On the Blog

I Want YOU To Join Laina’s Crusaders!

Are you interested in partnering with me to spread the word about my published books? Then I want YOU to join my team – Laina’s Crusaders! If you choose to join, I’ll be forever grateful and can also offer you a few incentives. As a member of Laina’s Crusaders, you’ll be rewarded with: * Exclusive FREE access to… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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…. Continue Reading