Lissa Bilyk

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Indie author of sci-fi and paranormal books, and resolute defender of the Oxford comma, Lissa was born and raised in Australia and has an Honours degree in English Literature.

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The corona virus is wreaking havoc across the globe, and many people are required to self-isolate and/or have lost their incomes. Smashwords authors banded together to request Smashwords run a special sale: “These authors wanted to show their support to readers who now face unprecedented social isolation, anxiety and economic hardship as a result of … Continue reading Smashwords Authors Give Back  Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.41 · 143 ratings · 44 reviews · 13 distinct works
The Edge of Darkness

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Storm of Blood (Storm Force...

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Storm Front (Storm Force #0...

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A Storm is Brewing (Storm F...

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Take The Stage By Storm (St...

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Weather The Storm (Storm Fo...

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The Archive of Lost Dreams

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The Raie'Chaelia by Melissa Douthit
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This book is known to me as "The book with the name I can't pronounce."

I read half of the preview of this book available on Smashwords to decide if I wanted to read the rest or not. It is a Young Adult high fantasy, the genre I feel most at home in,
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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I can't bring myself to say that I liked this book.

I've decided to shelve it and maybe wait a few years to see if I actually do care enough to find out what happens next (like China Melveille's Perdido Street Station, which I shelved a mere 20 pages
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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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A mostly interesting road trip across America and back as Percy is framed before anyone even realises he exists...

Yeah I suppose it was OK. It's not really my thing. I found it in our living room and was really drawn into the first few pages. But mos
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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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I was looking forward to reading this book, but it’s even better than the blurb makes it sound. It’s better than I expected it to be.

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Toni Morrison
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison

Stacia Kane
“Readers have the right to say whatever the fuck they want about a book. Period. They have that right. If they hate the book because the MC says the word “delicious” and the reader believes it’s the Devil’s word and only evil people use it, they can shout from the rooftops “This book is shit and don’t read it” if they want. If they want to write a review entirely about how much they hate the cover, they can if they want. If they want to make their review all about how their dog Foot Foot especially loved to pee on that particular book, they can."

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Philip Pullman
“I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief... I'm not in the business of offending people. I find the books upholding certain values that I think are important, such as life is immensely valuable and this world is an extraordinarily beautiful place. We should do what we can to increase the amount of wisdom in the world.

[Washington Post interview, 19 February 2001]”
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Flannery O'Connor
“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.”
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Ray Bradbury
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
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message 89: by Eleanor (last edited Jul 25, 2012 02:06AM)

Eleanor No, thank YOU for accepting my friendvite! I really look forward to getting to know you. In fact, you're so nice and friendly it already feels like I've known you before! x Elle

message 88: by MLE

MLE  Emily wrote: "The Princess Bride

It was a book before it was a movie, but they were both written by the same person."

I love it, and hope you enjoy it as well. William Goldman also wrote the screenplay for Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.

message 87: by Brandon

Brandon Hello! Thanks for the kind words, haha! Archer's a pretty cool dude. Any friend of his is a friend of mine. :D

message 86: by MLE

MLE  The Princess Bride

It was a book before it was a movie, but they were both written by the same person.

message 85: by MLE

MLE  Thanks for the friend request. I will not hold it against you, it's sort of a question from my one of my favorite books.

message 84: by Wigs

Wigs I've seen you on all my friends' stuff that I thought we already were friends! Of course! :)

message 83: by Rachel

Rachel Hartman Aw, yay! Thanks for telling me!

My sister is moving to Perth next week. I realize that's a whole continent away from y'all, but still. Do Australians all know each other, the way Canadians do? ;)

message 82: by Janelle

Janelle Stalder Bestie!! It's been too long! How are things!?

