Zen for Ten 9: It’s a Book!

They’re here! This past Friday, the advance reader copies of my novel arrived. A moment nine years in the making! 🙂



To celebrate, today’s blog post includes a reading from the book, along with more of Maurice Ravel’s suite Ma Mere L’Oye, which I introduced in last week’s post. This week’s excerpt is the fourth movement, “Conversations of Beauty and the Beast.”

A side note, before the music: please stay tuned over the coming weeks, as I’ll be introducing the 10 x 10 x 10 Society (a special pre-pre-order offer, for our first print run) and the exciting plan that Blue Moon Publishers is working on to help support the Human Rights Campaign with To Love A Stranger‘s sales. I’m thrilled that my publisher is working to partner with the Human Rights Campaign. One of the driving forces behind Stranger was my hope that the story could bring people together: that was one big reason why I kept working on it in spite of all the times I wanted to give up. Now more than ever, as we as a country face such challenges and uncertainty about the future, I would love for my work to help make a difference in the world.

Today’s feature: reading from To Love A Stranger; excerpt from Ma Mere L’Oye: “Conversations of Beauty and the Beast.”

This movement gets the biggest feature in To Love A Stranger. My two main characters, Sam and Jeannette, play the duet together at a turning point in their relationship. For Sam, the music acts as a catalyst that inspires him to make a drastic change in both his and Jeannette’s lives.

0:00 – 5:15: intro comments

5:15 – 8:30: reading from Stranger; the narrative alternates between Sam’s thoughts, as he and Jeannette play the duet together, and parts of the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale itself

8:30-12:40: music

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See you next week! 🙂

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