Seedlings by Aaron Paul Lazar

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“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.

 

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

LEGARDE MYSTERIES

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

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

Tall Pines Mysteries Series

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

Paines Creek Beach Series

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

 

 

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

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March 2020

"Complete section: CHARACTERS - Walking Through Your Characters’ Next Scene; Sam Moore Speaks; Message from Gus LeGarde" Copyright © 2019 Aaron Paul Lazar. All rights reserved.
Complete section Excerpts from Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar. Re-printed by permission of the author.

Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar

CHARACTERS

Walking Through Your Characters’ Next Scene

Over a recent extended Veteran's Day weekend, my wife Dale and I were lucky enough to return to the Tall Pines rustic cabin we discovered in 2009 when I was laid off from Kodak. This place has become my writing nirvana. It's quiet. Isolated. No Internet. No cell service. And it’s a great value.

Last week was our sixth visit, and because the owners are such big-hearted people, it didn't cost us a cent.

I loved the place so much, I was compelled to start a new paranormal mystery series based there, called Tall Pines Mysteries. (For the Birds, Essentially Yours, Sanctuary and Betrayal). I know, the title is rather unimaginative, but the stories are so location-centric that I wanted to use the name of the cabin in the title.

My characters usually transition in the beginning of the story from Honeoye Lake, southeast of Rochester, NY, where they own a lakeside cottage and run an antique shop, to the Tall Pines cabin, about four hours away in the southeast corner of the Adirondack Park.

Back in 2014, I was about halfway through Sanctuary and was looking forward to getting out of the "muddled middle" by placing myself in locations of future scenes. I needed inspiration. I longed to stand in the woods, feel the breeze, and listen to the murmur of the river. I craved the cool fresh air and the balsam-scented trails.

I needed a mountain for one upcoming scene, somewhere folks could ride horses and camp overnight, with fantastic views of the six million acre park. And, most importantly, I wanted to walk the trail myself. So I started in advance asking about trails from my good friend and "Adirondack advisor," Jonathan Lane, manager of Charlie Johns Country Store in Speculator, NY. (By the way, there is no apostrophe in Johns, that's how they spell it—took me a while to get it right.) Jon read the early manuscripts for both For the Birds and Essentially Yours, and has advised me on street names and such. I've really enjoyed getting to know him.

Jon also offered to let me do a book signing in his store. It went very well, and I met so many super people from the area who also had tons of ideas for me. They drew me maps, told me about the mysterious history of the area, and directed me to books on ghost stories of the Adirondacks, which will likely prime my head full of new ideas.

So, off I went, armed with maps and ideas, ready to search for the "secret" cave at the bottom of Auger Falls, and ready to hike the River Walk in Speculator. I quickly realized that the mountain I dreamed of horses riding up all day long would be too far for me to walk. So, in the end, I made up Whistling Winds Mountain and plunked it in the Silver Lake Sanctuary region. But there were some lovely caves and waterfalls on the Auger Trails hike that ended up being perfect for some of the final scenes in Sanctuary’s final pages.

There is something so alluring about these woodland mountain trails. I honestly think I must've been a pioneer in the good old frontier days in one of my former lives. The urge to find out "what's around the bend" is so strong that I have to really police myself. I'd go all day if I could, but I can't do that in good conscience since my wife stays back at the cabin. It wouldn't be fair to her, since her multiple sclerosis makes her legs weak and she can't join me, and there is no cell service on most of these trails, so if something happens to me I'd be alone and stuck out there for who knows how long? Yeah. And it was the middle of November.

While I walked the trails and climbed some hills, I constantly pictured my characters in these scenes, and imagined the action and wild rush of the chase as I clomped along. I fought the urge to follow all the side trails, or drive down a dirt road with no sign...I was always fighting the itch to investigate every inch of this beautiful land.

I wondered how many years it would take me to hike all the local trails and mountains. A lifetime? Maybe if I lived there, I could do it.

Setting is one of the most important elements in my novels. Naturally, I need a good plot with lots of twists and turns and surprises. Of course, my characters have to breathe and hurt and love like real people and make my readers care about them. But I need a choice setting to get my juices flowing. I suppose that's because I use so much of nature in my books. In my work, nature is almost is a character in her own right.

How do you imagine your next scene? Do you like to "walk" the scene before you write it? Is it possible for you do that? Or are your settings so far away that you need to use exotic brochures or colorful websites to get your characters where they're going? Or, do you imagine worlds that don't exist in real life, but are very real in your head?

It’s all good. Whatever inspires you to write the very best book that you can is valid motivation.

Sam Moore Speaks

Letters addressed from your characters to your readers can provide a powerful incentive for potential readers to pick up a book. Following is a letter from Dr. Sam Moore, the main character in the Green Marble paranormal mystery series. Tools like this can be used to read aloud to your audience, or to post in an email to your readers, for fun. I used this one to record and create a video to share on Facebook to stir up interest in the series. See what a letter like this might do for your characters.

