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26 March 2014

The Simple Life is published today

My second book, The Simple Life, the first in a series of six, is published by Penguin today. I am one of those writers who never thought I'd publish one book, let alone two. So today is a special one for me. The Simple Life is a Penguin Special, with the distinctive Penguin cover. Their aqua blue series is for works of non-fiction. While it's not the same kind of book as Down to Earth, with pictures and beautiful design, it still contains my heart and soul and I truly hope you enjoy it. Everyone can buy either the print or ebook version of it and while it will be available from Amazon and iTunes, you can buy it from the Penguin site here. The book is light so postage will be fairly cheap.  Added later: Apparently the Penguin site is experiencing problems. Please make your purchase here at Bookworld. Several readers have said it's cheaper there and you can order today.

Once again my sincere thanks goes to Penguin for their support of writers world-wide. In particular I want to thank my editor, Daniel Hudspith, who cleverly guided me through the editing process and to my publisher, Andrea McNamara, whose grace and wisdom have seen me through The Simple Life and Down to Earth.


Price: AU $9.99 - print book and AU $7.99 - ebook.
This is from the back cover:
Rhonda Hetzel feels passionately that living simply leads to a richer, more fulfilling existence. Having made the decision to live frugally, embrace sustainability and opt out of the capitalist consumerist mindset, she set about working out how to achieve her goal, learning traditional skills, reducing her spending and environmental impact and focusing on the simple things that make life worth living: family, friends, and a home-cooked meal. This is the story of her journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. Rhonda relates why she wanted to change her lifestyle, what simple living means to her, and offers guidance to those thinking about taking the same path.

I'll be back tomorrow with a post about organising and routines.

73 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Rhonda! What a special day for you and yours! I can't wait to get my copy.
    Sincerely, Janina

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  2. Whee! I thought it was yesterday but when I had a look at the Penguin site the date had changed to 26-March. Or perhaps I had misread it the first time. Thanks for the heads up Rhonda.

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    1. That's what I thought too!

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    2. Hah, for a moment there I thought I was seeing things. At least now there's two of us!

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  3. I wish I could purchase your books in the US. I know they are full of wisdom that we could use also.

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    1. Rhonda's Down to Earth is available as Kindle download for $9.99 US. Simple Life is coming to Kindle on April 8th for a huge 99 cents US.

      ShelaghC

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  4. Congratulations, Rhonda - that is awesome!

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  5. Good morning Rhonda...congratulations, you must be feeling very excited and quite proud of yourself :)

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  6. Hi Rhonda!

    I'm so looking forward to your new book! Amazon only offers the Kindle edition and Penguin only ships within Australia, but I'm from Austria/Europe. Do you know if/where/when the printed edition will be available for Europen customers? I love your blog and have learnt many things from you! Congratulations on your second book! Warm wishes from Ursula

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    1. Hi Ursula, Try fishpond.com. It worked for me in Canada. And shipped is cheap/free world wide.
      Good Luck, Janina

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  7. Congratulations! How wonderful!

    Deanna

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  8. Hi Rhonda,

    I'm so thrilled for you! The book looks beautiful, and I can't wait to read it. Also looking forward to tomorrow's post - I never tire of reading about the nitty gritty of our simple life :)

    Madeleine

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  9. Good morning Rhonda, Congratulations you must be over the moon with the release of your new book. I was looking at Penguin last night and saw the new book there. I cannot wait to read it I have to say. Have a great day today Lx

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  10. Well done Rhonda and thank you for working so hard to share your message with a wider audience at a reasonable price, this will make a huge difference to the lives of so many people.

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  11. Congratulations!!! Well done on this fabulous achievement, I'm sure you, Hanno and your extended family are so proud!! I can't wait to read it. You really are an amazing trailblazer Rhonda!! Warmest of regards, Jan x

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  12. Thank you look forward to reading it!!
    Ordered it from Amazon here in the states....Pre-Ordered to be released on Apr 8th

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  13. Congratulations! Put your feet up and rest a bit now!

