Friday, January 24, 2014

New City, or "Could I Ever Write Anything As Well As R.L.?"


No, this isn't a new Fear Street book. Or even a YA horror book from the '90s. But it is a book written by yours truly, L.K. Stine. Obviously, Lauren Barr is my pen name, but I'd thought I'd share it with those who love the stylings of R.L.

This is my first published book and I'm pretty excited about it. It's a crazy feeling to have a book out there for others to read. I'm starting to question my entire career snarking on another author ... but that's neither here nor there.

New City is a new adult apocalyptic novel, about two sisters who survive the end of the world. It's a dark urban thriller, a nightmarish look at what could be when civilization breaks down.Basically, it's what would happen if A.M. and I survived the end of the world. Not really, though, I like to think my characters are a lot more resourceful then I would be. My reaction to the apocalypse would be: Panic. Die. Rather like a Fear Street heroine!

If you'd like to check it out, you can find New City at Amazon here, or Chapters here. Let me know what you think!


When Evie and her sister Kit decide to leave their deserted northern home for good, they have no idea what they are going to find. Since a deadly Sickness has wiped out the population a year ago, all they do know is they must find some remnants of civilization, or risk another winter alone without food or power.

They head towards a formerly thriving metropolis to discover what is left of humanity. The journey across the deserted country is disturbing, but nothing could prepare them for what they find when they arrive in the city, now known only as New City. Terrified by unknown attackers, they find salvation with mysterious benefactor Lachlan. He gives them a place to stay at the luxurious hotel that serves as a central meeting point in the city.

As her suspicion of Lachlan’s motivations grow, Evie finds herself drawn towards the company of James, a fast-talking criminal who warns her to watch her back. As she discovers the layers of corruption and depravity in the hastily reconstructed society, Evie must decide who is trustworthy in this apocalyptic world.