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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!!

 

 

What a week!!!

 

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This has certainly been a very exciting week !!

 

Carrie MacMillan did a wonderful feature article in the Accent Women section of the Waterbury Republican on Tuesday May 20th. ‘A Family Bond Unbroken’ which chronicled Alicia’s journey and announced the recent publication of To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing, was beautifully done and we are very grateful to Carrie and the Waterbury Republican for presenting our story.

 

Alicia and I visited the 8th grade classes at The North Canaan Elementary School on Tuesday the 20th. I presented a class on ‘The Amazing Brain – Why our brain’s are so awesome, and how to keep it that way’. We discussed anatomy, physiology and safety issues as well as the importance of making good decisions in order to keep ourselves healthy. We had a lively Q&A session with the class, Alicia and myself. I believe we all learned a lot during our time together.

 

To Dance in the Rain initial inventory at Proclaim His Name Bookstore on Highland Ave, Waterbury and Middlebury Consignment on Whittemore Rd. in Middlebury had sold out and each have been resupplied with ample books.

 

The book will also be available for purchase in the Marion Shop At St. Mary’s Hospital on Franklin St. in Waterbury as of Friday May 23. Special thank you to my wonderful St. Mary’s family!

 

The ebook version of To Dance in the Rain was published on May 14, 2014!! ( A Happy Birthday present to my Dad : )

It will be available for purchase on:

iBookstore in 1-2 weeks…Amazon Kindle in 2-4 days… Barnes & Noble in 2-4 weeks… Baker & Taylor, eSentral, Kobo and Scibd – 2-3 weeks.

 

It was also delivered to Goodreads, Copla, Oyster and Flipkart with no current info on exact ‘go live’ date.

 

We have also gone to a second print and 1,000 more books will be delivered within the next 1-2 weeks.

 

I am so very grateful to all of you who have been so very supportive through this whole publication process and for joining us on our journey.

 

Please contact us at ceitinn13@yahoo.com or www.todanceintherain.com for information on book sales, speaking engagements and signings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Mary’s Hospital Signing and Reception

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Let’s Party!!

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There is no shortage of exciting news brewing in this camp! Over the next few weeks there are several exciting events happening to celebrate the Official Release of To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing.

On Wednesday April 30th we will have our very first Author Talk, Book Signing and Celebration at the Litchfield Community Center at 7pm. It is free and open to the public. …if that didn’t grab your attention… wine, cheese, soft drinks and light desserts will be served!     : )

Please come and join us in this celebration of what love, hope and community can do!

 

 

 

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The Official Release/ Publication Date of To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing, as registered with the Library of Congress (LCCN) is May 4, 2014. Although, not even slightly coincidental, this is Alicia’s Birthday. Happy impending Birthday Alicia!

 

 

 

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I am also thrilled to announce that there will be a To Dance in the Rain Book Signing and Reception at St. Mary’s Hospital on Thursday May 8th in the hospital’s conference room (adjacent to the employee garage) at 6pm. This event, hosted by St. Mary’s, will include a few words by the author : ) followed by the book signing and reception.

I have worked at St. Mary’s Hospital since volunteering at the age of 14, and have worked in a variety of positions throughout high school, college and while attending nursing school there. Starting as a nurse in CCU there in 1982 and in the ED since 1984, St. Mary’s has always been home for me and I am excited to share my work with my St. Mary’s family and with the Waterbury Community.  This event is open to the public and promises to be an enjoyable evening. Please come out and celebrate with us.

Hope to see you all soon!

As of this afternoon, To Dance in the Rain is also available for purchase at the Middlebury Consignment, 1365 Whittemore Rd, Middlebury, CT 06762. Had lunch there today; it was amazing!