Seedlings by Aaron Paul Lazar

What They Say

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton


Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2015
FINALIST Readers Favorites Awards 2013
SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2013, Mystery Category
HONORABLE MENTION Eric Hoffer 2013
GRAND PRIZE * FINALIST 2013 EPIC Book Awards  * FINALIST 2012 FOREWORD BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS * Finalist DaVinci Eye Cover Award 2013 * WINNER 2011 EPIC Book Awards, BEST Paranormal * FINALIST 2011 FOREWORD BOOK AWARDS * WINNER 2011 Eric Hoffer BEST Book, COMMERCIAL FICTION *Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads for 2012 * 2X FINALIST Global eBook Awards 2011 * Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place 2011* Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top 10 Books of 2012 * Winner of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s 9th Annual Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for Literature 2011 * Finalist Allbooks Editor’s Choice Awards 2011 * Preditors&Editors Top 10 Finalist  * Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books 2008MYSHELF Top Ten Reads 2008  * Writer’s Digest Top 101 Website Award 2009-2012

Contact Aaron at aaron(dot)lazar(at)yahoo.com.

 

Voodoo Summer (LeGarde Mysteries Book 11)
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VOODOO Summer by Aaron Paul Lazar

Every family has its secrets…

Summer, 1966: For thirteen-year-old Gus LeGarde, summertime always means Loon Harbor, his grandparents’ idyllic fishing resort on Great Pond. The season is a grand tradition of swimming, boating, and new adventures with his best friends, twins Siegfried and Elsbeth. But this summer, everything changes when a new lodge down the shore threatens the resort—and triggers a chain of events that will transform Gus and his friends forever.

 

 

The Seacroft (Paines Creek Beach Book 2)
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The Seacroft by Aaron Paul Lazar

The Seacroft: a love story

Falling for the wrong guy can be hazardous to your heart. Vivian Wood is desperate. After her beloved brother dies of a sudden aneurism and her mother develops Alzheimer’s, she needs a good job and a place to stay. She finds it at The Seacroft, a Cape Cod seaside mansion ruled by ...

 

Books by multi-award winning, Kindle bestselling author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES
DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)  
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
THE LIARS’ GALLERY (print, eBook, audio book)
SPIRIT ME AWAY (print, eBook, audio book)
UNDER THE ICE: COUNTERPOINT (coming soon 2015)
LADY BLUES: forget-me-not (print, eBook, audio book)
VOODOO SUMMER ( print, eBook, audio book)

GREEN MARBLE MYSTERIES
The Disappearance of Billy Moore (formerly Healey's Cave) (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

TALL PINES MYSTERIES
FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)
SANCTUARY (print, eBook, audio book)
BETRAYAL (print, eBook, audio book)

PAINES CREEK BEACH SERIES

THE SEACREST (print, eBook, and audio book)
THE SEACROFT (print, eBook, audio book)
THE SEADOG (print, eBook, audio book)

BITTERSWEET HOLLOW Romantic Suspense Series
DEVIL’S LAKE (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVIL’S CREEK (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVILS SPRING (print, eBook, and audio book)

 

Seedlings
by Aaron Paul Lazar, author of the LeGarde Mystery Series.

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May 2017

"Coping Skills for Writers in Hard Times" Copyright © 2017 Aaron Paul Lazar. All rights reserved.
Excerpt from Write Like the Wind volume 3 by Aaron Paul Lazar. Re-printed by permission of the author.

Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar

Coping Skills for Writers in Hard Times

This article was written back in 2009 when I was laid off from Kodak. Fortunately I found a good job the next year, and things got a bit better in that department. But I thought it still might be useful for you to see how writing can help get you through tribulations.


We've all been through tragedies and trauma. And if you haven't (yet), you will. It's part of life, and there's no escaping it. With today's economy, people losing jobs by the thousands, and the stress of trying to get through it intact—one can feel rather challenged. But there are strategies we can use to cope in times of sadness or anxiety. Most of you probably apply these by habit, but I thought it might be worthwhile to jot them down for the future. After all, we all need reminding once in a while.

