A new project begins

In the months before publishing my first novel, The Kiminee Dream, in May 2020, I’m preparing a companion book of tales told by one of the characters in the novel. Her name is Aunt Truly, and the book of stories will likely be titled Aunt Truly’s Tales.

This image is associated with the Sitting Room in Penngrove. I imagine Aunt Truly would like to sit in this chair.

A woman so old nobody knows when she was born, Aunt Truly takes in Carly Mae Foley, a teen who has escaped and abductor and is far from home. Aunt Truly cares for Carly Mae through an especially long, snowbound winter. One of the things Aunt Truly does to pass the time is tell stories. One of them, “The Frog Who Wouldn’t Budge,” is told in the novel.

I’ll be posting stories under consideration for inclusion in Aunt Truly’s book on my blog. The first one is up now at https://www.lauramchaleholland.com/blog/aunt-trulys-1st-story-milk-for-grandmas-coffee/

I would love to know what you think.

Just In Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories is on sale now

Just In Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories is on sale now

Laura’s new collection of flash fiction is now on sale.

Imagine a world where shadows of enchantment instantly render ordinary experiences eerie, terrifying or sublime, and where the unexpected becomes the norm.

It’s available in paperback format at the usual online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The ebook is available only on Amazon, but it’ll go into wider distribution within a couple of weeks.

A note about Amazon’s sales page:

As of Aug. 18, 2019, the featured retailer for the paperback of Just in Case is Book Depository US, which is selling it for $10.12. The retail price is $5.99 — and Amazon is selling it for $5.99. The Amazon purchase option is listed in tiny type below the featured offer. Prime members can get free shipping when purchasing from Amazon, too.

See you April 14 at Redwod Writers in Santa Rosa

I’ll be attending the monthly meeting of Redwood Writers Sunday, April 14, 2019. The topic will be working with illustrators, something I don’t plan to do anytime soon, but I expect I’ll learn something new anyway. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about opportunities for writers in the North Bay and upcoming events of interest. Hope to see you at the Flamingo, 2777 Fourth Street in Santa Rosa, from 2:30 to 4:30. It’s a good idea to come a bit early to socialize and network. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

This is Laura McHale Holland’s book in progress. The ebook version will be free for people who join Laura’s readers group.

Join Laura at the 2019 anthology workshop

I’m on the workshop team for the 2019 Redwood Writers Anthology. At this event you’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the “Endeavor” theme and pick up some grammar guidance from anthology editor Tommie Whitener
  • Draw forth your creativity with Daniel Coshnear
  • Discuss character development with Linda Reid
  • Build plot with Barbara Cottrell
  • Get tips from Laura McHale Holland on creating story conflict
  • Review the submission process for the anthology
Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance
Sat. , Jan. 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon
Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa
Online fee: Members $25.00; Nonmembers $30.00
Reserve quickly!
Click this link for online registration.
Submission deadline is March 15.

The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song honored

rsz_the-ice-cream-vendors-song-cover-small-webThe Ice Cream Vendor’s Song just won honorable mention, short story category, in the 2015 Readers Favorite Book Awards. The book is a colleciton of flash fiction, which is extremely short fiction. Many folks are unfamiliar with the form. The book was up against more traditional story collections, so I’m thrilled my little book held its own.

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