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Lisa Brunette
Wherever my iPhone thinks I am.
I write, therefore I play.
Interests: Mystery, Writing, Novels, Games, Books, Yoga, Nia, Pilates, Spirituality, Healing, Nature, Farms, Lifestyle, Poetry
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Different, yes, but also building on what we know how to do well: tell stories in games, integrating the narrative with the puzzle play for the enhancement of both, and ultimately, the player's highest enjoyment. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Nothing says "stay home and read a book" like nine months of near-continuous grey skies. So to ease you in this time of need, I've slashed the price on the Dreamslippers Series boxed set by 75%. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Even when you only provide binary choices -- which, so far, is all we've done -- those branches can quickly grow out of control as each one doubles, then doubles again, until from a single node you've created a mountain. I had to train myself to weave the elements back together, to keep things from ballooning out of control. When I took on the original assignment, I thought, "Oh, this will be just like writing a short story." But it's not; it's like writing thousands of very, very short stories, of a few sentences each. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Apparently seeing what women really look like is great as long as I’m not one of the women in the photos. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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March was a busy month, as I had two virtual book tours running at the same time--with participation from a whopping 21 blogs. Partners in Crime sponsored the first tour, and then blogger "CMash" added a side tour when she chose me for Author of the Month. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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This week on the blog I've interviewed Monika Younger. Monika designed the book covers for all three of the Dreamslippers Series novels and the poetry collection Broom of Anger. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Since publishing the first book in the Dreamslippers Series in 2014, I've heard from readers who are curious about Amazing Grace's back story. So with the release of the entire trilogy as a boxed set this February, I included a novella titled Work of Light. It answers these questions and more: How did Grace get her name? What happened when her daughter Mercy was born? And did Grace really go undercover inside a cult? Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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This time we included a giveaway, and 83 people signed up to win copies of all three novels in paperback, ebook, and audiobook, as well as the boxed set. Congrats to the winners! Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Personal appearances are one part of the author life I enjoy immensely, as I get to leave the writing cave and talk in person with readers and potential readers. I especially like university talks, as it's always refreshing to speak to students. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
Book blogger Cheryl Macciarelli chose me as Author of the Month for March, and as part of that, she conducted the below interview with me. I'm sharing it here on the blog so frequent visitors and subscribers don't miss it in the frenzy of posts this month, as we're also running a Partners in Crime Tour. I love good questions, and "CMash" didn't disappoint. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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A lot has been written about the current 'girl' book phenomenon (see here, here, and here for starters), but I thought it would be fun to imagine what those titles might be in a less sexist, less dangerous world for females. Here we go... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Today kicks off a month of features, interviews, and guest posts, not to mention giveaways and prizes, both as part of the Author of the Month feature and a Partners in Crime tour running concurrently. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Debut author Martha Crites is a fellow finalist for the Nancy Pearl Book Award. She handles the tricky topic of mental illness with great care and intelligence in her mystery novel Grave Disturbance. Here she discusses how motive can shift and change over the course of the writing project. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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It's happened. The entire Dreamslippers Series is out in the world as one tome. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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This week I'll be in D.C. presenting at the Associated Writing Programs Conference, now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Who was this woman whose genes I shared? How had she found the courage in the early ‘20s to flee a difficult situation? And what did she do during those years in Mexico City? What motivated her to leave her kids and travel to Mexico, a country very different from what she had experienced in largely protestant Canada and Scotland? And what effect did her behavior have on those left behind, in particular her daughter and granddaughter? Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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A new book in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries began to form in my head. After all, it was a long drive. The main characters are two couples who camp together and occasionally stumble over dead bodies. I tend to have titles before I have stories, and combining of the idea of a stowaway in a camper and the UFO culture around Roswell gave me the title: The Space Invader. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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I'm thrilled to announce the worldwide release of the Dreamslippers Series Boxed Set on February 17, 2017. The boxed set includes all three books in the series as well as a novella-length bonus story set in 1964, giving a tantalizing glimpse into the experiences that shaped Amazing Grace. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Buoyed by the reality that barnacles really do have an inflatable penis that is fifty times longer than the average barnacle body, I did my best to add in enough sex, villainy and puppy charm to keep the pages turning. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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In honor of the new year, I'm offering a free book to anyone who posts a review of one of mine. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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Here are three games on my to-play list this winter, and I hope to bring you some of these developers as guests on the blog in the future, too. This month I'm looking at interactive fictional mysteries with a common theme, that of isolation and connection. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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This month I offer you books in two's: two indie/small press books by authors I know and two Christmas-themed novels just in time for the holidays. Martha Crites is the author of Grave Disturbance, put out by new Seattle indie Rat City Publishing. She and I were both finalists for the Nancy Pearl Book Award this year. Karen Musser Nortman is the indie author of a quirky camping mystery series. She was also the first-ever recipient of the Granny Grace Award for Outstanding Women 40+. The other two books that caught my fancy are from rock-star big names. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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My big, fat book tour for Bound to the Truth, Dreamslippers Series #3, had a virtual component, with guest posts, reviews, and spotlights on numerous blogs. Here's a rundown. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author
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By the time I was ready to release the third book in the series, I'd built up enough momentum that in-person opportunities just showed up. Here's a run-down of what became my big, fat book tour for the release of Bound to the Truth. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Lisa Brunette - Author