I SURVIVED!

Last week we had a family reunion in the mountains. Farragut State Park to be exact. It’s in northern Idaho, for those who haven’t heard of it. I spent 5 days in the woods sleeping in a tent with no running water and no flushing toilet. And worst of all… (cue the horror music)… no WIFI! 😉

Can I just say how glorious it was? Now don’t get me wrong, I actually prefer my bathrooms to have plumbing, but it was lovely to unhook for awhile. The kids ran rampant, ate more bugs and dirt than is probably healthy, we made fools of ourselves doing family skits, and all those other wonderful things that come along with a long camping trip. I’m actually a bit concerned I’ll never get the smell of smoke out of our clothes.

Normally, I tend to be a bit of an overachiever, so my mind is constantly on work. Can I squeeze in a few more words today? Should I take my computer to the doctor’s office? I didn’t get in as many as I wanted yesterday, can I do extra today? *sigh* I don’t usually do things part way, which means I’m a great worker, but it also means I struggle to unwind and let go. Sometimes I literally have to tell myself that life will go on if I don’t get “such’n’such” done today. Because it will! I know it will! But sometimes I have a hard time remembering that. So it was wonderful to set down my computer, not touch it for 5 days and just… be. Just close my eyes and breath in the pine. Quit worrying that my word count was falling behind. Let the sun warm my cheeks and the lake chill my toes and let it go.

We all need a break like that once in awhile, don’t we? And now that I’ve had mine, it’s time to get back to real life and in my case, SCHOOL! I have 1 week to get the kids ready and it’s gonna be a doozy. Why is it that all my kids have to change sizes as the exact same time? Man, they have absolutely no respect for my pocket book! ;D Okay, okay, enough of my ramblings. I need to do one more thing before we move onto our book catalog today. I promised you a giveaway winner! I was so excited to read about your favorite season and why you loved it. Thank you so much for sharing it all with me! And now for the winner…

ROSIE HOSKINS!!

Rosie, you have won an e-book of your choice! Please respond to this email and we’ll get you taken care of. 🙂 And in case anyone was wondering, Rosie loves autumn. 🙂

And now! On to this week’s books! With school starting and many of us getting more time to ourselves, it’s the perfect time to pull out a sweet romance and let ourselves be swept away. 🙂 Enjoy!

After the tragic loss of her husband, Alexis Mathers packs up her clairvoyant, seven-year-old daughter and heads for home only to find that her grandmother, Evelyn Bozeman, has died in a mysterious accident. As Evelyn’s life was an enigma before her marriage into the Bozeman family, Alexis makes it her sole mission to understand who her grandmother was and the kind of life she left behind.

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Treasure hunting is loaded with danger and charged with love.

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A bull rider with amnesia, his motherless daughter, and the beautiful physical therapist who has the potential to heal them both…Wyoming’s Unforgettable Cowboys remember how to love.
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Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you found something you LOVE! And until next Monday,

Happy Reading!
Laura Ann

It’s Almost Here!

Are you as excited as I am? For me, there is something so wonderful about finishing a project. 🙂 I have ADORED the Truman family, but knowing that I have finished all of their stories just brings a sense of satisfaction that is hard to explain. There’s a sense of accomplishment, but there’s also a sense of contentment, knowing they are all together. They all have their happy endings. That each story has been told.

I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’ve become one of those weird ladies with too many voices in her head, 😉 but I feel like the end should be celebrated as much as the beginning.

On that note, I’m thrilled to announce that next Monday, Laken’s story will be available. I have had fantastic feedback on this one. (Can I get a shout out for my BETA team?) Somehow, someway, Laken manages to redeem herself enough to make the story worthwhile and I’m so excited to share it with you. In fact, (here’s my brag moment for the year), my husband said he thought this was the best book I had written so far. Ha! Who doesn’t want to hear that?

So just 7 more days, my lovely, Reader Family. 7 days and we will bring this chapter to a close. I can’t wait for next week’s email to share that with you. 🙂

BUT! What are you going to do in the meantime? I mean, it’s not like we can go 7 whole days without reading, right? Right! So, as usual, I have some fun book offerings for you. Something to help the time fly and give you a bit of an escape this week.

Just a quick heads up! The book by Olivia Burke is definitely on the steamier side of clean. She does not have anything graphic on screen, but does have closed doors stuff that I know some of you will not be comfortable with. So please go into her book with that in mind. (That is not meant to be a knock on her as an author, just a statement to make you aware of the heat level)

Enjoy!

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire!

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A delightful collection of fun, inspirational and heart-warming sweet billionaire romances.

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Love runs hot in the LUSH kitchen. 
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She’s in Scotland to stop a wedding, not get friendly with the enemy’s brother.
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Thanks for joining me today! I hope you found something you LOVE! I hope your summers are going great and I’ll be counting the days until next Monday! Until then,

Happy Reading!
Laura Ann

Christmas in July

Now that it’s heating up, let’s see if we can cool it down, hmm? Maybe a little Christmas in July talk will do the trick. I’ve finally got those giveaway winners I promised you! First of all, I just want to say thank you to everyone who sent me titles. They were so fun to go through. I even shared them with family and ended up having my husband help me pick the winners.

As we get to those titles, I thought I’d share just a little of the premise for my Christmas releases this year. 🙂 I’m going to write 5-6 short stories and you can probably guess that they will all contained mistletoe. (I mean really, who doesn’t love that tradition?) So… here’s the idea.

The series? It’s going to be called “It’s All About the Mistletoe”

The premise? We’re going a little different with a small town class reunion. Our group of girls are having their ten year reunion, but are all still single. In their town, rather than doing something in the summer, it’s customary to hold a Christmas Ball and these poor girls decide they simply can’t show up empty handed. (At least in the man department.)

With that in mind, here are my titles and the tropes I’ll be writing about:

Mistletoe Mayhem (fake fiance)
Mister Mistletoe (enemies to lovers)
Mistletoe Magic (falling for her best friend’s brother)
Mistletoe Mistake (a geek to chic romance)
Mistletoe Memories (second chance romance)
Mistletoe Maverick (opposites attract)

Aren’t those fun? I’m so excited to get started on them soon. Just so you know, I totally considered all the other titles that didn’t follow this pattern, but the more we went through things, the more my husband and I felt these worked the best. And, you should also know, that some of these were nominated by more than one person, so I have quite the list of winners.

If your name is mentioned below, remember, you can pick a book now, or wait and get a copy of the Christmas story when it releases, Just let me know your preference! And now, without further ado, here are my winners!

Lori
Linda (lemenz@optonlinenet)
Nancy T
Shirl Davis
Vonda Hill
Anna
owlstar37@gmail.com
Stacy Yount
Priscilla
Sue Stinnet
Shannon Woolley
Darin.kee@juno.com

Some of you didn’t leave names, so I have email addresses instead. But, congrats! If you’re on that list will you please contact me so we can get you set up with your prize?

I’m so excited to get started on this, but it has to wait until I’ve finished rewriting those first 3 Middleton Prep stories. 🙂 I’m hoping to be done or close to done with “The Librarian and Her Beast” by the end of the week and then will dig into #2. Oh, and don’t forget that Laken’s story, “The Billionaire’s Best Friend” is releasing soon! I’ve had great responses from my Beta’s so far, so I’m hopeful you all will love it as well. 🙂

Until then… take a look at these great new releases below!

All’s fair in love and sports… until her boyfriend comes home.
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Jessica Collins is content as a high school English teacher. She knows there’s more outside the small town of Pinevale, Georgia, but she’s not unhappy with where she is. After a bad breakup, she’s giving dating a rest hoping her heart will heal and she’s getting there. Until she gets roped into a bachelor auction for charity, that is…
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A wounded soldier and a guarded widow wrestle with the past…

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Sweet and sincere Sandy Davenport is a performer on a live comedy show who strives to be a success both to herself and in the eyes of the rest of the cast. One night during Memorial Day weekend, the car she’s riding in is rear-ended and she breaks her nose, her wrist, and worst of all, her self-esteem.
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Congratulations to all my winners! A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered! I think this giveaway has been my favorite! 🙂

Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Monday. Until then,

Happy Reading!
Laura Ann

I left my beloved beach and came home to the desert. *sigh*

Every Fourth of July, my in-law family has a reunion and we often to the beach. And I know I’ve told you a dozen times how much of a beach girl I am. Almost every morning last week I ran along the sand listening to the waves and gulls. Mmmm…. it just soothes my soul! Sometimes I imagine I can feel my blood pressure dropping with each passing second. 😉

But, then reality hits and I come home to my flat and dry desert. I love my hometown. It’s not too big and we have warm summers and best of all… my OWN BED! But I always hate to leave the water behind. *sigh* I guess we just can’t have it all, huh? 🙂

What fun vacations have you taken this summer? I’d love to hear what you’re doing to break up the hot summer days.

Ah! But before I start to wax poetic about more vacations in our future, last week we had a giveaway! I hate to say it, but I don’t have the winners picked out yet. I received so many suggestions and they are wonderful! So between being out of town and the sheer number of entries, I’m still sorting through them. But I promise to have names next week.

I’ll admit I’m behind in more than just sorting titles. I just finished Laken’s story THIS MORNING! I was supposed to have it done a week ago and it just went to my Betas today. Which means I’ll be releasing July 29th rather than the 22nd. Geez. Summer just started and I’m already falling down on the job! 😀

To make up for my slow moving, I have some great books to show you this week. I’ve even got a little Christmas story for your hot July!  Take a look!

