MFT Guest: Interview with Lisa Shearin and Giveaway of full set of the Raine Benares Books

Today for My Favorite Things I have the pleasure of having Lisa Shearin on for an interview.  She’s also being incredibly generous and giving away a set of her Raine Benares books.  You’ll find the giveaway info at the bottom as well as the link to the schedule for My Favorite Things where you’ll find many more awesome posts and giveaways! 

Let’s welcome Lisa to the blog! 

Can you sum up your books in 10 words that you think best describe them? 

My books are snarky, action-adventure, comedic fantasy with a touch of sex. 

Your books are full of some magical creatures, can you tell us about some of them?  

I wanted to do something different with both my elves and my goblins.  My elves aren’t the “high elves” like you’d find in Tolkien.  My elves work for a living.  Though the law enforcement in most kingdoms would refer to it as stealing or piracy, the Benares family consider themselves to be “seafaring businessmen specializing in acquisitions.”  

With my goblins, I wanted to do a complete turnaround from the usual perception of goblins.  My goblins aren’t short, gnarled, and long-nosed with a bad case of post-nasal drip.  I asked myself why couldn’t goblins be gorgeous?  Why couldn’t they be tall, leanly muscled, silvery skinned and wicked sexy?  And while I was at it—for added fun and frolic—I thought deep black eyes, long black hair, and fangs that weren’t for decorative use only would be a nice touch.  (Heck, they don’t call it “fantasy” for nothing.)  My goblins are just your basic dark-eyed, smooth-talking, dangerous bad boys who you probably wouldn’t take home to meet the parents.    

What was your biggest obstacle to overcome when writing a series? 

Keeping the details straight.  Each of my books builds off of the one before.  Basically, the where one book ends, the next one begins. It can be a challenge to keep up with who did what to whom and when.  I think I do a good job of keeping my facts straight—because if I didn’t, I’m sure my fans would let me know.    

Your books have awesome titles and amazing covers, how did you decide on the titles?

 I came up with the titles for the first three books myself. But I had trouble with the fourth one (Bewitched & Betrayed), so I had a “Name That Book” contest and let my fans come up with suggestions.  The winner would get their name on the Acknowledgement page in that book for having come up with the title.  It worked so well that I did it for the next two books as well—Con & Conjure and All Spell Breaks Loose (which I’m working on now).

And did you have any input when it came to the covers?

Authors really have little, if any, say in the covers.  My editor will ask me if I have any ideas, and I’ll give them to her.  But the next time I see the cover is when it’s in its final form.  It’s mainly a publisher’s art and marketing departments that determine how a cover for any given book looks.  They consider the type of book that it is, the demographic that they’re marketing it toward.  Ideally, they want the cover that will best sell that book to the target market.  

What is your all time favorite book, or author?

I absolutely adore Jim Butcher’sDresden Files series.  And of that series, my favorite book is Dead Beat.  I recently discovered and also love Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar mystery series.  

What can we expect to see from you in the future? Anything new in the works?

I’m presently working on Raine Benares’s sixth adventure—All Spell Breaks Loose.  It will be out next year.

About  Magic Lost, Trouble Found:

 A girl with attitude. An all-powerful amulet.This could only mean trouble.My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound…Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they’re after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possession of the item, it takes possession of her.
Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine—but is the resumé enhancement worth her soul?

You can find Lisa Shearin on her Website:

Thanks so much for stopping by Lisa!  And for the giveaway as well, of course!

The Giveaway:

The complete set of the Raine Benares books (Magic Lost, Trouble Found; Armed & Magical; The Trouble with Demons; Bewitched & Betrayed; Con & Conjure) signed and personalized to the winner with bookmarks and postcards as well.

Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares, Book 1) Armed & Magical (Raine Benares, Book 2) The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3) Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares, Book 4) Con & Conjure


Must be 16 or older to enter.
Must have a US or Canadian address to ship to.
Ends July 5th, 2011

To Enter:

Leave a comment about the interview (Feel free to tell us which cover and/or title you like the best, because seriously, I’m in love with them!)  Don’t forget contact info!


 For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!
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  1. I hope I’m writing in the right column. I wanted to comment on Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series which I discovered through an ARC from Penguin. LOVE it. My favorite cover is the Con & Conjure., I think it looks like a different cover model.

