Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time Laura was young, she spent hours
drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became
more serious, however, when Laura met her own hero and they eventually became
the parents of six children. In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing
costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura
still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of four
“All Penny Merrill wants to do is run her own bakery shop, but her money-thirsty mother and conniving stepfather are making it nearly impossible to keep her dream alive. When Penny finds a clipping advertising a Valentine’s Day contest for Arizona’s cutest couple, with the winnings being enough for her to hold on to her floundering business, she comes up with an idea that might just work–if she can find the right man for the job.
Commercial contractor Preston Ames is starting to develop feelings for Penny, and even though he’s been through enough heartache to know that he should avoid her at all costs, he can’t keep himself from visiting her sweet shop everyday. When Penny asks him to participate in a crazy scheme so that she can overturn her stepfather’s underhanded business ploy, Preston is tempted to run the other way. But one look into her soulful blue eyes and he’s a goner. Little does he know that his calm, orderly world is about to unravel–and that just one picture will turn Penny into his sweet valentine! ”
of their pants) so plotting in general is hard for me. I’m becoming a better
outliner, but I still get stuck from time to time. That’s when I go back to
old-fashioned pen and paper. Somehow my eyes just “see” the overall
picture better and then I’m able to fill in the blanks.
Happens series (LDS romances) and then I plan to write the second installment
in this series, which is Holiday Contests, although I haven’t decided which
holiday I will focus on next.
religious audience so my messages will be much different than the lighter tone
and overall message I convey in my rom-coms. In my inspirational fiction, I try
to convey the idea that God loves us and everything will work out if we have
faith. For my rom-coms, my main message will be that love conquers all.
life. My second novel, The Matchup, was largely based on my
experience as a mother to an autistic child. However, The Billionaire’s
Sweet Valentine is pure fantasy on my part, and I suspect as I write
more rom-coms that this pattern will continue.
who have shown me how to navigate the writing and publishing world. I’ve
attended a few writing conferences that have been very beneficial. I also met
in person a blogger who had participated in one of my earlier blog tours while
I was at a book signing. She came just to support me. That was a great
experience. I’ve also formed a fun street team on Facebook where we talk about
bookish things. Members of my street team also get to read my newest releases
for free, and in turn give a shoutout on social media for my books. If you
would like to join, here is the link: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1493800594035114&ref=content_filter