Friday, February 27, 2015

#celebratethesmallthings #goals NEW BOOK RELEASE: LADY, THEY NAME IS TROUBLE

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Last weekend we celebrated my birthday and I did have the lobster ravioli and it was delicious.

Another cold week, but celebrating a warm up this weekend. Might get into the 30's!!! YAY!!!

I'm thrilled and excited and bursting to tell all my online friends. I'm meeting with another author on Sunday afternoon. She hails from Oregon and has written a hugely popular and amazing Science Fiction Novels. Can you guess her name? M. Pax, or Mary Pax!! To learn more about M. Pax: Here is her Amazon Page:

Thanks to Misha Gericke for starting this once a month projected goals. 

Half a goal reached. 1 book published in 2015. Can I get 2 published?

1st Goal: I should have the 2nd draft to my ms completed by the end of this weekend, and then off to a proficient editing service, Wild Things Editing and Kim Graff.  I'd like my ms to be in tip-top shape, and until I become a prolific and typo free writer, I admit, I need help. 

2nd Goal: I have 2 wip in the works. And I'm waffling on what to tackle next. However, I'm setting a goal today to have at least another 5k to 10k completed by March 31. (I'll let you know how that pans out)

3rd Goal: To have my ms, the sequel to Tallas to my publisher.


New Book Release:
Trouble is Tara Triannon’s middle name. As swords for hire, Tara and her sister Laraina thrive on the danger. But a surprise invasion throws them into chaos... and trouble on a whole new level. Pursued by the Butcher, a terrifying assassin more wolf than man, Tara and Laraina must get a prince marked for death and a young, inept sorceress to safety. There’s only one problem – eluding the Butcher has never been done. Aided by a secretive soldier of fortune, they flee the relentless hunter.

Gifted with magic and cursed by nightmares that are all too real, Tara must stop an army led by a madman and fend off an evil Being caught in a centuries-old trap who seeks to control her magic and escape through her dreams – all while keeping one step ahead of the Butcher.

My Website/blog:
Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She's been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.
She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids' shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.
When she's not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.


  1. Congratulations, Lori!! Sword of Shannara was a big influence for me as well.
    Cool you are meeting up with Mary. I know she's had a rough past couple of weeks, so please give her a hug from me.

  2. How great to see Lori's book here! I love the cover and the blurb! Congrats to you for all the goals you're accomplishing. Good luck with upping that word count. This weekend has gotten a lot warmer for us here, too. It's in the 80s here today. Ugh. Too much "spring" for me, I need some more winter. ;)

    1. I'd be happy with 40-50 degrees right about now! Have a great weekend.

  3. Say HI to M. Pax for me! We've been blogging buddies for a long time! :)

  4. Congrats for the publishing! I published in 2014, and now in 2015. My third book is in the works, but not finished, so will be a while to go through all the editing, etc. I'm not familiar with M. Pax, but thanks for the review.

  5. Happy Birthday! Glad you had a great dinner! Enjoy your meeting with MPax!
    And way to go, Lori!

  6. Oh I'd love to meet Mary, she's such an inspiration. Have fun. Loving Lori's cover! :)

  7. Thanks very much, Cathy, for sharing!! That's great that you're well on your way to meeting your goals. Here's hoping that warmer weather stays around a while. Have fun meeting with Mary Pax!

    1. Lori, I'm so excited for you! You're book cover is amazing, I love it. And the blurb sounds intriguing. Much success to you!!!

  8. Fabulous cover and blurb! And Cathrina, I'm cheering you on for your goals!

  9. Enjoy meeting Mary! Hope you have a nice weekend!

  10. You're meeting with Mary? I'm so jealous. I love Mary. Give her a big hug for me. I feel so bad for her loss.

    Yes, you will make your two book goal. I'm betting on it.

    Isn't it sad when 30 degrees sounds like shorts weather?

    Lori's title is awesome!!

  11. Quite the honor meeting Mary; I know you'll have a great time.

    I really like Lori's book.(smile)

  12. Happy belated B-day!
    Also congrats on plowing away at the writing. :D I had a dismal January and a sorta brighter/kinder February (not weather-wise of course, Mother Nature has been evil the last 4 weeks). But warm(er) weather is headed your way...

    Good luck on the decision making for your next WIP. Waffling sucks... Have you joined Speedbo?

    @Lori: I love the blurb! I've always been super attracted to books about sisters... I'm currently reading Cecy Robson's Wird Girls series and I was a sucker for Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. I'll be grabbing this one soon.

  13. For being halfway through your goal for 2 books published this year in February isn't bad going at all. Good luck with the edits, they're not the easy bit, are they?

  14. Sounds like you're right on target! Send some of that success my way! :)

    Good on you!

  15. Happy Birthday,Cathrina! You have lots to celebrate and you've already accomplished so much! You should be proud. :)

  16. Sorry I'm a bit late this week. I hope your meeting with Mary was fun.

  17. Yum to that lobster ravioli. Don't wait another year to grab some of those. Happy Belated Birthday. Hope it was all as super as eating lobster inside pasta. Now I have get a snack.

  18. I'm glad you had a good birthday! Gotta love good food as part of a birthday celebration. I think I'll try to make my special lasagna for my next birthday. It's a lot of work, but it's so good!