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

November 2020 Newsletter

What’s Inside

-Cat Pics >^..^< & Howdy
-Latest Release – Power Play Hockey Series
-Stay Sane and Healthy (Eat Pie for Mental Health)


Howdy all!

What a year it’s been, for everyone. In the last few days, Mr. Lyons has been hard at work, first with washing-machine repair and now replacing our water heater. It lasted twenty years, thank goodness, but still, cold showers in November aren’t exactly my cup of hot tea. 😉


Rango’s getting ready for Thanksgiving, showing everyone his turkey imitation, while Sassy wanted to make sure you all know that she likes to help with interior decorating, especially proper rug placement.


Latest Release – Power Players Hockey Series

On the book-release front, we’ve got a couple of steamy hockey books. My Two-Stud Stand started out as a simple sex-with-strangers challenge, with Rurik as the Hero. Shocked me to the core when he got Carolina to his hotel room and his roommate joined in! This story was so much fun to write and I wasn’t ready to let go of these characters, not without learning more about them.

In the novel-length Her Three Studs, Jeff starts to feel possessive sooner than Carolina – or I – ever expected. Both of these are now available at a retail outlet near you. 🙂

Emoji “Just Loved It!! This story has a little of everything, sweet romance, sexy overbearing and frustrating alpha males and a beautiful woman who has the right heart and spirit. Thoroughly enjoying and entertaining. Just Loved It!!” Kathleen B on Her Three Studs

Emoji “OMG. I couldn’t put it down. I really loved this story and I am quickly becoming a fan of Larissa Lynx. I love a good reverse harem story, keep up the great work.” m..28 on My Two-Stud Stand


Larissa Lyons – What’s up Next?

After the release of the free Pirate’s Pleasure, I’ve had a couple inquiries about the Regency Ladies’ Titillating Tales – when are they going to be available? Though significantly shorter versions were shared through my newsletter back in the mid-2000s, I’ve done a complete overhaul and rewrite, as well as character expansion on these. I just received the entire group back from an editor, with some great suggestions. Once those are incorporated, it’s off to proofreading then release!Meanwhile, I’ve been doing some dictating on the women’s individual “real life” stories, and I’m excited about how they’re going.


Stay Sane and Healthy

A wee bit of frozen “cat” water the other morning. Decided to balance my coffee on it. Yes, I’m easy to entertain.

During these unprecedented crazy-arse times, I’m working to maintain inner peace and mental motivation. Fortunately, I’ve avoided binge eating brownies (especially since I discovered Edward’s Pies – so good, they’re scary), but I’m *still* struggling to get my meditation practice back up and running.

I hope you and your family are maintaining whatever healthy boundaries and habits you can. Peace out.

Larissa

James Avery $20 Giveaway and Upcoming Regency Release

September 2020 Newsletter

What’s Inside

-James Avery $20 Giveaway – Claimed! Available – email Larissa to claim
-Mistress in the Making Trilogy up next
-Free Download for subscribers-The Pirate’s Pleasure
-Great Romantic Comedy Bundle Giveaway

Howdy all!

Lots of information to share today, so I’ll get right to it.

James Avery $20 Giveaway

I’ve long been a customer of James Avery, a Texas-based jewelry designer, having purchased my first “dangle ring” (in the shape of Texas, no less) back in junior high I think. I’m likely dating myself here 😉 – no idea whether dangle rings are still a thing or not.

The company just sent me a $20 promo good on ANYTHING, either in person or online. It’s good through September 28 and I will happily share the code or mail the promo card to the first person that emails, from the US, and says they will use it. [I’ll update this page at the top the minute it’s been claimed; please check here before emailing – thanks!]

Mistress in the Making Trilogy up next

Mistress in the Making Trilogy – Releasing September 2020

I’m so thrilled with how these stories turned out. It’s been a long wait for some readers – thank you for your patience! And I hope the overall story arc of Daniel and Thea makes you as happy as it does me.

Some readers may not know that I struggle with “invisible” disabilities – some painful autoimmune conditions that have affected my life for over twenty-five years. From sitting at a computer, to typing (which is all but impossible – hence, why use dictation software), as well as difficulty speaking at times – which mitigates the dictation and slows down story progress – I’m familiar with the frustrations of having something to say without the physical means to get it out. Though stuttering isn’t a major problem of mine (it’s more muscular for me), writing a hero who has difficulty speaking really resonated and hit home.

The first third of their story, SEDUCTIVE SILENCE, releases this coming Tuesday, September 8, and the subsequent two titles, a week later, LUSTY LETTERS on the 15th and DARING DECLARATIONS on September 22.

All three are currently available for .99¢ via preorder at Amazon only (ebook versions; print versions are available everywhere).

In three months, by late December or very early January, the ebooks will be available at all additional retailers. I’ll run the official Review ARCS on these then, so if anyone is a customer at Amazon and reads these and likes them, it would mean the world if you would please leave a review. Thank you.

Free Download for subscribers-The Pirate’s Pleasure

The Pirate's Pleasure cover

Fresh from rejecting yet another suitor (determined to resist Mama’s pressure to accept anyone—“Please, dear, before you’re so far on the shelf it topples!”),  Lady Roberta convenes a weekly writing group comprised of her three closest friends. Their literary efforts soon evolve—or devolve, depending upon one’s point of view—from composing insipid lines of poetry to more erotic endeavors.

