Laurel-Rain Snow

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Working with families in crisis for more than thirty years

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Laurel-Rain Snow is the pen name for Lorraine Frost Sandone, who was born in California's Central Valley, attending community college in Modesto, CA, after which she transferred to San Francisco State University in the sixties. She transferred again and graduated from California State University in Sacramento, with a BA in psychology.

Ms. Snow moved to Fresno, CA, in the early seventies, where she then worked in the social work profession for over thirty years, specializing primarily in child welfare cases. She earned her MA in counseling from California State University of Fresno in the seventies.

Ms. Snow, now retired from social work, lives in Fresno, CA, and is the mother of four grown children and proud grandmother of seven.

After retir
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Average rating: 4.53 · 73 ratings · 29 reviews · 6 distinct works
Embrace the Whirlwind

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Web of Tyranny

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Miles to Go

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Chasing Stardust

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Description: Meet Martha Scott Cummings: an interior designer, an abandoned wife, and a newly single mother to her daughter Meadow. Now, she must begin an interior journey to reexamine the life she had, the choices she made, and find the strength to begin again. She could wallow in self-pity amongst the detritus that is her life, or she could explore her feelings, study her behavior, and figure out how to redesign her life by changing the way she reacts to disappointments, betrayal, and insecurity. Along the way to rediscovering who she was and who she can be, Martha reconnects with her best friend Maeve, who has been there for her in the past, but was somehow missing from her life during her darkest hour. Martha now realizes that she built walls around herself, shutting out those who could have sustained her…..
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“Sometimes I feel as if I've lived about five lifetimes...all fictionalized in my five books.”
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“I feel like I've lived numerous lives...and you can explore my incarnations through my works.”
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“These woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

“However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must
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right is justified by sex, race, class, religion or all four. However
far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power
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Sing like there's nobody listening,
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“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
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Laurel-Rain Yvonne wrote: "Hi Laurel-Rain,

Glad to see you over here!

Yvonne"

Thanks for connecting. I thought we were already friends, but then I realized we weren't!


message 42: by Yvonne

Yvonne Hi Laurel-Rain,

Glad to see you over here!

Yvonne


Laurel-Rain Joyce wrote: "Laurel ... I'm just now publishing my debut young-adult, fantasy novella titled Sarana's Gift. I would be happy to send you a free, pre-publication pdf copy if you would like to read it ... and, pe..."

Thanks, Joyce!


message 40: by Joyce

Joyce Laurel ... I'm just now publishing my debut young-adult, fantasy novella titled Sarana's Gift. I would be happy to send you a free, pre-publication pdf copy if you would like to read it ... and, perhaps, review it.

Tagline: Sarah has a hard decision to make. It seems like such a simple story ... but is it?

You can read more about it here:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Hope all is well with you.

joyce


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Laurel-Rain Thanks, Wanda....


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Laurel-Rain Stan wrote: "A belated thanks for choosing me to be among your friends, Laurel-Rain. It may interest you that one of my books, "Marvin Clark—In Search of Freedom", is now a matching FREE download on Amazon Kind..."

Stan wrote: "A belated thanks for choosing me to be among your friends, Laurel-Rain. It may interest you that one of my books, "Marvin Clark—In Search of Freedom", is now a matching FREE download on Amazon Kind..."

Thanks, Stan!


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Stan Law A belated thanks for choosing me to be among your friends, Laurel-Rain. It may interest you that one of my books, "Marvin Clark—In Search of Freedom", is now a matching FREE download on Amazon Kindle. Enjoy it while you can. (A little review on Amazon wouldn't hurt either!)
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Laurel-Rain Diana wrote: "So nice to see you here, Laurel!"

Thanks, Diana...good to find "friends" from blogging.


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Diana So nice to see you here, Laurel!


Christine Hatfield thanks for accepting my friend request


Laurel-Rain You're welcome!


Savannah Laurel, thank you for the friendship.


Laurel-Rain I will definitely add your book to my list! I hope you'll check mine out, too.


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P.Q. Glisson Hey Laurel-Rain,
Her Sanctuary by P.Q. Glisson
Thanks so much for becoming my friend on goodreads. I would love for you to check out my debut novel, Her Sanctuary, which is available at over 25,000 bookstore websites worldwide including amazon.com and The Book Depository and just recently, BooksonBoard.com.

As my friend, please feel free to peruse my profile and see what I'm currently working on.

Please help me spread the word by recommending it to your friends and if you are a member of a book club, perhaps you could suggest they put it on their reading list?

Being a self-published author, I AM the marketing team so any help you could give, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again!


Laurel-Rain You're so welcome!


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Krista Thanks for adding me as a friend!


Laurel-Rain No, I haven't yet acquired this book! But it's definitely on my list, and when I do read it, I will post a review.


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Ruby Emam Hi, Laurel.
Did you get a chance to read The Little Black Fish? I see that I have attracted some attention from the group members. I am looking forward to your comments considering that although the book is for children yet, the author has wonderfully inserted messages in the story which shows a path only uderstandable by advanced readers and adults (in most cases).
I see many discussions posted for different books listed in this category and they are great discussions. But none asked me this question: "How can a children's book have "political" contents and be "banned?" Please tell me what you think.
Thanks a lot,



Laurel-Rain You're welcome! It's very reassuring to see the familiar names popping up on the various sites.


