Category: Updates

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

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 (, 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  

Yay the paperback!

I love the feel of paper (sorry trees, really really sorry), but I want to squee when I hold a printed book, especially mine, which is the most fantastic of all right? If you'd like to get a copy and jump for joy with me (I'm sure you'll jump) order links are below. ALSO I'M LOOKING FOR AMAZON REVIEWERS. Interested? I'm giving away a few review copies so message or email me if you'd like to do a written review for Eva Book 2. You can read it before reading book 1, but it does spoil the first book. Cheers! Paperback available from Book Depository, Amazon and other sites as well as your local bookseller!   The first real case femme fatale turned private eye, Eva Thorne, has had in months may be more than she...Read More

Book Expo Australia

It was an amazing experience yesterday at Book Expo Australia! I got to meet so many book lovers, and it was especially great to talk to people who bought my book, signed up for the giveaway or who just wanted to know more about publishing. A special shout out to those (like me) who love print books and bought copies at the stall, and congratulations to giveaway winners Kristy and Grace who were both so lovely and let me take their photos! [caption id="attachment_424" align="alignnone" width="225"] Lorel Clayton at Book Expo Australia[/caption] [caption id="attachment_422" align="alignnone" width="300"] Kristy with her copy of Tangle of Thornes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_423" align="alignnone" width="300"] Book winner Grace was so happy to get a signed copy[/caption] [fblike][tweet][pinit][gplus]

Why I don’t write what I know

I just had my first radio interview, and although I spend 4 sleepless hours a night writing my novels because it's the only time I have for that passion, I didn't dream once of pitching my book during the interview. I'd say it's because I like to keep my work and personal life separate, but the interview got a bit personal talking about my son, who has autism, and about the reasons I gave up science (another passion of mine) for marketing, which isn't a passion so much as a necessary evil for the greater good. If you're interested, you can hear the interview here Kinderling Radio. So why didn't I slip in that I'm also an Author? Why don't I  give away bookmarks at the grocery store and read my book obviously in...Read More

Blog Tour Roundup

Thanks to CLP Blog Tours I had a great tour in April, meeting some new bloggers worth following and getting some great reviews for Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks everyone!   5 Star Review from Terry's Book Addiction Terry's review of Tangle of Thornes: An Eva Thorne Novel I was sent a copy of this fantastic book (hard copy), my favorite! This book was seriously a treat to read! It is one that I picked up and just could not put down until I finished! Literally!Eva Thorne the main character is not only a likable character, but so very easy to relate too! She finds herself in so many unusual and precarious positions that you can't help but wonder if the girl was born for trouble. Not to mention she seems to have a...Read More

Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie is a must read if you love mystery. She set the cliches. And she was always innovating. I was watching the 1974 movie version of Murder on the Orient Express as research for the next Eva Thorne novel. I wanted to remind myself of a few of those trendsetting and memorable ideas later immortalized in cliche, so I could turn a few on their head for the funny. It's obviously been a long time since I read the book, because I didn't see the ending coming. I won't give it away, but simply say Agatha had a tremendous sense of humor. I think this one must have turned a few mystery tropes on their head in her day. If you haven't read the book, read it. Whether or not you've read...Read More

A Dame to Kill For

I know I said I'd be watching "Casablanca" next. I'm so ashamed. But "Sin City: A Dame to Kill" For was out on iTunes, and I said "What the hell. It's noir." Sin City is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I won't say I'm a fan. Overall, I never find them an enjoyable experience, but I do love the black and white style interspersed with vivid colors used to lend a character a bit of...well 'character' is the word. I also like an over the top protagonist or villain now and then. The characters are all over the top in Sin City, which is why the whole suffers, but a few quirky or truly hate-worthy evil characters are great to liven up a story. The gem I found in this particular installment...Read More