Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

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

Monday, September 28, 2015

With gratitude to my blogging buddies

It's almost October. Which means it's almost time for the launch of my debut novel, The Wishing Steps. I wanted to take a moment here today to thank my blogging friends who have agreed to have me guest post and/or post a notice themselves about my new book. This is an awesome community of men and women who are thoughtful, caring and extremely supportive of one another. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your willingness to help spread the word.

On each day that I am guest posting, I will post here where I'll be. In the meantime, here is the cover.
You guys rock. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

Blessings
Karen


Saturday, September 19, 2015

one of the best books I've read in a long, long time




This photo makes me so happy. This is Mark David Gerson, author of 12, count them, 12 award-winning books. Here he is with his latest, an exquisite, poignant novel called Sara's Year. From the first sentence to the last, I was hooked, mesmerized and caught up in the lives of Esther, Sarah and Bernie. When the book ended, I cried for more -- I'm not kidding. I need a sequel. This book has everything that makes me unable to put a book down: characters I love and care about, a need to find out what happens to them, conversations and scenes that are so real I feel I am a fly on the wall, and a story that affects me emotionally just as the characters are affected, and in the end, I am changed along with the characters. I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down.



Here is everything you need to know about Sara's Year. 

Esther and Sarah share a single passion: to be the best they can be – on an epic scale. That's easier dreamed than done in Jewish Montreal on the eve of World War II. Fifty years later when death takes Esther, her son and her oldest friend must each decide whether Esther's abandoned dreams will defeat them or spur them on to triumphs of their own. 

I love the message this story carries: It’s never to late to follow your dreams. I was 50 when I picked up a guitar for the first time, 60 when I began singing and performing in retirement communities, in my fifties when I went back to school to get a college degree, and in my 60's when I published my first book. So I speak from experience when I say it is so important to follow our hearts. Sara's Year shows beautifully why that is and the consequences if we don't.

For more info and preorders of signed copies visit this website:

To view the book trailer, follow this link:
https://youtu.be/e0yoDkkF59s or the bottom of the page at www.sarasyear.com

Be sure to check out Mark David's website as well: www.markdavidgerson.com


And a special honor for me personally. I finally wrote a blurb that made it onto the back cover of a book. And that it was this particular book means so much to me because I respect Mark David as a writer so much.

Friday, September 18, 2015

a debut novel from a dear blogging friend

The Amaranthine (Thelum series) by Murees Dupé now available
Claire is sassy, human, and an outcast of society―who only wants to know where she belongs.

Alex is arrogant, selfish, and an immortal warrior―who thinks he’s prepared for everything.

Claire knows the world of immortals is where she belongs. As her guide and guardian, Alex finds it hard to resist Claire’s subtle charm. Can the two overcome their differences and embrace their passion for each other, or will the possibility of true love be lost to both forever?

You can find it here:

Kindle * Nook * Ibooks * Kobo *Amazon (paperback)




For those of you who read my blog regularly, you probably realize this is not a genre I read so I can't speak for this book personally, but I can speak for its writer, Murees, who is a lovely lovely women, struggling as we all are, to live a good life and do the things that bring her joy. Writing this book and getting it out into the world is a huge big deal for her and that I will support in any way I can.

Blessings,
Karen

Monday, September 14, 2015

The hardest blog post I've ever written

Asking for help. I don't know why it's so hard for me, but it is. My debut novel, The Wishing Steps will launch officially October 31. Several of you have offered to help me promote it when I posted the cover a few days ago. I appreciate that so much. I'm officially asking here in this post for you to email me at: kandgwalker@comcast.net with your emails so I can send the appropriate images and links when they're ready.

I would also be happy to write guest posts for anyone interested in that. Topic can be flexible - we can talk about that.

Okay, now I'm officially anxious. This made everything so damned real.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your willingness to support me in this journey of getting this book out into the world.

Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It's ready - it's ready!!

