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In the last week of September, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the annual Author-Editor Reception to be held at the Manhattan Penthouse on October 6, 2014.

I hadn’t been to New York for a long time. I hadn’t done deals with New York for a long time.

But in September I sold a new story, “Teardrop,” to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, a traditional New York magazine with a long and venerable history.

I am now officially a “hybrid author,” meaning I own a publishing company that publishes my backlist and some new titles as independent ebooks. And I am now publishing traditionally in print and in ebooks through traditional publishers.

So the time was right.

This is good. I’ve been planning a blog about the topic of hybrid publishing for some time. Stay tuned.

But in September, I looked at my husband Tom Robinson and decided then and there. I said, “I’ve got to go.”

So there you have it, my friends. This was a whirlwind visit and turned out to be very productive. I’m extremely glad I went! Now that I’m back in California and recovering from the jet-lag such a trip produces, I’m reviewing my notes and will post reports over the next days about my experiences with ground and air transportation, my hotel, and most importantly the Reception.

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, and India.

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!

When I returned from my whirlwind New York trip on Tuesday afternoon, I kicked back with my husband Tom Robinson with lots of movies and lots of food. Nothing like unwinding from a lot of stress with a movie minifestival!

Here’s what we saw: Divergent, Catching Fire, The Manchurian Candidate, Transcendence, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Silver Lining Playbook, and The Lady from Shanghai.

So there you have it, my friends. Reviews will follow in the next days.

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, and India.

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, 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.

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!

James Wood introduces his review, “Soul Cycle,” of David Mitchell’s new novel, The Bone Clocks, in The New Yorker (September 8, 2014) with the following observation: “As the novel’s cultural centrality dims, so storytelling—J. K. Rowling’s magical Owl of Minerva, equipped for a thousand tricks and turns—flies up and fills the air. Meaning is a bit of a bore, but storytelling is alive. The novel form can be difficult, cumbrously serious; storytelling is all pleasure, fantastical in its fertility, its ceaseless inventiveness. Easy to consume, too, because it excites hunger while simultaneously satisfying it: we continuously want more. The novel now aspires to the regality of the boxed DVD set: the throne is a game of them. And the purer the storytelling the better—where purity is the embrace of sheer occurrence, unburdened by deeper meaning. Publishers, readers, booksellers, even critics, acclaim the novel that one can deliciously sink into, forget oneself in, the novel that returns us to the innocence of childhood or the dream of the cartoon, the novel of a thousand confections and no unwanted significance. What becomes harder to find, and lonelier to defend, is the idea of the novel as—in Ford Madox Ford’s words—a “medium of profoundly serious investigation into the human case.”

Wood goes on to criticize The Bone Clocks as superbly written, but devoid of significance (among other things). He also dislikes Mitchell’s science fictional subplot and use of “barely comprehensible patois.” Full disclosure: I haven’t read The Bone Clocks so I can’t comment on the review.

So there you have it, my friends. Do you seek meaning in fiction? Are you happy reading fiction that is merely inventive and cleverly written? Or do you seek something more?

As an author, I’ve imbued just about every single piece I’ve ever published, long and short, with meaning. I take my obligation as a writer very seriously to observe and comment about the human condition and society. I can’t not draw some observation or make a critique in my work. I would be saddened if readers no longer cared about significance and relevance.

Previous Blogs in this Series:

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 1: Introduction http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/03/18/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-1-introduction-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond Part 2: Who’s Reading? http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/04/07/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-2-whos-reading-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond Part 3: The Shady Case of Fifty Shades http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/04/17/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-3-the-shady-case-of-fifty-shades-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond Part 4: The Comet and the Long Tail Lisa Mason #SFWApro http://lisamasontheauthor.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-4-the-comet-and-the-long-tail-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 5: Authors’ Market Share Lisa Mason #SFWApro http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/07/02/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-5-authors-market-share-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 6: Ebooks Versus Print Books Lisa Mason #SFWApro http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/07/19/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-6-ebooks-versus-print-books-lisa-mason-sfwapro

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 7: Unlimited or Not Lisa Mason #SFWApro http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/08/08/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-7-unlimited-or-not-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 8: Print Books in 2013 Lisa Mason #SFWApro http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/08/13/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-8-print-books-in-2013-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 9: Amazon Vs Hatchett Lisa Mason #SFWApro http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/08/16/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-9-amazon-vs-hatchett-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 10: Conversations with Author Elle Emerson Lisa Mason #SFWApro http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/08/20/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-10-conversations-with-author-elle-emerson-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 11: In Praise of Copyeditors http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/08/21/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-11-in-praise-of-copyeditors-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

State of the Biz: Publishing in 2014 and Beyond, Part 12: Soft Box Office, Soft Book Sales, Hard Choices http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/09/04/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-12-soft-box-office-soft-book-sales-hard-choices-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

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, and India.

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, 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.

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!

The updated Lisa Mason Website is in place with new covers and new links worldwide for all readers, new photos, and new titles.

Let’s get started!

My Home Page: A headshot of yours truly with a summary of everything that lies within with website links. All links worldwide for my books and stories, my blog site, my Author Page on Facebook, my Personal Page on Facebook, my Twitter handle, my profile on LinkedIn, my Author Page on Goodreads, interviews, blogs, and reviews, adorable cat pictures, and more. You’ll find the links to the website pages at the bottom of the screen. New Story News! This September I sold “Teardrop” to the eminent Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Publication-in-print date to be announced.

My Story, An Author’s Bio: A short, sweet page relating my journey from college to a becoming a fulltime writer. A full-length photo of me, plus a picture of me and my handsome red-haired husband, Tom Robinson with links to his art and jewelry pages.

Books: These are my traditionally published books (so far!), with the Big Publishers’ covers and review quotes. A couple of the books have been completely re-edited and republished as ebooks under the Bast Books imprint.

Stories: My traditionally published stories in magazines and anthologies. Just about everything on this page has been republished separately as an ebook or in an ebook collection. New Story News! This September I sold “Teardrop” to the eminent Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Publication-in-print date to be announced.

Summer of Love, A Time Travel: My Great American Novel, with Science Fiction. I put my heart and soul and a lot of research into this book. A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book. I re-edited the Bantam edition to create a tighter, more focused novel for Bast Books. Some of my views have evolved since I first wrote the book. Still my bestselling title. Tom Robinson hand-crafted the spectacular cover. Summer Of Love (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. Summer of Love is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel: After researching the 1960s, I became fascinated with the 1890s, which in many ways was a similar tumultuous period in American history. Working in this period gave me a whole new voice that significantly expanded my range. A reviewer at the New York Times noticed the book and listed it as a Notable Book of the Year. I was thrilled! When I adapted the Bantam edition as an ebook, I re-edited to make the novel a tighter, better book. The Gilded Age (A New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. The Gilded Age is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery): The Alienist was published at about the time of The Gilded Age, took place in the same time period, but was a murder mystery set in New York City, and became a big hit. Also, Diana Gabaldon was writing complex, sexy time travels (in Scotland and a completely different time period), but she was selling well. So I wanted to take all this great 1890s research with suffragist/feminist themes and write a big book with sexy romance, history, and serious social and political issues.

Celestial Girl was submitted by my literary agent at the time to a top editor with whom I’d lunched and wanted to work. The editor made a “very good offer,” but my lame-brained (now former) agent convinced me I should ask for more. This was the worst decision I’ve ever made in my literary career. The deal fell apart and I was left with a very long book and no buyer. I was so discouraged and disgusted, I threw the manuscript into a laundry hamper and dropped out of traditional publishing for more years than I care to say.

