on The Gorgon Agenda.
L.
 

Creating custom tea blends for my books

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How would you like to drink the same teas as my characters? 

Being a big tea drinker myself, I’ve often had my characters drinking tea in at least one scene. I thought it would be so much fun to create an actual custom blend and feature it in my books.

I’ll be starting that with The Gorgon Agenda. I’m working with Adagio Teas to start my own line of teas based on my books. I’ll be offering a caffeinated and decaf version of each tea. I know that some people can’t have caffeine; or like myself, like to have a nice cup of decaf to finish the day or before bed. 

The teas will be available in three sizes. A sample tin which makes 5 cups for $6. A 3 oz. pouch for $14. Or a 5 oz. tin for $24. Adagio will donate 5% of the sale price to the charity of my choice. As for me, when you buy one of my blends, I’ll earn points to buy more tea. I go through at least two pots of tea a day while I’m writing, so you’ll be helping to keep me properly caffeinated and writing — or relaxed after a long day at my desk.

For even more fun, my cover artist Elizabeth Peiro will be creating custom art exclusively for the bags and tins featuring major characters that you’ve never seen on the covers. 

And as to the blends themselves, the finished product has to be a tea that I love so much that it’ll be one of my go-to and must-have teas. I’d never put anything out there that I wouldn’t buy for myself. I’ve got the decaf version just the way I want it, but I’m still tweaking the caffeinated version. 

The Gorgon Agenda teas will go on sale on Adagio’s site the same day the book releases.

And of course, there will be teas for my Aurora Donati thrillers, and my Raine Benares adventures as well.    

What do you think?

Lisa   

The final cover for The Gorgon Agenda

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Here is the final cover from my new artist, the fabulous Elizabeth Peiro! What do you think?

May be an image of 2 people and text that says 'A SPI FILES NOVEL THE GORGON AGENDA LISA SHEARIN New York Times Bestselling Author'


My apologies for not having The Gorgon Agenda (SPI Files 8) finished next month as originally planned way back when. Thanks to the Cuisinart of crap that is the world right now (and the past couple of years), a LOT of authors are struggling to meet deadlines (and are missing them). It seems that creativity, borderline apocalyptic world events, and doomscrolling don’t mix. I’m still on the first draft, but it’s a strong first draft, and I know you’re going to love the finished product. I’m shooting to have the first draft done by the end of next month, and the finished book out this fall to give y’all some much-needed escapism.

I’m also grateful to be an independent publisher. I founded Murwood Media LLC a few years ago. And yes, some of you are remembering correctly. The name did come from a forest in the goblin kingdom in my Raine Benares series. Thanks to industry upheaval and supply chain issues in traditional publishing, I have it on good authority that some books being turned in to publishers now are having their release dates pushed out as far as 2024. I’m so glad to be a one-woman business. Having to do everything myself gets overwhelming at times, but it also lets me control what I write and when I write it. My previous publisher decided to pass on more SPI Files or Raine Benares books. But I knew you wanted more, and I wanted to write them. We never offered the Aurora Donati series for sale. I knew I wanted to do it myself. Thanks to you all spreading the word about my books, I have a good core readership. Please keep spreading the word! The more books I sell, the healthier my tiny business is. And thanks to my agent teaching me how to do self-publishing, I’m free to write what I want, and what you want to read. Let’s hear it for indie publishing!

After The Gorgon Agenda, I’ll be writing the second Aurora Donati thriller, then comes a *new* Raine Benares adventure (with more to come). Raine is now back in my writing rotation. Unless one of the series has a book that simply will not leave me alone, I’ll be writing SPI Files, Aurora, and Raine. Rinse and repeat.

Take care, be safe, and stay healthy!

Lisa


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Updates on The Gorgon Agenda and more

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The following is my October newsletter. Click here to subscribe, and you won’t miss any book updates.   

This newsletter is a little different. As always, I will give you an update on The Gorgon Agenda. It’s going great. Taking July off did wonders for me. Dory and Loki (our greyhounds) are doing well, though mealtimes are a challenge with Dory because of her kidney issues, but I’m up to it. I’m only working five days a week. I’m taking weekends off, at least from writing. There’s plenty of household chores and yardwork that won’t do themselves. Though at least now that it’s fall, everything needing cutting and trimming starts to slow down, so that’s less work.

