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Peggy Elam, Ph.D.
Nashville, TN
Psychologist, publisher (Pearlsong Press, www.pearlsong.com), editor, author, artist.
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Just in time for holiday gifting -- to yourself as well as to others who enjoy tales featuring big beautiful heroines -- Pearlsong Press has released Pat Ballard's newest novel, Once Upon Another Time. The original trade paperback is available... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Pearlsong Letter
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There's news in the Falstaff Vampire realm this summer! The Falstaff Vampire Files has gotten a new ebook cover as author Lynne Murray prepares to release a sequel to the paranormal adventure, The Falstaff Vampire Ghosts. Murray has also published... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at The Pearlsong Letter
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In April 2014 I moved my mother out of a nursing home, where she was miserable aftera badly-healed broken hip confined her to bed and wheelchair, to live with me in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then we've had many challenges, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at On The Whole
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Michele Tamaren, co-author of ExtraOrdinary: An End of Life Story Without End, will present "Who Cares? Caring for Ourselves as We Care for Others" June 10-12, 2016 at St. Mary's retreat center in Sewanee, TN. The program offers a spiritual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Earlier this week Bette Freedson was featured in a National Association of Social Workers Twitter chat about her book Soul Mothers' Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother. Read the archived chat interview here. A longer interview with Social Workers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is hosting a Twitter chat featuring social worker and author Bette J. Freedson from noon to to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Freedson is the author of Soul Mothers' Wisdom: Seven Insights... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Leslie Moise, author of the memoir Love is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship and the historical novel Judith, has just published a poetry collection about the friendship between two writers. Linked by the Joy of Words (R.C. Linnell Publishing, July... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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The ebook version of Lynne Murray's romantic comedy novel Bride of the Living Dead is now available exclusively from Amazon's Kindle store. Amazon Prime members can borrow the ebook for free, and Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read it for free.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Just four more days are left to get Lynne Murray's romantic comedy Bride of the Living Dead for 99 cents! In July, the ebook price returns to $4.99. Bride of the Living Dead stars plump San Francisco indie film critic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Publisher's Note: To celebrate the new cover for the Bride of the Living Dead ebook, we're dropping the ebook price to 99 cents for the month of June! What's in a name or a cover? by Lynne Murray Bride of... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Fans of Lynne Murray's new novel Gravitas: Valkyrie in the Forbidden Zone, as well as her other works (The Falstaff Vampire Files, Bride of the Living Dead, and the Josephine Fuller mysteries Larger Than Death, Large Target, At Large, and... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Paschal Baute's new anthology Where Do I Find "God" Stories v.2: Quest for Courage contains an excerpt from Leslie Moise's novel Judith. Baute is a Kentucky storyteller, psychologist and former Benedictine monk. His anthology features a "variety of paths into... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Clinical social worker Bette J. Freedson discusses how single mothers are misunderstood and shares tips from her new book Soul Mothers' Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother in an interview at The Mommy Stories blog. "Single mothers, especially poor... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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With deep sadness we report that author Judy Bagshaw passed away last night. We had just learned last week that Judy was seriously ill, and last weekend posted about her niece Skyla Dawn Cameron's campaign to provide some comfort to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Congratulations are in order for Leslie Moise -- her novel Judith is a finalist in the historical fiction category of the 2015 International Book Awards! The awards are sponsored by USA Book News. More than 1200 books from 15 countries... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Mary Saracino's novel Heretics: A Love Story is set in 15th century Sardinia (with a few scenes in Spain), but El Paso, TX poet Donna Snyder sees similarities to present-day life on the U.S.-Mexican border. Saracino "brings to life a... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Last week we received some heartbreaking news. Judy Bagshaw, author of the short story collection At Long Last Love and the novel Kiss Me, Nate! as well as other books, is gravely ill. Judy's niece, Skyla Dawn Cameron (an author... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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"Each of us thinks our obsession with weight and body image is ours alone. We blame ourselves for not being thin enough, sexy enough, shaped just the right way. We believe we’re supposed to fit the standards of the day.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at On The Whole
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Midwest Book Review's May 2015 Small Press Bookwatch features a review of Bette J. Freedson's Soul Mothers' Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother in which the book is "very strongly recommended for community library Parenting Studies instructional reference collections."... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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In May 2004 Pearlsong Press launched our first book, Dangerous Curves Ahead: Short Stories by Pat Ballard, celebrating love, health and happiness at every size -- especially the larger sizes often ignored, pathologized or demonized in popular culture. The cover... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Social worker Bette J. Freedson's book Soul Mothers' Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother (Pearlsong Press, March 2015) is featured in the What's New? section of this month's Calgary's Child Magazine. Check out the magazine issue online here. In... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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We're happy to announce that Pearlsong Press will be publishing a revised and updated edition of Judy Bagshaw's novel Big Fat Lies, which has been out of print and unavailable in ebook format since the book's original publisher, Draumr Publishing,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Pat Ballard's novella ASAP Nanny is now available as a PDF ebook from the Pearlsong store, joining the EPUB and Mobipocket/Kindle versions already available. As nine-chapter novella opens, 27-year-old Melanie Brock is homeless in Dallas, Texas, after being laid off... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Donna Snyder reviews Heretics: A Love Story, Mary Saracino's newest novel, at Return to Mago. "Rich details of the Barbaricini culture, and the Genargento Mountains in the Babargia, the most remote region of Sardinia in which they live, ground Mary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Pat Ballard's homespun wisdom shines in her inspirational collection of short essays, quotations and poetry. Originally published as a PDF ebook, Something to Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter