The second Wednesday of each month I participate with a blog tour to celebrate Indie authors. Most Indie authors dedicate ample amount of time, energy, and caffeine to publishing their own piece of work, or works. Some will self-publish just to pump out books and call themselves "author" while others purpose their efforts to produce the best book they possibly can using their God-given talents, critique groups, editors, and many other venues and avenues so their book is well written and well received. One way to highlight this hard work is to join author Indie authors on a monthly mission like this with the Indelibles. At the bottom of this blog are links to author Indie Authors striving to share the best story they can and pointers to being not just published, but successful and full of joy.
Since the last time some of you visited the blog, Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey?, released on April third, on the nineteenth anniversary of my only sister's kidnapping. The first draft vomited from heart and mind through the fingers to my keyboard. Six and a half years later, this same vomit transformed into the book available to you today. I spent the past two and a half years sharing my story through this blog, speaking, and in the conversations of those I met.
During the past twenty-four months I've sent press releases, public service announcements, and embraced the support of the television and news media to help share my sister, Heidi M. Allen with their readers/viewers. As an Indie author, this requires a lot of time and determination to persevere.
Today, I continue to enjoy the release of Where's Heidi? (by the way - click on any photo for a link to Amazon to purchase your copy), with a joy and love only God could use to tickle my spirit. Or was it the feather pens I used to sign my books?
On release day I had two book signings. The first at the very location my sister disappeared from and the other at the local bookstore. As an Indie author you must appreciate, embrace, and support your local bookstore. We are blessed by the relationship we have with Bill & Mindy at The River's End Bookstore in Oswego, New York. They've gone above and beyond to help with the success of Where's Heidi? this week.
There were over two-hundred people at the official kick-off celebration and book signing. My eyes moist with tears most of the evening yet bubbling over with joy and laughter at the same time. I'm thankful for our community and the memories that help me to move forward.
My story opens with a phone call from my aunt to notify me of my sister's disappearance and moves through the minutes, hours, months, and years to follow. I write for God and I write for my sister, Heidi M Allen. Heidi is my younger sister and was a bundle of love, life, and laughter. You know the saying, "Live, Laugh, & Love"? Each time I see these I think of my sister, she probably would have decorated her house with this theme with the personality to match.
So today, I have the pleasure to share a little about my newly published book AND share my wonderful, no fabulous, no...superb little sister. It's National Sibling Day so celebrate your sisters and brothers. If they are alive - give them a call, surprise them with a hug or text, take them out for coffee or dinner, tell them you love and appreciate them, apologize to them, or who knows - ask for forgiveness. Cherish each moment ~ you don't know when your last moments...is the last!
Happy National Sibling Day!
Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey
is written by a sister, after the kidnapping of her only sister.
My sister disappeared on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1994 and remains missing today.
There isn't a day I don't miss, pray, and hope for her.
Cherish your siblings ~ spend time with them, love them, & pray with and for them. God created us all and the bond between sisters is precious as I'm sure any sibling bond can be.
How will you celebrate and appreciate your sibling today?
I have an idea on how to remember mine...and you can help!!
In honor of National Sibling Day and my sister, Heidi M Allen ~
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323