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Trilogies and cliffhangers…and some book news!

Trilogies and cliffhangers…and some book news!

Before self publishing offered authors a chance to strike out on their own, I always wrote books with the thought that it could be a series or a trilogy. I jotted potential storylines or subplots in notebooks that could continue in other books, some thread from the previous story that could be explored.

Personally, I don’t care for cliffhangers that end the story in the middle of a climax. In fact, sometimes, it annoys me so much that I don’t keep reading book 2 or book 3. I like each book to be a complete story. The kind of cliffhanger I don’t mind is the one where the story is wrapped up, but some new element or question or shocking reveal is introduced, one that keeps me thinking about the book until the next one is published, or at least one I remember when the next book is published.

How do you like your endings and cliffhangers?

On that note, Vanishing Point, A Circle of Spies novella has been published. This is an adult novella, revealing the secret past of Marisa Bent, Savvy’s mom.

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Lies can be deadly.

Before Paris, before Greece, Marisa Bent was nothing but a bored housewife, willing to do anything to protect her family. When she learns that espionage runs in her blood line and that a family of assassins are her archenemy, she’s willing to do anything to protect her husband and daughter and keep them in the dark. She even follows Will, the young, arrogant assassin, into the heart of trouble.

Using a mother’s instinct, she becomes the hero. More than once. This only seems to prove to Will that she is indeed a spy, bent on ruining his family’s enterprise. In the defining moment of her life, she must make the biggest sacrifice a mother can make.

Finally, the untold story of Savvy’s mother. Learn why she disappeared from Savvy’s life and the sordid details of her past with Malcolm’s family. 

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And, to finish off the series, Twist of Fate ( book 3) will be out in October. Add to Goodreads.

 

Thanks everyone! Tell me your good news!

 

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Isabelle Stewart Gardner: the person, the heist, the paintings.

Isabella Stewart Gardner was a fascinating woman. From the get go she was an adventurous-do-her-own-thing kind of person. I loved reading about how she tried to run away to the circus or how she stole sleighs and would careen around Boston or how she managed to outbid large museums like the Louvre on famous paintings. When she became a widow, she slowly turned her house into the museum it is today. And this was in the 1800 hundreds.

Heist, my YA time travel mystery, is on a book blitz with Xpresso Book Tours for the next two weeks. The price for a limited time is marked down to 99 cents! Yay!

I thought I’d share a round-up of links concerning the museum, the heist, and the recent news release that the heist has been solved.

The facts: what happened, the stolen artwork, and images of the paintings.

The news release that the thieves had been identified.

A brief look into the incredible life of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

A wonderful video of the heist, it’s impact, and the museum today.


 

Check out Heist on sale for a limited time!

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Thanks! Keep a watch on my Twitter feed to links to guest posts, interviews and excerpts!

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Indie Life – Heist has been published!

Forgive me, friends, as I take this opportunity to announce my new release! 

 

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The two thieves dressed as cops, buzzed at the side door, and the guards allowed them inside. They tied up the shocked guards, stole the paintings and walked away from the museum way too easily.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem Heist is one of the most famous and most fascinating art thefts. And just this past year the breaking news released that it has been solved!

Through the time travel thriller, Heist, you will experience this famous art theft from the thieves gaining entrance to their mocking humor when they left an empty frame on the director’s chair.

I altered descriptions and names of the main characters: the thieves, the guards, and the detective, while still incorporating small bits of truth. The characters and the story are purely fictional. When Jack travels back in time to the heist, I kept to the facts of the robbery best I could.

Detectives have been obsessed with this crime. They’ve tracked down leads and traveled the world…to come up empty handed.

I invite you to experience the famous art heist through the eyes of Jack Brodie, my troubled hero, as he solves the mystery.

Thanks! If feel you like sharing my goodnews with a tweet, I’d appreciate it!

Visit the Indelible blog for the list of links and visit all the Indie Lifers.

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Onsite research for HEIST at the Gardner Museum.

It was a hot, sticky day in August, when I walked through the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the summer of 2010. The cooler temperature of the building was a much-needed relief. My husband and I spent our anniversary in Boston, so I included this necessary stop all in the name of research.

At first, I was disappointed when I learned I couldn’t take inside pictures and I couldn’t use a pen to take notes. But, of course, I should’ve realized. The art in this museum is worth billions and they guard it carefully.

I asked about the 1990 heist, and they pulled out a photo album. The lady seemed a little annoyed as if they were tired of the fame of the heist instead of the art that remained on the walls.

I strolled through the museum, trying my best to follow the path of the thieves, soaking in the mystery. I sat on benches and recorded sights, smells, sounds, textures, tiled floors, the lavish decorations, grand ballrooms, and the flowering courtyard that sits in the center of the museum.

Then we toured the building. A thrill went through my chest at the sight of the empty frames, along with a little bit of sadness. What makes a heist so fascinating? Maybe it’s the fact that this was never solved (until recently) and due to Isabella’s will, nothing can be changed in the museum. Hopefully, the art will be found in the near future and returned to their rightful place. When it does, I’ll be sure to visit again.

I toured the grounds outside, walked down the narrow side street that coils around the building. When I found the small park, if it can be called that, next to the museum, the writer in me grew excited, because I could use that space for the art festival that Fiasco and Jetta visit.

Then I toured the public garden, walked the wide-paved paths, let my fingers trace across the heads of the ducks from the famous book, Make Way for the Ducklings. I found a bench in the shade, pulled out my notebooks, and took notes on the sights, sounds, and smells.

I arrived home, armed with details to add to my story.

Walk in the paths of my fictional hero as he solves this famous art heist.

 Add to Goodreads and be ready for the release next week! Eek!

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Join the HEIST Launch Team!

Winners for my INDIE-pendence giveaway are…..

Gwynneth White and Jennifer Recchio.

But if you like time travel thrillers and would love to read an early copy of HEIST, I have another option.

Join my HEIST Launch Team…

…and receive a FREE ebook of HEIST!

Instructions:

1. Sign up on the Google form to be part of a HEIST launch email list. You’ll receive one email with the epub or mobi file of HEIST attached.

2. Read and leave an honest review on Goodreads before the end of July – first week in August, email the link to laura@laurapauling.com or through the Contact tab on my blog, and I’ll mail you signed bookmarks (continental US only.)

3. In August, you’ll receive a second email when HEIST has gone live on Amazon.

  • Copy and paste your Goodreads reviews onto Amazon as soon as possible,
  • Email me the link, and I’ll add your name to a raffle for a $20 iTunes or Amazon gift card.

OPTIONAL:

4. After HEIST has launched, spread the word through social media. You’ll have one week to do this before I draw the winner. For every link you send: blog/twitter/facebook…etc. I’ll add another copy of your name to the raffle.

That’s all you have to do.

My way of saying thanks and including you in the HEIST launch!

Here’s that link again to the Google docs.

And thanks!!! I couldn’t do this without you.
You guys rock!

Here’s the blurb:

Can one decision change the past?

Jack Brodie has a sixth sense that someone has been watching him. Following him.

One night he travels back in time to one of the world’s largest art heists, the Gardner Heist. Why that one moment in time? And what does it mean for Jack?

When he returns, his world is different. His best friend is rougher, meaner. His dad hasn’t been around in years. And then there’s Jetta. The girl who took over his heart the moment she stepped into his life. No one is safe.

Each time Jack goes back to the heist to fix his mistakes, he returns to face the fallout. Disaster strikes in the present until Jack must make a choice. His family and his own happiness. Or the girl he loves. Except, he learns that his sixth sense was right.

Someone has been watching him and wants him dead.

 

 

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