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Down East, NC
About Me:
I'm a mom, wife to a retired Marine, former professional volunteer (have a cause, will work to solve it for free) and avid reader of all things mystery. I do love a good one! Cozies are my favorites, but I've enjoyed others as well.
When I'm not reading, I'm trying to write. Anything to keep from cleaning my house, but the attacking killer dust rhinos are getting out of control, so it has to be done at some point. Of course, I'm still trying to figure out why it MUST be done by ME.

Apart from the husband and the kid unit (pet name for the kid unit), we have a 68 lb golden retriever who won't believe me when I tell her she is NOT a lapdog.

We live near the beach in NC--right where the Marine Corps dumped us. It's not a McMansion, but it is home, and to be perfectly honest, the dust rhinos are starting to grow on me. Wonder if they'd mind paying rent?
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
I'm always finding new 'favorites', but those I read most often are:
Margaret Maron, Carolyn Hart, Janet Evanovich, JD Robb (love that Roarke), Joan Hess, Diane Mott Davidson, among others. Some newly discovered favorites include: Laura Durham, Casey Daniels and Elaine Viets.
A recent favorite of mine is Austin S. Camacho. His BLOOD AND BONE thrilled me from cover to cover!
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Like my books, the TV I watch is crime related as well. NCIS, Law and Order SVU, CSI (original and Miami versions) top the list. I'm also addicted to Survivor, Heroes and Medium. I let a good comedy sneak in every now and again, but CourtTV has my attention as often as any network.
Howdy Y'all!
Glad you found my cyber front porch! Pull up a rocker and sit a spell! Sip some sweet tea and grab a Moon Pie. And when you leave, don't forget to come back often! You just never know what we'll be talking about next time you visit.

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Because I am the mom of a teen-aged daughter and volunteer as the co-leader for her Girl Scout troop, I spend a lot of time around kids between the ages of 13 and 18. I've realized something over the last few months. I want to be young again! Not just young, but young enough to know it all!

Yes, I wish I was young enough to know it all again! I want to be:

Young enough to think I had all the answers to every single one…


Posted on February 5, 2008 at 9:37pm

Opinions...Do they REALLY matter?

For the life of me I simply cannot understand why the opinions of others matters so much to some people. We've all heard the line about opinions being like various parts of the human anatomy--everyone's got one and most of them smell. Maybe it's because I stopped giving a damn what other people thought of me early enough that I was left without that need for approval, but whenever I hear about two adults (kids are always forgiven for not knowing better) fighting over what amounts to a…


Posted on May 29, 2007 at 7:21am

Just walked in from Malice...

,,,and boy do my legs ache! Seriously! I walked, stood, ran, and/or shuffled for three days. My legs will never feel like a part of my body again, and I simply couldn't care less! I had a BLAST! Malice was amazing!!

Funny story here. I'm sitting outside one of the panel rooms, getting my day in order, checking the mini guide book they handed out, making sure I'm in the right spot and trying to decide what to do next, when this sweet lady walks up and sits down with me and we start to…


Posted on May 7, 2007 at 10:41pm

Gearing for Malice

I'm so excited. I'm attending Malice Domestic for the first time this year. Until last year, I didn't even know it existed and now just the thought of being in the same room with some of my favorite authors has me goosebumpy and giggling like a school girl. Amazing to me!

Hopefully, while I'm in the room with the likes of Margaret Maron, Carolyn Hart, Cathy Pickens and so many others, their muses will shake an accusatory finger at mine and asked about that sorry work ethic of hers.…


Posted on April 27, 2007 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

Tragedy at Virginia Tech

I have been following all the updates on the news coming out of Virginia Tech since this horrible thing happened. Even though I don't know anyone personally who attends VT, this has still left its mark on me.

Events like this should only happen in fiction. No one should ever have to feel so dispirited as to see no other escape than to die and take others with him.

The fact that the doors were chained shut from the inside to prevent escape makes me cringe. It makes me want to…


Posted on April 18, 2007 at 1:17am

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At 11:47pm on November 29, 2007, Austin S. Camacho said…
Hey, Laine!
I'm looking forward to next year and planning my excuses for travelling. Do you attend the Cape Fear Crime Festival in Wilmington NC? Wondering if it's worth the plane fare. Of course, if I get to see you that gives it extra points!
At 7:07am on November 9, 2007, JANE PADRUTT said…
I can relate to the home improvement/finance debacle! Well, I hope you can still try to go to Malice. I am waiting to sell one house now, so my chances of going are partly dependent on that. Anyhow, thanks for telling me about Austin Camacho-I'll look for the book. If you haven't read any of Sarah Graves' Home Repair is Homicide novels, give them a go! The stories are set in Maine-giving them a decidedly Yankee flavor.
I'll have to put some dog pictures on my page. We have four now because my husband rescued two puppies recently (setter mix and very cute!).
At 4:42am on November 2, 2007, JANE PADRUTT said…
Hey Laine,
Just popped in to say hello! Are you doing National Novel Writing Month this year? Also, Are you planning to go to
Malice again this spring? Let me know, I'd love to hear from you!
At 2:17am on June 2, 2007, JANE PADRUTT said…
I'm working on the Beltway mystery contest for C & S. Hope I can make the deadline. LOVE your dog pictures!!! They're a hoot.
At 7:23am on May 30, 2007, JANE PADRUTT said…
Thanks for visiting my page-it was fun to set up. I appreciate your kind words and I agree I'm very happy to be in familiar company. Loved your story on Crime and Suspense. I need to not be a wuss and get something posted on that site, too!
Hugs to you, too!
At 3:17am on May 9, 2007, Austin S. Camacho said…
Hi Laine!! Glad to hear you enjoyed your first Malice, as did I, partly because I met you. Have a great day!
At 3:47am on May 2, 2007, Kate Pepper said…
You can't get moon pies around here, so I once ordered a whole case online! The problem was, we couldn't stop eating them. It was dangerous having so many around.
At 12:08pm on May 1, 2007, Kate Pepper said…
Hi! did you know I love moonpies?
At 1:05pm on April 14, 2007, Sylvia Hubbard said…
I'm always honored to be connected to a mystery reader. Thanks for the connection.
At 12:41am on April 7, 2007, Leann Sweeney said…
Hi Laine,
thanks for the chatter. (I would never do that to one of my own!! But it is funny) If you want to read the reason for my new and perhaps improved persona, check out the writersplot blog today, Or not. Don't want to be accused of spamming!! :-)

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