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Laura Moore - Contemporary AuthorAbout Me

I was born in and grew up there and in Western Massachusetts. I received my undergraduate degree and my M.A. in art history. Since graduate school I've worked as a museum lecturer and have taught art, art history, and French. My family and I now live in Rhode Island, where, in addition to writing, I teach English at the Rhode Island School of Design--a great place to share my love of art and fiction.

I began writing my first romance while pursuing my master's degree. My first novel, Ride a Dark Horse, filled most of a spiral bound notebook. I was running out of pages when my wonderful husband presented me with a laptop for my birthday. It didn't take long for me to realize I far preferred writing love stories to cranking out term papers!

Both Ride a Dark Horse and Chance Meeting, my second novel, are set in a world I've always loved…the world of horses and professional show jumping. Growing up in Massachusetts, I competed in horse shows and later spent summers working at stables. Though I've had to take a break from riding (due to lack of time to devote to a horse) writing about the amazing bond between horses and the humans who work with them, care for them and love them is immensely satisfying.

From horses to seahorses. One of my favorite heroes as a child was Jacques Cousteau. For years I dreamed of being the female version of this incredible scientist/naturalist/explorer. I took up scuba diving and when I wasn't riding horses I was swimming and eventually became an avid open water swimmer. One of my proudest accomplishments was competing in the Chesapeake Bay Swim, a four-mile swim that follows the span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. (See photo below)

Although I never fulfilled my fantasy of becoming a female Jacques Cousteau, I decided to write a romance in which I could pay my respects to the wonders of the ocean. My heroine in Night Swimming is Dr. Lily Banyon, a scientist committed to preserving the beauty of the oceans' reefs. After years of marine exploration, Lily finds herself assigned to a reef study in Coral Beach, Florida, her old hometown. There she is forced to confront her childhood nemesis, Sean McDermott, who just happens to be the town's mayor.

In Your Eyes tells the story of Alex Miller. Readers may remember him from Ride a Dark Horse. I found myself trying to imagine what kind of woman would be able to melt the icy layer protecting Alex’s heart. It took me a while, but I finally found someone special enough for him. I hope you'll like Gen Monaghan as much as I do. A gifted artist, she’s a woman who's happy to walk a different path. Jaded Alex Miller finds her irresistible. Now he just has to convince Gen that he's the man for her.

As the only girl in my family I’ve always been interested in sisters--how they fight, compete, and support each other. That was the kernel of the idea for the Rosewood Trilogy. The series is about three sisters, Jordan, Margot, and Jade Radcliffe, and how they come together to save the horse breeding farm and magnificent Virginia estate that’s been in their family for generations.

Margot’s story is the first book. It’s entitled Remember Me. Margot is the middle sister, and when we meet her she’s an unhappy and impetuous teen, flooded with hormones and the craziness of her first serious crush. Unfortunately, the person she’s fallen for isn’t just some callow youth but her father’s horse trainer: Travis Maher.  At a family party, Margot suffers in short order devastating rejections from the two most important men in her life: Travis and her father. Hurt and convinced there’s no place for her at Rosewood, she runs away.

Eight years later Margot, a successful model, returns to Rosewood, a place she never expected to see again. Once there, she discovers that in order to save her family’s horse breeding farm she’ll need the help of Travis Maher, the one man she’s never been able to forget.

Believe in Me, is Jordan Radcliffe’s story. The book begins with Jordan struggling to save her marriage after discovering that her husband, Richard, was unfaithful while she was pregnant with their third child.  Determined to be productive, while effectively hiding the heartache she still suffers, Jordan revitalizes the career as an interior designer that she’d set aside. At the house of her first potential client, she meets Owen Gage, an architect and designer, who specializes in restoring historical homes.

When Owen, who himself is wary of any romantic involvement, offers her an interior decorating job that she badly wants, she accepts the commission even though it will entail working alongside him every day. Very soon Jordan is forced to recognize that Owen may be the one man who can heal her broken heart—if she has the courage to open it to love again.

In Trouble Me, Jade Radcliffe is now a young woman who’s pretty much gotten her act together. A recent college grad, she’s determined to shake the wild reputation she earned as a teen and take her place alongside her sisters training horses at Rosewood Farm and teaching at the local elementary school. Jade plans to be a model citizen, a real paragon.

