Meet VHP Author Lauren Shiro

Meet Author Lauren Shiro

 

My dear friend and fellow Vanilla Heart Publishing author Lauren Shiro DSC_4383sne
writes stories of Love Without Boundaries. Lauren Shiro is an author of contemporary and LGBT fiction. Her tales prove that love is truly blind to both color and gender. These are stories of regular people in real situations. Her books are sure to touch your heart and remain with you long after you’ve finished them.

Previously writing as L. E. Harvey, Lauren married the love of her life Vicki Shiro on June 2, 2012. Lauren and Vanilla Heart Publishing republished many of Lauren’s works in her new legal name of Lauren Shiro.

Lauren was recently acknowledged for a column she writes for the Keystone Alliance/Gaylife Newsletter; I’ll let Lauren tell you about this wonderful honor: 11263953_10153294041262417_5488455921978439418_n
Every year the Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter holds its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The readers vote for everything from LGBT couple of the year to entertainer of the year, staff writer of the year, and more. I have been writing for them for 4 or 5 years now; they have been kind enough to award me with something every year. This year, I was voted as Lesbian of the Year. It’s quite an honor. To stand out as a lesbian who is trying to make a difference in the world is humbling. I just write about topics and stories that are near and dear to me. To have people say that it’s good work, and to put a spotlight like that on me is such an honor. It is an award for which I am eternally grateful.

~ And now the interview ~

Do you have a vision board or other `trick’ to help motivate you?

I am a rather visual person. So I go on-line and look at images (faces, photographs, locations, anything relating to the story). I am able to connect with my characters on a stronger level, and the imagery tends to spark my creative juices. It’s amazing what has come out of looking at just one image.

Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

We do! I’ll start with my feathered friends.

We have CJ and Sparky, a pair of Love Birds.

We also have one of their babies (who is a full grown adult, but we call her baby anyway).

Then there is my muse. My Cockatiel named Rameses. He is so awesome. He loves to play, chatter and whistle (but don’t let on that you’re watching him. He can be rather shy!).

We also have three canine cohabitants. First is Bella. She’s our yellow lab. She’s a very relaxed lab, but wants all of your attention at all times.

Next is our pit named Marq, short for Marquez. I named him after Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Hispanic writer. Our Marq is full of energy and love. He loves to play, and he loves to cuddle and snuggle even more. He’s a hoot.

Lastly is our very mixed mutt, Sophia. Sophia is a rather unusual looking dog with a matching unique personality. She loves to play: if you’re playing fetch with her, she will keep going – even beyond your point of exhaustion! She’s a lot of fun.

Does travel play in the writing of your books?

A little, but not a heck of a lot. People do travel, some even move. My stories are much more focused on people rather than places.

Does your significant other read your stuff?

At the risk of incriminating her, no. She doesn’t really read much of anything! LOL.

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

I hate to sound like an egomaniac, but for me, the Loving Her series is the perfect series. It’s 0linear in that each woman has her own story, but they can be read in any order. It was important for me to write about how our lives impact those around us. From the feedback I’ve received from readers, it seems as though I have done just that (which makes me incredibly happy). You never know what the end result is going to be when you start a story or a series, but I am really happy with and proud of how they turned out.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I’m incredibly fortunate in that I am able to write as well as pursue other dreams.

I had a wonderful 15 year veterinary career. I have worked with everything from cows to marine mammals, and everything in between.

Currently, I work detailing  cars (another passion of mine). I work on quite a few Corvettes. So far the most expensive car I worked on was worth over $95,000!

As well, I spend my time doing wood working. I refinish furniture, revitalize wood carvings, I create talking sticks, prayer sticks, and other sacred objects. It can get dirty at times, but the end result is completely worth it.

Not many people can say that they get the opportunity to pursue their childhood dream. I do that by writing, and I am so blessed to enjoy my other passions as well.

Tell us about your current release.

My latest release is called Pianissimo. 3
It’s about a woman named Corinne, and she just moved into a new home. With impeccable timing, her husband was deployed right before they moved in. Corinne falls into depression, despair, and isolation. At first, it eats away at her. The longer she’s in the house, the more she discovers about its history and past inhabitants. Her world is completely opened up, and she discovers who she is just as much as what the home is really about.

Tell us about your family.

