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Author Marks Live Earth Day with Launch of Environmental Newsletter

San Mateo, CA, July 09, 2007 --( Lee Barwood, author of an environmental suspense/thriller and a children’s book written to help the koala, marked the July 7, 2007 Live Earth awareness event with the launch of a newsletter designed to provide helpful information about the environment, animals, holistic healing, and other subjects to improve the quality of life on Earth for all its creatures, both human and animal.

The newsletter, The Beat of Gaia’s Heart, will feature in its premiere issue a lengthy interview with the head veterinarian at the Australian Wildlife Hospital. Dr. Jon Hanger talked with Barwood at length about the need to preserve the environment, the work he does at the Hospital, and the very personal understanding he has of the needs of the creatures he works daily to save.

Other issues of the newsletter will contain book reviews and resources, articles, and interviews with healers, environmentalists, and financiers who help the less advantaged, as well as links to websites with more information on everything from women’s issues to animal welfare, health, and recipes.

Barwood is the author of A Dream of Drowned Hollow, an environmental suspense/thriller published by Double Dragon Publishing (, and Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings, from Koala Jo Publishing ( The former book won Andre Norton’s Gryphon Award. All Barwood’s royalties from the latter book go to the Australian Wildlife Hospital.

Klassic Koalas: Ancient Aboriginal Tales in New Retellings is a collection of Australian Aboriginal stories about the koala and other indigenous animals, depicting the koala’s magical and shamanic position in Aboriginal lore and offering uncanny parallels from ancient wisdom about the treatment of animals and the course of the climate. Illustrated in full color, the book has also provided the young artists of the Central Ohio Art Academy the opportunity to memorialize their hero, the late Steve Irwin. The Australian Wildlife Hospital, the beneficiary of sales of this book, was founded in memory of Irwin’s mother Lyn, and is a major project of Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.

Those interested in learning more about the newsletter or signing up for its free distribution can go to to read the introduction or subscribe. The newsletter is free, and while copyrighted, may be forwarded. The author asks only that it be forwarded in its entirety so that others may see its source and learn where to go for more information. The objective, says Barwood, “is to share information.”

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