Make Room on the Bookshelf


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Story board for the new book – each page represents a chapter.

…or in the Kindle, because by the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll need the space for my new book about our 2011 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I’ve been working on the book since June and just yesterday ordered my first sample copy of the book, so I’m excited to share the news with you. I finished the first draft before we hiked the Colorado Trail in late August and since mid-September, I’ve been editing the book.

If you’ve read my first book, The Trail Life, then this book will be a fun follow-up to it, and if you haven’t read it (don’t worry Keith, I’ll forgive you), then this book will easily still stand alone on its own. I don’t have a title to share with you just yet, but wanted to tell you a little bit about it. Here’s a sample book description that best sums it up:

“Four years removed from her first long-distance hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, Julie, aka Stopwatch, is ready to embark on another thru-hike, this time following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail, a 2,181 mile continuous footpath from Georgia to Maine. She is accompanied by her husband, Matt, aka Optimist, for whom it is his second thru-hike of the AT. They are both burnt out from years of stressful jobs, but are both hopeful that the simplicity of the trail life will recharge their batteries, especially since they have experience on their side.

For Julie, it is a chance to improve the person that she came to be and came to dislike, and for Matt, it is a chance to relive old memories while living the trail life he’d come to love. While they could never predict all that would unfold over the months ahead, with volatility in the weather and in their moods, they know that no one who thru-hikes ever comes out the same on the other end. They are also not alone on the trail. Each day they are presented with new perspectives from the varied cast of trail characters hiking alongside them, a few of which have a lasting impression on their hike.

This book is for those that appreciate challenges that lead us down the path of self-honesty, who are willing to join Matt and Julie as they make their way north, through rainy weather and rocky terrain, as expectations meet reality, as they meet new people along the way, and as they search for meaning in it all, all the while following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail.”

More news to come as we progress on the book. It will be available on Amazon.com in both the Kindle and Paperback version and our goal is to have it out before Christmas. Stay tuned…

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