Category Archives: Book planning

Thoughts about works in progress and how they develop. Back stories that may be interesting to the readers and some of the character development.

New Book Release and Convention Appearance

My latest Funeral Singer book is out and available now at Amazon in both Kindle and paperback! So excited about this third installment in the series. Things are really heating up for the funeral singer now.

Called A Song of Betrayal, the story continues singer Gillian Foster’s interactions with the recently departed in the ethereal cemetery as she confronts a murder victim. Zoe Sarkis’ husband killed her and fled the country. Now, she’s refusing to cross over until he is found and brought to justice. Complicating Gillian’s task of helping Zoe, she is also facing an increasing number of ghoulish figures called shades. Can Gillian help find the missing husband and learn to deal with the shades?

A Song for Betrayal is available now in paperback and Kindle from Amazon.com. You can also read it for free on Kindle Unlimited. Take a look at my launch page for more information and links.

For a preview of the book, follow the link below:

Reno Comic Con

If you’re in the Reno Nevada area, Sands Comic Con is happening this weekend, September 23 & 24. I will be there both days to talk to folks and sign books at the Pynhavyn Press table. Joining me, both at the table and in a panel on Saturday, is Margaret McGaffey Fisk (Steamship Chronicles) who will also be happy to chat and sign books.

Our panel will be at noon and we’ll be discussing Immortality as Seen by Hollywood. This panel excites me as I love talking about how most of the programs that have immortal characters tend to slant it negatively. As a longtime Highlander the Series fan, I’ve definitely had discussions with people on this before. So, if you’re in town, come on down to the Sands and join us in this discussion.

Catching Up and Current Status

Hello, Tribe…

I know it’s been a while since I sent an update to my blog. Bad me. But I have been busy with writing and rewriting.  That’s the good news. The bad news? I’m behind on my planned schedule, particularly on the book I am reworking.

… the YA Novel

Let’s start there. I’ve been fighting my way through Dew Dropping Hour, my first YA novel and there are parts of it that are great and parts that just don’t quite flow the way I want them to deliver. So, that is still in the works and way behind my original time frame for the novel, but better to take the extra time and get the best book I can do, I believe. Since this is the first book of a trilogy, I really want it to pop! Don’t you agree?

…the next Funeral Singer novel

I’ve started working on my third book in the Funeral Singer series, called A Song of Betrayal and I’m excited about this story. While it follows the main story line with a murderer to catch, this also begins to focus more on the through story as Gillian encounters more of the dark spirits and that story line begins to heat up.

So far, I’m at Chapter 18 of the first draft and expect it to be about 24 or 25 chapters, so I am getting close to the end of the first draft. I hope to have it done by the end of May, but we’ll see how that goes. If all things, including beta reads and editing, go well after that, I am hoping for a September release on it.

For a little glimpse into this book, here’s the first couple of paragraphs:

“Who the hell are you?”

Battered, bloodied, and angry, the petite woman glared up at me from a crouch on the ground.  A clotted slash of blood tore across half of her throat and her light blue silk nightgown bore a ragged, crimson hole where a bullet had ripped into her chest. Her walnut-colored eyes blazed with fury as her nostrils flared like an angry bull’s.  “What is this place?” she asked.

I wasn’t her enemy, but that mattered little at this moment.  Echoing at the edge of my awareness, I heard the melody and indistinct words that my physical self back in the chapel sang for her, but my full attention focused on this distraught victim of a horrible murder. Her appearance mimicked the way the Reno police had found her, not the pristine version of the body lying in the coffin for family, friends, and curious gawkers to view before they tucked her away forever.

The other exciting news on that front is that I have a cover that I think works well in the set and here it is, a first look!

My covers are all independent-looking rather than following a specific theme and that may not tie them together well. Is a tombstone on each cover enough? Let me know what you think.

