A year ago, five authors all interested in offering high quality fiction to readers at low prices, formed an enterprise called Random Moon Books. We had an awesome launch year. We released six great books, and we welcomed a sixth author to our midst. Now, it’s time to celebrate!
We’re offering a fun online contest and a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Go to my Contests page to read all about it. And don’t miss it. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s free, and you may just win!!
Random Moon Books, the author co-op partnership I put together with four of my author friends, is now one year strong! One year of producing high quality, low cost fiction books to you, our faithful readers. Hurray! I’ve had a great time and look forward to Year 2! To celebrate our birthday, we’re planning a fun virtual contest. Keep an eye out here for details!
And … my Mother’s Day gift to all you mothers out there … I’ve placed my newest book, Hidden Agenda on sale for this weekend only! 99 cents on your Kindle or Nook! Take advantage of it now. You won’t be sorry!
Just received my new graphic for the review blog tour I’m planning for Hidden Agenda. Nothing extensive this time (I exhausted myself with Keeper by Surprise’s blog tour which spanned 3 months, and required me to write a guest post or do an interview every Monday!). Just a one-week tour where reviewers read the book and post their reviews every day. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, enjoy the graphic…
Today’s an exciting day in the little upstairs Laurie Larsen office! My new novel, Hidden Agenda is published and ready for download to your Kindle or Nook! If you love romance novels, sexy millionaire heroes who make you swoon, strong heroines who can take care of themselves, but welcome the love of the right man, AND a compelling secret that could destroy that love, then this is definitely the book for you! It’s been described as:
- ”a storyline I’ve never seen before”
- “a sweet, loving romantic story”
- “an awesome read”
- “couldn’t ask for better” and my personal favorite:
- “I’m in awe of this book!”
Thank you so much. I love my readers! You make all this worthwhile.
One of the fun things about being an author is trying new things as the whim hits. For example, many of author friends create a book trailer for each book. I’d never tried it. But for Hidden Agenda (my new book, to be released in the NEXT WEEK!!!) I thought I’d give it a try. I hired the wonderfully creative and talented Maggie Schiller to help me and I’m so happy with our finished product!
Without further adieu, take a look!
A girl in Pittsburgh is also going through her college search, and in the course of a few days, received rejection letters from a handful of her favorites. How devastating, especially for an angsty 17-year-old teen. So, she wrote a Letter to the Editor … of the Wall Street Journal! And it got published! And then her problems began.
Over a thousand people felt free to share their thoughts (online) of just how spoiled and diva-ish this girl was. Because in her letter, she began postulating on why she wasn’t selected, and musing in retrospect what she could’ve done better.
And she offended some people. She got a first-hand lesson of the power of the written word. But you know what? The girl’s got guts, creativity and a sense of humor. Shutz-pah, if you will. And she’s got some writing chops!
What do you think? Read it here and leave me a comment. Did she go too far? Was she justified?
I’m thrilled to share with you the cover of my brand new book, planned to be released in May, 2013! It’s a little sexier than my past covers but it’s such a great illustration of the plot. You be the judge. Here’s a short blurb:
Alyssa Stark is living the life of her dreams. She and daughter Caroline are happy and healthy. And she just got the job she’d been working so hard for.
Millionaire Grant Fontaine is hiding a big secret. After the death of his pregnant wife a decade ago, he’s become a high achieving business man but a social hermit. His lonely life took on new meaning when he discovered that the sperm donation he’d made long ago had sired a child.
He maintains a watchful eye from a distance, determined to keep his identity secret. Until Alyssa moves Caroline into his backyard.
What’s a man supposed to do?
So, drumroll …. here it is:
Oh, except our heroine. Let’s call her Jennifer. She really doesn’t have $20 to spare. She’d been looking for a job for ages, and was thrilled to get this little office job just two weeks ago. In fact, she hasn’t even received a paycheck yet! At least she can start paying off student loans. But not if she buys frivolous stuff like … lottery tickets.
She shows up for work on Sunday and finds every other employee in the office going crazy! Crying, screaming, hugging! Jennifer asks, “What’s going on?” Almost incoherently, they announce that they had a winning ticket! They’re each going to win a million dollars!
It can’t be true! Jennifer missed out on winning a million dollars because she was too thrifty to spend twenty. Man! What a heartbreaker. In fact, first she assumes they’re playing a joke on her. But sadly, they’re not. It’s true.
But what if the employees show some humanity? Instead of holding on to their million a shot, they take up a generous collection and … they actually gift their brand new co-worker with a pile of cash.
Would anyone believe that?
How about this little plot twist? They ALMOST didn’t buy the winning ticket! They went to the convenience store and asked for 120 tickets, but the cashier thought they said “$120 worth.” So she handed them 60 tickets. “No,” they explained. “We want 120 total.” The cashier was flustered, and people behind them in line started complaining: “Hurry up! Get out of the way!” Huffing off to different cashiers. Finally, they receive the second 60.
