Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 6

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to the finale of my 2014 blog book tour! This month I’m celebrating the new Conundrum Press edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today you can find me in two places: PubSlush, a crowd-funding platform that launches quality authors out of the slush pile, and Murder is Everywhere, where one of that blog’s 12 renowned crime writers has offered me her killer slot for a day.

Today PubSlush features me in their Women on Wednesday author interview series. I answer such questions as: “How does writing give you a voice you wouldn’t normally have?” and “What were some of the roadblocks you faced in the publishing process?”

Meanwhile, if you missed my earlier post about my ridiculous efforts to learn to speak Cantonese, please head over to the Murder is Everywhere blog for an encore presentation of Long Time No See.

It’s not too late to visit my entire online tour! You can find permanent links to my blog tour posts in the list below.

BLOG BOOK TOUR
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday

Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 5

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to Day 5 of my 2014 blog book tour! Please join me through October 15 as I celebrate the new Conundrum Press edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today you can read an excerpt from my book at Everyday Underwear, the humor blog of the hilarious but real, fun-loving but also thought-provoking Cindy Brown.

The memoir excerpt I’m sharing with Cindy is the brief story of my hike up Sicily’s Stromboli Volcano, which is obviously a trip in: The Wrong Direction.

Here’s where you can find the rest of my online tour:

BLOG BOOK TOUR, October 6-15, 2014
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

October 6
Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

October 7
Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

October 7
Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

October 8
The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

October 9
The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

October 10
Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

October 15
Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday
Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 4

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to Day 4 of my 2014 blog book tour! Please join me through October 15 as I celebrate the new Conundrum Press edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today I visit The Blood-Red Pencil, a collaborative blog of professional writers and editors whose goal is to help other writers and editors hone their craft. The group’s founder is the incomparable Dani Greer of Blog Book Tours. Dani is a delightful, supportive, and powerful force to be reckoned with in the world of modern publishing.

My post today is about the many threads that must come together to bring a book into being, threads that sometimes take years to make sense: Here’s a Book In Your Eye.

Here’s where you can find the rest of my online tour:

BLOG BOOK TOUR, October 6-15, 2014
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

October 6
Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

October 7
Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

October 7
Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

October 8
The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

October 9
The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

October 10
Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

October 15
Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday
Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 3

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to Day 3 of my 2014 blog book tour! Please join me through October 15 as I celebrate Conundrum Press releasing the new edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today I visit The Paper Tiger, the blog of one of my favorite authors, Lisa Brackmann.

Lisa writes some of the most intelligent, compelling thrillers you’ll ever read, including Rock Paper Tiger, and Hour of the Rat. Both of those books are set in China, one of the countries I explored on my solo trek around the world, which you can read about in They Only Eat Their Husbands.

I’ve been back to China twice more since then, and in my post at The Paper Tiger today, I talk about my embarrassing efforts to learn to speak Cantonese: Long Time No See.

Here’s where you can find the rest of my online tour:

BLOG BOOK TOUR, October 6-15, 2014
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

October 6
Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

October 7
Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

October 7
Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

October 8
The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

October 9
The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

October 10
Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

October 15
Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday
Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 2

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to Day 2 of my 2014 blog book tour! Please join me through October 15 as I celebrate Conundrum Press releasing the new edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today I visit two blogs:

For travel lovers, today at TravelDudes.org I share safety tips on when to take the risk of talking to strangers to increase your chance for adventure: When To Talk To Strangers.

For writers and book lovers, today at the Conundrum Press blog I consider how writing a memoir illustrates the creative power of seeing life as a story:  Creating Our Lives as Stories.

Here’s where you can find my online tour through October 15:

BLOG BOOK TOUR, October 6-15, 2014
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

October 6
Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

October 7
Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

October 7
Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

October 8
The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

October 9
The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

October 10
Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

October 15
Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday
Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 1

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to my 2014 blog book tour! Please join me through October 15 as I celebrate this month’s Conundrum Press release of the new edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today, you can find a fun interview with me over at author Jim Heskett’s blog. Jim is a fiction and poetry writer, book reviewer, and world traveler who lives in my beautiful Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. In our interview, I talk about the craft of writing, my obsession with a sci-fi TV show, and my re-imagining of an embarrassing book title.

Here’s where you can find my online tour through October 15:

 

BLOG BOOK TOUR, October 6-15, 2014
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands
Please check my events page for updates:

October 6
Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

October 7
Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

October 7
Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

October 8
The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

October 9
The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

October 10
Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

October 15
Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday
Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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Poor With a Maid

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literature-of-servantsI’m a poor author, and I’m beginning to wonder: when am I going to get the housekeeper that so many of my favorite books have promised me? Jo March, the girl who made me want to become a writer, grew up with a housekeeper named Hannah. That, even though Jo’s sister Meg lamented their family’s humble lot on page one of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, saying, “It’s awful to be poor.”

In my favorite Jane Austen novel, Sense and Sensibility, Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters lost everything because women were not allowed to inherit. Then Willoughby dumped Marianne because she had no money. Yet the impoverished Dashwoods had three servants at Barton Cottage!

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Taking Credit

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAs a writing instructor, I yearn to take credit for the ingenious, creative, perceptive stories my students create. They’re kids, mostly middle-schoolers, and I yearn to point at their work and say, “They know how to do that because I taught them how.” But I believe what makes a good teacher—and I hope I’m good, though I have a long way to grow—is to have the restraint not to show them how. I give them ideas to think about, concepts to get their minds going, but the point is to let them push the discussion, explore their own answers, decide for themselves what each concept means. I seek to show them that there are potentially infinite ways to unveil a story, and then let them come up with their own way. I ask them to experiment, to dream, to use critical thinking, to ponder. But then my most important job is to get out of the way. So the less credit I can take for their work, the happier I am about the possibility that I’m evolving as a teacher.

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Which Words Come Last – My Creative Nonfiction in Rivet Journal

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Rivet-cover-issue_2I’m excited to announce that my latest creative nonfiction piece is now published in this month’s edition of Rivet, the new literary “journal of writing that risks.” In Which Words Come Last, I reflect on the way my mom’s last words carried us on a journey into our pasts, our futures, and ourselves. I hope it reminds you of the power of words to bind us to those we love. You can find my story here.

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Sharing On the Road and At Home

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Dale & B-cycle stationThe sharing economy is increasing opportunities for travelers who want to explore what the world has to offer, with less damage to their pocketbook and the environment. A woman who works for a new car-sharing program called RelayRides has asked me to share one of my favorite “hidden gems” in Denver so she can give customers ideas about fun stuff to do in my city. The RelayRides concept is similar to Airbnb or other budget vacation rentals in which people briefly rent out their homes while they’re away. With RelayRides, when you travel to another city you can rent your car to someone who’s coming to your city, and then rent a car from someone in the city you’re going to.

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