Vultures

Eeep! I just realized I never shared my third and final book on here! If you’re following me via social media though, you saw this a while ago. *wink wink* In case you haven’t witnessed it’s magnificence… ta da!

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Vultures should be ready to the world sometime next year! I don’t have a date as I am not done with the first draft yet, but it’s over halfway done. If you haven’t read the first two books, I have just one question. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!

Here is a tiny snippet of the first chapter. Very tiny since it’s still in it’s infancy stage.

“Waves of electricity slowly made their way out of her system as she stuck to the floor like a paralyzed victim. Every minuscule thought infiltrated her mind leading up to that exact point. She thought she had been ahead of him, but the truth was, he was always ahead. Malik had too many eyes. As large as the Sparrows rebellion seemed, the Vultures tripled them. Was it always a losing battle, no matter what she did? She hated thinking that way, but her current position left her no alternative.”

Also, here are the links if you want to find out why this cover is so badass. 😉

Fliers – Book 1

Sparrows – Book 2

(Also, if you have read these already, please leave a review! I would love to hear what you thought!)

Happy Trails

Laura Mae ❤

Mark Your Calendar

Hey everyone! I will be doing my first ever book signing on

AUGUST 25th, 2019

It’s not a big deal or anything…

But, seriously, mark your calendars! It will be from 1pm – 2pm at Mostly Books in Tucson Arizona! I recently started selling Fliers there and will be selling Sparrows there after my signing! They are also a local bookstore in town and are so very cute and SUPER friendly! I will have some bookmarks and goodies as well! If this goes well (and lets be real, even if it doesn’t go well) I will be doing more!

I will only be there for an hour, but I would LOVE to see you and to chat about books!

SEE YA THERE!

 

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(Get one or BOTH of these beauties signed!!)

Sparrows Review

It’s been a little over a week since Sparrows has been released into the wild. *heh* Get it?

Anyways… One of my lovely beta readers AND ARC readers did a really great, honest review and I wanted to share it with you all!

Sparrows begins not long after where Fliers left off. Sydona, still reeling from the events of Eagle Lake and harmful secrets she has been harboring, is working to officially train with and join a rebellion group. But integrating into the Sparrows, after spending years on her own, proves to be difficult. Faced with betrayal and crippling self-doubt, Syd has to navigate this transition as the National Fliers Association bares down on her friends–both human allies and fliers alike. A lot of responsibility is thrust upon her in a short period of time, her relationships with her rebellion mates are on the rocks, it’s all a very stressful time and she’s being very Syd about it–which is to say frustrating but the loner in her can’t help to jump out every once in a while.

I loved how she made Syd into an adjective. xD

We learn a little more about her past and her connection to an old friend and how their lifestyle led to some tough decisions that she had to make. It was a contrast that I enjoyed.

I’ll admit, I really enjoyed writing it as well.

I can see the pacing of the plot being both a positive and a negative. Like the first book, I think the story is at its best when the characters are on the road. The story really moves, it goes through locations and beats at a fairly fast clip but unfortunately, unless it’s to resolve a conflict, there aren’t very many scenes where we get quiet character moments to further flesh out the original characters. We get more backstory on Silas and Willow but they, along with Gia, seem to get a little lost in the shuffle. In addition to the original gang, a few new characters are introduced. Sparrow leaders Avani and Knox and trouble couple Lacey and Jet grew on me.

Great feedback. I really like introducing new characters and giving the reader someone new to learn about. But sometimes when you have a large cast, some other characters might get pushed to the back. It’s something I’m still learning and I really appreciate the honest feedback when it comes to this.

On the whole it’s a fast read with a headstrong protagonist, a colorful cast of characters, and an unexpected climax. The author’s writing style is only improving and I can’t wait for the follow up.

Yay, I’m improving! I’m glad it’s showing! I can’t wait to release the third and final book either. She’s right about the climax, it’s a bit of a cliff hanger (but that was the point!) Thanks again for the review! You’ve been so great and I’m happy you enjoyed it and also were real with me. Seeing these type of in-depth reviews with evidence and realism really helps me grow as a writers, in turn, I write better books for all of you.

If you have read Sparrows, I would love to hear your thoughts! It’s available to review on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N and some others as well. Even just telling your friends would help me greatly!

Thank you again for continuing to support indie authors. We all are in this together!

Happy trails,

Laura Mae

GIVEAWAY

ANOTHER GIVEAWAY?!

You’re darn tootin’! This one is huge too! I’m hosting it over on my Twitter and here’s what’s included:

2 winners will receive a signed paperback copy of Fliers AND Sparrows, and a bookmark from both books!

1 Grand prize winner will get a signed copy of Sparrows PLUS a HARDBACK copy of Fliers. YES! An actual hardback! And a $20 Amazon gift card, cause, why not?

Go to my Twitter to see how to enter. It will end on Sparrows release day, June 25th.

The best part of this giveaway is that I also have free ebook copies of Fliers right now up until the 25th. Since the sequel is out, what better time to read the first one to get ready for the second one?!

This is the biggest giveaway I’ve ever done and you could win awesome stuff!!

 

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Sparrows Release Date!

It’s been officially announced! My second book is available to the world on June 25th, 2019. As of right now, it’s only available for pre-order on ebook. I will be sure to announce the pre-order for the paperback edition.

In case you’re wondering, I’ve been going exclusively through Ingram Spark this time around, rather than Amazon. (The ebook is through Amazon currently, but only because I want you all to get it pre-ordered!) I will be turning it off once it’s released but it will still be available on Amazon. Confused? Sorry…

But don’t worry! Someway, somehow, I will have Sparrows available to buy on it’s release date! If you’re not able to pre-order, just remember the date and it will be there to buy at your fingertips!

I also got my ARC copies in and posted my reaction video on the social medias if you want to watch. I am extremely satisfied with how it turned out! And good thing because I ordered a bunch and it would have sucked if there was a big issue! I’ll be sending them out to my ARC readers on Monday and I am dying from excitement to hear their thoughts on it. I honestly think I love this one more than the first, is that weird? I wrote this one so much quicker than the first one too, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. *shrugs* But I’m excited to hear what people think of all the new characters I’ve introduced and the new issues that have come up. It’s more gritty and deep.

My third and final book is still in the first draft process and I’m hoping to have it out sometime next year. I’m not rushing it though and I have some things going on in my personal life that take away from my writing. But I will do my best to release it in a timely manner. No George R.R. Martin fiasco’s. 😛

If you want to pre-order Sparrows on ebook, please click here! Otherwise, follow me on social medias to be alerted once the paperback is ready! Thank you all so much for your continued support and supporting indie authors. It means, literally, everything. ❤

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Newest Fliers Review

Hey everyone! I HAD to share a recent in-depth review for Fliers because it’s amazing. I’ll link her blog here, but I’ll also share it down below with my thoughts!

Fliers by author Laura Mae is the first book in the Fliers series and I had so much fun reading this book! I love reading books written by indie authors for many reason, one being that you help an indie author! another being that I always seem to find hide gems and Fliers is definitely a hidden gem.

I love how she starts off with her support of indie authors, first off. This is awesome, be like her!!

The story takes place in a world where society is split into Humans – Fliers – and Fairies. Humans don’t generally care for the Fliers or Fairies. I don’t want to spoil too much but lets just say this causes problems for the two species.

Just a couple problems… 😉

The Main character, Sydona, is of course a Flier and man let me tell you something about Syd I. Love. Her. I’ve read a couple of previous reviews on this book on goodreads (which by the way don’t sway me any which way before I pick up a book some people are too snobby when they review books and do they even realize authors have feelings?) (ANYWAYS) and a lot of people mention Syd is too naive or closed off from the world but I think that’s one of the reasons I love her so much. She just wants to chill in her house away from the world with her veggies and Fairies, whats so wrong about that? Before I get side tracked let me just move on into why I love her, regardless of being able to hide out there and do nothing about it, she chooses to do something about the situation on the book. and she’s so stinkin brave! she really is naive about certain things don’t get me wrong but it all plays into her character perfectly.

This makes me so happy because almost no one talks about Sydona. The narrative is third-person limited and most of the story takes place in Sydona’s head and explains her feelings. In my opinion, I feel it makes you closer to that person and I’m glad that she was able to express her love for Syd. ❤

The beginning of the book felt a bit slow but that’s because there’s certain things that I realize need to play out, like certain characters coming into the story and character development so that didn’t bother me at all. You know what I loved about this book most of all? It felt genuine. The book isn’t trying hard to fit into this YA fantasy-fairy world that I feel like it keeps getting repeated over and over again. It is it’s own story set in pretty normal times with a character who is her genuine self.

I agree! I created this story from a dream and not from any story I knew of. I was not trying to write into a specific genre and did my own thing. I’m glad it was reflected as such.

Let me not forget that when it does pick up and there’s action and fighting this Laura Mae KILLED. IT. (In a good way, if you don’t get my enthusiasm) Syd is a bad ass and I love her and I’ll fight anyone for her. I love the mix of characters in this story too! There are different ages and backgrounds and they mix in super well. This book was honestly so fun for me to read and it only took me a little bit longer than usual to read because I read the E-book and I had a two day migraine episode 😦 But I totally give this book 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it to anyone who loves Ya fantasy!

I wanted to have a strong female character in this story and one who does not give up easily. And I’ve been told I write action pretty well. I honestly love writing the action scenes a lot because I myself get very immersed into it. I really try to keep it interesting and not confusing. Diversity is important to me as well as we live in a diverse world, it’s only natural to represent that.

I want to thank ‘&shereads’ so much for the review!!

Keep in mind SPARROWS is still coming and will be releasing SUPER SOON. I know I keep saying that but everyday is a little bit closer, right? Make sure you’re following my blog or even on Twitter to know exactly when the sequel will be coming out!