A Memoir on the Meaning of Life and Death – A Walk Through the Churchyard

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The Rev. Rob Gieselmann is someone I’d call a TellTale Soul.  He’s written a truly heartfelt memoir looking at the  space in between life and death as an insider who has intimately walked the walk.  If you know anyone who has lost a loved one or needs a shoulder to lean on when death looks on, I highly recommend this little book.  The following is the review I couldn’t resist writing and posting on his page on Amazon. I didn’t read  “a Walk through the Churchyard toward a spirituality of Christian death”, I “felt” this memoir seep into every part of my being as I took in Rev. Rob Gieselmann’s experiences and listened to his messages.  They will stay with me, always. Eloquent and honest, this little book, of only 119 pages, is a beautifully moving memoir of extraordinary power.  I was deeply touched as Rev. Rob Gieselmann gathered poignant thoughts and expressed intimate feelings, often by putting forth questions—some resolved, some not—about death. 

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Dog Water Free: A Mother-Son Memoir of Consequence

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TellTale Souls tap emotional memory when writing Mother Memoir, as they discover intimate truths deep within their first relationship—of this you’re well aware. In the same spirit, new author Michael Jay will touch you as he reveals how one mother’s son, Mikee, taps emotional memory in a innocently powerful way. Read on… Meet Joe Black visits The Wonder Years in the true story of DOG WATER FREE, a coming-of-age saga that delivers on its promise. It’s a tale about hope and faith and a young mother’s love that fosters an improbable journey to find emotional truth. It chronicles an adventure by a boy named Mikee that lands a dumbstruck orphan from the unlikely side of Detroit front and center before England’s Queen, America’s Maestro and the first non-Italian Pontiff in more than 400 years.  I’m pleased to welcome debut author Michael Jay to share a few insights about his mom and about how his journey begins. It’s the era of MadMen.  *   *   *  

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Dynamic Memoir Writing Workshop “Keeping Spirits Alive”

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 “KEEPING SPIRITS ALIVE”    The Memoir Writing Workshop with Award-Winning author Lynn Cook Henriksen When:  Saturday, February 2, 2013 • 9 a.m. to Noon Where:  St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere, CA         Email lynn(at)telltalesouls.com to reserve your place• $35         Who is she—your mother—deep down inside? How will she be remembered? Why does it matter? Lynn Henriksen invites you start writing from the beginning by embracing a special kind of memoir where you’ll capture the character and spirit of the woman who gave you life, as only you can.            On this journey of discovery you’ll find your unique voice, while moving a memory gem into memoir through intriguing prompts, guided activities, partner sharing, and feedback. Find out how truth, emotional memory, and imagination merge with all ‘six’ of your senses to awaken insight and understanding, and why you won’t let HER simply slip away. Lynn has

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Best Reading Group Picks for 2012, Bar None

Great Group Read Selections 2012 list of powerful books was just released, and I am thrilled to share it with you.  As past president of Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter,  I’ve had a hand in the selections, as well as helping to foster awareness of our annual signature event, National Reading Group Month, to be held this year on October 6th from 2-4 p.m. at Books Inc, Opera Plaza, San Francisco.  And we’re showcasing two of the authors whose books made the list: Anita Amirrezvani, Equal of the Sun. From the author of the internationally bestselling The Blood of Flowers comes a compulsively readable and gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, intrigue, and love in the royal court of sixteenth-century Iran. Simon & Schuster, Release: June 5, 2012. Selected for 2012 Great Group Reads. I wrote a short review of Anita Amirrezvani's Equal of the Sun, which you can read by clicking on the title. Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist. A debut novel,

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Now Airing – The Bookcast Interview Conducted by Bill Thompson: TellTale Souls Write

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I had such fun doing an interview on the art and craft of TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir yesterday with a real pro, veteran author interviewer Bill Thompson on The Bookcast.  Rather than read a blog post from me today,  I invite you to click here and  listen to the interview. Then take it from there and write your Mother Memoir.  (Mom's worth it!) Connecting, understanding, and the honoring of the relationship, whether it was good or not so good or even horrible will be rewarding, I promise. Who is she, your mother, deep down inside? How will she be remembered? Why does it matter? The Mother Memoir is achieved in just a few pages by answering my seminal question: "If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother's character and keep her spirit alive for future generations, what would it be?" You will find thoughtful prompts, intriguing exercises, and over 40 stories written by TellTale Souls who have walked this path before

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Win the TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir Guidebook at Hibiscus House

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Hibiscus House is giving you the chance to WIN my award-winning guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit, just for stopping by and saying hello. What a treat! Dolly invited TellTale Souls and me into Hibiscus House as honored guests for an entire week.  Now, that’s southern hospitality at its finest. The only catch was she wanted me to inspire her friends to write from their hearts short, true tales called Mother Memoir, so they, too, would become TellTale Souls. Since showing people how to write creative memoir is my passion, and the fact that on a moment’s notice I'll  roll out TellTale Souls Method’s unique technique on how to Tap Memory and Write Your Memoir Capturing Character & Spirit, we settled in for an adventure. Everyday is an adventure with Dolly at Hibiscus House. As you can see from the photo, Dolly’s house is a beautiful place in the country, complete with wildlife

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Princess Pari and Eunuch Javaher Battle for the Throne in Old Iran: Equal of the Sun

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Equal of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani I was fortunate to have the opportunity last spring to read an advance copy of Anita Amirrezvani’s historical novel, Equal of the Sun. I was so enthralled by this exotic story set in seventeenth-century Iran that I couldn't put it down. Yes, this is fiction at its finest. Bound to become a bestseller. For every writer, this book is a place where a master storyteller shows you how to make characters come alive in stunning detail, as Amirrezvani weaves an undeniably engrossing tale. Amirrezvani's impressive writing moves through a fast-paced and fascinating story of struggle for the throne of Iran. When the Shah’s daughter and protégé Princess Pari and her trusted advisor Javaher, a self-made eunuch, learn of her beloved father’s death, a battle of epic proportions begins. Pari and Javaher confront a court of unscrupulous men, who lust for power at any cost, to stake out a place for her, a mere woman, in the fiery tapestry of old

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Book Giveaway on “A Mom’s Take” for Dad’s Best Gift Ever

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Toss that tie! Write a memoir about your dad's mother and make this Father’s Day the most memorable one he’s ever experienced. Need some help writing your story about grandmother? Win It! The outstanding blog network, A Mom’s Take, is sponsoring a review/giveaway of my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit. “If you could tell just one small story that would capture your grandmother’s character and keep her spirit alive, what would it be?” You’ll find secrets to answering this question via intriguing prompts and exercises throughout the guide’s Five Acts – steps to success – interwoven with 40 memoirs by TellTale Souls who have walked this path. Or think creatively…give DAD the guidebook and let him have the joy of tapping into his memory and writing the stories that only he can tell. Stories filled with intimate memories of loved ones in your family will now be

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Echoes of Spirit

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

One of the qualities inherent in writing the Mother Memoir is that it transports people to places where they look for the secrets of the spirit in people they more clearly want to understand. And one of the reasons why daughters and sons—T ellTale Souls—want to write the Mother Memoir is because they realize this journey, one they have never before traveled, will result in a reward, a renewal of spirit. Spirit is echoed in the heartbeat.  In Jan-Philipp Sendker’s novel,  The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Tin Win’s courageous and loving journey provides the proof.  As TellTale Souls follow their paths through writing the Mother Memoir and listen closely, the resonance of heartbeats become known. The following is a brief review of this exceptional story: The mysterious beginning of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats immediately drew me in—I knew I wanted to devour this novel, and I did right down to the last word in the very surprising and enlightening ending.  When two

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Best Books of Spring – San Francisco Book Fest Picks TellTale Souls

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I just received notice that TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit was picked a winner in the San Francisco Book Festival "Best Books of the Spring" competition in the How-To category!  They say it was a tough competition that attracted entries from around the globe. What more can I say? I’m absolutely thrilled about this honor! Well, The Story Woman has this to say, "When you write your very own short, true story about your mother or someone who made you feel like a daughter or a son—you’ll be thrilled, too!"

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