Early reviews are coming in and they’re…

…overwhelming me with pride (ha) and happiness!

The American Library Association gives Bitter Springs a thumbs up (oh my gosh, libraries are so important to me).

“This is a very moving novel, expertly written with much dialogue, and sage third-person commentary. The author’s character development is superb, especially regarding Renaldo and Henry, but also including Renaldo’s many relatives. She also offers fine and technically-accurate descriptions of the horses in their midst.”

Publisher’s Weekly also has a positive review.

“Simple, clean storytelling and an uncomplicated plot keep the story quietly intimate. Stone (The Bones of You) walks the fine line of keeping her protagonists traditionally masculine but never posturingly macho, and they’re often vulnerable with each other and gentle with the horses.”

My favorite bit, though, is “a scene of Renaldo teaching Hank Spanish endearments is particularly delightful.”  Y’all, I’m not going to lie to you. Some of that Spanish is straight up dirty talk. And you should add that to your vocabulary STAT. Haha.

I think this deserves a nice bottle of wine to celebrate. (So grateful!)

lesbian wine drinking woman

Bitter Springs is available for pre-orders at Amazon, B&N, and the IP Store, preorders at my publisher’s store will also get you a free eBook. It will be out on December 3, 2015.

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USA Today likes me. They really like me!

Okay, I have no idea if they– as an entity–like me, but I do know that they like my book!

From here:

Thrilled and enthralled that describes my reaction to reading this wonderful debut novel by Laura Stone. Seth and Oliver are high school sweethearts separated by time and distance. In the five years since they were last together, Seth has gone on to become the darling of the New York stage and appeared on a national morning TV show. After seeing his appearance on TV, Oliver decides to go see Seth in his play and just … watch. He isn’t going to talk to Seth, just enjoy his friend’s success from a seat in the theater.

Fate has a different plan, and it leads to bit-by-bit heartbreak as Oliver is torn apart by past anguish and misery of what might have been. Just when you are tearing up over the turn of the story, something happens to bring a smile to your face and a bit of sunshine to the book. I couldn’t put it down. Characters who appear at first to be formulaic turn out to be unique and special. A plot of lost love reunited is instead so much more. The characters are richly developed, even the secondary characters. I’m hoping to see another book that gives them their own stage and story development.

By the time the book ended I was in love with the characters to the point I couldn’t let them go. As many romance novels as I read, it surprised me that I couldn’t predict the conclusion of the story of Seth and Oliver. It was difficult to pick up another book knowing Seth, Oliver, Moira and the others wouldn’t be there. My own life was enriched by this story and these characters. Laura Stone is an author to remember and follow. I highly recommend The Bones of You as a beautifully written book and a story to enjoy.

I hear it fits PERFECTLY in stockings, making my book an excellent stocking stuffer strictly by definition. It can be found here, or at your local indie book shop (just ask them to order it if they don’t have it on the shelf). And never forget that libraries are a great resource for books, too! Much easier on the wallet, if that’s a factor.

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