The Willow Creek Series – Story Update

Hey y’all…..I’m getting lots of emails and messages asking about the book 7 in the Willow Creek series and I’m happy to say, “I’m working on it!” There are a few reasons the book isn’t finished yet. After publishing book 6, A Willow Creek Christmas, my intention was to tell the new doctor, Evan Reid’s, story next. I wrote half of Wanton Angel before I hit a roadblock. The book stalled, I rearranged the plot, I took it down several different roads but regardless of what I did, I still kept hitting the same snag in the story. After months of aggrevation, I realized it just wasn’t happening. “Something” about this story was wrong and I didn’t know what it was, so I had no way to fix it. I even blogged about it here. I’d like to say some cosmic force prevented me from churning out Wild Horses once I switched and started writing it but long story short — there were personal issues that prevented me from working on it like I wanted to. I’ll not go into all that but I am writing, the story is flowing, the pieces are falling into place and I have a ‘new’ deadline of March 31st. IF that happens and I can get the book in front of my editor and find cover art, we’ll have a release sometime in May. So…there you have it. I do apologize you’ve had to wait so long. Just know that I am writing the story as quickly as I can. If you would like to be notified via email when Wild Horses is available for purchase, you can join my mailing list here. Or stay up to date by following my on Facebook.

“How To” Guide for Authors : Introduction

Back in March I joined a group of ladies in their blogging venture at Sweethearts of the West and over the course of the first month, learned that many of them weren’t taking advantage of social media outlets like they should be. The reason they weren’t was because…they didn’t know how. I’m the type of person who won’t stop digging away at something until I’ve mastered it to the best of my ability and when I see a new way to reach readers, I do my homework and fiddle until I’ve managed to make use of it. Not everyone is as hard-headed as me and most give up without much effort or can’t figure out where to start to begin with, so I promised the other Sweethearts that I’d do a series of social media (and other author friendly) posts to help them out and give them a guide of How To’s when tackling these outlets. I have ten post (so far) that will introduce authors to, and help you set up, manage and maintain a number of sites and applications. I’ll be posting these, one every week, starting next Wednesday. I am by no means an expert and I make no claim to be so these will just be my experience with these programs. The topics I’ll be talking about in the coming weeks are Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, Scrivener, Instagram and creating your own book production schedules. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a week, sign up for email notifications and receive each post in your email inbox.

Want free eBooks?

  I was contacted the other day about publishing my book The Lawman, on a website that host only FREE eBooks. I’d never heard of the site but I’ll be the first to say I was excited to learn about it! I may be a writer but I was a reader first, and like most readers….if its free, its for me! Obooko.com offers free membership and has an extensive library of books in a multitude of genres. I haven’t had time to browse the site for long but I did bookmark it for later. Most books stay for a minimum of 60 days so if you see something you like, grab it while you can. As I said, The Lawman is there, so if you haven’t read book 1 the Willow Creek Series, pick this one up. It’s a bestseller, climbing all the way to #21 on Barnes and Noble’s bestselling Nook charts back in March 2013 and hitting #2 on Amazon’s bestselling western chart. If you have read this one already, then tell your friends they can FIND THE LAWMAN HERE!

New Free Read: A Touch of Heaven by Lily Graison

I’m always so behind despite my To Do list. It seems as if I get one thing checked off, only to put three more back in its place. Which is why this story has taken me so long to post! A Touch of Heaven was my FIRST published book. Anyone who reads my stories now will be able to read half a page and ‘tell.’ That baby-writer in me made every ‘writing mistake’ there was to make but despite the minor flaws, the book earned me a Reviewer’s Choice Award from eCata Romance and has always been a reader favorite. I removed the book from distribution some time ago. I just didn’t feel it was ‘up to par’ with my current work and I didn’t want anyone to pick it up as their ‘try this author out’ book and judge ‘all’ my stories on that one. So I removed it. Along with my ‘second’ published novel, Destined Hearts. (That one will be free soon as well) Here’s a peek at what A Touch of Heaven is all about… A Touch of Heaven by Lily Graison Contemporaryn Romance Format: eBook Length: Novella 1st Edition: Released-2005 by Linden Bay Romance 2nd Edition: Released-2007 by Alinar Publishing Free Edition: Released-2014 by Lily Graison Paige Foster planned the perfect get-together for her best friends from high school in honor of their ten-year class reunion but her plans go up in smoke when an impromptu trip to The Pleasure Dome, an elite club that features the hottest male dancers in the country, ends up on their to-do-list. Forced into going, she complains until she meets Simon—the main attraction. When Simon looks into the audience before his act and sees familiar faces from his past, he has second thoughts about his performance—until he sees Paige and … Keep Reading!

