Media Kit

This page is for the media, booksellers, and anyone looking for more information about Lauren Faulkenberry and her books.

IN THE NEWS

“A Bird’s Eye View of Publishing.” Emily Colin, 2018.

“Wonderland at the Folk Art Center.” (Exhibition). The Laurel of Asheville, 2018.

“RRBC Rave Waves.” Radio interview, RRBC.com, 2017.

Just the Trouble I Needed, Review. Dandelions Inspired, 2017.

Bayou My Love Review. Jen Thomason, 2016.

Bayou My Love 5-star Review, Chicklit Plus, 2016.

Bayou My Love 4-star review, The Blonde Bookworm, 2016.

“Happy Ever After.” USAToday.com, 2016.

“Make Your Setting Sing.” Guest post, Southern Writers’ Magazine, 2016.

Interview with Melanie Smith, 2016.

Scarborough Mysteries Interview with Kate Evans, 2015.

“Books as Art.” Metrospirit, 2015.

“Inside 8 Weeks of Penland Letterpress.” The Penland Sketchbook, 2015.

“Handmade Books: The Story of a Book Artist.” Women Writers, Women’s Books, 2014.

 

ABOUT LAUREN

Lauren Faulkenberry is author of BAYOU MY LOVE, BAYOU WHISPERS, BACK TO BAYOU SABINE, and JUST THE TROUBLE I NEEDED and the short story collection BENEATH OUR SKIN (all from Blue Crow Books). She is author and illustrator of the children’s book WHAT DO ANIMALS DO ON THE WEEKEND? (Novello Festival Press).

Lauren divides her time between writing, graphic design, and creating limited-edition artist books. Originally from South Carolina, she has worked as an archaeologist, an English teacher, and a ranger for the National Park Service. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Georgia College & State University, and her MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama. She was a finalist for the Novello Festival Press First Novel Award, won the Family Circle short fiction contest for her story “Beneath Our Skin,” and was nominated for an AWP Intro Award. She’s a sucker for a good love story and is happiest when she writes comedy and romance.

She lives in North Carolina, where she is at work on her next novel in the Bayou series.

ABOUT LAUREN’S BOOKS

Bayou My Love (Book 1 in the Bayou Sabine Series)

 

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A small town brings Enza a blank slate and the key to a dark family secret—will a dangerous seduction cause her to lose it all?

Thirty-year-old Enza Parker is at a crossroads. To prove herself to her overbearing father, she takes on an ambitious project that brings back painful memories—and puts her in the path of the most alluring man she’s ever met. As a child, Enza spent her summers in little Bayou Sabine, Louisiana with her grandmother—until the day her mother inexplicably left and her world fell apart. Since then, Enza hasn’t let anyone get close to her.

The sudden death of her estranged grandmother brings a surprise opportunity when Enza inherits the home. She must return to Bayou Sabine to flip the house and win her father’s approval—and put her painful past to rest.

Arriving in Bayou Sabine, Enza finds her house occupied by bedeviling firefighter Jack Mayronne. Enza wants to kick him out, but Jack convinces her to let him stay in exchange for helping with repairs. With only six weeks to fix the house and sell, she’s determined to prove she can finish the project—and uncover the truth about her mother’s disappearance. But she didn’t count on Jack—and Bayou Sabine—capturing her heart.

When Enza’s fling with Jack intensifies, she finds herself entangled with a vengeful arsonist from Jack’s past. As Enza reaches her breaking point, she must decide: Should she sell the house and leave her past behind for good, or can she overcome her fears and build a new life there with Jack?

ISBN: 978-1947834156

ASIN: B07GK3GCMB

$2.99 ebook / $13.99 paperback

Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2nd edition, 2017)

Purchase on Amazon.com or through indie publisher Blue Crow Books.

 

Back to Bayou Sabine (Book 2 in the Bayou Sabine series)

 

Some secrets were never meant to be revealed.

After her mother’s disappearance and her grandmother’s death, thirty-year-old Enza Parker returns to the town where she spent her childhood summers in the hopes of closing the door on her troubling past.

While there, she meets a handsome stranger who only adds to the mystery and makes her question why she made herself stay away from the little town that gave her the sense of freedom she longs for as an adult. A spark of attraction makes her wonder: was this the place she was meant to be?

With her best friend Kate in tow, Enza searches for answers that the town isn’t ready to reveal. She must decide if she can dig deep enough to unearth the truth about her family, or if it will remain one of the bayou’s darkest mysteries.

ISBN: 9781947834170

ASIN: B07G6BXGCS

$0.99 ebook / $7.99 paperback

Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2nd edition, 2017)

Purchase from Amazon.com or from Blue Crow Books.

