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Update on our life and my book

I mentioned we canceled the Victoria, BC, trip and went to Pot Angeles in Washington. I booked the flight coming home from Seattle. My husband didn’t want to rush, so we went to Seattle the day before returning to Southern California.

I read about the Chihuly Garden and Glass in a blogger’s post. Since we would be in Seattle for one day, I made a reservation to visit this magnificent exhibit. The museum is right next to the Space Needle. Here’s what the website says about Chihuly. https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/about/dale-chihuly

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as fine art.

His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

An update on our life

My husband and I are moving to Portland, Oregon, to be close to my daughter and the grandkids. I have always wanted to do that and even wrote blog posts about my desire. But my husband was not ready. On a couple of occasions, I went alone to be with my daughter and the grandkids for Thanksgiving or Christmas. My husband, Lynton, stayed in Southern California to be with his mom during those holidays. Lynton’s mom passed away two months ago. His siblings are busy with their extended families. He seems to be free from the obligation to stay in Southern California.

When we were in Port Angeles, Lynton expressed an interest in moving to Portland to be close to the grandkids.

I searched for a home right away. Then contacted the realtor whom I worked with for the last 15 years. After one week of communication back and forth, we signed an offer on August 28th on a home within a 13-minute drive from Mercy. Mercy and Will toured the house and sent us the videos.

We’re working with the agents and signed a listing disclosure to sell our California home.

We’re packing and will have everything in a storage unit by the 15th. We’re going to Portland on the 16th for Autumn’s BD. The agents will show our house while we’re gone. 

Everything happened so fast. My head is spinning. We’re excited about the move. At least we don’t need to travel every six weeks to see the grandkids.

An update on my book

The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival is now available on Amazon.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Winding-Road-Journey-Survival-ebook/dp/B0B86QWXTN

My launch tour is from Monday, September 5 to Monday, September 12. I’m grateful to my wonderful friends who will host my tour.

Monday, September 5 – Jacqui Murray @ https://worddreams.wordpress.com 

Tuesday, September 6 – Dan Antion @ https://nofacilities.com

Wednesday, September 7 – Liz Gauffreau @ https://lizgauffreau.com

Thursday, September 8 – Pete Springer @ https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.com/petes-blog

Friday, September 9 – Robbie Cheadle @ https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/blog

Monday, September 12 – Denise Finn @ https://dlfinnauthor.com/blogs

I hope to see you at these launch tour stops.

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New Release – Once Upon an Ever After, an Anthology

I’m delighted to introduce this new release – Once Upon an Ever After. This unique and imaginative collection of eleven thought provoking fantasy stories will delight readers who enjoy stories of wishes gone awry.

Digital Giveaway

For a chance to win a free digital copy of Once Upon an Ever After, just leave a comment to show you were here. Follow the tour and comment at each stop for more chances to win. There are three copies given away in a random drawing.

Olivia Merchiston is a contributing author in this collection. She is here to share with us about her inspiration.

The inspiration for ‘Flipped’ came from several places. Firstly, the hygge feeling you get from sitting in your favourite chair, cup of tea in hand, rain battering the window, reading a cozy mystery novel. That feeling was one I wanted to recreate in my story, and one that I try to create moments of in all my work. I drew on what I know creates that feeling for me – the weather in the Scottish Highlands, the darkness in an old, crooked house during a storm, and the warmth I find in old furniture, well-loved possessions, and even a little bit of clutter or chaos in a room.

The second inspiration was my love of fantasy romance, specifically shifter romances and anything with strong magic systems. But these stories are often heavy, and that didn’t sit well with my desire to create a cozy tale. I opted for the light-hearted, comedic value of my characters in the hopes of bringing a smile to my readers’ faces. In creating Willow and Hazel, I found a natural romance budding, and it took on a life of its own. They wanted to show me there was an attraction between them, and I wanted to make my story a typical fairy tale – fabulistic in purpose, but still with a focus on the positive and happy. Bringing those two elements together led me to the story published in Once Upon An Ever After, which I am so proud of.

Fairy tales are often dark, just like fantasy, and while I love that aspect of them, I wanted my story to bring a little levity to my reader. I wanted Fawn to be silly, completely oblivious, unable to read a room, and I think I conveyed that in her. The relationship between the three of them is simultaneously completely absurd, and warm and endearing. I wanted my readers to fall in love with Fawn, even if she is the antithesis of Hazel and could be very destructive.

Hazel herself brings the moral of my story, as I wanted to ensure there was a lesson in it, even just a simple one – the people who truly love you will not care what you look like. As a woman in her thirties who understands how Hazel feels about aging, I also wanted my story to get the reader thinking about why and how women are so focused on youth and appearance. If one reader relates to Hazel and her endeavours, then I’ve done what I set out to do.

‘Flipped’ is my first published work, and I couldn’t be prouder of it. I hope anyone reading it finds something of value, even if it’s just a smile and a chuckle at how silly it seems. But for anyone looking further under the surface, I hope you realise how universal such concerns are, and that it could always be worse than the odd wrinkle – you could be stuck with the anti-you leaping out of your mirror!

