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Stories expand our world, and exposure to good writing improves our craft. Find our book recommendations here.

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We are Carolyn Heilman and Leah Carey, friends and writing partners. In 2012, we founded the Mandala Writers Circle.

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    Leah’s first book has been published! As Simple As Breathing: On Yoga, Writing, and Life is a collection of personal essays exploring how we overcome self-doubt, find our purpose, and share our talents. To find out more or purchase on, click here.

    - Leah’s Book Release

Recent Posts

Worth A Read: The Bennett Women, by Roberta R. Carr

Worth A Read: The Bennett Women, by Roberta R. Carr

Jul 28, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: Third novel by the author of The Vernazza Effect and The Foundation. The GIST: Muriel, Susanne and Lilia represent three generations of strong, talented women. Muriel, the aging grandmother, is a gifted water-colorist. Susanne, her daughter, is a Fortune 500 CEO. Her daughter, Lilia, is an accomplished cello student. They share deep bonds, […]

Brave the Wilds

Brave the Wilds

Jul 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

It’s clear to me that I’m on some kind of a journey. My recent book speaks to this, this blog speaks to it, and much of the conversing and reading I do these days has this language built in. I don’t know exactly where this journey is headed, and at times I find it exhausting. […]

Is it Worth A Read?: Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee

Is it Worth A Read?: Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee

Jul 21, 2015 | 4 Comments

  As our faithful blog followers know, every week we post a review of a book we consider worth a read. We don’t trash books we don’t like, so there are no negative reviews here. Each book we write about is one we consider valuable, either because of the story itself or the writing, or both. […]

Worth A Read: The Rocks, by Peter Nichols

Worth A Read: The Rocks, by Peter Nichols

Jul 17, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: Latest novel by the bestselling author of A Voyage of Madmen and Sea Change. The GIST: Lulu and Gerald are British expats living on Mallorca. She is the gorgeous, magnetic proprietor of a beloved guest house, Los Roques, and he is the urbane steward of a small olive and lemon farm. They were […]

Light a Fire

Light a Fire

Jul 11, 2015 | No Comments

I have a lot of talented people in my life. I suspect most of us do. Some are talented in ways that are very visible to the world: they lead successful companies, they teach, they serve, they paint, draw, write, act, and sing. Others are just as gifted, but they may not be aware of […]