Comment on this post by Oct. 1 to win a copy of About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope.
About What Was Lost is the easy reader of miscarriage books, 20 short stories from excellent writers and well edited. Virtually every situation is covered here, organized into categories of “The Search for Meaning,” “In the Thick of It,” and “Mourning and Moving On.” The gorgeous writing creates an emotional resonance that makes you feel more at peace with your own situation, especially women who are looking for titles that are less about angels and heaven and more about day-to-day lives of women facing loss.
I always know how old they’d be. What I do not know is who I might have been, had I become their mother. ~ Jocye Maynard from “Mother of Three, Two Children Short.”
“As soon as I walked into the office, I felt my bones turning to water. Two people passed me in the hall, quickly averting their eyes, and I had to stop and lean against the wall, shutting my eyes.” ~ Caroline Leavitt from “The First Baby.”
Comment on this post to win a copy of In the Company of Angels: A Memorial Book on Oct. 1
This book is designed just like a traditional baby book, but it is meant for our babies who did not live to be born, or who died very shortly after birth. Unlike the traditional baby milestones we will never see, this book has gentle prompts asking about our hopes and dreams for baby, the moment you found out you were pregnant, and the days you were carrying the baby. It also has a section for the sadder moments, when you found out the baby was lost, and places for memorials and anniversaries.
The book is especially designed so that if you do not have sonograms or pictures, you can tug those pages out, so no page in your baby’s book is blank.
Leave a comment on this post to win a copy of this book, ideal for families who had children already when they experienced their first loss. Give away happens Oct. 1.
What do you say to your children when the baby brother or sister they were expecting won’t be arriving after all?
In this lovely children’s book, We were gonna have a baby, but we had an angel instead, written by Pat Schwiebert and illustrated by Taylor Bills, a little boy explains about the baby they were expecting, who became an angel instead of coming to live with them.
You can experience the entire book in this video, read by a little boy in honor of his baby brother.
Over at Goodreads, reader Valerie has taken the time to pull out a dozen of her favorite quotes from Baby Dust and post them.
I find lots of reasons to cry these days, happy when fans write me, sad when grieving mothers tell me what they’ve been through. And of course, big day ahead–my first baby would have become a teenager on Sept. 13.
But certainly I was crying that someone would find meaning in those words, meaning enough to take time to share them with a community.
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!!!
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)