Flash Fiction Frenzy

writerEvery Friday, a bunch of eager and intrepid scribes write two-minute flash fiction with atom-splitting fury over at JD Mader’s website. Why, you ask? Because it’s there. Because he gives us the space and has the best snacks. And his writing makes grown men and stout-hearted ladies cry. Our numbers are growing like crazy, and something like magic happens when we write together. Maybe next week you’ll join us? Or add to the fun any time you’d like. Just take a deep breath, close your eyes and write. We’ll break that blog yet. Here is what this week’s alchemy inspired for me.  Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Awesome Authors–Yvonne Hertzberger


DV Berkom hosts the lovely Yvonne Hertzberger, who talks about her fantasy novels and growing up in Gouda (not the cheese!) Good stuff, ladies!

Originally posted on DV Berkom Books:

photo of the authorWelcome back to Awesome Authors! My guest today is the lovely epic fantasy author Yvonne Hertzberger. Yvonne and I met a couple of years back as minions of the inimitable death star blog known as Indies Unlimited. She shared her gruel with me which should tell you something about her–Yvonne has got to be the nicest person on the planet, bar none. I don’t think I’ve ever read a negative word from her about anyone. And THAT’S rare, especially online where people tend to hide behind their anonymity. Since I’m firmly in the “mean people suck” camp, knowing Yvonne has been quite a breath of fresh air. Here’s her bio:

(From the author): Yvonne Hertzberger lives in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark. She calls herself a late bloomer as she began writing at the ripe age of 56. Her Fantasy/ Magic Realism trilogy, ‘Earth’s…

View original 2,455 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture


I have a soft spot for books that speak to bullying in schools…and among kids in general. This powerful little story by my friend Donna Dillon has just undergone a makeover courtesy of the lovely Kim Mutch Emerson and the folks at MKSP. I’m excited to see this story get a little more attention and…wait for it…MSKP is putting out the sequel, as well. Powerful stuff, adding one more voice to the fight.

Originally posted on Making Believe:

imagesSchool has begun and with it anticipation, hope, trials, successes and failures. Unfortunately what also comes when school is in session are children struggling with their social skills. Some will learn to respect, accept, understand and enjoy their peers, and others will act out hostilities they might be witnessing at home, or that might be bottled up inside from their own fears and anxieties.

With so much talk about bullying these days you’d think America would see a decrease. Not so. Although there have been an increase of authors that have addressed the subject. Master Koda Select Publishing has a few of those novels and memoirs available.

10699194_807153445974061_424882861_nOne being The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture by Donna Dillon

This is not an easy, fun read, but is rather a book that every student, teacher and child advocate should read.

Donna is very passionate to do what she can…

View original 403 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Flash in Front of Your Eyes Fiction

iStock_000005733150XSmallWe tried to break JD Mader’s website this week with our Friday flash fiction. Not yet, but we keep getting closer. It was a long week, and I kept sneaking away to pop out some two-minute bits.  And a few more. And a few more. I don’t know if there was necessarily a theme in the ones I posted, but as I was reviewing them, it felt like I was working toward a progression of sorts.  Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Playing Charlie Cool: Sneak Peek

PlayingCharlieCoolPrelim400Hi, everyone! While Art Dude is finishing the cover, I’d like to share an excerpt from Playing Charlie Cool. The e-book is available for pre-order on Amazon. You can save a buck by ordering now at the introductory price, and it will be delivered to your Kindle when the book is published at the beginning of October. Although it’s a sequel to The Picture of Cool and Don’t Tell Anyone, Playing Charlie Cool is a standalone story. (Scroll down to find out how you can grab a free copy of The Picture of Cool.)

First…what’s Playing Charlie Cool about?

With a few humble words, mayoral staffer Joshua Goldberg comes out to the New York press, resigns his post, and leaves his wife. Three months later, he is still skittish about making his relationship with television producer Charlie Trager public. Charlie understands Joshua’s stress over the divorce and his desire to step back into the political spotlight. But he’s tired of schedule conflicts and frustrated about getting put on the back burner while the pressure ravages the man he loves. Managing some of the most demanding divas in network television has taught Charlie patience. But his cool façade is wearing thin. Longing to ease Joshua’s anguish and burning for control in a situation that seems headed off the rails, Charlie takes a huge risk that could destroy everything he and Joshua have worked so hard to build. Continue reading

Posted in book excerpt, book release | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Why Tell a Story?

Typewriter - Once upon a timeFor as long as I can remember, I have been observing people. Not in a creepy, stalker-ish way, or at least not according to the local authorities. But as a watchful, introverted child attempting to make sense of the world, and later, as a watchful, introverted adult, still attempting to make sense of the world and my place in it.

People are fascinating. How they can say one thing and do another. How they are capable of great feats but falter at the smallest tasks. How they can smile at you and promise the world, right before crushing you under their heels. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments



The fabulous Dames of Dialogue have me back to talk about Playing Charlie Cool, my former career as a stripper, and what’s on tap next…

Originally posted on Dames of Dialogue:

Welcome to Dames of Dialogue, Laurie!  Tell us one strange and provocative tidbit from your life that nobody has heard before.

I used to be a stripper. Yes. That was my job title, although it didn’t involve taking off my clothes. I worked in graphic arts before I segued into writing. In the “old-fashioned” way of creating printing plates, negatives for each ink color had to be sandwiched together precisely on a light table, which were then covered with a thick paper mask, and windows cut so the text and images would show through to make the plate. Hence, I was a negative stripper—which meant I complained about my tips. Just kidding. The tips were really good. Especially the ones about not cutting myself with the razor blade or inhaling developer fumes.

Laughing…Tell us about your latest book.

InPlaying Charlie Cool, television producer Charlie Trager’s secret relationship with…

View original 1,181 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments