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New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller Laura Kaye is the author of over thirty-five books in romantic suspense and contemporary and erotic romance and has sold more than one million books in the U.S. alone. Among her many awards, she won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense of 2014 for Hard As You Can. A former college history professor, Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Laura also writes historical fiction under the name Laura Kamoie, also a Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today bestseller.

Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Maryland Romance Writers, the Washington Romance Writers, and she is past president of the RWA-Contemporary Romance Writers.

For rights, media, or other inquiries, please contact Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency – kevanATmarshallyonliteraryagencyDOTcom

For publicity inquiries, please contact KP Simmon at InkSlinger PR – kpsimmonATinkslingerprDOTcom

FAQ

What are your upcoming releases?
  • November 13: Fighting the Fire (Warrior Fight Club #3)
  • March 12, 2019: Worth Fighting For (Warrior Fight Club #3.5)
  • Fall 2019: Ribbons of Scarlet (as Laura Kamoie)
Do you have a reader group I can join?

Yes! Laura’s Reader Girls is a Facebook group – join here!

Where will you be appearing in person and when will you come to my area?

Check out my Events page for the latest on all my scheduled signings and appearances. I try to select events in a variety of areas because I love having the opportunity to meet you guys! But some of my travel is dictated by where my publishers send me, too. I hope to make it to your area soon!

Can I buy a signed book from you?

I am happy to work out arrangements to sell you a signed copy of any of my paperback books. The usual process is for me to invoice you through PayPal for the retail cover price of the book plus shipping. If that interests you, please contact me through my Contact page. Shipment/delivery could take 4-8 weeks depending on my deadlines.

Can I get bookmarks or other swag from you?

I am happy to send you a bookmark or swag for free. Book clubs, bookstores, or international readers requesting bulk amounts of bookmark or swags will be asked to pay for the shipping and will be invoiced via PayPal. If you’re interested in either, please contact me through my Contact page. Shipment/delivery could take 4 weeks depending on my deadlines.

Can you read my unpublished manuscript for me?

Unfortunately, my deadline and release schedule prevent me from having the time to do this for you. I highly recommend you find a local or online writers’ group that offers critique groups or critique partners. I’ve found joining the Romance Writers of America (RWA), my local Maryland RWA chapter, and various online RWA chapters absolutely invaluable. Savvy Authors is an online community open to writers of multiple genres and they’ve been great, too.

Can you read my book for a possible cover quote for me?

I love to be able to do this, but I am very selective in what books I agree to read for cover quotes mostly because my schedule is so tight that I don’t have a lot of time to read. If your book is outside the genres in which I write or your publisher typically doesn’t make use of quotes in any substantive way (i.e., on the cover or on a front, inside page), I will probably not agree to read. Otherwise you are welcome to contact my agent, Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary, to facilitate.

How long have you been writing fiction?

I started writing in 2008 after a traumatic brain injury left me with a new and very strong creative urge. My first book to be published was Hearts in Darkness, which originally released on April 20, 2011.

What is your writing schedule/process?

I am a full-time writer and, when on deadline, I write at least five days a week, 8-14+ hours/day depending on how tight my schedule is. My usual goal is 3,000 words a day but I have written many more when I need to, and I tend to write more slowly at the beginning of a book and faster during the last half. Even when I was still working a full-time job, I made it a goal to write five days a week. Generally, I don’t plot or outline my books, although I will occasionally sketch out what needs to happen in upcoming chapters, but I’m talking about back of a napkin kind of sketching! Since I wrote Her Forbidden Hero in the spring of 2012, I have picked one song for each book and listened to it on repeat the entire time I’m writing a book. Here are the songs I’ve used:

