Love Will is LIVE!

I’ll keep this short and sweet… I decided to publish Love Will early. Of course, I don’t think I ever even mentioned a date at all here on my blog, I’ve neglected it so much lately. Anyway, I released it today!

Here’s the original post about it that gives you the description of this New Adult standalone. My thoughts on it? Best male I’ve written. Best female I’ve written. Favorite relationship. I really do love this book, and I hope you all do, too.

Buy it on Kindle | Buy it on iBooks* • Nook link is coming!
Introductory price is $3.99. 
(The print book is 541 pages long. This is no short story.)

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Title: Love Will
Author: Lori L. Otto
Release Date: Late April 2016
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Love Will Guide You.

At 24, Will Rosser has finally seen evidence of love. He witnessed the loyalty between his older brother and sister-in-law once they moved back to New York, and he watched his younger brother fight societal conventions to be with the guy he loves. Will hopes that he, too, can find someone he can trust with his secrets who will appreciate his talents and forgive his many past transgressions.

Given an opportunity to escape New York and the routine that encouraged his bad behavior, Will chooses to leave his job to go on tour with his best friend’s band.

Love Will Destroy You.

The examples Will saw growing up showed a different side of love. Love was cruel and manipulative; one-sided and false. It sure as hell wasn’t what they wrote songs about. His parents were at odds from the moment he was born. While his dad spent years in and out of jail, his mother was more interested in alcohol than in raising her boys. When the two were finally together, they were toxic.

Will finally had a chance to experience real love for the first time when he was 16. He was smitten with his girlfriend–until he found out she’d been cheating on him. That was all it took to send him down a ruinous path of his own, disbelieving in this fairytale of love he’d almost bought into.

Love Will Find a Way.

Now an adult, Will relies on his uncompromising discipline to commit to a new way of life, even though temptations to stray are numerous and constant while on the road with Damon. He meets a woman who inspires him and believes in second chances. Shea is a breath of fresh air and challenges Will’s despairing past with light and hope.

As Will works to accept his own dependencies and forgive himself for the mistakes he’s made, the relationship becomes one that requires more trust than Shea first realized.

There’s only one thing that will keep Will from self-destructing.
There’s only one thing that will keep Shea from running the other way.

Love Will.


On my way back to the hotel, I see Damon eating alone in a burger joint. “Mind if I join you?”

“Not at all. If you haven’t eaten, you should get the Baby Bella. Oh, my God.”

“That’s what you’re eating?” He nods. A waitress arrives within seconds, and I point to his burger to show her it’s what I want. “And a Coke, please.” I catch myself watching her as she walks away. I can’t deny that she’s attractive. In hopes of getting my mind off her, I glance around at the other patrons. “Is it me, or does this place make you want to grow a full beard and become a mountain man?”


“These river trips and shit? We need to come back and do that sometime.”

“When the beards come in,” he says with a mouthful of food.

“Of course.”

“Where’s everyone else?”

“I’m sure Ben’s gettin’ some action from his girl online…”

“That was a given, man.”

“Tavo’s playing pool at this cowboy bar. It has saddles for barstools. I’m not shittin’ you.”

“Pool, huh? Could I make some money?”

“You gonna go hustle? Some scrawny city boy in that place? Mountain men, Will. We just talked about that.”

“They don’t scare me. And whatever, I’m not scrawny.” I puff out my chest just to make my point… but I’m not.

“Compared to Wooly Mammoth over there, and his sidekick, Big Bad John?” He nods to two guys in plaid flannel shirts walking down the street as if they’ve just dismounted a couple of bulls. “Pretty sure they had an axe to grind with you before you even walked in just because of your damned Yankees cap.”

“Fuck you and fuck your Mets.” He laughs at me as the waitress sets down a soda for me.

“You’re not scrawny,” she says softly to me, poking her head in between us.

“See? Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” She flutters her lashes at me, smiling.

Damon’s staring at me when my eyes meet his. “What?”


“Why are you looking at me like that?”

“Why were you looking at her like that?”

“Like what?”

“Like you wanted to mount her and grind your axe into her…”

“Oh, shut the fuck up. I was not.” He raises his brows. “Jesus Christ, I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but the hormones don’t just stop flowing when you meet a woman you like.”

“A hundred bucks says she gives you her number… and you’ve got your own room here for one more night. This has ethical dilemma written all over it.”

