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I’m heading off tomorrow to one of my favorite gigs – the San Diego edition of the Southern California Writers’ Conference.  I’m scheduled to conduct an in-depth presentation entitled: Writer Primer – Writer Responsibilities to the Reader and to lead several Read & Critique Workshops.  I’ll also meet privately for one-on-one Advance Submission sessions with aspiring writers whose work I’ve read and evaluated.  This conference, like many others, is devoted to the creative and business needs of aspiring writers.

Those of us who lead workshops are willing mentors to the next generation of writers.  I believe that the Directors of SCWC, Michael Stephen Gregory and Wes Albers, will forgive me if I reveal the fact that Workshop Leaders are not paid big bucks for sharing our experiences in the trenches of the writing/publishing world.

We participate at conferences, counsel students, and lead workshops for several reasons, among them a passion for our craft, the pleasure of finding the one or two or three golden nuggets of creative talent among the attendees, the chance to guide talented writers onto a path that will result in marketable books, and the opportunity to reconnect with our own peers in the writing community.  That last one probably doesn’t surprise you at all, since you realize that the life of the writer is a largely solitary one.

Given the length of my writing and editing career – 20 plus years – I’ve participated in countless writers’ conferences across the country.  I can accurately say that the two stand-outs for me are SCWC ( Southern California Writers’ Conference www.writersconference.com/ ) and SBWC ( Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference www.sbwritersconference.com/ ).  Both conferences allow me to share my experiences as a multi-published writer in both traditional print publishing and, more recently, in the digital publishing arena, as well as to utilize my skills as a veteran editor when critiquing student work.

And so, Readers, I want you to know that aspiring writers are in good hands as Workshop Leaders groom the next generation of writers – the same writers who are destined to entertain and delight you as they sweep you into the future, the distant past, or the here and now with their fiction, or inform you with their non-fiction.

I would like to close by offering my own sincere and heartfelt thank you to Readers You’ve been amazingly supportive of my romantic suspense books during the last several months – so supportive, in fact, that INTIMATE STRANGERS, FALLEN ANGEL, DESERT ROSE, MIDNIGHT STORM, and HEARTBREAKER have all occupied (simultaneously, no less!) the Bestseller Top 100 Romantic Suspense List at Amazon.UK for the previous two weeks, and those same books all spent two months this winter on that same Bestseller Top 100 Romantic Suspense List at Amazon.com in the U.S.   Color me extremely appreciative of readers.

I’m going strong on Facebook, Google+, and at Twitter (AuthorLTaylor) these days, so reach out and we’ll connect.  Meantime, READERS RULE!

Hugs all around, Laura

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HEARTBREAKER, the 3rd book in my four-book Warrior Series, is now live at Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook.  It will soon pop up at the Apple iBookstore and various other e-bookstore venues.   Yep, I am one happy camper!

I have a deep and abiding respect for the military family, the high standards pursued by its men and women, and their willingness to make the sacrifices necessary for the greater good, so it won’t surprise you that I’ve penned several romantic suspense novels to celebrate these modern day warriors.  As well, I wanted to celebrate the unique women who embrace these men and their often challenging lifestyles.

You may not know that my late father was a career aviator in the U.S. Air Force.  I grew up as an Air Force brat, and I’m proud of the experience.  Yes, the person in uniform is the one who “serves”, but I know from personal experience that the families of these men and women provide the foundation of stability and love to which each warrior returns – at the end of the day or at the end of a tour of duty in a warzone far from home.  Life as an Air Force brat gave me an instinctive grasp of both commitment and community at an early age, taught me to be a team player, and inspired a level of idealism that has always fueled my story concepts as a romantic suspense writer.

Each hero and heroine in the 4-book Warrior Series possesses an amalgam of the personalities and character traits of the men and women I’ve known as the daughter of a career Air Force aviator and as the wife of a military aviator – men and women I will admire until I draw my last breath.  Some of those men and women have already made the ultimate sacrifice, but many more still populate the landscape of my life – and for that blessing, I am deeply grateful.

