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I’m looking forward to meeting up with you on my new site.  Please copy the URL now, so that we can continue to share fun stories with one another. (http://www.marylaudien.com)- easy to remember if you know my name…





If you’ve been perusing the titles of books on Amazon, you will see the tag, “SUMMERTIME IS BOOK TIME” at the bottom of each of the titles’ ads. Like most people,we carve out more leisure time to read in the shade, poolside, or at a beach during the summer months. It’s also when you sign up your kids/grandkids into a Summer Reading Program at the library. As an author, its the perfect time to promote my Middle Grade Frenchie Series! These novels inspire tweens (ages 9-12) to read for entertainment. Readers relate to Ethan’s antics and scheming to own a bulldog, and realize that they too can write blogs about their passions.

I have a summer gift for you. I’m offering Novel #1 of the Frenchie Series, Frenchies Best Friend: Follow the Blog in a FREE E-BOOK PROMOTION for 5 days. From July 10-14, go to : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0053HQ0AO or http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0053HQ0AO . If you don’t have a kindle, no worries! You can download a free kindle amp onto your iPad or any other eReader devise.

Order FREE eBook -  July 10-14

Order FREE eBook –
July 10-14

Frenchie’s Best Friend is a quirky story of a determined tween-aged boy and some adorable Frenchie puppies. For fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, this heartwarming, contemporary novel is a madcap mash-up of deceit, pet ownership, family, and friendship drama. It’s a double helping of fun and laughs!
Remember: SUMMERTIME IS BOOK TIME! Enjoy a fun family read together!

If you do choose to participate in this FREE e-Book promotion, and would like to recommend it to others, please leave a comment on Amazon and don’t hesitate to send this blog link to other readers: http://www.twocandobooks.wordpress.com

paperback: Amazon or http://www.redtuquebooks.ca

paperback: Amazon or

Free eBooks of Frenchie Series- Bks. 1 & 2


Accept the gift of the first two eBooks of the Frenchie Series.  The books are available at

https://www.smashwords.comuntil Feb. 14, 2014 for free.

FRENCHIE’S BEST FRIEND- FOLLOW THE BLOG: Enter the Coupon Code DC85B before completing checkout.

Free Download (June 11th-June 18th) Happy Father's Day

Free Download (June 11th-June 18th)
Happy Father’s Day

FRENCHIE X2- FOLLOW THE BLOG:Enter the Coupon Code GZ32U before completing checkout.

Frenchie X2 Cover

Who enjoys reading the FRENCHIE SERIES?

·                           tweens (ages 9-12)

·                           librarians

·                          teachers

·                         parents

·                        grandparents

·                        pet lovers

     If you like a family-read that entertains and makes you laugh aloud, then the FRENCHIE SERIES are the   books for you!

Once you have enjoyed Books 1&2, Mary Laudien is hopeful that you will be keen to read her newest release: FRENCHIE DIVA- FOLLOW THE BLOG.

FrontPurchase Book #3 at:

Canada   https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00GXIW57E

US    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GXIW57E

Frenchie Diva is available all over the world through Amazon. 

Happy Reading!


Cyber Shopping Blog Contest


Did anyone notice during the holiday season this year, just how inundated one’s Inbox was with the push for online sales?  Every day one had to slog their way through excess emails to find one’s personal gems that were only to be found after deleting the ads.  If it wasn’t Black Friday, it was Cyber Monday. If it wasn’t the countdown to Christmas, it was pre-Boxing Day Sales and of course, followed up with post Boxing Day Sales.  With three devices, the amount of time deleting unwanted ads became time consuming, to say nothing of the distraction …

The question is:  Did we all simply delete them and continue to shop conventionally in stores? Evidently, not everyone disregarded the stream of email ads. In fact, cyber sales were much higher this year and enticed reluctant physical shoppers to let their fingers do the shopping.

