Monday, May 12, 2008

My recommendations for Great reads

Hello everyone...

Here are a few books that I highly recommend if you are longing for a good read. Each of these books can be had online, through many fine book retailers as well as my publisher's website, Once on the website, head to the navigational menu down the left hand side, and click on ordering. this will take you to ordering page to get whatever books you long to read. Now you can also go to the releases button and find out all the great books coming out in 2008 as well. As for right is the list of books already released either in 2007 or 2008 to fellow authors---

In the Arms of the Enemy-Patricia Guthrie (Romantic suspense) D. Schultz (non-fiction)
Ravenwood: Night's Salvation-Laurie Sorensen (Historical Romance)
Rebel Dove-Linda Daly (Epic Historical Romance)
Dragon: Enter the Realm (Children's)
...And the Whippoorwill Sang-Micki Peluso (Memoir)
Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance-C.J. Parker (Paranormal)
A Lesson My Cat Taught Me-Saul Webber (Children's)
Kingmaker-Alexey Braguine (Espionage)
Room For One More-Jane Ellen Harris (Children's)
Doves Migration-Linda Daly (Epic Historical Romance)
Never Hold Discussions With the Monkey-John Elliot (Memoir)
The Chosen One-D.L. Mains (Fantasy)
The Wilderness Road-L.G. Vernon (Historical)
Shadow Walk: The Gathering-Erin Collins (Religious Thriller)

The books listed above, mine included have been released or are about to come out ready to ship. I know all these authors and how wonderful they are. Their work is most definitely worth the read.

Ravenwood: Night's Salvation Excerpt Two

An excerpt from…

Ravenwood: Night’s Salvation
Laurie Sorensen

Upon waking the next morning, early as usual, Night found himself alone on the mattress. He rose up looking around, finding Satine in the water of the pond. She had waded in up to her buttocks, but he still had a lovely view of them. She was singing in a soft voice. He got out of the bed and as silently as possible, came up behind her in the water. Wrapping his arms around her waist, he lifted her up and nuzzled her neck.
Satine leaned back against him, tilting her head to give him better access to her neck. After he kissed her there, he released her and she turned towards him. His hair was all tousled and he looked like a rogue that had spent the night with his lover and left in a hurry to be gone in the morn. She smiled up at him.
“What was the smile for?”
“You look like a rogue, my rogue,” she said as she rose up on tiptoes to kiss his mouth. She lost her balance and as she swayed into him, he wound his arms about her body, kissing her passionately.
“Can you swim?” he asked her.
“Of course I can.”
At that, he picked her up in his arms and carried her into deeper water. Once there, he let go of her long enough for her to go completely under. When she came back up sputtering water, he took hold of her in front of him.
“That was a cruel thing to do, sir,” Satine said.
“How else was I to have you at my mercy?” Night replied, smiling like a devil as he kissed her. “You are much too tender to do what I wish to do this morning. So I will be the gentleman I am, and just take you home.”
He carried her to the shore, kissing her once more before letting her down. Looking around he noticed that someone had brought them towels and food for breakfast. How had he not heard them come and go? He was bemused at how Satine was already changing the way he was.
He was the first to be dressed. He gathered things up into one area so that whoever came here later to retrieve their belongings wouldn’t have to spend too much time doing so.
Satine was struggling into her gown, as she had no ladies maid to help her. She was on the edge of asking Night for assistance, when she felt his fingers deftly doing up the fastenings. She turned to look at him and had to laugh. He has his tongue slightly out of his mouth as he concentrated on doing it properly.
“Stop giggling, it makes it harder to do these tiny things up.”
“I can’t help it; you look so cute doing that.”
Once they were both completely dressed again, Night went to fetch the horses only to discover that they were gone. They were nowhere in sight. He felt a moment of slight panic as the sailor in him thought they had been taken to get Satine and him alone. Then he thought that maybe they had just gone back to the stable, being tired of waiting got them to come back.
Satine came up behind him. “They took the horses back with them this morning, there should be a carriage just outside the trees,” she said as she started walking through the trees.
She had done it again, she’d read his thoughts. How and why did she do that? “Do you do that on purpose? Night asked her.
She stopped walking and turned towards him. “Do what on purpose?”
“Read my thoughts. Know what I am thinking or what I am going to say.”
“I was not aware I was doing such a thing. Why do you say I was?”
Incredulous, Night stared at her. “I was just standing here wondering about Dumas and Stryker, and all of a sudden you say they had been taken back to the manor house, as if you had been in my head, listening to my thoughts. It’s unsettling.”
Satine just stood there and blinked at him. “You think I did it on purpose?”
“Well it isn’t the first time you have done it. It fascinates me; everything about you does.”
“I certainly didn’t mean to read your thoughts, I was just drawing the natural conclusion about what you might be thinking since I knew what had happened to the horses and you didn’t.”
Night felt the need to hold her, so he walked forward and took her in his arms. “Please don’t ever change. You will always surprise me, I’m sure of it.”

Ravenwood: Night's Salvation Excerpt One

An excerpt from…

Ravenwood: Night’s Salvation
Laurie Sorensen

Night looked up into the sky; then sun was almost directly overhead. It was just about midday. “Time for a rest old boy,” Night said, patting Dumas’ neck; thought he was reasonably certain that his horse didn’t need a rest as much as he did. Looking around, Night saw a small stream. Trotting over to it, he was pleased there would be water to give Dumas. As his horse drank, Night sat himself beneath the largest, gnarly oak tree he had ever seen. It reminded him of the oak tree from his childhood. The happy memory brought a small, fleeting smile. This oak, as had the one from his childhood, shaded him as he ate his noontime meal. Absently he looked over at Dumas, who was quite happily munching on the lush grass around him. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a horse? No worries, no title and no marriage to a girl I don’t know. Well duty is what duty is. He got up, took the reins and slipping the apple out of his pocket, gave it to a very appreciative Dumas.
“So be it,” Night said, lightly touching Dumas’ nose. “Marriage and title, neither one wanted, but both a duty.” He hoisted himself back into the saddle and set Dumas to a trot. His mind wandered to his ship and the little boy who had signed on as crew just before he came home. Have I done the right thing by allowing him to stay aboard?
Jones; yes that was his name. He had not yet gotten a posting address for the little imp. Night knew that he would likely see him at the wedding, knowing Damon’s untrusting nature. He would bring the boy with him when he returned for the wedding. I will ask him once again for his posting when they arrive for the ceremony. Marriage! I am only four and twenty, why should I have to wed now? And who is it I’m to marry? Probably some simpering little fool who’s been scared senseless into thinking that sex is strictly to procreate children. Damn Jason’s eyes for dying on me. What right had he to die, leaving me to fulfill his destiny? This isn’t what I wanted. I’m a second son, a nobody, of no account, of no use to anyone. Except now I must be something I’m not, something I never wanted to be. Damnation! Why am I so honorable?
Dumas must have felt Night’s agitation; he started to move erratically, letting his master know he wasn’t pleased. Without warning, he came to a dead stop, throwing Night into a small pond. Shock seeped through Night, just as the water did through his clothes. He looked at his damned horse, who appeared very smug indeed. Instead of cursing him as he started to do, Night laughed. A deep hearty laugh; one that went all the way through him. He sat in the pond, laughing and shaking his head. Finally able to pull himself together, he waded through the pond to the edge, looked Dumas in the eye and proceeded to pat his neck. “I know, I was brooding and you didn’t like it. You certainly put me in my place, now didn’t you?” Night said. As if understanding every word, Dumas whinnied and butted his shoulder.

Where can you buy the book?

Ravenwood: Night's Salvation ISBN 10 # 0979203058
ISBN 13 # 978-0979203053

Ravenwood: Night's Salvation is a paperback book, trade sized, where it is about 9 inches tall, and about 6 inches wide, and the print in it is of a nice size, making it easily readable. It has 259 pages, and is just over 98,000 words long.

Cover Price: $16.95

If you would like a signed copy, please email me at and I will be more than happy to sell you a copy of the book, for the cover price, PLUS shipping of $3.50.

Now, it is available at several places online...and each of those places may have their own price set on it, however, the price won't ever be over $16.95. Now this place has two versions of my book, the print version and a Kindle version. Kindle is a electronic device available for seperate purchase on, used for th purpose of reading books electronically. A new trend that is becoming increasingly popular. (Books-A-Million)

Back of the Book Blurb

Duty, love and passion take flight on the wings of destiny.

Compelled by honor and duty, Night Ravenwood leaves the life on the sea he loves to return home after the death of his brother. As heir to Ravenwood Manor, he finds himself in an arranged marriage and living a life he did not want. When tragedy strikes the newlywed couple, Night finds himself in love with the beautiful and serene Satine, they are tested in every way. Satine vows to make Night understand that his destiny is with her while someone is willing to commit murder to keep them apart. Will love or murder shape the destiny of this union?

Introduction and Bio

Hello readers...

May I introduce myself, I am Author Laurie Sorensen, Author of Ravenwood: Night's Salvation, a historical romance set in 1743 England. Night's Salvation is the first in a series of books to come, involving the wonderful fictional Ravenwood family. Book one deals with Night Ravenwood, and his struggles of where he fits into this world. Book two will deal with Night's twin, Storm Ravenwood. She is a spirited young woman, coming into her own, having fallen head over heels in love with her brother's best friend. Book three handles a sticky situation, and delves into the Battle of Culloden and how it touches the ravenwood family, indirectly. Book four is the story of a minor character from Night's Salvation, yet powerfully important to the storyline. Book five will be sort of a prequel to the entire series, as I have felt slightly cheated by not writing a story for Night and Storm's older brother (in book one he was already dead).

I am seriously toying with the idea of putting into print a companion recipe book as well. This recipe book will have things in it that would have been prepared during the Ravenwoods life times. that would be the 17oo's. this would include herbal medicinal remedies, as well as food recipes they would have made during that time. I realize that it would be more of a novelty cookbook, and not many people would actually buy it, but I think it would be a nice finish to the Ravenwood Series, don't you?

I am a 37 year old housewife and mother, who thought that I might be able to pull off the impossible idea of becoming a published author. Little did I know over a year ago that I would indeed make that impossible dream come true. Light Sword Publishing offered me a contract and I have been on cloud 9 ever since. I was born in Jamestown NY, raised all over the world, as my father was in the Air Force. I now live in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. I am the mother of five children, two natural and three belonging to my wonderful husband Danny from two other marriages. Children are a beautiful gift from God, and I adore them all, even those that don't naturally belong to me. I am currently in college, attending classes online, majoring in English and History. This is a two ended goal, as I hope to make good use of both majors for my writing, and then I hope to be able to teach in a High School classroom setting when I have completely my Masters. We have many pets around the house, and outside, some (many) that belong to me and my immediate family, while others belong to my in-laws (they live next door). I am an active member in my oldest natural daughter's FFA organization, and I am a soccer mom to my other natural daughter. Life is good.



I have finally taken the advice of several of my fellow authors and begun a blog here on It is here that I hope to bring you news of my releases, my sales, and even the possibility of my fellow authors posting something entertainly for you to read. I have thought to use this venue to post excerpts of my work as well, to whet the appetite of readers and to entice them to indeed purchase my book. I will be sure to post something along those lines within the next few days. For now, I am here to say Welcome to my blog. I hope that when you come back to this blog you will find an endless stream of interesting antics to look forward too.