On May 24, CNN.com featured my forthcoming nonfiction book (Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life) in an article called "Don't Kill the Birthday Guest." Author Katia Hetter interviewed me and shared my allergy-friendly tips for hosting both kids and adults. Read the article here:
Don't Kill the Birthday Girl is both a memoir and a cultural history of food allergies, which affect over 12 million Americans today. Author Adriana Trigiani says, "For readers who suffer from allergies, or care for someone who does, for parents who wonder why they can no longer send their child to school with the American staple, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or for anyone curious about how Sandra Beasley handles a lifelong challenge successfully, this book is for you. Winning, wise and humorous, you'll think twice when someone says, ‘Pass the peanuts.’”
DKTBG will be out on July 12, in both Kindle and hardback editions. Pre-order now! You can find more info here:
The deadline for The Fine Line’s inaugural short story competition has been extended to June 15th so you have an extra two weeks in which to write your tale.
Whatever your taste, style or inspiration, submit your tale and you could win £200 ($320/€230) and publication in The Fine Line Short Story Collection. A percentage of all entry fees goes to charity so you’ll be doing good while getting your work out there.
My first book, My Life, My Soul - Surviving, Healing And Thriving After An Abusive Relationship, Part 1: Surviving, has just been released! The first part of this three-part series describes how a teen dating relationship turns into an abusive marriage and how I broke the emotional and psychological chains of my abuser.
I also detail how the military and the New York City family court system jeopardized the safety of me and my children. I have included actual documents, including a "stay out of jail free" letter for my abuser on official military letterhead.
Inspiration for those currently in or who have left an abusive relationship;
Insight for friends and family members who want to help their loved ones;
Helpful information for the parent who wants to understand the red flags of teen dating violence;
Comfort to the parent who has lost a child; and
A new level of awareness for any professional who works with those who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.
You can view the book trailer at www.mylifemysoul.com, and download a free preview as well. The book is available for $15.95, and the e-book and audiobook will be out in the next 2 months.
My Life, My Soul - Surviving, Healing And Thriving After An Abusive Relationship - Part 2: Healing will be out by the end of 2011.
The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire has been named a 2011 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal Winner. The Spirit of a Woman anthology, edited by SheWrites' very own Terry László-Gopadze, is a celebration of courageous women living spiritual lives in challenging circumstances, featuring contributions by other SheWrites authors including Kelley Harrell, Donna Henes, Colleen Haggerty, and other remarkable women.
Nautilus Book Awards recognize books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change, offering the readers "new possibilities" for a better life and a better world. Previous winners include Deepak Chopra MD, the Dalai Lama, Eckart Tolle, Huston Smith, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Weil, MD.
To all SheWrites members (and their friends) in the San Francisco area, I will be speaking about my book, Halfway to Each Other, at Book Passages Corte Madera on Friday, May 27th. It is a memoir about a year that my husband and I decided to sign a lease on an apartment on the Italian Riviera rather than divorce papers. (It worked! We are still married :) Come on out for a fun evening. I would love to connect with you!
My YA fantasy novel, Raven, is finally available for download on amazon and smashwords!! I launched less than a week ago and I've sold 10 copies already! It has also been described on facebook as 'bloody brilliant' by someone who bought it!
Oprah stresses the importance of teaching children to tell someone if they are being abused. I hope to get important child sex abuse prevention tips out to as many parents as possible. I am lining up a blog tour for July and August. If you are interested, please shoot me an email. Thank you for your support.
CK Webb & DJ Weaver have a new thriller coming out. Cruelty to Innocents: The 911 Abductions will hit the market on May 26th at all the usual e-book outlets. We would love it if you could go by the The Innocents Series site and take a look at the first few chapters, bios, advanced praise, etc. You can even get a look at the characters as we see them and read a few interviews. So jump on over and take a look..we hope you like what you see. http://theinnocents.weebly.com
Helen Smith will be appearing on a panel of women writers at Brixton Library in London on Friday 20th May as part of Lambeth's Readers and Writers Festival. She will be appearing at Guerilla Lit and Book Expo America in New York the following week to promote her book, ALISON WONDERLAND.
Howdy! Please check out superfabulous writer Julianna Baggott's interview with me here -- part of her 1/2 dozen series for novelists. Oh and she's got some handy links up there for buying my new novel too!
Ramey Channell, author of Sweet Music On Moonlight Ridge (Chalet Publishers, LLC), has been awarded two First Place honors in the Alabama Poetry Society. Her next novel in this series, The Dark Side of Moonlight Ridge will be out in the fall. Congratulations to another creative member of She Writes!.
Mother has heard and has been affected by baby’s pain.
These are a few paragraphs from my therapy session today. I am sharing this here to demonstrate how healing this session, and holding! it for me was. Because I had a 'dead' mother who was unaffected by me as a baby and child, I myself had to become dead. To have a therapist who is affected by me feels so scary but also healing.
"My short story "Cobra God" is in The Louisville Review, a national literary magazine. Spring 2013/ Issue 73. My first published fiction. I'm pretty excited. Here's the pitch:
A professional killer retreats to her childhood…"