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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)


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)


Makin’ Lists

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todolistFor Writing Thursday, I’m sitting down and drafting a list of things I hope to do during my time off–day trips I want to take, creative things I’d like to try, and house things I’d like to accomplish. I know myself well enough to know that if things are written down, I’m more likely to actually do them.

Are you a list maker? For what?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Short and…Sweet?

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If you were to write a meme or one of those clever signs you see on some outdoor church boards, what would you write?  A life lesson? A funny observation?  Something you have to be really sharp to catch?

Show us.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Two of the Most Glorious Words For An Author…

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First, my apologies for the no-show yesterday.

I had to head out early in the morning for a program I  had to do that was about 3 1/2 hours away (4 1/2 with morning traffic factored in). Then it was to the hotel to write, write, write.

The good news is that as of the moment I’m writing this post (2:50 a.m. on Thursday), I’ve just written “The End” on my Amish women’s fiction. I still have a lot of editing work to do (including another chapter or two I think I’m adding into the middle), but if I keep the pedal to the metal, so to speak, I should be good to go come Monday’s post. We’ll see. Fingers crossed, okay?

My today will be getting in a wee bit of sleep before waking up, tackling some of the easier stuff I need to layer in, and then checking out of the hotel and heading home to print everything up and get at it with a red pen.

So here’s a question for you. If you were to write a book, what kind would you write (genre-wise)?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Coming Up

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It’s been a while since I’ve given a writing/books-related update, so here we go…

patterned_after_death (smaller)1. PATTERNED AFTER DEATH (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery # 12) will release on Tuesday. It will be the last book in this long running series written under my pen name, Elizabeth Lynn Casey…a name that will be retired in conjunction with the series.  **Note to my faithful blog readers: we’ll still be doing our thing for a while, so no worries. 🙂


2.  I’m in the last week of my current work-in-progress. This book, due out in Summer 2018, is an Amish-based women’s fiction novel. More to come on this book in the months ahead.


30 second death_ebook3. 30 SECOND DEATH (Tobi Tobias Mystery # 2) written as regular me, Laura Bradford, will be out on July 11th. I’ll be doing some super fun promotion for this with my friend and fellow author, Lynn Cahoon, who will also have a book out in July.  Stay tuned to FB for details on that in the coming weeks. Available for pre-order.


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4. Quick side note here:  DEATH IN ADVERTISING (Tobi Tobias Mystery # 1) is on sale for just 99 cents (e-book) version now, making it a great way to be ready for book # 2 in July.  This book is getting great reviews and is really a ton of fun. It was the May book for the Mystery Becomes Us online book club and members loved it! So if you haven’t given it a try, this is a great (and cheap) time to do it. I’m pretty sure these characters will keep you laughing.


5. While my agent and I had been looking to fall for the long awaited release of Amish Mystery # 6, we have pushed that off until Spring 2018 to accommodate a little “time off” (see the volume of books on this list to know why) I’ll be taking this summer. However, the storyline is set and I look forward to jumping in with both feet when I get back to the keyboard to write the next story for Claire, Jakob, and the rest of Heavenly, PA. I will post updates on my website with cover, title, and ordering information as we get closer to this release.

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6. AND DEATH GOES TO… (Tobi Tobias Mystery # 3) will be out in December.  Available now for pre-order.








7. DIAL M FOR MOUSSE (Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery # 3) will be out in January 2018. It, too, is available for pre-order.


Any questions/comments?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Rainy Day

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How about another descriptive writing prompt today?

Set a rainy-day scene for us in no more than three sentences. And remember, show don’t tell.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Seeing Summer

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As a writer, one of the things you have to work hard to do is SHOW rather than TELL.

Rather than just say “it’s summer,” it’s better to show it so a reader feels as if they’re there as well.

To that end, if you’re game, show us summer in a sentence of two…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


In Your Neck of the Woods

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So a fun post idea came my way this week, and it’s one I think you’ll all enjoy.

If the main character from one of my series was to rent an apartment in your neck of the woods, what are some sights you’d tell her to check out (places to go, restaurants to try, tourist sites, etc)?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Getting It Right

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This week, the main character in my work in progress finds herself in a setting I’m not familiar with myself. So I’ve been looking at pictures and talking to people who have been in an attempt to make the scene as realistic as possible.  In the grand scheme of things, the setting is only described in bits and pieces sprinkled throughout the chapter, but I guess I feel if I can picture myself being there, I can make my character being there seem more real.

Is there a setting you’ve been to in a book that was so well drawn you could actually picture it? Tell us about it.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)