Laurel Osterkamp
Award-winning author of
Following My Toes
Best Chick-Lit, 2008,
Indie Excellence Book Awards
Starring in the Movie of My Life
2011 Award-winning finalist:
National Indie Excellence Book Awards
International Book Awards
(Women's Fiction and
Young Adult Fiction)
The Next Breath:
A new Robin Bricker novel from
acclaimed writer, Laurel Osterkamp
Laurel’s new short
story, "Scared
Together," has been
included in the new
Love is All
You Need: Ten tales of
love from the Sophie
King Prize.

Click here to get your copy.
"I kiss him, choosing love over honesty,
which is a choice nobody should ever have to

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.
The Next Breath is a follow-up to
The Holdout, but
they can be read in either order
5 Stars! "This book was so good I put my life on hold for a day and a half
to read it!"  
                     ---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "This is an exquisite tale of love and the heart and soul it takes
to not only endure, but to move on where so many would fall- and that is
true on many levels of this story."  
---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "I liken Laurel's writing along the lines of a fine, gourmet
chocolate bar. You take a small bite and it bursts on the tongue with so
many elements that it leaves you humming in pleasure."  
                  ---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "I am a fan of Laurel Osterkamp's writing. She has the ability to
allow the reader to see deep within the mind of her main character and
experience life, for a time, through that character's perspective. That to
my way of thinking is skilled writing."
                   ---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "Wow. I really loved this book. I begun reading it yesterday and
finished it this morning a few minutes ago."
                   ---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "This book presents another side of Robin, and its subject is
completely different, namely, love; more specifically, sorting out two
different relationships at two different times in her life."
                ---Amazon customer review
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
series, which, like The Holdout, features the Bricker family.
Read all Laurel's Bricker family stories: