Sooooo. A commonly asked question that I’ve been getting a LOT lately, is “When will the sequel to Of Blood and Bone be out?” I’ve even been getting some…shall we say…. less than polite emails.
I’m really sorry that it has taken so long. I really am. Trust me, I want to finish up Luca’s story, too. I love him. In fact, I would go so far as to say that he might be my favorite character that I’ve written.
This is the thing, though. Since I signed The Beautifully Broken series with a big publisher, that pushed The Beautifully Broken series up to the top of my schedule because I’m contractually (legally) bound to produce it by specific dates. I am working on edits now for If You Leave (book 2) and then I’ll have the third book to write and edit.
I will be working on Luca’s story whenever I can (in between edits and writing book three). I might even try to write it at the same time as I’m writing book three, as much as I can. There always comes a time though, in every story, that I can’t do two stories at once. I get too immersed in one– and there’s no way that I want to compromise either story.
You have my solemn word though- that I will write it as soon as I can. Luca’s story will wrap up on one more book- and I can tell you right now that it’s gonna get a little dark. With Luca involved, you had to know that was coming. In fact, the title itself is Of Darkness and Demons.
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a status update on that. And to let you know that it will be coming. I promise.
So…. my friend M. Leighton just released a fabulous new book. It’s dark. It’s edgy. It’s sexy. If you like those things, then you should definitely check out Until I Break. Because it’s awesome. And so is M. Leighton.
Check it out:
“I’m intrigued. Tempted beyond what I’ve ever been before. To know her, to open her up. To break her.”
In love, sometimes what you fear most is exactly what you need.
Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control.
And she doesn’t exist.
Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with.
Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare.
When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be.
Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her.
The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.
Sounds good, right? I know it is— I’ve read it. Woot! If you’d like to check it out, you can find it on Amazon HERE and B&N HERE.
You guys, if you follow my blog, you know my faves.
And so you know that Kristen Proby (Author of the With Me in Seattle series) is one of my favest faves. ß No, that’s not a real term, but it seemed appropriate anyway. I’m super excited to have her on my blog today!!
Kristen, you know I love all of your characters. You have a special way of bringing your characters to life so that they practically leap off the page and make out with me. Well, that’s what it feels like anyway. (Your steamy scenes are HAWT!) Tell me… what are your favorite things about Leo and Sam?
Kristen: First of all, you’re my favest fave too. J I love it that you make out with my characters. My favorite things about Leo and Sam… well, I love how Leo just seems to “get” Sam. He’s patient, biding his time for her, and once they’re in, they’re IN.
As I mentioned, you write the steamiest of steam. I think Molly McAdams called you the Queen of Sex, right? So, tell me… where do you get your inspiration for the delicious sex scenes that you write?
Kristen: HAHA! Yes, Molly calls me the Queen of Sex, which makes me laugh. I enjoy writing love scenes because for my characters, the sex is as much a part of their story as anything else. I think it shows intimacy. It’s when any of us are at our most vulnerable. The inspiration for the scenes? I’m not sure… I just go with what the characters want to do. J
Who is your favorite book-boyfriend of all time? (It can be from your book or someone else’s).
Kristen: This is easy for me. Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series.
If you were stuck on a wounded cruise ship out in the middle of the Caribbean, what three things will you have in your purse to make your life better? Knowing you as I do, my mind just went into the gutter. You’ll have to forgive me for that….
Kristen: You DO know me! LMAO! Um… lip balm, gum and sunglasses. What? Don’t judge me.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
Kristen: My favorite movie of all time is The Goonies.
I love that one too!! Okay—you and I are both attending the Naughty Mafia Rocks Vegas event in August (yayyyy!). We wake up in a jail cell there one morning. Tell me… how did we get there?
Kristen: LOL! Oh, the possibilities are endless, my friend. I think it involved a lot of liquor and perhaps some of the Thunder Down Under guys.
Oh my. You’re probably right. Kristen, thank you so much for being here with me today. I loved your book, Rock with Me, just like I love ALL of your books. You’re talented and amazing- and I’m so happy to call you my friend. <3
Kristen: Thank you for having me! You are wonderful and I so appreciate you. I’m proud to be your friend, my sweet! xo
If you haven’t checked out any of Kristen’s books, now is a good time because her latest With Me in Seattle book, Rock with Me, just came out.
Front Man Leo Nash from the world-famous rock band, Nash, is the last person on earth Samantha Williams would trust. She’s already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn’t signing up for another lesson.
Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He’s not used to women treating him like he’s poisonous, and he isn’t about to let her run away every time he gets close. He’s had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime…when this one runs, he gives chase. But, catching Sam isn’t as hard as he thought.
The sexual attraction between them is so thick, Sam can practically hold it in her hand. There’s no way she can deny herself the promise of pleasure being with Leo would provide. But, pleasure always comes with pain and when secrets are revealed and trust is challenged, who will run and who will chase?
My BFF (and NYT bestselling author) Michelle Leighton and I are both going to be in New York City at the same time for BEA… so we figured, what better way to celebrate than to have an epic contest?? So, we’re excited to announce a joint contest hosted by the both of us, open to any of our readers who will be in NYC during BEA next month. (You can’t see me right now, but I might be running around in circles in excitement…)
You can enter to win on Rafflecopter HERE. All you have to do is tweet about the giveaway, follow Michelle and I on Twitter, and follow us on Facebook. Easy-breezy! And the winner shall receive….
Breakfast and a private book signing for both the winner and a guest with Michelle Leighton and I in NYC. Eeepppp!! Michelle and I are super excited about this. We’re each going to draw a winner through rafflecopter, so there will be two winners and each winner can bring a guest. So, including Michelle and I, that’s an intimate party of six and I’m guessing there will be mimosas involved…. (Note: you can enter to win on both Michelle’s rafflectoper and mine– so you can enter to win twice as many times! You can find Michelle’s website here.)
Anyway, I hope you’re as excited about this as I am. I’m a girl who loves breakfast. And to sit down and share breakfast with one of you… well, that will just be awesome. Good luck– and I can’t wait to see who wins!!
**disclaimer: This contest is for breakfast and a private signing only. Any and all transportation and lodging costs are the responsibility of the contest winners**
First, If You Stay should be available globally now. So, if you live outside of the US, it should now be available to you. Yay!!
Second, Marlon Teixteira won the poll yesterday. So, this gorgeousness will be looking at me as Dominic from my storyboard every day:
Thank you to everyone who voted! I can’t wait to announce more details about Dominic and the rest of book 3 in the Beautifully Broken series. I’m so excited about it!
And last but not least, I have a new assistant… Avery. So if you see his name floating around here and there, just know that he’s my assistant and he’s doing things on my behalf. He’s going to help me do some really cool things on Tumblr, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. He’s awesome and I’m sure you’ll love him as much as I do.
I am a novelist who loves thunderstorms, Autumn, Harry Potter books and picking all of the cookie dough out of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
I am the author of If You Stay (book one of the Beautifully Broken series). I am represented by Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management.
My other books include: The Minaldi Legacy (Of Blood and Bone), The Paradise Diaries (Dante's Girl and Mia's Heart), The Cougar Chronicles (Confessions of an Alli Cat), The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds), The Moonstone Saga (Soul Kissed and Soul Bound), Princess, and Guardian.