Loretta Tollefson


Loretta Miles Tollefson has been publishing fiction and poetry since 1975. She grew up in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and moved to Seattle in her early twenties, where she saw first hand the impact of the recession of the early 1980's. This experience resulted in her novel Crown of Laurel. Loretta holds a B.S. in Bible Education from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. A prize-winning poet, Loretta holds M.A.'s from the University of New Mexico in Communication and in English Literature. You can find more information about Loretta's work, and her blog, at www.lorettatollefson.com.

Loretta also publishes short fiction every week at BQEStories.Wordpress.com along with her husband, author Lowell Tollefson.

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The Ticket
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,100. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
So you think winning the lottery would solve all your problems? So do Ruth and Joe. Until they actually win the jackpot and come face to face with themselves and their friends and family in ways they hadn’t expected. Set in the beauty of central New Mexico, this story gives you a taste of what it would be like to win the lottery—and the complications that can result.
But Still My Child
Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
But Still My Child is a set of poems from the heart of one grieving woman to another. Powerful and delicate, this poetry speaks the pain of miscarriage without pulling any punches. They do not provide easy answers. Instead, they acknowledge the pain while seeking to provide the comfort and companionship that only someone who has also experienced the loss of an unborn child can share.
Crown of Laurel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,890. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A gripping novel with unforgettable characters and dilemmas with no easy answers. Crown of Laurel reflects the streets, back alleys, and moody skies of Seattle during the recession of the early 1980’s, and brims with sharply drawn characters whose experiences are relevant today, as we all struggle to adjust our dreams to limited options.
And Then Moses Was There
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,320. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
This is poetry that will change the way you think about the people in the Old Testament. And Then Moses Was There celebrates events in the Old Testament by exploring them through the eyes of people who were there. Read these poems and experience a fresh approach to and appreciation of the Old Testament stories.
Mary At The Cross: Voices from the New Testament
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Mary At The Cross celebrates events in the New Testament by exploring them through the eyes of people who were there. In these thirty quietly professional yet accessible poems, Loretta Miles Tollefson combines her prize-winning poetic skills and knowledge of the Bible to look in a new way at the ancient stories and the people who lived them.

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Smashwords book reviews by Loretta Tollefson

  • Snail & Boy on April 28, 2014

    Snail & Boy is a thought provoking, beautifully written fable.
  • Tales for the Free Mind and Open Heart on April 28, 2014

    I really enjoyed the first two of the stories in this book. The language in the third was too formal for me, and I gave up (maybe it was just too late at night). The book make me curious about other work by this author.
  • Dinosaur on April 28, 2014

    I had a lot of trouble understanding what was going on in this book. I think there's a problem with the English language translation, as some of the words seemed to have not fit the context of the story. I would love to see it with a better translation.
  • Carsickness and the Virtual Reality Universe on April 28, 2014

    This isn't a short story, it's a preview. It should have been labeled as such. What I saw looked competently written and was pulling me in. I didn't appreciate it when I realized it wasn't a full story.
  • The Runway on April 28, 2014

    If you like Hemingway, you will probably like this book. The style is very reminiscent of Hemingway's use of language.
  • Spirit Guide on April 28, 2014

    I didn't agree with all of Raym Richard's statements in this book, but still found it an enjoyable and enlightening experience. It includes some interesting visualization techniques and I've incorporated a couple of them into my practice.
  • A Lesson for Us All on April 28, 2014

    This is an enjoyable book in an old genre. A great read. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Zach Neal's work.
  • Miz Scarlet and the Holiday Houseguests (A Scarlet Wilson Mystery #3) on April 28, 2014

    The Miz Scarlet books are so fun! I've read a couple now. They're really enjoyable. A great light read.
  • Miz Scarlet and the Vanishing Visitor (A Scarlet Wilson Mystery) on April 28, 2014

    I got a little confused--but then mysteries can do that to me. I guess that's the whole idea! This is an enjoyable read. Perfect for a rainy day.
  • Corvino on April 28, 2014

    This book demonstrates the value of free books on Smashwords. It's not a genre or a topic that I would normally read. Because it was free, I downloaded it and enjoyed it. It was well written, interesting and enlightening. Now I want to know if this author has written other books.
  • Remembering Rose on April 28, 2014

    "Remembering Rose" is a great little story with an interesting twist that leaves you thinking. I enjoyed it.
  • Crystal, Fire and Water on April 28, 2014

    Some of these short stories are absolutely wonderful! This is a great little collection.
  • Fundamental Problems on May 07, 2014

    This is a great set of well written short stories that give the reader some food for thought.
  • Back To Bliss: A Journey To Zero on May 07, 2014

    I had a lot of trouble understanding this book because the author is apparently not completely comfortable with the English language. I am interested in the topic, but couldn't get past the awkwardness of the language. I would really like to see this book again, after it has been 'cleaned up' by an English language editor.
  • 2012 The Secret Teachings of the Next Door Neighbour on May 07, 2014

    I had a little trouble getting into this book, but once I was past the first couple chapters, I was hooked. A fun read with some interesting ideas!
  • Stopping the World: A Shamanic Perspective on Margaret Atwood's Surfacing on May 07, 2014

    I was entranced with the way this author brought together Margaret Atwood's "Surfacing" and shamanism. This book helped me to understand shamanism a little more and prompted me to add Surfacing to my reading list.
  • Reaching For The Heavens (Short Stories) on May 07, 2014

    There's a kind of sardonic humor about these short stories that takes a little getting used to, but they're entertaining and well written.
  • Life Will Have its Way on May 07, 2014

    This is a well written, fascinating story with a great premise, a lot of suspense, and a great ending. I really enjoyed it.
  • Every Story is a Love Story on June 05, 2014

    This is a great story about two idealistic young people trying to find themselves during the 60's. I especially liked it because they manage to keep their heads amongst the nonsense that was going on. Well written, good characterizations and positive outcome. This book deserves to be read.