The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story

The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles answers the heartbreaking question no one wants to ask: How do you carry on after your soulmate dies?

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I suppose no one really knows how they’ll respond to a loved one’s death until it happens. If author Laura Fahrenthold’s experience is an indication, the process of grief isn’t linear.

Over a four year period, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles takes readers on a cross-country journey of escape, self-discovery and letting go. It documents a family wrestling with losing their patriarch and fighting to continue living, despite having no idea what to do next.

For this family, an impromptu RV purchase becomes their salvation. It helped them deal with their loss in their own way. Their various summer road trips take them around North America, into the great outdoors and include many encounters with interesting people. Their experiences range from gut-wrenching sorrow to hilarious awkwardness and everything in between.

…the most effective tragedies are punctuated by moments of comic relief, giving people a chance to recuperate emotionally before the next painful blow hits.

Released June 26, 2018, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story is available at many outlets including Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Hudson Booksellers, Indiebound, Indigo, Penguin Random House and Walmart.


The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles answers the heartbreaking question no one wants to ask, How do you carry on after your soulmate dies?

The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story synopsis

When Bloomberg journalist Mark Pittman suddenly died, his widow spent four summers driving 31,152 miles searching for answers.

In her fearless memoir, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story, author Laura Fahrenthold presents a moving portrait of marriage, motherhood and mourning as she captains a 1993 RV sprinkling her husband’s ashes with their two young daughters and a stray dog in an epic quest for healing and understanding. Filled with insight and wit from a career in journalism, the story captures the family’s adventures and misadventures, her deeply-layered love story, and her hilarious slice-of-life dispatches where the pink steering wheel becomes her spiritual GPS.

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Get the Hell Past It by Sarah Beth Moore

Ready for more tough love from Sarah Beth Moore? Because it’s time to Get the Hell Past It and move on with your creative career.

Get the Hell Past It Book Review

If you’ve been on the three-part journey slash stern talking-to that is Moore’s Weenie-Proofing the Artistic Brain series then you know as well as I do there is a time to be precious and a time to pull up your socks and get to work.

And if you’re wondering which side of the fence Get the Hell Past It falls on…do I really need to answer that?

This 10-chapter read is filled with personal anecdotes, helpful advice and meaningful exercises intended to help us creatives who have failed get up out of the fetal position and start kicking ass and taking names, aka moving past failure.

While reading Get the Hell Past It I jotted some thoughts and/or takeaways

  • Purpose—everyone wants one, does everyone have a purpose? Is “purpose” a big, overarching theme like in a book?
  • Failure—failing does not mean YOU are a failure
  • Freelancing—there’s always the question of how to get started (start). But how?

If you practice discipline and work towards your goal every day, you can’t help but reach success. (72)


Get the Hell Past It: How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash (Weenie-Proofing the Artistic Brain Book 3) synopsis

What if you could stop the bathtub crying and turn failure into your most powerful weapon?

Let’s be honest. You hate to fail. You wish it would stop.

Well, it won’t.

But you CAN stop being blindsided by it. You can tell it to shove off.

You can win the day—right after losing it.

Yep, it’s a thing. And Get the Hell Past It: How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash is here to show you how it’s done.

Learn secrets such as:

  • Why the greats actually appreciate failure…and aren’t just lying
  • How to process flubs
  • Why your brain is your greatest enemy…and your greatest tool
  • When to try again (hint: soon!)
  • How to get the support you need from other people and from yourself

…and how your journey can be every bit as cool as a YA hero’s. Wait, did we just go there?

Oh, yes, my friend. We did.

Truth is, failure really and truly can become your greatest asset, if you know how to access it.

Pick up this quick tutorial on changing your mindset FOREVER today.

Seriously, let go of the pain and shame, and start rocking at life INSTANTLY. Get the book NOW!

Ready for more tough love from Sarah Beth Moore? Because it's time to Get the Hell Past It and move on with your creative career.

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Get the Hell Into It by Sarah Beth Moore [book review]

Procrastinating on a big project? Letting Big Shiny Object Syndrome get the best of you? It might be time to Get the Hell Into It.

Get the Hell Into It

The subtitle of Sarah Beth Moore’s newest book may cut to the quick even more than her title: Stop Bouncing from Idea to Idea and Learn to See Things Through. Ouch. Also, thank you.

