About Lily Graison

Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. She also writes a variety of genres under the name L. R. Grasion. Most all of her stories lean heavily to the spicy side with strong female leads and heroes who tend to always get what they want. She writes full time and lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and a house full of Yorkies

In search of the Perfectly, Perfect Word…

I have many reference books in my writing arsenal. Many in which I turn to daily for one reason or another. But there are times when that ‘one’ word eludes me and no amount of searching helps. That one perfectly perfect word escapes my thoughts and no matter how many books I drag out, it never comes. Sure there are words that will work but the one whispering to me in the back of my mind slinks away to depths unknown. This one perfect word, the one that would make the entire passage come together and cause all the anguish and joy you’re feeling to explode on the page and make it all worthwhile, is hidden. Locked away, never to be seen. Does one ever find that one perfectly, perfect word? I’m editing and in my hated task is the chore of finding the right words to make everything I’ve done come together. To blend each new line with the next, a seamless sting of perfectly perfect words that make the story flow and progress to the conclusion. I’m not sure one ever finds this word. No matter how many times I go over a manuscript, I always find new words to use instead of the one I wrote. You change and add until what you feel is on paper. Until your characters are living, breathing entities that cry and laugh and whose emotions bleed through the page and affect you profoundly. But is it ever enough? Do you ever truly find the word you were searching for? Some do. Some have a knack for it. Others of us struggle. We struggle to find that one word that changes the lives of your characters and leaves them permanently altered. I’ll keep searching for that perfectly, perfect word. I only hope … Keep Reading!

I’m in love…

I’m in love with the word Before. My crit partner has been going over Destined Hearts and pointing the word out to me. Apparently my over-use of it is distracting to her. So, I thought I’d see exactly how many times I used it. Out of the entire 71,500 word ms, I used ‘before’ 764 times. Yeah, I’d say I was in love. LOL Now the task of highlighting each one and trying to rework the sentence. It’s no surprise its there though. My last story was the word ‘as’. I over-used it too. I cut those and made the entire draft much cleaner. I just wish I would have learned my lesson and not made the same mistake in this manuscript. I’m curious as to what the next story will bring. What one word will sneak in there and be the gnat in my story. I almost can’t wait to see. I hope its something more interesting than as or before. I need a real challenge! All material &copy2005-2012 to Lily Graison

Hacking away and an Excerpt

I’m eyeball deep into edits at the moment. I’ve cut and shifted text, re-written an entire chapter and I swear, its like 1,000 fiery needles digging into my brain! I really hate editing. Have I ever mentioned that before? I love to write. The freedom to just let your fingers flow over the keys while your brain is going into overdrive is exhilarating. The editing of all the crap you typed when you were on your roll? Not so much fun. LOL But – I’m not going to think about that at the moment. I’m going to share. The following is an excerpt from my upcoming novel, Destined Hearts, due out Feb. 2008. Remember this is still in the editing stage so all typos and general blunders are mine…so don’t steal them, okay? *wink* This is a small scene from the beginning of the book. Our heroine, Caitlyn, has just finsihed cleaning the apartment of our hero, William and doesn’t quite make it out in time. Destined Hearts Excerpt: “You almost finished in there?” “Yes,” Caitlyn said, giving the counter another swipe with her dust cloth. Maggie poked her head into the room. “Great. We’re finished then. I’m going to go ahead and take the cart down. Be sure to turn the lights out on your way out. I’ll wait for you downstairs.” “Okay,” Caitlyn told her as she watched her leave. She gave the bathroom another look and turned to the door. She flipped the light out before once again stopping to give the bedroom a good look. Everything was immaculate. The black satin on the bed was smooth and perfect. The furnishings were dust free and the carpets spotless. Everything was done. So why was she still hanging around? Because you don’t want to leave. She sighed heavily … Keep Reading!

Now available!

It’s finally release day! A Touch of Heaven is now available. Summary: A harmless trip to The Pleasure Dome, an elite club that features the hottest male dancers in the country, sets Paige’s mind to reeling. Especially after meeting Simon — the main attraction. This story is a Free Read! To get your download, head over to Alinar Publishing! All material &copy2005-2012 to Lily Graison

