About Laurie Buchanan

Author | Speaker

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.

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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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What Gives Me the Write?

I have many rights, for which I’m incredibly grateful. 

But I have fewer writes. For me, they’re a little harder to come by because my muse isn’t always available.

I love my little writing studio!

What helps, encourages, and gives me the ability to write? My muse—clutter-free space and stone-cold silence. 

If there’s clutter? Fuhgeddaboudit!
If there’s noise? Fuhgeddaboudit!

What’s your muse?

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Election Day

Today, November 3, 2020, is election day in the United States. As of right now, none of us knows what the outcome will be. 

In 2016, the polls said that Hillary Clinton had an 85-percent chance of winning. As we know, it didn’t turn out that way.

Various news sites indicate that the 2020 election outcome could take days, or even weeks, for the final determination.

I took this photograph inside the Boise State Capitol building.

Regardless of your political affiliation, I hope you voted.

Note: I turned comments off for this post.

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Closer Than They Appear

We see it so often that sometimes we no longer pay attention to the warning: “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” 

Curious, I did a little research and discovered that the safety warning is required on passenger side mirrors of vehicles in the US, Canada, Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia. 

But why? Inquiring minds want to know. 

“It’s present because while these mirrors’ convexity gives them a useful field of view, it also makes objects appear smaller.”

For me, something that’s closer than it appears is filing for medicare. Len turned 65 this year and jumped through those interesting hoops. I have a few years before it’s my turn, but I’m glad he’ll be able to show me the ropes when the time comes.

What’s closer than it appears in your mirror?

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Box of Chocolates

When Len and I received a delectable box of chocolates as a thank you gift, we waited all of fifteen seconds before opening it to see what was inside. 

Ooh la la, every one of them looked delicious! How to choose?

In the movie, Forrest Gump, Forrest says, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

Fortunately, there was a “key” inside the lid of our box of chocolates. It helped us to navigate the edible treasures. For instance, I’m not a coconut fan, so Len used the “key” to select those. He’s not a fan of fruit centers, so I used it to find those. 

How do you navigate a box of chocolates—or life, for that matter?

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