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Olivia Merchiston is a writer, procrastinator, and freelancer. She lives on a tiny Scottish island with her very patient partner and very spoiled cat. When she isn’t writing or working, she enjoys photography, videography, knitting, and reading. A firm believer that there’s a little magic in every life, Olivia is spending her thirties finding hers. 

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More on the book

Blurb

What happens when…

A woman desires to carry on her family’s legacy, uncovering a long-buried curse?

A not so perfect witch casts a spell to defy age and preserve her relationship with her handsome shapeshifting familiar?

A time traveler longs to be the savior of knowledge lost?

An incompetent delivery boy becomes an unlikely savior of forgotten artifacts?

A magic mirror yearns for a different question?

A tiny story witch desires to share her stories with the world?

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If you liked Gilded Glass, you’ll enjoy Once Upon an Ever After: Modern Myths & Fairy Tales, short stories with thought-provoking themes, captivating characters and diverse cultures, from humorous to horrifying, from the legendary past to possible futures and back to the here and now.

Purchase Link:  https://books2read.com/u/mKdWGV

Thank you for stopping by. Please let us know what you think.

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Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Cancer – The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival by Miriam Hurdle

I’m a guest at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Magazine. Wow! What a great joy and wonderful surprise this morning to find the first review of my new book, The Winding Road. I appreciated Sally’s insightful and reflective review of my story and generously shared it on her blog. Please head over to read the post on her content-rich magazine.

My husband and I spent a week with the grandkids. We’re now in Port Angeles, and Sequim, Washington, for our anniversary. We planned to go to Victoria, BC. Two days before flying to Portland, I discovered my passport had expired six months ago. Canada would let me in with the expired passport, but the US wouldn’t let me return with it being expired. I canceled the Victoria trip in the last minute and re-booked it for Port Angeles. I’m glad to have discovered it at this time. My sister has a destination wedding in Canada in November and I need a valid passport. 

Marymere Falls, Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, Washington

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

It is my pleasure to share my advance review for the latest release by Miriam Hurdle… a memoir The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival. On preorder for August 26th.

About the book

In the summer of 2008, Miriam Hurdle was diagnosed with melanoma-an aggressive and invasive cancer in her internal organs. The survival rate before 2008 was low. Besides risking harsh treatments for a slim chance of survival, Miriam had hoops to jump through. By the time she received treatment at the beginning of 2009, her cancer had progressed from stage II to stage IV. It was a rough and uphill winding road. But alongside her was support and encouragement. Accompanied by the love of her family and community, this is Miriam’s journey of faith and miracle. It is a heartwarming story of resilience, courage, and the will to live.

My review for the book 20th August…

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves – #Cancer – The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival by Miriam Hurdle

Sally at the Smorgasbord Magazine invited me over to share my latest book, The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival with her readers. I’m honored by her generous offer. Please head over to visit her and browse around the entertaining features on her blog.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

It is my pleasure to share the news of the latest release by Miriam Hurdle… a memoir The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival. On preorder for August 26th.

About the book

In the summer of 2008, Miriam Hurdle was diagnosed with melanoma-an aggressive and invasive cancer in her internal organs. The survival rate before 2008 was low. Besides risking harsh treatments for a slim chance of survival, Miriam had hoops to jump through. By the time she received treatment at the beginning of 2009, her cancer had progressed from stage II to stage IV. It was a rough and uphill winding road. But alongside her was support and encouragement. Accompanied by the love of her family and community, this is Miriam’s journey of faith and miracle. It is a heartwarming story of resilience, courage, and the will to live.

Head over to preorder the book for August…

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The Winding Road: Pre-order is Here

August has a significant meaning for me. I want to publish my memoir, The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival, this month for a special reason.

Fourteen years ago, on July 31st, 2008, I entered my cancer journey. It was late at night, after my hysterectomy surgery, and my gynecologist came to my hospital room to break the news to me I had aggressive cancer. My life has changed forever on all counts-physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.

The obstacles I had to overcome to get the treatment were more stressful than the treatment itself. They played a big part in the story. Fifty-three weeks later, the first week of August 2009, was my last week of radiation. 

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To celebrate my thirteen years of remission, my second life, and the return of my health, I want to make my story available on Amazon in August. It’s available for pre-order. It’ll be downloaded to your Kindle on August 26, 2022.

The launch tour is from Monday, September 5 to Monday, September 12, 2022. I love to see you there.

Amazon Pre-order Link: US, UK, Canada, AU, IN

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A Note: 2008 was the year of recession. Many of my friends suffered a different loss. Some lost their jobs because of the companies downsizing or relocating to Colorado or Texas. Some lost their investments in stocks. Others lost their homes. We can’t predict our future. The unexpected stressful situations could come without warming. Losing my health and fighting for my life is just one of these many stories. I want to join hands with other people who suffer and be an encouragement to each other.

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