Friday, July 28, 2017

Cover Reveal and Description of The Emperor of Evening Stars (The Bargainer #2.5)

Hey readers!

I've been waiting forever to finally share news on the upcoming novella in my Bargainer series, The Emperor of Evening Stars (The Bargainer #2.5). For those of you who haven't heard, this is a novella entirely from Desmond Flynn's point of view. For those of you who don't know who Desmond Flynn is, he's the love interest in The Bargainer trilogy, my NA romantic fantasy series. If you're interested in checking it out, you can find the first book, Rhapsodichere.

The Emperor of Evening Stars spans Desmond's life, beginning with his childhood and leading up to the present day. I can't even tell you how excited I am to share those glimpses of Desmond's life that you haven't seen as well as several scenes you read from Callie's perspective. You might just enjoy how the fae king saw things ...

For those of you who hate novellas (*raises hand*), this one should end up being roughly 45,000 words, which is approximately 200 or so pages. Whoop whoop! So it won't be painfully short. I'm giving it a tentative release date of October 15, though that could always change, especially now that I'm a new parent (PSA: I had a baby at the beginning of summer, for those of you who didn't know.) :) It's essentially all written, but edits can take a while, and I'm also working on other projects at the moment (hello Dark Harmony).

I'll have the pre-order for The Emperor of Evening Stars up in another month or so. Until then, I hope you'll be satiated with the cover, description, and teaser I have. (Keep scrolling to see it all!)

For those of you interested in the paperback and/or audiobook of A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2), it's all coming out in August. I'll send out another email when both release! Dark Harmony is slated to come out this winter (December/January)! I know I'm missing several questions you have all asked; I'm going to do a Facebook Live video in another week or so, so you can ask them there! 



The Emperor of Evening Stars

In the beginning, there was darkness.
Before he met Callie, before he became the Bargainer, there was Desmond Flynn, the bastard son of a scribe. A boy born to a weak mother, cursed with little magic, and destined to marry a slave.
But fate had something else in mind.

Till darkness dies. 
From the barren caves of Arestys to the palace of Somnia to the streets of earth, this is how Desmond Flynn, a fairy who began with nothing, became the Emperor of Evening Stars.


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Teaser from The Emperor of Evening Stars
Here's a little teaser from the novella. The full scene was sent to my newsletter (which you can sign up for here):

I need her. On my throne and in my bed. Next to me always and forever. I need it more than air to breathe, and I’m going to have it.

The magic I’ve gathered throughout the evening now begins to release. It’s too ephemeral to be a spell, but it’s now in the air between us, luring her closer.

She glances at her bracelet. She must feel it.

This is what happens when darkness comes out to play.

“We could start tonight. I don’t think I can bear another year. And I don’t think you can either.”

Take. Claim. Keep.

She catches my hand as I stalk around her. “Des, what are you talking about?”

I hold our clasped hand up between us, my eyes moving from it to my siren’s face. A face born to make men die for. Dangerous, dangerous creature. I want her so badly I nearly shake from it.

Her deep, haunted eyes search mine. To take that wounded sheen away! I won’t rest until I’ve banished it from her features.

I smile at her. “How would you like to begin repayment tonight?”

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You can add The Emperor of Evening Stars to your Goodreads "To Read" list here. If you're interested in exclusive teasers and being notified about new and upcoming releases, you can join my mailing list here. For those interested in getting more involved, you can join my street team and reader group here.

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Strange Hymn: Release Info, Print and Audiobook News, Fun Extras, and a Big Surprise

Hi readers, 

I hope you all are enjoying A Strange Hymn, the second book in The Bargainer series! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can click here to see the book on Amazon. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, the first book in the planned trilogy is Rhapsodic, and it stars Callypso “Callie” Lillis, a siren, and Desmond Flynn, better known as the Bargainer, a man Callie owes over three hundred favors to. Click here to view Rhapsodic on Amazon. 

It’s been a long road for these two, and it’s not over yet. The third and final installment in the series, Dark Harmony, will be coming this winter. Until then, I thought I’d share some more info and some fun stuff on the series.


A Strange Hymn: Audiobook and Print Boo
If you're interested in purchasing a print copy of A Strange Hymn, or if you like listening to the story via audiobook, you'll have to wait just a smidge longer. The audiobook is scheduled for release at the end of July. I unfortunately can't control this date as it has to do with my narrator's schedule and not my own. The print book should be available in another week or two. 

 Fun Extras 

I have a couple of extra items that I meant to share with you all long before I released A Strange Hymn, but, well, obviously things didn’t quite go as planned. So without further ado, here are some of the fun extras to The Bargainer series!


