Lissette E. Manning
Lissette E. Manning is an author from Connecticut. She has been writing since she was six-years-old, and spends most of her time trying to place her thoughts into order and giving life to the stories that are always brewing inside her head.
She enjoys reading books, listening to music, playing the occasional video game, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. She’s also a bit of a computer geek.
Her writing genres of choice are Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Short Stories, as well as Poetry. She’s currently working on several projects such as The Secret Keeper, Tales of Velosia: The Prophecy, The Corsicanth Princess, and many more.
Where to find Lissette E. Manning online
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Crimson Dreams: A Vampire Anthology
By Katie Salidas
, Alexia Purdy
, J.L. McCoy
, Inger Iversen
, Michael Hammor
, Sheri Kurtz
, H. D. Gordon
, R.M. Gilmore
, P.A Warren
, & Lissette E. Manning
Published: October 17, 2014 by
Lyrical Lit. Publishing
10 tantalizing tales of Vampires in one enticing multi-author boxed set! Vampires have never been more wicked…
****Recommended for readers 18yrs + for Mature Content****
The past is hard to bear, but sometimes, we must face it, no matter the cost.
Displeased with the life she’d led, Ellie Morgan walked away from it all in hopes of finding happiness amidst all the turmoil. She knows it’s only a matter of time before she has to face the bitter reality of the repercussions caused by her past actions.
A world too different from what we once knew . . . all we hold onto now is survival.
Love is supposed to be forever. Sometimes, we're not meant to keep it.
Lissette E. Manning's favorite authors on Smashwords
Smashwords book reviews by Lissette E. Manning
- A Moonlit Night
on Oct. 05, 2011
We meet Emily Johansson, who's out her friends celebrating her acceptance into The College of Charleston. She's young, vibrant, and quite ready to tackle life as it comes her way.
Her brother, and her friends, have always been there for her, ready to give her a helping hand whenever she needs it. They've been able to overcome the death of their parents at such a young age, yet they've never been able to understand the actual cause of their murders.
Falling prey to those that seek to do her harm, Emily's saving grace is a man she meets within a dark alley. There are also others watching her every move, eager to spring at any given notice.
When vampires descend upon her very doorstep, Emily must find it within herself to escape their clutches. This unleashes a power that she's never known she's had. A power that the very people hunting her covet. One that may prove to be her undoing if she doesn't get it under control.
While I like the premise for this short story, it did feel as if it was a little too rushed. There also a couple of errors/missing words found throughout the story. Setting that aside, though, the story does have promise. My one, and only, beef is that the author should have taken her time in setting the mood for the book of which this short story is a prequel of. It would have made the transition all the more sweeter.
- Saving Redwind: A Wallpaper Adventure
on Oct. 12, 2011
Having moved to a new place, Nick Stevenson yearns for adventure. To see new sights and more of the world just like his father. But sometimes things don't work out the way he wants them to.
When things start happening and his ceiling starts turning into some sort of storm, Nick wonders if he's losing his mind. Perhaps he's asked for more than he's bargained for in wanting an adventure. As he ponders this thought, a boy shows up asking him for help in saving his world - one known as Redwind. While everything inside cries out that the boy's request is completely unbelievable, Nick agrees and is sucked into the very wallpaper within his room. Thrown into an extraordinary world that takes him by surprise, Nick tries to grasp the meaning behind the boys odd request.
Having always considered himself as no one special, he's completely blown away by the fact that the people he comes to meet are relying on him to set all wrongs to right. With time being of the essence, Nick does his best to do as he is asked, praying that he'll have enough time to complete the objectives that have been set out before him.
Battling his doubts and insecurities, as well as the obstacles that have been strewn across his path, Nick finds it within himself to give it his all while trying to save a world that has come to mean more to him than he ever imagined. A world that seems more real as the minutes pass by.
While this is a children's book, it's truly an enjoyable read. So much so, that once you start, it's hard to put down. Kris weaves such a delightful tale that you find yourself wanting to know more about what happens to Nick and the friend's that he's made along the way. I truly recommend reading this book.
- The Collective
on Oct. 22, 2011
What if someone knew your every move? Who you talked to? What you did on the Internet? What if they could brainwash you and make you do what they wanted?
What would you do? Would you tell someone? Would you keep it quiet and pray that they’d leave you be? Or would you demand answers and try to figure out what’s going?
Dr. John Peterson, a psychologist at a correctional facility, is intent on helping heal those under his care. He’s a discovered a virus – one that’s affecting his patients. Truth be told, he’s not exactly sure what it is. Nor does he know what its true purpose is. This fact does not deter him from finding out exactly what that is.
