Laura K. Cowan is a novelist and editor from Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose first novel The Little Seer spent its launch week on top of the Amazon free bestseller lists for Christian Suspense and Occult/Supernatural. Laura has worked for years as an accomplished writer and editor in genres such as green tech, green parenting, and automotive media, and has been called one of the best copy editors in the business by multiple colleagues, including late mentor David E. Davis, Jr., whom TIME Magazine called “the Dean of Automotive Journalism.” She is the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and Road Test Editor for Inhabitat. Laura’s work has appeared in Automobile Quarterly as well as on numerous parenting sites including BabyCenter, EcoMom, and Inhabitots. She lives in Michigan with her husband and her 3-year-old daughter. You can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn, or connect with her at laurakcowan[at]gmail.com or on her website LauraKCowan.com.
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The Hyundai Elantra is one of these great new efficient cars. It has a 148-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, but Hyundai has squeezed every drop of efficiency from it to give you up to 40 mpg. The
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Wireless Car Charging Could Be Here As Soon as 2013 from Companies Including Evatran, WiTricity, and HaloIPT
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