Tom Robinson convinced me to retrieve the manuscript from the hamper, and here it is, my friends: my six-figure passionate historical romantic suspense. Five-star reader reviews. Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony; Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) Books 1 through 4: The book tops out at 200,000 words. I originally divided the work into four “parts,” which read well as “books.” Bast Books is offering the miniseries in three affordable installments. Books 3 and 4 together are the final installment. Celestial Girl, Book 1: The Heartland (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony. Celestial Girl, Book 1: The Heartland (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, Book 2: Jewel of the Golden West (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony. Celestial Girl, Book 2: Jewel of the Golden West (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, Book 3: The Celestial Kingdom (A Lily Modjeska Mystery). Celestial Girl, Book 4: Terminus (A Lily Modjeska Mystery). Both books 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 France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series: As I launched Lisa Mason Act 2, I looked into the trends and discovered urban fantasy, a rich mix of fantasy tropes set in a contemporary often urban setting, with mystery and police procedural, romance, and wit. Yes! At the time I discovered and loved this new genre, ebooks were going strong. I took this new title to Bast Books. 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 France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Books 1 through 3: Volume 1 is another long book at 140,000 words. Bast Books is also offering Volume 1 in three affordable installments. Please note that The Labyrinth of Illusions, Volume 2 of the Abracadabra Series is forthcoming in 2015 and is an entirely new book.

Book 1: Life’s Journey is 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. Book 2: In Dark Woods is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Book 2: In Dark Woods is also on Amazon in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. Book 3: The Right Road is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Book 3: The Right Road is also on Amazon in in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story: This is a brand-new monograph about writing and inspiration, in childhood and later in my adulthood, and a moving experience I had last year with a little life in my garden. Includes my first science fiction story, “Arachne,” which got published in Omni Magazine, a venue that had a worldwide circulation of five million subscribers. 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.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories: I wanted a story collection for a long time, and here it is. The collection has garnered terrific five-star reviews all over the place, and I’m very proud of it. The stories are not what you may think of as “sci fi” or “fantasy,” which is what I’m all about as a writer. I write about life and people, emotions and ideas. One reviewer called me “the female Philip K. Dick.” Strange Ladies: 7 Stories on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo, and Sony. Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Shaken: This short, sexy thriller started out as a novelette published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine as “Deus Ex Machina,” got republished in an anthology, Transcendental Tales, and translated and republished in a number of countries. Think, “The Net” meets “Conspiracy Theory” with earthquakes. What does sexual attraction amount to? What is the truth? And what are lies? I’d like to see this work get a better readership and understanding of what I was trying to achieve. Includes a list of sources. Shaken is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords,. Shaken is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Tomorrow’s Child: The Story That Sold To The Movies. The concept started out as a medical documentary I wrote for 3M Company, evolved into a lead story in Omni, and sold outright to Universal. My film rights agent said he cried at the end. The ebook includes my thirty-day blog, “The Story Behind The Story That Sold To The Movies.” 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 France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Every Mystery Unexplained: I published this novella about stage magic, real magic, and love in the acclaimed anthology David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible (HarperPrism). A bunch of big authors published stories there, too, but mine was the only story about stage magic. (Yes, THE David Copperfield.) Every Mystery Unexplained is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Every Mystery Unexplained is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Daughter of the Tao: I published this novella about Chinese magic in Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn anthology (HarperPrism) along with another bunch of big authors. Lots of unicorns, of course, but mine was the only story about a Chinese unicorn. Five stars! 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 France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Hummers: I published this story about cancer in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. The story was chosen for the prestigious Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 5th Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press) and short-listed for the Nebula Award. Five stars! Hummers is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Hummers is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Sixty-Third Anniversary of Hysteria: A story published in the acclaimed anthology, Full Spectrum 5 by Bantam, inspired by the lives of two of my favorite women Surrealist artists, the brilliant and visionary Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo. Includes a summary of their lives and a list of sources. Five stars! 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 France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story: This is a short, sweet memoir about writing and inspiration, in my childhood and later in my adulthood, and a moving, mystical experience I had last year with a little life in my garden. The ebook includes my first science fiction story, “Arachne,” which got published in Omni Magazine, a venue that had a worldwide circulation of five million subscribers. My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is 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 in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Tesla, A Worthy of His Time: A Screenplay: A feature biopic of the great inventor’s tumultuous life—the Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century. This was read by the producer of “Aliens” and “The Abyss” and is now at another L.A. producer. Tesla, A Worthy of His Time, A Screenplay is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords. Tesla, A Worthy of His Time, A Screenplay is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy: “Knocked Up” meets “E.T.” This started out as a screenplay for a producer looking for another “Men in Black” or “Galaxy Quest.” I rewrote the screenplay as a novella, which has gotten five-star reviews. Five stars from readers and fun stuff! U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Smashwords. U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Next Thing: Announcements about my forthcoming projects. A bunch of them!