Finished does not mean done

One of the great things about paid publishers is once the book is written, they take care of all the other things. The editing, formatting, cover art, ISBN numbers, etc, etc, etc. Being an independant author those things are done by me. I hire editors, cover artists, format my own novels according to what the site requires, book promo…the list goes on. Thankfully I have a great resource of willing authors to push me in the right direction to obtain the things I need to do all the tiny things you take for granted. The PDF version of my stories, while easy to make, take more time than I thought. What was an easy step, just hit print, isn’t as easy as once thought. The page size isn’t what it should be and I’ve given myself a headache trying to get it sized right. You would think it wouldn’t be an issue but, it is. The html version is also giving me a fit. My word program adds in all this extra…stuff that I have to manually take out. What should be an easy thing is taking me more time than I think it should. Maybe I’m just being really daft about it all. It’s probably as easy as hitting a button and I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill. That would be the story of my life though. I can never take the easy route. No one said writing was easy. Sure its fun and gives you a chance to play in worlds you can only imagine but all the tiny things one takes for granted can suck the joy and fun out of it. So, hats off to publishers who take the brunt of this process. I still think the author has the hardest part, writing … Keep Reading!

One book down, One to go

I just finsihed the last edit on A Touch of Heaven and sent it off to Alinar Publishing. It’s due for release in 2 weeks! I’m so happy to finally have this completed. It means I can move on and get to work on something else….like Destined Hearts! I have it open now. I pasted it into my template and of course, the formatting went all wonky on me. *rolls eyes* It’s just a jumble of lines. I have to manually seperate each and every one of them. I’m not sure why it did this. Maybe the template? Hard to say. I’m not worried about it though. I want the formatting perfect before I start messing with text and after spending an entire day reading my last book a little mindless formating problem won’t kill me. I don’t think I have the brain cells left for heavy editing anyway. I’ll leave that for tomorrow. The cover has been fonted and I can’t stop looking at it. LOL It’s so great. Dan did a fantastic job on that cover. It’s by far my favorite cover. I will be posting a few excerpts from Destined Hearts in the coming weeks/months leading up to the release in February just to wet the appetite a little. This story is 5 years in the making and I’m SO happy to finally be able to share it. I only hope it is read and enjoyed as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. The romance between Caitlyn and William has been living inside my head for years and it will be nice to finally share their story. Anyway…I’m off to format this thing before bed time. Have a good week! Until next time…. All material &copy2005-2012 to Lily Graison

It must be Sunday

Okay, I’m 2 weeks behind on the blog. I wished I had something amazing to say but like most of my life…it’s all pretty calm other than work hassels and we won’t get into them. Wow, that was a long sentence. lol Anyway, I’ll get on to what I AM doing in regards to writing. I’m in the last stages of editing for A Touch of Heaven. The book is due out November 18th from Alinar Publishing. The new blurb and cover are now posted at the site if you’d like to take a peek. You can find it HERE. I’ve purchased new cover art! I love this cover. It was made by Dan Skinner. Take a peek at it HERE. I’m going to use it for Destined Hearts. Dan is getting it Fonted for me now. I can’t wait to see my name on it. Once ‘Heaven’ is finished and sent off I can get back to work on edits for DH. I miss this story already. The time I’ve spent away from it will be good though. I can see it with somewhat fresh eyes and catch those blaring mistakes I’ve missed in the first draft. It’s due for release Feb. 24th. I know I have tons of time but we all know how slow I am! The company I work for has been going through some changes. I work on the 2nd shift crew which limits my writing time but by years end, the 2nd shift crew will be moved to 1st. I’m hoping then I will be able to devote more time to writing and Blogging! Now, I have the weekends which doesn’t make me very productive, as you can tell. Keep your fingers crossed our move is made quickly. I was told by mid-November we’d … Keep Reading!

I’m writing today…

I worked an 8 hour shift yesterday at work. On a Saturday. I felt so cheated out of my weekend that today I dicided to do exactly what I wanted to do. I’m writing. The edits on the books are on hold. They need working on but I didn’t want to take me ONE day of leisure time and actualy ‘work’. Writing to me isn’t work. It’s the ‘fun’ part. I’m working on the next novel. I’m 35 pages in so far. Not much but this is the ‘murder mystery’ I mentioned way back when. Lots of plotting, planning and getting my thoughts in order. I’m not entirely sure I can pull it off. Only time will tell, I suppose. If it flops then we’ll find something to do with it. Post my failed attempt for free or something. I’m not going to think on that much though. I’d hate to doom the story before its done. Right now, I just need to get my first draft finsihed and let my crit partner have at it to see where I ‘messed up’. And who knows, maybe it’ll be damn near great! Stranger things have happened, I suppose. All right, I’m back to my manuscript. I just wanted to pop in and try to keep to the Sunday posting schedule I promised. Have a good week! All material &copy2005-2012 to Lily Graison