And her book is just what I love to read - mystery, history, and intrigue in a truly spectacular setting. Here's the official book blurb:
In a land of masquerades and mystery, Evie is a mask maker in Venesia, where masks represent rank and identity. When a cryptic bandit strips away Evie's mask and destroys her home, she goes into hiding at the palace to find both a new identity--and revenge.
Here's what people are saying about WHAT IS HIDDEN:
"Crisp dialogue and quick pacing propel the story, a riff on Cinderella, to an action-filled ending. Filled with gossiping servants, palace intrigue, and masquerading royal personages, this novel will appeal to romance and fantasy fans" --Publisher's Weekly
"Charming twist on a classic fairytale... an enchanting story of friendship, romance and loyalty." --Deseret News
In keeping with my theme this year, I asked Lauren to share with us a random act of kindness she had either given or received. Here's her response:
I thought for a long time about what kindness I wanted to write about, and my mind kept drifting back to one small instance from my freshman year of college.
My dorm was close to The Creamery, a tiny grocery store-slash-diner, and I had over estimated how much I could carry in one trip. I hadn't really shopped for my own groceries before, and I definitely hadn't done it without a car. So I ended up with like fifty pounds of grocery bags, slowly walking the block back to my dorm.
A jogger passed me, (because there are always joggers everywhere in Provo) and then came back to ask if I needed any help. I told her I didn't, becauseI could literally see my front door, but she insisted, took half the bags from me, and helped me carry them in.
It was a super tiny thing, but I think it really helped set the tone for my college experience. Campus wasn't so scary if random joggers will help carry your groceries fifty feet."
I love this story because it illustrates that you don't have to do something big to make an impact on a person's life. Each little act of kindness counts in a huge way. Thanks, Lauren!