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: The Care and Management of Lies, by Jacqueline Winspear

Worth A Read: The Care and Management of Lies, by Jacqueline Winspear

Jul 21, 2014 | No Comments

The BUZZ: Winspear is best known for her popular Maisie Dobbs mystery series, so this novel (published this month) is a rare treat. The GIST: The story opens in 1914, on the eve of Great Britain’s entry into World War I. It is an in-between time, when the innocence of life in country towns is […]

See the Truth

See the Truth

Jul 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

  I watched an old sitcom the other night that really got me laughing.  A married couple recalled an event and disagreed about its details. There were three scenarios: his version, her version, and what really happened.  It was entertaining to view from an objective seat how different perspectives altered the outcome. The show was […]

Worth A Read: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

Worth A Read: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

Jul 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

The BUZZ: NYT Bestseller by the author of Seabiscuit. Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie.  Check out the trailer here. The GIST: Louis Zamperini was a juvenile delinquent who was lucky to channel his energy into running, where he excelled to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  By age 26, he was […]