Thursday, October 16, 2014

Counting The Days...




The countdown in on! The print version of The Wrong Cowboy will be released October 21st, and the ebook version, November 1st

For those who know me, you know my birthday is coming up this weekend. I won’t be home, but to celebrate online, I’ll have a blog post over at Tote Bags and Blogs, where I’ll be giving away two print versions of this book. So stop on over and leave a comment for your chance to win!

It’s been as busy around the home place as ever.  Hubby and I went away last weekend to celebrate our anniversary and had a very nice time. We visited a casino. I left with more money than I entered with for the first time ever.  I’ve also been busy using and/or freezing all the apples the neighbor man brought over. They make excellent pies. I made him one and gave him a tub of vanilla-bean ice cream from Schwan’s to go with it. I also made Bear new covers for his dog beds. The covers are so much easier to wash than the entire bed. With duck hunting season upon us, his beds get a bit sandy. 

I can’t say much right now, but there’s going to be a fun event happening on line the first of November that you’ll all want to participate in! I’ll let you know more as soon as I can!

On the writing side….Still working on the Salem Witch story. It’s going well, but with all the traveling lately, things are moving slower than I’d like. I’ll make up for that as soon as deer hunting starts and I have the house to myself….OH! I almost forgot….That’s also when I’ll be going to the Garth Brooks concert! I went the last two times he came to Minnesota, so I had to go again! Right?

I’m also plotting out a couple more stories, one about a spring wedding, and another about a woman who goes to live with the Cheyenne.  

For now, I must sign off, it’s getting late and Bear keeps looking up at me with big brown eyes and sighing.  He’s ready to call it a night, but doesn’t believe he can go to bed while I’m still awake. (That’s why he has a bed by my chair in the living room, another one in my writing room, and in our bedroom, and in our son’s room—his true master, but I’m the one who feeds him, so his loyalties are mixed at times). 

Keep smiling, the world is definitely a better place because of you!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Good-bye Summer!



Yep, Summer 2014 is officially over. 

Hubby and I took a mini vacation last weekend. We drove along the bluffs of the Mississippi River in Southern Minnesota. The leaves on the trees were just starting to turn their brilliant colors, making the scenery even more beautiful. We visited several antique shops and found a couple of tiny treasures before heading north again. 

I spent last evening with a book club. They are a wonderful group of women who are current reading one of my books, and they were full of questions. We laughed until we had tears in our eyes at some things. I didn’t get home until midnight and then stayed up very late writing a blog post for The Sweethearts of the West that was due today. Stop over and say "HI" if you are so inclined!

On the writing side…My Salem Witch Trial story is taking shape! Love it! 

Here is the cover for Improper Christmas Nights of which my Christmas story, Snowbound With The Sheriff, is included in. This version is only available in the UK. And The Wrong Cowboy received a four star glowing review and the K.I.S.S. (Knight In Shining Silver) hero award from RT Reviews

Today I must dedicate a bit of time for housecleaning. I swear the neighbors must have brought over laundry while we were on our mini-vacation. 

Best wishes to all of you as we embrace the fall season!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Four Quick Things....




First: I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day, and took some time for yourself! I did. I went to my brother’s cabin and didn’t do much of anything except relax (and eat, my sis-in-law is a FABULOUS cook!).
 
Second: The countdown to release day for The Wrong Cowboy is officially underway! 

Third: My wonderful Harlequin editor accepted my Salem Witch story proposal! Along with that book the contract calls for two westerns and a fourth book yet to be determined. A second contract calls for a western story for a Spring Wedding anthology. Yes, there will be lots of research and writing happening in my house this winter!

Fourth: The roaring twenties series is officially done—as far as the writing goes that is. I’m very anxious to see what the fabulous art department at Harlequin comes up with for covers (and titles)!

I hope September brings you glorious days full of wonderful adventures!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer is Dwindling...



The state fair is underway and next week my granddaughters start school, which means our summer is dwindling away. Though I do enjoy all four seasons, summer is my favorite. I always enjoyed the relaxing carefree days of not having to rush out the door first thing in the morning when our boys were younger, and still enjoy being able to spend all day with granddaughters on a whim. They were all here yesterday and we ended the night before they went home with Smores. 

We’ll have another get together tomorrow.  We not only have family visiting from Iowa, but hubby was challenged for the ALS ice bucket challenge, and everyone is coming over to watch it happen. 

Other duties put a damper on my writing time this past week, but I was able to put together a synopsis of a possible story set during the Salem Witch Trials. The research so far has been fascinating. Things were very different back then and I can understand how the hysteria spread so rapidly. I’m also glad that even back then we had wise men and women who were able to ‘think outside the box’ in order to put the debacle to an end. 

I have company and we have things to do, so I must keep this short. Enjoy these last days of Summer 2014, it has been full of memories, but there is always room for one more good one!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Edits...



Yep, that’s what I’m doing. Putting the final tweaks on Josie and Scooter’s story. Writing in this era has been so fun and I know I’m going to miss these Nightingale girls when I finish my final read through (today!) and zip this story back to my editor. 

I’m also attempting to utilize a few discussed items in many of the wonderful workshops I attended at the RWA conference. I’d much rather sit in my writing cave than market my books, but did learn I need to put myself ‘out there’ a bit more. So…I created an author page on Facebook. If you’re inclined, please stop by and click the like button at https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurirobinson. Thanks a million to all who have already done so!

The Stolen Kiss, a short free read is still up on Harlequin’s website for your reading pleasure—

And The Wrong Cowboy is now available for preorders. 

On the home front, August has been full of birthday parties, with still more to come. This weekend it’s our grandson’s. He turned one the end of July! That year went by fast. As they tend to do. Company is coming into town for the party which means I need to go straighten up the spare bedroom which doubles as my writing cave late at night when I don’t want to keep others awake. Granddog Bear has a bed in there and often joins me, which means vacuuming is a must before anyone else goes in there. Love him to pieces, but a hundred pound dog does shed. And shed. And shed. He has a stock tank in our backyard to cool off in and the other morning, he and the neighbor dog were in it together. Two yellow labs having a pool party. It was a sight to see and made me smile all day.

The morning is ticking by and I’m needed in the 1920’s! Keep smiling and keep your head up. You are a wonderful person who is loved by many!