Living Ever So Gently

I’m thrilled to share the collaboration has begun with an amazing illustrator for my first children’s book!! The release date will be later this year, specifics TBD. This road is one I haven’t traveled before, so a learning curve is ever present. But the journey will be delightful as I watch my adorable character come to life in color on pages through beautiful illustrations. Not to mention, the important message included in the story for both children and adults. More information will follow throughout the year as progress moves forward, and I’m sporting a Big smile…

like this happy canine!

So, food for thought in haiku form…

visualize dreams
transform into intentions
rewards lie in wait

As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, the progress for my upcoming book, Ever So Gently, is slowly advancing. Life has interrupted at times, but the plan is to release it next month. For the cover, I wanted a minimalist design with soothing shades to complement the title and message I’m conveying. I may play around with the font and placing of the text, but below is a mock sample:

A snippet from the introduction:

Ever So Gently expresses how I welcome nature’s offerings. The gentle way in which I should react to life’s challenges. The gentle grace in my heart that is full of gratitude for the love in my life, for being loved. For the support of my family and friends through every stumble and every celebration. When I greet a new day, I am reminded to breathe and live gently. We live in a world riddled with chaos and tragedy, but beauty surrounds us if we open our eyes. I may not always succeed in gentle, but if I slip up, I will try again. A variety of emotions is felt throughout the collection because life can be joyful, but it can also be messy. As to the style of poetry, most are free verse, but since I enjoy trying different forms, I’ve included syllabic poetry as well.

Style notwithstanding, the purpose of compiling this collection is for you, the reader, to discover at least one, but hopefully, a few poems that will evoke a special memory or remind you that you are not alone living with the emotions in your heart. Perhaps you’ll get a good laugh or experience an aha moment. Most importantly, when you turn the last page, I hope you discover the reward of living Ever So Gently.

Thank you for reading and for your wonderful support in the past! Stay tuned for more information on both books in future posts. May your weekend be filled with adventure and big smiles! ❤️

© Lauren Scott, – All rights reserved.
Canine photo by Marco Carrillo on

98 thoughts on “Living Ever So Gently

  1. Congratulations, Lauren. I love it when my children’s books start taking shape with the illustrations. It is a lot of fun. Michael and I will have a new Sir Choc for Halloween. Exciting about your new poetry book too. I look forward to reading it.

    1. Thanks, Robbie! I can see how much fun it is and will be after receiving the first illustration! The ride is going to be exciting! That’s wonderful about your and Michael’s new book too. I’ll watch for it. Thanks for your wonderful support! ❤️🤗

    1. I love the sound of ‘Ever so gently’ Lauren. I’m looking forward to reading it. Congratulations on the children’s book, too. I’m very happy for you. Hugs❤️

      1. Your words are like music to my ears, Smitha. 🙂 Thanks so much for your support. By the way, I have your book, but I’m currently reading another. So, I may be slow, but I know I’ll love it and will write a review as well. I’ll keep you posted.
        Hugs to you, and Congrats again! ❤️

    1. Thanks so much, Colleen! I didn’t plan on two books this year, but my illustrator was ready to get the ball rolling for the children’s book and I wasn’t going to argue. 🙂 So, I’m excited for both. ❤️🤗

  2. Congratulations on your progress with both projects, Lauren! I’m excited for you. I think the background for your new poetry book works really well to convey a sense of gentleness.

    1. Thanks, Liz! I’m so glad you feel the cover works well for the mood. I’ll let the artist know. 🙂 And I’m happy to hear that too. In my prior books, I’ve used photographs, so I wanted to do something different this time around. And then the title came and I followed it…thanks again!

  3. There’s serenity and grace in the cover. And your haiku and brief introduction are enticing. All the best to you, Lauren. Looking forward to reading 👏 Blessings on all your endeavors. 💗

  4. That seems like quite the challenge, Lauren, balancing two books at the same time with one being a totally different and new genre for you. On the other hand, it sounds like you are having fun. Keep on rolling and laughing— gently. 🙂

    1. It’s not really, Curt, because there’s no timeline for the children’s book. I plan to release it in the fall or close to the holidays, so time is on our side. I’m nearing the finish line with the poetry book though for release next month. So, it’s all good. I’ve learned to lessen the pressure where it’s not necessary. 🙂 Thanks for your gentle and kind support! 🤗

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! The children’s book is separate that will come out in the fall or close to the holidays. And the poetry book will be out next month. A slow process, but sometimes life goes that way. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words, and I know you’re having so much fun with your book tour! Hugs 💞

  5. So lovely post with dear your cute dog and congratulations on the Children’s book dear friend 🌷🙏✍️💐 your written explanation inspired to read 😍👍 All The Best Wishes dear friend 👏

    1. Thanks for your wonderful wishes, Yvette. It’s an exciting time, but I’ll be glad when the finished product is in my hands. 🙂 By the way, for some reason, I’m not receiving your blog post notifications and I don’t know what to do. I followed you again, hoping that would solve the problem. So if you have any thoughts, please let me know. Thanks again! 💗

      1. I wish I did, but Blogger is not user-friendly. I’m hoping to spend some time this summer trying to fix the problem. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate you trying. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Kamal! I’m so glad to hear that about my cover too. I love it. I just wanted soothing colors and a minimalist design. I appreciate your support! And I also hope you’re enjoying More than Coffee. 😁❤️

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