Shellie (Layers of Thought) Thanks for adding me as a GRs friend too. :)


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Cheryl Hello again:

Thank you for saying you'd consider voting for my romantic suspense novel Lancelot's Lady. I hope you can do so soon.

If you read it, enjoy it and vote, subscribe and comment before September 1st, you'll be automatically entered in my Lancelot's Lady August Giveaway.

The prizes? I'm giving away autographed books to 3 lucky winners.

Check out the contest details at http://www.cherylktardif.com/contests

I'd sincerely appreciate your support. If you've already voted and subscribed, thank you!

Cheryl


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Cheryl Hi Laurel-Rain!! :-)

Long time no chat. hehe How are things going? New book out yet?

I wanted to thank you for considering to add your vote for my debut romance Lancelot's Lady. It's been an exciting contest so far, and I'm really working hard at adding new chapters and editing them before the judges start reading (November).

I'd love to hear what you think!

Please consider checking out Lancelot's Lady right away. I now have 32 short chapters up. If you enjoy it, simply click on the blue thumbs up circle, and voila! I'll get a message saying you voted. Right now I'm in jeopardy of losing my lead as #1 Most Popular.

You'll hopefully get a great read and of course my undying gratitude. :-)

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Thank you again for the "maybe". If you've already voted thumbs up, THANK YOU!!! :-)

I wish you the very best in success always.

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Laurel-Rain Jeannie wrote: "Hi Laurel...and what a clever pen name. Thanks for being a friend. I thought I would grow up to be a social worker, but life's path didn't turn in that direction. Looking back now, I still believe ..."

In my first book, "An Accidental Life," I write about the twists and turns of our lives...Mine didn't start out with me planning to be a social worker...actually, I wanted to be a writer!



message 18: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Laurel...and what a clever pen name. Thanks for being a friend. I thought I would grow up to be a social worker, but life's path didn't turn in that direction. Looking back now, I still believe that's where my heart is.
Blessings,
Jeannie


Laurel-Rain Janet wrote: "Hey Laurel, nice to meet you, and thanks for adding me as a friend. Are your novels considered mainstream or another genre?"

I think they're considered mainstream -- literary fiction and/or women's fiction.


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Janet Lynch Hey Laurel, nice to meet you, and thanks for adding me as a friend. Are your novels considered mainstream or another genre?


Laurel-Rain You're welcome, Andrea.


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Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.


Laurel-Rain Yes I am! It's Friday, and even though it's rainy outside, I am eagerly anticipating new changes ahead. For one -- a Kindle version of Web of Tyranny is in the works, soon to be available on Amazon.com!


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Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Laurel-Rain Thanks, Betty...I hope to hear your reactions to Web of Tyranny when you finish...Hugs, Rainykins


message 9: by Betty

Betty Hi, Laurelkins,

Have been thinking of you today. Hope all is well. I just read about your new GR reviews. Those books sound interesting; wish I could read them all, but haven't read ALL of yours yet. Working on your Web of Tyranny. It sure is looong, but exciting, nonetheless.

Keep up the great work.

Hugs - Betty Dravis


Laurel-Rain Thanks, Chase...What a beautiful philosophy!


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Chase Von Hi Laurel-Rain,

(Lovely name you know:)

And I was just reading your bio and didn't know that you were a counselor...

I thought you might like this...

Best wishes to you always
Sincerely,
Chase:)

Don't live behind the walls
That guilt built
The longer you stay
Incased in that tomb
The harder it becomes
To break free
And write a new and different story
With the pen
That is your life

By Chase Von
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Laurel-Rain Thanks for the friend-add, Aine...


message 5: by Aine

Aine MacAodha Hi Laurel-rain, thanks for stopping by, its good to meet you.
Aine


message 4: by Laurel-Rain (last edited Feb 27, 2009 08:32AM)

Laurel-Rain Thanks, Betty...Yes, I think the female friendship thread is a common one in my books, but in "Embrace the Whirlwind," the focus is on how one abused child manages to overcome her past...And in "Chasing Stardust," the focus is really on the fantasy life of the main character. In fact, both characters in these books are actually deprived of that constant friendship factor -- the lack of an ongoing support network makes each woman's life more difficult.


message 3: by Betty

Betty Hey, RAINYday,
I see you're using one of my quotes up there with all those "famous" ones. Wow! What an honor.
You're the best, my friend.
I'm almost ready to review AN ACCIDENTAL LIFE. I really liked it a lot. You are an excellent writer. Keep up the great work.
Are all your novels about female friendship that lats through the years? Do you plan on working in other genres?
You're good at it but you'd also be good at a psychological thriller or a plain, old ordinary thriller, too.
c u later,
Betty Dravis
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Laurel-Rain Thanks for the kind words. I look forward to reading many books in the weeks to come.


message 1: by Ed

Ed Thank you for the add, Laurel-rain. I hope you find many great reads. Thanks for adding my Sharon Knowles' book to your TBR list, also. Most of all, the best in your writing!

Ed Lynskey


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