I come from a small, but absolutely wonderful family. My mother and step-father live in the same house we grew up in. My brother lives out in California so we only see each other once or twice a year, but we keep in touch regularly. My maternal grandmother is 93, and still sharp as a tack. Her age is just a number to her – she’s a great role model! My maternal grandfather passed away a couple of years ago, but we all still feel his presence. My wife and I live in Rochester, NY. My father-in-law lives in the next town just east of us, and my sister-in-law and her family live in the next town just west of us. My brother-in-law and his family live in Atlanta, but we keep in touch with them as much as we can. Family is very important to us, and we are blessed to have the wonderful family that we do.

Tell us about your favorite character from your books.

This is really hard. Really hard! I have such a connection to all of my characters. After some serious thinking, I’m going with Linda from the Loving Her series. She is able to hold her own – she beats up the biggest bully in school; she works in a male-dominated field, and is quite successful. Yet, she’s also incredibly vulnerable. From the bigoted driver to Katie’s parents, Linda isn’t invincible. I love that depth, that contradiction, that humanity about her.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

I am so blessed because I have such tremendous support from everyone around me. They all think it is wonderful. I consider myself to be incredibly fortunate.

What group did you hang out with in high school?

I was quite nerdy (still am). I was a theatre geek, mostly. But I was involved in a ton of other activities as well. I was in the choir, the dance troupe; I was also involved in SADD and our school’s Anti-Bias Committee, so I kind of hung around with a lot of different types.

What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Unique, comical, diverse.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

When I was writing Trajectory, and I was corresponding with a SWAT sniper, and he informed me that they wore diapers when they are out on a call.

When’s the last time you played “that” musical instrument?

I haven’t played any instruments since elementary school, and the world is a better place for it! LOL.

Can you tell us where to find more information on you? 

Website:   www.laurenshiro.com

Blog:  laurenshiro.blogspot.com

Twitter:   twitter.com/authorlshiro   @authorlshiro

Facebook: Facebook.com/laurenshiro77

Is there a place where readers can reach you?

I LOVE hearing from readers! Please feel free to drop me a line at authorlaurenshiro@gmail.com

Is there something, anything, that we all need to know about you?

I have amazing culinary skills. I can burn toast like it’s nobody’s business!

June is LGBT Pride Month

The Vanilla Heart Publishing Reader-Review Club

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Reader-Reviewers have a private group page where titles are listed with available editions, and an easy RR request form to keep things simple.

Book Review: Pianissimo by Lauren Shiro

 

Pianissimo

Darryl and Corinne Richards purchase their first house. With Darryl’s army career coming to a close, they feel ready to settle down in Louisville, Kentucky. With impeccable timing, Darryl is sent on one final tour, leaving Corinne to live in this new house and new city alone.

Overwhelmed, Corinne becomes reclusive, living a quiet, boring life with her cats as she adjusts to her new surroundings. The problem is: someone or some thing does not want her life to be either quiet or boring. And then there’s the creepy piano in the basement…

There is more to that creepy, dilapidated piano and her new home than Corinne could ever imagine. Through highs and lows, twists and turns, she begins to understand that even the most softly played music is powerful – and that even soft realizations and quietly subtle changes can have a profound effect.

Amazon Reviews
5 StarsImagine a piano, once beautiful now old, that holds a secret to change a young woman’s life. reviewed by Don Thorkelson
A fascinating concept revealed through letters and an ancient much abused piano. A young couple buys an old house . The man goes off to his last tour in a war zone and left alone, the wife discovers more than she expected when she enters the basement.
Secrets, an exquisite love story from another era are revealed as the young woman struggles to remove paint from the piano where beneath the ugly green lies mahogany. Pianissimo is a story of growth, understanding and love to capture the readers heart.
5 Stars She just gets better and better with her details reviewed by Lisa Cogar
Lauren has outdone herself with Painissimo!. She just gets better and better with her details, adjectives and story lines. This is a MUST READ!
She can capture your mind right into the book. You will see yourself in the midst of the drama. Dont forget to read her other classics as well!
About Lauren Shiro
Lauren Shiro was published nationally for the first time at age fourteen. Since then, her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and even textbooks.In 2006, she began writing fiction and she hasn’t stopped yet. From her set of intertwined short stories in Loving Her, Volumes 1 and 2, to the powerhouse duo of Imperfect and Impeccable, and her most recently released Pianissimo, Lauren has written stories that are sure to touch your heart.

