Monday, July 06, 2015

My Book ... Is Totes On Amazon: The Last Petal Falling

I kind of almost can't believe it. It's pretty much totally surreal.

My book is now available for purchase.


I'm incredulous, but I'm also beyond excited. And nervous. And scared.

People are going to read the intimate details of my life. Worse, they are going to read the intimate details of my SOUL. And along they way, they will read some intimate details of my friends' lives (names changed though). I hope you will all forgive me for that...

But that's what it's all about, right? Write a memoir, a true story about your life and those who touched it (or bruised it), and then let people read it. It's part of the writing process: the sharing.

It's the most vulnerable thing I've ever done. Far more vulnerable than blogging. This is truly heart-on-my-sleeve stuff.

But y'all, I've done it. I've actually done it. I started, finished, and (self) published a book. I wrote, edited, and formatted a book. (If there are STILL mistakes after ALL the editing I've done, please don't tell me. Just shhhhh.)

I'm kind of at a loss for words. Let me just say this:

Thank you so much, all of you who helped me along the way. Those of you who helped me in the writing, editing, and publishing process, and those of you who were with me throughout my life in the good times and the bad. And thank you to everyone who encouraged me to keep writing and who made me believe it would be worth it to finish. At the end of the day, I wrote this book for you as much as I wrote it for me.

It's available right now on Amazon (including UK and Prime!) and Kindle. It is also available from CreateSpace and if I'm remembering correctly, a few other online retailers (like Barnes & Noble). You can choose paperback, if you like something you can hold in your hands (like I do) or you can go the Kindle route. I kept the price as low as I could without totally underselling it, because I want it to be as accessible as possible. I don't care about making money off of it. I am just happy to have it out there. My story isn't all that different or unique, therefore I know it will resonate with many.

Please also feel free to share the link. And if you read it, please leave a review (good or bad!) on Amazon or GoodReads. I'd really appreciate that!

So without further ado...

Here is the link:

The Last Petal Falling by Lori Arnold McFarlane

And for those of you who have no idea what the book is about, here is the back cover:


  1. Lori:
    Bought and read your book via Kindle. While my journey took me in a different direction than yours, I do feel that for you, you are doing what is right for you. I do reject conservative Christianity, but for me it was as simple as that and atheism. Best for you and your family as you continue in this journey called life.

    1. I want not to between was and as in the statement above ( it should say "it was not as simple as that and atheism). That makes a big difference.

    2. Yes, that "not" changes the whole meaning! :) I'm also glad for you that your journey took you where it did. It certainly seems to be the right one for you too. Good luck as you go forward. I miss your blog!

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    4. Thanks. In the end I guess I hope that the book will be an aid for some to deconvert.

  2. Hi Lori. I just purchased the paperback through Amazon. I know I am a bit late on this, but I am not online every day - do not worry, I have been looking forward to your book..!!

    1. Let me know what you think! And whether good or bad, I'd love for you to review it on Amazon or Goodreads. ;)

    2. Hey Lori, I just got your book in my mailbox. I have a couple of other reading projects that I must finish, but I am excited about reading your story when I finish those obligations. A review will definitely be coming!

    3. Oh great! A review would be much appreciated. :) I hope you enjoy it. I've got a STACK of books in my reading queue, so I know how it is!

  3. Anonymous5:10 PM

    Lori - I just dl'd your book from Amazon after reading about it on Heman Mehta's Patheos page, The Friendly Atheist. As a recent deconvert who finally got his own story down in words (on my blog) I really appreciate the honesty and effort it takes to tell the truth about such a change of heart. I'm looking forward to reading it and will review it when I do. My audience is quite small, so I doubt it will help your sales any, but it will be nice to say what I thought anyway! Cheers.

    1. I look forward to reading your deconversion story too. (Just bookmarked your blog so I can read it tomorrow.) I hope the book speaks to you. It's for people like us that I wrote it. Leaving one's religion - especially if it was a longtime, family one - is one of the most isolating experiences. I look forward to reading your story too. x


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