 

Bayou Whispers (Book 3 in the Bayou Sabine Series)

 

New love is put to the test in the sultry bayous of Louisiana in this contemporary novel of suspense, betrayal, and romance from award-winning author Lauren Faulkenberry.

Thirty-one-year old Enza has finally found love with sexy firefighter Jack, and through him, she has gained a family, years after her mother abandoned her. With her friend Kate in town, Enza’s looking forward to her first Christmas in Bayou Sabine, surrounded by those she cares about most.

But instead, the holiday brings disaster. One guest puts someone Enza loves in danger, and threatens her bond with Jack. Another guest brings news that makes Enza question the circumstances surrounding her mother’s disappearance and doubt everything she believed to be truth about her parents. Enza, fleeing Jack and the turmoil in Bayou Sabine, sets off with Kate on a road trip that could bring her solace—or might destroy everything she’s built.

Will she put to rest the mystery of her mother’s disappearance and find the strength to accept the truth? Can she return home in time to save everything that’s important to her and salvage her relationship with Jack?

ISBN: 9781947834194

ASIN: B07G6LPCQY

Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2nd edition, 2017)

$4.99 ebook / $12.99 paperback

Purchase from Amazon.com or from Blue Crow Books.

 

Just the Trouble I Needed (Book 4 in the Bayou Sabine series)

 

Sometimes a little trouble—and a lot of Louisiana heat—can help you find your way.

Kate McDonnell has a problem: a problem with four legs and a howl loud enough to wake the whole Bayou. She can’t remember why she agreed to dog-sit her best friend’s Catahoula, until sexy Sheriff Andre Dufresne stops by and her memories come right back. But Kate can’t get seriously involved with anyone right now–she just got cheated on by her scoundrel fianc , and besides, Bayou Sabine is just a temporary refuge. Maybe Andre would be interested in a light-hearted fling.

When Andre Dufresne first met Kate, she was naked as a jaybird and tried to brain him with her hairdryer. But that was months ago. Now, all he wants is to get to know her better. After all, they don’t make girls like her where he comes from–whip-smart, fast-talking, straight-shooting, and foxy as all get out. He has his work cut out for him though–Kate is no country girl. She might like him all right, but she can’t stop talking about going home.

Kate can’t resist a short-lived affair with Andre, and Andre isn’t about to tell Kate no. Can he convince her that he’s worth the trouble? Or will her fear of being hurt again ruin any chance they have of love?

ISBN: 9781947834026

ASIN: B07G678QJ6

Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2018)

$1.99 ebook / $7.99 paperback

Purchase from Amazon.com or from Blue Crow Books.

 

Beneath Our Skin: Short Stories About Wild Women

 

Love is tested between siblings, spouses, and strangers in this collection of four short stories by Lauren Faulkenberry. Two sisters with a tenuous bond create a fake wedding in the award-winning title story “Beneath Our Skin.” Two broken strangers are drawn to each other’s eccentricities in an unlikely environment in “The Fire Eater.” Two sisters flee their crumbling family during a wake and find a mysterious boat in the sky to use for their getaway in “Mermaids, Still.” A woman seeks solace from a disastrous marriage in “Where the Ocean Dissolves into Sky.” Humorous and uplifting, these short stories trace the paths of southern women who save themselves.

 

 

ASIN: B075ZPLGJF

Publisher: Blue Crow Books (Second edition, 2017)

$1.99 ebook

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PRAISE FOR BAYOU MY LOVE

“Read it for the mystery, read it for the fire, read it for the magic.” – Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of Entanglement

 “I loved this book. It has so many different dimensions that you will literally be glued to the pages… There is mystery, intrigue, and some unexpected pieces to the story… PICK UP THIS BOOK. It’s a MUST READ.” – Pretty Little Book Review

“From the moment Jack spoke in that French/Creole drawl he and Faulkenberry had me hook, line and sinker. I was a goner, and I didn’t surface until the novel’s end. I may be in love.” – Page One Books

 “This story was about much more than just a simple romance. There was mystery, suspense, voodoo, drama, and some steamy love scenes! No cliché love story here! I wasn’t ever able to guess what was going to happen next and I loved that. I would highly recommend this novel to any readers who enjoy fiction novels that include a splash of mystery and love.” – The Blonde Bookworm

PRAISE FOR THE BAYOU SABINE SERIES

“Faulkenberry creates a world of magic, suspense, and desire.” –Julie C. Gardner, author of Letters for Scarlet

“Faulkenberry is a gifted storyteller with the ability to capture the most human side of relationships.” –Tina Ann Forkner, award-winning author of The Real Thing and Waking Up Joy

“Beautifully descriptive and engaging. A delightful story about learning to let go of who you think you need to be and take a risk on happiness.” –Orly Konig, author of The Distance Home and founding president of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association