​Lauren continues to write stories of love without boundaries. When she’s not writing, Lauren works as a licensed veterinary technician. In her spare time, she enjoys everything from wood working to roller derby. She resides in Rochester, New York with her wife and their menagerie of furry and feathered friends.

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Author Lauren Shiro

In celebration of her one year wedding anniversary and recent political changes that legalize her marriage, author Lauren E. Harvey (L. E. Harvey) and Vanilla Heart Publishing announced the re-releases of her current books and all new releases with her (legal) married name, Lauren Shiro.

Lauren Shiro was published nationally for the first time at age fourteen. Since then, her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and even textbooks.

In 2006, she began writing fiction and she hasn’t stopped yet. From her set of intertwined short stories in Loving Her, to the powerhouse duo of Imperfect and Impeccable, Lauren has written stories that are sure to touch your heart. Lauren continues to write stories of love without boundaries.

When she’s not writing, Lauren works as a licensed veterinary technician. In her spare time, she enjoys everything from wood working to roller derby. She resides in Rochester, New York with her wife and their menagerie of furry and feathered friends.

Pianissimo by Lauren Shiro in Print and All Ebook Editions!

NOW IN PRINT & All EBOOK EDITIONS!

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Pianissimo

by Lauren Shiro

 

Darryl and Corinne Richards purchase their first house. With Darryl’s army career coming to a close, they feel ready to settle down in Louisville, Kentucky. With impeccable timing, Darryl is sent on one final tour, leaving Corinne to live in this new house and new city alone.

Overwhelmed, Corinne becomes reclusive, living a quiet, boring life with her cats as she adjusts to her new surroundings. The problem is: someone or some thingdoes not want her life to be either quiet or boring. And then there’s the creepy piano in the basement…

There is more to that creepy, dilapidated piano and her new home than Corinne could ever imagine. Through highs and lows, twists and turns, she begins to understand that even the most softly played music is powerful – and that even soft realizations and quietly subtle changes can have a profound effect.

 PRE-RELEASE REVIEW

 

So much to enjoy!

reviewed by Shay Norgaard-Melton 

This review is from a gifted ebook reviewer copy.

“The stories flow together so beautifully, I felt transported back in time to peek into Agnes and Margaret’s deep and abiding love for each other, and back to the present day to be with Corinne as she investigated the house she and her military husband bought just before he shipped out for his last tour of duty. Exciting and wondrous exploration of a time and situation, written with grace and delightful style.”

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Author Lauren Shiro

In celebration of her one year wedding anniversary and recent political changes that legalize her marriage, author Lauren E. Harvey (L. E. Harvey) and Vanilla Heart Publishing are excited to announce the re-releases of her currently books and all new releases with her (legal) married name, Lauren Shiro.

Lauren Shiro was published nationally for the first time at age fourteen. Since then, her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and even textbooks.

In 2006, she began writing fiction and she hasn’t stopped yet. From her set of intertwined short stories inLoving Her, to the powerhouse duo of Imperfect and Impeccable, Lauren has written stories that are sure to touch your heart. Lauren continues to write stories of love without boundaries.

When she’s not writing, Lauren works as a licensed veterinary technician. In her spare time, she enjoys everything from wood working to roller derby. She resides in Rochester, New York with her wife and their menagerie of furry and feathered friends.

 

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All Romance Ebooks’ HUGE October Party

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It is Monster Max and he is here to give away thousands of treats including ebooks, readers, swag, gift bags, and more to thousands of readers just like you!

All Romance Ebooks is having a HUGE October Party and Vanilla Heart Publishing is Celebrating!

Vanilla Heart Publishing’s Great 8 – Chelle Cordero, Lauren Shiro, Malcolm R. Campbell, Charmaine Gordon, Angela Kay Austin, Susan Berry, Tamara Philip, and Neva Squires-Rodriguez have donated prizes and are thrilled to offer you more than 70 fabulous books at AllRomance!

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All Romance Ebooks is giving away thousands of individual eBooks, thousands of dollars in eBook bucks ranging in value from $10.00 – $100.00, eBook readers, swag bags, gift baskets, jewelry, print books signed by the author, and lot’s more! Prizes are being furnished by a number of individuals and companies, including Vanilla Heart Publishing’s Great 8! The prize donor and prize value will be identified in the pop-up notification. Email contact information for the individual donor’s hard good will be supplied on request.

