Thursday, September 2, 2010

One step closer.... my book and a *giveaway*, *review opportunity*

(Update- Review Giveaway will run until Monday 9/20/2010 and there will be 2 winners. You must e-mail me at for your chance.  Thanks!)

So here's what happened...

I wrote my story. I didn't know what to do about illustrations, so I threw in some real pictures from my 1st surrogacy journey and some clip art. I got a feel for how I wanted the book to look and what pictures I'd want. Basically I made a scrapbook for myself with a story to go along with it.  (in the meantime, my 10 year old daughter asked if she could draw the art for my cover, which led to my girls illustrating my book)

Well that version is done.

I can't publish it with real pictures or real names. (except my own) So I have this little treasure all to myself.  I was able to show close family and got good reviews. My girls were just as thrilled as I was to see my book as a book. Pure Awesome!

I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I'm lucky enough to have a dad in the printing/book binding business. He printed my books and I couldn't be happier. I did get to thinking though that the front cover could have looked a little more professional. (My fault, not his) So I re-designed it and I'm much happier with it. I was already happy with the back cover. YAY!

Awhile back I was working on my book and things just weren't quite working out like I pictured in my creative little head. I was settling for what I had, but hoping for more. Well things are starting to click and fall into place and I'm oh so happy! I wanted a background for each page, something to give the illustrations a little more color and flair. So, yestereday I played around and designed a background, and I think it's going to work great! 

I was hoping to release my book for sale/publication on September 10th- my birthday. However, my little monkeys children are not done illustrating my book. We only have 8 days till my deadline.
 I'd like to pull my hair out.! It's not really a huge deal if it's not done by then, but it would sure be nice. (also I can't start on my 2nd book till this one is complete)

So............... once my book is complete, would any of you like a copy to review?

If you're interested, contact me here. ( In the subject line put "Chance for Book Review". I will randomly select 2 numbers and will notify the winners. I have not released any information about my book yet, not even the title. (only the fact that it's a children's book and it deals with surrogacy)
If you're serious about reviewing it, I will give you a heads up of the details a few days before it's officially published and for sale. Then once it's officially published, I will send you a signed copy of the book for review.

*UPDATE: Book is available for pre-order Hopefully officially release will be 10/10/10!    :)

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You can also tweet about my book (or this post), blab it on facebook, shout it out on your blog. Let me know that you've done any of this and you'll get an extra entry for each.  Thanks!


  1. How fabulous! I'd love to do this!

  2. Thanks Brittany! :)
    Did you e-mail me for your chance?

  3. That is FANTASTIC!
    Do I also need to email you for a chance to review it?
    Just email me, or facebook me. I'm around. K?
    Love ya!
    I'm so EXCITED for YOU!

  4. And I love LOVE your new header! It look FABULOUS!

  5. OCB-You know you already get to review it. Thanks, I had fun working on a new header- and button.

  6. How exciting! Sounds like it would be a great book for all families who are involved in surrogacy. Great idea.

  7. Jill, good luck with the book release! I am available to read it if you want more comments. ;)

  8. Dawn- e-mail me at

    Thanks! :)

  9. I emailed you and I added your button on my blog!

  10. Thanks for letting me know Krystal. I've marked you for 2 entries.


  11. Review is posted on my blog! Thanks!!


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