One such person (an experienced Shopping Channel shopper) had a humorous twist to her cyber shopping!  Knowing that I’m the author of the Frenchie series, she thought she’d surprise her French bulldog crazy sister-in-law with an outside doorstep figurine of a Frenchie.  On Christmas Eve, the UPS delivery man finally arrived at her door at the last hour. She had hysterics!  Instead of the large box she expected to quickly wrap and stash under the tree, she was handed a tiny plastic bubble envelope! Ripping open the envelope uncovered a minute plastic figurine of a French bulldog. Her shocked laughter echoed throughout the neighborhood! The unsuspecting UPS delivery guy was totally baffled over what had set her off.  Of course, when she finally caught her breath, she explained. Obviously she misjudged the size of the figurine from her computer screen.    (Perhaps some things are better shopped for in the conventional way.)



As an author with a recently published third book in the Frenchie series, I found myself feeling smaller and smaller and more insignificant by the hour as I deleted all those enticing email ads. When one saw what was being promoted in a constant stream over social media, one had to question how anyone would find my lonely Middle Grade treasure.  A conscious decision was made to NOT promote my novels during the festive season.  Rather, let the holiday season pass and then offer some fabulous contests to get my readers interested in this entertaining and hilarious Middle Grade book.  Many librarians, teachers, parents, grandparents and tweens received eBook readers or iPads, etc. for Christmas and they will be seeking good books that aren’t too costly.  January is the perfect time to introduce Frenchie Diva- Follow the Blog to all those potential eReaders.

The contest is open to anyone in North America.  You can access my kindle version by searching in the http://www.amazon.ca or http://www.amazon.com Kindle eBooks: Frenchie Diva-Follow the Blog by Mary L. Laudien. Read this madcap Middle Grade book and then offer a comment/short review about the novel.  This can be done on the Amazon site where you purchased the eBook or my blog site (https://twocandobooks.wordpress.com).


The contest ends on Jan. 23rd at midnight (PST).  The names left with your comments on my blog site or amazon pages, will be entered in the draw.  Be sure to leave your email address so that the winner can be notified. As soon as I have confirmation of the winner’s mailing address, the prize will be mailed out.

Would you like to have a sneak peak of what the prize is?  (It’s something to remind you of my Frenchie series, every time you pull out your eReader or iPad.) Good Luck!


I love to hear from my readers, so if you have personally had some crazy and amusing cyber shopping experiences you’d like to share, please leave a comment.

Authors in Bloom Blog Hop



Welcome to my Author Blog Site!  I am so pleased to have you participating in the contest and visiting all 63 of our sites between April 10th (6:00 am EST) and April 19th (11:59 pm EST).


You have 10 days to visit each of the author blog sites that will be listed/linked at the end of each of our contest blogs, for your convenience. When you visit each site, you’ll be able to pick up gardening tips (from the talented green thumbs) and/or recipes (from the foodies).  As well, if you leave a comment at each site, you have opportunities to win give-aways and you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize Draw for a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) and a $25. gift card for eBooksPlease don’t forget to leave a contact email in your comments so that the Rafflecopter can choose the Grand Prize winner and  individual authors can contact give-away winners.  We will want to mail your prize/s out to you ASAP.

Of course, after perusing my humorous blogs that serve as samples and tips for writing powerful blogs, you may even wish to subscribe to my blog: https://twocandobooks.wordpress.com. I’d love that!

One thing to note about my give-away prizes, the winter cactus in the photos is NOT included.  It was the only plant that I had in bloom when preparing for the contest, so I put it in the picture.  The prizes include: Garden Goddess Pruning Shears, Gripping Garden Gloves, and my first two books of the Frenchie Series: Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog and Frenchie X2- Follow the Blog. Check out my website for more information about my books and author visits: http://www.twocandobooks.com        Image



You KNOW you want these… make sure you leave a comment with your contact email (and maybe even subscribe to my blog-YES!)  And never hesitate to forward my site to any Middle Grade reader, parent, or grandparent, or simply anyone who is “gaga” over their pets for some fun, humorous reads!

