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

     Celebrate! It’s Book Launch Day!

Ah… sending another book out into the world. It’s as exciting as it is terrifying! But, here we go anyway! 🙂 I’m thrilled to get to share Teagan’s story with you. It was an absolute thrill to write, and I have to admit that I was careful with her story.

I almost wrote Laken’s story first, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that Teagan needed to find her HEA before Laken. There is something significant in the quiet twin being able to step out of the loud twin’s shadow and find her soulmate despite the other still being available. So, even though most people won’t think a thing of it, it was important to me that Teagan take the lead.

And take the lead she did. I ADORE Teagan’s significant other. He is exactly my type of guy. Sincere, hardworking and very sweet. *imagine little happy dance here* So, without any more teasing and holding back, I present to you, “HER BILLIONAIRE GARDENER”.  Enjoy!

Teagan found her dream man… Unfortunately, her sister found him first.
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What’s an heiress’ to do when her betrothed dies suddenly? Ask her aunt, who is the premier matchmaker in all of London, to discreetly match her with a new suitor. What could go wrong?
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Have you ever wanted to press the escape button on your life?
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I know this email was short and sweet, but hopefully that leaves you more time for doing what you enjoy this summer! 🙂 I hope you found a new book to love and I look forward to chatting with you next Monday!

Happy Reading,
Laura Ann

5 Days Until Summer!

Well, not technically, but the kids will be home and that makes it feel like summer, right? We’ve got a summer full of family reunions and church camps ahead, so I’ll have lots to share with you as the time progresses. 🙂

Like, right now! As we speak, I’m on a field trip with my twins, visiting a museum about Christian missionaries from back in the 1840’s whose whole party was massacred by a group of Native Americans. Sounds fun, huh? I’ve been here a few times and it’s actually a fascinating, but sadly tragic tale. The best thing about the museum is the full size stagecoach with like 6 horses in front. It’s massive! The kids always love that part of the exhibit. (So do I to tell the truth.)

However, I promised you all a giveaway winner today, so on from the history lesson and onto today’s winner! Thank you so much to everyone who answered my question! I couldn’t keep up with the sheer number of you who responded, it was wonderful! So if you didn’t get a response from me, it’s just because there were so many people and so little time. 🙂

Just in case you’re curious, the vast majority of you said that you will read either type of series, but prefer Option #1, where the characters are connected in some way. Thanks for sharing that with me! I also like my characters connected, it makes me feel like the stories last longer and I get to know the people more. 🙂

And now… onto the winner!  *drum roll please*

Sherri Colbridge!!

Sherri, you have won an ebook boxset! If you’ll respond to this email, we’ll get your prize taken care of. 🙂 Congratulations!

As for those who didn’t win? Don’t worry. We’ll have more giveaways coming up.

On a side note, I won’t have a giveaway next week, but I will have a new book! Teagan’s story, “Her Billionaire Gardener” will be available next Monday! Woot! I’m thrilled with the chance to share it with you soon. So be sure to keep an eye out for next Monday’s email!

And to tide you over until Teagan’s story releases… I have several new books for your this week! They look really cute and I hope you find something you love. Take a look!

A thousand dreams sparked through her, memories of late nights and sweet whispers when they’d dreamed of their future together. A family where he was Dad, and she would be Mom. But it hadn’t happened.

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She’s climbing the ladder. He’s hit rock bottom. Can unselfish love bring them together?

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Four Regency romances filled with mystery, suspense, and surprising twists. Join the lords and ladies of Regency England in this heartwarming romance collection. 
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Love is brewing where they least expect it.
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Have you ever done the right thing for the right reasons and still regretted your decision?
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Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have a fantastic week and I’ll see you next Monday for Teagan’s release!

Happy Reading,
Laura Ann

Only 2 Weeks left of school!!!

How are you feeling about that? I’ve heard some areas are already getting out, but because of snow days, my kiddos are in until June 14th. I have to admit to having mixed feelings of them being home. Now, don’t get me wrong. I homeschooled for 3 years, so I know what’s it’s like to have them underfoot 24/7. What I struggle with during the summer is keeping them busy.

I’m a huge outdoor mom. I kick my kids out of the house ALL THE TIME! I think they need down time, they need time to play and use their imaginations, but… I have a couple of kids that when they get bored… they get destructive. *sigh* Sometimes they remind me of puppies. If you don’t keep them busy, they chew up everything.

However, I love the flexibility of summer and giving my kids a break from the crazy hectic schedule of school. Why is there never any good middle ground? 🙂 Ha, whining is super attractive, right? Okay, enough of that. For the giveaway this month, I thought I’d hand out a little Summer Sanity Saver. (if you don’t have kids coming home for the summer, it can be a Save Me from the Summer Heat prize) 😉

Okay, the usual rules apply! Respond to this email, answer my question and next week’s winner will get a FREE Boxset! (if you have the books in the boxset, we can totally talk about another ebook)

This month’s question:
When reading a series, do you prefer

1) a series where the characters are related somehow through the series (such as the siblings in my billionaire books or all the teachers who work together in Middleton Prep)

OR

2) a series based off a specific trope rather than the people. (an example of this would be Elana Johnson’s “Stranded in Paradise” series. Every book involves a couple getting stranded on an island, but the characters from book to book have nothing to do with each other)

That’s it! Do you prefer 1 or 2? Or do you like both? Maybe it doesn’t matter to you as long as the book is enjoyable? Hit reply, let me know your thoughts and you will be entered! Meanwhile, take a look at this week’s new releases, they look fantastic! 🙂

He never expected to fall for his nemesis. She never expected to arrange her divorce before her marriage. Yet, it might be the best thing that ever happened.
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She’s written love off her life goals. He wants nothing to do with a relationship or her. But an arranged marriage date can fan their dead love flame alive.
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They’re total opposites, and falling in love was not part of the plan. 
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Returning to work after her mother’s funeral, Capricia Lawton finds herself face to face with the hottest new executive in New York City, Daniel Sardonii. 
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I hope you find something you LOVE! And I look forward to hearing your answers for the giveaway! Good luck! Until next week,

Happy Reading,
Laura Ann

A Memorial Day to Remember

Happy Memorial Day! (At least for those in the United States!) The last Monday of May, we celebrate those who have lost their lives in defense of our country. Group dinners and “National Anthems” abound. It’s often a great day full of fun and sun.

First of all, let me start by saying a huge THANK YOU to any of you who are active or retired military of any kind. Or those who support those who have been in our military. Either one is a tough job but so necessary and we are so grateful for you!

Several members of my family have served, but none in recent years. My grandfather was active during WWII. He was drafted into the Army and served on the railroad. My husband’s grandfather also served during that same war and served as an administrative assistant. My father-in-law was in the coast guard for several years and served during the Vietnam era.

Their histories are amazing! And I am so grateful for all they did and all the others did/do as well. So, for those who can, kick back with a root beer and a good book and savor the fact that we can do so. And! I can’t offer you a soda, but I can help with the good book! 😉 I’ve got some fun new releases for you below. Take a peek and tell me what you think!

Claudia Cummings will do anything to keep her family’s plantation from falling into her greedy cousin’s hands – even going as far as accepting a business arrangement – a marriage in name only. However, she must make her family and friends believe she and Blake are happily married. Now the trick is trying to stop her heart from getting involved.
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He’s a celebrity nursing a broken heart. She’s a teacher living a secret life. Their paths should not have crossed.
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Her third and last Season! No husband in sight! 
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Sophie Potters’ life is in full bloom. Running both a thriving flower farm and successful Farmers’ Market, she’s living out her dreams in the idyllic Northern California town of Fairvale. While Sophie might be able to create stunning bouquets, she withers when it comes to romance. Content with her single status, she resolves to focus on her work, until a lost piece of luggage lands a handsome stranger on her porch.
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I hope you find something you LOVE to read this week! For those in the United States, have a great barbecue and fun in the sun! See you next Monday!

Happy Reading!
Laura Ann