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That Garden Will Preach | by Linda Brendle

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Small garden plot: yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, purple hull peas.

One reason I love working in the garden is that, while my hands are busy, my mind is free to roam. Sometimes I focus on the latest song that’s stuck in my head, and sometimes I think about a chapter in my next book or the next article I plan to write. My favorite times, though, are when God seems to open my mind and my heart to the spiritual lessons that can be found in the world around me. I spent last Saturday morning working my little vegetable patch, and here’s what my garden taught me. (more…)

Pre-Order A Long and Winding Road | by Linda Brendle

A Long and Winding RoadYesterday was an exciting day in the life of this new author. The ARCs (advanced reader’s copies) of my memoir went out to reviewers. To make it even more exciting, Barnes & Nobles is now offering the book for pre-order in a Nook format. Other distributors will be offering it in other formats, but this is the only one that is live so far.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER 

It’s not too late if you would like to review the book or participate in the blog tour by spotlighting the book, posting an interview, or posting a guest post. You can sign up at the link below.

REVIEWER AND BLOG TOUR SIGN UP 

About the book:

Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.

Release Date: July 1, 2014

Thank you all for sharing this long and winding road with me.

Blessings,

Linda

Five Ways to Write a Memoir Without Being Disowned | by Linda Brendle

Just get outAnaiah Press posted the first chapter of my memoir  on their blog earlier this week. I got some nice feedback and also some interesting questions. Here are  two of the more interesting questions:

How did you find the courage to write a memoir?…My family would have me excommunicated!

Did you share details with your family while you were writing the book?

I fired off a short version of an Anne Lamott quote–if they didn’t want me to write about them, they should have behaved better–but the questions lingered. I knew I couldn’t really give a complete answer in 140 characters, so here are five ways to write a memoir without being disowned. (more…)

Teaser: A Long and Winding Road by Linda Brendle

Here it is–Chapter 1 of A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos. Let me know what you think, and if you love it, let your friends know.
Blessings,
Linda

P.S. Click on “View Original” at the bottom of this page to read the entire chapter.

Anaiah Press

It’s TEASER time! A Long and Winding Road: A Tale of Life, Chaos and Love by Linda Brendle will be released on July 1, but you will have the lucky opportunity to get a sneak peak at her first pages of the book. We hope you enjoy!

A Long and Winding Road

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Thursday, September 9 – Change

Psalm 55:22 (KJV) Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

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There it was–a dump truck, coming straight toward me on a road with no shoulders and no place to go. The Department of Transportation’s motorcycle safety course teaches you to look where you want to go, and the bike will follow your line of vision. That would probably have worked, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the truck. Instead, the world shifted into slow motion, and one thought trailed across…

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The Glamour of Being an Author | by Linda Brendle

Poster 1I signed my first autographs as an author Saturday. If you close your eyes and try to picture it, you might envision me surrounded by adoring fans who are vying for my attention. Since my book hasn’t been released yet, and when it is released, it will initially be in ebook form, scraps of paper, napkins, and t-shirts are being waved at me in the hope of getting my coveted signature. Well, it wasn’t quite like that. (more…)

Summer Blog Tours Sign Up!

Anaiah Press is planning a busy summer as they release their first four books. You can be part of the fun by signing up for one or more blog tours.

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We have our first official blog tours coming up this summer and would like to invite you to sign up for interviews, reviews, spotlights or guest posts. Please see the book blurbs and signup links below. You can also just email me back with your interests. Thanks so much!

A Long and Winding RoadA Long and Winding Road by Linda Brendle (Inspirations/Memoir) June 17 – July 15:Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I…

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A Long and Winding Road to Publication | by Linda Brendle

winding road Cover 25 percentMy book was conceived in September of 2007 while I was making plans for an RV trip with my husband and my parents. I’m a bit of a control freak, and one of the ways I attempt to control my life is by making lists, and this epic trip was going to take a lot of control and a lot of lists. David and I had owned our motor home for less than two months, and we planned to visit sixteen states in seven weeks. To add a little extra drama, my mom had Alzheimer’s and my dad had vascular dementia. In the preceding few months I had written several articles on Facebook about my caregiving experiences, and since this trip seemed like it might provide plenty of good writing material, I added a spiral notebook and several of my favorite Precise V5 pens to my shopping list.

To read the rest of this article on the Anaiah Press website, CLICK HERE.

A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos will be released by Anaiah Press on July 1.

Blessings,

Linda

A few months ago my mother died from Alzheimer’s

How likely are you or your loved ones to develop Alzheimer’s? Kevin Woo gives some chilling statistics on that questions, and he also tells why it is so important to raise awareness about this insidious disease.

Alzheimer's Speaks Blog

By Kevin Woo for Alzheimer’s Speaks

A few months ago my mother died from Alzheimer’s. She suffered from the disease for more than a quarter century. While her passing was not a surprise, you can never really prepare yourself for the inevitable.

Over the years I spent hours asking the question, “Why mom?”

Last month the Alzheimer’s Association released a report that helped put things in perspective. The report estimated that 1-in-6 women, age 65 or older, are likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease compared with 1-in-11 for men of the same age.

The real news from the report was this: “Women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to developing breast cancer.” Think of all the awareness and money that’s allocated by the government or donated to finding a cure for breast cancer. Is the same amount earmarked…

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Happy Mother’s Day | by Linda Brendle

letting-goA Mother’s Day re-run from two years ago:

On Motherhood, Co-Dependence, and Letting Go

I loved being pregnant. For a co-dependent like me, it was the ultimate boundary-free relationship. I had an easy pregnancy, no morning sickness or fat ankles, but toward the end, he took up more than his share of space. Like a toddler who crawls in bed with you in the middle of the night, he stretched his 21 inches in all directions at once, wedging a hand under my ribs while standing on my kidneys and sitting on my bladder. I think God plans it that way so, by the time labor begins, you’re completely ready to let go of the little bundle of joy you’ve been incubating for nine months. And that’s what being a mother is all about–letting go. (more…)

Looking for Reviewers | by Linda Brendle

 

winding road Cover 25 percentThe July 1 release date is quickly approaching for my memoir, A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos. Anaiah Press is looking for people who would like to review the book or otherwise participate in the blog tour that will run from June 17 through July 15. If you would like to write a review, spotlight the book on your blog, or post an author interview or guest post, please click on the link below and sign up. Thank you for your participation and for sharing in the excitement of Anaiah’s first release and my first book.

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About the book:

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