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Busyness and a Book

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Got back last night from visiting with DD # 1. We had a great time together and I miss her already.

The rest of this week is about writing, copyedits, and getting ready for a very busy next week–a week that includes signings, talks, a mystery train, lunch with an editor, a conference, a panel, travel, etc.

While I was away, I stumbled across this fun little fact:  Portrait of A Sister (my first-ever women’s fiction  novel releasing next summer) is starting to pop up for pre-order!  The cover isn’t up yet (that will be revealed soon 🙂  ), but the back copy is up.  Rather than make you hunt it down (as I did to my Facebook friends 😉 ), I thought I’d put it up, in its entirety, here:

Katie Beiler was always the follower to her twin sister Hannah’s lead. That is until Hannah left their Amish upbringing for an English life—leaving Katie to find her own footing in a world that no longer looks as it once did . . .

Katie has always imagined her life being just like Mamm’s. It’s why she chose baptism and why she’ll soon marry Abram Zook. But ever since Hannah left, the only thing that truly makes Katie smile is the sketchpad in which she indulges her talent for drawing faces—a sin that, if discovered, could get her shunned by her family, her friends, and even Abram. Yet Katie sees her secret pastime as the only way to quiet a growing restlessness she’d just as soon ignore. That is until their Mamm’s untimely death brings Hannah back home to Pennsylvania, with a new outlook on life, a man she adores, and, soon, an invitation for Katie to visit her in New York City.

Suddenly, Katie is experiencing a freedom she’s never had, in a world she never imagined. She’s also spending time in the company of a fellow dreamer, someone who sees her as strong and brave and makes her laugh. But it’s when Hannah shows Katie’s drawings to a gallery owner that she truly finds herself at a crossroads between the only life she’s ever known and the powerful lure of an unfamiliar future.


Needless to say, I’m super excited for this book to be out! It was a true labor of love and a real want-to project!

It’s official release date is June 26, 2018 and when it comes out, I’ll be doing some events. If you’d like to pre-order now (which is great for a publisher to see with a new book), you can do so at the usual places like here and here (with the latter having a really good deal on the paperback price as of the writing of this post).

Have a great day, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things (A Day Late)

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On account of my overnight flight that had me getting back home at 7 a.m. yesterday (and thus, heading straight for bed), I’m doing a “Three Things” From my Weekend today, instead. 🙂

On Friday, I flew to St. Louis for a neurology appointment. Since I had a little time between landing and my appointment, I stopped at a local B & N to return some email. In my inbox was this announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

Laura Bradford’s PORTRAIT OF A SISTER, the first in a new series, about a woman who struggles to make the choice between the Amish world in which she has grown up, or joining her sister to live among the “English,” and shunning herself from family and friends, to Esi Sogah at Kensington, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2018, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds.

I knew, of course, this was happening, but I was waiting for the “official industry announcement” to share it with everyone. So now you know the big surprise I mentioned a while back. One note: that may/may not be the final title of the first book. I should know what it is soon. 🙂


Then, after my doc appointment and lunch with a friend, I drove back to the airport and boarded another flight…this one to Phoenix. By the time I got to sleep that night, I’d been up for 22 hours.

Saturday brought my event at Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. There were new faces in the audience, of course, but there were a few familiar ones, as well.  Like this lovely lady whom I met at this same bookstore last year when I was there signing Éclair and Present Danger.   She came back to see me/get The Silence of the Flans this time and brought this amazing cake that she actually made!!!!!  If you look closely, you’ll see there’s even a little “Lovey” on the hood of the dessert squad!


Also in the audience was a reader I first me twelve years ago. She’s from Chicago and is a huge Cubs fan. So she and her friends were in Scottsdale for spring training and decided to surprise me by coming to my event!!!


And, after the event, I went to lunch with several other authors including…*drum roll*…Linda Castillo.  If you read this blog, you know she is one of my very favorite authors. So to have her host the signing and get to hang with her afterward was pretty amazing.  She’s the one seated directly across from me at the table.


Then it was on to Tucson for a signing at Barnes & Noble on Sunday afternoon, and then back to the airport in Phoenix for a flight that night.

Now tell us three things from your weekend (a day late). 🙂

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Mine was busy (lots of cleaning, cooking, entertaining) but quite nice.

Surprisingly we got a decent amount of pictures over the weekend, so I picked out three that would give you into my Thanksgiving weekend…

Checking the turkey…



Believe it or not (although most of you who have been on this page for years probably aren’t surprised), this isn’t even all of the desserts on Thanksgiving night…


We decked the halls (inside and outside) on Friday (love, love, love Christmas decorations) and then did the whole Thanksgiving-esque dinner again (only round two had pork, instead of turkey) on Saturday night with my cousin and her husband (and a whole lot of laughing).

