What I did on my summer vacation

So what did you do for your summer vacation? (Didn’t you just hate when your teacher asked you to write an essay about that the first day back to school?) Hubby and I took a road trip. I know, I said never again. But we decided to hop in the new SUV and hit the road to see family and friends. 12 days, 14 states, and 5,000 miles later, we had a great time! We wish we could have spent more time visiting, though. Next time… (Don’t hold me to that, okay?)

Here’s some places we stopped at and things we saw along the way.

How could we not help Jack Daniels celebrate their 150 year anniversary?!

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The Corvette Museum in Kentucky. The crushed car was one of the cars pulled from the sinkhole a few years ago. Hubby and I are standing in front of a collage made up of tiny pictures Corvette owners sent in of themselves with their cars and displayed at the museum in the shape of the beloved Corvette.

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There’s Foxwoods Resort Casino as we passed by. Here’s the rose garden hubby and I were married in. We like to go back and see it on our anniversary. This is the pond I used to swim in when I was growing up.

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Ah, love Narragansett, R.I. (One of my happy places!) People stack rocks and create art here. Isn’t that so cool?

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I loved seeing so many places displaying the flag!

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Thanks for sharing my travels. I have so many more places to go and can’t wait to visit and hopefully meet up with you somewhere soon!





Enter The Great Baking Contest before July 31st

In honor of the baking theme in my upcoming release, Baking from the Hart (August 23, 2016), I’ve decided to include a few recipes at the end of the story. How am I going to come up with the yummy treats, you ask? Well, I’m holding a baking contest!

That’s right. I’m asking for your help to find the winning recipes. Do you have a special go-to recipe for dessert? Or a favorite your family begs you to make? What are you waiting for?

Submit your recipe by emailing me at Laurie.Leclair@aol.com. Hurry because the contest deadline is July 31st! (Contest open to the first 50 entries.)

Winners get their recipes— along with their names—published in Baking From The Hart, an autographed copy of the book, special goodies, and a mystery prize!

Contest categories:

  1. Snackatizers  (those little bites of sweet treats you just can’t resist)
  2. To Die For (chocolate goodies)
  3. Pies, oh my! (pie recipes)
  4. Crazy for cookies (cookies, cookies & more cookies)
  5. Cakealicious (cake deliciousness)




Baking From The Hart (Once Upon A Romance Series, Book 10)

When bakery owner Gretchen Hart crosses paths with billionaire wine maker Noah Blackstock will it end up being a delectable treat or a recipe for disaster?

Available for pre-order on iBooks.






Free Romance Ebooks and Giveaway

Do you need to load up your ereader before summer travel or a relaxing getaway you have planned? Then don’t miss the Romance Free Ebook and Giveaway! Discover new authors by downloading your choice of these free ebooks between June 22-24. You can also win Amazon gift cards.

More than 100 romance ebooks in all genres are available. What a great way to kickoff the summer!