Meet the ladies and read The Pirate’s Pleasure, the first Titillating Tale.

4000 words • Complete Story • Exclusive.  Also includes excerpt from the upcoming Mistress in the Making Trilogy.

Current subscribers who’d like to read can download the EPUB or MOBI here: [links to ebooks provided in subscriber emails; new readers sign up here for your copy]

Great Romantic Comedy Bundle Giveaway

Lady Scandal is part of a prize pack including FIFTY make-you-laugh romantic comedies (and who doesn’t need that these days?!) and an e-reader! All you need is your email address to enter, with the option of joining certain author’s newsletters. It’s that easy. 🙂

The contest runs for another 4+ days. Good luck!

Stay Sane and Healthy

During these unprecedented crazy-arse times, I’m working to maintain inner peace and mental motivation. Fortunately, I’ve avoided binge eating brownies (a true accomplishment!) but am *still* struggling to get my meditation practice back up and running.

I hope you and your family are maintaining whatever healthy boundaries and habits you can. Peace out.


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Romantic Erotica ARCs and Regency Sale

Mid-July 2020 Newsletter

What’s Inside

-Quick Howdy & a Wee Bit o’ History
-Romantic Erotica ARCs Available
-Regency Sale

Howdy all!

You know why they call it the Dog Days of Summer, right? Because the cats wouldn’t stand for it!

Okay, I can hear the groaning from here. >^..^< Though I always thought the phrase just referred to dogs lazing around during the heat, a.k.a. long afternoon siestas, it turns out the phrase originated during ancient times from the Greeks and Romans, who were referring to the constellation Canis Major, where the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, makes its home and appears early morning in July.

Now that we all learned something ;-), a couple of Book Announcements:

Romantic Erotica ARCs Available

Releasing July 28, 2020

First up, releasing at the end of the month are three romantic erotica “books” (I always struggle calling short stories books). These are standalone stories currently available via Booksprout for folks interested in reviewing.

Braving Donovan’s
No Guts, No Gasms
A Heart for Adam and Rick

Note: Each story is the length of 2-3 standard chapters. Heart and No Guts are both reissues while Braving Donovan’s is a significantly expanded version of the earlier Innocent Corruption.

Regency Sale

A quick heads-up: both Lady Scandal and Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord are available for $0.99 for a limited time.



Stay Sane and Healthy

During these unprecedented crazy-arse times, I’m working to maintain inner peace and mental motivation. Fortunately, I’ve avoided binge eating brownies (a true accomplishment!) but am struggling to get my meditation practice back up and running.

I hope you and your family are maintaining whatever healthy boundaries and habits you can. Peace out.


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Active on Social Media? I am too, finally! Instagram’s my favorite. 🙂

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July 1, 2020 Newsletter

What’s Inside

-Welcome
-New Website and Contest
-Lady Scandal Release
-Launch Team – Larissa’s Lions

Welcome!

A big howdy and welcome to everyone – both new readers and longtime fans. In these crazy times, I hope you and your family are staying safe, sane and healthy!

After a long hiatus, I’m thrilled to report a number of books are coming out the next few months, both Regency and contemporary.

Back in 2016, when I started finishing a couple things, I heard it’d be a good idea to save them up and release five or so books at once. Uh…I’ve since learned that’s not a good idea for someone like me. ADHD plus computer limitations plus loads of books on the brain do not make for a good combination.

Fortunately, I’ve got two wonderful ladies who are helping me out now – wave to Jen and Martinique – and we’re all working together to stay active on social media and, more importantly, get some new books published pronto.

As you can see by the picture of my office, I needed their help!

New Website

My new website is up and running complete with info on the five Regency books coming out this year (two reprints and the Mistress in the Making Trilogy). There’s also the first glimpse of the new pen name and contemporaries being released later this summer and fall under Larissa Lynx.

Of course, my Primary Distractors are happy to have their own dedicated page and stand ready to greet everyone, especially those of you who throw cyber treats their way.


Summer Contest – Enter between now and July 7th.

To get your summer reading started off right, there’s a great contest you can enter to win a WATERPROOF Kindle!

I’ve teamed up with Night Owl Romance and other authors to bring you the chance for some great prizes. You enter by reading romance book blurbs– hopefully finding some new great books in the process–and sharing the event. Learn more and Enter here!


Lady Scandal Release

First up on the publishing front is Lady Scandal, a reprint of the 2011 release with a gorgeous new cover and in paperback for the first time. Currently at $0.99, it’s a great deal for a couple hours’ escape.

Lady Scandal cover
Lady Scandal 2nd Edition Cover

Sparks—and stockings—fly when an interview for a husband turns into a game of forfeits, and a scandalous lady and one handsome rogue learn how very right they are for each other.

Lady Scandal is a fun and super sexy Regency-styled Historical Romance written using period-appropriate slang (known as cant) and words common during the early 1800s. Zeus, Juliet (and Larissa, of course) bid you “Sparkish fine reading”.

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Launch Team

I’m building my Launch Team, affectionately known as Larissa’s Lions. These are fans who either purchase books near release day or receive Advance Reading copies and leave reviews, post on social media if it’s a book they really like, and generally help spread the word.

Interested? Contact my assistant Jen at lyons.larissa at yahoo dot com.

 


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