PW Select July 2015: New Titles, including … :)

😀  PW Select July 2015: New Titles, including …
Nonfiction: “Before, Afdre, and After (My Stroke… Oh What Fun)”   By Maureen Twomey
“When Twomey was only 33 years old, she had a huge stroke—one that took away her ability to read, write, walk, and even speak. But she wasn’t about to go down without a fight.”

(PW, this book is humorous too) 😉

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Book Review: “‘Before, Afdre, and After’ Strange title? Read on….”

(Eric Sinclair, author of Man, Dog, Stroke)

“‘Before, Afdre, and After’ Strange title? Read on….

Maureen Twomey was 33 in 2000 when she had a massive stroke. A young, energetic copywriter for an advertising agency with a great sense of humour, she had a promising career in front of her and was living life in San Francisco to the full … The stroke she suffered in June 2000 left her unable to read, write or speak, along with many of the other delightful consequences of a major stroke.

Do you begin to see the implication of that title now?

… Maureen’s story is a great example of the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly insuperable odds. Why not read her book for yourself? You will be moved and entertained.”

97,278 people read it … !

On my Goodreads author page, CLEARLY written,
“Author Widgets – Help your books get …”

… but I didn’t read the next word, I saw the pic below, so I immediately thought, “97,278 people …” have read my book — WOW!!!! 😀

Then, I read the first part again fully, “Help your books get more engagement on Goodreads by placing a widget on your site or blog that lets your fans add the book with one easy click.”

Oh … Well, “Before, Afdre, and After – (My stroke … oh what fun)”,
is a must read! 🙂
22 reviewed and/on rated my book (15 on Amazon and 7 on Goodreads)

Here’s one review, by Peggy Brousar
“Wow! Not only did Maureen survive, she thrived. The book gives an honest glimpse into the world of someone who has confronted a life changing, terrifying event. Her daily struggles are detailed in a way that makes you laugh, cry and, most of all, root for her ongoing success. I got so caught up in the story, I could not put the book down. Well written and inspiring.”

Maybe next week it will say, “97,278 people have read Maureen Twomey’s book” … ; )
P.S.: People in this pic, you should read my book too 😉

My Old Book …

Sally the Snow Girl

Yes, it’s a real book: By Maureen Twomey (when I was in second grade), Edited by Laura Varich

When I was in six grade, my school closed, so you can’t get a copy of this WONDERFUL book. Until I get more print books to sell (haa!), here’s a copy of Sally the Snow Girl, on my page:

After the book was published, I was going to go on tour to promote my book, but my parents wouldn’t let me go, because I was still in second grade. Shoot.

(Feel free to write a review)