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It’s time….

IMG_1712This space between writing projects has been a bit uncomfortable for me. I have found myself looking forward with increasing anticipation to getting back into focused creating mode. I know I still have things to do to promote and continue to market and expound on the story of To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing. I’m no longer able to hold back on launching a new project with full focus; a new phase has begun.

As my loyal but inundated friends would only know, the stories have been oozing out here and there, mostly just musings on life as the mood hits, but seeping out none the less. Thanks for listening, and whoa do you guys have a lot of patience! At times it feels as though I am waiting on the platform for the train to arrive; I am pacing with a variety of thoughts spinning through my mind, a busy day ahead. As I visualize sitting once again and writing, a smile makes it’s way to my face, I feel a chill run through me, a passion reignited.

Ideas form on a regular basis; I know what direction I will be going in. My mind has been preparing for it, but it had just not been the time. I have tried to relax with this realization, holding myself back and refocusing my train of thought. At times I wade through what still needs to be done, all the while distracted by the excitement of what lies ahead.

I find encouragement in snippets of quotes and verse suggesting the importance of living in the present moment; I long for inspiration in this regard. The distraction quickly wears off though and my heart sits in anticipation of springing forward into writing mode.

DSCF1359A lot of the dilemma seems to come from the process of self-publishing…getting out there to speak, blog, work on getting into bookstores, sitting down, making lists, waiting, along with listening to my heart as excitement builds just under the surface. Then all of a sudden when the moments to wait have run out…it happens….and it’s time!

The 2014 Living Now Book Awards

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I am so excited to tell you that To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing has just received a gold medal in The 2014 Living Now Book Awards ! These awards, sponsored by the Independent Publisher, recognize the ‘Year’s Best Books for Better Living’. The contest includes 30 different categories… To Dance in the Rain won the Gold Medal in the Caregiving category.

http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1852

 

5 Star review from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

 

 

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To Dance in the Rain
A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing
Book Review
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is a memoir written by Clare Keating. Her daughter, Alicia, was an active and healthy junior in high school when she started having balance issues. An examination revealed a cyst in her brain, and she was scheduled for what should have been routine surgery. Complications set in, however, and Alicia had to undergo several emergency surgeries for bleeding and pressure in her brain, leaving her in a semi-comatose state with traumatic brain injuries. The author, a practicing nurse, stayed with her daughter nearly night and day, massaging her feet, decorating the hospital room with photographs and playing Alicia’s favorite shows. Keating found ways to communicate with her daughter, and Alicia’s journey to recovery began.The words Alicia’s surgeon spoke to her mother, “Huddle together and stay numb,” as the family tried to come to terms with the fact that Alicia had very little chance of surviving the emergency operations, resonated so strongly with me. Clare Keating’s memoir, To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is an impressive and compelling account of the author’s love and dedication and her daughter’s strength and resilience as the two work together to give Alicia her life back. There’s always the acceptance that their lives have been altered, but also the belief that, despite the doctors’ grim prognoses, Alicia could recover and lead a full and satisfying life. To Dance in the Rain is beautifully written and reads so smoothly. I felt inspired learning how these two women and the community that came together to help them overcame the odds, and it’s not a story I’ll be forgetting anytime soon. To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is highly recommended.
Please feel free to leave a comment or review on the Readers’ Favorites review site, if you have read To Dance in the Rain and enjoyed it!

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/35832

Debut TV Interview – Sunday August 3rd

Print To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing will be featured in an interview with Stephanie Valickis, Senior Producer at the Office of Radio and Television (ORTV/WJMJ) for the Archdiocese of Hartford. The show will be televised Sunday morning August 3rd  at 10:45 on  ‘Crossroads Magazine’. It can be seen on WCCT-TV which is channel 7, 9 or 11 depending on your cable service.

 ‘Crossroads Magazine’ is a show hosted by Father John Gatzak and Stephanie Valickis and is produced by the Office of Radio and Television. It is a half hour “Good News” magazine-style program. The program focuses on the good things that are going on in CT and the people involved in these stories. It is noted to be “ecumenical in nature but maintains a Catholic perspective.” It has been “enlightening, educating and entertaining” it’s audience for 17 years.”

