Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Pre-order form for my 2016 signings

Hi everyone,

For those of you thinking of attending any of the fantastic author signing events in the UK and Ireland in 2016, please look for me at the handful I'll be attending :-D

If you'd like to pre-order any of my novels to avoid missing out on a copy, please complete the simple link below and I'll have your books ready and waiting for you on the day x

http://goo.gl/forms/OTmxQ9hejX


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Lest we forget

On this awe inspiring and poignant day of remembrance, I want to take a moment to remember our fallen soldiers. I also want to give thanks to those who serve, and remember the sacrifices they've made so that we can continue to live our lives without oppression and fear.

There are those who do not agree with the current conflicts, and as with any freedoms we enjoy today, feel free to ignore this post. But, I do believe and trust in those members of the armed forces across the world who serve and lay their lives on the line so that we can live in a safer world.

We will remember them.


Photo courtesy of bigstockphoto.com 

Friday, 6 November 2015

A great new story by the wonderful Grace Harper! x

The Disappearance of Catherine Brodie by Grace Harper is available to order on iBooks and Amazon NOW. 
The price is discounted to 99c, 99p of your country’s equivalent value, it will stay at that price until 10 November 2015.


You can also add it to your TBR list on Goodreads here: "http://bit.ly/1LaJwKl

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Catherine Brodie has a happy life in Brighton, she has friends, a secret boyfriend and almost at the end of her law degree. 
However, everything changes when she reaches her twentieth birthday.
She tells a white lie to get out of a family dinner to celebrate her birthday and sneaks off to a party. The repercussions upend her secure and stable life. Two weeks later, she attends the funeral of her brother and parents. Each birthday following sends Catherine into turmoil with more heartache and misery. There are those that wish her harm.
Alexander Devlin was there the night of her birthday and by coincidence, he crosses paths with her every year. Catherine dismisses the coincidence, but her best friend Tara Adkins is convinced fate is throwing them together. 
The first novel of a new quartet that tells the story of Catherine Brodie and her struggle to come to terms with what she did that had far-reaching consequences. It is an epic tale of love, passion, and revenge. 
Devastated with her loss, Catherine carves out a new life and starting her own business. The group of friends she picks up along the way helps her hide from those who wish her harm. It doesn’t take long for her harasser to find her and make her life a misery once more.
The question is, will Alexander Devlin be there in time to save her? 




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Thursday, 8 October 2015

I love aliens... there, I said it!

Ok, so despite the odd title, this blog post is actually a very serious matter. And anyway, you should know to expect nothing but sheer quirk from me nowadays!

Since creating my new story, Humankind, I've grown such an attachment to the powerful alpha-male Thrakorian characters I've created along the way that I'm beginning to worry if I can ever love a human ever again. It's serious... Is there a name for this extra-terrestrial fettish I'm developing?

Not just King Kronus, the icy sex-god who keeps us all guessing, but also the gorgeous Thrayke. I'm in love with that guy, and feel the need to move away from the YA novels temporarily so I can write a cheeky erotic novella about all the things I left unsaid in the original novel.

Yes, Humankind is suitable for all ages so contains no explicit scenes, but it doesn't stop me from falling head over heels in love with these beautiful men!

I really do have a problem, and it's one I'm not sure I want helping with...

Thanks for reading my strange ramblings, and if you want to see what on earth I'm rambling on about, check it out here:

http://viewbook.at/Humankind




Photos courtesy of bigstockphoto.com


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Let's finally discuss the incest! Warning, contains big SPOILERS!

I've been told off yet again about the tougher parts of my first story by a reader who not only was presented with a very long disclaimer at the start of the book and the blurb regarding the dark content, but also other reviews stating how taboo/controversial the subject matter is in Embracing the Darkness, and the Black Rose series as a whole. I'm getting kinda tired of explaining myself over and over again, and shall now be directing upset readers to this blog post!

I warn you now, if you carry on there are not only spoilers for the first Black Rose novel, but in fact the entire series. I am going to give away part of A Light in the Darkness, so click away now if you do not want to know or would prefer to actually experience the many twists and turns I love to throw at faithful readers by reading them for yourself.

