Thank you!

Thank you for all the support you've given the Climbing Rose Young Adult line of The Wild Rose Press. Our stories are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active. We thank you again for the time you spent with us and invite you to visit our Climbing Rose bookstore.

Laurie Larsen's Essay Extravaganza Contest

If you could write an essay on any topic of your choosing, what would it be about? If you could have a guaranteed internet audience to share your essay with, would you do it?

Here's your chance! I'm sponsoring an Essay Writing contest. Get your creativity flowing, grab your pen or your keyboard, and start writing! It can be on any topic and it's your chance to get your work published on my website where it can be read by thousands of people around the world!

Not only that, but the three winners I choose, in addition to getting their work published on my site for the world to see, will also receive my gift of a free book from my backlist -- your choice of one of my five books -- just let me know which one!
How can you pass up a chance like this???

The Few Simple Rules:
1. The contest deadline is Thursday, September 30, 2010.
2. Submit your original essay via a MS Word attachment in an email to: with Essay Extravaganza Contest in the Subject line.
3. Make sure you are NOT passing me a computer virus embedded in your email or your document. If you do, you can be assured I will delete it immediately.
4. Word count limit is 1500 words.
5. I will read each and every submission. After the deadline I will determine the three winners of the contest based on my favorite essays. What will make them my favorite? Readability, professionalism, quality of the writing, how much the topic grabs me, etc.
6. If you need idea starters of what I'm looking for, feel free to peruse my website's Essays page for examples of blogs and essays I've written myself.

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your work!


Banned Book Week 2010

Coming to a library near you...

Since I work in a library for my day job, I’m a big supporter of Banned Book Week.

Held by the American Library Association every year in the last week of September, Banned Book Week "celebrates the freedom to read."

This year, banned book will take place:

September 25−October 2, 2010

  • So, get ready now! Go the library or bookstore and find one of the following stories this week. Read a challenged book and celebrate the fact that these authors broke the rules of their time so they could enrich and entertain us.

    Here's a list of my favorites if you don't know where to start:

    • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
    • Bridge to Terabithia
    • The Giver
    • Go Ask Alice
    • Harry Potter (series)
    • How to Eat Fried Worms
    • James and the Giant Peach
    • Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Of Mice and Men
    • The Outsiders
    • Summer of My German Soldier
    • To Kill a Mockingbird

    Or go HERE to find more challenged titles.