Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday Author Spotlight: Laura Pauling

I'm excited to have author Laura Pauling on my blog today!  Her newest book, A Royal Heist, sounds awesome!

FREEBIE ALERT!!  The first book in the Heist series, Heist, is FREE on Amazon!  So this is your chance to get the whole series for free because I'm giving away 2 eBook copies of the second book to two random commenters!  I hope you enjoy the spotlight!


Welcome to the Saturday Author Spotlight with Laura Pauling!
Read on to learn more about Laura, her books, and where you can find her!

An eBook copy of A ROYAL HEIST will be awarded to 2 random commenters via Amazon!
(To qualify, leave a comment by Tuesday, April 21st)

Spotlight Interview with Laura Pauling

1.  How did you get into writing?
I’ve always been a voracious reader. I taught second grade for several years. I read to my children. I love a great story. It was only a matter of time. :)

2.  Where is your favorite place to write and do you listen to music or need silence?
I write just about every day. I write sitting at the desktop, at the kitchen table, or sometimes in a chair by the woodstove. I’ve written to music and I’ve written to silence…just the words and thoughts echoing in my head. I live in a small town, so even though I’d love to write in a coffee shop atmosphere, I fear I’d run into too many people I know or be too distracted to write effectively. Maybe someday….

3.  How do you meet up with your writing muse?
That’s an easy one. I sit and write and the muse usually shows up. I read everyday and that keeps my muse fed and my imagination inspired. If a project isn’t working, it’s not usually the fault of my muse, but more that I haven’t thought out the story well enough or I’m not passionate enough about it.

4.  Do you have any other books that we can check out?
I’ve written two other young adult series. A spy series that starts with A Spy Like Me. And a YA romantic comedy that starts with Prom Impossible. Both are free--to kick off the series--on most places where you can purchase ebooks!

5.  Do you have any sneak peek tidbits about what you're working on now?
I’m very excited about my upcoming projects. I don’t know why it took me so long because I love mysteries and all my stories have a mystery element. In early May, my first adult cozy mystery, Footprints in the Frosting will be published. If you sign up for my newsletter at, a free novella is available to all subscribers starting in mid-April!

Author Bio

Laura Pauling is the author of the exciting young adult Circle of Spies Series, Prom Impossible Series, and the time travel mysteries, Heist and A Royal Heist. She writes to entertain and experience a great story…and be able to work in her pajamas and slippers. To keep up on her new releases sign up for her newsletter so you don’t miss out!

Featured Book

A Royal Heist
By Laura Pauling

Alternate timelines collide.
Only one will steal the jewels.
Only one will have a happy ending.

Annabelle longs for freedom, trapped in a life where she feels like nothing more than a vapor, a ghost flitting through time. Under the strict and often cruel direction of her grandmother, she travels back to famous heists and steals art.

In a moment of utter despair and rage she commits an unforgivable act. As a result, she’s sent back to the 1600s on a royal heist—to steal the Crown Jewels—in nothing more than a state-issued nightgown. A death sentence.

In a second reality, in that moment, she receives a weathered scroll with instructions not to kill her grandmother and to pass a message onto Fiasco. But who is Fiasco? And how can he help? On her next big royal heist, she faces the stark reality that she is in a race to steal the Crown Jewels with another version of herself from a different reality.

It’s a race for survival.

Where you can find Laura

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Body Institute Cover Reveal!

Wahoo - I'm so darn excited to be able to participate in Carol's cover reveal for THE BODY INSTITUTE!   I love it  - it's so awesome and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! 

Body Institute
Date: 09/01/15

from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over
another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her
client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once
she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with
the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she
has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s
all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind.
She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests
from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to
decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

About the Author
I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member. 

You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds. 

Author Links:
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IWSG: How to Stop a New Idea!

 The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Click HERE to check out the other blogs for this monthly bloghop.
For more information or to join IWSG, visit the Insecure Writer's Support Group Website.

I've never had any issues coming up with story ideas - they just pop into my head from all over the place.  I always write them down in my story ideas document and then later I have a ton of ideas to choose from (or sometimes take multiple and weave them together) when I'm ready to start on a new project.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a new story idea, nothing new, but this one will not leave me alone and I have two other manuscripts to finish.  The idea came to me from the Valentine's card my husband got me - it just all came flooding in when I glanced over at it a few days after Valentines.  I keep trying to push the story idea out of my head but I can't and I don't really want to think about that one until I finish the others. I did give in one day and start the first couple of pages just to get some of the things that were coming to me down and the voice (which is a unique voice) but it still won't leave me alone.  HELP!!!

Anyone else have this issue? And if so, what do you do when you've really got to finish other manuscripts (or what would you do)?

Happy reading and writing!