December 2020 Newsletter

What’s Inside

-2020? In a word, Egad!
-Holiday Audiobook
Collection of Holiday Romances
Wonderful Winter Giveaway! 
-Muses on writing, upcoming books


Healthy Holidays to You and Yours!

Egad, huh? That about sums up 2020, to my way of thinking. A while back, I became aware of folks focusing on a Word of the Year, choosing a motivating theme that would guide their thoughts and decisions throughout the year. Superior, standout words chosen with care such as GRATITUDE, COURAGE or THRIVE.

Me? I’ve decided my retroactive Word of the Year is definitely EGAD. We’ve all been through so much season after season lately, and the stress seems to be ramping up instead of abating. It might be time to finally get that meditation practice front and center and focus on some mental and energetic “Stillness” instead of the chaos that seems to pepper the air with such ease. That’s my goal moving forward, anyway.


Holiday Audiobook

Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord remains one of my absolute favorite romances.  This holiday season, the audio is available for the first time – a phenomenal performance by Gary Furlong.

Join grumpy Lord Frostwood and spunky Isabella as they journey through her blindness – and his missteps – on their way toward true love.

Available in eBook, paperback, large print, & audiobook.

5 Stars – Verified Review 

“I have so loved this book! I admit to rereading this book numerous times, and loving it every single time. Izzybelle and Frost are perfect together, a true love of soul mates, with humor by the bucket full thrown in. I can only say one thing buy it, read it, and be with me in asking for this author to get writing. One final thing please give me a Frost, he to me was the perfect man.”


Collection of Holiday Romances

Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord is currently featured with a collection of holiday romance audiobooks. You can find these holiday reads here.


Wonderful Winter Giveaway!

Check out the two prize packages below – yes, this means two winners! Whether you favor Chocolate and Cats or Coffee and Laughs, we’ve got you covered. Only newsletter subscribers are eligible to enter. Simply click here, answer a question or two about holiday traditions, Larissa’s books, and your favorite authors, and boom – you’re entered! Submit your entry before midnight on Sunday, December 13th. Winners will be notified by mid-December, and announced via blog post and in the next newsletter.

Chocolate is the best way to start the New Year (any day, actually). I discovered Nicole Piar’s Spirit Cats last year and love her work. So happy to share it with you.

This prize promises laughs in 2020! The Far Side has always been a favorite of mine; enjoy daily chuckles with some organic, fair trade coffee.

Muses on Writing – Glancing Back and Looking Forward

Twenty-twenty has brought about a wild ride for everyone, and writing and publishing was no different. We saw a relaunch of the Larissa Lyons’ brand of Fun and Sexy Regency Romance and the introduction of Larissa Lynx with Sexy Contemporary Romance. With nearly 300,000 words spanning eleven titles, it’s been busy.Published this year were both old favorites with new covers (Lady Scandal and Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord) as well as brand new books, including Her Three Studs and the Mistress in the Making sexy Regency romance trilogy. Don’t let anybody fool you – “publishing” is hard work. And the landscape has changed so much the last few years. I’m more than ready to work on some new things next. I miss focusing on writing!

Coming up in 2021, we’re aiming for a couple more books under each name. (Anyone who enters the Winter contest has a chance to offer input about what gets worked on – because, yes, ADD brain and computer limitations make it hard to do everything I want to, so I’m happy for the feedback!)


Family Wise (asses) 😉

My awesome father turned 82! Another egad – as he’s a vibrant, entertaining smartass who exercises the rest of the family into the ground. He also thinks he’s the best Spades Player Ever, but the rest of the family, who won most of the (albeit, few) tournaments this year, would beg to differ. 😉Mr. Lyons’ family – who live some distance away – are in the midst of Covid struggles, and have been for weeks. Prayers and positive thoughts welcome.

This season find your joy wherever you can (Edward’s Chocolate Cream pie, anyone?). Take care of yourself (snuggling with kitties always helps) and stay happy and healthy!

Until next year – peace out.
Larissa

Win FREE Audiobooks – Yay!

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Fun opportunity the rest of September!

Follow authors on BookBub for chance to win a terrific bundle of historical romance audiobooks, including the holiday classic Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord 😉.

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Is Christmas in July really a thing?

The idea of Christmas in July has totally become a thing, but even before it was, I used to wish I could celebrate Christmas all year long. As a kid, I really enjoyed the whole “feel” of Christmas. This was back when October was Halloween, November was harvest and Thanksgiving, and it wasn’t until December that the Christmas music and Christmas decorations made an appearance either in homes – or shopping venues.

I’ve long been a sucker for a good holiday movie, starting with White Christmas when I was really young, watching reruns with my mom, and now devouring the streaming options (something I used to have to purchase on DVD. 🙂 )

Two recent favorites are The Spirit of Christmas and The Nine Lives of Christmas. What’s not to love? Between these two, you have a hunky, historical hero, cats, fun female leads, a bit of time travel and paranormal, a fireman – complete with firehouse – and, did I mention, cats?!

If you’re someone who enjoys the feeling of Christmas all year long, no matter what time of year – or if you’re just so stinkin’ hot from the middle of summer, I hope you’ll give Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord a read.

It’s a lighthearted, feel-good Regency novella that takes place during the official Twelve Days of Christmas – from December 25 through January 5. There’re a couple of angels and a hint of paranormal, but the main focus is a blind heroine and the abrupt Lord Frostwood who takes an interest in her while they’re both attending the same Regency house party.

Available in e-book, paperback and large print at retailers throughout, and coming in audio this fall, which I am absolutely over the moon about.

Looking for ARC Readers

Do you like your historical romance to sound “historical”? Not written just like  people talk nowadays, but supposedly set in the past?

When people ask me what I write, and they aren’t familiar with the Regency period, I tend to tell them “sexy Jane Austen”. Paying close attention to word choice, and attempting to only use words that were documented as part of the English language by 1850 or before, I love composing emotional, humorous Regency stories of love.

The tamest thing I’ve written, Miss IsabellaThaws a Frosty Lord, is currently available via Booksprout for free to reviewers.

If you’re looking to join my Advanced Review/Launch Team, I’d love to hear from you!

Larissa_Lyons AT yahoo DOT com

 

 

Sexy Historical Romance Lady Scandal

Sexy historical romance Lady Scandal releases today! First time in paperback.

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Lady Scandal 2nd Edition Cover

While written in a more “traditional Regency” style of voice (meaning it doesn’t sound like a modern story simply plopped in the past), Lady Scandal is a fun, lighthearted sexy romp much closer to Historical Romance in tone and sexual content than it is what most folks mean when they refer to a traditional Regency.

With the exception of a few authors who include sex scenes on the page–the fabulous Mary Balogh comes to mind–when readers refer to Regency romance, many are thinking sweet, clean and wholesome. That description, for the most part, applies to my holiday Christmas novella Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord, but not steamy Lady Scandal.

An extended novella at 37,000 words, the primary action takes place during a single, stormy day. If you enjoy a Regency-era “sound” to your flirty, blatantly sexy romance, I hope you’ll give Lady Scandal a try.