100 Writing Women Celebrate the Seasons of their Lives

seasons of our lives winter

Sometimes a project comes along that catches my eye. Several months ago, Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett over at Women’s Memoirs put a call out for stories for their Seasons of Our Lives writing competition.

I was in the middle of the first draft of my memoir and the timing was perfect. Matilda and Kendra asked for memoir vignettes about a turning point in our lives. An event that changed the way we see the world and our place in it.

I  wrote my story, emailed it and promptly forgot about it. Sometime before Christmas I opened my inbox to find out that my story was one of those selected for publication in a series of four ebooks.

Today marks the Amazon launch of Seasons of Our Lives: Award-winning Stories from WomensMemoirs.com. The stories offer a glimpse of humanity through the eyes of a vastly diverse group of 100 women writers. I am amazed and honored to be counted among these talented women.

100 Writers- 100 Unique and Inspiring Tales

My story, A Wild Winter’s Eve, is a part of Seasons of Our Lives: Winter, but each season has its own engaging and heartwarming vignettes. Through character, dialogue and plot, these writers have pulled memories from their observed experiences to pinpoint a turning point in their lives and reflect on their emotional growth. Their stories shine with authenticity.

Plus 100 Writing Lessons

The editors, Kendra and Matilda, have taken these stories to an entirely new level to help aspiring and practicing writers. Each story is followed by a mini-lesson on what makes them work from an editor’s perspective. So, 100 entertaining stories and 100 writing lessons to apply to make your own stories stronger. As a former teacher, writer and lifelong learner, this feature alone is worth the price of this book collection, at least for me.

A Few Sample Reviews of Seasons of Our Lives

…each woman is a story waiting to be told—and in this outstanding collection of memoirs you’ll find many wonderful stories…as I read them, I am reading bits and pieces from my own life and I am inspired to write my own with a more passionate and compassionate heart.

Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times bestselling author

… A bouquet of award-winning stories that engage, inspire, and also teach. Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett’s “Takeaways” on each piece illuminate the modes of thought and specific techniques that make each story work. A delight for anyone who enjoys compelling stories as well as a handbook for those who desire to tell and write their own.

Judith Newton, author of the award-winning food memoir, Tasting Home.

Amazing Launch Price

The regular price will be $3.99 for each of the four books. But I wanted to let you know that for launch day (today, Saturday February 1, 8am) and for the next 53 hours only, you can get these ebooks for your Kindle—one or all four—for just 99 cents each. (I did the math. That’s a 76% discount.) Just click on the link for the book you want (or all four, if you’d like):

Seasons of Our Lives: Winter

Seasons of Our Lives: Spring

Seasons of Our Lives: Summer

Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn

No Kindle?

No problem. Just download this free Kindle app for your PC or Mac from Amazon and you’ll be reading the stories within seconds. Thanks for being a part of this community.

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  1. Deb Lund February 1, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Congratulations! I’m going to order them now. I can’t wait for your whole memoir. I know I’ve mentioned this to you before, but check out Christina Baldwin’s course “The Self as the Source of the Story.” It’s life changing. Many people have received publishing contracts after taking this intensive several-day boost.

    So what’s next? When will your memoir be ready? Can I anticipate a summer read on my Minnesota trip?

    Big hugs to you both…


    • Judy Lee Dunn February 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      Appreciate your support, Deb. I was so honored to be included in this book.

      Will keep you posted on my publication timeline. And thanks for purchasing the book./ Appreciate your support!


  2. Trace/Lara February 1, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Thank you Judy so much for this post – just bought all 4 – YOU ROCK!


    • Judy Lee Dunn February 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      A huge THANK-YOU! Grateful for your faith in me.


  3. Kaarina Dillabough February 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    How wonderful! I couldn’t be happier for you, and I’m off to share the good news and to place my order. Cheers! Kaarina


    • Judy Lee Dunn February 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm #


      Waiting to hear from my editors on true amazon.ca issues. thanks so much for sharing this post on your social media platforms. Truly appreciate that. 🙂


  4. Claudia February 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Hi Judy!
    What a well deserved honor for you to be part of this fabulous Seasons of Our Lives project. The books reside on my Kindle now and I can’t wait to start the winter segment so that I can read your contribution! Congratulations !

    <3 Claudia


    • Judy Lee Dunn February 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm #


      You are the best. So thankful for your friendship and support!


  5. Joan Z. Rough February 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Judy, What great news. Congratulations. Will get some copies of my own. Hope all is well with you and the writing is going well. I’m beginning to plug along after a month long hiatus and house renovation. Feels good to get back to work.


  6. Judy Lee Dunn February 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm #


    Good to hear that you are back on track with your writing. I had a few personal/family issues come up in the last month, so I understand that well. Thank you for purchasing the book!


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