Lisa M. Forester http://lisamforester.wix.com/books/apps/blog Lisa M. Forester en Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:09:14 GMT Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:56:39 GMT 60 April Fools by Karli Perrin http://lisamforester.wix.com/books/apps/blog/april-fools-by-karli-perrin <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Displaying AF Blog Tour banner2.png" src="https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&amp;ik=2f6ac456c4&amp;view=fimg&amp;th=142e7b1c93f9fdd7&amp;attid=0.2&amp;disp=inline&amp;safe=1&amp;attbid=ANGjdJ_WqyDTCCJ4YER5COBlcqmxEMTrQnrcdyDWB-w5PCP1Tqnrz197hnSIMU6pHOwzUq1qa66cNLhACQiNE1SGKsK-r1V2vB0dGigWaHU8swIsjNHTF0UMmv3MFWY&amp;ats=1387049310839&amp;rm=142e7b1c93f9fdd7&amp;zw&amp;sz=w1168-h459" style="height: 127px; width: 400px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;">April Fools by Karli Perrin</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;">Love. Hate. Fear. Fate.</span><br style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;">All four letter words.</span><br style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;">All consuming.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;">Naked to the eye, they have the power to control the heart and destroy the soul.</span><br style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;">April Adams is about to experience them like never before.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;">When everything in April's life goes up in smoke, she is faced with some life changing decisions.</span><br style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: 21.111112594604492px;">Join April as she continues her journey of love and loss.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For me... the pressure was on for April Fools. From the moment I set down its predecessor; April Showers, I have NEEDED this book. I mean, really needed it. April Showers was one of those books that I devoured in one sitting and I really wanted April Fools to be the same.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I gotta tell you... it didn't disappoint!&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The characters were back and as amazing as ever. And, as I hoped, the story picked up where it had left off. With poor Lukas living in the aftermath of a terrible fire, and Isaac being April's everything as she lived through her shock. As the story unfolds... so does the relationship between these three characters. Each one has a life of its own. Each character has its own story, and Karli Perrin does an excellent job of keeping you involved and interested with each character.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Throughout the story you are continually rooting for April and Isaac to have the love story (and steam-fest!) that they deserve. Of course, they hit a few bumps in the road, but Isaac's determination and sheer overwhelming feelings for April really come through in April Fools and I love how April and Isaac interact. She's a strong woman and I applaud that!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> But the ending... OH THAT ENDING!! EEEEK!!!</p> <p> <br /> Writing this review is so hard... I really want to blabber on and on but I know that I will give away loads of spoilers and I don't want to do that... BECAUSE YOU NEED TO READ IT!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> To read April Fools, you really need to read April Showers first (which, trust me, you will love). I'm just so sad that this series has come to and end. I really hope Karli does a short novella of some sort to tie in with the ending of this book. I can't imagine not reading about these characters ever again!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> April Fools is a New Adult novel, which, as you know, isn't usually my genre of choice. But these books really gripped me and I can't wait to read more of Karli Perrin's work.</p> <p> <img src="data:image/jpeg;base64,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" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div> Author bio -</div> <div> <p> Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language &amp; Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and is the author of the 'April' series.&nbsp;<br /> She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!)&nbsp;<br /> Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fianc&eacute;.</p> <p> ...Hogwarts is plan B.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> <font face="Arial" size="3">April Fools (April, #2) Purchase links -</font></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> <font face="Arial" size="3">Amazon US -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H92DN9C/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_8HBQsb0F07NA0" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-weight: inherit;" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/dp/<wbr />B00H92DN9C/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_<wbr />8HBQsb0F07NA0</a></font></div> <p> <wbr /> </p><p> <wbr /><wbr /> </p><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> <font face="Arial" size="3">Amazon UK -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H92DN9C/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_lGBQsb1N5GS0Z" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-weight: inherit;" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/<wbr />B00H92DN9C/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_<wbr />lGBQsb1N5GS0Z</a></font></div> <wbr /><wbr /> <p> <wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /></p> <wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> <font face="Arial" size="3">Smashwords -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/381272" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); line-height: 22px; font-weight: inherit;" target="_blank">https://www.smashwords.com/<wbr />books/view/381272</a></font></div> <wbr /> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> <font face="Arial" size="3">April Showers (April, #1) Purchase links -&nbsp;</font></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> <font face="Arial" size="3">Amazon US -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/April-Showers-Karli-Perrin-ebook/dp/B00DDV2Q96/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1386866542&amp;sr=1-3" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/April-<wbr />Showers-Karli-Perrin-ebook/dp/<wbr />B00DDV2Q96/ref=sr_1_3?s=<wbr />digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=<wbr />1386866542&amp;sr=1-3</a></font></div> <wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> <font face="Arial" size="3">Amazon UK -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/April-Showers-Karli-Perrin-ebook/dp/B00DDV2Q96/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1386866540&amp;sr=1-3" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.co.uk/<wbr />April-Showers-Karli-Perrin-<wbr />ebook/dp/B00DDV2Q96/ref=sr_1_<wbr />3?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=<wbr />1386866540&amp;sr=1-3</a></font></div> <wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /> <p> <wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /></p> <wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /><wbr /> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 21px;"> <font face="Arial" size="3">Smashwords -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/326165" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">https://www.smashwords.com/<wbr />books/view/326165</a></font></div> <p></p> <p></p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:52:15 GMT 2a634709-851e-4730-ad9e-7c560a12d101 GEEK GIRL... http://lisamforester.wix.com/books/apps/blog/geek-girl-1 <p> I kinda feel ashamed to admit this, but here goes...</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I have only JUST read Geek Girl and Model Misfit by Holly Smale.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I know! I know! Y'all have been telling me to read it for aaages... but now I've finally finished them and have my verdict.</p> <p> They. Are. Awesome.</p> <p> Cute covers - check.</p> <p> Adorable protagonist - check.</p> <p> Lovely lion boy - check.</p> <p> Great writing - check, check, check!</p> <p> What more could you possibly want?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> So, I'm not gonna go into too much details about the book (just in case there are other people who have been living under rocks and haven't read them either yet!) but I will say - GO CHECK THEM OUT! You won't regret it!</p> <p style="text-align: center"> <span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q2e3b7p_mIc/UfwUazCzRrI/AAAAAAAAC38/WuGcDKZTxWQ/s320/Geek+Girl+-+Model+Misfit.png" width="208" /><img height="339" id="il_fi" src="http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alumni/news/2013/398.html/2013-02-08.1923386837/image" style="padding-bottom: 8px; padding-right: 8px; padding-top: 8px" width="222" /></p> <p> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q2e3b7p_mIc/UfwUazCzRrI/AAAAAAAAC38/WuGcDKZTxWQ/s1600/Geek+Girl+-+Model+Misfit.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-bottom: 1em; float: left; clear: left; margin-right: 1em"><span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span></a><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q2e3b7p_mIc/UfwUazCzRrI/AAAAAAAAC38/WuGcDKZTxWQ/s1600/Geek+Girl+-+Model+Misfit.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-bottom: 1em; float: left; clear: left; margin-right: 1em"></a></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:01:57 GMT b7add4fe-3aaa-4136-b02c-62dbe168ebbc Beginnings... http://lisamforester.wix.com/books/apps/blog/beginnings <p> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">A while ago I wrote a blog post entitled 'Beginning to Blog'. This post got&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">more hits than any other post I've written before, or since. I think it was&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">because of the nature of the content - we've all been there, right? We've&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">all been that newbie blogger who decided to start book blogging because&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">they got fed up of reading a book and having nobody around who wanted (or&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">cared) to dissect it. We've all been that person who played with </span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">backgrounds and headers on blogger or wordpress - making sure it looked&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">just right. We've all sat and typed up our first review, hit 'publish', and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">then sat back and wondered what the hell happens next?</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Because, what the hell does happen next? Is anyone even going to read this&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">review? Does anyone care? Would I bet just as well writing these reviews in&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">my diary?</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">And that's not even mentioning twitter!</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Twitter is a wonderful and frightening place. When you first join twitter -&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">you go and hunt down the owners of the blogs that you've been reading&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">forever, and you start following them. Suddenly, you realise that everybody&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">knows each other and they're all commenting on each others status' and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">retweeting each other. You feel like the new kid at school - stood on the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">periphery and watching the cool kids interact whilst you twiddle with the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">buckles on your satchel and pretend that you're invisible. Occasionally&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">you'll go to comment on someone's tweet, delete what you've written, and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">then rewrite it in a more socially acceptable format until you're satisfied&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">that what you've said doesn't make you sound like a total buffoon. And&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">occasionally, somebody wonderful will tweet you back - strike up a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">conversation with you and maybe even follow you. And you realise that&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Twitter isn't that intimidating after all. In fact, give it a day or two&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">and you'll find yourself immersed in conversations with the wonderful&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">blogging community about all manner of bookish things.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Change the words 'blogging' or 'twitter' in the above paragraphs to&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">'writing'... and you have yourself an author.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Seriously.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Be under no assumption that &nbsp;somebody who has written a book is a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">completely confident, empowered person who has buckets of faith in their&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">ability and demands that the world needs to read their work. This is very&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">rarely the case, or should I say - especially in my case. </span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I like to write.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I like to create worlds in my head where I can be whoever I want to be. I&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">can abandon Lisa Forester for a few hours and take on any situation that my&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">imagination can concoct. It's like daydreaming in word format, only better.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I've always written bits and pieces of things, but FREAKS is my first fully&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">finished novel, and I wrote it mostly in my pyjamas without thinking that&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">anyone would ever really read it. I typed away a young adult book in&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">particular because I liked the freedom it gave me. I liked that I could&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">stretch my imagination without having to tackle real life, mundane issues&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">like mortgages and bills. I liked that there were no boundaries to my&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">thought process.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">When I finally finished FREAKS, I slid it across to my husband who read it&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">with a red pen in his hand. He promptly and dutifully edited the errors and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">noted inconsistencies, and slid it back across to me with gusto. He liked&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">it! After I'd tweaked things here and there according to his&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">specifications... I'd done it. I'd finished my first book!