Archive for November, 2015

30
Nov

Post Holiday Wrap-Up

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I hope you all had a really nice holiday weekend! We had my cousin and her husband over for dinner on Thanksgiving and followed it all up with music (he plays the guitar). It was lovely.

The house is all decorated for Christmas now (inside and outside) and it looks great.

Now all that’s left “to do” is Christmas cards and shopping. I’ve gotten a few presents purchased, and a few others circulating in my thoughts, but I need to get moving so I’m not doing it during the final crunch.

Tell me, do you prefer shopping in stores (I do) or online? And have you started yet?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

23
Nov

Thanks x 3

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thanksgivingIn light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and its busy-ness (cooking, baking, cleaning, normal work, picking up/returning DD # 1 at/to school), this is going to be my only post for the week.  I’ll be back next Monday (Nov. 30th)!

In the meantime, before you go, tell us 3 things you’re thankful for this year…

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

20
Nov

Turkey Time Bits

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Today is the perfect day for pre-Thanksgiving bits!

1) Stay home or travel?

2) If you host, what is your specialty? If you go somewhere, what do you bring?

3) Is football part of your holiday?

4) Favorite part of your tradition (besides the turkey)?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

19
Nov

Passing It On

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If you could boil down your life advice to maybe three things you’d tell your kids (now that you’re older and wiser), what would it be?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

18
Nov

Ta-Da!

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Here it is…the cover for Éclair and Present Danger (Book # 1 in my Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries). The book will debut June 7th and it can be pre-ordered wherever you buy books now.

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As for teaser on the back of the book, here we go on that:

The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.
 
To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim…

Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I. Can’t. Wait. For. This. To. Come. Out.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura–who has just started writing the 3rd in this series)

17
Nov

First Crack

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One of the side-benefit things to my job is that, on occasion, I’m asked to read an upcoming book in the hopes I’ll like it enough to give it a blurb that can be used on the book jacket.

I have three books on my desk right now that I’ve received over the past two weeks for that purpose. I can’t share who the author is/what the book is called, in the event  I’m not excited enough about it to offer a blurb, but I can say I’m excited to read all three.

What are you reading right now?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

P.S. I’m unveiling the first cover for my brand new 2016 mystery series on my Laura Bradford Author Facebook page today at 1:15 p.m. (ET). Come check it out–it’s gorgeous!

Psst…if you’re not on FB, I’ll share it here tomorrow. 🙂

16
Nov

A New Endeavor

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achristmasmourningsmallerLate Friday afternoon, my first-ever E-short story launched. I wrote it as a sort of gap filler for fans of my Amish Mystery series who often tell me a year is too long between books.

Once the story was done, I was happy with the result, but boy oh boy was it tough to write.  I guess, after 21 published full length books (and a few more waiting in the can), I’ve trained myself in terms of pacing. Trying to tell a complete story (albeit a small one) in say, 62 pages instead of 300 isn’t easy.

Fortunately, I figured it out and A CHRISTMAS MOURNING was born. 🙂

For my Amish Mystery series fans, the story takes place (time frame wise) between books 4 and 5 in the series. But I think a person not familiar with the series could enjoy it as well.

Here’s the story teaser:

Claire Weatherly has come to respect how the Amish of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, value tradition. But not all traditions are necessarily quaint. When a decades-old mystery threatens the well-being of local police detective Jakob Fisher, she’ll pit herself against a community rooted in the past so that he can get on with his future.

When Claire decides to visit the one-room schoolhouse Jakob attended as a young Amish boy, she’s puzzled by his refusal to go along too. As Jakob tells his story, Claire is stunned and saddened by the heartbreaking tale of a childhood mistake that led to the mysterious disappearance of a precious family artifact—and signaled the first break between Jakob and his mother, made all the more painful now that he’s been shunned by the family and community he loves.

Knowing there’s only one way to help heal the irreparable wound that continues to haunt Jakob, Claire sets off to follow the trail of the missing heirloom, never suspecting that it will lead her to Jakob’s oldest friend, a long-ago Christmas secret, and an enduring truth about family, love, and the power of forgiveness.

So if you’re looking for a quick (and cheap) read, maybe you’d like to give it a whirl.  And if you know of someone else who might enjoy it, please share the information with them. Since I’m doing this on my own (with my publisher’s blessing), all word-spreading is on me.

Happy Reading!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

13
Nov

Bits Galore

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I’ve got an interesting assortment of Bits for you today…

1) Snake or bunny?

2) Goldfish or frog?

3) Favorite movie theater treat?

4) Last movie you saw in the theater?

5) What kind of pie?

Enjoy your weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

12
Nov

And I’m Off…

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christmasgiftsSo I ordered my first Christmas present last night and I came up with a really great idea for another one.

Have you started your shopping (or thinking) yet?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

 

11
Nov

November 11th

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vetsdayLet’s remember what today is about.

Find a vet and thank them. And while you’re at it, thank their loved ones, too.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)