Laurel Fork Press

Publisher info

We’re a publishing company located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwestern Virginia.

Here at Laurel Fork Press, we believe that the best fiction is that which touches the heart. Whatever the genre–mainstream, mystery, romance or speculative fiction–we’re looking for stories that move and delight the reader, stories that linger long after the closing words have been read.

Right now we're offering a delightful new mystery by award-winning author Susan J. Kroupa as well as her three heart-warming Christmas stories that we published last year.

As we move into the next year, we plan to publish a variety of short fiction and a historical novel, each different but each connected by a thread of compassion and humanity that moves from the words on the screen to the reader’s heart.

Where to find Laurel Fork Press online


Publisher of



Dog-Nabbed
By
Series: Doodlebugged Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,800. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Doodle, that amiable but independent canine detective, returns with a new adventure. A trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains quickly turns dangerous when Molly tries to help a friend and runs smack into an unscrupulous man with a big secret. And Doodle discovers that while it’s no fun being lost in the woods, it can be even worse to be found—by the wrong person. For dog and mystery lovers of all ages
Out-Sniffed
By
Series: Doodlebugged Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,180. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In his second adventure, Doodle’s nose gets put to the test when Molly starts training him to find something very different from bed bugs to clear her best friend’s brother from drug charges. But when Doodle fails a practice with the boss for an important certification, it takes all of Molly’s ingenuity and Doodle’s keen intelligence to sniff out the real villains and set things right again.
Scapegoat
By
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,590. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Visionary & Metaphysical
A boy. A quest. A terrible sacrifice. . . Tiyo, the last of the rainmaker clan in his village, undertakes a dangerous journey across a barren desert to beg the great water serpent for rain. But will the cost be more than he can bear? Originally published in Realms of Fantasy, Scapegoat tells a powerful coming of age story in a setting rich with insight into Hopi Indian culture and mythology.
Hands of the Master
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Celia undergoes a cutting-edge duel hand transplant in order to win a prestigious piano competition. Obsessed with playing like the great master, Jiri Mrazek, she discovers parallels between her life and his. But surgeries carry risks, and dreams nurture the seeds of obsession. Mrazek died at a tragically young age. Celia must discover just where the parallels between her life and Mrazek’s end.
Harden Times
By
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a Utah city left desolate after deadly plague, two survivors struggle to keep going. Rachel, grieving her lost family, finds new hope when a bay mare inexplicably shows up in her yard. But ten-year old Johnny Calico sees the horse as a means to return to his Navajo relatives in Northern Arizona. Even as the horse gives Rachel purpose for the first time since the Death, Johnny plots to steal it.
Tricky Coyote
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Nobody wants a coyote for an animal guide, least of all Jimmy Shupla. But at every turn in his life—most of them bad—Jimmy sees a coyote lurking nearby. When his mother makes him move from his grandparents’ home on the Hopi reservation to go live in Apache Junction, Jimmy discovers he has more in common with coyotes than he could ever imagine. But will the discovery save or destroy him?
Kem Song
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Some questions stretch across millennia. When off-planet developers offer Ana a fortune for her kemfarm, she must decide whether to trade a life luxury for her family for the kem she has fed, sheltered, sheared, and nurtured all her life. Can her good fortune be worth the misery the kem will face? As the deadline for a decision nears, Ana finds the answer from a surprising source.
The Niman Project
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,300. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After the death of his wife and daughter, Honani works for years to establish a colony of people on a new planet where all can live in the peaceful Hopi Way. But in the ancient myths,every time the people try to leave evil behind, a witch brings it into the new world. This time is no different, except the witch, a teenage girl, forces Honani into hard choices, with the fate of the world at stake.
Counting Calories
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Some hungers can never be filled. Now that Jenny knows this—knows it in the worst possible way—she worries about getting enough of a settlement out of Robert to survive. She harbors no illusions about starting over again, not with food prices skyrocketing, not with her looking the way she does now, but sometimes, just when you think you know the menu, life serves up surprises.
The Marriage Game
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2012 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When a beleaguered couple has a fight in a candy store in a little town along the Oregon Coast, the husband and wife have no idea that their responses and actions are being influenced by two “old lady ghosts” competing for points. Marriage has its own treacherous turns and surprises, but sometimes, with a little unseen help, a couple can find their way to safety.
Bed-Bugged
By
Series: Doodlebugged Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 40,460. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
Ask Doodle why he flunked out of service-dog school and he’ll tell you: smart and obedient don’t always go hand in hand. Now he has a new job sniffing out bed bugs for his new boss, Josh Hunter. But when the boss’s ten-year old daughter, Molly, needs Doodle’s help to solve a mystery, Doodle’s nose and Molly’s camera lead them straight to danger.
Gabriel & Mr. Death
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
(5.00)
Gabriel is a coon hound with an unusual gift: he can see Mr. Death. He doesn’t think too hard on it until one Christmas Eve when Mr. Death comes for the person Gabriel loves most. He can’t let that happen, no sir, no way. A touching story about a dog’s love and loyalty and the healing power of family.
Courtesy Call
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.50)
Peter doesn’t mind his job as a telemarketer for LockTite Security Systems, not since Ann left. At least it fills his days. And he’s good at it. Find the need and fill it—that’s his secret to success. He works hard to keep his world and his heart as safe as a LockTite system. But when he starts getting sales calls from a mysterious woman offering him a “one-time gift of the Christmas sp
Walter's Christmas-Night Musik
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2010 by Laurel Fork Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.70)
A little magic, a little Mozart, a big miracle on Christmas Eve. . . Nothing has gone right for Walter Gunther since his wife died. He had to sell his music store to pay her medical bills and take a job in a big box music store. But when Walter is forced to work late on Christmas Eve, he receives a musical gift beyond his wildest imagining.


