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Press Kit

Author Bio

As an only child, Lora Beth Johnson grew up telling herself stories and reading past her bedtime. She spent her adulthood collecting degrees, careers, and stamps in her passport before realizing her passion for creating fictional worlds. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching college English and learning new languages. She lives in Davidson, NC with her little roommate, Colocatire the Yorkipoo. Goddess in the Machine is her first book.


Andra wakes up from a cryogenic sleep 1,000 years later than she was supposed to, forcing her to team up with an exiled prince to navigate an unfamiliar planet in this smart, thrilling sci-fi adventure, perfect for fans of Renegades and Aurora Rising.


Lora Beth Johnson delivers a stunning conclusion to the Goddess in the Machine duology with this brilliant novel. Part political conspiracy, part technological thriller, its deeply emotional core deftly explores what it means to be human, and how to hold on when everything seems lost.

Praise for


"This futuristic reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale features impressive world-building and provides a promising start to a dystopian series blending sci-fi adventure with palace intrigue."

-The New York Times

“Johnson’s rich, intelligent world blends sci-fi elements with palace intrigue and swoon-worthy characters in a way that is wholly unique and utterly brilliant. This book will make you laugh, make you fall in love, and then it'll blow your mind.” 

—Emily Suvada, award-winning

author of the Mortal Coil series


"Utterly inventive and unique, this story has more 

surprises in store for you than you can imagine." 

—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling

author of Across the Universe 

and Give the Dark My Love

***Starred review from School Library Journal***

“Reminiscent of Moira Young’s “Dustlands” series, this novel by debut author Johnson is a must-purchase for all YA science fiction collections. Highly recommended.”

***Indies Introduce pick for Summer/Fall 2020***

“Wow! Lora Beth Johnson takes the literal ‘deus ex machina’ and turns it on its freaking head. Several times! Andra wakes up from cryo-sleep 1000 years too late to help her family, but just in time to help Zhade the exiled. He wants to grab ‘Goddess 3’ and return home the hero. But Andra isn't here to live up to someone else's expectations. And she is not the Goddess you were looking for.”


– Kathy Burnette,

The Brain Lair (South Bend, IN)

“Goddess in the Machine is a truly original story that features some incredible twists that I never saw coming. I’m a fantasy lover at heart, but this sci-fi gem has definitely won a place on my shelf.”

-Emily Hall Schroen,

Main Street Books (St. Charles, MO)

Praise for


"Devil in the Device brims with brilliant world-building and richly-imagined characters--a great encapsulation of everything that makes science fiction so much fun!"

-Andrea Tang, author of 

Rebelwing and Renegade Flight

"With a plus-sized heroine of my dreams, Devil in The Device delivers on the promises of Goddess in the Machine, and expands the already brilliant galaxy-sized world building. Highly recommend."


-Sheena Boekweg, author of

The Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions.

"With original and super smart world-building, fully-realized, unforgettable, root-worthy characters, Devil in the Device is an intense and thrilling conclusion to Goddess in the Machine."

-Alechia Dow, author of

The Sound of Stars


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