Read Excerpts of the Timeless Series
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Sorry I have been absent as of late. As many of you close to me know, I recently had a piece of lattice bonk me right on my noggin which sent me immediately to the hospital to receive staples. Luckily, for my beauty's sake, my hair covers the majority of the damage. Unluckily, I had intensive headaches that practically incapacitated me for days, delaying the ending of Soul Stalker. I am officially back to work on the book and have decided to give the fans a sneak (unedited) peak of two scenes from Soul Stalker AND I'm giving away two free copies of Shadow of the Sun which you may enter by going here: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/4669-shadow-of-the-sun!
On another note, the cover for Soul Stalker is rumored to be finished this week and I will post immediately. Trust me when I say WOW! It's amazing and is being worked on by Igor Scekic, the graphic designer who made the first cover for me. Check out his amazing work here: http://fusionfactory.net/profolio/.
One last thing before we commence with the Soul Stalker goodies . . . I will be on the road from July 6th-11th on I70 between Kentucky and Utah. That includes Southern Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. If you are interested in meeting for lunch or to watch me purchase gas, let me know!
Now onto the first Soul Stalker scene (very unedited):
The fact that I even thought about hitting—or possibly breaking—someone’s knee caps made me feel out of my element. Again, what part of a dungeon-like prison, Shadow guards, and a soulless leader was in my element? Actually, I thought about doing a lot more than hurting a few knees around here. The wave of violence that burned within me was new. Since I had become an angel, violence seemed to be the only thing on my mind; usually vicious thoughts when people felt the need to attack me and those I loved. And no matter how foreign the emotion was, I embraced it this time.
Joseph went for the door first and I practically yanked him back and shook my head. For a whole minute we silently argued, bent down like waddling ducks. He made gestures of how he was male by flexing his bicep and pointing at it, then he nodded and yanked his finger toward the door saying that he should go first. I shook my head, rubbed my fingers together to make a small electric spark, and stabbed my thumb toward the door to tell him I should go first. He didn’t agree, snapped his head left and right fiercely to say no, made his hand into a gun and blew over his pointer finger as if he had just shot a real gun. I rolled my eyes at him as I pointed to his empty holster, not like bullets did anything to the very immortal angels. He put his hand over it and grimaced when he realized it was empty and then he thrust both of his thumbs into his chest and literally—no joke—hit his chest like a wild caveman. I blinked at him as he continued to flex his biceps. Finally, I pointed at my chest to say I should go first and then I drew a halo above my head with my finger. He thought it was funny and then made horns on his head like a devil and stuck his tongue out at me.
The door creaked open and Joseph and I both jumped, startled, when we noticed Patrick lit from the sliver of light that came from the hallway. He shook his head at our muted conversation in slight humor and exasperation as he held the door in his palm. From the outside, I was sure we probably looked like a pair of pantomimes. I looked up toward Patrick and shot him my best glare for opening the door while Joseph craned his neck to see what was behind door number one. Patrick signaled for the all-clear and we all stood. Zola had been leaning against the wall, but seemed to regain some buoyancy at the thought of being free. Being imprisoned for a couple-hundred years and finally realizing it might all be over with would put a smile on anyone’s face. But we weren’t free yet, and somehow I was sure she knew that.
Second Soul Stalker scene (very unedited):
There was a blast of electricity that exploded out of my body, the screech of tires, and the jerk of something around my torso. My head slammed against something and my vision came back to me, as if a hypnotist snapped his fingers and I woke up from a trance. The car moved slowly for a moment before it stopped completely.
The annoying dinging sound a vehicle makes when the door is open and the vehicle is still on was going off. Both Patrick and Joseph’s doors were open but they were missing from their seats.
“Joseph?” I called out as I put my hand to my head, dazed. There was a sore spot at my hairline and it was wet. I pulled my hand away and looked down at the blood. It wasn’t silver, but it wasn’t red either. It was a strange shimmering, pink-tinged mixture that made my heart thud forcefully against my ribcage.
My door opened and I fell backward, my seatbelt catching me. Joseph was at my ear. “Are you okay? Oh shit, your head.”
“I’m fine,” I assured him.
“Sure ya are, Zinger.” The nickname surprised me and I gave a low chuckle. Joseph reached over and unbuckled my seatbelt. I rested against him for a few seconds.
I recognized Patrick’s deep voice. It grew louder along with a voice I didn’t recognize. “Really, it’s no big deal,” the guy said. “That’s what insurance is for.”
“Is she okay, Agent?” Patrick asked.
