Okay, so I LIED

Happy New Year!

Apparently I can’t be believed, and I inadvertently told some whoppers this past year in my blog and newsletter. In my defense, my statements, declarations, and announcements weren’t actually lies, but simply errors made due to my inability to foresee the future.

I did NOT release BJ Elliott’s book this fall as I’d hope because I had hand surgery on Oct. 5th, followed by a hip replacement on November 30th. With my hand back in commission by Thanksgiving, I expected to be able to finish BJ’s story while I was recuperating from my hip surgery.


Let’s just say December became a drug-induced fog. The various medications the doctor put me on, totally wiped me out, so I was sleeping sixteen hours a day. The eight hours I could keep my eyes open were filled with doing rehab and spending time with my family for the holidays.

The good news is, I’m off all the drugs now, only going to physical therapy once a week, and walking with a cane. So I’m back to writing diligently. I won’t make any promises about when I’ll be able to release Barefoot Billionaire, but I’m crossing my fingers for April.

The other falsehood I told in 2017 was that Barefoot Billionaire would begin a new series. The truth is, I simply changed my mind. I initially published The Wonder of You (FREE for the next few days) as the Prequel for the spin-off series. However, as I continued to work on BJ’s book—in which he falls for the daughter of a couple featured in The Wonder of You,—I realized his story included too many characters from the Return to Redemption series not to include it that series as well. In the end, I decided to move The Wonder of You to the Return to Redemption series as Book 8 and make Barefoot Billionaire Book 9.

Confusing I know, but rest assured, you’ll have a chance to catch up with a lot of old friends from the series. Anyway, please accept the FREE copy of The Wonder of You as a thank you for your continued patience.  It’s also available for a short time at Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo.

I want BJ and Ellie’s story to be as compelling and entertaining as you’re hoping it will be. Also, if you read The Wonder of You in the meantime, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know Ellie’s parents.


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Good and Bad News

I have GOOD news and BAD news!

The good news is, I’m giving away BABY, I’M BACKBook Two of my Return to Redemption series, for the next few days to apologize for the delay in releasing my upcoming novel, BAREFOOT BILLIONAIRE (BJ / Ben Elliott’s happy-ever-after), which I promised to finish by this fall—before I learned I was having hand surgery.

That’s only part of the BAD news! The other negatives are that I’ve, once again, failed to keep my New Years resolutions. Not only will my book not be released when I’d planned, I haven’t posted to my blog more frequently, either. I HAVE, however, dropped 10 lbs. (a pound a month, which is actually good for me, since I have a really stubborn, efficient metabolism.), still, it’s not the 30 I’d hopped to lose this year–and the holidays are coming.

As you can see, my left hand will be fairly useless for a few weeks, so my typing will be extremely curtailed. I still hope to have BJ/Ben’s story finished by the end of the year, although, it may not get released until after the holidays. (Fingers crossed–only on the right hand, of course.)

I CAN, however, share the preliminary cover design so you’ll know what to look for. Ta-Da! Here it is!

Yes, Ben will fall for a feisty, red-haired Texas spitfire, and things are going to get hot, hot, HOT!!!  In this story, you’ll also get to catch up with BJ’s pals, Tyler & Luke, and their wives, Annie & Sabrina, from THE PARENT PACT and A HEART DECISION, as well as Rick & Julie, Brian (Austin) & Nora, and Matt & Abby from my most recent release THE WONDER OF YOU.  If you haven’t read these books, yet, you might want to catch up while I’m finishing Barefoot Billionaire.

Get BABY, I’M BACK! FREE now at
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Happy New Year!

Every year about this time, I make a few resolutions for the coming year.  When I noticed the last time I posted to this blog was way back in May, I realized that needs to be my #2 resolution for 2017. Post to my BLOG more often.

What’s my #1 resolution? It’s the same one I make every year. Lose weight.

Considering how unsuccessful I’ve been at dropping the pounds in the past, I should probably quit setting that goal, however, if I stopped trying, I might find myself even heavier next January. I need a hip replacement, so I really can’t afford to put any weight on. I also don’t want to have the surgery without first shedding a few pounds  to lower my surgical risks. Therefore, I’m publicly committing to losing at least 30 pounds. (Maybe by posting my goal here, I’ll take my resolution more seriously.)

My #3 resolution is to write and release the story so many of my readers have been asking for–billionaire BJ Elliott’s happy-ever-after, preferably before my grandsons are home for the summer. The last two years have taught me I don’t get much written during June, July, and August when I’m playing with them.

If I tried to work on more than THREE resolutions this year, I suspect I’d lose focus, so I’ll leave it at three.  Although, if I were going to declare a fourth goal it would be to find more time to read.

the-wonder-of-you-smaller-boquet-camIf you subscribe to my newsletter, you probably already know I released my most recent book, The Wonder of You back in November, just in time for Thanksgiving. This novel is another returning Vietnam POW story–Book 2 in The Love of You family saga and a sequel to The Memory of You.  

The The Wonder of You is also the Prequel to a NEW spin-off series called Beyond Redemption. You’ll still get to visit with old friends from my previous Return to Redemption books in this new series, because it will star characters who aren’t actually from Redemption but who have friends or family who live there. I needed to release this book before writing BJ Elliott’s story because he falls for the daughter of two secondary characters in The Wonder of You.dont-break-my-heart-digital-new

As a treat to kick the New Year off for you, I’m giving away my book, Don’t Break My Heart, Book 6 in the Return to Redemption series, for FREE during the next few days. If you haven’t read it, here is your chance.

I wish you all the best in the coming year. Do you have any resolutions for 2017 to declare?



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Love Under Construction

Love Under Construction 3D NewsletterI’ve just released a new boxed set of the two most recent stories in the Return to Redemption series–(BOOK 6) DON’T BREAK MY HEART and (BOOK 7) KISSING JESSIE, which will give you a price break (only $5.99 instead of $7.99) when you buy both books together in the set, instead of separately. These novels star two women, Trisha and Jessie, who fall for the hunky partners of a construction company, Justin and Mike–hence the set’s LOVE UNDER CONSTRUCTION  title.
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You may notice (below)  Kissing Jessie has had a cover makeover. That’s because my son HATED the original cover and thought Mike looked like a vampire going in for a bite. 🙂  I also decided the hero and heroine became lost in the color of the construction background. Anyway, I love the book’s new cover. (I’m a sucker for the color blue. And the cover model on the boxed set is exactly how I imagine Jessie.


Coming Soon!

A Vietnam War era sequel to The Memory of You
and the prequel to my
new Beyond Redemption series

Pssst . . .  In case you’re wondering, 
Billionaire BJ Elliott will get his happy-ever-after 
in BOOK ONE of this new series

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Her child’s happiness, or her own?
A choice no woman should have to make

Six years ago, Julie Danvers’ husband was declared missing in action. A single tipsy night of indiscretion left her pregnant, guilt-ridden, and still uncertain whether she’s a widow or a wife. When she learns the love of her life, Rick, is actually alive and coming home, she’s both overjoyed and terrified. Now she’ll be forced to choose between her war-ravaged husband—who may be unable to accept her daughter, a sticky-faced reminder of her infidelity—and her child’s father who wants to make them a real family.

The only thing that kept POW Rick Danvers—also known as Ben—sane during his hellish Hanoi Hilton vacation was the dream of holding his beautiful wife again. He eagerly returns home during Operation Homecoming to discover his entire world has changed. His country doesn’t respect him, he’s lost his parents, and his so-called best friend has already provided Julie the baby Rick ached to give her before Uncle Sam drafted him.

If that’s not bad enough, while Julie was burning her bra, his aging uncle came out of the closet and appointed her president of their family construction business—a position she has no intention of relinquishing. Ben’s now a visitor in his own home, forced to live with a bossy preschool princess who resents him and has hijacked his faithful dog’s affection. Nevertheless, the passion between Julie and Rick burns hotter than ever. He refuses to give up the woman he still loves—or his business—without putting up a damn good fight. He didn’t survive hell only to lose everything in the end.

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Happy Holidays!

I’m happy to announce, the newest novel (Book 7) in the Return to Redemption series, KISSING JESSIE, has finally been released. The story ends on Thanksgiving Day, so it was supposed to be published by the beginning of November. However, life happened. Better late than never. 🙂

No, this is NOT BJ Elliott’s story. I know you’re all eager for it, but his happy-ever-after has to wait until mid to late 2016 (I HOPE), and will be Book ONE in a spin-off series called Beyond Redemption. This new series will feature characters who have friends and family in Redemption. If all goes well, I’ll be releasing a  prequel to the new series (another Vietnam POW story),  before BJ’s book, during the spring of 2016.

Kissing Jessie stars contractor Mike Danvers, the new business partner to Justin Rivera (from Don’t Break My Heart) and Jessie Perkins, a young culinary graduate who’s just inherited her grandmother’s property in Redemption. You can get the book at Amazon and Smashwords right now, and it should be available at Barnes and Noble, I-tunes, and Kobo within a few days to a week.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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Return to Redemption series—Book Seven

A Reluctant Groom

Just one kiss and he knew . . . he’d made a terrible mistake

Growing up unwanted left contractor, Mike Danvers, unwilling to risk his heart. Despite wanting marriage less than an incurable disease, he yearns for the family he never had. At nearly thirty-eight, he feels time running out and reluctantly proposes to his uptight girlfriend, Tracy, fearing he may regret settling. When he meets his fiancée’s much younger sister, Jessie, he’s enchanted by her exuberance and wishes there weren’t thirteen years between him and the bubbly pixie.

