I finished the following covers for my upcoming novels today: Midnight Rain I See You Last Girl Dancing Night Echoes Because of a bit of a financial bump, I’m pushing hard to get all the backlist up in the next couple of months. To my amazement (because I thought exactly the opposite), I think the suspense novels are going to … Continue reading →
Lots of my novels for free if you’ll pay the postage.
Jean is giving away a copy of I SEE YOU. I’m struggling with deadlines, a book that isn’t coming together the way I’d like, and my older son’s dying cat. Last few days have been rough. … Continue reading →
Put the first chapter of I SEE YOU on the site, will get the second one up in the next week or so, and then the third a week or two after that. I hope you enjoy. … Continue reading →
Just got the news from Michelle Rowen that I See You got 4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times. Here’s a quote from the review: “Talk about putting readers on the edge of their seats! Lisle’s new thriller is a gut-wrenching combination of terror and romance, with a touch of the paranormal. The well-defined characters breathe life … Continue reading →
Time to drag out the endless saga of the Onyx Proposal, but this time for happy news. Claire just bought Shadow Music, one of the books I worked up in the series of about a dozen that I did for the Onyx Proposal. Shadow Music sold to a different Penguin line (Eclipse), with a release date in early 2008, and … Continue reading →
So. Penguin. The EMT Proposal is toast. We’re discussing me going in an entirely different direction. I’m not posting details until we’ve sealed the deal, because there are some things about it that I might not be completely free to discuss. It isn’t what I’d planned on, but it does offer some interesting possibilities.
Heard from Robin yesterday that she liked the proposal, and had sent it straight on to Claire. This never happens, so I’m hoping the fact that it did this time is a sign (no, make that SIGN) of good things to come. I’m still doing the HTCB manuscript slog. I’m reacquainting myself with the world at the same time, and … Continue reading →
The proposal for a possible next suspense novel went out to my agent about ten seconds ago. Took longer than I thought possible to finish the revision, but on the up side, I like it a lot, and I’d love to write the book. It deals with a different level of relationships than the previous novels, maintains the light paranormal … Continue reading →
2700 words, give or take a few. It has a good story; it is, I suspect, short on romance. I’ll go over it and see what I can do to beef up those elements. Argh. Stuff you don’t notice while you’re doing the first draft. Maybe I could do it as straight suspense ….. Hah.
I needed a guy car. I’m still doing the proposal, though I’m into the last few hundred words. I figured Mustang, but I thought maybe there was a better guy car out there. So I tossed the words “guy car” into search, and got this page. Guy and Chick Cars. The number one guy car? Well, see for yourself. … Continue reading →
I’ve been up since 3 AM. At the moment, I’m writing on the proposal for Robin (and Claire), after that, I’ll work on the e-book version of HtCB, then I’ll move on to Cady II, and after that, see if I can wrap up the crit I’m currently working on. My work hours are all screwed up, mostly because my … Continue reading →
I switched over to WordPress 2.01 this morning while I was on the phone with my son. (If it’s 4:30 am his time, he remembers to call.) The site seems to be working correctly, although the RSS feed on the front page of the site is now carrying comments instead of articles. I’m going to have to troop through the … Continue reading →
I’ve actually been observing weekends so far this year, forcing myself to turn off the office computer on Friday when I wrap and and not permitting myself to turn it back on until Monday morning. (I still check the customer-support e-mail account once a day over the weekend, but I do that from the family computer, and I don’t let … Continue reading →
Got things organized. Know what I’ll be doing for the next couple of weeks. First, I’ll be finishing up the wire-bound paper version of Create A Character Clinic. I have to correct the typos readers have spotted (the corrections will go into the .pdf version, too), and do back cover artwork. Second, I’ll be editing Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood and … Continue reading →
I’ve been slogging the manuscript revision for days. Tonight, just a few minutes ago, I finished the last of the revision type-in and sent it out to my editor. Tomorrow, I’ll send the tabbed hand-edited copy to her overnight. Done, done, done. I heard from Anna Genoese on HAWKSPAR just today. She really liked it. We’ll bat ideas back and … Continue reading →
Got the neatest news today. I sold (or, rather, Penguin Putnam sold) Bulgarian translation rights to MIDNIGHT RAIN; the book should be available in Bulgaria and wherever else the purchasing publisher distributes sometime this month. Bulgarian rights. So cool. … Continue reading →
Create A Character Clinic is done. Came in at just over 30,000 words, is on its way in beta version to my readers, and I am HAPPY. And done for at least a few days. Heard from Claire this morning that she loved I SEE YOU, that the revisions are small and few, and that she’d like to have another … Continue reading →
The novel LAST GIRL DANCING was born as IF I BROUGHT LAMBS, on 9/1/96, with the following poem that I wrote. I’ve included the whole page, because initially each chapter was supposed to be preceded by a poem from the killer, and, finding it this morning, I thought the header was kind of funny. Along with this poem, I just … Continue reading →
Cover art for I SEE YOU. I love this. I think it pops. And it looks nice and hot for July. The concept was originally ‘words written on a mirror’ — yes, my obsession with mirrors and their magic continues in I SEE YOU. It got changed a bit, I suspect because the designers discovered it would be hard to … Continue reading →
Saving, backing up, e-mailing. And then I’m outta here for the day.
Today the rest of the book gets done, whether it takes four hours or twenty-four. The manuscript has to be in my editor’s mailbox by nine AM tomorrow, no matter. I have less than a hundred pages of type-in left. However, they’re the hundred pages that include the most extensive changes, with three red scenes to add in. Starting at … Continue reading →
Just plodding. Today is going to be a long night — if things don’t break, tomorrow is going to be another one. It’s never, ever, as easy as you think it will be.
Bit past the halfway point. I’m tired, I’m grumpy. It’s going, but not fast, not easy. I’m way ready for a stretch of days off.
Wednesday went terribly. Combination of computer malfunction and head not in the work. In any case, today, I’m starting at 10,353 and seeing how much I can accomplish. No expectations, no mad dashes. I’ll just work steadily and update on the WIPbar, and see what happens. Still have tomorrow and Sunday to finish, if needed.
I finished the I See You write-in yesterday fairly late. Big plan is to finish the type-in today, though that will require more than 6,000 words of additions. Not sure if I can do it, but I’m giving it my best shot. WIP bar has been reset to zero. Will update irregularly. Onward! … Continue reading →
Have been working all day on ISY, now on 71,854 with all the messed up stuff behind me, and nothing but the screaming finale to do tomorrow. Plus type-in, which will not be bad. This book has required the least editing of anything I’ve done in years. Going to bed now, though. I’m fried. … Continue reading →
Made it to 36,337 words on the write-in yesterday before being sick took me out of the game. Running a fever today, feeling like crap, but I have to get this done. So far, my revisions will be minimal — I’m pretty shocked, actually. I know there are a couple of scenes I’ll hit today that will require extensive reworking, … Continue reading →
I’ve been sick enough since Thursday not to have written at all, which is why you’ve seen no changes on the progress bars, and no posts except for my two Ebay auction notices. I’ve had one of those bugs going around, and I’ve been horizontal except for brief periods to respond to auction questions. The words, therefore, are languishing. So … Continue reading →
It came in short — 84,000 words. But I woke up in the middle of the night realizing what I left out, and that will add an extra 6,000 words to the rewrite, easy. I’ll have to be careful not to let it add 12-15,000. I like the ending, though the last line gave me conniptions and I’m still not … Continue reading →