"Liberty puzzle.”

From left, Nadine Collier, Laurel McHargue and Sarah Collier open a “liberty puzzle.” Collier and McHargue are hosting book signing events at Fire On The Mountain and The Silver Llama on Oct. 3 and 4.

 Award-winning author Laurel McHargue, formerly of Leadville, and L i c e n s e d P r o f e s s i o n a l Counselor Nadine Collier, of Michigan, will be in Leadville for two book signing events this October. The women’s book, “Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle!”, is a “fresh exploration of timeless life lessons,” and balances contemporary wit with professional wisdom.” 

When McHargue completed her first 2,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, her friend, Collier, suggested she write a book about lessons she learned from the experience. 

“I was never a puzzler,” said McHargue, “and the idea of writing about my struggles and ultimate success intrigued me. I started the monster puzzle — the first one I’ve ever done on my own — during a period of quarantine at the start of the pandemic.” 

McHargue convinced Collier to collaborate with her, and together they completed and published “Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle!”. 

“Many of my clients are struggling with anxiety and loss of motivation during this pandemic,” said Collier, “and this book provides proven techniques for overcoming life’s daily challenges. There are more than ten lessons in its pages, and a lot of humor, too.” 

“There’s a great balance between contemporary wit and professional wisdom in each chapter,” said McHargue. “We embellish our work with quotes from renowned sources from the past and present, and relevant stories from people we know.” 

The following chapters start with helpful life lessons McHargue discovered whi le puzzl ing and end with Collier’s reflections and questions for consideration: 

— Patience and Persistence 

— Time Matters 

— Walk Away! 

— The Sum of Our Parts 

— The Little Things 

— Help? 

— Focus 

— A Different Perspective 

— Look Below the Surface 

— Celebrate! 

“You don’t have to be a puzzler to appreciate this book,” said McHargue. “The lessons we share are applicable to any challenges readers might face in times of pandemic and, hopefully, beyond.” 

McHargue and Collier will be at Fire On The Mountain to sign books on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 4-6 p.m. and at The Silver Llama on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants are expected to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. McHargue will also have other multi-genre works available.

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