We are so happy and indeed grateful to ORTV for sharing the story of Alicia’s journey with the Connecticut community. If you are unable to view the show during it’s usual broadcast time you may view it on the ORTV website video stream anytime….   http://dv2.discovervideo.com/play/?vod=17251

 

‘To Dance in the Rain’ interview on local television station

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I am thrilled to announce that Alicia and I are preparing for our first television interview this week. To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing will be featured in an interview with Stephanie Valickis, Senior Producer at the Office of Radio and Television (ORTV/WJMJ) for the Archdiocese of Hartford. The show will be filmed on Thursday July 17, 2014 in Watertown and will be televised in the near future on  ‘Crossroads Magazine’. Stay tuned to hear the date that the interview will air . We are so happy and indeed grateful that ORTV has decided to share the story of Alicia’s journey with the Connecticut community.

 

‘Crossroads Magazine’ is a show hosted by Father John Gatzak and Stephanie Valickis and is produced by the Office of Radio and Television. It is a half hour “Good News” magazine-style program. The program focuses on the good things that are going on in CT and the people involved in these stories. It is noted to be “ecumenical in nature but maintains a Catholic perspective.” It has been “enlightening, educating and entertaining” it’s audience for 17 years.”

 

Please check out other articles that feature To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing. We have been very fortunate to have several area publications also share our journey in their papers/magazines! Thank you to Carrie McMillan of the Waterbury Republican, DouglasP Clement of Connecticut Magazine and Jack Sheedy of the Catholic Transcript for passing the word on the publication of To Dance in the Rain, with their audiences.

Connecticut Magazine Online article by Douglas P. Clement

Connecticutmag.com May 7, 2014

http://www.connecticutmag.com/Blog/Health-Wellness/May-2014/For-Connecticut-Nurse-and-Miracle-Daughter-Mothers-Day-Has-Gravity/

 

Republican American article by Carrie McMillan on May 20, 2014

http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2014/05/22/lifestyle/family/805127.txt

Catholic Transcript feature by Jack Sheedy on 6/3/14

 http://www.catholictranscript.org/home/local-news/3409-a-mother-writes-book-about-hope-amid-suffering.html

 

Please share in our journey by reading To Dance in the Rain available at the following bookstores:

The Hickory Stick Bookshop  – 2 Green Hill Rd. Washington, CT  860-868-0525

Middlebury Consignment – 1365 Whittemore Rd. Middlebury, CT 06762

The Marion Shop at St. Mary’s Hospital – 56 Franklin St. Waterbury, CT

Mercy Center Gift Shop in Madison CT

Proclaim His Name Bookstore – 615 Highland Ave. Waterbury CT 203-573-1773

To Dance in the Rain is also available for purchase in the following eBook formats:

Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, KoBo, eSentral, Oyster, Goodreads, Baker & Taylor, Copia, Gardner’s, Scribd, Flipkart and Ciando (may have to search by author – ‘Clare Keating’ in several of the venues)
Thank you so much for sharing in our journey!

 

June…..

 

esprit de JuneJune has certainly been a month to remember. All the usual suspects: enjoying family and friends, working on a project or two and taking time to smell the roses. There is so much to be grateful for, ups and downs included.

So let me tell you about what’s been going on with the book. To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is now available in 5 bookstores.

The Hickory Stick Bookshop  – 2 Green Hill Rd. Washington, CT  860-868-0525

Middlebury Consignment – 1365 Whittemore Rd. Middlebury, CT 06762

The Marion Shop at St. Mary’s Hospital – 56 Franklin St. Waterbury, CT

Mercy Center Gift Shop in Madison CT

Proclaim His Name Bookstore – 615 Highland Ave. Waterbury CT 203-573-1773

 

At the beginning of June To Dance in the Rain also became available for online purchase through Kindle, Nook, ibookstore, Goodreads, Kobo, Scribd, Barnes and Noble, Baker & Taylor, Flipkart, Copla, Gardiners, eSentral and Ciando. The book is very reasonably priced for ebook purchase.

I have been very fortunate to have sold all but part of the last box of the original books printed. So, a few weeks back, after another thorough proofread, To Dance in the Rain went to second print. The books are presently on there way. So exciting!!

I would again like to remind you that there is a 20% discount on the purchase of To Dance in the Rain for bookclubs and on multiple orders!

I am so very grateful to everyone who has joined us on our journey, as you have read To Dance in the Rain.

 

Aphasia Support Group

Alicia and I had a wonderful time on Monday evening, spending it with the Aphasia Support Group that meets monthly at the Zion Lutheran Church in Waterbury.

As we addressed the topic of Aphasia we covered: What is Aphasia? What are the causes, types and treatments? We also discussed treatment options, insurance issues and concerns as well as tips for family, friends and caregivers of individuals with aphasia. The history of Aphasia  as well as the latest advances in stem cell and other types of research brought lively discussion.

I would like to extend a very special thank you to Blanche Feero for asking me to come and speak with this wonderful group. What an enjoyable evening!!