Winter Wonders

Winter Wonders Available For Pre-Order! (And An Excerpt Of My Story!)

Hi friends! Just popping in to tell you that WINTER WONDERS, the anthology of winter-themed short stories that I (and many other fabulous authors) are participating in, is now available for pre-order through Compass Press!

My story is entitled “The Definition of Insanity.” It’s about a couple of college girls who go on a study abroad program to Spain, and it’s loosely based on that one time I actually DID go on a study abroad program to Spain. Several things in the story are real-life things that happened to me while living in Madrid, so, you know. Glimpses into my head and all that.

Here are the first couple paragraphs of my story for your enjoyment…


 The Definition of Insanity

I have never in my life been as nervous as I am right now, standing in this hallway, trying to ignore the scent of mildew coming from the brown carpet beneath my feet.

Calm down, Laurie, I think while letting out a slow, controlled breath. This is not going to kill you. Do you hear me? You. Will. Not. Die.

Unfortunately, the last person I usually listen to is myself. This is mostly due to the fact that, nine times out of ten, I’m talking crap. I have a feeling this is one of those times.

The door to my new apartment is navy blue with a brass knob. A rusty “2A” is screwed into the center, just below the peephole, and some of the beige paint is peeling off the frame. There’s absolutely nothing out of the ordinary about this door. Nothing at all.

Oh, except for this: it’s in SPAIN.

Madrid, to be exact, and behind it is my home for the next five months.

Excuse me. Our home.

Standing to my left, looking like she stepped right out of a Hollister ad, is none other than Melissa Mayfield. Petite, pouty-lipped, beautiful Melissa Mayfield, with her toned cheerleader thighs and her endless supply of eyelashes. Yesterday, she was my arch-nemesis. Today, she’s my arch-nemesis and my roommate.

Oh, Fate. You are a cruel trickster.


So, just in case you’ve forgotten, this anthology is something we’re all doing for charity. Literacy Inc., to be exact. All the proceeds will go toward teaching teens the importance of reading and offering them chances to get college scholarships.

Which means that if you buy it, you are basically a crime-fighting superhero. Or illiteracy-fighting, anyway, which is pretty much the same thing.

Also, I hear this anthology makes for a FABULOUS CHRISTMAS PRESENT. Ahem.

You can purchase it by clicking on this little button thingy:

Button thingy removed 11/30/12

OR, if you’re not really sure what that is, you can also click on this picture to be taken to Compass Press’s website, where you can place your pre-order:

Pre-orders closed 11/30/12

Pre-orders only apply to paperback copies; if you’re in the market for an e-book, they will be available in December. Want to know who else is a contributing author? Check out the anthology’s page on my website. You can also find it on Goodreads.

Woohoo! Happy pre-ordering!

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