Woohoo! It’s Release Day for The Pirate’s Defiant Houri!

I’ve been a super busy chick for the past half year and I see no signs of a slow-down anytime soon. But that’s okay. Having a purpose and a goal enriches one’s life. 🤗

Four  Five things –

  1. The Pirate’s Defiant Houri is now available in the Kindle store! The print version will be ready for purchase next week and also available on Smashwords. Other outlets coming as soon as I figure them all out. The Pirate's Defiant Houri by Lis'Anne Harris
  2. The winners of my very first Lis’Anne Harris Romance newsletter giveaway are listed in this 2nd edition, along with the beautiful visual imagery that helped me write the story of Pirate Richard and Daring Damsel Joanna. Check it out! (The first newsletter contains the visuals for The Viscount’s Feisty Highland Lass. 😊)
  3. Sign up for the newsletter if you would like to stay abreast of Lis’Anne’s romance news. Each issue will be chock full of new release announcements with that story’s visual imagery, appearances/book signings,  and giveaways!
  4. Marketing is hard! Upon serious contemplation, I believe it’s best to focus my energies in a few select areas rather than being scattered all over the net with little or no benefit from some of the social media outlets that are purported to be the most valuable for marketing. While those may be of great benefit to already popular entities, not so for indie authors like me with a double-digit marketing budget. 🤑 In the future, book news will be found on this website and in the newsletter. Bookbub and Amazon are also good places to follow Lis’Anne to be informed of new releases if newsletters aren’t your thing. The best places for chatting with me are on Abandoned blog posts, Instagram, or possibly on my facebook profile. (For those who don’t know, my real name is Melissa and I write as Lis’Anne. 😉)
  5. A new series of cool pics from an abandoned farm in Alachua County Florida will follow this post later today or tomorrow so stay tuned!Bucket Handle | Lis'Anne Harris

Hugs to all❣
Lis

Sweet Liberation, Visuals for the Reader

I’ve searched for months for images to match what I saw in my mind as I wrote Sweet Liberation. None of these are perfect, but each one speaks to me. Imagination is a wondrous, fascinating, and sometimes crazy thing. People often ask from where my stories come. I don’t know how to explain it really, other than, it’s like a movie scrolling through my mind. I “see” everything, hear, smell, taste, and even feel what each of my characters experiences. I do my best to describe the most important facets of every scene without going overboard.

What you see as you read may be totally different than what I saw, and that’s okay. So long as you enjoy what your mind conjures. Of their own accord, these images are pretty cool and each has a tale to tell. Speculate away! Continue reading

Lord Sener and Lady Joanna’s Story

Sweet Liberation

Excerpt:

Richard pressed his lips to Joanna’s sensitive nape causing goose bumps to travel the length and breadth of her form. She whimpered as her newly initiated body responded to her husband’s skillful ministrations. She clutched his arms where they held her back pinned to the chair, loving the feel of the coarse hair abrading her fingertips. His tongue set her aflame.

A low growl penetrated her wine-fogged mind. “Joanna. What you do to me without a tittle of effort boggles my mind.”

He pulled her from her seat and backed her tightly against his hard body, dwarfing her with his towering strength.

“Feel what you do to me, my lady.”

Oh, she felt exactly what she did to him. His stiff member pressed firmly into the small of her back left no doubt she had the ability to affect him without so much as a come-hither glance. She didn’t want to admit what he did to her. To do so would be to face her growing need for him to the exclusion of all else.

He deftly lifted her in his arms and descended the forward steps down to the gun deck. His long strides ate up the distance to the cabin in mere moments. She stared up into the hard planes of his face, it appeared as though he was angry—or in pain.

Before he could even gain the Great Cabin door, he stopped next to the aft companionway steps and plundered her mouth in a soul-searing kiss. He sucked the breath from her lungs and all thoughts, save the realization she was hopelessly in love.

Diagram of a Frigate

Research! It leads me down paths I never expected to travel. In Sweet Liberation, Lady Joanna spends a great deal of time on the earl of Sener’s frigate.  I needed to know the layout of the ship in order to accurately portray how the couple and crew would live and interact with each other in their floating castle.  This image, while a bit difficult to decipher at first, helped me tremendously, along with Ship’s Miscellany: A Guide to the Royal Navy of Jack Aubrey by Michael O’Mara Books Limited.

This image of the HMS Surprise was the inspiration for Sweet Liberation.