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Laurie Larsen

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Beachy, heartwarming and inspirational, Laurie Larsen's love stories contain a bit of faith in addition to the Happily Ever After. Her beloved Pawleys Island Paradise series gained fans, not only because of the stories and unforgettable characters, but the "arrogantly shabby" real-life island setting.

A multi-award winning author, she's won the EPIC Award for Best Spiritual Romance, the Illumination Book Award for Inspirational Romance Fiction and the eLit Award for Religious Fiction.

Laurie began her writing career back when she was juggling a challenging day job in Information Technology Management. Bewildered as to how an English major who loved to read discovered herself in a highly technical career path, writing became her creative relea
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Laurie Larsen Hi Jane! Thanks so much for asking. Yes, Pawleys Island has a lot of meaning for me. I visited there every summer with my extended family during my ch…moreHi Jane! Thanks so much for asking. Yes, Pawleys Island has a lot of meaning for me. I visited there every summer with my extended family during my childhood. In fact, I wrote a little non-fiction companion book about the behind-the-scenes stories that led to my writing of the series, Pawleys Island Paradise: A Companion.

We currently live in Murrells Inlet after spending 25 years in land-locked Illinois. LOVE IT THERE! Love being able to go to the beach every day if I want. And it definitely inspires me to write.

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Laurie Larsen Actually ... plotting. Usually when I find I "can't" write, it's because I don't know "what" to write. So I pull back from the keyboard, brainstorm, t…moreActually ... plotting. Usually when I find I "can't" write, it's because I don't know "what" to write. So I pull back from the keyboard, brainstorm, toss ideas around, sometimes with other writer friends ... and when I have the next scene or major plot point figured out, voila! Writer's block is resolved!(less)
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Hidden Agenda

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Was All of 2022 Bad (or Just the Last 2 Months)?

The year 2022 went out with a wallop with an emergency amputation surgery and a double case of COVID. And that was just in the last five weeks! But memories being what they are, (focusing on the most recent), I'd like to actually review the whole year because I think I'll find that it wasn't THAT bad!

January: In the first month we were still riding high on the joy and excitement of the birth of ou

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Really enjoyed this quirky single-girl-looking-for-love tale. It was SO British. Not crazy about how the ending wrapped everything up but definitely well worth the read.
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Loved the modern day characters and the journey the mother and two daughters took to reconnect and ultimately to repair their lives. I found the fairy tale segments to be a little draggy.
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Really enjoyed this quick reading novella which is evidently a bridge between two of the author’s existing series.
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Big, sweeping plot. Carefully crafted characters. A wonderful ending that ties up a nice big bow. My only complaint is the pace. Just a tad draggy but worth it!
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“Keep moving forward.”
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“If you don’t fit into your life those things that you’re passionate about, those things that you love to do, that bring you happiness, your life will be empty.”
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“God utilized people who believed in Him to help other people on this earth. All people needed to do was believe, and be willing to help out where needed. God does great things through those with a willing heart.”
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This is the poll for June's Books of the Month - the two with the most votes will be our winners.

When I Fall in Love (Christiansen Family, #3) by Susan May Warren When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren
 
  9 votes 20.9%

Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise, #1) by MaryLu Tyndall Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
 
  9 votes 20.9%

The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen
 
  6 votes 14.0%

Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble
 
  5 votes 11.6%

Roadtrip to Redemption (Pawleys Island Paradise) by Laurie Larsen Roadtrip to Redemption by Laurie Larsen
 
  4 votes 9.3%

Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury
 
  3 votes 7.0%

A Lady's Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, #1) by Laurie Alice Eakes A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes
 
  3 votes 7.0%

Chocolate Beach (Chocolate Series Book 1) by Julie Carobini Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini
 
  2 votes 4.7%

Tidewater Inn (Hope Beach, #1) by Colleen Coble Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble
 
  2 votes 4.7%

43 total votes
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Laurie Larsen My Christmas novella Break a Leg is now FREE on all e-reader formats. I hope you'll download it as my Christmas gift to you. Enjoy!


Laurie Larsen Hey everybody, it's time to stop thinking about turkey and start thinking about tinsel! Or how about the Big Apple and the Radio City Rockettes? My new short novella, Break a Leg features Tony White and Joss McGee finding love in New York City while Joss competes for the Christmas Spectacular! It's a sweet story and I bet you'll love it. It's FREE for download to your Nook or iTunes, and it's only 99 cents to your Kindle.


Laurie Larsen Do you like a holiday story? How about a FREE download to get you in the Christmas spirit? :) It's not ready for release yet, but will be soon. My new holiday novella, Break a Leg by Laurie Larsen, featuring Tony White, a character in my last book, Hidden Agenda. Christmas in New York -- what could be better than falling in love with a Radio City Rockette?! Break a Leg by Laurie Larsen


Laurie Larsen Happy Mothers Day! As a Mother's Day present, Hidden Agenda is on sale ALL WEEKEND on amazon and bn.com for 99 cents! You know you deserve a great, sexy, romantic read. What are you waiting for?? Download it now! :)


Laurie Larsen Hi everyone! My new novel, Hidden Agenda, is available today for your download to Kindle or Nook! If you enjoy passionate love stories featuring a swoon-worthy hero, a strong heroine and a secret that endangers their love at every turn, then you should check this one out!


Laurie Larsen Hey, you've worked so hard on all that shopping, decorating, planning and saving to make Christmas special for your loved ones. Now YOU deserve a treat. I've put Keeper by Surprise ON SALE for your Kindle or Nook at 99 cents for the holiday season! Download it! You'll be so glad you did.Keeper by Surprise


Laurie Larsen Congratulations to Chrissy Peters of Fort Atkinson, WI. Chrissy was the winner of my Keeper by Surprise giveaway. She was selected out of almost 1100 entrants!! Thank you Chrissy and everyone who entered!

Laurie


Laurie Larsen Mel!! OMG! It HAS been forever, and what a good place for us to stay in touch -- Goodreads! I've barely scratched the surface with it but it looks like it's got a lot of fantastic ways for authors and readers to reach each other. I just signed up to give away a copy of my newest release, Keeper By Surprise. Make sure you sign up when it goes live!!

So how's Texas??

Laurie

Melissa wrote: "Hello Laurie! LTNS! I hope you're well. It's been a while since we've spoken. I live in Texas now with my Navy hubby and our three cats. I still don't know a lot about GR's. Do you know how to resp..."

Melissa wrote: "Hello Laurie! LTNS! I hope you're well. It's been a while since we've spoken. I live in Texas now with my Navy hubby and our three cats. I still don't know a lot about GR's. Do you know how to resp..."

Melissa wrote: "Hello Laurie! LTNS! I hope you're well. It's been a while since we've spoken. I live in Texas now with my Navy hubby and our three cats. I still don't know a lot about GR's. Do you know how to resp..."


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