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A Better World

The anthology book of which I am a contributing author, A Cup of Comfort for a Better World, releases this week! Cup of Comfort is an inspiring collection of 49 stories that celebrate the generosity of human spirit, through original, true tales that feature examples of people whose good deeds make life a little bit easier–children on the other side of the globe, next-door neighbors in a bind, or a friend staying brave in the face of illness.

My story, You Bought Me Sleep, is the opening chapter of the book – and was the Grand Prize winner in editor Colleen Sell’s contest for contributing authors! You can read my chapter here – but why not do yourself a favor and buy the book, then pass it around. The other stories are equally amazing and inspiring tales that will make you feel better about the world we live in.

Written by men and women, young and old, this collection is not only a touching tribute to those who see our world as a work in progress–but also an inspiration for anyone who wants to make a difference.

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The Author Show features Shelley

Please listen in today to The Author Show, a great radio show featuring various author’s who discuss their books. Today, I am the guest author on the show, talking about the invisible children of India and The Weight of Silence book with host Don McCauley. Please listen in online to this 12 minute interview!

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Book Release – June 15!

WOS cover

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The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India official release date is June 15, 2009! You can pre-order the book here. I am so excited, and I hope that you will be interested in reading the book that I have worked so hard on, and that so many of you have supported me in, to give a voice to these children and make many others in the world aware of the issues affecting them. Also check back at this website – on June 15, the launch date, I will be unveiling a totally new look and design to the site, as well as launching a two-week Virtual Book Tour from June 15-30 – click here to view the schedule.

During the Virtual Book Tour I will be appearing on a different website or blog each day to do an interview Q&A about the book and the topics and issues surrounding these children of India. If you are interested in being a part of the book tour at your site, please drop me a line.

Also, if you are willing to help raise awareness by placing an announcement about the book and some brief info and a link on your site, I would really appreciate it. Of course you can write whatever you’d like about the issues and the book, and you can get lots of information from this website. To make it easier for you, if you wish, below I’ve posted a sample announcement blurb and link, and you can use the book cover image as well. Thank you all again for the wonderful support you have all shown me!

Dog’s Eye View Media proudly presents a true-life story straight from today’s headlines.  Shelley Seale’s narrative non-fiction book follows the lives of just such children as those brought to life in the movie Slumdog Millionaire. The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India depicts Seale’s journey into orphanages and through the streets and slums of India where millions of innocent children live without families. During her three years of writing The Weight of Silence, Seale has befriended and told the stories of many such children – and has born witness to their struggles first hand. Foreword by Joan Collins.

Release Date: June 15, 2009
Buy the Book: http://weightofsilence.wordpress.com
ISBN: 978-0-9802323-7-0

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Voluntary Traveler Q&A with Shelley – Sat. May 16th!

The Invisible Children of India, Q&A Discussion with Shelley Seale

Read the Q&A discussion transcript

Saturday May 16th
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Voluntary Traveler Book Project is proudly presenting an online discussion with Shelley Seale, author of the upcoming book, ‘The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India’ (June 15, 2009). Shelley is an active freelance writer, avid vagabond and serial volunteer. Please feel free to drop by the group early, read Shelley’s bio and post your questions, thoughts and ideas.

This is a special chance for our group to gather personal insight from an expert in a topic much in today’s headlines – think Slumdog Millionaire. Please make her feel welcome and make the most out of this special occasion.

About The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India:

Amidst the growing prosperity of India, there is an entire generation of parentless children growing up. They are everywhere. They fill the streets, the railway stations, the shanty villages. Some scrounge through trash for newspapers, rags or anything they can sell at traffic intersections. Others, often as young as two or three years old, beg. Many are homeless, overflowing orphanages and other institutional homes to live on the streets. The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India is a non-fiction narrative by Shelley Seale that gives a strong and hopeful voice to its most vulnerable citizens.

About The Voluntary Traveler:

The Voluntary Traveler is a travel anthology penned by writers from all over the world. Focused on inspiring volunteer vacations and/or encouraging adventure-minded people to see volunteer work as a part of ones longer journey, the book will also include a volunteer guide section, listing charities needing volunteer assistance, plus organizations that coordinate service orientated travel.

The Voluntary Traveler is being published by Dog’s Eye View Media. The book’s creator and content editor, author Nola Lee Kelsey, has a goal of producing a title that helps people see the best aspects of making a positive impact through “voluntourism” and dispels the perception of volunteer vacations as a sacrifice. We focus on the good, the amusing, the mind-expanding and the adventurous facets of this type of travel.

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