Cheap Books to Take You Away from It All!

My Everest and As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder are now available for Kindle for $.99! (Amazon doesn’t let me give them away, so this is second best.)

These books will take you somewhere else for a little while, an escape from the concerns of the present moment. Here’s where to order the books and learn more about them: amazon.com/author/martha_ann_kennedy

About My Everest:

One reader said, “I started reading your book today. Martha—I love it…If ever there was a love story—this is it.

Other readers have said:

  • “A beautiful book filled with vivid imagery and profound joy.”
  • “The book is very insightful and enjoyable at the same time.”
  • “I am a dog person but even if I weren’t I would still rate this book as excellent.”
  • “This is a book to savor.”
  • “I felt like I was along on the trails.”

From the back of the book:

In the 1980s, I moved to California from Colorado. I found work I loved and ended up staying there for more than thirty years. I always missed the Rocky Mountains.

Many of these stories are set in Mission Trails Regional Park, several thousand acres of coastal sage and chaparral. The landscape was one of the few remaining pieces of untouched chaparral so close to San Diego. To anyone who gets to know it it is a fascinating, complex, intricate, very alive wild world. It taught me to see.

About thirty miles east of the city were “real” mountains on which snow fell a few times every winter. I trekked those trails as often as I could.

Now I am back in Colorado. Every day I have the chance to get out somewhere I see and feel again how much I learned on the dusty trails of Southern California’s chaparral hills and the higher mountains beyond.

About As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder

As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder is a love story…. My position as a Foreign Expert in English was my first real teaching job in a career that spanned more than thirty years. I could never have imagined China would be a destination in my life, but it was. And at such a moment in history! Chairman Mao had been dead only six years. The evil Gang of Four had been “tried” only the year before. The horrors of the Cultural Revolution were still close in everyone’s memory, and people feared that the post-Mao moment of comparative freedom was a random blip. Deng Xiao Ping was determined that China would modernize and enter the world as a competitor. Every single penny of foreign exchange that came to China was used to buy technology to further China’s modernization. I was one of those “bits of technology,” too.

Propelled by a consuming wanderlust, I took my ignorance and inexperience with me, and ended up receiving some of life’s great gifts. My students’ diligence, curiosity and courage inspired me, and, in turn, I inspired them. The bridge between our cultures was a shared love of poetry and beautiful language. As for China? China was the great love of my life. Part of this Kindle edition is a Youtube video of the slides that awakened the stories.