October is here — and that means Huntsville Independent Press is now accepting pre-orders for my new book, Soul to Soul: Tiny Stories of Hope and Resilience! Not only that, but the publisher is offering a 10% discount through October 8 if you input the promo code STSLAUNCH (all caps) on the last page of the ordering process. The link to order is here: t.ly/ormht.
I wrote Soul to Soul as a hopeful answer to the challenging times so many people are facing today. Many recent books have been written from places of sadness, pain, anger, and even tragedy. This is understandable as writers process the difficulties they face or observe in their lives and communities. Their goal is to examine the world we’re living in and uncover universal truths to share with readers.
My first book, a memoir-in-essays titled Message From a Blue Jay, is an example. The personal essays I wrote for that book reflect upon, for the most part, a challenging time in my life and the lessons I learned as I went through them. The natural world serves as a backdrop and teacher as I navigate the challenges of that time.
After I wrote Message From a Blue Jay, however, I felt the need to change gears completely. First, I wrote the three children’s books in the Stray Cat Stories Series to entertain children and teach about compassion for stray and feral cats. I donate a portion of the proceeds from those books to animal rescue organizations.
Soul to Soul is something different yet again. When I started writing this book, I’d fallen in love with the art of writing 100-word stories. I wanted to provide something uplifting — something readers of any age in any community could enjoy. Each story offers a moment of inspiration or revelation. Some are light and surprising; others tug at the heart (but in a positive way). Many feature unique characters and/or animals. All were written to remind us that even during challenging times we can be hopeful and resilient and find moments of joy.
Including illustrations by European artist Anya Lauchlan, whose work is wonderful and who studied painting under a direct student of Marc Chagall, adds a whole new level of magic and delight to
Including illustrations by European artist Anya Lauchlan, whose work is wonderful and who studied painting under a direct student of Marc Chagall, adds a whole new level of magic and delight to Soul to Soul.
The next goal was to get this book out in time for the holidays — and thanks to the publisher, it’s happening! Pre-order your copies today (with the STSLAUNCH promo code to get 10% off) and you’ll receive your copies when the book starts delivering on December 1. The publisher assures me that buying directly from their website will be the least expensive way to buy the paperback or hardcover, even when shipping is added.
Please spread the word to readers, everywhere – and enjoy Soul to Soul!