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September 29, 2009 16:05 ET

Accidental Author Offers Cure for Domesticide in the Garden That Grew Her, New Book Nourished by Thousands of Readers on Internet Discussion Board

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) -

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Starting from an online post written innocently early one morning as a satire-laced story about a single mother, a Northern Ontario writer has found her literary muse not only in the details of her transformed life but also in the wit and wisdom of some 143,000 readers who made her particular discussion thread the most widely followed topic on a well-known website dealing with individualism and spirituality.

Readers instantly declared Bradford a cross between Erma Bombeck and Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.

Keeping in line with the content of Bradford's unconventional book and the way it was created, the author chose to release "The Garden That Grew Her" through a media company with a film-style book trailer forgoeing traditional publishing houses. "The print world is rapidly changing and since my writing was discovered in a social media forum, I wanted to promote it in the same arena," Bradford says.

In "The Garden That Grew Her," Leslie Bradford offers two stories. The first, her personal account of how to find peace amidst the chaos of an ordinary housewife's career/kid juggling existence. "The cure for domesticide," she explains.

"Then, there is a book within the book - a collection of the rowdy wit and wisdom of my fellow barefoot Gardeners. Ordinary women, like me, who are escaping domesticide and extinguishing the erroneous "Happily Ever After" myth.

In fact, so inspired was long-time writing teacher, Marilee Pallant - a/k/a the Garden Ya Ya and among the earliest followers of Bradford's initial thread - that she has contributed a series of poems and lyrics that grace the end of each of Bradford's 11 chapters in the book.

The impetus for that fateful post came after Bradford, a divorced mother of two daughters who worked in the automobile dealership business as a finance manager, went online to share her experience after viewing a web cast and reading the best-selling book by a renowned teacher of spirituality. Dismayed at the volume of polarizing and ego-driven comments on the board, Bradford quickly composed her online story, the humorous seeds of the virtual garden metaphor.

In just one week, there were 1,750 hits. Eight days later, there were 14,000. In four months, after an unfortunate interruption that necessitated rejuvenating the thread, there were more than 143,000 followers, five times the number who had tracked Bradford's initial story.

Bradford's book will be released initially as an eBook and in soft cover form in 01-01-10 with a November pre-release. The book trailer can be found at

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