Sunday, September 2, 2018

Updates on Dark Harmony and Pestilence

Hey all!

I figured it was about time I do another blog post. I know for many of you, you're checking this site weekly for any updates on Dark Harmony and dear God above, why is this post titled "updates" instead of "out now" and why oh why is Laura Thalassa such a godforsaken heathen who's left us all hanging?

Uh, so yeah, one, I'm totally a heathen, and two, for those of you who have been dying a slow and agonizing death since last winter waiting for this book, you only have to wait an itsy bitsy bit longer. The book is almost complete. My fingers are crossed that I finish writing it this coming week. What happens after that? I have to slog through edits, which will hopefully only take a couple weeks. Then I send it out to beta readers, then I send out ARCs (advance review copies), then the book gets published. I'm thinking that I'll briefly have the book on pre-order while it's out with beta readers. The print book will take a little longer to get published; my designer has to know the page count before she can complete the wraparound cover. And the audiobook will probably take another two to three months to produce. So that's the rough timeline there.

So, why has the book taken so long? Honestly, I have no fucking clue. Partly, it's my life--there have been so many days and weeks lost to one health crisis after another (between me, my husband, and our little girl), and then there are things like vacations that are planned back when this little author naively assumed this book would already be published. Anyway, life got in the way.

There's also the trouble that comes with having a book that so many people want to read--the paralyzing fear that what you're writing isn't going to live up to the hype. That, combined with the perfectionism that comes with having to always one-up yourself as a writer ... and yeah, the writing has been slow-going.

That all being said, I'm really, truly sorry for the long, long wait. I meant to get this out last December, and that didn't happen, and I meant to get this book out this summer ... and that didn't happen. But I am almost done with the book, so hopefully the wait is almost over. Thank you all for being saints and patiently waiting for me to finish Dark Harmony! I can't wait to share with you all how this trilogy is going to end.

Oh, and I mentioned there was a Pestilence update--the new cover is looking freaking gorgeous! I think it's close to being done, and once it is complete, I'll make sure to post it here, and to share more fun updates on the series!

Hugs!
Laura


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Some Super Not Fun News

Gah, I don’t know how to start this post. I love being real with you all, but I try not to get too real, if you know what I mean. There is a sh*tty side of this industry I’m in, and I try not to air too much of my dirty laundry. We all have enough of that in the real world, and that’s kinda the whole reason we read anyway. Books are waaaay cheaper an escape than a vacation.

Unfortunately, now is one of those rare times where I have to get real-REAL with you.

Alright. *deep breath*

Let’s talk about plagiarism.

Most of you are probably used to that term being thrown around in a classroom setting—write an essay, do some research, and oh, if you nab a line from someone else’s work and don’t properly cite it, you’re officially plagiarizing it.

Well, you can plagiarize things besides essays. Things like covers.

This morning I woke up to a barrage of messages pointing me to a Facebook post (several, actually), messages alerting me that whoever designed Pestilence’s cover used copyrighted photos (PSA: that’s a no-no) and there’s proof and I don’t know but it looks like your cover has been plagiarized and the sky is falling. (That last one’s not true, but I like being dramatic. Today is a super dramatic day for me.)

Okay, the thing is, when I commissioned Pestilence’s cover, I was under the impression that everything was hand drawn (painted?). I had no idea my designer was using photos—copyrighted or otherwise—for anything but inspiration. To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that she was doing that (using photos for inspiration). Cover design to me was some magical process that seemed wickedly hard (‘cause it totally is), and I was happy to leave the designing to the designers and that was the end of that.

Obviously that was naïve of me.

Anyway, point is, I commissioned the cover for Pestilence assuming this was a completely original work. Seems, in light of what’s come out, that’s not the case.

What does this mean? Well, I’m in the process of sorting that out at the moment. I’m consulting a lawyer and figuring out what the best option is for me at this time. An enormous thanks goes to Kathryn Goldman from Charm City Legal who is helping me navigate these murky waters.

