Remember me? Lisa-Marie Cabrelli is back!
With a special VIP treat for my old readers.
I’ve been gone for a while learning my craft and I’ve missed you all so much! The emails, the chats, the community.
So where have I been? I’ve been hanging out at Dundee University in Scotland. In 2019 I earned my Mlitt in Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation (with distinction I might add). At graduation, I won the Val McDermid award for best dissertation, and the novel I wrote for that dissertation is sitting on my shelf… I need to work on that.
This year I earned my Ph.D. in Creative Writing. I still can’t get used to folks calling me Doctor!
So, I’m writing a new book! It’s a big fat juicy family saga with lots of mystery, romance, challenges, and intrigue. And because you were a reader of old - thank you, thank you, thank you - You’re a VIP and I’m inviting YOU to come along on the adventure. I’ll be delivering this book to you via email for free chapter by chapter, hopefully, every other day (if I can keep up). AND - I’ll be recording an audio version of every chapter for you too! I’ll also be posting behind-the-scenes glimpses into my creative writing practice, including deleted scenes, character stories, inspiration, and more.
You’ll get the first chapter in the next couple of days.
This exciting project will be hosted on Substack which is basically a website that delivers your emails, but also has lots of places for comments, conversations, and community. Community is the thing I have missed from all of you. You can visit the website here.
Here’s a teaser for the book!
When The Tides Turn
In the tough and gritty streets of 1990s Jersey City, Cat Wilson dreams of escaping her troubled past and building a stable future for herself and her father. But when the charming Christopher Hanna, youngest son of the powerful Hanna Dynasty of Nassau, Bahamas, sweeps her away to a new job and a life beyond her wildest dreams, she quickly finds herself caught in a web of wealth, deceit, and family intrigue.
As Cat is reluctantly drawn into the Hanna family's world, she finds a nemesis in Christopher's mother, Toni, who views her as a threat to carefully laid plans, and hostility from his older brother, Bradley, who doubts her intentions. Surrounded by secrets and conflicting loyalties, Cat must navigate the dangerous waters of the Hanna Dynasty, where the patriarch Ulysses is determined to preserve his legacy at any cost.
Will Cat find her place amidst the chaos and build the life she's always dreamed of, or will the Hanna family's hidden truths shatter all their dreams?
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