Karissa Laurel

Worlds of Magic, Fantasy, and Romance

July 2018 Updates and News!


Coming October 2018


My short story, "A Handful of Seeds" will be appearing in this anthology from Blue Crow Publishing.  The story is loosely inspired by the myth of Persephone and Hades, but with a modern twist. 

In the small farming community of Cypress Knee, everyone grows up and leaves, or grows old and dies, but no one new ever comes to town. So, seventeen-year-old Kora Demetri can't help being curious about the enigmatic Hayden Rhea when he and his little brother move to Cypress Knee to live with their grandparents. Kora has been a contented farm girl all her life, but a sense of disquiet has been growing inside her, and she wonders if Hayden has something to do with it. As Kora and Hayden’s friendship grows more intimate, she discovers he has secrets. She also learns Hayden’s father is a dangerous man, intent on reclaiming his son, and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way. As Kora and Hayden rush to save his grandfather and brother from his father’s violence, Kora realizes that while Hayden has known only death and darkness, she can be a source of light and life. Together, they could be strong enough to defeat Hayden’s father.

For good or ill—on the page or in life—few things are more alluring than the siren song of a secret.

At the heart of each story in this genre-crossing collection lies a secret. A boy who is not a boy at all, a neighbor with a mysterious identity, a tortured student with a list that isn’t what it seems, a girl who abandoned the person she used to be at the bottom of a river. 

Conflict and possibility are embedded in a secret’s very nature...betrayal and conspiracy are encoded in its DNA. Secrets can transform. They can alienate, anger, or inspire. 

One thing is for sure: They make a great story.

WICKED SOUTH: SECRETS AND LIES is an anthology featuring young adult stories by authors from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Contributors are New York Times Bestselling author Emily Colin, Elizabeth DeVido, award-winning author Lauren Faulkenberry, Amy Hyatt Fonseca, Lauren Fulcher, award-winning author Robin Kirk, John Klekamp, Karissa Laurel, and Katie Rose Guest Pryal.

Crown of Thunder

Stormbourne Chronicles: Book 3


The series is complete. Crown of Thunder, the third and final book in the Stormbourne Chronicles is written. Now to editing! We're hoping for a December release, but only if all the stars align like they are supposed to. Publishing often takes the effort of a team, and these books have had the wonderful help of a lot of team members.

I'll have a blurb for the book soon, but I think this quote sums it up nicely:





Once upon a time is eternal…

Turn the pages and fall into the enchanting worlds of beloved, age-old fairy tales made new again in this fifteen-story collection from Snowy Wings Publishing.

A girl with long, long hair is trapped in an attic, ensnared by promises of immortality, the radio her only companion. An android wants to believe in her life, that the feelings she has are real—and that she might be just as beautiful as her famous stepsister. A gamer must save her true love from the mysterious, dark entity that has ensnared him in their MMORPG. A modern teen is lured to the fantastical Land of the Dolls, and only her own cunning can help her escape. These are just a few of the bewitching tales found within Magic at Midnight.

Featuring stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors as well as emerging voices, this anthology will take you to distant worlds and back again—all just familiar enough to make you feel at home.

$0.99 at Amazon for Kindle: http://a.co/40jXkx2
Amazon Paperback: http://a.co/iVfxM3p
B&N Paperback: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magic-at-midnig…/1128599477
Indiebound Paperback: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781946202796



In the real world, Janae is learning to cope with losing her leg after a tragic accident, but in The Forest of Carterhaugh, a virtual MMORPG, she is a fierce warrior named Lady Janet.

In the real world, Janae has a secret crush on Thomás, her questing partner, but in The Forest of Carterhaugh, she and Thomás are an unbeatable duo.

The two have vowed to claim Queen Mab's elusive treasure for themselves—a goal no other gamer has been able to accomplish. But when Queen Mab and her evil Knightmares capture and enslave Thomás’s avatar, Tam-Lin, Janae loses all contact with her questing partner. She must overcome her greatest fears and self-doubts and learn to accept herself if she’s going to save TamLin and re-connect with Thomás in the real world.