Lisa Lawler

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  • Blindsight:: A Mirus Short Story on March 17, 2011

    Vivid main characters and a tense escape from captivity make this an enjoyable read. I expected the story to end once the escape was successfully completed, but it came quite a bit later than that and in an abrupt way. However, I understand this is a teaser for the Mirus series, and it works! This story makes me want to read the two books in the series, Forsaken by Shadow and Devil's Eye. I don't normally read ebooks because often the quality isn't there in terms of writing craft or plot, but this story meets my expectations of a story worth reading.
  • Forsaken By Shadow on March 31, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and it's one of the first ebooks I can say that about! I read it from start to finish in one sitting. From world-building, to characterisation, to pacing, to suspense, to conflict, it's all here. The story opens with the male lead in a state of conflict that makes you want to keep reading. Enter the female lead with a mission that makes you NEED to keep reading to discover. I've bought the second novella in the Mirus series, Devil's Eye, and I'm very much looking forward to it. This is an ebook I can highly recommend to anyone who's interested in the paranormal.
  • Hush Money (Talent Chronicles) on June 19, 2011

    (This is a copy of my review from Goodreads) Loved it, loved it, LOVED it! I was gripped by the story right from the start, completely immersed in the story world, deeply interested in the characters, and the romance element is just perfect. I can barely wait for the the second book in the series, and I've just seen there's a 0.5 in the series, Impulse Control, so I much check that out!
  • Impulse Control (Talent Chronicles) on June 19, 2011

    (This is a copy of my review from Goodreads) I am really enjoying this series by Susan Bischoff. The ebooks are well written, the pacing is excellent, the characters are fabulous, and the plots are tense and edgy with high stakes involved. I am so looking forward to Book 2 in the series!
  • Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui on July 29, 2011

    A very enjoyable read, with lots of techniques and various methods to motivate yourself to clear the clutter. I particularly liked the section on priorities and how to manage them. Definitely well worth reading!
  • How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months on Aug. 06, 2011

    A fabulous read! Very clear, well-explained, great anecdotes, a marketing plan already laid out for writers to follow... this ebook has it all. I will definitely be following the advice given. :)
  • Red on Sep. 21, 2011

    Excellent read. I enjoyed reading about the characters and their voices, the backstory, the plot and how it unfolded. Loved the HEA. Elodie is a wonderful character and no matter how much she has to fly under the radar at the beginning of the book, she is a strong personality and no wimp. Yep. A really, REALLY good read!
  • Heroes 'Til Curfew (Talent Chronicles #2) on Sep. 21, 2011

    Wow! Talk about a roller coaster of a read!! I was turning e-pages long after I should have been in bed; I was breathless with anxiety; I was biting my nails in anticipation; and I was open-mouthed with horror at one particular scene that I nearly couldn't even read, THAT was how gut-wrenching and evocative and REAL the writing was. I have no other way to describe the feelings I had while reading this. Book 1 was phenomenal; Book 2 reaches even higher on the scale of my recommended reads. The stakes are even higher now for our protagonists so Book 3 is going to be even more tense, I imagine.
  • Devil's Eye on Oct. 24, 2011

    This is the second book in the Mirus series. The love story between Sophie, a demi-goddess, and Mick, a wolf-shifter, is just beginning when the novel finishes, so I'm interested in seeing how that develops. One of the more interesting secondary characters in this novella is the demon who inhabits the Devil's Eye. I have a feeling, based on what I've read, that he may become more important as the series develops. At least I hope so! A good read. I'm looking forward to the full-length novels. :)
  • Shattered: Broken Fairy Tales on Aug. 26, 2012

    Fabulous storytelling, scenes that come to life, protagonist's plights full of conflict - that's what you'll find in this collection of three short stories. Based on fairytales of yesteryear, we get a glimpse into what COULD have happened after the Happily Ever After... and it might not have been so happy, which is in keeping with the traditional fairtytales. The good guy does not always win. The last story in particular is a fantastic re-imagining of how one fairytale could have led directly into another fairytale (but I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil the surprise). Well worth reading.
  • Crystal Grids: How and Why They Work on Aug. 26, 2012

    There is a tonne of interesting information in here on crystal grids, and the science behind how and why they work, and this is the first book I've read on crystals that looks at them from a science-based perspective. Not only that, but there are also some examples of how to set up grids, what stones to use, and how to measure the energy produced by the grid. This ebook is easy to read and understand, is very, very interesting, and is well worth dipping into.
  • The Five Day Writer's Retreat on Aug. 25, 2013

    (I received a free copy of this ebook in return for my honest review.) I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Five Day Writer’s Retreat. Greentree’s attitude towards writing is infectious, and she presents the information in a practical, no-nonsense, “you can do it” manner. Not long after starting to read it, I could feel a sense of purpose and enthusiasm well up inside me. Greentree arranges the content following the routine of a typical day at a spa or retreat – hence the title. Each day there are different sections to read through. In the morning there’s: • A Tai Chi for the Mind writing exercise; • A Food for Thought section. In the afternoon there’s: • A Therapy section, which examines issues writers commonly struggle with and provides some suggestions on how to overcome them; • A Writer’s Lifestyle Review which studies a famous writer and his or her writing process. And in the evening there’s: • The Bedtime Preparation which focuses on the following day’s writing goals and activities. There is so much information contained in this book that this review couldn’t begin to do it justice, but Greentree looks as topics such as • goal setting (Indiana Jones style!); • the health of wellbeing of a writer; • willpower and how to make it work for you; • prioritising life values so that we can balance them with our writing activities; • forming habits; • creating flow; • the advantages and disadvantages of being a writer (a very funny section in itself); • identifying which fears relate to which aspect of a writer’s persona and how to deal with them; and • Writing as Workship. (What I particularly liked about this section is that although Greentree’s faith is a very important part of her life, she doesn’t for a moment ram religion down our throats. Instead she asks us what worship looks like already in our lives – and supporting your footie team is considered worship! – and suggests we bring the same level of desire to our writing. I have read a tonne of information in this ebook that I have not seen elsewhere, and certainly not within the pages of one writing craft guidebook. Sometimes Greentree suggests exercises that she doesn’t find useful in her own process, “but may work for you”, which is fantastic. This is not a book about how Greentree writes and what works for her; it’s a book that helps the reader to discover the writing process within themselves. And for everyone it looks different. My only criticism – and I must admit it may be as a result of my (flawed) beliefs – is that a few of the exercises and suggestions in this book are geared more towards those who either have no children yet or whose children are old enough to be left safely to their own devices while their parent writes. Despite this, I loved the ebook. Greentree draws on a wide variety of sources and puts their wisdom into perspective for the modern writer. There are plenty of original ideas and new information here to feast upon, with plenty of exercises and suggestions to try out. Each section is short, succinct – perfect for ebook format. The topics covered are well-explained and concise, and all written in conversational style with an empathic but professional attitude. It was an absolute pleasure to read and it’s a keeper on my ereader’s virtual writing resources shelf.
  • How to Write Dialogue on March 01, 2014

    In the Introduction, Marcy Kennedy writes that the goal of this ebook is to quickly give a writer an overview of how to write dialogue well, so that no unnecessary time is taken away from actually writing their WIPs. I think she achieved this goal admirably! Every point, from dialogue basics to more advanced techniques, is made clearly and well-illustrated with sample mini-dialogues. Of particular interest to me were the revision exercises at the end of each section which I am going to use when I start revising my first draft. Links are also provided at the end of the book to download worksheets from her site. All in all, I would definitely recommend this resource to writers as a great place to begin crafting dialogue or as a refresher or reminder of what to be on the lookout for when revising.