Yep, a quick press release and at another time I’ll add different chapters for you to read. Just thought since I have time, I’d put the word out. Let me know if you want to read more.
RANDOM TALES (Out On The Road) is a collection of essays, anecdotes, and monologues, written whilst exploring differing countries, cultures, and lifestyles. The rambling conversations follow the years Sarah Leamy spent traveling both alone, and sometimes with Daisy (the Duchess of a dog, a slightly overweight Border Collie).
Have you ever wanted to know
– what it’s like to cross the States alone on a motorbike with stilts strapped to the side?
– what to wear to your first day at Circus School?
– how to make adobe bricks for the home you dreamt of building on your own?
– where the dirt roads of Southern Colorado will take your broken heart?
– what a chainsaw wielding 36 year old did in the aftermath of a Hurricane on Sanibel Island?
– how to keep your mouth shut when living at a Buddhist monastery in England?
– Or what seven thousand women do on camp in Michigan without any men around?
A REVIEW BY LOIS HENDERSON of BOOKPLEASURES.COM
Author: Sarah Leamy (a.k.a. Sleam)
Publisher: Eloquent Books
ASIN: B004WG3F1E (Kindle Book)
From cleaning up a yard on Sanibel Island after hurricane Charley had strewn mayhem the length and breadth of Florida, in the middle of hurricane season, to attending her first day at clown school in the Honduras, Sarah Leamy (a.k.a. Sleam) is more at home living in the Ortiz Mountains of New Mexico with her “beloved canine friend”, Daisy, and her two “adorable” cats than she is in any over-refined (sub)urban setting. As uninhibited as she is free and easy in her lifestyle, she is one of a kind. A rambler at heart, starting out from small-town England to hitching all over Europe and the States, starting with her four main goals in life as “Travel. Dream. Write. Explore,” she shows how her on-the-road experiences cause her to transform her desire in life to finding balance, to being fearless, and to staying open to magic.
Apart from adventuring her way across the U.S.A., let alone exploring the highways and byways (both literally and figuratively) of Central and North America, she is forever searching inwards, taking a harder path than she ever has before. Sleam doesn’t mind letting us in on the struggle that she has with quelling her innermost demons—which artist, after all, does not have some of those? A cross between a modern-day hippy and a backwoods girl, Sleam is as at home with a chainsaw in her hand as she is when penning her “sanity into potential mistakes of a cloudy creative judgment.”
Sleam’s relaxed, happy-go-lucky style of writing suits the dialogue that permeates her pages. Creative at every turn, Sleam questions her own thinking about, and perspective on, elements of her environment with unabashed and seemingly unquenchable vigor. Defiantly original, she is very much her own person, and is determined not to allow anyone else to mold her into their vision of what they want her to be. Only someone as avant-garde as Sleam could possibly include Leyendas de Guatemala, some erotica and The Tao of Pooh in their reading for the day. Her attraction to her companion, Athena, is poignantly conveyed in her telling of how she “woke me up to new possibilities of love and play, creativity and community.” As the collection of wayside encounters unrolls, so, too, does Sleam’s involvement with past affairs, but done in such a tasteful way that it could not give offence to anyone.
In short, Random Tales: Out on the Road requires that you enter into the heart of this adventure with no holds barred. Sleam requires little more from you than an attentive and empathic ear. Her ability to make friends along the way is one of this writer’s chief attributes. If you have an open heart and mind, do read these tales—they’ll be enough to rouse the wanderlust in any who are not moribund from the waist up. Girl, count me in!