As you know, Friday is my day to share new books and have guest authors come to tell us about their work. Today it’s the turn of Erika King a wonderful blogger I met through another common blogger friend. She shares inspirational quotes every day, songs, her poems and her own songs, and also posts exploring life-changing topics. I can say I look forward to her posts every day.
Here a bit about her in her own words, from her website/blog:
Hi, I am Erika! I was born in Vienna but grew up in another part of Austria and in the Principality of Liechtenstein (within the Swiss alps) where I still live. I am running a Practice for Aromatherapy and Self-Development. I am a singer and author.
For a long time I was dominated and controlled by fears and outside influences. From teenage times to adulthood my life was overshadowed by destructive thought patterns. One day I stood up and started to face my fears one by one. My life changed completely. Today I grab my chances and lead the life I always wished for. In order to share my wonderful insights I wrote I’m Free – Awareness of Who You Are by Discovering Who You Are Not!
When I started blogging in May 2014 I had no idea what this was about. I did it in order to promote my book and was trained therefore by my publisher. After 10 months of increasing and intensifying interactions, of finding dear friends all over the world, and so much love everywhere I changed again and so did my blog changed. It got so much more personal and has developed to a blog from soul to soul. It has become a place for everyone to pause for a moment, to lighten up the heart, to smile, to get inspired, and to fuel with good vibs. We are all wonderful beings who came into this world in order to explore, discover, experience, create, and simply enjoy the lifetime in a human body with all senses. I want you to open your heart in order to hear, see, and feel clearer about yourself, your life, and the world. Therefore we need the happenings in our lives as signposts and tools. It is neither good nor bad – it simply is. Whatever happens has its reason in order to show us something or make us develop something. Life is simply all about living with everything it has in store for us.
I am not sitting on a cloud with an enlightened smile on my face all day long. I can be angry, stubborn, impatient, sad, and frustrated as well. But I know that these are characteristics which are part of my experience but not part of me. I am profoundly happy as a basic condition of my being. Therefore I don’t deny negative feelings because I know that they will show me something in order to discover a new part of myself.
Reach out for the stars but only as high as your feet still touch the ground!
You’ve probably already realised why people who start following her can’t leave.
And, the good news are that recently she’s published a book collecting some of her best loved quotes and adding some new ones.
Here I copy from her post explaining how the book came to be (and yes, I’m mentioned as Erika asked me for a brief introduction to the book. And I’m in good company.)
101 KIND Quotes is a collection of quotes as I post them daily on my blog. I have been doing this for almost two years and you can imagine that quite a lot have come together. To pick only 101 was a bit of a challenge.
I started in mid-January and created almost all the 101 quotes anew. Because of copyright issues, I only used my own photos. New quotes were immediately included in this book. That means you will find quotes I have not posted yet. The past 2 weeks I spent with creating the cover, the acknowledgment, bio, introduction but most of all with putting the file together. That formatting process was a challenge but it made me almost a Word expert…LOL!
Why 101 quotes and not 100? In order to fill the last page
Now to some important details:
- The idea:It was the end of November when Kritika of From The Soul To The Nip Of The Pen suggested publishing a calendar with quotes. I thought that is an awesome idea. But that would have meant creating 366 memes just asap because Christmas and the New Year were close. No, too late for that! But you know me… once the wheel is spinning in my head I don’t give up on it anymore and so I developed the idea of a quote book. I had time to create it and it did not have to have so many quotes.
- The cover photoshows the modern skyline of Vienna (where I am from). The photo was taken by my youngest sister lately. When I thought about creating the cover I remembered it. My sister is an early bird. She took the photo in the morning close to where she lives.
- The forward: I could not feel any more honored! Two of our published authors here on WordPress agreed to write a forward for me. They are Olga ofAuthorTranslatorOlgaand Sylvester of Syl65’s Blog. You guys are incredible. Thank you so very much!
Links to the book:
Kindle version: here.
And if you want to get a closer look, here is a preview…
Thanks to Erika for her inspiration, her book and her mention, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and CLICK!