November 18, 2019

Spotlight & Giveaway - Over the River and Through the Woods





A holiday pastiche from the authors of Mindful Writers Retreat, sure to light your festive candles!

From a Thanksgiving snow storm that mends old feuds… to the family misunderstandings that fuel new ones… a quirky elf and some romantic stardust will get you ready to go Over the River and Through the Woods on a journey through time!

Proceeds benefit Ligonier Camp & Conference Center Home of the Mindful Writers Retreats, Ligonier, PA

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My Review
I love how reading stories can get me in the holiday spirit. Over the River and Through the Woods shares wonderfully festive and mysterious tales, and considering this is an anthology of twenty-one short stories, they contain unexpected depth. It’s difficult to pick a favorite because I enjoyed so many, but Thanksgiving Traveler and Christmas Pearl really spoke to me.

The stories are told is varying tenses and points of view, and various ranges of wild, weird, and wonderful. Each author’s unique voice and imagination is showcased. With an assortment of both fiction and non-fiction holiday stories, ranging from mysterious visitors to peculiar happenings, I can say I’ve been fully entertained!

Light caution: Some stories contains slang and/or mild cursing 

★★★★
Multiple Authors
Publisher: Year of the Book Press
Series: Mindful Writers Retreat Series Book 2
Pages: 217
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Beck Valley Book Tours.


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Into the Woods is the title and theme for this assortment of short stories, poems, essays, music, and one walking meditation. Each piece is unique in tone and genre and the result is that the collection captures the fascinating, frightening, fun, healing, and fantastical wonder of time spent in the woods. The twenty-six contributors who attend Mindful Writers Retreats in the mountains of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, are donating one hundred percent of the proceeds to support the research and work of The Children’s Heart Foundation.

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Mindful Writers Retreat Authors 
Many of the writers who contributed to the anthology. 
The retreats happen at Ligonier camp and conference center in Ligonier, PA. 

Twenty-one Mindful Writers Retreat Authors contributed to OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. The group consists of bestsellers, award-winners, first-time authors, seasoned veterans, poets, memoirists, essayists, musicians, journalists, novelists, and short story writers who are traditionally, self and hybrid published. At Mindful Writers Retreats the labels don't create a hierarchy, but instead reveal the richness of those who attend. Every single writer contributes to the magic and the fun that results from meditation, walking in the woods, and hour upon hour of mindful writing.

“Thanksgiving Traveler” – Janet McClintock
“Solstice” – Eileen Enwright Hodgetts
“Magic Sleigh Bed” – Michele Savaunah Zirkle 
“Tidings of Comfort and Joyce” – Kimberly Kurth Gray
“The Bridge on the River Obi-Wan” – Ramona DeFelice Long
“Reminiscing on the Nostalgia of Happier Times” – Amy Morley
“Christmas Pearl” – Demi Stevens 
“Once Upon a Life Well Spent” – Hilary Hauck
“The Christmas Tree” – Kathleen Shoop
“Tink” – Abigail Drake 
“Limited Time Offer” – Phil Giunta
“Cranberry River” – Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet
“The Christmas Angel” – MaryAlice Meli
“A Gift” – Lori M. Jones
“Stars of Peace” – N.J. Hammer
“Fathers and Daughters” – Jennifer Diamond
“The Day the Magic Died” – James Robinson, Jr.
“Shaping Christmas” – Denise Weaver
“Buon Natale” – Cara Reinard 
“First Nativity” – Larry Schardt
“’Twas a Hard Day’s Night and Another Auld Lang Syne” – Sherren Elias Pensiero

Many of the writers who contributed to the anthology. 
The retreats happen at Ligonier camp and conference center in Ligonier, PA. 

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5 comments:

  1. This book perfect for the holiday season! Your review made me want to read this!

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  2. I love reading books about Christmas at this time of year.

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  3. Great reviews, beautiful cover & very interesting sounding stories! Cant wait to read more. Christmas stories always lift my spirits!

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  4. I think I get a sense of hope and usually the books lift my spirits. I enjoy reading them during the holiday season.

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