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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Home Field by Laurie Winter - Blog Tour - Top 10 Guest Post - Giveaway!

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Home Field by Laurie Winter. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 30 June till 13 July. See the tour schedule here.

Home FieldHome Field (Warriors of the Heart #1)
By Laurie Winter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 30 June, 2017

One year after her husband is killed in action, Julie Ellis is back in her hometown and focused on raising her young son. Then Reagan Harrison bursts into her life—a cocky, charming linebacker who leaves her off balance.

As a successful, professional athlete, Reagan believes he has it all. But after meeting Julie, he finds every excuse in the book to spend time with her. Despite his best efforts not to fall too hard, Reagan envisions a future with Julie, along with the little boy he’s come to love as his own.

While Reagan’s protective love begins to mend Julie’s spirit, she can’t suppress her continued deep devotion to her late husband’s memory. And when a letter arrives from beyond the grave, Reagan resolves to provide her with the answers she desperately needs to heal. Now Julie must choose either to keep her heart closed off or remove the lock and fight for a future with Reagan. Can a second chance at true love be just as sweet?
You can find Home Field on Goodreads

You can buy Home Field here:

- Amazon
- Kobo

Laurie and her super cute furbaby, Shadow


Top 10 Ways Yoga Helps with Writing:

I love exploring the way yoga and writing blend together to help strengthen the body and mind. I’ve been practicing yoga for only two years, and to be honest, I’m not the strongest or most flexible in the class. I tend to get wobbly during Tree Pose and huff and puff my way through Sun Salutations. But that’s okay, because yoga is about learning to be in the present and listening to your body.

So, here is my top 10 list:

1. Yoga is great for clearing the mind. I’m always amazed at the boost of creativity I get after practicing yoga.

2. As a writer, I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer, hunched over a keyboard. Yoga helps keep my body fit and my blood flowing. Not only does my rear-end benefit from time away from the chair, but so do my shoulders, hands, arms, back, and legs.

3. I’ve met some really cool people in yoga class. One of the things I love most about the yoga community is that we come in all shapes, ages, and skill levels. I try to use that same diversity when I develop a cast of characters for a book.

4. Don’t forget to breathe—a good motto for yoga and life. I often have to remind myself of this when I’m waiting for an email or becoming stressed over edits. Close your eyes and focus on your breath, sometimes that’s all you need to calm and relax.

5. Skill develops with time and practice. Most people don’t come to yoga class for the first time and do a Handstand Scorpion (a pose I’ll probably never be able to do). They also don’t just sit down and type out the next best seller in one draft. If you want to be good at something, there’s no substitute for hard work.

6. Shavasana is my favorite part of class. I’ve solved a lot of plot issues during that quiet time on the mat.

7. Make time for yourself. Something that I know is hard to do in today’s busy world. I have scheduled days of the week that I go to yoga class. I also give myself daily word count goals when I write. Often, it’s easier to make time for things that are important when you have a plan.

8. If you push yourself, you will lose your balance and fall sometimes. That means you’re trying. Get back up and try again.

9. Keep grounded, both physically and emotionally. Otherwise the stress of the world will sweep you away.

10. Find a drishti and keep your focus fixed to that spot. During balance poses in yoga, this concept is important to keep from falling. In writing, your drishti can be a finished MS, signing a publishing contract, or acquiring an agent. Don’t become distracted by movement around you. Your thoughts will follow your gaze. Stay focused on your goals.


Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

You can find and contact Laurie Winter here:

- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Pinterest
- Instagram


There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Home Field. One winner will win a reader's gift basket (US Only). It includes:

* An Alice in Wonderland inspired teacup and saucer set
* Paperback of ON THE CORNER OF KING STREET by Mary Ellen Taylor
* Paperback of UNDER AN ADIRONDACK SKY by Karen Rock
* a $10 Amazon gift card


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  1. Laurie ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! Also, I really enjoyed reading your guest post - as a fellow yogi I'm glad you picked that topic :)

  2. Thank you, Ally! I loved putting together this post about yoga and writing. Blessings. Laurie

  3. Sounds like a great summer read!