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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Do You Have a Writing or Book Blog? Sign Up For A Fall WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour!

Join WOW! For Some Fabulous Fall Blog Tours!
It’s hard to believe that fall will soon be upon us ~ lucky for me; I live in Wisconsin so fall means sweet corn, apple picking, and some fun jumping in leaves with the kiddos! It also brings the arrival of our new baby (due September 30th) and in the midst of all this, I have 4 WOW! Blog Tours I want to share with you. Please let me know what dates work best for you and I’ll make sure you’re included.
If you are interested, just send me an email ( and let me know the following:

Date you prefer:
Book Title:
Hyperlink to your blog:
Type of involvement: (ie: review + give away or guest post + give away)**if you choose a guest post, please let me know which title you prefer:

And your choices are…

Book Title: The Goodbye Year

Author: Toni Piccinini (Seal Press Pub. October 2013)

Genre: Health & Well Being

WOW! Blog Tour Dates: 10/7/2013-11/7/2013

Book Hashtag: #TGYPiccinini

Book Details:

·         Paperback: 264 pages
·         Publisher: Seal Press (September 10, 2013)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 1580054862
·         ISBN-13: 978-1580054867

Book Summary:   For many mothers, a child’s senior year brings about a serious look back on the past eighteen. Every event—from Halloween to Mother’s Day—becomes The Last Time.

Toni Piccinini knows exactly what that’s like, and in The Goodbye Year, she offers the loving support every soon-to-be Empty Nester needs. Think of Toni as your bossy-but-loving Italian auntie, with modern sensibilities and a packed pantry. With the wisdom she’s acquired from saying goodbye three times to her own children, she reassuringly holds your hand while encouraging you through the insanity of the college application process, the rejections and the acceptances, and the teary dorm drop-offs. Even better, she reminds every mother that the best is yet to come—freedom, creativity, flexibility, and the Me Years.
Author Bio:

My writing career started when I stapled my first "book" together and launched it at a reading attended by my brother, Scotty, and our Boxer, Lonesome. The title-less story was a mash-up of Hansel and Gretel, The Six Swans, and a Box Car Children adventure, with the protagonists (sister, brother, and dog) risking everything in their quest for a magical lump of coal that would save the town. It was an immediate success. During the fifty years between my first and second book, "The Goodbye Year: Wisdom and Culinary Therapy to Survive Your Child's Senior Year of High School (and Reclaim the YOU of You)" I have--in no order of importance or chronology--opened a "Top 100" San Francisco restaurant, published scientific articles on the efficacies of antibiotics, sang the National Anthem at high school football games, published essays, recipes, and cookbook reviews, and sent three children off to college. I live in Marin County California, which is a long way from my Western Pennsylvania hometown, Heilwood. I am busy on my next book, which may revisit the power found in a magical lump of coal. Thank you for checking in.
Finding Toni online:

List of Guest Post Topics:

-Mothering Teens
-How to Rediscover Oneself Again after Your Kids Leave Home
-Cooking/Food/Recipes to get through certain times in life
-How the Goodbye Year came to be/ writing process
-Your Teens senior year what to expect/how to cope, etc

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.
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

Book Title: Bringing in Finn

Author: Sara Connell (Seal Press Pub. October 2013)

Genre: Memoir / Family

WOW! Blog Tour Dates: 10/21/2013-11/21/2013

Book Hashtag: #BIFinn

Book Details:

·         Hardcover: 336 pages
·         Publisher: Seal Press (August 28, 2012)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 1580054102
·         ASIN: B00BJYM6IU

Book Summary:   Bringing in Finn is an incredibly moving story of surrogacy and how it created a bond like no other between a mother and daughter

In February 2011, 61-year-old Kristine Casey delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter, Sara Connell: Sara’s son, Finnean. At that moment, Kristine—the gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill’s child—became the oldest woman ever to give birth in Chicago.  Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story  tells this modern family’s remarkable surrogacy story.

After trying to conceive naturally without success, Sara and her husband Bill dedicated years to a variety of fertility treatments—but after Sara lost a third pregnancy (including the loss of twins at twenty-two weeks), they started to give up their hope. When Kristine offered to be their surrogate, they were shocked; but Kristine was clear that helping Sara become a mother felt like a calling, something she felt inspired to do.

In this achingly honest memoir, Connell recounts the tragedy and heartbreak of losing pregnancies; the process of opening her heart and mind to the idea of her sixty-one-year-old mother carrying her child for her; and the profound bond that blossomed between mother and daughter as a result of their unique experience together.