Fall is my favorite time of the year, and not just because the grass and weeds stop growing. Today I’m going to talk about tea – fall teas, to be exact. I love tea even more than fall. I always drink tea while I’m writing, either in a mug, or if I’m feeling fancy, from a vintage pot with a pretty cup and saucer. I write my first drafts longhand with vintage fountain pens in journals, so good tea is a must.    

Ashley from Adagio Teas recently contacted me to ask if I’d like to review some of their fall blend loose teas. Of course, I said yes. Adagio always has a wide selection of seasonal tea offerings, as well as teaware and gifts for tea lovers. I told her that I have a serious weakness bordering on addiction for teaware, especially infuser mugs, but it’s hard to find a good one. Ashley graciously sent me one of their double-walled porcelain mugs with a stainless-steel infuser and lid.       

I requested the Double-Wall Leaves infuser cup. The verdict? I love it. The stainless-steel infuser extends down far enough in the cup to allow for a good steeping. It’s rare to find a good infuser-to-cup-depth ratio. Plus, it has a lid with a cutout for the infuser hook. Great feature. I’ve never had a double-walled porcelain mug. A problem I’ve had with other infuser mugs is that they don’t keep the tea at a good drinking temperature for long (or even short) writing sessions. The double-walled cup took care of that. The tea stays hotter for longer, and the mug is nice and warm. Hot tea without burned hands. For marathon sessions, I have an electric mug warmer, but for normal workdays when I want different teas for the morning and afternoons, the Adagio infuser cup does the job — and I love the fall leaves.

Ashley sent me their Autumn Tea Sampler, which came in a nice gift box containing four of their fall seasonal blends: Autumn Mist Green, Honeybush Pumpkin Chai, Pumpkin Spice, and Bonfire. These are loose teas, not tea bags. But don’t let that scare you. Each package tells you the amount of tea per cup, water temperature needed, and steeping time. Just do what the package says, and you’ll get the tea as it was intended to taste. Note: Those of you who drink a lot of tea probably already have an electric tea kettle where you can select the water temperature. If you don’t, you should treat yourself to one. They’re not expensive, and you’ll be getting the best taste from your tea.  

Here’s my take on each blend – with each brewed per the package instructions in my new Adagio fall leaves infuser mug. Note: I left all of these unsweetened. I only use sugar (and then very little) in seriously strong black teas.    

Autumn Mist Green: A blend of gunpowder green tea, apple pieces, cinnamon, rose hips, natural crème brulee flavor, marigold flowers, and rose petals. I love green teas, but I’m not normally into fruit teas. And I have no idea what marigold flowers taste like. And crème brulee? Okaaay. I had no idea how Adagio could put crème brulee taste in a cup, but they did it. To tell you how much I liked it, I’m drinking it right now. For me, enjoying a tea is as much about the scent as the taste. I’ve got to have both for it to be a winner in my book. The verdict? I need to make room in my tea stash for this one. The crème brulee, along with the apple and cinnamon, makes for a silky smooth taste and aroma. I love this tea. It’s coziness in a cup.

Honeybush Pumpkin Chai: A blend of honeybush tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cocoa nibs, natural pumpkin spice, and safflower. I pretty much stick to the basics when it comes to tea, but I’m always up for trying something new. I’ve never had honeybush tea. Turns out it’s a “naturally sweet South African tea with a honey aroma and taste,” which sounds like it’s right up my alley; and as a bonus, it’s caffeine free. Also, I’ve never had chai anything. I know, what rock have I been living under, right? I brewed a cup. The color is a deep amber/red. Nice. The scent is Red Hots. You know, the spicy candy? I can taste the honeybush tea (honey), cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. I can’t pick out the cocoa nibs, pumpkin spice, and safflower (I don’t know what that last one would taste like). There’s no, single overwhelming flavor. It all balances, which is good. It’s what a blend is supposed to do. This tea leaves a light, spicy taste, but not too spicy. It’s like a warm fire on a cool night. Note: When you get to the bottom, give the cup a swirl so you don’t miss out on the final pop of taste in the leaves.   

Pumpkin Spice: I went to Trader Joe’s this week and only bought two pumpkin spice products: coffee and tortilla chips (the chips because I just had to know what pumpkin spice tortilla chips tasted like). Verdict? Not bad, not bad at all, though my taste buds were confused by the combo. I’ve never gone in for that whole “pumpkin spice” craziness that erupts as soon as the first leaf hits the ground. I love cinnamon and nutmeg, but that’s pretty much the extent of it. Adagio’s Pumpkin Spice Tea is a blend of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, natural pumpkin spice flavor, cardamom, and marigold flowers. The scent (to me) is cloves and ginger. The taste is ginger snaps in a cup, and I do love me some ginger snaps. Other than the cloves and ginger, the flavors blend, which as I’ve said is a good thing. If you like your pumpkin spice with a little kick, this is your tea.

Bonfire: This tea is aptly named. A blend of honeybush tea, apple pieces, lapsang souchong tea, aniseed, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, rose hips, cloves, orange, red peppercorn, safflower, natural cinnamon flavor, natural hazelnut flavor, and natural orange flavor. There is a lot going on in this tea. The scent is smoky and licorice-y (if that’s even a word). I’m not a fan of licorice or hazelnut. (I’ve only had hazelnut coffee. Once. I really wish hazelnut tasted as good as it smelled.) Then comes the peppercorn. Bam! Bonfire is the perfect name. Kudos to whoever named it. My verdict? This tea is not shy. If you’re one who prefers tea with an attitude, you’ll probably like it. But for me, pardon the pun: It’s not my cup of tea.

Final lineup of the four: Autumn Mist Green (I’ll be buying more of that one) is my number one pick. In second place is the Honeybush Pumpkin Chai. I’d never had honeybush tea before, and I really liked it in this blend. I’ll have to explore that one and chai further. In third place was the Pumpkin Spice. It was really good, but a little too spicy for me. In fourth was the conflagration in a cup that is Bonfire. Only the adventuresome tea drinker, or hard-core spice aficionado need apply.

That’s it for now! Ashley also sent some of my all-time favorite tea – Genmaicha. (I drink that stuff by the pot.) I’ll cover that in my next newsletter, as well as any book updates.

Thank you Ashley and Adagio Teas!    

And as always, take care, be safe, and stay healthy!

Lisa

Update on The Gorgon Agenda (SPI Files 8)

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I wanted to update you all on The Gorgon Agenda (SPI Files 8). Unfortunately, it won’t be out in November as I had hoped. I’m shooting for the spring of next year. It’s only a couple more months.

I needed a break, and this time I actually took one. A month, in fact. July.

Before I wrote this email, I wanted to be sure the book (and myself) were back on track. I’m glad to say it is, and I am.

Here’s what happened. Buckle up, people. This is a long one.

Back in May and June, the book wasn’t “jelling” as I like to say. I was past the point where I’d normally stop brainstorming and start writing. This time, it wasn’t happening. I thought something might be wrong with the plot, so I went back and reviewed the 30K words I had. Nope. That wasn’t it. The plot was strong and solid. Awesome, in fact. But I still couldn’t get started. I was like a horse balking at a jump. I simply couldn’t do it. Pretty soon the thought of trying to write and not being able to would come close to bringing on a panic attack. I’ve only had those three times in my life and was in no hurry to have more.

I knew I had to stop and back away. During that month off, I did a lot of thinking and came to several big realizations about myself. First and foremost, I realized I was physically and emotionally exhausted. I’m a workaholic, or more precisely, a writeaholic. In the past five years, we’ve only taken two vacations. I wrote nearly every day of both of them, and was proud for having done so. That was another realization I had about myself: That was nothing to be proud of. Vacations are for taking a break, relaxing, and recharging. I did none of those. Plus, once I was in the final draft, I would write 7 days a week to get a book into editing and production.

