Hang on to Summer and Get Your Freebie e-books!

August 13, 2013

free stuffOkay, so here’s the deal; this is the last hurrah before the kiddies start school and summer officially ends. Let’s make summer last a bit longer by hitting the beach, hiking in the mountains, and reading a fabulous book.

To help feed that cry for fun, we’re giving away freebie e-books to the first 15 readers. I’m offering a selection from our backlist  because they rock. You may only choose one book. Be sure to put which title you want in the Subject line.

Example: Free e-book: The War of the Rosens.

Email me at lynn-at-behlerpublications-dot-com

Charting the Unknown (memoir) – Have you ever dreamed of chucking it all and doing something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Like living on that tropical island? Well, Kim Petersen and her husband did it. They tossed it all aside to live on a gorgeous boat and sail the world with their two teenagers – and in the process, learned valuable lessons about fear and love…and laughing like a foolio.

Nothing Short of Joy (memoir) – Julie Genovese is about the most infectiously happy people I know. This beautiful woman always has a smile on her face and a song in her heart. But she wasn’t born that way. She had to work to overcome a childhood of taunts and physical pain to reach a point of sheer joy, love, and happiness.

KTLA’s News at Ten: Sixty Years With Stan Chambers (memoir) – If you live in Los Angeles, or anywhere in Southern California, then you know Stan Chambers. He has long been an L.A. news icon and one of the business’s nicest guys. He was able to get breaking news stories because people trusted him. That included the story heard ’round the world – the Rodney King beating…and many others.

Dr. Zastro (fiction) – This novel is just plain lovely. A historical love story that still makes my heart swell whenever I read it. In fact, I’ve read it so many times, my Kindle app on my tablet is threatening to explode. Le sigh…

The War of the Rosens (fiction) – Is there any more endearing character than little Emma Rosen? Personally, I don’t think so. She’s a bright spot in a dysfunctional family, whose honest, pure questions about the world around her eventually heal everyone she touches. Love, love, love this book.

Donovan’s Paradigm (fiction) – Um…ok, gotta come clean and admit this is my book. Two very lively surgeons are at odds with each other due to their beliefs about medicine, and their fireworks threaten to rip apart the sanctity of the surgical ward, and their own lives. Geez, that sounds really Harlequin-ish, doesn’t it? It isn’t. If you’re looking for sex, forget it. If you’re looking for delicious, thought-provoking characters who make you think about whether your doctor’s beliefs impact the way they treat you, then this be for you.

Why I love being a publisher

July 2, 2011

We went to a friend’s birthday party last night. Toward the end of the evening most everyone had gone home, leaving a handful of us sitting around the table outside enjoying the warm summer night. Of course, talk turned to books. Someone piped up and asked about our books, so I happily recommended Charting the Unknown because I knew they’d love it. While describing the book and all the reasons why I adore Kim Petersen’s writing, someone else leaned forward and said, “Hey, I read that book. I borrowed it from a friend of mine. It was fantastic.”

Blink blink. Oh happy day.

Really? sez me, the cover has Kim sitting on the bow of the boat, right? Yah yah, sez she. Fantastic book.

Is there any greater feeling than publishing something you love and hearing someone bought it and felt the same way? It’s the same feeling I get when I go to a bookstore and see our books on the shelves. It’s confirmation that all the hard work and long hours everyone put in has paid off. Our jobs isolate us much of the time from our dearest loves – readers – so getting feedback about how someone loved one of your “children” is about as good as it gets.

And really, nothing sells a book better than someone who’s read it and loved it. Hearing it bounced back at you is simply delicious.

So if you’re looking for a travel essay that delves deeply into a woman’s heart and eloquently mirrors the common fears and hopes that dwell in all of us – with a huge dose of humor – then make Charting your next summer read (also available in Kindle and NOOK). Kim is a brilliant writer with a very bright future.

Hey, I know because I went to a party last night. I haz a happy.

Psst…wanna know what it’s like to live aboard a boat?

February 15, 2011

There have been any number of times when I’ve suggested that the beagle and I blow this popsicle stand and live on a boat. The beagle balks every time – something about hating sharks. However, our talented author, Kim Petersen, did just this. And with teenagers! Gah. If you’d like to read her advice on how to accomplish this feat with your sanity intact, click here for a great bunch of info.

Oh…and go buy the book. It’s fantastic. Besides, Kim has to be one of the nicest women in the entire world, and I’m sure she’d be happy to bake cookies for everyone who buys her book.

Behler and the giant authors

October 22, 2010

Lynn – feeling like a munchkin with her tall authors – and the beautiful Kim Petersen – author of the brilliant lausob (laugh + sob) memoir Charting the Unknown


What fun to walk into a conference bookstore and see two FABULOUS books…

…and having said authors ask where Tackle Box is.