“It does not! And I’m not taking that bet. I’m saving my money.”

He chuckles. “You know she’s giving you her digits.”

“Probably…” I can’t help it if I know the signs. “I’m not gonna keep them… or call her. Why don’t you ask her out?”

“Not my type. She has no meat on her bones whatsoever. I have to have something to hold on to.”

“You’re saying if she came on to you, you’d turn her down?” I ask him point blank.

He thinks for just a split second. “No.”

“Dipshit. Hey, you didn’t mention Peron… what’s he up to?”

“He was in the fitness center.”

“No, I said Peron.” He nods. “Peron’s working out?”


“I might have a running buddy?” I ask, over-dramatically.

“You might…”

“Here’s your burger.” Our waitress takes a seat on the empty stool next to Damon. “You’re Damon Littlefield, aren’t you?”

I grin as I take a bite of my food, now wishing I’d taken the bet. It would have been a quicker and easier way to make money than a round of pool. Nah, I like a little bit of a challenge.

“I hear you like to have a little fun,” she flirts.

“Yeah,” he admits to her.

“Into three-ways?”

He clears his throat before answering. “My favorite of all the ways.”

“So stupid,” I whisper under my breath, earning an elbow in my side.

“What about him?” she asks, nodding at me. I shake my head politely.

“Not Will’s favorite thing…”

“But… would he?”

“I think he might want to know who the third party was.”

“No,” I say, trying to be polite.

“Oh, it’d be you,” she says to Damon.

“Wait, what?” he asks.

She has my attention, too. “Sorry?” I’m biting my lip, stifling a laugh if she’s suggesting what I think she’s suggesting.

“I wanted to see if you two wanted to have a three-way with me.”

“Oh, God, no,” Damon says even before the laughter escapes my lips. “No, see… it’s not like that with us. No. We’ve known each other for too long.”

“Eight years. And neither of us are, uh… curious at all, in that aspect. Sorry. I’ve already seen more of Damon than I ever want to.”

“You wouldn’t have to do anything with each other… just, you know… watch… and maybe touch.”

“Oh, we know…” I say. We’ve seen porn, thank you very much. “I have to pass. Damon, you’re a handsome guy, but, uh…”

“You’re an ugly son-of-a-bitch,” he tells me. “Fuck that.”

We both start laughing as our waitress gets up, clearly embarrassed. “Look, I’m flattered,” I tell her. “We–we–are flattered. It’s just not something we’re into.”

She nods, smiles, and returns to us. “Well, I get off at nine, if either one of you are interested in a little solo action…”

“I’ll be here at five after,” Damon says quickly. “And if you have a girl friend you want to bring…”

“For him?” she asks, nodding to me.

“For him, or for us…” he says.

I glare at him, then start shaking my head vehemently. “Not for me. That’s all you guys. Or maybe Tavo. Or Peron. Or anyone other than me.”

“I’ll see what I can do,” she says. “I’m Ralli, by the way.”

“Cute name,” Damon says. “Suits you.”

“I might need one of these alcoholic shakes to get this image out of my head,” I joke with him.

“Might I suggest the Mudslide?” he asks. “Dark chocolate oozing with sweet, vanilla custard.”

“Awww, fuck,” I say, throwing down my burger on my plate. “You’re the absolute worst.” He can’t stop laughing, and eventually I join in with him, now thinking about how ludicrous her invitation was. When I can talk, I finally pose a question to him. “Do we look like we swing both ways?”

“Compared to…” He gestures to the abundance of mountain men around us.

“Yeah, we’re not coming back until we get the facial hair thing figured out.”

“You better start now.”

“Mine grows fast!” I argue, feeling the stubble on my chin.

“Your mustache takes awhile, though. The beard’s good, but there’s something weird about part of your upper lip.”

“It’s a scar, you idiot. It’s never gonna grow right.” I drag my finger over the line on my lip that I can barely even feel anymore.

“I guess we can’t come back.”

“I don’t think mountain men will take points off for a scar. Girls even like it. You just have to be perfectly coiffed. Can’t have a single imperfection… spend more on beauty products than any woman I know.”

“But feel my skin.” He picks up my hand.

“No!” I pull my hand back into my body, chuckling again. “We do look like we swing both ways. It’s your fault, too.”

