Blog Tour T Minus 3 Days Till Launch! Review From Reverend Linda Neas

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Music of Sacred Lakes Book Cover, free books, free, discount books, literary, supernatural, spiritual, magical realism, ghost storyIt’s T minus 3 days until launch for Music of Sacred Lakes!

Today’s blog tour stop is over at Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas, a book review based on her interfaith spiritual perspective.

Finally, get your entries into the Goodreads giveaway (through April 26) for a signed paperback of Music of Sacred Lakes. Good luck!

Remaining Blog Tour Schedule

April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post

April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post

April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review. Plus, if you’re local to SE Michigan, I’ll be signing books at the Northfield Township Area Library in Whitmore Lake from 12-2 this day with a reading and Mackinac Island Fudge to celebrate. (734)449-0066 for more info.

Music of Sacred Lakes Blog Tour: An Excerpt From The Book

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Music of Sacred Lakes Book Cover, free books, free, discount books, literary, supernatural, spiritual, magical realism, ghost storyHi guys! Today I’ve got an excerpt for you from Music of Sacred Lakes. It’s the beginning of the book, chapter 1, which really sets up the scene of where Peter is in Northern Michigan, how miserable he is, and how beautiful his home is. Why can’t he connect with it or himself? What is happening to him? I remember sitting down to write this while I was “up north” myself on vacation at a friend’s cabin a couple years ago, and all of a sudden this young man’s voice came into my head, and I knew I needed to start writing it down. I pulled this whole first section at the advice of someone telling me books these days need to start in the middle of the action, only to have top agents tell me it needed more setup for the scene. Boy were they surprised when I emailed back a few minutes later saying, “Will this work?” Because I couldn’t quite kill my darlings. I saved this first piece of the chapter in a file, just in case I could use some piece of it. In the end, the first draft came back for the first piece of the chapter to start the book. I’m so happy about that. I love Lake Michigan (obviously) and I think this chapter really shares that with you. I hope you like it too.

