The Mandala Writers Circle

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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.

Recent Posts

Worth A Read: Tongues of Flame, by Mary Ward Brown

Worth A Read: Tongues of Flame, by Mary Ward Brown

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

The BUZZ: When this book was published in 1986, it caused a small sensation. It won the PEN/Faulkner Award for debut fiction the following year, and its celebrated, emerging author was almost 70 years old. The GIST: These short stories are distinct from each other, but all share the soul of the Deep South. Brown […]

Tie It Up

Tie It Up

Sep 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Much of advanced physics makes my head hurt, but I’m fascinated by quantum mechanics and general relativity discussions (although I can’t participate in them). The method that might connect the two theories – universal string theory – really grabs my attention. In it, eleven dimensions and parallel universes connect by sub-atomic strings. Their vibrational frequencies […]

Worth A Read: The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

Worth A Read: The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

Sep 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

The BUZZ: The 29th novel from the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, and Practical Magic The GIST: Coralie Sardie is a motherless daughter working as the Human Mermaid in The Museum of Extraordinary Things, the Coney Island freak show run by her sinister father. She is a gentle soul, unable to free herself from his […]