Free “Wicked Series” Bookmarks

    I’ve been cleaning out my files and folders, and trying to store things on flash drives instead of my computer, and ran across these bookmarks. I don’t even rember when I made them. Of course, those books came out in 2008/2009 so its no wonder. That’s a long time ago! I can’t remember why I walked into the other room most of the time, let alone when I made a graphic. *wink*     These are made so you can print them yourself. If you’d like your own set of these bookmarks, just click the following link and follow the instructions on the page.   Wicked Bookmarkers

And the winner is….

Good morning to you! I wanted 2013 to go out with a bang and my Christmas Website Giveaway did just that! There were over 3,300 entries and I have winners for all those prizes I had up for grabs. Check below to see if your name is on the list. Grand Prize: Kindle Paperwhite (US Only) or $120.00 Amazon (or) Barnes and Noble Gift Card (International) – Christie S. 2 x Signed paperback of THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS – Alex E. and Alexa G. 1 x Signed paperback of WICKED: THE COMPLETE SERIES – Christina R. 1 x $25.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card – Alicia J. 1 x $10.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card – Dawn B. 1 x $5.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card – Shelly H. If your name is on this list, check your email. I’ll be contacting you soon to let you know how to claim your prize. For those who didn’t win this time, head over to the CONTEST page and enter January’s giveaway. It’s pretty special too, so don’t miss out!

A Willow Creek Christmas – #1 Best Selling Western Romance!

The Lawman, book 1 in the Willow Creek Series, made it all the way to #2 in the Bestselling Western Chart on Amazon.com back in March 2012. As excited as I was, I’ll admnit to being a bit disappointed it didn’t hit #1. Every author wants their books to do well and being so close to that #1 coveted spot and losing it was a major downer. So imagine me bouncing in my seat when I checked Amazon this morning to see A Willow Creek Chirstmas has hit the #1 Bestselling Western chart in a record 2 weeks! Did I mention its also at #4 on the Historical Romance chart? It’s my first time ranking on the historical charts! Thank you to everyone buying the book and for recommending it to your friends! You have made my year!

Contests, Contests, Contests!

Win a Kindle Paperwhite from LilyGraison.com

  Looks as if December really is the month of giving! There are several Giveaways taking place and to make sure no one misses any of them, I’ll post them all here.     The first Giveaway is my monthly website giveaway. This month I have a host of prizes, the one everyone will want under their tree being the Kindle Paperwhite! Take a look at what’s up for grabs. Grand Prize: The all-New Kindle Paperwhite (US Only) or $120.00 Amazon Gift Card (International) 1 x Signed paperback of BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE AND THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS 1 x Signed paperback of HIS BROTHER’S WIFE 1 x $25.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card 1 x $10.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card 1 x $5.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card To enter this Giveaway, just head on to my CONTEST page, read the rules, and enter.                 The Countdown To Christmas Giveaway is happening over on Facebook. There’s eleven authors participating with over 21 prizes, which include, ebooks, paperbacks, gift cards, audio books, mugs and calendars, up for grabs. You can enter this giveaway by LIKEing Facebook pages. This giveaway ends December 15th, so hurry and get your entry in. Just follow the link to the Rafflecopter form and LIKE some pages for your chance to win one of these prizes. http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33427268/ And the last Giveaway is an on-going contest that takes place on my Facebook fan page. For every 50 new “LIKES” the page recieves, I give away a signed, paperback, winners choice, from my available ppaperbacks. To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is LIKE my Facebook page. Simple as that. To enter your name into the signed, paperback giveaway, follow the link … Keep Reading!