Guest Post: Elodia Strain, Author of The Dating Experiment

Hi peeps! I am so excited to have a super special guest providing my content today (since we all know how good I am at providing it on regular basis … ahem) as the first stop on the blog tour for her new book, The Dating Experiment.

Elodia Strain is one of my very favorite authors (I no kidding, I own ALL OF HER BOOKS and have read them multiple times). So this is a huge honor for me as a dedicated fangirl.

Make sure to pick up her newest literary offering, The Dating Experiment, and heck, while you’re at it, you might as well pick up The Icing on the Cake, Previously Engaged, and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. You won’t be sorry!

Seriously. That’s a promise.

Also take some time to peruse the other stops on her blog tour over the next couple of weeks to get some added insights and thoughts on her new release! Enjoy!

Guest Post:

Hello Lauren Winder Farnsworth Fans! Greetings from a fellow fan who is thrilled to be guest-posting on this marvelous March day! And what about? Well, I’m answering the questions on page 229 of The Dating Experiment, which happens to be all a book about luck and love, two very March-y things.

So here goes.

1. Are you lucky?

Hmm. I’ve never really thought of myself as LUCKY. I have bad eyes, soft teeth, and my feet supinate when I run (whatever the heck that means.) But at the same time, I wake up most every day with a sense of inner peace, so I think that definitely tips the scale in the right direction.

Prove it.

There are ways I’m quite lucky. I have a very adorable husband who plays Sufjan Stevens songs for me on his Seagull guitar. I have the cutest nieces and nephews in all of human record. My hair grows super fast. I’m also pretty good at games that involve getting people to guess things, like Taboo and Cranium and Pictionary.

2. Gabby agrees to join a dating study. What’s the craziest job you’ve ever had?

I worked for a party store when I was in high school. I dressed up as characters and made balloon animals and that kind of thing. Once time, I was sent to a kid’s birthday party as the Red Power Ranger. Well, the Red Power Ranger is a boy. And I’m a girl. With a girl voice. I didn’t know this until I got to the party, and had to play it off and say that I was the Pink Power Ranger and I washed my outfit with a lot of red stuff. Which opened up a question about why I couldn’t just have a Washing Machine Zord do my laundry.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

I let love (and life) convince me to move more than 20 times over the past 15 years. The best place I ever dumpster-dived for cardboard boxes was behind the Quicksilver Outlet in Provo, Utah.

3. Can two people who have never, ever been more than friends become something more?

Well, I was “just friends” with my husband when we first met. I think that lasted about a week. I’m trying to think if I’ve ever seen it happen in real life…I don’t know. Who writes these Discussion Questions? They’re hard! Oh, I know, Monica and Chandler!

4. What do you think about Lennox’s Good Little Anything Campaign? I love Lennox’s plucky mix of optimism and realism! Some days, for so many of us, it’s all we can do to get out of bed and force a smile. I know this firsthand. I was diagnosed with a debilitating disease almost ten years ago and suddenly I went from teaching English to passing out at Old Navy. That’s when I found writing. Now I force my characters to be the change in the world I wish I could be.

Would you join in? YES! In fact, during this blog tour (March 3-March 17) I am going to post some Good Little Anythings on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #goodlittleanything. I will put EVERY ONE (that’s appropriate for an eight year old to read) posted during these days in a future book.

5. If you could see the future right now would you want to? Why not? Sure! Bring it on!

Anything in particular? Actually, yes. I’d really like to know which of my current WIPs is exactly what people need.

 

 

About the book:

After losing her job, her house, and her guy, the last thing Gabby wants to do is be in a dating experiment—especially with her ex. Her only chance of making it through is with help from her best friend, Ian. But as the study and all its hilariously awkward dates goes on, Gabby finds herself wondering what exactly this experiment is all about.

 

About the author:

Elodia Strain was born in Alaska and grew up in the middle of California. She spent her childhood exploring Yosemite National Park, skiing—badly—at Lake Tahoe, and enjoying the beaches along California’s famed central coast. She graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a degree in marketing communications. She is the author of three previous books from Cedar Fort. Her debut novel, “The Icing on the Cake,” was well received by readers of all ages, and earned Elodia the Best New Fiction Author award from CFI. Her second book, “Previously Engaged,” was a Whitney Award finalist. Elodia also wrote “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” the novelization of the widely successful eponymous major motion picture, starring Alyssa Milano. In addition to her creative writing pursuits, Elodia has spoken at writers’ conferences, had the privilege of signing books at national events such as her alma mater’s Women’s Conference and Education Week, and is also one of the founders of Ink Ladies Plus (formerly the Ink Ladies blog), a group of CFI and independent authors who work together to strengthen and promote each other’s work. When not writing or marketing, Elodia spends her time bargain shopping, enjoying staycations with her husband, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

“The Dating Experiment” blog tour schedule:
March 3: Lauren Winder Farnsworth || My Adventures
March 4: Rockin’ Book Reviews
March 5: Keep Home Simple
March 6: Julie Coulter Bellon || Wishful Endings
March 7: Mel’s Shelves
March 8: Cindy Roland Anderson || Kindle and Me
March 9: The Girl With All the Answers || Getting Your Read On
March 10: Real Foods Mom || My Book a Day
March 11: Bookworm Lisa
March 12: Blooming With Books
March 13: Tristi Pinkston
March 14: I Am a Reader || Katie’s Clean Book Collection
March 15: Rachelle Christensen
March 16: Marcia Mickelson || I Thought I Knew What Busy Was
March 17: Queen of the Clan || Inklings and Notions

 

Catching Lucas Riley Blog Tour Schedule and Giveaway!

Greetings, readers!

I have the schedule for my Catching Lucas Riley Blog Tour! Yaaaaaaay!! I’m so excited (and nervous, ’cause, let’s face it, how these fabulous reviewers feel about my book is about to be available for the entire interwebs to see)! Make sure to check in and take a look! And pray for me–good reviews are always appreciated.

So, here’s the line-up:

Feb. 6 – Wishful Endings / My Book a Day

Feb. 7 – Bookworm Lisa / Mel’s Shelves

Feb. 8 – Singing Librarian Books / I am a Reader

Feb. 9 – Katie’s Clean Read Book Collection / Empowermoms.net

Feb. 10 – Min Reads and Reviews / Why Not Because I Said So

Also… who’s for a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway?! That’s even better than the blog tour! Make sure to enter! And just for next week, ebooks of Catching Lucas Riley are $0.99 on Amazon! Whaaaaat?! Don’t miss out!

Catching Lucas Riley Blog Tour

Greetings, peeps! Hope everyone had a super fun holiday season! I managed to get sick … twice. I know, I know. I have hitherto unmatched microbe-attracting prowess. Fear me. Or pity me, I guess. It’s definitely been the roughest start to a new year in recent memory. But guess what?! There is reason to rejoice!

“Why, what possible reason could you have for rejoicing, sick Lauren?” you may ask. Well, because I’m finally resolving something that has really been bugging me for the past year. The fact that I never actually marketed or promoted (other than via Facebook post, which has been wholly insufficient, to say the least) my last book, Catching Lucas Riley.

Because I actually would like some real reviews of the book out there on the interwebs, especially before my next book comes out (three months and counting!), my good friend Mindy Holt has organized a blog tour for Catching Lucas Riley. The tour is scheduled for February 6th-10th. I will be providing information and links for the participating blogs as I get them.

In the meantime, please enjoy this snapshot of the awesome review Catching Lucas Riley got in the Deseret News when the book first came out … because that’s pretty much the only official “media” review in existence thus far. Ahem.

Toodles!

Update Time!

Wow, I haven’t been very good at keeping up on this site…apologies. But today is a day for celebration, because I have some big news!

Book #3 is on its way! It’s still in the actual composition stage, but I have a cover, which is always a good sign that the book will really exist at some point.

Wanna see the cover? I’ll bet you do…I shall not keep you in suspense any longer.

Behold!

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Super excited about this one, guys. In fact, so excited that I’m actually even in New York. Like, right now, doing some research. Yeah. It’s gonna be good.

Stay tuned!

Book Signing

Hi peeps!

For those who may be interested in getting my John Hancock on their books (either Keeping Kate or Catching Lucas Riley, doesn’t matter which … I’m easy), I will be doing a signing at the Riverton Deseret Book on April 2nd from 6pm-8pm. The address is 3651 S Market Center Drive, #100, Riverton, Utah.

Really really really hope to see you there!

Launch Day!

Yaaaaay for today! Catching Lucas Riley is officially OUT today! I have no biological children, but I imagine this is something like how it feels to send your baby out into the world … you know, without the stress and debilitating fear for their physical and mental and emotional and spiritual well-being. Because, let’s face it, it’s a book. But still … yaaaaaay!!

Catching Lucas Riley is available on Amazon and iTunes and in Barnes & Noble, Deseret Book, and Seagull Book. And look! I have these handy buttons off to the side where you can click and immediately be redirected to the retailer of your choice. Go ahead, push ’em! You know you want to.

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Catching Lucas Riley Updates

Hi all! Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season! I myself am back at the grind like a good little accountant. And I’m trying desperately to be happy about it.

Really, being on this side of the holidays is actually a good thing, because that means we’re that much closer to the release of Catching Lucas Riley! I’m super excited about it. I can’t believe how fast the process has seemed this time around, as compared to Keeping Kate. That seemed to drag on forever…

Catching Lucas Riley went to press on January 7th. So the next step is to get the Advanced Reader’s Edition copies of the book (which I will be giving away! Yay!), and then all roads lead to Release Day on March 8th!

In the meantime, I am trying to make time to work on my next book…which I’m really excited about, by the way. It’s requiring a lot more research than my past books, but that’s making it even more fun…which is weird.

Stay tuned for further updates and for details on my Advanced Reader’s Edition giveaway!

Cover Reveal Day!

This may be my single favorite part about publishing books. That probably sounds stupid, but there’s something so dramatic about seeing your book summed up in a single picture with your name emblazoned across the front. It’s deeply thrilling. So…yeah. Today was a pretty great day.

I’m frankly giddy to present…the cover of my next book, Catching Lucas Riley.

(drum roll)

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Coming March 2016!!

New Book!

I’m super excited to announce that my second book, Catching Lucas Riley, is scheduled for release on March 8th, 2016. The book is a latter-day retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. As I receive updates from the publisher, I will make sure to keep you all posted. In the meantime, I’d love to hear ideas for next my retelling!