I’ve been dying to spill the beans, and finally I’m allowed!! It’s been in the works for awhile now, and it is official!!! Drum roll please……………………………………………………. Taking Aim is now available for PRE-ORDER IN PAPERBACK!!! On August 28th, you can finally get your paws on a copy that you can throw in your purse/hunting pack/suitcase/car and hit the road! The paperback edition is cheaper than the hardcover (from the majority of retailers) and to make it even sweeter, I’ve added a bunch of my FAVORITE recipes into the back of the book, so getting yourself (or your bestie/family member/favorite child) this brand new Paperback Edition is a no-brainer!!!!
Amen, hallelujah, CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!
Last year when I launched Taking Aim in hardcover, audiobook and ebook, it was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. I mean… I wrote an entire book!!! Like, woah. I’ve always tried to share a message of empowerment, and I wrote this book because I want that message to last longer than a fleeting Instagram post or Facebook caption. This book follows my journey from non-hunter to hunter and last year it even reached the top 150 books on Amazon! It has some pretty killer ratings (bragging moment!), which I am SO proud of, and it makes me so happy to hear that people love something that I put my heart and soul into writing.
Here’s the truth…hunting is often misunderstood—and never more than when it’s a girl wearing the camo. Can I get an “Amen”?! Ammmmennnn. In Taking Aim, I am out to set the record straight that hunting is not just a man’s game and that hunters care deeply about conservation. In the process, I tell personal stories aimed to inspire anyone who has felt pressured to walk away from her dreams, whether it be hunting or anything else that fuels them. I grew up expecting to be a dancer just like my mama, but something about spending vacations RV-ing across America and on big-game hunts in the Yukon with my dad sparked my passion for the outdoors. My decision to join the hunting industry was definitely not something that was readily accepted by all the people in my life including friends, family, and even people I barely knew.
This book is my very personal story of choosing the less-traveled path to a rewarding life, which means staying rooted in wildness, hunting as a way of “harvesting” food, caring deeply about sustainability and healthy eating, and getting closer to God in the cathedrals of nature.
So if you’ve ever struggled with insecurities, this book is for you. If you’ve dealt with push-back (from friends, family, peers, society, anyone really) for doing what you love, this book is for you. If you LOVE to hunt or if you know very little about hunting, this book is for you. If you’re looking for stories about adventures, brushes with death, life lessons learned, and some great ideas on how to stay connected with nature for a healthier, happier life… you guessed it, this book is FOR YOU! My story is about discovering your dream, following your passion, mastering your skills, taking aim no matter who thinks you’re crazy…and then letting the arrow fly.
Whether you’re a lifelong hunter or a city dweller who has never set foot in the wilderness, this is an empowering message about rejecting stereotypes and expectations, believing in yourself, and finding the courage to pursue what you care about most.
So – the word is out and I’m SO excited to share my story with all of you! If you’ve read it, please let me know your feedback!! And if you haven’t read it, now is the time!
Thanks for sharing my life with me!!! Here are some links to check out the paperback!
P.S. If you want a more credible source to recommend Taking Aim (since I’m slightly biased), check out this stellar (STARRED!!!) review from Publishers Weekly – seriously, pinch me!
“In this sprightly, instructive autobiography, Shockey describes her love of hunting . . . She details the hours-long hikes, the cheek-chafing cold, the patience (‘hair-pulling stretches of monotony’), and the constant practicing required to ‘harvest’ that 1,500-pound bull moose. She endures antiwoman and antihunting attitudes, defending hunting as an act of conservation, self-reliance, and, often, charity.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)