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.



Friday, November 11, 2016

Rhapsodic Playlist

Can you believe Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) is coming out in just four days?! I cannot wait to share this newest series of mine with you. If you'd like to pre-order Rhapsodic before it releases on November 15, you can do so here. Until then, for those of you music lovers, I wanted to share the official Rhapsodic playlist.

This playlist was originally loooooong, mostly because I've been working on this book for nearly three years! But I condensed it down to the few songs I felt really represented this story. I can't wait for you to have a listen.

Before you do so, I want to let you know that in the coming days, I'll be posting a release announcement as well as an FAQ on Rhapsodic. I'm considering publishing a release day video, but at the moment I'm sick, so my enthusiasm for being captured on camera right about now is pretty low! But if I feel better before Tuesday, I'll totally post a video with all sorts of cool bits about the making of Rhapsodic.

Until then, enjoy the playlist!



Hugs and happy reading!
Laura

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rhapsodic Pre-Order and Sneak Peek

Hey readers,

Today I have not one, but two goodies for you all. One, I’ve posted the first ten percent of Rhapsodic for those of you eager to get a glimpse into my newest series. And two, the pre-order for Rhapsodic is also up! Rhapsodic will officially be available for purchase on November 15, so there’s just a little under a month until its release!

Sneak Peek at Rhapsodic
I am so, so, so excited to finally share the first ten percent of Rhapsodic with you! This book has fairies and curses, romance and a decade’s old mystery. I especially love Callie Des—a.k.a., the Bargainer—and I can’t wait to share them with you all. The book has changed a lot from its first inception, which began two and a half years ago, and I love the story it’s become. I hope you will as well!

The sample you’re about to read is still being edited, so there may very well be errors or last minute changes to details. I hope you’ll forgive me for those—I wanted to reward you all a little early for being so patient!

A word on the site I’m using to share the sample sample. I’m using Instafreebie, which is a site a lot of authors and publishers use to share books, and Instafreebie makes it easy for the reader to read the text on their e-reader, whether that be a Kindle, a Nook, another e-reader, or your phone. You will be automatically subscribing to my newsletter by downloading the sample (unless, of course, you’re already on my newsletter!), which I thought was fair, since in the past I’ve only released previews to my newsletter. I only ever send out emails on new and upcoming releases, and you can unsubscribe from my mailing list at any time. I hope you stick around!


Pre-order
The pre-order is up, and you can find it here! There’ not much more to say on this, except thank you—thank you for reading my books and being amazing fans, and for allowing me to continue to provide you all with stories. You’re the reason I write. <3

Hugs and happy reading,

Laura

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rhapsodic Update

The sneak peek is coming tomorrow! Sorry ladies and gents for the extra wait! I've been under the weather, so getting the first few chapters up has been a little delayed. Look again here tomorrow!

Hugs and happy reading!
Laura

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rhapsodic Release Date

Dear readers,

Rhapsodic will be released on November 15, 2016. The first 10% of the novel will be made available on October 15, 2016, and I *might* put it up for pre-order (if I do so, the link should go up on October 15). Look for more updates here in the coming weeks!

Hugs and happy reading!
Laura

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Rhapsodic

It's been a long time since I shared a teaser with you all, so I thought I'd post one from Rhapsodic, which is coming out fall of this year! Not going to lie, I sorta just closed my eyes and stopped on a random page, but I stumbled upon a good scene, so it all worked out for the best. :) It was supposed to be mini ... but I gots carried away! Enjoy!

By the way, for those of you who don't know, Callie, the main character, has a wrist full of beads that are essentially magical IOUs she owes Desmond "Des" Flynn (AKA, the Bargainer). Tht might erase some confusion while reading. :)


Rhapsodic Teaser

The Bargainer blocks my exit, his hands gripping the top of the doorframe. Unwillingly, my eyes move to those toned arms of his.

“What if I told you that you couldn’t go?” he says, his voice hypnotic. “That I wanted you to stay and use up some more of my beads?”

