Friday, August 14, 2020

Famine Release Date

 Hey guys!

I hope you've all had a great summer! I know many of you have been checking in here to see news on Famine. For those of you who aren't aware, Famine is up for pre-order on Amazon. For those of you who are aware, you'll know the release date is set for September 1.

I have some bad news, and I guess there’s no real way to sugarcoat this, so here goes: I have to push Famine’s release date to October 1.

Whhhhhhyyyy?

Simply put: the edits won’t be finished by August 28 (the date I need to submit the book to Amazon).

But why a whole month?

Because I am clearly an AWFUL judge of how much time I need.

Truly you all, I am SO, so sorry. Back in June I would’ve told you that this book would already be published by now. I think I underestimated just how long it takes me these days to write a book (plus limited childcare plus writing longer books in general). I’ve been pretty quiet on here because I’ve been trying my hardest to get all the edits finished by my deadline, but unfortunately, there’s just no way.

I’ll probably finish this intense round of edits by the end of the month, but then I still need to do a read through, have some more eyes do a read through, and then it’ll be ready for publishing. But for those of you who might be worried that the book will never come out (cue nervous laughter), the book is done, and I’m working all day everyday on this, just as I have been, so it’s just a matter of how quickly I can move through these edits.

I hope you can all forgive me. I know times are hard and we need fictional escapes now more than ever. One great thing is that on September 1, a slew of other AMAZING books are releasing. I know you’ve heard me rave about Jennifer Armentrout’s From Blood and Ash—I’m seriously obsessed with this series. The sequel, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire comes out on September 1, and I’m reading it at the moment, and OMG, it’s EVEN BETTER than the first book. Another highly anticipated sequel is Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin. The first book, Serpent and Dove, was such an engrossing read (and it’s enemies to lovers). Finally, C.N. Crawford has the second book in her Night Elves series coming out, Ruined King!!! I haven’t started this series yet, but I’ve heard so many good things! I’ve linked all my recommendations below! Please feel free to add any recommendations you have in the comments as well; I know we’re all always on the hunt for more good novels!

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BZ61HDF

Blood and Honey: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082936Z5V/

Ruined King: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0896W2GHN

I’m so sorry again. I know there are a lot of people who are going to be disappointed by this news, and all I want to say is thank you—for reading my books and for bearing with me. It’s a privilege that I get to have fans at all, and I’m always, always, always grateful for your support and enthusiasm.

Oh, and I thought I’d throw in a teaser as a peace offering! Happy Friday!



Famine Teaser

“What does that have to do with anything?” Famine growls, glancing at me. After a moment, his eyebrows rise. “Is that why you kissed me? To test a damn theory of yours?” Even as he asks, his gaze strays back to my lips.

I can practically feel the heat of his anger. I think the only thing that might piss the horseman off more than getting kissed right now is getting kissed for the wrong reasons.

The corner of my mouth lifts. I definitely shouldn’t enjoy toying with him—people tend to die when this happens—but I can’t help it; he’s fun to tease. He takes it so poorly.

My eyes drop to his lips. “That … and I was curious.”

I’m still curious. He felt like sin against my lips. And damn me, but now all I want is to do it again—if only to see another tree blow up.

Famine stalks back to his horse.

“What?” I call after him. “Did I say something wrong? Don’t be mad—you’re much less pretty when you’re mad.”

In response, he growls.

I grin. So much fun to tease.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Famine (The Four Horsemen #3) Cover Reveal

Ahhhhh!!! So freaking excited to share Famine's cover with you all! I'm O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with it. 😍😍😍😍 A huge thank you goes to Regina Wamba of Mae I Design for the gorgeous cover and to @allenbokendall for modeling for it!

A lot of you have asked about when Famine was releasing. I'd been aiming for March, and that obviously didn't happen. I'm still in the middle of writing the book, and then there are edits, so it will probably be another couple of months--but it could be longer. At the moment I have both a toddler and an infant at home, so I'm back down to halftime work. That being said, I am LOVING writing this story and the characters. I can't WAIT to share more with you all. I'm sure I'll post another teaser in the next few weeks, but for now, here's the description:

Famine (The Four Horsemen #3)
Coming Spring/Summer 2020

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.

Ana da Silva always assumed she’d die young, she just never expected it to be at the hands of Famine, the haunting immortal who once spared her life so many years ago. But if the horseman remembers her at all, he must not care, for when she comes face to face with him for the second time in her life, she’s stabbed and left for dead.

Only, she doesn’t quite die.

If there’s one thing Famine is good at, it’s cruelty. And how these blighted bastards deserve it. Try as he might, he can’t forget what they once did to him. But when Ana, a ghost from his past, corners him and promises pain for what he so recently did to her, she and her empty threats captivate him, and he decides to keep her around.

In spite of themselves, Ana and Famine are drawn to each other. But at the end of the day, the two are enemies. Nothing changes that. Not one kind act, not two. And definitely not a few steamy nights. But enemies or reluctant lovers, if they don’t stop themselves soon, heaven will.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Pestilence has Been Nominated for Film ... Now I Need Your Help!

Hey readers! 

So I know that what you all really want are Famine (The Four Horsemen #3) updates--and those are coming--but I wanted to pop on to mention that Pestilence has been nominated for film in a flash voting contest on TaleFlick. What is TaleFlick? Basically, it's a site that allows Hollywood agents to discover books that readers think should be turned into movies, and the more votes that book generates on the site, the more likely they are to take notice.


So, I never do this--I hate asking you readers for anything--but I'm going to ask you all now: if you enjoyed reading Pestilence and think it would make a good movie or show, please consider following the link here and voting. V
oting closes in two days, so this is like speed-dating, only for books! 

Also, can we talk about the fact that Pestilence has been a huge D-bag lately with this Coronavirus? Go home, Plague-Boy, you're drunk. But seriously, I hope you and all those you love are safe and healthy! (And more news on the series is coming soooooon!!!)

Laura

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Famine Teaser #2

Famine Teaser 

Hey guys! So, I'm crossing my fingers that this teaser pops up without any issues because when I originally tried to post it, I had all the issues. (I can't decide if technology has backslid in the last few years, or if I'm simply getting old ... I'm sure it's the technology ;)

I thought I'd share another Famine teaser with you all! This is unedited and subject to change between now and the book's release. Apologies for any errors you spot! Enjoy!

Five years ago 

The chilly air pricks at my bare skin. I don’t dare take my shirt back from the horseman, even though I’m cold to the bone. I begin to shiver, my teeth clicking together.

“You’re cold.” His husky voice seems as though it’s pulled from the darkness itself.

“I’m okay.”

“Lay next to me.”

I stare at where I think his eyes are. His words coil low in my belly. I can tell he doesn’t mean to make the offer sexual, but between that rough voice and the fact that our torsos are both bare, my mind can’t help going there. I’ve never laid next to a man who I wasn’t related to.

“You’re hurt,” I say. “I don’t want to jostle—”

“If you were worried about jostling my injuries, you wouldn’t have dragged me damn close to the point of death.”

Er, fair point.

“I wasn’t trying to hurt you,” I say. “I was trying to help you.”

He grunts, though I have no clue whether he believes me or not.

“I … couldn’t leave you,” I admit, picking at a fingernail. The room is quiet for a long moment. Then—

“Lay down next to me.”

I stare at him again, running my teeth over my lower lip.

“I don’t trust you,” I confess.

“That makes two of us.”

I make a disbelieving noise. “I saved you.”

“If this is your idea of saving a man—” His voice cuts off and he takes a ragged breath, “then I don’t want to know what your idea of punishment is.”

“I can’t believe—” My teeth chatter, “I actually felt bad for you. You’re an ass.”

“Fine,” he says, “stay cold.”

I glare at his form in the darkness. It’s clear he’s done talking.

I last maybe another fifteen minutes before I curse under my breath, then scooch over to his side. I bump into something wet and gooey.

The horseman hisses in a breath.

Shit— “Sorry!” I apologize.

He grunts again.

Gingerly I lay myself down next to him, bumping his arm twice more on accident. Each time he makes a low, pained sound.

Bet he’s regretting his offer now.

My bare skin presses against the side of his torso. The only place to put my head is on his shoulder. This is how lovers sleep, nestled in each other’s arms.

“Don’t get any ideas,” I warn him, as though he’s the one with the dirty thoughts.

“Because your flesh is so tempting right now,” he quips.

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Add Famine (The Four Horsemen #3) to your TBR list here

P.S. This book is coming spring 2020!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Famine Description and Teaser

The description for Famine (The Four Horsemen #3) is here! In addition to that, I decided to throw in a little teaser! To be honest, I debated whether or not to share this teaser with you all since I'm still at the stage of the novel where it's all a hot mess, and a lot will probably change. Still, I figured I'd give you a tiny snippet to hold you over until the new year. Enjoy!

Famine Description
Ana de Silva always assumed she’d die young, she just never expected it to be at the hands of Famine, the haunting immortal who once spared her life so many years ago. But if the horseman remembers her at all, he must not care, for when she comes face to face with him for the second time in her life, she’s stabbed and left for dead.
Only, she doesn’t quite die.
If there’s one thing Famine is good at, it’s cruelty. And how these blighted bastards deserve it. Try as he might, he can’t forget what they once did to him. But when Ana, a ghost from his past, corners him and promises pain for what he did to her, he’s captivated enough to spare her life.
That should be the end of things.
It’s not.
In spite of themselves, Ana and Famine are drawn to each other. But at the end of the day, the two are enemies. Nothing changes that. Not one kind act, not two. And definitely not a few steamy nights. But whatever they are, if they don’t stop themselves soon, heaven will.

Famine Teaser

“Put me down,” I say, a tremor in my voice.
“So you can stab me again?” He huffs out a laugh. “I don’t think so.”
He crosses the room with me in his arms. I can hear the sound his boots make as they step through puddles of blood.
The only people who are left besides me are his men. They stare stoically at the carnage, but inside they must be freaking out. I know I’m freaking out, and I’ve already seen several examples of this horseman’s work.
“Why are you the way you are?” I whisper.
Mean. Evil.
A muscle in his jaw jumps. He glances down at me. “Why are you the way you are?” he retorts. “You fucking stabbed me in my hand.”
“So you killed an entire room for it?”
“I was going to kill them anyway.”

