Journal 2013

November 8, 2013
November Deal Alert!

Holidays, cold weather, long nights . . . November is the perfect month to curl up with a good book. In celebration of November, the price of Clearwater Crossing Collection 1; Getting Together has been temporarily reduced to $1.99. That’s four full-length novels for under two bucks!

*** Price reduced from $5.99 to $1.99 for the month of November only! ***

Available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

If you've been thinking about checking out Clearwater Crossing, now is a great time to jump in. And if you enjoy this series, please tell a friend!

Thanks for visiting!
See you soon,


October 29, 2013
This Treat Is No Trick!

I found out a few months ago that Green was going to become an Audible audiobook. On Saturday I discovered that the new audio edition is already finished and out in the world! I love how fast things happen in digital publishing.

Now available at Audible, Amazon, and the iBookstore!


Did you know that you can listen to audiobooks on a Kindle? I should have known that, but I didn't, so I was delighted to learn that I still don't have to figure out how to use the iPod languishing in my desk drawer. I will do that someday. Eventually. Maybe. :-)

In other news, it's Halloween this week! I love Halloween. I generally don't get up to much that night, but I'll watch every remotely interesting Halloween-themed episode on TV, and I almost always carve a pumpkin, to give the room the proper atmosphere. Here's the one I did last year:

Granted, it's not Halloween Wars material, but not only don't I have the space for THIS, having him around might not enhance my appetite for Halloween candy. It would be awesome, though. Seriously, click the link. That beast is made of pumpkin, cake, and pure sugar—three of my favorite things.

Wishing you all a happy Halloween and a goody bag full of your favorite things!
See you soon,


May 27, 2013
E-books Are The New Black

There can't be any doubt now that e-books are here to stay. I'm still in the camp of book geeks who hopes print books will be around forever (or at least for the rest of my life), but I have to admit that is looking less likely. And the truth is, even as much as I appreciate the beauty and tactile qualities of a well designed print book, I'm just not reading as many of them as I used to.

Until this month, the degree to which I'd switched over to e-books wasn't apparent to me. I own three Kindles now, so that probably should have clued me in, but I also still own numerous shelves groaning with print books, and those are a lot more visible. What finally tipped me off? The other day I was reading a print book and was about to put it down when I realized that I'd lose my place if I did. A few things occurred to me simultaneously: 1) if I was reading an e-book, this wouldn't be an issue, 2) I needed a bookmark, and 3) back when I read exclusively print, I never needed bookmarks.

It's true. I read for most of my life without using bookmarks. And no, I didn't fold down page corners instead—yikes! I'd just retain a sense of roughly how far into the book I was, and that in combination with the natural memory of bent paper in the spine got me back to within pages of my place. Add a few seconds of flipping and skimming and not only was I where I needed to be, but my memory of the preceding action was refreshed and back up to speed.

Three Kindles and probably counting. . . .

When I first started reading e-books, the jolt of reopening a book to the exact word I left off at without any reintroductory skimming wasn't something I saw as a plus—especially since backing up in e-books happens a screen at a time, making it less intuitive than flipping backward in print. Now, however, it seems I have become so dependent on my e-readers' bookmarking feature that I not only like that abrupt reentry but am seeking it out in print. What next? Marking passages?

Oh, wait. I do that too now—but only in my e-books. Marking up books is another big no-no in my print library. If I see a passage I admire in print, I usually just try to remember it, because no way am I whipping out a highlighter. My Kindles have a highlighter built in, though, along with (even better) a highlight eraser. It remains to be seen if I'll ever actually come back to any of the passages I've marked, but it's nice to know that I can if I want to.

Remember reading under the covers or in a tent using a flashlight? Those are happy memories, but I'll never do those things again, because two of my e-readers have their own light source. Two have e-ink screens, perfect for reading in bright light without glare. And one of them (the Kindle Paperwhite) has both. Maybe that's why when I read in print now I can never seem to get a lamp pointed the way I like it.

But perhaps the biggest virtue of e-books is their portability. When I travel, I no longer have to choose which unread books to take with me and then find room to pack them. I can take every e-book I own everywhere I go. In my purse, if I want to. And when I'm done reading a title, I don't have to give a book away in order to make room for the new one on my packed shelves. As much as I still love print, every time I buy a book now I find myself weighing the benefits of owning something lovely for a while versus owning something useful forever. And when the design isn't lovely, the e-decision is a slam dunk.

