Archive for April, 2014


Tried and True

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Sometimes, I find myself thinking of expressions or comments my parents made during my youth–things that didn’t really make sense because I was a kid. Yet now that I’m an adult, wow, I get it.

I remember, vividly, my mom saying, “I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.”

Kind of a weird one, I know. When she’d say it, I’d just think, “ew.” Now, I get it. I always feel as if I’m going a hundred miles an hour (two hundred this week).

I also remember my mom talking about never being able to get ahead. That just when you thought you could, something ALWAYS came along to prove otherwise. As a kid, you don’t really get that statement mostly because, well, you’re a kid. But now, wow, was she ever right. Household appliances sure pick really inopportune times to quit working, don’t they?

I guess ignorance (as a kid, anyway) really was bliss.

How about you? Any expressions or things that you remember hearing as a kid that you totally get now as an adult?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


From Book to Movie on Your Say

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What one book have you read that you would LOVE to be seen made into a movie?

And, for an even tougher question, who would you cast in the main role (s)?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


It’s An International Thing and I Don’t Get It

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Last Monday, my amazingly sweet friend and fellow author, JD Rhoades, appeared on my Facebook page asking me to participate in an International Blog Hop. Someone tagged him, he tagged me.

Anyway, I’m supposed to answer four questions about the way I write, post a picture of moi, a picture of  my latest book (with a buying link) and post it to my website and facebook page on Monday, April 28th…which is today. I, in turn, will invite three more authors to do the same on their own website blogs next Monday.

As for my answers to the questions, here we go:  monterey13b

1) What am I working on?

~I’m sneaking in a little time on a non-contracted project I’ve been playing around with in my head for a while. It’s a new genre (women’s fiction) for me so it’s slow going as I find my footing in the areas of pacing and voice. So many times I’ll write what I think is solid, and then, the next morning, I find myself going back over the same section, making adjustments. As of this moment, I’ve completed four chapters and am hoping to add another three or four before I have to put it aside and start on Amish Mystery #5.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

~Hopefully it’s different because I’m different—different voice, different focus, etc.

3) Why do you write what you do?

~As far as my mysteries are concerned, I guess I write them because I like reading them. I also like crafting characters with staying power that readers want to revisit often. As far as the non-contracted project I’m working on at the moment, I’m writing that because it won’t leave me alone until I do.  🙂

4) How does my writing process work?

~The word process almost implies routine and, sadly, there’s nothing routine about my writing time other than I like to write in the morning. I’m not an outline-the-whole-book kinda gal. I have a general idea of the important stuff (who, what, why), but I do best when I only look ahead maybe four or five chapters at a time.


Okay, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

As for my latest book, that would be SHUNNED AND DANGEROUS, the 3rd book in my Amish Mysteries (written as Laura Bradford). You can purchase it in paperback or e-book in bookstores or online. A large print edition will be available soon.

As for the authors I’m tagging? I guess I better figure that out asap, huh?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Pieces, Pieces, Everywhere

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I stumbled across some fun questions for this week that I hope we’ll enjoy answering/reading as much as I think we will.

Here goes:

1)What was the first professional sporting event you ever went to?

2) Ever win a trophy? If so, what for?

3) What one book can you read over and over and over again?

4) What were a few of your favorite TV shows in the 80’s? 90’s?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


The Beauty of Fiction

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Well, now that the unicorn debate has been settled, we shall move on to this week’s writing challenge.  littlegirlwriting

Write an opening sentence (or two) of a unicorn story.

Here’s mine:

It was impossible not to hear the snorts of jealousy to her left and the audible head shaking to her right, but she didn’t care. Sally, the unicorn, was getting the first pair of unicorn wings ever.


~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Do They…or Don’t They?

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We had quite the debate raging in our home Saturday night about–brace yourself–unicorns.

We were playing a family game where you write down a bunch of words, put them in a bowl and then (first round) describe them however you want, (second round) give one word clues, and, finally (third round) act them out.

One of the kids had written down “unicorn” and described it as flying.

The boys went crazy…”unicorns don’t fly.”

The girls held their ground…”yes they do.”

I simply watched, listened, and laughed. And, to add fuel to the fire during round three, pantomimed a horn (with a side order of wing flapping) when I pulled out “unicorn” and had to act it out. 😉

So today I come to all of you to help settle the debate.

Do unicorns fly?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


The Power of Persistence

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lynnPlease join me in welcoming Lynn Cahoon (a dear friend) who has agreed to guest post for me today.  Enjoy!

*****  LynnCahoon416klynn

This author gig is hard work.  You think of a story, make up characters and a plot, then write the story as entertaining as possible.  Then you edit, looking for repetition, like ‘around about’. I’ve used that saying in conversations since I was around about knee high. My editor believes one or the other works. And once I tried it out, I agreed.

Oh, back to the writing process.  (I get distracted easily – was that a butterfly?) Once you’ve edited and have a book worthy of being read by more than your best friend and your grandmother, then you shop the story. In person pitches, twitter pitches, agent submissions, the method varies, but in order to sell your book, you have to get it out there for people to read.

Once you’ve sent your ‘darling’ out into the publishing world, then the rejections come in. Some are glowing, some a tad mean, but most are maddingly polite.  “Thank you for your submission. We regret to inform you that it doesn’t meet our needs at this time.”

Good authors try to read between the lines. Does this mean if I’d sent it last week, it would have met the agent’s needs? Or should I wait and send it in a month? Believe me, take this as a no on this project and go on. Just like you don’t like reading everything your husband reads, some agents won’t like your baby, I mean book.

Sometimes, you get revise/resubmit letters.  And sometimes, it’s hard to know one at first glance. You’re hurt. You may be angry at the rejection. But if an editor takes the time to tell you how you could fix the story, it’s time to listen. Or not. Do you trust this editor? The publication?  If yes, take some time before doing anything and let the advice simmer. Then dig in and see if you agree with their comments.

And sometimes, after all of this, you get a short email asking for more. A full if you’ve sent a partial, or a peek at a second book if you said your story has ‘series potential.”  Take your time and send them a copy you’ve gone over and feel is as good as it can be now.

guidebookcoverlynnBecause the next letter you get just may be The Call.

Guidebook to Murder, A Tourist Trap Mystery followed a similar path to the one I described above. I’ve love this story from the start and I’m ecstatic to find an editor and a publishing house who loves it with me.

I’m proud to say I joined the ranks of published mystery author on April 17th, 2014. It was a long haul, but worth the wait.

What dream have you never given up on?

Guidebook To Murder -In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?

When Jill’s elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily’s gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill–along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit–especially if it gets her closer to South Cove’s finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case–and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .

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Lynn Cahoon’s a multi-published author. An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Lynn’s published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.


Monday Morning Recap

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My family and I had a very nice Easter holiday and hope you all did as well.

I’m off to return DD #1 to college today so I’ll be gone for a chunk of the day.

In the meantime, what was your favorite part of your holiday weekend?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Some New Scraps

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Let’s get straight to the Bits & Pieces this week:

1) Someone hands you $250 and says you HAVE to spend it on yourself. What do you buy/do with it?

2) You have six hours all to yourself. No responsibilities or “have to-dos” on your list. What do you do/how do you spend it?

3) You all-time favorite Easter candy?

4) Your least favorite Easter candy?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


And They’re Down

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After watching a rather funny (if not cringe worthy) series of videos yesterday about little kids getting totally sidelined by pets, I have a bit of a writing challenge for you.

Write a paragraph (from the perspective of either a little boy, little girl, or even the pet) about a seemingly innocent walk completely undone by an overeager pet. Make it funny, make it serious, whatever you want.

Okay, go (I so can’t wait to read these).

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)