Tuesday, September 22, 2009


The experience of getting a book published resembles childbirth in many ways--you conceive an idea, labor over it and carry it along to fruition, and then you anticipate the day you will catch your first glimpse of it and hold it in your hands. It sounds like a ridiculous exaggeration, but to an author, it's pretty close, and today I was sent the final cover. I think it's gorgeous!

It will still be a few weeks before we'll be able to handle a copy, or see it on a book store shelf, but I've posted the first three chapters on my website. Please click either image. They'll take you to my web site. Once you're there, read the first three chapters and come back and leave a comment. If you do, I'll enter you in a drawing to win a copy of Dawn's Early Light, hot off the presses.

Also, check the "Promotions" link on my web site as well for two other ways to win prizes.!

We haven't yet cut the cord on this one . . . there's another round of editing to do, but the stellar story is there--tales of three of the darkest days in America's history--the week Washington burned!

I hope you'll take a moment to visit, and then I hope you'll let me know what you think.




  1. From Wendy:

    Hi Laurie,

    I have been anticipating the release of DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT and now that I have read the first three chapters, I’m chomping at the bit.

    This looks to be just as good as the first two books.

    I can hardly wait to read it!

    Wendy Tonga
    Mesa, AZ

  2. From Morgan:

    I love the cover. The first three chapters were magnificent!

  3. Ashley Gibbons (from Facebook)
    I just finished reading it and the last chapter got me hooked! I need to go back to the other two books and familiarize myself with everything again. I can't wait to see how you resolve the conflict between all the characters. You are a great writer and I look forward to all the many books you create!

    Evelyn Rector (from gmail)

    Well, you've got me hooked. I just read the first two books. So now I'm involved in the lives of Jed, Frannie, Hannah and the rest. I cried when @@@@@ died. I suppose in war someone has to die but so sad that @@@@@ was one of them. I enjoyed the first 3 chapters of the next book and would love for my copy to be a free one ;) so enter me into the drawing please.

  4. I have been checking with the local book stores to see when this 3rd installment is coming out. I am glad to hear that it is actually here. I am anxious to hear the rest of the story. I have fallen in love with the Willows family and want to read more. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  5. Laurie~
    AMEN, Sister on the publishing/childbirth analogy! It is soooo true! :)

    I am excited to have read the first 3 chapters of Dawn's Early Light for several reasons... First, well done, my friend! It is so exciting to see you continue to bring us these wonderful tales, enriched with our country's history. I can't wait to read them all now!

    Second, the cover is gorgeous! What a beautiful addition to the series! (And I am sure it was no small task!)

    And lastly, I realized as I read through it, my DAD would love this series! He is an avid reader and more importantly, an Ameican History buff and a true patriot-- to the core! He actually taught High School History before he made the Navy his full time career. He is also hard to buy for because he has already read nearly everything that isn't brand-new and hot off the press... So guess what he is getting for Christmas? The full series!

    So enter me! Enter me! (As many times as you can!)

    Sara Staker

  6. I loved the first two books and the first three chapters of the third. A free copy would be great so please enter me this week.

    Evelyn Rector

  7. I've almost finished the second book and the first three chapters of this one are equally exciting! You recap enough so that if someone has forgotten something, they can recall it, but it is not repetitive as some authors are. I love the characters, the choices they are forced to make and most of all the spiritual undertones including listening to the spirit! What a great way to refresh or learn American History! Start at the first volume and work your way through history from there!
    Laura C. Lewis :) not the author though!

  8. I read the first three chapters and shot you off an email with my opinions. (I'd love to be entered to win a free copy if the drawings are still going on). You get mad props for pulling in a reader who doesn't typically read historical fiction!