Eon’s Kiss by Suzanna Moore: A passionate paranormal romance with serious New Adult themes of self-empowerment and environmentalism. There’s a Happily Ever After but not quite the way you might think. Suzanna Moore is planning two more books, Eon’s Embrace (Book 2 of the Eon Trilogy) and Eon’s Love (Book 3 of the Eon Trilogy). 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.

Bast Books: This is my ebook publisher, who is considering taking some of my titles back into print.

Bast Collectible Books: My husband Tom Robinson and I are longtime book collectors. Tom has occasionally sold rare books in stores. We have a small collection for sale listed on Amazon, mostly Beat poetry books, and plan to add more titles. The Andy Warhol monograph and Vincent Van Gogh sped out the door. Book dealers and collectors welcome!

Five Questions with Castles in the Sky: This is a wonderful, lively site dedicated to promoting authors by a couple of aspiring authors. They ask authors to craft their own “Five Questions” and do a great job splicing in their own graphics. Also, they review books and loved Strange Ladies: 7 Stories.

Lisa Mason’s Interview with Festivale: This is a fun book promotion site that sent me interview questions via Facebook.

Lisa Mason Chats about Writing with Ryan Schneider, 1: I met the dashing Ryan Schneider through Twitter. As an independent author, he has published a dozen titles and is deeply committed to writing and the creative process. His interview questions were thought-provoking.

Lisa Mason Chats about Writing with Ryan Schneider, 2: This is Ryan’s follow-up interview with me. I met the dashing Ryan Schneider through Twitter. As an independent author, he has published a dozen titles and is deeply committed to writing and the creative process.

Lisa Mason Talks Time Travel with Laura Vosika, Blogs 1 through 3: I met Laura through Facebook. She’s got a couple of independently published time travel books taking place in medieval Scotland that have gotten excellent notices. We had great fun discussion time travel issues.

Lisa Mason Talks Time Travel with Laura Vosika, Blogs 4 through 5: I met Laura through Facebook. She’s got a couple of independently published time travel books taking place in medieval Scotland that have gotten excellent notices. We had great fun discussion time travel issues.

Keep Fit, Keep Writing: A Roundtable with Authors Kevin J. Anderson, Lisa Mason, and Linda Nagata (Part 1: Move It!): Kevin has written extensively in the Dune universe. Linda had an independently published book on the 2014 Nebula Finalist list and has many more highly acclaimed traditionally published books she’s offering through her publishing company. All health enthusiasts, we have some rather different opinions about exercise.

Keep Fit, Keep Writing: A Roundtable with Kevin J. Anderson, Lisa Mason, and Linda Nagata (Part 2: Chow Down!): Kevin has written extensively in the Dune universe. Linda had an independently published book on the 2014 Nebula Finalist list and has many more highly acclaimed traditionally published books she’s offering through her publishing company. All health enthusiasts, we have some rather different opinions about diet.

The Story of Alana: My beloved Turkish Angora cat rescued from the East Bay SPCA. My favorite pictures of her, plus important information about homemade cat food and encouraging cats to drink more water.

The Story of Luna: My beloved blue mink Tonkinese cat also rescued from the East Bay SPCA. My favorite pictures of her.

Art by Tom Robinson: My husband, Tom Robinson, has degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, the California Academy of Art, and the Revere Academy of Jewelry. He is one of the most talented artists on planet Earth. Here is a small sampling of his art, where to buy his art at galleries, and how to contact him for commissions.

Jewelry by Tom Robinson: My husband, Tom Robinson, has degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, the California Academy of Art, and the Revere Academy of Jewelry. He is one of the most talented artists on planet Earth. Here is a small sampling of his jewelry, where he has some pieces, where to buy his bespoke jewelry at galleries, and how to contact him for commissions.

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The Garden of Abracadabra

Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series

Lisa Mason

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Abracadabra” is a real magical spell formulated by Cabbalist magicians two thousand years ago. Originally invoked to cure mortal diseases, the spell has since been employed as the enabling word to cause the result of a magical operation. The spell can only be used to create good results, never evil (see E.A. Wallis Budge, Lewis Spence, and others) and is so powerful everyone in the world has heard of the word.

A Bast Book

Copyright 2012–2014 by Lisa Mason.

Cover art, interior art, and logo copyright 2010–2012 by Tom Robinson.

All rights reserved.

Serial 15: The Garden of Abracadabra, Vol 1 of the Abracadabra Series

Lisa Mason

8

Blood spurts from my thumb. I love bleeding after a job interview. I hold my hand over a rat’s-nest of Post-its, cursing Stanley. If it’s the desktop or my black silk dress, the dress comes first. I find a balled-up take-out napkin next to the answering machine and press the filthy thing to my wound, ignoring the greasy kiss of pizza sauce left by Stanley’s lips.

Obviously poor old Stanley is loony tunes. Obviously, too, he has no power. No power at all. When he seized my hand and stabbed me, I felt nothing but the safety pin plunging in. Not even a prick of power.

I don’t stand there cursing for long. I’m too happy. The job is mine! The salary mine! An apartment for me and a garage for Hi-Ho Silver. Mine, all mine! I can go to the Registrar’s Office tomorrow, sign up for the first class, and write a tuition check. Write that check without a qualm and order out for pizza.

If Stanley was unfit to fill the position of superintendent, then I, Abby Teller, will prove my fitness. Prove my fitness pronto. Tonight. Right now. Yes!

Those two checks due? In my hand tonight for delivery to the bank tomorrow. I’ll collect those checks or die trying.

I stride around the living room, blowing out candles, turning down wicks on the miners’ lanterns, unplugging nightlights, turning off the TV and most of the lamps. Maybe Stanley didn’t give a hoot about burning the place down or blowing a fuse, but I intend to stay awhile and keep my carbon footprint light.

My suitcase can stay put for now on the floor. I retrieve my handbag, seize the ring of keys Stanley so triumphantly flung down and the paper tape with Twenty-seven’s total amount due, and head out the door.

I gaze down the hall at the pools of light, the pools of darkness. There’s the archway leading to the lobby. The double doors of the library standing ajar, just as I’d left them. And as many steps farther on, the door of Number Two.

Looks like a straight shot to me, but who knows? You can take nothing for granted at the Garden of Abracadabra. I’ve learned that lesson fast.

“I belong here now,” I say to the ceiling, hoping the message patches through to the spirit of the building or whatever entity rules this place.

I set off down the hall, my high heels clattering on the hardwood floor, and arrive at Number Two without further incident. I rap my knuckles with my best I’m-in-charge-here-now knock.

In a moment the peephole darkens as someone peers through it.

“Who’s there?” says a female voice so strangely husky, I don’t recognize it.

“I need to see Esmeralda. I’m Abby Teller, your new super. Stanley told me she hasn’t turned in her rent check.”

“Poor old Stanley.”

“I need to take the checks to the bank tomorrow. I need hers now.”

“Always so grumpy. Some people are just like that, I guess.”

Ah. Esmeralda, then. I wave at the peephole. Suddenly I understand why Stanley spoke of her as if she were a case of persistent athlete’s foot.

The door swings open, and Esmeralda stands regally in the doorway with a checkbook, a Sharpie pen, and a man. Sandalwood incense wafts out, and the sounds of a romantic song from the nineteen-fifties. “The Shadow of Your Smile,” if I’m not mistaken.

She’s changed clothes. Or, rather, she’s shed clothes. She wears a red push-up bra, matching thong panties, an unbuttoned man’s shirt, and the sparkly red high heels. She arches an eyebrow at my somber dress and heels, not nearly as friendly as she was this afternoon. Her eyes hold something darker, something crueler.

“Aren’t you all dolled up for your interview. You got the job, I take it?”

“As you can see.”

“And aren’t you a busy little bee. I myself have been so busy”–she coyly strokes the man’s chest–”I quite forgot the rent’s due.”

I don’t think so, but I nod briskly and give her a cool smile. She ought to know from the start she can’t play get-the-super with me.

She props her checkbook on the man’s biceps and takes her time writing out a check.

The man is a tall, testosteronic hunk with rippling sun-bronzed muscles. Thick glossy black hair tumbles to his impressive shoulders, but his swarthy cheeks and long, narrow jaw are clean-shaven. Curly black lashes frame his big brown eyes.

Those eyes glare at me now with a strange, wild fury.

“Hi, there, I’m Abby.”

The man raises the corner of his lip, baring the yellowish gleam of his teeth.

That’s one way to smile. I can tell about the rippling muscles part because he wears nothing but a pair of acid-washed jeans slung so low on his hips, I can glimpse the furry line of black hair leading from his navel to his nether parts. He’s knotted a red cotton paisley kerchief around his neck and accessorized that with a hefty silver chain.

Esmeralda tears off the check, gives it a suspicious little shake as if it’s a soiled Kleenex, and hands it to me with a knowing smirk. Wait a minute. Did she just cast a spell?

Now that she’s done using his biceps as a desktop, the man wraps his arm around her shoulders in a proprietary way and gazes at her with worshipful adoration.

“Thanks, Esmeralda. Have a nice night.”

She plays with a dangling red kerchief tip. “Oh, we will, won’t we? Senor and me, we’re gonna party.”

I retrace my steps, heading for the archway leading to the lobby.

Am I having fun?

You bet.

Now. Question.

Is Senor a dog who shapeshifts into a man? Or a man who shapeshifts into a dog? It’s your classic chicken-and-egg kind of question but, when it comes to shapeshifters, I think the answer makes a big difference.

If Senor is a dog, then when he shapeshifts into a man, I can deal with the man by smacking him with a rolled-up newspaper, whistling, and speaking simple commands. Sit. Stay. Fetch. No doubt Esmeralda has commands of her own. Kiss. Rub. Lick. And so on.

If, on the other hand, Senor is a man, then when he shapeshifts into a dog, I can deal with the dog by rational argument and appeals to reason. You don’t want to bite me because Animal Control will quarantine you. I’ll have to get rabies shots and sue Esmeralda under the strict liability law applicable to owners of dangerous animals. And so forth.

You have to think about these things at the Garden of Abracadabra.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is 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.

The Garden of Abracadabra is also available in three affordable installments, beginning with The Garden of Abracadabra, 1: Life’s Journey.

Coming soon! The Labyrinth of Illusions, Volume 2 of the Abracadabra Series.

From the author of Summer Of Love (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 is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

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

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website, 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, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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More breaking news!

I just received the copyedit tags for “Teardrop” from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Wow, that was fast!

The copy editor did an excellent job of digging into the minutia, following through on tiny details, and finding the spots where I occasionally and inadvertently indulged in what I call my writer’s echolalia—that is, needlessly repeating what are usually junk words in close proximity.

Sigh.

I sometimes find published works where the same little writer’s tick occurs, so it’s not uncommon. And their copyeditor didn’t catch it!

Gordon tells me that my story should be published in another two or three issues from when he receives my response, which he did today, and has the story typeset.

Which places my publication date (hopefully!) around Spring, 2015.

So excited to be published in such a longstanding and respected professional venue!

So there you have it, my friends. A professional copyeditor makes the difference between a polished piece fit for publication and something less so. I think so highly of copyeditors, I wrote a blog about them, In Praise of Copyeditors. Here’s the link:

http://lisamasontheauthor.com/2014/08/21/state-of-the-biz-publishing-in-2014-and-beyond-part-11-in-praise-of-copyeditors-lisa-mason-sfwapro/

From the author of Summer Of Love (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 is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Gilded Age (A New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. The Gilded Age is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is 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, Kobo, and Sony; 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 on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and 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, 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, 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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Breaking news!

I just sold “Teardrop” (at 7,553 words) to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. F&SF has been publishing continuously since 1949 and is one of the oldest, most respected venues for short fantasy and science fiction.

I’ve published there before some years ago. I’m proud and thrilled to become a part of this wonderful magazine again!

So there you have it, my friends. I’ll be writing more in this blog about hybrid publishing, which became my goal this year. Also, I’ll announce the publication date when I have that information.

From the author of Summer Of Love (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 is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Gilded Age (A New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. The Gilded Age is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is 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, Kobo, and Sony; 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 on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and 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, 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, 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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