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June is Audiobooks Month!

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We’re Celebrating June AUDIOBOOKS MONTH all month long! All of the VHP titles, in Print, Ebook, and Audio, of course! in this handy catalog for the first week of June!

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Audiobook Industry Facts: June Is Audiobook Month

  • In a recent consumer survey, the Audio Publishers Association learned that 25% of Americans had listened to an audiobook in the last year.
  • Audiobook listeners are avid readers who use audiobooks as a way of enjoying an author’s work when they are not able to read. 94% of audiobook listeners had read a book in the past year vs. 70% of non-audiobook listeners.
  • Many fellow authors love audiobooks. Scott Turow, Janet Evanovich, Judy Blume, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Tom Wolfe, Lisa Scottoline — all listen to audiobooks.
  • Many of them are taking to their social media networks today as part of June Is Audiobook Month. They will discuss their experiences and love of audio, as well as projects they’ve worked on or some on the horizon.
  • Most listeners use audiobooks in the car (whether they are commuting or on driving vacations) but an increasing number of people also report using audiobooks while they are exercising, cooking, gardening — and even at work.
  • The average audiobook listener spends about 5 hours a week listening.
  • Audiobooks are great for family listening on the road this summer–nothing ends the “are we there yet blues!” like a great audiobook. Audiobooks keep everyone in the car entertained while also increasing literacy skills…families can even knock out a few of the titles on a kid’s summer reading list on the way to vacation.
  • Audiobooks are a great tool for building literacy. Teachers and librarians report that listening to audiobooks helps children build better vocabularies and also helps them to read with better expression.

Book Promo: The Writer by Lauren Shiro

The Writer by Lauren Shiro
– Ebook Now Available!

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Book 7

of Loving Her, the series

The Writer

by Lauren Shiro

Everyone has that one friend; the mother of the group. Maria is that one friend; nurturing, wise, and with a spicy streak, Maria is the matriarch of the clan. Cerebral, emotional, and even sometimes comical, Maria’s story is the seventh in the Loving Her series. The Writer tells the story of Maria through grief, and joy, love and fear, and an emotionally challenging family relationship that threatens to interfere with the love she’d given up ever finding again… Stephania.

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About the Author:

Lauren Shiro was published nationally for the first time at age fourteen. Since then, her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and even textbooks.

In 2006, she began writing fiction and she hasn’t stopped yet. From her set of intertwined short stories in Loving Her, to the powerhouse duo of Imperfect and Impeccable, Lauren has written stories that are sure to touch your heart. Lauren continues to write stories of love without boundaries.

When she’s not writing, Lauren works as a licensed veterinary technician. In her spare time, she enjoys everything from wood working to roller derby. She resides in Rochester, New York with her wife and their menagerie of furry and feathered friends.

Loving Her, Volume 1 by Lauren Shiro

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Loving Her

the series, Volume 1

by Lauren Shiro

Loving Her, Volume 1 by Lauren Shiro is now available in Print and All Ebook Formats!

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Love Without Boundaries

In this series of stories, we meet a group of loving friends and couples. Each member of this group is diverse in personalities and abilities, but they are tied together by the common denominator -love.

Chelle Cordero, Combining Passion & Suspense

The Ballerina
A southern, redheaded, pickup driving lesbian ballerina? You bet! Meet Liz: a southern belle with flair. Vivacious, eclectic and graceful, she is unique to say the least.

The Cop
Donna White is one tough cop. Behind the badge, though, is a very sweet, sad, sensitive soul. Truly a woman alone, Donna is simply trying to navigate her way through life. Who is Donna? She is dedicated, determined, distinctive and deep.

The Mechanic
Linda – her name means beautiful… After facing rejection from her parents because she is a lesbian, Linda didn’t feel beautiful… she felt lost and alone. As a skilled mechanic, Linda built her business… Her love life was a different matter. Until Katie…

The Model
She’s exotic. She’s beautiful. She’s talented. She’s unique. She’s Stephania. A young successful model who started from nothing, she has experienced all the ups and downs of life. Never one to be kept down, she persists through life’s trials and reaches for the fairytale ending she has always hoped for.

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