Laurie Boris

writer, editor, baseball fan, reluctant chef, stand-up comic in a former life


Just released! Boychik (historical)

In 1930s Brooklyn, the son of a deli owner dreams of making it big in Hollywood. A rich girl with dark family secrets fantasizes about a life in service to the unfortunate. When their worlds collide, they’re tempted by an unlikely and forbidden romance. Danger follows, but will it shadow them into their futures?

How can you love something so fiercely and still want to run from it? [more info]


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The Kitchen Brigade (dystopian)

TheKitchenBrigade_eCoverIn the not-so-distant future, the daughter of the assassinated secretary of state is forced to work in the kitchen of the Russian general whose army occupies an America torn apart by civil war. To rebel could prove deadly, but how long can she serve the men destroying her country?


If an army marches on its stomach, a cook might find a way to win the war.  [more info]
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The Call (women’s fiction; sports fiction)

PrintAs one of the first female umpires in the minors, Margie puts up with insults and worse from people who think women don’t belong in baseball. Forget making history—Margie just wants to do her job and be part of the game she loves. She’s ready for the rude comments. The lousy pay. The endless traveling. But when she suspects a big-name slugger of cheating, she has to choose: let the dirty player get away with it, or blow the whistle and risk her career…and maybe her twin brother’s major-league prospects, too. Now it’s up to Margie to make the call. The Call has been accepted as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s permanent archives.
Available from Amazon (Kindle Unlimited).Read an excerpt here.

Catering Girl: a novella (women’s fiction) 

CateringGirlMaybeFinalFrankie Goldberg, struggling actress and stand-up comic in Los Angeles, can’t keep her day jobs, thanks to her smart mouth and a lot of other bad habits. Now a thirty-something catering assistant on a movie set, she reluctantly agrees to bring a cappuccino to the resident diva. The young star Anastasia Cole is in tears, distraught about disturbing changes in the script. Frankie serves a side of common sense with the coffee, and excited to have an ally, Anastasia offers her the role of a lifetime. It’s not what Frankie had in mind–but being needed might be exactly what she needs. (Catering Girl is a prequel to the romantic comedy The Joke’s on Me.)

A Sudden Gust of Gravity (psychological romance/suspense)

Gravity_coverart_1bChristina dreamed of becoming a magician like her father, but real life made her fantasy disappear. Now a twenty-five-year-old waitress in Boston, she passes the local magic store and can only imagine what might have been. One day, compelled to step inside, she captures the attention of a charming street performer, who hires her as his assistant. Christina has no desire to make a career out of holding some guy’s props, but maybe Reynaldo the Magnificent could be her ticket to something bigger. When his dark side threatens everything she’s worked for—including the troubled young doctor who has become one of her fans—she questions if the opportunity for a second chance is worth the price of admission.
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In the Name of Love: Stories about Revenge, Redemption, and Rebirth (flash and short fiction collection)

A lonely neighbor tries to melt a widow’s reluctant heart. Bullying brothers threaten to spoil a young girl’s Halloween. Left at the altar once, a woman takes a gamble on a second chance. These are just a few in a collection of thirty short and shorter stories about growing up, growing older, moving out, moving on, revenge, redemption, and love in all its shades of bittersweet pain and joy.

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Playing Charlie Cool (contemporary/lit fiction; Book Three in the Trager Family Secrets Series, but it’s a stand-alone story)

Charlie_Cool_kindle500Television producer Charlie Trager knows he’s lucky to have a successful career and good friends and family who support him. The man he loves, however, is not so lucky. Joshua Goldberg suffers the spite of an ex-wife gunning to keep him from their two children…and maybe Charlie. Determined not to let Joshua go, Charlie crafts a scheme that could remove the obstacles to their relationship…or destroy their love forever.  (Read an excerpt)
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The Picture of Cool (contemporary romance with a different twist; prequel to the Trager Family Secrets Series)

TPOC_cover300Television producer Charlie Trager spends his days working with beautiful women on a daytime talk show. But underneath his cool façade, there’s a hollow spot in his heart, waiting for the right man to ease his loneliness. Then he meets the show’s next guest, a handsome young politician with a bad case of nerves—and a secret that could turn both their lives upside down. (Short novella: 14,000 words)
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Sliding Past Vertical (romantic drama with a literary twist)

Sliding Past VerticalSarah Cohen doesn’t mean to hurt anyone. But lately every decision this twenty-nine-year-old graphic artist makes ends in varying degrees of disaster. Fortunately for her, nursing home orderly Emerson McCann is just a phone call away, ready to help clean up the mess. Years after their brief college romance, Emerson still longs for her. Even though she moved to Boston and left him behind in Syracuse. Even though he can only dream about being with her, stuck in the friend zone and offering comfort as guy after guy breaks her heart.When her latest fling lands Sarah in deep trouble, she runs to Emerson yet again. Thinking a change of scene will change her luck, or at least give her the opportunity to make the right choices this time, she decides to return to Syracuse. Emerson is happy, at first, to accommodate her, and he sets her up in his rooming house. But with her history, an innocent graduate student living down the hall, and Emerson ready to boil over, Sarah may be too close for everyone’s comfort. And Emerson’s dream may become a nightmare.(Read first chapter)
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Don’t Tell Anyone (contemporary fiction; Book Two in the Trager Family Secrets Series, but it’s a stand-alone story)

Liza’s mother-in-law once called her a godless hippie raised by wolves. Now, after five years of marriage to her elder son, five years of disapproval and spite, the family accidentally learns that Estelle has a fatal illness. And Estelle comes to her with an impossible request. A horrified Liza refuses but keeps the question from her husband and his brother. As the three children urge Estelle to consider treatment, their complicated weave of family secrets and lies begins to unravel. Can they hold their own lives together long enough to help Estelle with hers? (Read first chapter)
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Drawing Breath (contemporary fiction)

DrawingBreathCoverNewSmallArt teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he’s already outlived his doctor’s “expiration date,” but that doesn’t stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work. When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady’s daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision. (Read first chapter)
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The Joke’s on Me (contemporary fiction, humorous women’s fiction)

Cover of The Joke's on MeWhen a mudslide plummets her hopes, her home, and her entire collection of impractical footwear into the Pacific, former actress and stand-up comic Frankie Goldberg takes the only possession she has left – a cherry red Corvette convertible – and drives east to her family’s bed and breakfast in Woodstock, New York. This begins a journey into the family she left behind, the family she joked about in her act. But the joke’s on Frankie. While she was doing impressions of her slightly menopausal Jewish mother and her sister the serial divorcee, her family was slowly leaving her. And maybe that joke is just too new to be funny. Travel along with fearless Frankie as she puzzles through that eternal dilemma of coming back home to find that nothing is where you left it.


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