Monday, December 31, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
AND…Paty’s latest book, Perfectly Good Nanny, is a finalist in the Contemporary Romance category for the EPPIE Awards, a contest for Electronically Published Books! If you’re looking for a good read, check it out, it’s available in both e-book and print.
Other news…I have my Christmas shopping done, that is if everything I ordered on line arrives by Saturday! I spent all weekend, shopping, writing out cards, and wrapping. Of course, I had double the presents to wrap for Isabelle since her 1st birthday is the 23rd. It is true, being a Grandparent is one of God's greatest gifts!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
Monday, December 10, 2007
On the romance side...I'm still working on the edits of An April to Remember, and I had lunch with a friend today who'd purchased several copies of Mail Order Husband for Christmas gifts, which I autographed. I'm sure her purchases are what had put the book back on the Western Best Selling list at Amazon earlier this month. Thanks, Sandy!
AND...on the personal side--Preparations for Christmas are underway. The guest bedroom, or "Heartbreak Hotel" as they boys call it, is full of gifts, which I need to find the time to wrap, and I've made a couple batches of candy. Yesterday, I went to the Mall of America with my mother and sister. We met up with my aunt from Texas, aunt and cousin from Baudette, and aunt and uncle from the Iron Range where we all participated in the World's Largest Christmas Carol. The rotunda, and all three balconies, were full of carolers as everyone joined Alvin and the Chipmunks in singing "The Chipmunk Song" (Christmas Don't Be Late). Wearing red Santa hats, with a big, black A on the white rim, we sang eight rounds of "Christmas, Christmas time is near, Time for toys, and time for cheer. We've been good, but we can't last, Hurry Christmas, hurry fast. Want a plane that loops a loop, Me, I want a Hula-hoop..."
Hope you all are enjoying your holiday activities!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Here's the unedited blub for the story:
April Simonson hated men—all men. They were cruel, sinful beasts. Her disfigured face was proof. That is until she met Jerek Brinkley. Then, as the revered Sultana explodes, April falls into the dark, muddy waters of the Mississippi River terrified she’ll never see the light of day or the handsome riverboat gambler again.
Jerek Brinkley fought hell and high water to save the northern vixen who’d won his heart with her card tricks, only to fear Allan Pinkerton’s arrival in Memphis might reveal secrets he’s not ready for her to know.
Based on history’s greatest maritime disaster, An April to Remember, sprinkled with real facts and events, revives the Sultana, a Civil War riverboat whose death toll surpassed the Titanic’s, and offers a new twist on what might have happened that fateful night in 1865.
It is still in the editing process, and will probably be released some time in 2008.
I've really enjoyed working on this story. The research was so facinating.
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I'm working on the first round of edits for An April to Remember, and I'm also working on a short time travel story, An Unbelievable Journey. It's about a girl who travels back to the 1880's and helps Buffalo Bill Cody plan his first Wild West Show. She believes aliens abducted her and accidentally dropped her off in the wrong century. It's a short, fun story.
The Northern Lights Writer's retreat was fabulous. It was held at a wonderful Bed and Breakfast near Hinkley. So I was able to stop and see Isabelle on the way there and back.
We only had six trick or treaters for Halloween, so I made sure they each went home with a pumpkin from my garden. My great nephew was excited because as he put it, "Halloween isn't just about trick or treating, it's about carving pumpkins too."
Deer hunting season has started, so I'm a weekend widow, and enjoy the extra time to sit on the computer!
Hope your November is a wonderful one!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Last week the Big Lake Library hosted "A Night of Romance". Kathleen Eagle and Judy Baer (and I) spoke to the audience about being a romance writer. Michele Hauf and Lois Greiman also attended as did a group from my RWA Chapter, Northern Lights Writers. The meal included a chocolate buffet! My husband, my mother, all three of my sons and their wives/girlfriends, as well as my granddaughter, Miss Isabelle, attended. A reporter from the Big Lake paper (a wonderful woman who also critiqued A Wife for Big John for me) took this photo of me and Isabelle.
Other news...next weekend I'm going on the Northern Lights Writers retreat, and am really looking forward to it. Still hoping to hire a replacement at work (only two of us work there and one retired...nope it wasn't me), and I get to wait on tables this weekend for a fundraiser at Applebee's! Haven't done that since high school.
Oh, and today is my birthday. :)
Friday, September 28, 2007
Then we turned our attention to Big John, the hero. Needless to say, we didn't have much luck coming up with a Lumberjack either.
In the end, we went for a true Northern Minnesota scene, tall pines and lots of snow! Here it is...let me know what you think.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I am now working on the second edits for A Wife for Big John, it had been awhile since I worked on it, and I'm finding how much I like Dani and John all over again. They are quite a pair. I've started working on another book, it is set in Western Kansas, and my research is really interesting. I lived there for over ten years, and wish I would have know some of this then. I visited Squaw's Den several times, but never knew the real story behind the landmark. I'll have to drive out to it next time we go down to see Jess's family.
I'm also working on an event with the Big Lake Library. "A Night of Romance" we are inviting MN romance authors to join us for an evening of fun, story telling and book signings. It will be Oct. 11th.
Oh, and I received my first sales statement from TWRP for Mail Order Husband. I was astonished by how many e-books sold through Fictionwise in May and June. Thanks to all who purchased one.
Hope you all accomplished goals you'd set for this summer. :)
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Mail Order Husband update....
It is still on the Amazon Western Best Selling list, the highest I've seen it is number 3, currently it's hovering around 8-10.
51 readers have rated it at Fictionwise.
Today I found a review from Two Lips, Reviewer, Arianna says, "Lauri Robinson has turned the tables on mail order forever. ... I really enjoyed Mail Order Husband and recommend reading it because I believe that you will too!"
Other news...We spent the weekend in Iowa visiting with my husband's family, and next weekend we are off to the NASCAR race in Michigan.
Hope you all have found the time to enjoy the summer....it feels like it's almost over! YIKES.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Earlier today it went to #12, and is now at #14. It says the list is updated hourly, so I don't know how long it will stay on the list, but it sure was exciting to see it. Here is the link http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/books/271584011 if you want to take a peek.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
We are back from vacation and had such a wonderful time, I wasn't ready to come home. :) But isn't that usually how it is? Hope you all a wonderful 4th of July!
While we were gone, the RELEASE DATE FOR THE PRINT VERSION OF MAIL ORDER HUSBAND arrived. The book is now available for purchase. Any bookstore should be able to order it in, if they do not have it in stock. OR you can purchase it on line from Wild Rose Press, as well as Amazon and others.
Thanks so much for all of your support and please let me know what you think of the book!
I'm working on another one....as always. :) And feel new inspiration since I had time to read a couple books while traveling and then waiting for the fish to bite. (Which they did, we now have our limit of wonderful Walleyes to have for a fish fry with friends and family.)
Enjoy the warm summer days, they are already flying by much to quickly!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I am really not a boat or fishing person, most of the time, (yes, I realize I live in the land of 10,000 Lakes, so going to South Dakota to go fishing sounds strange), but while we are out there, we are completely on vacation, no phones, no TV's, (I insist on running water and electricity so we stay at the lodge, others do the "camping" parts), no traffic, etc., that I even enjoy relaxing in the boat, and catching record size walleyes is an added bonus!
Fictionwise update: I slipped from the best seller list this week. I'm not disappointed! Just to be on the best seller list was wonderful, but to actually make the NUMBER ONE slot was more than I ever dreamed of!
I'm working on another book, it's during the Civil War and about a Riverboat that was truly the greatest maritime disaster in the U.S. history. The Sultana blew up on the Mississippi in 1865 just north of Memphis, and her cause is still in debate. It's been a lot of fun to research and create a love story around.
Hope you all have a GREAT week!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
They also reviewed Mail Order Husband and gave it "Four Spurs" Reviewer Carol sent this in an email to me...
"I enjoyed the book and the byplay between the two characters but I absolutely fell in love with Jace --definitely a "knight in shining armor"! Look forward to more from you, Lauri--Best, Carol"
You can read the full review here http://www.lovewesternromances.com/mohreview.html
It is so wonderful to hear from people who have read the story I worked so hard to create!
Fictionwise update: Mail Order Husband went from #1 to #2, then to #7 on the overall list. It went to #2 on the romance only list, and has remained there for sometime now. My family checks it regularly then calls to update me. I never thought my three sons would be so supportive of their mother's hobby. It is great. :)
Other news...I sent in my next manuscript, "A Wife for Big John" it's about a logging company in Minnesota in the 1890's. While sitting with my Dad every weekend, I'd work on it, and since he'd worked in the "woods" as a young man, he had a lot of stories to share. It was wonderful, and makes the story all the more special to me.
Hope you all have a GREAT week!
Monday, June 4, 2007
It had moved to # 3 last week and I was very excited, but when I looked today and saw # 1... Well, I'm still screaming it from the roof top! http://www.fictionwise.com/
I have no idea how many have to sell to make the list, but THANK YOU to anyone who has purchased it and I hope you enjoy the story!
My son, Dallas, had class tonight and had told his teacher his mother's book was at number 3, then during break he listened to the message I'd left saying it was now # 1. He went back in and the whole class had to check it out! :)
It's so wonderful to have such a supportive family!
Have a GREAT week everyone!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
When I got the email from WRP and saw it was a review for MOH, I had to take a deep breath before I could click!
I read it, screamed, read it to my husband, screamed, read it to my Mom, screamed, read it to my son...well, you get the picture.
