Write, Write, Write

Please excuse this interruption for a quick update on my writing life!

Some of you may know that I’ve been writing short stories over the last few months for an up-and-coming tabletop gaming company called Knight Errant Games. And let me tell you, it has been what I consider a surreal experience to be a part of the writing world from this side of the table (pun intended). It’s seriously awesome, you guys!

What many of you may not know, however, is that a few weeks ago I was offered a contract and the chance to write a full standalone novel for KEG. As one of the nerdiest people on the planet and someone who has dreamed of writing full-time since the day I could write, I knew I’d have to be an idiot not to consider this opportunity. So after several more emails and a lot of thinking, I am ecstatic to announce that I accepted the offer and as of today, am officially on board to write what I hope to be a super exciting novel about even more super exciting things!

Come check out what KEG’s about through this link: http://www.knighterrantgames.com

In the meantime, for those of you who are eagerly awaiting for the day when I finally finish TLR 4, I wanted to take a moment to reassure everyone that I am still hard at work on it and really hope to be finished with it in the next couple of months. As always, I promise to give updates with each step of the process and wanted to thank everyone for your interest and support!

XOXOXO
-KL

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The Answers To All Your Questions….

Hey all!

I know it’s been some time since my last post, but I feel I owe it to all my readers to let everyone know what’s going on with me and my books!

Where have you been, K.L.???
For starters, I haven’t posted in forever because I really am pressed for time these days, even as I’m writing this sentence. Recently, I had a very big move (all the way from Texas to Alabama), and am now in the middle of my junior year at Auburn (War Eagle!). So anyway, big move=no time for anything and the same goes for the multiple literature classes I’m now taking, which all involve a lot of reading and even more writing (and not even the fun stuff!). Because of this excessive amount of writing research papers about other pretentious stuff, writing for fun has been (dare I say?) difficult lately. But I promise, I am still writing, if only a little at a time.

A big thanks!!!
Before I continue, I would live to give a humongous thank you to everyone for your kind words–seriously, it means the world to me!–and say that YOU GUYS are the reason I love this job. This has definitely not been the easiest of careers to follow–maddening at times–but y’all make it worth my while.

So what’s up with TLR series???
Ok, so, enough with the sappy crap. Many of you have messaged me over the past several weeks in regards to The Apprentice and the future of TLR series. DO NOT FRET. It’s not over until the fat lady sings! …please take no offense to that, just an expression! Anyway, this is my promise to you guys that I still have plenty to write about Evin’s journey, though whether Emma will or will not return I still cannot confirm. I just wanted to assure everyone that there is a story left to be told, but if my news about Emma only served to make you sadder, then, well, job well done on my part.

So when’s the next book supposed to come out???
Probably the most asked question, as of late. To that I can give no definite answer. As I said, being a full-time student who’s currently on the prowl for a part-time job (unfortunately, writing doesn’t exactly pay the bills ): ) it’s extremely hard to be able to write whenever I want. In short, I very much hope to have the fourth book done by next year, but again, no promises. I can promise, however, to keep everyone updated throughout the journey.

Anything in the works in the meantime???
Ah, yes. The other reason why TLR has been put on the back burner for the time being. Those of you who read my most recent book know how much darker it was in tone compared to its companion books. Of course, that was intentional, as I felt I really needed to give this particular book a little more than what anyone had seen so far. Unfortunately, the darkness of this book did make it mentally harder to write than the other two. There was a lot going on in the 500 something pages, a lot of planning involved! Because of this, I felt I needed to start work on something else, something drastically different, before resuming my work on TLR series. Because I would hate to give anyone anything less than my best! Rest assured, that though I cannot say anything else, there are other things in the works, which I am sure you guys will enjoy just as much as TLR series!

Closing words
In short, I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m not dead–very much alive, in fact–and that yes, I do have loads more books planned. Again, when these so-called books will make an appearance is hard to say. I live a busy, if not boring, life. But they are coming! Again, thank you guys so, so much for your words of loveliness and encouragement! It gives me the drive I need to keep up the hard work! Stay strong, my lovelies!

Much love to all,
K.L. ❤

GHOST FILES V3 COVER REVEAL!!! (GF V1: Soon to be a Motion Picture)

Grab a flashlight and turn the lights out, and try not to scream too loudly!

Please take a moment to stop by my good friend Apryl Baker’s site and check out her bestselling Ghost Files books.

 

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THE GHOST FILES SERIES SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!!

The Ghost Files Volume 3

By Apryl Baker

 

Summary from Goodreads:

One, two, the ghosts are coming for you…

Three, four, better salt your door…

Five, six, death and hatred mix…

Seven, eight, help will come too late…

Nine, ten, never reap again…

Seventeen year old, Mattie Hathaway, has enough on her plate without having to deal with the latest teenage ghost drama. The ghosts of eight murdered girls are out for her blood. They blame Mattie for their deaths. She has to figure out what happened to them before they make sure she ends up just like them…dead and angry.

Not only that, but she has to face the greatest fear of her young life, the death of someone she loves. Can she let nature take its course or will she interfere and cause the balance of life and death to spiral out of control?

She’s out of time, and doesn’t know if she should trust Silas, the demon who has taken a very disturbing interest in her or her father, a man just as evil as Silas. Either way, she has to make a choice. But what will it cost her and those she loves?

Coming June 10, 2014

From Limitless Publishing

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Signing Success–Many Thanks!

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So for those of you wondering, tonight’s book signing was a major success

I would like to give a humongous thanks to everyone who came out to see me tonight. I was so pleasantly surprised by the turnout, and even more satisfied with all of the new faces I had the chance to meet. You guys completely bought out The Guardians, and almost all the copies of The Secret Society as well. In other words, y’all rock! 

Many of you were asking about The Apprentice and when it will be released. Again, I am just waiting for edits, so the only answer I can give at this point is soon. Of course, though, I will keep everyone updated with each further step we take towards the final publication process. 

Again, thanks so much for the support today! It truly means the world to me. Don’t forget to leave a review after you’re done reading, as I am eager to hear your thoughts! 

XOXOXOXO,

–K.L. 

P.S. Feel free to post all pictures from today to my blog and/or Facebook page! I’d love to make a collage!

TLR Book 3–The Last Chapter

Hey all!

So I decided that in celebration of my soon to be upcoming release of Book 3 of “The Lost Realm Series” that I would give everyone a little sneak peek of what I’ve been working on. Let me know what you think when you’re done!

So without further ado….

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Epilogue

Emma stood alone in the middle of the otherwise raging battlefield, her white dress soaked in blood that was not hers. Alan and Gwen were dead, and she had gotten separated from the other remaining few during the fight. But she didn’t have time to mourn her two friends. From the ways things were going now, one Celestial soldier falling after another, things were very rapidly going downhill.

“Guardian!” a familiar voice boomed from behind her.

Emma slowly turned, eyes narrowing in barely contained fury when she spotted Caine Fletcher, his golden hair and skin startling contrast against midnight-colored stallion he rode. “Caine.”

With a sickening smirk, the Dracon, announced, “I have a present for you.”

Emma gasped when one of his followers suddenly stepped forth, roughly dragging with them a bloody and restrained Tristan. “Emma!” he yelled, blood spluttering from his mouth. “Run—”

Emma screamed in despair when Tristan abruptly cut off, the sword of the Rider that had been retraining him running cleanly through his chest.

“Caine!” another voice hollered before Emma could make another move.

Evin and Claire stood at the edge of their bloody circle, weapons raised. They had seen Tristan fall, and from the mirrored grieving expressions on their faces, things were about to get even bloodier.

“I was just looking for you,” Caine said, flashing a disconcerting smile.

“You found me.”

Dragon people flew ahead of them, fire shooting from their mouths and charring the field around them. Sweat beaded on Emma’s brow, but she ignored it.

Evin and Claire surged forward then.

Evin managed to slice several impeding Riders out of his way, with Claire quickly taking care of the ones his missed. They were truly a couple to be trifled with, on and off the battlefield.

It was as Emma was thinking this that a Rider had appeared behind Claire.

“Claire!” she shouted, unable to get passed the wall of Riders blocking her path.

Claire whirled to face her, her violet eyes rolling upward in her skull when the Rider’s blade sliced cleanly through her. Evin had also paused to see what the commotion was, and at the sight of his girlfriend’s battered and falling body, he let out a livid roar.

He charged Caine.

Caine didn’t even blink a golden eye before suddenly arching his back and letting loose a trail of orange flames at the Guardian. Evin’s sword clattered to the charred ground. Emma watched in horror as her twin’s ashes were whisked away in the blowing wind.

“I told you this was a losing battle, Guardian,” Caine said to her as he flicked his horse’s reins. Emma raised her arms protectively in front her, as if that would somehow stop the massive charging beast.

So this was it.

Of all the ways to die, Emma had never imagined being trampled to death.

Caine’s stallion was upon her.

Everything went black.

Lost Realm Goes on Tour

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Hello my lovely readers!

So sorry it’s been forever since my last post! The holidays for me have been INSANE. 

I just wanted to let everyone know the The Lost Realm series will be going on its first blog tour January 20-24 of 2014! The tour will include lots of awesome stuff, such as additional info about myself (maybe not so cool) and the books (much cooler). There will also possibly be book swag, although you’ll have to tune in yourself to find that out for sure. 😉

Anyway, I’m writing this, first and foremost, to let you all know about the tour, and secondly to add that I will be writing up at least one–possibly more–short stories centered around the series. However, before I can start, I would love to know my readers’ opinions. 

Who is you favorite character in TLR series? Would you be interested in reading about a day in their life, if you haven’t already? Would you like more romance, action, etc.? 

Let me know and I will definitely put them on the table for consideration.

Hope to “see” you all during the tour! 

Fictional Man Crushes

It happens once a week.

You log onto your social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, etc.) to find that Man Crush Monday has struck again. And while that’s all great for those of you with real-life man crushes, what about those of us who spend more time drooling over fictional characters rather than the ones we actually know? (Sorry, boyfriend…;D)

I think everyone can agree with me when I say we all have that one fictional character that just makes us go giddy when we think about them. So here’s a list of some of my favorite fictional characters of all time, as well as why I love them. And no, I didn’t include Tristan Pierce from my own books, because let’s face it: that would just be unfair competition for the rest of these blokes.

Favorite Men in Literature:

Jace Wayland–One of the protagonists from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, Jace is your typical bad boy. He offers much of the comic relief, as well as tons of playful banter with his girlfriend (kind of?)–not to mention that he fights freaking demons for a living! And what girl doesn’t love it when a guy argues with her? Did I mention he knows how to drive a motorcycle?

Will Herondale–Also a creation of Cassandra Clare, though from her Infernal Devices series. Will is a lot like Jace, but I’m not complaining. Possibly my favorite thing about Will–witty commentary and random fear of ducks aside–is how willing he is to make sacrifices. Seriously. It’s hot. Did I mention that he’s British? 😉

Shane Collins–There’s something about Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series that I just can’t get enough of….oh, right. IT’S SHANE. Sarcastic, tall, dangerous…Words can’t express how very much obsessed I am with this character, but if they could, well, they’d probably be slightly too inappropriate for the internet. ;P Still wondering why I seem to like this fictional person so much? Just pick up a copy of the MV series and see for yourself.

Chaol Westfall–The stoic guard from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. First of all, this is probably one of the most underrated series out there. There’s something about Chaol’s reserved manner that just has me yearning for more. Unlike the other bad boys on this list, Chaol is a genuinely good guy, making readers want to root for him even more, I think. It’s obvious that he’d do anything for his friends, which, in some cases, is even more attractive than the false d-baggery we see from so many other male protagonists in teen series.

Adrian Ivashkov–He’s absolutely insane. And I think that may be why I love him so much. He’s also hilarious, and does a fantastic job of playing as the misunderstood artist card, without being annoying about it. Pick up Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series and you’ll see what I mean.

Favorite Men in Film:

Han Solo–Do I even need to explain myself? Harrison Ford….a sardonic criminal in a galaxy far, far away…I think we can all be in agreement here.

Sherlock Holmes–While Holmes is only slightly attractive to me in the books, I simply adore the way Robert Downey Jr. plays him. Does my borderline obsessive love of RDJ make me partial, you ask? Perhaps. But I still think he does a superb job in bringing this fictional mastermind to life.

The Winchester brothers–One word: Supernatural. Watch it. Love it. And then thank me later for introducing you to it.

The Bishop men–Walter and Peter Bishop from Fringe. While I’m not really “crushing” on Walter, simply put, I can’t help but roll with laughter by the man’s commentary. He’s insane. He’s brilliant. His son, Peter, on the other hand, is a different story. Like his father, Peter is brilliant. He’s also snarky and seductive, just the way I like ’em.

Eric Northman–Probably the only vampire I will ever actually like. What can I say? Alexander Skarsgard just does a kick-a** job of playing an even more kick-a** character in True Blood. He’s just so…awesome.

Peter Parker/Spiderman–As played by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spiderman. That goofy smile. OMG.

James Sawyer–Josh Holloway plays him in Lost. He’s country and he’s sexy. That’s all you need to know.

Chuck Bass–I love Ed Westwick. I love Gossip Girl. I love a bad boy. I love a sharp dresser. I ❤ Chuck Bass.

Both (I loved them in both the books and films and decided they needed some serious credit):

Sirius Black–Not only was did I totally fawn over him in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but then Gary Oldman was picked to play him on the big screen. I don’t think they could have picked a more amazing actor for the role, and to this day, get chills when I watch/read any of the scenes from HP with him. Seriously. What a freaking BA. *fangirling*

Jay Gatsby–The version played by Leonardo DiCaprio, of course. Oh yeah, and that one book called, The Great Gatsby, written by  Scott Fitzgerald. There’s something about Gatsby’s unfaltering hope that turns readers on, and his carelessness for what people expect out of him that keeps their attention.

Four–Theo James. Whoa. Veronica Roth did such a fabulous job of creating this complex character in her Divergent series. He’s cold, distant, and a heck of a fighter. Not to mention loyal, smart, and A HECK OF A FIGHTER.

Mr. Darcy–Matthew Macfadyen movie version of Pride and Prejudice, in my humble opinion, is the best. Jane Austen just does wonderfully at giving us a total prestigious snark to read about, while also somehow managing to make us fall in love with him. WHY, JANE?!?!?!

Finnick Odair–First of all, I would like to give a huge sarcastic thanks to Suzanne Collins for all of the emotional trauma she’s caused me from Hunger Games. Secondly, I would like to take a moment to cuddle with Sam Claftin.

Note: I’m fairly certain I forgot some people along the way, but as of right now, these are my main man crushes in fiction. ❤