The Kingdom of Night Map






A Strange Hymn Playlist



One Final Surprise 
So, when I wrote A Strange Hymn, I meant to insert several flashbacks from Desmond Flynn’s perspective. But the flashbacks ended up not fitting with the story, and in all honesty, considering Des’s lifespan, there were so many interesting aspects of his life that weren’t relevant to A Strange Hymn. So rather than putting them in the book, I decided I’d simply make a book with flashbacks from Des’s perspective. Some of these scenes are from the long ago past, some explain why Des is the way he is, some explore scenes you’ve already read from Des’s perspective, and some are additional Des and Callie scenes you’ve never read from Des’s perspective.

 I don’t know how long or short this novella will end up being; I’m still putting it together as we speak, but it will be available this fall. (It’s a little something to hold you over until the final book in the series arrives.) I’ve already received the cover for it, and guys, it’s gorgeous! I’ll do a cover reveal in another month or two! Until then, I’ll simply reveal the title to you—The Emperor of Evening Stars. This will be book 2.5 in the series, so it’s meant to be read after A Strange Hymn. You can click here to add it on Goodreads.

 I can’t wait to share more information with you about it and my other projects in the coming months!
Until then—

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) is Now Out

The day is finally here! A Strange Hymn is now out on Amazon! You can check it out here! You can also scroll down for the book's description at the bottom of this post.

Out of all the books I’ve written, this one definitely took the longest to finish, though that was, in large part, because so many non-writing life events pulled me away from the computer. It’s my greatest hope that, in spite of all the waiting, 
A Strange Hymn is everything you hoped it would be! Des and Callie's story is far from over, as is the mystery that began in book one ...

If you haven't started The Bargainer series, this new adult paranormal romance stars a fae king and the woman he can't stay away from. You can check out the first book in the series, Rhapsodic, here.

I've got more fun things to share with you concerning Des and Callie, so expect another email in a week or so! I hope you enjoy this latest installment in The Bargainer series. After this, there's just one more book to go!





A Strange Hymn

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

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Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Q&A and A Strange Hymn Teaser

Hey readers!

Sorry for being so MIA. I've been in the middle of both buying and selling a house, as well being pregnant, so between packing, house showings, and doctor's appointments--not to mention actually writing--I've neglected this little corner of my universe. :) 



 So, I have a nice long Q&A coming up with all the questions I've received recently! And, if you read all the way through to the end, you can catch a glimpse of a teaser for A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2)! I'll be sending out another teaser to my newsletter, so if you wish to join, you can sign up here!



When does A Strange Hymn come out? I haven’t seen a publishing date!!!
It's true, I haven't given A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) a release date. This is what's going on: I'm eight months pregnant, and I'm in the middle of selling my house and moving. So, between doctor's appointments, house showings, and packing, my writing time has gotten truncated. Had this not all been going on, this book probably would've already released.

Add to that, that babies often don't like to come as scheduled, I'm afraid of giving you all a concrete release date only to go into labor early and totally fudge the release. What I can tell you is that A Strange Hymn will almost certainly come out in May, and that future releases will have more concrete release dates!

When will A Strange Hymn be up for pre-order?
This answer sort of goes along with the answer to my previous question, and that is that getting the pre-order page set up really depends on when I have a completed finished draft of A Strange Hymn.
To get a little technical, authors like myself can upload their manuscripts to Amazon whenever they like and in whatever condition they like in order to get a book up for pre-order. That means I could hypothetically upload the first twenty pages of A Strange Hymn or the manuscript as it currently is and get a pre-order page for it up on Amazon.

So, why don't I? I know of two big name authors who did exactly this, and on release day, once they'd replaced the 20 page preview with the actual manuscript ... Amazon sent readers the 20 page preview instead of the book.

Needless to say, there were lots of unhappy readers who had to spend lots of time deleting the book and re-uploading the correct version. This is a glitch that sometimes happens with Amazon, and frankly, I'm not really interested in taking a chance that Amazon could screw you all over just so that I can have the book up for a few extra days.

That all being said, once I have a finished product, I *might* set a pre-order up for it while ARCs are out. Otherwise, it'll go straight to release!

How do I get an ARC of A Strange Hymn?
So, for those of you who don't know, ARCs are Advanced Review Copies of books. Essentially, you get to read the book before it's released. All that's asked of you is that you leave an honest review on release day in return. (It can be a negative review; I don't cherry pick my readers based on how high a review they'll give me. :)

Now, getting an ARC from me is a two step process. (1) You join my street team here. (2) You fill out the sign up form I post on the group.

