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Wonderful Women Blog

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I’m starting a new weekly blog that focuses on the lives of wonderful women and I need your help. I want to feature stories of the everyday ladies that make our world go round. A woman may be a friend, wife, mother, and/or sister, but you’re also uniquely you! I think sometimes we women do so much for everyone else, we lose our own identity.

So I want to know…what makes you happy? How do you make time in your day for exercise? What type of hobbies do you pursue? What is important to you? Who builds you up when you’re down. What is your biggest struggle while you pursue your dreams?

My goal is for this to be a place of support and encouragement. We are women. We are unique and special. We deserve to have our voices heard.

If you’re interested in participating, please comment below. And thanks for stopping by!

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Moving

Does anyone really enjoy moving? I sure don’t. Today is the first day of my family’s move from our rental into our newly purchased house. I’m excited to be making the transition, but man…it’s so much work! We have almost 25 years of stuff that I’m ready to set on fire so I don’t have to move it. I wish my life could be as simple as a snail’s. He’s always moving but his home is on his back. It goes where ever he does.

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Life isn’t static. We’re always moving. Sometimes forward. Others backward. If we’ve stopped moving that means we’ve stopped trying. A rejection from a publisher or agent will sting but don’t let it stop you from taking another step. A review might leave you angry or dejected. Keep working on your next story. Learn and move forward.

Keep moving!

Laurie

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Publishing Dreams Come True

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I’ve got some great news! Home Field has just been picked up by The Wild Rose Press. I’m so excited to have my Warriors Of The Heart series find such a wonderful home. My experiences so far with my new publisher have been great. After the last three months of upheaval and heartbreak, it’s a welcome change.

Edits on Home Field will start soon. I’m looking forward to getting to work again. Hopefully, I’ll be able to announce a release date for Home Field soon.

Love,

Laurie

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When To Give Up

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Who can’t relate to that picture? A young player who stepped up to the plate to give it his all, only to strike out.

This is kind of how I’ve felt lately. It’s been almost two months since I got the news that my contracted publisher was going out of business. So instead of counting down to my release date, I have been standing with my head facing the wall, struggling with disappointment.

To be honest, I wanted to quit.  Writing is one thing, but the journey to publication is full of too many landmines. It simply hurt too much to put myself out there again, only to end up disappointed.

So I spent some time wallowing in self-pity before coming to the conclusion that I can’t quit. There is something inside me that won’t let me. A little voice cheering me on. It comes from around me, my family and friends. It also comes from the burning desire to keep on creating. I have stories to tell and I want to share them with the world. I want others to find enjoyment and connection with my words, just like I have done with so many other author’s books.

When is it time to give up? For me, not now. Things with my contracts are still in limbo but I’m continuing to write. I recently finished the 1st draft of book 6 in my Warriors of the Heart series. Book 5, Know You By Heart, is complete and sent to my agent.

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I hope to see you all soon with some good news that my series has found a new home. Until then…pick up that bat and start swinging again. Next time might be a home run!

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Cover Reveal

Today is the cover reveal for Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret by Paula Berinstein. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ SecretAmanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4)
by Paula Berinstein
Genre: Mystery/detective
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 31, 2016

Blurb:
What does a dusty old secret have to do with peacocks?

Everything, as it turns out. When Amanda is knocked off her skateboard by a rare all-blue peacock, she learns that the species harbors a vital secret she must race to uncover. But before she can unravel the mystery, a startling archaeological discovery turns all of Britain against the detectives and threatens their very existence.

As old enemies gather strength and new adversaries emerge, Amanda finds herself dealing with hysterical teachers, a disappearing mentor, a mysterious poisoner, and a would-be magician. With so much at stake and so little time, the last thing she needs is to fall in love.

