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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Blood and Sin: A Paranormal Novel Coming June 15

So, I've been keeping a secret for a long while now, but I can finally share it! I've been working with my husband, author Dan Rix, on a joint book for the last month. It's called Blood and Sin, and it's the first novel in a paranormal romance trilogy we'll be writing together! We're planning on releasing it June 15, just a month after the final novel in my Fallen World series comes out! If you enjoy enemies-to-lovers stories, this one will be right up your alley.

Blood and Sin

Welcome to the world of the Infernari, demons who live in a realm similar to ours, but sometimes come topside to collect blood for their dark magic.




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.


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Here is a little teaser to whet your appetite:

Blood and Sin, Teaser #1
My shoulders shrank, my waist narrowed, and my hips widened.

Suddenly I wasn’t a mostly naked Brad pinned under Asher, but a topless Lana.

He hadn’t been prepared for that. Nor, for that matter, had I. There were two of us and a whole lot of skin, considering that Asher was still in just his boxer briefs. I felt my cheeks flush, pressed together as we were.

Asher reared back, getting an eyeful.

I growled and thrust my palm up against the cartilage of his nose. He cursed, reflexively releasing me.

I scrambled away from him, my skin scraping against the rocky pavement. Behind me I could hear him recovering.

A hand wrapped around my ankle. “Not so fast, demon.”

I pulled my other foot back and kicked at his face. It glanced off of his cheekbone.

Ignoring my efforts, he began dragging me backwards. I clawed at the road, grappling for purchase. I felt one fingernail rip away. Then another. I suppressed my magic even as I cried out. No use healing something that would just reinjure.

“You should’ve killed me when you had the chance, demon,” Asher gritted out.

He dragged me like that all the way back to his vehicle, scratching up the delicate skin of my stomach and chest. More fingernails ripped away. Still I fought him.

Utterly useless. He was at least two heads taller than me and twice my weight.

When we reached his vehicle, Asher pulled me roughly to my feet, and opened the car’s back doors. Once I saw where he intended to put me, I struggled anew.

I couldn’t go back into that cage. There weren’t even windows to look out of.

“Asher, please—”

He tossed me into the back of the car and slammed the doors in my face.

I cried out, less from the physical pain than from the distress of being back in this cage. I could smell my earlier sickness, and it made my nausea rise.

For once I wished I could be hardened like other Infernari. Or cold and crafty, like a human. If either were the case, Asher would be dead and I’d be on my way back home.

But I was somehow the worst of both worlds. My spirit too soft. My intentions too transparent.


And I was back in the monster’s clutches.

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Happy reading!
Laura


Thursday, April 7, 2016

News on The Disappearing Act (The Vanishing Girl #3)

So this post is a long time coming, and I know many of you have been dying to get even the smallest bit of information on this third book, so here's the scoop:

Is The Disappearing Act ever coming out?
Yes, I promise I'm not trying to string you along!

Then when is it coming out, or do you plan on torturing us forever?
So I've gone back and forth on dates. The thing is, the first two books are under contract through Skyscape, and part of this contract stipulates that I must wait eighteen months after the release of the second book, The Decaying Empire, to publish this third book if I self publish it.

There are several reasons why I've decided not to publish this third book through Skyscape but the biggest two are (1) they didn't initially buy the rights to it and there's no guarantee that even once I write the manuscript they will (and if they did, that's several additional months of waiting as their publishing house processes it), and (2) time management--I'm usually working on several series at any one point in time and I haven't been willing to make readers of these other series wait more than necessary because I had contractual obligations to this one.

The Decaying Empire came out at the end of April 2015. Eighteen months following that is the end of October. Between now and then, I have three other projects that I will be writing. Knowing how fast I write, I'm guessing that I will have The Disappearing Act out at the beginning of 2017 (roughly January or February).

Can you please keep readers in the loop?!
Absolutely. I will continue to post updates about The Disappearing Act as they come you can also join my mailing list (in the top right-hand corner) to receive email on this book and others when they release!

Happy reading,
Laura


Friday, April 1, 2016

The Queen of All That Lives Cover Reveal

The cover for The Queen of All That Lives is finally here, and I’m so excited to share with you! The third and final novel in The Fallen World trilogy comes out May 15! If you haven’t started reading the series, you can check out the first book, The Queen of All That Dieshere!
 
Of all my series, this one has been my favorite so far, probably because it’s the most challenging for me to write. The Queen of All That Lives is my longest book to date and at the moment I’m in the middle of edits. My hope is that once these are complete, I can begin sending out advanced review copies to eager readers. I send out ARCs exclusively to my newsletter subscribers, so if you want to be considered for future releases, please join my mailing list (top right hand corner). 






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.


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Happy reading!
Laura

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