Been Busy

Hi everyone, I know the blog has been a little neglected lately and I am sorry.  I have had a frantic Christmas and then of course my daughter’s wedding early January (pics in the next post). I also had some thinking to do over New Year and while I didn’t make any resolutions, I did come to some decisions.

I like writing my books, my way.

I read a review of The Power of the Bite yesterday and it almost made me rethink my decision to publish The Artist and His Alpha. Apparently the story was good, but predictable and cliched. I can understand someone saying that, but after I got over the whole maudlin thing of “no one likes my books” I decided that was one of the things I like about my books. The story lines are all different, but the outcomes are all the same. I don’t have a problem with that – give me a good old fashioned HEA any day of the week. So I will continue to write the books that speak to my soul, regardless of any negative reviews.

I want to get better at writing my books.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I do want to improve my writing and the first steps have already been taken.  Thank you so much for all of you who volunteered for beta reading duties.  My newest book, The Artist and His Alpha has been gone over in great detail by eight amazing ladies who gave up their time, and were honest in their comments and suggestions for changes.  It was an awesome experience and hopefully they will all be on board when I start sending them my chapters for my next Cloverleah Pack book next week. Thanks to these lovely ladies, you shouldn’t be thrown out of the story by wrong word usage, and grammatical mistakes.

I will do my best to get books out when I say I will.

I have learned my lesson about saying I will put a book out, and then not getting it done.  What can I say? Life happens, and one of the key reasons why I self publish is so that I don’t have to worry too much about deadlines. But please, my lovely readers, unless I specify a date, then just assume that I am working as fast as I can to meet any tentative deadlines I might give.  For example – The Artist and His Alpha will be available on Amazon on Feb 3rd, 2016. That is a definite, because I started the publishing process for that today and it should show up as a pre-order sometime tomorrow. My book on Tobias (I am rethinking the title) will be out in about six weeks – see the difference?

Life is to short to worry about the little stuff, and it’s all little stuff.

Yes, I know I borrowed that line from somewhere, although I can’t remember where. But the point is clear. I have so much to be grateful for – healthy adult children, the fact that I can write every day, and wonderful readers who have become such good friends over the past year or so. So my goal for this year is to write more books, meet more friends and in those two things I will have more life.  Although, if you happen to know of someone, who looks a little bit like the delicious man below, and he’s single and looking – then let me know.

Love Michael Stokes – have a great day 🙂

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14 responses to Been Busy

  1. Cath

    Just read your blog re; the negative review – how ridiculous! That is why we read your books for the HEA and the hero wins in the end. Why read a book to be miserable? I loooooove your books and eagerly await the next in each series and I am sure I am only one of thousands. Let Mr/Mrs/Miss Negative go write his/her own book.

    • Lisao79

      Thank you Cath, I know, maybe my books are a bit predictable, but personally I like to read books like that. The world is full of enough angst without me adding to it with the stories I write – in my opinion 🙂

  2. Denise M Dechene

    Nothing good ever comes from reading reviews. I love your books and recommend them often. I know you are writing and hoping everyone will love it. Just remember most authors write for themselves. YOU have to be happy with the story. Some will love it and some will hate it, but remember you have achieved something a lot of people only dream of. As Rupaul says. “What anyone else thinks of me is not my business.”

    PS— If you find yourself in need of more help with Beta readers. I Beta for a few authors. Be happy to help.

  3. Caligirl

    Hello Ms. Lisa!!

    Welcome back hon!!

    “Life is too short indeed! I myself have to get up off my fat ass and WALK!! I do have a treadmill to do so, and need to get with that damned program!

    As for those negative reviews, BRING THEM ON!! YOU WILL only get better then you already are hon!! NOBODY is prefect.

    I WILL BE HERE when ever you to email lol

  4. Laurie P

    Write your books your way and while improving is a good things, we as your fans love your work as is.

  5. chelci

    I loved your newest book, it quickly became one of my favorite reads. I can’t wait to read Tobias book . 😉 And any others you publish in the future. You are an automatic buy for me, I offer reread them a lot( Rereading The reluctant wolf right now ) !! I hope the negative reviews don’t cause you too much anxiety, some people are just never happy. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us .

  6. Aly

    Hi Lisa just want you to know I have all your books so far and loved then all and like to go back and do it all again 😂😂 . As for being predictable I think the only thing that is the same is the happy ending and that is a good thing cos who wants to get to the end and they end up on there own not me . It is how they get there and you always do that great and . If people don’t like that you don’t make them read it you just keep doing what you do best and forget the rest 😂👋

  7. Christina

    I love a HEA. Why would I want to read a book without one? I have read all your books and loved them all!!!! Keep up the great work!! Will be anxiously looking for the next one!

  8. Xanthe

    Pish! If they don’t like the way they already have a rough idea of the story going, then don’t read it! I, however, fully adore the way your stories are set out and that I can rely on there being a HEA, emotion, action and a rollercoaster ride. Thank you so much for how much work you put into your books. I for one am definitely grateful 🙂 Oh, and if ever needed, I am absolutely available for any extra reading, be it beta, gamma, delta haha