Lacey Dancer

Biography

Why would a traditionally published author, published internationally with over thirty books in more than twenty languages and two-lifetime achievement awards just to name few accolades, choose to self-publish?
If your first answer is that she has lost her mind, my answer is NO!

You’ll notice the capital letters. Film stars regularly finance and produce their movies and movies of other stars. Why can’t authors choose to produce their books, leaving behind the traditional format for the freedom of writing what the author wants and when the author wants to write?

I haven’t lost my mind. I’ve gained by creative freedom. Writing is more than a career for me. It always has been from the moment I ran out of books and decided, for my sanity’s sake, to write a story while I waited for more books to arrive. A fluke involving another writer who had just started a writing club was my first brush with the machinery that is traditional publishing.

It was supposed to be hard to get an agent. That writer thought I had talent, although she didn’t tell me that at the time, and she sent my story to her agent. I sold four books that year.

I discovered that interesting word genre. Darn it. I had to write a certain way. Because I had a ‘male’ name and only women wrote romances at that time, I had to have a pen name. Because I wrote faster than my home house would publish a single writer, my agent sent my extra stories to other houses. Each wanted a different pen name. Hence, I have multiple pen names.

Lacey Dancer was and is my favorite. It represents a moment in my life when I called a halt to the process of traditional publishing. I was worn out by the rules and requirements. I understood their business model and it does work for publishing in general. It didn’t work for me the writer. I wanted to create real people characters, dealing with real problems. Life is too interesting to be reduced to a fairy tale.

After a discussion with my agent, I decided to quit. I wasn’t the first to make that decision. She had four of my books at the time, another Series that I knew none of the houses for which I worked would even consider because one of the main characters was too old to fit the profile of what they believed sold.

Unknown to me, she sent those books to a new house, one which didn’t have a profile or requirements. The house bought all four books. I loved working for Meteor and Kismet Publishing. The character that no one would have considered was very popular. Her name was Pippa and her author is Lacey Dancer.

When Meteor was sold to its biggest competitor, I decided for family reasons to retire from writing. I missed writing too much to stay retired. Computers, the internet, and social media arrived and opened doors to new ideas and ways to publish.

I love a challenge and I really like breaking new ground. Is it easy? Absolutely not. There are more questions than answers some days.

For me, this new world of publishing is tailor-made. I make my own rules, write my way, stories I like with characters that drive me nuts on a good day, and make me crazy on a busy day. I love what I do. I especially love the freedom of doing what I do my way.

Where to find Lacey Dancer online

Videos

Interview on North Florida Writers Tour
Featured article on me as a writer and the books I have published.

Chase the Fire
Book trailer for the first book in the Live Oak Series called Chase the Fire. Escape! Her stalker was out on bail. She was sheltering in place in her condo like a prisoner. He was free to walk the streets and she didn’t dare go out for fear of another attack. Her life was in shreds because of one man’s obsession for revenge when she was promoted above him.

Diamond and Ice
Enjoy the book trailer for the second book in the Pippa Series - Diamond and Ice Jason Starke ‘The Iceman’ had earned his nickname both on and off the ice. The Olympic Gold Medalist was a brilliant technician on the ice, a dazzling master of the silver blades. ‘Perfection on ice’ was his life. In private, Jason felt nothing. He viewed the world as a giant game board, people as players, and himself as the master who wrote the rules.

Catch the Fire
Video trailer for the fourth book in the Live Oak Series called Catch the fire.

Truth Kills
First book in the Truth Series is called Truth Kills. The video is a promotional trailer created for the introduction of the book.

Series

Live Oak
Live Oak is a real place. Small towns all over the country are struggling to keep their way of life and heritage intact and still survive in the 21st century. That is the background for the Live Oak Series but the characters are the heart of the stories, their struggles, triumphs and solutions to the twists and turns in life. Live Oak in my fictional world is filled with challenges and triumphs. Every character in this series is fictional. Except two. Those two are Jennifer and Tina who appear in books three and four. These two friends of mine talked me into putting them in the story. We made a deal. Each had to create her own physical description. Each will have her own book. I am working on Jennifer’s now. A stalker sneaks into town to kill. Country justice comes in the form of an irate donkey named Jay. A city woman who needs her lattes and shoe stores discovers the misadventures of tractors and barnyard animals that have no idea when to shut up in the morning. Normal people do not wake up at dawn. The construction crew arrives to build a vision of the future for Live Oak. Mother Nature has other ideas with a hurricane on the east coast and a bomb on the west coast.
Chase The Fire
Price: $2.99 USD.
Playing with Fire
Price: $4.99 USD.
Strike the Fire
Price: $4.99 USD.
Catch the Fire
Price: $4.99 USD.
Pippa
Pippa, an aunt, a friend, a writer. Following rules, unless they are her own, is so not on her agenda. She writes and values her solitude. Birthdays, specifically hers, are not to be celebrated. Have a permanent man in her life is a complication she can happily forgo. However, her relatives and friends might just need a little help in finding a life partner. And she loves a challenge. Tragically injured, hiding from the world, her niece. Lorelei is the first to discover how ingenious a loving, determined woman can be. Pippa issues a challenge. The doctors are positive Lorelei will never walk again. Pippa dares Lorelei to prove them wrong. Come live with me and rebuild your life. Needing a place to recover, Lorelei accepts the challenge. She makes the rules, breaks the rules, and dares everyone with whom she comes in contact to reach for their every wish and dream. The bigger the challenge, the happier Pippa is. Impossible is a word she doesn’t recognize and no is a word she ignores.
Choices
Price: $2.99 USD.
Diamond and Ice
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Truth Kills
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,160. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Felicity arrived too late to stop the attack but not too late to kill the four-man team. A sound at the front door. Gun drawn, she turned, ready to protect, to kill. Ace came in fast, his gun ready. “Give me one reason why I shouldn’t kill you where you stand,” he demanded, his eyes on Mia’s battered body. Four other bodies decorated his living room floor. "Mia needs help."
Catch the Fire
Series: Live Oak, Fourth. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,500. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
In the fourth book we find, in the aftermath of a hurricane, an angry judge, Lydia's father who needs something from his daughter, the missing father of the abused child, and that child's identity. The huge amount of work involved in bringing the Channing-Weston vision for Live Oak to fruition. Add in another wedding and two honeymoons into the mix and it is a recipe for controlled chaos.
Strike the Fire
Series: Live Oak, Third. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,400. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
Book three of the Live Oak Series continues with the story of Max and Lydia, one financial investor who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty on a project and one contractor who loves luxury RVs, fast motorcycles and works with her crew on most of their projects. Alex and Archer have gathered all the players to fulfill their dreams for their county. Sparks fly between Max and Lydia. Oh, boy!
Playing with Fire
Series: Live Oak, Second. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,280. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The second book in the Live Oak Series continues the adventure with Lucy and Alex. They have come together to save her friend Miranda and now she must make a decision on what to do with the rest of her life. Small rural counties are not her style but handsome, rich, and fun guys were, at least for the short term. Now she wanted to start fresh.
Choices
Series: Pippa. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,730. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Inspirational
At seventeen years old, Lorelei Starke was America's hope for gymnastic gold. A car crash cost her full use of her leg, a damaged voice and years of surgeries and physical therapy. She retreated to the country and her aunt's house to recover, to build a new life for herself. Financially secure, challenged by her career in computer game design. Alex didn't fit her world. Or did he?
Diamond and Ice
Series: Pippa. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,780. Language: American English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Urban
Fire and Ice. Diana Diamond is an ice skater of unequaled passion, skill & emotional artistry. Jason 'The Iceman' Starke brings cold precision & emotionless brilliance to every move he makes on the ice. Jason has a vision for a skating complex. He needs Diana's skill & reputation with an obsession that demands everything he has to give. When the two meet, the game begins & the rules change
Chase The Fire
Series: Live Oak, First. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,120. Language: American English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Escape! Her stalker was out on bail. She was sheltering in place in her condo like a prisoner. He was free to walk the streets and she didn’t dare go out for fear of another attack. Her life was in shreds because of one man’s obsession for revenge when she was promoted above him. Miranda Major picked up her handbag, walked out of her home, and got into her car.