Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey released almost a month ago, can you believe it? The response has been wonderful and as people finish reading I am asked, "What's next?" or "Do you have another book in mind?" The answer to these questions makes me smile. Today, I will answer both here on the blog.
"What's next?" ~ I have two books going through my brain at the moment. One is a sequel to Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey and the other is something completely different. I have notes and ideas for both jotted down and continue to pray for God's direction and leading as to which way to proceed.
There are a few other book ideas I hope to explore but it will be summer before they become more than thoughts in the back of my mind. Until then, I have started working on a book with a potential release date later this year. Oops, this wasn't supposed to leak out. Teehee, anyway, if you could answer the question below, this will help to better meet my reader's needs as I continue to blog daily.
Thanks for following the blog, reading and sharing Where's Heidi?, and all your prayers and support since Heidi's kidnapping in 1994.
A special thanks to Mary Buske for creating a couple "business" designs for "One Sister's Journey"
His answer turned my face a bright red as he explained since my dream is a reality now - I must function as a business. My response, "I just want to write and speak." He smiled and assured me I could do this. I noted the things our accountant suggested I track, and made a "to-do-list" to start once my head stopped spinning around.
Ed and I talked on the way home. The first order of business, no pun intended, was to develop a company name. Some people use their name but our accountant suggested I come up with a name and then file my DBA. You might think this would be easy but it was the farthest thing from easy. I spent time on Google with possible names to see what came up when I searched each name.
A business' name, just like a person's, should encompass the whole being. I write to share hope with others yet how could I choose a name with "hope" that hadn't been used before. We brainstormed lists using "Heidi", but decided this could limit future writings. So how do I develop a name for my business that emphasizes why I write, who I write for, and the central theme of who I am as a writer and speaker?
I couldn't put off filing my DBA anymore so with a few business names rattling through my brain I stopped at the County Clerk's Office. I waited in line asking God to show me the name to use. The finalists each passed the "Google" test, so now I just needed to pick one. The clerk called me to the window and asked, "What's your business name?" and without thinking, "One Sister's Journey" came to my lips.
My hope is to write, publish, and speak more. My sister's kidnapping will always be a part of who I am, and most likely, play a vital role in the writing and presentations I share. This is my journey as wife, mother, daughter, sister, author, and speaker. I don't know what tomorrow will bring but I do know WHO brings tomorrow ~ Heidi's kidnapping and presumed death was the catalyst to push me from private journaler to published author and professional speaker. In God's strength I share. This is my journey...One Sister's Journey.
Thankful to share this journey will all of you...
"I just finished the book, wow thank you for sharing your story with us. I couldn't put it down. I was in Elementary school when this happened, and I remember it, and how I was so deeply affected by it. It changed my view of how even in small towns things can happy. In any event, thank you." Kelli
"This book is truly powerful. I cant stop reading I was having a very blah day and when I got home their it was waiting for me. I am almost done with it can't wait to get home and finish it so I can pass this special book to my sister and mom. Thanks for writing it." Carrielynn
"wow. just finished reading "Where's Heidi" by Lisa M Buske. For anyone searching for hope; read the book. What a journey for the Allen family to endure. Thank you for writing your story, Lisa. It took me back to those days when I prayed for Heidi's return and it reminded me of how faithful God is to heal the broken hearted." Kolleen
"Just finished the book in 2 sittings…I found myself not wanting to put it down and get to the end (which of course is really a beginning!!). I now will read it again much more reflectively using your discussion questions. Thank you, Lisa for sharing your story so honestly. It is heart-wrenching, emotionally raw, inspiring and soul searching. God bless!" Marcia
"I bought the book so I would have something to read when we go to NC....everytime I looked at it, it was staring back like go ahead and read me....Just 1 chapter won't hurt....so I did...needless to say I have to buy another book for the trip.....should never let a book stare at you LOL.....Great book read it in 2 days....You did a wonderful job Lisa.....I will never forget that day...." Diane
"Great job with your book, Lisa! I really enjoyed it..thanks!" Linda
Please share how Where's Heidi? touched your heart too...
Of course I look forward to the opportunity to bring a new piece of writing with me each month as do my fellow writers but sometimes there are other things we need guidance, suggestions, or input with. Instead of writing this week, I brought news of celebration in light of the April 3, 2013 release of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey.
I wanted to shout it from the roof tops -- the excitement and joy in my heart for all that has happened the past two years leading up to Where's Heidi?'s release combined with the feedback from people like you just overwhelms my heart. I'm a blessed woman, this much I know. I'm thankful for my writers' group and their continued support, love, prayers, and friendships.
Your comments, whether they be private or posted on Facebook and the blog are such an encouragement to me! Please don't underestimate the power of your words in the lives of those around you. Some tag me in their Facebook conversations about Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey. And then there are the short, sweet, and special quotes like Tricia's with this fabulous photo with it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Tomorrow is T.O.P.'s Tuesday - do you have a comment or words to share that might encourage someone else debating if this is a book for them? If so, email them to me at email@example.com or send me a private message on Facebook. If it's okay to share on the blog, let me know. I can use your name, initials, or anonymous ~ just leave a note saying "private" or "feel free to share".
Can you recommend Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey to others in two sentences or less? We'd love to hear from you...
There are things people can do to help but it's difficult to ask without sounding too bold or self-promoting. Yet on the other hand, if I don't self-promote and share ways you can help me, then my books won't reach as many people as they can.
So today I share ways you can help me - would you share Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey and When the Waves Subside: There is Hope with your circle of family, friends, colleagues, and people? I appreciate your consideration of this.
Can you answer "yes" to any of the below questions?
*Have you read Where's Heidi? and/or When the Waves Subside?
*If you said yes - was there a Bible verse that stood out to you?
*Did you read a section and say, "Oh my gosh, I need to share this with ___"?
*Did you find yourself making notes in the sideline?
*Did you pray for the first time in years because of something you read?
*Was there a part of the book that touched you so deeply tears formed in your eyes?
*When you finished, did you have a renewed hope? Or maybe hope for the first time?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions - would you consider writing a review, tagging, posting, sharing, and recommending my book to your friends?
Please know this isn't an attempt to make a million dollars because anyone who is familiar with the publishing world knows there are less than 5% of authors who make a living off their writing.
Trust me, my hope and prayer is to share hope, healing, and the journey I traveled with others in hopes they can experience the same peace and joy.
My reach is minimal but with the help of all of you - we could touch lives of people across the the world when we work together. Here are a few ways you can help.
There are a couple ways to
utilize Amazon to share
Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey
1) Write a review on the Amazon website - I've read this is one of the BEST ways to promote a book - my goal 15 reviews by 4/30
2) Share the "Where's Heidi?" Amazon link with your friends and family. Click on the Amazon photo above for a direct link.
Ways to share Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey with your goodreads friends: (click on photo for link)
1) Post a review on goodreads
2) Add my book to your shelf: as reading, read, or going to read
3) Like my author/book page
Ways to introduce YOUR readers and followers to a new author and book:
1) Review Where's Heidi? One
Sister's Journey on your blog
2) Mention the book in your blog posts
3) Include direct links to the
author's blog and Amazon
4) Include how the book
touched you personally
Ways to use Social Media to introduce others to Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey and other great
books/authors you know:
1) Twitter: Tweet about the book as you are reading it or when you are finished, share the author's link with a message
2) Facebook: Post comments, quotes, photos, and links of the book/author randomly to your friends and family. Be sure to share why/how the book touched you personally
3) LinkedIn: Mention the book/author when posting a new message
4) Tag the author when posting a comment so he/she can comment to you and your friends - to show we are real people too
5) Post links to Amazon with your recommendation so others know where to find the book for themselves.
A special thanks for sharing hope & healing with the people in your circle of life! May God bless you in return.
Only God could turn tragedy into triumph...
Only God is strong enough to hold me...
Today, I have the opportunity to travel with my family for a mere five hour car ride to share my story, my sister, and the hope I found through my relationship with Jesus in Lagrangeville, New York. I look forward to our time together in the car as we travel, for the wonderful women we will meet during the luncheon, and the ride home.
I'll bring Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey, When the Waves Subside ~ There is Hope, and a message to all who are there -- it is possible to experience triumph, even after tragedy. Join me in prayer for safe travels, open hearts, & joyful memories too.
How has Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey spoke to you?
When all is quiet...what message do you feel in your heart?
Pastor's new message series opened with the verses of James, we are challenged to rejoice in our suffering. Nineteen years ago, this would have made no sense to be and quite possibly it might have driven me farther from the Lord if someone told me, "Sorry your sister is missing but rejoice in this trial, God has something better coming." BUT thankfully, today, I can see the beauty in the midst of our tragedy.
The first draft of Where's Heidi? was written in 2006. Six and a half years later, it is now available on Amazon.com, at the River's End Bookstore (Oswego, NY), at book signings, and when I speak.
At the start of this book writing journey and even in the final months leading up to the release I had moments of "Run, don't do it. You will be ridiculed. People don't care. You're not special, so who would read your book?" and other negative thoughts. I had choices to make.
Do I believe the lies uttered and shouted at me by satan or do I lean harder on God? I had a choice - God gave us free will.
Just like nineteen years ago, I ran to hide when the lies and attacks came at me BUT this time, I ran into the arms of Jesus as I read my Bible for verses to counter each lie tossed at me. I searched for verses to remind me of the hope only found in Jesus. I hid between the covers at night with my audio Bible lulling me to sleep. I choose to serve, share, write, and speak in obedience to God.
I hope you will join me and stop running away and escaping to the dark and often lonely places where no one can find us. Instead, run to the Light and give it all to Him. God loves you! God cares about you! God is waiting to hold you while you cry! God wants to me your Saving Grace?
Because I am human, I still try to escape when life gets difficult yet instead of locking myself in my room behind closed blinds - I open the blinds, sit on the deck, and absorb all the Son has to offer through prayer, reading my Bible, getting together with other believers, and celebrating each moment God blesses me with.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." James 1:2-6
What drives you to your quiet place of escape?
Who do you escape to first - God or your best friend?
Do you have a favorite spot that helps you relax, clear your thoughts, refocus, and maintain a calm sense of living?
Escape for quiet time with Jesus, you'll never be the same!
to share the April 3, 2013 book release celebration with you!
I don't listen to a lot of country but when I heard this song, the journey I started after Heidi disappeared nineteen years ago came to mind. With tears streaming down my cheeks as I drove, I was overwhelmed at how much God loves me.
Martina McBride's song, "Learning to Fall" reminded me of the darkness and lack of hope I used to live in. I wore a mask so many didn't know I was falling apart on the inside. I saved most of the ugly for those closest to me. Isn't that the way it always works? She sings about "standing on a mountain of rubble that once was a wall". We need to break down the walls as we learn to trust and let people in, more importantly, to trust and let God in.
Pastor started a new series this past Sunday. We will spend the next few weeks learning from the book of James, in the New Testament. Our weekly Bible studies are based of Pastor's Scripture selections and his message from the Sunday prior. Last night as we responded to the discussion questions for this week -- there is a common theme and truth. Regardless of our trials, tribulations, and stress in life - GOD NEVER LEAVES US! God is always there, we just don't recognize it at the time.
Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey is a testament to this lesson. I walked away, turned my back, and hated God for taking my only sister from us. To look back, in spite of my temper-tantrums and false-misdirected anger -- God was always there. James writes and shares to rejoice in our suffering.
This is a difficult and bizarre concept yet there isn't a day I don't miss my sister or live with loss yet thankfully, I can rejoice in my suffering because I have hope. A hope, God gifted me to share with you.
"Consider it pure joy,
my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing
of your faith produces perseverance."
Do you rejoice in your suffering? Do you believe it's possible?
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