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Archive for November, 2013

How my agent found me

agent found me

How my agent found me Now that I have a published memoir, people often ask me how I found my agent. Today, I’m sharing the story of how my agent found me at my literary agency’s Wordserve Watercooler. ### But why did she find me? Because people I met along my writing journey told me to work hard. And I need to be able to say this although it feels a little strange, like a pat on the back or something, but I realize now…

National Adoption Awareness Month: An Excerpt from Love You More, part two

Love You More

(Help me welcome back my friend Jennifer Grant, in part two of her guest post, an excerpt from the adoption memoir Love You More. Read part one here.) National Adoption Awareness Month: An Excerpt from Love You More, part two Does it surprise you that some people believe that all adoptions are criminal? Whether a child is an abandoned baby girl in India, an orphan in Ethiopia whose parents died of AIDS or an infant who has been relinquished anywhere from the Glendale neighborhood of…

Becoming Evangeline’s mom, a snap shot of a special needs adoption from Ukraine; a snap shot of redemption

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Becoming Evangeline’s mom, a snap shot of a special needs adoption from Ukraine Since Sun Shine Down published, one of the greatest compliments I’ve received has come in the form of a question. “Will there be more? We want to read more about Evangeline and her adoption. We want to read more about your family.” November is National Adoption Month, and although our adoption is International, I’ve decided to share a snap shot of Evangeline’s story here on the blog. *Disclaimer: I realize that every adoption…

Goodreads Sun Shine Down giveaway!

SUN SHINE DOWN, a memoir by Gillian Marchenko

Goodreads Sun Shine Down giveaway! Are you on Goodreads? It is a free website for book lovers, and it is great! You can catalog what books you are reading, what you’ve read, and what’s next. You can join book clubs, enter giveaways, and leave reviews of books you loved. No pressure! First, let’s be friends! I want to see what you are reading. Second, I am doing a giveaway there right now. From now until December 20th, you can enter to win a copy of…

National Adoption Awareness Month: An Excerpt from Love You More, part one

Love You More

National Adoption Awareness Month: An Excerpt from Love You More (Friends, please enjoy this excerpt from Jennifer Grant’s lovely memoir on the adoption of her daughter Mia Love You More in honor of National Adoption Month. Here’s Jennifer…) If you’re like me, you never tire of reading stories of how families came together by adoption. You skim blogs written by adoptive parents and you find yourself in tears when, finally, you come to the part of the story when the wait is over and the…