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Laurie Carlson
Works at Book Blogger-Reviewer/ Obsessed/Totally and Permanently Disabled
Attended School of Hard Knocks
Lives in Port Huron Township, Michigan
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#REVIEW  AND #GIVEAWAY  ! Come back TOMORROW, March 31st at 9:00am when the review and giveaway of 1 print copy goes LIVE! Woo-hoo! Excellent book!
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NEW RELEASE today, Tues, March 17th, 2015! I'll have this review ready Thurs/Fri - I LOVE this book! I can already say this will be a 5 Star review!
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Come enter the Lucky Leprechaun #Giveaway  Hop! #Win  1 #ebook  of YOUR CHOICE valued up to $10 and I'll send it to you from #Amazon  - then, HOP on over to all the other blogs in this #Hop  ! Good luck and HAVE FUN!
Welcome to "Laurie Here - Contemporary Fiction and MORE - Book Reviews"! Join me while I escape my life by going into the wonderful world of books losing myself between their covers where I live the lives of the characters and their amazing stories for a little while!
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Good Sunday Morning!! They are posted! The NYTIMES BESTSELLERS! Come on over and take a look! Plus, important blog updates, too!
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IT'S POSTED! THE #NYTIMES   #BESTSELLERS  for the week ending 3-29-15! Plus BLOG UPDATES AND #GIVEAWAYS  Don't miss the Giveaways! They END on the 31st at MIDNIGHT!
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#REVIEW  "The Witch of Painted Sorrows" by MJ Rose! New Release Tues March 17th! I LOVE this author! You can get so lost in her books - give me one any day! Come check it out!
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I just added my weekly Blog Updates AND my post that ALSO includes the NYTimes Bestsellers! We'll see if I did this okay?!
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  • School of Hard Knocks
    Life-Always learning!, 1985 - 20
  • University of Chicago
    Networking, 1999 - 1999
  • Virginia Farrell Beauty School
    Cosmetology, 1985 - 1986
  • Anchor Bay High School
    Grow Up and Get OUT!, 1985
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Book Obsessed Blogger+Reviewer/!

Welcome to Laurie Here - Contemporary Fiction and MORE - Book Reviews at:! Come on over and stay for a while! You'll find a LOT to see and do, Giveaways to enter, and a LOT of book reviews to read under the TAB at the TOP called Book Review Archives! All books are listed in alphabetical order minus the A's, The's, etc., as most books start with. 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BOOKS! I am book obsessed! I LOVE to slip between the two covers of books and get lost in the stories they hold! I also write book reviews about those books I read, too! I just LOVE to Blog about BOOKS! You can find my Book Blog here:  

If you are an Author who is interested in having me review your book, please keep reading to find out the genres I am interested in!

I also participate in: Blog Tours, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Book Spotlights, Cover Reveals, Excerpts, and I do Hop Giveaways featuring YOUR books as the Giveaway Prizes, or just a giveaways of books I LOVE!

Please contact me at:  laurieisreading at gmail dot com as long as your book fits into the Genres I Review which are listed down below! If I am unable to review your book, then perhaps we can do one of the things mentioned above!

You can find me Socially here: 
My Book Blog: (also check the Archive for ALL reviews!) 
Forget GFC! Follow my blog with Bloglovin':
And on Amazon (I need to go grab my Amazon link and list it here) 
Don't forget to ADD ME "HERE" ON GOOGLE+, too! Looking forward to hearing from you!

Authors: Here are the GENRES I "DO REVIEW" AND "DO NOT REVIEW". This way it saves both of us time! First, here are all my LINKS!

***Genres I review***

Genres I do NOT review:  NO YA (NO YOUNG ADULT)/NO MIDDLE GRADE/Memoirs/ Auto-Biographies/Pure Paranormal/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Supernatural/Science Fiction/Ghosts/NO Vampires/ Witches/Werewolves/NO Zombies/NO Apocalyptic/NO religion (except Amish), NO Erotica, or other 'different' genres.

I DO NOT EARN ANY TYPE OF INCOME DOING MY BOOK BLOG, reading books, or writing reviews, NOR do I make money as an income doing ANY other part my Book Blog, such as participating in Blog Hops, Giveaways, or even just by having a Blog. My Book Blog is exactly that. It is dedicated to books, and ONLY BOOKS. (You will NEVER see a product advertised on my blog.)

I can get lost in my sea of books! By doing Book Reviews, I get the pure pleasure of reading these GREAT stories and escaping life a little bit in return for writing a review for you! What could be any better medicine? Nothing! 

For awareness: I am also a Vaper! I quit cigarettes on January 12th, 2012, and NO, it was NOT a New Year's Resolution. I had been smoking for too many years and needed to quit for my lung and overall health which is now MUCH improved! I have to say it's AMAZING how bad cigarettes affect every part of your overall health, including, but not limited to bloodwork, asthma, and overall health! If you smoke, try these today! You won't be sorry! Questions about them? Just ask me! I'll try to help you out and point you in the right direction as to where to find the BEST that are out there!
This is something I do as my hobby/love/obsession with books, and I am able to do it on my time, my terms, as I am physically able to because I do have a neurological muscle disease that is a completely incapacitating disease - Stiff Person Syndrome.

If you are interested in what Stiff Person Syndrome is, then keep reading. If NOT, then quit here!  http://www.lauriehere.comhttp://www.lauriehere.com

What IS Stiff Person Syndrome? It is a "very rare", only 1 in 1 million people have this very under researched neurological muscle disease, also called Moersch-Woltman Condition. (Must be the people who discovered it?) I am going to talk about it here because it does control EVERY aspect of my life. 

I want to bring awareness to this very UNKNOWN disease, because by bringing awareness to this disease, maybe it will help you or someone you may know, as it is VERY rare, and doctors do NOT EVEN PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THIS DISEASE IS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL! "EVERY" doctor I have EVER gone to has to go to the Internet to look this disease up so they have some type of idea as to what this is. This frustrates me very much. The new doctor will come in the room, we'll start talking about my history, they'll excuse themselves, come back, and THINK they know all about this disease! NOT! They don't have a clue as to a FRACTION of what this disease causes or does. They think reading ONE page, or a few paragraphs is enough. I've been living with this for the last 12 years and can tell you there is no possible way ONE paragraph can tell you what this disease is! I often get comments from the doctors who say this: "Oh yeah, I remember reading about it in my textbook in medical school, but I have NEVER come across any person with this disease." SO COMMON! That, scares me!

Very little money is granted for ANY type of research into this disease because not enough people have it to cause any alarm in the medical community to DO research to find a cure or even BETTER TREATMENT for this disease. This disease causes the muscles to go completely rigid/stiff, (sometimes even when sitting still, which blows my mind! HOW, when I am doing nothing but sitting still, can it cause spasms? Go figure?) so since the muscles are NOT supposed to be rigid/stiff, they spasm severely out of control. It is VERY excruciatingly painful. This disease does slow me down as to what I can versus what I want to do, and even with the blog, anything I do must be well planned out ahead of time, and even then, that doesn't always work, either. I have these spasms ALL day, every day, at varying strengths. It's an art to 'try' to control this disease by trying to know what my limits are to just keep them at bay. It helps, but sometimes, regardless of what I do or don't, my body does NOT want to cooperate!

If you would like to help people around the WORLD with Rare Diseases such as mine, on my Book Blog in the left side column, you will find an Icon that says "Rare Disease Day. It is always on Feb 28th, except on the Leap Years, then it is on Feb 29th. This is a charity that is ALWAYS accepting donations year round, so if you would like to donate ANYTIME, they (I) would be VERY GRACIOUS if you did. 

My Book Blog really helps me with this disease because it is doing something I "CAN" do! It's an ABILITY focusing on the positivity! I "LOVE" books and reading, so it's A GREAT outlet for me to do this! It helps me NOT to focus on the disease as much by having that something special I LOVE to do! It does help to keep my mind off of the pain, too, as I go through these spasms. 

I also LOVE to crochet, in addition to my book obsession, (although I can't remember the last time I picked up a crochet hook! The books have overtaken my life!! LOL!) but my "TRUE LOVE" keeps going back to books and reading! (Since I've had my Blog, I have NOT picked a crochet hook up but maybe a few times now!) Previously I never had enough time to really 'enjoy' reading books or the time to FINISH them!  Now, with this disease, I HAVE to sit still and rest my muscles, or risk worse spasms. The BEST part of my disease is the challenge of trying to turn it into a positive!  So I concentrate of doing just that! Positivity! One of the best is reading! Reading is a wonderful way to escape your own life! You can live a different life, visit places you would never get to visit, even if only for a little while, and SO much more! 

I LOVE to write the reviews on the books I read because it helps other people to decide whether or not to read that book. When I go to read a book, or am browsing other Blogs, I read their book reviews to see what books sound good! I NEVER rely on 'just'  the Publisher's synopsis' of books because they never seem to turn out to be what they say they are about. So if "I" rely on other people's reviews, a LOT of other people do too, so they NEED to be written! 

I ''do' write 'HONEST' reviews which are of 'my opinion'. I don't and will not gloss over any book I read, but if it glows, IT GLOWS! What I write in my review IS MY HONEST OPINION. I am NOT persuaded if I am a friend of the author's, either. I write the honest truth.   

Talk about ebooks, I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE MY KINDLE!!!!  

About me other than my Blog: I am 47, VERY happily remarried, as I have found my true 'Prince Charming', and we have been together now for 11-1/2 years, and married for 10! Mom to 2 grown-up young adults!

Bragging rights
My Book Blog, of course! I LOVE books and blogging about them!
Laurie Here - Contemporary Fiction and MORE - Book Reviews - Totally and Permanently Disabled so for something to do that I LOVE I Read books, Write Book Reviews, and Blog about books as my hobby. I think I do it MORE than a hobby because I LOVE BOOKS SOOOO MUCH! I'M BOOK OBSESSED!
Book Blogger/Reviewer
  • Book Blogger-Reviewer/ Obsessed/Totally and Permanently Disabled
    Book Blogger/Reviewer, 2004 - present
    This is not a job, it's a LOVE! Come on over to my book blog where I escape my life into the stories between the two covers of BOOKS! I LOVE reading and writing reviews, and talking about the authors, too! You'll find a LOT of book reviews at my blog! Don't miss the GIVEAWAYS I have, too! There's always something going on at the blog you don't want to miss!
  • Avon Products
    District Sales Manager, 2002 - 2004
  • Avon Independent Sales Rep
    Sales Representative, 1994 - 2002
  • Various Hair Salons
    Hair Stylist, 1988 - 1992
  • A drugstore
    Cashier/Pharmacy, 1982 - 1986
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