Music of Sacred Lakes
Chapter One
The Accident

The whole world used to be this quiet. Here in the land of the inland seas, land of tamarack swamps and aspen forests, of sand dunes watched over by ancient stands of virgin timber and dense second-growth forests, the quiet remained. This land, in Northern Michigan, ever so slightly closer to the North Pole than the Equator, was a paradise of endless days in the brief and blinding summers, a haven for the thinker and the sleeper over the long snowy winters, and a welcoming place for an unhappy life.
It was here, in East Jordan, on the bottom of Lake Charlevoix, which emptied into mighty Lake Michigan with its magnificent gold and wine sunsets over sand-scented waves—it was here, on the bottom of the economic food chain—that Peter Sanskevicz was born.
It wasn’t that Peter didn’t belong. On the contrary, his family had belonged to East Jordan’s history for six generations, part of the first wave of white settlers to commandeer this paradise from the Odawa Indians who used it for summer hunting and fishing grounds before them. But Peter didn’t want to belong to this tradition of homesteading and lumber milling in the Great Silent North. He didn’t want much of anything he had, in fact, and that wasn’t much.
He had burned through too many jobs over the last year and a half since leaving his parents’ farm—still the same eighty acres homesteaded by his great great-grandfather beginning in 1865. When he couldn’t take haymaking and cow milking anymore, Peter had waited tables in Charlevoix by the Big Lake, worked as a janitor at the local cherry and vegetable canning plant in East Jordan, and finally piloted a boat for fishing tours on Lake Charlevoix. This last job was his favorite, as fishing with his friend Derek Negeshe had been one of Peter’s great loves in childhood. He still headed out to the Jordan River for fly fishing once in a while, but now much of his time was taken up between his two part-time jobs: driving a garbage truck and gardening for “fudgies,” tourists from Chicago or Detroit who came up here in the summers to buy the world-famous fudge and sail their yachts.
Peter hated his job, and he hated the fudgies, which wasn’t such an unusual sentiment up here. Why did they have to stare at him like some sort of living museum piece? It was amazing that they saw him at all, given as he was to working service jobs that tend to make people invisible—or at least anonymous.
It was to the local waste collection center north of the Little Traverse Bay that Peter was driving one day with Derek when his life, the one he so desperately despised, fell apart.
He had taken Route 31 from Charlevoix up to Petoskey, the scenic two-lane highway that ran along the coast of Lake Michigan and into the bay. The sun was shining out over Petoskey, built like an amphitheater on the hills above the rocky south shore. The waves were calm, typical for early June, and Peter had pulled the garbage truck off onto the gravel turnout and rolled down the window to smell the clean breeze off the lake. But even the wind couldn’t clear the stench of garbage from his nostrils. He could smell it on his skin—in his skin. It never scrubbed out anymore. He had escaped his parents’ farm for this?
Suits you, he heard his father’s voice in his mind.
The truck was ticking as it cooled, the only other sound the waves of Lake Michigan rolling into the bay before the two boys, who sat side by side in the front seat.
“Do you ever think about getting back out on that lake?” Peter asked.
Derek responded by looking across the bay, to his home in Harbor Springs. In these wave-hushed northern lands, people felt little need to fill the space with words. And Derek was quieter than most, silent until spoken to unless he had a good joke to share just like the rest of his family, who were descended from the Ojibwe and Odawa tribes native to these shores.
Derek finally returned to him. “Yeah,” he said.
Then he chuckled. “You remember when we took that bait from Mr. Pulowski’s docks and hauled in our own catch in my canoe?”
Peter laughed. “We could hardly fit the fish in your bucket,” he said, remembering them flopping around so hard they almost upset the boat.
“Those were good times,” he added. “The best.”
The call of seagulls filtered across the harbor.
“That lake used to mean something,” Peter said, turning to him. “What’s the point of anything if this is what we do it for?” He pulled at his jumpsuit. “How did we end up like this, man?”
Derek shook his head and looked out toward the open lake. The multi-million-dollar homes of the fudgies were just beyond his window on the right. Peter knew he didn’t want to see them.
“You’ve changed,” Derek said. “You remember when my parents were drinking in high school.”
“I’m glad things have gotten better for you,” Peter said.
“You hung out with me all those nights,” Derek reminded him. “You were my anchor. Now it’s like you’re drifting.”
The gentle waves were folding onto the birch-lined shore below Peter’s vision by the side of the road. Below the water, small-mouth bass, perch, and whitefish were just starting to grow and swim farther out above the boulders that lined the lake bottom. On the east end of the bay by the state park the bottom was sandier, much like the rest of the west coast of the state. Singing sand, they called it. It squeaked delightfully under your feet and sifted through your toes like sugar, warm and dry half an inch down even on a rainy day.
Peter sighed. “I know,” he finally said. “This place used to make me happy. But ever since I realized I couldn’t take my parents’ farm, I haven’t been able to find anything to replace it. Now nowhere feels like home.”
He turned to Derek, and saw him wiping a tear from his eye. Peter looked away to give him privacy.
“You were studying down at State,” Peter said. “What made you come back here and take this job?”
Derek shook his head, but he didn’t reply.
Peter sighed again. He took one last deep breath of fresh air, then turned the key in the ignition. The garbage truck roared back to life, and they pulled back onto the highway heading into Petoskey. The lake shimmered away from them on their left.
Maybe I will get back out on that lake again, Peter thought. If I can get the time off.
They passed the mansions of the fudgies on the lake side of the road, and the simple homes of the locals on the inland side. Soon they were surrounded by the outlying businesses of town and the old summer homes of Bay View. Here and there public parks opened to the shoreline, and Peter could see the sailboats out on the bay. His heart pulled in his chest. To be on those waves again, where everything had once made sense. No one owned the waves.
Gulls were soaring out over the water, and he imagined himself to be one of them, skimming over the breakers out on the blue horizon. He saw a flock of sandpipers skittering along on the wet shore by the harbor below. The sky was Michigan blue, all fluffy and filled with the white light of clouds passing over.
A stiff breeze off the lake flipped the leaves of the cottonwoods and shivered through the birches by the roadside. Peter inhaled the scent of clear water and fish and seaweed, and suddenly felt a pain deep in his stomach. How long had it been since he had gone out in Derek’s canoe for deep-water fishing? Derek had been down south at school for so long, he couldn’t even remember. Yes, he had to get back out on the lake. That smell, the sweet breeze on his fingers, the water flowing around the prow of the canoe.
They slowly passed through town, then accelerated as the road opened up past the fudge shop and turned north toward Harbor Springs. They passed the star-shaped store for Indian jewelry and the brick building that had recently become a brewery. It reminded Peter of East Jordan, this building. Five stories tall and narrow, obviously old, maybe an ancient factory or train depot from the days when they still thought the towns here would flourish.
“Peter!” Derek yelled.
Peter’s attention was jolted back onto the road. A flash of sunlight blinded him for a moment, but then he saw what he had done.
His muscles froze.
He had drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic. And what had been clear road just a moment before was suddenly filled with a red sedan. The driver was too shocked by the enormous truck to even honk his horn.
The car had just materialized around the bend, and now Peter was running out of road. He yanked the steering wheel to the right, not able to understand what Derek was shouting now. The garbage truck leaned to the left as it careened off the road toward a stand of jack pines between two strip malls.
Peter watched the little red car veer the same direction they were heading. It was too late to correct his course. The garbage truck and the red car ran parallel off the east embankment of the road, the truck on its two left wheels.
Then, the truck tipped.
It hovered over the red car for an eternal moment. Derek was grabbing at him, yelling. All Peter could see was the roof of the car below his window.
Then it rose to meet him.
There was a horrible crunch, the roof smashed up into Peter with a rush of broken glass.
He felt the impact as if he were underwater.
And then he was, a boat slowly sinking to the bottom of the lake. The light filtered out of his vision. And he was gone.

Remaining Blog Tour Schedule

April 23, 2014: Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas | Book Review

April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post

April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post

April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review. Plus, if you’re local to SE Michigan, I’ll be signing books at the Northfield Township Area Library in Whitmore Lake from 12-2 this day with a reading and Mackinac Island Fudge to celebrate. (734)449-0066 for more info.

Blog Tour Book Review with Author Chasity Nicole

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Today as we head into week 2 of the Music of Sacred Lakes blog tour leading up to launch day, my friend author Chasity Nicole is doing a book review of the book over on her blog. Tomorrow I’ll have an excerpt of the story for you on this blog, since I know most of you won’t be able to attend the local signing to hear a reading, and then we’re counting down to launch day!

Don’t forget you can still enter the Goodreads giveaway for the book through launch day, April 26!

Remaining Blog Tour Schedule

April 22, 2014: (Write In The Moment w/ Author Diane S. Loftis | Book Excerpt & Interview) This stop has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, so the excerpt will appear here on Laura K. Cowan.

April 23, 2014: Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas | Book Review

April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post

April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post

April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review

Blog Tour, Day 5: Book Review & Interview on To Breathe Is To Write

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Music of Sacred Lakes Book Cover, free books, free, discount books, literary, supernatural, spiritual, magical realism, ghost storyHey everybody! Today for day 5 of the Music of Sacred Lakes blog tour we’ve got an interview and review over on To Breathe Is To Write with author Jackie Phillips. I have really been overwhelmed at how positive the reviews have been for this book. Thank you so much to everyone who has reviewed it already. If you like it when you read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads. It really helps other readers get a sense of what a book is like. Thanks!

Finally, get your entries into the Goodreads giveaway (through April 26) and blog giveaway (through tomorrow!) of this book. Good luck!

