As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.
Sterling Towne decided to take a last minute vacation to a sunny paradise to cheer herself up after a divorce. When the airline misplaces her luggage, she thinks it's just a typical airline snafu until she gets her luggage back only to find out it’s not hers. Rather the suitcase belongs to someone who thought it a good idea to transport a gold Buddha statue via commercial airlines.
Presley is excited to provide dresses for a charity Halloween ball, client Veronica Knapp is hosting. It’ll be great exposure for Silk. But when Veronica’s very expensive brooch is stolen from the safe at Silk, it brings on the kind of exposure Presley doesn’t want.
The brooch is found a couple days later along with Veronica’s dead body but now her husband is missing.
Taking the wonderful opportunity to buy the now failing retail boutique where she used to work, Presley thinks she’s finally about to embark on her new career—Silk might be her chance to make her mark on the world.
In this 5 book cozy mystery box set, Follow Presley Thurman as she solves crimes and makes her way in the world.
Included in this set are:
Tiaras & Texans
Cupids & Crooks
Vows & Victims
Romance & Revenge
Accessories & Alibis
The bookkeeper at Jared’s company has been murdered and if that wasn’t bad enough someone is trying to sabotage the company by leaking company documents to other firms who are then upstaging their presentations. Jared asks for her help to find out who is trying to take Sleeping Bear Designs down and Presley is always willing to help a friend.
The third installment in a collection of stories by individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. These stories give us a glimpse of their life and how they find the strength to live life to the fullest in the face of adversity.
Trixie, Berklie, and Sophie are enjoying the success of their bookstore/coffee shop/wine bar, Read-Wine, and planning for Sophie’s upcoming wedding when they start receiving hang up calls. At first they chalk it up to a wrong number but soon the caller reveals himself. It’s Stephen making good on his threat. He wants his money back. The fact that the police confiscated it doesn’t matter to him.
Presley is thrilled when Cooper surprises her with a trip to an all-inclusive resort in Cabo San Lucas. Presley’s agenda of no work and all play is ruined when renowned Mexican soap opera star Lucia Vegas turns up dead in the hotel pool—and it’s not an accident. Presley can’t help but wonder what’s happened.
When Presley wins a bet with Cooper, she thinks she finally is going to get her chance to work with him. She knows she’s got the potential to be a good security detail for his company and is miffed when her first assignment is to protect a bunch of self-absorbed beauty queens at a Texas pageant.
Looking forward to a trip to California to get away from the Chicago winter, Presley plans on doing nothing more than enjoying the sunshine and hanging out at the local coffee shop working on her novel.
Things are going according to plan until she witnesses a robbery and feels compelled to investigate. After all, she was a witness.
An inspiring collection of stories by people who have Multiple Sclerosis. These wonderful people give us a glimpse of their life with MS, their courage, and their determination to live the life they want regardless of the obstacles in their way.
Trixie and her friends, Berklie and Sophie, are excited about the opening of Read/Wine their new business venture of a bookstore/wine bar. All is going well until they happen to find a dead body in the shop and that wasn’t part of the business plan. All signs pointed to Berklie since it was her ex-husbands lover who was murdered. Trixie knew Berklie hadn’t murdered Sylvia so who did?
In this short story prequel, Trixie and her friends Berklie and Sophie, considered themselves typical thirty something females until someone turned up murdered in their newly opened bookstore/wine bar. They thought they would be living out their dream in their new shop not trying to catch a killer. Who killed Sylvia and why? Or was one of them the intended target?
Bestselling, mystery with a little romance (nothing too steamy her mom might read this), author Laina Turner has just released a Boxed Set, featuring her first three full length Presley Thurman Mysteries plus a holiday short story. What a great way to experience all that fashionista-dectective Presley Thurman has to offer in one easy download.
In this new Presley Thurman Mystery novella, Presley is celebrating her first Christmas with Cooper and her family. However, what starts out as a quiet family Christmas takes a turn when Presley’s old boyfriend Brian shows up needing her help.
Presley is super excited to be heading to Sin City for her best friend Anna’s wedding and to see her little brother, Jesse! What could be better?
But when Jesse’s girlfriend goes missing, spa treatments and blackjack went out the window—Presley is determined to help her little brother find the love of his life!
When Presley starts her new job, she finally thinks her life is getting back to normal. When she found her boss dead in a fitting room, it almost makes her wish for her old HR job where her biggest worry was her idiot boss.
The MS Project is a collection of stories written by people whose lives are impacted in some way by Multiple Sclerosis. This book shares information about people’s experiences and is truly inspiring and motivating. It showcases the amazing strength people find when facing adversity.
When thirty-something redhead Presley Thurman is fired from her job for telling her boss where to shove it, she feels unexpectedly happy. She decides to take a trip home to visit her parents and regroup, but when a senator visiting her small town is murdered, her visit turns out to be anything but relaxing.
Even though Presley thinks Katy is making a huge mistake, Presley goes home to help her best friend plan for her wedding to Chris. Wedding plans are dampened when realtor Bethany Granville is found dead in Katy’s salon. Katy doesn’t even know Bethany, and the ever-curious Presley wants to solve the murder.