I’ll be at the Texas Book Festival!

I’m super excited to be at the Texas Book Festival this year with Baby Dust and the prequel book, Stella & Dane.

It’s been an amazing year with Baby Dust. Thousands and thousands of copies out in the world. So many new friends. So many bloggers featuring the book. I have to pinch myself almost every day.

If you’re attending the book festival in Austin, you can find me easily at two times:

  • The Writers’ League of Texas is sponsoring a book signing at their booth in the festival tents for me on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3-4 p.m. I will have all my books there.
  • I wil be hosting the Writerly Lunch on the Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Capitol behind the food tents. I’ll have signs up, plus my pink pigtails are hard to miss. Come say hello!

At the Texas Indie Authors booth I will have Baby Dust and In the Company of Angels, the memorial book for recording details of your pregnancy. I might end up doing a signing over there too, but right now I’m planning to step aside and let all the other awesome TIA authors have their moment since I will already have a signing time.

It’s exciting and amazing! I hope you say hello if you are there!

New personal essay in Exhale Literary Magazine

If you’ve never read Exhale, you’ve been missing a beautifully written online publication focusing on mothers who have endured the loss of a baby or infertility.

I am extremely honored to have an essay included in the winter issue. “Motion Blur” is part of the magazine’s “dream” theme, and chronicles where I am now, thirteen years after Casey’s death in utero at twenty weeks.

Read Motion Blur

I know the holidays are a tough time. This year, Elizabeth, at 9, was old enough to recognize Casey’s ornament and bring it to me. “I think you should put this one on the tree,” she said.

The ornament is simple, a plastic bear with Casey’s name on it. I’ve had it since the first Christmas without him, and it will hang on my tree, among the hand-made ornaments of my living children, as long as I’m still decorating trees.

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

I’m spending this morning listening to the song list that I will play at tonight’s candle lighting ceremony here in Austin. Each year, I have added a new favorite to the list, and now, hearing my history of song choices, I’m reminded of all the time that has passed since I was pregnant the first time. So optimistic I was, unaware that anything could go wrong.

Of course, I still had no idea all the directions life would go. Three babies wouldn’t make it. Two would, but Elizabeth is reminded every day of the complications of losing her twin sister, medicine twice a day and still not knowing when or where a seizure might happen anyway.

But we are grateful, so grateful for the two daughters we got to keep. And while today will be hard, it always is, I don’t forget that this journey led to my life’s work, a purpose that carries me through everything. Other people might question why they are on this earth, what they are meant to do. But I know.

Here are the events happening here in Austin today:

10 a.m.
Memorial Service at Gateway church
The theme is Seasons of Hope. They’ll be planting a memorial tree on the church property in honor of those who’ve lost children through miscarriage and still birth.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=267431516618597

3 p.m.

Baby Dust: A Novel about Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss
Book Launch and Signing

The Book Spot
1205 Round Rock Ave #119
Round Rock, TX 78681 (Map)
(Corner of 620 and Lake Creek Dr. by Round Rock High School.)
Book summary: What happens when five women from completely different walks of life each lose a baby? Support. Healing. Friendship.
Families will be given candles to light during the Wave of Light that evening.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=248851078490256

5 p.m.
Face2Face Austin Dinner and Balloon Release

A local support group affiliate of Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope will be hosting a gathering at La Margarita Restaurant (1530 IH-35) in Round Rock immediately following the book launch.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=179100578838084

7 p.m.
Wave of Light Candlelighting

Deanna has hosted the annual candlelighting to coincide with the international wave of light for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day for many years.

We meet by the pond next to the lighted fountains behind the Long Center to light our candles from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a silent memorial vigil.

Park off Riverside Drive near Auditorium Shores or in the lot on Dawson Rd. (Map)

 

If you need music to play while you are lighting a candle at home, Casey Shay Press has a YouTube playlist of beautiful songs.

 

It’s Baby Dust’s book birthday!

Today is the kick off to Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month, and the official release day for Baby Dust, my novel about miscarriage and pregnancy loss.

Here is the latest review of Baby Dust from Dead Baby Club:

“This book is different than anything I have ever read before about the loss of a baby… Grief isn’t painted as a pretty picture in this book, but as something that is real and that affects far more women than people realize or care to acknowledge.”

And now, for the winners of the three amazing books for Baby Loss Moms:

About What Was Lost a collection of stories by women who have lost babies– Jackie

In the Company of Angels: A Record Book for babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early neonatal loss– Brittany S.

We were gonna have a baby, but we had an angel instead which helps your children understand about the baby that is no longer coming — Dawn

I’ll be emailing all of you to get mailing addresses to send you your book.

Two great organizations are providing profile pictures on Facebook for October. I’ll be switching back and forth.

Robyn Bear of October15th.com and the Founder of PAIL Remembrance Day has this one:

 

And Kristin Cook, Founder of FacesofLoss.com has this one:

Right-click to save and upload to Facebook to make it your profile picture.

It’s our month to celebrate the lives of our babies!

Baby Dust book give aways everywhere!

This is just the beginning–I am so lucky the baby loss community has rallied around the novel Baby Dust. Something like ten more sites will be planning give aways in September and October.

Here are some places to go win copies in the next week or two:

Remembering Our Babies
Robyn is giving away FIVE signed copies on Aug. 26!
(And can I hug Robyn online–she told me how many preorders she’s taken and–WOW!)

Casey Shay Press
The publishing company is giving away a copy on Sept. 1, and international entries are okay there. They will ship a book to Australia or England or anywhere–I’m amazed at all the countries that are being super supportive of Baby Dust.

Goodreads is giving away five copies of Baby Dust between now and Sept. 15!
Go put your name in the hat! (And maybe become a fan? :) I have four fans. Four AWESOME fans!!!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Baby Dust by Deanna Roy

Baby Dust

by Deanna Roy

Giveaway ends September 15, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Baby Dust book launch is a go!

The Book Spot, an independent book store in Round Rock, has been the definition of awesome as we set up the book launch to coincide with Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day. So mark your calendars:

Saturday, October 15 at 3 p.m.
Book Launch and Signing
The Book Spot
1205 Round Rock Ave #119
Round Rock, TX 78681 (Map)
(Corner of 620 and Lake Creek Dr. by Round Rock High School.)
They are planning to order books early, so call over there and see if they have them in if you want yours ahead of time. (512) 942-READ

4:30 p.m. Face to Face Austin Meet and Greet. A local support group affiliate of Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope, will be hosting a gathering at a restaurant immediately following the launch, probably about 4:30 or 5. Stay tuned for more information on that.

7 p.m. Wave of Light Candlelighting
Deanna has hosted the annual candlelighting to coincide with the international wave of light for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day for many years.
We meet by the pond next to the lighted fountains behind the Long Center to light our candles from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a silent memorial vigil. Park off Riverside Drive near Auditorium Shores or in the lot on Dawson Rd. (Map)