Smoldering Nights Released TODAY!

I started my posts when I received a contract from Ellora’s Cave. And now I’m at the happy, happy day of the book release!

I’d been counting down the moments. Watching the calendar. And waiting. And now it’s here.

So from an idea one summer when I thought – I don’t care how many vampire stories there are out there. I love them. I’ve always loved them. And I’m going to write my own – my story is published.

Please check it out at the Ellora’s Cave site and celebrate with me!

Smoldering Nights by Lisa Carlisle

Six Sentence Sunday

“I’m Nike,” I answered, shaking his hand.

The touch of his skin arrested me and I hoped he didn’t catch my quick intake of breath.

“Like the goddess of victory,” he said. “Fitting.”

I tried not to let his remark go to my head and set my fantasies in motion again, although I knew that slight caress made it inevitable.

“Thanks. Most people say, ‘like the sneaker.”


Smoldering Nights coming 8/8 at Ellora’s Cave!

Read more at www.lisacarlislebooks.com/books.

From Fact to Fiction

It’s been four years since I last published a book. Back then, I was on deadline update a book AND write the sequel by a December 31st deadline. By the end of December, I’d burned out and swore in Scarlett O’Hara Style, “I’m never writing another book again!” At the time, I knew I was full of crap because I’m a writer so I write, whether I want to or not. But I wanted to make some big declaration to give solace to my overwrought mind.

I work as a writer all day so I didn’t think I’d miss it too much. But I wrote little pieces here and there. Getting my toes wet again. And then finally I dove back in with NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago with some fiction. Nanowrimo is definitely my kind of challenge – short intense bursts of activities with a clear deadline. The more I brainstormed ideas, the more they came.

I’d tried writing fiction back when I lived in Paris in my early 20s. If you’re a writer and you’re living in Paris, you better sit in a cafe and write something! Since I was young, on my own, recently out of the Marines and had graduated college, and trying to figure out my place in the world, my mind veered away from whatever story I was trying to write to instead write in journals or letters back home. There was so much to see and experience! I was living in Paris, the city I’d dreamed about since I was a little girl! And not only was I visiting, I was LIVING there; I made it on my own! I had to chronicle my adventures and journey of self-discovery right then in the present, not create new ones.

Now many years later, I’ve moved back to fiction. Moving to fiction again is quite a change; it’s completely freeing. You don’t have to rely on memory or when things happened; you use your imagination. Instead of chronicling the past, you’re inventing an alternate world in the past, present, or future. You can create any character you want, put them in any situation you desire, and have them react however you choose to. Master of your domain, alright! I can completely become immersed in my character’s lives, wondering what if… With my first fictional story being published in a couple of weeks, I’m finishing up the sequel and have started the third book in the series; so now my mind keeps wondering what will they do next…

So I suppose moving from fact to fiction might reflect moving from one part of life to another. I still feel the pull to write nonfiction, which I’m doing at the moment, but in a much smaller scale than an entire book. I could go on for paragraphs analyzing these ideas, but I’d rather hear what YOU think.

Cross-posted at www.lisacordeiro.com.

Fiery Nights Ahead!

Great news!

Fiery Nights, the sequel to Smoldering Nights, has received conditional acceptance from Ellora’s Cave. I absolutely loved writing this story — the characters, the setting, the relationship. It needs revision to clarify some things, but I don’t mind at all. I’m looking forward to working on this story again.

You know what this means? It’s my sign to register for Romanticon. Hell yeah, I’m going!

Will I see you there?

From Novella to Series?

Ideas that sprung from Smoldering Nights keep coming to me. I wrote the second book and am on the third, jotting down ideas for more characters down the road. So now it’s time to come up with a series name. Exciting!

However, it is also the reason I’m up at 3am. And my devoted husband is up, too, coming up with some good ideas for me.

If you’ve created a series, how did you come up with the title?

Smoldering Nights Release Date Announced!

Smoldering Nights
By Lisa Carlisle

I’m very pleased to announce that Ellora’s Cave will be publishing Smoldering Nights on 8/8. What a date for a launch!

I spent Bastille Day editing scenes with my hot French vampire. Fitting, don’t you think?

More details to come. Now I have to head up to Boston’s North Shore to get some inspiration for the third book in the series. Gloucester, Rockport, perhaps? We’ll see what the day brings. I’ll bring my netbook and find a cafe.

Several other EC authors will have a release that day and I’m very excited to join the group. We need to celebrate virtually!


Started Book 3 in Series

While I was in Maine this past week, I started the third book in the series, which was introduced with Smoldering Nights. Book 2 is in with my editor now.

All three begin in the underground club Vamps, which is in a fictional town in Boston’s North Shore. I love the characters and setting; the more I write the more I want to write. I can’t say this for all my projects–my study has a stack of abandoned drafts that I say I will one day return to!

Starting this story is like starting a love affair with someone new, but with a sense of familiarity with the setting. While I get to know the characters and see what they’ll do and how they react to things, I love how they view the club from their own point of view. It’s one place but with many different stories.

I don’t know where I’m going with this story just yet. My writing goal the past few months is 500 words a day, which seems achievable for me. I’ve tried several other techniques in the past–three pages a day, holding off until Nanowrimo for 1,600 word a day spurts–so we’ll see how it goes.

If you have any techniques that work for you, please share them.

Finished the Sequel – Vote for Title

Last night, I completed the final touches on the sequel. Took care of formatting and all that fun stuff.

I’m eager to get started on another story since I love the characters and setting in this series, but will take a few days off to work to recharge my batteries and take care of Web things.

I am still undecided on the title. I named it Wicked Ways, or Your Wicked Ways, originally. Now I’m thinking Fiery Nights to keep along with the lines of Smoldering Nights. The nights are HOT, baby!

Care to cast your vote?