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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.

Received My Author Packet

I must say it’s a great feeling to receive an Author’s packet and being welcomed to a group. As a writer, you often work on your own on a project for months, if not years. Then once you sign the contract, you’re part of a team. You share your story with publishers, editors, graphic artists, reviewers, readers, etc. It’s no longer just your project. You’re letting your creation grow up and enter the world, in a way.

I wrote Smoldering Nights for fun. I didn’t have any readers in mind, but was just letting my imagination go wild. I tried rock climbing one summer so that ended up in the story. I love the setting of a goth/rock club so that’s where Nike and Luc talk for the first time. I love the Gloucester area of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, so I threw that in as well. And anyone who knows me knows I’ve loved the vampire myth for as long as I can remember.

So imagine my surprise when I sent this story out to one publisher and they offered me a contract for it?

Now that was an awesome feeling. Too bad I was reading the email on my Droid and I threw it up into the air out of excitement. Then it crashed to the ground. It works, but it’s acting funny. Oh well, small price to pay to have this story published.

Smoldering Nights

Very excited to announce that I just signed a contract with Ellora’s Cave. They will soon be publishing my novella Smoldering Nights. I’ve met a few Ellora’s Cave authors at Epicon in 2010 and I’m very proud to be joining them.

Stay tuned for more info on Smoldering Nights. In the meantime, check out my author site at www.lisacordeiro.com.