  • Hard As It Gets – Breaking the Habit, Linkin Park
  • Hard As You Can – Revelry, Kings of Leon
  • Hard to Hold On To – Again, Lenny Kravitz
  • Hard to Come By – Blurry, Puddle of Mudd
  • Hard to Be Good – Latch, Sam Smith
  • Hard to Let Go – Numb, Linkin Park
  • Hard As Steel – Use Somebody, Kings of Leon
  • Hard Ever After – Breaking the Habit, Linkin Park
  • Hard to Serve – Too Close, Alex Clare
  • Bound to Submit – Never Forget You, Zara Larsson
  • Mastering Her Senses – Love Me Now, John Legend
  • Eyes on You – Chains (Just a Gent Remix), Nick Jonas
  • Ride Hard – Skeletons, Papa Roach
  • Ride Rough – Love Me til it Hurts, Papa Roach
  • Ride Wild – Remember We Die, Gemini Syndrome
  • Ride Dirty – War Over Me, Papa Roach
  • Fighting for Everything – Falling Apart, Papa Roach
  • Fighting for What's His – Heavydirtysoul, twenty one pilots
  • Love in the Light – She is Love, Parachute
  • Her Forbidden Hero – Your Love is a Song, Switchfoot
  • One Night with a Hero – Yellow, Coldplay
  • Dare to Resist – Crash into Me, Dave Matthews Band
  • South of Surrender – Wide Awake, Katy Perry
  • East of Ecstasy – Somewhere I Belong, Linkin Park
Can you tell me how to write a book or how to publish my book?

These are huge questions! LOL And totally dependent on 1) what you write and 2) what your goals as an author are. The good news is that there are MANY very good books on the entire craft of writing, on how to find an agent, and on publishers and how to get published.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
  1. BICHOK – Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. You can’t revise what you haven’t written and you can’t sell what you haven’t written. So write EVERY DAY. Yes, every day. Even if you only commit to an hour a day or even 100 words a day, you need to get in the habit of making forward progress. And never underestimate the amazing power of getting to write “The End” and proving to yourself you can finish a whole book.
  2. Read, read, read. One of the best ways to learn how to WRITE is to READ extensively in your genre. Find books you think do a great job at characters or worldbuilding or suspense or pacing and study them (just be sure that your application of those techniques in your own work is in your original words!).
  3. Treat it like a profession, by which I mean join the professional organizations, do the work consistently, study and hone your craft, and always present yourself professionally (on social media, on your website, and in only submitting or publishing your work when it’s in the absolute best shape it can be).
  4. Find a critique partner, preferably someone else who is professionally pursuing publication and not just a friend who will tell you it’s great! Because while it may be great, but everyone benefits from having other writers who know the craft and the genre give you feedback on your work. You can find critique partners through local and online writers groups.
  5. Don’t give up! At the beginning of your writing career, you will get a lot more nos and rejections than yeses and acceptances! Persevere and don’t give up! Every big name author you know experienced rejection at some point in their career.
Can I have a free book?

I don’t typically give books away for free just because someone asks but I do give a ton of books away in my own giveaways and in giveaways through bloggers. Follow my Facebook page for lots and lots of opportunities to win books, gift cards, swag, and other fun things from me!

Will you contribute to my blog or Facebook giveaway or charity event?

I try to contribute to as many giveaways and charity events as I can so I’m happy to consider yours, but please understand that sometimes my writing schedule or the number of other giveaway items I’ve already contributed might make it impossible to participate at that time. Feel free to contact me!

Will you write anymore about Caden and Makenna from Hearts in Darkness?

This is, without question, the single most frequently asked question I receive! And the answer is…Love in the Light is finally available!!!

Will you write any sequels to Forever Freed?

Forever Freed was the first book I wrote and remains very special to me. These characters definitely still talk to me and I’ve always had at least one more story in mind. It’s possible someday I will come back and write the sequel, but for right now I have no immediate plans to do so.

Will there be any more Heroes books?

Currently, I do not have plans to write anymore stories in this series.

Will there be any more Vampire Warrior Kings stories?

Currently, I do not have plans to write anymore stories in this series.

Will there be anymore Hearts of the Anemoi books?

The Hearts of the Anemoi series is complete and made up of four full-length books. I am not currently planning to write more in the series.

What is the reading order of Hard Ink and will there be any more books?

