April Update from Author Heidi Slowinski

Heidi Slowinski

April has been another really exciting month! I’d like to welcome all of my new subscribers. Thank you for your support. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the content that brought you here. To all of you who have shared my posts with your own networks, thank you so much as well.

My new Etsy store MapleStreetStudioHRS has been open for about a month now. I am so thankful to those of you who have ordered from me, marked my products as favorites, left reviews, etc. I’m continuing to add new designs and products so be sure to check back regularly.

In terms of writing, I’m still on hiatus from my work in progress, Ruth Long, Age 88. I will be coming back to that in May as I have some great feedback I want to incorporate. Bring on draft number three! In the meantime, I’ve continued to work on short story writing and creating articles here.

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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: The Kashering. This is less of a short story and more of a personal essay, on preparing for the Passover holiday.
  • Articles: this month, in celebration of Autism Awareness month, I compiled a list of books by Jewish authors and featuring Jewish characters about life on the spectrum.
  • Updates on my progress on my work in progress – I’m resuming work on Ruth Long, Age 88 in May.

[April Featured Short Story] The Kashering 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. My selection this month is more personal in […]

Jewish Voices on Autism

According to the CDC 1% of the world’s population, or about seventy-five million people has an autism spectrum disorder. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I’ve compiled a list of books featuring Jewish writers and Jewish characters featuring people and characters impacted by autism. This is the fourth installment in my monthly series, celebrating the […]

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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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