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FLESH Now in Print!

Hey, folks!

Just a quick note to let you know that FLESH is now available in print from Amazon and CreateSpace for $9.99. This is the lovely cover that Danielle Fine designed for it…and Lothar, the flesh-eating dachshund sneaked in on the back cover! 

FLESH is also available as an ebook at the following spots: 

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Release Day for FLESH!

Today is release day for FLESH! I’m super-excited to have a Halloween story to share with you guys. I hope you enjoy!

Flesh

Laura Bickle

Genre: YA Horror

Date of Publication: September 19, 2017

ISBN: 9781537857992

ASIN: B074XBJ697

Number of pages: 307

Word Count: 76,573

Cover Artist: Danielle Fine

Book Description:

The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead.

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FLESH

 

I let my inner twelve-year-old write a book. She likes slime, gross things, and going fishing. So does her dachshund sidekick.

The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead. 

 

FLESH is now available for pre-order! Pre-order links are here: https://books.pronoun.com/flesh/

The Dragon’s Playlist Now in Paperback!

 

The wonderful Danielle Fine at By Definition has designed for me a gorgeous paperback edition of The Dragon’s Playlist. 

The Dragon’s Playlist is now available in print at Amazon and CreateSpace

I’ve got to say, it’s really cool to have his in hand, to see how beautiful it is. I hope you enjoy it! 

New in the Wildlands: WITCH CREEK

Hi, folks! Adventures in the Wildlands continue with WITCH CREEK on Feb. 27! Here’s the shiny new cover for the book, and a first look at the back cover copy…

In the backcountry of Yellowstone, evil moves below the surface . . .

Following Nine of Stars comes the next chapter in Laura Bickle’s critically acclaimed Wildlands series

As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has battled supernatural horrors and experienced astonishing wonders. But there’s no magic on earth that can defeat her recent cancer diagnosis, or help find her missing husband, Gabriel. Still, she would bet all her remaining days that the answer to his disappearance lies in the dark subterranean world beneath the Rutherford Ranch on the outskirts of Temperance, Wyoming.

Gabe is being held prisoner by the sheriff and heir to the ranch, Owen Rutherford. Owen is determined to harness the power of the Tree of Life—and he needs Gabe to reveal its magic. Secretly, the sheriff has also made a pact to free a creature of the underground, a flesh-devouring mermaid. Muirenn has vowed to exact vengeance on Gabe, who helped imprison her, but first . . . she’s hungry. Once freed, she will swim into Yellowstone—to feed.

With her coyote sidekick Sig, Petra must descend into the underworld to rescue Gabe before it’s too late . . . for both of them.

 

WITCH CREEK is available for pre-order now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and HarperCollins

THE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST is now live!

THE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST is now live! THE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST released today at Amazon, Apple IBooks, B&N, Google Play, and Kobo

From the author of THE HALLOWED ONES and NINE OF STARS comes a new novel blending the magical and the real…

“This is war,” the dragon said. And she believed him.

Di fled rural West Virginia to study music and pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she is summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the same mine where her father worked, she is drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.

If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he is not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.

In every fight, sides are chosen. And there can be no yearning for what has been left behind. 

You can also read new chapters each week on Facebook and Wattpad. I’ll be sharing some story-related goodies there, too.

I hope you join me for some dragon excitement this summer! 

The Dragon’s Playlist

I’m thrilled to announce a new book this summer…THE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST!

 

 

From the author of THE HALLOWED ONES and NINE OF STARS comes a new novel blending the magical and the real…

“This is war,” the dragon said. And she believed him.

Di fled rural West Virginia to study music and pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she is summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the same mine where her father worked, she is drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.

If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he is not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.

In every fight, sides are chosen. And there can be no yearning for what has been left behind. 

 

THE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST will release June 1, and is available for pre-order now for just $0.99 at Amazon, Apple IBooks, B&N, Google Play, and Kobo.

You can also read new chapters each week, beginning June 1, at https://www.facebook.com/Author.Laura.Bickle/ and https://www.wattpad.com/user/LauraBickle. I’ll be sharing some story-related goodies there, too.

I hope you join me for some dragon excitement this summer! 

Release Day for NINE OF STARS!

Today is the official release day for NINE OF STARS! I’m going to be kicking back in my jammies, enjoying some hot chocolate and sending good thoughts for the latest book bird to fly out of my nest. 

 

From critically acclaimed author Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy) comes the first novel in the Wildlands series, NINE OF STARS. Longmire meets Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson in this exciting new series that shows how weird and wonderful the West can truly be.

Winter has always been a deadly season in Temperance, but this time, there’s more to fear than just the cold…

As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has faced all manner of occult horrors – especially since her arrival in the small town of Temperance, Wyoming. But she can’t explain the creature now stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, butchering wolves and leaving only their skins behind in the snow. Rumors surface of the return of Skinflint Jack, a nineteenth-century wraith that kills in fulfillment of an ancient bargain.

The new sheriff in town, Owen Rutherford, isn’t helping matters. He’s a dangerously haunted man on the trail of both an unsolved case and a fresh kill – a bizarre murder leading him right to Petra’s partner Gabriel. And while Gabe once had little to fear from the mortal world, he’s all too human now. This time, when violence hits close to home, there are no magical solutions.

It’s up to Petra and her coyote sidekick Sig to get ahead of both Owen and the unnatural being hunting them all – before the trail turns deathly cold.

“Bickle is well on her way to establishing her work as a cornerstone of her genre.”  – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“…Laura Bickle’s latest hits that sweet spot.”    – John DeNardo, Kirkus

“Following the prequels Dark Alchemy and Mercury Retrograde, Bickle’s series launch mixes alchemy, folklore, and Native American traditions with a wintry Western landscape that will intrigue fans of the Weird West subgenre.” – Library Journal

“Full marks to Bickle for being unafraid to shake things up on this still relatively new, but consistently engaging series.” – RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) 

“Readers who like no-nonsense characters, the occult, Native American myths, and the modern Wild West will enjoy this. The writing is fun, compelling, and straight from the hip, with no apologies as to language used.” – Booklist

“Bickle’s world and characters are enjoyably complex, sinking the reader happily into this contemporary fantasy landscape.” – Omnivoracious

 

 

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Library Journal and RT Book Reviews on NINE OF STARS

I’m thrilled to share two new reviews of my upcoming book, NINE OF STARS:

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From Library Journal:

 

As a geologist, Petra Dee considers herself a woman of science, but she is also the daughter of an alchemist. Living in Temperance, WY, she has dealt with all sorts of magical issues, including her once-immortal partner, Gabe. Now there are rumors in town of an 18th-century wraith known as Skinflint Jack; someone has been killing the wolves in the area, leaving their skins in the snow. New sheriff Owen Rutherford, haunted by a past death on his watch and investigating his cousin’s murder, finds the clues lead to Gabe and Petra’s doorstep. Soon, the couple must flee from Owen and Skinflint Jack and go on the run with the wolves of Nine Stars, which have more than one surprise in store for everyone. VERDICT Following the prequels Dark Alchemy and Mercury Retrograde, Bickle’s series launch mixes alchemy, folklore, and Native American traditions with a wintry Western landscape that will intrigue fans of the Weird West subgenre. —KC

 

And from RT Book Reviews:

Full marks to Bickle for being unafraid to shake things up on this still relatively new, but consistently engaging series. Our protagonist is as likeable and resourceful as ever, but there are pretty immediate changes in this installment that have major ramifications and probably will for a while. The way the series sticks to a single source of the supernatural (alchemy) while still managing to come up with a wide range of manifestations and applications is very compelling. At some points this particular book does feel like it’s setting up for future entries, rather than just telling its own story, but that’s partly because of how much is going on. When the result is to plant this much interesting material (and really promising new characters) for future use, the slight hitch is worth it. (4 Stars)

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