THIRD WISH, Robert Fulghum (Author of All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten)

Listen Now“It’s a love story, but in a much larger sense it’s about loving lifethird wish
and wanting as much of it as you can have,”
says Robert about THIRD WISH

Written over a period of ten years, Third Wish is an epic novel that is above all – a love story – not in the usual sense, but the story of people who love life and go to great lengths to live it in a flourishing way. In fairy tales, the third wish is the last one left when the first wish was foolish, and the second wish was used to undo the first. Now the remaining wish must be used wisely and well – with the help of co-conspirators. The story threads its way through Greece, Japan, France, England, Spain and Seattle. Woven into the fabric is cultural history, art, philosophy, archeology, poetry, theater and music. The mode of the novel is contained in these three words: SLOWLY, SURPRISE, WITNESS. The two-volume set is divided into five parts and includes over 150 illustrations by three accomplished artists.Come experience THIRD WISH and don’t forget to listen to the companion music!

(from his website)

Robert: Well, Mr. Fulghum, what’s new? robert fulghum
Robert: I’ll answer with a joke. An old geezer is sitting in the confessional booth of a Roman Catholic Church. The priest is surprised. He’s seen the man in the neighborhood, but he’s not a member of the parish. “What can I do for you?” asks the priest. Exuberantly the old man blurts out, “I’m eighty today and I’m in love with a beautiful 25 year old woman who spent the night with me. And she’s moving in to live with me.” The priest replies: “Aren’t you Jewish?” “Yes,” says the old man. “So why are you telling me?” The old man shouts, “I’m telling EVERBODY!”

Robert: Crude, but I get the point. You’re excited about . . . ?
The publication in English of my novel, Third Wish. At last. Something I was beginning to think would never happen. (Hence the joke.)

Robert: But wasn’t Third Wish published first in Czech – several years ago?
Yes. And that’s a lovely story you’ll find elsewhere in this revised website (Third Wish – Czech Edition). But having it published in English was my great hope. I’m telling EVERYBODY!

Robert: Keep going . . .
Robert: So the next day, the same priest finds the same old man sitting on a park bench, holding his face in his hands. The priest walks up and says, “I thought you were very happy.” “I was,” whispers the old man. “Weren’t you telling me you had a beautiful young girl friend who moved in with you?” “It’s true,” whispered the old man, “she’s at my house now.” “Then what’s wrong?” The old man looked up, tears streaming down his face, and said, “I don’t remember where I live.” MORE

  • Robert’s wonderful blog post on the Emergency Meeting of the Security Council ,p>
  • Robert’s Other Books, including All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten and It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It
  • Robert’s Favorite Author: Chaucer
  • Robert loves reading so much, he spent $9,000 on books last year! That’s NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS!! Wow!
  • Robert’s next book: IF YOU LOVE ME STILL, WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME MOVING? Tales from the Century Ball Room
  • Play Fulghum’s game to get to know people better:  Left, Right, Surprise!! Share and find out things about one another you’d never think to ask…and you’ll be amazed what you never knew you never knew!
  • Visit Robert Fulghum’s Website:

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  • Deadline: May 15th, 2009 ~ midnight, EST

The Truth About You, Marcus Buckingham ~ Win A FREE Copy


RE-Post (if that’s a word)

Unbelievably, three out of five chosen winners have not claimed their copy of The Truth About You
So, I’m opening the contest back up to three new lucky winners 

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Check out Susan Bratton’s (Personal Life Media) DishyMix interview with Marcus and his presentations on YouTube. He’s a phenomenal speaker and offers wonderful guidance. MarcusHe’s also interviewed with Oprah, so check him out. Click HERE for Marcus’s website.

                            ~ GOOD LUCK ~

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Bahama Bound

I’m OFF…Manic_mommies_erin_and_kristin

Heading out to the Manic Mommies Bahamas Escape

WithOUT my laptop.

So, no posts from me ‘til Tuesday. Don’t miss me too much. I’ll sip a tropical cocktail for you and work on my tan. Ha! Actually, I’ll be helping my pal, Suzanne, aka Dear Zanny, with her relationship workshops and meeting all the mommies I’ve been chatting online with forever.

Seth Godin and Marcus Buckingham’s New Books!

MarcusIf you’re interested in personal growth and advancing your career, check out a recent Managing the Gray podcast where C.C. Chapman talks about Seth Godin’s newest book, Tribes, and Marcus Buckingham’s book, The Truth About You. Marcus wrote the foreword for Jenifer Fox’s book, Your Child Strengths, one of my earliest Words To Mouth interviewsTribes

Maybe Seth and/or Marcus will come on TruthWords To Mouth if you all are interested.

Leave a comment below and if there’s enough feedback, maybe we can entice them to come chat or at least offer up a book for our giveway.Seth

In the least, check out their websites, read about their books, and listen to C.C. Chapman’s show ~ You WON’T be disappointed.CCManaginggray

Cruising with Manic Mommies & Dear Zanny on Carnival’s Imagination

CarnivalIn a couple weeks, I will be cruising with the Manic Mommies on their annual Escape–this one to the Bahamas. Since my Diva Sista, Suzanne, has already blogged about it, I’ll refer you to her site ~ She’s a Family Therapist and hosts an Ann Landers-type relationship advice podcast, Dear Zanny. Check it out! And, of course, if you’re a mom, you must listen in with the Manic Mommies ~ They offer wonderful support and laughter for working moms–let’s face it, if you’re a mom, you work, so any/every mom qualifies.  As previously mentioned, we will be discussing the book, The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson and I’ll be bringing questions back from attendees to pose to the author on Words To Mouth mid-November. You may also post your questions below and I’ll be happy to include them.Manic mommies

Ruby Among Us, Tina Forkner

Ruby%20Among%20Us_131%20x%20200“Reading is a passion of mine, and when I find myself identifying with the characters, anxious to get to the next page to find answers to my questions, I know I’m into a good book! The daughter-mother-grandmother theme in Ruby Among Us pulled me in. Wonderful story-telling.” Jordin Sparks

Carrie:  What motivated you to write Ruby Among Us?

Tina:  I was living as a single mom in Wyoming and feeling particularly down about my situation in life when I began to think about my daughter and worry about what would happen to her if I were to die while she was still young. I asked myself the question, “What would she be told about me?”

And then like a typical writer, I expanded my questions to the hypothetical. “What if someone decided to take her away from everything that has to do with me? How would she feel? Would she try to find out about me?” And I sensed she would, so I typed out what amounted to a few paragraphs of fiction, or maybe a few pages, I can’t remember, and then I called it Ruby Among Us and closed the file. It wasn’t until I later that I pulled that file back out and it turned into a book.

Enter to Win FREE copy of Legacy (Anna Strong series) by Jeanne Stein / Patricia’s Vampire Notes Blog & Learn “What is Urban Fantasy”

Crazy Day:

Today is a busy day. I’m interviewing Charla Muller, author of 365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy and later I’ve been asked to be a guest on Mel Robbins, Make It Happen radio show at 2:30 pm ~ Come listen in! I can’t even tell you how appreciative I am of this opportunity.

What does that mean for you? Well, though I have picked the book winner names, I won’t have them to you bright and early this morning…I’ll do my best to post an announcement by the end of the day/early tomorrow morning.

In the meantime . . .

SteinCheck out Patricia Altner’s post on Urban Fantasy (‘UF’).  Jeanne provides a great description, if you ever wondered, “What the heck is the urban fantasy genre, anyway?” and offers you a chance to win a free copy of Jeanne Stein’s latest release, Legacy.

Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul, by Karen Abbott ~ Begs the Question: “Do you think prostitution should be legalized?”

Listen NowSinSin in the Second City ~ Two sisters. One brothel. And a culture war that rocked the nation.“Karen Abbott has pioneered sizzle history in this satisfyingly lurid tale. Change the hemlines, add 100 years, and the book could be filed under current affairs.” —— USA Today

To learn more about Karen and hear about her book in her own words, simply scroll to the bottom of this post and click the gray arrow to listen.

What are your thoughts on legalizing prostitution? My Words To Mouth group on GoodReads got to talking about it. Share your thoughts below in the comments section or call 206-309-7318 and enter to win a FREE copy of Sin in the Second City.

Check out Karen’s creative and interactive Sin in the Second City websiteAbbott

Book Excerpt ~ Karen’s favorite scene (Click here for a video of Karen talking about it):

Debate raged in the Second City, meanwhile, over an appropriate itinerary for Prince Henry. Chicago’s 20,000-plus German immigrants planned to line a brilliantly lit Michigan Avenue and roar as the prince traveled past, on his way to an elaborate banquet at the Auditorium Hotel. There he would dine with 165 “representative men” of Chicago, including J. Ogden Armour, Potter Palmer, Oscar Mayer, Marshall Field Jr., and Mayor Carter Harrison II. The planning committees also approved a choral festival at the First Regiment Armory, a tour of Marshall Field’s department store, a trip to Lincoln’s grave, another stop at the Auditorium Hotel for a Grand Ball, and a lunch and reception at the Germania Club. The visit, all totaled, would cost the city $75,000.

NOT Your Grandmother’s Book Promotion (Murder*by*4)

Aaron Lazar graciously invited me to guest blog on the website Murder*by*4 (click). I wrote an article about digital media and book promotion and I invite you to check it out and pass it along to other authors and book promoters.


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