Read Chapter One here!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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