Archive for July, 2015


Still Awake

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It’s 7:30 a.m. and I have been awake since this same time yesterday.

I’m a bit tired, but I can say that I finished Needle and Dread!  I still have a few grueling days of edits in front of me, but the biggest hurdle is behind me now.

I’m gonna take a blogging break for the rest of the week, so I’ll see you again on Monday, okay?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


In Your Hands

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Today there will be no coming up for air at all as I move toward the end of the latest book. If all goes well (cross fingers), I will type “The End” and some point today (likely in the wee hours of tomorrow morning).

Then I print it up and edit the bejeebers out of it.

One of my many carrots at the moment? Reading, reading, reading.

Can’t. Wait.

What are you reading now? Are you enjoying it so far?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Monday, Monday

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I’m in that phase of writing right now where I don’t come up for air for hours. I’m entering the home stretch and it’s literally all I can focus on at the moment.

The living room couch (aka “my office” for the last few books) is covered in notebooks, papers, and character cards. I have literally no idea what food we do/don’t have in the house, and I’m crossing my fingers the new laptop I just bought will hold up for two more days before I take it back to the store and return it under their “no questions asked 14 day return policy” (thanks to a handful of red flag issues I shouldn’t be seeing on a 1 week old computer).

So that’s my Monday. How’s yours looking?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Bits O’ Bits

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Bits Time!

1) You have one free hotel night in any town/city in the USA. Where do you go?

2) Breakfast in bed or breakfast outside?

3) Favorite dinner your mom used to make?

4) Favorite dinner YOU (or your spouse) make (s)?

Have a great weekend. I’m going to be hunched over a computer for most of mine, but if all goes well, I’ll be done by this time next week…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Fill In the Rest of the Sentence

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Sorry about disappearing on you all yesterday. My laptop died (with no warning) and I had to spend the last day or so scrambling to 1) pick a new one (not fun when unexpected), and 2) wait to see if my stuff could be recovered from the old one (it was!).

Losing those two days from writing (with a deadline looming) was not much fun, I’ll tell you that much.

Anyway, I thought I’d see if I could get a fun prompt to work with you today.

Finish this sentence however you want:   I knew my cat had it in for me the moment he/she _________?


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Waiting In The Wings

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I’m literally two weeks away from being able to read for pleasure. I already have the first book (of what I hope will be many over a 5-6 week period) picked out–Linda Castillo’s latest.

What are you reading right now?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



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What makes a hero in your eyes?

Do you have any heroes? Who?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



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Sorry for being late today. Issues with my site.

Anyway, bits time!

1) Favorite hotel chain?

2) Favorite fast food (as in drive-thru style)?

3) Favorite sit-down chain restaurant?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


July Postcards From The Road Part 1

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I’ve got two photos from last night’s event at Aaron’s Books in Lititz, PA to share with you. Wish I had more, but since I was the one talking, it was hard to take pictures.


This sign greeted me when I walked up to the shop at 5:45. This will definitely go down as one of my life’s pinch-me moments. 🙂


The event started at 6 p.m. and the dinner (lasagna) was delicious. Sam, the shop’s owner, and her mom outdid themselves. Then, while everyone was finishing up their dinner, I talked about both series, fun moments in my writing journey, and about next year’s new series. Once I was done, I opened it up to questions and, as always, there were some really good ones! Love that part of any talk!



Stacie, one of my readers-turned-friends had her  special guy snap this photo of us at the end of the event. Love this picture!  🙂

Tonight, I’m off to another reservation-style event, this one at Harleysville Books in Harleysville, PA.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



With the Wild In The Not-So Wild

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I’m heading to PA for two back to back reader events tonight/tomorrow. So, for today’s post, I thought I’d share four of my favorite snapshots from the Bronx Zoo yesterday…


This little guy had a pile of leaves he was munching on and playing with. Of course, after I snapped this, he gave me an even better look, but by then, I’d put away my phone.

Polar bears are DD # 1’s favorite zoo animal…



bronxzoo2brownbears You know how, every once in a while, you go to the zoo and the animals are really active? That’s the way it was for us yesterday. It was relatively early and overcast.

In every “pen,” they were moving around.  If you look closely at this second picture, you’ll see there are actually two bears…play fighting/sometime cuddling…in the pool together.



We’ve already established in the past, that the sea lions are my favorite zoo animals. I still prefer the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo as I know them all by sight and name and the trainers put on a good show with them.

But what was cool about yesterday is that there were two babies. If you look closely at this shot, you’ll see one of them–waiting nearby while mom went over to get a few fish for herself.



And finally, there’s this shot. The mama gorilla is gazing down at her baby while the baby sleeps. Just like a human mom would do. It was very cool to watch and to see her complete focus on her child.

So there you go, some pictures from my zoo trip (aka my one day writing break which I won’t get again until the end of the month).

What’s your favorite zoo animal?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)