Archive for January, 2018


Callin’ It Done

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Yesterday, while sitting in airports and airplanes,  and before my MRIs, I got through the pen and paper edits of the novella. Today, in between lunch with a friend, a doc appointment, and dinner with another friend, I’ll be plugging all the tweaks/changes into the computer document.  If all goes well, it’ll be on the way to the editor by tomorrow morning.

And then, look out! I’m taking a few days off to read, work on marketing stuff for my June release, and spend a wee bit less time on the computer.   Ahhhh…

Tell us about a project that’s on your plate and what you still have to do before you can call it “done.”

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



New Week, New Read

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sophiekinsellaSo I’ve officially read my way through Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series at the gym over the past two months or so. When I went to get the next one and discovered there wasn’t another one, I went into a minor “what will I read” panic.

That didn’t last long as a trip to her page had me picking one of her standalones (Can You Keep A Secret), which I’m enjoying very much.

However, since I’ll be traveling the rest of this week, I’ve decided to put it aside (at 45 percent read) in favor of a book I’ve had earmarked as my reward for finishing my latest project (Yay!).

I’m not one for stopping a book mid way, certainly not one I’m enjoying as much as this one, but I tend to save e-books for the gym. Plus, by setting this one aside, it will guarantee I won’t delay in getting back to the gym upon my return.  Moowhahwha….

So what’s the book I’ve been waiting to get to, you ask? It’s that collection of short stories (all involving a typewriter) by Tom Hanks I told you about before the holidays. DH got it for me for my birthday a few weeks ago and I finally get to read it!  I suspect there will be a blog post about it in the near future. 🙂

So what are you reading this week?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things (Other Than Writing)

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Mondays just keep coming faster, don’t they? Wow. Anyway, my weekend was spent doing a lot of writing. I’m thisclose to writing “the end” on this novella project. In fact, I’ll be typing that at some point this morning and then I move into reading/tweaking/editing and…sending. The “sending” part will come Thursday.

Still, despite the heavy writing time, I can still pick out three things to share.

Fed Ex brought these babies to my house.  Yup, those are ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of my first-ever women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister.  Woot! Woot!  There was a few seconds to ooh and ahh over them and then it was straight to work compiling a list of authors to send them–authors with readers who might be intrigued if their author likes them, too. That’s the hope…


Then, via regular mail that day, I received this absolutely gorgeous quilt from a reader in Indiana. I had no idea this was coming so I was stunned. This will be treasured for sure!


And, DH and I moved into season 7 of the Walking Dead and all I can say is that I’m not happy with the way it started at all. Lost one of my favorite characters. Sigh.


So that’s it here. Do you have three things to share?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


The Oddest of Bits

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Bits time!

  1. The last thing you made with your own two hands?
  2. The wall color in your bedroom?
  3. Look to your left, what’s the first thing you see?
  4. Look to your right, what’s the first thing you see?
  5. One word that describes you as you are at this moment?

Have a great weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Writing Update: Jan 2018

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portraitforcoverfbIt’s been a while since I’ve given a writing update, so here we go:

*I’m currently working on a novella that will be part of an anthology with three other authors. The book will release in early 2019, with all three stories taking place in the same Amish town in Pennsylvania. Stay tuned for more details on this.

*On deck is my 2nd Amish-based women’s fiction novel.  I’ll be starting that as soon as I turn in the above mentioned novella. This project will take me to June 1st.

*Over the next few months I’ll be working behind-the-scenes on my marketing push for the June release of my very first women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister. There are reviewers to pair with the book, library events to set up, book clubs to alert, bookstores to contact, and travel arrangements to be made.

*Sometime soon, the first round of edits for Amish Mystery # 6, JUST PLAIN MURDER, will be volleyed back to me from my editor, as will the same for the novella I mentioned at the top of this list.

*I’m giving serious thought to totally redoing my website to coincide with this new direction I’m moving towards. I’ll still write mysteries, of course, but with my contracts for women’s fiction books, I think maybe I should consider changing the feel of my site.  Still thinking about it, though.

*In the back corner of my brain are proposals that are beginning to churn for more books that will eventually move to the foreground enough for me to write fleshed out synopses for my agent to pitch.

And I think that’s about it. For now.

Any questions?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Movie Time

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moviereelsIn honor of yesterday’s Oscar nominations (Sniff! Sniff! Where was The Greatest Showman in best picture?!?!?!), I thought we’d talk movies today.

  1. Last movie you saw in the theater?
  2. Current or upcoming movie you’re really looking forward to?
  3. Worst movie you ever saw?
  4. Your favorite movie of all-time in the following categories:  comedy, chick-flick, action

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



That Moment…

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I finished Shopaholic to the Stars and have moved on to the next book in the series, Shopaholic to the Rescue.  I’m about 38 percent into it (according to my Kindle) and enjoying it very much.

What I love about following a series (as a reader) is that moment when the characters begin to feel effortless for the author–like she/he knows them so well that they jump off the pages as real people. I really felt that on a new level in these last two books. Yes, I enjoyed the characters before, but lately, I feel like I’m in the scene with them and I really get why they are the way they are.

Have you noticed while reading a series? And, while we’re at it, tell us what you’re reading this week…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura) 


Three Things: Jan 22

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Happy Monday. 🙂  This past weekend pretty much capped off an unsuccessful writing week for me. I wrote some last week, but not nearly enough. So that means this week will be a hard-charging one for me.

As for the weekend, it went by in a blur of busyness (hence the lack of writing time). Still, I can pick out three things to share.

DD # 2 came home for the weekend with her college roommate. She wanted to see the dance company show at her old high school since many of the seniors performing were her friends. And, since DH and I have been attending these shows for 8 years straight, we figured what the heck…


I spoke at a library in Wingdale, New York and had a fabulous time. Two of the readers who came brought desserts they made off the recipes in the back of Dial M For Mousse (my latest Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)–Now You See ‘Em Do’Nuts, and Your Jokes Make Me Snicker-Doodle cookies.  Here’s a shot with the women who brought them, Nicole and Patty:

wingdale signing

And Sunday, after driving DD # 2 and her roomie back at school, DH and I went out to eat…


Now it’s time to fasten my seatbelt for the work-week ahead.

Your turn. Tell us three things from your weekend…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

P.S. Not sure how long it will last, but the KINDLE version of the very first Southern Sewing Circle Mystery is on sale for 2.99 as of today, Jan 22nd. If you know someone who might enjoy this fun series (that led most of you here to this site in the first place), it’s a great way to get in on the ground floor with some memorable characters.


Odd Bits

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So I took the new car out for a spin yesterday.

Well, not a spin, exactly… I had to take it up to the dealership to get it’s plates. Since the weather was dry, it was a treat. Today, is the state inspection, and then back into the garage it goes until the nasty weather is over.  My current car is still kicking so I’m driving that for all the piddly little trips around town.

Anyway, it’s Bits time, so let’s get to it, shall we?

  1. Your current must-see TV at the moment?
  2. Last night’s overnight temps where you live?
  3. Favorite veggie?
  4. Favorite fruit?
  5. If you could rename yourself, what name would you pick?

Have a great weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Line Two…

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I’ve got a writing prompt for all of you today. Based on a first line we all know, with a request for you to give us the *next* line based on your own imagination.


It was a dark and stormy night.

What next?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)