BIG EXHALE….ahhh….

August 21, 2008

in stores August 26
in stores August 26

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.


Read the book! Win the prize!
Read the book! Win the prize!

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 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

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.

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  • Susan, Just Breathe is gonna be a hit!

    . . I laughed I cried and I cheered. What a book!

    (Below is my review about the book). . .

    “Susan Wiggs, new novel, Just Breathe is quite a delicious treat!
    It was well worth the wait. Ms. Wiggs, strong dependable
    characters shine in this very funny, emotional, and touching story.

    Readers will immediately identify and root for the main character as
    she begins her journey a-new out from the shadows of a marriage
    she thought was perfect. . . only to realize that it was far from it.

    I cheered and applauded the inner strength and determination of
    both the main characters. As they put their past behind them and
    moved forward with their lives. All the while rediscovering the things
    that are really important to them.

    The secondary supporting cast of characters in this book are all
    unique, funny, love-able, and a bit mysterious, each in their own
    way. Who knows maybe one day we will see some of these
    characters in a future book. . . at least I hope we will.

    Susan Wiggs, refreshing and realistic style of writing and the
    honest and sincerity in which she portrays the relationship
    between the characters and their unexpected changes they
    encounter in their lives reminds us all that we are stronger
    than we think.

    And yes, sometimes all we need is just a chance to let it
    all out and. . . ‘Just Breathe’.

    So, remember to make yourself a priority first, never give up,
    and follow your dreams. For true happiness is where your heart is.”

    Many thanks Susan for this terrific and wonderful book.

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