Guest Post: Cold Dead Night by Lisa Phillips

Cold Dead Night JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Cold Dead Night by Lisa Phillips, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Cold Dead Night

Title: Cold Dead Night
Series: Brand of Justice #1
Author: Lisa Phillips
Publisher: Two Dogs Publishing
Release Date: August 25, 2022
Genre: Christian Suspense

The FBI betrayed her. Now they need her.

Private Investigator Kenna Banbury lost everything two years ago at the hands of a serial killer. From the ashes of that encounter, she’s built a life she believes in, searching for the lost and forgotten all over the western US. Bringing her own brand of justice. When a series of murders drags her into an FBI investigation, Kenna finds herself back in the place where it all went wrong. Struggling to make sense of the case, Kenna’s past and present collide in a deadly plot that risks another betrayal and threatens to shatter everything she’s built. Kenna faces the ultimate test in this first book of a brand-new series from Lisa Phillips. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub


Lisa Phillips

USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author Lisa Phillips is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

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How you craft your stories? Walk us through your process; Story boards, Pinterest characters, detailed notes, outlines…etc.

I’m a huge believer in outlining. But before I know the plot, I have to know my characters. That’s where The Story Equation comes in.

Susan May Warren’s method for uncovering the characters’ dark moment story, their flaws, and all the parts of their history that need to be uncovered and overcome during the plot journey is a great resource. 

Coupled with the book Story Genius by Lisa Cron, I can set my story off right.

I figure out what my character believes about themselves, the world around them, and what they’ve been through so by the time they walk onto page one they’re a whole and complex person.

Developing the plot, I have a lot that’s intrinsic now. After writing 60 books story structure is pretty ingrained in me, so I can feel out the flow based on cause and effect – if we need this, then we have to go there and get it, but when we do this happens. If I get stuck, I fall back on the questions in KM Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel Workbook. 

I use white boards and poster paper to map out the 3 acts of my book. And I plug it all into Plottr writing software along with my character information.

  • If I get stuck, I’ll get a small group of writers together and brainstorm. Collaboration always gets me better, or deeper, ideas than I can have on my own.

And then I’m off to write the first draft!

With each chapter, I don’t start typing until I know the scene well enough to visualize it. Good notes are key to not sitting and staring at the screen, or that dreaded blinking cursor. I write a lot on Discord, with timed writing sprints, where I’m on a couple of servers packed with writers engaged in moving their careers forward who enjoy helping each other with ideas, advise, encouragement and commiseration.

Surround yourself with people who are moving in the same direction you are.


(1) winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of Cold Dead Night and merch including a custom pen and chapstick. (3) additional winners will receive an ebook copy of Cold Dead Night.

Cold Dead Night JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 5, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 12, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only except books available internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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