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Lauren Shiro's Books

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The Loving Her Series


Loving Her is a series of stories celebrating love and life!  This is a collection of intertwined novellas; each story tells a story, and together, they create a depth and understanding of the women as individuals and their impacts on each other's lives. 


The Ballerina. A southern, redheaded, pickup driving lesbian ballerina? You bet! Meet Liz: a southern belle with flair. Vivacious, eclectic and graceful, she is unique to say the least. The first in the series of Loving Her stories, Liz's story is the kind that stays with you long after you've closed the book.

The Cop. Donna White is one tough cop. Behind the badge, though, is a very sweet, sad, sensitive soul. Truly a woman alone, Donna is simply trying to navigate her way through life. Who is Donna? She is dedicated, determined, distinctive and deep. Donna's rich and touching story is second in the Loving Her series.

The Mechanic. Linda. Her name means beautiful. Linda's life, though, is anything but beautiful. Independent, head strong and perhaps even a bit vendictive, Linda is both tough and vulnerable. Linda survives the unthinkable from both family and strangers alike. Linda is not one to be kept down. As long as she stays true to herself, she knows that her life will one day, indeed, be beautiful. Linda's incredibly powerful story is the third book in the Loving Her series.

The Model. She's exotic. She's beautiful. She's talented. She's unique. She's Stephania. A young successful model who started from nothing, she has experienced all the ups and downs of life. Never one to be kept down, she persists through life's trials and reaches for the fairytale ending she has always hoped for.

Loving Her Volume 1 . Stories 1-4. The Ballerina, The Cop, The Mechanic and The Model. Read the first 4 stories all in one! Available in print and e-book formats! Ranked 2nd in the P & E Poll for Romantic Short Stories published in 2013!

The Peace Officer. Brynn Racanelli is a daughter, a sister, a friend, a partner, a police officer, and so much more. Devoted to serving others through her police work, and to helping her sister who battles chronic Lyme Disease, she is the the poster child of selflessness. But she does have wants, needs, hopes, and dreams. After the sad ending of a long term relationship, she wonders if she will ever be able to get what she wants. Will fate finally bring her the life and love she's always dreamed of?

The Shelter Director. Shy, quiet, humble – Jen is the kind of person that would give you the shirt off her back and then ask you what else you need. She may not be a movie star, but she'll treat you like one. She works diligently to help save cats. She sacrifices her life and stability to accommodate her partner. She gives until it hurts, and her reward is a devastating diagnosis. What will her life become?

The Writer. Everyone has that one friend; the mother of the group. Maria is that one friend; nurturing, wise, and with a spicy streak, Maria is the matriarch of the clan. The Writer tells the story of Maria through grief, and joy, love and fear, and an emotionally challenging family relationship that threatens to interfere with the love she'd given up ever finding again... with Stephania. Cerebral, emotional, and even sometimes comical, Maria's story is the seventh in the Loving Her series.


The Vet Student. One night changed everything for Katie. From that moment on, her life was propelled forward like a rocket. Determined to escape the small town and her religious, stifling parents, Katie works hard to get into veterinary school... in Philadelphia.
Katie refused to let anything – or anyone – destroy her dream. Not even her own parents. Even in the face of danger, Katie held true to herself and her beliefs. She suffered many losses along the way, but she gained so much more. Tumultuous and tender, Katie's story closes the Loving Her series... for now.


Loving Her Volume 2. Stories 4-8. The Peace Officer, The Shelter, Director, The Writer, and The Vet Student. Read the last 4 stories all in one! Available in print and e-book formats!


Full-length Novels

Pianissimo. Darryl and Corinne Richards purchase their first house. With Darryl's army career coming to a close, they feel ready to settle down in Louisville, Kentucky. With impeccable timing, Darryl is sent on one final tour, leaving Corinne to live in this new house and new city alone.

Overwhelmed, Corinne becomes reclusive, living a quiet, boring life with her cats as she adjusts to her new surroundings. The problem is: someone or some thing does not want her to life to be either quiet or boring. And then there's the creepy piano in the basement…

There is more to that creepy, dilapidated piano and her new home than Corinne could ever imagine. Through highs and lows, twists and turns, she begins to understand that even the most softly played music is powerful – and that even soft realizations and quietly subtle changes can have a profound effect. A 2014 P & E Poll nominee and Top Ten winner (6th place), and Lamnda Literary "Lammy" Award nominee!



Unbreakable Hostage is a suspense/thriller novel.  Lareina Oliveira is a Ph. D. student in algebra with a seemingly ordinary life.  She has a wonderfully close relationship with her family and her roommate, Sandy.  Everything seems fairly normal, until she is kidnapped by one of her classmates .  Lareina sends them messages using her wits and knowledge of algebra to help them to find her.  Sandy, Lareina's professor, and a lonely but dedicated Missing Persons policeman named Marcus Raymer all work night and day to try to save Lareina.  She is held hostage and tortured for days on end.  Will they be able to get to her in time? 


Imperfect is the story of Carol Mathers .  Carol was born a sickly child, and received a blood transfusion in the early 1980's.  Now in her mid-thirties, she's a highly sought IT guru.  She discovers that she has acquired AIDS as a result of her childhood transfusion.  Now, she faces obstacles, prejudice, and a new life as an AIDS patient.  Carol learns just how much her tumultuous past has affected her, and how she can never really escape it, even as she tries to move on with her life

Impeccable, the sequel to Imperfect. Carol – abandoned - waiting... for what, she couldn't know... She couldn't see that there was more life waiting for her.

Carol is forced to face the demons of her past as well as begin to face life without Alex. Struggling to make sense of it all, Carol experiences her new life and all of the highs and lows that come with that life. Will Carol finally make peace with both her past and present?



Short Stories and Anthologies

Trajectory. Joe Davis has spent the last four years of his life behind a scope as a sniper for the Detroit PD's SWAT Team. A fateful call sends Joe and his team deep into the Detroit Ghetto; and reminds him that there is more to life than what's on the other end of his gun.


Amnesie. What happens to love when life changes? Two women in love, one debilitating change...
Life no longer resembles itself for Maryanne. Her partner of eight years is keeping secrets and acting mysteriously. She has lost her car, her job - her identity. Even her own home seems unfamiliar. Is it time to move on? Lies, secrets, deceits, what point do you walk away? Things aren't always what they seem, right? Is your perception only a fraction of the entire picture? Discover the truth in Amnesie.


Lauren's touching and true story, The Summer of Butterflies, is among the many wonderful pieces found in the Nature's Gifts Anthology. Anne K. Albert, Charmaine Gordon, Chelle Cordero, Malcolm R. Campbell, Marilyn Celeste Morris, Melinda Clayton, Robert Hays, S.R. Claridge, Smoky Trudeau Zeidel, Victoria Howard, and Vila SpiderHawk also share short stories, recipes, puzzles, crafts, poetry and more in this free anthology celebrating nature.


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