20 October 2014

Altar of Reality by Mara Valderran

Today is the cover reveal for Altar of Reality, the first book from Shifted Realities--a brand new series by Mara Valderran. This YA dystopian is set to be released January 31st, 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press. Mark your calendars, and be sure to add the book to your Goodreads list! Want to stay up to date on all things Altar of RealitySign up for Mara's newsletter so you don't miss a thing!

And now...the moment Mara's we've all been waiting for...

When sixteen-year-old Madeline suffers her first grand mal seizure, she finds herself in an unfamiliar reality, surrounded by strangers wearing familiar faces. Her best friend, Brandon, tells her that the world has fallen to chaos, the aftermath of World War III ten years ago. Madeline doesn’t remember anything from this life— especially not the explosion four years ago that killed her parents and landed her in a coma, or the Lord Commander; a zealot leader of the Southern Territories now searching for her.

Madeline barely has time to process everything before waking up to the life she’s always known. As soon as she dismisses it all as a strange and vivid dream, she finds herself back there once more. Unsure if she’s truly caught in the middle of a brewing rebellion, or teetering on the brink of insanity, she finds herself flipping between the two lives. Her heart becomes torn between two versions of the same boy and the lines between her realities begin to blur as she struggles to save her lives in both worlds.


Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

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Be sure to check out the Heirs of War, Crown of Flames blog tour going on right now! There are excerpts, interviews, a giveaway, and more. You can find the tour calendar here.

22 September 2014

Your Spooky Fall Read

Are you a sap for a love that just won't die? How about spooky settings and spine-chilling scenes? Secrets and danger and ancient magic, all set in a dark village with a creepy inn as a backdrop? If so, then this full-length, stand-alone novel for all ages, might just be for you!

Featuring exciting new content and a stunning new cover, The Gathering Darkness could be your spooky fall read. Put it in your ereader today and curl up with a blanket and your favorite brew!

A Young Adult Novel 
Pick up The Gathering Darkness for your spooky fall read!

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Read some reviews for The Gathering Darkness:

"I loved this story. Not only did it have witches (which is by far my fav) but this was a sweet love story as well. One about reincarnation. In fact it just might be my favorite reincarnation story I have read yet." - My Guilty Obsession.

"I haven't been addicted to a book this much since I read the Twilight books back before they had all the hype. So Twilight series aside this book was AMAZING!" - Crossroad Reviews.

"For anyone who thought Twilight was the best book they ever read, they haven't read The Gathering Darkness. Perfect for teens, with some love and suspense. Definitely worth reading!" - Rosie Reeves

"I wanted to preview this book as a possible addition to my classroom library. I'm always looking for current novels to hook my high school readers. This is one I will be recommending to my students." - S O'Donnell

"The Gathering Darkness is an enthralling surprise, and has a storyline that's packed with mystery, suspense, magic, and a beautiful romance. I recommend The Gathering Darkness as a fantastic read!" - I Heart YA Books

19 September 2014


I don't usually write personal posts, but I feel the need to share this one, and hope that maybe it will  inspire those in need.

I recently joined the ranks of "brace-faces" across the world. Yup, that's right you heard me;

And they're PURPLE!

Railroad tracks across my straight, white teeth. Now I am a tinsel-toothed, zipper-mouthed, middle-aged woman - wait! . . . Did I just say what I think I said, "middle-aged"? Now that's just nasty. Having braces is one thing, but being 50 is just wrong.

Let's take a short detour and talk a little bit about that. I was going to write a post about leaving the 40s behind and never did. Although my brain has recently aged from a 24-years-old to, I'll say, 30, I physically don't feel 50! For years people have told me I look younger than I am. In fact, I think someone made a mistake on my birth certificate and my mother lost 10 years of her life at some point way back, I don't know, but I did not embrace (brace) hehe, 50 leading up to the "second blooming" as Agatha Christie put it. But on the day I rounded the summit, something changed. I no longer felt ill leaving my physical 40s and my mental 20s behind, like I did the day before and for most of the year leading up to the big 5. 0. I woke up feeling exactly the same as I had the day before. Imagine that! There was also cake - that helps. So if this is what 50 feels and looks like, I've come to terms with it, and consider myself lucky to have made it this far. Instead of speeding down the other side of the hill, as I sped up it, I'm going to stroll slowly down the new path laid out before me and enjoy the scenery. 50 ain't so bad!

Now back to the braces. Getting braces was a decision I pondered over for the last half of my life. Mostly due to the cost and time spent wearing them. But when my dentist said "6 months" it floored me, and I thought, "those stainless steel suckers will be off by spring". I'm doing this! Everyone I told was encouraging, well except for that remark my son made "do you really want to go there at this stage of the game?" he said. Well, haha, and hmph! I guess you're always old in your kid's eyes. I really liked one particular comment made by a surprised male coworker after sporting him a huge grin. "You're so cute. Your just lost 10 years."Yes! That made my day.

