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Lisa Burton

Hi, all, and welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. This week is a special edition, because it’s geared to all you authors out there. It might give some good ideas to bloggers who want to host guests too.

Today, I’ve collected a group of power bloggers who host authors on their sites. This gives an author a way to reach a larger audience than they might if they were simply posting about date-night or something. This means when you have a new book to promote, or maybe to give an older title a secondary push.

We’re going to start by addressing the three-hundred-pound gorilla in the room, and I mean that literally. Chris The Storyreading Ape, hosts one of the largest author blogs around. “Did you get my fruit basket, Chris?”

“Yes I did thanks, Lisa – very thoughtful of you to use edible leaves to weave the…

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We have a winner!

On November 13, with the release of the final book in my Chronicles of Fallhollow series, I promised to give away a complete eBook set of the series to one lucky person on Thanksgiving. That one lucky person is:

Sharon Porter!!

Congratulations, Sharon!  I hope you enjoy your ebooks.

If readers would like information about the series, please feel free to head over to my website to learn more. Links to purchase are also provided there or you can click on each book below to visit Amazon.









Thank you to everyone who entered. May you have a blessed holiday season and keep your eyes open for more possible Christmas giveaways!

BANE OF THE DRAGON KING releases today!

Happy Book Birthday to BANE OF THE DRAGON KING, the epic conclusion to the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy.

This book has been a long time in the making and I’m so proud to release Bane of the Dragon King into the world. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help and support of all my beta readers, my amazing editor, Cameron Yeager, and my publisher, Month9Books. I am incredibly proud of this series and to celebrate the end to a labor of love, I’m running a giveaway.  One lucky person will win the complete ebook set, in either .mobi or epub format, of the Chronicles of Fallhollow. This includes IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING


and of course, BANE OF THE DRAGON KING

Follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter.

Thank you, to everyone, for making this series what it is and for all  your support and love over the years. This may be the end of The Chronicles of Fallhollow, but there are more books coming in the near future. Stay tuned for all the details. You can always join my Street Team on Facebook as well as signing up for my newsletter (you get a free short story when you sign up) so you don’t miss any of the latest happenings.






What to do when your marketing strategy fails – a humorous recounting

As some of you might know, the final book in the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy – BANE OF THE DRAGON KING – releases November 13, but I’ll be darned if I can get any attention for it – or any of my other books for that matter.

The experts tell you to engage people in other stuff. To talk to people. To do things for people. To offer them things of value so they’ll like you. Create a newsletter. Give something away to people who sign up for your newsletter. Be nice. Don’t push sales. Post pretty pictures of your books. Get reviews. Be kind, and if you do all these things, people will flock to you. They’ll want to help you out. They’ll participate in sharing pictures and posts without you asking which will lead to people buying your books because you’re amazing. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

But what if you do all those things and all you hear are crickets? What if your following on Instagram remains below 1000 after you’ve been engaging for almost 2 years? What if you like, and like and like and comment, comment, comment on other’s pages and you get nada? What do you do then?

Me? I ugly cry. Yep. Just like Merlin. It’s not pretty.

Then there’s this.

But then some clown shows up and gives me a lecture

Which leads to this

No wonder I’m sad. Golem is right.

But then kick-butt, snarky me comes out of nowhere and gives me a ‘what for’

And then I’m all like

And so it begins again.

Hi. My name is Jenny. What can I do for you?

YASH is over *sad face*, but we have winners!

Well, the Fall Young Adult Scavenger Hunt has come to an end. I hope everyone who played along had fun and that you plan on tagging along in the Spring when we do it all over again.

I was on Team Blue this year along with 19 other amazing authors, and each of us gave away a book to one lucky person who won the team giveaway.  This year, the winner of Team Blue is

Jenn Marshall

Congratulations, Jenn!!!  That’s 20 amazing books you will be receiving in the mail. Talk about early Christmas presents!! My gift to you is Julie Kagawa’s just released book, Shadow of the Fox. I hope you enjoy it!

I also ran my own giveaway of the first book in my Fallhollow trilogy, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING during the hunt.  I’m proud to announce the winner of that ebook is

Cher Culliton!

Congratulations Cher!!!  Cher is also a middle school teacher who has promised to share the book with her students, which just made my day. I hope all of you enjoy it, Cher.

