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.

7 comments

  1. Please tell me there’s going to be a third book! Love this series and feeling anxiously impatient for the next installment! Thank you for this world you’ve created!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m really pleased to hear you enjoy them.
      As for a third book… that’s a long story. Really, all I can say is that there will be one day (I have to finish the story, after all, for me as much as anyone else) but right now, I’m not quite sure when or how it’ll find its way out into the world. When I do have something to say, though, I promise I’ll let you know!

      1. Thanx for the reply! I’m still impatient, but I do understand and hope it will be soon! I look forward to hearing from you again, and thank you! :)

  2. [SPOILERS!]

    Ok so I’ve literally liked mobbed your goodreads page with questions upon questions so I wish I can apologize for doing so but for me to do that means that your like at the top of my fav new authors collection for 2015 for me………..I recently stumbled upon your blood and series books through a friend and now I needs to really buy the books to hold unto cause my friend’s complaining hehe…But anyhoo I’ve been obsessed with angel books and after reading he Angelfall series by Susan ee I’ve been looking for others remotely close to it or even better..And that’s the problem with me I read a series and fall in love with it and I’m unto looking for the next big thing instead of a really great read that is of similar genre [angels & demons] however they are no way in similarity and that what I love, love, loveee about this series…I read them both in 2 days and I’m like to my friend ‘where’s the 3rd book dude?’ lolol…So yes I too am hoping that we have a 3rd book whenever your ready to bless us with one and we truly need our Blood & Feathers fix like pronto. But whenever your ready and you can know that your fans are waiting dearly….One more thing I would like to say is that your one of the first authors I’ve read where the main characters aren’t involved romantically I love the relationships of my 3 musketeers [that’s what I’ve labeled them hehe] and now you may be setting their relationship up nicely for a romantic one but I beg you, please don’t make Alice and Mallory a couple..I just think that it would be soo weird knowing that he was in love with Seket and would make several comments to Alice regarding how much alike they looked and how similar they are personality wise and I feel that would be wrong on soo many levels. It’s like Alice would be Seket’s replacement to me..I know, I know I may be passing judgement too soon and even if you were to make them a couple I still would love them. It would be like their second chance well more so Mallory but I just love how they are now and how they are with Vin and Vin with them. Like I said my 3 musketeers. ahhh I’m sighingg now.. Oh and I know this may sound like a shocker but is it bad that I won’t mind if Alice and Michael get together..I know, I know I’ve probably taken a bigggg wrong turn but their relationship that hate/hate turning into hate/ tolerable I see turning to love/hate and then maybe love/love..Well that’s what I got. It would be awesome to see if Michael can fall only fall differently as in, love or close to that with Alice. I know she’s in his choir and what not and he sees them all as his pets but to be put down a notch or 2 by Alice and maybe to develop some sought of feelings for her would be intriguingly exciting. She already challenges him and that slap he gave her had me wanting to kill him though and I was praying that she would’ve slapped him back. Well maybe it might happen. And not to mention that little speech he gave her in his library, I know Michael can be manipulative and maybe he was acting so she may finally obey him but that speech had even me asking if he was going to turn it into some declaration of love..Heck even Alice made note of that and was wondering what it was about…And my darling author Zak mannn nooooo. You had me asking several question coming around the end of the book after finding out about Vin’s part with Adriel and Michael and I was like ‘so wait does that mean Zak’s death may turn out to not be a real death and was all part of the act?’ But then, Michael’s pain seemed so real upon learning of his death however he is a manipulator .You really had me asking soo many questions and I’ve overdone my comment here so with that I bid you adieu and hope to read a book 3 soon..And Happy Holidays!

    1. Hey! Thanks for the lovely comment – sorry it’s taken a few days to put it up (I was having a break from the internet, mostly, over the holidays). Sorry, too, if I haven’t responded on GR: I don’t check in a whole lot, I’m afraid. I *have* popped a quick spoiler tag at the top of your comment, just in case – you never know!

      But I’m so pleased to hear you like the books (and I love that you thought about the 3 Musketeers – it’s one of my favourites).

      Sadly, the situation with the final book hasn’t changed: it currently doesn’t have a publisher, and that means that while I’d love to go back and start writing it (because it *is* all plotted out – and yes, I do know how the story ends…) for the time being I have to work on the stuff that’s under contract. It’s always possible that this will change, but if it doesn’t, I’m afraid you’ll have to hang on a tiny bit longer – my plan is to get the end of the story out there somehow, even if I do it all myself. Either way, as soon as I have anything to share on that, I will – I promise.

      Thank you so much for reading!

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