</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">And, much like the very first review I ever wrote on my blog, I wondered if&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I'd be just as well writing this book in my diary. I mean, I didn't write&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">FREAKS ever expecting anyone to read it. I wrote it because I enjoyed&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">writing, and the achievement of actually writing (and finishing) a book was&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">something that I was incredibly proud of. But now that I'd finished it - I&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">felt like leaving it inside the memory of my laptop was cheating. How is it&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">a book if nobody ever reads it? Much like question; does a tree that falls&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">in an empty forest make a sound? Does a book that lives unread inside a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">laptop ever really exist? If nobody reads a book, is it still a book?&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Hmmmm.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Enter: My best friend.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Okay, so she's hardly impartial - but she has eyes. And she reads. A whole&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">lot. Her eyes could make my book come to life. Her eyes could make my book&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">become an actual book, right? If FREAKS could come alive in at least one&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">person's imagination, then it was worth it, right?</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">She read it in one day.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">And she passed it on to someone else, who read it in two days.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Who passed it on to their 14 year old daughter - who read it in one sitting&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">and text me asking for a sequel.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Suddenly, FREAKS felt like more like a book than a word document that was&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">hidden in my laptop. People knew about my book. People were talking about&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">my characters. It was surreal and amazing all at once.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It's a strange feeling to know that people are reading your words. It makes&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">you feel exposed. Vulnerable, almost. And any qualms I had about blogging&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">and it's intimidating introduction to social networking were magnified&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">tenfold.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">For about a day.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">No sooner had I mentioned to people that I'd written a book, people were&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">bubbling with enthusiasm and excitement for me. The bloggers and twitter&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">friends that I had spent so long chatting to were now brimming with&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">encouragement... and it made me realise, once again, the power of social&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">media. Sure, I may never have met these people - but I can tell you that&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">their tweets make me smile on a daily basis. Their motivation and support</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">are inspiring, and it's so hard not to be motivated when you're surrounded&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">by people who are taking the time to read your words, encourage you, tweet&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">you, blog about you. Who needs more inspiration than that?</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I guess what I'm trying to say is... thank you. Nobody should ever underestimate the power of the blogging community. They are a group of people who can rally behind you like the most awesome cheerleading squad ever, making you feel like you can achieve anything.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">And - fellow authors - if a blogger takes a particular shine to your book... just watch their love spread like wildfire throughout the Twitter-verse. Bloggers are a force to be reckoned with, and a force to be appreciated!</span></p> <p> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">So, if your reading this blog post - thank you! You have taken time out of your&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">day to listen to my thoughts and given me the opportunity to express my thoughts.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you have tweeted about FREAKS - thank you! You are helping me to spread&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">the word about my book, and helping my characters to come alive. I truly do&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">appreciate you all!</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you follow me on twitter - thank you! Thank you for taking the time to&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">read any tweets I may have posted and interacted with me about them.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you've visited my blog before - thank you.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you've already read FREAKS - thank you.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you plan on reading FREAKS - thank you.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you've added FREAKS to goodreads - thank you.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">To each and every one of you... THANK YOU!</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Blogs and books and twitter posts are similar in so many ways - they are&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">all nothing without readers. They will never be anything without readers. And as a writer of all of these things I just wanna say.... YOU ROCK! \m/</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:24:58 GMT 82130b1b-c52e-45e8-9204-e201cdd6ae8a Blogger problems..... http://lisamforester.wix.com/books/apps/blog/blogger-problems <p> Urgh!!!</p> <p> So, this is the blog that I can link to my website.</p> <p> My old blog was a Blogger account.</p> <p> Can I combine the two? NO!<br /> Can I figure out a way to move everything across? NO!<br /> Will my reviews and bookish musing be lost in a virtual black hole? Apparently YES!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> I'm so bugged &nbsp;by this right now... but I'm not giving up. Let it be known that I, Lisa M Forester, WILL figure out the Blogger-to-Wix-slideacross (as I have named it).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Until then... I guess I'm starting afresh.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:14:02 GMT d828eb5b-729a-4af8-86d0-40db7f721240 COVER REVEAL! http://lisamforester.wix.com/books/apps/blog/cover-reveal <p> Finally I get to show you all the lovely cover of my debut novel; FREAKS! Get ready. I hope you like it...... :-)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/99e926_3821cc2902a2a419e280fcf65c4fec1c.jpg" /></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:39:52 GMT b4352bc2-e4ab-41f4-9212-255df9e4883a Welcome... Welcome... Welcome... http://lisamforester.wix.com/books/apps/blog/welcome-welcome-welcome <p> So, welcome to my new and shiny blog!</p> <p> Please feel free to drop in whenever you like - I will be around as often as I can talking about all things bookish. I'll keep you up to date with the release of Freaks and any information around my books, and I will also review and discuss other books and things that I'm reading too.</p> <p> Please do bear with my while I try and figure out this new blog and website (and while I try to import all my posts from my old blog across! ugh!) In the meantime feel free to wander around and have a browse.&nbsp;</p> <p> I'll look forward to seeing you all around here!</p> <p> Lisa xoxo</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:53:47 GMT aca43c99-55ab-4e11-9a25-3e848207ba58