And now, don’t forget to copy these recipes. They are so, so tasty!


Our favorite SPAGHETTI (Chatelaine, Jan., 2012)


250 g                          spaghetti (I use whole wheat)

3 tbsp                         extra-virgin olive oil

454 g. pkg.                 frozen peeled black tiger shrimp, thawed

1                                   garlic clove, minced

2 tbsp                         fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp                         diced preserved lemon peel (I use fresh lemons)

1 tbsp                         brine from preserved lemons

1/2 cup                      chopped basil

1/4 cup                      grated parmesan

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water, following package directions but omitting salt, until al dente, 6-8 min.

Heat a large frying pan over medium-high. Add oil, then shrimp and garlic. Stir-fry until shrimp turns pink, 4-6 min. Remove from heat. Drain pasta and add to shrimp. Stir in lemon juice, preserved peel, brine, basil and parmesan cheese.

Serves 4 / per serving 475 calories

Serving Tip: omit shrimp and serve this pasta as a side dish with roast pork.



(I make these in a roasting pan in the oven on wet, wintery days.)

 Prep: 10 min., plus marinating time

Cooking Time: about 35 min.

Makes 6 (2 drumstick) servings

  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus some for the grill
  • 1 Tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • Salt to taste
  • olive oil for the grill Parsley sprigs and grilled or fresh lemon slices for garnish

Combine the first 9 ingredients in a bowl large enough to hold the chicken. Add the chicken and turn to coat.  Cover, refrigerate, and marinate the chicken for 4 hours, or overnight, turning occasionally.

Preheat your barbecue to medium-high. Remove chicken from marinade and set on a plate. Use paper towel to blot away marinade from any overly wet pieces of chicken. Season the chicken with salt. (I use pepper instead.)

When hot, lightly oil the grill. Grill the chicken 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until the exterior is nicely colored. Move the chicken to one side of the barbecue. Turn the heat off on that side of the barbecue; leave the other side at medium-high. Close the lid and cook, turning the drumsticks from time to time, for about 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

Set cooled chicken on a serving platter or board. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon slices, if desired, and serve.

Remember to visit all the authors at the links below.  You’ll be amazed at the wonderful give-aways, recipes and gardening tips to be found.  And who knows, you may just find your next favorite author, as well.


Visit each author on the list for the Authors in Bloom Hop! And don’t forget to leave a comment and you email contact on each site to qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle and individual author give-aways!

1. Dianne Venetta (INTL)
2. Rose Anderson
3. Margay Leah Justice
4. Catherine Chant
5. Amber Kallyn
6. PJ Sharon
7. Kaira Rouda
8. Darcy Flynn
9. Katharina Gerlach
10. Amy Saunders
11. DarcyholicDiversions/Barbara Tiller Cole
12. Sheila Seabrook
13. Mina Khan
14. Caron Rider
15. Lakisha Spletzer
16. Christie Palmer
17. Karl Fields
18. Beverly Nault
19. Shelley Workinger
20. Samantha March
21. Cat Lavoie
22. Anita Hughes
23. Karen Baney
24. Susan McBride
25. Sarah Pekkanen
26. Courtney Vail – Gotta Have YA
27. Confessions of a Call Center Gal
28. Candy Ann Little
29. Lynette Sofras
30. Boys on the Brink
31. Dee S White (INTL)
32. Patti Callahan Henry
33. Elizabeth Allen
34. Maria Geraci
35. Linda Andrews
36. Louisa Mack (INTL)
37. Mary L. Laudien
38. Jencey Gortney
39. Ninette Swann
40. Edie Ramer
41. Kate Copsey
42. Kate Austin
43. Best-Selling author Jennifer Conner
44. Anna Patterson
45. Bestselling Author Danica Winters
46. Sharon Kleve’s Romantic Ramblings
47. Jennie Bentley
48. Leanne Tyler
49. Stacy Juba’s One Stop Reading
50. Gemma Juliana
51. Kara Ashley Dey
52. Dey for Love
53. Sara Walter Ellwood
54. Jennifer Lowery
55. Summer Kinard
56. Tracy Solheim
57. Alexa Grace
58. Teena Stewart
59. Cynthia Vespia – Author of Thrills and Chills
60. Caroline Doherty de Novoa – Dancing with Statues
61. J.D. Faver
62. Laina Turner – Being Fabulous is a Skill
63. A Cozy Readers Corner



