Archive for March 2014


We have a new review in yesterday from ‘Kirkus Reviews’




A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing
Keating, Clare
Ceitinn Press (206 pp.)
ISBN: 978-0-9894652-3-6; May 4, 2014




In this memoir, a mother and daughter defy the limitations of the human body to communicate with each other when fate brings one of them close to death. Not long after 16-year-old Alicia Townsend underwent a standard surgery to remove a cyst that was putting pressure on her brain, she had a severe stroke—with her family anxiously looking on….

The author’s style is charmingly straightforward, which makes for highly readable recollections, as she declines to sugarcoat or censor the details of her experience. This candor and sensitivity blend well with her experience as an emergency room nurse, producing a narrative that’s both medically informed and emotionally intelligent. Although the memoir is strewn with trauma, it offers a fine portrait of perseverance and redemption, as Keating reminds readers that love truly “changes the world.”

An endearingly personal, insightful account of a loved one’s illness.

Pub Date: May 4th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9894652-3-6
Page count: 206pp
Publisher: Ceitinn Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: March 28th, 2014

Sunday’s Special

Sunday has always been a special day in our house. Growing up it was a family day, one that always started with going to mass followed by a special meal. My dad always cooked on Sunday, full apron on and singing as he whipped up a wonderful steak dinner with mashed spuds, turnip (seriously never liked them) green beans and mouthwatering steak with home made gravy.

steak dinner 2

This was always a relaxing family day and many Sundays after our midday dinner we would go and visit family friends, celebrating all that was going on in our lives and taking a whole day to just BE.

I’d like to incorporate a Sunday’s Special to the website too. Any purchase of To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing made on any Sunday, will be discounted 20%. I know, it’s only 20% but it’s better than 0% and if you’re going to buy it anyway, you may as well do it on sunday and join us in making it just a little more special : )

Also, many people have been asking about how to purchase the book.

* The easiest way may be the website for many. Just click on the book in the right sidebar and it will take you to the shopping cart.

* On Sunday though, you can send me your email address to our email – and I’ll send you a paypal invoice with the 20% discount.

* As of yesterday To Dance in the Rain is also available at Proclaim His Name Bookstore at 615 Highland Ave in Waterbury. Please call for store hours though … (203) 573-1773

I would love to hear about your special Sunday memories of years gone by too….


Have a great Sunday! Did you notice the ‘double entendre/contractions can be fun thing’ going on in the title? No?! ok, fine…have a nice day anyway : )

Friday March 14th Book Update…

What an exciting week this has been. To Dance in the Rain arrived at our doorstep just 8 days ago. I could never have anticipated just how this would all feel, even as I thought through the process of promoting the book well before it had made it back from the printer.

We have sold just over 100 books in less than 7 days and we haven’t even made our way into a book  store or as an ebook as of yet. Besides sending out orders, I have been busy making sure that everyone who was part of the our journey and mentioned in the book has received their book.

I have to say that my St. Mary’s family has been exceptionally encouraging to me as I added ‘author’ as my second career. My fellow co-workers seem to be just as excited as I am; they are the best!

I would like to thank Dr. George Lister for the amazing Foreword…Sue Ducharme, my editor… Karrie Ross, our book cover and interior designer…Dr. Kirk Sinclair for a wonderful job line editing and proofreading (check out –…my sister Mary, my business manager, who has taken on the formidable job of keeping me organized. A special thanks also to my family and friends for their relentless support as I focused, reclused, obsessed and expended a lot of mental energy to get this project done.

To my kids who had mentioned once or twice that I had actually abandoned them…. I’m back!   Until the next time….



To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is available, and may be purchased in the following ways:

Cost of the book is $10.95 plus tax (6.35% ct)

** Website – – has a PayPal shopping cart (which will include shipping)

** Email to order or for instructions : ceitinn13@yahoo.

** Snail mail us: Send check or money order to Ceitinn Press, P.O. Box 1321, Middlebury, CT 06762

** To Dance in the Rain will be available in Proclaim His Name Bookstore at 615 Highland Ave, Waterbury, CT 06708    Call – (203) 573-1773 for store hours

I will let you know when other locations to purchase become available.

There will be a book signing and release party at the Litchfield Community Center on April 30 at 7pm. Stay tunes for other signings and other special events being planned,.

Stay in touch through:  and To Dance in the Rain Facebook page (



It’s all good!!


Ground zero – Connecticut…

The palate full of books was left right outside the downstairs door, and as the truck pulled away the wrapping was quickly torn away. One by one the boxes made their way inside.  The first move was just inside the door, the next up the two flights of stairs to the place that they would be staying as they await their journeys towards awaiting readers.

I consciously didn’t think about what was inside each one until I had carried the 15 cartons up to my safe, warm and cozy resting spot. I stacked the boxes up against the wall far away from any possible exposure to heat or humidity. Now in their final destination of the day I would glance at them entertaining the visualization of what was inside. Boxes stacked and surrounded by all manner of mailing paraphernalia brought a smirk first then a sigh followed by a victorious smile.

Making sure, just one more time, that they were all stacked nicely, I made one quick trip downstairs to double check that I had all of the paperwork. I brought it all up and closed the door to the room. I stood for at least a minute or two just looking at what laid there in front of me.

There had been such excitement and anticipation of this day, building each day as the actual delivery approached. Any delay would just magnify the need for me to remind myself to relax.

Ok, so they are here, are you relaxed now, breathing a sigh of relief? No, not so much. The waiting had built to a fever-pitched excitement, which blended with at least a twinge of anxiety. A mountain of work behind us and another one that had just come into sight.  We had to get past the first one to clearly see the next.

Wow, 700 looks like more than I could imagine, or maybe it looks like less, I’m not sure. The thought presents that I probably have more productive things to think about than to be scrutinizing the amount of space that 700 books should occupy. Always a detail to focus on and in fact analyze to the state of minutia. Seriously?!?

I had been planning this moment for weeks, make that months.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out which train of thought to go with to arrive at making a productive move, now that they were sitting in from of me. So what would you do at such a time??

Exactly…I just sat there and turned on some music and cleared my mind of all things big and small, related or not. I breathed in, I breathed out, and finally made it to that space between a thought, and then another and another. Ok, that’s better…. It hits me, yet once again, that inside of my head, at least…less is better.

All the cares, concerns, worries and need to organize will be addressed, but for right now I would bask in the rays of peacefulness, joy and contentment.

I then emerged from the peaceful solitude of my mind to reality as it was. Much to be done, but this time not with a revved up over-excitement or anxiety, but with a quiet inside, you know, the one that reminds you of the important stuff and gently whispers…”it’s all good!”

At Long Last!



To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is here.  Yes, the books have finally arrived.  Oh, happy day!

It is in Connecticut and we are awaiting a scheduled arrival tomorrow, Wednesday March 5th. I know, right! : )

It has been a long journey…for Alicia certainly, as well as in the writing and production of the book that tells her story.  Alicia is a strong, courageous and beautiful young woman.  I am so very proud of her. I now invite you to share our family’s story and hope that you enjoy it.  I would also appreciate it if you would tell your family, friends and anyone you’d like to, about the book.

It may be purchased using the following options:

1) “To Dance in the Rain” website:   Go directly to shopping cart.  Price will include shipping fee.

2) May go through PayPal directly: easiest way to do this is send your email address directly to me at .  I will then email you an invoice thru PayPal.

3) Ceitinn Press Direct Order: send your check or money order to Ceitinn Press, PO Box 1321, Middlebury, CT 06762.  Price for pick-up only: $10.95 + $0.70 tax = $11.60.  If need shipped an additional $3.99, so total would be $15.59.

All St. Mary’s, EMS, Yale and Gaylord employees (SMH56) please see fliers in the ED lounge or email me at for specific purchase and delivery details.

The book will be available shortly in other area bookstores as well as an eBook.  Please look for updated information on where the book may be purchased on our website.

All pre-ordered books will be in the mail on Thursday.

If you have any additional questions related to book orders, book signings or speaking engagements please contact: Mary Grace Keating, Business Manager – Ceitinn Press @ or 203-206-3280.

Thanks so much for all of your support through this process!

Clare Keating