Finally, almost six years to the day since the mysterious voice came to me in Scotland and then again in Ireland, here is the cover for the story She asked me to tell. I am beyond words at this point. I am so grateful to Mark David Gerson for his design creativity (and editing genius) and Kathleen Messmer's brilliant photographic skills.

The book will debut some time in October. I'm shooting for an October 31 release date, but I'm hoping pre-ordering will be possible before then.

Without further ado,


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Wishing Steps

That's the title of my debut novel. So much has happened since IWSG post. I have had a photo shoot for author pic. I have chosen said pic. Once it is placed on the back cover, the book is complete. The inside has been formatted and copy-edited and checked for format errors. It is done to the best of my ability. I am hoping to have a cover pic and back page in the next few days.

I am also busy setting up an Amazon author page, Facebook author page, and setting up accounts at all the e-pub sites. The print version will be available on Amazon.com. (author collapses here in relief).

I am both excited and terrified to put this book out in the world, but I know for sure I was called to write it and am called to send it out into the universe. Whatever happens after that is none of my business.

I recently had a profound insight about myself - one that is radically changing the way I move through my world. It is that I am absolutely driven by what other people will think of me. It operated on an unconscious level so it was hard for me to see and understand how insidious it is and how much it impacted my life.

For example, if I'm out with a group of people and one of the group is behaving in an inappropriate manner, I would be aware of feeling embarrassed for them. But it goes deeper. What I was really feeling was fear of what others would think of me because I was with this person.

Now, with my book coming out and it's subject matter that has already made some people uncomfortable, I have to work really hard to let go about peoples' opinions. Someone's negative reaction shouldn't change the fact that I wrote the book I was called to write.

Hope to be back in a few days with the cover.

I want to leave you with this last thought:

I just finished reading Wayne Dyer's memoir "I Can See Clearly Now," which I'd started before he died. One of the many concepts he talks about is how we're all connected to God, Divine energy, the Tao, whatever you choose to call it. I've had trouble with that concept - just couldn't see it. At the same time, I'm working on a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. When I wrote my memoir in 2009, I felt as if I were putting a the pieces of my life together like a jigsaw puzzle, so that analogy was already at work when I had this insight. I saw the universe as a huge jigsaw puzzle. When you work a puzzle, there are colors that go together, and if you try to fit the wrong color in with the others, it doesn't work. But when the puzzle is finished, all the colors are part of the whole. And I suddenly got that is how the universe works. The people and the land are all the pieces and I fit in my own little circle colors and shapes, but I am not directly connected to your little colors and shapes on the other side of the world. But we're all part of the whole.
The insight is only a few days old but I'm already noticing slight changes in how I'm perceiving and treating others.

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group - September

Anybody else feeling as if time is flying by - seems like yesterday I was posting for August. Anyhoo, it is that time of month again. www.http://www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com Our awesome Ninja Captain Alex's monthly writing support group. Check out this link for other members and how to join.






Am I insecure this month? Duh! I made the decision to self-publish. I was hoping to have a cover to show you today, but it's not quite there yet. The book is already formatted. I've gone through it with a fine tooth comb and found spacing errors, words missing, things in italics that shouldn't be. Utterly normal for this to happen, but it's so easy to miss something. Those will be fixed in the next few days. Then I must go through it again to make sure everything was done and nothing else went glitchy.

But aside from those technical details, I'm terrified to put this book out in the world. When you pour your heart and mind and body and soul into something and then share it, there is always the potential for criticism and judgment. Heck, we get criticized and judged for statements we make in our lives as well. I get that intellectually. But I'm human. I want people to not only like what I've written, but to understand its meaning. And I can't control that -- darn it.

So, you bet I'm insecure. But someone once wrote a book called Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. So that's me this month. Very very afraid, but putting one foot in front of the other and doing what I need to do to get my baby out there. SIGH!

How about you?
Blessings,
Karen