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The Alchemist meets Eat Pray Love with a little more more grit and a touch of magic
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The Bracelet: A Synopsis

What do you do when you follow your heart and your life falls apart, just like everyone warned you it would?

After ten years of traveling, writing, and following her dreams, Lauren Clay crashes against the shoals of reality when she finds herself broke, out of inspiration, alone, and adrift in New York City. Then she comes into possession of a mysterious object, and strange things start happening that allow her to forget about ‘making a living’ and consider only what it means to build a meaningful life.

Prompted by her best friend and quasi-love interest Conal, she sets off on a quest to Switzerland, Lebanon, and Egypt to explore different aspects of her identity — as a creative soul, a sexual being, and an ineffable consciousness embedded in a world of many sorrows but even more marvels. Until the dark forces of human nature threaten to undermine every thread of hope she’s painstakingly built.

Funny, sexy, luminous, and thoughtful, The Bracelet is a gripping (and occasionally romantic) adventure and a meditation on what it means to be free in an age of trivialities, and the meaning of success when the most valuable things in life are not valued as they should be.

Watch the (goofy) video above, then read Chapter One to meet Lauren and learn more about The Bracelet. Then, if you like, come on back here and pre-order an electronic copy of the novel for only $5!

Who am I?

I’m an author, blogger, and former Middle East journalist originally from Oklahoma. Last year I published a memoir called Fast Times in Palestine. It was named a top travel book of the year by Publishers Weekly and National Geographic.

Why I Need Funding

Your early purchase will help me hire top-notch designers to create a gorgeous cover and elegant interior. (The cover you see on this page is just a prototype.) What's left will be used for editing, and anything more will go to marketing when the time comes (and also, eating).

If you can share this link with anyone who may be interested, that would be a huge help, too! :)

If any of the following statements is true, you'll probably love THE BRACELET

+ You wonder what it means to live a good life

+ You’re excited to virtually travel to some of the most beautiful places on the planet

+ You enjoy (lightly) magical realism

+ You think the US government is a wee bit out of control with its surveillance and suspicion

+ You think the publishing industry has gotten kinda lame these days, the way it's dominated by cashing-in celebrities, Food Network superstars, fun but shallow juvenile lit, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill O'Reilly

+ You like books full of amazing women (and some great guys, too)

+ You've always wanted to hike in the Swiss Alps

+ You think Lebanese people are more or less the hottest on the planet

+ The Sinai: where National Geographic Explorer meets Cheech and Chong

+ You've ever fallen for a bad boy (and then got over it)

+ You might enjoy an engaging distillation of some of the most important things I've learned over the past ten years

+ You want to make a difference in the world

+ You love page-turners!

Praise for my First Book

“Harrowing, funny, vivid, entertaining and deeply humane, Fast Times in Palestine opens a rare window onto Palestinian life. It’s impossible not to be moved on nearly every page.”

    — Sandy Tolan, author of The Lemon Tree

"It's love in the time of occupation as Pamela Olson takes us on the emotional roller-coaster of her very personal experience of life in Ramallah — and in doing so lays bare the human drama of a people determined to live free."

    — Tony Karon, Senior Editor, TIME

“Engaging and easy to read, this is a fascinating memoir.”

    — Publishers Weekly

“The strength of the narrative lies in Olson's investigation of the personal and mental effects of oppression and war on herself and her newfound friends... An empathetic, intriguing memoir.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

"An unexpected, unlikely love letter to Palestine. It will invite comparisons to Eat Pray Love, I imagine. But Fast Times in Palestine is funnier, more interesting, and more levelheaded in a way I appreciate."

    — E, Book blogger

Risks and challenges

My agent has agreed to shop this book around to publishers, but I've let her know that unless a publisher is willing to meet certain minimum requirements (which are frankly rare in the publishing world these days), I plan on publishing it myself, in which case I should be able to finish everything by spring as planned.

But if I get a super awesome crazy deal from a publisher, it may be a while longer before you get your paperbacks. Don't worry, though -- you will get your electronic copies and other rewards on time either way!

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    For just $5, you can pre-order the novel for Kindle, Nook, iPad, or any other electronic device before it's available to the public! Plus updates on the campaign and my thanks on a special "THANK YOU" post on my blog.

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    Everything above plus I'll send you the second and third chapters as soon as they're finished (most likely in November) for an early sneak peek. Plus links to two short stories I wrote in college. One is about being the first woman at Stanford to take the wrestling class -- an experience both awesome and awkward!

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    Everything above plus an eBook download of my award-winning memoir Fast Times in Palestine (a $9.99 value) AND early access to the first six chapters of The Bracelet -- including the sexiest one, which takes place in Beirut. ;) Plus a link to the secret blog I kept while writing my first book. Includes several verbatim journal entries from my years in the Middle East.

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    Everything above plus a SIGNED paperback copy of The Bracelet. (Add $10 for international shipping)

    AND recipes for my favorite dishes from the Middle East: maqlouba, a spiced chicken casserole, and kunafa, "A warm, cheesy dessert covered in spiced shredded wheat, smothered in vanilla-citrus syrup, and topped with crushed pistachios." Yum!

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    Everything above plus a second signed copy of The Bracelet (or Fast Times in Palestine) AND the "soundtrack" of my first book, which includes "Ain't No Sunshine" and my favorites by Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Dido, Dire Straits, U2, Snow Patrol, Damien Rice, DAM, Amr Diab, Marcel Khalife, Fairuz, Nancy Ajram, Samir Joubran Trio, and more. (Add $10 for international shipping)

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    Everything above plus one more signed copy (for a total of three) as well as a full-color sticker featuring the final cover design that you can put on your day planner, laptop, etc., to identify you as someone who helped bring this book into being. If the novel becomes an international bestselling phenomenon, you'll have proof you were there on the ground floor! (Add $20 for international shipping)

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    Everything above plus one more signed copy (for a total of three) as well as a full-color sticker featuring the final cover design that you can put on your day planner, laptop, etc., to identify you as someone who helped bring this book into being. If the novel becomes an international bestselling phenomenon, you'll have proof you were there on the ground floor! (Add $20 for international shipping)

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    Everything above plus another signed copy (for a total of four) AND your name listed, with gratitude, in the "Acknowledgments" section of the book. (Add $20 for international shipping)

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    Everything above (including four signed copies of The Bracelet) plus two signed copies of Fast Times in Palestine and a consultation or editing session of up to four hours on a project or manuscript of your choice, including a Skype discussion. (Add $25 for international shipping)

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    Ten signed copies of any combination of The Bracelet and Fast Times in Palestine, the special sticker, your name prominent in the "Acknowledgments" section, and a consultation or editing session of up to eight hours on a project or manuscript of your choice.

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    Twenty copies of any combination of The Bracelet and Fast Times in Palestine, unlimited eBook downloads of both, the sticker, twelve hours of editing or consultation, and your name listed in the very first sentence of the Acknowledgments section with enormous gratitude for helping me follow a dream! Plus I'll send you a delicious bottle of Palestinian olive oil and a batch of home-baked chocolate chip cookies, or any kind of dessert you like!

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