  2. Ooo, I have this series on my WANT list! It sounds like so much fun and in a fantasy world. (I love my fantasy) 😉 Oh and to learn that the goblins are gorgeous and not fugly! I love that. :) Sounds like an amazing fun series. Thank you so much for the big chance here!


  3. A new-to-me fantasy series that sounds amazing! And I love the word play in the titles. I’d love to win the set, but even if I don’t, I’ve put these books on my wishlist.

    dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

  4. That was a fun interview. I have a great fondness for women with attitude! I’d love to have a set of these books. I think Con and Conjure is my favorite title/cover. Less martial than some, but definitely redolent of kick-ass.

  5. What a fantastic contest. I have been so looking forward to reading these. My favorite cover design is Bewitched & Betrayed :) Love the blues and heroines with big swords rock! Hmmm… just noticed that the weapons change on the covers.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  6. ohh I loved Bewitched and Betrayed! This series has been a great fun to read. I actually only have read two of the books totally out of order but they were amazing reads. I loved the interview and all of the covers are fabulous!

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  7. Love all the books but my favorite cover is Bewitched & Betrayed. Would love a set of signed books. I fell in love with the characters instantly and love all Lisa does to not only create wonderful books but also make things fun for her fans with contests, interviews and tweets. Thanks to you both for doing this!
    Damascada {at} yahoo {dot} com

  8. This sounds like a fabulous series. I just downloaded on on my kindle and loved it! I would love to be counted in the whole series draw. These characters are fabulous. That interview totally inspired me to find book one. These covers are beautiful!

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  9. I haven’t read any books of the series, but “met” them by reading reviews about them.
    Would love to win!
    I loved the interview, it made me more curious about the author and of course about the series.
    thanks for the interview and giveaway!


    inga from

  10. Holy giveaway of awesome! I’ve been meaning to read this series, and knowing it contains snark and sexy goblins is pushing it to the top of the list. I have to say that my favorite cover is Armed and Magical!


  11. I absolutely love this series!

    Lisa has a natural talent for giving her readers exactly what they want and begging for more.

    Thanks for sharing your amazing storytelling with us, Lisa…now back to work – we are eagerly awaiting the next installment 😀

    Oh, and my favorite cover is Con and Conjure

  12. I enjoyed the interview and I love all the covers, they’re awesome. I have to say Armed and Magical is my favorite though, cover and title. This sounds like a fantastic series, I can’t believe I don’t have any of it yet.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  13. This series just made it onto my to-read list! I love the cover for The Trouble with Demons and the title of the one she is working on, All Spell Breaks Loose. Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway!


  14. I really love the cover for Magic Lost, Trouble found. It looks like she is resting on her sword after a job well done. Con and Conjure also really catches my eye.

  15. Kristin @MyBookishWays has pretty much urged me to read this series because it is very new to me. It will be up next. I love the idea of sexy goblins. I always wanted to know why they had to be hideous. Every time I think of one I think of the creatures from Lord of the Rings (Eeek!)

    But I can’t wait to start this, I have to start this LOL! I love all the covers, but my favorite is Bewitched and Betryed. I love the color of it and I won’t lie, I love the leather LOL! Amazing giveaway and interview guys, thank you. (Sorry for the delete, I forgot my email address)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Enjoyed the interview. Aside from reviews, I enjoy authors’ interviews the most.

    The cover of the first book in the series: “Magic Lost, Trouble Found” caught my attention and refused to let go. The covers for the other books in the series were good, but the first one was the standout.

  17. I love the titles and I think Bewitched & Betrayed is my favorite cover but that’s probably because blue is my fav color :)

    “My books are snarky, action-adventure, comedic fantasy with a touch of sex” this sounds like an awesome combination!!

    Crossing my fingers now!


  18. Thank you so much for this interview. I’d not heard about Lisa Shearin and her books and I’m glad that now I have. The books sound like ones that I’d really like.

    The Trouble with demons is my favorite cover although I really like them all!

  19. Hmmm, this series looks good! I think my favorite cover is Bewitched & Betrayed. But that might just be because it’s the only cover out of all of them that’s predominately cool colors rather than warm colors and for that reason stands out the most.

  20. Wow, I’m loving all the comments. For all of you who haven’t read my books yet, after you do read them, pop me an email and let me know what you think. I love hearing reader opinions!


  21. All the covers are gorgeous (and complement each other) but the orange in The Trouble with Demons really pops.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  22. The Bewitched and Betrayed cover sure stands out against the others since it’s using a whole different color scheme!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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