First, a little bit about the group offering this great eBook sale. AlzAuthors was founded in 2016 by four daughters of dementia who met over the internet because of their books, and formed a friendship and a mission to create a space where caregivers can find solid support, and those who share their stories can find the proper audience. I am pleased to be a member of AlzAuthors.
Illinois Author Earns Next Generation Indie Book Award for Dementia Novel
Kathleen H. Wheeler’s poignant family drama Brought to Our Senses named a finalist in the First Novel category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Illinois author Kathleen H. Wheeler’s debut Brought to Our Senses has been named a finalist in the First Novel category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world, the international book award competition recognizes the most exceptional books published independent of the “Big Five” conglomerates through small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long careers with major publishing houses, to identify cream-of-the-crop books worthy of support to reach a wider audience of readers.
“Hey, let’s go to Six Flags today,” my mother suggested one Saturday morning in early June of 1980 as she hovered over the shabby sofa on which I sprawled. “We shouldn’t waste such a gorgeous day, and you don’t have to work, right?”
“Huh?” I peered up from the juicy novel I’d planned to devour first over summer break.
“Come on, it’ll be fun!” In one swift move, Mom confiscated the paperback and hoisted me from my cozy nest. “You can read in the car on the way there and back, okay?”
“What about the twins?” I asked about my sisters. “They’ll be ticked to be left out.”
“Yeah, right, aren’t you funny! And besides, they’re working today. This is our special treat … on me.”
My older siblings had entered the “it’s-not-cool-to-hang-with-Mom” stage of adolescence. At fourteen, I was headed in that direction too, testing my independence with my first job at McDonald’s and spreading my wings with activities away from home. The mood-swing-inducing hormones that would distance me from my mother for the better part of the next decade were already running through my veins. Continue reading →
Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Interview on Family Saga Novel Brought To Our Senses
Heads up so you can tune in and listen to my interview with the fantastic Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks about my new dementia fiction saga Brought To Our Senses. You can hear our interview for the first time on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 1 pm CST, or you can listen anytime afterwards right here. Lori and her panel have great perspectives on the topics of the novel and bring up some really good points. Let me know what you think about our discussion! Continue reading →
With 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 →
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 →
I 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 →
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!
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.
The 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.