Cath Lauria

CATH LAURIA is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She prefers books to TV shows, has a vast collection of beautiful, edged weapons, and could totally survive in the wild without electricity or running water, but would really prefer not to. She loves writing speculative fiction of all genres, and has a long list of publications under her belt as romance author Cari Z.

Interviews and Articles

“She’s just…gah, she’s so cool. I’ve always had a soft spot for heist stories, and especially in a universe that’s crowded with superpowered people, it’s a fun challenge to write about someone who doesn’t have a lot of those abilities at her disposal. Felicia’s got to be more thoughtful about how she pulls off her jobs, and that means teamwork. Her team is the best. Also, she’s bi, which spoke to me on a personal level. I appreciate so much about her, and had to make a play to write her book.” – Cath Lauria
The Book Network

“Elsa is a fabulous character who should be more of a recognisable hero in the Marvel Universe, because she combines badassery and hilarity in a way few others do.”
Trans-Scribe, Interview with Cath Lauria, author of Elsa Bloodstone: Bequest

“It was SO MUCH FUN figuring out who to bring into Elsa’s book. This was my first time working on a project in such a vast established universe, and while there were a few characters who were off-limits up front, I still had a fair number of people to work with when it came to the rest of the cast.”
Track of Words, Interview with Cath Lauria, author of Elsa Bloodstone: Bequest

Interviews with the authors and editor of Tales from the Crucible
– The Epic Quest

Author News
Anything is Possible on an Impossible World: KeyForge – Tales of the Crucible edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells December 17, 2019 An impossible world filled with myriad peoples battling for mystical Æmber (and everyone else who’s just trying to get along) – it can only be KeyForge! Introducing Tales From the Crucible: A KeyForge Anthology, edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells, which flies screaming onto your bookshelf in June 2020. KeyForge is chock-full… Read more.

“A deftly crafted, inherently fascinating, and solidly entertaining read from start to finish”
Midwest Book Review

“if you like your heroines pushing historical boundaries… you need to pick this one up!”
What You Tolkien About

“Lauria masterfully writes a convincing and charming regency romance and the horror vibes are impeccable.”
Mister Ghost Reads

“I loved this book and you will too.”
Cosmic Circus

“stick with this if you’re looking for something fun and (relatively) light, with a breezy pace and tone and a small cast of really entertaining characters.”
Track of Words

“A fun read from cover to cover, “Silver Sable: Payback” is a ‘must read’ for the legions of Marvel Universe fans.”
Silver Sable: Payback

“Lauria creates the equivalent of an action-comedy in Silver Sable: Payback.”
– Cosmic Circus

“We have all the elements that make a good Marvel story, witty banter, guest appearances, impossible odds… a Vegas style heist, mayhem and action.”
What You Tolkien About

“An exciting and adventurous ride with unforeseen encounters.”
Silver Sable Bullet

“A really great read, where you don’t really want it to end and you just want more.”

“Lauria is no stranger to Marvel fiction; she has previously written two other tales for Aconyte’s Marvel Heroines line – one with Elsa Bloodstone and one with Black Cat. Given how much I enjoyed her work on both of those, I was confident that she would deliver again on this one. I was not disappointed at all”
Martin’s View

“A wild ride from start to finish”
Mrs Viking Reads

“I may well seek out a Zombicide game because of this book. It’s an engaging read: easy to fall into and constantly surprising.”
Kara Dennison

“Cath Lauria clearly knows her way around a good horror thriller because this ticks all the boxes and then some.”
What You Tolkien About

“No question, 5 out of 5 stars”
Big Geordie Geek

“There’s no question Black Cat: Discord is one of the most fun Marvel novels you can pick up. It takes a fantastic character and throws her a wildly fun original story that is jampacked with other beloved characters.”
Laughing Place

“From the first page, Cath Lauria demonstrated her writing style with vivid descriptions, incredible puns, and in doing so, takes the well-loved, yet somewhat under-appreciated, character of Felicia Hardy, and puts her own spin on her narrative voice.”
Dorothy’s Bookshelf

“I think that it might be one of the best books that Aconyte and Marvel have done together. The book was filled with great character moments, exciting actions, and wonderfully delightful scenes that could only ever work for Black Cat. An absolute pleasure to read from start to finish.”

“In short this novel ticked nearly all my boxes, a strong arguably morally grey female lead who is sassy and can look after herself, brilliant bickering and banter between Felicia and her henchmen (although really they are more like family!), a young protégée who has her own tricks up her sleeve, fund and reunited family, epic team ups and fights and representation done in a natural way.”
What You Tolkien About

“Her story arc was so different from many of the Marvel ‘heroes’, and her methods so different. I liked her instantly. Overall I enjoyed the read, and will definitely be reading more Marvel novels in the future.”
John’s Bookshelf

“I gave Black Cat: Discord five stars. I enjoyed Black Cat’s character voice, the interactions among her team members, and multiple interactions with other heroes such as Iron Fist, Spider-Man, the Daredevil, and IronMan/Tony Stark. It’s a fun look at a character who walks the fine line between being a hero and being an anti-hero.”
Chris L. Owens

“Black Cat finds herself in the middle of not one but two interesting developments, and I enjoyed how the author was able to weave them together into an engaging narrative that has lots of action and heart.”
Martin’s View

“In March, Black Cat takes center stage in Black Cat: Discord, written by Cath Lauria. Part of the Marvel Heroines line, Black Cat is faced with a moral dilemma when multiple parties wish to hire her for a dangerous job, one that will pay handsomely if she succeeds.”
Screen Rant

“Elsa Bloodstone has a distinct voice, it’s British and snarky and I’d love to see where future adventures take her!”
This Bliss Life

“Cath Lauria has managed to craft an engaging super hero story that’s made for people who have probably never picked up a comic before in their lives. Yes, some big named heroes get mentioned here and there, and a few recognisable names make an appearance, but this is a book that could easily exist outside of the Marvel Universe with a couple of tiny tweaks and still stand on it’s own. ”

“I thought that Bequest was a solid story: the strongest element is definitely the way it explores Elsa’s relationships: with figures like Misty, who are clearly among a select few who might cautiously be called friends and, increasingly, with the woman she now finds herself calling sister. Again, I don’t want to spoil too much about the ongoing rollercoaster of suspicion, growing bonds and the spectre of betrayal, but I found it very satisfyingly depicted.”
The Storyboard

“[Elsa Bloodstone’s] a badass character, a member of a line of monster hunters. She’s been in titles such as the beloved by all who read Nextwave, Monsters Unleashed, and the really underrated Battleworld: Marvel Zombies miniseries. She’s a tough as nails heroine who deserves far more than her fairly scant appearances.”
The Omniplex

“I had a blast with this book and have found a new heroine to look out for. I am definitely going to pick up some comics Elsa features in soon! She is So Much Fun!!!”
Simply a Book Drunkard

Elsa Bloodstone: Bequest is a brilliant book, full of background, but done in such a way as to not overwhelm and crammed full of comic book style action. Solid 5 out of 5 stars from me!”
Big Geordie Geek

“Elsa is hilarious. Snarky and sarcastic, she always has a witty comeback or quip ready, even when she’s in battle. Lauria gives Elsa a very distinct and memorable voice… Elsa Bloodstone: Bequest is a monstrously good time to read.”
But Why Tho

Elsa Bloodstone: Bequest is a madcap thrill-ride full of monster battles, jet-setting and bickering siblings… If you’re on the lookout for a pulpy action adventure with a Marvel character who deserves much more attention (and lots more stories after this), I can heartily recommend you give this a go.”
Track of Words

“The family connection provides the story’s heart, while the pace, excitement and enjoyable world-building all combine to keep the pages turning. All told it’s a really enjoyable story, and a great way of exploring the setting.”
Track of Words on The Apprentice by Cath Lauria

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