Congratulations to all the winners, and remember, we do it all again in the Spring. I hope to see you then.



YASH Has Begun!

Fall 2018 #YASH has begun! And you’re hunting with Team Blue!!


What is #YASH?  It’s a bi-annual event first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome books and other prizes! This Fall, there are 140 Young Adult authors divided into seven teams. I’m on Team Blue. Each author on each team has agreed to give away at least one book to the grand prize winner. As a scavenger hunter, you can hunt on as many teams as you want, but you’ll need to play fast. This contest is only open October 2 – 7, 2018. When you visit each author’s site, make sure you look for other chances to win extra prizes as a lot of authors have giveaways going on separately that you don’t want to miss (I have one going on, so make sure you check it out!)

This is my 4th time participating in YASH and I hope you guys have as much fun hunting as I do with this awesome event.

What exactly are you hunting for?  A number.  Each author on the team will have a special number embedded in their post. Add up the number clues for your team, head over to the Rafflecopter giveaway that matches the team color, and enter the number. That’s it. As you read my post, you will see I’ve mentioned the number a few times (just in case you missed it). While I mention it several times, you will only use it once. If you win the grand prize for the team, you’ll get a book from each of the authors on the team.  Only entries with the correct number will qualify to win.

Rules: the contest is open internationally. Prizes must be claimed within 48 hours or the prize will be re-drawn. You must be 16 years or older, or have the permission of a guardian to enter. Duplicate entries will be deleted. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by noon, Pacific Time, October 7, 2018. You must enter to win before then. Good luck and happy hunting! Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Want to see all the books involved in this Hunt?  Check out the Goodreads List and start salivating.

I’m super excited to be hosting the awesome Dorothy Dreyer, author of PHOENIX DESCENDING and the second book in the series, PARAGON RISING. 

I can’t wait to read this book! PHOENIX DESCENDING was amazing and I can only imagine how good this will be.

So who is this gal, Dorothy Dreyer?

From her Goodreads page:

I’m a Philippine-born American living in Germany with my husband, my two adult children, and two Siberian Huskies.

I am an Amazon category bestselling author who writes young adult and new adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. I also like to read those kinds of books. Aside from reading, I like movies, chocolate, take-out, coffee, traveling, and having fun with my friends and family.

I tend to sing sometimes, too, so keep me away from your Karaoke bars.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

And now on to the EXCLUSIVE CONTENT … (yay!)

“For those of you who have read the first book in the series, PHOENIX DESCENDING, you know there are some character illustrations spread out throughout the story. So if you’re expecting more illustrations in PARAGON RISING, you won’t be disappointed. Here are four of the five illustrations you’ll find in the book. If you want to see the fifth one, you’ll just have to buy the book.

Hint: there’s a reason why the fifth illustration is not shown here, as it may spoil the story for you!

Check them out!”


Aren’t those 4 illustrations fantastic!


Next author on the list to visit is the super-amazing, talented author, FONDA LEE.

Make sure you spread the word!


I’m running another special giveaway.  Everyone who leaves a comment below (it could be anything: favorite YA book, favorite YA character, etc) will have a chance to win an ebook copy of the 1st book in my Chronicles of Fallhollow series, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING:

Good luck to everyone and happy hunting!!


The Fall 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt is about to begin!

The YA Scavenger Hunt is Coming!

It’s almost here! Are you ready to hunt? This year there are seven teams of 20 authors each. That’s 140 YA authors giving away at least one book to one lucky person with a bunch of smaller giveaways thrown in. If you haven’t joined the hunt before, you should! Click “How to Hunt” and watch the video or read through the page for details. Only 2 days to go, so sharpen your pencils and get your calculators ready!!
I’m on Team Blue.
and will be giving away a ebook copy of my 1st book, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING, as well as a copy of Julie Kagawa’s newest book, SHADOW OF THE FOX as part of the grand prize giveaway.
The Hunt begins Oct. 2 with one grand prize winner getting a whopping 140 Young Adult books. Can you say book heaven?
See you around.

BANE OF THE DRAGON KING Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

After many long months, I can reveal the final cover to the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy. Everyone, say hello to BANE OF THE DRAGON KING.