Digging a little deeper, he discovers that this virus is embedded deep into his computer. And it’s not just his own, but that of the entire world. It can’t be deleted. Nor can it be removed. A firewall can’t block it either.
Everything a person does, everything they say – it’s all recorded. Privacy has been thrown out the window, allowing the group behind it to infiltrate a person’s home, even their minds, without anyone being none-the-wiser. John can only guess as to what The Collective wants. Yet he knows that they must be stopped. People’s lives are in peril, as is the way of life as they know it.
Attempting to destroy this unknown society, he sets off a chain reaction that threatens to bring him down as well as those around him and those he loves dearly. He refuses to stand by and allow them to gain the upper hand. Racing against time, he does his best to thwart The Collective’s attempts, even if it means that he gets caught in the process. Yet one thing is clear – the group must be stopped. No matter the cost!
I totally enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, it enthralled me so much that I didn’t stop till I got to the very last page. Max’s story, while fiction, does give us food for thought and is quite provoking, to say the least. What if something like this were to ever happen? Who would you turn to? What would you do?
- The Kindred Curse Anthology
on Nov. 09, 2011
Isabelle and her mother have been on the run ever since she can remember. A strange disease that is passed on through the blood to every new generation attracts vampires from far and wide - a fact that neither woman can deny.
Having lost her father and her twin sister to the very evil that stalks them night by night, Isabelle finds herself haunted by memories she can't escape. Her heart yearns to be reunited with the part of her that's missing, but she knows that it's impossible. Gabriella is dead and will remain that way for the rest of eternity.
Intrigued by a book she's found at the library, she loses track of time and finds herself surrounded by a pack of vampires who refuse to let her go easily as she tries to make it back home. Inadvertently invoking a spell, she summons forth an entity that must protect her from those around her. Yet she never imagined that her doing so would have dire consequences.
Having attracted the elder vampire's interest, Isabella realizes that her days are numbered. Her blood sings to his and Xavier is convinced that she is the one he's meant to be with. She soon finds herself falling under his spell. Unable to truly break free, she accepts the fact that certain sacrifices must be made. Even if it means losing the one thing that has come to mean the most to her in such a short time.
While this was a short novella, it read and felt as if it were a novel. Terra has such a way of telling the story that you get hooked into it from the very start. While it ends on a cliffhanger, I'm pretty sure that the next part in the series won't disappoint. She's that good of writer and I truly recommend this book.
- The Unscheduled Stops
on Nov. 15, 2011
Daisy’s Love At War
Daisy Patterson has never forgotten the man she’s love so long ago. A man whose memory continues to reside within the confines of her mind and her heart. While most consider her to be just a senile old woman, one of her caretaker’s knows that’s not true.
When moments of lucidity arrive for Daisy, those caring for her are given glimpses into the world she once knew. Intent on giving Daisy something special for her birthday, one of her caretaker’s decides to present her with a bound copy of a book that she wrote while her husband was away at war. Little do they know, the story may not be a story at all, but rather an account of Daisy’s past.
This poem was very thought-provoking about what it’s like when love is taken for granted and how hard it is for someone to grasp how far they fall. It’s harder still when the spirit is broken and the strength to keep on going seems so far away. Most of all is the reality that’s encountered when, one realizes that things will never be the same.
No Cookies Today
Often times, we take a lot for granted. Food, clothes, practically everything around us. Sometimes, it takes another person to make us realize this little fact.
No Cookies Today is an endearing story about a woman who comes to realize that sometimes giving someone else a helping hand goes a long way. Kindness is the best thing that we can gift another, for it’ll always be remembered. Especially when there are children involved.
The heart knows when it’s found what it’s looking for. It latches on and will never let go. Possessed is a poem that reflects just that. It tells a tale of what it’s like to lose oneself to the one who’s captured the very essence of who we are.
I had the chance to beta read this story. I must say that it was quite better than it was before and just as hot and heavy. The primal hunger between a man and a woman can never be denied. Most especially when it’s shared between those that are meant to be together.
Desire is a tricky thing. It consumes us in a way that leaves us wanting more. This poem conveyed that very message with but a few words. The vivid image of vampires stayed with me throughout the entire book. A thought-provoking and very unique poem. I enjoyed it immensely.
A chance meeting, that’s all it takes for her to lose her heart to a man’s she’s just met. A beautiful man and the heady desire that breaks out between them are more than she can bear. Yet she can’t deny that she’s losing herself to the moment. With just one kiss, she falls under his spell, yearning for something she can’t quite understand.
