Saturday, September 29, 2012

Author Lisa April Smith Launches New Book

It’s a pleasure to welcome author Lisa April Smith back to Thoughts in Progress today as part of the official launch of her newest book, PARADISE MISPLACED.

Here’s a brief description of PARADISE MISPLACED:
All the unexpected twists and suspense, danger and crime, romance and sizzle, that kept readers of EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS turning the pages long into the night, are back in PARADISE MISPLACED, along with Charlie, Jack and Naomi – three unforgettable characters.    

In Manhattan, being recently dumped by her soul mate becomes the least of Charlotte (Charlie) Morgan’s problems after she is shoved off a subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Her modeling career seems over and she may not walk again. Throughout her lengthy hospital stay the police have no success finding her assailant or determining a motive. A handsome detective recovering from similar injuries is assigned to be her physical therapy partner. Fearing that her unknown attacker will try again he urges her to draw up list of possible suspects – anyone she might have angered or rejected. Eliminating those who don’t fit a compiled description leaves just one possible suspect, an untouchable power broker with a famous art collection.    

In Buenos Aires, Jack, the loveable lothario/conman, in his quest for his next wealthy wife, is romancing wealthy women he meets at a fashionable hotel where he isn’t a registered guest. To finance these activities he ever-so-gently exploits tourists and the local land barons. But whether he succeeds, falls short or fails miserably, readers can rely on sexy Jack to be entertaining.      
In Israel, understandably bitter Naomi, working on an archeological dig, seeks temporary relief from her demons in hot casual affairs. Unwilling to be yet another in a series of her lovers, a rough-hewn widowed farmer relentlessly pursues her. 

Will Charlie, Jack and Naomi meet? Will a story that begins on three continents end in triumph or disaster? No predicable ending here. You’ll have to read the book to find out. 

Now Lisa has graciously answered some questions about her new book and her writing.

Mason - Great to have you here, Lisa.   

Lisa - Thank you for inviting me.  

Mason - PARADISE MISPLACED is the sequel to EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS and I understand that fans have been begging you to hurry up and release it. I’m not surprised. Reviews for EXCEEDING have been amazing. If you haven’t read it, people, do it now!
Lisa - Reviews have been wonderful. Overwhelming! The book (EE) hadn’t been out more than a week or so before I received aGettyImages_dv764086 LR 2x3Paradise Misplaced Book Cover Facebook post telling me that she “LOVED” EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS and that I should “not waste time.” I needed to “get busy and finish the sequel.” So many readers have been good to me – with reviews, e-mailing fun and fabulous comments. It’s a high better than chocolate.
Mason - The covers of both books quickly draws your attention. Great choices. Did you have input on the designs?

Lisa - Thank you. Frankly, I obsess over my book covers. Let’s just say that the graphics designer and I have many animated conversations over each cover before we finally agree.  

Mason - I hear you have another exciting announcement for us. Something for us the readers who prefer the paper-and-ink books we can hold and for those readers who don’t yet own a Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.  

Lisa - I do. Very exciting! Keeps me up at night exciting. EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS is now also available as a paperback on And if it isn’t available as a paperback at Barnes& today, it will be very soon.  

Mason - What about PARADISE MISPLACED? Will that be available in paperback too?
Lisa - Absolutely! We’re working on that as well. It’s all part of my grand mission to become America’s Next Top Author.   

Mason - Great having you here, Lisa.
Lisa - Many many thanks, Mason, and to your loyal followers – my favorite kind of people, people who enjoy reading.
Lisa, thanks for answering these questions. We’re all wishing you the best of luck on your goal to become America’s Next Top Author.

For those of you who haven’t read EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS yet, I would highly recommend reading it first and then PARADISE MISPLACED. It’s always more enjoyable to read a series in the order. Plus now you have a choice of reading EXCCEEDING as either an eBook or paperback.

Before discovering a passion for writing, Lisa sold plumbing and heating, antiques, taught ballroom dancing, tutored, modeled, designed software and managed projects for IBM. She also returned to college multiple times to study anthropology, sociology and computer science, in which she holds degrees, as well as psychology, archeology, literature, history and art.

For more information on Lisa, her writing and her books, visit her website at

Don’t you just enjoy book series that grabs your attention and makes you want to read more and more about the characters? Thanks so much for stopping by today.


  1. Lisa, thanks again for returning to Thoughts and answering these questions. Wishing you much success with your series and other books to come.

  2. Mason - Thanks for hosting Lisa.

    Lisa - I think it's so interesting that you have your protagonists on three different continents as this story begins. As the digital age connects us more and more and world travel gets more common I think 'global' kinds of stories will make more and more sense. I wish you much success.


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