Pssst…here’s a sneak peek

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Publication is just a few days away. I’m in the home stretch and busy creating an author website and Facebook page, as well as organizing an official book release party. It may have to be virtual, but that’s okay; it will enable everyone who wants to attend to do so. There will be guests, singing, dancing and, of course, book readings.

Stay tuned for the release and launch party dates!

Have you ever had a dream? One that you were afraid to say out loud, afraid to tell to anyone?

I had such a dream once.

Since my teens, I’ve wanted to be a writer. Maybe the dream even began in elementary school because I distinctly remember writing a dreadful story about a farm cat named Burnt Bacon. But somehow my dream got shelved and life went in another direction.

After many years, I forgot my dream. Sometimes when you are so hurt, so afraid, you can stuff things very, very deep. But three years ago, the voice of Lucy began speaking to me. I wrote down her words and have been working on her story ever since.

Although I’d written business letters and health blogs before, I hadn’t written fiction since high school (and I’m not referring to those fake notes from my mother excusing me from class.) It’s been a huge learning curve. Raise your arms overhead and shout Yee Haw along with me!

I took what I knew—holistic health—and incorporated it into Lucy’s story. The result is Breathing With Trees, a young adult, coming of age story. Here’s what it’s about:

What if your best friend kept a secret from you? What if your mom refused to tell you who your father was?

This coming-of-age story rides the ups and downs of Lucy’s rollercoaster emotions resulting from too many secrets and too many rules.

Lucy has just turned 14 and is starting grade eight. She lives with her mom and grandmother, both free thinkers. She’s been raised in the world of natural healthcare—homeopathy, thermography, no GMOs, PCBs, EMFs. No vaccines.

Lucy’s world changes when she learns a classmate has called her names, but her best friend refuses to tell her who said it. Accompanied by her mom’s longstanding secret about her father, it becomes too much, especially when her mom starts dating, her BFF has OCD, and her Nan might have cancer. Amidst the chaos, Lucy begins developing unique sensory abilities and also crushes on a boy.

Yearning to exert independence from her family in order to fit in with the crowd, Lucy starts to think for herself, to question everything, and to challenge the rules. Will her nature spirit guides give her answers? Can she trust her own growing intuition? Will she follow the unwritten family rules?

Or are rules meant to be broken?

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Publication is just a few days away. I’m in the home stretch and busy creating an author website and Facebook page, as well as organizing an official book release party. It may have to be virtual, but that’s okay; it will enable everyone who wants to attend to do so. There will be guests, singing, dancing and, of course, book readings.

Stay tuned for the release and launch party dates!