I do first come first serve (because this is really the only way I can think of to make this fair), but I do require that readers who sign up can prove that they've left a review for me in the past. I do this as a way to better guarantee that they'll leave one for me in the future (and that way, if you are someone who avidly leaves reviews, you won't get passed over for someone who won't).

I'll probably post the sign up forms for A Strange Hymn in the next week or two, so keep a lookout on my page if you're interested in being an ARC reviewer.


How many books are in the Bargainer series?
Three books, plus perhaps a little something-something extra. I’ll have more on this in the coming months.

Will you ever write the final Vanishing Girl book?
No. Just kidding. Yes, absolutely. Sorry to give any of you heart palpitations. I'll be starting work on this book right after I release A Strange Hymn. I don't have a release date set, but yes, this book will be in the works, and soon!

When will the sequel to Blood and Sin come out?


Later this year! Dan Rix and I are currently outlining the book, and we should get started writing it early this summer.

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If you made it this far, here's a little reward for your tenacity:


A Strange Hymn Teaser
“Des!” I feel myself instantly relax.
I begin heading to him, first walking, and then, when he doesn’t come any closer, I begin to run. “Des!”
Before I can get to him, he disappears.
That stops me in my tracks.
He’s coming for you … the trees whisper.
“Des?”
I feel the press of metal against my throat, and from the edge of my vision I can just make out Des’s white-blond hair.
“What are you doing?” I ask.
If this is his idea of training …
But it’s not training. It’s not. I can sense the malicious intent in the rough grip he has on me and the way the blade digs into my flesh, like it wants my skin to split.
The Bargainer’s supple lips skim over my cheekbone. “Fear me, mortal,” he whispers, “for I will be your death.”
Des brushes a kiss against my skin, and then drags his knife across my neck.






Friday, March 3, 2017

Rhapsodic's Audiobook is Now Available

Hi readers!

The title says it all! If you love audiobooks, or you have friends/family that does, be sure to check out Rhapsodic's audiobook, narrated by the amazingly talented Susannah Jones. (Seriously, she's a boss.) It's available for purchase on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes!


Aside from that, I'm about halfway through writing A Strange Hymn (whoop whoop!), and I'll have more information on that in the coming weeks! The release date is tentatively scheduled for May! Keep a lookout for a mini teaser on my Facebook page this coming week!

Happy reading,
Laura

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2): Cover Reveal and Description

Hi readers!

I'm thrilled to finally get to share the cover and description of A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) with you! For those of you who don't know about this series, it's a new adult paranormal romance trilogy that stars a siren and a fae king. You can check out the first book, Rhapsodichere.

A Strange Hymn picks up where Rhapsodic leaves off, and in this book there's more romance, more mystery, and more Otherworld to contend with. I've been having an absolute blast writing it, and I hope this little glimpse into what's coming next whets your appetite! Oh, and FYI, 
I will be sharing teasers in the coming weeks and months, so check back in every so often! 

Release Date and Pre-Orders
I haven't set a release date for A Strange Hymn, though I can say with relative certainty that it will come out by the end of May 2017. I will make A Strange Hymn available for pre-order (roughly a month or so before the release date). Sorry to keep you all in suspense!

Other Books in the Works
For those of you who are excited about my other unfinished series, don't fret! I have plans in the near future to finish both The Vanishing Girl and The Infernari series! 

A Strange Hymn 
Now that I've gotten all of that out of the way, are you ready to see the cover and read the description? Good, me too!

Here it is:


A Strange Hymn
Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Rhapsodic FAQ

After reading Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1), my NA paranormal romance novel, many of you had questions concerning various details of the story. Below I've answered many of them. Reader beware, if you haven't yet read Rhapsodic and you intend to, there are many, many spoilers ahead, so read with caution. 

Release date for A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2)
I’m not giving a specific release date for this book mainly because I have a bad habit of either (1) blowing past my deadlines, and/or (2) stressing out and being a pain in my friends’ and family’s ass trying to finish my novel in time.


It takes me about three to four months to write a book, and I’m starting book two January of next year, so you can roughly expect the book to be out around mid-spring of 2017.

Where did you come up with the story line for Rhapsodic?
So, back in early 2014 I agreed to be part of what was to be the Moonlight Cravings Anthology. I was supposed to write a paranormal romance novella that had to have a tie in to the moon. At the time I was also working on The Unearthly series, which starred a siren and a vampire. I really wanted to write another siren story, but I didn’t want the love interest to be a vampire (which would have a nice tie in to the moon), so I settled on writing about a fae king of the night, and I built my story around him and the siren he fell in love with. Over the next days and weeks, I filled in the backstory with these two characters—that’s when I first decided that the two had this long and complicated backstory. That’s around the time I also decided that this fae king also “moonlighted” (heh heh) as The Bargainer, a criminal that would grant supernaturals favors for a price. I also decided at this time that Des was to have bat-like wings and that Callie would be dating a shifter when Des reappeared in her life.