If I only wrote one book a year, I felt like a failure. Other authors I know do two, three, or even four books a year. I felt something must be wrong with me that I couldn’t do that for you all. My oh-so-wise sister-in-law make me realize something that really helped. (Seconded soon after by my sister.) My books are complex, with twisty plots, intricate details, and a large ensemble cast. Not to mention the research. All that takes time. I realized she was right. That helped a lot. I really want to give you all two books a year, but I simply can’t. And by pushing and pushing myself to hit that number, I was wearing myself out, and even worse, I was not taking any time to recharge my batteries. You can’t write without recharging, and I was riding on fumes. The Gorgon Agenda will be my 20th book. And last month was the first time I’ve ever taken a significant break.

I’ve always said that after each book, I would take at least two weeks off before I even started thinking of the next one. Two weeks always turned into two days. Last July after my surgery to repair tiny holes in my inner ear (where the surgeon had to go in through my skull and move my brain aside so he could get to them), I had The Solstice Countdown finished and in editing only five months later. I was proud of that. I should’ve been mortified. I wanted so badly to get that book to you after you had to wait so long since The Phoenix Illusion while I wrote The Entity Game. Before my surgery, I moved a desk into the bedroom, and as soon as I was able to get out of bed and walk across the room, I was back at work. Two and three months after the surgery, we lost Cameron and then Odin (two of our greyhound babies) to a stroke/paralysis and bone cancer. And still I worked. Though now it was more to get through the grief. And even now, I’m tearing up typing this. Derek & I couldn’t have children (after multiple miscarriages), so our dogs are our kids. A few weeks ago, we found out that Dory (our brindle little girl greyhound) has severe renal issues, and Loki (our sweet, big boy grey) has a limp that’s not going away. The vet has ruled out cancer, and think it’s probably arthritis. (Both Dory and Loki are 10 yrs old.) We’re taking it one day at a time, and we’re at peace (at least that’s what I’m telling myself) with what may happen.

The point is, we’ve all had had events, illnesses, problems, and situations that have beaten us down over the past few years. (Thank you Covid.) We’re all absolutely worn out. We’re afraid and we’re angry, and we just want it to stop.

That’s why I’ve told you all this. Not only to explain why my output will only be one book a year and why, but also to perhaps help some of you. The past few years have been tough (hellish, even) on all of us. We’re all going through something, and are overwhelmed. That was the one word that described my emotional state perfectly: overwhelmed. It reached a point where *everything* was simply too much. Heck, I’ve stood in the kitchen more than once and cried because I couldn’t figure out what to cook for dinner, or I knew what I wanted to cook and it was too much work. I was just so tired. Everything that happened was one more weight on my shoulders. I was overwhelmed, and I simply couldn’t do or take any more.

And yes, I’ve been on both an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety med for many years. I tell myself that we writers are wired differently than everyone else. ; ) My meds are wonderful, and until Covid and overwork piled on top of them, they’ve been doing exactly what they needed to do. Unfortunately, they don’t make a pill for stubborn and stupid. I thought I could do it all and keep doing it indefinitely, and oh boy was I wrong. That’s another thing, if you need help. GET IT. See your doctor. Talk to someone. Don’t keep telling yourself that you’ve got this. Chances are you don’t. We all need help at points in our lives. Get the help you need. Don’t put it off. Reach out to your family and friends. I’m blessed with an amazing husband and family. Don’t try to do it alone.

Take time for yourselves. I am. Be kind to yourselves — and to others. A kind word or action could mean the world to the next person you see. We’re all going through something, and a little kindness goes a long way. A lot goes even farther.

I know some of you will tell me to take more time off. ; ) Rest assured, if I needed it, I would. Writing is more than what I do, writing is what I love and who I am. If I’d never had a book published, I’d still be writing. I love it, and I love sharing my stories with y’all even more. But I’ve realized that writing can’t be all that I am. I have to take time for me and those around me who I love.