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  14. I thought this day would never arrive! I have been counting down the days until I can get my copy. Well done Rhonda, what a special day for you. I know what I will be reading snuggled on the couch coffee in hand listening to the rain in rhe roof today.

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  15. Congratulations, you must have worked hard to get your words and thoughts in to print.

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  16. Well done Rhonda!! I`d love to get that little book, but I`m not sure if it`s available here in the UK.

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  17. Congratulations on your book Rhonda! I love the colour and simplicity of the cover. Will definitely be going on my reading list.

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  18. Congratulations it must be a great feeling that the movement of simple livmg is still in people's minds. Thanks for sharing your stories in a aid to help others along their path of simple living. Regards Kathy A, Brisbanr, Australia

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  19. Congratulation..enjoy your blog.

    Coffee is on

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  20. Congratulations Rhonda, I look forward to reading this one too. Showing us, as always, that hard work pays off. Thank you.

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  21. Congratulations. I will add this to my Rhonda Hetzel library. But now I have laundry detergent to make so I must get off the internet. cheers

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  22. $.99US for the Amazon Kindle version in the US, with a release date of April 8. Yay!!!

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  23. I've spent 10 minutes trying to order the book online with Penguin. I've purchased many books and items on line and I have to say the penguin website is not that user friendly. I had my book in the cart, all my payment details and then had to verify the order however I couldn't find anything that took me to the next step so I haven't ordered the book. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Kathy. I'll let them know.

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    2. Kathy, I just ordered mine from Bookworld instead. With the free-to-join Citizen's discount it comes to 8.09 with free shipping. Penguin wanted to charge me $5.00. I hope I don't get into trouble :-)

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    3. I checked my bookworld invoice and the payment was made to Penguin. From the Penguin website it seems they've just acquired Bookworld. I do remember that my invoices from Bookworld used to show Pearson.

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    4. LOL! no you won't get into trouble, Mrs Meagre. :- ) Pearson is Penguin. The names may have changed since they partnered with Random House.

      It looks like a good price at Bookworld. I didn't think to check on them. Thanks for passing that on.

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    5. I had the same problem as Kathy, something must be wrong :( Jan x

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    6. I've passed our concerns on to Penguin, Jan. My only suggestion would be to go through Bookworld. Thanks for letting me know.

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  24. Congratulations Rhonda!!! You and your family must be very proud! I will download the book tonight.

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  25. Congratulations tidda, I know you've worked hard for this, I'm so proud of you in a tidda fashion. xo

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    1. Thanks Rose. I couldn't do what I do without the help I get from you and Sue and the rest of our friendly moderating team.

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  26. Wonderful! I love the chicken. Have you seen the great new ad to stop caged chickens from Animals Australia? I have a book voucher for my local bookshop and I'll be off there soon to pick up my copy!
    Vanna

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  27. Hi Rhonda, I am excited for you! I hope that this book will introduce and inspire others to start or continue their journey in simple living.

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  28. Congratulations! What an achievement!

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  29. Congratulations Rhonda!

    Do you find yourself opening your advance copies, fast-flipping the pages and breathing in the scent? That's what I'd be doing about fifteen times a day if I were you. :)

    Jess

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    1. HA! Jess. No, I didn't do that. What I did get a thrill from though was something I hadn't even thought about before it happened - putting The Simple Life next to Down to Earth on the book shelf. There were two books with my name on them. That was quite something. :- )

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  30. Congratulations Rhonda, it has been a wonderful adventure following along on your simple life journey. You are so inspiring because you are just a lovely person living your dream.

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    1. Awww, thank you. That's a lovely thing to say. :- )

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  31. Congratulations beautiful Rhonda. I'm so pleased for you. I have already placed my order, and was stalking the penguin website yesterday as I thought it was out then! As someone else said, I had problems ordering it via penguin's website but placed the order over the phone. The lady said someone else tried to order that book but had trouble with the website. I said you were very popular so she can only surmise your latest book is crashing their system!!! Love to you. Xxx

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  32. Hooray! Wonderful news and so happy for you!
    -Jaime

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  33. Well done Rhonda. The book cover is very attractive in its simplicity and fits so well with your message. I've always loved the penguin covers. I'm looking forward to sitting down with a cup of tea and your book to read to encourage me in my own journey to a simpler life.

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  34. Hi Rhonda, I've ordered my book through Bookworld and the total cost including delivery is $8.09 instead of the $14.99 through Penguin which as I mentioned their site does not make sense to me. Apart from the first step of creating a log on with Penguin I spent 5 minutes trying to put a password in (nothing special just usual type of ones) and it didn't like them.....that was frustrating enough and then when I finally got the book into the cart I couldn't get to the check out so deleted the book and tried again but I'm staring at the screen thinking there must be a tab/button to hit to go to checkout but I couldn't work it out. Anyway in the end I've saved myself some money (thanks to the comment above) and my book will be arriving soon. I won't be using the Penguin Website, way too hard. Good result in the end so I'm happy. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  35. Congratulations Rhonda, what a great achievement. You are an inspiration. Ordering today!
    kxx

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  36. Congratulations Rhonda, the book looks great, you are inspiring.

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  37. Congratulations on the second book, Rhonda. I reckon this is going to be popular - the price point alone makes it accessible to so many.

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  38. Hi Rhonda, I had emailed Penguin first thing this morning after some initial problems with their cart and also to ask if it was possible to pay via an alternative method (PayPal etc.) as I did not want to use a credit card. I had not received a response to my query after being out all day and after reading comments as above I decided to check out Bookworld. I was able to pay with PayPal, direct from my account, so I did that and got the book for $8.09 too. Done is less than five minutes, including signing up for their Citizen of Bookworld club.

    I would have ordered the book this morning from Penguin if had I been able to but it has all worked out and I saved money.

    I am so looking forward to receiving it and enjoying it from cover to cover:)

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  39. Well done on your second book release Rhonda.
    I'm really looking forward to your Dairy one!

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    1. thanks Andy. The Dairy book is finished so it shouldn't be too long.

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  40. Congrats, what a wonderful feeling it must be to see your words in print. Just ordered my copy now.

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  41. Fantastic news! I quite like the cover btw. Affordable too.

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  42. Congratulations!
    Is it available over here in the UK soon?

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    1. Yes it is Sandie. It's listed on Book Depository here. http://www.bookdepository.com/Simple-Life-Rhonda-Hetzel/9780143571810 Let me know how you get on when you order it.

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  43. Congrats! You are awesome and an inspiration.

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  44. Congratulations, wonderful news.

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  45. Just placed my orders! So excited that these are available in the United States now :)

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  46. Congratulations. Thanks for the update about penguin & where else you can buy the book. I had so much trouble with Penguin yesterday that i'd given up on the idea of buying the book. Off to try Bookworld.

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  47. Simply awesome.. Congratulations.. Going to check it all out and see if I can lay my hands on it.. xo

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  48. Congratulations Rhonda! Your book sounds wonderful! I loved your first book. Thank you for being you and for putting your voice out in the world. Much love xxoo

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  49. Congratulations of the book Rhonda I can't wait for my copy to arrive so glad I have been able to get if from Bookworld. Your truly an inspiration I know mine & my family life has changed so much for the better since reading your first book

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  50. My book just arrived in the post Rhonda! Can't wait to read it tonight.

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  51. Congratulations Rhonda, great achievement to have two books published and more to come!

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  52. where there's a will there's a way;-)....thank you for being an inspiration to many of us, Rhonda...

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  53. Thanks I just pre-ordered it on Amazon, said it would be delivered on April 8th!!!

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  54. Oh my goodness - Rhonda this is just so fantastic!!!
    You are just such an inspiration on so many levels.
    Congratulations, cannot wait to read.
    xx
    Megan

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  55. I have left a comment for the book over at Bookworld, Rhonda. For some reason it no longer comes up when I search -- possibly because it's out of stock at the moment? I had to click through my orders to find a link to the hard copy of your book. Anyway, I'm sending you some well-wishes for the next books. Hope they'll be out soon (no pressure, lol).

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