He puts his arm across my shoulders and plants a kiss on my cheek.

“We’re so getting beat up as soon as we walk out of this place…” I mutter.

“We’re both too pretty.”

“I’m not shaving anymore,” I vow. “So, Ralli, huh?” I ask him, starting to eat again.

Will Rosser is smart.
Will Rosser is creative.
Will Rosser is driven.Will Rosser is no Jon Scott.

After an exhilarating, collaborative writing project, Lori L. Otto had an idea for an original novel. The characters and their rich stories would keep her awake at night, and even with barely any sleep, she felt more alert and alive than she had in years. Her days off were spent in cafés, sandwich shops and bookstores, feverishly trying to get all of the details out of her head and onto paper.

In the spring of 2009, after a few months of writing, Lori decided to tweak one chapter from the novel-in-progress and enter it as a short story in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, where she was awarded Honorable Mention in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category.

A year later, she completed a series of three novels–Lost and Found, Time Stands Still, and Never Look Back–which were published in the spring of 2011. Since then, she has published seven more full-length novels and two novellas, as well as a book of extras and short stories. Her current work-in-progress, Love Will, is scheduled to be released in April of 2016.


What’s to come…

I was thinking today about all the books I have in the works… and they’ve been the same books for about six months now, so I thought I’d just put it out there with a VERY rough timeline so you could all see what’s on my plate. Remember: I said very ROUGH timeline, so none of the dates mean much of anything. They’re just estimates. Anything could happen and knock everything off-kilter.

The dates in parenthesis are estimated publication dates.


Timbuk2 just rocked my world

IMG_0725Sorry for the advertisement. I don’t normally talk about products on my blog, but I just had the best online purchase experience in my life, and I have to give credit where credit is due.

I’m pretty sure I got a job. (I’m not saying definitively until they invite me to come to work after the background check and drug test results are in. There’s no reason for me to believe there will be ANY problems, but I’m the person who walks around stores with my hands showing at all times so that no one thinks I’m shoplifting even though I never have and never will. It doesn’t make sense, but that’s just the way I am.) The job is downtown, and it will be much better on my stress levels to take our DART train to work instead of fighting traffic in my car, so that’s what I’ve decided to do. I needed a new bag to carry my stuff in, so a few weeks ago, I started researching some online.

I finally found one that was the right size at Timbuk2 and I customized it with materials that wouldn’t show that I poked it all to hell with my buttons, if I decided to do that (and I probably will, because I like my buttons). I didn’t buy it at the time because I hadn’t gotten a job offer then.

But last Sunday night, at 10:30pm, I decided to go ahead and order it. Because it’s a custom bag, it does cost a little more, and it has a 5-7 day production window. So I built it out again and put everything in my cart, and to my surprise, there was a 30% discount on everything. (That sale’s still going on through 10/2, I think.) Anyway. I didn’t even know about the sale. Because I saved so much on the bag, I decided to pay for rush shipping. Otherwise, it would take about two weeks for production and shipping, and I’m a little impatient.

As you can see by the picture, that’s my bag. That’s my bag on my chair. In my apartment. It’s Tuesday. I got it at 10:00am today. It took less than 36 hours for them to produce and ship my custom-made messenger bag to me.

I’m sure that this is not standard for them. Maybe they were slow. Maybe they messed up my order (in a good way). Maybe it was just my lucky day, I don’t know. Whatever it was, I am just blown away by the experience.

And now only that, but the bag is awesome! It’s exactly how I designed it and it’s much lighter than I expected it to be. I was worried it would be bulky, but it’s not at all. It feels well-made and has lots of room to carry everything I’ll need. I feel like the kid who just got her backpack and is ready to go to her first day of school!

So, thank you, Timbuk2 for your amazing turn-around on my bag! I look forward to a long and happy relationship with the little guy.

Life as a full-time author: week one recap

So, this week has been a lot of fun!

In between job searches, I put in a lot of time writing in order to reach my 25,000-word-a-week goal. Did I make it? Of course I did, and with two days to spare! As of this very second, I’m sitting at 25,128 words. I wrote an additional chapter in Love Like We Do (side a) thanks to a suggestion from a pre-reader, and spent the rest of my time writing six and a half brand new chapters in Love Like We Do (side b). It’s all new material, and I’m really enjoying the process of getting to know Max and Callen. It’s one thing to see them from Trey and Jon’s points of view. It’s another thing entirely to be in their heads.

Is LLWD-sb shaping up like I expected it to? Ummm… I don’t think so. It’s definitely more challenging to write than I expected it to be, but I love the story. Because of the story, it’s taken me a little outside of my comfort zone a few times, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad idea. Sometimes we have to stretch as artists, so I’m just considering this a nice mental workout. I’ve sent the first six chapters off to my most trusted source to see what she thinks. My fingers are crossed that she can see the good in them, too. While I await her opinion, I’ll just carry on with the book because the process of writing is bringing me so much joy and self-satisfaction I can hardly contain myself. Is this what full-time authors get to feel all the time? Color me jealous.

This week, I was featured on Busy Beaver Button Co.’s blog! I’ve ordered a bunch of different buttons from them that I use as swag for my signings, so they decided to interview me a few weeks ago. I love this company and their products, so it was a thrill to get to be mentioned by them!

I’m still struggling with the marketing aspect, finding it difficult to promote what I feel like so many in my audience already knows. I think next week, I’ll look into finding a new audience to market to. Maybe explore publicity companies or services, I don’t know. I’m open to suggestions, but keep in mind I’m unemployed. 🙂 I also need to blog more. My goal is three times next week, and about interesting topics. (Wish me luck!)

In the meantime, I’ll remind all of you that my Choisie series is now exclusive to Kindle and paperback. This means Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read the entire four-book Choisie series for free, including all the extras included with Contessa, Olivia and Livvy. Stay tuned for a special Contessa promo, too! Kindle Unlimited is a program that gives readers access to over 800,000 ebooks and thousands of audiobooks for $9.99 a month, but you can try it out for a month for free!

Also, the prequel to Emi Lost & Found called Not Today, But Someday is ALWAYS FREE and is currently available for Nook, iBooks and Kindle. Tell all of your reader-friends!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and if you’re in the path of the typhoon, please take shelter with a flashlight and a good book. Be safe!

Release dates of these unfinished books

We interrupt this week of excerpts for an explanation…

I’ve gotten a few questions and many more excited comments about release dates for these books. I want to reiterate that all seven of these books are unfinished. Incomplete. Works in progress.

Before you go moaning and groaning, let me explain why I’m doing this. I want, more than anything, to be able to devote all of my time to writing. I want to finish the stories of Renee, Steven, Kaydra, Max, Will and Trey. I have plenty of materials to work on, as I’m showing you all this week.

Why now? I will be leaving my current full-time job at the end of July, and I’m at a crossroads. I’m faced with finding another job, or doing whatever I possibly can to be able to pursue my passion full-time. I don’t sell enough books at this time to do that. So that’s why I’m doing this.

How can you help? Share the excerpt posts! I need to reach more readers, not only of my current books, but if some out-of-the-box agent happened to stumble across my blog and like my writing style, that may do wonders for my career. I know it’s far-fetched thinking, but I’m an out-of-the-box kind of person. I always have been. I don’t see that changing.

I can’t really query these books at this time; again, they’re not finished. But I want to prove that I have books in the pipeline in addition to the eight novels and two novellas I’ve already published. Note: I am well aware of the querying process, as I spent a year doing that before releasing my first book in March of 2011. I’ve queried a few times since, too!

If there’s an agent reading this right now, I’ll make it easy on you. I’m well reviewed on both and Goodreads. I have a total of 864 reviews on Amazon and 9,200 ratings on Goodreads. I love to interact with my readers, and have a growing following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Anyway, just know that I want nothing more than to be writing these stories! Please help by sharing the blog posts, reviewing my books, and telling your friends about any of the stories I’ve written that you’ve enjoyed. Every little bit helps! Thank you all for your constant support!

I love you all! – Lori

Back to the excerpts:


Austin Book Fest 2015

It’s finally time! I was lucky enough to meet Vilma from Vilma’s Book Blog in Denton in 2013 (gosh, was it really that long ago??), and she subsequently invited me to participate in last year’s Austin Book Fest, which was awesome. This year’s going to be even better! Know how I know? Because the event’s, like, three times as big, and some of my favorite readers are here with me this year! (I wish more of you could have come–you know who you are!)

