published in A Widow's Awakening Book, Grief, Inspiration, Life After Loss, Widowhood by Maryanne | April 23, 2018 | No Comments

A Widow’s Awakening Publisher News

 

A Widow’s Awakening Picked Up by Publisher

I can’t believe it has been a decade since my creative non-fiction book, A Widow’s Awakening, first came out. But it has!

The book was self-published in 2008 through my company, Pink Gazelle Productions. In 2010 we did a second printing. Over 2000 copies have been sold 🙂

We are pleased to announce that the publisher BHC Press has recently picked up A Widow’s Awakening for publication…hooray! They have designed a beautiful new cover (see above) and the book will be released (likely in summer 2018) as a work of fiction. I have made a few minor tweaks to the story and added a special 10th anniversary afterword but the essence of the book remains the same.

From our perspective, this will be the 10th anniversary edition of the book. In the publishing world, however, this book will be considered a new release.

It’s a little confusing – but working with BHC Press will enable the book to reach a far larger audience of readers. As you may know, self-publishing a book takes an incredible amount of time, money and effort to promote and distribute.

Pink Gazelle Productions will still continue to do plenty of marketing and promotion. But BHC Press will be able to get the book in front of far more booksellers than we ever could. Plus we will no longer have to handle the mailing of the books. Phew!

In conjunction with the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, we will be doing an on-line launch of the new version of the book over the next few months. Stay tuned!

But in the meantime…

Request an Early Reviewers Copy by Apr 30th

If you haven’t yet read A Widow’s Awakening (or you have but are interested in reading this new version), then you can check out at the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program.

If you follow that link, then on the right hand side of the page is a link to sign up as a LibraryThing member. Then you can request a free e-book version to read and review. You may not receive a copy, as only 50 books will given away (and more than 80 have already been requested) but it’s worth a shot.

A Widow’s Awakening still available through PGP

The original version of the book will continue to be available for purchase through Pink Gazelle Productions and Amazon.

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.

published in Dreams/Goals, Freedom, Inspiration, Travel, Uncategorized by Maryanne | April 11, 2018 | 11 Comments

Home Again – Not for Long

 

Sadie & Jadie together again

“Home is where you feel loved, appreciated and safe.”

– Tracey Taylor

Salut!

Sadie and I are back in Victoria, in our cozy little bottom bunk bed in Ella’s room at Dave & Heathe’s in Victoria, BC. It’s GREAT to be home!

Home has become a very relative term for this restless gazelle. Home is no longer where I hang my hat (or my dazzling collection of toques and ball caps, as the case may be) – at least, not for long. Home is where I happen to BE at any given time – be that a room at the Motel 6 (I stayed at a few on my trip and found them safe, clean and comfortable just very sparse), a run-down beach cottage, a fancy beach cottage or with friends who are ever so gracious to put up with me and ball-obsessed fur-ball. But I came home on Sunday to a scrumptious steak dinner, so I figure that’s a good sign (versus a change of locks on the front door).

Now that the Great Bohemian Gypsy Writing Road Trip Odyssey is finished, what’s next?

Well, this photo (the sink in the restaurant bathroom at the delightfully eccentric McMenamins Olympic Club Hotel in Centralia, WA – the first and last place I stayed on my road trip) captures the situation perfectly:

In other words, I am fortunate to have a few choices!

And since I am absolutely loving the gypsy life, I am going to continue that in the short term. Heathe and I head to PARIS next week for 10 days! We are beyond excited. I will be writing for a few hours in the mornings (have laptop, will travel) and then we’ll be sightseeing (and eating, of course) the rest of the time.

After Paris, I’ll be going up island and staying at a few different places. Then I have a furnished house rented in Mill Bay (45 min north of Victoria) for the summer…yahoo!

At some point, I will buy or rent a home of my own again (since my 9000 pounds of STUFF can’t stay in storage forever).

This is one housing option I am considering:

Kidding! Those are just a few more photos from the luxurious Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA (I so wish I fell in that pool).

These are some other potential housing choices:

I snapped this photo somewhere in Oregon or California…it cracked me up!

 

A ground-level tree house…

 

Or one with a DOOR!

Ah well…we shall see what the Universe has in store. For now, I am happy to continue the gypsy life and am VERY grateful that I am able to do so.

Take care, thank you so very much for sharing in our road trip and I hope life is treating you well!

If you are just joining me & would like to do a little catch-up reading on the Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure, here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

Sedona Unplugged

Grand Canyon, Zion & Bryce…Oh My!

Salt Flats to Snow Drifts

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