Blog Tour! At Loni Townsend’s and Cathrina Constantine’s!

I’m celebrating the release of my new fantasy adventure novel, Trouble By Any Other Name, the sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble! I hope you’ll stop by and visit me today over at Loni Townsend’s, where I share The Case of the Disappearing Weapons, and at Cathrina Contantine’s, where I’m sharing a teaser from the book. Happy Wednesday!


Trouble By Any Other Name


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.


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© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2016. All rights reserved.

Blog Tour! With Loni Townsend of Squirrel Talk

My blog tour celebrating the release of my new fantasy adventure novel, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble, continues this week on This World Bites! author Loni Townsend’s blog, Squirrel Talk. Stop by for a humorous post about typos and the unfortunate consequences of not proofreading your work!







© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

Celebrate the Small Things! And Loni Townsend’s Bucket List!

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit and now hosted by Lexa Cain to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it here. CelebrateSmallThings_Badge

Today I’m celebrating: Loni Townsend’s This World Bites Blog Tour!


Loni is stopping by today to share her hilarious Top Ten Bucket List. I still can’t read it without giggling. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Lori for letting me on her blog. She suggested my top 10 bucket lists for me and my character. It seems appropriate since her blog is Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams.

With that, these are the top 10 dreams I want to pursue…with a bucket. (It is a bucket list after all.)

10. Become an awesome enough writer to get a Red Bull endorsement. Writing is a sport, isn’t it? (I’d drink a bucket of Red Bull!)

9. Attend a masquerade ball. (My husband offered to wear the bucket as his mask.)

8. Go sky diving. (I could catch the clouds in my bucket.)

7. Return to pole dancing.* (The dollar bills need to go somewhere, even if it’s only my husband handing them out.)

6. Actually pass the motorcycle skills test. Yeah… But hey, I got a 100% on the written. That has to count for something. (I’ll practice weaving around a row of buckets.)

5. Own a BRZ. Okay, so maybe I’m just fascinated that Toyota and Subaru would get together and build a sports car. I love both companies, and that’s really why I want the car. (With my leadfoot, my passengers might need the bucket for their stomach contents as I round the corners.)

4. Master a martial art. Any martial art would do. (Maybe there’s the art of bucket wielding.)

3. Build a dojo. (My bucket would hold the water I’d use to clean the floors.)

2. Spend at least a year living in Japan. (I would collect souvenirs in my bucket.)

1. Finish the remaining 3 books in the ninier series. (I can keep my printed copies in my bucket.)

*I’ve never professionally pole danced, I’ve only taken lessons. But I do have a pole in my living room. It’s an incredible whole-body workout.

Cera, my main character in This World Bites, has one goal in life: Find a cure for her father. It drives her to travel from world to world. Oh, she’d like other stuff–pursue dancing, find true love, save her world… But those are all trivial compared to saving her dad.


What are your goals? What would you do if you had a bucket?



It’s her first day on a new world and Cera’s already found trouble. Michael, her guardian, has been bitten by a zombie and will soon join the undead ranks.

Everyone tells her there’s no cure, but Cera isn’t one to be deterred. She’s willing to face off with zombie hordes, demon slavers, and black market informants if it means she’ll find a cure for Michael. But she’s not the only one hunting for something.

Something is hunting her.



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By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head.

People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don’t let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That’s part of being a ninja—blending in.

She makes her home in Idaho with her sadistically clever—yet often thwarted—husband, two frighteningly brilliant children, and three sneaky little shibas.

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What other celebrations are going on out there?

The 777 Challenge

Last week, Loni Townsend over at Squirrel Talk participated in the 777 Challenge. The idea is to pick one of your WIPs, go to the 7th page, find the 7th line, and post the next 7 lines or so. At the end of her Challenge, she wrote: “If you would like to participate, consider yourself tagged.”

I thought it sounded like a fun idea, so I decided to take her up on it and post the appropriate 7  or so lines from page 7 of my soon-to-be published fantasy novel, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble, which, to me, will be a work-in-progress until I hold it as a book in my hand.

So here goes…


The clash of battle began to fade.

Tara headed for the door. “Now is our chance to escape. This is not the time for vengeance. There are too many of them. We need to get away and warn Faragellyn. I doubt the Sulledorns intend to stop here.”

Kaden pounded the edge of his fist against the wall. “I will not be driven from my own castle!”

An ear-splitting scream rose above the battle sounds.

“Aurelia!” Prince Kaden cried.

“Wonderful. That’s all we need.” Tara whipped out her sword and dashed into the corridor.


What did you think of this snippet?

Since I wasn’t specifically tagged for the Challenge, I’m not going to officially tag anyone else, but I’ll say the same thing that Loni did: If you’d like to give it a go, consider yourself tagged. 🙂




© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2014. All rights reserved.

Check this out: Loni Townsend’s new book trailer

Loni Townsend recently posted a new book trailer over at her blog, Squirrel Talk. The trailer is for her novel, Thanmir War, now available on Amazon.

She’d love some feedback, so if you’d like to tell her what you think, click here and leave her a comment.

Click full screen for it to play. Thanks and enjoy!