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Tweet This! Guest Blog Lisa Shearin

STATUS: Ah, disaster day. I spent about four hours straight on the phone this morning. Didn’t even get a chance to glance at my notes for more news of London but I will. Stay tuned.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? SHE IS by The Fray

Happy Release day Lisa! A series that started quite humbly and is now edging close to 100,000 copies in print. And they said a fantasy series featuring an elf wouldn’t fly. Harrumph!

All hail the promo power of Twitter by Lisa Shearin

Twitter is addictive. It’s all too easy for me to be Tweeting when I should be writing. However, Twitter can also be an incredibly effective way to reach thousands of potential readers. Now, I personally can’t reach that many people with Twitter (as of last night, I only had 216 followers, but I’m proud of each and every one of them). However, I have a fan who has over 460,000 followers on Twitter—actress Felicia Day.

You may know Felicia from Joss Whedon’s Internet musical hit Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, or from the web series The Guild, which she created, writes and stars in. Or from TV shows such as House, Strong Medicine, and Monk. She had a recurring role as “Vi” in the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and can be soon seen in Dollhouse, My Boys and in a four-episode arc on the new ABC Family sitcom Roommates—and more.

Felicia’s a busy lady. She’s also a voracious reader who loves fantasy. And fortunately for me, she’s crazy about my Raine Benares fantasy adventure series. “This series is like chocolate to me,” Felicia wrote in one blog review of my books. “I just can’t get enough of it. This is a girl-power fantasy with fighting and magic and sexy hunk elves and goblins galore.”

I met Felicia through her blog. Like many authors, I have Google Alerts set up for my books. So when Felicia reviewed my first book (MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND) Google let me know. I popped over to Felicia’s site and read the review. She raved about the book, but . . . uh, not so much about the cover. I have to tell you, it was the most hilarious take on my cover that I’d ever read. (Felicia’s an incredibly gifted comedic writer.) I couldn’t resist it; I just had to jump in and post a comment. Felicia and I have been email buddies ever since. I’ve sent her signed copies of my books, and she sent me a fabulous signed photo of her that’s on my office wall, plus she’s always spreading the word about my books.

With today’s release of my third Raine Benares adventure, THE TROUBLE WITH DEMONS, Felicia graciously offered to post a review on her blog. I asked if she would tout my book on Twitter as well ( and she said she’d be glad to. Felicia’s website and blog get an insane number of hits every day. And with over 460,000 people following her every Tweet . . . well, I can’t wait to see what happens. : )

I know what will happen! They’ll find Raine just as irresistible (I hope!)


13 Responses

  1. worldofhiglet said:

    🙂 Felicia is a great ambassador for Twitter – and your books!

    I’ve been lurking on this blog for a little while but couldn’t miss a chance to chime in and agree that yes, her description of the cover for ‘Magic Lost, Trouble Found’ *was* hilarious! She does have a way with words 🙂

    Congratulations on your success!

  2. the epic rat said:

    As a reader who discovered Lisa from reading Felicia’s torrid praise for Raine and the men in her lives, I can agree that Felicia wields great promoting powers and excellent tastes! 😀

    I hope her Tweets garner more fans for Lisa’s books!

  3. Lisa Shearin said:

    Happy Book Release Day to you too, Kristin! I wouldn’t be here without you. FYI everyone — Kristin is the best agent on the planet. Period.

    Yep, books with an elf private detective and a hot & sexy goblin nightclub owner DO sell. ; )

  4. Ben said:

    I actually discovered Lisa’s series through this blog. It was the title, along with the fact that I’m willing to try any fantasy series at least once, that got me. However, I’m not surprised that Felicia enjoys it as well.

    I just went to add The Trouble with Demons to my to-read shelf on Goodreads only to find that it’s already there. Apparently I’m far more efficient than I remember. It’s a good thing I have this to-read shelf, otherwise I wouldn’t remember any books I intend to read.

  5. HeatherM said:

    What a fantastic use of Twitter, love it. And the book looks and sounds great. I’m off to Barnes & Nobles site right now to put it in my cart!

  6. susiej said:

    Seriously- they didn’t think a series about an elf woudl fly?
    What was the matter with them?
    I’m going to have to look into these books.

    Congrats on the new book, Lisa.

  7. Lynne Reed said:

    Hello There,
    My name is Lynn and I’m a Professional Blogger. I have more than 3+ yrs of experience writing for the web and have covered plenty of interesting topics.
    I came across your blog and was wondering if you would be interested in allowing me to write relevant & useful topics on your blog at no cost.
    At this point of my writing career, I simply want to get more visibility for my writing and I will write for free as long as you are fine with me adding a small author bio section following the blog post about myself.
    Please let me know if you are interested and if you’d like for me to submit a sample blog post for your approval.
    Thanks a bunch,

    1. Kristin Nelson Post author said:

      Thanks for reaching out Lynn but I rarely do guest blogs so I’ll have to decline your kind request.
      All Best,

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