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Blog-y Bits

Today I’m going to give you bits that help me know about you in terms of this blog. These answers from all of you will be helpful (so thank you in advance).

Here we go…

  1. Some of you have been here for a number of years, others less. But I’m curious, how did you find this blog?
  2. Favorite type of posts here (eg: bits…book stuff…life stuff…)?
  3. Something you’d like to see?
  4. Pictures or no pictures?


Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Big Things are Happening

Today’s post is really about a fun surprise and a request.

Simple Grace (the online version of the magazine) will be doing a cover reveal for my first-ever Women’s Fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister, today.  As I’m writing this blog, I’m waiting for the link from my publicist at Kensington.  I’m hoping that will come in sometime between now (8 a.m. ET) and noon.  When it does, I’m going to edit this post to include that link.

If you can (once the link is up), I’d be honored if you’d take the time to click the link…check out the new cover (I’m very excited)…and read the quick excerpt and the short little “interview” type thing with me as to why I veered off mystery to write this…   If there’s a place to comment on this reveal on their page (don’t know if there is yet), traffic on this would look good.   So, too, would any sharing/talking up of this cover reveal (via the link, not a picture of the cover–they have an exclusive for the day).

The most important thing for this book right now is pre-orders.  It’s how the bookstores determine print runs for the publisher. If there is demand for the book ahead of it’s release–then all the higher ups are happy.

I’ll be back with the link as soon as I have it to update this post.

Okay, everyone, here it is:   Click HERE.   🙂 🙂

Thank you!

~Elizabeth  (aka Laura)

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Right Here in the USA

I had the opportunity to get outside and do a little hiking yesterday. And, as you can see by these pictures, I had some truly spectacular views (and yes, Kay, I found some snow! 🙂 )





And, finally, me…near the top of the highest elevation in Gatlinburg. 🙂


I’d rank the Smoky Mountains in TN, Tie Siding, WY, and Monterey, CA, as some of the most gorgeous places I’ve been to in the US.

What do you think is some of our country’s most beautiful spots?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Pet Peeves and More

bookbookmarkSince I’m away from home, I’m not hitting the gym every day. And since I’m not hitting the gym every day, I’m not reading as much. However, I did get a little elliptical time in at the fitness center here on the property yesterday morning, so I can say I’m still actively reading Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic Ties the Knot.

Any free time I get is being spent writing.

So a few things for you this morning…

*What are you reading? Are you enjoying it? What is a pet peeve of yours in the genre of books you read? Anything that drives you batty?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things

Another weekend has come and gone and thinking of three things to share is requiring a bit more brain power than I seem to have (the icky, cold weather isn’t helping). Still, I’ll give it a whirl…

Saturday was spent in the car as DH and I headed south to spend a little time in the Smokey Mountains. Unfortunately, this will be more of a working-vacation for me than I’d originally imagined, but I’ve got deadlines I can’t ignore.  That said, the drive was uneventful (always a good thing when traveling) and I got some paper-plotting done for my next project.


Sunday morning I got to work on Secret Project # 2.  The first few pages are usually tough for me as it takes a while to figure out where I want to “start” the story. But this time, it came easy. 🙂


Once my words for the day were done, we headed out to do a little poking around. I came thisclose to buying some really cute cowboy boots.  Still may go back and get them, but I’m trying to show restraint and think for a little while. 🙂  Although, with a store named after my one and only shopping vice, it’s questionable how successful I’ll be. 😉

bootbarnNow it’s your turn. Tell us three things from your weekend.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Spooky Bits

happy-halloweenIn honor of Halloween being just around the corner, it seems appropriate we have themed bits today.  So here we go…

  1. Best costume you ever saw?
  2. Best costume you ever wore?
  3. Do you still dress up now?
  4. Back in the day, did you use a pillow case or a bucket when trick or treating?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Lightening the Plate a Little

I’ve been working on a secret project the past few weeks and, yesterday, I typed “the end.” So today and tomorrow is about reading/editing.

Then, come this weekend, I start on the bigger part of my secret project. 🙂  I know, I know, I’m being cryptic, but all will be revealed in time… 🙂

In a slightly related note, I took this picture yesterday for a black & white picture challenge I’ve been participating in. As you can see, I was getting ready to get to work.  A few hours later, when I finished, I got to put the computer away for a little while and take a walk.


So…any writing/book/series questions I can answer?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Forced Movement

blackandwhite1I try to go to the gym five or six days a week. Sometimes, I hit that goal. Sometimes (like yesterday), I don’t. A lot of days I don’t want to go, but I’m always glad when I did.

My cardio of choice?

1) The elliptical (which I used to despise but now see as built-in reading time)

2) Stationary bike

3) A run on the treadmill

When I go, I always do # 1. What I do afterward is usually up for grabs–sometimes the bike, sometimes a run.

I shoot for two of the three each time I go because it’s important to me to keep my legs strong in the event the MS takes a turn.

Being a writer (who sits for an enormous chunk of the day), it’s good to start my day off with a gym work out, but I often wonder what good it does when I proceed to sit afterward for upwards of 8 hours. So now I’m goaling to work in a walk outside in the late afternoon as well. I figure the fresh air is needed since I’m rarely  outside, and getting the legs moving again can’t hurt.

So what exercise do you gravitate toward when you have the time/energy?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Current Reads

My current read at the gym is the 3rd book in Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series (thank you, Andrea!), Shopaholic Ties The Knot.

They’re fun books, and fun is good. Especially as my own workload ratchets up ten-fold these next few months.

So what are you reading? How’s it going so far?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Fall Weekend Things

It was a happy weekend for me around here thanks to the 3-day fall weekend that had DD # 2 home from college! 🙂

I picked her up after classes on Thursday, made a dinner she requested via text earlier in the day (chicken teriyaki), and we watched It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on TV.


Friday we headed for the stores to replace some shoes Angus (the Cat) messed up while she was gone. I also got her some extra pajama pants since they wear those around the dorm all the time.

shopping bag

Later that evening, after yet another special dinner (pork loin with all the trimmings), we had a fire out back. Complete with s’mores, of course.


Saturday we got our nails done, played some Sequence, went out to a favorite Italian restaurant, and stopped at B & N for a school book for her and a treat for us.

Sunday, before it was time to take her back, we played more Sequence (I beat her 5 out of 5 games 🙂  ) and got some ice cream!


Then it was time to say goodbye. But, thankfully, the Thanksgiving break isn’t all that far away. 🙂

How was your weekend? Can you share three things?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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