Buggy Talk with Tracy Fredrychowski

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Author Tracy Fredrychowski as a guest on her popular Buggy Talk Podcast. We talked about writing, The Pocket Quilt Series, and the story I wrote that was selected for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Navigating Eldercare & Dementia. In case you missed the conversation we recorded for …

Pockets of Purpose Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to the Pockets of Promise Blog Tour + Giveaway, hosted by yours truly! ABOUT THE BOOK Title                       Pockets of Purpose Series Title       The Pocket Quilt Series (#2) Author                  Laurie Stroup Smith Publisher             Vinspire Publishing Release Date     June 30, 2021 Genre                   Amish Surgical complications leave an Amish auctioneer searching for his passions and purpose. Two years …

Going Once, Going Twice…Sold!

In Pockets of Purpose, Book #2 in The Pocket Quilt Series, an Amish auctioneer has surgery to remove a cyst from his vocal cords. Complications from the procedure interfere with his healing, leaving him searching for his passions and purpose. Continue reading to learn more about the inspiration behind the story. Mt. Hope Auction I’ve attended …

Preorder Pockets of Purpose Today!

Praise for Pockets of Purpose “Laurie Stroup Smith is definitely a new Amish fiction author to watch. Pockets of Purpose is a charming slice of Amish life.” Jennifer Beckstrand, USA Today bestselling author of The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby “A sweet story of overcoming hardships, trusting God’s will, and finding true love.” USA Today bestselling author Rachel J. …

Soup is Good for the Soul

In The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo wrote, “There ain’t no point in making soup unless others eat it. Soup needs another mouth to taste it, another heart to be warmed by it.” I feel the same is true with the stories of our lives. Oftentimes we feel like we are the only ones going …

#Fiction Friday: Mindy Steele

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting author and agency sibling Mindy Steele. We chatted on the telephone about reading, writing, and her debut novel To Catch a Hummingbird that will be released on May 25. Keep your eyes open as she has three additional books coming out in 2021! Author Bio Raised …

Book Covers & Dust Jackets

In the pursuit of publication for my writing, I’ve discovered I’m quite opinionated when it comes to book covers. This is not just the case for me as an author, but the same holds true for me as a reader as well. When a cover has grabbed my attention, I read the back cover copy …

Get Inspired, Get Involved: Project Shine

Want to Make a Difference? Cumulus Media has teamed up with VolunteerMatch to bring us Project Shine in an effort to encourage people to make a positive impact in communities across the nation for the greater good. According to the website, “There are 3.2 million volunteers needed by the non-profits…Over 700,000 of those openings are …