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Love for Lanterns

What Lanterns readers are saying....

"Lanterns arrived in the mail today, and it is a treasure. So full of a feeling of connection among women, warmth, and realness. I love how you introduce each writer through your relationship with her. I'm really enjoying reading it." ~Sandra Flear, www.sandraflear.com

"I wanted to let you know how much happiness your little Lanterns book has brought to my little part of the world. I love everything about it. It is the perfect small size to nestle in the side pocket of my tote bag, a size that feels personal & allows me to get close. Thank you for all the stories, for the poems, for the truth of the realness of friendships formed online." ~D Smith Kaich Jones, www.emmatree.blogspot.com

"I just had to write and tell you, I found a delightful treasure in my mail box today: your book! Oh my gosh I can't wait to cozy in for the night and read your treasure of a book. Thank you so much for sending it out so quickly. Any book that you come out with, I want!" ~Sally Minyard

"Thank you. I just finished reading Lanterns. Thank you for being brave, for bringing together great love and authentic energy for others to read and enjoy. I too believe that it is the networks of women and artists who will save the world by flooding it with amazing, connected, loving energy." ~Susan Pease, author of The Present

"My copy of Lanterns arrived a few days ago. Thank you for following the dream to make such a collection. There were so many moments in reading it that the words resonated with my heart." ~Karen Poland

"Lanterns is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for creating such a wonderful gathering of stories. Two and a half years ago my world crumbled. Everything I knew and trusted was gone. It's been a long and at times painful journey to a new normal. The stories in your book inspire me, move me, touch me, and are helping to connect me to me. Thank you!" ~Kristen Timmers, www.scrumptulicious.com

"Your book is one of the best I have read this year! It really spoke to my creative heart – the photos, the poems, the writing. It truly shines a light. I am grateful that you took the time to express your hearts and spread your light. I can hardly stop reading. . . but want to savor it slowly and let it sink deep into my being. Each one of you expressed yourself in the most poignant ways. Lovely, lovely book!" ~Pamela Welter

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Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories

Lanterns (front cover) (cover photo credit: Darlene J Kreutzer; design by Tilky Fernandez) Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories  is a curated collection of prose, poetry, and black & white photography by seven women writers, artists, and photographers. Each page offers up nuggets of wisdom and candor about life, friendship, and creativity. This beautiful square gift book is handcrafted, professionally printed, and thoughtfully created, making it the perfect gift for your girlfriends, your daughters, your mothers, yourself. It is a gift of hope, inspiration, and the reminder that creativity and community walk alongside each other, hand in hand, a string of lanterns lighting the way. Lanterns is a celebration, an encouragement, an invitation.

6x6 inch gift book; 50 pages
High-quality paper (100#); Saddle-stitched binding
Black & white photography throughout
Unique Polaroid color photo cover by Darlene J Kreutzer
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Jennifer McGuiggan (editor) | Darlene J Kreutzer | Liz Lamoreux | Jen Lee | Rachelle Mee-Chapman | Lisa Ottman | Jena Strong

Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories

(All U.S. orders are shipped by Priority Mail.)

"Lanterns offers a kind light to weary travelers wishing for companions on the journey toward a well-crafted soul. Stories, poems, and essays offer signposts and gentle guidance, reminding readers that resistance melts away in the company of those who believe in the path set before us. By illuminating the ways we can move outside of our interior reflections into a more inclusive whole, this lovely book provides a way into togetherness that will encourage and inspire anyone longing for authentic connection around their creative work."

~Jen Lemen, artist, activist, dreamer

Click below to hear an audio excerpt from Lanterns. (If the audio player doesn't appear, try hitting your browser's "refresh" button.)

Behind the Scenes of Lanterns
Read more about the creation of the book.

Lanterns back cover

Lanterns table of contents