'Creating lives we love'

Author, motivational speaker brings her message to Steamboat

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Author and motivational speaker Cynthia Brian will sign copies of her books at Epilogue Book Co., 837 Lincoln Ave., beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. She also will present at a picnic lunch, tour and garden lecture at Yampa River Botanic Park on Tuesday afternoon.

— To say Cynthia Brian is a ball of energy would be an understatement.

The accomplished California author, TV and radio personality and motivational speaker has never been to Steamboat Springs, but like everything else in her life, she's excited to head to the hills for a new adventure. Brian's Steamboat events begin Sunday with an intimate "Bathrobe Babes" get-together at Epilogue Book Co.

Brian, who co-authored the New York Times best-selling book "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul" as well as "Be the Star you Are!, The Business of Show Business and Miracle Moments," will talk about her books and mingle with readers, who are encouraged to wear bathrobes or comfortable clothing for the event.

"I am so passionate about life and helping people find their purpose in life," Brian said Wednesday.

Brian said what she is trying to convey is simple: Do what you love.

"I don't believe we work a day in our lives if we're doing what we love," she said. "That's the message - we want people to come play with us."

Erica Fogue, owner of Epilogue Book Co., said the event will include time for a book signing, conversation, English breakfast and flowering teas, champagne and chocolate in addition to Brian's lecture.

"It'll be good to have this town infused with that kind of energy," Fogue said.

Brian's experience with Hollywood should be an interesting conversation topic, Fogue added.

"I think it'll be great for people who want to know more about the showbiz industry, because she's got a lot of expertise," she said.

One of Brian's other passions is gardening, and she will be the presenter at a picnic lunch, tour and garden lecture at Yampa River Botanic Park on Tuesday. A $10 donation is suggested to benefit Brian's nonprofit organization, Be the Star You Are!, which is dedicated to empowering women, children and families through literacy.

"My motto is, 'Failure is fertilizer,'" she said. "I put everything into a compost heap and grow a new garden."

A book sale and signing will follow the event.

During her six-day tour of Steamboat Springs, Brian also will be busy as the special guest writing teacher at Arts for the Soul, a recently founded arts camp for adults. She broadcast her syndicated radio show live from Steamboat Springs on Thursday and interviewed John Sant'Ambrogio, who founded the camp. For more information, visit www.artsforthesoul.net.

"It's going to be a great week," Brian said. "I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and being out in nature. It sounds like you live in paradise."

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