Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: THE PAPER MAGICIAN by Charlie Holmberg!

Good morning, everyone... It's time for an exciting cover reveal!

My pal Charlie Holmberg's debut novel THE PAPER MAGICIAN will be released on September 1, 2014, from 47North. It is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages, and I'm so honored to be part of her cover reveal!

Before we get to that, here's a little teaser...

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Oooooh, sounds twisty and magical and fabulous, doesn't it?

Are you ready for the cover???

Scroll away!




Beautiful, isn't it???

Want to learn more? Here's Charlie's biography, and please check out the following links to pre-order your copy of THE PAPER MAGICIAN today!

Homegrown in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie with three sisters who also have boy names. She writes fantasy novels and does freelance editing on the side. She’s a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Goodreads Q&A + A New Interview!

Happy Thursday! It's muggy and storming in Florida today, so I'm going to live vicariously through all of you who DON'T live in the tropics. I'm also going to enjoy this beautiful picture of Denali National Park in Alaska... Ah, thinking cold thoughts!

Photo Courtesy of Nic McPhee
A couple of ESSENCE updates for you, and thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to leave Goodreads and Amazon reviews about the book. Your kind words mean so much!

I just learned that Goodreads has started a new feature where authors can answer reader questions right on our home pages. I am so excited about this opportunity, so please follow this link if there is anything you would like to know about ESSENCE: Lisa Ann O'Kane Answers Your Questions.

Also, I am so honored to have been recently interviewed by my good friend and fellow writer Joe Kovacs. (Click HERE to check it out.) He "got" the book so perfectly that his questions literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for reading ESSENCE, Joe, and thanks again for the interview!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Aftermath of My Book's Publication

Photo Courtesy of Jim Linwood
Today is a kinda special: Strange Chemistry released my debut novel ESSENCE exactly one month ago today.

Wow, one month. In that time, I have attended my very first book signing, I have participated in approximately one million blog tour posts, I have tweeted, and I have sold books out of the trunk of my car. I have worked at my day job all day, and I have stayed up until midnight working on book stuff many nights in a row. I have turned down dinner plans and dates and beach days... I have transformed into a little literary hurricane.

And now that the dust is settling... I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to do next.

ESSENCE is out in the world. It still requires attention, of course, but at this point... It kind of is what it is. People can buy it if they want to, they can like or hate it if they want to, they can tell their friends to read it if they want to... The focus of ESSENCE's attention is now beginning to shift away from me, because that baby is born, and it's out in the world.

Bucket List = Complete.

I should feel ecstatic about this--and I am, of course--but my prevailing emotion isn't elation like I expected. Instead, I feel strangely... empty... like a mother bird whose children have just left the nest.

I poured my heart and soul and guts into ESSENCE for the past two and a half years of my life. On some levels, ESSENCE has become me, so now that it's gone... Well, now I have this itchy, twitchy, incomplete feeling, like I'm not sure who I am without it.

(Well, that's not true. I am more in touch with myself now than I probably ever have been. But now that I actually have time on my hands... I just don't know what to do with myself.)

My writer friends recommend working on a new project, but the problem is... I don't exactly have one. I have been working on ESSENCE's sequel for the past year or so, but in the aftermath of the Strange Chemistry shutdown, ESSENCE's sequel no longer has a home.

I have options, of course. Self-publishing the sequel, other (cryptic) options... The problem is, my sequel isn't exactly finished, so I have to ask myself if I should forge ahead with it or turn my attention to my next project. (And I do have a next project in mind. I outlined the whole thing in just a few hours last month, and it's simmering at the edges of my subconscious, just waiting for its chance to see the light of day.)

But... I don't know. Something about writing anything just feels like work right now, so I wonder if what I actually need is a little break to find my center again.

Problem is... I am apparently no good at sitting still. I haven't had time to do it for years, and frankly, the proposition of it scares the hell out of me.

I didn't think I was one of those people who craved chaos, but now I'm beginning to worry that maybe I am. In the past month, I have joined a soccer team, and I have gone paddleboarding more times than is reasonably necessary. I have read three books, I have checked my email obsessively, and I have joined nearly every social gathering I could find. My dog is getting tired of her daily walks and sessions at the dog park, and frankly, I think someone needs to take my phone away to stop me from checking to SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING!!! every five minutes.

I am a bundle of nervous energy, and I'm not sure how I am supposed to calm myself down. So my question for all of you is... HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU NOT GO INSANE IN THE AFTERMATH OF YOUR BOOK'S PUBLICATION??

I feel like a need to be tranquilized right now...

(Only kinda kidding. ;))