Won the Silver Prize in the category of Grief/Death&Dying from Nautilus Book Awards. A Mosaic Heart will be exhibited at BookExpo America in the Jacob Javits Center in New York, and at the American Library Association annual convention in Anaheim, California, both in June.
My dream for my book was and continues to be that it will help others. Recently I heard from a woman in Ireland who found me on Google. She has a friend who has three children with CF and two of the children have died. She asked how she could help her friend. Now we're communicating via email, and I'm praying that my experiences may be of use to her. A network of caring reaches out across the globe.
Grief. Grieving is lifelong. I miss my daughters every day. But the deep searing pain, that pain that takes your breath away and feels like a physical stab in the heart or the gut, drifts away.
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I'm discovering that in writing and publishing, the book takes on a life of its own. I'm finally listed on Amazon. Getting my book on Amazon.com seemed to be a full-time job for a few days. Good thing I love to learn new things! Please, if you're going to be in the Hampton Roads area on Saturday, January 21, join me for a book signing at Prince Books, East Main Street, Norfolk.
Wow and Whew! Listing on Amazon is confusing. Or am I technologically challenged? If ANYONE reading this can give me advice about selling on Amazon, I'd greatly appreciate hearing from you.
I look out the window and see the most gorgeous day the universe could provide. Bright and sunny, with coolish temperature here. I must take a walk soon, before I start cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I've spent the morning struggling with getting my book listed on Amazon. Not as easy as I thought it would be, but I'm persevering. The book is featured on a website:but without a link for ordering. I'm working on that! And I'm thankful for so much good in my life - friends, family, love, home, and much more. Blessings to all.
November has been a tough month for me for many years. Heather was born in November. Holly died in November. But this year, for whatever reason, I'm overwhelmed by the beauty of the month and happy. We've been having gorgeous weather. The vibrant jewel toned leaves almost take my breath away as I gaze out the windows towards the woods. Yesterday I went to our church and decorated the altar in memory of Heather, born November 16, 1969, and Kevin's Mom Renee, born November 19, 1926. I pray to feel the spirits of my loved ones at our service this morning. I have discovered that the Universe really, really loves me! If that were not the truth, I wouldn't be as happy as I am despite the tragedies I've sustained. God's peace to all.
Eleven-eleven-eleven: Perhaps an auspicious date for starting my blog. I'm new to blogging, and am still developing my web site. I'm a writer and a bereaved mother, and I hope to connect with you, my readers. You'll find in my new book, set for publication in February 2012, a message of hope for anyone suffering from the bewilderment and pain of grief. If I made it through, so can you.