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

This and That

I’ve fallen behind on blogging again. No surprise there, but I had a good reason this time. My husband and I took a vacation. The first in 5 years, to be exact. We spent a week at the beach with NO kids. I did nothing for an entire week but lay on the beach and read. I read 3 1/2 novels, got toasty brown and came home feeling relaxed and refreshed. So much so, I finally finsihed my edits on book #1!! Which, I can now say, is a rewrite of my first published title, A Touch of Heaven. I chose not to renew my contract through the publisher who had it. It needed a new life. So now it has been rewritten, got a snazzy new cover and will be available November 18th as a FREE READ through Alinar Publishing. Destined Hearts is now is round 1 of edits. It’s due for release February 24th, 2008 through Alinar also. And I have a new story just chomping at the bit to be written. I’m resisting the temptation to mess with it. I have too much work with edits to start getting distracted. Lord knows it takes me forever to write a book. My need for ‘perfection’ is a major problem, not to mention time. I’ve been getting up 3 hours early just to work on my books. I work night shift so when I get home from work, I barely have the ability to check emails. I’m bleary eyed typing this – it IS nearly 2am and my bed is calling. I’ll try to update again soon. I’m shooting for every Sunday so we’ll see how that works. All material &copy2005-2012 to Lily Graison

Book #1 almost done

The edits for book #1 of the two I’m currently editing is almost done. I’ve just printed it off and need to do a final read through and make the last minute changes. Once I have that done and sent off, I’ll let you know what it is and where its going. Destined Hearts is in a holding pattern at the moment. I’m more concerned with getting #1 finsihed before jumping too heavily into this books edits. It’s a huge book with tons of work needed in order to get it readable. Plus, I think the ending was too rushed. I may need to rewrite that last few chapters and knowing me – this means adding several. I can’t ever seem to do anything simple. It’s always over the top. I’ve been scarce for a while now but with work, the end of summer and edits, there just isn’t enough time in the day. I’ll try to make more of an effort to update the blog once a week. Don’t hold me to it though. LOL All material &copy2005-2012 to Lily Graison

Edits a-go-go

Two post in one week. I must be feverish! I’m neck deep in edits. I normally HATE editing. It’s grueling and in no way fun but I love it this go around. Why, you ask? Well, it’s so nice to actually have something TO edit! I’ve been struggling with my story for…well, a long time. I never thought I would finsih it. For the longest time it looked to be one of those stories that just sat, collecting dust until it was forgotten completly. I’m actually working on two stories at once. Yes, crazy, but when one tries to drag me down, I just switch to the other. I honestly believe I’m ADHD. I can’t seem to stay focused on one task for long. If I have something else to occupy my time, I’m there. Hopefully I can keep this schedule up when I head back to work on Monday. The first story is Destined Hearts. The ‘labor of love’ I mentioned a few days ago. The first 13 chapters of it were written 4 years ago. I’ve learned a lot about writing since then so you can imagine the shape those chapters are in. It’s almost like completly rewritting the story. But that’s okay. It needs it and like I said, editing is a piece of cake to me now. The book will be finished and I can celebrate once all is said and done. The second story is actually an old story. I’m rewriting pieces of it that I don’t like, adding things I thought of after the fact and cleaning it up. I’ve been wanting to do it for ages now so I finally just decided…why not? It should be ready soon and then I’ll tell you what it is and what I have planned for it. … Keep Reading!