Passing of My Inspiration

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As you know, if you have read the Note From The Author following each book of the Rose of Petrichoria series, my first novels were inspired by my wonderful mother. She suffered from Vascular Dementia for the last 10 1/2 years of her life. Though she lived with a caregiver, I took care of her as best I could in every other way, including weekly visits, sleepovers (until the last year), her finances, and other legal matters.

At first, she had near-blindness and short-term memory, but at the end, she no longer had her sight or long-term memory either. As her dementia progressed, she had a stage where she was unknowingly inventing memories and telling them alongside her true memories as if they were fact. If you hadn’t known her a long time, and subsequently had heard each of her stories a million million times, you would never know.

People around her didn’t really know how to respond. Most faded into obscurity. Some called and asked after her once or twice a year. Few interacted with her often and witnessed her decline.

Forgotten was written when my brain was trying to wrap around her experience. What would it be like to believe all these things happened, only to be told they never did? What would it be like for someone to tell you they know you well, when you don’t recognize their face? What if you couldn’t remember anything about your life and had only the people around you to guide you through? How would you react to their fear? Their anger? Their sadness? Their apparent moving on with life?

On November 27, 2017, my mother, Judith LeFebvre Gosvener, was called Home. Although I’m mourning, I know she is waiting for me to rejoin her one day. She is no longer with us in presence. She is no longer suffering. She remembers everything.

One Month

Wow. I cannot believe that Forgotten has been out for a month now. I have some exciting news. If you are local and don’t want to wait for shipping, you can head on down to Uppercase Books and buy Forgotten in print there! Right now, there are only a few on their shelves, so you’d better hurry before they run out!

Uppercase Books

Price Change!

I have some awesome news. After a great deal of consideration, I’ve decided to lower the price of the Kindle versions of Forgotten and Remembered. Forgotten is now available for $4.99. Remembered is $2.99 if you pre-order. The day Remembered is released, the cost will go up to $4.99. If you know someone who was holding back because of cost, please tell them the news!

Click the image below to purchase the first two books in the Rose of Petrichoria series.

 

First 2 Books

One Week!

There’s only one week left until Forgotten is officially released to the public! I am very excited to share this story with everyone and hope you all love it as much as I loved writing it! Doing this independently of a publisher has been a bit difficult, but everything is finally ready and waiting for release! I ordered a print copy for myself to make sure everything looks perfect and it will be here Tuesday. If it looks good, I’ll post a picture of it! If you’re psyched, let me know!

First!

Proudly announcing that my website is up! I’m getting closer to being all set up as an author and my first book is completely ready to be published. When all this is underway, I’ll be ready to begin work on an untitled spin-off series!

I’d like to take a quick moment to thank my husband, Nick, who has been super supportive over the last couple years. He has encouraged me and helped guide me with setting up my website and working with Photoshop.

Also, my friend, Lynnette Bonner, has been instrumental in the editing process for my book. Being my first, I didn’t come into it with a lot of capital and she really helped me out with her expertise. Blaine Bradshaw also took a first look at my book and gave a valuable editorial critique.

Finally, my beta readers, Julie Hauenstein, Philip Gosvener, Becky Luna, Steve Mathisen, Courtney Evans, Sheri Mast, Deborah Wyatt, Cara Koch, Allison Grindley, and Kei Jager. Your opinions matter and your excitement for the series really helped keep me going.

You’ll all be thanked in the books, as well.

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