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My Florida Trip

Posted by Lmarbly on April 23, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

My Florida trip

April 2016


Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since I did a post. I thought I would share my Florida trip experience. I hadn’t been to Florida in almost 20 years, so it was like a brand new adventure. Only this time I went with my husband who’s never been.

Our first day 4/18/16, we did a helicopter ride-a first for both of us. Think of a scary 300 foot-drop roller coaster ride. A helicopter ride is even scarier. It was  fun, in a death grip kind of way and I was glad to be back safe and sound on the ground. Did it, enjoyed it best I could and I can safely say I will never do it again-unless I’m in a zombie apocalypse and that is the only way to get away.

Later that evening we went to Vineland Premium Outlet mall. It was nice. We mostly walked around, made a few purchases. I am a lover of cheese cake, so I made a screeching stop when we happened upon (a cake place-sorry don’t remember the name) I ordered Oreo cheesecake and my husband got a Trix cheesecake. It was good…I’ve had better.

The next day- 4/19/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure- you’re never too old to enjoy some good rides and I will share my favorites. We made a full day of the theme parks-we went during an off season time, but even still it was crowded. The good thing about going during this time-the wait to get on rides wasn’t that bad. 45 minutes tops, if that.


Universal Studios

Transformers 3-D ride


The Simpsons

Despicable Me-Minion Mayhem

Terminator 3-D experience- I first got on this ride 17 years ago. I’ve always been a T2 fan, but with the newer rides this didn’t seem as thrilling as it did so many years ago. But the live action sequences were nice.

ET-again, first got on this ride 17 years ago, great for that time, boring compared to today’s faster rides.

Shrek 3-D was fun

Island of Adventure

Wizarding world of Harry Potter (I’ve never been much of a HP fan, could be a generational thing. I might take the time to watch it in its entirety one day, just based on this ride. Word of warning if you’ve never seen the movie and don’t like spiders, this ride could give you a conniption (all in good screaming fun of course)

Spider Man- I’m a huge fan of Spider Man (ironic) but enjoyed this ride immensely.

Before we left-we did the City Walk. Mostly filled with restaurants, very nice atmosphere-think Times Square condensed. We went with Bubba Gump Shrimp. We got Forrest’s Seafood feast and… ‘of course we have scampi. The food was very good. I would definitely eat there again.

Day 3 4/20/16

Day trip to Miami-Home of the Golden Girls and Miami Vice- Yeah, I’m old. It was about a 3 ½ hour car ride from Orlando. Our main reason for going was to visit Miami Beach. It was a nice visit and of all the days to rain, it rained while we were at the beach. Nothing serious, just sprinkles and it didn’t ruin our time there. After a couple of hours of walking the beach and playing in the water we were hungry.

The Carlyle

I ordered coconut shrimp and a virgin Mojito- my husband ordered the paella and a virgin pina colada. Even with half off of the food, our bill was still pretty pricey. But the food was very good and it was an enjoyable experience-sitting across from the ocean and people watching.

Day 4 4/21/16

I hate to break the happy, fun continuity with this post to say that this is the day Prince died. He deserves a post all to himself-but sadly this happened while I was on vacation-A friend of mine texted me to see if I had heard. I didn’t. I responded saying I hoped it was just a sick, tactless joke, but it was not. Another gone-to-soon phenomenal artist, he has been a part of my consciousness since I was at least 12 years old, so you’re looking at a very long time. His mark on the music world will be missed, never to be repeated again in my lifetime.

Gator World- this was our last hoorah before heading home the following day. My husband suggested GW and I thought it was just going to be some rinky dink, waste our time day. It turned out to be better than I imagined. There were hundreds of alligators of varying sizes-even some white alligators. Up close and personal. We bought the package deal, so that we could feed the alligators (turkey hot dogs-but the thieving birds got most of the food) the flamingos were beautiful; I don’t think I ever saw any before. Very pretty-bright pink, gorgeous. Then there was a peacock-and he showed off for the cameras. He was in full plume and primped in front of us making sure we saw it all. I swear that bird knew what he was doing.

