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First in a Series

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confessionsSo today, at the gym, I finished up Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella).  It’s apparently the first in a series, with this particular title actually made into a movie a few years ago. I enjoyed it enough that I think I’ll be moving on to the second in the series tomorrow.

What are you reading this week?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


An Enhanced Escape

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bookquoteBefore I headed out to Wyoming, I stopped by the bookstore and picked up two new books, one of which was mentioned by one of our regular readers/posters here over the past few weeks.

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella was over 400 pages, but my plane ride there/home and a sleepless night during my daughter’s evacuation allowed me to finish the whole thing.

So what are you reading this week?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


What I’m Reading

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Right now, I’m currently reading several things at the same time (a rarity for me). I’m sure, once I get back to writing next week, the ability to do that will be gone. For now though, here’s what I’m working on and where…

*On my e-reader at the gym:  Wedding Duress (by me)

*Staring up at me from my couch:  My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

*Work-wise:  Reading the 2nd half of my own Portrait of a Sister for editing purposes

*On my computer:  An email I got via my website from someone who is not happy that the lead character in one of my series apparently shares the same name as one of their loved ones (nope, not kidding).

So there you go. That’s what I’m reading.

Your turn…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


A Not So Bad Oops

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30 second death_ebookevensmallerSo I sorta goofed and downloaded a copy of my own 30 Second Death onto my e-reader for gym-reading (I’m still a bit iffy with the I-phone). But honestly, since I’ve written 2 more books since this one, it’s like reading something new…and I’m really having fun with it.  A good sign, I think.

In terms of non gym reading, I’m getting ready to do first round edits on Portrait of a Sister (my first ever women’s fiction novel). The editor is really pleased so other than possibly beefing up one scene, this round should go fairly smoothly (which is good since I’m still in summer break mode).

Tell us what you’re reading this week, and what’s up next.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Books and Teeth, Teeth and Books

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Today is wisdom tooth extraction day for DD # 2.  I’ve stocked up the fridge with pudding and the cabinet with small swallow-able size pasta.

Did you have your wisdom teeth removed?  I never did. Still have all four.  But these days, it seems routine…

On the book front, I finished Rebekah Gregory’s Taking My Life Back. Wow. Just wow.  This morning, I’m taking my new issue of Magnolia Journal to the oral surgeon’s office with me to read while she’s inside.  Once I’m home and she’s settled, I’ll be reading a contract for a novella (2018) I will be doing with two other authors for Kensington Publishing (more details to come later).

What are you reading today?

~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)


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)