Monday, May 30, 2016

A Special Day: Memorial Day & Lori MacLaughlin



Memorial Day 

This is a day to honor those who sacrificed their lives so we could continue to be a free people. We're always in danger of losing our freedoms, so I think it's especially important to show our children the value we place on those freedoms by explaining to them what this holiday is really about. I also think we need to remind ourselves why we have Monday off.

I'm taking Monday off, so I won't be around to say hi to everyone this week. I'll catch up next week. 




Lori MacLaughlin is now officially my last Hats Off Corner Author. I totally blanked that I'd offered her a place on this blog when I posted last week and said I was retiring that feature. But I'm glad Lori's here and from the sound of her book, you will be, too.

Take it away, Lori!








Sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble

Genre: Fantasy


About the Book:

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She's yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn't dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara's sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she'd killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.

Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.



Buy Links:

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About the Author:


Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She's been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.

She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids' shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.

When she's not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

You can find her here:

Website/Blog              Goodreads      Facebook         Google+          Pinterest




Quote of the Week: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Ronald Reagan

47 comments:

  1. Hi Lee - I hope our children learn and look below the surface of war, the effects of the Service men ... and look to promote peace at all stages of their lives ... Reagan said some wise words there ...

    Have a blessed and peaceful Memorial Day - Hilary

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  2. Freedom is not free. Reagan was right. If we don't keep fighting for it, we'll lose all of our freedoms here.

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  3. Thank you, Lee, for squeezing me into your Hats Off feature! That's a wonderful quote by Ronald Reagan. Truer words were never said.

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  4. Congrats to Lori.

    And I hope everyone has a nice Memorial Day.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you're enjoying your day as well.

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  5. I talked to my kiddos today, like I do each Memorial Day! Have a wonderful day off.

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  6. Sounds like a great book. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day.

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  7. Congrats to Lori. I've been seeing her around. I wish more people knew what Memorial Day really was for.

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  8. Congrats to Lori!

    Great quote, Lee.

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  9. A wonderful quote we all should remember.
    Congratulations on your new book, Lori. It sounds exciting. Best of luck. So nice to "meet" you.

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    1. Absolutely.
      Thanks so much, Beverly! Nice to "meet" you, too.

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  10. Congratulations Lori!!!! I hope you enjoyed the day off C Lee. :)

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  11. So happy for you, Lori. The news about your book is spreading fast. Awesome.

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  12. Congrats to Lori indeed.

    A day to remember for sure.

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    1. Thanks very much, Pat!

      Yes, we must never forget.

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  13. Wonderful post Lee about authors and books.
    I spent Memorial Day in Washington DC some years ago.
    Awesome day.
    Yvonne.

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  14. Hi Lee,

    Hearty congrats to Lori.

    I hope you and all our American brothers and sisters, had a peaceful, reflective Memorial Day. We shall never forget.

    In peace and hope,

    Gary

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    1. Thank you, Gary!

      I will always remember. Peace to you, as well.

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  15. Congratulations, Lori!

    You chose a wonderful quote, Lee. :)

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  16. Congrats Lori on your new book. It must be exciting to have it done and published. We should always remember the people who fought and died so we can have something many take for granted...our freedom

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    1. Thank you, Birgit! Yes, I'll be excited for days to come. :)

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  17. Congratulations, Lori!
    Memorial Day is so important and the loss of freedom - maybe one election away?

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    1. Thank you, Yolanda!
      I have to agree — the coming election really scares me. The impact at home and worldwide could be disastrous.

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  18. Yay, Lori! I'm super stoked for you. Here's to the epicness of a book release!

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  19. Lori,
    Your book sound interesting. I am a Tolkien fan so I've put your book on my TBR at Goodreads.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

    P.S. Thanks Lee for presenting Lori.

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  20. definitely need to teach the kids the WHY! need to remind some adults too...
    and yay for my namesake at the main character in a great story! thanks, Lori!

    Happy Summer, Lee!

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    1. That's so true.

      Ha, ha, yes, I've always like that name. :)

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  21. I certainly wish her the best with her books.

    @Kathleen01930 Blog

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  22. Loved the first one and I'm in the middle of reading Trouble by Any Other Name - great, action-packed, compelling writing! Go, Lori!
    Happy Memorial Day, C. Lee!

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  23. So true! I was thinking about that myself this week, when I wondered why people say "Happy Memorial Day." It's a happy thing that we have freedom, yes, but we can never forget the sacrifices behind it.

    Wow, sounds like that protagonist has a lot going on!


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbosityreviews.com

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  24. Yes, you could definitely say that she does! :)

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