Novel published by TWRP


Impending Love and War


A historical romance novel by Laura Freeman

Cory Beecher didn’t mean to shoot handsome Tyler Montgomery and only kisses him so he doesn’t find the runaway slave in the barn.  Abolitionists never considered marrying slave owners, but her world explodes with new found desire when her lips touch his.  Can she go through with her carefully crafted plans to marry math instructor Douglas Raymond when her heart longs for another? 

Tyler Montgomery needs to find the runaway slaves before his rival Edward Vandal captures them.  Although he doesn’t want to involve the fiery and beautiful Miss Beecher, once she kisses him, all his plans unravel.   As his rival closes in on the quarry, he hesitates to leave, knowing she’s marrying the wrong man.  But what does an unemployed lawyer with questionable parentage have to offer the woman he loves?

On-Sale Oct. 8, 2014 through The Wild Rose Press  www.thewildrosepress.com

Paperback for $16.99 ISBN 987-1-62830-508-1

Digital for $4.99 ISBN 987-1-62830-509-8

Cover Art by Debbie Taylor

About the Author:

Laura Freeman has been a reporter for the past nine years and covers the historic town of Hudson, Ohio.  She has won the Press Club of Cleveland’s Ohio Excellence in Journalism award in 2013 and 2014 and the Ohio Newspaper Association awards in 2011, 2013, and 2014.  Her novel, “Impending Love and War,” takes place in the fictional town of Darrow Falls but is based on the historical traits of the small towns in Northeast Ohio, where she lives.  She is working on her next book, “Impending Love and Death.”

Visit on and Twitter @LauraFreeman_RP or her blog:


A reporter’s fate

I have been a news reporter for nearly ten years.  The profession has evolved drastically in the past decade.  Some say printed newspapers will be extinct in a few years, and they may be right.   Modern technology has made consumers eager to have breaking news at their fingertips.  But someone has to write the news even if it is printed electronically.  Reporters struggle to maintain the professionalism of being accurate, n_MG_8730on-biased, and timely while competing with the sensationalism of social media competing to be first, whether the story is accurately portrayed or not.  I worry that reporters will be replaced by untrained gossips who sway public opinion without thinking about the consequences.  The press will cease to be a watchdog for the public and become a rabid animal attacking upon sight.  Mobs are easily incited, and by the time the truth is revealed, casualties have mounted in the streets.  The printed page may remain, if only as a document on the fuller, more accurate story behind the flash on the electronic screen.  Only time will tell.

Rules of good writing

_MG_7660Limit key word to one time in a sentence or paragraph.  Use a thesaurus to find alternate words.

A new paragraph or thought flows from the previous one.  Don’t jolt the reader.

Avoid a lot of similar nouns, verb combinations.  Alter your sentence structure.

Break up long sentences and alternate with short ones.

Write in active voice.  The reader is on the journey with the main character.

Position words for clarity and avoid confusion.

Avoid pronouns and lazy verbs.  Eliminate unnecessary pronouns, conjunctions, and articles.

Write straightforward sentences instead of convoluted “fancy” phrases.

Use specific not general descriptions.

Phrase positively and don’t use NOT

Limit superfluous words, especially there is and that.

Avoid vague adjectives like “really” and “little bit.”

Don’t add ly to adjective.

Avoid phrases like “moreover, furthermore, or for instance.”

Never use two words if one will do.

Use parallel construction.

Replace adjectives and adverbs with vivid nouns and active verbs.

Don’t over explain – let the reader figure it out.

Use paragraphs for description, history, or an activity.

Instead of a tag (he said) describe what the character is doing while speaking.  Use behavior to reveal feelings.

Character is revealed through actions and reactions to others, events, or fears.

Describe action NOT taken and reason.

Dialogue reveals facts and feelings (not always true ones).  Other character’s comments reveal hidden feelings or mislead.

Peel information slowly.  Don’t interrogate but speak naturally in dialogue.