Author Archives: Lauri Rottmayer

About Lauri Rottmayer

I'm a speaker and writer and social media queen. Married to my best friend for 33 years, we have two amazing men children, two gorgeous daughters-in-love, a precious glambaby, and a cute boy dog, Rabi a.k.a. Boo Boo the Wonderdog.

Book Review: Piper Perish (Sneak Preview)

Piper Perish (Sneak Preview)Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a sneak preview of Peper Perish and I liked it.

Piper is in high school in Houston. She and her two best friends plan to go to New York for art school after they graduate high school. On New Year’s Eve, her boyfriend, Enzo, decides he can’t be someone else anymore and breaks up with her.

The preview revolves around what happened that night and her tries to get hold of him to make sure their New York dream will still be a reality. This preview was enough for me to know I’d probably enjoy the entire book.

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Book Review: All The Glory

All the GloryAll the Glory by Elle Casey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best book I’ve read in a long time.

Jason Bradley is the star football player for his high school team. One night, before a game, he’s arrested after being found standing over the coach’s dead body.

Katy has lived down the street from Jason since they were little kids but they didn’t travel in the same social circles at school. When she watched how Jason’s former friends treated him after he’d been jailed, she decided that she was going to be his friend. No matter what it took, he had stood up for her and her friend, Bobby, when they were being bullied as kids and she felt she owed him that.

I love how the relationship between Katy and Jason develops through the book. They get close and they talk about a lot of things but he does not tell her everything that happened that night at the stadium. Still, Katy feels that there is something more, something important that isn’t being talked about and she sets her course to find out what it is.

This is such a good book. The characters are wonderful, the storyline is intriguing, and I couldn’t put it down once I started. I highly recommend this book. It will make your heart happy.

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Book Review: Blogger Girl

Blogger Girl (Blogger Girl Series #1)Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book so much1 I read it straight through, only stopping to sleep.

Kim Long is a legal secretary but what she really loves is reading chick lit and writing reviews on her blog. She sets her heart on hot Nicholas Strong, one of the associate lawyers at her firm. They eventually get together. She then learns that her high school nemesis has written a book. A chick lit book. They want her to review it for her blog but she is hesitant. She talks it over with Nicholas who suggests that what she really ahs against the author is that she wishes she were an author. They argue and break up.

Kim takes a long look at her life and what she really wants from it. This is a great book, a wonderful quick read if you are like me and love chick lit. You won’t want to put it down! 🙂

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Book Review: Trophy Child

The Trophy ChildThe Trophy Child by Paula Daly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. Very readable and unexpected!

Karen is the mother no kid wants. Endlessly driving her youngest, Bronte, to exhaustion there is never time for the 10-year-old to be a kid. Noel, her dad, is a doctor and is oftentimes late getting home because of the tension that Karen brings to the house. Verity, his daughter from his first marriage, has a tumultuous relationship with her stepmom and the two barely speak. Karen’s son from an earlier relatinoship, Ewan, spends most of his time in his room getting high. The family is dysfunctional.

One day, Bronte goes missing. They are unable to figure out where she went even after involving the police and news media. Then she walked in completely fine but not saying anything about where she had been or who she’d been with.

A couple weeks later, Karen, turns up missing and when they find her, she is dead. This story has great characters and when they finally find Karen is gone, you can almost feel the stress lifting fomr the family. Unexpected. I had no idea the story would turn out this way. I give this book 5 stars. It was easy to read and I never put it down once I started it!

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Snapchat Influencer Q&A with Lauri Rottmayer

It was an honor to be interviewed by Custom Filterz for their blog. You can read the interview by clicking here. It was fun to talk about my current favorite social media platform and how it applies to my business and personal life. 

Because I talk about it, but it wasn’t included in the post, I give you a sample of my daily coffee snap that I’ve become known for. 

 

 I’d love for you to join the fun and follow me on snapchat! 

RE: defined Coffee House

While I was in Texas this past week, I got a chance to have coffee at RE:defined Coffee House. It was extra special since I planned to meet a friend from snapchat.

