Sunday, June 12, 2016

My Mother's Dream

     When I was a little girl my mother aspired to be a writer. Today, that might not seem unusual but it was back then. We didn't even know anyone who knew a writer. Let alone a poor, stay-at-home housewife with seven kids.
     But my mother yearned to be more than what she was. Not that she wasn't happy with her life. However that life didn't satisfy the artistic, creative spark that burned deep down in her soul.
     She wasn't after fame or fortune. She just wanted to entertain, delight and share her wonderful stories with the world. Unfortunately, the mysteries she wrote and sent out to numerous publishers were always returned with a polite rejection letter. Ever optimistic, she told me several times that "You're not really a writer until you've gotten a hundred rejections!"
     She fiercely believed that dreams always came true. Yet somewhere along the line she let her dream fall by the wayside. She stopped writing well before her "hundreth" rejection and never really spoke of it again.
     But she instilled in me a desire to reach for more than I could realistically attain. Like she did. To try and keep trying despite the odds.
     Luckily, I didn't have to wait until I got a hundred rejections, although there were quite a few. Too many to count.
     In 2010 I got my first contract for 'Passing Whispers'. Stunned disbelief was quickly replaced by exhilarating joy. I had to tell my kids! My co-workers! My mother!
     But it was too late for that. I couldn't call and tell her my news. She was gone. My mom died in 2005.    She didn't get to see that finally...I was a writer.
With good reviews by real critics. I had an actual Book Signing Party (given to me by my oldest daughter, Lisa). All my kids, friends and co-workers came. People I hadn't seen in years! Someone asked me for an autograph! I even made a Book Trailer which was one of the best days of my life. Oh, how I wish my mom was there to see it!

     Then again in 2015 Tate Publishing put out my first children's book, 'There's a Monster In My Closet!'. It was such fun to write! I used my grandchildren as the characters in the story, much to their delight. They were asked for their autographs too whenever they attended book signings with me.
     My husband and kids were there every step of the way, cheering me on. But there was one voice I desperately wanted to hear. My mother's. There was no one more responsible for my success than her. The dream she passed on to me was finally coming true. My mom would have been so excited. So proud. I know seeing my name on the cover of a book would be just as exciting to her as seeing her own name there.
     I'm not rich. Or famous. I still get rejection letters. But... I am a writer.

Just like my mother.

        

Thanks, Mom! Happy Mother'
s Day!


If you still have your mom... give her an extra hug and kiss today. Life is short. Share yours with her while you can.
     
     

Happy Father's Day!

I was going to write a post about my dad.
How wonderful and loving he was.
How he constantly played the same old
practical jokes on us.
How he always insisted that my sister and I
act like ladies.
How old fashioned he was
(he wouldn't let us wear 'fancy' underwear).
 How he insisted that every strand of tinsel was strategically placed on each branch of our Christmas Tree.
About how he'd treat himself to a can of Campbell's Oyster Stew every once in a while (each can had two whole oysters in it and he always gave me one).
How handsome he was
whenever he wore his Fedora hat.
How he insisted on holding my hand when I crossed the street with him even after I was married. How he patiently walked the floors with my babies when they were colicky or teething.
How he died in the hospital when I wasn't there.
All alone.
I guess he thought I'd never be
strong enough 
to let him go.
He was right.
As usual.
I miss you so much, daddy. I always will.
Happy Father's Day!
I hope the beautiful families in these videos don't mind me using them in my blog but they just seemed so appropriate for Father's Day!

Father Surprises Son

If you still have your dad, don't let any opportunity pass by to tell him how much he means to you!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Short & Sweet New Year's Sale!

Happy New Year! To celebrate and thank everyone who has supported my writing, my children's book 'There's a Monster In My Closet!' will now be on sale through my web site for the entire month of January! Click: www.lisabrooksbooks.com. Scroll to the PayPal button below the pic of the book on the Home Page. Select the On Sale PayPal button on the left. There's a drop down menu so you can buy more books to save even more money! And... since you're buying through me, I'll be happy to autograph the book(s) for you or a special child in your life! Just drop me an E-mail with the names. 

Who says no good comes out of procrastination? Still need to get a nephew a Christmas gift? Have children's birthdays coming up this year? Get the books while they are on sale!

May 2016 be your best year ever! 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

I Am Now For Sale on Several Sites!

Guess what? I finally learned how to make my own Web Page with a Web Page Domain and all! Feel free to check it out! Plus, on the Home Page, you can order 'There's a Monster In My Closet!' for a much cheaper price than Amazon and Tate Publishing. Not to mention (to those who are interested) I will personally sign each book. Just think... maybe, just maybe, someday that book could be a collector's item and you'll think back to this day and think, "Oh why, oh why didn't I purchase 'There's a Monster In My Closet!' when it was cheap and easy to buy? How could I doubt that Lisa Brooks's book wouldn't become a Best Seller someday? A collector's items worth.. maybe millions!"

