INCIDENTAL FINDINGS Released Today!

With INCIDENTAL FINDINGS, I depart a bit from my usual near-future medical thriller modus operandi.  This one’s a medical-legal thriller (yes, you get both in one novel!), featuring Nikki Avalon, a young lawyer out to overcome her past and prove herself, despite plenty of obstacles–and outright danger.  It’s the first in a potential series of novels for Nikki.

To address any confusion, this novel was slated for publication a couple of years ago with my prior publisher, but there were various delays and it was never released.  So no, you didn’t miss anything.  It’s just now–as in today–being released!

I’d be interested to know what you think about Nikki.  I put her through a lot in this book, and hope to put her through a lot more as time goes on.  She’s my first series character, so she has a lot of work–and dangerous situations–ahead of her!

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Coming soon to Barns and Noble…

Incidental Findings (Nikki Avalon Thrillers Book 1) by [von Biela, Lisa]

Greetings, 2018!

Well, here it is.  2018.  I always try to imagine what every new year will hold.  And let’s just say, I’m no oracle!  2017 had its surprises–good, bad, and in between.

On the publishing front, I kicked off 2017 by self-pubbing a novella that I’d originally written at a particular market’s invitation.  They declined the final product, so I took the bull by the horns and published it last New Year’s Day.  That’s my little thriller, Moon Over Ruin.  It’s set (mainly) in an abandoned resort we ran across on a trip to Canada a couple of years ago that got caught in my mind.

Then, around the beginning of summer, my long-time publisher, DarkFuse, closed down.  They reverted rights to me, but this of course meant my titles went off-market.  I had 6 titles with them at the time, and 2 completed manuscripts that had not yet been published.  I was very fortunate to join up with Crossroad Press soon afterward.  So far, they’ve republished my 4 novel-length works (with new cover art) and one of my previously unpublished titles (Down the Brink).  And, they published an audiobook of The Genesis Code!  The 2 novellas (Ash and Bone and Skinshift) and the other previously unpublished work (Incidental Findings) are in the works and will be out soon.  Meanwhile, I’m in the second draft of a novel-in-progress that concerns a drought of historical proportions and a young family’s desperate escape from a mega-fire into…even worse things.

This has been a big year for my artwork, too.  I picked up some cheap watercolors a couple of years ago and started dabbling around (I hadn’t painted/drawn in some years).  One thing led to another, and I also got involved with colored pencils about a year ago.  My skills have noticeably progressed, and I’ve posted work on RedBubble and Pixels.  Made a couple of small sales, too.  I also drew a blue and gold macaw with colored pencils and donated the image to Zazu’s House Parrot Sanctuary for use on their Pixels site.  I hope it’s sold a lot for them!

On the travel front, I’ve had some mighty interesting/contrasting trips!  In the summer, we returned to Canada, and took a flight to the icefields in Kluane National Park.  We actually landed on a huge icefield (see the picture below) in a Helio Courier.  Awesome!  Then in November, we visited Death Valley National Park, parts of which are well below sea level.  So from high-altitude snow to low-altitude desert, all in the same year.  Not sure how to top that!

So, a big thank you to my readers and those who have purchased my art, and to everyone reading this, best wishes for 2018!

Greetings 2018

Part 1 of my podcast with SWRT is up now!

Alida Winternheimer and Company at SWRT (Story Works Round Table) graciously invited me to discuss my work, dark fiction, and the craft of writing with them.  And lo and behold, you get to hear my voice and see my smiling mug in this podcast!  (I really do exist.)  Part 1:
 

Contract Signed for new Novel, INCIDENTAL FINDINGS

Just signed the contract with DarkFuse to publish my 7th title, INCIDENTAL FINDINGS! This one’s a medical/legal thriller, introducing a potential series character, the intrepid Nikki Avalon. Details to follow as they firm up…