Hello everyone. I hope that you’re all having a fantastic weekend. I’ve been catching up on some sleep. I’m an insomniac and after a while of living off 4 hours of sleep...my body isn’t as young as it used to be...and I start sleeping 10-12 hour stretches a day for about a week just to ‘catch up’. I’m currently in that cycle. I’m also getting some writing done!
I get asked a LOT of questions via emails. First off, I answer my own emails. This surprises a lot of people for some reason. I also update and run my own website. Back when I started out, I had a $40 budget. Period. I had to figure out how to put a website together, had to buy stock photos, and figure out how to make banners from them. I’m a techno idiot. Honestly. My kids program my iphone 4 for me. Yet...necessity made me learn how to open a website and play with pictures. It’s been awesome. I update my website often. I’m a reader as well as an author. I honestly...get irritated going to visit an author’s website and discover it hasn’t been updated in a while. I have NO CLUE what recent books they released, what books are coming out, and yeah...kind of drives me nuts. I never want to do that to other people. LOL! I even date the front page when it was last updated so you know if there's anything new on there since your last visit. It was updated 2 days ago. I added links to find Justice at various sites and added to the coming soon page. I even have a WIP (works in progress) page.
I cracked up recently when I was asked if I’m really a ‘writing team of authors’. Wow, that was funny. It’s just me. Hello, my name is Laurann and I’m a writeaholic. Seriously, I am. I spend at least 8 hours a day, sometimes up to 16 hours, at my desk - EVERY DAY. I love to write. It’s not that I write fast...I just put a lot of hours into it. My normal work week is at least 60 hours minimum. I never suffer from writer’s block because I usually work on anywhere from 3-5 books at the same time. If I get hung up on one story, I work on another. It would be really cool if I could clone myself and assign ‘five of me’ to write five different books. But...it’s just me.
The New Species books are coming out so close together because I had written them some years ago before I was published. I spend parts of my day editing and fixing my old writing mistakes. I have to update them to modern times, rewrite parts that need it, but it’s faster to do that than writing brand new books. Of course writing new books is less frustrating. I’m not dealing with a much younger me who made a ton of writing errors. I write new books during part of my day as well. I just...put a lot of time and heart into writing. I’m able to get them out faster because of the serious commitment I’ve made to writing by the amount of hours I put into it. Plus, to be honest, if I were part of a writing team...I highly doubt I would have been chosen to be the ‘face’ of that team. LOL. I’m a 41 year old wife, mother of 4, with a grandchild. Plus, I’d be thinner, prettier, and not have this wild hair - it's naturally frizzy. It’s just me, for real, and the pictures you see of me...that’s the one I face in the mirror every day.
Some people ask me if I’m going to write certain books. So...here’s my current ‘to write’ list.
Zorn - Vhon, Coto, and Vinlotti.
Raine - I’m writing all of the brothers including Trip and Adam.
Mating Heat - the brothers, cousin Brand, and probably Alpha Elroy’s story.
Cyborgs - Sky, Deviant, Gene, Onyx, Blackie, and I just added Mavo.
I may add more names to those but that’s my ‘to write’ list right now.
New Species... I haven’t released the names of book #8 or #9. Here’s why (I get asked this). Some of the names of the books/characters have already been changed. Here’s the ones that are set.
#5 - Brawn
#6 - Wrath
#7 - Tiger
I do have a story for Brass, council member Bestial, and another species you haven’t met yet. I had mostly finished writing their books before I had a medical issue and had to take time from writing while I got better. I plan to write Breeze’s story, 927, and a bunch of other books including at least one gift female one since...I found a partial already written for one of them that I LOVE and want to finish. I was going through old hard drives of my older computers and found partials of other Species books. Some of them I’d totally forgotten about. LOL. Jaded (council member) was one of them. Moon. Flame. Some you haven’t heard of. I even found an entire mostly written book that is a prequel of the Species series that I’d forgotten I’d even written. It’s like two chapters shy of being finished and I had outlined a few books to go with it. I don’t know if I’ll ever try to get it published. I have enough on my plate right now but maybe in the future. I want to catch up on my ‘to write’ list before I rescue any of my older books. It’s time consuming. In my 20’s and 30’s...my writing was rough. The storylines are awesome but yeah...rough writing style. Plus...If I rescue that prequel book...I’d have to write the ones that should go with it. There would be at least two more books that would have to be written. Big project and I just don’t have the time right now.
I’m totally trying to get through the holidays stress free. Easier said than done. Mr. Laurann and I decided to stay home this Thanksgiving rather than visit family. A stress-free day of us sharing a kitchen is something I look forward to and that’s awesome because we cook well together. I’m mostly stressed about Christmas. Kids are easy to buy for. Adults...NOT so much! It used to be buying gift cards was the easiest thing to do but what do you give people who can afford anything? Yeah. That’s my stress question of the month. LOL. I’m trying to think up personal and touching gifts. My brain hurts! LOL!
My other stress question...where to put the darn Christmas tree next month. The area it usually goes...now sports my new treadmill. Our home is tiny, 5 people, 3 cats, 1,200 square feet. We’re crammed in. I’m thinking of putting the darn tree on top of my cedar chest in the living room. Not sure how that’s going to work out but yeah, it’s got to go somewhere. I also stole 1/3rd of the living room for my ‘office’ which now has a huge L-shaped desk so we’re wall to wall furniture in the living room/dining room area. I also found some killer sales on toys and totally overbought. Yeah. You should see the explosion of wrapped toys already taking up part of my living room before the tree is even up. NO WAY are those going to fit under a tree. Next year after we move...it’s going to be great. We’ll have too much room but this year is going to be tricky. LOL! I don’t even want to discuss what my living room looks like. It’s...bad. Gifts are shoved everywhere. Yeah...I totally blame those toy sales. Buy one on sale, get one half off. 75 percent off. Who could resist??? Not me! I got entire seasons of their favorite shows for like $10. They are usually $40-$50. Yeah. It’s totally NOT my fault! LOL! And the email sales just keep popping up in my inbox. Damn you, irresistible sales! I’m going to stop opening them and reading the darn things. I only have one kid left to buy for. She’s 12 and past the toy stage, unfortunately. LOL!
I turned in Brawn’s story from New Species. I don’t have a release date yet. I’m hoping for December. Also...good news. It looks like the first book in the Something Wicked This Way Comes Anthology will come out in December. I’m really excited about being a part of them. I wrote stories for all four. None of the stories I wrote for the anthology books are related to any of my series books. I wanted to write something new and fresh, something that could stand on their own, and it won’t matter if you’ve read any of my other books. Here’s the blurb for the first story in the first volume. (subject to change but I think this is the official blurb)
Captain of Nara’s Heart
Nara knew she was taking a risk with illegal trading. Sure enough, she’s been arrested, caged—and will be auctioned as a sex slave. One look at the scary alien buyers and she frantically makes a deal, agreeing to be sold to Captain Vellar, who turns out to be large, sexy and seriously in heat. Offering her body to the captain is a given…but Nara didn’t expect to lose her heart in the process.
You can click on the cover or here's the LINK