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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!

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Deseret Book Signing

I have now, officially, survived a book signing. It was harrowing. It was terrifying. And it went way better than I anticipated. HUGE thanks to all who showed up and helped me feel validated as an author. Here are some pictures from the super fun night!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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Deseret News Review

My dad texted me yesterday morning to tell me that he’d seen the review of Keeping Kate in the Deseret News (one of the two primary newspapers in Salt Lake City) and congratulated me on what was said. My first reaction was, “Huh?” A quick search of the website revealed to me the following:

Book review: Debut ‘Keeping Kate’ proves a fun ‘Jane Eyre’ retelling

By Danica Baird

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 8 2015 5:00 a.m. MDT

Utah writer Lauren Winder Farnsworth’s debut novel “Keeping Kate” takes the beloved classic “Jane Eyre” and spins it on its head.

The novel follows the story of an orphan named Kate, who decides to take a job as a nanny for an 8-year-old girl named Addie. But when Kate meets her employer Tyler, sparks begin to fly — and not the good kind. Kate thinks Tyler is arrogant, rude, inconsiderate and a terrible father. After all, what kind of father leaves his 8-year-old daughter alone for much of the year? No, Kate absolutely does not like him.

But as time passes, Kate slowly begins to realize that the real Tyler is somebody that she really likes, maybe even loves. A whirlwind romance ensues and everything seems to be going smoothly, until the past collides with the future and leaves everything in ruins.

Unable to deal with the fallout, Kate runs away and decides to start over. But Kate quickly discovers that it isn’t all that easy to leave the past behind, and forgetting those you love is nearly impossible. In the end, she must decide if she’s ready to face her past head-on and claim the future she wants for herself.

University of Utah graduate Farnsworth’s novel is a delightful, inventive retelling of the beloved classic “Jane Eyre.” Farnsworth follows the original text quite closely, and yet at the same time adds creative twists and masterfully adapts it to a Latter-day Saints background. The novel follows themes from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and characters who are members of the church. There are no instances of violence, strong language or sexual content, making this a fun family read that also inspires meaningful discussions on how to deal with loss, disappointment and faith.

Kate is a fun character to read about. Farnsworth says she wanted to create a character that readers could relate to — one full of flaws and quirks. Farnsworth achieved just that. None of her characters are perfect, and the mistakes they make at times are quite comical. However, the characters are still lovable through it all.

Farnsworth’s debut proves to be a witty, fun read that is great for fans of retellings and cute chick-lit stories.

Can I just say that this may have been one of the greatest surprises EVER?! Not only was I NEVER expecting to be featured in a major newspaper, but let’s just say that the reviewer (Danica Baird) was very kind to me. Might’ve made my whole year. Pretty sure it did.

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Happy Release Day!

Today is January 13, 2015. Know what that means?

It means that Keeping Kate is officially available in stores today!

I haven’t yet seen it on an actual store shelf (my livelihood prevents me from such activities on a Tuesday morning), but hopefullly I will get the chance to do so at some point. This whole thing still seems kind of surreal to me, but I’m sure reality will come rushing over me at that blessed sight.

For now, allow me to provide some purchasing information, since I’m not sure if I’ve done that yet on this site. The book is available for purchase from Deseret Book, Seagull Book, Barnes & Noble (link to right), Amazon (link to the right), and iTunes. It’s possible that the book will also be available at Costco, Walmart, and Sam’s Club, but I haven’t received confirmation on those locations yet.

This is a huge day for me. #18 is officially crossed off the bucket list.

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Library Journal Starred Review

Keeping Kate received a “starred review” from the Library Journal! I am so excited! Here is an excerpt:

“Kate Evans never dreamed she would land on millionaire Tyler Thorne’s ranch as nanny to his daughter Addie. Her wish for a family of her own comes true as she and Tyler fall in love. But her plans unravel and she runs. Hiding in Boston, she begins a life with new friends. Reunited with her Uncle Jack, they begin to form a tentative relationship—finally someone she can turn to for advice and support—but when she confides in him, he encourages her to look closely at how fiercely she tries to control every aspect of her life, not really living at all…Lovers of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre will thoroughly enjoy this modern version of the beloved classic and root for Kate to find her true love.” —Jane Blue, Andrews P.L., NC, Library Journal

Six days and counting until release!

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