Blog Tour Schedule

April 15, 2014: Author Martin Tracey | A Meditation on Rejection: An Interview

April 16, 2014: Signed Paperback Giveaway and The Origins Story for Music of Sacred Lakes on LauraKCowan.com

April 17, 2014: Hook of a Book w/ Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi | Book Review and Interview

April 18, 2014: Paws 4 Thought w/ Debbie Manber Kupfer | Dimension-Shifting Mice, Redemptive Ghosts, Werecats and Nazis (A Guest Post and Interview)

April 19, 2014: To Breathe Is To Write w/ Author Jackie Phillips | Book Review and Interview

April 20, 2014: Announcement of Signed Paperback Giveaway Winner on LauraKCowan.com

April 21, 2014: Author Chasity Nicole | Book Review

April 22, 2014: Write In The Moment w/ Author Diane S. Loftis | Book Excerpt and Short Interview

April 23, 2014: Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas | Book Review

April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post

April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post

April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review

Blog Tour, Day 4: Dimension-Shifting Mice, Redemptive Ghosts, Werecats and Nazis w/ Paws 4 Thought

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Music of Sacred Lakes Book Cover, free books, free, discount books, literary, supernatural, spiritual, magical realism, ghost storyToday for the Music of Sacred Lakes blog tour I’ve got a guest post and interview on Dimension-Shifting Mice, Redemptive Ghosts, Werecats and Nazis w/ Debbie Manber Kupfer at Paws 4 Thought. Check it out!

And get your entries into the Goodreads giveaway and blog giveaway of this book. Good luck!

Blog Tour Schedule

April 15, 2014: Author Martin Tracey | A Meditation on Rejection: An Interview

April 16, 2014: Signed Paperback Giveaway and The Origins Story for Music of Sacred Lakes on LauraKCowan.com

April 17, 2014: Hook of a Book w/ Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi | Book Review and Interview

April 18, 2014: Paws 4 Thought w/ Debbie Manber Kupfer | Dimension-Shifting Mice, Redemptive Ghosts, Werecats and Nazis (A Guest Post and Interview)

April 19, 2014: To Breathe Is To Write w/ Author Jackie Phillips | Book Review and Interview

April 20, 2014: Announcement of Signed Paperback Giveaway Winner on LauraKCowan.com

April 21, 2014: Author Chasity Nicole | Book Review

April 22, 2014: Write In The Moment w/ Author Diane S. Loftis | Book Excerpt and Short Interview

April 23, 2014: Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas | Book Review

April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post

April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post

April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review

Blog Tour, Day 3: Hook of a Book Interview with Erin Al-Mehairi

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Music of Sacred Lakes Book CoverToday author, blogger and publicist Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi is interviewing me about Music of Sacred Lakes on her site Oh For The Hook Of A Book! Check it out here.

Thank, Erin, for hosting on this blog tour and for such a wonderful interview!

And remember you can still get entries into the Goodreads giveaway and blog giveaway of this book for a few more days. Good luck!

Blog Tour Schedule

April 15, 2014: Author Martin Tracey | A Meditation on Rejection: An Interview

April 16, 2014: Signed Paperback Giveaway and The Origins Story for Music of Sacred Lakes on LauraKCowan.com

April 17, 2014: Hook of a Book w/ Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi | Book Review and Interview

April 18, 2014: Paws 4 Thought w/ Debbie Manber Kupfer | Dimension-Shifting Mice, Redemptive Ghosts, Werecats and Nazis (A Guest Post and Interview)

April 19, 2014: To Breathe Is To Write w/ Author Jackie Phillips | Book Review and Interview

April 20, 2014: Announcement of Signed Paperback Giveaway Winner on LauraKCowan.com

April 21, 2014: Author Chasity Nicole | Book Review

April 22, 2014: Write In The Moment w/ Author Diane S. Loftis | Book Excerpt and Short Interview

April 23, 2014: Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas | Book Review

April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post

April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post

April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review

Blog Tour, Day 2: The Origins of Music of Sacred Lakes + A Giveaway

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Boy is descended from a long line of unhappy farmers, boy becomes desperate, boy accidentally kills girl, boy seeks redemption. Redemption comes from the most unexpected place: the voice of Lake Michigan in the form of the spirit of the girl he killed. Who wha? Where does a plot like that come from? That story, Music of Sacred Lakes, flowed out of my hands in three short weeks last year, but it was actually the result of one whole year of research into the connections between the natural and spiritual worlds. Come along with me (if you’ve had your coffee) on the journey I took in creating Music of Sacred Lakes. It began with a question. You like metaphysics? Good. Me, too. :)

What is the relationship between music and the land it comes from?