Ms. Talley says, "This book is a very romantic, yet suspenseful........There is a constant undercurrent of danger, but there are also some poignant moments which made me shed a few tears. This book is a great read and I was not ready for it to end. I envision this book will be a keeper for many bookshelves; I highly recommend that you read it!"
You can read the full review at http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/mailorderhusbandrobinson.htm
How will I ever sleep tonight?????????
Saturday, May 26, 2007
As of this week it is number 10 on the romance best seller list and number 12 on the all category best seller list.
AND Readerwise has tagged it as number 3 on the best selling romance list!
I am jumping for joy, and again-THANKS to all you wonderful e-book readers!
Have a GREAT weekend!
Monday, May 21, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wild Rose Press has released Mail Order Husband today in e-book. Check it out at http://www.thewildrosepress.com/
Creating Jace and Penny and their life together was such fun. I sincerely hope readers enjoy the story and characters.
Romance Readers at Heart reviewer Julie Kornhausl says "There’s more to this story than just the romance between Jace and Penny. There’s someone who is out to destroy the other ranches. Throw in some Indians and your run-of-the-mill bad guy, and MAIL ORDER HUSBAND turns out to be quite the entertaining western.
I would recommend reading MAIL ORDER HUSBAND by Lauri Robinson."
You can read her full review here: http://romancereaderatheart.com/pubsandpromos/2007/may07/MOH_LR.html
Now it's time to focus on the next one! And the next....
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
What a way to start out the morning....Let me think...
1. For Jenna... my favorite show is Deadliest Catch too. My son got me hooked on it.
2. In High School, (many years ago) I lettered in wrestling. (Long story.)
3. I am one of eight children, six boys and two girls. All but one of us are now grandparents.
4. My 24 year old Kitty died last July...Odd thing is I never really liked cats, I got him by default when my boys were little. Still miss him.
5. I am addicted to ice tea. ONLY FRESH BREWED! I drink at least a pitcher a day.
6. My guest room is "Heartbreak Hotel". It is decorated with all of the Elvis memorabilia I have been given over the years. Complete with a full size cardboard cut-out. (Which many guests put in the closet, saying they can't sleep with Elvis staring at them.)
7. My favorite grilled food is an Oscar Mayer hot dog.
8. My dream car is a '65 Mustang. I'm still looking for the perfect one and arguing with my husband about it. (He's a Chevy guy).
I will now tag eight other Wild Rose Press Authors....
In case I tag you, here are the rules:
1) Each player starts with 8 random facts or habits about themselves.
2) People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their 8 things with a copy of these rules.
3) At the end of your blog you need to choose 8 people to get tagged and list their names.
4) Don't forget to leave them a note saying they've been tagged.
Tag you're it!
Clover Autrey, Marly Mathews, Tina Gayle, Stacy Dawn, Cindy K. Green, Alisha Paige, Gina Black, and Rayna Vause.
Monday, May 7, 2007
We had a nice time visiting family and friends. Grandpa is 88 and lives alone in his own house, so one day was spent cleaning for him. It was quite trying to convince him that tools do NOT belong in the silverware drawer or the dishwasher!
TRUE STORY....Grandma died about ten years ago and after her death we bought Grandpa an answering machine when he complained no one ever called him. He couldn't figure out how to work the machine so once a week he would take it up town to the small Radio Shack store and they would play the messages for him and write down the names he needed to call back. Yes..it's a small town! I used this tale as well as some other 'quirks' of Grandpa's in "A Message of Love ".
The quick trip was fun but I must say, I am glad to be back in Minnesota and to have internet access again!
Make it a GREAT Week and Happy Mother's Day to all you MOM"S!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Make it a GREAT week!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Penny Jordan doesn't want a husband- she needs one. It's the only way she can save her ranch. Her pickings are slim, so she asks her friend from back east to find one and send him to the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory, ASAP. Penny soon discovers that her mail ordered husband is the last thing she needed- he's nothing more than a mail order problem!
Jace Owens doesn't want a wife-again. When his meddling sister-in-law drugs and ships him to the middle of nowhere as a mail order husband, all he can focus on is getting back to Pennsylvania to wring her scrawny neck. Then he meets his new wife, and soon discovers he's going to have to convince her to let him stay-for a lifetime.
I got the idea for the book while visiting the Black Hills with my youngest son. We had flown to Custard for him to attend prom with his girlfriend who is from there.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I am reading my galley for Mail Order Husband and hope to soon be working on the cover. I have also sent another manuscript to Wild Rose Press and started to work on a Civil War story. It is a story I'm excited to tell, but then again, they each have been my favorite as I've been working on them. I'm also checking out prices and time commitments for a website. If anyone has suggestions, I'm all ears.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Have a great day!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Bless his heart! I've been 5'3" and 135 pounds for most of the 26 years we have been married!