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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Anniversary Blog Fest: Lisa Rayns


How did I spend my summer?

My summer has been a wonderful nightmare. I’ve been stretched to my limits with stress and bad luck but each time something good evolved and left me thankful for the chain of events.

It began at exactly four a.m. one night. My husband and two of my sons were out of town so it was just me and my youngest at home snuggled safely in our beds. Sound asleep. The doorbell rang, but it didn’t just ring once. It rang and rang like someone was holding the button down.

I panicked, of course. Who wouldn’t when the doorbell rings at 4 a.m.?

Jumping out of our beds, my son and I met in the kitchen. The dog started barking, the cats ran for cover, and my son and I stood frozen at the end of the hallway while the doorbell continued to resound through the house. We hugged each other and peeked around the corner toward the door.

It didn’t stop ringing.

Eventually, I gathered all the courage I could muster and crept to the door to peek out the window.

No one.

I opened the door.

No one.

It took five minutes for my heart to stop pounding, and still, an eerie feeling hung in the air.

Apparently, the battery had gone dead in my doorbell. Not a big deal, but it scared me half to death, which turned out to be a good thing. My creativity really kicked in after that. Story after story burst into my dreams, and I plotted two new novellas during the next two HOT weeks when my central air was out. Yes, that was more bad luck, but it gave me time to get more writing done.

I prefer to look at the positives, so that’s why I call my summer a wonderful nightmare. All it took was one crazy and frightening incident to spark my creative energies.

Read about my first release from The Wild Rose Press!

Three years ago, death blew out the candle in Alexis Hall’s life and left her devastated. Nothing could replace what she’d lost, not even the sexy stranger she awoke married to. Still, she finds it hard to ignore the dangerous sparks he triggers within her. She knows Bradley Cox took advantage of her. What she doesn’t know is he holds a secret that will change everything.

But Bradley isn’t her only concern. In a moment of desperation to somehow reclaim what she had lost, Alexis made an offer to a vampire––free blood. Her blood.

In a story of heartbreak and obsession, a simple ad changed Alexis' life forever and on one fateful night her dreams and her nightmares will collide. Can she trust Bradley? Or is he her worst mistake? Can she retract her offer to the vampire? Or will she fall under his deceptive spell?
About the Author:
I’m a small town girl from South Dakota. I gave up working with explosives to write paranormal romance novels so my occupation hasn’t changed much. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family and two adorable Siamese cats.
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Hywela Lyn said...

What a frightening experience - but isn't it funny how sometimes a shock like that can get the creative juices flowing!

Always nice to meet a fellow WRP author!

Ingeborg said...

My heart was racing reading your story, I did't know what you would find at the front door. It was like a spooky movie.LOL

LisaRayns said...

Nice to meet you, Hywela and Ingeborg, that's exactly how I felt!

Nice to meet both of you! Thanks for stopping.

Jean MP said...

Gosh as I was reading your post, I was wondering what you were going to find, talk about taking a few years off your life.

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LisaRayns said...

Sorry, Jean. I hope you're all right now :)

Debby said...

Amazing post. Good fodder for stories though.
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LisaRayns said...

Thanks, Debby. Agreed.

Tina B said...

I would be extremely nervous if that happened to me. I would probably be clutching my shotgun or a baseball bat on my way to the door. Lol.
At least it wasn't anything bad.
This sounds like a great story. Thank you for sharing.
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LisaRayns said...

Thanks Tina. I didn't have a shotgun or baseball bat but I had some confidence in my dog. She's a black lab and very protective.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tina B said...

That's great, Lisa. I don't have a dog. Sometimes I wish I did though. :)