Sell Books for Steve Day

I was very saddened to read that Steve Brown, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating is battling leukemia and is undergoing a bone marrow transplant program. I greatly enjoyed Steve’s book and he’s been so helpful on a writer’s group I belong to. So I’m glad to hear that some of Steve’s fellow writers have put together a Sell Books for Steve Day on July 16, 2012, where they will donate a percentage of their book sales that day to Steve’s medical expenses.

If you’d like to buy some new books while supporting a fellow writer, visit Sell Books for Steve Day!

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!


Headed to Romanticon?

As a new Ellora’s Cave author, I’m debating whether to go to Romanticon this fall or not. It looks like a rollicking good time. I mean check out the Cavemen. And the tag line: “Party like there’s no tomorrow.” Sounds like my kind of place.  But as a first-timer, I have no idea what to expect.

So I made a deal with myself. My first book with EC will be published soon. I’ve submitted the second book to my editor. If I receive good news,  that’s my sign to get a ticket. Sort of a reward. If not, well, I’ll watch from afar through Twitter updates. Am I being ridiculous?

If you’ve been to Romanticon, go ahead and convince me. Tell me how I’m a fool for not booking immediately. 😉

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?

Amaretto, Insomnia, and the Red Shoe Diaries

The last time I was on a writing deadline like this, a routine evolved — drink a glass of Amaretto, listen to Amy Winehouse, type until your fingers hurt, and wake up after a few hours of sleep to creep around the house, scribbling lines and plot points on note pads.

This time, Amy Winehouse has been replaced by older CDs — the Essential Nina Simone and movie soundtracks (Queen of the Damned, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and the Red Shoe Diaries).

Whatever works works, right?
What works for you?

The Cover Arrived Today!

Today, I received the cover art for Smoldering Nights. I can’t describe the anticipation in the moment before opening the image.

How will they picture the characters?

Will it work with the story?

Will it show the right tone?

I opened it and stared for one long moment. They look so real. And so HOT! Look at him — he’s a perfect Luc. Oh yeah, I’d want him, too…

Um, ahem. What was I writing again? Oh yes, the cover art.

She looks just stunning. I love the intensity in her eyes. And the fire on the bottom is an awesome touch.

Then there’s my name. This is actually the cover to my book! My first book with Ellora’s Cave.

I’m working on the sequel now — a story that keeps coming to me as I write — the story and characters coming more alive each day. Well, last night there was a Word mishap and I lost two days of writing. Two days of scenes I really liked! So I was forlorn all morning thinking about how I could have spent all that time reading, spending time with family or friends, or just staring out the window if I felt like it. And then, this cover arrived at the perfect moment to inspire me to keep on writing.

Here it is — the cover!

Smoldering Nights
By Lisa Carlisle

What do you think?

Vampires for Mother’s Day

I love good vampire stories and movies. This Mother’s Day, I decided to kickoff a spring watching some old favorite movies. And since I have a vampire novella coming out soon, why not get a glass of red wine and celebrate. Nothing like escaping to a world of immortality after a long day at work.

I started with Queen of the Damned. What a great soundtrack.

When I saw Blade 2 while flipping through the channels, I added that to the list. Blade 1 and 2 are awesome. Then I added Interview with the Vampire, a book I’ve read many times and movie I’ve seen even more so. I’m going to watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula tonight, which I haven’t seen in 10-15 years. The soundtracks to Interview and Dracula are great as well and have been using them as background music as I write my new novella this week. It does get you into a weird state of mind after a few hours, I must say. Haha!

Maybe add the old Fright Night movie and Lost Boys as well.

All this is helping me cope with my True Blood withdrawal. It’s the one show that I’m addicted to. I’m reading Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books, but trying not to get too far ahead of the show. My sister recommended the UK version of Being Human. If you’ve watched it, what do you think?

What other vampire movies do you recommend? What stories?

Hopefully no werewolves or zombies. Not a fan at all!

Writing and Insomnia Go Hand in Hand

Are you ever lying in bed, trying to sleep, when lines of dialogue come to you? Characters start to form? Story parts come into your head?

When I’m in full writing mode, it’s difficult to sleep. The second my head hits the pillow, the lines start forming and reshaping in my head. I argue with myself — just go to sleep; you can write them down in the morning. No, get up and write them NOW. You don’t want to forget.

I’ve learned to leave a writing pad in my nightstand so I can write them down. So this morning, I’m looking over my illegible scrawls trying to decipher what I meant.

But, I’m very excited to be back in writing mode. I enjoy it much more than revision mode. Everything is fresh and exciting. I haven’t read the same words dozens of times, trying to find ways to improve it.

I love the characters so far and the dialog so far. But hey, I’m only at 250 words. I don’t know where it’s going yet.

Stay tuned for more info in this new story with some characters and scenery from Smoldering Nights!