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Well, I don’t have to tell you what I think of this, especially the final image on the clip. See for yourself. Videographer Mitch Mattraw is Suuuuuper-8!

talking hands (blog post)
Everyone can make music! Be patient; you’ll recognize this song by about the 2:30 mark.
Toto’s Africa by Perpetuum Jazzile, performed live at Vokal Xtravaganzza 2008 (October 2008) – arranger Tomaž Kozlevčar.
!!! PERPETUUM JAZZILE + THE REAL GROUP @ Vokal Xtravaganzza 2009 (Ljubljana, Slovenia, November 2009) !!! Don’t miss it!
For more information check out http://www.perpetuumjazzile.si/en
Thunderstorm simulation effects inspired by Kearsney choir (South Africa).

Everyone can make music! Be patient; you’ll recognize this song by about the 2:30 mark.

info: Toto’s Africa by Perpetuum Jazzile, performed live at Vokal Xtravaganzza 2008 (October 2008) – arranger Tomaž Kozlevčar. PERPETUUM JAZZILE + THE REAL GROUP @ Vokal Xtravaganzza 2009 (Ljubljana, Slovenia, November 2009)

For more information check out http://www.perpetuumjazzile.si/en

Thunderstorm simulation effects inspired by Kearsney choir (South Africa).

Well, Just Breathe had a spectacular run on the bestseller lists. Thank you readers for many weeks! You are the best.

Please accept this song as a small token of my gratitude. I just love this singer/songwriter. She is completely dreamy. Plus she wants us all to be okay.

[“Keep Breathing” by Ingrid Michaelson]

Anna Nalick - Breathe 2am

Anna Nalick - Breathe 2am

Here’s a collection of some of the songs I listened to while writing Just Breathe. I tend to find songs that remind me of each character. Enjoy!

Congrats to yesterday’s winner, selected by www.random.org –Miz White Roses herself, Darla! A copy of Just Breathe and one of Love in Bloom will be winging their way to you soon. I loved everyone’s input about favorite flowers. Amy gets the prize for funniest comment. 🙂 And I think it’s so touching that our faves are almost always tied to an emotional memory. Mine are peonies, thanks to a childhood memory of cutting them in the yard with my mom to make a bouquet for my teacher. The petals were always wet with the rain and we’d have to shake them off. There were always a few ants on board but they were the harmless black variety. 

Or…wait! Lily of the Valley, my birthday flower! Smells so good I get high! And OMG nightshade! I need to stop now. I still have pages to write before quittin’ time. 

I’m doing another drawing tomorrow. Post a song recommendation in the comments. I know music choice is tricky, so personal and such a matter of taste. But I’m always open to hearing new artists. Help us discover someone new! And you might win the drawing–a signed copy of Just Breathe and a two-pack of Heath and Reese’s popcorn. What’s sweeter than that? 

It’s out! Just Breathe is out in paperback and I’m so excited. All month long, I’ll be giving away cool stuff to people who comment on this blog–copies of the book of course. And things to pamper yourself with. And books by my friends, and ARCs (advance reading copies) of books I’ve been sent for endorsement. So check in early and often, readers!

Here’s my sophomore attempt at a musical slideshow. The images are from a magical trip we took to the Point Reyes National Seashore for our 25th wedding anniversary. Enjoy!  

Today’s drawing question–Where in the world do you go to just breathe? I’ll pick the winner using http://www.random.org. 

Today’s prize–a copy of Just Breathe and a sweet basket of ginger white tea bath & body products. Perfect for reading in the tub!

Ginger White Tea Bath Set Gift Basket

Watch Porter the dog play and sing. You won’t be sorry.

There’s always something good on the menu at the Daily Dish.

As you know, I always create a playlist for the book I’m working on. Sometimes, a character gets his own theme song. If you read the end of Chapter 2 in Fireside, you won’t be surprised to know that this is exactly the song that was going through Bo’s head. The lyrics are probably supposed to apply to a romance, but in this case, they capture Bo’s ambivalence about AJ, the son he’s never met before:

I love to read and write with music playing. The playlist for writing Fireside is a thing of beauty, I gotta say. You can see it, listen to samples or get it for iTunes here.

If you’ve read the book, you know Bo is in a garage band with Noah Shepherd, Eddie Haven and Ray Tolley. I picture them a little like this:

It’s a cover by Bowling for Soup of an old classic, “I Melt With You” by Modern English, which I used to listen to endlessly when I was but a young whippersnapper. The Texas guitar in the video is great, and the bass line (In my book, Bo is the bass player) is nice and simple.

The list is out today! Let’s have a sing-along!

Avalon and Willow Lake are made-up places. But if they were real, they’d look a bit like this:

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