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As I mulled over my published short fiction, I found seven wildly different stories with one thing in common–a heroine totally unlike me. I’m the girl next door. I have no idea where these strange ladies came from.

In The Oniomancer (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine), a Chinese-American punk bicycle messenger finds an artifact on the street. In Guardian (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine), an African-American gallerist resorts to voodoo to confront a criminal. In Felicitas (Desire Burn: Women Writing from the Dark Side of Passion [Carroll and Graf]), an illegal Mexican immigrant faces life as a cat shapeshifter. In Stripper (Unique Magazine), an exotic dancer battles the Mob. In Triad (Universe 2 [Bantam]), Dana Anad lives half the time as a woman, half as a man, and falls in love with a very strange lady. In Destination (Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction), a driver takes three strangers from a ride board on a cross-country trip as the radio reports that a serial killer is on the loose. In Transformation and the Postmodern Identity Crisis (Fantastic Alice [Ace]), Alice considers life after Wonderland.

As you can see, my friends, this isn’t the kind of science fiction with space ship captains and aliens!

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India, and Mexico.

Five stars on Facebook and Amazon! “Great work, Lisa Mason!”

“Hilarious, provocative, profound.”

From Jeanne-Mary Allen, Author on Facebook and the BookBrothers Blog: “Kyle Wylde and I are thrilled to have found such a talented, dedicated, and brilliant collection of shorts in Strange Ladies: 7 Stories…Your style/craft is highly impressive.”

From the San Francisco Book Review: “Strange Ladies: 7 Stories offers everything you could possibly want, from more traditional science fiction and fantasy tropes to thought-provoking explorations of gender issues and pleasing postmodern humor…This is a must-read collection.” http://anotheruniverse.com/strange-ladies-7-stories/

From the Book Brothers Review Blog: “Lisa Mason might just be the female Phillip K. Dick. Like Dick, Mason’s stories are far more than just sci-fi tales, they are brimming with insight into human consciousness and the social condition….Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is a sci-fi collection of excellent quality. If you like deeply crafted worlds with strange, yet relatable characters, then you won’t want to miss it.” http://www.thebookbrothers.com/2013/09/the-book-brothers-review-strange.html#more

5.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com Great science fiction short stories! November 1, 2013

Fantastic book of short stories. All have some science fiction/fantasy elements. One is about a road trip with strangers, a bit more on the horror end of the spectrum, another is more humorous, based on Alice in Wonderland. One is a fascinating imagining of alien gender, and how it might differ from human. All have been published in various magazines and anthologies before, but were hard to find until this great collection. Recommended.”

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry, worldwide Amazon.com links for Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and Spain, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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You’ve written a book that—I hope!—contains all the elements set out below. How you layer them into your story is another topic altogether. I’m not going to touch on that here.

Now the challenge: to distill your book into a Book Description that will intrigue the potential reader enough to buy it. The reader must grasp what your book is about in order to determine whether he or she is interested.

I trust I don’t insult your intelligence by stating the obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many indie authors believe that merely telling potential readers in their Book Description that their book is wonderful will make sales.

It won’t.

But don’t the Big Publishers do that? you want to know.

Of course they do, but they do it in a roundabout way. They send book galleys out to famous or critically acclaimed authors and ask if the authors would like to “blurb” the book. In return, the publisher will cite the author’s latest book on the book jacket so the author receives free promotion.

No wonder so many authors do it. I’ve blurbed books by Jamil Nasir, Linda Nagata, Kay Kenyon, and others for Bantam Books.

Still, even famous authors’ endorsements, if you’ve got them, go on a different section of your book’s Product Page, the section for Reviews. Endorsements do not belong in your Book Description.

What does? Precisely and concisely as possible, set out:

Time
In a contemporary memoir, literary novel, or romance, Time may not be important enough to mention in your Book Description. But you should establish Time in your book, and if you think the Time will intrigue the reader, state it. This can be especially important for historical fiction of whatever genre (romance, mystery, literary, fantasy) and science fiction.

Place
Other than in experimental fiction (and how boring is that?), the place or places where your story unfolds is essential, including in fantasy works set in an imaginary world.

Premise
This is the core idea that probably inspired you to write your book, the Big What If? What if adults of all ages, from all walks of life, were accepted by the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts to learn Real Magic as in The Garden of Abracadabra. What if an oppressed housewife in 1896 is compelled into murder and intrigue and a passionate romance as in Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery).

Lead character or characters
If you’ve only got one lead POV character, identify and describe him or her precisely and concisely. Same for any other lead POV characters.

