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Fence post: Now available on Audible

 

I am thrilled that my novel, Snow Fence Road, is now also available as an audio book on Audible, just in time for summer reading lists.

Narrator Sheri Beth Dusek has done a wonderful job of capturing the heart and spirit of the book.

To celebrate, the book’s Kindle version is discounted from May 18-25 — and the new audio book is there on the same page:

https://www.amazon.com/Snow-Fence-Road-Phyllis-Edgerly-ebook/dp/B00DDVB106/

I sketched down Snow Fence Road in my 30s after a vivid dream about the trauma that shatters its hero’s life, then spent the next 20 years writing nonfiction.

Finally I realized after half a century of life that what I want most is to explore the real power of relationships – their healing power. And if they are the gold on life’s path, fiction is all about them.

There are the relationships that the characters reveal to the writer, and the ones that writers and readers develop with them – and ourselves – as we connect with their story. Hearing that characters remain with readers like enduring friends is a wondrous gift. Yet the only reason this book exists is that the characters stayed with me for so long, and reflected to me what I was learning about giving and receiving love.

Once a rootless military kid, I find that place becomes a living part of story, for me. When readers say Snow Fence Road feels like an actual visit to Maine, I’m grateful because this place I love so much has always felt like a “fully-developed character”, to me. Small-town life there, as in the story, is human-scale. That’s the one that helps us learn the most about others, and ourselves, I think.

As it follows the developing relationship between Tess Johansen and hard-tested loner, Evan Marston, both ravaged by grief and gun-shy about love, this story is categorized as romance. But it probably seems a whole other country from what many perceive romantic fiction to be today. It’s a love story, and about relationship, but I’m always most interested in what transcends the impermanent, what helps hearts open, and heal, and reach the greatest potential for which they’re created.

Snow Fence Road aims at more emotional and spiritual themes because in the many wounded hearts I’ve encountered, no amount of physical love or attraction ever healed or helped them trust again, but real love did. Real, lasting love requires accepting, and sharing, vulnerability, which in itself can be a miraculous and eternal kind of beauty.

This story also explores the weight of secrets — why we keep them, when they drain our life away; when there isn’t even need to, though shame and guilt convince us otherwise. We learn to keep secrets to avoid vulnerability, then never get to know what real intimacy is.

While a lot of current writing may focus on pain and horror and give center stage to the fear these generate, I think there are higher, kinder, stronger visions to reach for. My goal is always to highlight the beauty and meaning that can exalt human lives.

When people ask me now, “Why do you write?” I may have finally found an answer, the same reason I get up each day: for the increase and advance of the one thing that lasts — the love that brings us home to our own hearts.

It’s a process that began one morning a long time ago when a dream’s sorrow lingered with me, and I began to love and listen to people I will never meet, but who became as real for me as the pages on which their story is printed now.

Find Snow Fence Road at: https://www.amazon.com/Snow-Fence-Road-Phyllis-Edgerly-ebook/dp/B00DDVB106/

A village on the coast of Maine holds painful secrets- the kind only the miracle of new love can heal.

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Blueberry muffins, anyone?

Blueberry-Muffins-14-1024x1024For those of you reading Snow Fence Road who tell me it’s made you hungry for blueberry muffins, here’s a terrific-sounding recipe.

It’s one I bet could easily be adapted to use a flour other than wheat, if that’s your preference.

My thanks to Maine author Susan Poulin for sharing this information from the Catching Health blog of Maine food and health writer Diane Atwood.  SFpatiophoto-3

In the spirit of “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, find this yummy way to enjoy these antioxidant-rich little treasures from nature at:

http://catchinghealth.bangordailynews.com/2013/08/16/nom-nom/blueberry-recipes-from-blueberry-muffins-to-blueberry-bliss/

And if you haven’t already spent some time in Maine with Snow Fence Road, discovering just how many unexpected developments one bucket of berries can lead to, you can learn more about the book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Fence-Road-Phyllis-Edgerly/dp/1934912549/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1372083362&sr=8-2&keywords=Snow+Fence+Road+Phyllis+Ring


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The road of love and healing

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The years teach much which the days never knew.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week, as I head to Maine, the setting for Snow Fence Road, it’s hard to believe a whole year has passed since it was published.

After years of writing nonfiction, I turned to novels when I realized how much I longed to explore what I believe are the primary needs of our times: healing and the increase of love. Stories are the best means I know to reveal the ways in which lives that grow more conscious about giving and receiving become pathways to an atmosphere in which peace can emerge.

photoWhen kind readers say that Snow Fence Road feels like an actual visit to small-town Maine, I’m grateful. As a once rootless military kid, I’ve found that place always becomes a living part of story, for me. I especially value small-town life, because it remains human-scale, which allows us to experience the kind of community that teaches us about the universe of our own heart.

I’m very grateful to Kerry McQuisten, my publisher at Black Lyon Publishing, for making room for a “romance” that’s so utterly unlike most of what is categorized that way today. It’s simply a love story about having to be human when, simultaneously, in reality, we are also so very much more.header

A lot of current fiction focuses on current realities, with their resulting pain, savagery, horror, and incessant, insistent fear. Or, they dig into the past to continue mining these same things. So few, I find, look at the power and role of that much-avoided gift — our emotions — to offer us a path toward the kinder possibilities that are grounded in our truest strengths. I believe it is those very attributes that emanate from the God-given nobility in which we are created that hold all of the beauty and meaning that can exalt our lives. If we choose to value them.DKHIMG_0757

Snow Fence Road aims at more emotional and spiritual themes because in the many wounded hearts I’ve encountered, no amount of physical attraction or infatuation ever healed or helped them, but the power of real love did. Real, lasting love requires accepting — and sharing — vulnerability, which I believe is the only human experience to which the term “intimacy” rightfully applies. Everything else strikes me as cheap, and rather desperate, imitation, fueled by our unwillingness to come to know and accept the gift of who we truly are, and the unanswered pain that results from how much we still long for it.

945917_10201346130645907_189855719_nWhen people ask me now, “Why do you write?” I’ve found the answer in the same reason I get up each day: for the increase and advance of the one thing that lasts: the love that brings us home to our own hearts. It’s a process that began one morning a long time ago when I began to love and listen to people I will never meet, but who became as real for me as the pages on which their story is printed now.

Find more about Snow Fence Road at: https://phyllisedgerlyring.wordpress.com/make-a-beginning-and-all-will-come-right/

 


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Snow Fence Road – a gift for Thanksgiving

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Well, I am extra thankful in this Thanksgiving week. Amazon has decided to offer the Kindle version of my novel, SNOW FENCE ROAD, for free as a download through this Wednesday, Nov. 27.

One of the nicest experiences I ever had as a writer was to give away copies of my book at Book Expo America in New York back in 2009.

Now, you can help me do that again. Download at the link below, and invite your friends and family to do the same:

http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Fence-Road-Phyllis-Edgerly-ebook/dp/B00DDVB106/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-2&qid=1372083362

And Julie Bond Genovese, one of my favorite authors, thanks for these very kind words you left in the reviews:

A story to reboot your heart:

Snow Fence Road, a beautiful love story, moves in twists and turns from unthinkable loss toward healing and redemption. Although grief holds the characters hostage, forgiveness and letting go allows hope to return. Phyllis Edgerly Ring is a writer of compassion, depth and brilliant imagery. I could feel that brisk Maine snow smacking my face as I careened right through this story. The atmosphere and mood, suspense and danger, kindness and courage will reboot your heart with this – life won’t leave you wanting and Love won’t ever give up.

 


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Creativity’s gifts and homecomings

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Along this writer’s path this week:

Big thanks to Paula Chaffee Scardamalia for her kind words about Snow Fence Road in her Divine Mus-ings newsletter this week:

 Snow Fence Road Cover… One of the magical elements of Ring’s book is that coastal Maine is as much of a character as Tess and Evan. From berry picking to wind-swept snow drifts that only a snow fence prevents from piling up on the road, the setting provides both backdrop and impact, leaving indelible images on characters and readers in the process. … Ring’s love story resonates with the poetry of her language and her images, and her belief in the nobility of the human heart. Check it out.

And do check out the wonderful resources at Paula’s site below. It has an especially inspiring gift for creating souls this week – an invitation to the joy of a “creative homecoming”. Naturally, that includes the heart “and all that resides therein, emotions, dreams, intuitions, creativity”. It also incorporates thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs, illumination, and of course, Divine inspiration, as well as the sacred possibility of healing and finding balance within ourselves.

Paula gave me a huge gift years ago when she helped me understand the precious relationship my dreams have with my creativity.

DTMWebsiteBanner21-resized-image-960x275Discover more at Paula’s site here: http://www.diviningthemuse.com/experience-a-creative-homecoming-monday-tarot-message-from-the-muse-for-the-week-of-8262013/