And what about the O’Ceagan’s Saga sequel? I hear you asking that and it’s really in the swirl of the thought-cloud at the moment. I wrote a related, but not direct sequel to it that I plan to get edited and out this year, but the actual next book in the series hasn’t been started yet. But there will be more coming up…

….Earth Day thoughts

I had a great time at the Reno Earth Day Celebration. It turned out to be a lovely day in the Biggest Little City although spring is an ephemeral, but recurring season in Northern Nevada,  Margaret McGaffey Fisk and I talked to lots of nice people and we hope some of them will check out our books.

Book Giveaway and a Chance for a Gift Card

Ok, I want to include you on a little giveaway I have lined up. I am really trying to get reviews on both Funeral Singer: A Song for Marielle and A Song for Menafee as well as for O’Ceagan’s Legacy. Reviews are one of the hardest things to get it seems and I know some people are reading them and downloading copies. But I only have 11 reviews for A Song for Marielle and 3 for Menafee.  About the same for O’Ceagan’s Legacy.  So here’s what I’m trying.

I will give away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky person who posts a review on one of those three books.  Of course, I need to know who you are and when you posted in order to enter you in the drawing, so if you write a review and let me know, I will include you. And, if you are willing to read and write an honest review, I will even send you a code to get a free copy. Just email me at lily@lillianwolfe.me and ask for the code for whichever book you want to read and I will send you a code at Instafreebie that will allow you to download a book in the format of your choice. So, you get a free book and a chance at a gift card. It’s a win-win for you no matter how you look at it.

The gift card will given away on August 31st, 2017, so that’s over three months to read a book and review it. How about helping me out?

Until my next update, thanks for reading this and have a great summer!

Lily

Come See Me at…

…Earth Day at Idlewild Park in Reno Nevada.

If you live in the area, I’d love to meet and chat with you at our booth, #1020 that I am sharing with authors Margaret McGaffey Fisk (The Steamship Chronicles, Seeds Among the Stars) and Angelina Fasano (Alpha’s Song) at Earth Day today, April 23rd. We’ll be happy to sign your books.

We also have photos by Colin Fisk for sale.  Not to mention jewelry and bracelets. Fun things!  Come on out!

Say Hello to Kimberly Iverson

Wrapping up my trio of quick interviews with writers featured in the big Speculative Fiction giveaway on Instafreebie, I’m pleased to introduce Kimberly Iverson, the fantastic lady who is hosting the giveaway and a pretty awesome author.

In line with my unplanned trend of featuring west coast authors, Kimberly fits right in, hailing from near Seattle, Washington. She is a prolific writer with numerous books in several genres, such as the Dark Illusions, Dynasty of Moirae, and Guardian of Life series. If you’re looking for some good reads, check out her books. Now to the chat:

LW: Please tell us about the book that you’re featuring in this amazing giveaway and what inspired this story.

KI: I’m combining these two because this is a multi-part answer for me. They go hand-in-hand. By that I mean that Hope of the Future was two different books. The first book that I wrote was inspired by simply the idea of what would happen (mind you, I was very young for this idea – 12 to 16, I think) if in the future, humans kept other humans as pets. The other idea I had was similar to that, but I wondered what would happen if women could no longer bear children, but because they were so desperately afraid, their bodies changed and prevented it? What would happen if that had such repercussions that even generations down the line, that was so ingrained it changed humans? Next thing I knew, when I was editing the second book, which was Hope of the Future, I felt it was lacking, and a friend offered me a tip, which then led me to remember the “Future Story” I had from when I was young. I removed about 90% of that story, and combined the other 10% into the first Hope of the Future. After that I thought of humans living longer and the rest came to light.

LW: Awesome. I love it when something that didn’t work out long before becomes relevant in a new project and can be incorporated. Nothing is ever lost when writing. But when you sit down to write, what is the one thing that you absolutely have to have?

KI: Water. That sounds so odd, but I can’t. I can go without music, without sitting at the desk, without pretty much everything except…water. I will even drink coffee or hot chocolate, sometimes green tea (Arizona Green Tea with Honey is what I love the most), but I will always have water. I was a mermaid in a past life, I’m sure.

