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Laura Spinella

Bestselling Author

While We’re Waiting…

Okay, waiting is not my strong suit. In the novel-writing business, few things take longer than publishing a book. From the time an author puts pen to paper and pub-day arrives, nearly two years passes—maybe more. And people wonder why we keep our day jobs! ???? While we tick off these final days to ECHO MOON (On…

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Making it to the Moon

This is it, coming soon! The last “chapter” in the Ghost Gifts series! It’s been quite a ride, much of it unexpected. I’d like to share with readers ECHO MOON’s backstory. I very much wanted to do something different with this book, but at the same time I knew readers would be looking for Aubrey…

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Three TV Shows that Pair Well with Wine & Chocolate

How do you get through a New England winter? Wine and chocolate are a good start, but what about sight and sound? Once football season ends (and we just won’t go there), the hardy hunker down and wait. We wait for our Facebook friends in warmer climates to post photos of forsythia in bloom and…

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Collecting Inspiration

  Dusty treasures…  With collections come inspiration. Objects of fascination are boundless: milk glass, bottle caps, depression glass, Golden books, grown-up books—signed copies and first editions—jadeite, rocks, stamps, coins, dolls, marbles, and… well, you get the idea. The endless need for shelf space and feather dusters. My mother-in-law collected salt & pepper shakers and tiny…

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This is the Reason Ghost Stories Are Subject to Interpretation

Reader Impressions

No two people interpret ghosts the same way. You have believers, people who embrace the concept of spiritual beings. Others, like my afternoon boss—an intellectual pragmatist, are convinced that earthly explanations account for ghostly perceptions. I also have a close friend with strong religious beliefs. She doesn’t discount a spirit populace, but she does question…

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We Interrupt this Blog

  Hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Super Bowl weekend. If you’re not into football (GO PATS!!), enjoy The Puppy Bowl or This Is Us—I hear a Jack Pearson commemorative Crockpot recipe is in the works for the big game! After all, Super Bowl Sunday is Jack’s favorite day! Coming soon, I have…

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I’m Sorry Joyce Kilmer

I am grim today, busy altering history in way that would earn a poetic tongue lashing from Mr. Kilmer. It’s a little piece of history, about 150 years old, that sits on an even smaller piece of property. Currently, my name is on the deed. Two giant pines trees live outside my sunroom. They’re imposing…

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Uncensored Writing Advice

Winners: Stephanie, from Blue Grass country, Barbara’s a signed copy of The Promise Between Us and Linda Moore, a signed copy of Ghost Gifts. Many thanks for all the comments! Giveaway Alert! Comment on this blog post and be entered to win a signed copy of Barbara Claypole White’s latest release, The Promise Between Us—racing…

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Writer Impetus vs Onus

Recently, my critique partner challenged me to write about the impetus of Foretold—book two in the Ghost Gifts Novels. She wanted me to expound on the propulsion, driving force, and energy behind the story. I blinked at the question like she’d shone a bright light into my eyes. Impetus?  I’d agreed to write this book…

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The Beautiful Disaster of a Debut Novelist

Wow! It’s been a while since that image was front and center. While mainstream news is all about the weather, I have an anniversary to celebrate today. Seven years ago, Beautiful Disaster, my first novel, made its debut. It was an exciting time filled with great anticipation. I’d only taken up novel writing five years…

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