Lauren Grimley
Author, teacher, dreamer
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Fall 2014:

I have finally finished Unbound, the third and final book in the Alex Crocker series. I am well into the editing process, looking for an early February release. In the meantime check out the trailer and teaser!

“Should I have a t-shirt made: short, sassy, and destined to die young?” Alex asks the Regan.

“We all die,” Darian answers, “because thats part of life—not because some fool writing a prophecy decides he’ll be taken more seriously if he predicts impending doom.”

As a Seer in a city brimming with vampires who react rather violently to having their emotions manipulated, Alex has had enough of doom and death. She’s earned her happily-ever-after—or at least the small respite of mating Markus and officially becoming a member of the Rectinatti coven.

But the Vengatti and their Regan, Leonce, don’t do happy endings. And they certainly don’t approve of Alex’s attempts to unite the two opposing sides. Then again, neither do most of her so-called allies.

If Alex wants to survive to see her already postponed honeymoon, she needs to convince both covens that good and evil aren’t a birthright. They’re a choice. Just as the prophecy is not her destiny. It’s her decision.

Photo Credit: Christine Passler 2013

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Also from the Alex Crocker Series:
Book 1:

Hunted for her gift. 
Haunted by her dreams. 
Driven to fight.

Published April 27, 2012 by Malachite Quills.

Book 2 in the Alex Crocker Series:

As the strength of her gift begins to unveil itself, Alex needs to learn to control it—before it consumes her and endangers those she loves.

Published May 27th, 2013 by Paramance
A short from the series (from book 3):

Middle school is supposed to bite.

Middle schoolers aren't.

Published May 4, 2012 by Malachite Quills.

Unbridled: A Collection of Connected Short Stories from the Alex Crocker Series

“Think Law and Order SUV meets The Breakfast Club” was Ellie’s trite explanation of what Alex had been dragged into. Add a few fangs, Fifty Shades of Oversharing, and a dash of Dr. Phil, and she was in for quite a Thursday night.

Alex couldn’t deny she had become the pint-sized poster child for PTSD lately, but she didn’t exactly expect to find a support group for teachers turned vampire chew toys in Bristol, MA. Listening to the tales of the four other females gathered to help her heal, however, she accepts that perhaps both the worst and the best of life can blossom from the unexpected.

Just want a bite? These three stories from the collection are also available individually:

“Grace and Dignity: Sarah & Darian's Story”
Ireland, 1713

Even a female whose mating has been arranged most of her life still thinks about what she wants in a mate. Not one of the qualities Sarah had hoped for were easily evident in her betrothed, the future Regan of the Rectinatti coven. Perhaps, though, there were more layers to Darian than he liked to reveal, but how does a subject unmask a prince?

“Rules and Recollections:
Vivian & Sage's Story”

Bristol, MA, 1902

You can’t fall in love with someone you barely recall, but that, Vivian supposed, was the point. After a terse meeting with the Knower, a mind reader, memory manipulator, and the coven’s most notorious lecher, Vivian isn’t herself. She can’t shake the feeling that the solution to her mood lurks just below the surface of her consciousness. Only plunging into darkness, though, will bring everything to light.

“Blood and Secrecy: Ellie & Rocky's Story”

Bristol, MA, 2008

The shared need for blood brought them together, but individual desires for secrecy are keeping them apart. Each already left behind a life of privilege for reasons the other likely couldn’t understand. Now both Rocky and Ellie need to decide if they’re willing to open up about their pasts in order to ensure a future.