How are you reading most often these days? Print or e-books? Kindle, Nook, or iPad? If you have a preference, I'd love to have you share it on my Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting!
See you soon,


March 11, 2013
Meanwhile, Over on Facebook. . . .

If you've been stopping by here for a while, you may have noticed that I'm not updating this Journal as often as I used to. I read a number of other authors' blogs, and they aren't posting as often as they once did either. Is short-form social media making blogging irrelevant? Maybe. Maybe not. But it's definitely making blogging harder to find time for.

The time that authors spend on Twitter, Facebook, and the myriad of other new social media sites has to come from somewhere. My blogging time comes out of my book writing time. And because I don't want to cut my writing time further, lately my Facebook time has been coming out of the time I use to spend blogging. Something's got to give, and since my books are the reason people look me up in the first place, blogging's been taking the hit this year.

But that is not to say that I don't still enjoy connecting with readers. I do! That's why I'm on Facebook. Since my last Journal entry here, I have popped up on my public Facebook page with topics including the American Library Association Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, etc.), new breeds at the Westminster dog show, a record-breaking wave (and why I won't be surfing one), National Grammar Day, and most recently, a St. Patrick's Day drawing for signed copies of Green.

Green, a novel by Laura Peyton Roberts

Enter my drawing to win a signed copy of Green!


The book drawing is the reason I'm updating my Journal today. I want everyone who'd like to win to have the chance, so I'm here to fill you in! If you have a Facebook account, click here, then simply "like" the March 9 post including the above photo. Entering is that easy! If you aren't on Facebook, you can still click here to read the contest details; then enter by sending me an e-mail with "leprechaun luck" in the subject line. Here's the address for that:

Good luck to everyone who enters, and have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks for visiting!
See you soon (but probably sooner on Facebook),


January 16, 2013
Happy Belated New Year!

I gave up daily diet soda for this year’s resolution. The number of unpronounceable chemicals it contains made cutting back something that needed to happen, but along with all those toxins I lost my main source of caffeine—the reason I started drinking the stuff in the first place. This may or may not have something to do with why January is already half over and I’m just now popping up to wish you a happy new year, because I also can’t rule out the flu. If there’s such a thing as New Year’s advice, here’s mine: Get the flu shot ASAP and avoid spending two weeks wishing you had.

You know what else is back this month? Downton Abbey! I’m a great lover of all things English, and although the time period I’m most fascinated by, the Victorian, ends before this show is set, I’m still a big fan. The property where this series is filmed, Highclere Castle, was remodeled during the Victorian and is absolutely gorgeous. If you love the whole upstairs/downstairs, lords and ladies, horses and carriages (and a few early autos) scene, you should definitely check out this series. You can catch up on this season’s missed episodes here.

I grew up reading and loving British literature, which is why I made that my emphasis when I went back to school for an English degree. Another result of that early reading was a burning desire to get a firsthand look at all the weird money I’d spent so many years reading about: shillings, crowns, guineas, and the like. When I finally made it to England, though, I was disappointed to learn that the old system has been discarded in favor of simple pounds and pennies (pence). Yes, there are different coins for varying amounts of pence, but while a hundred pennies to a pound is probably easier to work with than the old denominations, it just doesn’t have the same flavor. (Or should I say flavour?)

I wandered into a coin collecting shop in Oxford or Cambridge with the hope of simply seeing the coins referred to in so many beloved stories. A couple of extremely nice gentlemen there not only understood my quest, they fixed me up with my own little set. None of my coins is valuable to a serious collector, but they mean a lot to me. And, ironically, my favorite one is the penny. It’s Victorian!

This coin is huge compared to a modern penny, British or American. Dated 1899, it has been handled so thoroughly that Queen Victoria’s image is half rubbed away, hurting the coin’s market value, but increasing its story value immensely. I keep it on my desk, where I like to pick it up and think about all the hands that held it before mine. Victorian hands. Okay, late Victorian hands. But some of those hands must have been old enough to have seen the entire reign. :-)

Happy new year, everyone! Wishing you all great things in 2013!



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