A quick note on my hiatus
Before I finish my Villains blog series, I wanted to give a quick note on why I vanished for six months from my blog and social media. I had a family emergency in March that’s still ongoing, so it’s moved from a crisis to a situation. Then, I started a new job in May doing technical communication for a civil engineering firm. I’m still teaching college courses, but I’ve reduced my course load.
I’ve been working on a schedule where I can fit my writing because I’m working on the edits for the next book in my Jade and Antigone series. Unfortunately, that has left blogging and social media dead last on my priorities list. However, I realize I have a large audience, and hundreds of people visit my blog daily. So, I know this blog connects with people, helps writers, and is important too.
So, I haven’t abandoned ya’ll. I’m slowly coming out of the chaos that hit me this spring and forming a schedule that works for my many, many, many spinning plates. I’m a working mom with two jobs, an author and a blogger, and I have side projects, including adult literacy and running the Honor Society, where I teach. But, as a gift to myself, I have to dedicate some time to what I love best, writing stories.
On that note, I have some cool events this fall for those in New York
Flower City Comic Con
Sept 24-25 at the Total Sports Experience
First is the Flower City Comic Con, also known as F3C. This is the fourth year I’ve had a table at this event. They held it at this same location last year, and it was a blast, so I’m really looking forward to it.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/614229206567093
Rochester Fantasy Fans Astronomicon
November 4-6 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center
This con was postponed last year due to COVID, so I’m excited to have a table for the first time this year.
Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/2tcbOFiW6
Okay, folks, thanks for sticking with me, and hopefully, I’ll have the last blog in my Villains series up soon (it's on villains in sci-fi)!
This week I announced my newest book on my social media platforms. Tripping the Multiverse will be launched on January 21st, 2021, published by Black Rose Writing, the same house that published Forever People.
While 1/21/21 is a cool, palindromic date, it seems quite far away. But, it’s only nine months, and I have a lot of events planned for the book, including a cover reveal, a Goodreads Giveaway, and a book tour. Make sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter so you can keep up with all the developments.
I’m excited about Tripping the Multiverse for a ton of reasons. It’s the first in my Jade & Antigone series, which follows the adventures of a pair of science journalists who turned into reluctant heroes. It’s a lighthearted exploration of other worlds and alternate realities.
After attending a disastrous wormhole experiment at the mysterious Orion Center, rival science journalists, shy and brilliant Jade, and saucy Antigone gain unstable superpowers. This unlikely pair must learn to work together as they jump from dimension to dimension in search of a rogue scientist in a race against the clock to fix their broken home-world
Jade lives with her parents and sister, who is a locally well-known actress. Jade overcame her extreme shyness to secure her dream job as a science journalist. Jade’s freelance journalist gig doesn’t pay enough for her to leave home or the shadow of her younger sister. The failed experiment at the Orion Center gave Jade something she’s always secretly wanted– the ability to disappear into someone, or something, else.
Antigone, who would be known to her friends as Anti, if she had any, landed her job at the science journal through a series of tragic missteps. She flunked out of med school, and her father had to pull a few strings to secure her a job. Anti would rather be eating take-out while reading Bukowski or watching her favorite T.V. show, Boat Murdered. Unfortunately, the accident at the Orion Center shifted her into an alternate dimension where Boat Murdered never existed, so Anti must use her newly acquired extra-dimensional sentience to find her way home.
Other charters include Dr. Gustavo Osborne, an enterprising internet celebrity who investigates otherworldly phenomena along with his peppy Maltese dog, Eliot. And Harriet, the Orion Center’s eccentric and demanding research director.
I’m planning on writing a new blog series of nine blogs on character creation starting next week, but after that, I’ll write another Tripping the Multiverse teaser. The next one will feature some of the surreal worlds of Tripping the Multiverse.
Forever People Book Launch!
My second novel, Forever People, will be released this week by Black Rose Writing! I have a ton of exciting news, links, appearances, and reviews.
The paperback edition of Forever People comes out on March 28th and the eBook edition will be released a week later on April 4th.
Forever People recieved a glowing, five-star review from The Book Dragon. Here's an excerpt:
"Alison Lyke creates a futuristic, compelling story that literally had me turning the page ... without break. I read this book in about 4 consecutive hours, it was that captivating. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, some event would throw the plan off-course, and I was left reeling with the characters."
You can find more reviews on Forever People's Goodreads Page. From Mar 03 - Mar 31 Black Rose Writing is running a Goodreads Giveaway for an advance eBook copy of Forever People. Don't miss your chance to win a free book!
I recently did an in-depth interview with Zealot Script UK and they also posted a book release announcement for Forever People.
From April 4th to April 11th I'm running a Kindle Countdown Sale of my first novel Honey, to celebrate the digital release of Forever People. Honey will be on sale for $.0.99 for three days and then $1.99 three days.
I have so many fun and fascinating events coming up:
April 13-14 I will be appearing in-person at the Flower City Comic Con. I have an exhibitor table, so stop by for a chat or a book signing.
April 22-29 I'm going on a blog tour with R&R Book Tours. Stay tuned for more information on my tour stops.
May 17-19 I will be appearing at OWS Cyber Convention, a massive online book festival. If you're interested in attending any (or all) of the event days, here's a link to the OWS 2019 Cyber Convention Facebook:
I have more virtual and in-person appearances in the upcoming months, but I'm waiting on official announcements, so I'll have to save them for a future post.
A huge thank you to all of my family, friends, and fans. Getting Forever People from story concept to finished novel was the hardest journey in my writing life so far. Writing is a solitary endeavor, but my loving family and amazing friends make sure I don't have to go through anything else on my own.
“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Adventures in Book Signing
A tale of general anxiety, mud, and Heinz.
I was profoundly afraid. I don’t like being in front of a lot of people, and I especially don’t like acting like a big deal. Both are required for book signings.
Ignoring my fear and determined to be very early, I loaded up my car with some snacks for the reception and I headed over to my mother’s to pick her up. My mother’s house has a notoriously perilous driveway, it’s steep, curvy, and it floods during rainstorms.
It must have been my nerves, because, that day, I forgot all about the dangers of the driveway. I pulled down it, honked my horn, and backed up so that I could get a running start up the steep incline.
I felt half of my car slip off of the driveway and into the adjacent muddy lawn. I tried to pull forward, and I couldn’t. I tried to back up; that wasn’t going to happen either. I was on the way to the biggest day in my literary career, and my dumb car was stuck in my mom’s stupid driveway.
We pushed, and rocked, and put it in neutral and we only managed to make it sink in so much deeper that the wheels on the unstuck side hovered several inches over the ground.
A truck backed down the driveway. Assuming it was one of my brother’s friends who had somehow failed to gauge the dire situation in the driveway, I shouted at him to shove-off, with some other choice words.
It wasn’t an idiot friend of my brother; it was a stranger named Heinz who was there to save the day. Heinz had seen the predicament and, like some Batman for cars, had all the toys to save the day.
While Heinz and my brother hooked a winch up to my car, I grabbed a copy of Honey and signed it for Heinz, thanking him for his help. After it was towed to safety, I drove my mud-caked car to my book signing.
I read some experts, signed some books, and ate some snacks (pictured below). I think the whole ordeal actually made me calmer than I would have been otherwise, having spent all my anxiety on my stuck car.