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No Sleep November by Lisa Carlisle


I’m Lisa Carlisle and I write erotic paranormal romance for Ellora’s Cave. I met the lovely EC authors Lisa Fox and Emily Cale at Romanticon and am happy to be a guest at Literary Lagniappe. I’m here to share some of the behind the scenes experience of writing my latest release Bloodlust and Metal, during National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Each November, participants pledge to write a 50,000 word book during “30 days and nights of literary abandon.” Sound scary? It is. Terrifying and exhilarating.

Bloodlust promo

I’m a working mom so for much of the year, it’s easy to procrastinate writing as there are so many other things to do. But come November, my NaNo novel becomes the priority. I’m on deadline, a big one with no excuses.

I set off last November thinking I had a 20k novella in me. As I checked into my writing world for Nano during local write ins at libraries or in the wee hours of the night, I grew more and more excited about my book. Characters developed and ideas took off. I loved how the story took shape. By the end of the month, I had over 50,000 words in my first draft of Bloodlust and Metal, which is my fourth book in the Underground Encounters series. It features a shapeshifting bounty hunter tracking a young vampire who has gone into hiding as a singer for an 80s rock cover band. Paranormal romance with rock and roll—so much fun to write. Without Nano, I might have kept Bloodlust as a novella, but the challenge kept me focused and the novel is much richer for it.

Here’s a recent review, which thrilled me:

4 Cups from Coffee Time Romance and More

“The relationship between Devon and Layla in intricately built to lure the reader in. The enticement of love built from the ashes of the past is like catnip keeping the reader sitting on the edge. The evolution is amazing and demonstrates life can change even the most hardened heart.”

So what am I doing this November? Writing the sixth book in the series. This will be an exciting month as a quickie in the series called Gargoyle’s Embrace will be released at the end of November.

Bloodlust and Metal

rockmetonight_msrOn the run from a master vampire, young vampire Layla Black flees London to reinvent herself as the singer of an Eighties cover band in Boston. Devon St. Clair is the bounty hunter hired to track her down. As a shapeshifter with extraordinary skills, his reputation is known throughout the supernatural world. Capturing Layla should be an easy gig that will net a nice profit.

The situation doesn’t go as Devon plans. He wants Layla in his bed, but shapeshifters and vampires don’t mix. They should hate each other, but instead they’re keeping the sheets steamy. When circumstances force them on the run together, their preconceived notions are challenged. If they can evade those hunting them and convince his fellow shapeshifters to help her even though she’s a vampire, they just might have a chance to explore where all that hot, sweaty sex can take them.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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Also on one of my favorite themes of rock stars and paranormal romance, I had another recent release called Rock Me Tonight, featuring the brilliant, sexy rock star Nico. My next Nano book continues with characters in this novel.

Rock Me Tonight

Lily Everett wants a lover, but won’t consider a permanent relationship, because she harbors a secret she’s certain no one will understand. When she meets the singer of a rock band at an underground nightclub, she’s disarmed by his sensual voice and mischievous good looks. After an icy introduction, Lily warms up to Nico’s charms.

A computer geek by day, Nico dons a rock singer persona by night. He’s tired of women pursuing him just because he’s in a band—the sex may be handy, but he wants something more. He’s intrigued by Lily’s reticence.

Keeping her emotional distance proves difficult the more Lily uncovers the intelligent, considerate man hiding behind Nico’s bad-boy persona. Their encounters are hot-hot-hot, but Nico wants more from Lily than sex. When Lily lets down her guard and reveals her other side, Nico’s shock destroys their closeness and they both doubt they can overcome their differences.

A Romantica® paranormal/shapeshifter erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Read an excerpt

Buy now at:
Ellora’s Cave
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A Summer Pick by All Romance Ebooks!

A Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews
The chemistry between Lily and Nico is off the charts. The sex is hot and steamy. They are a great match together in and out of the bedroom. ~ Night Owl Reviews

The one area that never failed to excite in this story was the sex – anywhere and everywhere… Lisa Carlisle has penned a really good story here in this installment; I’m now going to search out the first two in the series. ~ The Jeep Diva

Recommended by USA Today!

“The trailer for Rock Me Tonight by Lisa Carlisle might be short, but it grabs you right away with the driving beat of the soundtrack. The images are a mix of glimpses of the rock lifestyle and sexy clinches — yum — and then the script draws you in with nerds who become rock stars by night and heroines with secrets. Can we all raise a lighter to this one?”

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One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of Rock Me Tonight. Leave a comment below on what you think about paranormal romances with rock and roll. What kind of paranormal creature do you think is best suited for the role? Contest ends 11/7/13 at 11:59PM EST.


Author: emilycale

Erotic romance writer. Runs on caffeine and wine. Don't feed after midnight.

8 thoughts on “No Sleep November by Lisa Carlisle

  1. I think that blending paranormal & rock & roll is an interesting twist to both genres – kudos to you for being able to do it so effortlessly! As for which type of paranormal? I’d think that VAMPIRES would make the best musicians, because they would be at their “best” during the nighttime, and it would be easier for them to hide what they are, since as a rock star, it would be considered “typical” for them to sleep all day LOL!

  2. Thanks, SnarkyMom. I love vampires. One of my rock stars is a young female vampire (Bloodlust and Metal). 🙂

  3. It so great to have you over, Lisa! NaNoWriMo scares the crap out me. I couldn’t do it. Good luck with your project this year!

    • It is terrifying, yet exhilirating. I convinced my sister to try it this year. She may not be talking to me come Thanksgiving, ha ha!

  4. Aaaaah, November! As long as there’s coffee i the house [strength 6 Lava Java] and plenty of Instant Meals in cupboards & freezer, I know I’ll get there!
    There’s nothing quite like seeing something which started life as a NaNo project become a printed work, is there? Mine was of the ‘sweet’ variety [as opposed to ‘erotic’] and only touched lightly upon the paranormal, but it’s doing well so far …
    Best of luck to everyone involved in the Lemming Run of 2013″

  5. It’s a great blending, but one I’ve never read. Vampires would embrace the culture I’m sure.

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