And without further ado ….
Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.
Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.
No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.
Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?
The answer may never be far enough … away.
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Author of The Fire Born Novels
TIED (Book 1) September 9, 2013
With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.
By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.
A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.
Welcome, we are so thrilled you’re here!
Q. Tell us about your book!
LM: TIED is a story about seventeen year old Layla Labelle who discovers that everything in her world is far from what she believed. She has a hard time … adjusting. 😉
Q. How did you come up with the idea?
LM: The story idea found me. All my story ideas come to me—and the characters start talking. TIED just held on tighter than any of my other WIP’s. It refused to shut up. 😉
Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?
LM: Layla’s greatest strength is her loyalty. Biggest flaw? Learning to control her anger.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
LM: Streamlining my ideas. I’ll have thoughts going in every direction at any given time. When that happens, I have to stop listening to myself and only listen to my characters.
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?
LM: Well, I’m kind of new to this so I’m not sure. 😉 Maybe, why do I write? The answer would be because I love it. Because it moves me like nothing else does.
Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?
LM: Right now I’m writing TORN, the sequel to TIED.
I need to be working on multiple projects. 😉 But no, right now, I’m focusing on the Fire Born Novels.
Q. What is your favorite line from this book?
LM: “How far would you go to protect the one you love?”
Q. Did you always want to be a writer?
LM: I’ve written all my life, but being a published writer was just a dream. It wasn’t something I took seriously. Until a few years ago. 😉
Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?
LM: Um … I don’t think so. TIED is a fairly emotional book in some ways, and I didn’t shy away when the story started going in that direction.
Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?
LM: I just started Terri Rochenski’s new book, Eye Of The Soul. I have an ARC. 😉 And I’m also doing some beta reading for another author friend of mine.
I generally do read more than one book at a time unless a series of books just yanks me by the throat. Then I’ll go into a ravenous reading state and read them all, and nothing else, in a matter of days. 😉 Assuming an entire series is out.
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
LM: I run. I read. I’m a chef, so I cook. Go to the beach. Listen to music. Lately, all I’ve been doing is writing, though.
Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?
LM: I don’t have one favorite book. I have lots of favorites. When I was really young, Judy Blume was my favorite writer. In my teens and twenties, Anne Rice was definitely my favorite.
Q. Who is your favorite writer now?
LM: Anne Rice is still up there. I really like George R.R. Martin, and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one of my all time favorites. Also Michael Scott. Suzanne Collins. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2013?
The Hunger Games series.
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?
LM: I know Dystopia is pretty hot right now, but honestly, I don’t follow the trends. I read what I like, and I write what speaks to me.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?
LM: Quit is a strong word. I’ve wondered what I was doing a few times. Writing can be very hard in so many ways.
I keep going because for me, it’s worth it. Writing is a passion I’ve always had, and sometimes our passions irritate us, make us mad—doesn’t mean we aren’t still in love. Doesn’t mean we just give up.
Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?
LM: I was a dancer for most of my childhood and into my adult life, so if I had to choose, it would definitely be that. Assuming my knees held out this go round. 😉
Q. We love animals! Do you have any pets? Can you tell us a bit about them?
LM: I LOVE animals, too. My step dad calls me Ellie May from the Beverly Hillbillies. ;P I’m an absolute sucker for dogs. Big ones. I have three, but if I had the space, I’d have a lot more. I can’t go to shelters because I want to take them all home.
I have a Chocolate Lab who can’t stay out of the water and loves her toys. A Golden Retriever who is completely high strung, but very sweet. And a Lab/German Shepard Mix who is my oldest, most protective, but gentle boy. I also have two cats. A Tabby Point Siamese, and a Calico who is very, very vocal. 😉
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Forcing myself to blink, I turned my head away. The visions had grown worse as I’d become older. I’d tried to convince myself they were nightmares—or weird dreams. Hoped for years they were, but only people who sleep dream.
Unable, or unwilling to stop myself, I glanced back over my shoulder, thoughts flooding my brain. Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget.
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