Last week, HEARTBREAKER joined DESERT ROSE and MIDNIGHT STORM at the Nook and Kindle e-bookstores.  At the end of February, MORE THAN FRIENDS, the 4th book in the Warrior Series, will be available to readers.  My personal hope is that you all will enjoy each book in the Warrior Series.  (The price point for each book:  $1.99.)

More good news: INTIMATE STRANGERS, already downloaded by 80,000 plus readers as of this writing, is a FREE download at Amazon Kindle, the Apple iBookstore, and at Smashwords.  THANK YOU, Readers!

Drop in at Facebook or Google+ and “friend” or “encircle” me.  I love connecting with readers.

Hugs all around,  Laura

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This is my favorite time of the year. It’s not just celebrating the true meaning of the Christmas Season that I love. It’s not the month of December and the hustle and bustle of this time of year. It’s not the presents or the family and friends that will join us for this special time. It’s also something more specific. It’s this one day of the year that I love – Yes, I love today! December 26.

Why do I love today? Because:

The frantic rush of the season is over. Family has gone home and the house is finally quiet. Everything is back to normal (although that’s a relative term), and for the first time in months I am able to relax for a few moments to take time to reflect on the blessings of the past year.

One of the blessings I am most grateful for are my readers. Thank you all so very much! Because of you, 2011 was an unforgettable year! I reached milestones I only dreamed I would reach. I cannot express how grateful I am to each and every one of you.

But life gets better!

In exactly one week, I will enjoy my second most favorite DAY of the year – Yes, you guessed it! NEW YEAR’S DAY!

Why, you ask? Because:

On this day every year, I formulate my writing goals for the year. I set my plans for the next twelve months in action. I prioritize what I intend to accomplish and set my writing schedule in motion. I can tell you that 2012 promises to be a very exciting year! I have several new stories to share with you.

Look for the release of INTIMATE DECEPTION early in the year. Shortly after, THE MOST TO LOSE, the first of a two-book series. In addition, I will release the second in my Most to Lose Series, plus one more Victorian historical romance later in the year.

So, thank you, readers! You have made my life such a rich experience.

I wish you all a Happy and Most Blessed New Year!

Laura Landon

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I want to start off my first READERS RULE blog posting with a “thank you” to my fellow authors at READERS RULE – Bob Mayer, J. Carson Black, L. J. Sellers, Joseph Nassise, Ruth Harris, Laura Landon, and C. J. Lyons.  I am proud to be included in a company of writers whose careers are hallmarked by their commitment to their writing and to their readers.

Each member of READERS RULE is a veteran writer.  We’ve all been, and continue to be, blessed with loyal readers who have supported our careers through good times and bad.  We all create and write about make-believe worlds – not a surprise, I know!  My point here is that, within the context of the stories constructed in those make-believe worlds and populated by characters we either love or hate, our readers invariably discover themes that personally resonate for them.  Call it the shared human experience.

The theme of a book – revenge, a quest for survival, love conquers all, triumph of good over evil, coming of age, etc. – establishes the initial common ground between the writer and the reader.  Along with a particular character or characters, the theme engages the emotions of the reader, which helps to form a part of the foundation for a long-term relationship between readers and writers.

The equation for me is a simple one.   READER  +  WRITER  =  A Committed Relationship   READERS RULE is all about respecting and honoring the relationship between readers and writers.

It will not surprise you to learn that I read constantly.  When I read the work of my fellow writers, my understanding of what readers expect of me as a writer is further expanded.  As well, I receive messages from readers across the globe, and I’m thankful for their willingness to express their appreciation of my efforts to meet their expectations when they purchase my books.

The Thanksgiving season is upon us, and I am particularly thankful to my romantic suspense readers.  They make it possible for me to touch their hearts as I write the stories I love to write.  In truth, I get back from you as much as I give, and for that I thank each and every one of you.

Stop in at my website ( http://www.AuthorandEditor.com ) and click on the link for a FREE copy of INTIMATE STRANGERS, a romantic suspense novel that “sizzles”.   Not bragging here – just quoting my READERS – they rule!  J

Happy Thanksgiving and a heartfelt thanks to all READERS – you continue to inspire me!  And to the remarkable men and women of our military who serve here at home and across the globe – I am thankful for you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers  – as always.

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Hugs all around … Laura Taylor

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