Thursday, January 3, 2019

Attending the 2019 ApollyCon Event

Hi all!

I hope everyone has had an amazing new year! I know that I still feel like a stuffed turkey from all the good (re: unhealthy) food I ate. But a new year means new books and new events! I'll be covering all of this in several blog posts, but for today, I wanted to let you know that I'm planning on attending one author event this year, ApollyCon 2019.

I don't usually attend book conferences because they are costly, but I've been trying to squeeze in one per year so that I can meet you all and sign stuff and embarrass myself. (I'm an awkward duck.) ApollyCon is in Washington D.C. from  March 21 to March 24, and I look forward to seeing those of you who are attending! If you live in the area, please consider swinging by! I'd love to chat with you all!

ApollyCon 2019 Signed Book Interest Form
If you're interested in purchasing a signed copy of my books at this event, please fill out this interest form to help me better estimate the number of novels I need to bring to the event! Click here to fill out interest form.

Purchasing Signed Laura Thalassa Books for Readers Who Can't Make the Event
For those of you not attending the event, you can still get signed books! ApollyCon is hosting an event called a virtual signing, and what this is, is you place an order for the books of mine you want signed, and I will sign them at the event, and then those books will be shipped to you! This means that you'll receive them after the signing (so roughly the end of March). This is a great way to order signed copies from me because I rarely send out signed copies myself! To order

I'll post more updates soon regarding my 2019 book schedule, as well as all of your burning, book-related questions, but for now, this is it!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Teaser for War (The Four Horsemen #2)

Hey all!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! In honor of them, I wanted to share with you all the first mini teaser for War (The FourHorsemen #2):

Merry Christmas! Here's the first teaser for War:

His eyes search my face. “You’re going to be trouble, aren’t you, wife?”

He studies me some more. “Yes, definitely trouble.”

War steps in closer, close enough for his leather armor to brush against me. Close enough for me to see the gold flecks in his eyes. Those eyes are terrifying. Beautiful and terrifying.

“You’re wrong to think that angers me.” His smile is menacing. “Everything you are was made for me.”

This arrogant bastard. I bet he thinks all humans were created for his entertainment. To fight, to fuck, to kill.

The horseman reaches out and draws a finger over my collarbone, his gaze never leaving mine.

“I saw you and for the first time, I wanted.”

His words pucker my flesh.

“And so, I took.”

***

Coming spring 2019

Friday, November 30, 2018

Updates Galore

One of these days I'm going to be nice and prompt when it comes to posting, and you'll know all about my personal quirks, like my fat-ass cats, my incredibly interesting life--complete with awesome photos that catch me in the moment and show you that I'm truly living what looks like an air-brushed life.

Buuuuuut, yeah, that's probably not going to happen anytime soon. I can tell you that the highlight of my last week was that I binge-watched Jack Ryan and omg it was so good. Soooooo good. Oh, and I also tried to be a domestic goddess and cook tortellini. (My spawn rejected it, boo.) Other than that, I got no personal updates for you.

I do, however, have several book updates! Yippee!!! I hope you'll like these!

Blood and Sin Got Itself a New Cover
Blood and Sin (The Infernari #1) has a new cover and I'm soooooo in love with it. KD Ritchie from Story Wrappers designed the new cover. For those of you who aren't familiar with Blood and Sin, it's a new adult urban fantasy novel I co-authored with my husband, author Dan Rix! It has demons and blood magic and romance--oh my! And now it also has a pretty cover! Both Dan and I felt that the series needed a facelift and that the original cover didn't accurately portray the story. So, feast yer eyes on this new beaut'! If you're interested in snagging a copy of Blood and Sin, you can find the book here.



Dark Harmony Audiobook and Paperback Book
Many of you have asked when the audiobook and the paperback book of Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3) will be ready, and this is still a guestimate, but I think I can say with reasonable certainty that both should be out by mid-December. Apologies if this throws off anyone's Christmas shopping/planning! :) 

War's Teaser Description
War (The Four Horsemen #2) has a description up! This is a taster for what's to come! I plan on putting out a longer description closer to the book's (spring) release date, but until then, I hope this quenches your thirst for horsemen! You can read the description below. And don't forget to add the book to your "To Read" list here on Goodreads!



Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3) is Now Out!


Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m finally saying this, but DarkHarmony (The Bargainer #3) is now out! You can buy the book here.

If any of you have been around for a while, you’ll know that this book was supposed to come out last winter … and then it got delayed. And then it was supposed to come out this June … and it got delayed. I think altogether it took me eight or nine months to pound this sucker out. Some books flow right out of me, and others, like Dark Harmony, come out kicking and screaming. To tell you all the truth, I have no idea why it took so long to write this book. The best answer I can give you is that I wanted the end of Des and Callie’s story to be everything you hoped it would be. And it’s my deepest wish that all my blood, sweat, and tears, and all your patience was worth it in the end.

I don’t know what there is to say about Des and Callie except that I love these two so very much, and I’m sad to see their story come to an end. For those who want an in-depth discussion about the book (or to ask me questions about it!) I should be popping onto my Facebook page shortly after Dark Harmony’s release for a Facebook live video to chat about the book.

Both the audiobook and print book of Dark Harmony are currently in the works at the moment. The audiobook, narrated by the insanely talented Susannah Jones, should be out by mid-December. The paperback book will be out several weeks from now!

And that’s all I’ve got. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your love for my books and characters and your patience. And if you’ve made it this far … the Thief of Souls is waiting for you to come to him.

Are you ready?





Dark Harmony

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.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3) is Now Available for Pre-Order

Hey readers!

I am so excited to tell you all that Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3) is now available to pre-order! You can check it out here. This has been a looooooong time in coming, and I know there have been quite a few of you checking in here to see any news on it! Happy to finally give you all something concrete!

The release date says October 31--please ignore that! It should definitely be out sooner. The thing is, I'm still editing the novel, and I didn't want to stress myself out trying to meet some earlier deadline. I mean, I've already delayed this thing months and months. It would be ridiculous to give you some poorly edited book after all this time. But this is all to say that the book should be out sooner!

I've been getting questions about the paperback book and the audiobook. Neither of those will be available for pre-order. Both require that the book be absolutely finished (all edits made, yadda, yadda, yadda) before I can start on them. So expect it to take another month to several months before these are ready! Which is a bummer, I know, but at this point, I'm just so thrilled to finally be sharing Des and Callie's ending with you!

Another question I've been getting is whether there will be any more books in this series. I'm a big believer in never saying never, but I have no plans to continue Des and Callie's story any further. Though I have been considering releasing deleted scenes and extras, so you might get something like that!

Only a few more weeks! I can't wait! And again, if you'd like to check out Dark Harmony on Amazon, you can do so here!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

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.