The Blood & Feathers series

BLOOD AND FEATHERS: REBELLION, the follow-up to BLOOD AND FEATHERS is published by Solaris Books, and is out now.

REBELLION final cover

“This is a war. The war. There is no stopping; no getting out. You’re in this – just like the rest of us – to the end.”

Driven out of hell and with nothing to lose, the Fallen wage open warfare against the angels on the streets. And they’re winning.

As the balance tips towards the darkness, Alice – barely recovered from her own ordeal in hell and struggling to start over – once again finds herself in the eye of the storm. But with the chaos spreading and the Archangel Michael determined to destroy Lucifer whatever the cost, is the price simply too high… and what sacrifices will Alice and the angels have to make in order to pay it?

The Fallen will rise. Trust will be betrayed. And all hell breaks loose…

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BLOOD AND FEATHERS is also out now, published by Solaris Books.

“What’s the first thing you think of when I say ‘angel’?” asked Mallory. Alice shrugged. “I don’t know… guns?”

Alice isn’t having the best of days – late for work, missed her bus, and now she’s getting rained on – but it’s about to get worse.

The war between the angels and the Fallen is escalating and innocent civilians are getting caught in the cross-fire. If the balance is to be restored, the angels must act – or risk the Fallen taking control. Forever. That’s where Alice comes in. Hunted by the Fallen and guided by Mallory – a disgraced angel with a drinking problem he doesn’t want to cure – Alice will learn the truth about her own history… and why the angels want to send her to hell.

What do the Fallen want from her? How does Mallory know so much about her past? What is it the angels are hiding – and can she trust either side? Caught between the power plays of the angels and Lucifer himself, it isn’t just hell’s demons that Alice will have to defeat…

Read the full Solaris Books press release here (and the original announcement here.)

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“A hell of a ride, but heaven to read: eerie, compelling and very funny.” -Michael Marshall Smith

“It’s a challenge to take concepts older than the calendar and make them seem new. Louise Morgan has done just that. How to describe this, her debut novel?  Bloody Heavenly!”- Guy Adams

“Dark, enticing and so sharp the pages could cut you, Blood and Feathers is a must-read for any fan of the genre.”- Sarah Pinborough

“A storming debut! Lou Morgan writes with confidence, style and verve. Who would have thought that going to Hell could be so much fun? A must read.”  – Mike Shevdon

“Dark, surreal and wickedly funny, Lou Morgan’s reimagining of the war between Heaven and Hell mixes angels, alcohol and ammunition to serve up a joy of a read.” - Tom Pollock

“This is urban fantasy colored in plenty of shades of blood-spattered gray.” - Elitist Book Review

“… fresh and engrossing and decidedly unpredictable… urban fantasy fans looking for the next big breakthrough novelist should definitely check out Lou Morgan and her hellishly good debut.” – Barnes & Noble blog

“… expertly weaves fantasy and horror into a creepy, exciting rollercoaster of a book.” – My Bookish Ways

“A dark and compelling read that promises great things for future books.” – Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review

“For a really original read, pick up this book and prepare for a wild ride.” – Book Chick City

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THE PATH TO PUBLICATION

I blogged about some of the milestones on the road to BLOOD AND FEATHERS becoming a finished book. Scroll down and read from the bottom up!

August 2012: we launched BLOOD AND FEATHERS at Forbidden Planet in London on the 2nd August; complete with a signing, a reading and a big old pile of books. Well. I say “old pile of books”. I mean “new pile of shiny, shiny pretty books”. Thank you so much to everyone who came down that evening, and to Solaris and especially to Danie Ware of FP for setting everything up.

June 2012: the angels are coming! In fact, the angels are coming to none other than Forbidden Planet in London, on Thursday 2nd August. We kick off at 6pm – full details on the FP site and on the event Facebook page. Come and help us launch the book!

March 2012: After I posted the playlist for BLOOD & FEATHERS on here, the lovely (and ever so clever) Paul H. turned it into a Spotify playlist for me. So, if want to know what the book sounds like, head here: spoti.fi/zGhqZN

In an even more awesome move, Paul has also put together an iTunes version, which means you can download all the tracks (there is one, I think, that’s an album-only) and support the artists who helped me get this thing done…

I’m immensely grateful to Paul for taking the time to do this – it’s made me very happy indeed.

December 2011: As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on the blog, B&F now has its very own page on Amazon.com and on Amazon.co.uk, where (should you be so inclined) you can place pre-orders. You’ll also see the first draft of the cover that Simon Parr’s done there (and if you’re one of the blog’s Irregulars, you’ll know how much I love it) and while there’s probably going to be a couple of minor changes between now and publication, that should give you a good idea of how it’s going to look! When it’s all finished, I’ll post it here, and you won’t be able to avoid it. Not even by closing your eyes.

It’s also worth pointing out that the UK edition is currently up for pre-order for under a fiver. I’m not even going to attempt the maths, but that’s technically lots and lots of words per pound (if you like that sort of thing).

I’m also very excited to say I’ll be one of 2012’s Debut Authors on the Qwillery site, so I’ll be popping up on there later in the year. There’s some amazing people on that list, including Adam Christopher, Elspeth Cooper and my lovely Solaris labelmate Gaie Sebold, so it’s a real honour to be able to join in.

November 2011: Good news! BLOOD AND FEATHERS featured in the publishers’ choice list for 2012 releases over on Fantasy Faction. I’m incredibly happy and excited to be on a list with people like Tom Pollock, Anne Lyle, Gaie Sebold, Mike Shevdon and Mark Charan Newton.

Yes, you’ll have to put up with my face on that page while we finalise the cover – but I promise you it’s worth waiting for…

October 2011: Thanks to everyone who came along to my reading at Fantasycon: I was immensely grateful for your support. It wasn’t just the first time I’ve read from BLOOD AND FEATHERS, but the first public reading I’ve ever done, and I’m so pleased that everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Adam Christopher‘s been kind enough to let me steal the photo he took… so even if you missed out on the reading, you can still see my Awesome Reading Jacket. At least, that’s what I told my husband it was when I came home from the shops with it….

Reading @ Fantasycon 2011

Thanks to everyone who came, and to everyone who said encouraging things beforehand. You’re all awesome.

September 2011: I got the opportunity to visit the Solaris offices recently (despite their cleverly constructed defences. Who knew you could build a moat so fast?) and you can read about my trip – and meet the editorial team – here.

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