Getting Back in the Groove








Welcome to the Sunday Dish!

My kids started school a couple weeks ago–sixth and third grades–and things are going well so far. They like their teachers, are happy to see friends, and are trying new things. Our school has a mask requirement, and funny enough, I hear the parents (myself included) complaining about the masks *way* more than the kids! (Also, it’s very hot here. Mid-90s temperatures and face masks aren’t fun. But also, as I tell my kids all the time–we can do hard things!)

In my “spare time” since they’ve returned to school, I’ve been catching up on house things I put off for most of the summer, running errands, and continuing to promote THE ONE YOU’RE WITH. I’ve met with several book clubs and have more coming up–those are always such fun times to chat about books and answer questions. If you’re in a book club that’s reading one of my books, please reach out! I love zooming or skyping into book clubs, and I can even send you signed bookplates and bookmarks!

OH! And I also turned in my manuscript for book #6! No title or cover yet, but it’s going to be a good one… 😉

What I fell asleep reading last night…

Funny story about this book: I’ve picked this one up from the library many times over the last several years, but for one reason or another, I’ve always returned it without reading it. This time though, I started reading it and I didn’t stop. It’s about a young girl (age fifteen, I think) who literally runs into Sherlock Holmes while “walking the Sussex Downs” one day. They strike up a friendship, and according to the back of the book, she’ll help him solve a case. This is the first in I think three “Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes” books. So far, I really like the voice of Mary (Have you seen Enola Holmes on Netflix? I’m imagining that girl as Mary) and Sherlock is perplexing, sarcastic, witty, and possibly depressed–at least until he meets Mary.

Book I have my eye on…

I read and loved Heller’s The River and The Dog Stars, and I have Celine on my bedside table. The Guide came out this past Tuesday and I can’t wait to read it. His books are a great mix of intriguing plot, well-written prose, and commentary on nature. Here’s the nutshell summary: The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who, escaping his own grief, is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests he uncovers a plot of shocking menace.

A link or two…

That’s it from me. I hope you have a great week ahead! Stay safe and healthy, and happy reading!


  1. Stacey Wallace on August 30, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Lauren, I don’t belong to a book club, but could you please send me an autographed bookmark? Thanks for your consideration. My address is:
    Stacey Wallace
    2151 Ashley Court
    Auburn, AL 36830

    I’m the “Pooh-sized” retired English teacher. 😂

    Thanks again,
    Stacey Wallace

  2. Art Azzaro on November 2, 2021 at 11:33 am

    It’s been a long time since I was in school. I didn’t read much while I was in school, only what was necessary, and I haven’t read much since. I am 78 years old. For Christmas last year, one of my sons and his son (my grandson) gave me a book (A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith) and I loved it. I haven’t stopped reading since. I found out what I have been missing all my life, even though most time was taken up with kids, grandkids and my hobbies photography and gardening. I just finished Glory Road. That makes all five of your books (total of 56 since Christmas). The ONLY disappointment I have is there are no more of yours to read. I’ve read Nora Roberts, a ton of Stuart Woods, J.A. Jance, Carl Hiaasen, Patrick D. Smith and some others. I enjoyed yours were the best, reading about family, down home, love, hurt. I have even graduated to e-books. Finally started using the library this late in life and now I don’t even have to, just find my I-pad. Thanks for putting your thoughts on paper for us to enjoy. Now hurry up with you next book.

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