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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Ocean Isle and Sunset! Thanks to Pelican Book Store in Sunset for being SO very nice to me. I loved visiting there and meeting Jacqueline Degroot. Thanks to Kathleen at Pomegranate Book Store in Wilmington for allowing me to visit her very special place of business. I could have just sat myself there for many hours to enjoy the atmosphere.
No, I didn't do  lot of monetary business, but the experience of visiting these places and talking with people "in the know" is invaluable!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Press Release for Abby



Meeting it Head on with a Positive Attitude

Monongah, West Virginia - June 16,2011 - Many teenagers get thrown unprepared into adult situations and left to struggle with them on their own. In the young adult fiction novel Abby, author Lisa McCombs introduces us to Abigail Van Buren Masterson, a seventh grader who experiences many changes in her life when her mother is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. By journaling to her namesake (Dear Abby), Abigail details issues of living with the repercussions of her mother's disease while struggling to "fit in" as the new kid in her fifth school in seven years. This story is a reflection of the most pivotal time in life. Rather than succumbing to depression and anger as many young adults do, Abigail meets these challenges head on in an attempt to view the world with a positive perspective. McCombs hopes that this novel will inspire young women to take a positive approach to their adolescent years.
     Abby has been described as "refreshing", "informative, yet entertaining", and "easy and believable read" that speaks to our youth and reinforces the fact that being a teenager is not a disease and that they are not alone on their journey.

     About the Author: Lisa McCombs has taught reading and English in West Virginia for 29 years and is passionate about adolescent literature. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001 after the birth of her son, Lisa is an advocate of MS research. As a teacher, Lisa encourages her students to use a personal journal as therapy for dealing with the adventures of growing up.

For interviews Contact:
Lisa A. McCombs
Books are available at,, Barnes and Noble, and at Kerri's Korner in East Fairmont, WV.


Another Speaking Engagement!

Marion County Life Long Learners has invited me to talk to them on July 20 about my writing and publishing experience. I am excited since I used to teach with some of these ladies and they are GREAT!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Tour Schedule

June 26 Ocean Isle, NC
July 12 Shinnston Public Library
July 30 Main Line Books in Elkins
August 2 Marion County Public LIbrary
August 6 Kerri's Korner

Friday, June 10, 2011


My summer shaping up. Here is the current book tour for Abby. I am making more phone calls this morning and will begin my newest PR campaign this weekend.
June 27...Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach, NC
August 1...Marion County Public Library
August 6....Kerri's Korner in East Fairmont
I know it's sparse, but I'm just getting started!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thinking About Going Tech

I just discovered that Abby is availavle for Kobo download....I am so confused with all the new e-readers. Which one is the way to go? My student James is in the same delimma. They are all so attractive and new age, but am I ready to give up my paper pages? I love them so!
Going to a book signing at Borders today to support another home girl, Linda Stevenski. I'll check into my own day there as well. Seem to be getting the run around.