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Paradise Lost

In We Will Get There one of the themes is a very real issue facing Perdido Key even today. The loss of land and change to the horizon.  In the book, Krystal fights and wins but in reality the fight was lost years ago.

What we have to remember is that change is inevitable. It is how we react that counts. All we can do is fight when we can and accept the change when we can’t control it.

It breaks my heart to see the monstrous condos line the shore when I top the bridge headed out to Perdido. I have my memories. No one can change that.  Home is a place but it is in our hearts as well.

Where is your home? Has it changed in significant ways?

~ Lori O’Gara
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There and Back: William Porter and His Hat


a426bf73-2c4c-49b7-b9a1-2d88400a6a56William Porter, a self-proclaimed sinner cowboy from the hills of Tennessee, adjusted his black felt cowboy hat, the leather band worn by age and the constant fingering of his strong fingers. His hands not rough and calloused like a factual rancher but soft. Never the less William Porter was at heart a true cowboy. If he had been alive in the glory days of the west, he would have worn a white hat not a black. William possessed all the qualities of a good cowboy and a few of the black hat wearing villains, when necessary. A cowboy always put the needs of the herd before himself. The safety of others, especially the defenseless, was top priority for William Porter.

Excerpt from There and Back, Perdido Key Novel #3, release date, June 2018 

Now at Hawsey’s Book Index

We Will Get There is available at the historic Hawsey’s Book Index located  in Pensacola Florida.  If you find yourself on Navy Blvd headed to Perdido Key on vacation or just to the beach for a day of fun. Stop in to see Dinah and the girls.

If you are looking for a book you can’t seem to find anywhere, Hawsey’s is the place to check. They have new and used, best sellers and classics and everything in between.

Check them out, click here!


~Lori O’Gara



One predominant theme in my first novel, We Will Get There, is the idea of Home. It is the concept that home is not just a place but a sense of being safe and loved. How you see home depends on what connects you to happiness and peace.

If home is a place in your life then no other place will do. Home is home, and everywhere else is not-home. Home can be where you keep your stuff, where you sleep or where you grew up. For some people, as they travel  through life, they find their home multiple times in multiple places. For others, home is that place that you leave when you become an adult. It is as unchanging fixed place in time and space.

I want you to think about another place home can be, well not a place but a person. For children home is often the security of their parents. For some adults home is a significant other, spouse or partner. Home is where your heart is happiest, where you feel safe and where you can be your true self. Often that is not a fixed place but the person who makes you feel safe when you are with them.

For Krystal Sabine, home was tied to a place that reminded her of a person. No matter how far she got from that place, she was pulled back.

What is home for you? Is it that place where you sleep at night? Is it the place where you grew up? Or is home that person who knows your heart better than any other?

If you discover that your true home is not a place but the connection you have with the person you love most, you will not be homesick for a place. Where that person is will be home for you. It will bring joy to you when you are with them and longing when you are not.

As we make our way through this life, it is comforting to know that a cozy bed, warm meal, and  loving arms are waiting for us at home. Life is sweetest when you are home no matter if that home is a person or a place or for the lucky ones, both.

Believe in the power of home.

~Lori O’Gara



How many times have you wanted to escape your life? We hear stories all the time about people who have dropped everything, quit their job and hopped on a train going anywhere. Running for whatever reason to get to something they think is better than what they leave behind. Greener grass on the other side of the fence thing. Sometimes they run to avoid facing a truth that is staring them in the face. In reality unless you are independently wealthy, running isn’t an option for you. I know it isn’t for me.

Other people use things to virtually escape. Drugs, sex and alcohol are the obvious things they use. Now there are video games, social media and other things that serve as perfect escapes. Others use the ostrich method, one of my old favorites. Ignore it and it will go away. Escape, running, hiding all to avoid problems.

The Perdido Key novels are full of people running. Krystal Sabine hides behind OCD and Bloody Marys. Brianna uses sex and runs away on the first flight out of town. Later we will meet other characters who run, medicate and use other ways to escape. (Spoilers!) In the end they learn a similar lesson, among other things, you can’t hide or run from the truth. Ignoring it, running from it, or hiding from truth will not make it go away. It only makes the bad stuff worse. Truth will not leave until it is dealt with or faced in one way or another. 

What are you running from? Maybe it is time to stop running.

Believe that you are strong enough to face whatever truth you are running from, hiding from or ignoring.

Believe in your strength.

~Lori O’Gara