Free Holiday Book Package Contest


The Holiday Season is upon us and I wanted to thank my readers by offering Books 1 and 2 of my Frenchie Series as a Contest Give-Away.  Frenchie’s Best Friend-Follow the Blog is a Middle Grade novel that connects to Christmas in a humorous way.  Families are enjoying the series as  contemporary novels about family relationships,’tweens’, and French Bulldogs (and many other breeds…).  The novels appeal to anyone who has ever owned a pet or is a ‘pet-owner wannabe’.  You will “crack-up” when you meet Ethan’s Grandma Sis.  This 13 year old main character describes this quirky, eccentric woman as “not your typical let’s make cookies kind of Grandma”…  Ethan tends to take after his Grandma Sis’ somewhat devious personality when it comes to scheming puppy ownership without his overwhelmed, single mother’s knowledge.  The novels will make you laugh aloud and yet, will hit a chord with you regarding modern family dynamics and being a “tween”.  If you are at all pet crazy, the novels will have you wanting more.  And lucky for you, the third book in the series is just at the revision stage and will be published in the new year.

How do you enter the BLOG CONTEST?  All you have to do, is leave a comment on my blog (twocandobooks.wordpress.com).  Make sure you include your email so that a winner can be drawn on Dec. 31st at noon.  (This contest is open to anyone in Canada and the USA.)  I look forward to reading your comments.  You may want to peruse my website, as well, for more information about the Frenchie Series and the author (that would be me…).  http://www.twocandobooks.com

As a special thank you to eBook readers (any type- iPad, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, etc.),  I have a X’mas special for Frenchie’s Best Friend-Follow the Blog.  If you purchase it from Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/b/96726 ) and use the COUPON CODE: AS79W, you can download this first book in the series for FREE until Jan. 11, 2013.  Please enjoy this free gift on your new eReaders that perhaps you’ll receive as a X’mas Present, if you don’t yet have one.

Happy Holiday Reading Everyone and I certainly hope that you will enter the blog contest to own paperback copies of : 

Frenchie’s Best Friend-Follow the Blog        &        Frenchie X2- Follow the Blog

Enjoy the fun, chaos, deceptions and humor!

This photo is taken at the Nanoose Library during the Holiday Season. (Check out the pkg. of Frenchie books….that’s the prize!)

Enter to win by leaving a comment and an email address on twocandobooks.wordpress.com

If you like this contest or enjoy visiting my blog or website, please re-tweet or forward my blog to others.


Canadian Thanksgiving Freebie for a Family Read


It’s Thanksgiving weekend and I want to show my appreciation to the readers of my Frenchie series by offering you a free download of my first novel, Frenchie’s Best Friend-Follow the Blog. Just go to  http://www.smashwords.com/b/96726 and enter the Coupon Code LX49S to download a copy in the ebook format of your choice.

This first book in the series will make a humorous read for the entire family.  “Follow the blog of daily misadventures as Ethan’s cohort of allies attempts to deceive his overworked mom by setting a nefarious scheme in motion to own his Frenchie.”  It will make you laugh, it will surprise you and most of all it will resonate with puppy love.  All readers are cautioned, however, to NOT attempt Ethan’s pet grooming techniques!  (They could be HAZARDOUS to your pet’s health!)

Hopefully you’ll have some family time over this holiday weekend to enjoy Frenchie’s Best Friend.  (coupon expires on Oct.12, 2012)

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!