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Now Available for Pre-order: Prison Made of Mirrors

Published February 15, 2017 by Jennifer Loring

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Aithne is a warrior kidnapped from her homeland during a Viking invasion and forced to marry her captor. Shortly before the raid that claims his life, she becomes pregnant with a child whom she believes cursed. Spurred by the dark sorcery she learns from relics her late husband’s mother left behind—including a magic mirror—Aithne descends into a madness that threatens not only her child’s life but also the lives of everyone around her.

Exiled by her mother, Brenna is taken in by a clan of dwarves who treat her like their own. They soon learn that no one is immune to Aithne’s lunacy—not even the prince to whom Brenna was once betrothed. Brenna must face and conquer death itself if she is to save the land that rightfully belongs to her, and to break her mother’s terrible spell on the man she loves.

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Looking Ahead

Published October 19, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

It’s been a busy year (in a good way!) and looks to stay that way through the end of 2016. In roughly chronological order, here’s what’s coming up for the rest of the year and what’s on deck after that.
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New Release: CONSEQUENCE by C.R. Langille

Published June 10, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

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Consequence: A Novel in the Dark Tyrant Series

What started as a hunting trip for Tobias Evard Warner II and his friends turns into a fight for survival during a supernatural storm that kicks off the apocalypse. The storm awakens and frees seven powerful creatures that were locked away at the beginning of the world’s creation. The Seven turn nightmares into reality and leave nothing but chaos and death in their wake. Tobias fights his way through a nightmare infested wilderness to get back home to his family. With the unleashed terrors come newfound magical powers for Tobias, but at a cost. Will he sacrifice everything to ensure his family’s safety, even if it means his own soul? Angels, demons, ancient cosmic beings, and even a dimensional-traveler clad in a trench coat made of duct tape come together in this fast-paced novel of magic, darkness, and consequences.

About the Author:
C.R. Langille spent many a Saturday afternoon watching monster movies with his mother. It wasn’t long before he started crafting nightmares to share with his readers. An avid hunter and amateur survivalist, C.R. Langille incorporates the Utah outdoors in many of his tales. He is an affiliate member of the Horror Writer’s Association (organizer for the Utah Chapter), a member of the League of Utah Writers, and received his MFA: Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

http://www.crlangille.com

Purchasing Information:
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Cover art by Adam Miconi

CONSEQUENCE by C. R. Langille

Published December 1, 2015 by Jennifer Loring

CR Langille_Consequence_Kindle What started as a hunting trip for Tobias Evard Warner II and his friends turns into a fight for survival during a supernatural storm which kicks off the apocalypse. The storm awakens and frees seven powerful creatures who were locked away at the beginning of the world’s creation. The Seven turn nightmares into reality and leave nothing but chaos and death in their wake.

Tobias fights his way through a nightmare infested wilderness to get back home to his family. With the unleashed terrors come newfound magical powers for Tobias, but at a cost. Will he sacrifice everything to ensure his family’s safety, even if it means his own soul?

Angels, demons, ancient cosmic beings, and even a dimensional-traveler clad in a trench coat made of duct tape come together in this fast-paced novel of magic, darkness, and consequences.

Pre-order at Amazon.com!

C.R.Langille C.R. Langille spent many a Saturday afternoon watching monster movies with his mother. It wasn’t long before he started crafting nightmares to share with his readers. An avid hunter and amateur survivalist, C.R. Langille incorporates the Utah outdoors in many of his tales. He is the Organizer for the Utah Chapter of the Horror Writer’s Association, and received his MFA: Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

Release Day for Those of My Kind!

Published May 11, 2015 by Jennifer Loring

MyKindWS It’s here! Those of My Kind is now available from Omnium Gatherum as an eBook and trade paperback!

eBook: http://www.amazon.com/Those-My-Kind-Jennifer-Loring-ebook/dp/B00WTZCMU0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431295884&sr=1-1&keywords=those+of+my+kind

Trade Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/5464521

Those of My Kind Playlist

Published April 7, 2015 by Jennifer Loring

If you know me, you know I love music. I was a DJ for quite a while, and music is still a huge source of inspiration for me. One thing I like to do is create my dream soundtrack for the books I write. So, with Those of My Kind out in just about a month, I present to you the soundtrack I came up with. Give it a listen at 8tracks Radio, and enjoy!

The Next Big Thing…

Published December 12, 2012 by Jennifer Loring

Last week I was tagged by my good friend John Dixon, author of the forthcoming book Dissident from Simon & Schuster. Here’s what I had to say.

What is the working title of your book?
Those of My Kind

Where did the idea come from for the book?
About 18 years ago I had written yet another crappy novel (I was 19, sue me), and one of the secondary characters was a Roma woman named Tristan. Tristan was originally a man in the very first draft, but I had grown tired of writing male characters. Even though I eventually abandoned the book–which will be resurrected as the sequel to Those of My Kind–Tristan stuck with me. I needed to explore her story; she hunts demons, after all. What’s not to love? So fast forward to January 2011. I’ve just begun Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction program, and I’m floundering for a thesis idea. I’m one of those people who gets overwhelmed with too many ideas rather than not enough. Then it hits me. What better time to write Tristan’s story than now? So we go back into her past, discover she’s moody and stand-offish for a whole lot of reasons, and she has a companion whose natural affinity for witchcraft leads to Very Bad Things.

What genre does your book fall under?
Dark fantasy. It draws on the fairy tales “Donkeyskin” and “Red Riding Hood,” as well as the Chinese myths of the jiang-shi and the huli-jing. But there is, of course, a strong traditional horror element as well as a literary one, because I love beautiful language.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
To be honest, I don’t really want it to be filmed. I think some of the subject matter that’s essential to the plot wouldn’t make it past the censors due to the characters’ ages, and to make them older would pretty much ruin the story. The things that happen to them when they’re young girls form the core of who they are as characters.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Battling both each other and the deadliest foe of their young lives, two demon hunters learn the meaning of power–and of sacrifice.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
That’s not an either-or proposition, since indie publishers often take non-agented fiction. And let me stress, since many people conflate the two, that indie/small press publishing and self-publishing are NOT the same thing. I will refrain from the self-publishing rant for now. But I do intend to get an agent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
14 months. Then I promptly gutted half of it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I wouldn’t. Such comparisons are almost invariably false. I strive to tell my own story, and that’s all. I’ll let other people decide if it reminds them of something, but I don’t consciously try to make it similar to anything else.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Oh man. Aside from what I talked about above… fairy tales, African witchcraft, existentialist philosophy, Gnosticism, comparative mythology, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Robin McKinley’s Deerskin… I knew I wanted strong female characters with serious problems to overcome. I wanted to explore issues of sexual identity, religion, moral nihilism, all that fun stuff. Which path you choose if you’re young and have superhuman powers, and what happens if life has crapped on you one too many times.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I really wanted to break out of horror’s very conservative tendency to have a straight hero/heroine and the standard love interest. Three major characters are gay, while the villain is essentially asexual and derives pleasure mainly from feeding on the life essence of others. Also, female genital mutilation is something not usually discussed in genre fiction (or much at all), but it has a profound effect on one of the main characters.

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