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When your ereader goes poof!

So I learned that if funny little lines appear on your Kindle screen then it can’t be fixed by resetting the device. (Trust me, I tried at least 100 hundred times.) And that most likely I inflicted screen damage through too much pressure or extreme heat.

A very, very sad day for me.

I brought it on a weekend trip, hoping to sneak in some reading right before bed or early in the morning. I had just started a book and I was only two chapters into it! I desperately wanted another chapter of it, to get lost in the words before falling into a deep sleep despite the air leaking from my air mattress throughout the night.

Of course there was the two other books I was in the middle of reading too, and don’t forget the numerous freebies and samples that when I don’t have a lot of time, I love reading especially when I’m in the mood to discover new voices.

Recently, I’d been telling myself and others that I read half print and half ebooks. Well, I learned this weekend that I’ve been lying, because when I couldn’t access any of books on my Kindle…I felt bereft.

And now, back at home, waiting patiently for my new Kindle to arrive (which I did receive a discount for, in case you were wondering) (and which I couldn’t do without for too much longer) the sad truth hits that I’m totally addicted to reading in a way I wasn’t before. Read my Indelible post about it here.

So, lesson learned: bring print book with me on vacation too just in case my Kindle goes poof.

And yes, technically, my Kindle didn’t go poof because that would have required wisps of smoke and maybe a bit of magic. Details, details.

Do you read more print or ebooks?


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Indelibles on FIRE!

Winner of the Kindle Fire will be announced soon at the Indelibles blog.Contestants are being verified.

And the winner of THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker will be announced tomorrow!

Welcome to the Indelibles blog hop!

Marketing guru Shelli Johannes Wells has teamed up with twenty-four other indie and small press authors to brings you the Indelibles. (Yes, I’m one of them!)

Each week we’ll explore fun, fabulous, and fierce topics for today’s teens, drawing on pop culture and themes from the books we write. We’ll also be having a “blogger” chat and a writer/author chat to answer questions about self and indie pubbing. Details coming soon.

In celebration of our official launch, we are giving away a KINDLE FIRE! Woo hoo! Start at the Indelible writers blog. The contest runs from 12:01 a.m. Monday to 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

If you are mid-hop, then welcome to your next stop! By following the link at the bottom of this post, you can proceed to the next author (and check out the awesome, individual giveaways we are doing along the way!) If you are entering to win the KINDLE FIRE, don’t forget to make a note of the keyword at the end of every blog post – the words spell out a phrase you will need to enter the contest on the last stop.

And now a little bit about me.

Laura Pauling writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction where the real and the incredible combine for heart stopping and often root beer snorting adventures.

She lives her cover of suburban mom/author perfectly, from the minivan to the home-baked snickerdoodles, while hiding her secret missions and covert operations from the real world.

And her kids wonder what she does all day while they’re at school; or why on Monday mornings she’s a bit grumpy.

Living the life of a secret agent isn’t easy, but someone has to do it. But shh – don’t expose the truth to her friends and family.

This may or may not be what she really looks like.
And she may or may not actually bake cookies.

You decide.

Her debut YA novel will release in spring of 2012.

A SPY LIKE ME is a cat and mouse adventure full of spies, a nefarious pastry chef, and a completely innocent teen girl. Well, not completely innocent.

From the top of the Eiffel to the depths of the catacombs, Savvy Bent must sneak, deceive, and spy to save her family and friends and figure out whether Malcolm is one of the bad guys before she completely falls for him.

Check it out on Goodreads!
Connect with Laura on Twitter!

Wait! Did I forget something? Oh, yes. My giveaway. My SURPRISE giveaway open to the U.S. and Canada. Want some clues? Okay, fine. Paperback. Published in 2011. Young adult. Hilarious. pink hair. All you have to do is comment. Feel free to take a guess. Every day I’ll add a new clue until the contest is over Thursday at 12:01 a.m. You only have to comment once.

A second winner can choose an ebook from one of the Indelible authors! (You’ve got some majorly awesome choices!)

If you’d like to follow me, or tweet about this, or mark A SPY LIKE ME  as to read on Goodreads that would be awesome!

The word for the blog hop is: WRITERS

And don’t forget to click ahead to the next stop at the author of the incredible book, OPEN MINDS! Take a guess at who it is? Click here.

Good luck! And thanks a bunch for stopping by!

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Don’t succumb to the kitty pictures!


It started slowly. A kitty picture here. A kitty picture there. Here a kitty, there a kitty, everywhere a kitty kitty.

These weren’t normal kitties. They were pictures of kitties dressed up and the pictures had text on them.

Bloggers love them.

Because kitties are so cute.


Again, this stretches back to another psycho animal in my life, actually two.

I once lived in a wonderfully cozy apartment (that’s how I choose to remember it) with a particularly nosy brave mole that had me walking around in boots and jumping from furniture to furniture to cross a room.

My downstairs neighbors, from the kindness of their heart, brought me a barn cat. And I didn’t have the guts to say no thanks.

The cat was completely crazy. It whined at my door all night. It stared at me with evil eyes from across the room. It couldn’t retract its claws and loved to jump all over me so I was forced to wear heavy clothing all day.

Yeah, didn’t quite work out for me.

But hey, if you think those kitty pictures are cute. Go for it.

Then I figured out where all the kitty pictures were coming from. My daughter has a google reader account. And guess what she spends her time doing?

Looking at kitty pictures! Mystery solved.

So I’m pretty sure you will never see kitty pictures here on the blog.

I declare this KITTY FREE ZONE!

Phew. I feel a lot better now.

Have a terrific weekend.

Congrats to my friend Addison Moore who’s fifth book, VEX, in her Celestrial series released at number one in several charts with an Amazon ranking of lower than 100! Congrats Addison. Check out Ethereal, the first book, to find out what the craze is all about.

And congrats to Shelli for reaching number 10 on the hot new releases with Untraceable. Come back next week for my thoughts and for some thriller tips from Shelli.

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The 2010 worm hole – what you missed it?

“Bye kids” I waved merrily, wiping a few tears from eyes as they hopped onto the big yellow bus.

They were off for their first day of school, and I had big plans for the fall. Summer was a blast but with all the terrific weather we had, I was exhausted.


Christmas Eve is in two days.

Wait. What? Seriously?

Okay. I can do this.

  • Shopping? Check.
  • Christmas cards? Check.
  • Laundry and packing for our drive to PA? Um, I’ll get back to you on that one.
  • Wrapping all the presents? Almost.

I’m not sure where 2010 went. I swear I was just ringing in the New Year for 2009. But I know that it’s been a year because of all the wonderful blogging buddies I’ve found over the past twelve months.

I’ve seen blogging friends sign with agents. Read some incredible books. Seen a dozen new agents pop onto the scene. Other blogging friends signed book deals and are anxiously awaiting the release or are celebrating great reviews.

So, I guess I have to admit that, yes, a whole year has indeed passed.

I wonder what this next year will bring…

Hope you all have a great Christmas and holiday break! I’ll see you in 2011. (And I just got used to writing 2010 on my checks.)

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Sometimes leaving my current w.i.p. is hard. Especially when I decide to take the whole week off from it. But, usually, after that break, I return refreshed, refueled and ready to write.

My family is in early this week for Thanksgiving. Knowing I will not have time to visit all your awesome blogs, I’m taking a blogation this holiday week.

The two great things are:

1. We’ve already done the whole two hour grueling family portrait thing.

2. And next week, Kate Messner, author and teacher extrordinaire will be visiting and sharing her take on the role of parents in kidlit books. Should they be dead, missing, or what?

Have a great week, whether it’s a holiday or not for you! And I’ll catch ya next week!

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