We all deserve — and need — a well-rounded life. It only took me 19 books to realize it. I know now that I’m not a failure or lazy if I can’t write two or more books a year. I will take time for myself, I will not let work consume me, and I will be happier and healthier because of it. I know I won’t get there overnight. Changing a lifetime of workaholic-ism is a process, a process by which I’m getting to know myself better, be kinder to myself, and taking the time to enjoy the world and the people I love.

I’m happy to say that I’m back on track and writing The Gorgon Agenda. You are gonna love it! Maybe even more than The Solstice Countdown.

As a present to you all, I know exactly what I want for The Gorgon Agenda cover. In the next few weeks, I’m going to get Julie Dillon to work on it. Hopefully we can have the artwork to you by the holidays.

Take care, stay healthy (physically & emotionally), and be safe!

Your on-the-path-to-work/life-balance author,
Lisa



The Solstice Countdown (SPI Files 7) is on sale now

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Today is release day for The Solstice Countdown (SPI Files 7)! I’m so excited that y’all finally get to read this one. It not only answers questions you’ve been asking about Mac and her family, it also sets up a lot of future storylines and new characters. I hope you enjoy it; and as always, let me know what you think. You know I love hearing from you!

L.

Amazon (ebook)

Amazon (paperback)

Barnes & Noble

Apple

Kobo

All pre-order links are live

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All of the pre-order links for The Solstice Countdown are now live!

Amazon (ebook)

**Amazon (paperback) (see below)

Barnes & Noble

Apple

Kobo

**Due to a snafu, the paperback version on Amazon is live now instead of next Tuesday. (Sigh) I contacted customer support, and to get it to revert to Pre-order status, I would have to unpublish the book and then republish it on March 9 (release day). People have already started ordering it, so I don’t want to unpublish it and potentially mess up their orders. So . . . if you want a print version, enjoy! To my ebook readers, I sincerely apologize. We don’t know what happened.

The Solstice Countdown coming March 9!

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The edits are finished on The Solstice Countdown and the book is now in layout. Yay!!! Release date will be Tuesday, March 9 unless something drastic happens. Once my book designer finishes the layout (fonts and making my words look gorgeous), I’ll proof it and check for any needed corrections. Once I’ve approved it, my designer will send me the final files and I’ll upload them to my distributors – Draft2Digital (D2D) and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). KDP is for Amazon and D2D will go to every other retail outlet (Apple, BN, Kobo, etc., including libraries. KDP and D2D cover both print and ebook, all worldwide.

Once I get the book and cover uploaded, I’ll know when you can preorder. I’ll send out newsletters with links, and I’ll also be posting them on Twitter (@LisaShearin) and Facebook (facebook.com/LisaShearinAuthor). If you don’t follow me, go ahead and sign up. With my Mail Chimp account, I can only send out one newsletter a day. Not all sales links go live at the same time. For example, it could be Amazon in the morning, Apple at lunchtime, BN in a couple of days (they’re known for being slow). So I can post links as they go live (KDP and D2D notify me when each link goes live) on my social media, but I can only send one newsletter a day. Hope that’s not too confusing.     

By the way, in case some of you don’t know, I’ve been self-publishing for several years now. So when you see Murwood Media LLC on the back cover and copyright pages, that’s me. (I took the name from my Raine Benares series. Murwood is a forest in the goblin kingdom of Rheskilia.) Yep, I’m the proud president of my own little publishing company. I’ve retained the services of all the editors, artists, designers, and now audiobook narrator who I worked with on all three series, so many of you may not have noticed that it’s me and my little company instead of a big publisher. The main difference is their pay is coming out of my pocket now. ; )

I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my incredible-beyond-words agent, Kristin Nelson. For about two years, she operated an offshoot of her agency so her authors could learn the ropes of doing it ourselves when we had a book we were passionate about but our publisher wasn’t. Or if our publisher dropped us or one of our series. She taught us, and then took off the training wheels and we were on our own.            

For those audiobook fans, I’m working on producing an audiobook version of The Solstice Countdown. And yes, I’ve contacted Johanna Parker, and we have found a production company we want to use. However, I need the final manuscript before I can begin the process. Until I get the ball rolling, I won’t know how long production will take, but I’ll keep you posted every step of the way. This isn’t going to be cheap. Some of you have offered to help, and I love you dearly for it. But I should do this on my own. I’ve got some money stashed away that’ll cover the production costs. So if you love audio books, buy it when it comes out so I don’t lose money. ; )      

I think that’s it for now!

