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July 17, 2017

Good Afternoon!

I know it's been some time since you guys have heard from me and for that I am truly sorry.

I have had a really bad last couple of years and when I get knocked down it takes me forever to get back on my feet.

So many of you ask me if I'm going to complete any of the sequels for my novels and because of everything I've gone through, I'm only going to be able to complete one and that's, Yelling Out Loud, the sequel to Whisper.

I'm so sorry that it had to come to this, but what I went through was very traumatic and I literally lost everything. Everything.

On a positive note, I am still writing. I get a new ideas all the time, and I am planning on releasing a new novel titled, Infect Me, on December 26th.

I am really and truly sorry if I haven't been answering questions promptly and I don't intend on just ignoring them, it's just that every day is a challenge and I'm trying to handle things the best way that I can.

I hope you understand. Your support means the world to me and I would be nothing if I didn't have fans who enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.


I hope everyone has a simply stellar day!

Thanks so much.

<3 Lauren
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Published on July 17, 2017 12:14 • 83 views • Tags: a-whisper-to-a-scream, fiction, infect-me, lauren-hammond, new-adult, novel, reading, romance, sequels, writing, ya

February 6, 2015

Happy Friday Everyone!

As most of you know, I've been working on the final installment in the Asylum Trilogy, Just South of Biloxi, which is Aurora's story.

That is moving along rather well, so everyone can be sure to see it out by July of 2015.

On another note, I have some exciting news for those of you who are fans of the Asylum Trilogy and I will post that news next week.

Finally, I had the chance to do a guest post on A Buckeye Girl Reads to promote my novella, These Walls That Bind Me, and you can check that out here. http://lovesromances.blogspot.com/201...

If you get a chance pick it up!
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...
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January 16, 2015

Morning everyone!

So I have some news on the Asylum companion novel that I'm working on. The one that's written from Aurora's point-of-view.

For starters, I've changed the title. The title is now, Just South of Biloxi, and as most of you know it was supposed to be released some time ago, but that was changed.

The release date is now set for July 21, 2015. Like I stated in a previous post, I had some very severe personal setbacks that left me undecided on most of the sequels, however I have decided to move forward with some of them.

This book will be the final Asylum book that I write. That being said, I'm certain that you can expect some other awesome books from me in the future.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend!

<3 Lauren
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January 9, 2015

So I've been out of the loop for a while, but I've heard that when you're trying to make progress that even baby steps are a plus, so three cheers for baby steps....

Anyway, I didn't have the opportunity to read as much as I would have liked to (or write for that much) in 2014, but I thought that this would be a fun blog post. To list some of my favorite reads of 2014 then swap with the readers.

So here are some of my mine...

If You Stay by Courtney Cole

Towering by Alex Flinn was interesting too if you love modern day fairy-tale re-imaginings.

Now what are some of your favorite reads of 2014?
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Published on January 09, 2015 06:47 • 103 views • Tags: alex-flinn, courtney-cole, dark-reads, fairtytales, fiction, general-fiction, new-adult, read, reading, retellings, romance, tbr-pile, writing, young-adult

December 29, 2014

Happy Holidays everyone!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that everyone has a Happy New Year!

Just to keep everyone update to date, I've had some pretty severe personal setbacks over the last two years, but I've started writing Yelling Out Loud (Whisper two). I can't provide anyone with any release dates as of yet, but I'm pasting a snippet below and for those of you who have been patiently waiting, thank you very very much.

I hope you enjoy the teaser and I hope 2015 turns out to be an epic year for you all!

Happy New Year!

<3 Lauren

Then Adam's attention shifted to her eyes and at that moment, he felt his frozen heart cracking, shattering, and exploding in his chest before it eventually began melting, showering his insides.

His breathing faltered.

His lungs went on strike.

She'd seen his face.

Shit! Shit! Shit!

He tried so hard so very very hard to think of the words he thought of earlier, but it was almost like his entire mind has been erased.

Suddenly he was choking on air. His hands were shaking while he stared down at the girl in his arms, the life was fading out of her and it was fading out of her fast.

He couldn't accurately describe how he was feeling. Feelings were few and far between with Adam, but he could have sworn he was detecting a hint of regret. He lifted his hand, fanning his fingers across her cheeks. Her skin was soft, smooth and the temperature in it was changing from warm to cold. In his mind, he was chanting, he was stating, he was repeating, Just stay with me. Just stay with me a little bit longer, please.

And that's when she took him by surprise.

That's when she took one, last deep breath.

That's when her eyes rolled into the back of her head.

And that's when Ellory rasped out with a gurgle, "Adam, why?"
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November 21, 2013

First off,

Good Morning everyone!

Second, I'm excited that everyone is excited over Beautiful Nightmares and I'm sorry that I made you all wait so long for it.

That wasn't my intention.

That being said, sometimes life gives us things (or people) we can't handle and we stumble a little bit.

I understand that everyone was excited. And thank you so much for being loyal and devoted fans and loving my books so much. I appreciate it more than you know. Over the past year, I've been through something extremely traumatic and it took me (what felt like forever) to overcome it and get back on my feet. That being said, I'm back. LOL. It's been an uphill climb, but man am I glad to be back to writing again. I didn't think I'd ever recover from the last year and it's not necessarily something I'm ready to talk about. ANYWHO, Beautiful Nightmares is out. Some people are having errors with the Kindle version and you might have to call amazon to get the full version. Also, it is a bit on the shorter side.

And YES... there are some loose ends because YES...I am writing a book from Aurora's POV and the first two chapters are included in the back of Beautiful Nightmares....Hope you all enjoy it :)

Now that I'm writing again and feeling better, I think it's safe to say you can expect a whole lot more of awesome, emotional books from me.

It just takes time to heal from intense situations and I'm not the type of person that can write well when everything in my life is falling a part.

Thank you for standing by me and being patient during this difficult time in my life.

It means a lot to me <3
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March 21, 2013

Good Morning everyone!



So I know it has been forever since I've blogged and I'm so sorry that I've been so out of touch for a while.



I have some important updates for everyone regarding Beautiful Nightmares and 13 Rounds.



These two books seem to be the ones I get the most inquiries about and while I try to keep up with it all there are moments where I become highly overwhelmed and struggle a little bit to keep everyone in the loop and for that I'm truly sorry and am doing the best I can to work on that.



You know, when I first started writing I never expected there to be such an amazing response to my books. I wrote for me, because I love it, because being a writer is a huge part of who I am and something about myself that I can't and don't want to change. I didn't expect to gain such a devoted and passionate group of readers who love reading my books as much as I love writing them.



And for that, I'm eternally grateful.



There are moments, I'm not going to lie, where I feel too overwhelmed to continue on writing. But it's always the support from my fans that keeps me going. I am humbled and awed every day by the patience and support from my fans. I even cry from time to time when I get an uplifting message or good review lol. I can't say thank you enough. So, even if I fall off the wagon for a short time...I promise you I'll get right back up and dust myself off. I'm sorry for the delay again on a few of my books and I assure I am working on them.



As most of you know, I got a publishing deal for a few books...



Now for the first....



I do have a new novel releasing with Swoon Romance titled - You Found Me



This will be released in the Summer of 2013 and it is the first of my books to be published by Swoon.



It's up on Goodreads and you can add it here.



Now for Beautiful Nightmares... I do know for sure that this novel will be released in September of 2013. The publisher set the date and while I don't have the exact date, I know it will be released at the end of the month opposed to the beginning.



13 Rounds is one that I do not have a date for yet, but I promise as soon as I do, I'll let everyone know. Same with A Whisper To A Scream 2, and all of the other sequels.



Once again, thanks to everyone for their continued support and I hope you all have a wonderful day!










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Published on March 21, 2013 08:31 • 1,632 views

December 26, 2012

Happy day after Christmas everyone!



So as most of you know Beautiful Nightmares is going up tonight and should be available for purchase sometime tomorrow!



So for all of you who have been patiently waiting...Thank you!



I'm so excited to share this teaser with you and I hope you enjoy it.






There are times where I think that
the quiet solitude of darkness can be a comfort. It can cover you like a newly
knitted quilt, swaddling you in a cocoon of serenity. It can banish the dark
thoughts in your mind. Make you feel safe. Make you feel warm.

Now is not one of those times.

I wake with the soft caress of
slumber still clouding my mind. The land of dreams beckons, threatening to pull
me back into its’ realm. It’s like an annoying voice lingering in the darkened
portions of my brain, a haunting echo that I can’t let go of. My eyes snap
open. I refuse to let sleep consume me anymore.

