Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New Novel on Sale!

Need a beach read today? My novel, Deceived: A Sam McClellan Tale, is on sale for .99 today! Thanks to Kindle Nation Daily​.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Deceived: A Sam McClellan Tale - New Release

It has been a long-time coming for this story's release. Based on a lot of true stuff (mixed with fiction), this book tells a scary story of what goes on down at the coast beyond the pretty girls on the beach. I was warned not to write this book over a decade ago. I dare you to read it to see why.

The beach life isn’t sunny for Detective Sam McClellan—not after he just lost his partner in a brutal killing that makes no sense. The truth pulls at him like an undertow as he uncovers an extensive drug trafficking scheme in the idyllic beach resort communities of North Carolina. With the help of sassy sidekick Molly Monroe and tips from some shady characters, Sam finds himself in one dangerous situation after another. Drowning in waves of trouble crashing around him, will Sam be able to save himself and the people he most cares about in time?

Laura S. Wharton has created another delightfully salty mystery that leaves Carolina Beach police detective Sam McClellan tangled in the rigging of lies, cover-ups, and wondering who to trust as he searches for answers in the murder of his partner. In this current-day whodunit that seems all too real for comfort, Wharton has spun a yarn full of nautical detail, drug trafficking, and intrigue that will leave the reader turning pages and rooting for Sam until the satisfying conclusion.”
~ Mary Flinn, award-winning author of The One, Second Time’s a Charm, and Three Gifts

You can get a signed copy at my website,, or pre-order books (print/ebook) through 

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Thanks, and happy sailing.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Stocking Up for Summer Reading?

I know it's still "sweater weather," but I'm ready for summer and the relaxing time it should bring. I'm also ready to read some fun books.

When you start thinking about your summer reading list, I hope you'll keep some of my books in mind. Here's a trailer for The Pirate's Bastard, a perfect sea adventure for summer. But reader beware: just like quests for pirate treasure, pirate tales rarely end in a predictable, or peaceful, manner.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Make a Wish Foundation Mermaid Dream Come True

I love this story: a young boy who dreamed of meeting a mermaid really did!

He turned into a mer-man for a day, too, and at the end of his special day, he received a gift from the mermaid - a copy of our newest Jock Avery Adventure, The Mermaid's Tale. If you haven't read the book yet, I will only tell you this was the most perfect setting for such a gift to be given.

Here's a video of Marcus' special day. Please share with your friends!

Thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation and my friend, Mermaid Linden of Mermaids in Motion, for making these special dreams come true for children. And thank you, Linden, for allowing us to model our mermaid in the story after you!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It's Official: The Mermaid's Tale is Released!

I'm pleased to say we had a good "soft" release last month. Now we're getting serious: Here's a full release about the book's release. I have lots of fun signings planned for this one! I'll keep you posted!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Donation to Vets at Fort Bragg's Fisher House

Two of my author friends, Mary Flinn and Jane Tesh, teamed up with me to spread a little holiday cheer to the vets and their families at Fort Bragg's Fisher House. The Fisher House is a home-away-from-home for the families of vets who are receiving treatments. While there are Fisher Houses all over the country, I chose the one closest to Ft. Bragg because Mary, Jane, and I are North Carolina writers, and our books are all set in North Carolina.

On Saturday, Dec. 21, I delivered a box containing all of our novels to Fisher House representative Becky Kerr. That's her on the left - she's a Gold Star recipient, as is her husband. She volunteers at the Fisher House, which otherwise has a staff of one.

We met in Southern Pines, which was convenient to both of us that day. I was in the area for a family get-together, and she was finishing holiday shopping in nearby Pinehurst. You can read more about it, if you like.

It was a small gesture of thanks to our vets. I wish we could do more for them, but perhaps next year's donation will be bigger.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Good Reads Giveaway Link

Here's a link to the promotional giveaway of my new children's book, The Mermaid's Tale. It's on Good Reads, and there are only three copies, so head over there quick before the giveaway ends Tuesday evening!

Good luck, and Merry Christmas!