Laurie Salzler holds a degree in Natural Resources Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. She has worked with animals (wild and domesticated) her entire life, including several years spent in the veterinary field and equine industry at training and breeding facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, whose activities include horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, bird-watching, photography, and one of her favourite pastimes, walking with her pack of canines. As a member of WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service), she is involved in rescuing and rehabilitating native Australian wildlife in New South Wales.
In addition to a book of photography, Eye of the Beholder, she has penned five books: A Kiss Before Dawn, Right Out of Nowhere, Positive Lightning, In the Stillness of Dawn(the sequel to A Kiss Before Dawn), and After A Time.
A Kiss Before Dawn
Country girl Chris Martel has struggled all her life to form strong, lasting relationships. For Chris, love, compassion, and trust are critical. In their absence, she has turned to her dog and her horse for the emotional fulfillment she craves. Then along comes Mary Jo Cavanaugh.
Fresh out of veterinary school, Mary Jo inadvertently antagonizes Chris with her overconfident assumptions about how to care for animals. She comes to learn that Chris’s practical experience provides both a wealth of knowledge and a friendship unlike any she’s ever known.
The carefully built walls around Chris’s heart crumble as she acknowledges the unfamiliar feelings evoked by being with Mary Jo. Just as she believes she’s found the happiness that had always eluded her, someone from Chris’s past comes back into her life. Can the love between Chris and Mary Jo survive so they can share a kiss before dawn?
In the Stillness of Dawn
In this sequel to A Kiss Before Dawn, Chris Martel has recovered from her near fatal assault and has built Went Farm into a top-notch foaling farm. Under pressure from her partner Mary Jo Cavanaugh and her Gram, Chris hires Mitch Jordan to help with the additional workload. In the meantime, Mary Jo takes over Doc Hall’s equine veterinary practice. The extra responsibilities of running a business leaves Mary Jo exhausted and with too little time for Chris.
Chris and Mary Jo are feeling the stress in their relationship because of their non-connecting, busy lives. It doesn’t help that Mitch is single, cute, and exceptionally good with the horses. Mitch eases some of Chris’s loneliness and they become fast friends. But does Mitch want more? Can Chris and Mary Jo’s relationship survive this latest challenge to their life together?
Right Out of Nowhere
Roni Oatman belongs to a crew that conducts Search and Rescue Operations for the Forestry Service deep in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. They save lost people, but Roni is a bit lost herself. She’s a loner who loves a woman she can’t have.
When the SAR crew is short a member, Selena Ayala is assigned to fill the empty spot. Still on the rebound from a sudden breakup with her girlfriend, Selena has issues of her own. But she has to find a way to gain the crew’s trust, and gain it quickly.
Often the missions in this rugged and unyielding wilderness are matters of life and death, and the SAR members have to be able to depend on each other. Just when Roni and Selena are forming a tentative friendship, Selena’s ex shows up, leaving both Selena and Roni with uneasy questions. Can the two women search deep within to rescue themselves and to find love right out of nowhere?
Kate Winter teaches dog owners how to train their canine companions. During her spare time, accompanied by her Lab, Dakota, she explores the woods and beaches on foot or horseback. She’s worried that something’s happening in her relationship, but she can’t get her girlfriend Trish to talk to her about it.
Faith Hutchins recently lost her sight after a terrible outdoor accident. She’s dealt with her anger, depression, and blindness primarily on her own. A seeing-eye dog would help alleviate her reliance on anyone else, but the guide dog school has been unsuccessful in providing her with one. On a mission to find someone who will train a dog specifically for her, she ultimately zeroes in on Kate.
They say lightning never strikes the same place twice. But positive lightning is notoriously unpredictable and can ignite a fire when and where least expected . . . no matter who’s in its path.
After A Time
In the late 1800’s, Mayme Watson boards a train bound for Eagle Rock, Idaho. What she finds there is the start of a new life. Disillusioned by her parents and completely alone, she finds a place to stay and a job to support herself. When Mayme discovers that most of the girls in town are just biding their time until they can marry, her heart calls for a change. She embarks on an adventure to overcome her feelings of failure. And what a change that is. She disguises herself as a boy and manages to hire on as a Post Rider for the United States Postal Service.
Follow along with Mayme on her often dangerous journeys as she discovers that waiting for the future is not an option.
This book is for young and old and all those who dreamed of living back in the days of the Wild West.
Eye of the Beholder
“Did you see that?”
“Never mind. It’s gone.”
“I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen something, and in the blink of an eye, it’s gone. ” The photographs in this collection by photographer Laurie Salzler are the ones where in a split-second something occurred, a physical morph where the subject left or changed, and spiritually, stirred Salzler’s soul. “Nothing remaining but a memory to be described as best one can. But sadly, memories fade and along with them the feelings evoked with them.”
Salzler has always said that if her photographs made just one person per day take notice of their surroundings and give into the emotions felt when they see something, this earth and its inhabitants have a better chance of surviving.
May you be a force toward healing.
To Be Determined
Coming August 2017
Charlie Dickerson is desperate to get away from small-town minds and all the painful reminders of her ex. What better way than to travel halfway around the world? A wildlife rescue exchange program in Australia looks like the perfect solution to her current predicament.
Pip Atkins has an innate affinity for wildlife, but people are another story. When she’s tasked with looking after an American wildlife career on a work exchange, the thought of someone shadowing her every move for twelve whole months represents the ultimate nightmare.
Worlds apart but forced together, Charlie and Pip struggle to find a middle ground as they discover they have more in common than they think.