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Hey everyone –

I have some super exciting news to share…

Those of you who know me, and have followed my blogs, know how many years I toiled, trying to find a publisher to take a chance on Night Walker…

Every good review that has come in and every email I get from readers completely makes my day! 

But seeing my book with “Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK”  next to it has reduced me to happy tears…

When I wrote Night Walker, it blended contemporary paranormal romance with history and religion.  Although many agents and publishers requested the full manuscript, I ended up with a bunch of passes until I finally set the book aside. 

I couldn’t handle one more heartbreak.

When I submitted to Entangled, I only submitted Night Walker because my
other series was in the RT Writing with the Stars contest so I was under
contract not to submit it anywhere else. 

My hubby encouraged me to send Night Walker out one last time.

I’m so glad I did!!!  And I’m so grateful to my publisher for believing in
my book… *sniffle*

Seeing “Top Pick” feels like redemption.  Getting my book published was the toughest goal I’ve ever achieved, and it has been worth the struggle.

I wanted to share this with all of you, and to my friends out there who write every day and are still looking for a publisher, my advice is this…

Never ever give up. 

Even when the world seems to be telling you you’re not good enough, keep going.

Hit send one last time.



  • SO happy for you Lisa! 🙂

    • Awww thank you Isis!!!! 🙂

      I really appreciate your help and support along the way!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Sue

    I see you. You’re doing the happy dance with tears in your eyes and saying, “nah, nah”, to all the publishers who wouldn’t take the book. Well deserved.

    • Hee! You’re exactly right Sue!!! 🙂

      Laughing and crying and waving my dork flag high tonight! LOL

      Thanks for all your support!


      Lisa 🙂

  • You deserve all your success, Lisa. So happy for you! And thank you for your words of encouragement. You are an inspiration to us all. 🙂

    • Awwww thanks Michelle!!! I hope you keep writing too…. 🙂

      Thanks for all the support and encouragement along the way!!! You’ve made a difference and helped me keep my spirits up when I needed it most!


      Lisa 🙂

  • I am SOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU Lisa, I told you Night Walker Rocks and I haven’t even read it yet! The storyline is fang~tas~tic, the cover, well it is just fan~tAB~u~lous! MUAH and (((HUGS))) ~ Lovetiggi =)

    • Awwww thanks Wendy!!!!! *HUGS*

      And you’ll have Night Walker soon!!! 🙂 Can’t wait for you to meet Calisto!!!

      Thanks for all the support Wendy!!! You rock!!!!


      Lisa 🙂

  • Mazel Tov Lisa,
    That is wonderful news… much continued success.


    • Thanks so much Nora!!!! 🙂

      It’s been a very exciting month!!! LOL

      THanks for commenting!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Love it! 🙂 “Hit send one last time”. I like that line.

    • Hee! THanks Natalie!!! 🙂

      It’s been an uphill climb but I’m so glad I hit send one last time! LOL

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  • wow! Makes me all warm and fuzzy for you 🙂 Congrats

    • Awww thanks Sharon!!!!

      And thanks so much for all your support for NIght Walker!!! I had so much fun with our interview on I Smell Sheep! 🙂

      More big NIght Walker news is coming Wednesday too!!! Can’t wait to spill the beans…

      Lisa 🙂

  • I’m so thrilled for you, Lisa… Night Walker is fabulous and you are so deserving of all the accolades! KUDOS!

    • Awww thank you Linda!!!! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed Night Walker!!!

      Thanks for all your support for the book and helping to spread the word… You rock!!!


      Lisa 🙂

  • Congrats. All your hard work, blood, sweat and tears have paid off. Enjoy the journey, my friend!

    • Thank you Lynn!!! It’s been crazy, but I’m definitely enjoying it!!! 🙂

      Congratulations on your Wasteland release too!!! Hope it’s a huge success for you!!!


      Lisa 🙂

  • I love this post… “Hit send one more time” really explains it all. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Lisa!

    • You’re welcome BerinnRae!!! 🙂

      It’s very tempting to quit sometimes, but I hope you’ll keep believing…

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • I love reading this kind of news first thing Monday morning. Okay, afternoon! I’m doing a little boogie right there with you. I haven’t read my copy yet, but it’s in the queue!!

    • Thanks Elen!!! You know happy dances are better when shared with friends!!! *shimmie*

      I hope you enjoy Night Walker!!!

      And thanks for all your support and smiles!!! You rock!!!


      Lisa 🙂

  • Congrats Lisa. This is wonderful news. You should be very proud.
    Sue B

    • Awwww thanks Sue!!! I’m more stunned than proud just yet… But seeing people connect with the book has made all the tears worth it!!! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Lisa, awesome post. Honestly, there was a time when I tried to convince myself I could be happy without writing fiction. But I don’t know if I ever could give up, as hard as this industry can be, because the person I am and so much of my soul are wrapped up in storytelling. And I’m SO GLAD that you didn’t give up and your book is now out in the world. Here’s to many more!

    • Thanks SO much Janelle!!! 🙂

      I’m super glad I didn’t give up on the book of my heart too!!! This is a super tough industry and when so many people tell you they can’t figure out how to market your book, you do start to doubt yourself… It’s so hard to keep hope alive…

      But definitely worth it if you do!!!

      Thanks for commenting Janelle!!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Major congrats, Lisa. This is super awesome. I’m so happy for you!

    • Thanks Ciara!!!! 🙂 I’m lucky to know some amazing writers like you who keep this journey from being lonely…

      Thanks for commenting!


      Lisa 🙂

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