I noticed today while doing website maintenance that–I never hit the ‘publish’ button on this post! So…without further ado…. . Back in September 2017, my writing friend, Alexandra Marell started talking about a Sci-Fi Romance ‘world’ she had been thinking about and the books she’d like to write for it. I helped her brainstorm ideas for her new series and by the next day, I had a plot bunny–one I sat down and banged out 1,000 words of in record time. The plot bunny turned into a story, then a full-length novel and now, seven months later, Dragon Fire, my first ever Sci-Fi Romance has been published. I love writing westerns. I love the simplicity of the time period, the struggles the people back then faced and the fact men were men. They worked hard, loved their families, and were fiercely protective. One of the things I try to do when writing them is to stay as period correct and factual as I can. Researching is time-consuming an sometimes more difficult than others and for this reason alone, I think that Sci-Fi plot bunny ran so fast and furious through my head. Science Fiction doesn’t hold the same restraints as historicals do. It pretty much – if you can dream it, you can make it happen, so I did. Writing Dragon Fire was very liberating. It gave me a creative outlet to just let my imagination run wild without having to stop and “look things up” and I don’t remember the last time writing a book had been so much fun. For those of you who read my westerns–don’t fret. I WILL NOT stop writing them. They are where my heart is. Willow Creek book 8 is nearly done so look for it very soon but for now, … Keep Reading!
There are only 16 more weeks until Christmas! Every year, around the end of October, I start looking for holiday romance books and I’m sure I’m not the only one. This year, I’m going to help out a bit with a Goodreads Giveaway! I have (5) print copies of A Willow Creek Christmas up for grabs. This giveaway will run through October 22nd. To enter, just head over to Goodreads to read all the rules. Good luck! Goodreads Book Giveaway A Willow Creek Christmas by Lily Graison Giveaway ends October 22, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED CONGRATULATION TO THE WINNERS! I’ve never done a “year in review” post and I’d really hate to bore you with one this year but so much has happened over the course of the year, and so many unanswered questions still dangle in the air, I think one is needed. It’ll be brief, I promise, then we’ll get to the year-end giveaway. As some of you know, I’ve had health issues going back to the beginning of 2015. You can read all about that in this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Long story short, most of 2015 and 2016 were filled with medications and more sleep than any one body needs and my writing suffered for it. I’ve not had a new release in ages and Wild Horses has been promised for months now and it’s still not quite ready, which is why I decided to come off my meds. It’s been an eye-opener. Medications are meant to help but when they’re prescribed to hurry you out of the office, which I think they were in my case because no one EVER got to the bottom of my problem…just kept shoving pills at me…then they’re very harmful. I went from being depressed but functional to laying in bed in so much pain I could barely move and all the doctors and specialist could tell me was…sometimes our bodies just hurt for no reason. I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that so I just stopped going to those doctors and made the decision to come off the meds. I’d rather “live” with the pain than waste away in bed a shell of a person. I did research and found herbal supplements that might help and started weening myself off the drugs. I’ve been drug-free (except … Keep Reading!
Congratulations to the winners! Christina A., bn100, Kristin G. After more weeks than I would have liked, Anna: Bride of Alabama has finally been approved for print! To celebrate, I’m giving a few copies away. To enter, just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter form underneath the book description and do any (or all) of the tasks. The more you do, the more entries you gain. Anna: Bride of Alabama (American Mail-Order Bride Series Book 22) Sweet Historical Romance After a warehouse fire changes her life, Anna Davis makes a desperate decision. Along with the other single women she worked alongside, she places her fate into the hands of a random stranger she found in a mail order bride catalog, the Grooms’ Gazette. But little does she know, the man she thought placed the ad has no idea he promised to marry her. Gabriel Montgomery has more problems than any one man needs. A neglected cotton plantation, a home in desperate need of repair and Julia, his twelve year old daughter who is more mature than she needs to be. Her antics try his patience on a daily basis but nothing prepares him for her latest scheme. When Anna shows up on his door with an infectious smile and a promise to love, honor and cherish him, he knows Julia is behind this latest development. He has no desire to marry again, even if the sweet natured Anna is proving to be exactly the kind of woman he needs. He just has to convince Julia that she doesn’t need a new mother and himself that he doesn’t want a new wife. A task that proves almost impossible, especially when Anna reminds him that every day should be savored like its your last Buy the eBook: a Rafflecopter giveaway … Keep Reading!
Winners have been chosen. Congratulation, Yolanda and Jessica! I’ll see you both in October! Fancy dresses and elaborate masks that lends an aura of mystery are in store this Halloween! Join me October 24th for a day long event that includes a book signing with over 60 authors (including me!) and finish with a masquerade Party afterwards. The event is being held in Greenville, NC and I have TWO (2) VIP tickets for two winners. All you have to do to enter is chose one of the entry options on the rafflecopter form. I already have my costume for the party and even though it isn’t as elaborate as this one, the party is still going to be a blast. Hope to see you there! *Disclaimer – Winner is responsible for transportation to the event (in Greenville, North Carolina) and for their lodging (if needed). All this giveaway is offering is the VIP ticket into the book signing and after party. In order to give those able to travel to this event a fair shot, please only enter if you will be able to use the free ticket. For extra chances, perform any of the other options. a Rafflecopter giveaway
I have a winner in the “A Day With The Authors” conference and luncheon! Congratulations to Charlotte Somerville! Charlotte has until April 3rd to respond. If she doesn’t I’ll pick an alternate winner. Thanks to everyone who entered. I do hope to see you at the event. Visit the Facebook Event Page as I think there may be a few tickets still lingering around. If you’ve already registered, are a VIP ticket holder, and would like to sit at my table, head over to the Request Form to select your table. Regular ticket holders will be able to select seats at the event, after the VIP ticket holders have been seated. See you there! Lily
Many of you have seen me post about this event over on my Facebook page and with the date quickly approaching, I wanted to guarantee one reader a seat at my table for the luncheon with a special giveaway. I have one (1) ticket available for this event, which is Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th. There will be author panels, parties, giveaways, food, games, signing cowboys and of course a book signing. This ticket will get you into all these events. All you have to do is get yourself to Nashville! I’ll post below the event schedule so you can look at everything that will be happening. If you would like to get your name into the draw for this special giveaway, enter below. Good luck! *Disclaimer – Winner is responsible for transportation to the event (in Nashville, Tennessee) and for their lodging (if needed). All this giveaway is offering is the two-day pass into the event. Event Schedule Friday, April 24th Breakfast – 10 – 11 Speed dating 11 – 1230 Lunch – On your own Author panels – 2 – 4 Dinner – On your own Party – DJ, dancing, cash bar, meet and greet your favorite authors Saturday, April 25th Breakfast – On your own Keynote Speech – Sharon Hamilton 10 – 11 Book Phrase Bingo – 11 – 12 Lunch – 12 – 115 (provided – guaranteed seat at my table) Games – 130 – 3 Book signing – 3 – 6 Entertainment during the book signing will be cover model and singer Steffen Hughes, cover model and singer Jackson Young, and cover model Daniel Hosse. Attending Authors (check the main event page as more are added daily) Sandy Lea Sullivan Lia Davis Michel Prince Lily Graison Anna Kristell Randi Alexander Sidda Lee Rain Shannon West Betty Bolte … Keep Reading!