Friday First Kiss #106 – The Outlaw by Lily Graison

The Outlaw by LIly Graison

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors. This week’s Friday First Kiss comes from, The Outlaw by Lily Graison Hearing a noise behind him, he turned his head to find Sarah standing at the edge of the woods looking at him. Damn if she wasn’t the finest looking woman he’d set eyes on in ages. He’d seen his fair share of them, too. Had more than he could count in his bed a time or two but none had compared to this one. The others had been too easy. He flashed them a smile and it took less than a minute to get them to drop their drawers. He didn’t think it would be that easy with her, though. She was different. More refined than the women he associated with. A real lady. And more spirited than any other woman he’d ever met. This one … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #105 – The Lawman by Lily Graison (Get Your Free Copy!)

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors. This week’s Friday First Kiss comes from, The Lawman by Lily Graison When he stood and crossed the room to her, leaning close to her back, she sucked in a quiet breath. She hadn’t lied when she said a woman had needs. She did. She missed having a man in her bed and having Morgan so close to her sent shivers racing up her spine. He leaned in, trapping her body against the cabinet by placing both hands on either side of her. She could smell the soap on his skin and buried under what she knew was distinctly him, the faint hint of gun oil. Morgan Avery was every bit the kind of man she’d fancy. Strong, arrogant and just a little bit demanding. Turning her head to look at him, she was taken aback by the … Continue reading

Where do my characters come from?

“Where do my characters come from?” I get this question a lot and the answer is simple: I get them everywhere. My husband and I recently took a mini-vacation to the North Carolina mountains. We were very close to the Cherokee Indian Reservation and spent a whole day exploring the town. We’ve always enjoyed it there. When we were dating, we visited every month in the spring and summer. If you caught my post on Instagram or Facebook a few weeks back, you would have seen a photograph of my great-grandparents. My great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian and on the trip home from the mountains, my mind started wandering. Where did my great-grandfather meet an indian girl? What were the circumstances surrounding their love story. My great-grandfather grew up in Haywood County and I know after they married they lived in Maggie Valley, NC which is a lovely little town on the other side of the mountain from the Indian Reservation. Did they meet there or somewhere else? Since I don’t know, I romanticized their meeting a bit. I imagined him finding her hiding from a group of men who had bad intentions so, the romance author in me made my great-grandfather the hero of … Continue reading

Christmas in July .99cent Sale!

  It may be another 24 weeks before Christmas rolls around again but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in the holiday spirit with a few warm-hearted Christmas reads! For the entire month of July, all of my Christmas romances are special priced at .99cent! Take a look below for book blurbs and buy links.   A Willow Creek Christmas by Lily Graison Historical Western Romance Length: Novel Released: Nov. 2013 Running from a life she no longer wanted… Widowed with two young children, Keri Hilam is desperate to escape her abusive brother in law, going so far as sneaking away in the dead of night in hopes of finding a better life. She never regrets leaving, not even when they find themselves stranded, starving, and alone. Fate brings them to Willow Creek, Montana, where they’re rescued by an unlikely hero, an ex-confederate soldier who seems more monster than man. Hiding from a past he can’t seem to forget… The war leaves Noah Lloyd scarred and bitter. When the girl he left behind broke his heart, he turned his back on the life he used to know, and sought refuge in a dusty little town that afforded him the solitude … Continue reading

New Release Giveaway!

The Averys of Willow Creek by Lily Graison

Its Finally Here!!! The Averys of Willow Creek Boxset contains the first four books in the Willow Creek Series and features the four Avery men who started it all. The Lawman, The Outlaw, The Gambler and The Rancher have all been bundled into one eBook edition. The Boxset has been on pre-order for a few weeks now but Amazon users were left out. Amazon doesn’t allow for pre-orders unless you publish with a big name publisher so I’m extending the .99¢ special price so everyone has a chance to take advantage of it but don’t wait long…this price won’t last and the boxset will go to the regular $6.99 price. If you already own these books, then share the love and buy a copy for a friend. What batter way to introduce them to a new author than gifting them a Boxset! Buy The Averys of Willow Creek Now for .99¢! AMAZON US / UK / CA  ~   NOOK  ~  KOBO   ~  SMASHWORDS  ~   iBOOKS To help kick off the release week blitz, I’m holding a new release giveaway to celebrate! This giveaway will run July 28th – Aug. 6th and IS international so everyone can play. I have gift … Continue reading

My Next Book Is Dead…

  I did the unthinkable….. I trashed an active story. If you’ve read any of my Facebook posts over the last several months, you’ve seen me whinge about WANTON ANGEL and how much trouble the story was giving me. Its been six months since the last Willow Creek book came out and the story is “still” not done. I have written, and deleted, huge chunks of the story three times now and in doing so, I’m still embarrassingly low in word count. I finally took the advice of a writer friend and pushed it aside for a day and started the next story in the series, just to see what happened. WILD HORSES is Alexandra Avery and Jesse Samuels story. These two have been inside my head, fighting like cats and dogs since THE GAMBLER (Book 3) came out. I know their story, I’ve seen it from beginning to end, so sitting down to start writing it wasn’t difficult. Well, thats not entirely true. Any author who hasn’t written anything productive in a while can tell you, getting back into the groove of writing is hard, regardless of what it is you’re writing. I only managed to write 500 words on Wild Horses Friday…and Saturday, I … Continue reading

Writer Wednesday: Old Habits Are Hard To Break

  Most every writer has a certain ‘way’ of doing things. They either plot or they don’t (I don’t). They edit as they go or they don’t (I do) and they get words onto the page quickly or they struggle with every word (I do both). Anyone who reads my books knows it takes me forever and a day to release one. The main reason for that is I’m a bit neurotic. Everything ‘has’ to be perfect. Well, as perfect as I can get it. I also have a serious case of separation anxiety when I near the end of a story. A Willow Creek Christmas could have been finished two months before it was IF I had only stopped stressing over it and just let my characters go. It sounds crazy to some but when I spend months, sometimes up to a year, with certain characters inside my head, they become ‘real’ to me. They’re real people who live in an imaginary land I can only reach inside the pages of a book and just like real-life relationships, its hard saying good-bye to people you love. My reluctance to say good-bye is why the Willow Creek books always feature … Continue reading