First of all, and most obvious, there's burying oneself in work. Distraction can be a very good thing. There's nothing as satisfying as drowning in a great read, or writing a scintillating chapter, or even plowing through mountains of data to distract ones heart and soul from grief or stress. In general, I always refer to my writing as "great therapy." There's nothing more satisfying than being able to "take control" of someone's life, even if it does mean sort of living through my characters. These parallel universes we create can be comforting and thrilling. Let's face it, there's nothing more exciting than the armchair adventure we experience through reading or writing. (Except, maybe, actually living these scenes.)

There's another tack I've taken lately: eating my way through tough times. I know, I know, it's terrible to allow yourself to go crazy and just eat donuts or cake or big bowls of ice cream. But sometimes I just don't care, and it tastes so good. For the past few weeks as I've been worrying about the impending layoffs at work, I've used this strategy to excess. Once we find out about our collective futures, I'll certainly get back to my usual fruits and veggies. There's time for that. And with spring just around the corner, there will be many wonderful walks in nature that will hopefully counteract my recent gluttony.

Speaking of nature, even in this wintry season, communing with the outdoors is another way to deal with stress. A brisk walk at lunch (especially if you are stuck in corporate America during the daylight hours) is a wonderful way to refresh your spirit, imagine your next chapter, or dig deeply into your characters' lives. It's fun to take one character at a time and define his or her past even more deeply than you've ever done before. Imagine some scenes from their childhood. Think about how they link to their current day behavior in your book(s). And before you know it, you've covered three miles, breathed healthy air, and cleansed your soul a bit. Of course the pure beauty of such outdoor experiences is enough to cleanse your soul no matter what you're thinking. Sometimes it's just nice to "be," and not think of anything.

You know I always talk about "taking pleasure in the little things," right? I've used this coping mechanism throughout most of my life, when I couldn't control anything that was happening in my life and I needed solace. Enjoying a breathtaking scene on the drive to work, or taking pleasure in a shared laugh with a friend, or soaking in the feeling that accompanies the flash of love in a child's eyes...it all helps. I try to savor those moments, and realize they are gifts from God, meant to please and comfort us at the same time.

Of course, venting one's feelings—whether through an article or chatting with a close friend—is a super way to get all that angst out of you. For a little while, anyway.

Snuggling with your dog or cat, or your honey, with a box of popcorn and a good movie can also help. Or being elbow deep in rich soil in your garden. I wish it were spring right now.

And here's my last suggestion to ease pain and anxiety. Perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone. Anyone. Just because. Be their angel for a moment. And taking oneself out of the state of self-absorption really helps to put it all in perspective. Imagine that in doing so, you might just have helped one tortured soul get through his or her troubled day.

How do you cope with hardship? Do you spend time with your loved ones, playing board games and laughing? Do you take long walks? Make a delicious soup? Do you write for hours? Lose yourself in a great book?

As always, remember to take pleasure in the little things and write like the wind.

P.S. I wrote this Wednesday. We found out about layoffs yesterday, and I was "hit." I'm plunging from euphoria (I'm free. I can try something else) to despair (oh my God we're gonna starve) to numbness (maybe I'll just take the summer off and be a bum). Of course I couldn't take any time off, per se, I need to get cracking to find a good job. Health care benefits run out on Sept. 1. Guess I'd better reread my own article. Breathe. Just breathe.


Help Aaron put food in the cupboards by ordering some of his books at http://www.lazarbooks.com.

PPS It’s been five years and now I’m happily employed with a lovely German company. Best job of my life.

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com


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WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3  (audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, thrillers, love stories, and writing guides, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming releases, UNDER THE ICE (2015) and DEVIL’S CREEK (2015). Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers!