Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Laurie Heyden!

The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Laurie Heyden

Today I’ve got Laurie Heyden on the blog! This is Laurie’s first year participating in the RI Authors Showcase, so let’s find out more about her:

Where is your hometown? Warren, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write?  Inspiration, Stress Management, Self-help, Landscape Photography.

What have you written/published? Peace by the Sea: Inspiring Images and Quotes to Light Your Way (2020). Co-authored with Harry Thomas. I was the editor for the sequel by Harry Thomas, Finding Peace by the Sea: Images and Quotes for Living Your Best Life (2021)

I wrote “The Magic of WaterFire,” a short story published in Iconic Rhode Island, the 2022 anthology by authors within ARIA.

Who are your favorite authors?  Brene Brown, Dan Brown, John and Julie Gottman

What were your favorite books growing up? The Empty Pot, Miss Nelson is Missing, Curious George Goes to the Hospital,

What do you like best about writing?  I love freedom of self-expression and the possibility of generating and sharing new ideas that can be a catalyst for the inner peace of others.

What do find most challenging about writing?  It’s hard to decide that it’s done.  I tend to edit my writing over and over.  I guess I am a perfectionist.

Where do you draw your inspiration?  My inspiration comes from my passion for world peace.  My “why” in life is to bring out the best in others and help them embrace their personal gifts so that they can lead their happiest and most fulfilling lives.  My contribution to world peace is teaching children coping strategies as a school psychologist.  As a writer, Peace by the Sea offers twelve principles for adults to find inner peace:  humility, gratitude, keeping a strong work ethic, stepping out of your comfort zone, and more.

My essay, “The Magic of WaterFire,” envisions WaterFire as the possibility of human connection, peace, renewal, and  going out and being a light of friendship in the world.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with John and Julie Gottman of the Love Lab.  What’s the title going to be?  Lessons Learned From Disaster Dates.  The members of a book club I have been in for 15 years are repeatedly asking me to write about my disaster dates.  In the words of Nelson Mandela, “I never lose; I win or I learn.”

An elegant compilation of wisdom, guidance, and photography by the sea to inspire personal strength and inner peace. It reflects Harry Thomas’s personal formula for living his best life, illustrated by 111 color photographs and carefully selected quotes.

Laurie is giving away a copy of Peace by the Sea as well as a shell hand-painted by Laurie to match the image on the cover. To be eligible, just answer this question in the comments section: What is the most relaxing place you’ve even been to?

Find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Peace-Sea-Inspiring-Images-Quotes/dp/1631839802

Visit Laurie’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtoftheGem

38 thoughts on “Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Laurie Heyden!

  1. One of my most relaxing places is the Flume in NH. It brings back happy memories of my childhood and I love babbling brooks and waterfalls. I love the cover of the book and the painted shell. My boyfriend grew up in Orient, NY. and I have been by that lighthouse several times on my way to and from his summer place in Orient.

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  2. The feeling of peace was truly imparted through the words you wrote. I, too, fell in love with the book, The Empty Pot. The meaning of that tale nearly broke my heart with the truth it captured! My place of peace is a little cottage on Peaks Island, Maine. Your book will truly be a gift of peace!

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  3. This book was my gift to the world. I put my best into it, including a few mindfulness strategies and a meditation for peace at the back. I am passionate about being a catalyst for peace, and would give away hundreds of copies of this if I could afford to do so, but I have college bills to pay. The most moving feedback yet is that it brought peace to a family where the dad was in hospice. I quoted that on the back of the sequel. Blessings to you.

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    1. Thanks, Audrey. The book has 111 color photos, mostly of the New England sea-side, printed on quality white paper. It’s a beautiful book, if I say so myself. It’s available at Four Echoes Vintage Shoppe in Seekonk too.

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    1. Praise God for dogs. They are such a source of love and affection. One of my most relaxing places is Colt State Park, also known as a little slice of Heaven.

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  4. Hello and welcome, The most relaxing place I have ever been is in a cabin in the mountains. Have a great day and a great rest of the week. Thank you for the chance , this book cover is Beautiful, and it looks very inviting.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The mountains sound so tranquil. The cover photo is a shot of Orient Point Lighthouse on Long Island, taken by Harry on a misty day. Lighthouses are like a metaphor for peace. I love the idea that we can be the light for others.


      1. You are welcome, and it is very beautiful, one year my husband our then 2 young children (who are adults and with little families of their own)and I were traveling to Calif. and we passed by the Beautiful lighthouse on Seal Point, it looked very pretty and very peaceful, we could see some seals sitting on the rocks.

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  5. The most relaxing place I’ve been to is a fishing spot in Captiva Bay, FL. There were some old houses on stilts my dad and I would boat to, but they were destroyed from hurricane Ian. Also, I would enjoy reading about your disaster dates haha

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    1. Hi Rose,
      Thanks for sharing. Florida is a state with so much peace to offer, especially by the vast coastline. Maybe when I retire I will move there and paint shells.

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  6. I love the cover of the book. I love the coast and lighthouses. The most relaxing place I’ve been to is on the coast at a B & B. Mendocino is one of my favorite places to go.

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. Lighthouses are a popular motif, and a pillar on strength and security. A B&B on the coastline sounds like such an enticing getaway. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Ooh, that sounds very therapeutic. I could use that. While getting a massage I think I would close my eyes and imagine I am in the Caribbean on a sunny tropical island listening to Calypso music. Thanks for participating.

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  7. My most relaxing place is on Padre Island, south of San Antonio, Texas in September. The weather is a marvelous 75-80 degrees, the beaches are virtually empty, and you can drive your car right on the beach. The outstanding restaurants are virtually screaming for customers. From what I’ve heard, the locals bake their bodies in July and disappear after that. It is also the time when thousands of hummingbirds migrate south through Padre Island, a remarkable sight to behold.

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  8. On the hill at Bungalow Village on Newfound Lake in Bristol, New Hampshire.
    Although we no longer go, in my mind I am there when I meditate and seek peace.

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    1. I love how you instinctively use the “Take A Vacation” meditation strategy that I teach the kids at school in my day job as a school psychologist. It’s amazing that our body reacts to the visual images in our mind as if they are real. Peace to you.

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  9. The most relaxing place I go to is Topsfield, Maine every summer. I spend time relaxing on the dock and enjoying the peace & quiet. It is the most relaxing place with all of my family.

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    1. Hi Jenn,
      I must say, I’ve noticed that the majority of people’s most relaxing places mentioned here are on the water. There is something magical about it for sure. God bless.

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  10. My place of relaxation is being on or by Lake Gaston, where we have moved to for the water. Water has a way of relaxing us all. A place to meditate.

    Your book sounds like it should be an automatic handout to everyone to help us find peace! Thank you!

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  11. Laying on my floatie on calm Rhode Island waterways with the sunshining down upon me is where I find the greatest …

    Laurie Heyden’s words shine through brilliantly, making a positive difference in our lives.

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    1. Hello Paula!
      Upon reading your message, a thought comes to mind that we are deeply and truly blessed with the ability to be the light for others, a light of goodness, comfort, peace and hope. We can be the light the world needs. We can all choose to do that. It’s possible. Peace, my friend! Keep on shining!

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  12. The most relaxing place I have ever been has to be Maui, at the top of Mt. Haleakala. Just standing there taking in all the surrounding beauty is a memory I will treasure forever.

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    1. Hi Gina,
      Thanks for sharing that lovely memory. It’s amazing that we can revisit our memories in our mind, close our eyes, and feel like we are actually there. It’s a powerful restorative meditation practice. Visions of Hawaii are ambrosia for the soul! God bless, dear friend.

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