Laurel Fork Press’s tag cloud

adoption    ancient myths    animal guide    animal shelter    animal shelters    arizona    art theft    austria    azrael    bach    bed bugs    bedbug dogs    black tan    body image    bullies    calories    carols    cds    chocolate    chopin    christmas    christmas eve    classical music    colony    competition    coon hound    coyote    cozy    developers    dogs    drought    drug tests    evil    family    farming    feast    food storage    ghosts    goats    grief    hand transplant    handel    headsets    hopi    horse    hunger    husband wife    immigrants    labradoodles    lambs    loss    lost manuscript    love    magic    marriage    mexican food    mexican immigration    mexicanamerican    middlegrade    mind games    mormons    mozart    music    mystery    native american    navajo    obsession    onetime gift    oratorio    oregon coast    overeating    paloloqang    paranormal    pastures    pet thieves    phone    piano    plague    planet    predators    prey    protection    quest    rachmaninoff    rain    rebellion    relationships    roast goose    romance    sacred water    safety    scent detection    school    service dogs    shapechanger    shapeshifter    shearing    sipapuni    sneaker waves    snow    sonata    starvation    surgery    technique    telemarketer    utah    vienna    village    water serpent    weight loss    weight loss medications    widower    witch   

Smashwords book reviews by Laurel Fork Press

  • The Hands of God on Feb. 08, 2011

    Gerald Weinberg, the author of best-selling books dealing with the interface of human behavior and technology, now brings his impressive knowledge not just of technology but of the human heart, to a work of fiction. The Hands of God tells the story of Pamela Ruka, a fourteen year-old girl who has lost both her hands in a tragic accident. Early on, Pamela, recounting the minister’s weekly sermon says, "He said that the only sin was pretending we didn't have a choice. I think he was looking straight at me." That theme echoes throughout the book as Pamela fights to find her own way, often in harrowing situations, in a world where she’s regarded as a freak. Through her story, Weinberg gives us fascinating speculations as to how medical and engineering technology combined with social will might help people like Pamela. A book rich with ideas, information and compassion.