Thursday, August 29, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway of the Print Version of The Unearthly!

Interested in winning a free print copy of The Unearthly? Click on the link below and join my Goodreads giveaway. And while you’re there, make sure to swing by and say hello.

For those of you unfamiliar with Goodreads, Goodreads is essentially a social media site that revolves around books, and you get the perk of joining things like giveaways to receive free author copies of novels. Hope to see you all there!




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The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

The Unearthly

by Laura Thalassa

Giveaway ends September 29, 2013.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Unearthly Playlist

So, since every book has to have one, I thought I’d post the playlist to The Unearthly. This doesn’t represent all of the songs that inspired me while I was writing the novel, but all these songs do bring me back to the book. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

The Unearthly Playlist

“Stand My Ground,” Within Temptation
“Make Believe,” The Burned
“Superhuman,” Aura Dione
“Shot in the Dark,” Within Temptation
“Seven Devils,” Florence and the Machines

“Strange and Beautiful,” Aqualung
“Papercut,” Linkin Park    

“Your Song,” Ellie Golding
“Cosmic Love,” Florence and the Machines
“My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark,” Fallout Boy
“Wild Wolves,” Athlete
“The Sky is Over,” Serj Tankian
“So Long, Goodbye,” 10 Years



Hugs,
Laura

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Giveaway: Dan Rix’s Entanglement

Remember how I mentioned free stuff the other day? Well today I’m raffling off a Kindle copy of Dan Rix’s YA novel, Entanglement. This is an awesome, fast-paced read that will keep you on the edge of your seats, and look at that cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? Scroll down to enter the giveaway!

Here’s the book’s description:

In a world like ours, humans are born in pairs. When a newborn boy takes his first breath in the coastal town of Tularosa, the exact time is noted, recorded in the Registry, and later compared to the birth times of other newborns around the globe. There will be one identical match—his half. They will meet on their eighteenth birthday and they will spend their lives together. Except this time, there is no match.


Hotheaded heartthrob Aaron Harper is scheduled to meet his half in twenty-nine days, and he doesn’t buy a word of that entanglement crap. So what if he and his half were born the same day and share a spooky psychic connection? Big deal. After breaking one too many teenage girls’ hearts, he’ll stick to brawling with the douchebag rugby players any day.


Until the day a new girl arrives at school and threatens everything he takes for granted.Cold and unapproachable, Amber Lilian hates the growing list of similarities between her and the one boy she can’t read, Aaron: born the same day, both stubborn, both terrified of meeting their halves. . . . All the more reason not to trust him. That she would rather die than surrender herself as her half’s property is none of his damn business. But once lost in Aaron’s dangerous, jet black eyes, she’s already surrendered more than she cares to admit.


Tangled in each other’s self-destructive lives, Aaron and Amber learn the secret behind their linked births and why they feel like halves—but unless they can prove it before they turn eighteen, Aaron faces a lifetime alone in a world where everyone else has a soulmate . . . and he’ll have to watch Amber give herself to a boy who intends to possess not only her body but also a chunk of her soul.



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Thursday, August 15, 2013

At Work on The Coveted

So, guess what I’m working on? The Coveted! I had this whole elaborate plan to publish The Vanishing Girl before The Coveted, but damn I’ve got some enthusiastic paranormal romance readers! :) 

I’ve received so many requests (*cough*demands*cough*) from you all—some pleading, some downright pissed off—that I release the sequel sooner than planned. And, well, you’ve all gotten me so excited about Gabrielle and Andre (as well as Oliver, Leanne, and Caleb) that I’ve been prioritizing The Coveted. Peer pressure really does work. ;)

Still, I can’t promise that I’ll be able to work my magic before 2014 rolls around. But, this does mean that I’ll have excerpts to share in the coming months as well as a cover reveal! This also means that I will need readers willing to read pre-released copies of The Coveted and post reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or their blog. 

Interested?

I have a mailing list on the upper right-hand side of this blog. This is where I’ll be sharing all of this information. And who doesn’t enjoy sneak previews and free books?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Hugs,
Laura

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Broken Symmetry—A Must Read

I don’t know about a lot of you, but it’s difficult for me to pick out awesome books to read. Not that there aren’t oodles and oodles out there, but finding them can be a challenge. But when you finally come across a really fantastic book, the wait is totally worth it.

Today marks the release date of Broken Symmetry, Dan Rix’s new novel. Oh my heavens, this is one of those fantastic books! And I swear I say that as a reader and an editor, not as a significant other; this is a must-read. 

Here’s the book’s description, and below that, my extremely professional (*cough*) review:

Dan Rix


Eleven months after the father of sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams vanished without a trace, he's found wandering outside The Scripps Research Institute vomiting blood and speaking gibberish, his sole possession a worn leather diary filled with an unrecognizable language. He has a message for her.

As he dies in her arms, he claims he never vanished. She vanished.

In a nearby military quarantine zone, scientists are being called in from around the world to sequence a previously unknown strain of DNA. Scientists…and soldiers.

When her father’s autopsy reveals a rare chromosomal disorder—a disorder, it turns out, she inherited—Blaire begins to suspect her father’s last words weren’t induced by amnesia. Like her dad, she has an additional set of instructions in her genes—instructions for what, doctors can’t say. Only one thing is certain: it’s what killed him…and it will kill her too.

But now she’s haunted by prophetic nightmares of the Yellowjacket—a young murderer, eyes the black of charcoal, who lures his victims to suicide without ever paying them a visit. The only clue she has to his handiwork is a lingering feeling of déjà vu. That, and the nagging suspicion that all she knows is a mirage. She is certain of two things—though it may mean confiding in the wrong side of good and evil, he has the answers she needs.

And he is recruiting her.

My Review


I should start this by saying that, after finishing the book, it is easily one of the best books I've ever read. Ever. I know that's saying a lot, but you'll understand once you read the book.

So, here's what the description fails to cover that you should know:

1) Think Inception. The concept of "crossing over," or walking through mirrors, is just as spooky and well-fleshed out as the movie Inception. Not to mention just as good. In spite of that, this is not a copycat idea at all. But it will give you the same thrill all over again.

2) The science is solid. Dan Rix did his homework. Every strange occurrence has an explanation based on scientific facts. And, because of that, you're not going to see any illogical "rules" of this world. Thank goodness.

3) Blaire is an AWESOME main character. She's the type that gets herself into situations, doesn't take bull from anyone, and is absolutely hilarious while doing it all. She lightens up what could otherwise be a really dark book.

4) Damian. Hot. OMG, HOT. I'm fanning myself just thinking about him. And the chemistry between him and Blaire made me giddy throughout the entire book. But don't worry if you're not big on romance, Dan Rix makes it believable and just as edgy and thrilling as the plot itself.

5) The plot is ... unbelievably amazing. I'm not going to spoil the surprise, but I will say this: you won't be able to put the book down--and I mean that.

This book WILL ruin you for all other books--it's that freaking good.