KJ Shadows fyi..funny you commented on my post. i was wondering what you thought of fosg? if you've read it that is haha

KJ Shadows Hey Lissa! How have you been? Haven't talked to you in way long. I see you had a few more books come out! I love the books covers that your currently reading =) looks interesting.

message 79: by Thalia

Thalia Hi Lissa! No problem. (: The cover is the same as the video game cover, so that may be where you saw it before! And Yorda is just lovely; I loved her in the book and the game and she's definitely my all-time favorite heroine. (:

message 78: by Bern

Bern Hey, thanks for accepting it! Reading anything good?

message 77: by Shirley

Shirley Marr Lissa wrote: "I ordered Preloved from my local Dymocks today! *flail*"

Thank you Lissa, I'm so honoured and you're beautiful.

I hope you enjoy and even if not (I'd feel bad you spent your money), I'd love to know your thoughts


Turquoise You are welcome! Do you have any book recommendation for me?

message 75: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Thank you, Lissa! Just under 1,000 followers and that number surprises me all the time. It's pretty cool that people even glance at what I do on GR. lol.

message 74: by Vinaya

Vinaya Same here! I only discovered this afternoon that we weren't and of course, I remedied the situation immediately! :)

I've always found the Secret Garden a lot more interesting than A Little Princess, simply because Mary's such a flawed character, and yet, eventually, so empowering, but without the proselytizing that accompanies way too many of Hodgson Burnett's books. I can't wait to see what you think of it, and the others!

Kat (Lost in Neverland) You're welcome! Yes, they're both amazing books, I highly recommend them.

message 72: by Marie

Marie Hi Lissa! Thank's for the friend request :D

message 71: by Kruti

Kruti Hi Lissa, thanks for the friend request. It's lovely to meet you. I'm looking forward to discussing books with you and can't wait to check out some of the books you've written.

message 70: by Chan

Chan Well technically I'm Korean... but I have an Australian citizenship.

message 69: by Chan

Chan Thanks for the friend request Lissa! I'm sure we'll get along great. I'm excited to converse with you in the future :D

message 68: by Jenna

Jenna Thanks for the friendship Lissa! :)

message 67: by Jo

Jo Thanks for accepting, Lissa :)
And yes, those girls would make an excellent team. I'd just tag along and pretend to be cool! ;)

shady boots Thank you for accepting! <3 And yes, I truly hope you'll read Angelfall soon. Just look at what it did to me. xD Haha.

Mel (who is deeply in love with herself) Hey Lissa! How are you?
Just wondering when you're planning to move to Aussieland?

message 64: by Janelle

Janelle Stalder At least this gives you the chance to go through your things! Throw out anything you haven't used in a year! That's what I always do when I'm moving.

message 63: by Janelle

Janelle Stalder How's the move going luv??

message 62: by Taneika

Taneika Hahaha! Yesss, I will accept him! I like his reviews and his commenting style as it makes me laugh aha! So no worries :)

message 61: by Shannon

Shannon Meow mew nyah nyah mrow ...dfskhdf ... sorry. It's hard to switch between the two so quickly! :p

Lol. And thanks. Tell your dad he's welcome, although it really wasn't that much work. I hardly did anything.

message 60: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Hey, did you hear about the contest Amazon is running for aspiring published authors?

message 59: by Laurel

Laurel Yeeees Marco! I think my favorite part about Ghost River is the children's choir singing in the background, makes it eerie in my opinion. :D

message 58: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Sure! I should be finished both by Saturday. Since I've already read it, I don't want to hold you back if you get excited and want to read further! We can just start at the same time and make status updates as we go along. That way we can discuss. When we finish (and you will probably finish before me because I have my lovelies, Thing 1 and Thing 2, to distract me, lol) we can have an even better discussion on our reviews. We can compare and contrast things we liked and didn't like. Does that sound good to you and Archer?

I've never done a read along either. Unless you count the massive Angelfall read along! Lol.

message 57: by Reynje

Reynje I had a lot of fun googling old Milo ads from the 80s and 90s - hilarious! They were making me all nostalgic and I still live here... :)

message 56: by Bidisha

Bidisha Lyra? I love her, too. And His Dark Materials blew my mind away, although I read the series in the wrong order.

message 55: by Bidisha

Bidisha Hey, I just saw the comment you left on my profile. Sorry for the delay!

