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Almost There!

I have been completely awful at updating this website. Granted, I haven’t had much to share in the past month or so, but all that is behind me, because we are entering crunch time! The book is officially complete, as indicated by the below picture…


I received my copies on Christmas Eve (Merry Freaking Christmas to MEEEEE!!!) and have had plenty of time to peruse the finished product and regret all kinds of word choice decisions and plot twists. Note to future me: Don’t read the finished product.

The book will be officially released on January 13th to various bookstores in Salt Lake and Idaho (I believe), and will be available for purchase (in hard copy and digital copy) on Amazon. I will have some promotional events going, but at the moment I’m not entirely sure what they are. So stay tuned for future info. As for promotional events I am aware of, the blog tour starts on January 17th (see the following link for the schedule:, and that will be a great opportunity for all of you on the fence about whether or not to read the book to get a firm idea of whether it’s any good or not.

Fifteen days and counting!

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Looky here what I have! So…who wants one? I have two copies, and I’m not allowed to keep them (I’m told they’re for “marketing purposes only”). So I guess that means…GIVEAWAY TIME!! Yaaaaay!!

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If you’re interested in obtaining one of these (truly, truly beautiful objects, in my clearly unbiased opinion), leave a comment or shoot me a message, and I’ll stick your name in the pot! I will do a drawing next Friday (Halloween) and post the winners.

In the spirit of full disclosure (if the note on the cover wasn’t enough of a clue for you), these are “uncorrected proofs,” meaning that these are copies of the book that haven’t yet gone through the very last stage of the editing process–these are the versions that national reviewers read before the release of the book. Yes, they will possibly have a typo or error here and there. So, lucky winner, you’ll get more of a look at my writing ineptitudes than anybody else. Congratulations.

For those of you on the “I’m not sure I want to participate” fence, think of them more as, say, limited editions than unfinished copies. Yeah…limited editions. Let’s go with that.

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At last, an update! Yes, the book itself is still in “edit mode” with the publisher (I’m sure they’re having a devil of a time trying to make it readable). However, in the meantime, I’ve been working with the Design folks at Cedar Fort on the book cover. Well, actually, that’s giving me WAY too much credit. I’ve been sitting up on my high author horse and providing “I like / I don’t like” commentary, while they’ve been rolling their eyes at my nitpicky comments and working their magic despite them.

And, at last, we have the final product. Hold onto your hats, folks!


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It honestly may be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Props to the fabulous Design team at Cedar Fort!

Really, this is a dream come true for me, and I can’t wait for January, when I’ll finally be able to share it with everyone!

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The Story Behind The Story

Welcome to my newly-minted author website! This is an entirely unfamiliar experience for me, and one that I’m not all that sure I’ll be good at. So…you’ve been warned. You can read a general statement about my origins, likes, and dislikes on the “About the Author” page, but I thought I’d give a little bit more color (’cause, hey, who doesn’t like random, unsolicited details?) on who I am, what I’m doing, and how Keeping Kate came about.

I grew up in South Jordan, Utah. My parents were (are) very loving, supportive people and allowed me, from a young age, to waste reams of construction paper in crafting picture storybooks (although admittedly, in those days I preferred drawing the pictures to the actual story-writing). I handed out these stories to the public at large and with reckless abandon. In fact, when my sweet Grandpa Winder passed away last year, in his personal belongings we found one of my early childhood gifts–I believe it was a story about grandparents who held a sleepover for their grandchildren (I must have been hinting at something–I was apparently very wily back then).

I continued writing creatively all the way through school and into college, just as a hobby. As my chosen field was accounting (which is widely-acknowledged to be the most boring field in existence), my creative outlet became my passion for crafting stories of strong, beautiful, empowered women and their handsome, intelligent, insightful love interests. Finally, my cousin Ali, who has saved my bacon more than once in my writing crusades, gently pointed out that all my heroines seemed to possess the same characteristic–perfection. She recommended that I try writing about someone a little more human, as audiences would relate better to such a heroine. Her suggestion reminded me of one of my favorite books, Jane Eyre, in which we as readers are continuously bombarded with all the reasons why the heroine and her lover aren’t perfect. Ali’s suggestion inspired me, and Keeping Kate was born.

I began writing the book during grad school, in 2008. However, real life caught up with me in a hurry, and I took a break from writing in 2009 to sit for the CPA exam and to get a jump-start on my career. Once I had secured a roof over my head and the ability to eat on a regular basis, I picked up the book again and finally finished it in 2011. I finally worked up the courage to submit the novel for publication in February of 2014 (again, thanks to some prodding from Ali–now that I think about it, she should probably get her name on the book cover instead of me). Cedar Fort Publishing took pity on me, and…here we are.

I currently am only moonlighting as a writer, given that my day job is still one of financial reports, reconciliations, and staff meetings, but that moonlight is pretty dang bright. I’m kind of “moth”-ing my way towards it, to be quite honest. I’m already dreaming up new stories, new characters, and new adventures. Hopefully I’ll get them all down on paper sometime. In the meantime, thanks for reading…both this post and my book (’cause I would really love it if you’d read the book too). I am surrounded by so many loving and supportive people and I feel so blessed.

I am happy (I’d be thrilled, actually) to answer questions, read comments, peruse suggestions, etc, so please don’t hesitate to contact me (just push that little “Contact” button up at the top of the page if you feel so inclined). Hey, even if you’d like to vent about your latest math test or that clueless boyfriend, I’m hear to help. Hit me up.

Happy reading!

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Keeping Kate

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Keeping Kate
Lauren Winder Farnsworth

Orphan Kate Evans is determined to make a life for herself on a Utah ranch as the caregiver of a little girl named Addie. But after meeting and falling for her somewhat irritable employer, Kate is forced to run from a past she can’t confront—and face a future she never dreamed possible. This latter-day twist on the classic Bronte novel, Jane Eyre, is a romantic and gripping read.

Available now!

Product Details
Title: Keeping Kate
Author: Lauren Winder Farnsworth
ISBN-13: 9781462115631
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Pages: 320
Publication date: 1/13/2015
Price: $17.99
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