Villain or evil
Your villain or impending evil (or abusive family) may be described specifically or merely hinted at. But make sure your hints are specific.

Inciting Incident
The action that kicks your book into gear and draws your readers into the story. Precise and concise in your Book Description, please!

Plot questions
Sum up the urgent plot questions that follow from your premise and inciting incident in an intriguing way, but do not describe the whole plot.

If the work was published in a magazine or anthology, a citation to the original publication
This is, I think, completely appropriate in a Book Description, and not to be confused with professional critics’ or readers’ reviews, which properly go in the Reviews section of your product page.

Your credentials and awards
Also appropriate, but insert any specific laudatory language of the award in the Reviews section of your product page. A citation to the award is enough.

Now for some Examples. I’m pointing out the Essential Elements.

An earlier version of this Book Description for Summer of Love was written by Bantam for the print edition. This is a long, deeply researched, complicated book in which the time period and the setting are vital.

I adapted the publisher’s Book Description and improved upon Bantam’s version for my ebook by adding a few more specific details and the overall story question (that Bantam didn’t address in its version):

The year is 1967 (Time) and something new is sweeping across America: good vibes, bad vibes, psychedelic music, psychedelic drugs, anti-war protests, racial tension, free love, bikers, dropouts, flower children. An age of innocence, a time of danger. The Summer of Love.
San Francisco is the Summer of Love, where runaway flower children flock to join the hip elite and squares cruise the streets to view the human zoo (Place).
Lost in these strange and wondrous days, fourteen-year-old Susan Bell, alias Starbright, (First POV Character) has run away from the straight suburbs of Cleveland to find her troubled best friend (Premise). Her path will cross with Chiron Cat’s Eye in Draco, a strange and beautiful young man who has journeyed farther than she could ever imagine. (Second POV Character)
With the help of Ruby A. Maverick, a wise, feisty half-black, half-white hip merchant, (Third POV Character) Susan and Chi discover a love that spans five centuries (Plot Question). But can they save the world from demons threatening to destroy all space and time? (Villain or Evil)
A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Recommended Book. (Awards)
From the author of The Garden of Abracadabra and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (A New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book), The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery), and Strange Ladies: 7 Stories. (Credentials)

Here is the Book Description for Every Mystery Unexplained, a novelette published in a hardcover anthology. Note that because of the shorter length and single POV lead character, the setting is less important and the protagonist’s conflicts are set out. The Description includes the novelette’s original publication and the other famous authors published in the anthology.

The year is 1895, and Danny Flint is a young man living in the shadow of his controlling father, a famous stage magician whose fortunes are fading. Uncle Brady, Professor Flint’s trusted assistant and business manager and Danny’s best friend, cannot stay in the same hotel as them—Uncle Brady is African-American. Danny is grieving over his mother’s recent accidental death, for which he feels he is to blame.
When a mysterious beautiful lady comes to them for help, Danny and his father will confront the ethical dilemma between spiritualist séances and faked séances performed by stage magicians like them.
He will learn to reconcile himself with his grief and guilt, learn the secret of Uncle Brady’s identity, and assume his place at center stage as a talented magician in his own right with the help of the mysterious beautiful lady.
Every Mystery Unexplained was published in David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible (HarperPrism), which also included stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, and Kevin J. Anderson (Original Publication).

So there you have it, my friends. Put some thought and care into your Book Description. You won’t regret it!

In another day or so::
How to Write a Compelling Book Description Part 4: Problems with Book Descriptions and How to Solve Them

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Australia..

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

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Thank you for your readership!

It’s that time of year! Time to kick back with your ereader and enjoy a bunch of books.

Here’s my 2014 list. I’m committed to creating quality fiction for you. Enjoy!

Lisa Mason’s 2014 List

Lisa Mason is the author of ten novels, including Summer of Love (Bantam), a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book and Philip K. Dick Award finalist, and The Golden Nineties (Bantam), a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.

Mason published her first story, “Arachne,” in Omni and has since published short fiction in magazines and anthologies worldwide, including Omni, Full Spectrum, Universe, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Unique, Transcendental Tales, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Immortal Unicorn, Tales of the Impossible, Desire Burn, Fantastic Alice, The Shimmering Door, Hayakawa Science Fiction Magazine, Unter Die Haut, and others. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

Her Omni story, “Tomorrow’s Child,” sold outright to Universal Studios.

Lisa Mason lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, the artist and jeweler Tom Robinson.

Visit her at Lisa Mason’s Official Website, at her Official Blog, on her Facebook Author Page, on her Facebook Profile Page, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Amazon, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please add stars, write a review, and spread the word to your family and friends.

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Ebooks by Lisa Mason

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories

Collection

When Mason mulled over her published short fiction, she discovered seven wildly different stories with one thing in common: a heroine totally unlike her. Mason is the girl next door. She has no idea where these Strange Ladies came from.

“Offers everything you could possibly want, from more traditional science fiction and fantasy tropes to thought-provoking explorations of gender issues and pleasing postmodern humor…This is a must-read collection.”

—San Francisco Review of Books

“Lisa Mason might just be the female Phillip K. Dick. Like Dick, Mason’s stories are far more than just sci-fi tales, they are brimming with insight into human consciousness and the social condition….a sci-fi collection of excellent quality….you won’t want to miss it.”

—The Book Brothers Review Blog

“Fantastic book of short stories….Recommended.”

—Reader Review

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo, Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India, and Mexico.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition

A Lily Modjeska Mystery

Passionate Historical Romantic Suspense

Lily is not quite a typical woman in Toledo, Ohio, 1896. She may be repressed and dependent on her husband, but she supports the vote for women and has a mind of her own. When Johnny Pentland is found dead at a notorious brothel, Lily discovers her husband is not the man she thought he was.

Pursued by Pentland’s enemies, Lily embarks on a journey that will take her across the country to San Francisco and across the ocean to Imperial China as she unravels a web of murder and corruption involving 1890s U.S. immigration policy reaching from the opium dens of Chinatown to the mansions of Nob Hill.

Her journey becomes one of the heart when she crosses paths with Jackson Tremaine, a debonair, worldly-wise physician. Lily and Jackson begin a conflicted, passionate relationship as they encounter the mysterious Celestial Girl and her dangerous entourage.

5 Stars Great Read “I really enjoyed the story and would love to read a sequel! I enjoy living in the 21st century, but this book made me want to visit the Victorian era. The characters were brought to life, a delight to read about. The tasteful sex scenes were very racy….Good Job!”

5 Stars “Well written, good characters, and plotting….I’m a Lisa Mason fan, for sure!”

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Or try the miniseries in three affordable installments:

Celestial Girl, Book 1: The Heartland (A Lily Modjeska Mystery). Lily flees Toledo on the Overland train. She must share a seat with Jackson Tremaine and befriends the Celestial Girl, the daughter of a Chinese dignitary. But appearances are not what they seem. Celestial Girl, Book 1: The Heartland (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Celestial Girl, Book 1: The Heartland (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Celestial Girl, Book 2: Jewel of the Golden West (A Lily Modjeska Mystery. Lily and Jackson arrive in San Francisco and discover the murder of an immigration official connected with the Celestial Girl. She and Jackson are compelled into a dangerous murder investigation. As they begin a passionate affair, a contract for murder is taken out on Lily’s life. Celestial Girl, Book 2: Jewel of the Golden West (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Celestial Girl, Book 2: Jewel of the Golden West (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India and Mexico.

Celestial Girl, Book 3: The Celestial Kingdom (A Lily Modjeska Mystery). Lily and Tremaine journey to Imperial China, confronting soldiers of the Boxer Revolution and brutal slavers. Lily discovers secrets vital to the identity of the Celestial Girl. In Celestial Girl, Book 4: Terminus (A Lily Modjeska Mystery). Lily and Jackson return to San Francisco and solve the tragic mystery of the Celestial Girl. Both books are on the same volume. Both Celestial Girl, Book 3: The Celestial Kingdom (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) and Celestial Girl, Book 4: Terminus are on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Both Celestial Girl, Book 3: The Celestial Kingdom (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) and Celestial Girl, Book 4: Terminus are on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

The Garden of Abracadabra

Book 1 of the Abracadabra Series

Urban Fantasy

At her mother’s urgent deathbed plea, Abby Teller enrolls at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts to learn Real Magic. To support herself through school, she signs on as the superintendent of the Garden of Abracadabra, a mysterious, magical apartment building on campus. She discovers that her tenants are witches, shapeshifters, vampires, and wizards and each apartment is a fairyland or hell.

On her first day in Berkeley, she stumbles upon a supernatural multiple murder scene. One of the victims is a man she picked up hitchhiking the day before. Compelled into a dangerous murder investigation, Abby will discover the first secrets of an ancient and ongoing war between Humanity and the Demonic Realms, uncover mysteries of her own troubled past, and learn that the lessons of Real Magic may spell the difference between her own life or death.

“So refreshing! The Garden of Abracadabra is Stephanie Plum in the world of Harry Potter.”