And thanks for accepting the request :)

Believe it or not, I haven't watched the Gone With The Wind movie either. But I'm a huge fan of the book and the official sequel, Scarlett (which isn't written by Margaret Mitchell, btw). And honestly, there's not much to like about Scarlett. At least, not initially. She's vain, spoilt and such a bitch. And the whole epiphany thing only strikes her at the end of the first book. She's so blatantly flawed yet there's something so incredibly alluring about her, so grudgingly admirable about that motto she lives by - 'tomorrow is another day' - I think she's the best fleshed out character in literary fiction.

Also, I think that histrionic personality had something to do with it.

Who's your favourite fictional character?

message 54: by Laurel

Laurel All the places around me that sell albums aren't selling Nightwish! There's Nickelback then Nine Inch Nails then Nirvana. I'll have to order online. Dx

message 53: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Yeah, he just tweeted me. It'll be interesting to see how he likes it!

message 52: by Rose

Rose Thanks for accepting the request Lissa. :) I'm looking forward to reading your work in the future and seeing your recommendations. And I'm glad to know another person who thinks Jane Eyre is awesome, haha!

message 51: by Steph

Steph Sinclair OMG, I know! Right next to Becca Fitzpatrick. Is this real life? Lol.

message 50: by Laurel

Laurel Yeees I'm really excited now! And I adore Turn Loose the Mermaids. Sooo pretty.
I've also decided that the last track, Imaginaerum, is undeniable proof that Tuomas can pull off a movie score with flying colors. He must start doing films fairly soon or I'm gonna cry.

message 49: by Laurel

Laurel Ohhh I'm such a jealous kitty! Just gotta wait six more days before I can get the album all to myself!
Ohhh and really? I've been DYING to hear the instrumental of Scaretale and Song of Myself.
It's been doing lots for you in terms of inspiration?

message 48: by Mel (who is deeply in love with herself) (last edited Jan 04, 2012 02:48AM)

Mel (who is deeply in love with herself) Thanks for accepting! I love your reviews (Hush Hush is a particular favourite of mine) and think you're hilarious! I just asked your friend Adam on whether I should send you a request, and he told me to go for it. we're friends! Yay! Now this calls for a special lil' dance I only whip out on special occasions.
*celebratory dance* Whoo!

As for that answer...Please GOD, tell me the person was sarcastic. Bella Swan can barely be called a character, never mind a "literary heroine". Please tell me the person's name, so I can shoot some sense into them.
*cocks shotgun*

And yes, THG is FABULOUS. Katniss is a female character who actually has a BACKBONE,. I know; shock horror, right? I had almost forgotten such a thing existed in YA fiction. I'm sure you'll love it! (And you're right; the trailer looked AH-MAZING. I like me some Hemsworth.)

message 47: by Shannon

Shannon Your new thumbnail (why can't I see a bigger picture, huh?) looks absolutely gorgeous. Love the photo.

message 46: by Shannon

Shannon How could you block me?! Hooowwww?!

Lol, just kidding.

Love love love.

message 45: by Rachel

Rachel Hartman Thanks for accepting! I'm shy too, believe it or not. Writing may be a profession that attracts shy people. :)

message 44: by Reynje

Reynje Hey Lissa, you beat me to it :) I've been meaning to send you a friend request.

Looking forward to chatting with you - and all the best for the move back to Australia!


message 43: by Steph

Steph Sinclair That's fine. That timeline actually works out perfect for me. I still have to knock out some of my Winter reading challenge books. Just let me know! :)

message 42: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Hey Lissa,

Do you still want to do the Hunger Games read along? :)

KJ Shadows hey!! droppin by to let you know i started reading ur book ;) been on hiatus and wondering how your doing :D

message 40: by Katherine (last edited Dec 13, 2011 04:34AM)

Katherine I just had a minor freak out when I saw your comment/reply about the Mistborn book waiting for you in Aus! It's still there though - freak out over! *wipes forehead in relief*

Also, I listened to the audio books for the trilogy, and I liked it, though I'm not a fantasy reader. Julian is though, and he really liked it.

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