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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)


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.


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


My Reading Report

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For today’s Tuesday Reading, I give you this report.

What I’m reading:  I just started my own SUSPENDERED SENTENCE (Amish Mystery # 4) on my e-reader at the gym. This is my favorite in the series (or was, while writing it), so I’m curious to see if I still feel the same when I’m done. I know A CHURN FOR THE WORSE was close, though.

What I’m looking forward to reading in the near future:  Linda Castillo’s next release–only 2 weeks from today (which, interestingly enough, happens to coincide with the release of my own 30 Second Death).

Your turn…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Back In The Saddle Again

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While my “summer off” to hang with the kids/find me doesn’t really start for a few weeks (lots to do first), the first change I’m making is to get myself back to the gym on a regular basis. I was doing so good until that nasty little MS flare I had in early May.  I worked out through much of that, but then I was wiped out for the rest of the day. After a while, it got so rough I had to abandon that, too. Once I got through it, the writing had to be the priority with a looming deadline and lost writing time.

But now, with the flare and the book behind me, it’s time to get back in the saddle again, so to speak.

When I last went to the gym, I was working through my own Shunned and Dangerous. So that’s what I’ll be reading this week. I think I left off at about the halfway mark.

So what are you reading? Any books you’re really looking forward to in the next month or so?  Me? I’m eagerly anticipating the next Linda Castillo thriller (July).

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


A New Read

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Hip Hip Hooray, today’s the day!!!!


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On the back:

Murder hits close to home for the Southern Sewing Circle in the latest mystery from national bestselling author Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once and now, twenty years later, the dueling quarterbacks haven’t lost their luster. So townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there’s only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered.

Margaret Louise, Jake’s mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn’t about to take the attack on her son’s reputation lying down. In fact, she’s in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer.


This book marks the end of what has been a 12-book series. I’ve had such a blast getting to know these characters. They’ve made me laugh, yell, and cry…and they’ve introduced me to some amazing people–like you.  Thank you. Thank you for loving them as much as I do.

As for whether they could be revisited in the future, I guess that depends on how much love the publisher sees for this book.

Happy reading!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Reading Time

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The only reading I did this past week was of my new Magnolia Magazine (which I LOVED). And I’m still reading my own SHUNNED AND DANGEROUS  (Amish Mystery #3) when I use the elliptical at the gym (lately I’ve been running on the treadmill more).

What are you reading this week?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


What I’m Reading and More…

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What I’m reading:    SUSPENDERED SENTENCE (Book # 3 in my own Amish Mysteries)

Format:    E-reader

Reading spot:    The elliptical at the gym

If I could cast one character from this read with someone from Hollywood it would be:    Jakob Fisher, as played by James Marsden

Your turn. Tell us your answer to the above four questions.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


My Current Read

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So I finished Assaulted Pretzel(Amish Mystery # 2) and moved on to Shunned and Dangerous (Amish Mystery # 3).  I realize it probably sounds weird that I’m reading my own series, but since I write so many different books/series, I’m finding this helpful in getting me a) back into the story as I prepare to write # 6 and b) refreshing my memory on what’s going on in the lives of all the characters.

What are you reading?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


What We’re Reading

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Today finds me almost exactly where I was reading-wise last week, although I did steal away enough time to finish Kitchen Privileges, the autobiography type story on Mary Higgins Clark.  Reading how much money she got for her first suspense novel was quite a kick. Wow, things have changed (and not for the better).

Since my gym time has been non existent until this morning, I’m still reading my own, Assaulted Pretzel.

I did finish my final pass read of Dial M for Mousse (Emergency Dessert Squad # 3), so that’s off my plate.

And later this afternoon, I’ll be done with my copy edit read through of And Death Goes To… (Tobi Tobias Mystery # 3).

So what are you reading?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


In Your Hands, On My Cover

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So I’m pretty much exactly where I was at this time last week, reading wise.  Been doing too many other things to read and this week shows little opportunity to change that.  Ugh.

What are you reading?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

P.S. Here’s the cover for Tobi Tobias Mystery # 3 (out in December):