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Laurel Heidtman

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in The United States
July 01, 1946



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I'm retired from the nine-to-five life and live with my husband, three dogs and two cats on private land inside Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. I have loved fiction since before I could read (Mom said I made up stories based on the pictures in books). Now that I no longer have the excuse of not enough time, I'm fulfilling my lifelong dream of writing novels.

Over the years, I've paid the bills by being a dancer, a bartender, a police officer, a registered nurse and a technical writer. Now I'm drawing on that life experience and my two English degrees to create stories that I enjoy writing and hope readers will enjoy reading. My first book, Catch A Falling Star (An Eden Mystery), is a mystery set in Kentucky. I published it in the


I know I'm going against the grain here with a statement like that in the title of this post, but I live in a forest. That fact alone gives me several reasons to make a statement like "spring sucks." First, there's tree pollen. I love trees--my favorite plant by far--but they don't love me back. Every spring brings the sinus irritation and accompanying symptoms. When grass adds its pollen to th... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 20, 2018 07:54
Average rating: 4.24 · 195 ratings · 73 reviews · 6 distinct worksSimilar authors

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Bad Girls

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The Collector is a short science-fiction read I got through Kindle Unlimited. It features a barmaid and a male customer who find themselves on an alien planet after closing time one night—and it’s not a drink-induced figment of their imagination. :-) ...more
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What Now? Life, the Leaving Cert and Planning your Next Steps by Cearúil Swords
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What Now? is an advice book for students who are getting close to leaving what we call high school in the U.S. It’s aimed at Irish students who are close to leaving their second-level of education and trying to make decisions about third-level ...more
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Rachel Prince is at it again, this time on a cruise over Christmas that includes her friend Sarah’s parents as passengers. Rachel meets a very unpleasant man on the bus she takes to where the ship is boarding. He turns out to be the maitre ‘d of a ...more
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Five stars? That’s not enough. As far as I’m concerned, this one is off the charts! I checked it out through Kindle Unlimited and started reading it while drinking my first cup of tea this Saturday morning. My thanks to the author for giving me a ...more
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