Win an Advanced Reader Copy of The Next Fifteen Minutes

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Thanks so much to everyone for your fabulous ideas for the ARC giveaway. With the help of many of you, I’ve created a contest. So if you’re interested in trying for the ARC, here it is:

Sometimes life gets pretty tense. It might be scary or sketchy or dangerous or just plain weird. These are the times when he must forestall the panic, and get through the difficult situation without freaking out. That’s how I got through John’s illness and the year of waiting for a transplant. I broke the days down into smaller increments, just fifteen minute segments, knowing I could get through those if I just calmed down and breathed.

So here’s the contest: remember a time you had to use a similar strategy. Tell us about how you got through. Only comments made over on my FB fan page will be considered. Bonus if you post a photo to go along with your story. If could be about the time you ran out of gear on a 5.10 climb, or when you got maytaged in a hole while kayaking the White Salmon River, or found yourself lost and alone in the wilderness. It might be when the doctor told you it was cancer, or the vet had to put your dog down, or you woke up for the fourteenth day with a dread so thick you didn’t know how you’d ever crawl out. Tell us about a time when you didn’t think you’d make it through, but you did. Tell us how you did it. Already my ARC has seen quite a bit of the world in her few weeks on this earth. If you come up with the best story, told through prose, photos, haiku, cartoon, video, whatever, I will sign her and send her to you. But you have to promise to bring her along on your adventures. She’d like that.

So go on over to The Next Fifteen Minutes: Strength from the top of the Mountain Facebook Fanpage (say that one ten times fast!) and tell us your story. Don’t forget to hit the like button while you’re there. You get extra awesome karma for doing that.

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