Cath Lauria

CATH LAURIA is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She is a prolific author of science fiction, fantasy, suspense and romance fiction, and has a vast collection of beautiful edged weapons.

“I was so excited when I pitched Black Cat and Marvel loved it. It was so great to hear them say “hell yeah go make a Black Cat novel for us!””

Graymalkin Lane

“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

Marvel Heroines: Silver Sable - Payback by Cath Lauria Silver Sable Payback: Cover Reveal and chat with author Cath Lauria November 3, 2022 - New from Marvel Heroines: Super Hero mercenary Silver Sable takes on Doctor Doom in a high-risk heist where success or failure will change the fate of a nation Today we get to show off the beautiful cover for our next Heroines novel featuring Silver Sable. Bastien Jez has created a bright… Read more.
Spring 23 Titles Announced! August 23, 2022 - The summer yet come to an end yet we’re already looking forward into Spring 2023. We’ve a sneak peek at the titles coming to bookshops, game stores, and online retailers at the beginning of 2023. These titles are already online and with your favorite FLG or bookshop to pre-order. Head… Read more.
Spring 2022 Title Announcement! August 17, 2021 - We’re back again with a 2022 sneak peek of the titles coming to bookshops, FLGs, and ebooks in the Spring. Over the coming months, we’ll be releasing the amazing covers that you have come to expect from us. So, whether you’re waiting for another story from Viking raided England, an… Read more.
BIG Spring/Summer title announcement! March 1, 2021 - It’s been a while since we gave you a BIG update on the behind-the-scenes work going on here at Aconyte. You’ve all been very patient and as such, we thought it about time we reward you with a GIGANTIC list of really cool sounding titles coming in the spring and… Read more.
Arkham Horror: Wrath of N'Kai by Josh Reynolds Out in the Wilds! Wrath of N’kai and Tales from the Crucible available to buy now! September 2, 2020 - From Sept 1st in the USA, you can walk to your local bookshop or gaming store and pick up a copy of Arkham Horror: Wrath of N’kai and Keyforge: Tales from the Crucible to take home and read. If you don’t feel like walking (no judgment here) then you can also order… Read more.
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 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

“I really enjoyed this book! I was not familiar with the Black Cat character, but I really enjoyed getting to know her and would like to read more and, why not, maybe even see her on the big screen in the future.”

Instagram Book Tour

“Black Cat: Discord is full of heart, sass, and big trouble. Another winning Marvel Heroine story that is making the bad guys way more likable and colorful than the heroes!”

Horse Branch Jess

“ GO READ THIS BOOK NOW! I can promise that the action never stops, Black Cat can barely catch a break, but don’t worry, she can handle it, she always does.”


“Black Cat’s voice and personality come across very clearly and reads like you’re watching an action movie”

-Plots and Reviews

“Not only was it refreshing to have a female character as the lead again, but especially a female character written by a woman.”

Instagram Book Tour

“Black Cat: Discord is a great choice for marvel fans, and equally enjoyable for those less familiar with the Marvel universe. It’s a strong installment in the Marvel Heroines series, and it has made me want to explore the other novels in this series that highlight an array of female protagonists that have often been overlooked in the franchise.”

Instagram Book Tour

“Felicia is a strong and well-fleshed-out character, with strong motives and a unique voice. The character development was brilliant, and I really enjoyed seeing the characters interact and form relationships throughout the novel.”

Instagram Book Tour

“This book includes some of my fave marvel literary interpretations of characters, which is down to Cath Lauria’s writing. I could not put the book down, it was incredibly gripping, and the book ended full-circle, leaving me speechless and desperate to read more of Lauria’s view on the marvel world.”

Instagram Book Tour

“This is the first time I’ve experienced Black Cat within the Marvelverse and it didn’t disappoint. A smart, strong, and witty character who isn’t overshadowed by the cameos of bigger names like Iron Man and Spider-Man to name a few.”

Instagram Book Tour

“I’d definitely recommend this book to any Marvel fans and anyone that loves a powerful female lead”

Instagram Book Tour

“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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