My room is midnight black, minus the
shimmering stars, and I squint, trying to get a clear picture of my
surroundings. The opaque black is thick and overpowering, like a cement barrier
of smog and it doesn’t matter how much time I give my eyes to adjust. I still
can’t see a damn thing.

I whisper his name into the
darkness, “Elijah.” Fanning my fingers out across the sheets to lace my fingers
through his. “Elijah are you awake, love?”

Silence.

I glide my fingers further along the
soft cushioned mattress and shiver when the cold from the sheets seeps through
my skin. “Elijah?”

Still no answer.

Panic begins to work its way through
my body.

My heart thunders in my chest.

My pulse races.

Sweat trickles down my temples.

With force and quick reflexes, I rip
my sheets from the bed and scream. “Elijah! Elijah, where are you?” My fingers
once again brush across the cold, bare spot next to me and my screams escalate
to shrieks. “Elijah! Elijah, where are you? Where did you go?”

The door to my room flings open. It
lets out a loud bang as it crashes into the wall. A soft light filters into the
room and all I see is white. White walls. White floors. White sheets. A young
woman dressed from head to toe in a cotton periwinkle ensemble rushes toward
me. All of her blonde hair is piled on top of her head in a bun.

“Where is he?” I cry, choking on a
sob stuck in my throat. “Where is my Elijah?”

“Hush, now.” The young woman has a
slick yet soothing voice. “You don’t need to worry about such things, Adelaide.
You need your rest.” She eases me back into a lying down position and smoothes
my hair back away from my face.

“Just tell me where he went,” I
plead. “Please.”

This woman doesn’t understand how
much I love Elijah. How he is like the sun on the horizon to me. Without him,
it’s like gazing into the night sky without the stars and the moon. Empty and
devoid of beauty and awe. “Can’t you please tell me where he went?” I ask, a
hint of hopefulness in my voice.

“No,” she says flatly, pulling the
sheets up over my chest.

“Why not?” I don’t understand this
cruelty. This woman has to know where he is. She just has to. And how could she
keep his whereabouts from me? Can’t she see his absence is tearing me apart?
“Because I don’t know.”



Have a great day everyone!!!
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Published on December 26, 2012 05:42 • 794 views

December 11, 2012

So you've all been waiting for this...



Sadly, Beautiful Nightmares and 13 Rounds are not up.



Alas, I am only one person. I have three jobs and there isn't enough time in the day for me to stay on top of everything sometimes.



I got a little overwhelmed. I set unrealistic deadlines and I needed a break to preserve my own sanity trying to juggle everything. As most of you know, I write A LOT. Maybe a little too much. My books usually come out really close together and after thinking about this I decided that I will not release any of my future novels right on top of each other.



I needed to take a breather so I did. Now I'm back and feeling much better.



Beautiful Nightmares is my first priority right now. There were lots of things wrong. It wasn't just minor stuff. Paragraph's ended up missing, words were out of place, etc. I'm going to have an editor read through it just to be sure it's good as far as that goes and I'll say with certainty that it will be up by December 26,2012.



Once again I'm so, so, sorry for the delay. I know it's wrong to keep everyone waiting, but I had a lot going on at once and found myself unable to think clearly involving the release. I did not want to put a error-filled book just to please everyone. So I'm really and truly sorry for the delay.



13 Rounds and Yelling Out Loud. I get a lot of messages regarding these books. 13 Rounds is the second book I'll be focusing on and I'll have that one out by the end of January. I'll post the definite date soon and Yelling Out Loud most likely won't be released until Feb or March.



I have learned that I need to focus on one book at a time so I don't drive myself crazy, so that is what I'm going to do.



I hope you all understand. Thank you so much for your passion, devotion, and for loving my books so much. I appreciate it fully and whole-heartedly and I know that I'd be nothing without you. And finally, once again, I'm sorry.



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Published on December 11, 2012 05:16 • 2,662 views

October 26, 2012

So it's official readers!!!



For those of you who have been patiently waiting Beautiful Nightmares will be up in eBook format tomorrow night before midnight.



Apparently it's still taking a little longer to get all of the paperback stuff together so that one will be out by the end of next week..



Again, I'd like to thank all of the readers for the amount of support they show to authors every day. You guys seriously fuel us and are part of the reason why we write.



I honestly can't thank you all enough.



Also be sure to check out the bonus features in the back of Beautiful Nightmares!



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Published on October 26, 2012 19:02 • 2,545 views