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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Woman of Courage

Last post was about me summing up the courage to read my own book. Well, this post is about someone with REAL courage.

Her husband is deployed to Afghanistan. She just had a baby girl a few weeks ago. He wasn't there for the birth. She has two young boys. Money is tight, so she teaches English lessons part time. She wrote a book, a really really good book, scheduled for release on Kindle very soon and print release October 29. She's worried about marketing. She's worried about reviews. She's worried about the cover. And with all the pressure on her, she can't sleep which makes her anxiety and stress level go even higher.

Her name is Tamara Hart Heiner and her blog is Chasing Dreams. Here is her awesome debut novel, a YA thriller, Perilous.


She prays for this book to be a success, like every author does. I have read an ARC, and it's brilliant. I guarantee you won't go to sleep until you finish it. It's a fast read, an exciting, pulse-racing action thriller. It could sell a million copies if enough people know about it. And Tamara stays awake at night nursing her newborn while nursing the silent, lonely dreams of a talented young artist, hoping her book will find an audience.

If you visit her blog, you can follow and keep up with the release of Perilous. You can click on the Goodreads icon on the sidebar to add her book to your list. You can tell her you love the cover, that you can't wait to read it. You can show support for a woman of true courage, who needs some help right now. Tell her KarenG sent you. And maybe she will stop worrying and feeling like the world is on her small shoulders and finally be able to get a good night's sleep.

36 comments:

  1. Makes the stress level with my upcoming book seem miniscule in comparison.

    And congratulations - I saw you were the winner on Glynis's blog.

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  2. Thanks for introducing this new author.

    Everyone is invited to a Viking blog BBQ, directions are on my site both in Tuesday's post and tomorrows, Thursday.

    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  3. What a story:) Tamara sounds like an amazing woman, and since I love reading great books on my Kindle I plan on adding hers to my library:)

    Thanks Karen!

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  4. I'm sold. I'll stop by her blog, follow, and say hello and tell her Karen sent me.


    Stephen Tremp

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  5. Sounds like an amazing new author. Thanks for sharing the information. Congratulations on your win on Glynnis' blog.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  6. what a great post. The book sounds great. And yes I love the cover. Heading over to her site now :)
    Lyn

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  7. How nice of you to do this. I'm going to check out her blog. She's got a great title, so I'm already intrigued.

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  8. She's on my blog roll, but I'm ashamed to admit I haven't been over there for awhile. Thanks for the polite smack upside the head

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  9. I will!! I will! I will help her promote her book. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Oh Karen! Too nice of you! Brought tears to my eyes! LOL!

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  11. My favorite part of High School English was finding out about the authors and their lives. When you feel like you know the author and their trials, the book attaches more to your spirit. Thank you for this insight into Tamara's world. Her book just made my short list for Kindle purchases.

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  12. I will definitely step by her blog today. And you are a real sweetie for doing this.

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  13. I'm swinging by her blog tonight. Thank you for the heads up on her book as well!

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  14. What a lovely post. I will pop along to 'meet' the author.

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  15. I'm impressed - off to take a look straight away.

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  16. stopping by now thanx for the heads up

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  17. Yay for Ms. Hart Heiner!! And all the best with her book - thanks KarenG for the intro and link!

    Take care
    x

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  18. Looks like a great book Karen - I've paid Tamara a blog-visit and I'll be buying the ebook once it's released. Yay for Kindle software for those of us in Kindle-free countries :)

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  19. Wow, will do. Thanks for the heads-up. I'll scoot on over to her blog now.

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  20. Nothing like adding stress to a book release!

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  21. Lots of people are pulling for you, Tamara, so take heart! I have the utmost respect for any author who writes while raising babies and toddlers. And to do it all by yourself for a season? Quite a feat!

    All the best with Perilous!

    Hugs,
    Beth

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  22. Great post Karen! And Tamara...YOU GO GIRL!!! Good luck with Perilous. I'll definitely check it out.

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  23. Thanks Karen. Go Tamara!! :) I think you know why I smiling. It's awesome!!

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  24. You are one sweet blogge-friend:) Off to go give a little support.

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  25. I will just echo what everyone else has already said here, Karen. What a wonderful thing you are doing for this amazing woman.
    karen

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  26. You have a spirit of generosity that is most appealing. I enjoyed my visit and will be back. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  27. Thanks for introducing us to Tamara. I will certainly pay her a visit. Such a nice gesture, Karen!

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  28. You're a superstar for spreading the love, Karen! I've met Tamara (having grown up Tamera Hart, I couldn't resist) but didn't realize her book release was so soon, or that she was acting single new mom while her hubby was off serving all of us--definitely insomnia worthy!

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  29. Have I told you how awesome you are lately? Because you are. Clicking over now ...

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  30. I will most definitely add to my TBR list.

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  31. Thanks for the heads up Karen. I will pop over now.

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  32. This is such an awesome post, Karen! Thanks so much for highlighting Tamara! I think she's pretty awesome too, but I haven't had the privilege of reading the book yet, so thought this was a wonderful shout out! You are very special to take the time for other authors. Yay for people like you! And Tamara!

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  33. Headed over there to check Tamara. Thanks for the introduction....what a sweet thing to do!

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  34. You're not only talented and fun, you're amazingly kind. Thanks for the tip on what sounds like a great read. I'll check out her site right now.

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