Twenty-four-year-old culinary school graduate, Jessie Perkins, is hesitant to accept Mike’s offer to turn the old Victorian she’s inherited in Redemption, PA, into a B&B. The heart-thumping attraction she feels for her sister’s hunky intended could become a big problem. The last thing she wants is to provoke Tracy’s perpetual jealousy. Unfortunately, with an extremely tight budget, she’d be a colossal idiot to turn down Mike’s help and expertise.

Within weeks of starting the renovation, they forge a precious friendship. Mike is bummed when Tracy suddenly breaks their engagement, but he and Jess are both confident she’ll change her mind about wanting children. Then, one night, Jessie’s innate sensuality shatters his resistance. He kisses her and realizes he made a huge mistake proposing to her sister. Despite that he would never ask Jessie to give up her youth to become his wife, there’s no going back with Tracy—especially after his sizzling, unforgettable night with the girl who taught him to trust a woman’s love.

Jessie couldn’t care less about their age difference. Even so, she refuses to destroy her relationship with her sister. Somehow, she must convince Tracy Mike isn’t right for her. Meanwhile, she won’t hesitate to use all the secrets he shared—about what men want and how to tempt them—to lure him back into her bed and persuade him to stay there for a lifetime.

Click to see a map of Jessie’s Property

This is the view  AFTER Jessie and Mike finish the renovations.


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What’s Been Happening? / NEW Release

If you’ve been receiving my newsletter, you may know that my life has been in upheaval for the last year, which ended with my husband and me moving to Texas in February. I’m now unpacked, settled, and finally living a mere block and a half from my grandsons. (Sadly for you, that may mean more time away from my computer because my boys aren’t going to prefer playing with their Grammy more than their friends for too many more years. The oldest one, who’s 5 1/2, has already begun ditching me when his best buddy is around.)

During our move,  my alter-ego, L.L. Kellogg, has kept busy and has just released another red-hot novel, SIN CITY SEDUCTION, the third book in the Seduction series,  at Amazon. It’s available for the Kindle and in paperback for those of you who don’t have a reader or Kindle app. (By the way, for those of you who don’t know, Book 2, The Naughty Never Die, has been given a new title that’s more fitting to the Seduction Series CAPTIVE SEDUCTION.)

Remember Calder Pharmaceutical from HYPNOTIC SEDUCTION, Book 1? Well . . . Allison Miller, one of Calder’s employees, is supposed to get married in Las Vegas, but, when this ‘good girl’ arrives—eagerly anticipating her wedding night—her marriage plans fall completely apart, and Allison learns all about being naughty in Sin City.

Chivalry Isn’t Dead

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Jilted architect, Josh Powell, may have sworn off love, but he’s still a virile man. When he recognizes a sexy woman from a Vegas adult entertainment ad, he wonders if a night with an attentive call girl might be the perfect remedy for his deflated ego and raging libido.

Eager to be married to her ultra-righteous fiancé and finally consummate their love, Allison Miller is stranded without a dime in Sin City. When a hunky stranger mistakes her for a hooker, she eventually convinces him she’s still a full-fledged virgin and not the woman in the pornographic ad. Nevertheless, after Josh’s kiss ignites her passion, Allison questions her feelings for the fiancé who abandoned her. Desperate for cash, she reluctantly accepts a job as Josh’s temporary assistant. All goes well until someone slips a new street drug into her drink. Suddenly, doing it is all she can think about.

The only way Josh can keep Allie safe from the Vegas perverts eager to take advantage of her uninhibited state, is to tend the damsel himself. Despite her frantic attempts at seduction, his chivalrous nature won’t let him claim her chastity— not while knowing his frozen heart will never be enough for the sweet girl who refuses to comply with Sin City’s unwritten rule: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Buy it at Amazon!

For those of you waiting for the next Laurie Kellogg Return to Redemption Series book, I’m sorry to tell you, you’ll have to wait a little longer. I’m busy working on a sequel to THE MEMORY OF YOU, starring Matt’s POW buddy, Ben Danvers, who returned home from Vietnam to discover his wife Julie had a child with his best friend.

Many of you have been asking for BJ (Ben) Elliott’s story, however, this new book THE WONDER OF YOU (also set in 1973) needs to be released first because it will feature the grandmother of BJ’s heroine as a secondary character. THE WONDER OF YOU will also be the Prequel for a spin-off series called BEYOND REDEMPTION, which will feature characters who have ties to the town of Redemption, either through family or friends.

By now, you’re probably wondering WHY on earth I named two characters in my Return to Redemption series BEN. Quite honestly, I have to chalk that up to a major author brain-fart. 🙂  So please forgive me if I’ve caused any confusion for you. If it helps, think of Ben Danvers as Ben and Ben Elliott as BJ.

As long life stays on an even keel, I plan to publish THE WONDER OF YOU by the end of this year—hopefully sooner. Laurie crossing her fingers. But after last year, I’ve learned how true the old saying is . . . When man makes plans, God simply laughs. Apparently, I’ve given Him a few belly-rolls in the last year.

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New Release! DON’T BREAK MY HEART is available

Many readers have e-mailed me and expressed an eagerness to see more of the characters from previous Return to Redemption books. When I wrote the ending for A Heart Decision, I thought, what better way to give readers a chance to visit with the citizens of Redemption than at a destination wedding and holiday getaway.Consequently, when I planned Justin and Trisha’s reunion story, I knew I had to bring them back together at Luke and Sabrina’s reception.

Don't Break My Heart Digital Cover SmallerRemember Justin—Nick’s brother from The Great Bedroom War? And what about Haley, Dani’s best friend?

Justin will finally  get his own happy-ever-after when he and his goddaughter, Haley, join the rest of Redemption celebrating the wedding of the year!

Architect Justin Riverá recently lost his best friend and business partner to cancer. Before his widowed buddy died, Justin agreed to become his fifteen-year-old goddaughter’s legal guardian. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know a thing about raising a teenage girl or have the slightest clue how to cheer up Haley, who’s facing her first Christmas without her parents.

When his brother’s family (which includes Haley’s best friend), are invited to Luke and Sabrina’s Christmas Eve destination wedding—which involves a three-day vacation at a mountain ski resort—his brother insists they should join them for the holiday. For Haley’s sake, Justin agrees, never suspecting one of the other guests is his first and only love, who, for some mysterious reason, disappeared sixteen years ago, deserting her family and all of her friends—including him.

When high school counselor Trisha Mason sees her unforgettable college boyfriend at a wedding, she’s tempted to run the other way. Much to her dismay, he’s hunkier than ever, and his goddaughter is a determined matchmaker. Consequently, when Justin attempts to resume their relationship by seducing Trisha, she can’t resist falling into bed and in love with him all over again.

She’s always had a soft spot for troubled teens, and would love to be Justin’s wife and Haley’s stand-in mom. But despite being eager to spend more time with her in and out of bed, Justin still seems as anti-marriage as he was in college. Regrettably, Trisha has no choice but to end their fling after their vacation. Otherwise, she’ll be forced to confess her secret.

Buy this book today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  and Smashwords

It will also be available on I-Tunes and Kobo in another few days


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The Parent Pact only 99 cents!

The Parent Pact DigitalI’m happy to announce that from now until the end of the month, The Parent Pact will be only 99 cents at all major e-book retailers. If you haven’t already read it, this is a great time to get it.

This book introduces the hero and heroine in my newest release, A Heart Decision.

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A Christmas Gift

Christmas BearBefore I get super busy with the holidays, I want to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a HA Little Bit of Deja Vu 200 X 300The Memory of You 200 X 300appy New Year. To  celebrate the holiday and to thank everyone for their support this past year, I’m giving away the digital version of The Memory of You until after New Years and dropping the price of A Little Bit of Deja Vu to only 99 cents! If you’ve already read them, send a copy as a gift to someone who you think will enjoy them.

I hope everyone has a blessed year in 2014.


The Memory of You at AmazonI-Tunes, and Barnes & Noble

(B&N hasn’t adjusted yet, but will soon.)

Little Bit of Deja Vu at   Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and I-Tunes

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No Exchanges, No Returns Remedy

I just spoke to Amazon’s customer service department to get instructions on how to remedy the problem of replacing the wrong book with the right one in your copy of No Exchanges, No Returns. I was told that if you DELETE the book just from your DEVICE and then RE-DOWNLOAD it from the CLOUD (Don’t return or delete from your Kindle account and repurchase) you SHOULD get the right version of the book.  If you don’t, the representative recommended that you call Amazon’s customer service department, at 1-866-216-1072, and let one of the Kindle specialists help you. I’m sincerely sorry this happened, and I hope when it’s straightened out that you enjoy the book.

If you happened to read, A Heart Decision in the process, please keep in mind that what you received was a rough draft. Some of the dialogue is different in the final version, and the typos have been corrected. That version may also have a different epilogue, as the original one became chapter 17 and a new epilogue was written.

Thank you for understanding!

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