***


P.S. I'm hoping for a spring release!

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Audiobook for War is Now Out (Oh, and Some Other News too!)

Hey there readers! So excited to give you all the updates! Since this is a long and rambling post (I figured it's nice to have one of those every once in awhile!), here's the Spark Notes version:




The Long Post Begins ...

Now that you've all officially been warned, let's do this long-ass update!

Happy October! It's officially my favorite month because so many of my favorite people have birthdays this month, including my son, whom I just gave birth to at the beginning of the month! October also kicks off the holiday season, and then there's Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year (which is probably no surprise coming from an author who writes paranormal books!).

And with this time of year, I have all the updates. First, there's the audiobook for War (The Four Horsemen #2)!


The Audiobook for War (The Four Horsemen #2) is Now Out

I'm so incredibly excited to share with you all that you can now click below to download the audiobook for War from the following retailers:

War on Amazon
War on Audible
War on Apple Books

The incredibly talented Susannah Jones, who narrated Pestilence and The Bargainer series, also narrates War, and as usual, she just brings the story and characters to life! I can't wait for you all to hear it!


Famine and Other Current Book Projects

For those of you who watch my writing progress bars (on the right side of my website), you'll see that I'm working on several projects at the moment, and--gasp--Famine is not the one in the lead! What fresh hell is this?! Hehe, the truth is, the months between the July release of War and my October due date was a weird time for me--too short to write a book, but too long to not write either. So I ended up using that time to write whatever I was inspired by at the moment.

Now that I've had my baby, I'll be focusing my attention on Famine. That being said, I'm one of those aggravating authors that let's the Muse lead the way. I write fairly slow, so if one idea is pouring out of me and another isn't, I'll go with the one that most demands my attention. It's this writing tactic that's responsible for Pestilence's existence in the first place, since that definitely wasn't the book I was supposed to write at the time!

As for the two secret projects I'm working on. I'm still not ready to reveal much about them, but let me just say I'm so freaking excited for them!


ApollyCon Virtual Signing

For those of you looking to own signed copies of my novels, I'm so excited to announce that you can buy signed copies of all my print books here on the ApollyCon Virtual Signing Bookstore.

What is this, exactly? The ApollyCon Virtual Signing Bookstore is a bookstore hosted by ApollyCon, a book conference I will be signing at in March 2020 in Washington, D.C. If you can't make it but would like signed copies of any of my novels, you can head over to to this online bookstore and order the books of mine you want signed. Then, when I attend the conference in March of next year, I sign the books and they'll be shipped off to you.

***Be aware that if you order through this bookstore, you won't receive your books until March of next year.***


Folk of the Air Read Along

Last but not least, I'm so excited to announce that I'll be participating in a read along of Holly Black's Folk of the Air series (Cruel Prince, Wicked King, and Queen of Nothing) alongside several other awesome authors and artists. There will be author takeovers and giveaways (some of which are already happening now!). We have an event page on Facebook, and you can click here to join!


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Phew! That's it as far as updates go! I can't wait to share more of my progress on my latest books. Until then--

Hugs and happy reading!
Laura








Thursday, July 11, 2019

War (The Four Horsemen #2) is Out Now!

War (The Four Horsemen #2) is now out!!! You can find it here.

Oh my gosh, I can hardly believe it’s out myself! There were weeks where I wasn’t sure this book would EVER finish. But I’m SO excited to share it with you all! There’s a lot I want to say about War and Miriam, but I’ll keep this short because if you are, in fact, planning on snagging a copy of War, then you have a lot of reading ahead of you already! I’ll probably do a Facebook Live post in another week or two—once people have read the book—to chat with you all about War. Until then, I hope you enjoy the book! Oh, and here are a few updates on the other versions of the book:

Paperback and Audiobooks
I’m still in the process of getting the paperback book formatted. Only once I know the book’s official page count will my cover designer be able to make the wraparound cover for War. (The width of the book spine depends on the number of pages in the book.) I have no clue how long it will take—my husband formats my books, and he was going to do it earlier this week, but our daughter caught a nasty stomach bug, and the two of us have had to take time off of work to take care of her, so it’s delayed this a bit. Once we’re back in the office full-time, he’ll get it formatted, and then it’s just a matter of finishing the cover. That all being said, the paperback version will probably be out a few weeks from now. I will let you all know once it’s available to purchase.

As for the audiobook, this one will take a bit longer. My lovely narrator, Susannah Jones, won’t be able to start working on the book until August, and honestly, once that begins, it takes about two to three months for the book to be recorded, edited, proofed, and then approved for sale. So I imagine it’ll be out in the fall. Sorry in advance for the delays! Again, I will let you all know once it’s ready!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your readership. It truly means the world to me that you have all taken a chance on my books. Here’s to hoping War is everything you hoped it would be!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura