Monday, 22 October 2018

Book 4, The Thunderproof Sky, just released!

It's finally here! The fourth and final book in the Sophie Shields series. This is the longest one yet, and it is so special to me. It's rare that I am able to really learn about myself from writing a novel, but this book made me step back and look at certain things differently. Join Cole and Scarlett as they travel across three continents to find truth and inner peace in this final installment.

Grab it wherever you love to read!




After being tortured to the brink of death, Sophie’s carefully built life crumbles to cinders...
 

Cole is there to pick up the broken pieces, but her psyche might be fractured into too many pieces. Scarlett, Snow, Serena, Sibyl and more, are all swirling around inside one damaged mind, and Cole becomes uncertain whether the woman he loves will ever be whole again.

The couple decides to leave the USA for the wedding of Helen and Liam Larson (Sophie’s biological brother) in Switzerland, and the romantic setting of a chalet in the Alps proves to be a perfect place for rest and recovery. 

When an old friend tries to seduce Cole back into the world of architecture with the challenge to design a tower unlike any other, he refuses to focus on helping Scarlett heal. But when she encourages him to take on the project, and wants to participate, Cole decides it could be wise to start a new life far away from their chaotic past, on the other side of the planet. 

Cole and Scarlett believe they have finally found a place they can call home. But with the truth about the death of Cole’s parents out in the open, it turns out that some dangers can follow a person to every corner of the planet, and even the ends of the earth…


Monday, 17 September 2018

Recommended Reading Order for Loretta's Series

As some of you might know, all of my series are interconnected. End of Eternity and The Fireproof Girl are both spin offs from Clarity, and you will find some of the main characters appearing in different stories.

If you are considering reading some or all of the books, this is the "ideal" order that would provide the best reading experience. But if you have started with a later book, don't worry! The story can be enjoyed in many different ways.

Suggested Reading Order:
        • Clarity
        • Clarity 2
        • Clarity 3
        • End of Eternity
        • End of Eternity 2: Chasing Eternity
        • Clarity 4: After the Storm
        • End of Eternity 3: Killing Eternity
        • End of Eternity 4: Escaping Eternity
        • Clarity 5: Loving Liam
        • The Fireproof Girl
        • The Bulletproof Boy
        • The Shatterproof Heart 
        • The Thunderproof Sky

 This is the order in which the books were written, and the most chronological timeline of events. Reading the books in this order is not necessary, but it will prevent certain spoilers!


Fans of Clarity will be happy to know that Helen and Liam have appearances in books 2 and 4 of the Sophie Shields series. If you loved Owen and Carm in End of Eternity, you will be happy to know they also have appearances in these books! Especially in book 4, The Thunderproof Sky, which is due to be released in October, 2018.


The first book of each series is currently free on all retailers, so grab them while you can!


End of Eternity:
 Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Google Play | Apple iBooks | Smashwords

Sophie Shields:
 Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Google Play | Apple iBooks | Smashwords

Happy reading!
XOXO, 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Fireproof Girl is now FREE!

I am thrilled to announce that The Fireproof Girl is available for FREE on all retailers! A full-length novel of 82K words, it can be enjoyed as a standalone-- especially for fans of crime fiction, romantic suspense, and psychological thrillers.

Grab it now for FREE!

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"A well-written, serpentine, breezy thriller centered on themes of belonging, abandonment, and the emotional struggle of parentless children." - Kirkus Reviews

She can run, but she can never escape her past...

Sophie was alone in the world until Cole Hunter. 
Both orphaned at a young age, they met in foster care as teenagers. They formed an instant bond, and became inseparable. Years later, when Cole is brutally taken from Sophie, she will tear down heaven and earth to find justice. 
Even it means risking her own life.

"The mystery of what happened to Cole Hunter keeps the pages turning in The Fireproof Girl." - RT Book Reviews 
 Don't miss this emotional roller coaster ride!

"The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost asks the question of how far we are willing to go for the people we care about." - Readers' Favorite

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Speaking at Bouchercon in Toronto!

I am so excited to be attending Bouchercon 2017 (the World Mystery Convention) in Toronto in just a few days! I will be speaking on a panel about young writers on Saturday, October 14th. So, for any of you mystery fans who might be attending, feel free to stop by and listen to us discuss the way being millennials impacts our work. What a strange generation we are!

I will also be signing books after the panel. Please don't be shy to say hello if you see me! In case you are wondering what I even look like, I have extremely long hair that is currently reddish-brown. Here I am enjoying the shockingly hot autumn weather in an apple orchard this past weekend:


It pains me to take a few days off writing, because I am enjoying working on something really special, but it will be totally worth it to get out and meet some readers and fellow authors! In fact some authors I truly admire will be at the convention this week, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to stalk-- er, meet them and listen to them speak on panels. 

The unique thing for me about Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder compared to the other events I've attended, is that it will be in my city! It's easy to get into conference mode when I travel on a plane for hours and stay at a hotel in a strange city, but I won't even have to leave my house for this one. I usually wake up every day and go to work in my pajamas, so it will be an adjustment to have to put on real clothes and drive to downtown Toronto in brutal rush hour traffic, like all the other poor commuters. 

Since being able to choose my own hours, I almost only drive downtown around 3-4 AM when the roads are clear. I am not looking forward to experiencing the misery of daytime Toronto traffic and baking in the sun in my car, but there are also advantages to being at home. Instead of being limited to the very few items packed into my carry-on suitcase, I have a full walk-in closet of outfits to choose from, and dozens of shoes! =) It will also be nice to sleep in my own bed, with my kitten curled up beside me. He doesn't like planes.

I hope that all the other readers and writers attending will get a chance to enjoy my beautiful city. Although it might not sound like it, I do love Toronto and I am very proud to call it home. The weather should be beautiful this week, and I am expecting it to be a wonderful experience!

Except for the traffic, of course.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Author Adventures

So much of writing means being locked away in a lonely room with barely any human contact for weeks on end.  But that’s about to change for me!

Next month, I am so excited to be traveling to Europe for the first time. I will be spending a week in France with some amazing writers, working together, taking classes to improve our craft, going on walks, and just having a wonderful adventure to replenish our creativity. I’m also hoping to exercise my rusty French, which I haven’t used since University. (And a few trips to nearby Quebec where everyone speaks English, anyway.)

I find it so interesting the way things work out—it was precisely a year ago that I was working on Clarity 5, and writing about Helen going to France for her honeymoon. I’ve always discovered that when I put a lot of energy and focus into writing about something, it tends to come true for me. Sadly, this hasn’t always been positive. For example, while writing Clarity 4, where Helen was recovering from a massive car accident, I went out for a small drive to de-stress from work, and my car skidded on ice and spun out, before smashing into a telephone pole. 

RIP, my first car, my baby. 😦 We had such wonderful times together!

That was a terrifying experience. Losing control and spinning, and not knowing where I would end up, I remember shutting my eyes tightly and just hoping for the best. I had no time to think. I remember that moment of confusion after my car slammed to a halt and my head jerked forward. When I opened my eyes, I couldn’t see anything. I couldn’t figure out why for a few seconds, and I wondered if I had been injured. Then I realized my glasses had gone flying off my face.

In that moment, I knew that I felt exactly as Helen did in my story—right down to her blindness. To make matters worse, it was the ONE day I happened to forget my cell phone, so I had to climb out of the wreck to get help. In my high heels, through the snow. It was a quiet country road, early on a Sunday morning, and there were not many cars. Luckily, a kind old woman happened to pass by, or I might have had to walk to a nearby farm, and knock on the doors of strangers for assistance.

Overall, I felt like I had brought this upon myself by writing Helen’s accident in such detail. Of course, there was one critical difference: Helen crashed her car in the United States, and I crashed mine in Canada, so that means I also had an extra-large cup of delicious Tim Hortons’ coffee spill all over my favorite red coat! 🙁

I had to finish writing Clarity 4 with a neck brace on, due to my whiplash. For a few weeks, every time I woke up, my neck didn’t have the strength to lift my head off the pillow. I had to reach back with my hands and manually lift my head. Every time I got in a vehicle after that, especially on icy roads, I was a little more nervous than I had been before. I still am.

Anyway, the point of all this is to explain that I intend to write about more pleasant experiences in the future, so that I can bring wonderful things into reality. So far, much of my writing has been dark and filled with disaster—I could list a dozen awful experiences that happened to me after (or before) writing about them. But there are fewer genuinely good and lucky events, and I intend to change that. Somehow. Without compromising my writing style too much!

I think I may have already begun. 

Before heading to France, I will be exploring London for a few days, and staying with a great aunt whom I've never met. I can’t wait to spend hours walking through the streets of London, absorbing every possible detail, soaking in all the atmosphere and culture. I know that it will find a way into my writing someday soon, as have all the places I’ve traveled, and all the people I’ve met.

Writing tends to drain your emotions, experiences, ideas, and energy. It’s important to be constantly refueling. Constantly growing. I have a feeling that this will be one of those special adventures when my life will be as exciting as the stories I write!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for pictures and videos of my author adventures! 


(Some weeks I don't post much as others, and that probably means I'm hard at work writing. 😉)

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Bulletproof Boy, sequel to The Fireproof Girl

As we travel deeper into my new book series, I am finding out the deepest, darkest secrets of these characters and growing to love them like my dearest friends. Have you met Scarlett and Cole yet? Their story began in The Fireproof Girl and continues now in The Bulletproof Boy...

Book 2 of the Sophie Shields Mystery/Romance series...

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He has everything a man could want, but has lost the only thing he ever needed...

Fighting his way to the top, Cole Hunter has built the successful architectural firm he dreamed of all his life. But after a recent brush with death, Cole realizes what really matters to him and shifts his priorities. He is willing to give up everything--his company, his friends, his fame--in order to reunite with the woman he loves.
And this time, he won't let her run away again...

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At twenty-seven, Sophie Shields is given the opportunity to meet her biological family for the first time. But an innocent woman has been killed by the same monster who shot her brother, and she feels compelled to help bring her justice. For the first time, Sophie is feeling torn between her separate lives, but when an old enemy gets dangerously close to finding her, no identity or location might be safe any longer...

Warning for intense situations, abuse, and possible triggers.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Paperback giveaways ending soon!

There's nothing like a shiny paperback, and all those fresh smelling pages! Enter my Goodreads giveaway to win copies of my novels mailed to you. =)



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The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost

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Clarity by Loretta Lost

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by Loretta Lost

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End of Eternity by Loretta Lost

End of Eternity

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