The Hard Ink series is complete and made up of four full-length and five long novellas. The titles and reading order are:

  • Hard As It Gets (Nick and Becca)
  • Hard As You Can (Shane and Sara)
  • Hard to Hold On To (Easy and Jenna)
  • Hard to Come By (Marz and Emilie)
  • Hard to Be Good (Jeremy and Charlie)
  • Hard to Let Go (Beckett and Kat)
  • Hard As Steel (Ike and Jess) – Raven Riders crossover
  • Hard Ever After (Becca and Nick wedding novella)
  • Hard to Serve (Detective Kyler Vance and Mia) – Blasphemy crossover

I am considering writing a spin-off series about a Hard Ink security company - stay tuned in 2019!

What is the reading order of the Raven Riders and will there be more books?

The Raven Riders series books are all standalones, but the reading order is:

  • Hard As Steel (Raven Riders #.5 / Hard Ink #4.5) (Ike and Jess)
  • Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) (Dare and Haven)
  • Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2) (Maverick and Alexa)
  • Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3) (Slider and Cora)
  • Ride Dirty (Raven Riders #4) (Caine and Emma)

I won't rule out writing more stories in this series, and I know many readers are rooting for Phoenix and Jagger to get their own books, but I don't have immediate plans to write these at the moment. Stay tuned in 2019!

 

Will you be writing a series about the Blasphemy Club mentioned in Hard to Serve? How many books are planned and what is the order?

Yes! Six books in the Blasphemy series are available, and this one takes the erotic elements up to scorching hot! Here is the reading order:

  • Hard to Serve (Kyler and Mia) – A Hard Ink/Blasphemy crossover
  • Bound to Submit (Griffin and Kenna)
  • Mastering Her Senses (Quinton and Cassia)
  • Eyes on You (Wolf and Olivia)
  • Theirs to Take (Jonathan, Cruz, and Hartley)
  • On His Knees (Alex and Jamie)
  • Switching for Her (currently delayed; stay tuned in late 2018)
How are the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, and Blasphemy series related?

The Hard Ink, Raven Riders, and Blasphemy series are all interconnected, but each series can be read without having read the others.

The Hard Ink series came first. The Raven Riders appear in several books of the Hard Ink series as allies of the Hard Ink team. In the Raven Riders series, the Hard Ink team members make appearances in each book. The last book of the Hard Ink series, Hard to Serve, introduced the exclusive Baltimore BDSM club, Blasphemy. There is a more limited amount of crossover between Blasphemy and the other two series, but occasionally characters do make cameo appearances in the world of the Blasphemy club. I think the best advice is just to read them all!

When will your books be made into movies?

I would absolutely love for this to happen! *grins* But right now, no options have been sold on any of my books. Keep your fingers crossed for me that maybe someday this will happen because it would totally rock!

When will your book be translated into my language?

My publishers are actively trying to sell my books into foreign languages, but this isn’t something I have a lot of control over. Right now, I have the following books in the following languages:

  • Both Heroes books – French, Polish, Turkish
  • In the Service of the King – French
  • Hard As It Gets, Hard As You Can – Bulgarian, French, Japanese
  • Hard to Come By – Bulgarian, French
  • Hard to Let Go – Bulgarian
  • Hearts in Darkness Duet – German (Hearts in Darkness only), Turkish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Spanish
What are your privacy and cookie policies?

Laura Kaye cares about protecting your personal data. Please review my privacy and cookie policies located under the tabs of the same names on the linked page.

Privacy Policy

It is Laura Kaye, Author's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information I may collect from you or which you may provide to me, in the circumstances set out below. Accordingly, I have developed this privacy policy in order for you to understand how I collect, use, communicate, disclose, safeguard and otherwise make use of your personally identifiable information (“Personal Data”). I will only collect and use your Personal Data where:

• I have lawful grounds to do so, including to comply with my legal obligations;

• I am performing a contract with you for my services; and

• I have legitimate interests in using your Personal Data and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.

