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Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year, new releases, new awards. Any new resolutions?

Dorianna wins it!
I hope you had a wonderful New Year's. Last year, the hubs and I were trapped for two days in the Dominican Republic airport. Not a fun way to ring in the new year... except that I got a tons of revision done on my WIP as I sat, and sat, and sat there. I drank way too much burnt airport coffee, too. So, this year, we plunked in front of the TV and watched Anderson Cooper giggle over Kathy Griffin's inane jokes and Pitbull shake his rabbit butt as he entertained Miami. On a higher cultural note, we binge-watched Dave Grohl's TV series Sonic Highways, which I HIGHLY recommend! It's a series about music and how it's produced in various cities. I love Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters, He's a surprisingly good TV producer. Something about how real talent translates into fresh TV from someone way outside the stale Hollywood box.

On other fronts, DORIANNA my YA twist on Dorian Gray just won a BEST HORROR BOOK  award over at The Kindle Hub. Thanks TKH! I am thrilled about this! What a pretty gold seal.

On a third but as important note, today is Inkspeller Lisa Voisin's launch of The Angel Killer, Book Two in her Watcher series. A dark, fast ride!
The blurb:
Now she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever.
When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings. After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.

A mini-excerpt:
Light from the near-full moon shimmers off the leaves of sycamore trees, and the scent of pomegranate hangs in the air. Though my footfalls are silent on the hard-packed earth, Hell is never far away. Nor is that blood-stained rack that was my prison for millennia. The memory of my master’s claws still stings my throat; the poison of his hate burns below the skin. Perhaps it always will. The only reality I’ve come to know is that my pain satisfies him.
   Anka sleeps on a grass mat, her lithe, young form curled into a fetal position on the roof of her family’s mud brick house. Strands of her long, black hair are stuck to her cheekbones from the heat. The girl is old enough to be married but will be taken to the temple of Seth in the morning instead. Rumors of her prophetic dreams have secured her place as an oracle. Such a gift interests my master too, and as influential as Seth is among the Egyptian people, he’s a false god, my master’s rival. A demon warlord just like him.
   Her father snores deeply, but the stifling air makes her mother fitful. The woman twists and turns. Does she anticipate me? I stand over the girl and contemplate how to take her without waking them. Their terror alone would sound a call to all the scavengers along the Nile, and my master wants her soul intact. More power that way. In servitude or sacrifice, souls are the fuel that builds empires.
   My hand hovers over her nose and mouth, and her soft breath tickles my skin. I could suffocate her while she dreams, a silent, seemingly natural death. Or I could carve out her heart, a symbolic gesture. He’d take pleasure in that. If I’m fast enough, she won’t have time to cry out or wake the others. I run my fingers over the middle of her chest and extend my claws.

Shop for The Angel Killer ebook at Amazon, All Romance, KoboThe paperback is at Amazon, B&N
See all of Lisa's Books on Amazon and get the first, The Watcher for only 99 cents!

About Lisa
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. A coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine. Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats. 

How was your New Years? Any resolutions? Anti-resolutions? 


  1. Major congratulations to you on your award. Here's to Lisa's new book. May it be a hit everywhere. Happy New Year.

  2. Congratulations, Lisa! And I have watched Grohl's series.
    I never go anywhere for New Years. Too many crazy people out there.

    1. Dave Grohl is amazing. And yeah, I would NEVER go to Times Square on New Year's eve. Total madness uptown.

  3. Happy New Year! I wish you all the best for 2015! And congratulation son your award! :D

    Also congrats to Lisa! I'll have to check out book one. :)

    1. Thanks, Chrys! Hope you have a productive new year too.

  4. Ooh! Pretty new books...

    Congrats on Dorianna! I'm so looking forward to reading that one.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. Your new book covers for your Backworlds series look incredible, BTW.

  6. SONIC HIGHWAYS sounds great! The kind of thing my music-loving husband will enjoy. I'm going to go check out the link and maybe share it with him.

    I hope THE ANGEL KILLER's release goes well! Sounds like a good series!

    And, finally, happy 2015! Glad this one started out better than the last!

  7. Congrats to Lisa! And to you! That's fantastic about the award. Dorianna is well deserving. :)

  8. I love everything Owls and my house is filled with them. Is that geeky enough?