I didn’t actually think he would try to keep me here. He’s wanted nothing to do with me for so long that I can’t really imagine our relationship any other way.

“I wouldn’t believe you,” I say. “Now please, move.”

Des is staring at me strangely. He releases the doorframe and prowls forward. “Truth or dare?”

I back up, suddenly nervous at the look in his eyes.

“Des …”

“Dare,” he breathes.

In the next instant, he’s on me, his hands roughly cupping my cheeks. His mouth crashes into mine, his lips demanding.

Des is kissing me, and God is it savage.

I kiss him back without thinking, swept up into the taste of him and the feel of him holding me.

I’m supposed to be leaving, reclaiming my house and my life, but nope. It’s not going to happen, not while Des is demonstrating all the ways my taste in men was spot on when I was a teenager.

I’m backing up, and one of the Bargainer’s hands has dropped to my thigh, exposed by the high slits of my dress. His fingers move up and down the skin, up and down.

My back bumps into the wall. Des cages me in, holding me hostage with his body. My lips part, and Des’s tongue sweeps inside my mouth, claiming mine.

His hand moves to my breast, and I arch into him, my breath leaving me.

“Gods, Callie ...” he rasps.

Des’s wings materialize, spreading out and closing over the wall around me. While I kiss him, I begin to run my fingertips over them.

He groans, leaning into my touch.

“Feels too good.”

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Hugs and happy reading!
Laura

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rhapsodic Description



Hey hey readers!

Gueeessss what?! Rhapsodic, my upcoming NA paranormal romance trilogy finally has it's official description! I'm so excited to share this novel with you. It's been over two years in the making, and it stars a fae king and the siren who's indebted to him.

In the next couple of months, I'll post another teaser, as well as a Q&A on this series. But for now, check out the book's description:

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.


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Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Friday, July 15, 2016

Blood and Sin is Now Out!

Hi readers!

The title of the post kinda says it all! Blood and Sin is now out! You can find it here! Ahhh, I'm so, so, so excited to share my newest series with you. It was a blast to write, and did I mention that I got to write it with my husband, Dan Rix?

For those of you who don't know, Blood and Sin is the first book in a NA paranormal romance trilogy that stars a demon (they prefer to be called Infernari), and a demon hunter bent on wiping them all out. There's dark magic and portals to hell (or Abyssos, as the natives call it). Oh, and I mentioned there was romance, didn't I? ;) 

I hope you enjoy reading Blood and Sin as much as Dan and I enjoyed writing it! And if you want to know more about Blood and Sin, read on for the description.







Blood and Sin

Hot-blooded, prideful, feral, Lana Malesuis is a demon. She has sworn an oath to heal her war-torn, dying species. Her method: drain human blood, use it to fuel her dark magic, reap human misfortune. She has come to the town of White Sulfur Springs to cull. 


Cold-blooded, ruthless, conniving, Jame Asher is a human. He has sworn to avenge his wife and baby girl, killed by demon magic. His plan: destroy demons’ portals, deprive them of their human blood supply, exterminate them one by one. He has come to White Sulfur Springs to kill. 


But when they meet, and he takes Lana as his prisoner, the last thing he expects to see in her wild violet eyes is the frightened innocence of a young girl. For her part, Lana never expects to feel anything but hate for the most feared demon hunter on Earth. 

Neither of them expected it to become something more. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Blood and Sin Playlist

Only a few more days until Blood and Sin (The Infernari #1) comes out! I can hardly wait! Until then, I thought I'd put up a quick post with the official Blood and Sin playlist! Music is a huge part of my writing, and the following songs really caught the mood of Blood and Sin and/or inspired me while writing it. I hope you enjoy!



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dan Rix and Laura Thalassa Discuss Blood and Sin


Hey readers!

Blood and Sin (Infernari #1), the NA paranormal romance novel I co-wrote with Dan Rix, comes out on July 15. In honor of its upcoming release, Dan and I created a video where we answer some questions concerning the book, ... and goof off. Without further ado, here it is:



I hope you enjoy! For more info on Blood and Sin, you can check it out here on Goodreads. If you'd like to receive an email when the book releases, please consider signing up for my mailing list, located in the top right hand corner of this page.

Happy reading!
Laura

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rhapsodic Cover Reveal and Excerpt

Okay, so this book as been a looooooong time in coming! I started talking about Rhapsodic back in early 2014, when it was called Moonlight Rhapsody and going to be part of an anthology, but the anthology never went through, so I set out to publish it separately. Only ... the idea for The Queen of All that Dies shoved its way in, and I decided to write that series first. So I set Rhapsodic aside--until now.

Rhapsodic is the first book in a NA paranormal trilogy that stars a siren with an armful of magical beads, each one an IOU that she has to repay to the king of the night. I'll have more info on this in the coming months, but let me just say that I am ecstatic to finally get to pick this story back up! It's going to be dark and fun and full of thrills. If you want to read some teasers I've already posted on the novel, you can browse through them here. These teasers are subject to change since I haven't touched what I've written in over two years! If you want to read the description, I've included it with the cover below!

Okay, onto the cover. *Sigh* I think this cover might be my favorite one yet! It's fairly different from my other covers, but I hope you like it anyway! 

Are you ready?


Here it is:




Rhapsodic
Coming Fall/Winter 2016


Ten years ago I bought an armful of favors from a very bad man, a man only fools and desperate people call upon. They call him the Bargainer, but I know him as Desmond Flynn. If you need a favor, he’s the man to go to. He can fulfill your heart’s desire. 
But every favor comes at a price, and once the Bargainer commits to his side of the deal, you’re magically bound to fulfill yours. Only death can sever that obligation—and trust me when I say the Bargainer doesn’t let that happen. 

I've waited ten long years to repay my debts. Ten long years to forget my dark past and the man who's haunted it. But that all ends today. 


Desmond Flynn has finally come to collect.

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Excerpt from Rhapsodic

10 years ago ...

Blood on my hands, blood between my toes. It’s splashed across my chest, and to my horror, I can taste a few droplets on my lips.

There’s far too much of it staining the kitchen’s marble floors. No one can possibly survive that much blood loss, not even the monster at my feet.

My entire body shakes, adrenaline still pumping through my veins. I drop the broken bottle and fall to my knees.

Blood soaking into my jeans.

I stare at my tormentor. His glassy eyes have lost their focus. If I were a braver person, I would’ve placed my ear to his chest to just make sure that his cold, blackened heart had stilled. I can’t bear to touch him, even now. Even if he can no longer hurt me.

He’s gone. He’s finally gone.

A shuddering sob pushes its way out of me. For the first time in what seems like an eternity I can breathe. I sob again. God it feels good. This time tears follow.

I’m not supposed to feel relief. I know that. I know people are supposed to mourn the loss of life. But I can’t. Not him, anyway. Maybe that makes me evil. All I know is that tonight, I actually faced my fear and I survived it.

He’s dead. He can’t hurt me anymore. He’s dead.

It takes only a few more seconds for that realization to hit me.

Oh, God. He’s dead.

My hands begin to shake. There’s a body and blood, so much blood. I’m drenched in it. It speckles my homework, and one fat droplet obscures Lincoln’s face on my history textbook.

A harsh shiver courses through my body. The air feels different now that death has touched this place.
I stare down at my hands, feeling like Lady Macbeth. Out damned spot! I dash to the kitchen sink, leaving a trail of bloody footprints in their wake. Oh, God, I need to get his blood off of me now.

I rinse my hands furiously. The crimson liquid stains my cuticles and it's embedded itself beneath my fingernails. I can't get it all off before I notice blood also coats my arms. So I scrub those. But then it’s on my shirt, and I can see it congealing in my hair.

I whimper as I work. It doesn’t matter. It’s not coming out.

Fuck.

I lean over the granite countertop and assess the pink admixture of blood and water that stains it, the floor, and the sink.

Can’t hide from this.

Reluctantly, my eyes slide to the body. An illogical part of me expects him to sit back up and attack me. He’d always seemed like some terrible force of nature. Why would a little thing like death to stop him? When he doesn’t do just that, I begin to think again.

What … do I do now? Call the police? The justice system protects minors. I’ll be okay, they’ll just call me in for questioning.

Nausea rolls through me. No, I can’t do it.

But I have no choice, not unless …

The monster bleeding out in our kitchen knew a man who knew a man. Someone that could clean up a messy situation. I only had to sell a bit of my soul to speak to him.

I dash to the junk drawer, my trembling hands having trouble opening it. Once I do, it’s short work grabbing the business card and reading over the peculiar contact information.

Fear washes through me. If I do this, there’s no going back.

My gaze sweeps over the kitchen. It’s already too late to go back.

I take a deep breath and do as the business card instructs.

“Bargainer, I would like to make a deal.”

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Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blood and Sin, Teaser #2

Happy early summer! Sorry, I had to start with that because the days have been so freaking beautiful lately! Late spring/early summer is one of my favorite times of year, and I thought I'd celebrate today with a little teaser!

This is an excerpt from my upcoming novel, Blood and Sin (The Infernari #1), a NA paranormal novel (the first of three books), that's about demons--or Infernari, as they call themselves--and the human hunter that wants to eradicate their kind. I'll post the description below, but you can also read about it here. It comes out July 15, and for those of you newsletter subscribers, you'll be getting the first three chapters of it in my upcoming newsletter! If you haven't subscribed and would like to receive a sneak peek of Blood and Sin, I have a signup form on the top right hand of my website.

I am co-authoring this series with my husband, author Dan Rix, and it's been so much fun! If you're interested in checking out his other books (I totally recommend his Timeloopers series), you can check him out here.

By the way, I always forget to mention this but the following excerpt is unedited and subject to change. :) Without further ado, here's the second teaser:


Blood and Sin, Teaser #2

No one even gave me a second glance.

But oh, they gave Lana second glances. Plenty of them.
Sashaying next to me in her skintight jumpsuit, her eyes a luminous blue-violet and her long hair breezing unnaturally behind her, she had the attention of every guy on Bourbon Street. A whole crowd of douchebags parted around us, eyeing her up and down and whistling.

Their catcalls grated my nerves. But unlike the guy I glared at earlier, they were too drunk to heed my stare telling them to back the fuck off.

“Let’s see some titties!” one of them hollered, dancing in front of her, a dozen necklaces of glittery beads clanking around his neck.

Lana had halted, momentarily mesmerized by the rainbow colors.

“I’ll give you my best beads…” he continued, “this one right here if you show us your tits…” He fumbled to get one off.

Nuh-uh. I was not in the mood for this crap.

All night, I’d kept it on lockdown. But seeing this little twerp, seeing his crap plastic beads jingling over his fraternity hoodie, seeing him yelling and shaking his beads in Lana’s face, I cracked.

I tried to keep my cool, but I couldn’t.

Rage flared under my skin, and my fingers clamped into fists.

I tossed the bottle aside, grabbed the guy by the collar, and shoved him up against a nearby arch.

“Mardi Gras is in February,” I growled. “So take your beads and get the fuck out of my way.”

He shoved me back. “It’s always Mardi Gras where I go.” His breath reeked of beer. “That your girl? ’Cause she was eyeing my beads like she wanted some.”

My eyes fell to his clinking jewelry. I lifted up the strands of his cheap plastic beads. “You think a girl like that—” I jerked my head towards Lana, “is going to show her tits to a little shit like you for crap beads like this?” I flung them in his face. “You know what, give them to me. All of them. You’re done.” I pried them over his head and stumbled away with a fistful of plastic necklaces.

Smirking, I turned around, and one of his frat brothers punched me in the face and laid me out on the curb. The blow rang in my ears.

The other douchebags danced away, shouting, “Dude, you beaned him!”

Yep, had to get drunk and pick a fight with six frat boys, huh, Asher?

Not my proudest moment.

Rubbing my jaw, I rose slowly, seeing red. “You shouldn’t have done that.”

I tackled the guy into a nearby oyster shack, bowling over a table and scattering the screaming patrons. Already cocked back, my fist slammed into his face. His nose sprayed blood. Nice.

I was going to go to jail for this.

For defending Lana.

Fuck.

I landed one more punch before his friend dragged me off, arm clamped around my neck.

Tonight was just not my night.

I got my feet under me and thrust us backward. Through sheer dumb luck, I managed to ram him into the same archway, earning a grunt. Bits of plaster flaked off above us. Grabbing his arm, I heaved him over my shoulder and slammed him onto his back, knocking the wind out of him. Wheezing, he raised his palms at my cocked fist, and I backed off.

Breathing heavily, I turned back to the other four and wiped my bloody lip. “Anyone else think it’s Mardi Gras?”

They looked drunk enough to attack me, too. Probably thought they could take me six versus one. I’d survived worse odds, and my opponents hadn’t been idiot college boys.

“Bro, bro, he’s got a gun!” Catching sight of my holster, the guys grabbed their buddies and stumbled backward, tripping on their heels.

I called after them, “Come at me, bros! I want some more beads!”

But they were gone.

Idiots. I wasn’t even carrying concealed, and it took them that long to notice.

I looked around at the rest of the onlookers—half the street had paused to watch—and they ducked their heads and continued on their way, like I was going to shoot them or something.

“Humans are weird.” Lana frowned, clearly still trying to figure out what had happened. “What was that even about?”

I picked up the beads, and led her away by the elbow. “Told you you’d get into trouble.”

“That was you who got into trouble,” she said. “He was just being nice and trying to give me some beads…and can I at least have one? Or do I have to beat you up and steal them from you now? Is that how the bead game works?”

Her naivety made me smile. “Stop. Look at me.”

We paused on a street corner out of the way, those strangely beautiful eyes of hers fixed on me. God, she was innocent. Something protective reared up in me.

I draped all the beads around her neck. “There. Now they’re yours.”

The way her eyes lit up, you’d think she’d just learned Santa Claus was real. She ran her fingers reverently over the molded plastic balls, her expression wondrous.

I stared at her, unable to look away, suddenly bewitched by her. Like a moth being pulled towards a flame. Her allure was toxic. And I needed to get away from her before I did something I would regret.

But I didn’t edge away. Neither did she.

“Wait,” she said, “you won them, you should get some too.” She lifted off half the necklaces and stepped in close as she reached up to put them over my own head, so close I could smell her ashy scent, a scent I’d come to hate. A scent I was now reconsidering.

Her fingers brushed my chest, and my pulse spiked before her hand flinched back.

She’d felt it too, whatever that was.

Whatever this was.

I felt a tickle on my lip, still bleeding, and her eyes darted to it. I licked it away.

She wanted that blood.

Her gaze lifted shyly to mine. “Was that fight about me, Jame Asher?”

She was calling me out, and I had no answer. I shook my head, my heart thumping at the base of my throat.

“About how he was talking to me?”

And looking at you.

“Nah,” I said, running a hand through my hair, “I just didn’t like his punk attitude. Wasn’t about you.”

She knew I was lying, she could read it on my face.

I knew I should break the moment, snap out of it, ignore her and keep walking like I didn’t want to be here, but I couldn’t budge. In that instant, everything else faded away—the drunks swimming around us like fish, the chaos of Bourbon Street, the rhythm and blues thumping from nearby clubs. Maybe it was the adrenaline still pumping through my veins, maybe it was the odor of sex and desire in the air, maybe it was the way her eyes seemed to glow like blue-violet flames, but all I saw right then was her.

And for the barest of moments, it didn’t matter that I’d sworn to kill her kind, or that they were hunting me. All that mattered was that for the first time in a very long time, I felt something beyond grief and anger. Something light and good. And even though a part of me knew it was reckless, knew that I was that idiot moth about to get burned, for once I didn’t fucking care.

I cupped the side of Lana’s neck and I kissed her.

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Blood and Sin
July 15, 2016

Hot-blooded, prideful, feral, Lana Malesuis is a demon. She has sworn an oath to heal her war-torn, dying species. Her method: drain human blood, use it to fuel her dark magic, reap human misfortune. She has come to the town of White Sulfur Springs to cull.

Cold-blooded, ruthless, conniving, Jame Asher is a human. He has sworn to avenge his wife and baby girl, killed by demon magic. His plan: destroy demons’ portals, deprive them of their human blood supply, exterminate them one by one. He has come to White Sulfur Springs to kill.

But when they meet, and he takes Lana as his prisoner, the last thing he expects to see in her wild violet eyes is the frightened innocence of a young girl. For her part, Lana never expects to feel anything but hate for the most feared demon hunter on Earth. 

Neither of them expected it to become something more.


Happy reading,
Laura

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Queen of All that Lives: Answers and Extras

I was going to make this a video, but uploading it takes forever and I didn't want readers to have to slog through the entire thing to get to info they wanted to know about.

So what exactly is this? It's a post that goes over some of the questions that you all might have concerning The Queen of All that Lives. Let me emphasize this: This post is for people that have already read The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3). It contains SPOILERS, so if you want to read this book, I'd stop right where you are and leave this page.

Below I'm inserting a photo of the book to hide the spoilers that follow. If you're interested in reading The Queen of All that Lives, you can click on the image, or you can click here.


Alright, so if you've made it this far, let's begin!

The Double Agent Paradox
So, at the end of the book, you find out that Marco is a double agent. But if Marco is a double-agent, why is it that he didn't prevent all those times that his life and Serenity's and the king's were in danger when he supposedly could've?

The thing about Marco's relationship with the representatives is that it's unequal. Just like we saw with the reps and Serenity, they don't hold their allies on equal footing. The representatives don't tell Marco everything. The attack on the plane, for instance, was an off-the-cuff decision they made because Serenity was gaining too much ground with the people. They feed Marco enough information to keep him loyal, but he is by no means in their inner circle.

But most importantly, Marco has agreed to die for his cause. His cause, as the representatives understand it, is taking out the king and allowing the West to win the war. They expect him to lay down his life if that means killing Montes and Serenity without blowing his cover. So Marco has to juggle this with his allegiance to the king. And the king's end game is to kill all 13 representatives. Until that happens, Marco can't blow his cover as a mole and destroy the relationship with the West he spent decades building. Otherwise the plan he and Montes came up with--the one Montes tells Serenity about at the end of the book--would all be for nothing.

It's a mindf*ck, I know. This is why I simply left it out. :)

Montes's Changed Personality
I don't think there are too many questions concerning this, but I wanted to say anyway why I decided to make him the way he is. I think at our core, some things never change. A part of Montes will always be wicked. But, on the flipside, people do change. And Montes has had a long time to reflect on who he is, what he's done, and who he wants to be. Ultimately, he wanted to become someone he could admire, someone worthy of his wife's love.

Throughout the books, Serenity is plagued by this question: can wicked people be redeemed? And I wanted to answer it through Montes, who's one of the evilest people she knows. If he can redeem himself, then she can redeem herself.

Montes the All-Knowing
At the end of the book, Montes explains to Serenity that he planned everything. Does he actually know everything?

Simply put--no.

However, this is a man who has spent the last 100 years trying to (1) heal Serenity, (2) end the war, (3) cling to the wisdom and decency he's acquired over the decades. And Montes is a man who wants his cake and to eat it too. So he spent much of that time strategizing a way to get all of this, going through scenario after scenario of "what ifs". Even after all of that, he couldn't plan everything, which is why he and Serenity almost died several times.

To some degree, I did want him to seem omnipotent (even if he wasn't). I wanted to make sure that this unnatural--almost supernatural--aspect of his character that always spooked Serenity shined through all the way to the end of the series.

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Alright, that's all I got for now, but if you have other questions, email me and I'll update this with your questions!

Hugs and happy reading!
Laura

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Queen of All that Lives is now Live!

I have a surprise for you all! So today … isn’t May 15, but it is the day The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3) releases! For those of you who’ve been waiting, I really wanted you to have the weekend to read the novel! So, without further ado, you can find The Queen of All that Lives here.


For those of you who haven’t yet read my new adult post-apocalyptic series, the first two books are currently on sale for $0.99 each, and you can find them here! However, that sale ends tonight, May 13, at midnigh
t (West Coast time), so there are only a few hours left.

The Queen of All that Lives was probably one of the hardest (and most rewarding) books I've written. It was far longer than the other two in the series, so it simply took longer to write. It was also so heavy, and heavy can be really hard headspace to be in day in and day out. But I'm in love with the end result, and I hope you, too, enjoy this final installment in The Fallen World series.

By the way, keep a look out for another email on Blood and Sin! Dan and I have bumped the release date to July 15, but it could potentially be released even later. (I'm a slow poke when it comes to writing, and obsessive when it comes to editing, so blame me for the schedule changes!)

Anyway, have a great weekend you all, and thank you for taking a chance on my books! You are what makes my job so special.

Freedom or death (you'll get it soon enough),
Laura


The Queen of All that Lives description:
She’s a martyr.
A myth.
A ghost.
A legend.
She’s my soulmate and my captive, my conscience and my wrath. I love her too much to let her die; I fear her too much to wake her from her slumber.
She’s mine.
And now she’s gone.

He’s unnatural.
Undying.
Unethical.
Unstoppable.
He’s the keeper of lies and lost souls. Mine slipped through his clutches.
I am his wife, his queen, the love of his very long life.
And soon, I will be his executioner.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Queen of All that Lives, Teaser #3

Ahhhh! One more week! On May 15, The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3) will hit shelves, and today I have the final teaser for you.
I know what you all want to read--what happens when Serenity and Montes meet. And I reeeeeaaaally don't want to give anything away, so the following snippet is my compromise! I hope you enjoy it!

The Queen of All that Lives, Teaser #3
They take me to a room I assume is used for extravagant parties, judging by how large the double doors are.
We stop in front of it, and one of my guards knocks.
No one answers the door and no one responds.
I cast aside glance at the soldiers. They don’t appear surprised about this.
What is waiting for me on the other side?
They pause for several more seconds, then reach for the doors.
As soon as they swing open, my breath catches.
If parties were once held in this room, they are no longer. A world map covers the far wall. The same hated strings and blacked out faces are pinned to it. But the two adjacent walls, those are filled from floor to ceiling with photographs and reports.
Conquering has become Montes’s obsession, though obsession is not nearly a strong enough word for this.
A century to transform a man into whatever thing he wishes to become …
Right in the middle of the room, staring up at his enormous map, his hands clasped behind him, is the one man I hate more than any other.
My tormentor. My lover.
The king.

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Hugs and happy reading!
Laura

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Queen of All that Lives, Teaser #2

Teaser Tuesday! Eek! 

The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3) hits shelves May 15 and I wanted to share another snippet from the book! But before I share the teaser, I need to mention some things: 
(1) The following teaser is from the first page of the manuscript, so if you don't want to know how Serenity starts the book off, don't read it. 
(2) ARC reviewers--I'm still editing the novel, and it shouldn't be ready for at least another week and a half. So sorry about that--this one's much longer than my other novels, so I'm having to squeeze all my edits into my meager time frame! I'll email you all soon with updated info on when you'll receive your copy! 

Okay, here it is:

The Queen of All that Lives, Teaser #2
We found her.
Finally.
There had always been rumors that the undying king’s queen lived. That she slept deep in the earth. That the king, mad with grief, put her there.
I step up to the golden sarcophagus, my men fanning out around it.
They weren’t rumors.
The subterranean temple is just as the blueprint said it would be—same size, same location. Only, my information never told me it would look like this. I’m a hardened man, and even I have goosebumps being in this place. The gold, the marble, the shrine set in the middle of the room surrounded by a moat of water. All to encase a supposedly living woman. And not just any woman; we’re retrieving a being this king and the rest of the world have all but worshiped for a hundred years.
“You’re recording all this?” I say to one of my men, my voice echoing. They’re the first words any one of us has breathed since entering the chamber.
He nods, the compact camera he holds focused on the coffin.
Styx would kill a hundred men to be here. Instead he’s forced to watch from behind a screen.
I holster my gun and reach out, my hand trailing over the golden ivy that covers the sarcophagus. I find the lip of the lid, and my fingers curl over the edge. I’m almost afraid of what we’ll find once we lift this sucker. I know what Serenity Lazuli looks like—everyone does—but the mythical woman has been gone for a century. For all I know, we’re about to come face-to-face with her mummified remains.
“On the count of three,” I say.
“One.” If the king finds us, we’re all dead men.
“Two.” If what lies inside this casket is everything we hoped for, the war might finally end.
“Three.”
My lips curl back as we push off the lid. Beneath it …
“Holy shit,” I breathe.
Inside rests a woman, her arms crossed over her chest, her eyes closed. I take in her long golden hair, the smooth, pale skin, the deep scar that mars an otherwise beautiful face.
They definitely weren’t rumors, and these are definitely not Serenity Lazuli’s mummified remains. As we watch, her eyes move beneath closed lids.
The queen lives.

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Hugs and happy reading!
Laura

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3), Teaser 1

Hi readers!

There's less than a month until The Queen of All that Lives, the final novel in my Fallen World series releases and I have a teaser to share! I hope you're as excited for this final book as I am! In the next few weeks I'll post a FAQ on the series, the final book's playlist, and another teaser--as well as info on Blood and Sin, my NA paranormal romance series that's coming in June! For now, enjoy the first teaser!

The Queen of All that Lives, Teaser #1


I lean my back against the wall. Until the driver is either killed or decides to stop the car, there’s not much for me to do except muse over my dark thoughts.
I reach out and exchange my gun for another, wiping the bloodied metal off on my skirts, taking in my surroundings again as I do so. I expected the future to be clean and shiny like a new penny. But I’m not seeing clean and shiny. The exposed metal interior of this vehicle is rusted and stained. The men and their clothes looked desperate.
I don’t believe I like this future very much at all.
Suddenly the car slams to stop. I hear the driver side door being thrown open, followed by the sound of pounding footsteps moving farther and farther away from the vehicle. More gunfire goes off outside.
Time for me to move.
I push my body off the ground, blood seeping between my toes. For the first time in over a century I stand on my own two feet. The gown I wear drapes off my shoulders, and my drenched skirts stick to my legs.
I am a thing made of lace and blood. Swathed in silk and dripping with the dark deeds of men. I suppose I’m finally clothed accordingly.
The adrenaline I felt earlier resurges through my veins, and I grip my gun tighter.
I’d like to say that I can feel all those years I lost, that they left some imprint on my body or my mind. But I can’t. Other than my memories feeling a bit foggy, there’s no indication that I’d been asleep for decades rather than hours.
That makes this all worse. Because up until Montes betrayed me, I loved him. It wasn’t right, but it was true and real.
In the moment that love became inconvenient for him, that fucker let me waste away. My breathing is coming faster and faster.
My monster, my husband, my captor. Soon he will be my victim.
I always considered Montes the thing of my nightmares. Now I’ll be his.

Yes, I think as I step up to the vehicle’s rear doors, I will enjoy killing him.

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Happy reading!
Laura