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The bride, the groom, the toast, the explosion…
What should be a joyous occasion turns lethal.

In the village of Fairhaven—nestled between Washington state’s Bellingham Bay and the Cascade Mountains, home to writers’ retreat Pines & Quill—friends and family have gathered for the union of Sean McPherson and Emma Benton. Sean has been working with the FBI and local police to help solve crimes, particularly murders bearing the mark of crime boss Georgio “The Bull” Gambino. Emma, who has just learned to walk again, has begun to feel at home and hopes to one day raise a family.

But just as the festivities begin and corks fly, an explosion shatters everything, killing one and injuring others. From Bellingham to San Francisco and New Orleans, the chase is on to discover who’s dead set on ensuring the newlyweds don’t live happily ever after.

The writers currently in residence at Pines & Quill include a vineyard owner, a Bryn Mawr College professor, a special education teacher accompanied by her seeing-eye dog, and an intuitive who can’t—or won’t—identify the killer. Gambino has a knack for finding people in even the most inaccessible places to do his bidding. Could one of the writers be on his payroll?​

Book three available April 4, 2023.

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Enter to Win!

Two lucky winners will receive an electronic “gift basket” of ALL of the Mystery/Detective books in this event—including my book, Iconoclast: A Sean McPherson Novel, Book Two.

Other winners will receive individual eBooks or paperbacks of randomly selected mystery/detective books, including my book, Iconoclast: A Sean McPherson Novel, Book Two.

Click on this LINK between June 21-24 to enter.

Happy Reading!

Book-to-Screen

The Sean McPherson novels are perfect for book-to-screen adaptation. Readers have asked, “Who would cast as Sean and Emma in a movie?”

The first people who come to mind are Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. Some readers have suggested Barry Sloane and Cassidy Freeman.

Who would YOU cast as Sean and Emma?

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With Gratitude

I’m excited to share that in the first week of publication (since May 3), Iconoclast: A Sean McPherson Novel, Book #2, has received fifty reviews on Amazon.

THANK YOU so much for your support and enthusiasm. Reviews mean everything to a book’s visibility: the more reviews, the wider the visibility and increased likelihood of sales.

“Laurie Buchanan’s Iconoclast opens with a bang and ends with a blast. The action in this suspense thriller, second in the Sean McPherson novel series, sets in motion more murder and mayhem. With knitting needles pulling in fresh yarn, the author weaves together strands of a twisty plot at the Pines & Quill writers’ retreat.” —MARIAN BEAMAN

If you’re a fan of the Sean McPherson novels, you’ll be glad to know that IMPERVIOUS (book #3) is with the publisher. I just completed INIQUITY (book #4). And I’m starting to write ILLUSORY (book #5).

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Happy Book Birthday!

To celebrate the first anniversary of INDELIBLE: A SEAN MCPHERSON NOVEL, BOOK ONE, my publisher has priced it at $.99 from April 1-11 on Amazon, Nook, Apple, Google Play, and Kobo.

If you enjoy Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache or Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope, you’ll also enjoy Sean McPherson.

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In Gratitude

With an immense amount of love and gratitude, I share that this is my final post on Tuesdays with Laurie.

When I started blogging over a decade ago, I had no idea the journey I was about to begin. I’m grateful for the online community that I’ve met, and am fortunate to call friends.

The fact of the matter is, I’m pulled in a different direction and must bring the Tuesdays with Laurie chapter to a close. The decision to step away is difficult but necessary.

Laurie Buchanan

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the years of your support and connection here. It’s meant the world to me.

With thanksgiving and appreciation,

Laurie

Similar yet Different

If you’re a fan of reading books with white-knuckle, adrenalin-pumping storylines, you might be under the impression that some of those genre category titles are interchangeable. Interestingly, they’re similar yet different:

THRILLER — The s/hero must thwart an enemy’s plans rather than uncover a crime that has already happened. 

MYSTERY — The reader doesn’t know “who done it” until the end.

SUSPENSE — The reader knows “who done it,” but the book’s characters don’t find out until the end.

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER — The main character usually experiences a “dissolving sense of reality.”

CRIME — The focus of the storyline is on a criminal who must be apprehended.

POLICE PROCEDURAL — The emphasis is on the procedures used by law enforcement to solve the crime.

My publisher categorized my next book, Indelible: A Sean McPherson Novel, Book One, in the following three genres:

Advance Praise for Indelible
“Buchanan’s narrative is well-paced, flying right along. . . . the author has delivered an exciting beginning to an intriguing series.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS

SERIAL KILLER THRILLER — The s/hero must thwart a serial killer’s plans and possibly uncover previous crimes during their current quest.

PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR MYSTERY — The reader and the PI see many of the puzzle’s pieces, but the full “picture on the box” isn’t revealed until the end.

SUSPENSE THRILLER — A exhilarating one-two punch that combines the reader’s knowledge of “who done it,” with the un-knowing s/hero’s efforts to thwart the antagonist’s plans.

What’s your favorite book genre?

Indelible: A Sean McPherson Novel, Book One
Release Date: April 6, 2021

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