Short and Sweet, Just a Little Treat!

Happy, Happy Monday! It’s the start of a brand new week and my weather is definitely on the fall-ish side today! Wind is whipping and skies are overcast. Of course, in my part of the Pacific Northwest, this is what winter looks like. Grey, grey and more… grey. I really don’t mind it. Sometimes we get slammed with snow, (the last 2 winters have been CRAZY!), but normally we get grey skies and cold wind.

I live in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, so my area is actually considered a desert. Even with 3 rivers running through my space, we are full of sand and tumbleweeds. Explaining that to people when I was in college was fun, no one believed me! Everyone thinks of the lush side of the states which are near the coast, not knowing about us little people over here. *shrug*

But truth be told I love my area. If I could change it at all, I would bring down the wind (Chicago has nothing on us!) but other than that, we tend to stay fairly mild, and it’s fantastic. 🙂

Anyway, enough about my weather! Let me tell you about some exciting stuff coming up! I am just about to send my first Christmas book to my beta readers! Woot! Remember, I’m planning to release 6 short stories in rapid succession. (The hope is 1 per week for 6 weeks, but… ya know… life!)  Each book is only going to be .99 and will be a sweet, little bite of Christmas fun with a mistletoe kiss! *sigh* I love mistletoe. Such a great tradition!

Anyway! I’ll start releasing those in the last part of October/ early November, so keep an eye out!

Until then, I have a couple of fun releases to share with you. Only 2 today, but they look great. Take a look!

Pinkerton Agent Vincent Brooks wants only one thing – to stop the southern rebels from uprising and creating another war. His assignment is to be the temporary sheriff of Bonham, Texas, which seems easy enough… until he runs across a woman he’d met eight months earlier, Francis Carlton, sneaking around in the dark, spying on the bank.
2.99 or FREE in KU
Even rock stars are haunted by the one that got away… 
2.99 or FREE in KU
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you found something you LOVE! And I’ll look forward to chatting with you next week!  Until then,

Happy Reading!
Laura Ann

The Box Set is Live and on Sale!

Happy, happy Monday! It’s Labor Day here in the US, which means it’s barbecue time! Our family does a big feast every Labor Day because we use the holiday to celebrate the birthday of my twins, who were born in the first week of September. Since Labor Day is always the first Monday in September, that means sometimes their birthday falls on that day. 🙂 So it has become tradition to do a family birthday party and barbecue. This week, my girls are turning 11! I can’t believe how big they are getting. Their personalities are definitely starting to sound more ‘tween’ than ‘little girl’ any more. *sigh* Time is a thief! 😉

For those of you in the US, have a great holiday! For those of you outside my country, have a great Monday!

And now, onto the book side of life. The revised boxset is live! This is Middleton Prep 0-3. So it contains:
A Home for the Ugly Duckling
The Librarian and Her Beast
A Prince for Ms. Snow
Waking Ms. Briar

Right now it is on sale for 2.99, which is the price of 1 Middleton Prep book. So it’s a screamin’ deal! 4 books for the price of 1. I don’t know how long I will leave it at this price, it will depend on how well it is moving, but I promise to give it at least a week for anyone who would like to grab it while it’s cheap. 🙂

Now, some of you have already bought my books and for that, THANK YOU! I would love to help you get the revised versions of those stories. I will not claim the new books are 100% free of typos and errors, but I will say they are vastly improved. My Beta crew is amazingly fantastic, but every once in awhile things still slip through the cracks, so my stories will never be perfect, but it should be much easier to read now. 🙂

Okay, here is how you update for books you already have:
All you have to do is head to the Manage Your Kindle Item
on the Amazon menu
Click the “update available” next to any book that has an update.
Then click the Update this title now link.

If you have trouble with this, let me know and we’ll get you figured out. 🙂 And now! Onto the fun part! I have some fun stories to share with you, take a look!

Can an Ugly Duckling find the home she has always longed for?
Can a librarian and a football coach overcome their differences in order to find true love?
Can a game of Secret Santa bring two shy teachers together?
Can a community play reunite a long, lost love?
2.99 or FREE in KU

Billionaire Jack Stevenson has hardened his heart to love. 

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He’s her boss. She shouldn’t love him. Especially when she promised not to.
2.99 or FREE in KU
A secret baby, an impossible request, and a chance encounter that turns their lives around.
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A fairytale retelling perfect for fans of Snow White, sweet romance books, and billionaires!
3.99 or FREE in KU
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you found something you LOVE for your downtime this holiday weekend. 🙂 Until next time,

Happy Reading,
Laura Ann

Let the School Schedule Begin!

School week has finally arrived! Tomorrow morning I will officially have a high schooler (yikes!) a middle schooler, and 3 elementary schoolers. Whew! This is our first time on a 3 school schedule and I’m just a tad nervous about how it will all work out. I’m sure we’ll make it work, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a bit of fumbling around first. 🙂

These next few years will bring big changes in my household. Now that I have one in high school, we get to start entering the driving years, Friday night football games, and school dances! Crazy! I don’t feel like I should be this old yet, but… I am! In fact, I just got invited to a Facebook group for my 20 year high school reunion, which is next summer. Yep. I graduated at the turn of the century in the big year 2000. Which actually was a little bit of a let down because all of our shirts and stuff say ’00 on the back. Kind of makes it look like we didn’t graduate at all. lol.

So wish me luck this week as we get our next big adventure started!

Now, onto a more book-related note. I am finishing up the revision of book #3 in the Middleton Prep series. Book #1 and #2 are already done and out. “The Librarian and Her Beast ended up with the most revisions. I kept the story line mostly intact, but actually rewrote the entire thing in order to make it all flow better. “Ms. Cinder’s Prince” ended up being more of a typo style revision, although I did shift a few of the scenes to make them a little more believable. Book #3, “Waking Ms. Briar” is requiring less story change and mostly just typo work. (which is good because rewriting an already written story is harder than I thought!) But the reason I’m announcing all this is because next week I’ll be putting out the first box set again. Right now, only the single books have the revised copies in them. When I put out the boxset, it will be on sale for the first while. You’ll get 3 books for the price of 1! So, I’ll be sure to send you the link in next week’s email. And after that, there will be more box sets to follow. In the end, I will have a full box set of the entire series, which will be priced at $9.99 for all the books. 10 books for $10 isn’t too bad! 🙂

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a heads up on how that was going. 🙂  And now! Onto this week’s new releases! Lots of fun stories are coming out, just as many of us have a little more time to ourselves with school starting. Take a look!

A sweet contemporary romance about growing up and finding love again
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Lydia Howell never had time for romance, because she practically raised her five younger siblings after her mother died. When her father remarries, she decides her only chance for love might be responding to a mail-order bride advertisement in the Rocky Mountains. But upon arriving, she learns her intended has died, only survived by his handsome and broody brother.
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He’s rebuilding his life in Camden Cove. She’s only there to help with the animals. That’s it.
2.99 or FREE in KU
She is an entertainment reporter assigned to dig up his dirt. He is a disillusioned billionaire with a secret. Surely love can’t blossom in a situation like this.
2.99 or FREE in KU
Have a great week, my Lovely Reader Family! I hope you found something you LOVE! And I’m excited to tell you how my first week goes with our new, crazy scheduling! 🙂

Until then,
Happy Reading,
Laura Ann

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.

2.99 or FREE in KU

Treasure hunting is loaded with danger and charged with love.

2.99 or FREE in KU
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.
2.99 or FREE in KU
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!

3.99 or FREE in KU

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

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Love runs hot in the LUSH kitchen. 
2.99 or FREE in KU
She’s in Scotland to stop a wedding, not get friendly with the enemy’s brother.
3.99 or FREE in KU
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