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Springfield’s Own Magazine: Author Kathleen H. Wheeler

Springfield’s Own Magazine interview with author Kathleen H. Wheeler

Springfield's Own Magazine author Kathleen H. WheelerThanks to Springfield’s Own Magazine for the fantastic interview just published in their September/October 2017 medical issue! A special thanks to creative director Will Norris for his interest in my novel, writer Whitney Barnes for digging into the details, and photographer Immanuel Ahiable for taking some great shots. Following is a link to the article for those of you who are interested. If you have any questions after reading, fire away here in the comments! Continue reading

2017 Readers Favorite Book Award for Brought To Our Senses

Family Saga Novel Wins Readers Favorite Book Award in International Competition

I’m thrilled to announce that my family saga novel Brought To Our Senses won a 2017 Readers Favorite Book Award for Fiction-Drama! What a privilege it is for my book to receive an honorable mention in this category alongside the other winners and finalists, all with truly remarkable stories. Thanks so much to Readers Favorite Book Awards and the judges of this competition for this great honor. I’m flattered to be in the company of such accomplished writers and outstanding work.

2017 Readers Favorite Book Award for Brought To Our Senses

The Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest features thousands of contestants from all over the world. Submissions are judged from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers.

Head on over to the Readers’ Favorite website to see all the 2017 winners and discover some great books to add to your reading list!

 

Reflections on the solar eclipse

The Solar Eclipse got me thinking …

The Solar Eclipse reminded me of Sting lyricsI was lucky enough to round up some solar eclipse viewing glasses just as the big event was taking place, thanks to a colleague with an extra pair (thanks Mark). I gazed in awe for a full thirty minutes as the moon’s shadow swept across the Midwest obliterating 96% of the sun in central Illinois. When the light dimmed and the shadows disappeared, the buzz of the cicadas reached its crescendo. The mosquitoes must have come out too because I discovered a bite on my leg.

As I marveled at the spectacle of my first solar eclipse, I tried to recall if I’ve ever witnessed this natural phenomenon before. That led me to wonder if I’ll ever see another one in my lifetime, which made me realize how fleeting life really is for us insignificant humans in this massive galaxy of ours. Continue reading

International Book Award for Brought to Our Senses

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.

Next Generation Indie Books Award LogoIllinois 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.

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Mel-O-Cream Donuts featured in new family-focused novel Brought To Our Senses

Hometown donut shop provides the setting for a pivotal scene in a central Illinois story, offers book from four Springfield locations, and hosts book signing event February 25, 2017.

Mel-O-Cream Donuts Springfield ILSPRINGFIELD, IL, February 15, 2017 – Springfield favorite Mel-O-Cream Donuts plays a supporting role in the new family saga novel Brought To Our Senses. A pivotal scene takes place in chapter 15 with a chance encounter in the local donut shop, resulting in the discovery of a shocking family secret with serious repercussions. To celebrate this connection with the story, Mel-O-Cream will offer the novel from its four Springfield locations and hold a book signing event on February 25, 2017.

“I needed a familiar location where it would make sense to run into an old friend and have a casual conversation,” says Springfield author Kathleen H. Wheeler. “I can’t think of anyplace more perfect than Mel-O-Cream, somewhere I’ve been a gazillion times since I was a kid, and a place where I’ve bumped into countless acquaintances over the years.”

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Vono Medical Supplies in Springfield, Illinois

Vono Medical Supplies now carries Brought To Our Senses: A Novel

Vono Medical Supplies Springfield ILVono Medical Supplies in Springfield, IL is where you need to go for home medical equipment. They carry all the medical products caregivers need to keep loved ones comfortable and cared for at home. And now you can pick up a copy of Brought To Our Senses there too! Look for the novel at the cash registers or on the front table with other educational reading materials. Caregivers will find inspiration in the family drama about four troubled siblings brought together by their mother’s health crisis.

 

The Blue Door artist gallery in Springfield, Illinois

The Blue Door now offers Brought To Our Senses

The Blue Door artist gallery Springfield IllinoisIf you’re shopping in the Springfield, Illinois area, you’ll now find Brought To Our Senses at The Blue Door! The Blue Door is an artist gallery located at 3259 West Iles. Stop by this amazing showcase of creativity to get your art fix with unique and handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and fine art. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift or home decor, you need look no further than The Blue Door. While you’re there, pick up a copy of the family saga novel Brought To Our Senses too!

The Blue Door Springfield IL sells Brought To Our Senses

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

National Memory Screening Week 2015

Guest Post by Jean Lee

November 1 – 7, 2015 is National Memory Screening Week, an important initiative to encourage the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. I’m delighted to share the following blog post from Jean Lee, author of the memoir Alzheimer’s Daughter. Jean and I connected on Twitter, and I’ve read and reviewed her touching memoir this year. Take it away, Jean.

Jean Lee on National Memory Screening Week 2015On my next birthday I’ll be 61 years old. Both of my parents died of Alzheimer’s. I wrote about my journey as their caregiver in Alzheimer’s Daughter. Does the thought that I might become afflicted with the disease haunt me? Yes. It niggles in the back of my mind.

I’m lucky to live in a small town and still doctor with a Marcus Welby, M.D.-type family physician. This man has treated four generations of my family; my parents, myself, my children, my grandchildren. Needless to say he knows us well.

After Mom and Dad died, I asked my trusted doctor about my risk. He answered since my parents had not been diagnosed until they were in their mid-eighties it was not really a part of my family history. He reasoned if everyone had parents who lived into their eighties, nearly everyone would have a history. This reassured me, but still the thought persists, especially when I can’t think of a word I want to use, or lose my train of thought in a conversation.

November 1-7, 2015 is National Memory Screening Week, bringing awareness to the positive aspects of screening and attempting to remove stigma. When I visit my doctor for my yearly physical, my blood pressure is noted, I’m prompted to have a mammogram, vials of blood are drawn, I’m questioned about diet, exercise and assessed for depression. All of these are types of screening. Why not routinely offer a Mini Mental to patients at age 60-65 to collect some baseline data? Comparisons could then be made as we age?

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Announcing my author website redesign!

Author Website Redesign Responsive HP ScreenshotsMy new author website redesign is finally up and running, and I’m so happy to announce this update! As an author moving forward with the publication of my first family saga novel, I decided my website needed to reflect my commitment to this endeavor. I’m pleased with the results and the professional new look and feel of my online author’s home.

Thanks to all my visitors for your patience over the last few months as I’ve tweaked and changed the website around. Sorry if all the construction has been a little confusing. With the simple navigation now in place, you should be able to locate things quickly. You’ll find some new bells and whistles too, the most important of which is an online form to download a free chapter of my novel Brought to Their Senses. There’s also a contact form if you’d like to get in touch with me and a subscription form to follow news by email about the publication of my book.

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