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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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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

Screwed-up family relationships: book excerpt

Brought To Our Senses, Chapter 2: screwed-up family relationships

Brought To Our Senses excerpt“We haven’t even figured out where to start, and we’re already at each others’ throats,” said Tom, his voice trailing off as he looked out the window into the harbor.

Elizabeth ran her hands through her hair and leaned back in her chair. “You know, we’re not like these other families,” she said with a nod to the diners around them, “privileged and perfect in their blue blazers and obnoxious jewelry. And we’re never gonna sail off into the sunset.”

“Yeah, I know, I don’t expect a miracle. But we should be able to sit down and talk without someone going off, for crying out loud.”

“Face it, Tom, we’re pretty much screwed.”


Read more books in 2014

Goal achieved to read more books!

One of my goals for 2014 was to read more books instead of focusing with such intensity on writing and editing my own novel. I knew it was one of those new year’s resolutions that stuck (unlike some of the others I won’t mention here), but I was thrilled when I got solid proof from Goodreads today!

Read more books in 2014, goal achieved!


Books I read in 2014

I finished 12 books this year, averaging 1 a month, hurray for me! That’s excellent progress and quite an improvement over previous years in my memory! Here is the list of books I tackled this year:

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Emotions of grief or relief: book excerpt

Brought To Our Senses, Chapter 1: grief or relief?

Brought To Our Senses excerptTaking advantage of her chance to slip away, Elizabeth threw open the French doors to the parlor and invited grief into the mourning room she had prepared for the occasion at hand. She dusted off the memories, cleared the cobwebs of denial and anger, and readied the cushions of acceptance for a belated retreat. Grief, however, declined her hospitality and sent a distant relative named relief for a visit. The unwelcome guest took a seat and could not be persuaded to leave.

The family saga novel deconstructed

The family saga novel deconstructedNovels must be categorized.

A novel must be categorized for publishing purposes, fitting nicely into some classification for marketing efforts. To sell it, you have to know where it belongs in the scheme of things apparently. So I’ve set to work making sense of my book, determining where it fits in the publishing landscape, and it seems to fall best into the category of family saga.

What is the family saga novel?

The family saga is defined as a genre of literature that follows generations of a family through historical events, changes in social circumstances, or the gain and loss of wealth from a multiple of perspectives over a period of time.

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Quote about family relationships: Leo Tolstoy

Quote about family relationships, Leo Tolstoy, Anna KareninaSweeping generalizations are discouraged for writers, yet some of the greatest authors have used broad statements to their advantage. Take the quote about family relationships in the opening line to Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina:

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)

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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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Happy birthday to my muse Sting!

Sting is my museSting’s birthday is today, October 2nd. Each year I take the time to offer my best wishes in thanks for the music he has shared with the world.

Happy birthday Sting!

Sting is my muse and has been since 1980 when I first heard his unique voice and music on a vinyl record (remember those?). His artistry and songwriting are the inspiration behind my own writing (since I can’t sing or play an instrument). If my novel included a soundtrack, it would play from Sting’s vast catalog of songs, and I’d like to share a special one in honor of his birthday.

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The Gettysburg Address to Alzheimer’s Disease

The Gettysburg Address to Alzheimer's DiseaseThe Gettysburg Address, only 272 words in length, and yet one of the greatest speeches of all time written by Abraham Lincoln. On the 150th anniversary of the delivery of the Gettysburg Address, I took the challenge to write a similar appeal on something important to me in only 272 words.

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