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The Truth About Fairies

  When you think of fairies, what do you picture? A cute, friendly little Disney-fied creature with translucent wings, flitting from flower to flower? When I wrote Reflection of the Gods, my goal was to create characters as close as possible to the fairies of Irish folklore. Before writing anything, I spent a year researching Irish folklore and stories of the “fair folk”. Turns out “fair folk” is a euphemism used by fearful humans to avoid offending the nasty creatures. Because most Irish fairies aren’t friendly. And they definitely aren’t cute. What’s more, there are dozens...

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Where to Buy Great Books

  Those of us who love to read are always on the look-out for really great books. It doesn’t matter if we have a to-be-read pile taller than the C.N. Tower, if a book grabs our attention, we buy it. Because there’s always room for one more. Or two dozen more. Or a hundred more. Too many books? Ha - no such thing. The other day, I went book shopping in the comfort of my own home and filled up my iPad with several fabulous titles. Where did I do all this shopping? Two places, actually: The Independent Publisher Book Awards and  The Indie Excellence Awards These books represent the best...

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Why I Chose Self-Publishing

No doubt about it, self-publishing is not an easy route to take. But there are definite advantages. These are some of the factors that made me decide to give it a shot: 1.       The Current Traditional Publishing Climate The recession has hit the publishing industry, just like every other. Agents and publishers are less willing to nurture new talent; they’re looking for the next blockbuster, ready-made. The trouble is, blockbusters are hard to predict, and many very successful authors never produce one. Never has it been more true that rejection is not reflective of quality. 2.      ...

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My First Review – It’s a Good One!

First-time fantasy novelist Lisa Llamrei tells the story of a man's chance encounter with a woman who's much more than she seems. Das moves from Toronto to a small Canadian town to start a new post-divorce life. On the way, he intervenes to stop a group of men from assaulting a woman. After he saves her, the woman, Aislinn, who speaks with an indeterminate accent, demands that Das not ask about her past. It turns out that she's no mere human. Her father was one of the Sidhe, a group of immortal Irish gods whose world, Tir N'a Nog, is linked to the human world. Aislinn hopes to sever that link...

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Why the IPPY Awards are Important

  This month, my first novel, Reflection of the Gods, was given a bronze IPPY in the category of Canada-East – Best Regional Fiction. The Independent Book Publisher (IPPY) Awards is the largest competition for independent publishing in the world. This year, the IPPYs received in excess of 5,200 entries, and granted a total of 382 awards in 75 fiction & non-fiction categories, 11 regional categories for both fiction and non-fiction, and 10 e-book categories. To be eligible, books must be published independently for the North American market. Entries were received from English-speaking...

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On Teenagers and Babies

  Last year, I had a baby when my older children were 11, 13, and 14 years old. Reactions from friends were mixed. Some were happy for me, but even more happy that it was me and not them. Some were jealous because they missed their babies. A few even wished they could have just one more. This list of pro’s and con’s is largely for the last group. Pro: Teenagers can be helpful. And in this case they want to help because they just love that cute little baby. They will play with her and amuse her so you can eat or take a shower. Con: When it comes to anything outside their friends...

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Fifty Shades of Dumbfounded

  I vowed I wouldn’t, but now I am. I’ve started reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Love it or hate it, it is one of the best-selling books of all time, and as a writer, it benefits me to read it, for market research if nothing else. Fifty Shades has received a lot of criticism for the quality of the writing. And it’s true that Toni Morrison isn’t losing any sleep, but it’s also a long way from being the worst writing I’ve ever encountered. Maybe with all the talk about how bad it is, it wasn’t too difficult to exceed my expectations. In any event, the writing itself didn’t stand...

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