So, first of all: I will have swag, so please come say hi (I don’t bite) and get a bookmark or button or postcard set or wristband or something… and I’ll have some candy, too. It’s Easter candy, which is actually a teaser that someone may find out the meaning to if I have too much to drink.

Secondly: I have books. Quite a lot, I think, and I don’t want to have to lug them all home, so maybe you can come pick one up. 🙂 I have some of all of my books, and extras of Lost and Found and Contessa, the first full-length novels of both of my completed series. (Lost and Found, Time Stands Still, Never Look Back, Contessa, Olivia, and Livvy are $15 each; Dear Jon is $12; Not Today, But Someday is $10; Number Seven and Crossroads are $5 each.)

And last but not least: Erin from Southern Belle Book Blog, a local celebrity in our book world, will be keeping me company at my table (and possibly wearing a kick-ass shirt, she tells me)!!

Read on to learn more about my books!


For those of you who aren’t familiar with my books, I’m actually the author of two series: Emi Lost & Found and the Choisie series. The second is a spin-off of the first, but you don’t have to read Emi’s books to enjoy the Choisie series… it just sort of enhances the story if you do. Anyway.

The prequel to Emi Lost & Found is called Not Today, But Someday, and it is FREE! This is an intro to the series that focuses on when two of the three main characters meet in high school. Yes, they’re teens in the prequel, but all the YA I write is written to be enjoyed by adult audiences. The rest of the series is Adult Contemporary, following characters in their late twenties and early thirties as they mend friendships, find love, work through grief, make new friends, and work toward a happily ever after.

The Choisie series begins as mature YA and evolves into New Adult as the characters age. Again, this is not your typical young adult novel. Our heroine is anything but your average teen. In the first book, Contessa, she struggles to have a good relationship with her father while she builds a new one with a talented boy who comes from a very different environment. Their affection is real, and deep, but they’re young and foolish, too. This book comes with a short story, and is only $3.99!

Suggested reading order of Emi Lost & Found: Not Today, But Someday • Lost and Found • Time Stands Still • Never Look Back

Reading order of Choisie: Contessa • Olivia • Dear Jon • Livvy

I also have released two novellas: Number Seven (you can read this any time) and Crossroads (best read after Livvy)

I look forward to meeting all of you tomorrow from 12-4 in Austin! Thank you so much for coming out to meet me and all the other wonderful authors, readers and bloggers who will be here, too!

We won five Lost in a Book Blog awards for 2014!

Recently, Lost in a Book Blog held their first annual book awards, which had readers both vote and nominate for their favorites in different categories. I am happy, honored and grateful to report that we won FIVE awards in 2014!

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I want to thank all the readers out there who nominated, voted and asked for more vote! There was some amazing competition, and I’m surprised to have won in even one category!! It means so much to have books and characters from both of my series as winners, too. See? They’re both worth reading! 😉

Last but not least, thanks to Lost in a Book Blog for hosting these fun awards, and for all of their support year-round!

Props to Authors, old and new…


This year… has been incredible. Incredible for many, many reasons. Today, I’m just going to mention some of the authors I’ve met (or seen) this year who have displayed some sort of kindness to me, or who I’ve met and just thought were really cool.

So… to the people listed below, and the others I’ve probably omitted on accident (and I’ll find some way to make it up to you), thank you for being a part of my journey this year.

Readers, please help me share the love by ordering and reading a book by an author you’ve never read on this list. Take a chance on someone new, or on a book you have yet to read. I’ve made it easy by adding a link to a book for each of them. There’s got to be something you’ll like!

Once you’ve found a book, share this post, and ask your friends to do the same.

I am grateful that so many authors have welcomed me, either with a simple and kind hello, or giving me sage advice, or buying me a chai latte, or setting a good example for the rest of us.

As I finish up what somehow became the most productive year of my life, I am looking forward to delving into some of these books, and many, many others that I’ve amassed on my TBR list. It’s time to give my Kindle some love, too.

In no particular order, I want to thank and hug…

Thank you so much for helping to make 2014 spectacular. Like ya!

Livvy Excerpt: Chapter 1 (aka Peekytoe)

PeekytoeCh1-2In other news, Livvy has a release date!  I will announce it as soon as the pre-order pages are up (hopefully this weekend or early this week)!

*Copy is subject to change before final publication.

Watercolor crab was designed by Kaazuclip on Creative Market.