Goodbye 2016 & Giveaway



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 for the herbal supplements) for two months now and you know what I discovered? The depression isn’t as severe as it once was and the pain is gone.

I’m  not a doctor but I’ve read enough to know that some people with depression suffer from pain, yet not one of the doctors I saw mentioned it. So, after countless doctors and hundreds of dollars of money spent, all it took to get better was….get off those addicting (mind-altering) drugs, invest in herbal alternatives and get smart about my health.

Of course, now that I’m “awake” I can finally see how far behind I am and it’s taking me a while to get back into the groove of things. I’m working on Wild Horses (Alexandra Avery and Jesse Samuels story) every chance I get and I had hoped to have it out by Christmas but that wildhorses-200x300didn’t happen. After two years of no releases, you start doubting everything you write so you delete a lot, rewrite things that were fine and spend countless hours just fiddling with things because you think readers are going to hate it when at the end of the day, the story is what it is…good or bad. Readers will love it or hate it and there’s nothing I can do to change that.

So I hope to announce a release date soon so be sure you’re on my Newsletter list to be notified of that. Also, this year, I’ll be holding a $25.00 amazon gift card giveaway every month for my newsletter subscribers and answering readers questions so be sure you’re all signed up for that. You can join the newsletter list here. If you’d like to get “your” question in the newsletter, then follow this link to the Ask Lily page to submit it. Your question and answers will appear in the newsletter and later archived here on the website the following month.

Now, on to that giveaway!

2016 has been rough for everyone and I want you all to know how very much I appreciate each and every one of you. Without you, I’d have no one to share my stories with and you’ve been beyond patient waiting for a new one so I’m giving back with a giveaway.

I have 5 prizes up for grabs…(2) $10.00 amazon gift cards, (2) winner’s choice eBooks and (1) winner’s choice signed paperback. All you have to do to enter is comment below and tell me something you’re thankful for and mark that you’ve commented on the Rafflecopter form.

Once you’ve done that, other options will open up on the form. Those are not required (only the comment is) but the more options you do, the more entries you gain so, click off all those tasks for 10 entries into the giveaway. The contest will run for a week to give everyone a chance to enter. I’ll announce the winner’s on Jan. 9th 2017.

I hope your New Year is blessed and filled with happiness. Good luck on the giveaway and Happy New Year!!



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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

15 Responses to Goodbye 2016 & Giveaway

  1. Kelly says:

    My brother. He supports me no matter what and is always there when I need to talk.

  2. Annetta says:

    I am thankful though I have a few aches and pains with age I am relatively healthy and so are the members of my family including my nearly 96 year old Dad!

  3. Jillian Byrd says:

    I’m thankful for my mother’s survival. A few years ago she was diagnosed with lung cancer. After surgeries, multiple rounds of chemo, and too many close calls, this year she was told she is officially in remission.

  4. Francie Wright-Carr says:

    Thankful for your friendship

  5. Christina A says:

    I’ll leave my comment here. I’m most thankful for my family. Without them I wouldn’t have made it through this year. I’m definitely blessed with them 🙂

  6. Annette says:

    commented on the Rafflecopter form
    I’m thankful for my family and friends who supported me last year when I was mentally not well and for God Who has and is always by my side

  7. Annette says:

    commented on the Rafflecopter form

    I am thankful for my family and friends who supported me last year when I was mentally not well and for God Who has and is always by my side.

  8. Yvonne Sowards says:

    I’m thankful for my sons,grandkids,and rest of my family and friends,they helped me a lot get through a tragedy of losing one of my sons and most of all thankful for God too.

  9. Andrea simmons says:

    I’m thankful for my kids.

  10. Alice Robbins says:

    I am thankful for LIFE! I was declared in Complete Remission in August! That is now 20 months of being cancer free!

  11. JeanMP says:

    I am thankful for my husband, he is my rock, no matter what happens, he is there for me.

  12. April says:

    I’m thankful for my husband. He works very hard to give us everything we need

  13. Barbara Laughter says:

    Today I am thankful for another birthday.Number 68 WOW! I don’t know how I got here so fast.

  14. Betty Finch says:

    I am thankful for all the wonderful authors and readers I have been blessed to meet in 2016 and hope to meet in the coming year.

  15. Tina Carlson says:

    I’m thankful for my step dad, even though he hasn’t been with my mom since I was 20 he has always stayed in are life, he is are helping me <3

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