—Reader Review

“Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy….I want to read more!”

—Reader Review

“I love the writing style and am hungry for more!”

—Reader Review

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is also available in three affordable installments.

In Book 1: Life’s Journey, Abby arrives in Berkeley, filled with hope and promise, hoping to land a new job and start magic college, when she stumbles upon a supernatural multiple murder scene. On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
Book 1: Life’s Journey
is also on Amazon in Australia, Brazil, Germany, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

In Book 2: In Dark Woods, Abby is drawn into a dangerous murder investigation and torn between three men, Daniel Stern, her ex-fiance, Jack Kovac, an enigmatic FBI agent, and Prince Alastor, a potent supernatural man who lives in the penthouse and may be a suspect. On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords.
Book 2: In Dark Woods
is also on Amazon in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

In Book 3: The Right Road, Abby uncovers ancient supernatural secrets behind the murders and faces dangers and challenges ahead. On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
Book 3: The Right Road
is also on Amazon in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

Summer of Love

A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book

Twenty five-star reviews
“Summer of Love is an important American literary contribution.”
“This book was so true to life that I felt like I was there. I recommend it to anyone.”
“More than a great science-fiction, a great novel as well.”

The year is 1967 and something new is sweeping across America: good vibes, bad vibes, psychedelic music, psychedelic drugs, anti-war protests, racial tension, free love, bikers, dropouts, flower children. An age of innocence, a time of danger. The Summer of Love.

San Francisco is the Summer of Love, where runaway flower children flock to join the hip elite and squares cruise the streets to view the human zoo.

Lost in these strange and wondrous days, teenager Susan Bell, alias Starbright, has run away from the straight suburbs of Cleveland to find her troubled best friend. Her path will cross with Chiron Cat’s Eye in Draco, a strange and beautiful young man who has journeyed farther than she could ever imagine.

With the help of Ruby A. Maverick, a feisty half-black, half-white hip merchant, Susan and Chi discover a love that spans five centuries. But can they save the world from demons threatening to destroy all space and time?

Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel

New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book

The year is 1895 and immigrants the world over are flocking to California on the transcontinental railroad and on transoceanic steamships. The Zoetrope demonstrates the persistence of vision, patent medicines addict children to morphine, and women are rallying for the vote. In San Francisco, saloons are the booming business, followed by brothels, and the Barbary Coast is a dangerous sink of iniquity. Atop Telegraph Hill bloody jousting tournaments are held and in Chinatown the tongs deal in opium, murder-for-hire, and slave girls.

Zhu Wong, a prisoner in twenty-fifth century China, is given a choice–stand trial for murder or go on a risky time-travel project to the San Francisco of 1895 to rescue a slave girl and take her to safety. Charmed by the city’s opulent glamour, Zhu will discover the city’s darkest secrets. A fervent population control activist in a world of twelve billion people, she will become an indentured servant to the city’s most notorious madam. Fiercely disciplined, she will fall desperately in love with the troubled self-destructive heir to a fading fortune.

And when the careful plans of the Gilded Age Project start unraveling, Zhu will discover that her choices not only affect the future but mean the difference between her own life or death.

“A winning mixture of intelligence and passion.” The New York Times Book Review

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Sony, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Shaken

“The Net” Meets “Conspiracy Theory” with Earthquakes

Shaken, a sexy short thriller, is an ebook adaptation of “Deus Ex Machina” published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, republished in Transcendental Tales (Donning Press), and translated and republished worldwide.

Emma “J” for Joy Pearce is at her editorial offices on the twenty-second floor of Three Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco when the long-dreaded next Great Earthquake devastates the Bay area. Amid horrific destruction, she rescues a man trapped in the rubble. In the heat of survival, she swiftly bonds with him, causing her to question her possible marriage to her long-time boyfriend.

But Jason Gibb is not the charming photojournalist he pretends to be. As Emma discovers his true identity, his mission in the city, and the dark secrets behind the catastrophe, she finds the choices she makes may mean the difference between her own life or death.

A List of Sources follows this short novel.

Shaken  is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
Shaken
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Tomorrow’s Child

The Story That Sold To The Movies

A high-powered executive is about to lose his estranged teenage daughter to critical burn wounds and only desperate measures may save her life.

Tomorrow’s Child began as a medical documentary, got published as a lead story in Omni Magazine, and finally sold outright to Universal Pictures, where the project is presently in development.

The ebook includes Lisa Mason’s 30-day blog, The Story Behind The Story That Sold To The Movies, describing the twists and turns this story from inspiration to movie deal.

This is a high-concept story that sold to a magazine with a worldwide circulation of five million subscribers. Mason’s film rights agent told her he cried at the end. The president of Burn Victims of America wrote Mason a fan letter.

Tomorrow’s Child is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
Tomorrow’s Child
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Hummers

Contemporary Literary Fantasy

Laurel, in the terminal stages of cancer, is obsessed with the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Jerry, her homecare nurse whose lover is dying of AIDS, gives her a surprising gift. A hummingbird feeder.

As Laurel comes to grips with her own death, she learns powerful and redeeming lessons about Egyptian Magic from the hummingbirds that visit her.

Hummers was published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, chosen for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 5th Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press), and nominated for the Nebula Award.

“Fantasy, like myth and legend, provides a means of storytelling that at its best goes beyond entertainment to travel the inner roads of the human soul. [Hummers] does this beautifully, using the form of fantasy fiction and the symbols of Egyptian mythology to enter one of the most mysterious lands of all: the one that lies at the threshold of death. Readers who have experienced the loss of loved ones to cancer or AIDS will find this story cuts particularly close to the bone, but the fear of death is universal, and Mason’s exploration of this fear is both unsentimental and compassionate.”

–Terri Windling

Hummers is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords.
Hummers
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico.

The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria

Literary Fantasy

The year is 1941, and Hitler’s armies have swept across Europe. Nora, a budding young Surrealist artist, has fled to Mexico with B.B., a much older and acclaimed Surrealist playwright down on his luck. Hundreds of European artists and writers have formed a colony in Mexico City, and Nora befriends Valencia, a fellow Surrealist artist and refugee. Together the friends explore Jungian psychology and the power of symbols in their Art.

But Nora is plagued by an abusive relationship with B.B. She embarks on a harrowing journey deep into her own troubled psyche.

The novelette was inspired by Lisa Mason’s favorite Surrealist artists, Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo.

An Afterword describing the lives of Carrington and Varo and a List of Sources are included in the ebook.

The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria was published in Full Spectrum 5 (Bantam), which also included stories by Karen Joy Fowler, Jonathan Lethem, and Neal Stephenson.

The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords.
The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Every Mystery Unexplained

Historical Fantasy

The year is 1895, and Danny Flint is a young man living in the shadow of his controlling father, a famous stage magician whose fortunes are fading. Uncle Brady, Professor Flint’s trusted assistant and business manager and Danny’s best friend, cannot stay in the same hotel as them—Uncle Brady is African-American. Danny is grieving over his mother’s recent accidental death, for which he feels he is to blame.

When a mysterious beautiful lady comes to them for help, Danny and his father will confront the ethical dilemma between spiritualist séances and faked séances performed by stage magicians like them.

Danny will learn to reconcile himself with his grief and guilt, learn the secret of Uncle Brady’s identity, and assume his place at center stage as a talented magician in his own right with the help of the beautiful lady.

Every Mystery Unexplained was published in David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible (HarperPrism), which also included stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, and Kevin J. Anderson.

This is the type of story I was hoping for from these anthologies: a blend of fiction and magic history. . . The story is a nice juxtaposition between the magic ethos and spiritualism ethos and the Victorian era and the Old West. Mason knows her magic history (the title is from a Harry Kellar quote) and she knows San Francisco.

–Katherine Nabity, The Writerly Reader

Every Mystery Unexplained is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords.
Every Mystery Unexplained
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Daughter of the Tao

Historical Fantasy

Sing Lin is a mooie jai, a girl sold into slavery at the age of five to a wealthy merchant in Tangrenbu, the ghetto of her people in the new country across the sea.

One lucky day, while she is out shopping by herself, she meets another mooie jai. Kwai Yin is a bossy, beautiful girl two years older. Kwai has a secret. Before she was sold into slavery, she had a Teacher who taught her about Tao Magic.

But Sing watches Kwai succumb to the terrifying fate of all slave girls in Tangrenbu.

Soon Sing is destined to go to the same fate. But will her invocation of Tao Magic save her?

Five Stars A beautiful novella!
“The characters in this little book jumped off the page and you really cared what happened to them. It is a rare talent that can do that so well! This was a compelling tale of a girl sold into slavery as her culture allowed. I found myself hooked from the very first page as I followed her through the twists and turns of her life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a character-based story with a touch of magic and fantasy to it!”

Daughter of the Tao was published in Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism), which included stories by Charles de Lint, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Sheckley, and Ellen Kushner.

