Laurel Osterkamp’s award winning novels have been hailed as funny, intelligent, snarky and poignant. She is the author of five novels and two novellas, including The Next Breath, which, like The Holdout, features Robin Bricker. Enjoy!

The Next Breath
Laurel Osterkamp
4.6 Stars (35 Reviews)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Coming of Age | Women’s Fiction | Teen & Young Adult

“I kiss him, choosing love over honesty, which is a choice nobody should ever have to make…”

Robin loves sweet, responsible Nick, with his penchant for Beethoven and Ben Folds Five. But she also still loves her college boyfriend Jed, an irreverent playwright plagued with cystic fibrosis. Now Robin is struggling to reveal her secrets and confront her past, as she finally performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to keep her promise and stay true to her heart?

Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play, this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to recovery begins with the next breath.

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November Surprise: A Lucy Bricker Novel
Laurel Osterkamp
4.2 Stars (62 Reviews)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Coming of Age | Women’s Fiction

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• Twenty years

• Six presidential elections

• One consuming love affair

For Lucy Jones, the distinction between love and politics is hazy at best. Both can be all-consuming, and either can lead to a heart-breaking loss or an exhilarating win. Whatever the case, if you’re seen as a loser, you probably are one. Lucy first learns this lesson in 1988, when she’s a shy girl, battling a high school bully and rooting for Dukakis. Through the years Lucy will experience stunning victories and agonizing defeats as she makes the choices that define her. Meanwhile, she also struggles to define her relationship with Monty, who comes in and out of her life like the changes in public opinion. Is Monty simply a one-night stand, a kindred spirit, or the love of her life? And by 2008, can he offer her a change to believe in?

Over the course of twenty years and six presidential elections, Lucy grows and adjusts with the times. Filled with snarky political and pop-culture references, November Surprise is about the journey we take to believe in a candidate, in love, and in ourselves.

November Surprise is a companion piece to Campaign Promises, which is free on Amazon. They can be read in either order. Both have a liberal slant.

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American Angst
Laurel Osterkamp
4.3 Stars (16 Reviews)
Genre: Humor & Satire | Short Stories | United States

Intimate, snarky, and completely relatable, American Angst is about two women grappling with love and pregnancy, sex and careers –while attempting self-discovery in a crazy world.

Lucy needs to save her family. Robin needs to save herself. These tightly interwoven stories chart their growth as they make their way through Thanksgiving dinners, bad breakups, celebrity scandals and political campaigns. For laughter through tears, don’t miss American Angst, whether you’re new to these characters or you think of them as old friends.

(Included in this collection are Lucy’s posts about the 2012 election, which were originally seen on her liberal blog,’s new, additional material! Spoiler:Obama still wins.)

Bonus: This edition includes an excerpt from The Holdout

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The Holdout
Laurel Osterkamp
4.5 Stars (68 Reviews)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Humor & Satire | Women’s Fiction

Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story.

But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars.Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she’s not a survivor.

Yet she could surprise everyone, and have the last laugh.

Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again.

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Starring in the Movie of My Life
Laurel Osterkamp
4.4 Stars (36 Reviews)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Thirty-something Samantha acts without thinking. Her heart is huge while her sense of purpose is small; she’s willing to fight for those she loves, but she’s never learned to fight for herself. Eighteen-year-old Melody is cold and calculating, and she’s driven by the desire to better herself. As these compelling yet deeply flawed women battle for the affections of twenty-five-year-old Nathan, he becomes increasingly confused and torn between them.

When love is a competition, can anyone win?

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