This story, while short, was quite intriguing. It left me wanting to read more. I felt that it was the basis of what could be a great novel. ::hint hint::
I found this poem quite heart-wrenching. The feeling of despair was apparent within every line. You can almost feel the want and need to just let go by the time you get to the very end of it.
A Startling Character
With a casual glance about the café, her glance is riveted to a man she’s never met. His unique visage captures her attention, adding to the thoughts that continue to rumble throughout her head – thoughts she intends to use as inspiration for her stories. Little does she know, her thoughts may not even be her own.
This was quite a unique read. Enjoyed it immensely. I think it has potential for novel material, though. There were elements in it that I could be expanded upon.
Love’s flame always burns bright, even from a distance. You can feel the yearning, the need exuded throughout this poem. It’s quite thought-provoking. Enjoyed it immensely.
This last story was quite full of feeling. The way Sinead wrote it, you can feel the character’s pain and the extensive loss she feels inside. She tries to hold on to the memories, to make sense of it all even though her heart is breaking.
Falling out of a relationship is very hard, most especially when it’s been one that has gone on for your years. The picture Sinead painted was quite vivid, one that everyone can relate to.
I absolutely loved this book. Sinead has a way of drawing the reader’s attention so that it remains riveted to her stories and poems. Each of her unscheduled stops, or muses, if you will, are unique in their own way. They allow us a glimpse into the workings of her mind, her thoughts, and ideas that she puts down on paper.
I enjoyed this very delightful journey. I know you will, too. I truly recommend this book for reading.
- Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy, #1)
on Feb. 17, 2012
Intent on outrunning her abusive past, Camille has decided to set up new roots in the beautiful state of Louisiana. It’s lore and intrigue draws her in and she soon feels at home amongst the people there. Yet she can never forget that wonderful man she came across while vacationing in Paris. Unknowingly spiraling into another abusive relationship, Camille is determined to get out of it, once and for all.
Yet she never imagined Andrew would make it so difficult to get out of it. He’s intent on claiming her completely and will not allow anyone to get close to her. Until Gavin enters the scene, of course. It’s then that Andrew’s petty jealousy’s come out to play.
Thwarting her ex-boyfriend’s attempts to end her life at every turn, Camille finds it within herself to fight back completely. She refuses to allow him the upper hand and tells herself she will not fall into his traps ever again. When Gavin’s true nature is accidentally exposed, she realizes that the legends surrounding vampires are actually real. These supernatural beings really do exist.
As she begins to wonder what she’s gotten herself into, she takes matters into her own hands and decides to help Gavin every step of the way. Her love for him makes this possible as she never felt anything quite like what she feels for Gavin for anyone else before. As the enemy’s forces draw ever closer, the couple is determined to set things straight and band together in hopes of achieving the goals they’ve set forth. Yet they never imagined that the secrets of the past would come back to haunt them in the long run.
I absolutely loved this book. Absolutely loved the vampire angle on this one. I think Rachael did beautifully in building the world around her characters. The topic of being in an abusive relationship is something anyone can relate to and she did a remarkable job in drawing out Camille’s thoughts and feelings as well as her insecurities. I’m looking forward to what’s coming next in this series.
- The Marriage Contract
on March 28, 2012
It's often been said that friendship can be forever. For Cara Carvalho and Devin Michaels, it surely felt like that from the moment they met on a beautiful summer day so long ago. They were the best of friends and did everything together until the moment Devin's father died and everything changed.
Throughout the years, the pair have gone their separate ways. Both have achieved their dreams and have been reaping the rewards of their successes. Yet their lives are as different as night and day. Devin is now a successful lawyer while Cara owns her own shop in the posh Back Bay area in Boston as a successful home interior's expert.
When Cara's parents decide they'd like to move down to Florida, she finds herself agreeing to help her mother pack up the entire house in preparation for them to sell it. Immersed in a world full of past memories, she comes across a card Devin sent her years ago with a promise he'd made in regards to marrying her if she was still single at the age of thirty-five. The card's appearance brings back memories Cara had locked away for so long, memories she now finds herself yearning for.
Her mother, being the crafty person that she is, sees the card as an opportunity to reunite the pair in hopes of making them see just how perfect they are for one another. When Devin shows up on her doorstep, Cara begins to suspect her mother of blatant match-making. Yet deep inside she can't deny the feelings she still harbors for him, feelings Devin himself seems to reciprocate.