Daughter of the Tao is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
Daughter of the Tao
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

U F uh-O

A Sci Fi Comedy

“Knocked Up” meets “E. T.”

Nikki and Josh really want a child but have infertility issues. Gretchen and Mike have the same problem. When Nikki meets Gretchen at the Happy Daze Family Clinic in Pasadena, they discover that they share a love of music and have asked for a donor with musical talent.

Nine months later, they give birth to very unusual babies and, seeking an answer to why the kids are so special, they meet again at a pediatrician’s office. And the search is on: who—and what—is Donor Number 333?

For something fast and fun, U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy, Lisa Mason’s screenplay for a producer looking for the next “Galaxy Quest” or “Men in Black” is now a novella.

5 Stars A very clever humorous novella!
“I found myself very involved with the characters and wholeheartedly cheering them on! I would highly recommend this 82-page funny novella to anyone who enjoys a well-written book with excellent character development in unusually subtle ways. I am looking forward to reading more of her works as I’m sure you will be, too!”

U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Tesla: A Worthy of His Time

A Screenplay

Genius. Visionary. Madman.

Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) was the pioneering genius who invented the AC electrical system that powers our world to this day, as well as radio, remote control, the automobile speedometer, X-ray photography, the AND logic gate that drives all our computer systems, and countless other devices and precursors to devices such as cell phones, television, and the Internet that we so effortlessly use today.

Strikingly handsome and charismatic, fluent in half a dozen languages, mathematics savant and master machinist, a reed-thin perfectionist who quoted poetry like a Victorian rapper, Tesla became one of the most famous men of his day. Friend of tycoons like John Jacob Astor and Stanford White and celebrities like Mark Twain and Sarah Bernhardt.

Yet Tesla was an intensely driven and lonely man, beset by inner demons, and cursed with a protean inventive imagination a century ahead of his time. He died in obscurity and poverty and, to this day, his name is not widely known. How did that happen?

Blending historical fact with speculative imagination, Lisa Mason explores the secrets of the Inventor’s inner life and his obsession with Goethe’s Faust set against the backdrop of sweeping technological changes at the turn of the twentieth century that have forever changed the world.

A List of Sources is included in the ebook.

TESLA, A Worthy of His Time, A Screenplay was read by the producer of “Aliens” and “The Abyss” and is currently under consideration at another L.A. producer.

Tesla, A Worthy of His Time, A Screenplay is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
Tesla, A Worthy of His Time, A Screenplay
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story

A Memoir About Writing and Inspiration

A short, sweet memoir about a life in a garden and one writer’s first inspiration. The ebook includes Mason’s first story, “Arachne.

Reading Charlotte’s Web, the classic children’s book, inspired Mason to write her own novels at the age of eight. Her quest to discover the meaning of the spider led her to Jungian psychology, myths, and symbols. The classic myth of Arachne became the subtext of her first story, “Arachne”, published by Omni Magazine worldwide, by Hayakawa in Japan, and by Replik in Sweden. Mason’s first two early cyberpunk novels followed, Arachne and Cyberweb, published by William Morrow, Avon Books, and Eos.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Eon’s Kiss

Suzanna Moore

Passionate Paranormal Romance

On the eve of what Jenna Coltrane believes will be Brett Becker’s marriage proposal, tragedy strikes her life again—not just once, but twice. In the midst of trouble, she encounters Eon, a regal young man unlike anyone she’s ever met.

With him, she enters the magical world of the Arbor, discovering sensuous love and dazzling beauty beyond her wildest dreams.

But Jenna cannot stay in Eon’s magical world for long–she’ll die. And Eon cannot stay in Jenna’s ordinary world—he’s a god. They can only meet for a measured time through the Gateway Tree.

When Jenna discovers that Becker Construction plans to destroy the Arbor and build an office-condo complex on the site, she becomes the leader of an environmentalist movement to save the Arbor. But Becker Construction will stop at nothing and Jenna is swept up in a struggle in which her love for Eon and her life are at stake.

Suzanna Moore is the pen name of a widely published author of fantasy and science fiction.

Eon’s Kiss is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Australia Kindle, BarnesandNoble, and Smashwords.
Eon’s Kiss
is also on Amazon.com in Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

Your Book Description is the first thing a potential reader sees when he or she goes to your book’s product page. If you’ve also got a print book, you’ll insert your Book Description on the back cover, as the Traditional Publishers do. There again, your potential reader sees that first before he or she opens the book.

I cannot emphasize enough how vital it is that your Book Description be the best it can be.

