What’s a hoyden to do?

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today, I am interviewing one of my favorite authors, Laura Beers. Laura writes fascinating spy novels, but not just ordinary spy novels. Her novels boast of female spies, French invasions, romance, unexpected love, and lots of twists and turns that will keep you riveted!

Laura BeersLaura Beers spent most of her childhood with a nose stuck in a book, dreaming of becoming an author. She attended Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.

Many years later, and with loving encouragement from her family, Laura decided to start writing again. Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper.

I’ve asked her to answer a few questions for our Feature Friday post, and she was kind enough to reply. Ready to meet Laura? Here we go!

How old were you when you wrote your first book?  I started writing my first book when I was thirty-six years old. (I am now thirty-eight)

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? When I am writing, I attempt to get into my characters’ heads and I react as I believe they would. Sometimes I cry, laugh, or smirk as I write. Sadly, my kids witness this and just think I am weird.

Where do you get your ideas for your books? Everywhere! Inspiration can come from reading, watching t.v., or even talking to friends.

How long does it take you to write a book? That varies. I can typically write a book in less than four months.

How many books have you written, and which is your favorite? I have written four books. Ugh… which book is my favorite? That is like asking which one of my kids is my favorite. I would have to say A Tangled Ruse because it is being released soon. Also, I find that I relate to Lady Rachel and her hoydenish ways.

I understand you are releasing A Tangled Ruse on July 1st. Tell us a little about it. I am so excited about the release of this book. Lady Rachel is a self-proclaimed hoyden, but she also has a kind and loving heart. Luke Beckett, the Marquess of Downshire, is a handsome, brooding Lord and his whole world turns upside down when he meets his neighbor’s niece. As Luke hides behind the guise of a common horse trainer, he begins to form a peculiar friendship with Lady Rachel, without the constraints of his title. However, the longer the ruse continues, the more Luke realizes there is much more at stake than just their friendship. Now throw in a looming French invasion and you have a great story!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating A Tangled RuseThe English channel was impenetrable, or so everyone thought. What most people don’t realize is that some French ships did make it past the blockade and landed in Ireland and Scotland. Their schemes failed at triggering a rebellion, but what if the circumstances had been different?

Do you have any suggestions to help a someone become a better writer? Just keep writing and hire a really good editor. Now that I am on book #5, I can definitely see that I am a better writer than when I started.

What do you think makes a good story? In order to have a great story, you definitely need spies, intrigue, a swoony love story and handsome Lords. Yup, handsome Lords are a must!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I like to play golf with my family, go running, drink Dr. Pepper, and feed my children.

A Tangled Ruse cover

Our thanks to Laura for being so willing to share her life and views with us! If you’re looking for a fun summer read, pick up a copy of A Tangled Ruse!

A Tangled Ruse by Laura Beers

Follow-up to A Conundrum

Well, my friends, the polls are closed and the votes have been tallied. The winner is…

The Princess!

With one caveat… instead of Gerald being involved in Winnie’s Wish, we will have the pleasure of meeting one of his ancestors. I’m not saying who, but I will tell you that it will be evident where Gerald’s genial personality comes from.

So, on we go, a bit more research, a lot more writing, and before you know it, Winnie’s Wish will be available for your reading pleasure!

A Conundrum

Alas, my loyal readers, I find myself in a pickle. As you may recall, I have promised that Gerald, nurse Lucia’s would-be suitor in Lucia’s Lament, would be given his own story. That story, I thought, would be my upcoming novel, Winnie’s Wish. However, the historical figure who has presented herself as the epicenter of Winnie’s Wish, was born at least 80 years too soon for Gerald to be included in her story.

Thus, the dilemma. Shall I ignore the rantings and ravings of a spoiled British Princess, who wants this book to be about her, in order to continue with our dashing Gerald’s tale? Or, shall I tell dear Gerald to wait, and succumb to the Princess and the intriguing politics of King George III’s royal court in the late 1700’s?

Thoughts? Feelings? Rantings? Ravings? I’m open to suggestions, my friends.


A Song for a Soldier Launch Day

Happy Launch Day, everyone!

I’m so excited I can hardly sit still. In fact, I’m so excited that I’m going to give away a prize every hour on the hour from 10 am until 8 pm MDT. All you have to do is show up at my Facebook Launch Party and make a comment so I know you’re there. Those that have been participating are already entered, but feel free to comment again. I’ll be popping in and out, chatting with all of you, as my schedule permits, and will be announcing winners each hour until the GRAND PRIZE announcement at 9 pm MDT. Are as excited as I am? Let’s Party!

P.S. Don’t forget that digital copies of A Song for a Soldier are available on Amazon starting today!

Holiday food…mmmm!

I’m having a wonderful time hosting my Book Launch Party on Facebook.

A Song for a Soldier Launch Party

In case you hadn’t heard, my latest work, A Song for a Soldier, is due to be released next Wednesday, November 1st. I’m so excited!

Part of the research for it led me to traditional holiday foods in Germany and England. This morning, we shared some of those foods. I promised I’d share links to some of the recipes here. So prepare to have your taste buds stand up and say, “Oh my! We have to try that one!”

I found a couple of great sites that have links to the foods we talked about this morning. Just click and read and enjoy.

German recipes

British recipes

If you try any of the recipes, I’d love for you to comment here. Post a picture, too, if you’d like!


Breathless Anticipation

Well, I’ve done it again!

A Song for a Soldier is in my publisher’s hands for final review. I sit with bated breath and hope in my heart that he won’t find too many mistakes.

I’ve said it before. Creating any work of art, be it full-length novel, novella, short story, poem, painting, musical work, sculpture, any art-form, is like having a child. We feed it, change it, nurture it, change it again, dream about it (when we can sleep), obsess about it (when we can’t), change it again, give it lots of love and a little discipline, continue changing it and nurturing it, until at last, our art/child has become full-grown before our very eyes.

When it comes time to send our work out into the world, we gulp, try to remember to breathe, and try harder to have faith that we’ve put enough of ourselves into it, so it can and will stand on it’s own and accomplish something good in this world.

There are many out there who are in this stage…ready for our work to be unveiled to a world that may or may not care. As we contemplate how our art/child will be received, we would do well to remember that it’s not the world’s opinion that matters. What matters is just this:

Is it what you wanted?

Does it express what you wanted to express?

Does it carry a piece of you in it’s heart and soul?

If so, that’s all that matters.

I say to you, “Congratulations! Because of your creation, the world is a better place. Keep creating!”

I know I will.

“…My Favorite.”

I just received feedback from another beta reader and I’m smiling from ear to ear! She said,

“Wow,  another awesome book.  It is amazing to me how each of your books are totally different in subject, topic and style.  They each “feel” different.  I think maybe this one is my favorite.”

Music to this author’s ears!

Oh, have you entered the Awesome Autumn Book Giveaway, yet? If not, you’ll want to do that now. One lucky winner will win all 12 books! Enough to keep you reading ’til Christmas.