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Join the Journey – Request an Early Review Copy of A Widow’s Awakening before June 30th

 

“The experience of reading this book is nothing less than a journey. One woman’s journey from the death of her husband, through the search for some meaning, and finally to a level of acceptance. I’m sure there isn’t one among us who hasn’t been on the same search at one point in our lives and can relate to her story. I hesitate to use the term “story”, because it doesn’t do it justice. With this being a true event, it has much more meaning than a work of fiction. I really enjoyed this book and could relate to her struggle.”

– AWA reader, LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program

Request Your Early Review Copy by June 30th, 2018

If you’re interested in reading A Widow’s Awakening by Maryanne Pope before it’s official release by BHC Press on Sept 13th, check out the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program.

If you follow that link, on the right hand side of the page is a link to sign up as a LibraryThing member. Then you can request a free copy to read and review. You may not receive a copy, as only 50 books will given away in this June promotion – but it’s worth a shot.

The publisher (BHC Press) did the first round of the Early Reviewers Program in April – and the reviews from that round are starting to come in. And they’re…GREAT! Here’s another one:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although the title may lead you into thinking it was going to be somewhat depressing this wasn’t the case. The author shared her pain, memories, (sometimes) weird and random thoughts on death and what comes after. Really well written, not boring, sometimes sad enough to bring tears to my eyes but on the whole an enjoyable read.”

– AWA Reader, LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program

For more reader testimonials, please click here.

About A Widow’s Awakening…

Do you believe in soul mates? What if the death of your soul mate meant the birth of your life-long dream?

A Widow’s Awakening is a fictional account based on the true story of a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with the death of her police officer husband who died while investigating a break and enter complaint.

Engaging, powerful, heart-wrenching, and at times humorous, this honest look at the first year of a widow’s grief captures the immense difficulty of learning how to accept the unacceptable while transforming loss into positive change – and is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Pre-Order A Widow’s Awakening

The book will be released on Sept 13th, 2018 and will be available in print & as an e-book wherever books are sold. To place your pre-order, please visit the A Widow’s Awakening page on the BHC Press website for a list of all the on-line retailers taking pre-orders.

History of the book

Please click here to learn a bit of the journey A Widow’s Awakening has already been on!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life.

 

 

published in Achieving Your Dreams, Family, Food, Gratitude, Inspiration by Maryanne | May 30, 2018 | No Comment

Keep Your Eye on the Prize (and the Prime Rib on Your Head)

 

Maryanne at Fanny Bay Inn, BC

“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

– Nelson Mandela

Oh what a night…

If there was ever any concern about turning 50 being the start of a downward slide into old age, this past weekend dispelled that fear. In fact, it would appear I may be sliding in the other direction 🙂

My little brother, Carleton, and his wife, Valina, spent the weekend with me and Sadie in our beautiful Qualicum Bay rental cottage, north of Parksville on Vancouver Island. I am staying in these different places ostensibly to get a feel for various communities in which I may one day set down roots. In reality, I’m having a ball staying in funky homes, exploring the surroundings and fraternizing with visitors and locals alike.

Case in point was Sunday night.

It started out in style with a ride in Carleton & Valina’s convertible mustang…mature big sister (that’s me) in the back, gleefully snapping selfies while baby brother/designated driver adhered to the speed limit under the watchful eye of his co-pilot/wife.

Carleton, Valina & MA, Fanny Bay Inn

Dinner was at the Fanny Bay Inn Pub where there was live music AND a meat-draw (they don’t have those in Sidney)!

“Valina,” I said, as we took our seats, “I am going to WIN that prime rib!”

So when the guy from the Lions Club came around selling tickets, I bought nine of them for $5.

Sure enough, twenty minutes (and a beer or two) later, they did the draw and one of my ticket numbers was called. You’d think I’d have won the lottery. I leapt up from our picnic table with a squeal then screamed, “I WON! I WON!”

As I was running (in strappy wedges) up to the front to collect my prize, some guy in the crowd yelled, “Put it on your head! That’s the tradition!”

So I threw my arms around the fellah who sold me the ticket then grabbed my prime rib, hoisted it in the air and placed it on my head. I turned around to face the crowd and there’s little brother, proudly snapping photos of his sister’s big moment. It was priceless.

The cheeky photo-bomber in the photo at the top is the Lions guy who sold me the ticket.

And the moral to the story is, perhaps, this: 

If you want to a win a prime rib, you have to buy a ticket (or 9). If you want to win at life, you have to get in the game. Keep your eye on the prize, show up each and every day and do the work and eventually, things fall into place and/or you win a slab of beef.

Speaking of keeping your eye on the prize, here’s your friendly neighbourhood ball-obsessed retriever in action at the local swimming hole:

Sadie at Rosewall Creek, BC

Have a great week and we shall do the same! I suspect a scrumptious prime rib dinner is in our future 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

 

Wisdom of Sundays Book Contest

 

 “We have what we need to fulfill our destiny. But I do think that we have to bring it out. And you can’t bring it out being against yourself.”

– Joel Osteen

Attention Book Lovers 🙂 

I have been meaning to pick up a copy of Oprah Winfrey’s recent book, The Wisdom of Sundays; Life-Changing Thoughts from Super Soul Conversations, for several months.  When I was in Ashland, Oregon a few weeks ago, I finally bought the book. It is excellent!

Here are a few snippets from the book that resonated with me:

“Every right decision I’ve ever made has come from listening to my gut. Every wrong decision was a result of me dismissing the small, still voice within me.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“Everything comes up so it can be healed.”

– Gabrielle Bernstein

“If you’re in a situation that is pressing on you…ask empowering questions. The Universe will answer these questions in a language and in a way that you can understand. There will be inter-prompting, there will be intuitive hits, nudges, signs, symbols, dreams. It’ll come in the language of the individual soul and heart.”

– Michael Bernard Beckwith

“You’re never angry for the reason you think you are.”

– Iyanla Vanzant

“When you acknowledge and are grateful for whatever you have, it allows more to be drawn to you and changes the way you experience life.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“Trade your expectation for appreciation. Your whole life changes in that moment.”

– Tony Robbins

“Are you substituting busyness and all the chaos that goes along with busyness for being effective?”

– Bishop T.D. Jakes

Win a copy of The Wisdom of Sundays

If you would like a chance to win a copy of the book, here is the question to answer – and then your name will be entered into the draw:

What is a favourite quote, saying, spiritual belief or idea that resonates with YOU?

As an example, one of my favourite quotes is by John O’Donohue in his book, Anam Cara: “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny.”

Please e-mail us your answer by Fri Apr 27th.

Contest is open to WWOW subscribers only.

If you are not a WWOW subscriber but would like to be, please click here to sign up to receive the WWOW (Weekly Words of Wisdom) e-mail every Wed. As a thank you for subscribing, you will receive a copy of Maryanne Pope’s short & saucy e-book, Dive Into this Chicago Deep Dish; Ten Bite-Sized Tips for a Yummier Slice of Life.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions & Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund.