Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Mother's Shadow - Win a Signed Copy @ Sew Crafty Angel

A MOTHER'S SHADOW - Front Cover (for Amazon) My book is out for all the world to see.….and yes, I’m kinda freaked out. What if no one buys it, what if peo­ple don’t like it, what if.…oh, the list goes for miles, how­ever I won’t bore you any longer with my anx­i­ety attack.

     So why did I write this book? I’m glad you asked, heehee.
About the time my youngest kid reached junior high school, I real­ized that my ‘job’ as a stay at home mom would change. I will always be a ‘mom’ to my five kids, but they were reach­ing the point of being more inde­pen­dent and I felt it time to explore options of my own.
There were a few of us gals in the neigh­bor­hood who were at the same point and iron­i­cally, they all felt to go to col­lege, and most became teach­ers. I on the other hand was needed to help with ser­vice, fam­ily needs, some seri­ous med­ical issues came up for me, Stan, and well, life hap­pened basi­cally.
Mean­while, I con­tin­ued to pray for guid­ance and dur­ing this same time frame to know what direc­tion I would be most help­ful with, as well as ful­filled.  I felt impressed to write a book. A what I asked? A book. The End of the con­ver­sa­tion of the what He would have me do.

Though I enjoy read­ing, time con­straints from fam­ily, church, etc., squeezed out much of my ‘leisure time’ (you know how you put what you love the most on the back burner?).  The ques­tion then was: what in the world should I write about? I knew I wanted it uplift­ing, worth someone’s time to read it, mem­o­rable in a pos­i­tive way, and useful.
So the decade long odyssey began. I would write and delete, write have Stan read it and delete; with this going on for a few years.  I con­tin­ued to give it my very best effort, pray­ing and ask­ing for guid­ance and finally it hap­pened! The name ‘A Mother’s Shadow’ came to me and the basis of the story. After another length of time, the idea for mus­ings with each chap­ter evolved, the names of the main char­ac­ters, the time period and setting.
I have had pro­fes­sional edi­tors, fam­ily and friends who have been so incred­i­bly gra­cious and kind to read my book, some even a few times, as I have given every effort to make it as ‘per­fect’ as pos­si­ble.   There was one funny sit­u­a­tion I’ll share while work­ing with Elana my last edi­tor. At one point of the book I have a main char­ac­ter very preg­nant and going into labor.
I the char­ac­ter say­ing some­thing like, “Harry, we are going to have a baby.”
My lovely Elana emailed back (it will be my remem­brance and word­ing of our cor­re­spon­dence from here on): what in the world does that mean?
I wrote back, Emily is going to have a baby of course.
Elana: no duh, but why would you write, ‘we are going to have a baby’? Where’s the descrip­tion, the antic­i­pa­tion, the emotion?
Me: It’s there in ‘we are going to have a baby’.
Elana: Who says that?!
Me: Me
Elana: When?
Me: When I have babies.
Elana: What are you talk­ing about?
Me: I have had 5 babies and all of them c-section. Not with even one of them did the baby drop, nor I go into labor; not even a Brax­ton Hick. So, when the doc­tor wasn’t golf­ing and the baby seemed large enough, he said it was time. I would call Stan and my mom and say, “We are hav­ing a baby”.
I could almost see Elana shak­ing her head in dis­be­lief. Being the awe­some edi­tor she is, she sent me a few ideas of how to describe it and what to include to make the scene much more appeal­ing and to involve the audi­ence. I think it’s pretty good now — if I do say so myself, lol.

Why the name A Mother’s Shadow?
Remem­ber when you were a child and afraid of the dark?  The imag­ined mon­sters and scary things loom­ing in the clos­ets and under the bed? The fear of the shad­ows make it dif­fi­cult to see clearly what is real, what is not, what to fear, what direc­tion is cor­rect and how to be on the right path, at that moment as well as in life.
Now con­sider the intense heat of the beat­ing sun on your skin, seem­ingly to pen­e­trate clear to the bone. We all have hard­ships in life that weigh us down, even to think­ing that one more step is almost impos­si­ble. Com­pare demand­ing and gru­el­ing times in your life as walk­ing in the desert, with­out direc­tion and only mirages to chase.
We have two choices to leave as a legacy:
1– A her­itage for fam­ily and friends to remem­ber us with fear, con­fu­sion and hopelessness.
2– A her­itage of opti­mism,  joy, clear direc­tion to over­come life’s chal­lenges with dig­nity, faith and courage.  To offer shel­ter from the heat of life’s tri­als, to be a place of refuge for cor­rect prin­ci­ples and a trusted source of goodness.
That is what A Mother’s Shadow is about.  Help­ing us real­ize the shadow/influence  which we will, with­out ques­tion, cast on gen­er­a­tions to come; whether it be neg­a­tive or pos­i­tive, will affect count­less num­bers of our pos­ter­ity, as well as our own life and loved ones now.
I hope you will enjoy my book; find it will be inspi­ra­tional, thought pro­vok­ing and a delight to read.
As always, Rec­og­nize a bless­ing and be a bless­ing today.
Your friend, Carrie

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  1. Angel how can I express my gratitude for featuring my book on your beautiful site?! Thank you for reaching out to me; I hope that together we can do a bit of good, and share happiness with my novel. You really are an angel here on earth. Sincerely, Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  2. Congratulations to the Carrie, she is such a sweetie. Thank you for the giveaway angel xoxo

  3. Hi Angel! I enjoyed your post. Congratulations on your book release, Carrie! Your book is intriguing. I wish you all the best.