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Friday, August 23, 2013

Adding Another WOW! Blog Tour to This Falls LineUp - Swimming With Maya by Eleanor Vincent

I have more great news! Here is another fabulous WOW! Blog Tour you can look forward to as a reader - or get in on as a blogger!

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Book Title: Swimming with Maya (Dream of Things Pub. March 2013)

Author: Eleanor Vincent

Genre: Memoir/Parenting

WOW! Blog Tour Dates: 10/14/2013-11/15/2013

Book Hashtag:  #SWMaya

Book Details:
·         Print Length: 340 pages
·         Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988439042
·         Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
·         Publisher: Dream of Things (March 26, 2013)
·         Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
·         Language: English
·         ASIN: B00BCMCUX0

Book Summary:    In a memoir that has been called "heartbreaking and heart-healing," Eleanor Vincent shares an inspiring true story of courage, creativity, faith, and sheer tenacity as she seeks to find balance after unthinkable tragedy.

Previously available only in hardcover, Swimming with Maya demonstrates the remarkable process of healing after the traumatic death of a loved one. Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent. Maya, the eldest, was a high-spirited and gifted young woman. As a toddler, Maya was an angelic tow-head, full of life and curiosity. As a teenager, Maya was energetic and independent - and often butted heads with her mother. But Eleanor and Maya were always close and connected, like best friends or sisters, but always also mother and daughter.

Then at age 19, Maya mounts a horse bareback as a dare and, in a crushing cantilever fall, is left in a coma from which she will never recover. Eleanor's life is turned upside down as she struggles to make the painful decision about Maya's fate.

Ultimately Eleanor chooses to donate Maya's organs. Years later, in one of the most poignant moments you will ever read about, Eleanor has the opportunity to hear her daughter's heart beat in the chest of the heart recipient. Along the way, Eleanor re-examines her relationship with her daughter, as well as the experiences that shaped Eleanor as a woman and as a mother to Maya.

An inspirational/motivational true story recommended for anyone who has experienced tragedy, who is grappling with traumatic experiences of the past, or who wants to better understand the strength and healing power of the human spirit.

Author Bio:
Eleanor Vincent is an award-winning writer whose debut memoir, Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story, was nominated for the Independent Publisher Book Award and was reissued by Dream of Things press early in 2013. She writes about love, loss, and grief recovery with a special focus on the challenges and joys of raising children at any age.
Called “engaging” by BooklistSwimming with Mayachronicles the life and death of Eleanor’s nineteen-year-old daughter, Maya, who was thrown from a horse and pronounced brain-dead at the hospital. Eleanor donated her daughter’s organs to critically ill patients and poignantly describes her friendship with a middle-aged man who was the recipient of Maya’s heart.
Since the initial publication of Swimming with Maya in 2004, Eleanor has been a national spokesperson on grief recovery and organ donation, appearing on CNN and San Francisco’s Evening Magazine. She has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, and been interviewed on radio and television programs around the country.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, where she occasionally teaches writing workshops on creative nonfiction and memoir.
Maya as a Teenager
Her essays appear in the anthologies At the End of Life: True Stories about How we Die(edited by Lee Gutkind); This I Believe: On Motherhood; and Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs. They celebrate the unique and complicated bonds between mothers and daughters, making hard decisions as a parent – whether your child is 14 or 40 – and navigating midlife transitions with grace and authenticity.
She lives in Oakland, California.

Finding Eleanor online:

List of Guest Post Topics:
-Surviving the Unthinkable Loss of a Child
-Why Writing Swimming with Maya Helped Me Heal
-Thoughts on Organ Donation
-Tips on Writing Creative Non Fiction
-What Every Memoir Writer Should Know
-Motherhood Then and Now
-Challenges of raising kids as a single parent
-Parenting a gifted and/or difficult teen
-Grief Recovery
-Organ donation and transplantation from the perspective of the donor family
-Gifts of Grief – What I’ve learned and how I practice it in my day-to-day life
-Reaching out to readers on social media and book sites (i.e. Goodreads, Amazon, etc.)
-Balancing writing with promotional activities
-Tips for writing “page turning” prose

Some Great Quotes About Swimming With Maya:

Praise for Swimming with Maya

"Vincent's poignant decision to donate Maya's organs will resonate with even hard-boiled readers." Booklist

"Powerful prose with a meaningful and memorable message." Lee Gutkind, Founder, Creative Nonfiction Magazine

A "Pick of the Month" for June 2013 from Alan Caruba, founding member of the National Book Critics Circle and author of Bookviews.

"An important addition to the literature of loss and restoration." Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

"Anyone interested in memoirs in general and mother/daughter relationship in particular will find this a moving saga." Midwest Book Review

"Heartbreaking and heart healing, this compelling story of surviving the death of a child will stay with you long after you've closed the book." Ellen Bass, author of The Courage to Heal andThe Human Line 

"Every reader who has had to deal with traumatic loss will find wisdom and healing in these brave pages.'' Chana Bloch, author of Mrs. Dumpty and Blood Honey 

"Riveting, poignant, and utterly honest... It shows that one can recover from the loss of a child.'' Judy Tatelbaum, author of The Courage to Grieve and You Don't Have to Suffer

"Eleanor Vincent chronicles her grief and the healing that came with helping others." Carol Lin, CNN 

"Blows the reader away with its clarity, its unstinting honesty, and the searing accuracy of its vision of the medical and emotional complexity surrounding the tragic death of a young woman. Highly recommended.'' John Ruark, MD, FACP, author of Dying Dignified

"Thoughtful, honest and beautifully written... a fabulous story about what it means to be a mother.'' Wendy Lichtman, author of Blew and the Death of the Mag and Secrets, Lies and Algebra

"Life trumps death in this beautiful memoir." Linda Joy Myers, author of Don't Call Me Mother--A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness and Power of Memoir

1 comment:

  1. My dear friend Sherrey Meyer emailed me a link to her review of Swimming with Maya - here's a link: