Laina Turner

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What I’m Reading

I’m currently taking a class in Young Adult Fiction. For the past year, I have been slowly pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing. Since I write fiction and blog, I thought it only fitting. Plus I LOVE to learn. I’m such a geek. Even though I’m not a fan of homework, I am thoroughly enjoying… READ MORE »

Our Forever Home

Yeah! Yesterday, the day we’d been waiting an eternity (or so it seemed) finally happened. After years of living in limbo I feel I’m finally settling into my forever home. Since my divorce, and subsequent financial backslide, several years ago I haven’t felt ready to put down permanent roots. It’s been bothersome because I felt… READ MORE »

Yummy Bread Pudding

I posted a couple weeks ago about the absolutely delicious cinnamon French toast I made. Yes, I know that sounds little conceited but seriously, it was amazingly good. I had a ton left, and I didn’t want to throw it away, and I knew it wouldn’t be very good the next day, so I stood… READ MORE »

Evergreen’s the Thing!

This isn’t an early post about Christmas trees. Rather it’s about creating timeless – Evergreen – content. First, the important part. Why the hell is it called Evergreen? Well you are probably smarter than I am and have already figured it out but I had to Google it. And then feel really stupid because it’s… READ MORE »

Mother’s Day Gifts and Random Thoughts

I know we are a week past Mother’s Day but hey all us mothers know that every day is Mother’s Day. At least it should be. I just didn’t get a chance to post last week about the wonderful Mother’s Day gift I got from my delightful children. My daughter loves gift giving much more… READ MORE »

Stilettos & Scoundrels – a cozy mystery

I am excited to announce that the 4th edition of Stilettos & Scoundrels, a Presley Thurman cozy mystery, is now available. This was my first book and originally came out in the spring of 2009 in paperback. E-books were just starting to gain popularity and I was one of the holdouts who didn’t want to… READ MORE »

Fab 5 Friday

The best part of my reading is reading other fabulous blog posts but amazing bloggers. Here are just a few that I wanted to share. Honey & Birch – Red, White, and Blue frozen yogurt bark…this looks so yummy! A Fresh Start on a Budget – 15 blogging tips to better your blog…she won me… READ MORE »

In Pursuit of Perfection Link up

I don’t really believe in perfection. I mean we should always be striving to do better and if that’s the case then do we even achieve perfection? Probably not BUT we can most definitely pursue it. For years book editing has been the bane of my existence. I’ve written about it a million times (or… READ MORE »

10 Ways to Recycle Old Content

I believe in recycling though I don’t always do it. It’s such a pain to separate cans from trash and have 2 separate containers. But I know I need to make more of an effort because it will cause less stress on our environment. Another thing you can recycle that will cause less stress on… READ MORE »

Cinnamon French Toast

The other day I was at the store and was walking by the bakery section. They had just put out some homemade cinnamon bread and raisin cinnamon walnut bread. Now I love anything cinnamon so I couldn’t pass by without grabbing a loaf. It was great as toast with butter and I liked it plain…. READ MORE »

Weekend Recap

We had an awesome weekend. In fact, we named it the first annual Mother’s Day retreat. The husband of one of my best friends, Penny, organized this weekend as a surprise for her, A combination celebrate Mother’s Day, her birthday (which is later this month), and goodbye to her son who is leaving the 20th… READ MORE »