Answer: I freaking forgot to order my own damn book. Geez, the beagle is right – I need a keeper.

Charting the Unknown – we’re just hemorrhaging fabo books

June 22, 2010

Great title for a book, eh? Think about the times you’ve charted your own unknown. Was it filled with fear, exhilaration, or a mantra of “holy artichoke hearts, Batman, what the hell was I thinking?” [my personal morning call to insanity].

The point about this thing we call the Human Experience is that no one gets out alive, and everyone can’t help but have their souls touched and altered in some manner. That’s what I love about Kim Petersen’s book. She and her husband, Mike, did something radical – something that most of us only think about: They chucked it all to live on a boat. A very nice boat, mind y0u, but a boat nonetheless.


I know, you’re all thinking the same thing I did – good grief, what sort of madness must ramble about their collective cerebral cortex to consider living within finite confines with, not one, but two walking hormones. On the other hand, what a marvelous opportunity to avoid the usual teenage angst of curfews, “I hate you!”, crap high schools who would rather show Bowling for Columbine rather than teach English, and having to tell your daughter her taste in boyfriends is sub par. It’s a brave move to turn back the clock of progress and focus on the most important assets in one’s life – kids, marriage, personal growth – all seen through a vastly different prism of travel, mutual respect, and depending on each other for survival.

You can’t help but come out a changed, better person. And that’s what I found by reading Kim’s fabulous book. Her story was an inspirational invitation to consider the aspects of my life and smooth out some of those jagged edges.

Any writer looking for an example of “voice” need go no further than Charting because Kim has mastered the art of engaging her readers with her witty, breezy style that makes it sound like she’s sitting across the table from you. She made me laugh clear down to the depths of my blackened soul, and stabbed a finger into the center of my charcoal-laden heart. Is it any wonder that The Balancing Act Morning Show on the Lifetime Channel is filming her? Be sure to tune in on July 16 to watch Kim in action.

But Kim doesn’t stop there. She has one of the coolest websites I’ve seen in a long time. It’s jam-packed with all kinds of great information for those seeking to make a serious life change. And get this – she’s even looking into doing a writing seminar aboard Chrysalis – in the Bahamas! Oh yes, baby, count me in. If this sounds like a cool thing, fill out the info page and keep your fingers crossed it doesn’t rain.

Oh…and buy this incredible book. Your life will never be the same. You don’t even need Dramamine. Pinky swear.

Meet Kim Petersen – brilliant author of the upcoming book, Charting the Unknown

October 29, 2009

kim1Back in August I wrote a post about falling in love with a particular manuscript and that I was infinitely fearful that my little heart would be broken – as it usually is once I get further into a manuscript.

Well, I’m giddy to report that not only did that beloved manuscript hold up, but I just got back the signed contract the other day.  Everyone, meet Kim Petersen – the object of my previous post and talented author of Charting the Unknown. Kim, everyone.

Kim’s story scratches my every literary itch, and I can’t wait to launch this book to readers in 2010. Kim’s story is about choices. In a way, it reminds me of The Bucket List – a dreadful movie, but a great idea. We all make little lists for ourselves when we’re young, stupid, and achingly idealistic, right? By the time I’m 40, I’ll have scaled Mt. Whitney, lunched with yaks, and written the Great American Novel.

Some lists are better than others. Well Kim and her husband stumbled across their old list they’d made when they first got married. After some tragedy and growing malaise, Kim’s discovery of that list seemed prophetic, and they set about fulfilling those promises.

The biggie on the list was to say, “Stuff it. Let’s get out of the rat race and sail the world on our homemade boat,” aptly named Chrysalis.  Now I don’t know about any of you, but that takes no small amount of guts and faith – especially when you have two kids. But they did it.

And that’s the lovely part of this book; they did exactly what so many of us dream of doing. It’s so easy to allow all the white noise to distract us from our fears and all the things that really matter. How many of us make a conscious choice to quiet the white noise and confront ourselves honestly – warts and all – and do something daring and borderline insane?

There is a lot of trust one must place in their crew and themselves when there is no visible land for eight days. This journey put Kim in touch with her biggest fears in a place where she was incapable of outrunning them. How many of us can say that? It’s painfully easy to sweep all the gunk in our lives under a carpet. But when your carpet is clear, blue ocean, it takes on a whole new level of immediacy. Reading Kim’s story was  a true privilege, and I knowthat once you are able to hold this beautiful book in your hands sometime next year, you’ll be glad you took my advice and kept the Kleenex box nearby.

Kim has a wonderful website that details all the aspects of how they pulled this off for four years – without killing each other.

In the meantime, it’s into the editing quarters. Avast, matey! And, Kim? Welcome aboard. The honor is mine.

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