Summer vacation has come and gone, and guess what? It was crazy, and we didn't even go anywhere. Unfortunately, my dad passed away a week after my kids were let out of school. We knew he was getting close to the end. He suffered a stroke four years ago and his health gradually declined to the point that he became bedridden. Bless my mom's heart for taking care of him day and night. Her sacrifice didn't go unnoticed by those around her and, I'm sure, the Lord. Now my dad is in a better place and hopefully at peace. Here are a few pictures of myself with my family at his gravesite. One of them shows me with my husband, our children, and my mom. The other shows me with my siblings and my mom, one of whom is also in heaven, so I'm sure they had a joyful reunion there!
Anyway, last time I posted on here, I wrote that I had a new book to release very soon--a story about two newlyweds, Ashley and Collin, who couldn't get along. Well, since then, an important thing happened. I sent the story out to several beta readers. Because, I'm guessing, of the sensitive nature of the story, my beta readers never sent the story back with their comments/reactions--except for one, who said she thought that Ashley is too abrasive, which she is. (She does soften by the end of the book.) Anyway, this beta reader also suggested, since I was planning a 3-part series with Ashley's two other friends as well, that I make Ashley's story the last in the series. I think that's a wise plan and I'm starting to flesh out what is now the first story in this series, which is about Sonja Davis, a silly 18-year-old fresh out of high school who meets some challenges that help to mature and define her.
In the meantime, I've also written a fun little summer beach romance novella called Pacific Coast Wedding. Here is the blurb:
His business partner. Her ex. When they discover each other's connection to the groom, will their fledgling love survive?
The last thing Lacey Wells wants to do is attend her ex-husband's wedding, even if it's happening along the gorgeous Pacific coast where she'd once dreamed her own wedding would take place. Now that dream is coming true for someone else, and she needs to get their daughters there in time. If only her car would cooperate...
Noah Grady doesn't expect to come to the rescue of a beautiful woman and her two daughters on the way to his friend and business partner's wedding, but meeting Lacey makes the long drive and an unpleasant visit with his half-brother worth it. Hitting it off with her makes Noah feel like he might finally be ready to begin a new chapter in his life.
But things start to unravel when Noah discovers Lacey is his business partner's ex-wife, making her off-limits unless he wants his career to disintegrate. Can he throw it all away for a change at true love?
Summer just got a little better with this sweet new romance, right?! Happy reading!
Hi, I'm Laura L. Walker, author of two LDS romances, Pierced by Love and The Matchup (and I hope many more to come!) I'm so glad you stopped by! If you've visited me on the web before, you can see that my website recently got a facelift. This is because I am now an Indie author, which is both exciting and terrifying for me. In the past few weeks, I've had to learn new technical skills, which has been a little stressful because, as you know, I'm not a techie. One thing I've learned, though, is that there are people out there who are so willing to help. All you have to do is ask! A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of them.
At the same time that I parted ways with my publisher, my family was going through several growing pains. My youngest had a tonsillectomy, as you can see from his pictures (don't you love the dinosaur-faced oxygen mask they gave him?) and my oldest has been in the process of learning to drive and set up his Eagle Scout project, which is no small task. My middle daughter decided she wanted to join the track team and I was left scrambling to buy her some running gear. She and her older sister have also been involved with several school projects, and my three youngsters (whom you can see on the gigantic tire) have had some fun field trips with their school classes in which my husband and I chaperoned.
Last, my nephew got married a couple of weeks ago. Although I was kind of sad that this wasn't a temple wedding, my family enjoyed the ceremony, dinner, dancing, dress-up booth for the kids, and even s'mores bar. Wow! Life is indeed full, and during this transitional time, I appreciate your patience as I'm learning new things and finally getting back to my writing.
I hope to publish a new novel by June or July, at the latest. I've been working hard on it, and I'm seeing so much potential. (Yay!) But I've also been thinking about my heroine's best friend and realize that she needs a story, too. One of the best pieces of advice I heard at last year's ANWA TimeOut for Writers conference from author J. Scott Savage was to allow ideas to percolate, and pretty soon, one idea will add to another, and then you have the beginnings of a story. That's where I'm at with this character. So it may take a little more time before I really know who she is and what she wants.
So now that you know my goals for the next few months, what are yours? I would really love to hear from you. Feel free to share what you're working on or what you think of this new website. I just really love my new tagline: Stories that connect our lives! Isn't it so true? We all have something valuable to share with each other. So join me on this journey of discovery, connection, and happiness.