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Welcome! Lenkaland shares my adventures in creative photography, raising kind children, writing, living with chronic illness, raising a daughter with dyslexia, and swimming with mermaids. Hope you have a nice stay!

Dare to Love, Dare to Dream

I love when dreams come true.  They don't even need to be my dreams. Meet Heidi

This is Heidi with a dreams-come-true beautiful smile.  Saturday we got to celebrate dreams with her book launch party at Books, Inc. in Palo Alto.  She and I shared many a creative writing workshop in our (not so long ago) college days :).  She is signing her awesome new book, Sea.

Sea is about a girl who visits Indonesia soon after the Tsunami.  She meets a compelling young man who inspires life-changing adventures.  It's my next great summer reading.

The party was a beginning for the book, but also a pure celebration for Heidi.  There was a feast of Indonesian goodies, with fun twists like the edible fruit display that Heidi's friends sent her.  Ian ate every single grape off of the display and I learned.  You want kids to eat fruit?  Put it on a stick.

Also, goodies related to the book like orange cream soda and these tasty treats:

Sea cupcakes!

Heidi talked about her book.  I quickly realized this wasn't a bunch of people coming to see her.  No, this audience was there to be with her.  To celebrate with her.  Family, book group friends, fans, everyone gathered to share the fun.  And Heidi is fun!

She loves writing and it shows.  She speaks of Sea and future projects with true enjoyment.  So appropriate that the catch-phrase for Sea is Dare to Love, Dare to Dream.

What a happy, joyful night!  Thanks, Books, Inc. for hosting!

Because dreams come true.  Believe.

I also loved the long line of fans waiting for their Sea-signing.  Yay, Heidi!

And I must say that Books, Inc. is a cool bookstore!  Loved the whole event.  Thank you!  I will be at the next big launch party, Heidi! :)

Passionate Living

Celebrating Sea