You can find Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret on Goodreads

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Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret first Darktower class excerpt:
On Monday Amanda and her friends had their first class with the new logic teacher. It was a scary affair. The pirate was rude, strict, and humorless, and now he smelled like cigars. Probably drank grog too, by the look of him, Amanda thought, whatever that was.
The first thing Professor Darktower said, in a really loud voice, was, “Alice in Wonderland is not fun!” No introduction, no “Good morning,” nothing. The statement was so abrupt and the message so out of any context that every kid in the class dropped something, gasped, choked, or bit their tongue, even if they weren’t chewing. Then he said, “In this class we will read nothing but Lewis Carroll—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, the whole shebang. These publications are no laughing matter. You think Tweedledum and Tweedledee are funny? The Mad Hatter is a joke? Alice is cute? BALDERDASH!”
This extremely loud exclamation caused poor Dreidel to fall off his chair and twist his knee. But Professor Darktower would not let him go to the nurse. “Detectives are not sissies,” he said. “You will stay here and learn to be absolutely, impeccably logical. Got that?”
The boy nodded up and down and attempted to hide his pain. It was obvious that he was hurt, though, because he kept grimacing every time he tried to move his leg. Amanda was so outraged that she refused to keep quiet. “He’s hurt. He needs medical attention.”
The huge man fixed her with a stony stare and said, “Then he’s out of my class. Do you think, missy, that when you’re out battling the likes of Blixus Moriarty you can take a time out and go to the nurse? Now stop acting like a girl and be a detective. And as for you, laddie, one more sissy incident like this and you’re out of my class. Got that?”
Dreidel nodded again but Amanda was furious. She opened her mouth to protest, but Ivy tugged on her sleeve and gave her a low “Uh uh,” and she realized that her revenge would have to wait. But revenge she would have, and it would be a doozy. The man was worse than a boor. Why, he was even ruder than an arch-criminal. Even Blixus had never been as bad as that. She wondered what Professor Darktower’s parents must be like to produce a son like him.
There was something she could do right then and there, however. She reached into her bag and surreptitiously texted Dreidel: “R U OK?” “Y,” the response came almost immediately. Of course he would say that. Dreidel was a trouper. And then it hit her that he hadn’t gone off to Skye after all. She was glad, not just because he’d stayed to support Legatum, but because he was a good guy and a great lab partner. She texted back a smiley and let it go for the time being.
Darktower glared at the class and said, “As I was saying, there are equations and syllogisms in these volumes that underlie every word, and we’re going to find them. You will be responsible for finding them. Then, for your term paper, you will be expected to arrange them in a different way that’s still logically valid and write the text they would produce. Is that clear? I repeat: this task is not humorous or fanciful. It is deadly serious work, and you won’t be able to build ironclad cases unless you can master it.”
The man made about as much sense as that strange page Amanda had found. Sometimes it was hard to understand Professor Ducey, but not like this. What did he mean, equations and syllogisms underlie every word? It sounded like he was saying that the books had been translated into English from math. You could read an equation out loud, of course, and you could translate it into Spanish or Chinese, but how could you—OMG. This was storytelling, just like the way she and Holmes had done when they’d put together the training film about a cyberforensics problem, except with math rather than words.
She glanced over at Holmes and found him looking at her and smiling. He’d got it too. He gave her a quick wink and then everything exploded.
“MR. Holmes!” bellowed the teacher. “Out, NOW!” Holmes looked astonished, then got up and walked out of the room. “MISS Lester!” the teacher continued. Amanda was surprised. “Oh, you thought I didn’t know who you were,” the man said. “I want you to take your things, find Mr. Holmes, and wait in my office. Is that clear?”
“But—” Amanda said.
“OUT!” he roared.
Amanda felt the strongest urge to stick her tongue out at him again, but she managed to control herself and abstained. She picked up her bag and followed Holmes out into the hall.
“What in the world was that?” he said when she’d caught up with him. He looked confused, as if he didn’t know quite what to do with himself.
“The man is a lunatic,” said Amanda. “He wants us to go to his office.”
“But the class just started,” said Holmes. “It will be fifty minutes.” Gosh, he looked good. His eyes seemed to be on fire. She looked away for a second.
“All I know is that’s what he said.”
He shook his head but he was smiling. “You know, the dumb thing is that up until he had his little meltdown, he was making sense.”
“You got that too?” she said, matching his grin.
“Of course. You taught me.”
“I did, didn’t I?” she said. She felt absolutely triumphant. It was a wonderful feeling after that ridiculous scene in the classroom. “Who needs him?”
“I guess we do,” said Holmes. “If we want to stay here.”
“You’re not thinking of going to Skye?” she said.
“Never. Not even for Professor Ducey.”
And then, instead of worrying or fuming or plotting revenge, the two of them cracked up so hard they had to hold their stomachs.
When they calmed down enough to speak, Holmes looked at her with mischief in his eyes and said, “You know what this means, don’t you?”
She threw back her head and laughed. “We have forty-five minutes to do whatever we want.”
“Come on,” he said. “Let’s go.”

Paula BerinsteinAbout the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.

You can find and contact Paula here:
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Paula’s blog on Goodreads
The Writing Show podcasts

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An Agape Love

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Did you know that the Ancient Greek language had four distinct words for love? Our English only gives us one, and sometimes it doesn’t nearly seem like enough. I love my husband, I love my dog, I love chocolate. And of course, I don’t feel the same depth of emotion for chocolate as I do my husband (well, most of the time). The Greeks had a special word for the deepest love – Agape. This love transcends sexual attraction. It is bigger than friendship.

Agape love is complete, unconditional love. It is the form of love that would motivate a soldier to risk his/her life for another. It is the love of a parent who would work two jobs in order to provide for their child.

When I write a romance story, my goal is to have the hero and heroine fall into agape love. They just don’t have the hots for each other. Those feeling will quickly fizzle out if there is nothing else to back it up. I want the characters to be willing to make sacrifices for their love. Those feelings will fill their entire heart and soul. That type of unconditional love will see a couple through the rocky times that every relationship endures.

Agape love is shown by commitment and sacrifice. It is the purest form of love.

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About Me

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Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love.
She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she’s enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

You may reach Laurie at   lauriewinterauthor@gmail.com

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A New Balancing Act

 

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Why can’t someone create a day between Sunday and Monday? An extra day to get caught up on all the little things that continue to get pushed back onto the to-do list.

Recently, I’ve made writing a priority in my life. Which means that pesky things like cleaning the house and doing laundry often become secondary to finishing my word count for the day.

Now that I have three books contracted for publication, I’m really finding it a struggle to find balance. There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into getting a manuscript ready for publication. Then, there’s the marketing and promotion an author needs to do months in advance of the book’s launch. And during this time I have to have faith in the stories I’ve already written, along with all the ones yet to come.

So that extra day…probably not something I’ll see anytime soon. I’ll just have to continue to squeeze in a load of laundry in between editing sessions. And always remember to close my laptop when it’s family time.

What’s your secret to finding a good work/life balance?

 

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Skinny Dipping with Murder

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Erica Bloom is back in Otter Lake, her dysfunctional hometown. Ever since the ‘incident’ at the Raspberry Social, she’s tried very hard to avoid going home. Now that she’s back, even stranger things have started to happen…like a dead body floating in her mother’s well. Erica finds herself the prime suspect and enlists the help of old and new friends to help solve the crime before her time is up.

My Review:

First, let me say that I absolutely adored this book. Erica Bloom’s sarcastic wit had me constantly cracking up with laughter. I loved Grady, the sexy old boyfriend turned sheriff who is out to solve Otter Lake’s crime of the century. The mystery surrounding the real murderer had me guessing until the end.

This book was sweet, funny, heartwarming, and refreshing. The secondary characters were a hoot, especially the ladies staying at the mother’s island retreat. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!!

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