I would hate to have you thinking that way. Order the book. Maybe a few. They make great gifts. AND... in an independent study, this book given to children ages 3 to 10, whom I do not know, have not only given it a thumbs up, but have actually hugged the book for an average time of five minutes! How's that for liking it? Hmmm?

Are you clicking on the PayPal link?  It's right at the bottom of this page. Go right ahead. I don't want to disturb you....

BTW... Merry Christmas!

Lisa Brooks Books 


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There's a Monster In My Closet!

Friday, November 20, 2015

My First Book Signing!

On November 14, 2015 I held my very first book signing at Jersey Java & Tea, in Haddonfield, NJ. I must admit I was very nervous. What if no one showed up? I'd be sitting there alone (except for my ever faithful companions who are my husband, Bob and my daughter, Lisa) at a table, pointing to the rest rooms when someone might ask where they were.
One PM came and went. Five minutes later, friends and co-workers (past and present) came by the dozens. I can't tell you how grateful and excited I was to see them!

 My daughter, Lisa and I.
Whew! People actually came!
 My characters in the book. And the
REAL Stars JT & Evie (my grand-children)

 All five of our grand-kids!
They were actually reading the book!                          

 My husband, Bob!


And even an old childhood friend, Ray Kerstetter!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


                                          




 

 My First Children's Book!

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Here I sit... 60 years old... attempting to begin a new career in writing children's books.
I'm a Gemini, so I always have conflicting feelings. Part of me is excited. Full of anticipation of things to come. Part of me worries that I waited too long. That it's too late to start a new career. That maybe I'm putting too much effort into starting a new life, while neglecting the life I already have.
What if I fail? What if I waste the last part of my life chasing a dream that never comes true?
What if I succeed and I discover that fame and fortune isn't what it's all cracked up to be? One day I might look up from my computer screen and find that my grandchildren are all grown up and I missed the time I could have spent with them.
Maybe if I'm successful, I'll leave behind books they can cherish and share with their kids. Maybe I'll be able to help them financially. Give them things they couldn't otherwise afford. We could take trips together. I could discipline myself to make sure I had lots of family time.
Even if I'm a failure as a writer, they will still have the books. I don't know. I hate being a Gemini.
Anyway...my first children's book 'There's a Monster in My Closet' will be released on November 24th. I'm advertising it on Face Book so potential customers can order it early. I have my first book signing set for November 14th. I'm planning to reduce the price that my publisher set, as I think they are charging too much money. I hope I'm wrong. After all, they're the experts. Maybe I am worth more than I think. But it's a soft cover book. I asked them to make it available in hard cover, but they want $23 for each book. Would anybody spend $23 for a short children's book by a new, unknown writer? 
I checked out some of the best selling children's books on the market and they're hard covers are only $9.99. Sigh. I'm worried. I'm scared. I'm hopeful. I'm a Gemini.

Friday, September 25, 2015

My First Children's Book!



Okay. Time for Plan B. My paranormal romance novel 'Passing Whispers' was pretty much a flop (sniff, sob). So there went my dreams of being on the NY Times Best Seller List, writing a screenplay for the movie which I was sure would become a must-see every Christmas, an Oscar of course, and possibly winning a Pulitzer prize. You get the idea. Good thing I had Plan B ready. 

I raised three children. I have three grandkids. I have quite a vivid imagination, so there it was. I decided to try my hand at writing Children's Books! Sounded like fun. I could reach inside (way inside) and tap my inner child for ideas. Not to mention the added benefit of increasing my popularity with the grandkids.

My very first children's book, 'There's a Monster in My Closet!' will be released on November 24th, 2015. But if you order it before the beginning of November, you can get it before Christmas. It's available in soft and hard covers, E-book and even a promotional cartoon! It has a 3-D cover. It comes with a free link to an audio page on the Internet, so the kids can listen to it whenever they play it. Heck. If you live in the Southern NJ area, I'll even come to your child's school and read it to their class. What more could you want?

Hopefully I won't have to come up with a Plan C. I've actually never heard of anyone using their Plan C's, so that makes me think that Plan B's must be fairly successful. Either that, or the people give up. But I'm no quitter, so Plan B it is!

You can order this soon to be famous book by clicking this link:



There's a Monster in My Closet!
by Lisa Brooks

Did you ever wonder what makes those bumps you hear in the middle of the night? Where are those shadows on the wall coming from? Is that doorknob really turning? It's just your imagination. Or is it?

Every child thinks there's a monster living in their closet. But one night, JT finds out he's right!
And JT's monster believes there's a monster living in his closet. He's right too. It's JT!

Follow along as these two young boys in There's a Monster in My Closet go from fear to friendship and learn that just because you're different doesn't mean you're a monster.

44 pages - $13.99 (paperback)