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I walked in and immediately liked the vibe. There were comfy couches and chairs to sit in and cool things to look at on the wall.

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Looking up was fun, too, as it was still decorated for the Christmas holiday and it was pretty.

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I had a cup of brewed coffee. I meant to go back and ask again what kind it was. It was their coffee of the day and all I can remember is that it was a medium roast from Central America. It was good with citrus and chocolate notes. 

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They had a goodie case but I didn’t partake. I probably should have because I drank more coffee that day than I have in a long time!

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The best part is that I met my friend, Amanda (ARay), from Snapchat.

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We sat and talked like we had known each other forever. The best part of social media, in my opinion, is meeting IRL. 

I will definitely stop by RE:defined Coffee House again when I’m in Grapevine!

Fog Chaser

I’m sitting here enjoying a cup of Fog Chaser by San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee. It’s tasty! Yesterday, I made it using my Aeropress. Today, I made it in the drip pot. I’m always surprised how you can get a different taste from the same coffee when making it using different methods.

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Anyway, this coffee is good. Made from Arabica beands, it’s a lighter roast than I’m used to drinking but it has a nice, smooth taste. The first thing I did when I opened the bag (what I always do first) was smell the coffee. It wasn’t terribly strong but it smelled good. After pressing it, the resultant brew was a little light and I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. 

The coffee has a nice flavor with the major notes being chocolate and nutty. It is definitely a contender for a middle of the day coffee for me. As a bonus, David liked it, too. 🙂

Coffee Holic

When I drove by Coffee Holic yesterday, I knew I was going to have to come back and visit. I’m in from out of town, working, and wasn’t familiar.
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This morning I had the perfect opportunity. As I entered I saw that they have wifi which is always a plus. The first thing you see is a nice goodie case and I honed in on the Chocolate Almond Croissant. Almond Croissants are my favorite and after verifying they didn’t have plain ones, I ordered the chocolate version which she heated up for me. It was delicious!

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I ordered brewed coffee and it was okay. Nothing spectacular, but drinkable. The total cost was under $5 which was pleasantly surprising.

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Their menu is small but diverse with many options including smoothies, waffles, and sandwiches. Several choices of energy type bars are available for a portable option.

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I’m glad I stopped in and if I return to Lewisville I’ll drop in again!

Book Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie LovettThe Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What a great book. Hawthorne, the main character, is a high school girl who feels like she’s always on the outside looking in.

When Lizzie Lovett goes missing, Hawthorne can’t believe that anything bad happened to her. Lizzie was the beautiful, popular, girl who had everything several years ahead of her in high school and one of the members of her older brother’s popular clique.

In trying to make sense of what could have happened to Lizzie, Hawthorne inadvertently starts walking in her footsteps. With the idea that she could have become a werewolf, she tries to learn more about Lizzie by taking her open spot as a waitress in a diner in the next town. Eventually, she befriend’s Lizzie’s boyfriend, Enzo.

Through all of this, Hawthorne is derided by her peers and struggles with her sense of self. Such a great story with effortless dialogue and endearing characters. Loved it!

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Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect LifeMy Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a great book! I’m always excited to read a new Sophie Kinsella book and I got right into this story. Typically, Kinsella, Cat/Katie Brenner is a quirky girl in a crazy set of circumstances.

Hailing from the farm, Katie longs to be a London girl, Cat. She gets a job at a design house and is low girl on the totem pole, envying her amazing boss Demeter’s perfect life. Demeter seems really scattered and the girls in the office, especially her assistant, have a hard time with her.

One day, Demeter who seems more scattered than usual, fires Cat and she returns home to Somerset because she can’t afford to stay in the city with no job. Try and she might, she can’t get another job but her dad, jack of all ideas, master of none, has come up with a great idea of turning their farm into a glamping site. With her marketing background, Cat now Katie again, helps her dad and stepmum get the glamping farm up and running and it becomes very successful.

Katie never quits trying to get another job in London. Eventually, through a fun and crazy set of circumstances, she does. This is Sophie Kinsella at her best. I loved it! 🙂

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