Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it. — Unknown

A Widow’s Awakening Now Available in Hard Cover


Please visit BHC Press for details and to order. Also available in soft cover and as an e-book.

100% of proceeds from the first 1000 copies sold goes to the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, a charity set up in memory of the author’s husband.

To purchase a signed soft cover, please visit our on-line store.

What Readers Are Saying…


“Clunk goes the Coin. Soulmates are opposite sides of the same coin. I truly loved reading this book. It was sad but also enlightening. I could not imagine losing the love of my life, but this book gave me perspective as what things would be like if I did. I could feel the author’s pain as if it were my own. I enjoyed reading about the spiritual side of this story. The fact she could feel or see her husband in every event after his death. Some of the things she wrote about happening I truly believe in, not experiencing that myself. The red light as referring to his soul; the earth, air, fire, and water elements; the stars in the universe; all uniquely genius.”

– Reader, Library Thing Early Reviewers Program

“As a safety professional, I recommend reading “A Widow’s Awakening.” It provides a vivid, heartbreaking reality of the consequences of an unsafe workplace and the personal costs of a workplace fatality. It brings home the message that we must ensure our workplaces are safe, not only for the workers, managers and public on a daily basis but also the Emergency First Responders who may be called there to help. One life lost is one too many.” 

– Laura Synyard

“Based on a true story, A Widow’s Awakening, is a hauntingly beautiful story of enduring love, overwhelming heartache and discovering resiliency. With descriptions that are heartfelt, painful and often humorous, author Maryanne Pope artfully paints a picture of what it is like to have your entire world pulled out from under you. I cried, I laughed, and found compassion for this woman who was courageously trying to navigate through what seemed like a terrible dream. This book is a must-read for anyone who has lost someone they loved and struggled to find their way in the aftermath of tragedy.”

– Sharon Ehlers, Grief Reiki

To view the 2-min trailer for the book, please visit us on Vimeo.

What is Pink Gazelle Productions? 

We create authentic works that inspire people to effect positive change in themselves and the world around them.  

A Guide to Our E-mail Subscriptions… 

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But May We Recommend…

Our weekly inspirational e-mail, Weekly  Words of Wisdom (WWOW), goes out every Wed. It’s short, sweet & sassy…you’ll love it! Here’s the link to subscribe.

And then watch your e-mail inbox for a saucy thank you gift…an e-book by Maryanne Pope, CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions, entitled Dive Into this Chicago Deep Dish; Ten Bite-Sized Tips for a Yummier Slice of Life. We think you’ll love that, too 🙂


Who We Are

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Founder & CEO, Maryanne Pope

Maryanne Pope – author, playwright, screenwriter, blogger, public speaker, workplace safety advocate, environmental educator and professional Auntie – started Pink Gazelle Productions in 2002, two years after the on-duty death of her police officer husband, Cst John Petropoulos of the Calgary Police Service.

For further details on PGP’s history, company name, team-members, projects & beliefs, please click here.

How can we help YOU? Pointing hand

In a word…inspiration!

Our goal is to inspire people to reach their highest potential – because inspired people are positive, proactive people. Through blogs, e-mail campaigns, books, plays and films, we create and share meaningful stories that encourage and empower individuals to live with passion and purpose…and the patience to go through the process.

“A Widow’s Awakening arrived Friday afternoon and I spent all evening reading it. It has been a very long time since I have done that, reading a book cover to cover, crying most of the time. You told your story so well and with such passion that I felt that I was in the room with you…I realize now that I have a great deal of hurt that I haven’t dealt with over the years and how it is my responsibility, like you, to find my true mission/purpose in life.”

– Kathleen S

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    “Maryanne...I've had plenty of time today to really read, and I'm over halfway done with your book, A Widow's Awakening! I love it...authentic and straight from the heart. No soft-soaping grief...which many people try to do. It's awesome, and I'm going to go back to reading now! ” – Nancy Bourque
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