Sale on all single-title novels through Saturday!

I rarely have sales, but I’m so happy to have all of my books back on Nook and iBooks (as well as Kindle) and I’m super excited about this weekend’s Holidays with the Belles signing that I just had to celebrate with some low prices. All of my single-title novels have been marked down to $1.99… they’ll be going back up to $3.99 on Sunday, so make sure you take advantage of this sale now!

You can find my books here:
Amazon: bit.ly/LoriOnAmazon
Nook: bit.ly/LoriOnNook
iBooks: bit.ly/LoriOniBooks

And don’t just hoard them! READ them!! Thanks!

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A book as free as love should be…

Love Like We Do (side a) is FREE Monday, October 31, and Tuesday, November 1. FREE. It’s never been free before, and it will probably never be free again.


Love Like We Do (side a)
Exclusively on Kindle

Love Like We Do is a coming-of-age, coming-out story of two teenage boys. If you’ve seen all the recent chatter about In the Wake of Wanting–or if you’ve read it–Love Like We Do (side a) features the first glimpse of Trey Holland as a young adult. Here, he is sixteen and one of two narrators on the periphery of this love story, relating what it’s like when he discovers that not only are his two best friends gay, but they’re in love with one another.

The second narrator is Jon Scott, the older brother of Max Rosser. It’s a shock when Jon finds out his youngest brother is gay, but he is fully supportive and works hard to bridge the gap widening in his family due to his mother’s overzealous spirituality and Max’s homosexuality.

When Max’s boyfriend, Callen McNare, disappears, it prompts a nationwide search and weeks of self-discovery for Max, his family and his friends.

Once you’ve finished Side A, you’ll want to read Side B, which allows Max and Callen to tell the story from their points of view. The series is eye-opening, heartbreaking and life-affirming.

Love Like We Do (side b)
Exclusively on Kindle

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In the Wake of Wanting is here!

The wait is finally over for In the Wake of Wanting! My 15th book has arrived! 😀
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A good man treads away.

Another man runs–can he even be called a man?

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Even before the second semester of his sophomore year at Columbia began, Trey Holland knew his life would be completely different by the end of it. He had yet to meet the pretty–yet flustered–freshman who he’d be mentoring on the school paper. He had yet to discover the despicable secrets his new best friend was hiding.

All Trey knew at the time was that the relationship with his high school sweetheart was nearing its end.

In those days before the spring semester began, life for Trey was simple. School was a place to learn. His fraternity was a community of like-minded brothers. Life was full of well-intentioned people. Complications were tiny bumps in the road, easily smoothed over, leaving no trace behind.

In a matter of weeks, Trey is thrust into a jaded reality brought on by choices he makes and by the vile actions of those around him. It won’t take long for him to look back and see the wreckage left in the wake of wanting.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Portions of this book deal with the sensitive subject of rape and sexual abuse. While the incidents are not ‘experienced’ first hand, they are retold in hindsight by characters. The descriptions of the events are brief, and while they are not graphic, they may be considered disturbing to some.

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Today is release day!

Kindle US

Kindle UK

iBooks

Nook: [available next week]

Paperback

Signed Paperback

Goodreads

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Half of release day proceeds will go to It’s On Us to stop sexual assault!

Excerpt: In the Wake of Wanting – “Hashtag”

I’ve got another (brief) surprise for you! It’s excerpt time! Make sure you preorder In the Wake of Wanting on Kindle US, Kindle UK, or iBooks today!

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It takes four hours for everyone to clear out of my apartment, including five investigators who swept the place and removed the camera after they checked for prints. My parents offered to take Coley’s out to lunch while Danny went to spend the afternoon combing through a week’s worth of security footage to find evidence of Evan Midland, the paparazzo who threatened me last week, somehow getting into my apartment. The building management, staff and doormen were of no help. The fact is, people slip by all the time, riding up the elevator with other residents. It’s not the most secure building. It’s not like Liv’s building, where you have to have a special key to get to her floor–granted, Dad owns the floor, and he took that safety measure himself.

It was my choice to rent while I’m in college, and while my father was able to make some modifications to the building by adding security cameras in the hallway, there wasn’t much more he could do. My own alarm system should have done the trick. The failure in that is what needs to be investigated.

Not ready to go out in public, Coley and I stay in. Teri and Pryana bring a few of Coley’s things from her dorm, as well as lunch that I’d ordered from Dig Inn. I’m addicted, and I’m making an addict out of my girlfriend, too. It’s all locally-sourced and relatively healthy, so I don’t figure it’s a problem.

“Has anyone at Carman Hall seen the video?” Coley asks her roommate. Teri’s expression says it all. That everyone has seen it. “I can’t go back there.”

“Everyone thinks… y’all released it,” she admits.

“What?” I ask, halting my task of setting the table. “Shit, are you kidding?” Teri shakes her head. “I don’t want anyone thinking that.”

“Trey, you have over 800,000 Twitter followers. Why don’t you say something about it?”

“Because I use that for my blog. I use it to share useful information and to raise awareness about issues in our community.”

“But you have a captive audience,” Pryana says. “Have you checked Twitter today?”

“Hell, no,” I say with a laugh.

“Well. You’re the top trending topic. You even have a hashtag.”

“I don’t want to know.”

“Hashtag TreyGoesDown,” she announces anyway. Coley covers her face.

“Well if that isn’t a dickish hashtag… makes you wonder who came up with that? Evan Midland himself?”

 

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In the Wake of Wanting ©2016 Lori L. Otto

PROLOGUE: In the Wake of Wanting

Today, I’m releasing the prologue from In the Wake of Wanting. I made two graphics for it, but I’m doing a text-only version (like it’ll appear in the book) below them, if you prefer to read it that way. 🙂

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A good man treads away

But his thoughts stay

Behind with the woman he loves

But can’t hold. Not today.

In the wake of wanting

He abandons parts of himself:

His heart. His desire. His future.

His future.

His future, he casts aside in his past

And for that, what has he to live for? To work toward?

In the wake of wanting

He leaves everything and retains nothing,

And that has to be good enough for him.

For her.

For now.

 

Another man runs.

Can he even be called a man?

It never looks back; never gives thought

To the women it’s taken

But not once loved.

In the wake of wanting

It leaves no discernible trace.

It’s cold. Methodic. Ruthless.

It lives in the present. It. Lives.

While the victims in its past slowly shy away

Lie awake

Cry, ashamed; pray to die.

In the wake of wanting

Through taking everything, it has even less, yet presses on.

Taking, taking. Taking more.

In the Wake of Wanting ©2016 Lori L. Otto

Excerpt: In the Wake of Wanting – “Dinner with the Hollands”

I mentioned (in my previous post) in the description of my upcoming book, In the Wake of Wanting, the flustered freshman that Trey Holland would meet. I didn’t mention that the flustered feeling would be contagious.

This excerpt brings back some of your favorites, if you’re a current reader of mine. (Livvy, Jon, Jack and Emi are all at dinner with Trey.) If you’re new to me, don’t worry. This novel is written as a stand-alone, so you’ll be given all the info you need to have. The ‘scene’ told from Trey’s perspective is below the graphic! Meet Cole–er, Coley!

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“Hey,” my sister, Livvy, says. “Isn’t this when you get to mentor someone? Be an editor this semester to a newbie?”

“Yeah. I’m surprised you remember that.”

“So? What do you think of your mentee? Give me some details… name, qualifications, first impression.”

“Name is Coley…” I half-mumble.

“Cole?” my dad asks.

“Yeah,” I answer reflexively.

“And what do you think of him?”

“I, uh… I think he’ll be good,” I say. Fix it now, Trey. “He’s from Virginia. His dad’s a secret service agent assigned to the president, actually. His mom’s a cop in DC. They’re divorced, apparently.”

“How’s his writing?”

“He wouldn’t let me see his work. But he has to do that first impression assignment on me, so I’ll get to see something Wednesday. He’s obviously good enough to get on the Wit staff.”

“So, Trey, did he know who you were?” Mom asks.

“I mean, yeah, I guess so,” I answer vaguely. “He didn’t make a big deal out of it.”

The waiter delivers our salads. I stare at mine, knowing that I’m not going to be able to maintain a lie of this magnitude for an entire semester. I’m surprised they’re believing what I’m saying now, since I haven’t given anyone eye contact since I started answering them.

As soon as our waiter leaves, I continue the conversation. “She has a twin brother who’s deaf.”

“Who does?” my brother-in-law, Jon, asks.

“Cole.” I shake my head, still mentally berating myself for being unable to say her name.

“I thought you said she.”

I clear my throat. “Coley. Her name is Coley Fitzsimmons. It is a girl. She is a she.”

All the adults look at me curiously. “Is she, um… gender fluid?” Livvy asks, trying not to make a big deal about it. “Or transgender?” Everyone at the table smiles, showing their open-mindedness as they await my response.

“No,” I say as I exhale the breath I’d been holding in. “She’s a female, feminine girl. I don’t know why I was lying. Why I was saying he. Coley. That’s her name. And yes, she knows who I am, too. Everything else is true.”

Of course, my face is most definitely the color of the tomatoes in my salad. When I look up, everyone is still staring at me. “Is she getting under your skin, there, Trey?” Jon asks.

“What?” I ask, adamantly denying that she is. “No! No, no. She’s just my… I’m just her editor. That’s all it is. It’s just weird to be partnered with a girl. You know, we’re going to be working together a lot this semester. I don’t know how it’s going to go, that’s all. I expected a guy.”

“You were with a girl when you were the mentee, though,” my mom says. “It’s no different, right?”

“It’s very different,” I say defensively, having no rational reason why, though.

From In the Wake of Wanting ©2016 Lori L. Otto • unedited • content subject to change

Add it to your Goodreads shelf!

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Nook: [available next week]

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Signed Paperback: bit.ly/llosignedbooks

Book Reveal: In the Wake of Wanting

As many of you may know, I’ve been diligently working on Trey’s novel for a few months now. Wouldn’t you know that I found a way to fall head-over-heals in love with this guy, too? Damn it. I can’t be faithful to any of these men. I’m so fickle. But we know who raised him, so can you blame me? Nah. Didn’t think so.

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If you follow me on social media, you have probably already seen photos of a paperback floating around today. Well, it’s not really the finished book. It’s just a mock-up I had printed for the Books and Boots Author Event I’m signing at today for the official cover reveal. There’s no text inside, so don’t worry–no one’s getting a sneak peek at anything.

About the book
Title: In the Wake of Wanting
Genre: New Adult / Literary Fiction
This is a stand-alone, but also a spin-off if you’re reading the rest of my books.
There is no release date and there are no pre-order links at this time. Keep reading to find out why.

Description: Even before the second semester of his sophomore year at Columbia began, Trey Holland knew his life would be completely different by the end of it. He had yet to meet the flustered freshman who he’d be mentoring on the school paper. He had yet to discover the despicable secrets his new best friend was hiding.

All Trey knew at the time was that the relationship with his high school sweetheart was nearing its end.

In those days before the spring semester began, life for Trey was simple. School was a place to learn. His fraternity was a community of like-minded brothers. Life was full of well-intentioned people. Complications were tiny bumps in the road, easily smoothed over, leaving no trace behind.

In a matter of weeks, Trey is thrust into a jaded reality brought on by choices he makes and by the vile actions of those around him. It won’t take long for him to look back and see the wreckage left in the wake of wanting.

