I Have Finally Released The Ghosts of Chimera

Exciting news: My novel The Ghosts of Chimera, which I began to write over ten years ago, is now available on Amazon for electronic purchase.

It is 558 pages, but I have reread it dozens of times, and it has never seemed that long to me, to the point that I have at times questioned the veracity of my computer.

The novel was accepted by a traditional publisher a couple of years ago, but my experience was not good. I strongly disagreed with the content edits and backed out of the deal. I would have done any amount of work, gone to most any length, to make changes if I had believed they would strengthen the novel, but I refused to make any changes that I thought would weaken it.

I am happy with my choice. In editing my book, I had one overriding criterion: to publish a book I would love. That was far more difficult than it sounds, involving many painstaking rewrites and edits spanning a period of years. At times I had doubts that I would ever be ready to publish my novel, but at last I can say I am satisfied with it.

Here is my book description as it appears on Amazon:

The Ghosts of Chimera is a psychological fantasy about a troubled 13 year old boy who is drawn into another world in a search for the ghost of his younger brother.

There he learns of an ancient menace called the Scavenger, a creature that uses the powers of wishful thinking and denial against humans. The Scavenger is threatening to destroy its world Chimera, a place where human dreams take on physical reality, a place so interlinked with the human world that the destruction of Chimera will mean the end of humans as well.Β Caleb’s quest to find his brother broadens as he becomes entangled in a struggle against the Scavenger.

However, as Caleb moves through Chimera, worrying signs accumulate that Chimera may not exist at all, but may be the product of his own mind, and his own attempt to deny a terrible truth he does not want to face.

His journey through Chimera forces Caleb to confront the dangers of an alien world and, finally, the most perilous landscape of all: the secrets that lie, deeply hidden, within himself.

Thanks to all of you who have read, reviewed, or told me you enjoyed my other books. I hope you enjoy this one too! Have a great October!

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14 thoughts on “I Have Finally Released The Ghosts of Chimera

  1. Congratulations, Lisa!!!! I am so happy for you!!!!! You made the right decision as far as leaving that publisher – I envy you & you know the reasons why! πŸ˜‰ I will buy it and leave a 5-star review on Amazon. By, the way, I LOVE the cover!!!! I’m totally proud of you, my friend.

    • Thanks Dyane for all your encouragement! I’m so glad you like the cover! And I’m happy for you too! Looking forward to your big release date!!! Keeping my Kindle close so I can buy on the day it comes out! XOXO

  2. Congratulations! And well done for having the courage to turn down the traditional publisher. That can’t have been an easy decision, but I really admire you for sticking to your vision of the book. It’s very inspiring.

    • Thanks Catherine! And you’re so right about it being a hard decision. I agonized over it. I went back and forth. But looking back, it’s hard to imagine having made any other choice. Being “traditionally” published shouldn’t require giving up all creative input into my work, even if I’m not a well known author. I have no regrets. πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful news, Lisa. You must feel so PROUD. Your Amazon blurb sounds smashing as well. I’ll put it on the list because it really does sound special.

    I’ll Tweet it, too. Much love, enjoy the rest, if you can call it that. xxoo

  4. Thanks so much for the encouraging words Lani and it is awesome of you to share it on Twitter! πŸ™‚ If you read my book, I hope you enjoy it. Have a great October! XOXO

      • Thanks Lani!!! You’re really awesome! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it! And that you like the fantasy genre. It is probably the most “traditional” fantasy novel I have written, which means the rabbit hole goes very “deep” in places. And no worries about rushing through it. Take your time. It took me ten years to finish writing it after all. I am no speed demon myself. But I will very be interested in knowing your thoughts if and when you decide to share them. πŸ™‚

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