Laura Smith

Publishing News

June 2014

 June 7, 2014

I should mention that I've begun to blog again. You can find me on HubPages under lsmith335. Please read and comment! http://laura335.hubpages.com/ 

 

May 2014

May 28, 2014

Read the latest review of "The Stable House" here: 

http://theunleashedreviewboard.wordpress.com/tag/the-stable-house/

 

April 2014

April 10, 2014

 Read the latest review of "Saving Hascal's Horrors" here: http://bookwormforkids.blogspot.com/2014/04/saving-hascals-horrors-by-laura-smith.html 

 

March 2014

 

March 31, 2014

 A review of, "The Stable House," has been reviewed on tryingtobeafrugalmomma.blogspot.com. I had a bad experience with a review of this book in the past, and this one has restored my faith in this book. It just goes to show, you have to know your audience.

  

March 20, 2014

"Saving Hascal's Horrors" has been reviewed on begintocraft.com. It gave me a good idea about what I need to improve on: the cover.  

 

March 10, 2014

Surviving the Spawn has reviewed, "Saving Hascal's Horrors" on their site. Read the review here: http://survivingthespawn.com/review-saving-hascals-horrors-laura-smith/ .  

 

March 4, 2014

Rita Reviews has published a review of, "Saving Hascal's Horrors". Read it here: http://ritareviews.net/2014/03/saving-hascals-horrors-laura-smith/ 

 

 

February 2014  

 February 24, 2014

 "Saving Hascal's Horrors" is being featured on Sharon the Librarian's blog. Check it out here:

http://sstwriting.blogspot.com/2014/02/book-spotlight-saving-hascals-horrors.html

 

February 4, 2014

 I'm teaming up with LitPick to give away five copies of "Saving Hascal's Horrors". To get your copy, fill out the form in this link: http://www.litpick.com/giveaway/register/9534?utm_source=Giveaway+Announcement-February+2014&utm_campaign=Giveaway+February+2014&utm_medium=email .  

 

Also, I've been working with CreateSpace to sell hard copies of "Saving Hascal's Horrors". Order your copy here: https://www.createspace.com/4639915 . It will also be available on Amazon in the next week.

 

January 2014

 

January 28, 2014

My author interview on AwesomeGang is now live: http://awesomegang.com/laura-smith/. This is a helpful tool for authors to gain exposure for themselves and their book. 

 

January 23, 2014

 Great review of Saving Hascal's Horrors Posted on my Amazon page:

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I have read all the Percy Jackson books and have found that while they may be rated as youth reading they make a perfect wind down the day or commute read book for adults too.

When I came across Saving Hascal’s Horrors I liked the overview of the book provided by the author.
I found the story well -crafted with great character development.

The story progresses steadily with a nice bit of mystery. It was also a nice flashback to my own somewhat lazy days of teenage summers. I grew up in a family business too so there was that connection too.

Our main character is Mike. He’s a teenage boy whose family owns a horror shop. They sponsor a yearly contest with a cash prize for a ghost photo. After a local teenager disappears while looking for a ghost, Mike’s father shuts down the horror shop. Mike and his friends set out to find the truth about what happened to the missing teen.

The story really picks up suspense wise and I won’t tell you if they find the missing teen or not (no spoilers from me).

There’s a nice mix of ghost tales and mystery in this story too along with the suspense. All in all, it is a really good story about family, friendships (old and new), seeing things from another’s viewpoint and coming of age.

Definitely would recommend for any mature child 10+ and if you’re an adult- well, you may find that you enjoyed this book as much as I did. If you are purchasing for a child (especially one 10 or 11), I suggest you do as I've always done and read through the book first. If your child likes ghost tales, this one may be a perfect choice for him or her. 

 

January 20, 2014

 

Read my author interview on Book Goodies: http://bookgoodies.com/interview-with-author-laura-smith/.

 

 

 January 16, 2014

My book will be free to purchase from February 15th-February 19th. Book Goodies is one of the sites that has agreed to promote my book during my free days. Check them out below:

 

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January 15, 2014 

 Kindle Book Promotions is helping me to plug my new book. They are also having a contest for published authors. Check them out here:
 
 
Hello, we are now seeking submissions from authors for all work published 2011 or later, for our third annual book contest. All genres accepted. This year's book prizes include a one-hour book marketing consultation with expert Brian Jud along with a Book Tour package of up to 50 blog stops. We also have a drawing for a 1-year membership with The Author Marketing Club and a paid Kindle Books and Tips Feature .
Open to all countries but work must be in English.
We encourage you to submit your work now:
Full Details and Prices: CLICK NOW
 
 
Thank you,

Kindle Book Promos 

 

 January 11, 2014

 I launched my new middle grade ebook on Amazon yesterday. It's a light ghost story with some adventure and family dynamics thrown in. Here is the link. Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HTPCGBU

 

November 2013

November 24th

 Here is a link to a great place to promote and download ebooks: http://e-library.net/add.html.  

November 20th

 After my free book promotion (lasting from November 16th-November 20th), I have over 100 downloads circulating out there. We'll see if it leads to more sales. If not, at least I'll have 100 people out in the world who have read some or all of my book, and isn't that why we do what we do in the first place? 

 

On November 3rd, I published my first ebook for Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GF24VNE. It is a middle grade novel for girls ages 9-12. The price is 99 cents, but it will be free to download from November 16, 2013 - November 20, 2013. Don't have a Kindle? Here is a link to an article about downloading Kindle books to your PC: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-read-kindle-ebooks-without-kindle-reader-5693570.html?cat=15. Enjoy!

Book Description from Amazon:

 

Book Description

 November 7, 2013

Set in 1995, The Stable House follows an 11-year-old girl’s first three months of junior high school. Besides learning to adjust to a new school and a new set of social rules, Heidi Williams must cope with growing apart from her adopted older brother and becoming temporarily homeless after her home is destroyed by a fire, separating her from her close friendship with her elderly neighbor, Violet, and Violet’s young niece, Jenny. While at the house that she and her family borrow while theirs is being rebuilt, she meets Dorothy and Stacey, two seventh grade girls who welcome Heidi into her into their group where she learns to adjust to life as a pre-teen. 

 

September 2012

 Last month, I received word that a poem of mine is to be published in the December issue of Lavender Review. This is a free, online publication so be sure to keep an eye out for the issue. It will be Issue 6, the Muse issue. 

 

May 2012 

This month, I was published in Robert Morris University's "Rune" magazine. My poem, titled, "you once rode your bike down devil's hill" appeared in their Spring edition. Also, this month, I was notified by Blast Furnace Press that my poem, "Crossword" will appear on their website. I definitely recommend these journals to any new writers looking to be published.