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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, November 11, 2011

Help Jessica Bell day

Today is THE day to help Jessica Bell's debut, STRING BRIDGE, hit the bestseller list on Amazon, and receive the all-original soundtrackMelody Hill: On the Other Sidewritten and performed by the author herself, for free!

All you have to do is purchase the book today (paperback, or eBook), November 11th, and then email the receipt to:


She will then email you a link to download the album at no extra cost!

Here's how you can purchase String Bridge:

To listen to samples of the soundtrack, visit iTunes.

If you are not familiar with String Bridge, check out the book trailer:

Rave Reviews for String Bridge:

Jessica Bell’s STRING BRIDGE strummed the fret of my veins, thrummed my blood into a mad rush, played me taut until the final page, yet with echoes still reverberating. A rhythmic debut with metrical tones of heavied dark, fleeting prisms of light, and finally, a burst of joy—just as with any good song, my hopeful heartbeat kept tempo with Bell’s narrative.~ Kathryn Magendie, author of Sweetie and Publishing Editor of Rose & Thorn Journal

“Poet and musician Jessica Bell's debut novel String Bridge is a rich exploration of desire, guilt, and the difficult balancing act of the modern woman. The writing is lyrical throughout, seamlessly integrating setting, character and plot in a musical structure that allows the reader to identify with Melody's growing insecurity as her world begins to unravel … String Bridge is a powerful debut from a promising writer, full of music, metaphor, and just a hint of magic.” ~ Magdalena Ball, author of Repulsion Thrust and Sleep Before Evening

Jessica Bell is a brilliant writer of great skill and depth. She doesn't pull back from the difficult scenes, from conflict, pain, intensity. She puts it all out there, no holds barred, no holding back. She knows how to craft a scene, how to develop character, how to create suspense. This is an absolutely brilliant debut novel. I look forward to reading her next novel, and next and next.” ~ Karen Jones Gowen, author of Farm Girl, Uncut Diamonds and House of Diamonds

 Here's the blurb on the jacket flap...

Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a ‘proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage—and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits ....

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get this book, so bye for now, I'm off to Amazon....


Jessica Bell said...

Haha! Thank you so much for posting this today, Karen! :o)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

As I have written many times today, Good luck Jessica I'm sure your book will be a success.


Julie said...

This book sounds wonderful. Definitely going to read this one, it's great to see all the support all over the blogosphere!

Congratulations and best wishes to Jessica!

DL Hammons said...

Been there (at 3:45 this morning) done that! Now I'm waiting on the mailman. :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Jessica is the best! Thanks for featuring her, Karen.

Karen Walker said...

Well, everyone, I not only ordered Jess's book, but while on the Amazon site I launched myself into current technology with the purchase of a Kindle touch. Oy!

Jules said...

Happy weekend Karen, best of luck to Jessica.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah for Jessica! And her CD is awesome.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I won her CD - can't wait to listen to it.

Julie Musil said...

Karen, I'm reading this one now and it's fantastic! When you get it, I hope you enjoy it. And yay for Jessica!

Carol Kilgore said...

Hope Jessica busted the charts!