My wedding anniversary is coming up on Monday (September 30). Happy Lucky 13th Anniversary to my beautiful and ever patient and supportive wife Kerry! Love you!
My book, Hear My Soul Speak : Wedding Quotations from Shakespeare
, was not available when I got married. I wanted Shakespeare in my wedding, but I was just so tired of Sonnet 116 that I did my own thing, whispering Sonnet 17 into my new wife’s ear during our first dance. Why 17? I liked the bit about the eyes. I love my wife’s eyes.
I wondered how many people recite Sonnet 116 entirely because that’s the only romantic/ wedding/ marriage Shakespeare quote they’ve ever heard? Thus was our idea born. I collected every quote I could get my hands on that might be useful in a wedding. There’s a section on readings, on giving toasts and speeches, even for the guests on what you might like to write in the guest book. A little something for everyone. Most importantly, I think, is that I sat down and explained all of them. There are plenty of quote dictionaries you can grab that do little more than search the complete text for the word “love” and spit back the quote at you, but how useful is that? I wanted a book for people who wanted to quote Shakespeare because they love Shakespeare and want to get closer to the subject.
In celebration of my own wedding anniversary I’m offering free copies (Kindle edition, MOBI format) of the book to my readers! If you like the book, please please please consider coming back to Amazon and writing a review? Those make all the difference in the world and are tremendously appreciated by authors like me.
How Do I Get It?
Honestly I’d rather have your Amazon review than a retweet so I’m not going to make this complicated. Between now and end of day on Monday, Sept 30, 2013 (eastern standard time for those that plan on coming in under the wire) just email me. Simple. Email me, remind me that you’re emailing me because you want the book, and when I get the whole list together I’ll send them out early next week.
You would be doing me a tremendous favor if you helped get the word out by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, or the social network of your choice. Tell your family and friends. Surely you know somebody that knows somebody that’s getting married in the near future. We want some Shakespeare in that wedding.
I wrote, in the introduction, “I believe very much that life is better with Shakespeare in it,” and I truly truly mean that. If you read the book, like the book, and maybe even use the book, please drop me a note and let me know. The idea that there’s more Shakespeare in people’s lives because of something I created gives me endless joy.