Happy New Year!

It’s a thrill to see both my books still selling strong and to discover new rave reviews.

It’s also exciting to begin a new year with a new audio book. You can now buy and listen to Tightwads on the Loose in audio.

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Happy Reading Week!

I love the week between Christmas and New Years. Because so much of the world is off for the holidays it’s quiet and a wonderful time to catch up on one of the things I love to do the most: read books.

Enjoy this precious time when we can slow down for a minute and breathe. Escape the pressures of this fast-paced world and rejuvenate your spirit through reading.

Check out the new audio version of Tightwads on the Loose and read as a family.

#goodreads #books #audiobooks

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Just Ask Santa for a good book

Face it. You love to read. You are an addict. It’s OK. There are worse addictions than being a confirmed bookworm. And it’s even OK to buy what you really want for yourself. After all, not everyone is a mind-reader. Not even Santa.

#bookworm #booklover #adventure #travel #aroundtheworld #santa #giftideas

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Now in Audible! Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman


As children, we loved when someone read us a story. Why not enjoy the same means of opening our imaginations as adults while folding your laundry? Or commuting to work?

Listen to a sample audio clip of Tightwads on the Loose for a taste of our first experience venturing offshore at the start of what became a 7-year pacific odyssey.

Now you can listen to Tightwads on the Loose as many times as you wish. Just follow this link to pick up a copy now.

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Treat Loved Ones to an Adventure!

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season!

Ever dream of tropical escape?

Imagine spending 24 hours a day with your spouse in 31 not-so-square feet . . . for years; crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel; and tossing spaghetti marinara around your living room, then cleaning it up while bouncing like ice in a martini shaker. Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. They buy a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth’s large frame and set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk.

They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless “character-building opportunities.” They make a long-anticipated visit to the island where Garth had been shipwrecked as a teenager, only to find it had become a penal colony. An electronic catastrophe in the Solomon Islands leaves them without navigation equipment, which forces them to trade their free-wheeling lifestyle for one that seems straight out of a ’60s sitcom: jobs at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. In Asia, they dodge typhoons and ships that threaten to turn their home into kindling. Finally they endure a grueling 49-day nonstop ocean crossing. None of this prepares them for their arrival “home” to a post-9/11 America which leaves them wondering what had changed more, them or the world.

Read about it in Tightwads on the Loose.

“Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer — or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.”

Imagine being shipwrecked at the age of 14 or facing scurvy … Read about it in Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire.

Find out what the buzz is all about. Don’t miss these #awardwinning #books from #award #winning #author #WendyHinman
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Wendy Hinman accepting the Readers Favorite Award

Wendy Hinman has won the Readers Favorite award for Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire and Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey. She accepted both awards during the Miami Book Fair. Read the reviews of her award-winning books.

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Tightwads on the Loose in Audio!

Readers have enjoyed this story for years in paperback and as an eBook and it has been a consistently strong seller. It has garnered rave reviews from many readers and been named a best book multiple times. Now those who prefer to hear a story with their ears rather than take it in through tired eyes can also enjoy it. As children, we loved when someone read us a story. Why not enjoy the same means of opening our imaginations as adults?

Author Wendy Hinman is excited to share her phenomenal story through audio, thanks to the incredible storytelling talents of our narrator, Robin Karno. Robin’s enthusiasm and excitement has made the process of bringing this story alive so much fun. Not only has she been a fabulous collaborator, she has a pleasing voice, great comedic timing, and a talent for capturing the flavor of the voyage and the accents of the cultures that this traveling duo visit in their 34,000-mile journey around the Pacific aboard a small sailboat.
Now the whole family can listen to this engaging, award-winning story of travel adventures with Wendy and Garth.

Listen to a sample audio clip of Tightwads on the Loose, narrated by Robin Karno, for a taste of our first experience venturing offshore at the start of what became a 7-year pacific odyssey.

*The Tightwads on the Loose audiobook will be available for purchase through most audiobook retailers, including: (*subject to change without notice.)
Amazon (digital)
Nook Audiobooks (Barnes & Noble)
Bibliotheca + 3M
Baker & Taylor
Hummingbird Media
The Audiobook Store
3 Leaf Group
Audiobooks NZ
EBSCO Information Services
Mackin Educational
Wheelers Book Club Limited

Once you pick up a copy, you can relax and listen to the story unfold as many times as you wish!

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Wendy Hinman to collect Readers Favorites Award at the Miami Book Fair

Award-winning author Wendy Hinman will collect another award at the Miami Book Fair. Readers Favorites has bestowed awards on both her titles, Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire and Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey. That’s two for two!

#awardwinning #books #authors #award-winners #miamibookfair #readersfavorites

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Wendy Hinman’s seafaring tales featured among the classics

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Wit and Wisdom with Wendy Hinman: Interview by Skipper Jenn

I have been enjoying blogposts by Jenn Harkness, AKA Skipper Jenn, about women and sailing for the last couple of years. She has tackled some of the challenges women face as skippers and sailors, taking on leadership roles in an arena recognized for being technical and physical and being dominated by males. She offers a refreshing perspective and sense of humor, starting with her hilarious logo and the name of her boat, Poop Deck. She has begun a new series of interviews with women sailors she admires. I was flattered to be her first choice for an interview. From there she blew me away with her flattering accolades, calling me a “badass.” But what made her interview so fun and interesting for me is the areas she probed and the questions she asked.

Here’s a snippet:
At the Port Townsend women’s panel Wendy made a comment I have turned over in my head many times. She said, “You really discover who you are out there.” I finally was able to ask her, what did you mean by that? Her answer was so complete and eloquent I have it here in full. “In society we spend our time being daughters, sisters, mothers, coworkers, spouses; our life is in relation to others. When we are out there sailing, we are more in relation to ourselves and nature than anything. So, it’s a chance to redefine who we are outside of our relationship to others. There is so much time to think about what is important, what feeds our soul. To appreciate nature and what’s going on right now, you can find an inner peace that comes from just being rather than doing. Rather than performing or trying to be perfect, you can live in the moment…”

Read the rest here.


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