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As far as a release date, well… The book needs a few more chapters and some editing, and then–here’s the fun news! 😀 There’s a novella or short story or something that needs to be released before this. Although In the Wake of Wanting will be a standalone, if you are following my books, it’s still a spin-off, and there’s a little something-something that will set the stage for this one (and answer a lingering question from Love Will). The novella will be narrated by Max and Zaina. It doesn’t have a title or cover yet because the majority of it hasn’t been written… BUT it won’t be a major undertaking. I know all the components. I just need time to put pen to paper. The good news is, you can probably look for a joint release of the two books.

Love Will lyrics: My Sol

This one’s kind of self-explanatory, so I’ll let the song speak for itself. 

**SPOILER ALERT**

My Sol

Another month passes
I see you in my mind’s eye
My thoughts a million miles away
A galaxy between us
Or so it seems
You couldn’t be farther from me.

I stare out at the ocean
Looking in the wrong direction
Grounded, my toes buried in the sand
But I’m free-falling
Lost without you
Among the hot dark matter, I reel.

In my heliocentric world,
I’m a satellite to your sol
Your love keeps me tethered in orbit
When I’m lacking all self-control
No matter the distance I’ve strayed
I’m coming back home, my dear,
My arc draws closer; slower
Breaches your atmosphere

All I am, I give to you.
Please, my Sol, tell me “I do.”

Billions of light years
In this universe we know
So many thousands of years
Have we existed
Yet we met.
What are the chances?

And how lucky am I
That I get to hold yours close
Out of all the heavenly bodies I’ve seen?
Warm and radiant
Against all others
You shimmer; your spirit dances.

In my heliocentric world,
I’m a satellite to your sol
Your love keeps me tethered in orbit
When I’m lacking all self-control
No matter the distance I’ve strayed
I’m coming back home, my dear,
My arc draws closer; slower
Breaches your atmosphere

All I am, I give to you.
Please, my Sol, tell me “I do.”

I’m the moon to your earth
The earth to your sun
Constellation of reasons
Why you’re the one
You’re the light to my shadows
The warmth for my shiver
Your touch radiates
Makes my whole body quiver.

My whole world, I give to you.
Please, my Sol, tell me “I do.”

In my heliocentric world,
I’m a satellite to your sol
Your love keeps me tethered in orbit
When I’m lacking all self-control
No matter the distance I’ve strayed
I’m coming back home, my dear,
My arc draws closer; slower
Breaches your atmosphere

All I am, I give to you.
Please, my Sol, tell me “I do.”

Love Will ©2016 Lori L. Otto

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Love Will lyrics: Hey, Hampton

After a night watching one of his bandmate’s kids, Will has a change of heart about having children of his own someday.

Hey, Hampton

Hey, Hampton
What a friend I have made today
Say, Hampton
Oh, how I’ve been led astray
But you showed me the way
Hey, Hampton

For years I’ve lived in dread and fear
Unsure of how I’ll be
Sometimes I think I’ve seen too much
Perhaps they’d ruined me

But just a short while spent with you
Has made me see the light
This funny, little, pale, blonde babe
Inspired me to write

Hey, Hampton
What a friend I have made today
Say, Hampton
Oh, how I’ve been led astray
But you showed me the way
Hey, Hampton

You’re a little like your daddy
In all of the good ways
You already have more hair than him
For that, I am amazed!

It doesn’t seem his OCD
Was passed down onto you
The socks you had to wear last night
One was green; one was blue

Hey, Hampton
What a friend I have made today
Say, Hampton
Oh, how I’ve been led astray
But you showed me the way
Hey, Hampton

Insecurity has held me back
Infidelity was in my bones
Addiction was a big concern
Love, not in my comfort zone

Were these things innate in me,
And would I pass them on
To any child doomed to be
The son of trouble’s spawn?

Your kindness is what I’d expect
From any child of his
And you insist on holding hands
When my hair wants for my fist

Hey, Hampton, you’re the very best
Of all that is my friend
You give me hope that a child of mine
Will be a good one in the end.

Hey, Hampton
What a friend I have made today
Say, Hampton
Oh, how I’ve been led astray
But you showed me the way
Hey, Hampton

Love Will ©2016 Lori L. Otto

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