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Signed Copies

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on January 27, 2011
Posted under Public Appearances, Shopping, The Books

We left signed copies behind at every bookseller we visited along our route, so if you live in that area, you can check B&Ns and/or Borders in Oceanside, Westwood, Century City, Montclaire Mall, Rancho Cucamonga, Glendale, Bakersfield, Emeryville, Stockton, Sacramento, Redding, Medford, Eugene, and the greater Portland area.

But for the rest of the country, there are wonderful Indie stores who have signed books on hand and will do mail or phone orders.

Paperback Bookstore (Lisa only)
12845 Poway Road, Suite #108, Poway, CA 92064-4526
(858) 486-1440

New & Recycled Romances
143/145 Broadway, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 645-0529 ‎

Covina Book Store
234 North Citrus Avenue, Covina, CA 91723-2091
(626) 966-7434

and our featured Indie (where there will ALWAYS be signed books available from both Delilah and meJan's Paperbacks

Jan’s Paperbacks
18095 SW Tualatin Valley Highway, Beaverton, OR 97006-3953
(503) 649-3444

Save money this year

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on January 5, 2010
Posted under Life Life, Shopping, Wanderings

No, I’m not becoming one of those bloggers, but I found this wonderful post on The Best Times to Buy Anything, All Year Round at Lifehacker and figured everyone could use the info.

Bits and Pieces

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on December 22, 2009
Posted under Shopping, The Books, Wanderings, Writing Life

Catching up on a few random items:


If an e-reader comes your way for Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa, please keep in mind that both IMMORTAL WARRIOR and IMMORTAL OUTLAW are available as Kindle Editions on, and in other digital formats at Barnes & (Please note: I am NOT the Lisa Hendrix Simmons whose self-published books turn up under my name at B&N. I’m not making any comment good or bad about her books, I’m just not her.)

Also, a reminder: my Virtual Booksigning is still in full swing. If you get or give  IMMORTAL WARRIOR and/or IMMORTAL OUTLAW, you can have them autographed long distance by sending for my custom  bookplates.  Follow the link to find out how. (You’ll also get bookmarks and a recipe for a delicious herb bread.) If you get them as e-books, you can have a bookplate anyway or I’ll be glad to sign a bookmark with my sparkly bronze marker. You still get the recipe. <g>

I’ve been having a lot of fun on Twitter and Facebook recently. Too much, in fact, so I’m going to have to be good for the next few weeks while I finish writing IMMORTAL CHAMPION. But I’d love it if you’d go ahead and follow/fan me so you’ll be ready when the party starts again after I finish.

Finally, I have a new guest post up at 1st Turning Point, a relatively new but excellent website for writers. After you’re done here, pop on over to read The World’s Cheapest Promo, then explore 1st Turning Point’s other articles, listed under Resources in their masthead.

More later. Jingle-jingle.


Lion Hunting Champion

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on July 4, 2009
Posted under Contests & Giveaways, Shopping

Sorry this is a bit late. I crunched my neck somehow and haven’t been able to sit at the computer for more than two minutes without screaming in pain.

However, I’m doing a bit better now, so with the able assistance of, I have selected the winner of the Bookspotter Contest (Time to go Lion Hunting) from those entered by June 20.  And the winner of the goodie-stuffed tote bag is…//drumroll//…

#15 dawnlizabeth


Dawnlizabeth didn’t leave her email when she commented, so she needs to contact me (use the Contact form here on the website, please). CORRECTION — Oops. I did get her address, but my mail system had buried it.  I have notified dawnlizabeth and am waiting for her reply. But the following still goes, so keep commenting with your sightings!

If for any reason, dawnlizabeth does not respond by July 15, I will select another winner, this time from ALL the commenters, including any new ones that are posted in the meantime. So go ahead, keep reporting where you’ve spotted Steinarr on the prowl, using the BOOKSPOTTER link in the sidebar. You just may be lucky enough to bag a lion after all.


UPDATE :  Dawnlisabeth contacted me, so the contest is officially ended. However you can continueto post sightings or comments on Immortal Outlaw.  In fact, I encourage it! – Lisa 7/9/09

Eavesdropper brownies

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on June 8, 2009
Posted under Life Life, Shopping

My husband hates it that I eavesdrop, but it’s a writer thing. You get the best snippets of dialogue by eavesdropping.

Or sometimes you get a great recipe. This one is so easy, and SO-O-O good, and I got it while standing in line at a small-town drugstore a couple of weeks ago. The cashier was telling a customer/friend why another customer/friend (it was a small town, remember) had just checked out with about two dozen of the large size Hershey Symphony bars—you know, the ones that are about 4″ x 9″—which were on sale, buy-one-get-one-free. They were, she said, for brownies, and went on to describe exactly what to do with them


Whip up your favorite brownie mix, then pour half the batter into a 9″ x 13″ pan.

Then work the magic:  Unwrap three (3) of the large almond toffee Symphony bars and place them side-by-side across the pan.

Pour the remainder of the batter over the top, covering the Symphony bars. Bake as usual, and cool for as long as you can bear to let them sit.

Oh. My.