That was where it all began, thinking about the unique music of ancient England and America and Egypt and how that music seemed to reflect that land it came from. I wanted to know if there could be some relationship, beyond the fact that most traditional instruments are made from local materials, that connected the immensely varied traditions of music from around the world with the places where that music originated, because the music of each culture did seem to mirror the mood or energy of each place it came from.

Pretty soon, the scope was getting bigger. Cultures reflected their natural environments as well. Why? Could I break it down? Was there a metaphysical relationship to music and culture and the places they originated? Was there such a thing as the spirit of a place? Could this be understood in physical or scientific terms as well as mythic or religious ones?

Uh oh, it began to look like it, and it wasn’t a simple matter. Land, natural forces that shaped it, natural energies of the earth and sky in particular places, even the energy of past events that somehow seemed to imprint themselves on particular locales were all playing into this question. So it became broader. What is the relationship between sound (music) and matter (place)?

This took me to physics. We all know that sound is a wave. But Super-string Theory says that matter also operates as a wave at its base level, as if matter itself were vibrating like notes on a scale more than as distinct types of matter. And M Field Theory says that all these strings are connected across space-time so that everything is connected to everything else, which would explain a lot. Hmm. So we were getting to the woowoo categories of science where it veers dangerously close to metaphysics, mysticism, and spirituality. Actually, that’s perfect for me. We dig deeper.

I began to read what mystical traditions of various religions had to say about music, energy, and the spirit of place. Much to my surprise, not only did my awesome librarians find results to my bizarre questions, but there were many many results. This was not a thing I was inventing out of thin air. I was stumbling on a long tradition of mystical understanding of the nature of matter and the workings of the universe. Bingo!

In the end, what I discovered was actually very simple: connectedness. I will go into this in more detail in interviews throughout this blog tour, because it’s a lot to unpack in one post, but at the bottom of all this was a discovery that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and that this has vast implications for the way we live, understand ourselves and the world, and the way we feel while we are alive. My unhappy sixth-generation farmer and accidental murderer could find his answers. And they came to him through nature itself, and the spirit of the land and the girl he killed. I hope you like the story. It was one heck of a ride to write it, and I hope it’s quite the ride to read it as well.

Giveaway!

Win a signed paperback copy of Music of Sacred Lakes this week on LauraKCowan.com!

1st Mandatory Entry: We’re gonna kick it old school. Just leave a comment on this blog post to enter, telling me about your experience with or thoughts/feelings on this subject of connectedness or rejection. Don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!

Extra Entries: After you have completed the first mandatory entry above, you are eligible for extra entries. For each extra entry, share this post on social media or in groups you are a part of you think would love this topic/giveaway, and leave a comment (1 comment per share) on this blog post with a link to your share. (Limit 10) e.g. Goodreads groups, Pinterest boards, Twitter, your Facebook page.

Bonus Entries: Visit any post on another blog in the blog tour below and leave a comment on the post. Then leave a comment on this post with a link to your comment or telling me what you said. Let’s give these great authors and bloggers some bloggy love for supporting Music of Sacred Lakes this week! (Limit 1 comment per blog post = Total 5)

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents over the age of 18. The author will do her best to ship the prize to the winner but cannot be held liable for lost or damaged packages.

Blog Tour Schedule

April 15, 2014: Author Martin Tracey | A Meditation on Rejection: An Interview

April 16, 2014: Signed Paperback Giveaway and The Origins Story for Music of Sacred Lakes on LauraKCowan.com

April 17, 2014: Hook of a Book w/ Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi | Book Review and Interview

April 18, 2014: Paws 4 Thought w/ Debbie Manber Kupfer | Dimension-Shifting Mice, Redemptive Ghosts, Werecats and Nazis (A Guest Post and Interview)

April 19, 2014: To Breathe Is To Write w/ Author Jackie Phillips | Book Review and Interview

April 20, 2014: Announcement of Signed Paperback Giveaway Winner on LauraKCowan.com

April 21, 2014: Author Chasity Nicole | Book Review

April 22, 2014: Write In The Moment w/ Author Diane S. Loftis | Book Excerpt and Short Interview

April 23, 2014: Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas | Book Review

April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post

April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post

April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review

Welcome To The Music of Sacred Lakes Blog Tour!

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Music of Sacred Lakes Book CoverWelcome to the beginning of the Music of Sacred Lakes blog tour, running today through launch day for the book, April 26! I’m so excited to bring you this redemptive ghost story, about grace and connection, as it has now been a long time coming. Join me every day of this tour for a unique new angle on this book, the story behind it, and some cool events with some of my awesome author and blogger friends. Here’s the schedule, and don’t forget, I’ve got a Goodreads giveaway going this whole blog tour for a signed paperback copy of Music of Sacred Lakes, as well as a giveaway that will be running on this blog starting tomorrow and running for a few days. Stay tuned, and thanks for checking everything out!

Today’s post is from author Martin Tracey, an interview in which we discuss themes from Music of Sacred Lakes, particularly rejection and its impacts on a family’s generational legacy. I hope you enjoy it!

Blog Tour Schedule

April 15, 2014: Author Martin Tracey | A Meditation on Rejection: An Interview

April 16, 2014: Signed Paperback Giveaway and The Origins Story for Music of Sacred Lakes on LauraKCowan.com

April 17, 2014: Hook of a Book w/ Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi | Book Review and Interview

April 18, 2014: Paws 4 Thought w/ Debbie Manber Kupfer | Dimension-Shifting Mice, Redemptive Ghosts, Werecats and Nazis (A Guest Post and Interview)

April 19, 2014: To Breathe Is To Write w/ Author Jackie Phillips | Book Review and Interview

April 20, 2014: Announcement of Signed Paperback Giveaway Winner on LauraKCowan.com

April 21, 2014: Author Chasity Nicole | Book Review

April 22, 2014: Write In The Moment w/ Author Diane S. Loftis | Book Excerpt and Short Interview

April 23, 2014: Words From The Heart w/ Reverend Linda Neas | Book Review

April 24, 2014: Malcolm’s Roundtable w/ Malcolm R. Campbell | Connectedness, a Guest Post)

April 25, 2014: Book Doctor Dara Rochlin | Fear & Spirit, a Guest Post

April 26, 2014: LAUNCH DAY! Winner of the Goodreads Signed Paperback Music of Sacred Lakes Giveaway TBA on LauraKCowan.com, + A Creative Mind w/ Diane Riggins | Book Review

Music of Sacred Lakes, book signing, Laura K. Cowan, magical realism, ghost stories, new fiction, literary supernatural novel, metaphysical fiction, magical realism, Michigan fiction, Mackinac Island Fudge, fudgies, Petoskey, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Ojibwe, OdawaFor you locals to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area, I will also be signing books at my local Whitmore Lake library on launch day. Come say hi and we’ll have a good time. :) My librarians know how to party. For more info on the book signing call (734)449-0066. The signing will be held from 12-2 at the Northfield Township Area Library at 125 Barker. Rd. in Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. We’ll have a reading, signed paperbacks for sale, and Mackinac Island Fudge samples as featured in the book from Martha’s Fudge.

