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With the new releases and re releases I am working on this summer, I thought it would be interesting to do something different with one of the covers (and the title as well).


In the book of short stories, there are essays, tales of family, the highs and lows of relationships, and monologues from the minds of two Just Beneath the Surface characters. Some of the titles include:  Two Green Chairs, Fist and Oxytocin.

As I mentioned last week, I am especially excited about this particular cover: a piece of artwork painted by an artist who uses spray paint and hand cut stencils. Not to mention the finishing touches by Laura Wright LaRoche.

So …

Here’s another distorted teaser 🙂




Just Beneath the Surface I character “Michael” : the father speaks


Not much to tell. I am a father, a good man, hard worker — I have my shortcomings, but don’t we all?

Parenting — nothing terrifies me more. I’ve never had to question myself or ask for so much advice or help. I’ve got two kids. My youngest gives me hell. My oldest is an angel. I wish I’d told her that, more. 

My son reminds me of myself, except that I’m an only child. He’s got his sister and he fights with her, but he’s protective of her. That’s what I want for her. Because she’s — she’s not handling things well — neither of them are. And I can’t be everywhere at once, but I know my son. My son has his eye on her.
And as for him, well, he can toughen up. I have little patience for anything less than sucking it up and getting things done. Neither of them are allowed to pity themselves. Out of the question.
My daughter is sweet. She’s innocent. She’s an old soul. I look at her and I don’t see myself or her mother. I just see — her. I don’t tell her as often as I should, but, I’m proud of her. No matter what, I’m proud of her. Even with — everything that’s …
I’m always proud of her.
 Then there’s Kendall. Kendall and this new man …

Kendall and I never got along. She was always pressuring me. I was never able to be whatever it was that she — expected. That’s all there is to that.

Him — I always thought he was a coward. Now, I believe it more than ever. Kendall is the type of woman who knows how to stand up for herself. The fact that I see her arms covered in bruises makes no sense to me. I don’t recognize her, and I’m starting to believe that she believes the lies she tells to cover up for this guy.

My problem isn’t with her or this guy. I’m tired of wondering about them — they’re sick. Anyone who lets that type of thing go on is sick. She doesn’t want my help, so they can have each other.

My problem is this: seeing my kids’ faces when she’s not available. Or when she’s got those marks on her arms. What father wants to see his kids hurt? What father wouldn’t wanna fix that? She tells me this has nothing to do with me. Nothing to do with me? This has everything to do with me — it’s sick, and it’s affecting my kids. Any parent knows, your kids are your world. Their worry is your worry. Their hurt is your hurt.

She’s killing this family or what’s left of it, anyway. If she wants to kill herself with this lunatic, fine. But she’s not gonna take my kids along for the ride. That’s where I draw the line.

I know Kendall, and I know she’s so much stronger than the person he’s made her. She was strong. She was confident. She’s not like this. I don’t know if I’m more mad at her or scared for her.

This is dangerous…

Very dangerous…

And I don’t recognize her anymore.


Just Beneath the Surface I

Also, be sure and check out:

Character thoughts: Mystery antagonist

Character thoughts: Diamond

Character thoughts: Kendall

Character thoughts: Bobby

Hello all! I hope you had an amazing weekend.

Just  a reminder: There will be a few new releases and re releases this summer.

(Just Beneath the Surface, Just Beneath the Surface II, and a cover reveal for my book of short stories).

I’m especially excited about this particular cover, as it was originally a piece of artwork (the artist uses spray paint and hand cut stencils).  The amazing Laura Wright LaRoche molded the art into a book cover.

So …

Just for fun, I thought to myself :

Self, why not share a few teasers in the weeks to come?


got any ideas?


Bookworm’s Nook

a unique perspective


Hello and welcome, Laura Wright Laroche!

Inspiration – it could be anything from a life story, to a butterfly in the palm of a child.  I love to hear the story behind each story or idea!

Author Laura Wright Laroche has created a really unique trailer for her book, Black Woods Revealed, and I am itching to get into her head!! Here is our chat.

Laura, what inspired such a creative project?

