Lara S. Chase


Lara Chase was born and raised in rural Indiana surrounded by corn fields. Finding her environment somewhat boring, she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or writing stories in her head to entertain herself. Eventually she decided she should probably start writing some of them down.

After graduating high school, Lara decided a change of scenery was in order. She lived in Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Illinois picking up the first bachelor’s degree she doesn’t use and a husband. The husband she’s quite fond of, but the states she wasn’t as taken with. She moved again, but this time she was smitten. It would likely take an act of Congress to remove her from Durham, North Carolina. Since relocating, Lara has acquired another bachelor’s degree that has proven to be merely decorative.

She still gets restless at times, though, so she and her husband swap houses with families in other countries. Lara wrote some of the first lines of The Gamayun Prophecies hanging precariously out of a third floor apartment window in Italy trying to get a wireless signal. Luckily, writing at home is usually less dangerous. Her greatest threat there is the disgruntled cat who keeps sitting on her keyboard.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am fortunate to have a husband I'm nuts about, so I spend a good bit of time with him, and together we have an amazing group of friends. We hang out with them doing pretty much anything--be it sharing a meal, having a crazy game night, or a ladies crafting and wine night. I also love to cook, so I'm in my kitchen a lot, and have a food blog to keep all my recipes organized. In what time I have left, I'm usually reading fantasy (all kinds) or watching one of the many CW shows I'm addicted to.
What is your writing process?
Everything starts with a basic idea, be it for a fantasy world, character, or a small piece of a plot. From there, it bounces around in my brain for awhile, and I daydream and flesh it out a bit when I'm bored and stuck some place where I have nothing to do like waiting rooms or car rides or at night if I wake up and can't get back to sleep. I usually have a couple story ideas like this jumbling around all the time. Then, when I need a new project, I take the idea that seems the furthest along, and I start the process of research, character development, and outlining the plot. Sometimes this process takes almost as long as writing the book, and the binder it produces is usually as thick as a book. Then I write a first draft, have a few beta readers give me some feedback, and then work on editing it for a final draft. Again, sometimes the editing and polishing can take almost as long as writing the first draft. Once I have it where I want it, I send it to an editor who cleans it up even further for me. After all that, then I'm ready to publish.
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The Gamayun Prophecies
Galine Karsavina’s life has always been difficult, but it’s about to get much worse. She already had enough responsibility as both a nursing assistant and her sister Katja’s guardian. But when an embittered and mysterious patient dies in her arms, Galine’s eyes are opened to a mythical world few ever see. With the stranger’s last breath, Galine is transformed into a half woman, half bird creature covered in flame-colored feathers. She has been chosen as the next Gamayun and is forced to be a prophet for a God she doesn’t believe exists. The world of the Gamayun holds only danger for Galine. Forced to shift into her half bird form, she is sent with prophetic warnings to her darker counterpart the Sirin. Oozing seduction and violence and aided by her legions of demon hawks, Sirin is determined to silence Galine by any means. Her only ally is Sasha, the guardian of the previous Gamayun. Galine is drawn to him, but he might be safer without her. The Gamayun Prophecies is a five book series. Book one: Call of Affliction. Book two: Wings of Ash. Book three: Crown of Sacrifice. Book four: Flight of Hope. Book Five: Song of Redemption (Nov. 2016)

Call of Affliction

Price: Free!

Wings of Ash

Price: $2.99 USD.

Crown of Sacrifice

Price: $2.99 USD.

Flight of Hope

Price: $2.99 USD.


Flight of Hope
Series: The Gamayun Prophecies. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,930. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Galine is tired of running. As she continues to flee Sirin, Sera, and the God who cursed her to be the Gamayun, Galine is also haunted by visions of the past. Galine even begins to fear visits from the child Zhanna. In this fourth book of the series, Galine will no longer be able to fly out of her enemies' grasp. Some of them will catch her. When they do, what will be the cost?
Crown of Sacrifice
Series: The Gamayun Prophecies. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,790. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Galine thought she’d have some time to heal after Sasha put a hole in Sirin’s chest. But Sera takes up her mother’s quest to hunt down the Gamayun. Sera isn’t Galine’s only problem. She still doesn’t know where Sirin’s demon hawks are taking the souls they steal. In order to find out, the group must split up. Each journey brings danger, but Galine’s allies could be their own worst enemies.
Wings of Ash
Series: The Gamayun Prophecies. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,080. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Galine knew Alex was trouble from the moment she met him. Now he's whispering lies about her. Unfortunately, Galine has been telling lies of her own to keep her identity as the Gamayun a secret. Even more troubling, she's beginning to wonder just what Alex is. Galine struggles alone, but while trying to keep Sasha safe, has she cut herself off from the one person who might be Alex's match?
Call of Affliction
Series: The Gamayun Prophecies. Price: Free! Words: 72,380. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Galine Karsavina no longer has control over her body. She is forced to shift into the half woman, half bird Gamayun and deliver prophecies to Sirin, who guards the gates of hell. The last Gamayun lost everyone she ever loved. Galine refuses to meet that same fate, even if that means lying to her sister and best friend. Her only ally is Sasha, but can she trust this guardian keeping secrets?

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