Whether we planned to or not (and we didn’t), we ended up taking a hiatus from this blog. The Mandala Writers Circle itself is still going strong, though, and we have some exciting news to share.
First, Carolyn published her book! The Protectlings at Woods Edge is a beautiful, heartwarming story; Carolyn has created memorable characters and a world that’s both enchanting and real. Now available on Amazon.com in paperback (great for holiday gift giving) with Kindle edition coming very soon! Recommended for ages 10 and up.
From the back cover:
Samantha Penning is much like any eleven year-old, with one exception: she has a secret job. It sometimes requires her to sneak out at night and venture into the dark woods behind her house. That’s her favorite part of being a Protectling. The Woodlanders rely on her to keep them safe, in every season. Sam is certain in her devotion to them and can’t imagine summer without their Lantern Lighting or fall without the Butternut Harvest. But things are changing, and her life away from the woods is expanding and filling up with other responsibilities. As spring awakens the woods after a long winter, the time has come for Sam to face the one thing she cannot change.
Leah’s As Simple As Breathing is now out on Kindle, with illustrations in tact. Woot! The past six months have been an accelerated course in book marketing, with lots more to learn. A highlight was last month’s book reading at the Schenectady Public Library, sponsored by the American Association of University Women. Warm, smart women, and lots of insightful questions – what’s not to love? If a group you’re part of (women’s group, yoga studio, writers group, book group) would like to hear more about the book and talk about its major topics, Leah’s available. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK, we’re not really doing NaNoWriMo, officially, but we did make a pact that November would be our novel writing month. Carolyn is working on the sequel to The Protectlings and Leah is finally getting down to the rewrite of the novel she drafted 2 (!) years ago. Never a day without a line…or 1700 words. So far, so good.
The Soul of An Octopus, by Sy Montgomery
The Once and Future King, by T. H. White
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
A God In Ruins, by Kate Atkinson
White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
The Obituary Writer, by Ann Hood