BLUURPP! Lauren Nicolle Taylor get’s real about writing, publishing and the sounds her computer makes.

BLUURPP…

Lauren Nicolle Taylor get’s real about writing, publishing and the sounds her computer makes. 

BLUURP!

My inbox makes a weird sound, something like a giant bubble rising to the surface of an oily lake, a long ‘bluurp’. When I send mail it sounds like a plane taking off. Those two sounds were the only thing dragging me out my painful recovery following spinal surgery last year.

I returned home from hospital, wobbly, drugged up and focusing only on the steps I had to take to get to my front door, five, the distance between the door and the kitchen bench where I could support myself, three. I wasn’t thinking: Now is the time to submit to another publisher. I already had an offer on the table for my first book The Woodlands. I was umming and ahhing about it because the contract, although generous in some ways, was for a long period. The publisher was also very new and hadn’t published any YA before. 

The plane took off, sending my contract revisions to the publisher. 

Fishing around on the Internet, I kept coming back to CTP. I liked their website, their covers and their philosophy. But I was sick of queries and waiting and waiting… But after a few days of lying in bed doing way too much pondering until I’d pondered a new bedroom layout, several renovations I had to start and about fifty art projects to finish, I decided to send them my submission. My heart skipped as I clicked send, the airplane took off and I waited to see whether it would land, resonate, get someone’s attention.

I tapped my toes, moved from side to side very carefully, my bandages rubbing against the surgical scar running down the centre of my spine. It was probably a waste of time. I should just take the offer in front of me and be grateful. 

Bluurp!

It had only been a couple of hours; I shuffled towards my screen, taking my time. I could hold onto my hope a little longer if I took my time. 

It was CTP and they wanted me to send them the full manuscript. Gulp!

It was a great decision to sign. Now my inbox ‘blurps’ constantly with messages from readers, from Wattpad, from facebook, from twitter, all telling me wonderful, positive things about my writing. These things didn’t just happen, the CTP girls made them happen with amazing covers, marketing, editing and the crazed kind of work ethic that only comes from loving what you do.

Thank you CTP for all the ‘bluurps’.

XX- Lauren Nicolle Taylor (Best Selling Author of The Woodlands Series) 


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The Woodlands Series by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

THE WOODLANDS by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

(Young Adult Mature- Dystopian Romance)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

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Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen…
When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Rosa lives in The Woodlands, one of eight enclosed cities where the lone survivors of a devastating war have been gathered. In these circular cities everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa’s inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He’s blonde, fair skinned, blue eyed and the laid back, ever-grinning, complete opposite of Rosa. She’s never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.
But differences weren’t always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. That was before the bitter race war decimated most of the planet, leaving the Russian wilderness as the only scrap of land habitable for survivors. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.
The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want, after all, they are considered super heroes by the general public. But not everyone see’s them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn’t know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.


THE WALL by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
(Young Adult Mature- Dystopian Romance)

Book 2 in The Woodlands Series


Joseph, wake up, wake up, wake up.

She says it over and over. It’s her plea, her prayer, her mantra. But life doesn’t stop while he’s sleeping. Rosa’s been thrown into a new world, with new rules, and a philosophy that sounds too good to be true. She’s also sure they didn’t rescue her out of the goodness of their hearts.
The Survivors must want something from them… but what?

The Wall finds Rosa eagerly entering a new life, yet struggling to keep the demons and ghosts of the past from dragging her backwards.
She’s left so many people behind and isn’t sure how to start over.

There’s freedom in the Survivors’ world, more than she’d ever dreamed of, but there’s also secrets. The darkest of which pulls Rosa headfirst into a trauma, forcing her to reevaluate her past and pushing her to make a choice that may destroy the tenuous, sewn-together family she’s built on the outside.

Will Rosa make the right choice… or will she lose everything she has fought so hard for?


THE WOUNDED by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
(Young Adult Mature- Dystopian Romance)
Book 3 in The Woodlands Series
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You think you’re in control, that you have your hands on the reins. But I’m starting to think either someone else is driving or the reins are attached to nothing. Just flapping and snapping in the breeze. What could be simple, never is.
Rosa doesn’t want to get used to being separated from Joseph, from Orry. But now she must battle her way back to her family, her future, at the same time struggling to come to terms with her father’s past, his secrets and what he means to her now.
With her best friend Rash by her side she feels blessed and cursed. He is her saving grace but will Joseph accept him, and will he forgive her for leaving? More importantly will she manage to return to him? Rosa must pull these threads together. Hold herself in as she hacks her way back to The Wall with the aid of new companions but not the one person she’d planned on saving.
Finding her way back is only the beginning. The biggest changes, the shocking outcomes are waiting. Hovering over the town like a menacing vapour.
The Wounded have waited, nursed, and been dormant for too long and now they’re coming, dragging the ghosts of their lost ones behind them.

About Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Lauren Nicolle Taylor is a 33-year-old mother living in the tiny, lush town of Bridgewater on the other side of the world in Australia. She married her high school sweetheart and has three very boisterous and individual children. She earned a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences with Honours in Obstetrics and Gynecology and majored in Psychology while minoring in Contemporary Australian Writing.
After a disastrous attempt to build her dream house that left her family homeless, She found herself inexplicably drawn to the computer. She started writing, not really knowing where it may lead but ended up, eight weeks later, with the rough draft of The Woodlands.
In 2013, Lauren Nicolle Taylor accepted a publishing contract with Clean Teen Publishing. Her first published novel, The Woodlands, was released on August 30, 2013. Currently, Lauren has finished her manuscript for the second and third book in the series titled: The Wall and The Wounded. 

Where to find Lauren: Blog / Facebook / Twitter

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