I’ve published six novels with Random House and HarperCollins, and have had book descriptions written for me by the publisher’s staff. Here’s how it works: you turn in your manuscript to your editor. Your editor may ask for revisions. You respond, turn the revised manuscript in, and your editor signs off on it.

Your manuscript then goes to a cover artist, a copy editor, the marketing staff, and a Book Description writer. This person typically has a degree in advertising or marketing and labors all day long churning out Book Descriptions for the Publisher’s books.

The Book Descriptions are generally very good and hit all (or most) of the Essential Elements I’ll set out in the next blog. I encountered one that had a grievous misspelling that infuriated me so much, I called my literary agent and my editor at midnight, California time, to point the error out. (I’m like that.)

What is most interesting about this process is to see all these objective eyes observing your work and responding with their feedback or interpretation of what you’ve written.

Now I write my own Book Descriptions for the traditionally published titles I’ve republished as ebooks, for stories, novelettes, and novellas published in magazines and anthologies that didn’t receive an individual Book Description and now require one because they are ebooks on their own, and for the few new titles I’ve published through Bast Books.

If you haven’t had the experience of having someone else write your Book Description, you may wish to try this as an exercise to hone your skills. Pick out a book you’re familiar with. Write a Book Description, then compare your Description with the Publisher’s, the Description on a retailer’s site, and/or the back cover of the print book.

You’ll notice a mass market paperback only has so much room for a Book Description. It may be more useful to check out the Book Description on a retailer’s site.

Not all professional Book Descriptions are that great, by the way. But you may find the exercise helpful in approaching your own work.

So there you have it, my friends. Many independent authors who haven’t worked with Traditional Publishers do just fine with their Book Descriptions. I’ve been impressed.

Many more Descriptions need a little work. In some cases, a lot of work.

Next:
How to Write a Compelling Book Description Part 3: Essential Elements of a Book Description
How to Write a Compelling Book Description Part 4: Problems with Book Descriptions and How to Solve Them

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Australia..

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

An intriguing, complex mystery grounded in extensive research into controversial 1890s immigration policy blended with passionate romance and a dash of wit.

Lily is not quite a typical woman in Toledo, Ohio, 1896. She may be repressed and dependent on her husband, but she supports the vote for women and has a mind of her own. When Johnny Pentland is found dead at a notorious brothel, Lily discovers her husband is not the man she thought he was.

Pursued by Pentland’s enemies, Lily embarks on a journey that will take her across the country to San Francisco and across the ocean to Imperial China as she unravels a web of murder and corruption reaching from the opium dens of Chinatown to the mansions of Nob Hill.

Her journey becomes one of the heart when she crosses paths with Jackson Tremaine, a debonair, worldly-wise physician. Lily and Jackson begin a conflicted, passionate relationship as they encounter the mysterious Celestial Girl and her dangerous entourage.

Great Read! 5 Stars “I really enjoyed the story and would love to read a sequel! I enjoy living in the 21st century, but this book made me want to visit the Victorian era. The characters were brought to life, a delight to read about. The tasteful sex scenes were very racy….Good Job!”
—Amazon.com Reader Review

Shenanigans on the Barbary Coast of SF, CA, January 31, 2014
New 5 Stars “Well written, good characters & plotting….I’m a Lisa Mason fan, for sure!”
—Amazon.com Reader Review

Read the whole four-book miniseries Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Australia..

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

I love Twitter and have been very active over the past year, building up my list of Followers to nearly 11,000 (without buying lists from list brokers). I’ve come to prefer Twitter to Facebook, in fact. I like the interactive quality, the brevity, the lack of pretension and cliques you often find on Facebook. I like how other authors are so supportive and practice reciprocity.

I’ve learned how to click on the book links of authors I Follow, zip straight to their books, copy the link with a distillation of what I observe in their book description, and Retweet their books and their Twitter handles.

I not only Retweet their own Tweets, Tweets posted about them by other people, but under my own Twitter name, I’ll post a thumbnail description of their book, the title, the author, the author’s Twitter name, and the Amazon.com link.–

Why do this? This technique enables me to utilize three different forms of Tweets in support of my Followers. And they Retweet my Tweets, other people’s Tweets about me, and a thumbnail description of my book, the title, my Twitter name, and the Amazon.com link. I have hundreds of Followers I can rely on to do this even when I can’t go on Twitter. I’m very happy to return the favor when I can.

And therein lie the problems, which led me to compose these blogs in an effort to help other authors, especially indie authors, to improve their book descriptions.

I’ve traditionally published six novels through Big Publishers and have had book descriptions written for me so I’ve had the experience of being intimately familiar with a book and then observing how someone else composed a pitch for it that goes on the cover and on the retailer’s product page.

Now I write my own Book Descriptions for traditionally published titles I’ve republished as ebooks and for the new titles I’ve published through Bast Books.

So there you have it, my friends. Your Book Description is the first thing a potential reader sees when he or she goes to your book’s product page. I cannot emphasize enough how vital it is that your Book Description be the best it can be!

Forthcoming over the next week—
Part 2: Traditional Publishing versus Independent Publishing Book Descriptions
Part 3: How to Write a Compelling Book Description: Essential Elements of a Book Description

Part 4: How to Write a Compelling Book Description: Problems with Book Descriptions and How to Solve Them

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Australia.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

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Lisa Mason, October 6, 2014

The Manhattan Penthouse, SFWA Author-Editor Reception

Photo 2014 by Kate Baker

The Reception was held on October 6, 2014 at The Manhattan Penthouse (“MP”) at 80 Fifth Avenue. We enjoyed a two-block stroll from Little Town where I’d dined with Gordon Van Gelder, Matthew Blackburn, and four other writers. We set out at 7:20 p.m., twenty minutes after the start of the event.

The MP has a capacity of 300 people. The guest list had totally filled a good week before the event. When we arrived, people were streaming in, but most guests had already arrived. The place was jumping! People had congregated into groups deep in conversation. Everyone in these groups seemed to know the other participants.

The MP is a suite of two rooms on the 17th floor. The spacious front room has tall, arched windows overlooking Manhattan. The adjoining room is outfitted with tables and chairs where people can sit down.

As I admired the spectacular view through an arched window, a full moon sailed above the New York City skyline. I also admired the abundant hors d’oeuvres heaped on a round table in the front room and on a banquet in the adjoining room. A full bar in the front room sold drinks. According to The SFWA Forum (October/November 2014), an appetizer, momos, from the forthcoming SFWA Cookbook, as well as a drink, The Honey Badger, were offered. I hadn’t heard about this so didn’t try them.

I was very glad I’d arrived with a group of people I’d already met and conversed with. Unless you’re a freewheeling party animal, it can be a little intimidating to walk into a room where three hundred strangers have already paired off and are deep in high-decibel conversation. I hung out for a while with Matthew and Leo, but I had work to do. I’d jetted six hours at my own expense to be here and I intended to meet people.

SFWA had thoughtfully provided a guest list online. I’d studied the list at home and picked out twenty people—magazine editors, book editors, literary agents, and writers—whom I wanted to meet. Some of them I’d met before, but not for some years. I googled people I’d never met before and downloaded their online photos so I’d recognize them.

I’d had a terrific business card made before the trip (FedEx.com provides this excellent service online). My wonderful husband, the artist and jeweler Tom Robinson, had urged me to “work the room.” We had a lot invested in this whirlwind trip.

I overcame my natural shyness and worked the room, approaching strangers whom I thought I recognized, introducing myself, and offering my business card. Some turned out to be who I thought they were; some didn’t but knew the person I was seeking. So in turn, other people introduced me to the person I was seeking to meet. As I circulated around the two rooms, I ran into people I wanted to meet by sheer luck. I met several people who hadn’t been on my list—another author who had published a story in the premier issue of Unique Magazine, as had I, and a literary agent and her assistant who were already familiar with some of my best work.

I just couldn’t find two of the book editors I wanted to connect with, as well as an out-of-town literary agent who only reads queries from authors she’s met in person and an author who’s active in SFWA. Just goes to show you how difficult it may be to find people you’re looking for in a crowd of three hundred!

By 10:30 p.m. the event was winding down. I’d spoken with three magazine editors, three literary agents who are at the top of my query list, two book editors, several editorial assistants, and a handful of authors. I walked back to the Wyndham Garden Hotel, reasonably satisfied and packed my luggage for my departure at 7:00 a.m. the next morning.

So there you have it, my friends. SFWA has always called this event the Author-Editor Reception. When I attended some years ago, the emphasis seemed to be more on the attending authors. Now SFWA is transitioning to calling the event “the Annual Reception for Industry Professionals.” In fact, I just found the online survey, which strikes me as very much aimed at industry professionals. A question asks, “After meeting an author, are you inclined to read his/her work?” (I’m paraphrasing.) I suppose the question is applicable to an author like me, though I generally read an author’s work because I’m interested in the subject matter or have read a review. Not because I’ve met the person.

I certainly get the vibe that this event is now more geared toward industry professionals, rather than authors. That’s not a criticism of SFWA, just an observation.

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Australia..

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

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