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I’m a Published Author in “Tangerine Tango”

October 26, 2012

Yep, that’s right! I’m now a published writer in a wonderful book entitled Tangerine Tango, a collection of of essays written by women writers. My friend and fellow blogger Lisa Winkler of Cycling Grandma came up with the idea to create an anthology of women’s writing. Not sure where the project would lead, I was intrigued and excited to contribute three of my essays to the book.

Tangerine Tango is now published and I am just in awe. It is beautifully designed and contains such amazing writing from talented women of all different backgrounds. And proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to to fight Huntington’s Disease.

Tangerine Tango is a small book that fits perfectly in a pocketbook, purse or jacket pocked, and makes a great gift! The book is available to purchase on Amazon and Createspace.I could not be more proud that my work is among the book’s contents, and I am grateful for Lisa for giving me the opportunity to contribute.

I think what was most exciting about all of this, however, was Sophie’s reaction to the book. When my copies arrived in the mail, she was very curious as to what this little book was all about. Then I showed her my name in the book and she smiled. She then asked if her name was in the book. And since she is the inspiration for so much of my writing, I told her, “why, yes, it is.” I turned the pages to one of my essays that featured Sophie’s name in at least three places. She was beyond excited to see her name in print and carried the book around with her for days. She even wanted to sleep with it. And needless to say, I nearly cried when she said she wanted to bring it to school for “show and tell.” I was surprised, but Sophie’s reaction was priceless and reinforced another reason why I love what I do.

So of course I’d love for you all to buy the book. But I am also excited to give away a FREE copy of Tangerine Tango to TWO blog readers! Just leave a comment below to enter to win. If you’d like a second opportunity to win, please “like” my business/blog Facebook page (then come back and leave another comment telling me). I’ll draw the winners by on October 30 at 8 pm Pacific time.

Winners: Vikki of The View Outside and Music of Mike, Music and Michaela!

Thank you all, my blog readers and friends, for reading my writing over the years. If it were not for you, my stories in Tangerine Tango may not exist! 

46 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2012 1:18 am

    Congratulations! That must feel awesome 😀

  2. October 26, 2012 1:29 am

    Awesome!!! (And PS, you know I already like your FB page!)

  3. October 26, 2012 4:38 am

    Lovely! I love that Sophie loves the book! How adorable. (No need to be part of the giveaway!) Thanks, Leah! You were my first ever fellow blogger to comment on my blog when I started. It’s been a wonderful “virtual” friendship and your stories are powerful and inspiring.

    • October 31, 2012 11:20 pm

      I too have enjoyed our friendship. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

  4. October 26, 2012 5:06 am

    Congrats Leah! This is great !

  5. October 26, 2012 6:38 am

    I’m so happy for you! Can’t wait to read it.

    • October 31, 2012 11:20 pm

      And I can’t wait to give you a copy! Thanks, Shary!

  6. October 26, 2012 6:44 am

    Congrats Leah!! I’m excited for you and Sophie’s reaction is so special. I just downloaded it to my Kindle and look forward to reading it.

    • October 31, 2012 11:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Caryn! For your nice words and downloading it to Kindle! Hope you enjoy.

  7. October 26, 2012 7:39 am

    congratulations, Leah! That’s awesome!

  8. October 26, 2012 8:31 am

    Fantastic! I hope you’ll sign my copy! And maybe Sophie will too?! Would love to see her sweet face when that happens!

    • October 31, 2012 11:21 pm

      For you, Colette, I’d be happy to autograph it 🙂 And I’m sure Sophie will too!

  9. October 26, 2012 8:38 am

    Congratulations Leah! I look forward to reading it soon. I love Sophie’s reaction. You are a living example of following your passion! Such a beautiful model for Sophie and the world to witness.

    • October 31, 2012 11:21 pm

      Thanks, Kim. I have to say that Sophie’s reaction really made it all worthwhile. I couldn’t have been more pleased.

  10. October 26, 2012 10:07 am

    Congratulations, Leah– I’m so proud of you!

  11. Julie-Ann Kelso permalink
    October 26, 2012 10:27 am

    Congrats Leah! I knew it was only a matter of time before your talent was recognized! It is so exciting to see hard-working women such as yourself achieve success.

    • October 31, 2012 11:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Julie-Ann! You are a wonderful person to say that!

  12. October 26, 2012 11:24 am

    What a gorgeous cover. Congratulations, Leah!!

    • October 31, 2012 11:22 pm

      Isn’t it pretty?! I love the orange color and the slices. So cool and unique.

  13. October 26, 2012 11:45 am



  14. Emily permalink
    October 26, 2012 12:00 pm

    Congratulations Leah! Your writing business has taken off in so many ways.

    • October 31, 2012 11:23 pm

      Thank you so much, Emily! I appreciate your support.

  15. October 26, 2012 12:04 pm

    This is so exciting, Leah. Sophie’s reaction is precious, and – yes – a reason to keep on keeping on. I’m also THRILLED that the proceeds support Huntington’s Disease. I just participated in a walk in Tucson last weekend and, thanks to friends, raised $775 toward the cure.

    • October 31, 2012 11:23 pm

      Wow, Melissa, so cool that you just raised that much for Huntington’s! It’s one of the lesser known diseases, but so important to be aware of.

  16. October 26, 2012 12:59 pm

    Congratulations Leah, its a really well deserved honor for you:) have been following your blog for a while now, perhaps one of the very few i do..I love the simplicity and honesty you bring to the matters you blog about! If that books filled with matter like yours it would be an awesome one to have:) all the best!!

    • October 31, 2012 11:24 pm

      Wow, thank you so much! I truly appreciate your words. I really do try to write honestly and from the heart. I’m glad it comes across.

  17. Cyndi McErlane permalink
    October 28, 2012 4:25 pm

    Leah, you inspire me! Congratulations from Australia!!!!!! I read your blog religiously and LOVE it!!!! Well done you!!!!!

    • October 31, 2012 11:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Cyndi! That made my day! And from Australia! So cool!

  18. October 28, 2012 9:20 pm

    Congratulations! I wish you & your writing buds the best of success. Well done! 🙂

    • October 31, 2012 11:24 pm

      Thanks so much! And thanks for your support of the years!

  19. October 31, 2012 11:08 am

    Congratulations Leah! Looks like I missed the deadline to enter to win, but I look forward to reading the book. Sophie’s response to the book is precious.

    • October 31, 2012 11:25 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! I can now join your ranks as a published writer! I’m in good company.

  20. October 31, 2012 4:23 pm

    Leah–how thrilling! And I know it must have been so magical for Sophie to see her name in print! I bet she’ll never forget that moment!

    • October 31, 2012 11:25 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it was so exciting for her. Probably much more than seeing my name really!

  21. November 1, 2012 6:22 pm

    Leah, congratulations! How utterly wonderful it must be to see your name in print! I shall definitely check out the book! 🙂

  22. November 5, 2012 5:13 pm

    Fantastic! I can’t wait to get a copy. It will make a wonderful Christmas present for my daughter who is also a writer.

  23. November 27, 2012 3:37 pm

    Congrats, Leah! That’s awesome!


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