Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nurse Practitioner Authors Book on Women around the World

Here's the Press Release that went out to the newspapers this week. Look Mom - I'm 'almost famous!"

Women’s healthcare nurse practitioner Nancy Leigh Harless, of Wever, Iowa, has released her first book, a collection of stories entitled “WOMANKIND: Connection & Wisdom Around the World.”
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, “Womankind” is a compilation of stories from real women across the world that Harless has encountered in her travels and experience as a women’s health nurse practitioner. From the Mayan mothers in the Belize rainforest to a race for the hospital with a laboring woman in the Kosovo countryside, the author tells the stories of the women she met, separated by land but united by the grace and strength of womankind.
The book is available at any bookstore nationwide or can be ordered through, or Audio versions of the book are also available.
Originally from Washington state, Harless is a graduate of the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education through Eastern Washington University. After working several years as a nurse, she returned to school at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center to become a women’s healthcare nurse practitioner. Now retired, she divides her time between her home in Wever, Iowa, and traveling the world with her husband, Norm. A second volume of “Womankind” is currently in production.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A Hit at Zanzibar's !

Nancy's first WOMANKIND reading was at Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure on Friday. A small, friendly crowd of about 25 people gathered together to drink coffee and hear stories of "wisdom and connection from around the world." Both Cassandra and Sister Filje were a hit with the crowd, who asked many thought-provoking questions following the reading. We closed up Zanzibar's at 10PM after selling every book we had taken. We'll take more the next time. It was a wonderful first experience and now Nancy is less nervous about holding more Readings.As for 'Signings' where the author sits at a table like a hungry puppy and hopes someone will stop by and ask for her signature,...well that might be another story.

Friday, October 26, 2007


Norm and I are in the Des Moines for the weekend and having a blast. Yesterday we visited eight bookstores and everyone was so friendly that it made marketing WOMANKIND a breeze. So far we've got 14 Reading/Signing events lined up between the first one tonight(Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure) and Christmas. Whew! This ole gray mare better pick up some speed.

I hope you've already gotten your copy and are at least half-way through WOMANKIND. Please respond on my blog and tell us your reactions to the stories. Do you have a favorite? A question? For example....DID Cassandra get a new rope? DID landmine explode? :-) Happy reading!


Thursday, October 11, 2007


Nancy will do her first reading of WOMANKIND at Zanibar's Coffee Adventure in Des Moines, Iowa on October 26 at 8:00PM. Her husband,Norm,finished the photo display just in time. At Zanzibar's, Nancy will be reading, "Joy in the Morning" - Cassandra's story, the little girl pictured in the top center of the photo display; and "I Am a Curandera," - Agripina's story - the Peruvian midwife in the top row to Cassandra's left. We hope tht you will join us for this first celebration of WOMANKIND.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Womankind Acolades From Chicken Soup

Nancy Leigh Harless is fresh new writer who braids narrative threads of true stories about ordinary women from all over the world, living in extra-ordinary circumstances. These stories show us not only who these women are, but who we are and the universality of our lives and lessons. This remarkable collection of legacies will make readers cry, and laugh, and celebrate the community of women worldwide.” -- LeAnn Thieman, Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Colleen Sell, Editor of the Best Selling Cup of Comfort Anthologies Says....

If you've ever wondered what the expression "heart of a woman" means, read this book and you will understand exactly what makes a woman's heart tick. Through these powerful stories of fascinating women and girls from around the globe, Nancy Harless reveals and celebrates the integrity, ingenuity, strength, and sheer beauty of the feminine spirit.

Opps! I Made a Mistake!

Well, it seems that I was wrong when I said that WOMANKIND wouldn't be available until October 22. Several friends have called or written to say that they've already gotten their copies right from the publisher. So, if you want check it out! After the 22nd you can order on-line through and like I've previsouly mentioned, or , better yet, ask your local bookstore to order it!

Monday, October 1, 2007

How Can I Get a Copy?

Many have asked 'How can I get a copy?" So, here's the scoop -- WOMANKIND's release date is October 22. It's my understanding that it won't be in bookstores before then. After October 22 it will be available on-line through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or directly through the publisher at or through your local book store. This that doesn't mean that all stores will stock it. They will, however,be able to order it for customers. The more times a store is asked to order it, the more likely they will stock it. I hope this is helpful.


"...Nancy is that rare person who, through sheer persistence and a blend of practical and visionary ideas, continues to see the good that can be done in this world. Through her travels, she’s discovered that much of that good comes from telling stories. In fact, for women who have experienced the horrors of war, the oppression of religious intolerance, and a poverty of choices in everything from the clothes they’re allowed to wear to the children they’re expected to bear, sharing personal stories is one of the best ways to heal.

That’s what Womankind represents: a collective healing, not just for the women Nancy writes about, but for everyone who reads these insightful glimpses into the universal concerns women face. This is a book that incites thought, examination, and change. It is a celebration of women, and a measure of how far we need to go to achieve a greater sense of our selves." - Debra Landwehr Engle, author of Grace From the Garden: Saving the World One Garden at a Time.

River Lights 2nd Edition

River Lights 2nd Edition


Norm's Masterpiece