Celebrate the Small Things! And the Release of Kate Sparkes’ Sworn

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This week I’m celebrating continued progress with Book II: Trouble By Any Other Name. I’m getting closer to finishing up the edits. I’ve been working with Sue Archer, copy editor extraordinaire, and I couldn’t be happier with her efforts. I’ve given my cover design to the inimitable Carrie Butler of Forward Authority Design Services to turn into a professional-looking cover. Getting closer!


I’m also celebrating the release of Kate Sparkes’ new book — Sworn. Sworn is the third book in the Bound trilogy. I’ve added it to my TBR list. Looking forward to reading it!

Not every fairy tale ends with “happily ever after.”

The plan was simple: Find Ulric, the lost king of Tyrea, then return him to Luid to reclaim his throne from the tyrant who stole it. But though Aren, Rowan, and Nox accomplished the first part of their task, the rest is proving to be more complicated than any of them imagined.

Severn won’t give up his throne without a fight. Worse, it seems Ulric did not fare as well during his years in captivity as he’s led everyone to believe—and Rowan may not have escaped unscathed, either.

If Nox doesn’t find a cure for the king’s mysterious ailment, Aren will be forced to challenge Severn for the crown. It’s a battle Aren has little hope of winning. And if he does, it will cost him the love and the freedom he’s fought so hard to gain.

Check it out on Goodreads or the retailer of your choice!


What other celebrations are going on out there?





© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2016. All rights reserved.

Kate Sparkes’ Torn (Bound Trilogy: Book Two) — Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal:



Kate Sparkes


Cover art by Ravven


Torn (Bound Trilogy: Book Two)

Aren Tiernal knows that safety is an illusion, that his cruel and powerful brother will never forgive his betrayal. Still, returning to Tyrea to challenge Severn for the throne would be suicide. It’s not until Severn himself comes to collect what’s owed to him that Aren decides to risk everything in an attempt to bring down the most powerful Sorcerer Tyrea has ever known. The mission seems doomed to fail, but it’s Aren’s only chance to save himself, his country, and the woman who thawed his heart.

Rowan Greenwood has troubles of her own. Though she should be a great Sorceress, years of being closed off from her magic have left her unable to control her incredible power. When a pair of ominous letters arrive from her home country, Rowan has to choose between her new life and a chance at saving her family—and just maybe changing an entire country’s beliefs about the evils of magic.

Torn apart by separate quests, Rowan and Aren will have to discover untapped strengths and confront their darkest fears in order to overthrow a ruler determined to destroy them both.



 Release date: March 31, 2015

 Limited time launch price: $2.99

Also available:

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Disregard the Prologue (blog)