Okay, so I spent months running my parent's anniversary book through my brain - only sharing the ideas and thoughts with Ed and Mags in order to surprise my parents. Last week, they opened their gifts to see When the Waves Subside ~ There is Hope reflecting memories of family times along Lake Ontario. I couldn't stop smiling. It felt good to see how my words touched their hearts and I especially loved that I surprised them. Of course their response, "Paybacks are better."
My payback...a handcrafted table built by my dad, wood burned by my Mom, and sealed with love from both of them. A little green on the leaves and stems of the four roses places in the corners of the table, a light pink stain to match the rose on the cover of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey, and my name with the word "author" wood burned along the front.
Dad gave me a piece of paper last week and said, "Sign your name the way you will for your books. Now write the word, author. Good. Thanks, that's all we need."
I never thought they would use transparencies to copy my name to the table. They are too clever.
On April third, I'll sign a book dedicated to my sister, on the anniversary date of the last time we knew where she was, and the entire time ~ a reflection of my parent's love will remind me of why I write. There is hope and healing...
Thank you Mom and Dad...it is beautiful!
What's the significance of T.O.P.'s Tuesday?
Our Tuesday blogs are titled, T.0.P.'s Tuesday and will provide you with information relating to the release of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey. It might be an upcoming speaking engagement, the cover, an excerpt, or bizarre tidbits about the publishing process you may not be aware of.
Why is it called T.O.P.'s Tuesday? Great question! Heidi played volleyball for the Bishop Cunningham Jr./Sr. High School until it closed in 1992. On February 14th, 1992 the Palladium Times (an Oswego, New York newspaper) named my sister, Heidi M. Allen athlete of the week. This was exciting and we were all proud of her but it was the name they gave her that stirred the most attention, "Tower of Power".
What's New Since Last Week?
*BOOK GIVEAWAY ~ Ash Wednesday: Be sure to read tomorrow to learn how you can enter to win your copy of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey before its release in April.
*My 2nd book, When the Waves Subside - There is Hope, a book written in honor of my parents and the strength and miraculous ability to survive a parents worst fear, the loss of a child.
*The Blog Tour continues - if you've missed one, visit the "Book Reviews" page on my site. There is a direct link using the cover of my "Where's Heidi?" book
*"Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey" Book Release & Signing Party are scheduled for April 3, 2013, 6 p.m. at the River's End Bookstore located on 19 West First Street, Oswego, New York*BIG NEWS: You can PRE-ORDER your books through The River's End Bookstore today! Call 342-0077 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Author/book portfolio - aka "Media Kit" to send out to bookstores, libraries, and media: I have one ready for the bookstores and hope to get them out in the mail today. If all goes as planned, the information packets for libraries will be completed, printed, and mailed before next Tuesday.
*Contact book stores, libraries, and other potential venues for book signings
*Keep my eyes focused on HIM...
*Join me in prayer for the protection and provision of our family as the release of Where's Heidi? gets closer
As the release date gets closer, book signings and speaking events are added to the calendar. The to-do-list seems to grow instead of shrink. The organized piles around the house are starting to take over our home. The joy on my parents' faces - priceless. The anticipation for April third - positive. Ed and Mary - blessings.
Ash Wednesday is the kick-off to Easter for most. There will be a special announcement and give-away on this day - don't miss it.
See you tomorrow on the blog!
Although formatted like a children's book, its message is one directed towards the parents. The back jacket expresses best, "Beneath the smooth stones of Lake Ontario are hidden treasures of glass ~ once broken shards, now transformed into beautiful rocks to treasure. Just like that glass, the parents of a missing child are broken and beaten against the rocks."
I heard this week, "Any parent who's lost a child will relate to this book." Another told me, "Anyone who experienced loss, can relate, Lisa. Thank you." Humbled by the words of others who have read this book. Only in God's strength and the generosity of my parents is this book available now - on Amazon.com.
For a direct link to purchase When the Waves Subside ~ There is Hope, click on the cover photograph to the right.
*T.O.P.'s Tuesday's in March - will include clues on where to find me on April 3, other than the River's End Bookstore. A mystery book signing - in 1994 we searched for Heidi, in 2013, we search for hope. You will be able to purchase Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey at Midnight online through Amazon, at the 6 p.m. River's End book release party and signing (a must) and then at a mystery location on April 3 - three ways to get the book on the release date. A schedule with additional book signings will be posted on April 3 also.
*The Blog Tour continues - to read previously posted reviews, visit my "Book Reviews" page. To read today's blog hop - visit the below link. Terri is also posting a review at the end of the month.
Don't forget to visit Terri Groh's "Hearts In Service" blog
for my latest blog hop -
Sooooo....I got an idea. I talked with Ed and Mary, prayed about what we could do, and in the middle of the night ~ it came to me. I would... I know, unfair ~ because dot, dot, dot, is not a description or answer to the mystery gift for my parents BUT on Wednesday the secret will be revealed. First, to my parents and then to all of you.
The extent of how much is shared will be their decision because it is their gift. I anticipate it will be shared with all of you later that same evening. Mom and Dad are both curious, Mom a tad (to infinity) more than my Dad. I am more excited than they are though. This is the first surprise I am pulling off on them, where they don't have a clue!! My dad thinks he does, but he doesn't.
I love, love, love it!! Of course, they reminded me the other night, "Paybacks...paybacks...just wait." Aren't they cute? But the way I look at it, this is a payback for the teasing about my Christmas gifts this year. Right? There is nothing to payback, this just makes us even.
Mama said...there will be days like this!
The verdict..."It has your voice and I couldn't wait to find out what happened but you stopped.", "Your writing is clean and clear, I love your voice." "It still has your style and voice with the storyline leaving me to want more." "I'm glad you shared it with us."
It was a great night. I enjoy listening to other writer's share their works. My daughter joined me and served as camera girl. I hope to have a video clip for you soon - having some technical difficulties at the moment. I'll repost once the video is up and running!
Thank you River's End Bookstore for the invitation and all you do for local authors and writers. A special thanks to Julie for organzing the public readings and her recent publication of "The Canary".
BUT I do want to share my story and the way God has worked in my life and this is best illustrated through the words in my manuscript. So in less than twenty-four hours I copy and pasted a synopsis of the book together for the reading. I skimmed it briefly to make sure the pasting together from the prologue to chapter fifteen meshed and would share my book without giving it all away.
I read it aloud to one of my biggest fans and she said, “Sounds great Mom. You’re a great writer.” I think there was shock in her voice, which brought a smile to my face. I invited her to join me and we were off.
Julie greeted us as soon as we walked through the door and thanked us for coming. Oh my gosh, thank you for having me. Thankfully I read near the end so my friends who came after dance were able to hear me read too. I read my synopsis but half way through I started to become choked up myself.
This is good. Wow! Thank you Jesus. As I read aloud, I was overwhelmed by my own writing. Each time I sit down to write I pray for God to guide my fingers and thoughts. Listening to my own story and hearing the thoughts spoken and making eye contact around the room as I read…powerful.
Please don’t misinterpret this as arrogance but instead…shock! It isn’t that I’ve thought my writing isn’t good or worthy yet I have underestimated God’s blessing, power, and flow in the words. I write from my heart and with my heart. God is organizing and orchestrating the details. As if this realization wasn’t enough, the conversations that followed warmed my heart and I drove home on emotional overload with an elevation of praise and thanksgiving for all God had and is doing.
I read a bit about the searchers. One gentleman came up and said, “I was one of those searchers…my faith has wavered over the years but yours is solid. You are an encouragement.” I was able to thank him in person for all he did seventeen years ago and hear his memories and thoughts of those first days. A true blessing, I have always written to glorify God and help others ~ this gentleman’s words are priceless and appreciated. This is why I write and speak…
I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
Today’s Youtube video is of me and my friend, Amy Quonce following the public reading. The camera froze during our readings so we put this together afterwards for your enjoyment and viewing pleasure. Hope it brings a smile to your face
Local authors and writing talent will entertain and inspire you through their words and heart at this reading. See you there!
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