Unfortunately, this most likely means I’m getting a new cover. There are so many of you who fell in love with Pestilence’s cover before you ever read the book, and I can only imagine how disappointing this news is to hear. I promise I will try to do right by you all.

I am so truly, deeply sorry—to so many people. From the bottom of my heart, I apologize to the artists who created the beautiful designs that were copied to make my cover. Plagiarism hurts so badly, and I know how little compensation artists already get for their work. I’m sorry for the role I played in that. To the honest designers out there that have to deal with this, I’m sure this makes you all sick to your stomachs. And again, readers, you guys make this dream of mine real. Hate disappointing you all.

I promise for better news tomorrow. Until then, happy reading. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dark Harmony Cover Reveal and Blurb

Hi readers!

So I've been getting oodles and oodles of messages, some excited, some panicked, some panic-excited about when Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3) is set to release. I'm sure if you've been stalking this site or my social media you'll have noticed that there's no date.

No date? Ahhhhhhhhh! You vile wench! You're never ever ever going to finish this series are you?

To be serious for a moment, I'm getting the impression a lot of you are concerned for this book, which is fair because it's already been postponed six months--how much more waiting must I make you all endure?

Good news is that I'm working on it eight hours a day, five days a week, e'ery week. It's just that the more I write this book, the longer it becomes. (I don't think Callie and Des want me to end their story!) So I'd say I'm about two-thirds of the way through it, but I could be under-balling that estimate because re: long book. I'm still not giving Dark Harmony a release date (since I'm infamous for blowing past them), but I thought that maybe I could lighten that blow by sharing the cover and description! Weeee! And a teaser? Did I hear ... teaser?

For realsies, guys--gals--creatures of the deep, I don't want anyone to get scared that I'm going to shelve this one again or that it's all finished but I've cruelly decided to withhold it because muahahahaha, Imma evil author that delights in torturing you all! Dark Harmony is slowly but surely getting written and polished, and I will put it on sale/pre-order the instant I think it's ready!

Onwards to the extra good stuff!



There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.

For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it. 

But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place. 

Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.


Dark Harmony Teaser

Teaser time! Please forgive any errors, this hasn't been edited so the final copy is bound to change! Hope you enjoy it anyway!

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The seer reaches a hand out, presumably to shake Des’s. The Bargainer looks down at it with mild distaste.

Instead of taking his hand, a black business card manifests between Des’s fingers. “You know how this works. We’re not fucking chums. Give my card to a friend in a tight place, or don’t, but don’t forget where we stand. You still have a favor left.”

I guess that’s as close as the Bargainer ever gets to his nicer clients.

Collin takes the card from Des, and that should be the end of things. It’s not.

Maybe Collin is cocksure, or curious, or maybe he just wants to make a point, but at the last minute he grasps Des’s retreating hand, forcing the Bargainer into a handshake. The moment Collin’s skin comes in contact with my mate’s, the seer sucks in a breath, his eyes unfocusing.

Des’s form flickers; one second Collin has him by the hand, and in the next Des is grabbing him by the throat. He slams the seer back against the desk. “I’m sorry, but I don’t remember asking you to fucking read my future,” the Bargainer says calmly. There’s nothing to give away his simmering anger—no shadows, no outline of wings—nothing.

Collin pries at Des’s fingers uselessly, but the more their skin comes into contact, the worse off the seer appears to be. His eyes roll back, his breath coming in choked gasps. His body spasms once, twice.

I step forward. “Des, what are you doing?” I ask, alarmed.

He frowns down at the seer. “Nothing.” As if to prove his point, the Bargainer releases the man.
Collin crumples to the ground, his body weak and shaking. He moans, his eyelids fluttering. He coughs. “Bargainer—”

The Night King stares impassively at him. “You pull that stunt again, you’ll lose those fingers.” Des glances over at me. “Ready to go, cherub?”

Uh … “Yep.”

Des places a hand on my back and leads me towards the door.

“Wait,” Collin coughs.

The Bargainer doesn’t slow.

“There’s something you should know,” the seer says. “The darkness … the darkness will betray you.”


Friday, March 30, 2018

Pestilence Playlist

I seriously almost forgot to post this. Bad author, bad, bad author. One of the things that I most enjoy sharing with you all (besides my books) is the music that inspires the books. So, for those of you who like a soundtrack to your novels, here's Pestilence's:


Pestilence Playlist




Oh, and in other news, Pestilence's audiobook is in the works (it'll be out in May), and the print version of Pestilence is already up on Amazon and other retailers. And, lastly, for my Bargainer fans, I'm back to writing Des and Callie! Whoop whoop!

Happy reading,
Laura

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) is Now Out!

It's ALIIIIIVE! I'm so freaking pumped to announce that Pestilence, the first book in my Four Horsemen series, is now out! You can find it here!

This is a new adult post-apocalyptic romance that stars one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse (eep!) and the girl that was (un)fortunate enough to meet him!

I'll be sharing the playlist with you all super soon, and I'll be doing a Facebook Live video in another week or so to answer all things Pestilence related (and some things not Pestilence related). If you want to see it, make sure to check in on my Facebook page (which you can find right here).

Some quick extras: Yes, there will be print books of Pestilence. They should be ready to go by the end of this week if not sooner! Yes, there will also be an audiobook of Pestilence. It will take a couple of months to produce, so expect it to release mid May! Lastly, yes, I'm resuming work on Dark Harmony (for those of you interested in hearing updates on my Bargainer series), and this final book in The Bargainer series should be out this summer!

For those of you who want to read the description of Pestilence, you can check it out below!

Happy reading,
Laura

The Four Horsemen #1


They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. 

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) is Available for Pre-order

Hey readers!

The first book in my new adult, post-apocalyptic romance, Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) is now available for pre-order. You can pre-order it here. To say I'm excited for this book is a vast understatement. To be honest, after I finished The Fallen World series (another post-apocalyptic series of mine), I was sad to close the door on the post-apocalyptic genre. But I was sure that I wouldn't be returning to the genre for quite some time. So imagine my surprise when, just two years later, another post-apocalyptic series idea wouldn't leave me alone.

Pestilence is the first book in a four book series. That being said, it is a self-contained story, meaning that while the overarching story line of the Four Horsemen will continue on in the subsequent three books, this is the only story featuring Pestilence and Sara Burns. I can't wait to share the novel with you, but until then, scroll down for the cover, description!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

P.S. If you'd like to receive an email on the day Pestilence releases, you can sign up for my newsletter here.





They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. 

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) Cover Reveal and Description

Hi readers,

I'm so excited to finally share with you all the cover and description for Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1)! For those of you who haven't heard the story, this book idea, like many of mine, has been sitting on my computer for years. This past fall, while I was in the midst of writing Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3), I was seized by the need to write Pestilence. Normally, I'm pretty good at ignoring Shiny New Idea Syndrome, but long story short, I didn't, and hence, Pestilence was born!

So, some things about the book. One, it's the first book in a four book series that focuses on the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Two, it's new adult post-apocalyptic/fantasy, which means you'll get a little magic, a little skin, and a world a little bit different from our own. Three, it's an enemies-to-lovers book. I sorta have a weakness for these. In fact, all four of the books will most likely be enemies-to-lovers. Four, it's coming this March. (Maybe February if I'm quick with the edits, but it's looking pretty solidly like a March release.) Five, and lastly (unless I remember something else), each book in this series will be self-contained. That means that each book will feature a different set of characters, and while the general story arc will continue on, this book will have it's own ending.

Oh, and by the way, for those of you Dark Harmony fans who are bummed about having to wait until summer to get the last book in the series, I *might* add the first few chapters of Dark Harmony at the end of Pestilence. I'm still wavering on this, mostly because I'm still on the first draft of Dark Harmony, and a lot about the book could change, but I'm thinking about it--I want to give you all something to hold you over for the next few months.

Alright, onto the cover and book description! Without further ado, here they are:


They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. 

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

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Happy reading,
Laura