You have been warned ;-)

Carry on at your peril.....

Ok, so you are all sure you want this? Let's do it!

Yes, my first novel contains not one, not two, but actually three apparently incestuous relationships. I do not agree with them, but my story demanded it, and there is no trying to change things now. No, I do not have daddy issues, nor do I find it hot to get forced into a relationship with your father - hence the fact that (I'll say again - SPOILER) Cate and Lucifer do not stay together. They are not and never were intended to be a long-standing couple, only the start of the story from an explosive storyline. Their relationship brings about the presence of not only their children (yeah ok, I know it seems weird but bear with me) but also the other stories in the series. The first book lays the foundation for all the others, and the demise of the Cate/Lucifer relationship is also the fundamental push Cate finally needs to take charge of her life and eventually the throne.
A revelation from Lucifer in book five then reveals that Cate and Devin are not actually his children, but his sires. He isn't their father at all, more of a demonic blood donor who gave them their powers directly from the source while in the womb, hence their heightened strengths and powers etc. In the end you discover that Lucifer's only real children are Blake and Luna.

So....no incest...ok?

Boom! Did I just blow your mind there? Are we clearer yet? It's a dark and powerful story, and has very taboo themes. Please do not question my sanity or judge me by this one plot point instead of simply taking a breath and carrying on with the story. Can we all please move on and agree that while I did an apparently amazing job of convincing people the devil seduced his daughter, it isn't actually the case in the long-run? There are much darker elements to the stories than the incest, and yet it's the one subject that really seems to stick with many of the readers.

I adore this little series of mine, and while I know controversy is a great way to get noticed, I would like to set the record straight once and for all. It's a tale I wove one day and decided to tell the world. It is to be enjoyed and treated as a world in which we can escape to for some fun, frolics and yes, fucking. Sorry, I couldn't resist!

I love you readers, and want you to stay with me instead of putting the book away in the DNF pile. Please, read it to the end and see for yourself how it turns out.

Love and virtual hugs to each and every one of you. Am I forgiven yet? ;-) xxx

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Science Fiction meets romance....

My new project is ready at last! Please say hello to my newest venture, the Invasion Day series :-D

In the first novel you meet a young woman, Kyra, and follow her on her path to personal strength and glory, all while under the reign of an alien race far superior to our own. Set a thousand years from now, Humankind will take you to a world used and abused by its native race, and so forced to embrace a new, more powerful species as its leader. But, at what cost?



Buy it here:
http://viewbook.at/Humankind
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Song Lyrics in books

So, when you read a book and the author has written in some song lyrics, do you like them or loathe them? Can you go as far as imagining the tune in you're head or simply read it as a poem?
I ask because I've done it a few times now, and have added a short song to my work in progress. I love doing it, and can imagine the singer so clearly in my mind as well as the tune. I know if it's a rock, pop, acoustic or club song, and I know how it fits in with my storyline, but do the readers?
Here are a few of my lyrics, and I must add that they are 100% my own creation. They have neither been influenced or copied from other songs.


From A Slave to the Darkness: Book2 in the Black Rose series -
“I'll follow you forever, through the darkest nights and darker days.

No need to compromise, join me in the shadows.
Your darkness is no burden, I'll carry its weight in my soul.
Never apologise, just make sure your soul obeys.
I'll follow you forever, just say yes.”

And the same song was then later revamped. From A Light in the Darkness: Book5 in the Black Rose series - 

“I'll follow you forever, but forever isn’t long enough.
No need to compromise, be mine and make me whole.
Your sins are no burden, I'll carry them in my soul.
Tell me we’re there, together in our own paradise.
Lead me in the light and I’ll lead you through the darkness.
I'll follow you forever, just say yes.”

From Fly Away - A short story to be included in an upcoming anthology -

“There’s a girl for me, but she can’t be mine.
I don’t wanna keep away, ‘cos she’s on my mind.
Love is powerful, it's sheer agony. But it’s the only way I can breathe, the only way I can be.
I’m hopeless without you, why can’t you see?
Spread your wings and fly. Fly away with me.
Help me soar, let me be the sun on your face and the one you adore.
Spread your wings and fly to me.
Will you let me hold you? Will you be mine?
Can we fly away together, until the end of time?”

As always, these lyrics are written by Laura Morgan, and copyright protected.
x

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Signings galore.....Starting with Birmingham, UK - July 18th 2015

Ok, so I've been putting my name down for every signing I can get my hands on :-) These amazing opportunities are only out there if we grab them and go for it, so that's what I intend to do!

The diary for 2016 is looking fab, but first and foremost, we've got the amazing Second City Signing event in Birmingham, UK in July. Myself and a whole bunch of amazing authors will be there, so please pop along and say hi! There will be lots of opportunities to meet and get photos with the authors, as well as win prizes and take home some fantastic free promotional items from everyone involved. So, even if you don't want to go home with a huge bag of books, it's well worth a day out :-)

You can buy tickets at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/second-city-signing-tickets-13481396219?aff=es2&rank=1


Join the Facebook group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/389528607863802/







Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A little bit of Flash Fiction

Hi everyone,
I thought I'd share a teeny little tale I wrote last year, just because it's sat here on my laptop doing nothing but wait, so I thought I'd share it with the world :-)
I hope you like the little tidbit into my brain and the very dark places I can go to (as if you guys didn't know that already lol.) Let me know what you think, enjoy!


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The Monster -  

I am a modern day monster. I look like you, I act like you, and yet underneath my armour of ordinary and my disguise of the smile, my blood is poison and my heart is made of stone. No one ever sees me coming and then when they are too swept up in themselves to notice, I turn their lives upside down and walk away with my head held high and my heart a little darker. 
And yet, I yearn for a connection, a dark passion, a beauty for the beast who lives within these layers of flesh and bone.
I want somebody to know who I am and love me regardless. But, until then I will dominate my pain and I will hide it away. I will smile, I will blend in, and all the while I will maintain my armour of ordinary. I will pretend for as long as it takes, because I hope the stories are true. I wish the beast within can someday be loved by the beauty that sees its soul and doesn't run away in fear. 
I just cannot believe it.
The world is ugly, the world is cruel and it is full of cruel and ugly people.
Perhaps, after all, I am not the beast in this dark tale?
Perhaps I am the beauty and the world is the unloved beast? This life is the monster I cannot bear to hold, taste, touch and love?
Perhaps.


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(This is my own, 100% original work of fiction, and is copyrighted to me, Laura Morgan. Any copying or use outside of this blog is only allowed with express permission by me, otherwise is an infringement of copyright law. Please don't be a douchebag and try to steal it or rewrite it as your own, it's happened before and it's just not cool!)

Saturday, 28 February 2015

An insight in my research for the Black Rose series #3 - Demons and other dark creatures

Ok, so this is the part that kept me awake at night! Demonology is a very real, widely researched subject. I hope to have done the lore justice in my novels, but can honestly say I have used the demons I researched in a completely fictitious way. I've never practised Satanism, or participated in demonic rituals of any kind, even just the research was a little too intense for me at times. Yes, I'm a wuss!
I did want to add depth to my storyline, though. So, I decided to use the names of demons many of us might've already heard of, be it on TV shows or in other novels. They each have their roles and responsibilities, as well as their contributions to my series as a whole.
Demons such as Lilith, Leviathan, Beelzebub, and importantly, Lucifer, were of course my main focus. Cate and her other family members were created wholly by me for the storyline, but what I wrote about the goddess Hecate, is based on real mythology. You can read here if you'd like to find out more about her:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate

The story most people have heard of is that Lucifer was cast out of Heaven and he took control of Hell. I too have used that lore, along with the premise of him later being joined by the other fallen angels Leviathan and Beelzebub. Those two are Lucifer's best friends, and I love the way they became layered, interesting sub-characters of my series. I developed them to be funny, sexy, good and evil all wrapped into one. I wanted proper characters with both flaws and perfections, as well as their sinful existence and clear evil doings. In book5 of the series, I developed Leviathan's lore and used it to give him his moment in the spotlight. He is the fabled sea monster, the cruel master of the oceans and I wanted to take that myth and twist it around (as I like to do.) He became a creature of the seas, yet not necessarily evil. His love interest helps him to conquer that overwhelming power he feels when immersed, and she teaches him to love that beast he'd hidden away for so very long.

Lilith has had many different tales told about her, but I decided to make her a powerful, vicious demon worthy of being Lucifer's second in command. She sometimes shows her softer side, especially towards the end of the final book, but I hope to have done her justice as a strong female demonic presence. I wanted there to be a balanced set of powerful male and female characters in these books, and hope I've done just that!

And now to Leviathan's love interest - Keeva, the Banshee. I decided to steer clear of werewolves or vampires when it came to adding other dark creatures. Not because I don't enjoy those types of books, but because there are so many out there that I simply fancied something different. I developed the banshee of my story using the fabled stories of women of reportedly Irish descent that somehow sensed death. We've all heard the phrase 'scream like a banshee,' but instead I decided to do it differently. She sings when death is close, and what starts as a hum becomes more powerful and hard to control. She sings louder and more violently until her voice gives out, and that is when the person she's singing for dies. Keeva is damaged, abused and technically beholden to neither sides of the Heaven/Hell divide, but she pledges her allegiance to the Crimson Brotherhood after asking for their help.

I hint here and there at other dark creatures, but I guess the only other ones I go into greater detail with are the Incubus/Succubus demons. They are singularly minded, powerful demons who follow their instincts to seduce and reproduce. We have Meri (based on the fabled Succubus Meridiana who reportedly seduced Pope Sylvester II) and her incubus brother Malik who preys on women at night in order to try and procreate. I've taken the lore and adapted it to add more depth to Meri as a supporting character. She's stepped away from a life of mindless adultery and need, focusing instead on using her power to serve the Crimson Brotherhood. She becomes Melody's assistant, and uses her gifts to make her look beautiful, such a simple task, and yet its adds to her as a friend and loyal companion to the poor, imprisoned woman.

I guess that's it for this instalment. Thanks for reading, and I hope you've enjoyed getting to know me and my writing process a little better :-) Hope you like me new logo as well? x


Sunday, 15 February 2015

An insight into my research for the Black Rose series #2 - Hell

So, in continuing in what I hope is an enjoyable insight into the mind of a writer, here are my thoughts and decisions behind the underworld I created for Cate and her dark brood. I think most people think of Hell and fire, dungeons and torture chambers immediately spring to mind.
My Hell had to have these, of course, but I also decided that it needed to be a home. I wanted rooms and beds, clothes and jewels - not just flames and thrones.
In my series, human beings move on after a life on Earth of free will only to then find themselves eternal slaves to either Heaven or Hell. To advance in either realm they must give themselves over fully to their masters, and prove themselves worthy. Once evil souls progress, I decided that they could then be chosen to become demons or other dark beings.
I added some other small details to my vision of Hell, such as there not being any air to breathe or the ability to have food, which would decay and rot within seconds. My idea was of stifling heat and pressure, all the things that would emphasise the idea of a prison for the mind, body and soul. It is a place that captures every one of the characters senses as well as their bodies. No matter how big the realm might be, and how lavish Cate and her dark family might live, they are slaves to the higher power and the darkness that they have encompassed and serve. That theme remains throughout my series, along with the all important idea of balance.

With all those things in mind, I quickly came up with the idea of a huge city in the centre of the hellish realm. That city would be built around the vast citadel, known as the Dark Castle. In my mind, this one magnificent building sits amongst basic houses and walkways. Only upper-level demons and witches are allowed inside, and some are even permitted to live there when they progress higher. Of course, the dark royalty have a vast wing all of their own, lavishly created and full of every decadence they might want.

Having lived in Europe for years, I can't tell you how many times I've peered up at the gothic architecture we are blessed with having on our doorstep. My absolute inspiration for the Dark Castle was Cologne Cathedral (aka KΓΆln Dom.) If you ever visit Cologne, you cannot miss the dark-bricked,  intense and ominous structure in the centre of the city. It's beautiful and thought-provoking, but to me it has always seemed powerful and even a little sinister. I love the almost blackened brick and pointed edges, go check it out for yourself, and you'll see exactly what I mean: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cologne_Cathedral

I think that just about wraps up this post, I hope you've enjoyed a 'behind the scenes' view of my dark world and its creation. I cannot deny, I'm really enjoying looking back on what has undoubtedly been the most amazing journey of my life.


Sunday, 8 February 2015

An insight into my research for the Black Rose series #1 - Places

So, I figured maybe it was time to reflect back on my Black Rose series. Now that all five books are out, and the story is done and dusted, I'd like to share some of the research that went into my dark story and why. I was contemplating a mailing list, but wasn't sure anyone would even want them. Instead, I'm using my blog to put down my thoughts, which is what blogs are meant for, after all :-)

Let's start with places. Those from the UK or familiar with it, might've realised right away that I have used real towns and cities of England, but in a fictitious way. I grew up not far from the beach on the South coast of Britain, and we frequented the beaches and coastal towns when I was a kid. When I began writing about Cate, I decided that she should come from a beach town, so I used one of my childhood haunts as inspiration. I loved the idea of her being a small town girl, innocent and naive to the ways of the world and the evil lurking on the periphery of her sheltered life. The fact that she blindly chooses to leave all of that behind to go to hell when Satan comes for her is testament to that. The biggest setting for the Earth based storyline is then undoubtedly London. I just had to use this city, it is a place in which evil can lurk and live, thrive and dominate.

I mention the characters going to places such as Paris, Rome, Bali and watching the Northern lights in Greenland and Iceland (all of which are my bucket-list travel destinations) I also used the towns of Harrogate and Colchester, which are both lovely towns in the UK.
Next I began using towns along the ley lines of Britain. I wanted to use the ley lines and their elements of scientific research, ancient myth and magical fable to add to my storyline. Rather than use Stonehenge, what is undoubtedly the most famous structure along the British ley lines, I used the small town of Avebury. I loved reading about the stones and quickly decided to use Avebury in my story. If you would like to read about the circle of stones in Avebury, here is one of the websites I found very helpful: http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/things-to-do/avebury-stone-circle-and-avebury-manor-and-garden-p134483

The other town I found in my research, and decided to use in my story is Winchcombe. I read that it is not only an incredibly old town, but there are also numerous ghost stories and history of unusual experiences there, which I was drawn to instantly. Here is a website I found helpful in my research: http://www.cotswolds.info/places/winchcombe.shtml

After these, I cannot finish without mentioning the amazing cities of Moscow and Rio de Janeiro. I chose these as the 'two ends of the earth' for Lucifer and Uriel to fall from the heavens. I was excited to research both cities, and loved the idea of Uriel looking out at 'Christ the Redeemer' not knowing that he was in fact the most powerful angel in heaven. Even thinking about it makes me smile! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_de_Janeiro

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the little snippet of insight into my Black Rose world. As always, comments are welcome x

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The fifth and final instalment is now live!


Hi everyone, 

So, here we are! It's a bittersweet day for me, book 5 in my Black Rose series is now live, and that means that I get to bring you guys the final instalment and culmination of all the previous 4 books. It also means that the last year and a half of my life spent thinking up, researching and writing these stories has come to an end. I'm loving being able to move on and write some new things, but the Black Rose series will always be a sign of the turning point in my life and my career. 
Thanks to everyone who's been a part of that journey <3 xx

And so, here are the all important links:

A Light in the Darkness: Book 5 in the Black Rose series

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Freebie no.4

To celebrate the release of A Light in the Darkness on Feb 1st, I'm pleased to bring you the next round of FREE ebooks in my Black Rose series.

Book 4 - Destined for Darkness will be FREE for just a few days!! :-)

Thanks for giving them a try, book 5 is out in just a few days, I can't wait to hear what you all think of my dark and steamy series xx

Get your copies here:




Sunday, 25 January 2015

Freebie no.3

To celebrate the release of A Light in the Darkness on Feb 1st, I'm pleased to bring you the next round of FREE ebooks in my Black Rose series.

Book 3 - Forever Darkness will be FREE for just a few days!! :-)