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There are some things just too painful to talk about. It’s the stuff that haunts you at night, that lies like black sludge over your heart, that you try to push away in the waking hours. Like the day my brother Billy took off on his brand new bike and never came home. Fifty years ago.

Since I’ve retired, I feel like I’m going insane. When I ran the practice, I could hide behind the work that kept me busy. Jenny Boyd’s strep. Alicia Bullworth’s anemia. And all the runny noses and fevers that poured in the door on Monday mornings. Now, when I pull weeds and rototill and pick zucchini…all I can think about is Billy.

What the hell happened to him?

I went nuts once before, just after he disappeared. They stuck me in an asylum for three long months. I couldn’t—wouldn’t—talk. I didn’t meet their eyes. The world was a blur of murmurings and shadows, and horrible nightmares that occurred even when I was wide-awake.

How could I speak? How could I breathe? It was all my fault.

They said I was catatonic and threw in lots of other diagnoses—like schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress syndrome. But I knew they were wrong. I knew precisely why I acted the way I did.

It was guilt.

I should have been there to protect him, to guide him, riding beside him on that hot and dusty summer day.

Instead, I was on the phone, taking my first call from a girl.

Sure, she was pretty. Sure, she made my knees weak. I was a raving idiot when I was around her. I stumbled over the simplest words when she was near, tossing that pretty yellow hair. But Renée Snell ended up being nothing more than a childhood crush. And because I was so smitten with her, I let my only brother ride off alone, to a horrible fate.

So you see. It was all my fault.

If I only knew what happened. If I just had some closure. That’s what my wife tells me. I didn’t have closure. Maybe I could have dealt with it and “moved on.” She’s good to me, though. She understands my burden and tries to ease my pain.

But the questions won’t be stilled. Was he murdered? Taken by some sicko in broad daylight and snuffed out on his eleventh birthday? Or was he stolen and raised under a new name? In Alaska? Canada? Will he someday make his way home?

Will I ever find out what happened?

Bill was eleven. I was twelve. I just want to know what happened…

Message from Gus LeGarde

Here is another piece I wrote from Gus LeGarde’s point of view. During a book club event, I had one of my friends walk in and “deliver” this message to me from Gus, and read it to the group. It was a blast, and they got a kick out of it.

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Aaron asked me to write this letter to you. I must say, it feels a bit strange knowing you may read about the private and most painful aspects of my life.

In Double Forté, you’ll learn about my first love, Elsbeth, who died in a manner most unfitting such an ethereal and fiery spirit. I still picture her brooding eyes and delicate fingers each time I play a Chopin mazurka. She shouldn’t have died so young. She shouldn’t have died at all.

You’ll experience my childhood summers in Maine, through Tremolo, and the mystery of the missing little girl who haunted my dreams. Though I dearly loved Loon Harbor and the camp my grandparents ran on the lake, 1964 was a most challenging summer.

Now my life is out there—literally an open book—ready to be celebrated or ridiculed by millions of strangers. You’ll know what feasts I cook for my family, what variety of beets I grow in the garden, what games I play with my grandchildren, and how crazy I am about my dog.

You’ll watch me chase villains through the wintry woods and rescue a mute child from an icy hillside. You’ll hop back in time to my days in Boston, where I wrote the musical "Spirit Me Away," showcased in Upstaged. You’ll feel my pain when I recount the days just before my father died. And you’ll peek into my hotel room in Paris when I consummate my second marriage.

It’s pretty scary.

Should I have let Aaron write these books?

He convinced me that in addition to providing literary amusement, it would also set a great example for mankind. That in the face of the media explosion of sex and violence, folks craved wholesome entertainment. They wanted to be reminded how to nurture one’s family, be one with nature, live for the greater good, and stand up to evil.

Was he right?

I don’t know. But he says he gets lots of fan mail at author@lazarbooks.com. He tells me the ladies want to marry me. And that some of the guys have written to thank him for reminding them about the importance of stopping the corporate madness to spend time with a child or to take walks in the woods with their dog. And I guess they all get a bit of a thrill from all the chase scenes.

Folks stop me in the market and ask if Aaron embellishes the stories to make them sell. I have to admit that he does—just a little—my house really isn’t as clean as he portrays it. And sometimes dirty clothes reach for the ceiling in the laundry room. Mrs. Pierce tries her best, but we are a very lively and messy family.

Well, Johnny’s calling me to help him catch fireflies. I can’t disappoint him.

If you’re interested in buying some of Aaron’s mysteries, you can order them online or at your local bookstore, or drop him a line. He keeps boxes of them around the house, too, and loves to autograph them to send to readers. And he’s a real ham. So if you have a book club or library event that needs a literary guest, contact him. He really gets into it.

God Bless,
Gus LeGarde

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com


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WRITING ADVICE: 

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!

 

 

Bittersweet Hollow series by Aaron Paul Lazar

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)

"Loved this book! DEVIL'S LAKE is a riveting read, and It could have been ripped from today's headlines." Joan Hall Hovey, Canada's best selling, award-winning Mistress of Suspense.
- 2015 Finalist Readers Favorites Awards
- 2015 Semi-finalist Kindle Book Review Awards