Thursday, April 24, 2014

Teaser #1 for The Decaying Empire

Before I get to the meat of this post, I wanted to thank each and every one of you who left a review for The Vanishing Girl! As an author, there is nothing better to receive than feedback—both positive and critical—on our work, and reviews function as a type of currency in the literary world, so yay, more gold bits for The Vanishing Girl! ;)

Now onto the good stuff. Below I’ve inserted the first two scenes for The Decaying Empire as my first teaser. More teasers to come in the future, but I hope this quenches your thirst for the moment. I hope you enjoy!

(By the way, I apologize in advance for some of the weird line breaks below. Something got lost in translation when I copied the text to my website. I tried meddling with it, which only made it worse—go figure.)

The Decaying Empire: Teaser #1 

*Warning* these scenes are unedited and are subject to change. 


It felt like surfacing from a deep abyss. The darkness gradually lightening, the freeze inside me slowly thawing. Fingers and toes began to twitch. I’d forgotten they were there to begin with.
“She’s coming out of it.” The voice sounded far away, as though I was hearing it through water.
My body felt heavy and stiff, and my mind was slow and sluggish. But with each passing moment, they moved a little faster. Then my eyelids fluttered, and light filtered in and out.
It felt like … resurrection.
I ordered my eyes to open. It didn’t immediately happen, but once it did, they focused on the plain white ceiling and the florescent lights glaring down at me. I registered the shadowy silhouettes surrounding me for a split second.
And then I disappeared.

I blinked a few times, confused. Cool air brushed against my bare skin. I was naked and curled up on my side in someone’s room. I pushed myself up with my arms and brushed away locks of my hair. Absently I noted that it was longer than I remembered.
I heard someone curse behind me, and then the sound of footfalls as they walked towards me. That voice … it was familiar, and it had my heart speeding up.

I threw a glance over my shoulder and locked eyes on a devastatingly handsome man. Devastatingly handsome. It was a term Ava and I used to describe especially attractive men. Ava. My friend. The information surfaced from somewhere deep inside me, and I filed it away to analyze later.
The guy stopped in his tracks. His eyes widened and he inhaled sharply. A beat passed before he spoke. “Ember?” he whispered a name—my name, I realized—like it was a prayer, his voice both fearful and reverent.

A sense of deja vu washed over me as I heard his voice and drank in each of his familiar features. His golden hair, his tan skin, and his muscular body, which seemed even larger than I remembered it. The dimples that should’ve decorated his cheeks.
I remember. 
This man, I knew his secrets; I shared his pain.
I loved him.
His name came to me, and with it, the feeling of pure happiness. “Caden.” My voice was hoarse from disuse, but I savored the sound of his name on my lips.
His face cracked. “Ember,” he repeated, his voice breaking. And then he closed the distance between us. He fell to his knees next to me, and gathered my body to him. The thick bands of his arms wrapped around me, pulling me close.
“You can’t be real,” he whispered into my skin. Beneath me, his body began to shake as he held me to him, and I felt wetness where his face pressed against my shoulder. Tears.
Even locked within his tight embrace I managed to run a hand through his hair. I didn’t know how to console him; I didn’t really know what was going on myself.
“This must be a dream,” he whispered.
“I … I think I’m real.” I should’ve sounded more certain than I did.
“You died, Ember,” he said, his voice ravaged. “I saw it. Oh God, you died.”
I stiffened at his words. A dozen memories bubbled to the surface, and with each one I reclaimed a piece of my identity.
I was Ember Elizabeth Pierce. Age eighteen. I could teleport, and I worked for the government. I went on deadly missions.
And I was in love with Caden Hawthorne, the man who rocked me in his arms.
I inhaled sharply as some of the haze that clouded my mind dissipated. Dissipated only enough to know that there was still so much more I needed to remember.
I ran my hand through Caden’s hair again and brushed a kiss against his temple. “I’m alive,” I whispered. I wanted to add, I remember you, but I wasn’t sure I remembered everything. Just enough to feel the ache in my heart and the flutter in my chest. Love. It was the only sensation that could feel light and heavy at the same time.
Instead I said, “I’m sorry I’ve been … gone.” How long had I been gone, and where had I been? “I never wanted to leave you.”
I felt Caden still. He pulled away from me, his face the picture of anguish. He brushed my hair away from my face, and his eyes devoured me. A shaky hand lifted and the tips of his fingers grazed my cheek.
A tear spilled from one of his eyes. “Jesus, you are real.”

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If you liked what you read, click here to add The Decaying Empire on Goodreads to your “To Read” list. If you haven’t yet read The Vanishing Girl, the first book in this series, you can read more about it here!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Cursed

OMG OMG OMG! I’m buzzing with excitement! The cover for my next novel, The Cursed, is FINALLY done!!! Are you ready for it? Here’s your first glimpse of Andre:





I’ll have the book’s description up in the next few weeks, so make sure to check back in! And if you’re interested in adding this to your TBR list on Goodreads, click here.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my Unearthly series, The Cursed is the third book in this YA paranormal romance series. Click here to see more information on The Unearthly, the first book in this series!

I hope you’re as excited as me to continue Andre and Gabrielle’s journey!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Sunday, April 6, 2014

More Teasers

So, us authors can be a little scatterbrained. We’re so busy living in the worlds we create that we sometimes forget that our readers want to hear more about them. Plenty of you have been asking to hear more about The Unearthly series and The Vanishing Girl series, and putting out information on them has been on my To-Do list, it just sort of got crammed in at the bottom of it. :)

Yeah, I just kind of realized you might not be as in the know as me. ;) So I’ve decided that as soon as The Coveted hits 30 reviews, I’ll put out the second teaser for The Cursed, and as soon as The Vanishing Girl hits 55 reviews I’ll put out the first teaser for The Decaying Empire, the second book in the series (which is scheduled to come out around September).

If you’re interested in leaving a review for either book, here are the links:

The Coveted
The Vanishing Girl

I look forward to sharing more teasers with you, and Unearthly fans, be sure to keep a lookout on my website in the coming weeks for the cover reveal of The Cursed!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Cursed Teaser #1

Thank you all for the amazing reviews you’ve posted for The Coveted! There’s officially over 20 reviews, which means that you get your first sneak peek at The Cursed!

The Cursed Teaser #1 

“Leave,” he whispered.
Persistent vampire.
“No.”
“Please, Gabrielle.” This was the closest he ever got to begging. At least he hadn’t thought to force me out of the country. Actually, now that I thought about it, he probably had, it just wasn’t an option. Not when I was a siren who could get him to do just about anything.
“Quit and go back to the Isle of Man,” Andre continued. “I won’t let anything happen to you.” Oh, I bet he’d love me quitting. He’d probably throw a party in my honor the day that happened.
“Much as I appreciate your offer to be my sugar daddy, I want to go to school and lead a normal life for as long as possible,” I said.
“This isn’t a normal life.”
I gave him a look. “You know what I mean.”
Andre closed his eyes. “If you don’t leave here, this place might kill you.” He talked as though Romania itself wanted my blood.
I gave a hollow laugh. “I’m destined to die in about a year anyway, so what’s the difference?”
Andre thumped his palm against the steering wheel. Hard. Metal crunched as it bent under the force of his blow. “Damnit Gabrielle, it makes a difference to me!”
He steered the car to the side of the road and got out. I pushed open my door and scrambled after him, barely noticing the light white flakes that drifted down around us. He strode away from me, his coat flapping in the chill breeze, and I could see how tension coiled itself in his muscles.
“Why are you so upset?” I yelled at him. He ignored me, his sinuous form moving further and further away. “This is my fate, not yours!”
Andre stopped. “No, it’s not,” he said.
“What?”
Andre turned around, and even though it was nighttime, even though it was starting to snow, and even though he was some distance away from me, I could clearly see his grief. “It’s not your fate,” he said. “It’s our fate.”
He began walking back to me.  “What do you think happens to me once you die?” he said. “I’m not going to just get over you.” His voice broke. “It doesn’t work like that with soulmates.”
My lungs constricted. Of course it didn’t. On an instinctual level I knew that, but consciously I’d never thought it through. If I died, part of Andre would die along with me—maybe all of him if we were indeed physiologically connected.
The thought of hurting this man or of him simply ceasing to exist, that was just as terrifying as what waited for me on the other side of death.
Andre stepped up to me and cupped my face. “If the devil tries to take you again, I don’t know if you’ll come back to me as a vampire. I don’t know if you’ll come back at all.”
His eyes searched mine, and they shined in the dim light.
“I’d come back,” I whispered. “For you, hell couldn’t hold me. I’d come back.”

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If you enjoyed that little tidbit, click here to add The Cursed to your “To Read” list on Goodreads!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Friday, March 28, 2014

Check out Dan Rix’s New Release, God’s Loophole

Many of you who read my novels also happen to read those of my fiancĂ© Dan Rix. Today I’m happy to announce that his latest book, God’s Loophole, is now for sale on Amazon! Make sure to grab your copy here!

For those of you who don’t know much about God’s Loophole and want to learn more, I’ve included the cover and book description below!




Nicknamed the bubble, an astonishing new technology isolates users from reality and lets them directly experience quantum effects. Inside the bubble, humans can even manipulate individual atoms. For the computer industry, it’s a dream come true. 

Except the bubble may have side effects. 

After being inside the bubble for only a few minutes, eighteen-year-old Gabe Rockwell feels a strange desire to go inside again. He has nightmares and wakes up vomiting in the middle of the night with no idea who he is. Even more troubling, the bubble seems to eat through every kind of radiation shielding known to man...whether it’s plugged in or not. 

Now, ever since that first time in the bubble, Gabe has been harboring a terrifying secret—a power, whose addictive pull he finds harder and harder to resist with each passing day: he’s developed the ability to move objects with his mind. 

Combining the genres of technothriller, science fiction, and young adult, God’s Loophole is the first book in a new mind-bending trilogy by Dan Rix. Scroll up, click the buy button, and start reading God’s Loophole on your kindle. 


Like what you read? Click here to visit God’s Loophole on Amazon and read more about it!

Hugs and happy reading,
Laura

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Cursed and More!

Okay, so I’m waaaay behind on updating all of you on my current progress with The Cursed, mostly because the majority of my time up until now has been spent working on The Vanishing Girl and The Queen of All that Dies. BUT. But, I’m back to working full time on The Cursed.

So, when can you see more and read more about it? Well, I should have the cover ready to reveal to you all some time in April, along with the book’s description. And the book itself should be finished by the end of May. Yippee! 

However, you don’t have to wait that long to receive more news on The Cursed. As soon as I receive 20 reviews for The Coveted on Amazon, I’ll release the first teaser for The Cursed. The Coveted currently has 16 reviews on Amazon, so only 4 more reviews will get you that first glimpse of the third book. If you’re interested in leaving a review, click here to post one on The Coveted’s Amazon page!

Okay, changing gears. Guess what? I just created a Facebook profile. Woohoo! But I have no friends. Boo! If you loved my books and want to be amigos, find me here and friend me, or like my Facebook page! If you’re not a fan of Facebook, check out my Twitter and Goodread’s profiles! I love meeting my readers, and this is just another way for you to finagle free books out of me (hehehe). Here’s my profile if you want to check it out; it’s pretty barren right now, but I’ll try to change that soon.

Hugs and happy reading!
Laura