Sunday, March 15, 2015

Toasts, The Perfect Words to Celebrate Every Occasion by June Cotner and Nancy Tupper Ling


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    Contact: Brenda Knight, 510-845-8000

Life’s Special Moments Deserve Special Words

For nearly 20 years, June Cotner has been the go-to for blessings, housewarmings, new babies, graces and all of life's rites of passage. Here, she joins forces with award-winning poet and author Nancy Tupper Ling to find the right words for every event. Toasts: The Perfect Words to Celebrate Every Occasion is the essential reference for any milestone where one needs to raise a glass. Organized by category and containing many original toasts written just for this book, this timely tome contains sayings famous and profound, suitable and sentimental. Covering births, weddings, graduations, and other events both major and minor, co-authors Cotner and Ling also provide inspirations for how this wonderful gesture can add meaning to life's special moments. 

Here’s a poem by Patricia Crandall, author of numerous stories, poems and books.

Outside, the snow
is wintry bright.
Inside, my heart’s
a warm delight.
Be My Valentine.

The selections in Toasts are inspiring, reflective, uplifting, and sometimes humorous. Beyond standard categories such as Weddings or Anniversaries, the authors have included useful toasting sections such as Adventure, Business Events, Housewarming, and Class Reunions, as well as a selection of toasts for each of the major holidays.

The confidence and inspiration to make the perfect toast can be found within this collection of diverse and imaginative selections, and may be used along with “A Guide to Toasting,” a helpful how-to in the beginning of the book. A well-crafted toast can be delivered by anyone, for any occasion. All it takes is sincerity, planning, and a little bit of personalization. Learn the key elements that can make your toast successful, along with the perfect words to say.

About the Authors:
June Cotner is the author or editor of 31 books, including the best-selling Graces. June’s latest love and avocation is giving presentations on “Adopting Prisoner-Trained Shelter Dogs.” A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, June is the mother of two grown children and lives in Poulsbo, WA, with her husband. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, and playing with her two grandchildren. For more information, please visit June’s website at

Nancy Tupper Ling is the winner of the prestigious Writer's Digest Grand Prize and the Pat Parnell Poetry Award. She draws her inspiration from the multicultural background of her family and the interwoven fabric of familial culture. The author of Double Happiness Box, and My Sister, Alicia May, she lives in Walpole, MA.

The Perfect Words to Celebrate Every Occasion
By June Cotner and Nancy Tupper Ling
ISBN: 978-1-936740-85-7
Trade Paper, $16.95
5.5” x 6.5”, 264 pages
Publishing on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014
Brenda Knight,, 510-845-8000

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