And the winning ticket was in the second 60!
Who would believe that? Too much of a coincidence to be a valid plot point?
Well, thanks for your help in plotting this little story. I better start writing this little piece of fiction. Oh, but guess what? It’s NOT fiction! Every word of it is true …
Hello everyone! I spent most of my fall and winter on a guest blog tour for my latest novel, Keeper by Surprise! Every Monday for about three months I appeared on various blogs across the cybersphere. A couple things I realized: although writing all those blogs were fun, they were time-consuming! And although it didn’t result in a bunch of sales, I probably did get “exposed” to readers who didn’t know me prior.
So, I thought I’d repost a few of my favorites for your reading pleasure. This one is about the research I had to do for Keeper by Surprise. Enjoy:
When authors talk about researching for their novels, it often centers on topics such as:
- Historical era accuracy
- Science fiction believability
- Details of a character’s occupation
- Study of a particular setting/country/destination
My books all take place in today’s world. My tagline is: “Everyday life with just a touch of worst case scenario.” Although I do research to ensure that all my facts are straight and accurate, the rest of it just comes straight out of my imagination.
Various kinds of research were necessary for Keeper. Here’s a rundown:
- Legality of naming a sibling guardian over others: As you know from the blurb, our hero Keith’s parents die in a sudden car accident and he is left as guardian over his younger siblings by the parents’ will. I happen to know, from a recent appointment with our own attorney, that parents can choose anyone they want to be guardians of their children, as long as the guardian has reached legal age — 18. So the fact that Keith’s parents left their 20-year-old son as guardian, although unusual, is legal. That’s where the touch of worst case scenario collides with everyday life.
- Wording of a will: For the scene in the book where the attorney read the will, I took the wording directly from our own will. If it works for us, it’ll work for Keith.
- Day to day life of a social worker: Keith eventually meets beautiful Lisa Carle, a social worker assigned to help out with his case. In order to make sure the office environment that I dreamed up for Lisa was accurate, I called up several social workers I know and asked them questions, then had them read the resulting scenes for their suggestions.
- Organizational hierarchy of a governmental reporting structure: There’s a sub-plot within the book that has to do with a devastating secret Lisa is hiding that would surely destroy her budding romance with Keith. In the book’s first (and even second) drafts, I had the details of the reporting structure of a certain government employee completely wrong. Fortunately, the husband of one of my beta readers worked in a similar environment and recognized the error. She pointed out to me where the mistake was and I had to do a little brainstorming because it changed a little bit of plot downstream. But better to make changes pre-publication than put out an error that could be a distraction to readers.
- Military jargon/info: There’s a military theme in the book because Keith was raised by a strict Marine Colonel, and his whole childhood was like a 18-year boot camp. Because I have four or five scenes involving military personnel, various ranks, jargon, etc., I invited a friend of mine out to lunch who had served as a Marine in Viet Nam and ran all my questions by him. He kept wanting to make this a military adventure book, which it’s so not! But he was a big help in keeping that part of it accurate.
- Geography: Because of the storyline, Keith’s home had to be within easy commuting distance to a Marine base, an hour or less from a big city where Keith’s teenage sister Dana goes on an ill-fated date to a big-name concert, and about three hours from a university. It was like a puzzle finding just the right town. Fortunately, I found a winner: Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where, coincidentally, my husband used to work in the first couple years of our marriage.
- Inside of a sorority house on campus: So, as the book opens, Keith is a carefree college student at Penn State University. He’s dating a beautiful sorority girl, Carly. He’s picking her up for a formal dance at her sorority house. When I was researching what sororities are offered at Penn State, I noticed that my mom’s old sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, was an active one. In honor of her, I made that Carly’s sorority. Then, by scanning Penn State’s website I zeroed in on a Penn State Alpha Chi Omega website, and lo and behold, there are pictures of the exterior and interior of the house! My mom was reading the book and at the scene where Keith picks her up at the house, said, “My gosh, how did you know that those are the sorority’s colors?” Well, because I didn’t have to pull it out of my imagination — I wrote the scene while staring at the house itself, inside and out!
That gives you just a little idea of what types of research are needed for a book that’s grounded in reality and the modern world. And I hope reading this has piqued your interest and made you want to check out Keeper by Surprise!
It’s almost as exciting as the birth of a baby! Okay, not QUITE as exciting, but close! Another Random Moon Books author has released an awesome and beautifully written book. You need to check it out! Congratulations to author Leta Gail Doerr on the release of her book, For the Love of Big Orange, the first in a new series.
For all the scoop on it, check out this introductory blog.