Bringing in Finn is the true story of a couple who wanted nothing more than to have a family and a mother who would do anything for her daughter. After unsuccessfully trying to conceive naturally, years of fertility treatments, miscarriage and a late term loss of twins, Sara and Bill Connell were emotionally and financially depleted and at a loss as to how they could have a family. When Sara’s mother Kristine offered to be their surrogate, the three embark on the journey that would culminate in Finnean’s miraculous birth and complete a transformation of their at-one-time strained mother-daughter relationship. - See more at:
Bringing in Finn is the true story of a couple who wanted nothing more than to have a family and a mother who would do anything for her daughter. After unsuccessfully trying to conceive naturally, years of fertility treatments, miscarriage and a late term loss of twins, Sara and Bill Connell were emotionally and financially depleted and at a loss as to how they could have a family. When Sara’s mother Kristine offered to be their surrogate, the three embark on the journey that would culminate in Finnean’s miraculous birth and complete a transformation of their at-one-time strained mother-daughter relationship. - See more at:

Author Bio:
Sara Connell is an author, speaker and life coach with a private practice in Chicago. She is a frequent contributor in the media and has appeared on Oprah, NPR, WGN, FOX News Chicago- upcoming: Good Morning America, Nightline an The View. Sara's writing has been featured in: Elle Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Psychobabble, Evolving Your Spirit and Mindful Metropolis magazines. Her first book- Bringing in Finn; an Extraordinary Surrogacy story- nominated for Book of the Year 2012 by Elle Magazine- is Sara's first book. (Sept 4, 2012 Seal Press)
Finding Sara online:

List of Guest Post Topics:

-Her son, Finn's, extraordinary birth story. 
-How to cope with grief/loss related to loosing her twins late-term and having miscarriages. 
-Their fertility journey though IVF & surrogacy
-Her unique Mother/Daughter relationship with her mom
-Her coaching/writing life

Book Title: Home World

Author: Bonnie Milani

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

WOW! Blog Tour Dates: 11/18/2013-12/23/2013

Book Hashtag: #HWorld

Book Summary: 
 Amid the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Waikiki, Jezekiah Van Buren thinks he’s found a way to restore Earth – Home World to the other worlds of the human Commonwealth – to her lost glory. 
Ingenious even by the standards of the genetically enhanced Great Family Van Buren, Jezekiah has achieved the impossible:  he has arranged a treaty that will convert Earth's ancient enemies, the Lupans, to her most powerful allies.  Not only will the treaty terms make  Earth rich again, it will let him escape the Ring that condemns him to be Earth's next ruler.  Best of all, the treaty leaves him free to marry Keiko Yakamoto, the Samuari-trained woman he loves.  Everything’s set.  All Jezekiah has to do is convince his xenophobic sister to accept the Lupan's alpha warlord in marriage. Before, that is, the assassin she's put on his tail succeeds in killing him.  Or the interstellar crime ring called Ho Tong succeed in raising  another rebellion.  Or before his ruling relatives on competing worlds manage to execute him for treason. 
But Jezekiah was bred for politics and trained to rule.  He’s got it all under control. Until his Lupan warlord-partner reaches Earth.  And suddenly these two most powerful men find themselves in love with the same woman.   A woman who just may be the most deadly assassin of them all.

Author Bio:
I still remember the book that made me decide I could out-write another writer: it was a junior reader's biography of Sir William Harvey, the 17th century English physician credited (in the West) with discovering how blood circulates. After about 30 pages of telling myself "I can write better than that!" So I grabbed a crayon that just happened to be blue and started editing. I was maybe 7 at the time. And unfortunately for my juvenile bottom it was a library book. I followed the dream through college and after grad school, freelancing feature articles for newpapers along the East Coast. Even wrote a cover story for Science Digest! Only life and grown up responsibilities caught up with me by my late twenties and I put writing away with too many of my other dreams while I followed a career track. Wasn't until I lost my whole family that I realized story telling wasn't something i just wanted to do - it's the gift God gave me to do. So here I am: a middle-aged pudge working on getting back into a writer's kind of real life.
Finding Bonnie online: 
List of Guest Post Topics:

1.  So who ARE you, anyway?
2.  Finding Writing Time 
3.  Juggling a Writing Career & Self Employment
4.  Writing your way to health: Finding an Emotional Happy Ground in a Health Crisis
5.  The Importance of Networking for Authors
6.  Where do you get your ideas?
7.  How do you deal with rejection?
8.  Do you believe in writer or critiquing groups?
9.  What makes a good critique?
10. Story-telling: structure vs seat-of-the-pants

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