For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”), I, Laura Kaye, Author, am the “data controller”. If you have any questions about this policy or about how I use your Personal Data, please contact me via my contact details at the end of this policy. This policy is effective as of May 16, 2018. I review my privacy practices on an ongoing basis, and as such I may change this privacy policy from time to time. Please check this page frequently to ensure you are familiar with its current content.

1. Personal Data I collect via my website [laurakayeauthor.com] (the “Website”) Personal Data that you provide to me: I only collect Personal Data where you choose to interact with me on the Website in the following ways:

When you sign-up to receive free content, including eBooks, videos, and offers:

• Email address

• First name

• Last name

When you complete the contact form:

• Name

• Email address

• Any Personal Data which you provide to me in the free text box of the form

When you sign-up to subscribe to my blog feed:

• Email address

• Name

Data that we collect automatically: I automatically collect certain information when you visit my Website – such as the type of browser and operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider. I do not link this information with any Personal Data. I may also collect data automatically through my use of cookies on the Website. Please see my cookie policy (located via a tab above) to find out about the types of cookies I set and why, and how you can adjust your settings to disable cookies.

2. Use of your Personal Data

I will only use your Personal Data when the law allows me to. Most commonly, I use your Personal Data to:

• process and manage your use of our website;

• respond to your questions, comments and requests;

• where you have opted-in to receive marketing from us, deliver communications that are relevant to your preferences / may be of interest to you;

• improve my services and Website through analysis of information.

3. Sharing of your Personal Data

I take your privacy seriously and will not share your Personal Data with others, except as permitted by applicable law or as set out below: I share Personal Data as necessary with third parties who provide services or functions on my behalf and who require the information to provide those specific services to me. These third parties may include social media advertising platforms such as Facebook and Google Adwords for the purpose of custom audience generation and the development of targeting criteria for other audiences. Please note that I have appropriate data privacy safeguards in place with third parties with whom we share Personal Data as described above and who are providing services or functions on my behalf.

4. Keeping your Personal Data secure

I have implemented security policies and technical measures to safeguard the Personal Data I collect. I maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable law, including the GDPR, to safeguard Personal Data from accidental loss, destruction or damage and unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

5. Retention periods for use of your Personal Data

I will use and store your Personal Data only for as long as necessary, bearing in mind the uses of your Personal Data as described in this privacy policy and otherwise as communicated to you. I review the Personal Data I hold at regular intervals and delete permanently or anonymize any Personal Data which is no longer necessary.

6. Children

This Website and our services are aimed at adults, and we do not knowingly collect any Personal Data relating to children aged under 15 years old. If you are under the age of 15, please do not provide us with any of your Personal Data, including your email address.

7. Access to and control over your Personal Data

You have legal rights under applicable law in relation to your Personal Data. You can ask the following questions, or take the following actions, at any time by contacting me via email [laura@laurakayeauthor.com]:

• see what Personal Data I hold about you (if any), including why I am holding it and who it could be disclosed to;

• ask me to change/correct your Personal Data;

• ask me to delete your Personal Data;

• object to the processing of your Personal Data;

• ask me to restrict the processing of your Personal Data; withdraw any consents you have given us to the processing of your Personal Data; and

• express any concerns you have about third parties’ use of your Personal Data.

8. Change of purpose

I will only use your Personal Data for the purposes for which I collected it, unless I reasonably consider that I need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to have an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact me. If I need to use your Personal Data for an unrelated purpose, I will notify you and I will explain the legal basis which allows me to do so.

9. Contact Me

My full details are:

Laura Kaye, Author

Email for Privacy Questions: laura@laurakayeauthor.com

Cookie Policy

As is common practice with almost all professional websites, this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience.

This page describes what information I gather, how I use it and why I sometimes need to store these cookies. I will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored, however this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the site's functionality.

I use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

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Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

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In some cases I may provide you with custom content based on what you tell me about yourself either directly or indirectly by linking a social media account. These types of cookies simply allow me to provide you with content that I feel may be of interest to you.

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Email: laura@laurakayeauthor.com

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