For 12 chapters of teaching and exercises, Moore takes us on a pointed yet lighthearted journey reminding us making our dreams come true is our job, not something we sit around wishing for. Since she’s also a creative soul, Moore speaks from experience about starting projects with great enthusiasm only to quit before beginning (it will probably fail anyway, right?). She also offers strategies for combating the dual devils of procrastination and big shiny object syndrome with the smart takeoff, the 5-percent rule and working forwards (I swear by this one!).

Chapter 9 talks about getting lucky, which I found both uncomfortable and refreshing. I know there’s no luck…but maybe deep down I wonder if I’m just unlucky. You know? Why am I still here, all these years later hustling my butt off watching those who came after me see more success? Moore says don’t even worry about it—becoming successful is not your job. “One more time: You don’t get to pick the timing of your break. It will come when it comes.”

It may be possible to put aside comparison and jealousy if only I can remember my job is to get the job done. Success is not my job. Success is not my job.

If you can accept that you are not in control of your break—that you are not in control of anything but your ability to work hard—then you have a way better chance of getting that break at all.

Yes the artistic, creative life is filled with insecurity and emotion. And it’s important to be gentle and build each other up. But at some point there’s work to do and you need some tough love. You need to get the hell into it and do your job.


Get the Hell Into It: Stop Bouncing from Idea to Idea and Learn to See Things Through (Weenie-Proofing the Artistic Brain Book 2) synopsis

Stop Falling Prey to Shiny Object Syndrome and Start Seeing Ideas Through

What if instead of starting new projects every other week, you actually finished the ones you already have going? What if in a few weeks you started seeing real progress, and in a few months could hold finished manuscripts, paintings or websites in your figurative hand? What if your creativity became a source of empowerment and financial freedom rather than dread, resentment and ever-present bathtub crying?

Professional copywriter and creative Sarah Beth Moore has helped clients double their conversions, written copy for hundreds of entrepreneurs, and coached dozens of amazing creatives in sucker-punching procrastination and actually getting things done. (She spends a lot of time opining about aliens as well, but fewer people pay for that.)

In the course of working with so many aspiring writers, artists and business owners, she’s noticed that beating procrastination doesn’t require superhuman strength. All you need is the right mental mindset, available to anyone willing to look for it. In Get the Hell Into It, you’ll learn:

  • How productivity can work against you BIG TIME
  • What actually lies at the root of the creative urge
  • The real reason creatives quit projects before they even begin (or soon after)
  • Why you’re shooting yourself in the foot with the way you start projects
  • How successful people maintain enthusiasm throughout the entire creative cycle
  • What the 5-Percent Rule is and why it’s so critical to your success
  • What to do when you don’t have a whole day to work on your creativity
    The true meaning of luck (it’s not what you think, dude)
  • How to win big by giving up control
  • The secret nature of doubt and how you can deal with it on REAL terms
  • What editing really means to creatives
  • How to kick booty and see every project through

Get the Hell Into It is the definitive step-by-step guide to overcoming procrastination and Shiny Object Syndrome and actually finishing projects and launching creative dreams—and it’s a process you can follow for life.

Procrastinating on a big project? Letting Big Shiny Object Syndrome get the best of you? The  creative life is filled with insecurity and emotion. And it's important to be gentle and build each other up. But at some point there's work to do and you need some tough love. You need to get the hell into it and do your job.

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The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series. Because who isn’t ready for a fun, feminist romp through Victorian London and fresh new riff on classic Holmesian lore? I KNOW I AM!

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series

Before we get into the review of Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James, did you know Holmesian lore was a thing?

I looked it up and “Holmesian lore” is circa 1903 (!?!) for fans of Sherlock Holmes, which also includes fanlore, fanzine, and Holmesian Federation. However, since 2010 it’s more common in North America to call yourself a “Sherlockian.”

So.

I was going to say I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes stories and consume basically anything Sherlock Holmes-related except I’ve never heard of a Holmesian or Sherlockian and I’m not sure I’m comfortable calling myself one. So I think I will step back a smidge, say I enjoy Sherlock Holmes stories, and leave it at that.

These are fun stories. Focusing more on the new heroine, Lucy James, you get to experience the world of Sherlock Holmes through the eyes of a young American actress who seems to run into trouble wherever she goes. Staying true to what we love about Sherlock Holmes adventures you’ll experience wacky capers and dangerous escapades while racing the clock to figure out who did it, why they did it, and how Lucy got wrapped up in it again!

Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James

If you love Sherlock Holmes I know you'll enjoy this series by father-daughter team Charles Veley and Anna Elliott.

Ready to read The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series for yourself?

Get your free copy of the novella The Crown Jewel Mystery, the prequel to The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series.

Other books in the series:

  • Remember, Remember
  • The Jubilee Problem
  • Death at the Diogenes Club
  • The Return of the Ripper (coming soon)

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series synopsis

Since Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet, the fictional detective has gone on to become one of the most beloved and iconic pop culture characters of all time, spawning thousands of stage and radio plays, television shows, films, and books.

Now, father-daughter author duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliott have introduced the world to a fresh yet faithful reimagining of Holmes with The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series—praised by Publishers Weekly as a “winning” addition to the Holmesian canon that “readers will look forward to further adventures [in].”

Introducing readers to Lucy James—an independent, modern-minded young woman who inherited her father’s intelligence and detective skills – and a Sherlock who must contend with the mysteries and challenges of being a parent, the 2017 releases in The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series—available in a special boxset edition as of ‘Cyber Monday’ (November 27, 2017)!—include Remember, Remember, The Crown Jewel Mystery, The Jubilee Problem, and Death at the Diogenes Club.

Preceded by The Last Moriarty (2015) and The Wilhelm Conspiracy (2016)—books #1 and #2 in the series, penned by Charles Veley—the Ellliott-Veley collaboration on the Sherlock & Lucy series has been praised by critics as “a new way to enjoy Sherlockian mysteries” (The Santa Barbara Independent) and “a very delightful way to spend an afternoon” (History From A Woman’s Perspective).

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series by Charles Veley and Anna Elliott to date includes The Last Moriarty (2015) and The Wilhelm Conspiracy (2016), and the 2017 releases Remember, Remember, The Crown Jewel Mystery, The Jubilee Problem, and Death at the Diogenes Club. As of November 27th, all of the 2017 releases in the Sherlock & Lucy series will be available in a special box set edition (ebook & audiobook formats only) via Amazon. All titles are available for purchase in paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats via Amazon and Audible.

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series. Because who isn't ready for a fun, feminist romp through Victorian London and fresh new riff on classic Holmesian lore? I KNOW I AM! This series is super fun. If you love Sherlock Holmes I know you'll enjoy this series by father-daughter team Charles Veley and Anna Elliott.

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To Hear the Forest Sing [book review]

There’s something about nature that calls to me and I don’t know how to explain what happens when I go out in the woods except to say the trees and the air whisper to my soul. I don’t know what they say but I always feel refreshed and renewed after a nature walk. Perhaps this is why Margaret Dulaney’s book To Hear The Forest Sing appeals to me—for the past 25 years she has walked the woods with her dogs. While she walks, she ponders. Then once home from her wandering, she writes.

to hear the forest sing by margaret dulaney

To Hear the Forest Sing is the result of Dulaney’s writing following her morning walks. Arranged into categories like Reconstructing a Self and Pieces of a Puzzle, there are 26 essays exploring spiritual themes on a wide range of subjects. I find her approach unique and refreshing and enjoy the meandering nature of this compilation.

Even more interesting, To Hear the Forest Sing is a companion to the spoken-word website Listen Well. Here Dulaney publishes audio versions of her essays. In many cases a writer would publish a written blog of her daily musings but Dulaney has taken a different path.

I connect with Dulaney’s approach to life and writing and understand the dream for a simpler life, one filled with nature, stillness, contemplation, reflection, and writing. In fact, I wonder how much more writing I’d do if I adopted a daily walk in the woods practice.


To Hear The Forest Sing: some musings on the divine synopsis

To Hear the Forest Sing is a collection of essays by the founder of the spoken word website Listen Well. Margaret Dulaney has been accumulating a life’s worth of spiritual musings for the past two decades. In 2010 she founded the spoken word website Listen Well, which offers one recorded essay a month to a growing number of followers. Listeners tune in for ten quiet minutes as she explores sacred and secular themes through story and metaphor.

There's something about nature that calls to me and I don't know how to explain what happens when I go out in the woods except to say the trees and the air whisper to my soul. I don't know what they say but I always feel refreshed and renewed after a nature walk. Perhaps this is why Margaret Dulaney's book To Hear The Forest Sing appealed to me; for the past 25 years she has walked the woods with her dogs. While she walks, she ponders. Then once home from her wandering, she writes.

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