Archive for July, 2017


Summer Vacation Bits

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Bits time!

  1. What vacation spot do you best remember from your childhood?
  2. What’s your favorite place to vacation now?
  3. Preferred method of traveling for vacation?
  4. What would your dream vacation be?

Taking next week off from blogging, but I’ll be back at it on August 7th and hope you’ll be here again, too!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



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So my posting this week and next week will be spotty at best, but I haven’t forgotten you. My girls and I were on our First Annual DDs & Me Road Trip the past few days. The fact that it’s now earned “First Annual” as part of the title tells you we had a good time!

We spent the first two nights in Lincoln, NH–a fun little mountain town that we fell in love with last summer while DD# 1 was working at their theater. We spent time on the river, on Segways, watching bears perform, star gazing on the top of the Kancamagus Mountain, and playing mini golf (I won!).

Our third and final night had us across the border in Montreal (what a gorgeous city). We walked and walked…ate (delicious food)…visited some art galleries…ate local ice cream…and just enjoyed our time.

Now I’m back and trying to get caught up on things before we take off our a whole family vacation.

A  few things and then a picture or two…

  1. Saw the cover for my Amish fiction while I was gone. It’s gorgeous.  They’re tweaking fonts and stuff right now, but I hope to be able to share soon.
  2. Also found out I’m about to go audio with one of my series (a first for me), so I’m pretty pumped about that. Will share more when things are signed.

    Me…on a Segway.

Yup, that’s a real bear in that barrel and he’s about to get a lick of ice cream!

It’s really hard to snap a photo at just the right time when the wind is blowing.

Fortunately, DD #2 has a quicker finger than I do.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Bits!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Road Trip Bits

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The girls and I are days way from embarking on a 3 night/4 day mother/daughter(s) trip. After the year we’ve had, it’ll be a nice new memory!

So, I figured some road-trip inspired bits were in order for today…

  1. Favorite road-trip food for the car?
  2. Favorite road-trip CD for the car?
  3. Windows down or AC?
  4. Fast food stops or sit down restaurants (while driving)?

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Waiting on the Other Side

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While I haven’t done any active writing since I turned in Portrait of a Sister to my editor in mid June, my brain is slowing working it’s way through the projects I’ll have ahead of me once this “hiatus of sorts” is over.

*The synopsis proposal for my 2nd Amish based women’s fiction (ideas are starting to form in bits and pieces).

*The 6th book in my Amish Mysteries (I’ve been reading my way through this series to remind myself of subplot possibilities).

*An Amish mystery/romancy novella for an anthology I’ll be doing with two other authors for our publisher.

*Writing the 2nd Amish based women’s fiction.

So that’s what’s up ahead for me in the “immediate,” writing-wise.

Any questions?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Finding my Footing

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As you all know, I’ve putting my writing aside for the summer to take a much needed break. Officially, it didn’t start until July 1st, but even with that, I’m doing writing related things every day (this blog, social media stuff, etc).  So while there haven’t been any true “bum days,” simply alleviating myself of the pressure to produce for a little while has been nice. Still, for someone who always feels as if she has to be doing something, this “break” stuff is taking a little getting used to.

So far, I’ve:

*Put together two family photo albums (I was 5 years behind…now I’m just 3 1/2).

*Read the Linda Castillo book I was waiting for.

*Booked a few trips I need to make between now and October.

Not a very impressive lineup yet, but I still have six weeks…

How’s your summer going so far?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Bookin’ It

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Today’s questions are easy.

  1. What book did you just finish?
  2. What book are you now reading?
  3. What’s next on your TBR pile?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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Summer weekends just fly by sometimes, don’t they?  Even with that though, I have three things to share…

On the recommendation of DD # 2 (who knows how much I love Gru), DH and I saw Despicable M3 on Saturday evening.  Very fun!

despicable M3

We saw Annie at the local dinner theater on Sunday evening…



And I did a little sunbathing on the back deck on Sunday afternoon. Not too much to get crispy, but enough to, hopefully, look a wee bit sun-kissed.  **Note: my time in the sun did not come with a beach as shown here…

beach chair

Your turn.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Fix It Bits

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I came home from a quick work trip to find that DD #1 had replaced a cracked screen on her laptop…by herself. While I know she’s smart and pretty tech savvy, it still surprised me that she was able to figure it out.

So today’s bits are fix-it related. I realize the answers may be amusing, but what the heck…

  1. What’s the last thing you fixed?
  2. What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever broken?
  3. What’s something that broke and you had to throw away that you still think about?

Happy weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


The Pull

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As a reader, I think I pick the books I do because they allow me to escape for a little while.

As a writer, I write the kind of books I do because I want to give my characters the happily ever after that always seems to be just outside my reach.

What is it about the books you gravitate toward that speaks to you?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Happy Girl

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IMG_4027On the road today, traveling back home after a 24 hour trip to Erie, PA. I had a 2 hour non-writing related gig and the rest of the time (travel there/hotel time) to read the Linda Castillo book I’ve been waiting for since her last one came out a year ago. I started it on the first plane and, by last night, I realized I had just 62 pages to read and would have nothing to do on the plane ride home if I didn’t make myself stop.

It was hard, I tell you. Very, very hard.

But it’s a new day…a travel day…and I get to sink my teeth into the final 62 pages. Woot!

All good until you consider the fact I now have to wait another year until the next book…

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)