Fallhollow is at war. The sudden deaths of the only two heirs that could have saved it has plunged the entire land into chaos. Despite all the magic thrown at him, the Dragon King still lives. Hope for any sort of victory seems faint until Charlotte discovers a secret that could change the course of history.

Armed with the power to set things right, Charlotte embarks on a perilous journey with the sly and cunning Prince Izmayel Ascatar Venniver IV, Lord of the peaceful Edryd dragons. But her journey of peace is thwarted, and Hirth’s most fearsome enemy plans to use Charlotte to destroy the kingdom and claim the universe as his own.

As Fallhollow and the Kingdom of Hirth descend into a battlefield of bloodshed and death, David, Trog, and the warriors of Hirth march toward war with an impossible plan to bring down the Dragon King, destroy his armies, and return the kingdom to its former glory. All they need is a little faith, a few extraordinary surprises, and a lot of magic of the most unexpected, generous kind.

This book is the dramatic and magnificent conclusion to the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy.

Bane of the Dragon King
(Chronicles of Fallhollow #3)
by J. Keller Ford
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books

Available for Pre-order:


and … you can find me at the following. Please note, my website is under reconstruction, so some things may be missing at the moment, but it should be fully functional by tonight.



Complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There you have it. What do you guys think of the cover?

By the way, the Kindle version of the first 2 books are on sale for a limited time only for .99 cents. Check them out before the deal vanishes. All you need to do is click the book. Happy reading and don’t forget to leave a review. Good. Bad. I want to read what you think.

It’s here! It’s finally here! The much anticipated HARBINGER!! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book. I’ve already started reading it and will post my review soon.

Until then, take the time to learn what you can about the book. Follow the blog tour and learn more about Nicole Conway and her wonderful characters and dragons. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway going on right now to celebrate the release of HARBINGER, and Dragon Week!

Harbinger (Dragonrider Legacy #2)
by Nicole Conway
Publisher:  Month9Books
Publication Date:  August 14, 2018

Victory is written in the blood of the brave. As the armies of the Tibran Empire continue to march across Maldobar, a path of scorched destruction and despair is left in their wake. Even with the formidable princess, Jenna Farrow, leading the charge, the strength of the dragonriders is waning. Tibran victory appears inevitable—especially after Princess Jenna and Prince Aubren are taken hostage by the infamous Lord Argonox. Separated from her brother and tortured for information, Princess Jenna refuses to bend to the iron will of Argonox. But her strength and resolve may only last so long. Held prisoner in his dark tower, it would take a miracle to set her free—or perhaps a pair of demigods and their dragons. With revived dragonrider legend, Jaevid Broadfeather, at his side, Reigh must now make a choice: face the truth about the origin of his dark powers, or turn his back on world in need. But throwing off a lifetime of shame and self-doubt is not so easily done—especially when the cost of failure means the destruction of the world. The long-awaited hero has awakened. The ancient spirits are stirring. The dark goddess has chosen her champion. But is he ready to embrace that rite and become the HARBINGER Maldobar needs him to be?


About the Author

Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.  Other works include MAD MAGIC (Sept 2017), FAULBENDER (tbd), SCALES (tbd), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (May 2017).

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

Website • Twitter • Facebook • Goodreads

Link to Goodreads:


Purchase Links

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks


Tour Schedule


Giveaway Info:

  • One (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Harbinger (INT)

Link to Giveaway:


It’s only .99 cents!!! – IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING

In anticipation of BANE OF THE DRAGON KING’s release (Book 3 in the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy), the novel that started it all — IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING — is currently on sale for .99!!  If you’ve been putting off reading this before, now is the perfect opportunity to get your own copy and find out how it all began. And you can’t beat the price!

Unfortunately for some of you, this sale is for Kindle only, but even if you don’t have a Kindle reader, you can still read it by downloading the free Kindle app for your desktop, tablet or smartphone.

You can find the link on Amazon here.

Would you like to read a sample of the book? Click here.

Please feel free to share with your friends, family and dragon lovers everywhere!  I really hope you enjoy reading IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING.

As a thank you for checking out my book, here is a YA fantasy freebie for you.

Magic, Murder, & Romance – A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong

Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death while working out a way to disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

Grab your free copy here.