This Blog is Moving to www.laurinkelly.com

Now that From Blood to Roses is nearing release, I decided it was time to get myself an official author website – www.laurinkelly.com. This new website has a built in blog, so while I’ll be leaving my previous blog posts here, as of 9/16/17 any new posts will be located on the new site.

Thanks to everyone for supporting me here thus far, and I hope that you’ll continue the journey with me at my new home!

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Review of Annabeth Albert’s Wheels Up (Out of Uniform #4)

I am a huge, huge fan of Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series, so I was very excited to obtain an ARC of Wheels Up in return for a fair and honest review.

Dylan and Apollo from At Attention are one of my favorite couples from any author, so I really enjoyed learning more about Dylan’s big brother Dustin. It was really interesting to see how he fit into the Strauss family and what his past was like up until we meet him in At Attention.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wheels Up from cover to cover, staying up until the wee hours of the morning on a work night because I could just not put it down. Annabeth is, in my opinion, the master of balancing sweet with hot with angst, and this book is no exception. Dustin and Wes’s relationship goes through a multitude of ups and downs that kept me glued to the page, as well as sobbing at the wonderful HEA payoff at the end.

In the other Out of Uniform books, there’s more of an “opposites attract” vibe going on, usually with one character being gregarious and the other more sedate. I liked than Annabeth flipped that a little in this book, with both Dustin and Wes being more on the solid, serious side. Their sexual relationship also has a BDSM element to it that was as unexpected as it was blazing hot.  Sometimes with a series it seems like the author is just writing the same story over and over again with different characters, but Annabeth makes each story unique while keeping true to the continuity of the series.

Wheels Up contains the usual wonderful assortment of fully developed side characters you’d expect in an Out of Uniform book.  In addition to ones we’ve met before, I especially loved Wes’s sister and parents, and I hope we get to see more of them in future Out of Uniform books.

I really don’t have a single negative thing to say about Wheels Up. 5 stars all the way!

Kneadful Things Has Been Accepted by LT3 Press!

Today I was notified that my short story Kneadful Things was accepted for Less Than Three Press’s A Fool for You anthology! I’m beyond excited, and so looking forward to working with them again.

In other good news, I got my second set of edits back on From Blood to Roses, and they’re very minor and I should be able to turn them around quickly. Once I submit those changes back to LT3, it’ll get put on the schedule for galley editing, and hopefully I’ll have a tentative release date soon.

Here’s hoping you like FBTR’s Rob and Kelan, and KT’s Adam and Jin as much as my original darlings Nate and Zachary from UTK!

New WIP: Submission for LT3’s Anthology

Now that my first round of edits for From Blood to Roses are off to my publisher, I’m jumping into a short story for Less Than Three Press’s A Fool for You anthology. This will mark two firsts for me as a professional writer: 1) writing a short story instead of multi-chapter work and 2) my first attempt at a paranormal/shapeshifter/genderfluid main character.

It’s due by March 31st, which isn’t much time, but after banging out the major changes to FBTR in about as time I’m feeling confident I can hit the deadline. I’m already over 1000 words in and done with the introductory section, and also have a solid outline for the rest of the story.

Since I always start with a synopsis, I’m excited to share it with you!

When handyman Adam Sutter answers an ad on Craigslist for repair work at a local bakery, he has no idea what he’s in for. Despite the storefront’s dilapidated condition and isolated location, a steady stream of customers come through hoping to find what they’re looking for from Jin, the mysterious owner. The more time Adam spends on the job, the more he finds himself attracted to his new client – who to Adam’s surprise appears as a completely different person every day. Can an average guy like Adam find love with an otherworldly creature who deals in baked goods and… wishes?

Fatal Kiss Revisions Completed…and a New Title?

Just sent off my revisions for the first set of edits on Fatal Kiss. I wound up having to pretty much gut and re-write the entire middle of the book, but as usual my editor Emilia was 100% right in guiding me back to the drawing board.

Along with the edits, I sent a request to change the title to something I like much better. Hopefully I’ll have a new title announcement soon to share with you all!