This year, I wanted to do something special for them again. We ALL eagerly await April 3, 2013. It will be a bittersweet day this year, nineteen years without Heidi, yet a book sharing Heidi and her kidnapping from a sister's viewpoint, my viewpoint will release. Instead of searching for Heidi this year, may we search for the One who gives us Hope, Healing, and an extraordinary strength to survive and thrive after loss.
While Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey isn't my first released book, it will forever be my first written and dedicated book...to my sister...forever in our hearts...Heidi M. Allen. If you are interested in reading When the Waves Subside - There is Hope, it is available on Amazon.com - there is a direct link if you click on the cover. As always, thank you for your continued prayers, support, encouragement, and love.
Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey is still first...
A three-hundred fifty-eight page account of life after Heidi. One sister shares how life changed after her only sister is kidnapped, this is my story.
In 1994, my only sister was abducted while working alone at a local convenience store. A sibling's journey is different from that of a parent. Our role and feelings cannot compare yet they are just as important. The emotional loss of the missing child’s siblings, has a similar and traumatic effect to the parents, yet different.
I lost more than my sister on April 3, 1994 I lost my faith. Thanks to the bold faith of one child I have hope and a story to share. There is no one person or thing here on earth to replace Heidi or the friendship we had together yet after ten years of searching, I realized there is Someone who can, God. “Mrs. Buske, you need Jesus.” Words that changed my life for the better.
Our journeys after loss may vary yet the pain, grief, and need for hope are similar. This is my story of discovery, healing, and hope from the moment I learn of Heidi’s kidnapping until today. Life after loss is a roller coaster ride of memories and emotions.Will you take this ride with me?
A forty-four page book, formatted like a children's book yet written for the grieving and hurting parents.
When the Waves Subside ~ There is Hope, was written as anniversary gift for my parents in January 2013. In 1994, my only sister, Heidi M. Allen, worked alone at the local convenience store on Easter Sunday. While most people enjoyed Easter celebrations with their family and friends, my family and community searched for my missing sister. Heidi was kidnapped on the third of April and remains missing to this day.
I don’t claim to understand how my parents felt after the loss of their youngest daughter, yet I do see how they changed. This is how I saw tragedy change my parents since Heidi’s disappearance, over eighteen years ago. None of us will ever be the same.
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.
What does T.O.P.'s Tuesday Stand for?
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".
*Released my 2nd book, When the Waves Subside - There is Hope on February 1, 2013. 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. Feel free to write a review on Amazon if you like it.
*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
*Contact book stores, libraries, and other potential venues for book signings
*Keep my eyes focused on HIM...