Several months later, the anthology fell through, and I made plans to make this novella into a full-blown series. Only, I had to first finish writing The Cursed (The Unearthly #3). And then halfway into that project, this lightning bolt idea struck me, and I halted writing The Cursed to write the first draft of what would be The Queen of All that Dies … and then I signed a book deal with Skyscape and had to pound out The Decaying Empire, and then I had to write the fourth book in The Unearthly series … and on and on it went. And every so often in those two (now almost three) years, some new detail would strike me about Rhapsodic, and I’d add it to the outline, wondering when I’d ever write this poor book. And then, the summer of this year, I was finally, finally able to pick up the idea and finish it, once and for all.

What does Callie look like?
I left this purposefully vague because I think that most readers identify with characters that closely resemble themselves, and since we all look different, I thought I’d leave that to each reader’s imagination. I personally have always pictured Callie with inky black hair and dark eyes.

What type of supernatural is Temperance “Temper” Darling? Can you tell us more about her? At one point you hinted that she was strong enough to take out Des.
Yes, this question. This should be answered in the second book, A Strange Hymn. For now I’ll tell you that she is a really, really powerful and scary supernatural and that she has turned her back on her heritage … for now.

Why did Callie turn into that birdlike creature at the end of the book?
I’ve had a few readers ask me this, as well as whether this now makes her a fauna fae or somehow tied to the Fauna Kingdom. The simple answer to that is no this has absolutely nothing to do with the Fauna Kingdom and/or the fauna fae. Way back when the world was young, sirens had wings and scales. In the mythology, they were beautiful creatures that weren’t fully human—they either lingered in the sea and were women associated with water, or they were winged women who called out to men from cliffs. Somewhere throughout the eons, sirens lost their wings and their scales and all their other animalistic aspects.

When Karnon meets Callie, he immediately senses these latent physical attributes she inherited from her ancestors. When he calls on his magic to bring them out, all he’s doing is making Callie an even stronger siren. Why he’d do something like this … you’ll find out in the next book.

How old is Desmond Flynn?
This is another question I’ll answer in A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2). For now, I’ll let him keep this secret to himself. J

How does Callypso exist if Gabrielle was supposed to be the last siren? What’s the timeline here?
For those of you who’ve read my Unearthly series, which takes place in the same world as Rhapsodic, you’ll know that Gabrielle was known as the last siren. So how is it that both Callie and Gabrielle exist? Originally I planned on answering this question in Rhapsodic, but since I wanted The Bargainer series to be able to stand on its own, I decided to exclude mentioning Gabrielle from the text.

First things first—Callie’s timeline sandwiches Gabrielle’s. Callie went to Peel Academy years before Gabrielle, but her present day story takes place roughly a year after Gabrielle’s story concluded. So yes, both Callie and Gabrielle are living at the same time and both are sirens.

The world Callie lives in, however, does believe that Gabrielle is the last siren alive, even though Callie is also clearly alive. How did this happen? One need not look further than Desmond Flynn.

During the last seven years he made sure to expunge Callie’s name and what type of supernatural creature she was from all news sources, textbooks, history books—anything and everything that could draw attention to her. Remember how in one of the flashbacks, Callie glamoured Stan and forced a confession out of the man against his will? Des just about had an aneurism at the end of the flashback. What readers don’t know is that this was the precise moment Des decided to expunge as many traces of Callie’s existence—and specifically, the fact that she was a siren—as he could from the record in order to protect her from his numerous enemies. Des has continued to erase Callie’s name from any and all records all the way up to the day they reunited, when she found him in her bedroom. Why did he stop? Well, one, because he was distracted ;), and two, because by then he was busy making plans to protect Callie in different and more intimate ways.

By the way, the few times Callie has seen references to Gabrielle Fiori as the last of the sirens, she has been peeved, but since she’s also in the business of keeping secrets (and flying her and Temper’s not-always-so-legal PI business under the radar), she hasn’t tried to correct the error.

If Callie’s stepfather was a seer, why couldn’t he foresee his own death and thus prevent it?
Seers cannot foresee their own futures.

Why did Desmond’s magic make him wait seven years before he could reach Callie?
The time period (seven years) is arbitrary. It could’ve been six, it could’ve been eight. What matters is that this was the amount of time Des’s magic deemed appropriate to fulfill the wish.

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Alright, that’s it for now. If more pertinent questions come up, I’ll make sure to add them! Until then—

Happy reading!