The only hitch in her plan is that on her way home a terrible lightning storm forces her to spend the night in a hotel near Norfolk, Virginia. And when she meets a handsome stranger in a bar she learns that the summer lightning storm raging outside is nothing compared to the electricity that sizzles when they touch. Though Jade thinks she’s just indulging in a final one night stand before assuming an ultra respectable persona, it turns out that her handsome stranger is not such a stranger after all...

Come west with me and enjoy my new Silver Creek series! There’ll be handsome cowboys, strong, passionate women, fast Quarter horses, ornery cattle and even some sheep and goats!

Owned by the Knowles family, Silver Creek is a working guest ranch, located on three thousand acres in Northern California. Once Tempted, Book One in the series, tells the story of Ward Knowles, the eldest son.

At age thirty, Ward is handsome, accomplished, and ambitious, a man as comfortable in a business meeting as he is in the saddle working one of the cutting horses, herding cattle, or leading the ranch’s guests on a trail ride. But there’s one thing from which Ward shies away: love. Betrayed by his ex-fiancée, Ward has yet to meet a woman who can heal the wounds to his heart. Until the day Tess Casari drives up to his family’s ranch.

To escape the painful memories of a failed marriage, Tess Casari leaves her life in New York City and the world she knows and sets out for California. A city girl, Tess would prefer to make a new life for herself in a place like L.A. or San Francisco, but Fate decrees otherwise, and Tess finds herself working at Silver Creek Ranch. The ranch is a sprawling operation and is home to more four-legged animals than she’s ever seen. But it’s a certain two-legged creature, a proud cowboy named Ward Knowles--who just happens to be her new employer--that is the most worrisome thing about her new life...worrisome in the most delicious and distracting way. Once Tempted is available now.

Once Tasted, Book Two in the series, is the story of Reid Knowles, Ward’s younger brother. Everybody loves Reid. He’s a handsome, blue-eyed cowboy who can charm just about any woman. Any woman but Mia Bodell.

Mia and her uncle Thomas own the vineyard next to Silver Creek Ranch. Mia’s youthful infatuation for Reid was killed years ago. For his part, Reid would just as soon steer clear of Mia. Unfortunately, he’s made a promise to Mia’s uncle to help Mia manage the winery...all too soon the sparks begin to fly between Mia and Reid. Once Tasted is due out on May 27, 2014 and is available for pre-order!

Right now, I’m working on Once Touched, Book Three of the Silver Creek series, and Quinn Knowles’s story. Were Quinn to be handed a frog with the promise that her kiss could transform the amphibian into a prince, she’d open her fingers and let it hop away unbussed to the nearest lily pad. She’d much rather the frog remain a frog. What would she possibly want with a human male--prince or commoner--hanging around? It’s going to take a pretty amazing man to make Quinn rethink her position. Once Touched will be coming in 2015.

Happy Reading!

                                                                Laura

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Signing Books at Books on the Square 11-20-15 Laura Moore at Books on the Square, signing copies of her newest release, Once Touched.
Laura Moore with Betsey Detwiler, owner of Buttonwood Books. Laura Moore with Betsey Detweilier, owner of Buttonwood Books
Laura Moore at Buttonwood Books A rapt audience listens to Laura speak at Buttonwood Books.
Laura's book display at Buttonwood Books. Laura Moore's book display at Buttonwood Books
Hardy The newest member of our family

"Hardy"
Laura at the RWA 2003 Literacy signing in New York.  She was signing copies of her most recent release, Night Swimming. RWA NY 2003
All For Love 2002 Laura (left) signs a book for Jennifer Stevenson at the Chicago area 2003 All For Love event, which raised over $2100 for the American Heart Association.
Laura displays the cover art for her newest release, Night Swimming, at the Chicago-North conference in April 2002.  For more information on Night Swimming, click here! CN Conference 2002
RWA Denver 2002 Laura Moore at the RWA National Conference Literacy signing in Denver--July 2002.  All proceeds raised from the sale went to literacy.
Laura (right) accepts a rose from Chicago-North president Deb Rittle, signifying the sale of Night Swimming to Ivy Books in 2002.  Look for Night Swimming on the shelves soon! Chicago-North Holiday Party 2004
Laura finishing the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim

Laura finishing the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim.

(Photo reprinted with permission from Action Sports International)

Laura's canine companions waiting for her to finish the day's writing.

 

"Marlowe"

crossed the bridge September 9, 2007

Laura's dog
Laura's Dog

"Spencer"
crossed the bridge May 2010

   

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