FREE BOOKS!

In the spirit of the tax free weekend, on August 4 and 5, 2018 INFINITY LINE on Kindle will be available for free (to a good home)!

But that’s not all. Act fast and you could also get the Kindle version of my debut, OR NOT TO BE, also for free on the same two days. (You know how the big sister wants what the baby gets, right? Well, ONTB heard IL was flying off the shelves and wants in. Can’t shut her up. Can’t have one book thinking the other is my favorite. They’re both my favorite. Good for you though: they’ll both be free. But only for TWO DAYS.)

So call your friends and your mom and sister and tell them to get these free books! While your kids are at school, perhaps you’ll have time to READ!

INFINITY LINE, just released on 8.1.18, can be found here.

front cover Infinity Line

In 2072, in a once vibrant metropolis on the eastern coast of what used to be America, biochemist Dr. Lorelei Fletcher hunts men.

In a world gone insane with hatred, somebody has to do it.

 

 

 

 

OR NOT TO BE, my debut from 11.11.14, can be found here.

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Alive, Anna considered leaving her husband. Dead, she naively believes she has escaped this difficult choice.

How cruel for relationship problems to tag along to the dead side.

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8.1.18 INFINITY LINE

8.1.18 INFINITY LINE

Today is 8.1.18

(Please note the palindrome, the eleven symbolizing parallel lines, the two vertical infinity symbols disguised as eights.)

Today my second novel, INFINITY LINE, is available!

Warning: This story is nothing like OR NOT TO BE. I’m not kidding. Put all expectations aside and read like you’ve never read my debut or my hundreds of blog posts.

INFINITY LINE hurts. It hurt to write. It hurts to read.

Characters, superheroes almost, creatures from deep within my imagination, tell the story. They revealed the story to me. I did not outline. I did not plan. I let the pain and anger pour onto the page.

Seven years ago the first rough draft was brutal and messy. Five years of help in editing and rewriting (through dozens of versions and months of doubt and courage) have passed while life moved along. And now, at this time when our country and world are so incredibly terrifying, suddenly I feel brave.

So here she is. My second-born. Be gentle. She’s yours now.

front cover Infinity Line

Available in paperback and Kindle.

Cover reveal: INFINITY LINE

front cover Infinity Line

In 2072,

in a once vibrant metropolis on the eastern coast of what used to be America,

biochemist Dr. Lorelei Fletcher hunts men.

In a world gone insane with hatred, somebody has to do it.

Lorelei stalks them until they catch her.

She doses them with a molecular cocktail

(silently, painlessly, with a needle, to the neck)

to tame them.

Part of an improbable plan for peace,

Lorelei works to drive humanity toward a future that’s female.

Exclusively female.

 

INFINITY LINE, my second novel, will be available in August 2018. As an independent author, editor, and publisher, with my very own company called LMNO Press, I write fiction from deep within my aching heart. The pain and struggles, frustrations and horrors, and relationships between characters in this story were born of my fear for humanity, and my certain doubt that we can survive on our spiraling path.

Unlike the humorous and tragic love story of OR NOT TO BE, this second novel defies any attempt to brand me as an author of a specific genre. Indeed, my next books may be children’s stories. Imagination cannot be caged.

Advance Reader Copies (printed and electronic) are available for preview and review. Please email lauralanni2014@gmail.com for your first edition copy.

 

Crichton meets Atwood

Crichton meets Atwood

Chapters from my next novel, INFINITY LINE, a tale of hope and horror, sorrow and love, are available for preview at infinitylineweb.wordpress.com

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In 2072, in a once vibrant metropolis on the eastern coast of what used to be America, biochemist Dr. Lorelei Fletcher hunts men.

In a world gone insane with hatred, somebody has to do it. Lorelei stalks them until they catch her. She doses them with a molecular cocktail (silently, painlessly, with a needle, to the neck) to tame them. Part of an improbable plan for peace, Lorelei works to drive humanity toward a future that’s female. Exclusively female.

One writer’s developmental team

The fifteenth round of revisions on INFINITY LINE are in progress. Yes, I wrote the story. Yes, I alone will decide what changes will be made. But more than a dozen people have had their hands on the pulse of the story along with me.

“You should publish this!” Sure, every writer needs those first readers who smile and tell you they “love it!” Those first encouraging words give the writer the will to continue. But the real improvements come during revisions. For effective revisions, more minds are needed.

For two years, during ~24 writers group meetings, I read both early drafts and polished pages from the manuscript–about 5 pages at a time. Often I was disappointed by the lack of depth of feedback on my writing. But I acknowledge with only 15 minutes to read and discuss, I couldn’t expect much more than the suggested commas and “good job” comments on top of my pages. My writing group has been most helpful with developmental ideas. As a preview of my reading audience, they have been appropriately offended and shocked by parts of this story. They laughed when I intended humor. My writing can make them cry. They addressed my biggest questions, and gave me insight on whether my expected reader reactions would occur.

Now don’t tell me siblings are the wrong editors. If your siblings pat your back and slather on sugar-coated praise, they might not be helpful. In my family, my sisters and brother are a writer’s dream. They are insightful and diligent. They are loving and demanding. They are brutal.

Handwritten notes from Sister-Number-One are still paper-clipped in my notebook, on the pages of my own notes taken during a long phone conversation following her first read. She’s a math teacher.  She has an analytical mind. She’s opinionated and confident. She’s always right. She’s been a reader for more than 40 years. She pokes her shovel into obvious plot holes. She pokes her pointy dagger into crevices invisible to my eyes, and she rips them open for me to sew back together with stronger wire and words. She could be a professional developmental editor if her 30+ years of math teaching become boring.

Sister-Number-Two has read three times, I think. She has three kids in elementary school. Somehow, a fully commented manuscript file came back on an early version–much like one would pay for from a real live developmental editor. Nine pages of suggestions and insights arrived after my tenth revision–when I thought it was done. I was so wrong.

Finally, it was time to find a male perspective. (The men are not very vocal in our female-dominated writing group.) My Favorite-and-only-Brother is a novelist and screenwriter. He’s about to direct his own movie. He’s the real deal–trained to write, with an imagination to crush my own. He read the revised beginning of my novel over a weekend and ripped it up. The story and some lingering plot holes angered him as a male and a writer, respectively. He shined a bright light on the story from an angle I hadn’t considered. Oddly, this view cemented my resolve to continue my design.

Another full MS read-through from a critique partner revealed the need for more dialogue and more description. She wants more emotional connection. My male reader wants more action. She wants the novel to begin with Alex. My brother wants it to start with a Lorelei journal entry. I have the power to decide.

My favorite cover designer read the raw story, back about 8 or 9 revisions ago. She has ideas for the cover. I have none. She’s vital to my team.

My professional (aka PAID) editor has begun copy edits, which morphed into some unexpected developmental edits. Candace Johnson is special. She loves helping writers. She understands my lack of dollars. Currently, she accepts partial payment in hugs. How do I find these people? I am so lucky.

Next steps on this journey? Proofreader. Peek out there for representation. Decide on publishing route. Do it! Move on to next book.