“I’m fine,” I repeated.
Joseph’s chest shook with laughter. “She’s bleeding, but she’ll be okay.”
“Can she walk?”
“Guys, thanks for the concern but I’m fine.” I rose up in my seat and swung my legs around so I could climb out. Joseph held his hand out and I took it gratefully. When I was on my feet, he let go and my knees went out from under me. Patrick caught me, moving so quickly I blinked up at him a few times, confused. He had this look on his face that I couldn’t quite place; I’d say it was concern, but it was a deeper emotion, one I couldn’t quite understand. “Thanks,” I said softly.
“I—” he cut himself off and his eyebrows came together. “I’m sorry. I wasn’t paying attention and I just ran right into another car. It’s all my fault.”
“It’s okay. I’m—”
“Fine?” Joseph chimed in. “Obviously not. You need to be checked out by a doctor.”
“I am a doctor.” I rolled my eyes at him, but that didn’t deter him from his train of thought.
“Not that kind of doctor.”
“What is ‘that kind of doctor’ going to say when they see my SHIMMERING PINK BLOOD, Joseph?” I changed my voice to mimic one of a concerned doctor. “I’m sorry ma’am, you appear to be suffering from a mild case of Pretty Pretty Princess syndrome? Have you ingested any magical woodland faeries recently?” I tapped my fingers on the top of the car.
I could tell he was trying not to smile. “Oh, and I suppose you’ve examined your share of supernatural head trauma cases?” He raised one eyebrow at me and then pulled his cell phone out of his pocket and began to practically shout orders at someone. I was sure he called someone at the FBI headquarters instead of a regular ambulance.
All right. There ya have it people! Hope you enjoyed it, and you'll be hearing from me again very soon!
Monday, June 7, 2010
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Friday, June 4, 2010
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Angels and Shadows: A Prophecy of Light
Debut Author Reveals Ancient Supernatural Struggle between Light and Darkness in New Fantasy Novel
LEWISBURG, KY – In her thrilling new fantasy novel Shadow of the Sun: Timeless Series, Book One (published by iUniverse), debut author Laura Kreitzer follows the Illuminator, Dr. Gabriella Moretti, in an action-packed adventure that explores the spiritual dimension of reality as angels and shadows soon make themselves apparent, each group struggling for their own survival.
With amnesia of her early childhood, Gabriella throws herself into her present. Intelligent, antisocial, quiet Gabriella is a supernatural specialist who works at Zelko Corporation. Within the glass walls of the lab, Gabriella attempts to uncover the truth about legends and myths by unearthing answers to the bizarre and abnormal. Zelko Corp’s investors have yet to throw her a curve ball she can’t handle until three bodies from Italy arrive that look awfully alive for being more than 2,000 years old. What she learns both frightens and intrigues her; however, fear wins out in the end, and Gabriella flees to the comfort of her office.
Gabriella tries to gather her wits for the impending storm of her newest revelation—the bodies are regenerating. Her peace is short-lived when a shadowlike creature destroys her office and warns her about “waking the angels.” Confused and terrified, Gabriella tries to question the dark creature, but she is only told that they should be “buried back in the earth where they belong.” Surprisingly, she finds solace in those three beings locked in the lab—those same beings that the dark creature warned her about.
Unfortunately, the dark creature is only the beginning of Gabriella’s problems. FBI agents swarm the lab to seize the bodies and deliver them to a paranormal investigations lab, where Gabriella will accompany them to continue her research. Karen, a very stunning and calming FBI agent, approaches Gabriella and soon reveals to her that she is an angel that has been tasked with guarding her. Then, when she is summoned by the Elders and her destiny to stop the Shadow of the Sun (being forever cast out of the light) is revealed, her life starts to spin wildly out of control.
Luckily, a bond between Andrew, one of the 4,000-year-old leaders of the Guardians, and Gabriella is undeniably forged, but there is no time for pleasantries, because they are on the run after an assassination attempt. Will Gabriella ever discover the truth about her past? And as romance blossoms and assassins track her, will she discover the true power of being the Illuminator and save them all? Find out in the startling conclusion of Kreitzer’s masterful and riveting Shadow of the Sun.
About the Author
Kreitzer currently lives in Kentucky with her fiancé and their two dogs and cat. She works full-time at Western Kentucky University. In 2008, she traveled to Southwest University China to establish one of the first dye trace laboratories under the China Environmental Health Project. She has been involved in hundreds of water tracing investigations, and she has published several confidential reports under the Crawford Hydrology Laboratory. Though Kreitzer is passionate about her environmental work, her favorite hobby is writing, which has blossomed into her debut novel, Shadow of the Sun. She is currently writing the sequel titled Soul Stalker. Interested readers and media professionals can visit www.laurakreitzer.com for additional information.
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I just wanted to update you-all on book two. Soul Stalker is coming around quickly. I hit 49,000 words tonight, which is roughly 44% done according to my goal. To celebrate such a successful writing evening, here’s a quote from the book:
The Soul Stalker stalked toward me like a leopard through tall grass and I was the frightened, injured gazelle waiting to be eaten. That was what it came down to: she was the hunter and I was her food. I rose to my feet with a stupendous effort and swayed as I held my side with one hand. My other hand clutched onto the closest tree as if it held the answers to my predicament. My body wept as hot blood leaked through my fingers and splattered across the ground in teardrops. I glared through the ghostly cloud of steam that rose from the warm liquid and right into the Soul Stalker’s smirking face.
I hope to have this finished by mid May and out in stores by late June. I’ll keep everyone updated.
Check it out on my website: http://laurakreitzer.com/archives/309
I savored the story and the characters whom I feel like I connected with on many levels. The main hero, Andrew is an angel as well as perfect! He comforts and supports Gabriella while being a perfect gentleman. I can honestly say I am going through withdrawals since I finished the book. Can’t wait for book two to be released so I can have more of Andrew, Gabriella and Joseph, the other swoonworthy male protagonist who is also an FBI agent. Laura creates an emotionally riveting mystery full of myth , magic and romance. I gave it five stars and would recommend it to all of my adult friends!
For more details on how to enter to win a signed copy, please visit http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/2010/04/shadow-of-sun-by-laura-kreitzer.html
**Contest ends May 13, 2010 and is open Internationally**
Post from my website: http://laurakreitzer.com/archives/299
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write! Always write, never stop. Doesn’t matter if it is bad or in need of major help . . . WRITE! You can’t aspire to be a writer if you only dream of it. You must act upon it. And never, ever give up.
Are you working on any future writing projects?
I am 35% done with Soul Stalker, book two in the Timeless Series. There will be a book three, too, and possibly more. It all depends on where I take the story in book three, I suppose. I also have a few ideas brewing for another book or series. Pirates come to mind . . . I guess we’ll have to wait and see where that takes me.
To read the whole interview go here:http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/2010/04/introudcing-author-laura-kreitzer.html
Website post: http://laurakreitzer.com/archives/295
Thursday, April 8, 2010
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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Monday, April 5, 2010
Quote from the review:
Kreitzer tells an amazing love story, one in which Gabriella finds her kindred soul: “He will love you more than any human could ever love another." It's details such as this that made me stop and swoon every so often. There is a very passionate scene in the library where books and bodies get tossed around and the only way I can explain it is NICE!
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I have endured a roller-coaster ride of a life time. Usually I pride myself on solving mysteries before the book ends, but not this time. Laura Kreitzer’s SHADOW OF THE SUN will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
In her debut novel – the first in her TIMELESS series – Laura introduces us to Gabriella, a young woman who’s not only a genius, but a supernatural specialist working for a company called Zelko Corporation. It’s her job to debunk supernatural claims.
Until she receives three strangely regenerated corpses from Italy and her eyes are truly opened for she is in the presence of angels. The FBI is called in and she is asked to oversee their investigation into the strange bodies.
During transportation to the FBI’s lab, the plane is attacked and Gabriella is saved by her soul mate Andrew, one of the regenerated corpses. Andrew is an angel, special beyond comprehension and he knows deep within his heart, he must protect Gabriella.
What follows is a supernatural ride you won’t want get off of! Had I been able to read this book all at once, I would have. It’s impossible to put down.
Angels are the new vampires. You must read this book. Stay tuned for the sequel to SHADOW OF THE SUN, SOUL STALKER available sometime later this year. I would rate this book as a 10 – must read, must re-read until your eyes bleed!
Check out her website for updates on her writing, her random editor thoughts, and her fantastic book reviews.
Thank you Dawn for reviewing Shadow of the Sun!
Here is a small excerpt:
I LOVE THE BOOK!!! I couldn't put it down. I fed my kidsLunchables- the pizza ones and I didn't even heat up the sauce, in fact my two year old was trying to gnaw the sauce open because I forgot to open his.
This book was so full of action and should have been confusing, but wasn't in anyway. The story is just fantastic. My brain can't even come up with a proper review because I am still so in love with it that I just gush and I can't make sense of it yet.
Thank you Rachel for all of your kind words! I hope your friends enjoy this book as much as you did.
I'll post more reviews as they come in!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
If you would like an autographed copy of Shadow of the Sun, you may purchase it here. I'll try to always keep books on hand, but I can not promise that I will always have this option on my website. Take advantage of it before I become too busy to take on this extra assignment.
I love to hear from my fans, so if you have read my book, let me know what you think!
Thank you for your wonderful support,
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I have posted chapter one of Soul Stalker on my website. This chapter has spoilers for Shadow of the Sun. If you have already read SotS, please check it out: http://laurakreitzer.com/soul-stalker
In other news, Shadow of the Sun is now available at Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Amazon, and iUniverse. Please check out all of the sites before you purchase. Each website has a different price posted for hardcover and paperback.
As many of my friends know, I will be going to NJ in August. I am going to try my hardest to set up a small book tour and drive there from Kentucky. I’ll keep everyone informed as soon as I know anything.
Lastly, thank you everyone who purchased my book. Things are going well and I hope they continue to move forward after my marketing starts. I’ll be sending my book out to reviewers next week!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Shadow of the Sun is now in print. You can purchase it from iUniverse or Amazon. If you wish to purchase just the PDF version, you may do so here.
Thank you to everyone who waited patiently for this book to finally be available. I appreciate everything my fans have done for me!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Shadow of the Sun eBook is available on my website. Paperback and Hardcover are still currently at the printer. http://www.laurakreitzer.com
I have moved my blog from here to my website. I will keep this one active until I am sure everyone knows where to find me! :)
YAY for eBook!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
After going through the publishing processes and all the grueling steps that go along with it, I thought I might offer myself up for some Q&A. If you, or anyone you know, has questions about writing a book, getting the word out there, publishing, or marketing, feel free to ask. During the next few days I will answer (and possibly my Editor, Bri) any questions via a new blog post, with details, links and possibly contacts.
Thanks for sticking with me while I wait (very impatiently) for my book to hit the printers.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Editor Bri here. Just wanted to let everyone know that Laura's amazing book, Shadow of the Sun, is set for release in mid-February!
Keep checking back for updates because once the book drops, there will be author interviews and reviews for you to read and comment on!
Very exciting ;o)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Old fashioned way.
In the comments, just give me the number. Here goes:
1.With great gentleness, he secured my face in his palms. I stopped breathing then. My heart thumped against my chest. He hesitated, but I continued to gaze into his sapphire eyes. He wiped the wetness away from my cheeks and then moved in closer to me. So many emotions raged through me at once: desire, passion, and ecstasy. He was only an inch away from my face. I closed my eyes and felt the electricity flowing between us. Every second that passed, a new emotion would flit through my body, sending shivers of pleasure through my veins. I trembled under his touch.
2.“They turn those full of light into Shadows.”
“What do they want?”
“Their warnings are never clear . . . Maybe this is why you are here, now. Why I was sent to you.”
3. He closed his eyes and put his forehead against mine.
“I can’t figure it out,” his hot breath filled the air between us.
His eyes opened. “This . . . connection we have.”
4.I needed it—the tears, the release—so I could get past this, make a special place for her in my heart and seal it for eternity, because that was what I had now; eternity, forever . . . a timeless immortality.
5.Her eyes were blue, like the ocean, but they burned into mine like fire. “Yes.” Her fingers roamed over a symbol on the chest. It was the exact same symbol I had seen downstairs on the necklaces; the circle with a shield in the middle. The aged wood, a rich brown color, was worn on the edges. “Shadow of the Sun,” she whispered.
6.“No one, human or angel, has ever been able to break the bindings of the Shadow of the Sun. Yet you . . .”
“Did?” I offered.
7. No one knew why she acted the way she did, but it wasn’t long before she was nicknamed “Soul Stalker” because she was believed to be devoid of a soul—constantly stalking those who possessed the one thing that she couldn’t.
8. Something landed on top of the car as if it had fallen from the heavens above, the velocity too fast—the collision too violent. I stood, looking over the top of the car. How ironic, it was Andrew—the angel—his body perfectly dented into the black metal, his teeth gritted in anger, as if he wasn’t hurt at all. The woman on the other side of the car narrowed her eyes at me. Andrew hadn’t noticed that I was no longer hid¬den behind the safety of the pile of metal. Instead, I glared at the woman in white—the one that haunted my dreams—more like nightmares. This was the same one who advocated murdering an angel, the same one who tried, and the same one who failed—the one who would fail again.
9. As the wind whipped behind me in our wake—the Shadows only yards behind us—the only thing I seemed to be able to think about was my heart, and how it had shattered into little pieces. The saying “life isn’t fair” was more accurate than I would have ever imagined. I could feel the rush of anger leaving me.
10. As three among you perish to the Earth—bound by shadow and fire—do not be fooled by the warnings given to incite terror and mayhem. Those three who fought against the growing power will be laid to rest until the time comes—the time of light.
Beware of encroaching danger, as the Illuminator will be surrounded, but she is not thy enemy. As the dark ones approach, the Illuminator should be set free, uninhibited by all Guardians. She will show us all who the enemies are and how to defeat them.
When the time comes to battle, our Illuminator will come to save us all.
Worlds change, lives transi¬tion, and everything will be turned upside down. War¬riors are found—the fog lifted. The Halo of the Sun will keep her safe and the time of the Illuminator will come. She will rule us all.
11. I dashed across the room and almost pulled the door off its hinges with my urgency. There was no one there. For a whole second I thought I would collapse from the emptiness—inside myself and outside the room.
“Andrew?” I called out, panicked.
“I’m right here.” He moved from underneath a shadow. His voice was the most angelic, most wel-coming sound I’d ever heard in my entire life. I leaned against the door frame, wilted.
He moved closer to me and his finger traced under my eye. “It’s time you slept.”
I nodded in agreement and he led me back inside the room. There was a soft click of the door as it shut and in that second I felt some relief at being able to hide from the world outside—at least for tonight.
12. My world had crumbled all around me in the last forty-eight hours and now all I could do was try to pick up the pieces. But not tonight, not while each second brought on another round of earth-shattering thoughts and images. I was nearly at the end of my emotional rope. And I didn’t know how I could have made it without Andrew there, holding me.
13. Putting my hand to my temple, I sat up to see Shadows scattered across the ground under the pool of the dim moonlight, their skin black as charcoal. When I stared at the biggest one, it looked as though a flame started up inside him and burned through his eyes. The frightening stories of Shadows slammed into my mind. There had been rumors . . . but I never believed it. The Shadow looked at me as if we knew each other before he raised his upper lip to expose his teeth. A growl escaped from deep in his chest. I backed away in terror, my world aligning in an unfamiliar pattern.
Just heard back from the publisher. Exact words: "I have sent this [cover] to the designer so she can continue with the [hard]cover. Once she is finished (within a week) I will send you your initial proofs to review." * SQUEALS* WITHIN A WEEK! (Sorry. I am so tired of waiting.)
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So, I am horrible with updating the whole twitter bit, but I am getting better. I am finally figuring out how the hell to use it. Anyway, please follow me:
How about a little Shadow of the Sun to start the morning out? Great:
My feet dangled from my perch at my mother’s bed. It had a large canopy with wrought iron metal that twisted into beautiful designs that connected over my head. I had a family photo in one hand and the phone in the other. My life felt torn between who I was and who I was becoming. It literally hurt when I thought about my family back in the States, especially Jenna. At the same time, my heart was still trying to put all the pieces back together after losing the life I never had, the life I had almost returned to.
Well, there you have it! Thank you fans for being so fabulous!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Finally, the book cover is finished! We are almost through the journey to a final, published book!
Excerpt of Shadow of the Sun:
In the distance, I could see angels beneath the shadows of the encroaching forest. Their golden tears glittered in the small glint of the sun beaming down through a slit in the clouds. No one else seemed to be able to see them, but I could—in all their magnificent glory. They had always possessed a celestial glow, but today it had been taken away. There was a darkness that surrounded them as they mourned the one they had lost. The one I had lost.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Flowing auburn hair glittered against the sun like molten copper. A knife tucked securely into a holster around a leg. Glacial blue eyes turned toward me over a perfect shoulder, staring, cautioning me. Her face was that of an angel; her body was that of a goddess. The tattoos that covered every last inch of her skin was intricately woven in a pattern that seemed to have no beginning or end.
She turned away from me, her short white dress billowing in the wind. It was silk-like, so thin I could see through it. Her tattoos went beyond her arms and legs; they continued snaking up her back to circle around the shape of two arrows crossed together.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Other news, the front cover design is almost finished. A very talented graphic designer from Croatia is working on it for me. His name is Igor. Check out his work here: Virus69 The interior design is finished, so all that is left is the outside. Looks like things are going well--slow, but well!
Thanks for supporting me!