Things I learned baking cupcakes

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on May 8, 2009
Posted under Life Life, Shopping

The theater department at my son’s high school raises a little extra change during play runs by selling mom-made goodies at intermission. It was my turn this time, and the timing couldn’t have been better, as the play was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. And of course, my Immortal Brotherhood books are Beauty and the Beast, too (NOT the Disney version).

Now, I’m an okay baker, but I don’t do it often. But I rolled up my sleeves and set out to make my required three dozen cupcakes. And in the process, I learned a few things—minor things, perhaps, and probably old hat to those who bake more often than, say, once every two years, but new to me.  They are presented below in the order in which I discovered them.

Muffin cups

1) Wilton cupcake liners are better.

I’ve always used the cheap ones from the grocery store (Reynolds, typically) but since I had to pick up some specialty sprinkles at the craft store, I decided the convenience of grabbing the Wilton liners that were right there far outweighed the few cents I would save by ducking into the grocery next door.

Enlightenment. The Wilton cups were sized properly and pleated more tightly, so they actually FIT my pans and didn’t sproing up out of the cups. (See pic. Wilton is on the left, sitting there politely waiting for batter. Reynolds is clearly trying to escape.)  Nor did the Wilton get those funky, annoying wrinkles when I filled them.

Result: Read the rest of this entry »

Immortal Outlaw Excerpt Now Up!

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on April 25, 2009
Posted under News, Shopping



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Can we say prejudiced?

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on April 12, 2009
Posted under Kvetching, My Heroes, Publishing Industry, Shopping, Writing Life

Amazon has shown its true colors by de-ranking certain types of books. They call them “adult,” but the designation involves a preponderance of gay/lesbian/transexual books amid the erotica. Don’t think that’s so bad?  How about if I tell you that they’re also de-ranking romance novels left and right? How about if I tell you they’ve de-ranked the children’s book Heather has Two Mommies as well as Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain? How about if I tell you that they still happily rank dogfighting books and videos and everything in the Playboy repertoire?  How about if I tell you that Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military was de-ranked and American Psycho was not?

Amazon Rankings don’t really mean anything to customers…but they mean everything to Amazon itself, which uses them to generate things like front page searches, bestseller lists, “If you like x then you’ll like y” recommendations, and everything else that effects the visibility and sales potential of books.  In other words, if your book is de-ranked, it WILL NOT appear on a front page search, even if the reader searches by your name or title. Heaven help you if they search by topic. Here are a couple of more thorough explanations

Dear Author 

Smart Bitches,Trashy Books  (My particular favorite, but as always, be warned if you’re reading at work or have a tendency to swoon at explicit language).

LA Times Book Blog

And for good measure, a here’s a definition of the term  Amazon Rank. (Add this link on your own site and help Google Bomb the term so it comes up #1 on searches. More about this in the Smart Bitches post.)

My hubby's famous!

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on July 10, 2008
Posted under Shopping, Wanderings

Andrew Stone (Stone Design) wrote an app called Twittelator for the new iPhone 2.0, and to show it off on the iTunes Store, he took a screen snap of his phone.  Right at the top — a Twitter from my husband, David. Woo-hoo!


Twittelator loves David

(click to enlarge)

By the way, there’s a new version of iTunes you should download now, before the servers go crazy on the phone launch Friday.  It includes the new Applications area of the store, chock full of iPhone apps, including Twittelator…and my dh.



They're singing my song

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on May 28, 2008
Posted under Muse, Shopping, Wanderings


I have a couple of Google Alerts set up to let me know when references to my books appear on-line. So far, most of the references to Immortal Warrior I receive have something to do with World of Warcraft or some other computer or online game. I hit delete and they’re gone

This morning, however, I got a notice about a YouTube video titled “manowar Hymn of the Immortal Warrior.”  Curious, I clicked.

For those who don’t know, Manowar (NOT pictured at left) is a heavy metal band. They lean toward fantasy, steel, leather, swords, and lyrics that include the words Valhalla, Odin, and death. And they’re outsiders in many ways, kind of the Grateful Dead of metal. In other words, a band my warriors might approve of. 

I am so glad I clicked.

I liked it. I liked it a lot. I liked the slightly cheesy pageantry. I liked the fact that every oddly-costumed metalhead in the crowd knew the lyrics and sang along like it was their anthem.  I liked the accurately dressed Viking warriors who came on to act out the death of a brave warrior.  I liked it even though I generally loathe heavy metal (on mornings when I wouldn’t get up, my first husband used to crank up the metal on the stereo because he knew I’d come flying out of bed to smack the power button. And that’s when I was 19.  Don’t even ask what I’d do now).

Warrior\'s Shield

I liked it so much that I’ve imbedded the video at the top of my Extras page.  I hope you’ll go take a look, expand  your horizons a bit. Don’t worry, it’s safe; I checked out the written lyrics, just to be sure. (Manowar’s site is a different matter—they are heavy metal rockers, after all—so be aware.)

I also looked up Manowar on Wikipedia. Seems these guys control their whole operation, from recording to distribution to merchandising. But what really tickled me (see why) is that one of their merchandising efforts is condoms, sold on their website (and presumably at their concerts), among the lanyards and jammers and T-shirts (under Merchandise/Special on their site, if you want to look).

Their brand name?  Warrior’s Shield.

I can’t help but think my guys would approve of that, too.



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