LW: Very interesting and maybe you were a finned-female in the past. While you’re sipping on your water and plotting, do you slip any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? (Drop a hint, I’m a Pisces myself, so no secrets among fishies, right?)

KI: I do! But then…if I told you, they wouldn’t be secrets now, would they? For those readers like myself who love books so much that unless they truly hate it, they’ll read it again, I have little secrets in the majority of my books. Some are obvious, some come through double-entendres, but most you have to pay close attention to the stories and all my books to find.

LW: Guess I have a lot of reading to do, but that’s okay. I’m intrigued. What is your process for choosing names for your characters?

KI: This depends on the person and story. Many times the name is there. There’s no other name it could be. Like with Hope. She is the epitome of the term so for me, her name couldn’t really have been anything but Hope. When I struggle, I may make one up, grab one out of thin air, or do what I did back when my mom bred Shih Tzus when I was young. Go to the baby name books. Nowadays it’s baby name sites. I research the pronunciation, the terms, what the name means, all of it. Some names go through a few changes before it’s settled. Like Ronin in Hope of the Future. Not sure how many names that man had before I chose Ronin.

LW: I hear that! You try out a few then one day a name just clicks. Actually I’ve done that with my pets when naming them. And with that thought in mind, what’s your favorite paranormal creature and why?

KI: Has to be the werewolf. I think it’s because I grew up seeing them a lot. I watched planet of Body Snatchers and zombie movies, but I was always drawn to werewolves. My love of wolves in general could be a clue, and that I constantly dream about them, but I am also drawn to Beauty and the Beast and I think that contributes. Their strength, power, and presence. That they could be beast or human. Walk in day or night. To me, they have a lot of the great attributes of vampires without the desperation for blood so they are in many ways still alive and can LIVE like a human.

LW: Definitely cool characters those wolves. I thought maybe you’d go for a sea creature. When you have time to relax and read, who are your favorite authors?

KI: My favorites are always the people who make me forget everything. I start reading and then I’m late to bed because I thought . . . just a few more words, annnndddd I’m five chapters in. Those people are: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, Keri Arthur, George R.R. Martin, and J.K. Rowling. I only just read Harry Potter for the first time in 2015 so I was late to that game, but I love it. I also recently read Alianne Donnelly’s Wolfen and that story sucked me in.

Thanks very much for taking the time to do this and for hosting this great giveaway. You can learn more about Kimberly’s work on her website and forum:

Speculative Fiction Writer & Occasional Paranormal Romantic
kimberlysueiverson.com
Come by the new forum!
kimberlysueiverson.boards.net

So, those of you who haven’t read anything by Kimberly Iverson yet, this is a great opportunity to pick up a free copy of Hope of the Future and maybe find a new favorite author. By the way, she’ll be releasing two more books in the next few months.

Just click the picture for the link to the giveaway page where you’ll find over 80 books for free downloads, including one of mine and my short story as well. Hurry. This giveaway ends on March 4th!

Speculative Fiction Giveaway

Good day, fellow book readers…

National Read Across America Day is March 6 and the celebration is starting early.

My science fiction adventure novel, O’Ceagan’s Legacy, is part of a big speculative fiction giveaway hosted by author Kimberly Iverson.  It is live as of today, so hurry over to pick up some great reads for free.  It will vary by author, but most of us are asking for a sign up to our mailing list in order to download. My short story, The Wizard’s Gift is also featured in this giveaway.

I also ask, nay- beg, you to consider writing an honest review of my book if you download and read it. You can post your review on Amazon, Goodreads, Instafreebie, or any other location you prefer. Reviews are very important to a writer.  In order to get exposure from sellers, such as Amazon, Apple, or other books sales sites, you need to have reviews. The more positive ones, the better, but I just ask for your honest opinion.  Please consider writing one or at least rating the books you read.  Thank you.

Follow this link to the giveaway:

In the next few days, I will be posting short interviews with three of the writers participating in this giveaway, including Kim, so look for those.

Don’t waste time.  Get to the page above and grab some good reads!  Happy reading, my friends.