L.

Jacket copy & update on The Solstice Countdown

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The manuscript is now with my copy editor, and I expect to get her suggestions and corrections by the end of this week. It’ll take me approximately another week to make the changes, then the book will be finished and ready to go into layout. Yay! I’m still working to release the book for sale by the end of the month, but it’ll definitely be out by the first week or two of March.

And no, it’s not available for preorder yet. I have to have the final, formatted manuscript to do that.

The cover art is done, and the title and other copy are being put in place. As soon as it’s finished, I’ll send out another newsletter and post it on my blog and social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

But in the meantime, here’s the back jacket copy for your reading enjoyment:          

As an agent of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI), I know that evil doesn’t take a vacation, but this time it made an exception and followed me on mine.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I’m taking my boyfriend, goblin dark mage Rake Danescu, home for the holidays to meet my family.  

Weird Sisters is a small town in the North Carolina mountains that was built on a network of ley lines that magnify psychic and paranormal energies. It doesn’t show up on Google Maps, was named after the three witches in Macbeth, and the first word of the town name perfectly describes most of its human and supernatural citizens.

            A stranger has come to town, bringing with him a dormant source of primordial evil. Soon, magically gifted locals start vanishing, and the power of the ley lines is turned against us, cutting us off from the outside world and any source of help.   

For a town and its people steeped in magic, and my family sworn to protect both, it’s a race against time to use a local winter solstice phenomenon to free the town from its prison. But first, I must trust a father I’ve never known to fight and defeat an awakening evil that’s existed since the beginning of time. If we fail, and it is unleashed, the world will not survive.   

The Solstice Countdown — Coming late February!

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It’s 2021 (finally)! I’m hopeful that this year will be infinitely better than the last. I’ve finished writing The Solstice Countdown (SPI Files 7), and I’m pushing to get this one to you by late February. Since the book takes place when Mac takes Rake home to meet her family at Christmas, I really wanted to get this book out in mid-December. But since I had to have surgery in July to correct an inner ear problem that involved cutting into my skull and moving my brain out of the way so my surgeon could do what he needed to do. . . well, that kind of thing takes a wee bit of time to bounce back from. (By the way, the surgery was a complete success. Yay!)

**It has been brought to my attention that I haven’t posted since late July (two weeks after my surgery). Yikes! I am SO sorry. I’ve been working 7 days a week trying to get Solstice done. So the last some of you heard from me was my “Surgery update” post/newsletter. I promise to do better. In fact, I’ll start posting and sending out a newsletter on the first Monday of each month as “Proof of Life.” ; ) Now, back to the post. . .

I just got the suggested edits back from the fabulous Betsy Mitchell, and have started incorporating those today. Once I make Betsy’s edits, the book will go to my eagle-eyed copy editor Martha Trachtenberg. (An editor does the big-picture work and a copy editor takes care of consistency, grammar, and finding anything that was missed.) Then the book goes into layout.

For those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, the banner is a portion of The Solstice Countdown’s cover. (I’ve included it below for you.) As you can see, Rake Danescu is included along with Mac this time. I’ll send another newsletter soon to show you the full cover once my book designer has added the title and text to Julie Dillon’s amazing artwork. If you’re not subscribed to my newsletter, look over to the right nav bar and click on “Newsletter sign up.” It’s quick and easy.

There are no preorder links anywhere because the manuscript isn’t finalized. As soon as it is and the links are live, I’ll let you know here, and in a newsletter, and on my Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I’m working on the jacket copy now, but I can tell you this — all of the questions you have ever had about Mac, her family, and her background are answered in this book. In my humble opinion, it rocks!

That’s it for now. I’ll be sending more newsletters (and posts) in the coming weeks to show you the complete cover, the jacket copy, final pub date, and pre-order links.

Please be safe, stay healthy, and wear your mask!

Lisa