While we were there, we took a photo with a baby gator and a snake. I had the snake around my neck, true story. All in all, GW is a nice little visit; I don’t think you will be disappointed if you like nature and animals.

Thanks for reading. If you’ve never been to Florida, hope you get the chance. If you’ve been, you already know it’s a great visit.

#Florida #Prince #Orlando #Miami Beach


Self publishing

Posted by Lmarbly on May 22, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Since self-publishing my first novella; I’ve had about 12 people tell me I have encouraged them to want to get their own books out here. At least 2 of them want to do their life story. Now this is still new to me and I would tell anyone who is interested in self-publishing to research online because there is a wealth of information, but it is still learn as you go at least for someone like me starting out.

I went through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) through .


• Free to use

• Easy to follow steps

• They will even let you preview before you publish

• If you use their cover designer it is free, and who doesn’t like free? But their options are rather bland.


So I opted to have my cover created by a graphics company which can be costly depending on who you go with. If you have a friend who does amazing Photoshop or can do it yourself that is a definite bonus-cost wise.


For the Paperback


This option is mostly free as well; though to get physical proofs is about $2.15 each per copy, at least for my books. It might depend on the thickness of the book. To proof your book online is free. To do a physical copy of your book is pretty easy too. My problem came with uploading the image for my cover just right, but doesn’t mean it has to be your issue. I ended up having the graphic company do it for me.


Another bit of advice I see a lot is: Start promoting and marketing your book in advance. Build your readership up before publishing. I didn’t do this, so I can’t say it if works or not, but I’m sure it’s helpful. I do plan to promote my 2nd book at least 2 months in advance, definitely on (I’m presently waiting on my cover, otherwise I would be promoting now)


Other self-publishing sites


Nook (Barnes and Noble)


Googleplay books and many more…


Get your e books on as many outlets as possible. When I first e published I went with KDP select where I locked myself in with Amazon exclusively for 90 days (this is optional) Some people swear by this, I think it was helpful in the early days of my book, but then I felt trapped and had to wait out my 90 days-meaning I couldn’t go to any other publishing outlets until my time was over. So with this you have to weigh the pros and cons of it.


If you don’t already have one, create a blog and create a fan base. I’ve had blogs over the years. One dedicated to


Michael I had a small following.

I have a dedicated FB page for Destinee Romance Novella, though some people suggest I should turn it into an author page instead; maybe in the future.

My blog site is

I try to post things daily to keep it current.

Thanks for reading.

Any questions

Email me at

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Lisa Marbly-Warir

Author of Destinee Romance Novella

And Two become one: a Destinee Romance Novella sequel


Interview with Lisa Warir

Posted by Lmarbly on May 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Interview with Lisa Warir



What's the story behind your latest book?


It is a follow up to my first published work. When I first wrote Destinee Romance Novella some 15 years ago, that was going to be it, but when readers read it, they wanted more. One of my coworkers who was the first to buy my ebook, suggested I do a sequel and I have gotten requests time and again for an update, so that is what I am doing.



What motivated you to become an indie author?


I've been writing for at least 15+ years. Originally my plan was to go the traditional publishing route, but as time passed and I saw how easy it was to just self publish I opted for that.



What is the greatest joy of writing for you?


I love the escapism of writing. You get to live vicariously through your characters.



Who are your favorite authors?


I don't read like I used to but my go to authors were


VC Andrews

Anne Rice

Barbara Cartland


and any other author whose book stirred my soul



When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?


I spend time with my husband. Be it watching a good TV show or movie. We spend a lot of time outside too during the summer months.



Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?


Not really, actually. I'm sure it was fan fiction of whatever actor interested me at the time.



What is your writing process?


I usually try to have some paper by my bed so if I wake up in the middle of the night I can jot whatever I'm thinking down. I usually need complete silence, or I can write if music is playing. I can't write/think effectively if the TV is going.



Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?


I can't remember the very first story, but Jane Eyre is my all time favorite novel. I read that when I was about 15. The first book I remember being read to me was probably Charlotte's web when I was in the 2nd grade. My brothers and I also had children's bibles as kids.



How do you approach cover design?


I have found designing a cover to be a thorn in my side. I don't like the fact that I have to rely on someone else to bring my vision to life, it's costly and time consuming. When I think of my covers, it's whatever I want my readers to feel when they see it-I want them to relate to the people of the cover. As I write, the idea for a cover is usually already in my mind.



What are your five favorite books, and why?


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte she was an orphan and treated badly by her own relatives. I felt bad for her, but she was strong because of her trials.


Flowers in the attic-by VC Andrews

Petals on the wind-by VC Andrews


I read those two books as a young teen, and I don't know, loved them.


The other books I mention aren't my favorites per se, but they were very good reads.


Wuthering Heights

Interview with a Vampire



What do you read for pleasure?


I don't read like I used to. But I used to love a good spicy romance novel. I also like to read biographies of people I find interesting.

Published 2015-05-13.

Question and answers to me from Goodreads

Posted by Lmarbly on April 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Lisa Warir It can get frustrating, but I know the block will pass.
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Lisa Warir Being able to escape for a few hours as you work on your writings. Getting to live vicariously through your characters.
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Lisa Warir Jot down everything, even if you think it doesn't make sense. Have the courage to put yourself out there. Start small if you have to. I tested the waters writing fan fiction and got a small following for my Michael Jackson fan fic.
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Lisa Warir Currently working on the follow up to Destinee Romance novella. When I first wrote this story years ago, I was going to end it there, but once I published it and people started to read it, I started to get requests for a follow up, so here we are. Hopefully this summer it will be completed.

#Destineeshyblkgrl #black romance #destineeromancenovella

Link to my Michael Jackson website

Posted by Lmarbly on April 7, 2015 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Has my favorite pictures as well as fan fiction written by me.

Update about me

Posted by Lmarbly on March 14, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello, i'm back. I started this site almost 4 years ago, and put it on the back burner as other interests took my time. Well I recently epublished my first novella, and I have a sequel to that novella in the works and hope to have it out later this year.

About myself

Posted by Lmarbly on June 22, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My name is Lisa. I am a 41 year old married black woman. I have no children. This site is actually a long time coming. I've wanted to write a book, since I was a teenager about missing a father in my life. This is not what my site will be about per se, but it will touch on the fatherlessness in black homes throughout the site. I decided to start this site because, visiting other websites and forums across the internet I am seeing something that is alarming amongst young black women. The lack of interest in getting married. The cavaliar attitude at having children with men who don't care about them. I'd love to see a complete overhaul within our communities, for the betterment of, not only the children, but for women themselves. There are benefits to being married. Why as a childless woman you might ask, is taking an interest in this? Well, as I mentioned previously, I grew up without a father, so I know first hand how it feels to be without one, I also know how my self esteem suffered because I lacked a loving father in the home. I want someone to read this and know that they are not alone, that they can overcome life's hardships etc.

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About the Author

Lisa Marbly-Warir is an avid reader and has been writing for years. She started out writing fan fiction of celebrities and TV/movie characters. Michael Jackson was her favorite to write about and it garnered her a small following. She published her first book Destinee romance novella (completed 2001) January 2015. Painting and drawing is also a favorite pastime though she doesn’t do it as often as she used to. Next to reading, writing and drawing, Lisa also loves to travel. She has been to Europe, the Caribbean and North Africa as well as travels throughout the United States. You will see she incorporates some of her travel journeys into her stories. One of her quotes “Writing is an escape, and I love living through my characters and bringing them to life”


Cat person-(she loves dogs too)

Red (favorite color)

Rose (favorite flower)

Jane Eyre (favorite novel)



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