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!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Curse Catcher Novella is Now Out!

Welcome to the Complex, where peace is the goal, and chaos the reality. The Complex series is a group project I began with several other authors over a year ago. The idea of it was that we would all write sci-fi/fantasy novellas within the same world.

Fast forward to today, and I finally get to share with you my novella, The Curse Catcher! You can click here to check it out onAmazon, or read on for more information. And can we take a moment to drool over the cover, created by the wonderfully talented Rachel Mizer of Shoutlines Design? I'm in love with it!

The Curse Catcher is a 20,000 word novella (roughly 90 pages), and the premise of the story is that Skylar Curiel, the main character, is chosen as a sacrifice to be fed to a monster living under the Complex, a city where supernaturals, or Metas, and Humans are to coexist (much easier said than done). She’s thrown into this beast’s prison knowing she’s going to die. Only … things aren’t quite as they seem. And that’s all I’ll say on that.

One thing I want to point out is that even though this is a novella, the price is still $2.99. I’m not trying to swindle any readers out of money; this a group-set price, so I don’t have much control over the price point. I did want to point it out since I know for some readers this can be an issue, and I didn’t want to blindside you.

Below is a brief description of the book, and if you read on, you can learn a little more about the Complex series world.

The Curse Catcher
The Complex Book Series.
A Lone Planet. One Complex.
Unlimited Chaos.
http://www.thecomplex.info

An ancient beast’s cravings have awoken, and now they must be fed.

Locked away in a prison meant to hold an immortal, a creature’s inhuman screams pierce the air. It batters against the walls of its cage, denting them from the inside out.

Through an unlucky twist of fate, Skylar Curiel is chosen as a sacrifice to slake the creature’s enduring hunger. She knows nothing about what waits for her, save for one simple truth: death to all that pass into the beast’s lair. Only, she’s not planning on dying.

And the beast’s not planning on letting her go.

The World of the Complex
When a nuclear holocaust forces Humans to evacuate their home planet, they search the galaxies far and wide looking for a new planet to call their own. But they don’t find a single planet—they find seven.

In another region of the universe, Metas, a race of human-like beings with various supernatural abilities, are driven from their planet after a series of natural disasters decimate it. Three long centuries pass in deep space before Metas discover the Seldova solar system and the seven habitable planets within it. The only problem is that they’re already inhabited. By Humans.

With each species fearful of their own extinction, Humans and Metas wage a brutal battle for control of the planets. Over twelve long years the war is fought. Lives are lost and enemies become many. But in the end and against all odds, Humans and Metas come to an uneasy truce.

In the wake of their peace treaty, each species gains control of three separate planets. The seventh planet, Lorn, remains unclaimed by either Humans or Metas, and from it, the Complex is borne.

The Complex, a domed community, is created to pave the way for a more peaceful existence between the two races. Metas and Humans are sent there to coexist amongst one another. But living under a domed community can only mean one thing for the two species.

Chaos.

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) is Now Out!

Hey readers,

I've been waiting to say this for months (actually, years): Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) is now out! You can find it here.

Why does this book mean so much to me? Well, for one, I began writing it back in February 2014. It's been nearly three years since I began working on it, and I carried it around with me for all that time, worried it would never see the light of day. I'm glad I proved myself wrong,

This is the first book in The Bargainer trilogy, and the next book is set to come out in 2017. I hope you enjoy Callie and Des. In the next few days I'll post an FAQ page with all the questions you want answered. If you have questions about the book, or you just want to reach out, please check out my contact page and don't be a stranger. Lastly, if you read Rhapsodic and enjoy it, please consider telling a friend or leaving a review. That is the most beautiful way you can show your appreciation for my books.

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

P.S. If you want updates on my releases, check out my mailing list (top right corner). I never spam because ew, ain't nobody got time for spam. <3

P.P.S. Read on for a description of Rhapsodic:



Rhapsodic

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.