Sunday, June 14, 2015

Choosing a Character Name

One of the things authors/writers are faced with is choosing character names. Some people might think this is an easy process. The reality of the situation is, its not that not simple. A character name is as important as the character traits themselves. As you develop a character and their traits, their name plays a major role on how you proceed with the character development and even with the story line. Although it seems unimportant to most readers, some will say that character names were at the base of a good story line. A character name that doesn't suit a character can ultimately affect how the story itself progresses. Names that aren't suited for a character, can make them essentially invisible in a story. Their names need to encompass their character. Whether or not the character is good or bad also plays a major role in this process. I'm not an English major, nor can I boast about being an English literature major. I do however, love the written word. I know my strengths and weaknesses and use a professional editor to make certain my work is presentable prior to publishing. There are a million different little things that play an important role in preparing a book for publishing. Picking the right character names is one of those things. There are a few websites that can help you choose the right character name. Use them! Perhaps they could generate a much weaker or stronger name that you yourself could imagine.

Here's a site that I have found helpful!

Click the links below and see what character names come up!

Character Name Generator

or try this one!

Character Name Generator

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Desperately His

As I continue the first erotica series I've written, Desperately His is now available for purchase in all ebook formats on Smashwords, and Amazon here. This is a continuing story from the first Country Club Secrets available at both Smashwords and Amazon websites. Please follow above links for purchase.

In the first of the series, Leigh Lexington was a member of the elite Country Clubs ladies. However, she never felt like she really fit in. But all that changed the day the Queen Bee Melissa shared a secret. Leigh was shocked, but delighted to discover that these women actually had more in common with her than she first thought. JD provided more than lawn services. Sex, lust and erotic passion consumes Leigh as she discovers her long dormant desires. But how long could she hide this from her husband Michael?

In the second of the series, the story develops and the back-story falls into place when:
Aria discovers the truth about her husband, Dean, and the fa├žade of the men’s cuckoldry group, she set out on a course of retribution. But when Aria met Tyrone, she recognized something in him that she desperately needed and couldn’t resist. Explosive passion and lust consumes her, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of the revenge she desires. Aria and Leigh become fast friends, and together they set a plan in motion to destroy their husbands’ reputations. Everything these frat boys had worked for would soon come crashing down. Their mistake was underestimating the women in their lives. These trophy wives would soon master a plan the TCG group would never see coming.

The story will wind up with the final installment expected for publishing February 2016. If you're looking for an erotica series with a great story line and unexpected plot, this series just might be the one you don't see coming. Choose links above to take you to either Amazon or Smashwords for purchase. Please leave a review on either site where you made the purchase, or on Goodreads. Authors work hard, so please reward us with a review!

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of of a brief quotation embodied in critical articles and/or reviews.This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you're reading this book and did not purchase it, please purchase it, or if it was purchased for your use only, then please return and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, locales is entirely coincidental.

Lisa Forest

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Fragile Storm

I can't begin to tell you how proud and honored I am to have been just a small part of this film. I made a small donation because I loved the passion of the filmmaker. Some of the perks I received are: an autographed picture of the cast, a signed copy of the manuscript and an honorable mention. So can one person make a difference? You betcha! Please take a minute and go like the FB page!!! Thanks!

Cheers, Lisa

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. The series was renewed for a fourth season, to debut in the United States on April 6, 2014.[4]
The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm's deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores the issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment.
Game of Thrones roughly follows the three story lines of A Song of Ice and Fire.[6] Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm's noble families for control of the Iron Throne. As the series opens, additional threats begin to arise in the icy North and in the eastern continent of Essos.[2]
The novels and their adaptation derive settings, characters and plot elements from much of European history.[7] A principal inspiration for the novels were the English Wars of the Roses[8] (1455–85) between the houses of Lancaster and York, reflected in Martin's houses of Lannister and Stark. Most of Westeros, with its castles and knightly tournaments, is reminiscent of High Medieval Western Europe. The scheming Cersei, for instance, calls to mind Isabella (1295–1358), the "she-wolf of France".[7] The series also combines such varied inspirations as Hadrian's Wall (which became Martin's great Wall), the fall of Rome and the legend of Atlantis (ancient Valyria), Byzantine "Greek fire" ("wildfire"), Icelandic sagas of the Viking Age (the Ironborn) and the Mongol hordes (the Dothraki), as well as elements from the Hundred Years' War (1337–1453) and the Italian Renaissance (c. 1400–1500).[7] The series' great popularity has in part been attributed to Martin's skill at fusing these disparate elements into a seamless whole that appears credible on its own terms as an alternative history.[7]
"The Sopranos in Middle-earth" is the tagline showrunner David Benioff jokingly suggested for Game of Thrones, referring to its intrigue-filled plot and dark tone combined with a fantasy setting.[9] In a 2012 study, the series was listed second out of 40 recent U.S. TV drama series by deaths per episode, with an average of 14.[10][11]
Like the novels it adapts, Game of Thrones has a sprawling ensemble cast, estimated to be the largest on television.[12] During the production of the third season, 257 cast names were recorded.[13] The following overview reduces the list of characters in Game of Thrones to those played by the actors credited as part of the main cast.[14]
Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark (Sean Bean) is the head of the Stark family whose members are involved in most of the series's intertwined plot lines. He and his wife Catelyn Tully (Michelle Fairley) have five children: the eldest, Robb (Richard Madden), the dainty Sansa (Sophie Turner), the tomboy Arya (Maisie Williams), the adventurous Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and the youngest, Rickon (Art Parkinson). Ned's hostage and ward Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) used to live with the Starks. Robb's wife is the healer Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin), and Arya has befriended the blacksmith's apprentice Gendry (Joe Dempsie). Ned's bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his friend Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) serve in the Night's Watch under Lord Commander Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo). The red-haired Wildling Ygritte (Rose Leslie) is Jon Snow's romantic interest. Robb is advised by his bannerman Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton). Bolton's bastard son is the sadistic Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon). Catelyn is served by the female warrior Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).
Ned's old friend King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) shares a loveless marriage with Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who has taken her twin, the "Kingslayer" Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as her secret lover. She loathes her younger brother, the clever dwarf Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), who is attended by his mistress Shae (Sibel Kekilli) and the sellsword Bronn (Jerome Flynn). Cersei's father is the fabulously wealthy Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), and her oldest son, the sadistic Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), is guarded by the scar-faced warrior Sandor "the Hound" Clegane (Rory McCann).
The king's "Small Council" of advisors includes the crafty Master of Coin, Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen) and the eunuch Master of Whisperers, Lord Varys (Conleth Hill). Robert's brother Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) is advised by the foreign priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) and the former smuggler Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham). The wealthy Tyrell family is represented at court by the ambitious Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). Margaery's grandmother and mentor is the quick-witted Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg).
Across the Narrow Sea, siblings Viserys (Harry Lloyd) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) – the exiled children of the king overthrown by Robert Baratheon – are on the run for their lives, trying to win back the throne. Daenerys has been married to Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), the leader of the nomadic Dothraki, and is guarded by the exiled knight Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen).
The budget of Game of Thrones has been compared to that of the TV series Rome.[22] The pilot reportedly cost HBO between US$5 and 10 million,[23] and the total budget for the first season has been estimated at US$50–60 million.[24] In the second season, the show obtained a 15% increase in budget in order to be able to stage the most important battle in the "clash of kings," the civil war that is the season's focus.[25]

If you haven't seen this series you're truly missing out on a classic! All the information above was found via Google and is not my writing. 

In the end, "All Men Must Die" Valar Morghulis....

Lisa Forest


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Not just an author...

The nice thing about having a creative side is using it! Not only do I write, but I also sew, refinish furniture, decorate and test my hand at all other levels of creativity. Nothing feels as gratifying than seeing a project to its completion. Remember, just try. I haven't had formal sewing classes, nor have I had any training other than what I have taught and learned myself. Don't be afraid to try. That's how you'll learn. Making mistakes is expected. But eventually, if you persist, you'll have a product you're happy with. And, in the end isn't that what really matters? Recently, I found out I am going to be a grandmother again. This time it's a girl :-) So that opened the door for a whole new bunch of things to try. I also decided to hand make my Christmas gifts for both my grandson and my soon-to-be granddaughter. I hope they love the final products I have created from my heart. Nothing can compare to things made from pure love and joy!

A new no-sew blanket for Aiden, and my first pillow case dress for Savannah ;-)



Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Sometimes, we forget that in order to move through obstacles in our own lives we need to forgive. Forgiveness for our own actions, is as important as it is to forgive others for theirs. I know that I am one of those people. I am hardest on myself when I make mistakes. Every now and then, I have to remind myself that in order to move forward, I must forgive. We are ALL human and we ALL make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes are really bad or stupid choices. Perhaps, those mistakes are simply not listening to our own gut. Have faith. It is not until we have made some of the biggest errors do we truly see what led to them. At times, others play an integral role in leading you astray. Don't forget to forgive yourself for that. As long as you learn, move forward and don't repeat the same errors over and over you'll be just fine. This too shall pass. The strongest of people know how to truly forgive and move forward. Only the lost, and weak are unable to forgive. On a rare occasion, forgiveness is not the ultimate option. Put that negativity away, in a wrapped little box. Free yourself from its constraints. Those who may not deserve your forgiveness, also don't deserve your time. Don't allow them to intrude on your thoughts. Past is past. The devil will appear in all shapes and sizes. Don't expect him/her to show up with horns and a red face. Chances are, they will show up as everything you thought you wanted. Be careful! This will most certainly be the most difficult of challenges you face. Luckily, with the right people in your corner, the devil will get his just reward. Karma is a wonderful thing. And, if you time things just right, you might just get lucky enough to get front row seats ;-)

Cheers, Lisa

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cover Teaser...Desperately His...

I am feverishly working on the second in the series of Country Club Secrets titled: Desperately His... Haven't been writing much due to back surgery. However, now that I am back writing again, it seems to be flowing out of me. I wish I could write like this all the time. But for now, just a cover teaser until the new erotica, e-book is published ;-) Look for a late November/December 2014 release ;-) Of course Country Club Secrets is available and on sale for only .99! Just follow the title to link you to amazon! Also now available on SmashWords here> Country Club Secrets for all other major e-book types!

Cheers, Lisa (aka frenchkilt)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Why I Write...

As a writer/author the questions I am asked the most often are, how do you get your ideas and why do you write? The answers are really quite simple. I write because it's very therapeutic. Whether or not people like it is of no consequence to me. Simply put, at times it allows me to work through some of my own issues via my characters. I try not to write from direct experience however, I do use bits and pieces for each character. But if you've wronged me, be certain a character may mock you. (just saying). As far as ideas go for each writer that is very different. For instance, in my case a simple sentence spoken, or a single word can trigger an entire paragraph. Sometimes, it can trigger an entire storyline. I get my cues from listening. Reading, is also a great way to expand your vocabulary, as well as give you motivation. In the end, writing is relaxing. Watching your characters develop, thickening the plot, adding some unexpected twists. That's what it's all about. Luckily, I have writing to distract me from a very stressful job that makes ridiculous demands each and every day (sometimes each and every hour). Escapism and laughter is key to maintaining any level of sanity. Just ask my co-workers. I know of what I speak...
Cheers, Lisa ;-)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Life changing...

I've had some rather life changing issues over the last several months and unfortunately they have affected my ability to write or focus on anything else. Working extended hours at the computer and having severe back issues makes it a daunting task. The back issues will soon be dealt with, (or at least I hope) as I am scheduled to have spinal surgery in August. This is the one surgery I dread more than any other. The idea of someone messing around in  my spine literally makes my spine tingle (and not in a good way)! Being a nurse and having seen the pros and cons of back surgery, I have definitely had my reservations. However, there comes a point when the pain is so severe and so debilitating that surgery isn't even an option any more. The idea of being able to do the simplest of things suddenly takes precedence over anything else. So I march forth knowing that in the very near future my life is about to change one way or another. Permanent  nerve damage may be the case which essentially won't really give me the results I desire. But if I am lucky enough to be in the 80% range of the population that gets this procedure and has no pain afterwards,well those are risks that aren't even a choice for me anymore. I trudge through the days hoping and praying that the pain will subside and I will eventually get back to doing the things that we normally do daily. The things we take for granted. I am looking forward to being able to do the simplest of chores without pain. And that my friends is well worth the risk. Here are the details for those interested.
Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Cheers, Lisa ;-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Country Club Secrets--New Erotica Published!

For quite a while now, I've had this story sitting in my documents on my laptop. I have gone back and forth on whether or not to have it published. Publishing erotica does not go without pros and cons. Pros of course are simple from a writers perspective. It allows a freedom from self-imposed constraints. Writing without the so-called rules alone in and of itself is freeing to the soul. And of course, there is the possibility of monetary gain. But most indie writers will tell you they don't really write for the money and fame. The chances are slim even in the internet era. Thinking about a twist in a storyline and then writing the story around it..well.. now that's magic!!!
Leigh Lexington was a member of the elite Country Clubs ladies. However, she never felt like she really fit in. But all that changed the day the Queen Bee Melissa shared a secret. Leigh was shocked, but delighted to discover that these women actually had more in common with her than she first thought. JD provided more than lawn services. Sex, lust and erotic passion consumes Leigh as she discovers her long dormant desires. But how long could she hide this from her husband Michael?

First review 5 stars!!!
While there are many titles on the market that spin erotic tales dealing with the stereotypical 'dejected housewife' plot device, Country Club Secrets offers something fresh and clever to the table that fans of the genre will enjoy. Leigh Lexington is a member of an upscale club for women that harbors more secrets than meets the eye. What starts out as a subtle and playful gathering soon morphs into a whirlwind escape of passion and intensity that comes with a few funny and shocking twists that sets this title apart from others in this avenue. The structure and pacing is well thought out and executed, with intense scenery all the way to an ending that readers will definitely enjoy. Hopefully there will be a sequel! 
Now that was shocking and humbling to see as a first review but well worth the wait!
Cheers, Lisa
Follow the link (title) below for purchase!
Country Club Secrets