Monday, June 27, 2016

TROUBLE BY ANY OTHER NAME by Lori MacLaughlin

Today's guest is Lori MacLaughlin. I'm happy to help her celebrate the release of her new novel TROUBLE BY ANY OTHER NAME. Please give her a big round of applause.

What I Love

I know I've probably said this a zillion times, but I love to write fantasy adventure — stories with lots of action, strong female characters, a bit of levity, and sighs of romance. Not the jump-into-bed-every-five-minutes type of romance, but the kind where the attraction builds into a true, caring relationship that, if given the chance, can transcend all the challenges the heroine and hero must face.

But in Book 1 of this series, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble, love is not what the heroine of the story wants. Tara Triannon and her sister Laraina are swords for hire whose exploits across the Western Kingdoms are legendary. The one time Tara let her heart be touched, love burned her badly, and she has no intention of getting caught again by love's fickle ways. However, when things go terribly wrong, the one man whose help she needs is the one man who can threaten her resolve. Jovan Trevillion, though, is a man of many secrets and accepting his help may be even more dangerous than keeping to the perilous path she and her sister already follow. But with the Butcher on their trail, their choices are limited.

Captain Natiere, the Butcher, an assassin with a tortured soul and the heart of a wolf, pursues them relentlessly. Harboring secrets of his own, the Butcher wants only to kill Tara and her companions to discharge a debt, and then he will be free to return to the wilds and perhaps find some way to fill his empty existence. Much to his surprise, his fate becomes more and more entangled with Tara's with every passing step.

In Book 2, Trouble By Any Other Name, all of their fates become even further entwined. Tara desperately searches for a way to destroy the evil creature attacking her through her dreams before it kills her. Jovan struggles to help her while battling with an ancient Being that mentally torments him. And the Butcher is closing in.

Who will survive and who will fall? Only the reader knows. And me, of course. ☺

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TITLE: Trouble By Any Other Name

Sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble

AUTHOR: Lori L. MacLaughlin

RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2016

GENRE: Fantasy

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About the Book:

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She's yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn't dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara's sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she'd killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.

Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.


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Author Bio:

Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She's been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.

She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids' shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.

When she's not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

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33 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for being my guest today, Lori. Best of success with your book.

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    1. Thank you very much, Joylene, for hosting me!

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  2. You certainly revved up the tension, Lori!

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    1. I agree, Alex! Lori has made a statement!

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    2. Just wanted to keep it interesting. :)

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  3. I've been seeing Lori everywhere. It's nice to see her here. :) Book 2 does sound more intense and awesome.

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    1. Thanks, Chrys! It's definitely more intense.

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    2. thanks so much for visiting, Chrys!

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  4. Sounds amazing, Lori! Thanks for sharing about this, Joylene.

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  5. Lovely to see Lori and her books here! I really liked the in-depth explanation of the plot and characters. Sometimes blurbs are just too short to do the trick. I definitely prefer romance to be built on a caring relationship rather than a "OMG - he's so hot I can't keep my hands off him" sort of thing.

    Interesting idea about the IWSG. I've never gotten a fan letter so I have no answer, but I was planning to do a post about gaining Twitter followers anyway...

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    1. Thanks, Lexa! It's so hard to get everything into a short blurb. Inevitably, you have to leave things out.

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    2. Thanks, Lexa. I'm looking forward to reading your post.

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  6. Congratulations, Lori!

    Ooh, I like this IWSG idea...

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  7. Congrats to Lori. Sounds amazing story!

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  8. LOL I am seeing you all over so just saying Congrats again and great post.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  9. Lovely to see Lori and her books here! Congratulations, Lori!

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  10. Good job, Lori. The book and the series sound fascinating. I think the cover is enigmatic, too. :-)

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  11. It's refreshing to read about a romance that has a much richer texture, than (as you describe it) the jump-into-bed-every-five-minutes. I'm just not into reading for titillation. I'm more into reading for exploration and discovery of new ways of thinking. Thanks, Lori and Joylene for the post.

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    1. Thanks, Lee. Lori reminds me a bit of Jane Austen. Intelligent romance.

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