 

Er, Another Triple Book Cover Reveal

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Sooo I don’t want to get in the way of my own blog tour, but I’ve just updated my Novels page of this blog with three more books coming down the pike next year. Here are the covers and blurbs. What do you think? And now back to your regularly scheduled programming. :)

Suffering and Rest, It's Good To Be On Earth, Visions in Love and Rest, Laura K. Cowan, magical realism, spiritual fiction, shamanic storytelling, metaphysical fiction, fantasySuffering & Rest [Spiritual + Fantasy + Magical Realism]

A man who has lost his family and his reason for living visits a shaman as his last hope to discover the purpose of life. Instead of offering him answers or platitudes, the shaman begins to tell him strange stories, of ghosts who play drinking games, the suffering of grass, and the ways that many beings discover a reason to move forward despite breathtaking loss. It’s Good To Be On Earth is a tender story that sits down in the middle of suffering and offers no more than understanding and compassion, and no less than a dry humor, ambitious hope and a glimpse at many lives that were more than what they seemed. Told in a layered shamanic storytelling style, It’s Good To Be On Earth is a unique story of one man’s search for a shred of hope.

Shane wakes up in a Spanish villa, and the gardener tells her she is in a room of heaven. She is more inclined to believe she has been the victim of a stalking and kidnapping. She can only remember snippets of her life, and the gardener is taking his time in telling her why. But when she dreams her way through an ocean and wakes up drowning in the fountain, and the flowers dust off a place for her to sit down–when the gardener reveals an inexplicable collection of her fondest childhood possessions, which her mother threw away–Shane knows she needs to find answers. The answers she looks for, in the rooms of the great house and down the paths of the garden, are the ones every wandering, wounded heart is not sure it can find, in Visions In Love & Rest.

Suffering & Rest is a collection of two novelettes that explore the depths and heights of loss and healing, in the tender, imaginative style Dreaming Novelist Laura K. Cowan has become known for. You will find no cheap answers here. Only stories of people so wounded by their lives that the only answer can be death or something so soaringly optimistic that it heals the heart.

Trees, books, fiction, fantasy, magical realism, Laura K. Cowan, dreams, short stories, spiritual fictionTrees [Fantasy + Magical Realism]

What does a tree dream? What does it become when it really lets itself go? Trees, a new collection of fantasy stories from fantasy and magical realism author Laura K. Cowan, explores the possibilities of where these beings go and what they do when they move. Because trees are surely not held down by their roots but rather their consciousness, like us all. What can a tree accomplish when it cloud jumps at night or soars with the birds, or sits up thinking of solutions for the world’s problems? And when a tree is content to sit in one place, could it be a portal not only for parallel universes down through the roots but for the sky planes up through its leaves? But if every tree of a different species and size has its own personality that changes as it grows, what if it took you to a different place every time you used it to travel? Could you find your way home, traveling with the Trees?

Sweets, fantasy, fairy tales, magical realism, Alice Hoffman, The Sugar Queen, Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Joan Aiken, The Last Slice of Rainbow, Laura K. Cowan, new fiction, new booksSweets [Fairy Tales + Magical Realism]

Come into the kitchen and watch fairies bake a triple decker death cake for sweet revenge, valentine cupcakes that are poured for the right reasons become extra yummy (and effective), and gritty frosting purposely send a manic grandmother over the edge. Sweets, a collection of fantasy stories that dive into every kind of gooey confection, is one part modern fairy tale, one part magical realism, and all parts irresistible. Pixies offer something better than powdered sugar for the top of a sticky lemon bar. A girl dreams she eats her own home made of meringue and wakes up to a terrible surprise followed by a home-baked happy ending. An evil stepmother offers her daughter a poisoned cashew cluster only to find she can taste her murderous intentions. Add one teaspoon of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender), a dash of The Last Slice of Rainbow (Joan Aiken), and some zest of The Sugar Queen (Alice Hoffman), plus one hefty helping of the inimitable imagination of Laura K. Cowan, and you’ve got Sweets.

Goodreads Giveaway: Music of Sacred Lakes, A Redemptive Ghost Story

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Music of Sacred Lakes Book CoverStarting today you can win a signed paperback copy of my upcoming literary supernatural novel Music of Sacred Lakes on Goodreads! You’ll have another chance to win a copy of the book here on the blog once the book tour starts in a week, but this is your first opportunity to win leading up to launch day.

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