The updated Lisa Mason Website is in place with new covers, new links worldwide for all readers, new photos, and new titles!
Barnes and Noble fixed its system as of today, May 16. 2014! Bast Books has updated my whole list. So all Nook and Barnes and Noble links are good and the books are state-of-the-art.
If you’re a Nook owner, check it out!
Coming soon: State of the Biz, Publishing in 2014 and Beyond: The Comet and The Long Tail
In the meantime, let’s get started!
My Home Page: A headshot of yours truly with new items and a summary of everything that lies within, with website links. All the links to my website, 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, and more. You’ll find the links to the website pages at the bottom of the screen.
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.
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 book 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.
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 it a tighter, better book.
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 whom I’d lunched with and wanted to work with. 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 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 so far.
Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) Books 1 through 4: The book tops out at 200,000 words. I divided it 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.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series: After I got over being disgusted and discouraged by traditional publishing, 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, Books 1 through 3: Volume 1 is another longbook 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 and is an entirely new book.
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.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories: I wanted a story collection for a long time, and here it is. The collection has garnered terrific reviews all over the place, and I’m very proud of it. The stories are not at all what you may think of as “sci fi” or “fantasy,” which is what I’m all about as a writer. One reviewer called me “the female Philip K. Dick.” Nuff said.
Shaken: Starting out as a novelette published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine as “Deus Ex Machina,” republished in an anthology, Transcendental Tales, and translated and republished in a number of countries, I expanded this piece into a short thriller, “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 technical sources.
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.”
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.)
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 Chinese unicorn.
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.
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.
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. Read by the producer of “Aliens” and “The Abyss,” now at another producer.
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. Fun stuff!
Next Thing: Announcements about my forthcoming projects. A bunch of them!
Eon’s Kiss by Suzanna Moore: A passionate paranormal romancewith seriousthemes ofself-empowerment and environmentalism. There’s a Happily Ever After but not quite the way you might think. Suzanna is writing two more Eon books to complete the trilogy.
Bast Books: This is my ebook publisher, who is considering taking some of my titles back into print.
Bast Collectible Books: Tom Robinson is a longtime book collector who has occasionally sold rare books in stores. We have a small collection for sale listed on Amazon, mostly of Beat poetry books, and plan to add more titles. The Andy Warhol 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 has an independently published book on the Nebula Finalist list. 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 has an independently published book on the Nebula Finalist list. 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 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 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, and how to contact him for commissions.
Thank you for your readership!