Did I mention they are purple? And of course I'm doing red & green or maybe gold for December :D

So  . . .

What's one winter spent in face-brace agony?

Oh, are you wondering why I am putting myself thought this? Well here it is: I'm correcting a space between my two front teeth. The "black hole" in my smile, as I call it, has kept me from open-mouth smiling most of my life.The only thing I ever wanted to change about myself. But I wasn't going to wear braces for years, and years, and years. Uh-uh. So when I found out 6 months will give me the smile I always wanted, I couldn't resist.

3 days in and I LOVE them. I never smiled so much in my life as I have this week. There isn't any pain, just a little discomfort the first day. I didn't need pain meds, and I slept all the first night. The most annoying part is having to brush numerous times a day and 45 minutes of flossing threader hell every night. Besides the obvious, the upside of wearing them is that they force me to eat healthy, and slower, and not as often.

So for the next 6 (or so) months I will ROCK these braces like the heavy-metal lover I am!

Do you or have you had braces? Share your brace story in a comment below. And if you are someone thinking about getting braces but are nervous or afraid. Don't be. They are awesome. They move your teeth, so there's bound to be some discomfort, but well worth it in the end. And you get to pick colors for your mouth bling. I encourage anyone who needs braces to get them and sport them proudly. It will be worth it in the end.

I'm feeling very brave right now . . . .

      Before (extremely rare photo)                                                   Right now, baby :) :)

 Two weeks in:

Two weeks as a metal head - well actually most of my life, really - but that's besides the point. Week one was a conditioning period of getting my gums ready for the "big move", although the space closed ever so slightly in the first couple days. My teeth were sensitive and I could barely chew anything. Week two, I was able to eat everything again, but way back in one corner of my mouth, then there's a lot of water swishing afterwards and brushing with three different types of toothbrushes and flossing.


Since everything was going so well I had my first adjustment a week early - today. Got a wire change and clear elastic bands around front teeth, which feels like a sliver of glass rubbing against the inside on my top lip. But hey, no pain, no gain, right?

Things I don't like about braces:
Wearing them.
Eating with them on.
Flossing  - threading the end of the floss between each sagment of wire.
Ends of the wire scraping against the inside of my cheeks.
Sharp elastic bands.

Things I do like about braces:
The bigger picture.
I don't eat as often or as unhealthy.
Purple bands.
My top lip looks fuller.
I feel like a teenager.

Until the next adjustment.....

24 August 2014


Oh Happy Days - The Serendipitous Curse: Reborn as been nominated for a BTSeMag award.

This is huge! 

I'm humbled and proud to share this news with you. To be nominated for such an award for something you created is beyond words - an honor I never imagined. I'm sure my coauthor, Aiden James is just as thrilled as I am about the nomination.

The awards banquet takes place in Orlando Florida February 2015, and is a black-tie, red carpet event!

What will I wear?

Thanks to all my readers, reviewers, and fans. And to those of you who deemed TSC worthy of a nomination. Maybe Ill see you in Florida!

In the heart of Savannah Georgia, lies Solomon Brandt Plantation, a spanking piece of suburban sprawl with a sordid past.

When an amnesiac bearing this cursed name stumbles into town, he’s immediately drawn to the haunted antebellum, and also to a Hoodoo practitioner who converses with spirits, and her gorgeous green-eyed niece.

Desiree McClinton, a descendant of the Brandt slaves, sparks emotions in Solomon, the likes of which he's never known. But curses run deep, and Solomon's crippling nightmares, seeping into real life, soon threaten their budding love.

Will Solomon be able to save Desiree from the evil that has followed him through time? Can a tainted soul truly be redeemed?

The Serendipitous Curse Book One: Reborn & Book Two: Reviled, can be found anywhere online books are sold, in ebook or paperback format. If you prefer, you can walk into any book store and ask the sales staff to order it in for you. Thank you for your support ~ Lisa.

23 August 2014

Vegas Valley Book Festival 2014

Hey everyone, if you're in Las Vegas October 18th 2014, head to the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas and the Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo Road. (oh so close to "the strip").

Meet hundreds of authors - including Katie Hamstead, Mara, Valderran, Sharon Bayless, and Me, Lisa Collicutt. The four of us will be there with bells on representing Curiosity Quills Press. 

There will be books from every genre - for every age at this huge event that thousands of people flock to every year!

There's nothing quite like an autographed copy of a book, straight from the author's hands to yours. And what a great time to purchase early Christmas gifts!

Buy a book - grab some swag - meet authors.
See you in Vegas!

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