March Update from Author Heidi Slowinski

Heidi Slowinski

March has been a really exciting month for me personally. First, I would like to thank all of my followers for your continued support. If you’ve submitted a book review request, participated in the monthly contest, shared a post, commented, or clicked like: thank you! Traffic is up 15% over first quarter of 2021. Which is just incredible. Your comments in the Facebook groups and repins on Pinterest are so appreciated.

In other big news: I am launching an Etsy store…tomorrow!!! I’ll be offering coffee mugs, greeting cards, bookmarks, candles, and more. My shop is called MapleStreetStudioHRS. The name is inspired by my debut novel and

I tacked on my initials because it’s how I sign my art pieces. My designs are centered around some of my favorite watercolor paintings. I’m also featuring my landscape photography. So to all of you who have asked, ‘what are you going to do with all those pictures?’; I finally have an answer. Turn them into greeting cards! I’ll be adding a shopping page to my website where you’ll be able to browse my inventory with links to my Etsy store.

Now, an update on my writing. I am still on a break from my work in progress while I’m gathering feedback from beta readers. In the meantime, I published another short story this month, entitled “The Bus to Haifa”. I’m looking forward to bringing more short stories in the coming months.

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Features on the Blog

In addition to the monthly short story contests, reading lists, and book reviews I’m incorporating more of my own writing, including:

  • Short Stories: This month’s short story feature is: Closing Time. This story is about a bartender closing up for the night when something unexpected happens.
  • Articles: this month, in celebration of Black History month, I compiled a list of books by Black Jewish authors
  • Updates on my progress on my work in progress – I’m back to work on Ruth Long, Age 88 and looking forward to sharing updates.

[March Featured Short Story] The Bus to Haifa by Heidi Slowinski

Monthly Short Story Feature One of my writing goals for 2022 is to create more short stories. They’re a good creative exercise and sometimes lead to bigger ideas for novels. Or who knows, maybe an eventual collection of short stories in the form of a new book. The story I’ve selected for this month is […]

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My Books

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The House on Maple Street is now available in hardcover!

That’s right! My debut novel is now available in hardcover. Pick up your copy on Amazon today. It’s also available in paperback and e-book. Kindle Unlimited readers can read for free.

Take a minute to add it to your Goodreads reading list. And when you’ve finished enjoying it, please add a review.

Abandoned by her mother in early childhood, Noa was raised by her distant, apathetic grandmother. But a trip to the library in search of her new love, spy thrillers, leads Noa to a life long friendship with a librarian. Fast forward and Noa has established a successful travel blog and her librarian friend has become more like family.

A note in the pocket of a vintage jacket turns a working trip to Vancouver into a mission for a spy international network. The mission is simple. Take a package to a hotel restroom and leave. When things take an unexpected turn, Noa suddenly finds herself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Noa quickly finds all the novels in the world are no preparation for the game she’s playing. Will she complete her mission?

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Although social and moral guidelines have slipped and changed (like the style of dress or undress) since Jane Austen wrote her books, the stories are still relevant to today’s readers. Those readers promote, defend, discuss, and have thoughts and opinions about JA and everything they can learn about her, as you will read within. Why are we still reading and discussing Jane Austen’s s, novels, letters, and quotes 200 years after she has passed away? Read on and you will learn.

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