Wednesday, July 10, 2013

THIS IS W.A.R. Blog Tour

Welcome to Lisa and Laura Roecker's blog tour for THIS IS W.A.R.! I am a huge fan of LiLa. They are fun and funny, and their books are AMAZING! (Also, click on the banner to go to a special preorder offer!)

Take it away, LiLa!

In a past life, Laura was a 6th grade language arts teacher. Every year, she’d introduce herself to the students and explain that one day, she’d like to write a book. A YA book because that was all she read anyway. Lisa wrote boring business proposals by day and read endless blogs by night. She yearned for a reason to start her own blog. But it wasn’t until we got together that our separate dreams became a reality. Laura needed a partner to do the dirty work (ie tell her what to write) and Lisa needed a reason to start a blog (ie the journey to publishing)! It was perfect. It was fate. It was fun.

While we wrote our first (doomed) manuscript in less than a month, we learned a whole lot about being writing partners and expanded on the process of team-writing when we wrote our second. The first thing we do after we have a solid idea is map out characters and plot out our emotional and physical plot. We write up a page on each character and attach pictures to get a visual. Our plot outlines take weeks to write and usually end up being at least 30,000 words. They are a very dry version of what we want the final book to look like. Once we’ve torn apart the outline and poked as many holes as we can, we’re ready to start writing.

Lisa ALWAYS has to write the first chapter of our books. Laura is never fully on board with starting a new book until she’s blown away by the first chapter. And then we’re off! Laura edits Lisa’s chapter and adds the next chapter. Lisa edits Laura’s and adds the next. The best part about writing as a team is we get to be both writers and readers. The outline is a map, but every chapter we write is unique to us. There’s nothing quite like reading a brand-spanking-new chapter your partner tacked on the night before. We’re hooked!

Wow! Thanks so much for the peek into your process, ladies! 

I can't wait to read This Is W.A.R., how about you?

This is not a story of forgiveness...

The mystery of their best friend's murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family. Emily Thorne would be proud.

Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent.

And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone.

They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.

Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.

Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing partners with a passion for good books, pop culture, and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. A prepubescent obsession with Lois Duncan and their mother's insistence that they read Men Are Just Desserts inspired This is WAR. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio, in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. Cyberstalking is always encouraged at and @landlroecker on Twitter.

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  1. WOw! It looks fantastic :).

  2. How neat to get to read about their process. And it sounds like a great book!

  3. What a great post. I love the cover too. It's neat to see how the process took place.

  4. I've always been fascinted how people can write a book as a team. I tried it once, but we never finished. We probably should have found a direction first. =) Great post!