And then it was off to the city on Sunday morning for a Girls’ trip to see the Rockettes in their Christmas Spectacular Show at Radio City Music Hall!!


Great weekend, great holiday.

Now tell us your three things…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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Another weekend, another blur.

I didn’t do anything with FAFSA this weekend as I’d intended, but I’ll get to it. This whole 5 months earlier than normal thing is just weird.

Anyhoo, my weekend…

I spent time each day working on my want-to writing project proposal. It’s coming along nicely, I think. Hoping to have it to my agent by Sunday night. Since it’s top secret at this point, I’ll use this picture to illustrate…


Next up, DD # 2 had some friends over Saturday evening for some Halloween fun. I, of course, saw this as an excuses to bake, and bake I did…


(ghost cookies)


(blood and bones–aka, marinara and breadsticks)

Which leads me to yesterday and more work on…


I know, I know. Lame-o on the pictures-o this week. But really, I was a working fool.

Your turn.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

P.S. Happy Halloween!!!!



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As part of Monday’s Three Things, I shared with all of you the cover for THE SILENCE OF THE FLANS (book # 2 in my Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries).

Well, now I get to share the cover of another book with you.  This is DEATH IN ADVERTISING (book # 1 in my Tobi Tobias Mystery series). It will be out February 7th and it is available for pre-order now.  Fun note on this series: the first 3 books in this series will all release in 2017…that means no big wait from one book to the next. 🙂

death in advertising

As for a teaser about the book, here you go:

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.


Now, I must get back to writing # 2…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


A Mini Recharge

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Took a few recharging days at the beach and came back with a few pictures…



Something about lounging on a beach chair, looking out over the ocean, has restorative powers for me.




This little mini getaway was possible thanks to two days off from school for DD # 2. It also happened to coincide with a time I wasn’t feeling so hot, so the break was perfect.





One of my favorite beach activities is kite flying. On this particular evening, there was no wind at first. So there was a lot of running to keep the kite up, instead. But after a while, the wind decided to cooperate.





Another favorite beach activity is mini-golfing. I won this round 🙂 .





Two of our three mornings there, I walked on the beach. It’s my favorite time because it’s so quiet and peaceful–just me, my thoughts, and the sound of the crashing waves (and the occasional seagull). Love that.



Are you a beach person, too?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura) 


July Postcards From The Road Part 1

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I’ve got two photos from last night’s event at Aaron’s Books in Lititz, PA to share with you. Wish I had more, but since I was the one talking, it was hard to take pictures.


This sign greeted me when I walked up to the shop at 5:45. This will definitely go down as one of my life’s pinch-me moments. 🙂


The event started at 6 p.m. and the dinner (lasagna) was delicious. Sam, the shop’s owner, and her mom outdid themselves. Then, while everyone was finishing up their dinner, I talked about both series, fun moments in my writing journey, and about next year’s new series. Once I was done, I opened it up to questions and, as always, there were some really good ones! Love that part of any talk!



Stacie, one of my readers-turned-friends had her  special guy snap this photo of us at the end of the event. Love this picture!  🙂

Tonight, I’m off to another reservation-style event, this one at Harleysville Books in Harleysville, PA.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



Perfect Time

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One of my favorite parts of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as a parent is just having that time with the kids.

For Mother’s Day this year, we took a day trip to the beach. The drive there/back, as well as the time at the beach was time to talk and enjoy each other’s company.

For Father’s Day this year, we had a game day. This had everyone in one spot at the same time…talking and laughing.

We played Settlers of Catan (if you’ve not played this, you should). DH won. fathersdaygame5b

We played Spot-It (if you’ve not played this, you should–but boy does it prove how much slower my brain works now than it once did).  DD #2 is disgustingly good at this one and, as a result, won–time and time again.

fathersdaygame2And we played Sorry–the Disney Edition (a lot of laughs with this one). I actually pulled out the win in this one–although Snow White got bumped back to start more times than I care to admit. 😉

Add in a nice dinner and a yummy dessert and, well, I think DH had a nice day (and the rest of us did, too).

How was Father’s Day in your house?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)





Some New Scraps

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Let’s get straight to the Bits & Pieces this week:

1) Someone hands you $250 and says you HAVE to spend it on yourself. What do you buy/do with it?

2) You have six hours all to yourself. No responsibilities or “have to-dos” on your list. What do you do/how do you spend it?

3) You all-time favorite Easter candy?

4) Your least favorite Easter candy?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


On Vacation

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On Vacation!!! Yay!

Be back Monday.