Archive for July, 2017

21
Jul

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)

20
Jul

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)

19
Jul

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)

18
Jul

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)

17
Jul

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…

annie

 

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)

14
Jul

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)

13
Jul

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)

12
Jul

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)

11
Jul

New Book, Many Laughs

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Well, it’s here… 30 second death_ebookevensmaller

30 Second Death (Tobi Tobias Mystery # 2) is now officially available. If you’re an e-reader, the book is just $4.99. If you’re a paper reader, the trade size is $14.19.   You can order the book through any online vendor (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc).

Like the first book in the series, Death in Advertising, this latest installment in the Tobi Tobias series has plenty of time for sleuthing and laughing. Tobi is a very relatable (and funny) character and surrounds herself with other relatable and funny characters.

As for the book itself, here’s what the back cover for 30 Second Death says:

To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

One of the characters from the book is actually blogging on Dru’s Book Musings today (head over HERE to find out who), so that will give you even more of a flavor of this series.

I hope you give the book a try. And any word spreading you can do would be greatly appreciate. This is a truly fun series that I think people would love to read on a beach chair, in their bed, on a plane, or wherever.

Hugs!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

10
Jul

Three Things

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It was kind of a quiet, low key weekend around here, but as always I can find three fun/special things to share.

 

I baked some brownies (with melted white chocolate on top) on Friday night in celebration of DD# 2’s AP scores…

brownies

 

We had DH’s brother and girlfriend over for dinner, followed by s’mores (yep, re-using a picture)…

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And on Sunday night, we watched a movie on demand…

sing

 

Tell us three things from your weekend…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)