Welcome my guest Lauren Scott #NewRelease

I am pleased to welcome Lauren Scott, (my author buddy) with her new release: ‘More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose.’ I’ve already read this delightful book and enjoyed it. There is something for everybody in the moments that have been shared in this book.

Book Blurb:

From the early woes of childhood and teen years, this collection of stories and poems paints a picture of young dreams and fears. But as adulthood sets in, these dreams and fears change. More than Coffee touches on love and loss, nature and endurance, marriage and parenting. In these memories, humor diffuses fear and taking risks proves to be a powerful method in boosting self-confidence. Through it all, whether in the wilderness near a sparkling lake or in the comfort of home, there’s nothing like a good cup of coffee. A poignant and reflective collection of verse and prose that is best enjoyed sipping your favorite coffee roast.


Red Lipstick

With childlike fascination,
I leaned against the door frame
watching her apply a little
powder to her nose,
a touch of red to her lips.
No more, no less. She was flawless.
Then our eyes locked –
an unspoken connection.
Questions never-ending,
I gently tucked her wisdom
in a safe space where I could
draw from it easily.
I’d love to share tales
of life she’s missing.
Perhaps, again someday.
© Lauren Scott

My Review:

More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose by Lauren Scott is a heart-warming memoir that captures lovely moments of childhood, of parents’ love, of attachments, of campfires and hiking with the love of her life. The blissful moments come alive as Scott revels in the good times, letting nostalgia transport her into a time machine, to watch the reel unfold like “pictures on a camera roll.” She talks about the value of some priceless gifts that are handed down from one generation to another; she takes pride in the stories that such “gems” tell to evoke fond memories of parents. Only the happy times have been shared in this book.

Written in a simple and straight-forward style, Lauren’s poetry is realistic. ‘To My Babies’ tugged at my heart and I am sure all mothers can relate to this charming poem. Fragrant memories of “Earthquake Cake” made me smile. ‘Simple Existence’ is thought-provoking and made me pause to comprehend the depth of words that dance across “desert dunes and boundless oceans.” ‘Forever Steady’ too gives you a reflective message to take a breather, look at the magical wilderness of nature and see how “delightfully birds sing and trees welcome our company.”

I loved this book and finished it within an hour. If you value relationships and family bonding, this book is for you. I gave it five shimmering stars.

Meet the Author/Poet:

Lauren has authored two collections of poetry: New Day, New Dreams(2013) and Finding a Balance (2015). In the last couple of years, she began exploring memories from her past, penning them into short memoirs. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Matthew, and their lovable canine, Copper; they have two adult children. Family has been an aspect of life she has always held dear. From her experiences over three decades: raising a family, grieving through loss, finding joy in the smallest things, and the many backpacking and camping adventures, her writing takes a magical path of its own. 

The marvelous wild world that surrounds her: the smell of the woods, the sound of a babbling brook, and the chorus of birds never disappoint in providing inspiration. Recent backpacking trips with Matthew along the California coast and Sierra Nevada have stirred up thoughts to write about love, lost friendship, family, and the possibility that anything can happen. Hikes along the Paper Mill Creek remind her that life is fragile. From trout hatchlings to swallowtail butterflies, Lauren is marveled at how the world is interconnected and that every living thing matters. She is a poet, short memoir writer, and nature lover who hopes her readers will find a little nugget of delight, comfort, or understanding in her poetry and stories – some detail that resonates with them beyond her words. 

Purchasing Links:

US: Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/22a75vhj

UK: Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/xat7wru

BLOG: https://baydreamerwrites.com/

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Balroop Singh.



73 thoughts on “Welcome my guest Lauren Scott #NewRelease

  1. Looks like a beautiful read Balroop! I love the subjects of this poetry book and the poem you shared today.
    I’ll check Lauren’s blog as well.
    Thank you for the inspiration! 🙏

  2. Balroop, not only am I grateful that you’re participating in the promotion of my new memoir, but I am over the moon about your amazing review! I am just about rendered speechless. 🙂
    Thank you SO much, my friend. Hugs ❤️❤️

    1. I am delighted to hear that you like my review. What I like the most is the thread of positivity that runs through your memoir Lauren. I enjoyed the way you’ve written about yourself. Love and hugs. 💕🥰

      1. I’m still over the moon, Balroop! And I’m glad you pointed out the thread of positivity, in the mix of loss and grief. I wanted the “good” to shine, even though life’s events aren’t always positive. There is the message to allow ourselves to grieve, to cry, to let go, and then…to move on. Anyway, I can’t thank you enough! Love and hugs, dear friend. 💗🤗

    1. Hi Denise, thanks for your kind words! I’m so grateful for Balroop’s lovely words of praise. This poem is about my mom who has passed away. Thank you so much in advance for choosing to read my book. I truly hope you enjoy the memories. And It’s great to meet so many wonderful writers too. 💗

    1. Thanks again, Robbie, for your wonderful support and I’m thrilled you’ll be reading my book. The poem Balroop chose is about my mom who passed away in 2012. Still feels like yesterday. And I am so thankful for Balroop’s amazing review. 💕

    1. Hi Jan, your comment made me smile. I’m so grateful that John and Balroop have helped with my book promotion. They’re both excellent writers. I love Balroop’s review and thank you for your good wishes, too! 💞

  3. Your review of Lauren’s book “ More than coffee” is enticing and beautiful, Balroop.
    Starting with the strong poem ‘ Red Lipstick’. I enjoyed it very much.
    Altogether your u tempt me to buy even more books, Amazon are pleased with me at the moment.

    Lauren, congratulations to you and all the best to you and your creation.


    1. Hi Miriam, I couldn’t agree with you more about Balroop’s review of my book. I’m ecstatic! I appreciate your kind words about Red Lipstick, written about my mom who has passed away. If you get the chance to read my book, I hope you enjoy the walk down my memory lane. Thank you for your wonderful wishes. 💕

    2. Thank you for your lovely compliments Miriam, ‘Red Lipstick’ is a cute little memory, there are many more like that in the book. Happy reading dear friend. 😊

    1. Hi Lisa, Balroop’s review is exquisite and a review I could only hope for. This book is very close to my heart, so thank you for your wishes and for your kind words about the cover. The photo is mine from a backpacking trip with my husband to Spider Lake in the Sierra Mountains. A beautiful setting to enjoy a cup of coffee, each other’s company, nature’s entertainment, and the beginning of a new day in the wilderness. But as the book states, it’s More than Coffee. 🙂 Thanks again and it’s nice to meet you. 💗

  4. A lovely review, Balroop. I liked the description of the book and the excerpt already. The moments are so heartwarming. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations to Lauren.

  5. I couldn’t agree more with your review, Balroop. Lauren wrote a wonderful memoir with engaging stories and poetry about her life. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and Congrats to Lauren. 🙂

    1. I dived into her book the moment I saw it has been published. It exemplifies how one should take life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Diana. Happy writing.

    2. Hi Diana, between Balroop’s review and yours, the ride on Cloud 9 is pure bliss. 🙂 Thank you again for reading my book and for the many wonderful praises. I am filled to the brim with gratitude! Hugs ❤️

  6. Balroop, a beautiful and tender review of Lauren’s latest book! It’s warmth, engaging and reflective nature shines through and you shared an important observation that the book concentrates on happier moments in life.

    Lauren, huge congratulations on this wonderful review and I imagine you’re still floating on air! 😀 You are a superb writer and the snippets shared in the review are testament to this as is the excellent ‘Red Lipstick’. A simple act witnessed as a child which becomes so much more :

    ‘ I gently tucked her wisdom
    in a safe space’

    Enjoy seeing your precious book released to the world … one I want to read!

    Hugs to you both xx❤️

    1. Thank you for sharing your lovely reflections Annika. I too love ‘Red Lipstick’… what a fabulous way to present childhood memories! Lauren is indeed a superb writer. Love and hugs dear friend.

    2. Thank you very much, Annika, for your lovely words and wishes. I am honored to be featured here on Balroop’s wonderful blog. If you get the chance to read my book, I hope you truly enjoy the walk down memory lane. Hugs back to you both! 💗

    1. Hi Jacqui, I agree with you about Balroop’s awesome review. And thank you for your kind words about Red Lipstick and for your wonderful wishes. 💕

    1. Thanks, Jacquie. I’m glad you liked Red Lipstick, one memory of my mom who has passed away. The only makeup she wore was a little powder and red lipstick. She was born in 1921 and lived to be 90. So many memories.
      Anyway, thank you for your kind words and I’m thrilled with Balroop’s wonderful review. 💗

  7. “Five shimmering stars.” What a great way to explain how much you like a book, using our ‘star” system. I read Lauren’s sweet book as well, and reviewed it on Amazon and Goodreads. How we need books of positivity, family, and love these days!

    1. Hi Pam, I was thrilled with Balroop’s awesome review, as well as yours! And I loved Balroop’s “Five shimmering stars.” The support I have received has been amazing. The last two weeks have been magical, and I know you both are familiar with the feeling. 🙂 Big hugs to you both! ❤️❤️

  8. Thank you for sharing Lauren’s latest release More Than Coffee. It sounds like a feel good book taking you down memory lane, fondly remembering the times that uplifted you. It’s always worth remembering the good times – good memories to make you feel good as you reminisce and smile at the person whom you were back then. Sometimes we may feel guilty of being happy, but happy times are equally important as other moments as well. ‘Earthquake Cake’ is a very catchy chapter title. Hope you are doing well, Balroop.

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