Sing Down the Stars on Goodreads!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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My new book is now on Goodreads! 


Here's the blurb from over there to give you a better idea of what the story is about:

When the aliens came, they didn’t attack—they just hung in the sky. After a year of human hysteria, they left and the rains began. Ever since, some girls have been born with unusual abilities. The fifth daughter of Magnus Roma, creator of the extraordinary circus called The Show, Penn was born a Celestine: she can call down the stars. Her newborn cries brought burning hail that killed her twin brother. For sixteen years Penn has hidden her power by assuming the life of her twin, just as her four older sisters (who can manipulate the elements) have hidden from the Wardens’ Commission in plain sight as circus performers.

Then, one explosive night, Penn loses everything. The wardens want to protect Earth from anything alien. Her sisters are taken, and The Show is destroyed. To save her family, Penn must do the unthinkable and use the power she’s been taught to suppress. She’ll travel to the very heart of her world’s darkness and discover the truth about her terrifying gift.


It's a little bit sci-fi, a little bit fantasy, with action and hopefully a whole lot of fun.

I'd appreciate any adds on Goodreads, if you think you might like to read it!

NEW BOOK DEAL!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Yes, it's been a few days shy of forever since I've posted, but I've been busy. (Okay, so it's a year and a day. Whatever.) I can finally share part of what I've been doing!

I've got a new book coming out ... in October! October 6, to be exact.

Some of you might remember Sing Down the Stars, from when I had the beginning on here. Well, it's not the book it used to be, and now it's going to be published!

In the PW announcement below, you'll also likely notice that the author's name looks a little strange. That's because the grandmother whose name I was using for my penname passed away last year. She got to see her maiden name in print, and now I'm going back to my own name. The book will come out under the name "L.J Hatton."

Here's the actual announcement:

Children's: Young Adult
Laura Hatton's SING DOWN THE STARS, about the aftermath of a mysterious alien invasion, when a sixteen-year-old girl with unusual abilities discovers the devastating truth about the secrets in her family, her world's darkness, and her own power to bring down the stars from the sky, to Miriam Juskowicz at Skyscape, in a two-book deal, for publication in October, 2015, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World).
ljrennert@mac.com

And here's a pre-order link for the book: SING DOWN THE STARS.  

This is major, guys. This is the little book that could because it's the little book that refused to give up. It's gone through genre shifts, time frame and setting shifts. Everyone changed nationality at least once and most of the characters have played musical chairs with their lines. I'm so excited for this one to hit your hands!

MERIDIAN WINNERS!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Hey guys!

I've got the winners for the Meridian copies!

#1, #3, #6, and #7, so:

Terry Towry

{Scribbler} Skye

Calorie Bombshell

and 

Dreams!

Shoot me an email with your addresses, and I'll get your book in ye olde mail box.

Congrats!

MERIDIAN GIVEAWAY!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Hey guys!

So, I've got a big, shiny box of MERIDIAN hardcovers sitting in my house, practically begging me to find them homes.

Who wants one?

Drop me a comment and I'll give a couple away in about a week.

MERIDIAN Book Birthday

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Arclight's sequel is officially in the wild!!!

Go forth and enjoy Meridian!

Arclight Recap #9

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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THE ADULTS - part 2

Moving on from the Honoria Whit and Mr. Pace, we come to the last few adults featured regularly in both Arclight and Meridian.

Col. Lutrell

 In Arclight, the colonel is the father Tobin refuses to give up on. He's the facility's head of security, and the man who made the final decision to have Mr. Pace shuttle Marina inside while the rest of those who went in search of her stayed behind to guard their escape. He's later found living in the Fade settlement outside human territory, having been saved by the Fade from the injuries he acquired in the fight over Marina. The process of healing him has left his eyes silver, making him appear Fade-touched to those who don't know him

In Meridian, that silver hasn't abated - a fact which still causes friction between him and Tobin. Only, now Tobin's fears have shifted more to whether people will ostracize his father for no reason. Also, with Honoria locked down in the lower levels, the colonel's responsibilities as a community leader have increased.

Like the other adults, Col. Lutrell has been keeping secrets that he believes will protect his family, only to have them exposed under the worst of circumstances.
Lt. Sykes

Not often shown in Arclight, the lieutenant is a young officer who rarely finds the nerve to speak back at his superiors. He's given orders; he follows them. Simple enough, only nothing's ever actually simple inside the Arclight.

In Meridian, we find that his past and the others are intertwined in unique ways - none more so that Honoria's.

Dr. Wolff

The facility's main physician, Dr. Wolff is the man responsible for keeping Marina in the dark about her true origins throughout Arclight. This has caused Marina not to trust him completely now that she knows the truth about the process used to turn her human. He's an older man with a subtle authority that he rarely exercises, except at times where a cool head is needed for intervention.

Arclight recap #8

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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THE ADULTS - Pt. 1

Obviously in YA the teens are stars of the show, but there's still an adult presence nearby to create the sense of authority that's often at odds with the main characters. With Arclight, there are a few adults who have a real impact on every day life for the teen heroes:

HONORIA WHIT
In Arclight, Honoria was the facility's leader, as well as the oldest known citizen. An imposing woman in both size and demeanor, she was battle hardened and absolutely ruthless in her resolve to protect the people under her charge - which was pretty much everyone. 

Stand-offish at best, and outright antagonistic at worst, her history proves to be longer and more complicated than any of the main characters could have imagined. And as the layers of lies she's told are stripped away, it becomes clear that ruthless isn't an overstatement. She will literally do anything she thinks gives mankind an edge over the Fade, even if it means kidnapping, lying, or abandoning a handful of her own people and friends to a fate they believe worse than death.

And speaking of death, she's not above murder, either. Not if she thinks the person being killed no longer qualifies as human. For this, and after nearly killing one of the Arclight's children, she was stripped of her authority at the end of the novel, but the others were left with the sad realization that there was no real punishment they could hand out beyond that.

When Meridian picks up, she's living in a sort of self-imposed exile to her rooms in the Arclight-below, but when new events require her unique knowledge of the past (specifically the world before the Fade) following Honoria's lead may be the only choice the humans have left.

MR. PACE
Both teacher and protector, Mr. Pace was one of the people who went into the Grey when Marina was discovered. He's the one who brought her inside the Arclight. But when he's not assigned a rifle, he's one of the teenagers' instructors, making sure their lives are more than base survival.

Throughout Arclight, other pieces of his life came into play. He's the father of Marina's best friend, Anne-Marie, and Anne-Marie's brother, though neither call him "Dad." He's also one of the few who will go toe-to-toe with Honoria when she's out of line, eventually earning him the position of one of the few adults Marina trusts.

In Meridian, the family ties are explored in more detail, as Anne-Marie's family is a key part of the story. To both girls' surprise he's a man with secrets of his own, the kind that could make them question everything they know to be true. And for Mr. Pace, he finds that protecting the Arclight is a lot simpler than protecting his own.