Cosmic Cowboys Series
Genre: Sci-fi Adventure Romance
Publisher: Big Cedar
Date of Publication: July 15, 2015
Number of pages: 135
Word Count: 38K
Cover Artist: Sweet and Spicy Designs
How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?
Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.
But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid.
As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.
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Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Writer was always in the back of my mind, but I was a grocery carryout, a waitress, a graphic artist, a teacher, and a blood drive consultant first. At one point early on, I wanted to be a marine biologist until I discovered how much MATH was involved in that career path. I also wanted to be a rock star. Of course there was the pesky problem of an inability to carry a tune or play any musical instruments. I want WRITER to describe the second half of my life.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
After I wrote THE END on my first novel, Reap & Repent.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I was amazingly lucky with my first book. I entered into the Harlequin So You Think You Can Write contest six months after the books completion. I made it to the Top 28 of more than 700 global entries before I lost. The book was picked up by Harlequin’s new digital imprint and I was published six months later. Since then, my rights were reverted and I’ve indie-published all of my books. I love it!
Do you do have another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
My day job is working for a local blood bank organizing blood drives across nine counties. I’m responsible for collecting nearly 10,000 blood donations a year in our community. Yep, I’m a vampire.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest release is Space Cowboys & Indians. Think a movie mashup of Cowboys & Aliens meets Six Days Seven Nights. It’s a sci-fi, adventure romance!
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I am my own publisher and I publish under the imprint Big Cedar. It’s good to be Queen.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends on the length. With a day job, writing time is hard to come by. Space Cowboys & Indians was 28 days of actual writing over three months. My four other novels took approximately 2-3 times that many actual writing days over six months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
There will be more episodes of the Cosmic Cowboys Series. I plan to write episode two next. Then it’s on to book four, Reap & Reckon, of my Reaper Series. I’m also subconsciously plotting a sequel to Haunt My Heart featuring the Brothers of Peril.
What genre would you place your books into?
The Reaper Series books are Dark Urban Fantasy. Haunt My Heart is straight paranormal romance and Space Cowboys & Indians is sci-fi, adventure romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’ve always had a weakness for monsters and bad boys. Now I write them.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Kylen, from the Reaper Series and Reap & Redeem specifically, is my absolute favorite so far. He’s dark and broken. Just how I like ‘em.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I started writing in July of 2011. I can tell you EXACTLY who inspired me: J.R. Ward’s book Dark Lover was the first paranormal romance I’d ever read. I read it on vacation the summer of 2010. I LOVED it so hard. I read everything she had out and went on a paranormal romance bender, reading more than a hundred books. Soon after it finally occurred to me…I could do that. So I did.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I have the most awesomest of writing caves. It’s upstairs away from the fray and noise of my family. I write mostly at night after everyone is in bed. I don’t sleep a lot.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yep. Every. One. I love knowing what people think of my stories, and I appreciate when they take time to post reviews and even reach out to me via social media. It’s the best!
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I almost always choose the title first. It has worked out every time so far.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I look at lists of baby names until something catches my eye. I mostly like simple, classic names.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I always pick them before. Once I have the name, they begin to come alive to me.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
It’s always a surprise to me who my characters turn out to be. It really is like meeting a stranger for the first time.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Good will always triumph over evil…it just might take a while.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I hate hardbacks. Too bulky and stiff. I was reluctant at first but now I prefer e-books.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I’ve read two books more than once: Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine is the quintessential summer coming-of-age book. Stephen King’s The Stand is the ultimate and epic story of good vs evil. Love them both! I’ve read them both three or four times each.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Some do. I’ll almost always read the book before I go see the movie. I think the Harry Potter movies were superbly done. The worst and most disappointing movie adaptation I can think of is Eragon. That dragon sucked.
Your favorite food is?
Your favorite singer/group is?
The Black Keys
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Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.
She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig.
She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.