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Hello and welcome to my little corner of the web!

I’m Liana Laverentz, and I write deeply emotional and satisfying stories with a hint of danger and enough spice to keep you turning the pages.  A bit of a free spirit, I live my life with faith, courage, passion, commitment, compassion, and fidelity.  I do my best to write about heroes and heroines with those same qualities.  Heroes and heroines you would love to get to know and spend time with, invite into your home, and hold in your heart with a special place on your keeper shelf. 

So sit back, relax, and step into my world, a journey into romance that takes you away from the daily grind and challenges of your life for a few precious hours.  My goal is to leave you closing the book with a smile and a sigh.

I also invite you to visit my blog, where I share my thoughts on life, lies, love, and laughter.  Popular topics there include stories about my trips to retreats, conferences, and other fun places, my ongoing journey of faith and gratitude, essays about living a balanced life and writing, and, on occasion, guest author spots.

I also have a blog dedicated to the subject of PMDD, and a matching PMDD website designed to help educate the millions of women who suffer from this confusing, chaotic, and debilitating brain disorder that disrupts (and quite often destroys) our daily lives—as well as the lives of the people we love.  For PMDD affects not only us, but our relationships with everyone we come in contact with.  And I mean everyone.  So for more information on what you can do to help your friend, lover, spouse, or relative who is suffering, please stop by.  Not surprisingly, my three most popular posts are the ones with tips for men on how to deal with a woman who has PMDD.

Here on the website, I also have a PMDD page, with links to informative blog posts and other resources.  I’ve also posted some of my more popular personal blog posts on my Musings page, shared a few things I find interesting on my Interests page, and have provided a list of talks and workshops I’ve prepared for workshops and conferences.  For more information on those, please go to my Events page.

Last, but not least, I have the unpublished prologue to Jake’s Return available as a Free Read on this page.  If you’re curious about Jake and Rebecca’s first kiss, then this is for you. 

Thank you again for stopping by, and until we meet again, all the best to you and yours.

Liana

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New Review for Thin Ice

This is a jewel I recently discovered, which was written in 2008.

This is a contemporary romance about a doctor and a hockey player.  Liana contacted me via the Lori Foster Weekend group and asked me to review it.  I've never been asked personally by an author to do this and I felt hesitant but finally agreed.  Boy am I glad.

This is one of the most powerful and heartwarming books I've read, ever.  Both Eric and Emily had serious emotional hang-ups which directly impacted on the other's weaknesses.  There were moments when my heart was pumping furiously because the drama of the scene was so well written I really felt what the characters were feeling.  There were also some moments that made me laugh out loud they were so amusingly spot on.  I suspect Liana is a hockey fan and if she's not, she knows someone really well who is.  She captured some scenes during a couple of hockey games so well that I could see it happening.

I hesitate giving a recap of the story because it's important to discover the layers of Eric and Emily as they reveal them to each other. This is about a developing relationship.  There were many times when either Eric or Emily would choose not to discuss the situation with the other and make a decision that wasn't really in their best interest.  Just as I would be ready to throw the book against the wall and scream "NO", the reason given for the decision made so much sense I would just sigh and go with it.  Plus Eric and Emily are beautifully drawn, three-dimensional characters about whom I came to care a great deal.  

This is a story about the impact of abuse - physical, mental and emotional.  But it is also a signal lesson on the importance of communication.  Every time there's a misunderstanding it's because they kept secrets and didn't talk with one another.  I know this is a standard in romance, but for some reason it felt like a major influence in Thin Ice.  

Well, I'm off to buy her other book, Jake's Return.  Liana Laverentz has a new fan girl.  Oh, and Thin Ice was 2008 Eppie winner for Best Contemporary Romance.  Reviewed by Linda. Full review here.

 

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