Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Giveaway!!

LilyBear House would be nothing without our customers. You all have made our 6 months a huge success. Since we couldn't have done it without you, we want to give you a gift. Jennifer McMurrain's Quail Crossings (Treasureline Publishing) and Winter Song are both FREE. As well as C. L. Collar's The McCory Chronicles: Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth!

We wish you all a  very joyous holiday season and a blessed 2014!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Bookday Shannon's Daughter

Karen Welch's new book is LIVE!! Check out Shannon's Daughter.

The last thing he expected to find in Ireland that summer was the inspiration to go on with his life, and certainly not in the form of an adolescent heiress.

New York socialite Peg Shannon has everything--wealth, position, beauty and limitless prospects for happiness. or so the world believes.

Aspiring London violinist Kendall Gregg is talented, handsome and charming. While hardly well-to-do, he has connections and ambition which should take him far. Or so it appears.
Thrown together briefly by a twist of fate, Kendall quickly becomes young Peg's hero, while Peg proves to be Kendall's unlikely salvation. Through the decades, their deepening passion and shared secrets forge an enduring bond, destining them for a love affair that comes but once in a lifetime.
Set in the mid-twentieth century, Shannon's Daughter chronicles the complex relationship between two people constrained by family responsibility and a tragic secret, while delving into the history of one of the most intriguing characters in the Miracle at Valley Rise series.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Coming Soon: Finding Fey by C.L. Collar and Amore by Jennifer McMurrain

We here at LilyBear House are very happy to announce two new anthologies coming out this February!!

 Finding Fey:
A Book of Fairy Tales
C.L. Collar
February 4, 2014
 Fantasy Anthology
Let’s take a trip into the Land of Enchantment where everything is magical and always unpredictable. The Land of Fey has both intrigued and inspired humans since the beginning of time. Finding Fey brings you a new breed of fairy tale. One that reintroduces you to old myths and legends in a family friendly way. These stories and poems are meant to be read, remembered and shared for the pure enjoyment of Finding Fey. So let us begin. Look into the twilight at the end of day and find the lighted pathway into the Land of Fey.
A Book of Love
Jennifer McMurrain
February 11, 2014
 Mini Anthology
Jennifer McMurrain takes you on a journey through the heart with five short stories filled with love. Perfect for a cold night by the fire that will warm your heart and soul.
Both covers will be designed by our resident designer from Sister Sparrow Graphic Designs, Brandy Walker.

We will also be welcoming a new author to the LilyBear House family. Announcement soon!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Featuring Brandy Walker - Cover Designer

Don't judge a book by it's cover. We hear this all the time, but we all do it. I do it. If a cover is bad, I'm moving on. It may not be right, but its what people do, especially in this new independent publishing world we live in. There are millions of books at our fingertips at any given time. This means covers are even more important today, than this independent boom.

LilyBear House is very lucky because we have a talented and phenomenal cover designer in Brandy Walker from Sister Sparrow Graphic Designs. She is our go-to gal when it comes to all things covers and she can be yours too. Brandy is an open contractor, so if you see something you love, you better snatch her up. Her calendar fills up quickly.

She is responsible for the LilyBear House covers of Winter Song by Jennifer McMurrain, The McCory Chronicles: Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth by C. L. Collar, Thesis Revised by Jennifer McMurrain, Emma's Walk by Jennifer McMurrian, Footprints in the Snow by Jennifer McMurrain and Jar of Pickles by Jennifer McMurrain.

I'm honored to share some of her designs with you today.






Saturday, September 14, 2013

Free Hearts Unfold by Karen Welch

Now's the time to discover the series readers are calling "beautiful", heartwarming" and "impossible to put down."  Check out Book One of this "very special love story" FREE for two days only.

  Hearts Unfold will be FREE for Kindle
September 14 and 15 Only

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Finding Fey by C. L. Collar coming in Feb. 2014

Night Magic
by: C. L. Collar

"I followed a fairy troop deep into the night, and when we stopped, I was amazed by an astounding sight."

It was a night like any other. The moon was a silky sliver dangling in a sky of midnight blue. Brandon lie down on a bed of leaves, pillowing his head on a log covered with soft green moss. Looking at the stars a prayer escaped his lips. 

     “Please, please let the fairy troop come tonight and lead me to their glorious moon dragon, Draco.” 

     As Brandon’s eyes grew heavy a faint sound trickled into his ear. His heart leapt into his throat.

“Draco. Draco. We come to you this night. Draco. Draco, bless us with your sight.
   It was the unmistakable chant of the fairy troop. They had returned. 

    Brandon eased up from his forest bed. His intent was to follow them and never return to his mundane life. He had to capture the moon dragon, Draco, and force him to do his bidding.  As he snuck through the forest his mind traveled back to the first time he had followed this elusive fairy troop.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Happy Bookday, Winter Song!!

LilyBear House is pleased to introduce Jennifer McMurrain's paranormal romance, Winter Song, to the world. Enjoy!

Cooper and Sage, inseparable since high school, hope to fulfill their dream of running Winter Song, a bed and breakfast in the Wyoming mountains. But one cold night, Sage is brought to her knees by the news of Cooper’s death. Little does she know Cooper's spirit hasn’t gone anywhere. He is determined to stay with Sage, so she’s never alone again.

Noah Finnley a carpenter down on his luck, can’t find work and now he’s being evicted. Things start looking up when the beautiful Sage offers him a partnership at Winter Song. Just one problem, she has a ghost attached to her... and Noah can see dead people. He knows taking the job at Winter Song is a bad idea, but with his landlord threatening to confiscate his belongings and throw him out on the street; he feels he has no other choice - ghost or no ghost. When Sage's life is put in danger, Noah and Cooper must find a way to settle their differences, or Sage might end up among the dead herself.

Buy it for your Kindle here for $2.99.

Buy it for your Nook, Sony Reader, or other eReaders here for $2.99. (Limited Time)

Buy a paperback on Amazon for $12.30.

To buy a signed or unsigned paperback directly from me for $18.00 (that includes s/h) please e-mail me at JenniferMcMurrain(at)yahoo.com.

Come to one of my signings! Check out the Events page for my upcoming signings.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sneak Peek ~ Winter Song by Jennifer McMurrain

Winter Song
Available Sept. 3rd!! 

Cooper Davis felt like he's been smacked by a Mac truck and drug forty miles. Eight hours; he had eight hours until he had to go on deck. Signing up to be a greenhorn on a fishing vessel to catch cod was a mistake. He knew that, but it was a mistake that would lead to his dream of owning a bed and breakfast with his girl, Sage, a reality.

He pictured her as he drifted off. Her face made the pain bearable. Every ache was soothed by her smile. He heard her singing, as she did every morning as she made breakfast. She was a natural morning person, forced to be a night owl to keep her job. But not for much longer, soon she'd make her own hours and he was going to make that happen.

Sage's cheery voice was soon interrupted by a ringing. It was faint at first, but grew louder. Then it was ear-splitting. Cooper bolted up, quickly taking in his surroundings. He was still in his bunk on the Fancy Nancy cod boat, Sage a thousand miles away.

“Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god,” came a chant from the floor. It was Gavin Hart, Cooper's bunkmate and fellow greenhorn.

Cooper hopped out of his bunk and grabbed the survival suits. “It's okay, kid. Just put on your suit. Probably another drill.”

But Cooper knew it wasn't another drill, his heart thumbed against his chest so violently, he was afraid it would explode.

Taking a deep breath, he peeked his head into the galley. Smoke hazed throughout the cabin as Captian Mullis ran through the galley to get back to the wheelhouse. “Put on your suit, Davis and then up on deck and get the life raft ready. We're gonna need it.”

“Yes, sir,” Cooper nodded and grabbed for his suit.

“There's a hole,” Gavin whimpered. “I caught my suit on that nail we're always complaining about and now there's a hole in my Gumby suit.” He looked at Cooper tears in his eyes. “My mother begged me to stay home. Said I'd die out here. She's right. I'm going to die, aren't I, Davis. I'm never going to see my mother again or Suzie. The whole reason I came on this stupid boat was for Suzie. I want to marry her.”

Cooper rolled his eyes. “No one's going to die today.” He threw his suit at Gavin. “Put mine on.”

Gavin shook his head. “I can't. I can't move.”

“Yes you can,” said Cooper, helping Gavin slip his feet into the full suit. He pulled the kid up, shoved his hands into the arms, pulled the hood up and zipped the suit as Gavin started to cry.

Cooper grabbed his chin. “You are not gonna die, Hart. Listen up. You're going up on deck and get that life boat ready. Then you're going to get in the damn boat and you're going to live. The minute you get on land you hug your Momma and kiss that girl. You hear me?”

Gavin nodded as Cooper pushed him out the door. “I expect to be in the life boat as soon as I get my suit on. I'm counting on you, Hart.”

The kid gave Cooper one more determined nod before running toward the stairs. Cooper turned and reached for the holey survival suit. With one foot in the suit, the boat listed to port side, causing Cooper to tumble. His mind raced as the boat didn't right itself. It was going down.

Ditching the suit, he struggled to make his way out of the bunk. Captain Mullis lay near the stairs. Water filled the galley as Cooper made his way to the Captain, who was already in his survival suit.

“Captain Mullis wake up!” yelled Cooper.

The captain mumbled and Cooper could smell the unmistakable scent of whiskey. Captain Mullis was drunk.

“You stupid son-of-a... -- what have done?” yelled Cooper.

The cold water felt like tiny shards of glass stabbing Cooper's socked feet as he pulled the captain up the fun house stairs. Defying gravity, he made it to the top, just in time to see two more deck hands crawl out of the engine room, smoke billowing out from behind them. Neither had on their Gumby suits.

The men pulled the captain the rest of the way out of the stair case, inflated his life vest and threw him over the side of the boat and into the frigid waters near the life boat.

The boat groaned as it tilted even more, threatening to completely capsize. The men looked at each other, terror on every brow.

“We have to swim for the life boat,” said Cooper.

“Are you crazy?” said one of the men. “We'll die of hypothermia. It's better we stay on the boat. The Coast Guard is coming. We'll be safe here.”

An explosion from the engine room rocked the ship again, causing the men to stumble. Cooper fell towards the water, grabbing at anything in his path to hold on, but it was no use. He hit the water, the cold causing him to lose his breath instantly.

He tried to remain calm, tried to remember where the surface was. His fingers instantly went numb making it hard to swim, but he reached toward the light as hard as he could, breaking the surface just in time to see the boat sinking beneath the waves. The two deckhands still clinging to the fragmented ship, trying to stay out of the water.

He tried to yell at them to get away from the boat, that the suction would take them down too, but he lacked the air and strength to get his message across. He couldn't help them now, he had to find the life boat. He had to make sure Gavin was okay.

Twirling in a circle, he finally spotted the bright red boat. It was a good hundred yards away from him. He could just make out the Hart kid pulling Captain Mullis into the raft. “Good” he thought, “the kid made it to the raft.”

He turned his focus on Sage. He had to get back to her. Mustering up all the strength he had left he swam toward the boat. “I must get back to Sage” were his final words before everything went dark.

Friday, August 9, 2013

How can you get Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth

We are so happy to announce C. L. Collar's debut novel, The McCory Chronicles: Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth, is now available. You do have some options when buying her book:

1. Buy a paperback on Amazon.com for $12.30 (~18.45 after s/h) ~ http://www.amazon.com/The-McCory-Chronicles-Dagger-Volume/dp/1490926798/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1376067233&sr=8-2&keywords=Katie+mccory

2. Buy a paperback directly from C. L. Collar (signed or unsigned) for 18.00 (s/h included) e-mail her at creationsbycathy@hotmail.com for details.

3. Buy a paperback at one of her book signings for 12.00.

4. Buy an eBook at Amazon.com ~ http://www.amazon.com/Katie-McCory-Dagger-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00EBTL2N0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376067233&sr=8-1&keywords=Katie+mccory

5. And for a limited time, get your eBook on Smashwords.com ~ https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/343809

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Release Day ~ The McCory Chronicles: Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth!!