She refused to date a playboy, but would she accept his job offer?

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A maid and her distracted billionaire boss, snowbound till Christmas
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He’s a burned spy with one last chance in the field to recover his life and fortune. She’s a divorced teacher on a mission to rediscover her lost self.

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I hope you found something you love this week! I’ll finish going through those titles and have the winner picked by next Monday. So, look forward to that! 🙂

Always feel free to contact me with questions, comments, concerns or just to say ‘hi’! I love hearing from you.

Until next week,
Happy Reading!
Laura Ann

  It’s almost time for something new!

Can you feel it? That itchy sensation where one thing is coming to a close and another is on the horizon? Well, I’m definitely there, albeit a little slower than I planned. I’m still only halfway through Laken’s book and I’m thinking I might be stalling because I’m so sad to see this series come to an end. 🙁 The Trumans have wiggled their way into my heart and it’s always hard to let them go.

But! The exciting part of this is that we get to start something new and that is what I wanted to chat with you about. I have been soooo overwhelmed lately. I won’t go into details because it doesn’t really matter, but sometimes life just has seasons that are harder than others and I’m in the middle of one and one of my stresses is the fact that I’m still trying to get this writing career off the ground. May was my year writerversary! Woot! During the last 13 months, I have put out 2 novelletes, 10 novellas and 5 novels. Holy cow, I’m tired just talking about it! And the truth is… I LOVE doing it. I love it, absolutely adore it, but life is beating me down a bit and I need to focus on the business side as well as the writing side. What I’m doing requires way too much of my time and energy to not get a good return on it. (I know that’s ugly, but it’s the truth of it)

Anyway, my point in telling you all this is to let you know that I have planned out the rest of the year for my writing and hopefully that above explanation will help you understand why I’ve pushed back projects I am planning on getting to.

So… here’s the plan. Next month I will release Laken’s story, “The Billionaire’s Best Friend”. Since I’m a bit slower than normal it might be later in July than planned, but still in July. In August, rather than a regular new release, I will putting out the box set for the Truman series. In September, I will be releasing a book for my other pen name (the Christian Historical one), so there will be nothing new for my contemporary romance.

HOWEVER! Fear not! During those couple of months when I won’t have any true new releases, I have come to the decision that I need to bring my Middleton Prep series up to par with the rest of my writing. Many of you here have been with me from the beginning and I can’t even begin to tell you how much that means to me. You’ve read those fairy tales and have been sweet and kind in your reviews and feedback. But the more I progress as an author, the more realize those first stories are not where I want them to be.

I’m proud of those stories, they were my first attempts at this gig and they were all I could ask of myself at the time, but I also want to be able to sell them to audiences and right now the first few books are not at a level I can do that with.

Now, for those who enjoyed those books, don’t worry. I’m not completely changing them. My plan is to keep most of, if not all, of the major plot points, but restructure the writing so they are not quite as… “fluffy” is probably a good word. The characters need to be a bit deeper and the writing more descriptive. More than anything, I’m looking to add a bit of depth. I plan on doing this for the first 3 books, maybe #4 if I feel I have the time for that.

By book #5, I feel like my writing had improved enough to keep them as is. Whew! I just realized how long this letter is getting! Let me finish up quick and let you get back to your regular life! 🙂

So, in Aug and Sept I’ll be doing those rewrites and then rereleasing the books. Come October, I will start releasing my Christmas stuff! I plan to do 5-6 novellas and release them back to back through October and November, then release the whole boxset in December.

Now, here comes the really exciting part. In January, I will be starting a new series. *imagine me gleefully rubbing my hands* I will be doing a bodyguard/suspense series starring the Lockwood brothers! (if that name doesn’t ring a bell, they are Goldie’s triplet brothers from the last book in the Middleton Prep series) Believe it or not, those boys are leaving the military and starting a personal security company! Lockwood Industries. Imagine all the fun we’re going to have watching them fall in love!

Ha! I have used way too many exclamation points and this note is way too long, but I wanted to let you all know where I’m at and what to expect for the rest of the year. 🙂 Thanks for hanging out with me! I love having you here and am excited about the changes to come. I hope you find a fun book below and I’ll see you next week!

A reoccurring dream, a fake fiancé, and a mystery hunting them down.
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Falling in love can happen with the click of a mouse…
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A woman hiding from her past, a celebrity desperate to fix his image, and the reality show that forces them together.
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Ellie’s planned the perfect wedding, just…with the wrong groom.
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I hope you found something you love! Remember that I always love to hear from you if you have questions, comments or concerns, or even just to say hi! Until next week,

Happy Reading!
Laura Ann