Archive for November, 2014


Turkey Day

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thanksgivingI’d like to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope your day is happy, fun, and filled with good things to eat! ūüôā

I’ll be back here again on Monday!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Unexpected Gems

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I don’t know about you, but I sure needed a dose of happy this morning.

Here’s mine. I hope you enjoy it, too.

(#14 got me teary-eyed thought).


~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Gearing Up

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Spent some time yesterday getting my work stuff ready for the coming holiday season.

*I wrote my special E-Newsletter holiday edition. That newsletter will contain a recipe, gift giving ideas, pictures, a freebie, and some giveaway opportunities. It’s my way of saying “thanks” to my readers.¬† If you’re not signed up for my newsletter yet, you can do so my visiting my main website: and filling out the form you see on the left hand side of the home page.¬† Just make sure to confirm your subscription via your email inbox after you sign up! Holiday_I-Spy_1

*I went holiday “swag” shopping in preparation for the big Holiday I-Spy Event I’m doing on December 10th with fellow mystery authors, Lynn Cahoon, Tonya Kappes, Susan McBride, and Maggie Barbieri. One lucky winner will receive a signed book from each of us (representing Young Adult, Thriller, Paranormal, Cozy paperback, and Cozy Audio). The contest will be a fun one, as it will have participants visiting our five author pages (or as many as they choose) to view either a picture or a video showing our favorite holiday decoration. In that photo or video will be¬†background objects.¬† Participants will be asked to “like” our¬†Facebook author page, and then list the background objects found in that author’s special decoration picture or video.¬†¬†For every author page they visit to play, they will receive another entry. 001

The books are great prizes all on their¬†own, but we’re also throwing in some swag…like this adorable stuff on the right. ūüôā¬† I absolutely fell in love with this “elf basket.”¬† Too, too cute.

To “join” the Holiday I Spy Event, visit my Facebook Author Page. Details about the event and the “join” button can be found¬†there.

As for some of the other giveaways that will be going on for my books during the month of December…sign up for my newsletter¬†to learn more.

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura–who I am for the newsletter and the giveaways)¬†¬†


Turkey Bits

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It seems only fitting that today’s Bits & Pieces be Thanksgiving-related, doesn’t it?turkey

Here we go…

1) Other than eating, is there anything else that’s always part of your Thanksgiving?

2) Is there a side-dish that you always pass up?

3) White or dark meat?

4) Favorite dessert on Thanksgiving?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


A Magnetic Pull?

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Here’s ta writing related question for you (although, one could argue it’s more reading than writing).

1) Which genre of book do you tend to gravitate towards and why?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)



Posted under That's Life Wednesdays 2 Comments

thanksgivingAfter a minor uh-oh moment with my computer this morning that ended up being an easy fix (thank you, Chris), I’m popping in with another question. This one is about traditions. You¬†know, on account¬†of Thanksgiving being right around the corner…

What is something (or several things) that still stand out in your mind from your childhood Thanksgiving? What did you see as a tradition that you associated with that holiday?

Now that you’re an adult, have you incorporated any of those same traditions into your holiday today? Or¬†did you start from scratch with new ones? If you’re married, are there any traditions your spouse brought that you now implement?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura) 


The End? Or The End!

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open bookI have what I think is an interesting book-related question for you today. It involves your preferences for the way a book (or movie) wraps up.

Do you prefer an ending where everything ties up neatly, or do you prefer an ending that leaves you wondering what happened next?  Why?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Style Personified

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I thought I’d share a few pictures from the Friends Of the Library Luncheon I spoke at in Avon, CT, on Friday.¬† When I’m asked to be part of something this wonderful, I really have to pinch myself to know it’s true…


Waiting for the guests to show…

Each table was denoted by a famous author's name.  They very sweetly had my name on a table...

Each table was denoted by a famous author’s name. They very sweetly had my name on a table…










The committee made bookmarks for the event. Isn't this great?  And you should have seen the program--wow!

The committee made bookmarks for the event. Isn’t this great? And you should have seen the program–wow!

The tables full...

The tables full…









Describing something...

Describing something…







Two of the amazing faces behind this event...  Linda (middle) and Marilyn (right)

Two of the amazing faces behind this event… Linda (middle) and Marilyn (right)


My books, ready to go!



























~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)



Posted under Bits & Pieces Fridays 5 Comments

I’m off to give another big talk this afternoon–this one about the books¬†(and authors) who have crossed my path along the way. My trunk is packed with books and stuff and all that’s left to do is the actual talk, itself.

So, of course, it seems out bits & pieces should flirt with talks/speeches.

1) Are you comfortable talking in front of people?

2) When is the last time you heard a really gifted speaker talk?

3) What is your preferred method of communication with someone who lives far away?

4) And totally off topic, what kind of car do you drive?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Setting The Scene

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writergirlI love a book that set a place so convincingly, you actually feel as if you’re there. Those writers who can do that so deftly, don’t do it by telling us where we are, but, rather, by showing us. They call our senses into the mix by making us feel, see, smell, hear, and taste the place.

So that’s your challenge today, should you accept.

Here’s mine:

They hurtled through the darkness, their bodies lurching to the left and the right. Screams peppered the air, mostly by way of her own mouth. The wind whipped around her cheeks as she clung to the metal handrail that stood between her and a certain death.

Anyone know what/where I’ve put you from just these three sentences?

Now you try. Put us somewhere in a paragraph and let’s see if we can guess where we are.

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)