August 21, 2008
Finally, I can stop holding my breath! Just Breathe has had a long and winding road to publication, and I’m grateful to readers everywhere for their patience. Now I’m proud to say the book is finally in stores (August 26). This is a story straight from the heart about one woman’s shattered dreamsÉand newfound hopes. Comic strip artist Sarah Moon discovers that unexpected change can be like a breath of fresh air–a little brisk at first, but magic for body and soul. . . .
Luanne Rice , one of my favorite authors, gave it this review: “JUST BREATHE is tender and heartbreaking, the story of what happens when you lose what you thought was love. But Susan Wiggs looks deeper and follows her character to something so much better, the discovery of her own true heart and her real true love. It’s a beautiful novel.” Deepest thanks to Luanne for the early read.
One of my favorite aspects of this novel is something I can take very little credit for—the eponymous comic strip. Each section of the book is introduced by one of Sarah’s syndicated comics. I wrote the text of the strip, but the pictures were drawn by my publisher’s creative art director, Sean Kapitain , and they look absolutely authentic to me, like something you’d see in the funny pages.
Big exhale. The wait is over. I hope you like Just Breathe.
Instant Contest Alert!
Win a free Booklovers’ Bag of goodies, a “Laugh Cry Dream Read” totebag filled with wonderful things to eat, read and pamper yourself with. Any sharp-eyed reader can win. All you need to do is correctly answer this question: In Just Breathe, what did Aurora name her puppy and why? Send your answer, along with your name and mailing address by September 30th to JustBreatheContest@gmail.com with “Booklovers” in the subject line. We’ll select a winner in a random drawing from the correct answers. I’ll announce the winner in my October newsletter. Good luck!
Special–While supplies last! Receive a nice, roomy canvas tote bag when you order an autographed copy of Just Breathe from the Eagle Harbor Book Company, a Booksense store. I’ll personalize them any way you like, just say the word!
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Food, Glorious Food
Here’s something delicious to enjoy with your summer reading. Sparkling Ginger Lemonade
(adapted from www.foodfit.com)
2 cups water
1 cup honey
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
grated peel of one lemon
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups sparkling water
Combine water, honey, lemon peel and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat to make a syrup. Turn the heat off and let the mixture steep for 20 minutes. Strain the syrup and let it cool.
Stir the syrup and lemon juice in a pitcher.
Fill 4 glasses with ice and divide the mixture among them. Top off with a splash of sparkling water and garnish with mint sprigs and lemon wedges.