Unfortunately, Cara isn't at liberty to give in to what she feels for him. Her boyfriend has joined her for the duration of her vacation and she finds herself caught in the middle of juggling his attentions and Devin's. Despite the minor inconveniences, the two find themselves attracted to one another in more ways than one.
Dodging her mother's machinations, Cara can no longer deny the stirrings of her own heart. She begins to wonder what a life with Devin would be like. The changes that ensue have her questioning just what she wants in life. Yet one thing is clear: Devin holds her heart and she'd do anything to keep him.
I absolutely loved this story. The pace throughout the book was consistent and the camaraderie between all of the characters kept me interested with every turn of the page. I found myself unable to put down the book. That's how good it is! I look forward to reading more of Lisa's work soon.
- Illicit Magic (Book 1, Stella Mayweather Series)
on April 17, 2012
With her parents taken from her at a very early age, Stella Mayweather has spent most of her young life bounced around from foster home to foster home. The existence of unexplained powers has caused her to live a solitary existence, something she much prefers, since it allows her to live in anonymity. Keeping away from others is the only way she can ensure no one else gets hurt when bursts of her powers surface unexpectedly. Yet, at times, she yearns to have someone she can depend on. To have that one friend who would be understanding about who and what she is.
An unexpected attack on her one night draws her attention to the unexplained burnings occurring all over Europe. Woman are are being burned alive on supposed accounts of their being witches. The reasons behind such things elude Stella, yet she can't deny the fact that she has always been different. When help arrives unexpectedly, she knows she has no choice but to do what has been asked of her. Surviving to live another day is a must and she'll do anything to make sure that happens.
Accepting Etoile's helping hand, she's catapulted into a world she never really knew existed. She'd always know that there were others like her out there, yet she never expected to meet them so soon in so short a time. As secrets surrounding her true origins come to light, Stella begins to question everything she's ever known in hopes of coming to terms with her parents untimely deaths so long ago.
With no other option but to accept the new life she's been given, Stella immerses herself in learning all she needs to know. She's intent on making the most of the gifts she's been bestowed. Getting used to them, however, isn't as easy as it seems. Her new teacher, Evan, is determined to show Stella that she definitely has what it takes in handling her raw power. She's willing to do as he asks of her, yet never once did she imagine finding herself attracted to him.
When it becomes apparent that someone is out for blood, Stella's especially, the Council decides to protect her, at all costs. The repeated attempts on her life are jarring, yet she's willing to show everyone that she's more than what they think of her. As more and more secrets, both hers and those surrounding her new family, make it into the light, she comes to the realization that there's quite a bit she doesn't know. Things have been kept from her a reason. While curiosity has killed the cat in the past, Stella knows she'll need to get to the bottom of things if she's to live a peaceful life. But first, she'll need to stay alive long enough in order to achieve it.
This book is the beginning of a great series. Action packed and quite addicting to read, the reader finds him/herself immersed in a world full of magic and intrigue. A world where appearances are definitely deceiving. I'm definitely look forward to what comes next!
- Ardeur, Book One, Abbey of Angels
on July 25, 2012
All Ardeur Lisle has ever known is pain and heartache. From the moment she turned twelve, both have been constant emotions she can never get rid of. Her tender heart laments that her parents weren't strong enough to love her for who and what she was. They feared the fact that she was different and refused to understand that which made her unique. Part of her never ceases to wonder why they gave her away so long ago, a fact she knows she'll forever ponder.
Joined to a demon against her will, Ardeur has done things she's not proud of. Things that would ruin another person completely. Somehow she's retained the goodness that sets her apart from her captors and those around her, yet she knows its only a matter of time before the demon takes control of her completely. Her heart yearns to be free of it, spurring her desires to make that happen in any way she can.
On the run from those who've kept her prisoner for as long as she can remember, she soon finds herself ensconced within the Abbey of Angels, a sanctuary for Supernatural's and those who are just like her. Ardeur is happy that she's finally free of her tormentors, even if the demon they drew into her body still resides inside of her. She can live with that fact for the time being, though, but is all the more determined to release the entity's grasp over her completely, once and for all.
When Brody Callaghan makes an unexpected appearance into her life once more, Ardeur can't help but acknowledge the attraction she feels for him. He's been the driving force behind her getting up each day and has kept her from losing her mind completely to the demon that insists on corrupting her deep within. She's content to find that Brody doesn't care that she's different. He's a werewolf himself, one determined to make her his in every way possible.
Unfortunately, there's something none of them counted on. Rae, the Angel of Death that's loved Ardeur ever since he saved her life so long ago, isn't willing to give up his claim upon the beautiful maiden. In his mind, he loves her with every fiber of his being and Brody is a thorn in his side he can do without. Everyone knows Death doesn't play fair. Most especially when there's something it wants. Rae wants Ardeur and will do everything in his power to make sure she remains his. The question is, how far will he go to in order to achieve an end to his own means?
I so totally enjoyed the beginning of this series. I confess I didn't put this book down until the very end. Even then, I wanted to read more. It's that engrossing!
I can only imagine the thorough research that Danielle put into the planning and writing of this book. Keeping track of all the Angels and their powers is most certainly a heavy task, but I think she did a wonderful job in doing so. It's very apparent that she painstakingly compiled the details surrounding the world she's created for her characters, giving the reader a wonderful experience in getting to know each and every one. I look forward to the next installment of this series.
- Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1)
on Nov. 01, 2012
Shade's life hasn't always been easy. Part of her feels as if she's an outsider looking in on it. She can hear voices in her head and she has powers she can't quite explain. Her best friend, Brisa, is the only one really knows Shade's secret, one she'll carry with her to the grave. Yet neither can deny that her powers are something they don't quite understand.
On the way home from school one day, she comes across a boy unlike anything she's ever known. He's cool, very different, and there's something about him that piques her interest, even if she won't admit it. Putting her trust within his hands, albeit reluctantly, Shade follows him into a world she never knew existed. A world where all sorts of Faerie's rule supreme.
Blown away by the fact that the people within this new realm know exactly who she is and have been expecting her arrival for a very long time, Shade isn't sure what's expected of her. Deep inside, she believes she's nothing special. The Seelie court, on the other hand, are quite sure of who she is and of what she's capable of. In their eyes, she just needs to unlock and learn the power she possesses inside.
Setting off on a mission that can save the Faerie realm from destruction, Shade begins to wonder just what she's gotten herself into. A slew of people are determined to make sure she doesn't complete the objectives that have been set out before her. Each disaster she and the group she's traveling with encounter along the way only succeeds to heighten her desire in achieving her every goal and Shade will stop at nothing until she's restored balance to a world she's slowly coming to love the longer she remains within its walls.
This was quite an intriguing story. Very different from most Faerie stories I've read thus far. Shade is the sort of character any one can relate to, although I must admit her crying got to me after awhile. It's a very good story and I found it very delightful in getting to know what the people traveling with her were like as well as watching the world Alexia has created for her beloved characters unfold. I look forward to what she has in store next for the series.
- Root Canal
on May 09, 2013
A tooth's life is truly ordinary, and quite uneventful. The darkness that surrounds it is something it knows intimately. Rarely, will it see the light of day. Though it can hope to have its world turn out differently.
In Root Canal, we join a tooth whom has lived its entire life surrounded by that darkness. Its life is the same, day in and day out. It shares space with others of its kind, along with a warm pink tongue, and a generous cheek to keep it cozy. In its mind, its living the high life. Yet everything changes when its beloved owner changes things up, and introduces it to a whole new environment.
Acidic drinks, sugary sweets, and salty foods - there's a myriad of items that can take away from a tooth's life. The ensuing cavities are a nightmare, and the pain that follows can be never-ending. A tooth can only hope that the person taking care of it will be more lenient. That he or she will wisen up, and make its life better. Sometimes, for some, unfortunately, that is a possibility that may never happen.
When a trip to the dentist becomes a necessity, a tooth's life takes a drastic turn. It begins to think about the endless possibilities that come from such endeavors. Will the tooth continue to exist? Will it be sent to tooth heaven? Will the pain ever go away? Those questions and more filter through a tooth's mind. Granted, they might be inanimate, but they provide us with a means of enjoying the foods we eat. Sometimes, saving one is the only way to go, even if you have to endure the pain of doing so in the process.
This was such a delightful short story. I enjoyed it immensely. Sharon has done a wonderful job in depicting the life of a tooth as it struggles to survive amidst the 'atrocities' committed against it by its beloved owner. We can feel its angst as it tries to understand why its owner isn't more caring of him and his brothers/sisters, as well as feel its happiness when its life is spared, to some extent.
She's spun a wonderful tale about everyday happenings when it comes to taking care of your teeth and going to the dentist. To see the tooth tell its story in such a warm and insightful way is quite refreshing. It really is. Sharon has a way with words that draws you in from the very beginning. I look forward to more of what she has coming her way in the future.