Book launch update for Brought To Our Senses

Brought To Our Senses book launch November 2016

alz-assn-book-signing-benefit-4-11-15-16With the recent release of my novel Brought To Our Senses, I’ve been busy with a whirlwind of book launch activities. Phew, I’ve finally found a moment to catch my breath and would like to share my gratitude for the positive response I’ve received so far.

One of my goals for publication was to give back and help others affected by dementia. I know just how draining and difficult this disease can be, so I want to help those who I know need the support. That’s what I’ve been up to while introducing my book this month. Continue reading

Author Interview with Caregivers Advocate Carolyn A. Brent

Families Must Work Together for Caregiving Success

Brought To Our Senses book signing benefitThanks to elder care advocate Carolyn A. Brent for hosting a fantastic discussion about my new novel Brought To Our Senses on her BlogTalkRadio show Across All Ages. Carolyn and I share a passion for the topic of family unity as it relates to the care of aging parents. Listen to the hour-long author interview here: Continue reading

New Book Brought To Our Senses out today!

Dementia Fiction Saga Publication Date November 1, 2016

Brought To Our Senses: a family saga novelThe date has finally arrived for the release of my new family saga novel Brought To Our Senses, now available from all major online booksellers in print and ebook format.

Hooray! It’s been a long journey to get to this day. I want to take a deep breath and enjoy this accomplishment. The November release of Brought To Our Senses is well timed because it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. This book will speak to those affected by dementia and those charged with the care of aging parents. Continue reading

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2016

In Springfield, Illinois September 24, 2016

Walk to End Alzheimer's 2016I look forward to the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in my hometown. It’s gratifying to see people come together in the community for a shared cause—hope for a world without Alzheimer’s. This year I was on the committee to help plan the event too. Thankfully the weather cooperated and the day was almost too warm with no sign of the wicked breeze responsible for the event location name—Southwind Park. Continue reading

Book cover design reveal

If a book cover design could talk!

Brought To Our Senses Book Cover DesignHere’s your first look at the book cover design for my family saga novel to be published on November 1st! I’m thrilled with this design and it’s really grown on me the last couple of months. I think it’s beautiful while doing its job to hint about the story.

I’d love to know what you think! Does this book cover design give you any indication of what this story is about? What does it say to you?

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The NestThe Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the Nest, a quick and entertaining read. I think it portrayed a dysfunctional family accurately. Some people never change and not everyone gets their happy ending. That’s life!

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The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

The Things We KeepThe Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed reading this one and loved that Anna and Luke lived and loved, even through cognitive impairments and nursing home life. This novel shows living with dementia instead of just wasting away from it, which is such a positive message to share!

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Emma by Jane Austen: did Mr. Woodhouse have dementia?

Emma by Jane Austen got pushed to the top of my reading list after coming across “Jane Austen’s Guide to Alzheimer’s” by Carol J. Adams.  I was intrigued by this editorial suggesting Emma’s father suffered from dementia. Since I adore Jane Austen and have read several of her other novels, I decided it was time to conquer Emma and see for myself if Mr. Woodhouse appeared to suffer from a cognitive impairment.

Emma by Jane Austen book reviewThe gist of the story is that Emma derives great pleasure acting as a matchmaker for other couples. She claims she’ll never marry herself because of her duty to care for her ailing father. Don’t get me wrong, she loves her father and doesn’t seem upset about her bleak prospects. As it turns out, she is revealed to be a poor judge of character who doesn’t understand the romantic inclinations of others, or her own heart for that matter. Harriet gets the short end of the stick too many times thanks to Emma’s meddling.

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Just finished reading a good memoir

On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I enjoyed reading this writer’s memoir and learning more about the man, the methods of his craft, and what writing means to him. This book is funny, engaging, and Stephen King sums things up well at the end: Continue reading