My writing career began as a freelance writer as well as the creator and writer of a business newsletter. Public speaking and writing speeches are what led me to dig deep and find my true passion - writing young adult novels. My debut novel, ALTERED, a young adult paranormal romance mystery is now available.
When I'm not writing or just being me, I work for the Boys & Girls Club teaching "Get Real About Violence" an anti-bullying course to local elementary school children. Several months out of the year, I work with middle school students in a Youth Legislature Program. I live in the beautiful Deep South of Louisiana with my husband, our two children (ages 16 & 20) two dogs and a cat who allows us to share his home.
I love old movies, but my all time favorites are the "Pirates of the Caribbean." I know it's not old, but you can never go wrong with Johnny Depp.
This book is a great read for someone looking for romance peppered with mystery. What begins as a straight-forward summer romance soon evolves into an eerie tale of past events with a touch of the supernatural. The love story appeals to anyone who remembers that first special feeling of attraction, while the unusual characters keep mystery fans turning the pages to the end. Looking forward to more from this talented author.
Laura Burks has a true gift with words. Altered is a compelling, suspenseful, page turning book full of unexpected twists and turns. The descriptions of the setting and characters are life-like and believable. The story line was well developed and fast paced. I was unable to put it down! I am definitely looking forward to more by this author.
This is the story of Jenna, a girl from Orlando who visits her grandfather for the summer in Louisiana. One day she hears her name being called but no one is around. This starts her on an adventure/journey that involves love, lies, curses and secrets. Jenna discovers a hidden book with blank pages and meets Jess. Jess is the most handsome boy she has ever seen but he is also very vague and mysterious. She opens the book in the hopes of finding answers but is left with more questions as words start to appear. How Jess is involved with the book becomes apparent. Jess and Jenna become closer but at the same time the secrets between them make their feelings for each other conflicted. As you read, you wonder if Jess and Jenna will find love and have a happy ending.
I loved the way the characters are portrayed. Jenna is a sweet, caring girl who is willing to give herself to help others. She has a great relationship with her grandfather. Jess is handsome and mysterious yet gentle. He was addicting to Jenna and I found him to be the same way. I kept looking forward to the parts he was in.
This is Laura's first book and I would love to see more from her. I loved it and could not put it down. The story held your interest and was easy to read. It contains a lot of action, romance and adventure. A sequel to this would be great too- I would love to see what the future holds for Jess and Jenna. A definite must read!!
Altered is a dark and mysterious tale of secrets and curses. Jenna is not your average eighteen year old anticipating a summer like every other; relaxing with her Grandfather on his farm is what she calls heaven. Jenna and her Grandfather have a very unique and inspiring relationship. There tradition of spending summers together is about to change with Jenna finds herself drawn to an old abandoned cabin on the property. What starts with mild curiosity soon becomes something much danger and sinister. Determined to decipher her discovery she will uncover dangerous secrets that were buried long ago. With her frequent distractions by the dark and mysterious Jess this will prove a long adventure. When everything begins falling into place she finds the answers were always closer than they appeared. To protect her family she will be left with the choices, and either way she will lose. Altered is a long and tedious journey, but it proved to be a very enjoyable read. Spotlighting moments of suspense and lustful romance it was easy to delve into this story.
Altered, surprisingly, is Laura Burks debut novel. If this is her first offering, I can't wait to see what she gives us in the future!
When Jenna goes to visit her Grandfather for the summer she doesn't expect to be drawn into a world of lies, cheating & betrayal, yet that's exactly what happens when she discovers a hidden book and then meets the mysterious Jess. Just what is he hiding and how is she connected to it? The book gives her more questions than answers and Jenna struggles when deciding who to turn to for answers.
Laura Burk has a knack for developing tension, I actually found myself shouting at Jenna not to be so stupid at times, although she did seem to grow up a little throughout the book. The plot was drawn out quite a bit - enough to keep you reading, not to much so as you lost interest. It was an enjoyable book but I'm not sure if I entirely trust Jess, I have a feeling there is a lot more to his story than we discovered in this book. Laura has set it up perfectly for a sequel, it'll be interesting to see what happens next!
Highly recommended if you enjoy Young Adult fiction, may appeal to those who enjoyed The Secret Circle.
I'm 13 years old, my mom ordered me this book, and I'm so happy she did! This was one of the best books I have ever read!(And I've read a lot of books!)I can't wait to read more of Laura's books! It's very interesting and reminded me of the Twilight saga in a way, but in another way it was completely different! I could definitely see this book as being movie too! I'm totally recommended this book to ALL of my friends! :D
Laura Burks' first novel Altered is a captivating bundle of mystery, suspense, and forbidden love. I would definitely recommend this book for young teenage girls, typically from ages 14-16 (especially if they also enjoy the book series Twilight). The intricate story begins very interestingly. Jenna Larson, the protagonist of the novel, hears a mysterious voice whisper her name. Right from the beginning, the book has already captured your interest. Readers will wonder, what voice? Who called? From then on, the plot only gets more and more boggling. After hearing the unexpected name call, Jenna gets curious and attempts to find who whispered her name. She proceeds into the forest, discovers an abandoned cabin, and finds a worn, strange book under the floorboards. When I reached that point of the book, I was a little miffed. I found it unrealistic how Jenna tried so hard to find who whispered her name. It seemed like Burks was just trying to find some reason to get Jenna into finding the empty cabin. Also, in my opinion, the discovery of the old book was almost cliché in a way. I thought I knew immediately what the story would be about. The book would have magical powers...have things written in it by itself...be some evil object belonging to some evil person...I figured the rest of the plot would be a knock-off to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Surprisingly, Altered took a whole different turn away from the odd book and more into romance and danger. Jenna soon encounters a beautiful adolescent man named Jess Parkin and of course, love begins to cook between them. However, complications occur and this is when the disturbing, suspenseful parts of the book fall in. This novel is told in first person.Read more ›