Journal 2015

December 10, 2015
Closing the Cover

I've been keeping this digital journal since my Web site launched in 2006. That's ten years of entries! When I started journaling here, blogs were not only at the top of the social media food chain, they were pretty much the only animal in that chain. I began these posts because it was the best means I had then of reaching out to readers between books.

Time has definitely moved on. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram rule social media now. Or, I should say, for now. Because, even as I write this, additional platforms are already big or on the way up. The one thing these platforms have in common, though, is less text—and that's a trend I expect to continue. With everyone so busy and so many different venues competing for our attention, shorter is not only better, it may be becoming essential.

Looking at my own digital presence, it's clear that I have moved on too. I've logged increasingly fewer Journal posts, but I check in on Facebook regularly. It's been a fun ten years of writing to you here, so I'm sad to see it end, but it feels like the right time. And while I expect this to be my last Journal post, this Web site will continue and my Journal archives will remain online. We can indulge in a blast from the past anytime we like!

Please do visit me on Facebook. (And if I end up on another platform someday, please visit me there too!) I'm also old-fashioned enough to still enjoy e-mail, and you can always contact me here:

Before I close the cover on this Journal, I want to thank all of you who have read these posts over the years, participated in my contests and giveaways, and just generally been a joy to count among my readers. Your feedback and encouragement have meant more to me than I can say. Let me sign off one last time by wishing you all the happiest of holidays, a bright, shiny new year, and many wonderful years to come.

Happy trails!


Thanks for every visit.
Best wishes always,

April 29, 2015
Get Your Walk on Water E-book Free!

Things have been quiet at the Journal so far this year. I had a big rant planned about why I quit reading a young adult book I started in February, but those notes got misplaced and I'm pretty much over it now. If I find my notes later, I may still make some points about plotting that aspiring authors might find useful—because, really, what is the point of a rant without teachable moments?—but with summer on the horizon now I'm just not in a ranting mood. In fact, I'm in a giving mood!

Completely free at Amazon all day Thursday and Friday!


I recently made Walk on Water available exclusively through Amazon in order to make the book available to more readers. This may seem counterintuitive, but the reason I hope it's true is that Walk on Water is now enrolled in the Kindle Lending Library as well as Kindle Unlimited. If you are a Prime or Unlimited member, you can currently read this book for free. But wait! Anyone who downloads the Amazon e-book on April 30 or May 1 gets their own copy to keep (and lend) for free!

Walk on Water is the story of a family coming to terms with tragedy and finding hope again. If you know anyone who likes figure skating, please tell them about this book. However, even if you're not a skating fan, I hope you'll give this novel a try. To paraphrase Lance Armstrong, it's not really about the skates. The heart of the book deals with repairing fractured family relationships, a subject we can probably all relate to in one way or another.

I hope you will enjoy this book. And if you do (or already have), will you please help spread the word? Telling a friend, sharing the link, or posting an Amazon review are all much appreciated!

Thanks for visiting!
See you soon,


January 1, 2015
Happy Brand-new 2015!

It's hard to believe 2014 is behind us and I'm already sitting here again, starting another new journal page for another new year. Last year was cram-packed for me—and I knew it would be before it even started. This year holds more mystery. Not that I won't be busy in 2015. I am always busy. I'm just not nearly as clear yet on what I'll be busy doing. And actually? That's kind of a nice change.

This extra breathing room has inspired me to make some new year's resolutions. I usually skip the resolutions, or keep them down to one, so my first resolution this year will be to try something different:

Resolution 1: Make four resolutions this year. (And this one counts.)

Resolution 2: Read more books written for adults. I love YA. Plus it's kind of my job. So I tend to use the vast majority of my reading time attempting to keep up with the ever-increasing number of fantastic young adult novels being published by a ridiculous number of talented YA authors. Not only is this effort like tilting at windmills, it occurs to me that in the process I am missing out on a lot of great books in other genres. Time to fix that!

Resolution 3: Cook at least one new meal every month. I have an awesome collection of cookbooks full of recipes I'm dying to try. I don't cook every night, though, because I am always running around, and when I do cook I almost always end up reverting to something I already know how to make. This is boring. Time to fix that!

Resolution 4: Have more fun. I have lots of opportunities to do fun things, but I usually choose to work instead. And when I do decide to do something fun, ninety percent of my brain obsesses about how much time I'm wasting. Which actually creates wasted time because I could have been enjoying myself. Definitely time to fix that!

And speaking of fun, I'm kicking off this new year with something I hope will be fun for you. Through January 6, Queen B is a Kindle Countdown deal at Amazon US and UK!

Queen B, a novel by Laura Peyton Roberts

Kindle Countdown deal: $0.99 at
or £0.99 at


Queen B is the companion novel to The Queen of Second Place, but unlike series books, companion novels stand on their own as complete stories. You don't have to read both Queen books, or read them in order, for everything to make sense. So regardless of your status with The Queen of Second Place, I hope you'll take this opportunity to visit one of my favorite characters, a well-meaning girl who gets it mostly right most of the time, but never quite pulls off perfection. Don't we all know someone like that? :-)

Wishing you every good thing in this new year!

Thanks for visiting!
See you here again soon,


PS—The Queen of Second Place e-book edition went live at today and should be appearing in Apple's iBookstore at any moment!



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