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About the Author

LB Gschwandtner: My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I've received awards from the Writer's Digest and the Lorian Hemingway short fiction competitions. I'm an avid kayaker (touring) and grew up fishing in the Florida Keys. Here's a tidbit of interest. My husband proposed on our first and only date and we were married five weeks later.

Contact: LB@TheNovelette.com

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  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WQBD82
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi and thanks for visiting with me.
My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I've received awards from the Writer's Digest and the Lorian Hemingway short fiction competitions.
My books, The Naked Gardener, Page Truly and The Journey To Nearandfar, Maybelle's Revenge, and Shelly's Second Chance, are available for Kindle at Amazon.com. Some are also available in print.
I'm an avid kayaker (touring) and grew up fishing in the Florida Keys.
Here's a tidbit of interest. My husband proposed on our first and only date and we were married five weeks later.
I hope you enjoy my books.

Contact me:
email: lbgschwandtner@gmail.com
Blog: http://thenovelette.com/category/blog
website: www.thenovelette.com

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Karen on July 31, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I LOVED this book. It pulled me in from the first line right through to the end. It's really not just about Katelyn, the naked gardener, but about all women, and the choices they make in their lives. I adored each of the ladies in this book and could relate to each one at some level, and ultimately, I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. The story is sometimes leisurely, sometimes fast and compelling, but always interesting. LB Gschwandtner has proven to me that she's a writer to contend with in the world of women's fiction.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Wells on September 16, 2010
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Even if you have never gardened or haven't a green thumb, this beautifully written book will make you want to begin cultivating your own piece of Eden. I not only loved reading "The Naked Gardener" - great story about six, well-drawn, interesting women - I learned from it. In addition to the superbly created gardening scenes and finely rendered love scenes there are sections in this book where the action - Katelyn and her friends take a river trip in Vermont - is spellbinding and reminds me of Hemingway and John Casey's National Book Award-winning "Spartina". What is refreshing about Katelyn, in addition to her artistic and gardening abilities, is that she is not so self-obsessed, nor are her five friends who find out they are all much stronger than they might have thought when their seemingly serene river trip takes a rather dramatic, frightening turn. This story is, ultimately, about something far grander than ourselves and how the salvation and reconnecting with nature - and the past - can bring us into a meaningful future.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Baldwin on August 23, 2010
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I loved the earthiness of this book -- not just in the garden of the title,but also in the very real characters struggling with very real issues in a setting that strips away the trappings and technological complexities of modern life. LB Gschwandtner's rich, observant prose brings the book's Vermont setting to life right alongside the core characters, to whom women everywhere will relate on many levels. A must-read for summer!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Poppy J. on December 6, 2010
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In the story, Katelyn Cross moves to Vermont and begins to enjoy her life off the grid. She has a live in boyfriend, Greg Mazur (otherwise known as "Maze"), who has been less than understanding of late. Kate decides to go on a retreat with some friends to brainstorm for a good cause, and it is there that she finds herself and understands what she will need in her life to find true happiness. On the trip, she and her friends bare their secrets to each other, in true best friend pillow talk fashion. The women realize that they really do have a lifelong bond which will never be broken. When they encounter disaster on the trip, the women learn to depend on themselves, each other and the kindness of others to make it back to safety. In the end, Kate resolves her issues and problems and realizes what she has will be better than "good enough" to sustain her throughout the rest of her days on their farm.

The trip is the turn around point in Kate's life. It is as if she had made some tentative decisions before going off, but after she spent time with her pals, she was more confident in her decisions. What I liked about the story is that the ending was not so predictable. I expected Kate to make a decision on whether to keep her old life, or leave it for something better. Kate like most of us, never assumes that other people will change. The reasons for changes in ourselves or in others are always more important because it means the changes will be real and sincere. It is a lot like falling in love. Years later, the best moments are when we remember the exact minute it happened, that we fell in love with someone else, but what we really want to recapture is the exact second we realized it was happening to and for us - we long for the knowledge of the moment of awareness. It is so beautiful when we can experience it, but even more precious when we know it is happening to us, and this is the beauty of this book. I recommend it to readers of any age.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on July 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Amie Lou
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Six women, three days, and one river. When I first read the blurb, I was afraid I was about to read Deliverance with women.

I couldn't have been more wrong. The Naked Gardener is the story of six women of varying ages, walks of life, and personalities coming into themselves. It's a poignant story of discovery, self-acceptance, and understanding.
Katelyn had always wanted to canoe down the Trout River, more specifically the Trout River Falls.

And when the women of the city council need a gimmick to save their dying town, the ladies use brainstorming ideas as the perfect excuse for the "girls only" weekend canoe trip. It is the quintessential "girls night out"--on steroids.

But the trip turns out to be much more than a way to figure out how to save the town. Each woman brings her own individual angst, issues, and problems on what turns out to be a very enlightening and fateful trip.

Beautifully written, artistic, and touching, The Naked Gardner is a novel of coming to terms. Each character has to discover, reveal, and accept who they are, the changes they face, and the lives they are living at that moment in time.

There's a piece of every one of these women in us all. Hope the virgin, Valerie the aging beauty queen, and Katelyn who's afraid to get her heart broken again. As for the others? Well, I can't spoil the story. You'll just have to read it for yourself.

Quote: From Katelyn "Artists have all of the same struggles everyone else has. Except they rarely make enough money to live on, and they have the extra burden of being pushed internally by ideas and visions that nobody else has. It's not a decision. It's built in."
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