Happy Birthday Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth!!
Available now on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com
The McCory Chronicles:
Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth
By C. L. Collar
A mysterious golden chest in Grams’ attic, a stained-glass window that never ages, and a strange dream. What do these three things have in common? MAGIC. This magic sends twins, Katie and Billy, and their two best friends on a quest into Fey in pursuit of a stolen talisman, The Dagger of Truth. In the hands of dark magic, this mighty talisman can be transformed into The Dagger of Malice and possess the power to destroy both Fey and mortal Earth. The friends are guided on their mission by four good fairies, a Brownie, Sun Fairy, Sphinx, and The Green Lady. Armed with magical weapons, gifted from the Dwarfs, they go in pursuit of the thief, a Soul Shrinker, and his mother the Queen of the Dark Fairies. Come along for the ride as “The Chosen Ones” step into an exotic land full of danger, magic and mystery.                

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sneak Peek: The McCory Chronicles ~ Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth

Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth
By: C. L. Collar

“Doomsday Fairy,” Katie grinned, “actually, that would be a great nickname for a nix.” Her emerald eyes narrowed. “They’re very devious creatures who lure men to their death with their illusion of beauty. They persuade men to follow them deep into the forest to a pool of beautiful blue water. 

Once there the poor beauty accidentally slips into the water. The devastated man leans over the water desperately seeking his lost love. She calls to him and he leans closer and closer. Suddenly a green, scaly hand springs out of the water and grabs him around the neck, pulling him down, down, down into a watery grave. 
Under the water she kisses him.” Katie pushed pursed lips at her brother. “with fat fishy lips, sucking his life source right out of his body. The next day they find the man’s body lying next to the pool all bloated, green, and smelly, like he’s been in the water for years.” 
“Now you’re talking!” said Billy. “You can go to the masquerade ball as your nix all green, fish lipped and scaly, and I’ll be your bloated victim zombie.” Billy puffed out his stomach and filled his cheeks with air. He walked stiff-legged around Katie with his arms straight out to the sides.   
Deflating himself he said, “No, that won’t work, because then we’d have to try to explain what we are to everyone.”
“But that would be great, Billy!” exclaimed Katie. “Then I could tell them what to do to protect themselves if they met a nix!” 
“Yeah, like that’s information everyone needs to know.” Billy rolled his eyes. “No thanks, Katie. I think I’ll just stick to the good, old-fashioned, scary monsters.”
Available August 6, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

COVER REVEAL: The McCory Chronicles - Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth

Here it is!! The fantastic cover to C. L. Collar's debut novel, The McCory Chronicles - Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth. Done by the every talented Brandy Walker at Sister Sparrow Graphic Design.
Available August 6, 2013!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Big Announcements!!

Big, big things have been in the works here at LilyBear and we have some wonderful announcements to make.

First and foremost, we have signed Karen Welch and acquired her Miracle at Valley Rise series and her newest work, Shannon's Daughter (Winter, 2013).

We are also very pleased to have acquired the WordWeaver's of Bartlesville, Oklahoma's anthology, Seasons Remembered and their upcoming anthology coming in November 2014.
Cover Design by: Brandy Walker @ Sister Sparrow Graphic Designs
But that's not all:
The McCory Chronicles:
Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth
Will be released on: August 6, 2013
Cover Reveal coming very soon!
Winter Song
Will be released on: September 3, 2013!
Cover Design by Brandy Walker @ Sister Sparrow Graphic Designs

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Welcome to LilyBear House!
We are so pleased that you have joined us. We are a new small press, with an emphasis of helping first time authors.

I have worked behind the scenes of various small presses learning the business from the inside out. The knowledge I've learned from many a helpful mentor (whom I cannot thank enough) recently helped me propel my own small press book, Quail Crossings (TreasureLine Publishing, 09/12), to #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list and I am confident I can help you make your book a success. Scratch that, together we can make your book a success.
So please take a look at our submission guidelines and let's build a partnership. I look forward to working with you.

Happy Writing,
Jennifer McMurrain
Executive Editor