Some international readers have asked why they cannot find my book in their country. To address that, I spent a few hours in the “Academy of International Amazon Book Distribution” and have learned a few things. I have discovered that, though Amazon is working on expanding its distribution, there are still some countries where my book is not available. Among these are Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, and, surprisingly, Canada and Australia. Since a Canadian friend ordered the book, I assume she bought it from the US site. Perhaps this will change when the book is converted into Kindle format in January, but I am not sure. In the meantime, I’m sorry for any time some of you have spent searching for my book.
The links for the following countries are provided:
The book's available on Amazon! Here
is the linkfor
both the softcover and the Kindle editions. The book has been enrolled in
Amazon's Matchbook program, whereby if you buy a new print edition of the book
(or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99
Here is the book description appearing on the Amazon page. “The Peace on the Journey poems explore the
theme of renewal in the face of adversity. Life challenges are confronted
honestly while hope and joy are also embraced. In these poems, sometimes a
smile lifts one past overwhelming struggle. At other times, sadness and
discouragement trump easy laughter and resolve. Always, the intent is to handle
life with grace, to bear low moments with dignity, and to blunt despair by
remaining unbowed. Influenced by the haiku form, the collection
offers a poem a day for a year, though one can easily start on any page and
progress in any order. While fifty-nine of the selections honor the traditional
haiku focus on nature, the remainder simply adhere to the haiku syllabic
structure of 5-7-5. All are presented in groups of three linked verses. 10% of
net proceeds benefit the Myelin Repair Foundation. May these poems illumine
If you purchase the book, I would appreciate your leaving an
Amazon Customer Review. Thanks in advance.
Thank you also for sharing my publication journey. Your
encouraging words have been invaluable.
My writing frequently explores multicultural themes. Born in Puerto Rico, I moved at a young age to the U.S., where my parents became Pentecostal ministers. Early immersion in Latino and religious cultures preceded later experiences as a businesswoman, a White House Fellow, and life aboard a trawler cruising from Martha’s Vineyard to South America. These sometimes incompatible worlds have given me a respectful outlook toward differing points of view. My short stories, poems, and essays reflect my own inclusive, yet sharply defined, journey across cultural and socioeconomic boundaries. I recently published Peace on the Journey, a poetry collection which explores the theme of renewal in the face of adversity.
The defining image of this blog is a waterfall. Its inspiration comes from a scene in one of my novels in which the infant protagonist escapes her mother’s attention and wanders off to a nearby waterfall. While there, she experiences a mysterious sense of wellbeing, which she yearns to replicate for the rest of her life.
"I have made love to my writing and am now in the afterglow."
"Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession... Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
About his fictional town Macondo, widely acknowledged to be inspired by his real home town of Aracataca, Colombia. “Macondo is not so much a place as it is a state of mind.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
"The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers fear."
"The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing."
Blaise Pascal, Pensées
"There is vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and, because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly... to keep the channel open."