My love of morel mushroom hunting.

How long have you been an avid mushroom hunter, and what do you say to those who don’t understand/have never tried mushroom hunting?

I’ve hunted mushrooms my whole life. Our family has hunted for generations. I think everyone should try mushroom hunting at least once. They may find a new love of nature.

Was this more difficult than designing covers and “regular” book trailers?

Yes. I learned I’m not the best with a video camera, but I had fun with my family.

Would you ever consider a follow-up video to the Black Woods trailer, or similar videos for your other books?

Sure, but maybe I will get someone else to run the camera.

How does mushroom hunting inspire your character development and writing process?

I think of all the times my sister and I have been spooked while in the woods and what our brains decided it could be. Then I wrote them down and shared it with the world.

Do you feel that you are able to create better stories, brainstorm and avoid writer’s block with such an adventurous hobby?

Yes, when it comes to the Black Woods series. Most of the events and wild imagination story lines came from true life experience.

From start to finish, writer’s block and all, what’s your process?

To start, the idea of a book just happens and I have to write. I think the story will end one way, but ultimately it winds up different. So far I’ve not had writer’s block, knock on woods. But if it should happen, I will ask other authors what they recommend. I like writing anytime, but do my best in the evening. When everyone is tucked away for the night, I write. The T.V. softly playing and a fresh pot of coffee, and I’m good for hours.

Laura, what are some of your favorite quotes about writing and perseverance?

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. – Stephen King,

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.- C. J. Cherryh,  Half my life is an act of revision. – John Irving and many more.

Many writers compare having to call one of their books a favorite, to choosing between their children. Would you say its the same with choosing between book cover designs, book trailers and writing?

Yes, to compare one over the other is not fair to the imagination. Every book, cover, and trailer are different in their own right. Expressing the thoughts and characters as vividly as the author will allow the reader. The interior, cover, and trailers are only teasers to the mind, hopefully leaving the reading wanting more.

I couldn’t agree more – I love the way you put this!

And without further adieu, here is Laura’s new trailer:


Thanks so much for a very fun chat! Is there anything else you would like to share?

I would like to thank all the readers who have made Black Woods a success.

“In a world of words anything is possible.” – Laura Wright LaRoche

Want to connect with Laura online?

So …

How about a spelling test? I have used “Just Be,”  today,  and will continue the test with ” neath the Surface” next week! (Answer key is below – for some of the words, I have included definitions)

J –

 jujitsu or jiujitsu


u – the bone on the little-finger side of the human forearm

 ulnar or ulner

s –  one who observes the Sabbath on Saturday in conformity with the letter of the fourth commandment

sabbatarian or sabatarian

t – 

tabacco or tobacco

B –  refusing or likely to refuse to proceed, act, or function as directed or expected

balkiness or balkyness

e –  is a common ceramic material, which is used extensively for pottery tableware and decorative object

earthenwear or earthenware



When Kendall Berkely takes a look in the mirror, she not only desperately wants to run away from the stranger staring back at her; but she also knows that her days are numbered. She can feel it in her bones, and has the bruises to prove it. To make matters worse, Kendall will soon discover that her seventeen year old daughter, Diamond is on a path nearly just as dangerous. After the demise of the family unit she once knew, a distracted mother, and being forced to accept a new stepfather, Diamond finds herself knee deep in a multitude of mistakes. When Diamond finds herself more lonely than ever before she crosses paths with Bobby Lidell; a teacher’s aide with a dark side. Just as Diamond realizes that she is in over her head, her mother and father have already been notified, and will do everything in their power to protect her.But what is lurking in the shadows will not stop until a vow has been kept; what is lurking just beneath the surface will come seeking revenge.
One reviewer says:
“This is an excellent book and can be used to help others who may feel trapped in this type of situation. This was an inspirational story and I enjoyed reading this book. I know that many people who find themselves in these type of relationships are stuck in the cycle and hope that their partner will change, just like Kendell.”

jujitsu ulnar sabbatarian tobacco  balkiness earthenware nevus elsewither  anecdotes  thryfallow haply

How’d you do?