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Summer of Mystery Giveaway July 28th-30th

To celebrate the Summer of Mystery Event I'm taking part in this weekend, you can enter this cool Rafflecopter giveaway to win a paperback of your choice from Amazon OR the complete ebook series of Eva Thorne, including Book 4 when it releases! Lots of ways to boost your Rafflecopter entries. See entry form below... And if you're a serious mystery fan or want to try your hand at detective work, take my Mystery Challenge and win a $10 Giftcard. You need to attend the Facebook event to play. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

A free new Anthology

I'm giving all my subscribers this awesome new collection of stories...Including a new short story from the world of Eva Thorne! Click on the image to go to the Instafreebie page. xxLorel Description War Torn Seven international authors, reflecting diverse styles from across the fantasy genre, bring you seven short stories that explore the theme, War Torn. The Fortress by Lorel Clayton (Dark Epic Fantasy, Steampunk) No one is infallible, but some people cannot afford to be wrong, not when lives are at stake. In this story from the world of Eva Thorne, visit The Fortress, where a line in the sand has been drawn to keep the living safe from the god of death. Meet the man who guards that line. Other stories included… Ambushed by Angela Stevens (Contemporary Fantasy/ Dark Fantasy)...Read More

Antagonists as Heroes

I’m not fond of anti-heroes, but I do like a well-rounded character rather than a cardboard cutout. This applies to antagonists as much as protagonists (who wants boring), but can an antagonist be a hero? An Antagonist, by definition, acts in opposition to the Protagonist of a story. Usually we call the protagonist the hero and the antagonist the villain, but really it’s a matter of perspective. I truly believe every villain thinks he’s the hero of his own story. So, I write my villains with that in mind. They need to have their own goals and motivations and be as pissed off about the ‘hero’ thwarting their plans as the hero is about the villain’s dastardly deeds. But I think as moral readers, we can tell the difference between the good guys...Read More

The Eva Thorne Series

Just a quick update that I've released Eva Book 3 on all formats, and the first two novels will be coming soon to formats besides Kindle. In fact, Book 1 is getting a slight bit of 'work done' to polish it up shiny and new for the re-release! Will tell you more when the time is nigh... Until then, here's a link to Pronoun (https://books.pronoun.com/lorelclayton/), where you can access all current formats in one place. P.S. The website is getting a bit of a re-model as well. It may be in flux as I try out different themes, and in fact I'd love to hear if people prefer my old black theme or the new white? I'm still not sure. Decisions suck.

We have a winner in $100 Eva Thorne series Giveaway!

Congrats to Jamie! Please share your success with your friends on Facebook or Twitter and tell them about the books. Be on the lookout for an email with more details. And to everyone else who entered, don't worry. If you've subscribed to my newsletter, you'll get a consolation prize! a Rafflecopter giveaway Newsletter Subscription Quicklink Book 3 "Blood & Thorne" out now  

Enigmatic Character Interview – Eva Thorne

Character Name: Eva Thorne Protagonist Age: twenty-something Nickname: I wouldn’t try to give me one if I were you Occupation: femme fatale turned detective Location: Highcrowne, capital of the Three Kingdoms, ruled by elves, dwarves and Avians, and where humans are either refugees or slaves Ethnic background: human, actually Solhan, but most people don't know the difference, and if they do know I’m Solhan they hate me more, so I don’t brag about it much Goal in life: to not turn into an evil necromancer, despite how tempting that is Family: Thorne dynasty of Solheim, former leaders of the Council of Nine ,turned refugees. Oh, and the ones who ended the world by summoning the Dead God Current conflict: the one and only good thing in my life, my big brother, Viktor, has been murdered...Read More

From Cringe to Binge – The 100 is worth a second look

I'm SO picky about my entertainment. My life is crazy busy, and like many people, I've become a snob, quickly judging a book by its cover or its first line and a TV show by its opening episode. I checked out The 100 on Netflix a while ago and got two episodes in before throwing up my hands (there was nothing else on so they were lucky I endured that long). As much as I was intrigued by the post-apocalyptic scenario of humans in space coming back down to Earth to see if radiation levels and other dangers were survivable, the lazy, strategically incompetent teenagers they sent made it feel more like a bad series of Survivor. Flash forward six months, and my husband and writing partner breaks his foot. He's stuck on the...Read More

Surprise! You’ll get sucked in by SyFy’s Dark Matter

  As much as I love to read fantasy, I love to watch sci-fi, and was in heaven recently with a binge of WestWorld and The Expanse. Loved them! Then I tried Ascension and hit a wall of utter disappointment. If you prefer sci-fi to melodrama, then I advise you not to go there. Despondent, I went searching for anything to restore my faith in the genre and instead stumbled upon a new passion – SyFy’s Dark Matter! Give it one episode, and I guarantee you’ll be hooked. I started out jaded, thinking “oh I’ve seen this character type before, and that one…” but at every turn your expectations are used against you. As soon as it builds up to a plot point you see coming a mile away, the show jigs left...Read More

The Psychology of Superheroes

I recently bought a Smart TV, because my son hit the old plasma hard enough it started smoking, but on the upside I discovered Netflix! I’ve binge watched 2 seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, and I hunger for more. Not to mention my giddy anticipation of the Defenders, my absorption of all big screen Avengers, Thor and Captain America flicks … and can I just say ‘Wonder Woman’! How come this hardcore Game of Thrones-reading, Heinlein-quoting, Shakespeare-analyzing intellectual loves superheroes so much? My husband and writing partner has asked me this question many times as I drag him to yet another X-men movie on our limited date nights. I’ve put some thought into—PhD-wielding, intellectual level thought—and here’s my answer. Who doesn’t want to be a superhero!? It’s Freudian wish fulfilment...Read More

99c sale Eva Book 2 and Book 1 free!

In case you or your friends missed previous sales on Book 1, it' snow FREE until May 2nd. Find it at Amazon. And guess what, this is the first ever sale on book 2! Now 99c in a Kindle Countdown Deal until May 7th. Grab it now, you'll never regret it later. Can I just brag a bit about some very nice reviews :) Here' some headlines: "beautiful and enchanting" ... "devour-worthy witty writing..." ..."there had better be more Eva!" Ok, I'm pretty proud of this one, and book 3 will be something special too. It's 63,000 words so far, so only about 37,000 more to go. What do you think, should I show you more of the Elf Lands? How about vampires (old school)? Let me know what you think.