Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Debut Novel is . . . CYCLES

So . . . I skipped a few posts about starting my new publishing company. But, despite my ineptness at being a regular blogger, I’m doing smashingly well at publishing.

In fact, just this week I e-published my debut novel CYCLES. I like to call it a Young Adult Thriller without the gore or bad language. (In other words, you shouldn’t worry about your teen reading it.)The e-book is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble PubIt. The hard copy will be available first of February 2012.

A little about the book. I started CYCLES in 2008. Crazy to think it has been that long. How did it start? I’m hesitant to admit it, but it was a dream. (I know, I know. That’s how Stephanie Myer and a bunch of other authors have gotten their ideas too. Nothing too original there.)

At the time, I had just been diagnosed with having Simple Partial Seizures. These kinds of seizures don’t affect motor skills, but they can affect all of your five senses (hence their other name: sensory seizures.) Mine created an odd mesh of symptoms, the most disconcerting of which was MASSIVE déjà vu. For those who are saying to themselves, “huh?” take a minute to read this article about the different types of seizures.

Now, when I say déjà vu, I don’t just mean a fleeting, “Oh, that was cool. It just felt like I’ve been here before.” No, when I had déjà vu as part of my seizures, time slowed to a crawl and everything around me faded in and out. It was like I had lived that moment a thousand times before in a different life.

Needless to say, it was weird. Period. Like nothing I’ve ever felt before.

Back to CYCLES. I went to bed one night thinking about my recent trip to the neurologist. In my sleep, I had a vivid dream where there was a girl who had frightening feelings of having already experienced things before but in another lifetime. It wasn’t like reincarnation—the same soul come back to earth to live as someone or something else. Instead, it was like her life just kept repeating itself and she had moments where these “other-life” memories were intensely strong.

I woke up and knew I was going to write a book about it, so I did. Three years later, it’s done. Voila. (That makes it sound much easier than it was, but I won’t go into the blood, sweat, and tears.)

I have to admit, I’m nervous to “put it out there.” Like anything in life, some people are going to like it and some will hate it. Part of being an author is learning to just keep at it (and to grow a thick skin).

CYCLES if the first book in a series. SPACES, its sequel, will be released in 2012.


  1. Congratulations, Lois! I just bought it on my Kindle. Can't wait to get started.

  2. Congratulations!! That's fantastic news.

    Hope your holidays are filled with all good things.

  3. very cool. Got your book on Kindle, and am looking forward to sitting down with it!

  4. Hi, I am a new follower. I tend to read/review nonfiction but your article including particular types of seizures caught my eye. One of our grandchildren suffers from intermittent seizure activity. Prayers for healing are appreciated...her name is Hayden.


  5. You book sounds so interesting! I'll definitely have to check it out :) I love the new cover compared to the old. Gread decision!

    Chapter by Chapter

  6. Hi Lois,
    Just wanted to let you know I published a post at my blog about categories on Amazon and how they affect sales. You had made a comment about that on your last visit, so I thought I'd share what I've learned in the last couple weeks. Happy New Year!

  7. hi Lois, your revised cover for cycles is so much better. you made the right choice indeed. This new cover is intriguing and mysterious as where the clock was just blah. it didn't catch my interest at all. I want to know who the girl on the cover is......


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