Meet Lisa Medley, The Reaper series, and a new TBR book

It’s Tuesday, so it must be…TBR Tuesday. Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming author Lisa Medley, who has a great box set of The Reaper series available, currently at $6.99 for Kindle. And leave a comment at the end to be entered for a TBR book that you can either choose from the TBR tab or let me surprise you with something that I don’t have up on the list yet.

First, a little about Lisa:  She has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too. She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig. She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case. You can find her at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


About The Reaper series:

medley book 1REAP & REPENT: They see death. Can they share a life? Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura….Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford….A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.


MEDLEY 2REAP & REDEEMHe’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation? After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them….Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…


MEDLEY 3REAP & REVEAL:  By day he saves lives in the city he loves. Can he save souls too? Nate is an EMT, a witch and a newly inducted member of the Reaper Authority Force. What he’s not is a reaper. With unexplained abilities, his true nature lies somewhere in between the angels, demons and reapers he finds himself involved with. When he’s paired with the reaper Maeve, he struggles to find his place in the rising war to save the souls of Meridian and the world….Maeve has tried to hide her reaper handicap–her toxic reaper energy–from her colleagues. But when she’s possessed by a fallen angel and forced to poach souls for Hell, her greatest weakness might be the only thing that saves her….Nate uses his growing powers and his innate magic to find Maeve. He’ll do whatever it takes to save her, revealing more than he ever imagined in the process.


What is your favorite scene in the series?

Reap & Redeem is reaper Kylen’s story. He’s dark and damaged, so, of course, I give him the absolutely most soul-wrenching heroine to fall in love with. My favorite scene is when he teaches Olivia to use his scythe.

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:

Let me tell you, the hardest scene was a whole book full of them. I wrote THE END of The Astronaut’s Princess TONIGHT. That entire book was just brutal for me. I honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it through it. My heroine refused to talk to me and play along. We finally came to an agreement, and we’re both much stronger for it.  

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?

I’m halfway through the first compendium of The Walking Dead graphic novels. I’m desperately trying to edit, write and get through the second compendium to Negan’s story before the February premiere!

Your five favorite authors:

Stephen King, J.R. Ward, Patricia Briggs, Janet Evanovich and whomever I’m reading currently, ha!


Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”

Gosh! Every great book I’ve ever read. It all seems so obvious when I’m finished. In fact, before I started writing, I read more than a hundred paranormal romances and urban fantasy romance books. Each time I thought, I can do that. Finally, I just started writing until I did.

Book you’ve bought for the cover:

Oh, totally guilty! I might buy wine the same way. Seriously, covers are huge for me. Here’s a book I would NEVER have bought because of the cover…The Giver by Lois Lowry. The original cover was just terribly boring and frumpy, but what an amazing story! Covers make ALL the difference in whether or not I dig further to see what the story is all about. On that same note, high concept blurbs on the cover sell me as well. I’m also reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and the blurb on the cover says “Willy Wonka meets The Matrix”. Erm, hello?! Sign me up!

Book that changed your life:

J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood book Dark Lover probably changed my life more than any other. It was the very first paranormal romance I ever read six years ago, and the book that inspired me to start writing my own stories.

Favorite book about books or writing:

Stephen King’s On Writing was the best craft/inspirational writing book. Hands down.

 What’s next?

Okay, so don’t laugh. My next work in progress is a Sasquatch shifter story called Shifted in Seattle. There’s a reason why no one has ever captured a Sasquatch. You’ll have to read to find out.

Thanks, Lisa! Now, for a chance at a TBR, have you read a book that you thought changed your life (even if it was the first book of an author who became an important part of your reading life)? Let’s hear from you!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

24 thoughts on “Meet Lisa Medley, The Reaper series, and a new TBR book

  1. I will have to say: Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. I read it in Dutch, wanted to read the rest of the series, but the other books weren’t translated. I picked up the rest of the series in English. So it’s the book that made me start reading in English.

    • I have never read any Mercedes Lackey, although I know she has a huge following (and puts out about a book a month, seems like)! And it’s cool that it was your intro to reading in English.

  2. I have to say The Black Stallion. It made me want a horse which I didn’t get but I did get riding lessons at the county stable for several years.

    • One of my favorite books as a kid was called “Sand Dune Pony,” so when I first had a chance to go horseback riding, I was all excited. The horse was huge and skittish and got away from the person riding with me. LOL. I was so traumatized I’ve never gotten near another horse. I admire them greatly from a distance, though 🙂

  3. A Witch, a Pixy, and a Vampire walk into a bar….. Kim Harrison’s “Dead Witch Walking” was the first Urban Fantasy book for me. It started a collection of Urban Fantasy books that now has over 200 authors.

    • Yes, indeed. I know it well. :-). I guess Simon R. Green’s first Nightside book was my first urban fantasy and then I moved on to Dresden, and I was hooked! It’s still my favorite genre, even if publishers don’t like it anymore 🙁

  4. hum….. Bilbot teh hobbit when i read it at six ( followed by the lord of the ring all in less than a week^^;;) gave me the love for reading,

    The first mercy thompson by patricia briggs came at a very difficult time of my life and helped me to go throught it while keeping an heart for other ( but also a littel for me)

    then royal street was my first contact with an author and i would never regret it* hugs*

    • Hugs back to you–I’m glad we were able to “meet”! I’m ashamed to admit I did not read The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings until 2001, just before the “Fellowship of the Ring” movie came out. A coworker and friend was a huge LOTR fan and practically forced me to start reading before we saw the movie, and of course I totally fell in love with it. I read The Hobbit after the LOTR trilogy. And I’m STILL glad Tom Bombadill didn’t make it into the films! 🙂

  5. O that is a difficult question! I think Bertrice Small – Skye O’Malley. That heroine thought me that no matter what, a woman is strong enough to overcome and triumph. I think she started my love for strong heroines in my novels.

    p.s.Lisa, you never say WHICH book(s) you bought for the cover …

  6. I have to say The wolf and the dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I was in school at that time and a French library opened in our town. Of course, I had to see what was all about and I went to investigate. Need I say,I didn’t know a word in French,but when I saw this book (yes, I admit the cover was all I could see) I had to read it. I bought a French dictionary and I read the book(it took me a while). After that I kept going to the library to read more books by K.E.W. When I couldn’t find any I picked up her books in English. Of course,I had to learn English too.
    The wolf and the dove is the book that pushed me to learn French and English.

    • I love that several of you came to other languages through reading! I took French in school, so I can make do on that front (barely). I tried learning German on my own but gave up; maybe I should try learning by reading a novel in German :-).

  7. This is a tough question. The Wolf and the Dove introduced me to romance novels. The Arrows of the Queen introduced me to fantasy books. Dark Prince introduced me to paranormal romance. Accidental Goddess introduced me to science fiction romance. Read a lot of Zane Grey in high school. And of course, the whole concept of the historical undead totally grabbed my attention!

    • You have a good point–different authors pull us into different genres. JR Ward definitely pulled me into paranormal romance, although I did like Dark Prince (but read it later). And I inhaled urban fantasy until I started writing it; need to rectify that. Glad I could introduce you to the historical undead!

  8. Frank Herbert’s Dune was my introduction to science fiction in high school. I was fascinated by the series and read it in a short period of time. Since then paranormal romance and urban fantasy have become my favorite genres. Anne Rice, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and J.R. Ward were some of the first authors I read in these genres.

    • I always forget Anne Rice when I think about urban fantasy, I guess because when her vampire books came out and also the early Anita Blake books (which I adored) the term “urban fantasy” hadn’t been invented yet. Laurell K. Hamilton lays claim to its inventor, but I really think it probably has to go to Anne Rice or (slaps hand to forehead) another author whose name I can’t recall right now.

  9. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop started me on a love of fantasy, paranormal, and urban fantasy books. For years, I read little else.

  10. The series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George RR Martin opened up a whole new world for me. Epic fantasy is epic indeed.

  11. These books look awesome 🙂 I love the idea of a Sasquatch shifter story!!!
    I have to say that it was Harry Potter. Those books opened my eyes to reading different genres. It opened up a world I never would of gone near before then.

  12. The first book that changed my life was Harry Potter! It opened my eyes to fanfiction/fanart, internet fandom communities and so on (even though some people can take it too far, most people are *awesome*), and I actually made a lot of friends online waaaaay back in the day and I am still friends with some now, 15* years later. That was so major for me as a “dorky” kid in a small town, to be able to connect with so many other people just like me. It meant the world! HP is still the most meaningful book series to me and probably always will be, because it is so important to my history and how it shaped me growing up.

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