Saturday, July 2, 2011

Smile Because It Happened


My book "Smile Because It Happened" is undergoing copyediting.  What does this mean?  Well, it means that my manuscript is being reviewed and adjusted by my publisher for any technical issues that my be present. This is the first step in the publishing process.

When copyediting is finished my manuscript will be moved to a conceptual editor to be further checked for any grammatical errors.  

My copy editor reviews my manuscript for technical errors, checking for correct punctuation, misspellings, and formatting ~ (scripture and dialogue).

My conceptual editor works more in depth with my manuscript.

Copyediting is a one - month process so it will be completed at the end of July.  Conceptual editing begins in August!

Right now it looks like my release date will be April 2012 ~ My birth month, the month my daughter Nicki died...Remember --- the book is based around her life and death.

I'm so a bitter sweet way...

Thank you for your support, and for your prayers - I still need them, and I'm so very thankful.

Smile Because It Happened


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bio & Teaser for my book

Although we are still in the very early stage of turning my manuscript into a book we do have the Bio & Teaser.  My next post will reveal the New York Times bestselling author who wrote my introduction!

Bunny Leach – Bio

Bunny Leach grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  After living in Atlanta, Georgia, and traveling extensively through Asia, Australia and Europe she settled in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  There, in her cottage by the Atlantic Ocean, she wrote her first book, an inspirational memoir based on the death of her teenage daughter, Nicki, from a malignant brain tumor. 

When she’s not writing she can be found walking on the beach collecting shells, or running.  Leach also enjoys meditation and yoga.  Her son, Jesse, a musician and black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is her most important reader.



At one time, her life seemed perfect. Bunny Leach traveled with her husband and two children on the professional tennis circuit.  Then, when he retired, they packed up and moved to paradise.  But things went terribly wrong in 2005 when their sixteen-year-old daughter, Nicki, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and died three years later. After that, the marriage ended. When her son went off to live his own life, she realized she was now alone. But not completely… She put her faith in God and kept her promise to her daughter to “be happy, Mommy.” She set out to renew her life and follow her heart.  In doing that, she found love again and, in honor of her daughter, built a foundation of hope for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I signed with Tate Publishing - February 24, 2011

August 2010 I submitted my manuscript to Tate Publishing.

September 2010 they offered me a contract.

I didn't accept their contract at that time, but instead spent five months researching and submitting my mss to other companies, even agents. Looking for a better deal. It was all mind boggling. Being an unknown first time author I quickly found out that I am too risky for any major company to take on.

Tate Publishing has a lot of connections with Christian bookstores, as well as all the other major bookstores, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.  My contract is also to include Tate to  marketing, distribute, and to promote my book. As well they offer publicity, a website, book trailer, audio, and e-book.  These are the reasons that I picked them.

February 24, 2011 I signed a contract to have my book published with Tate Publishing. At this time I have been told  that my book will be released sometime around October of this year, about eight months from now.

I'm going to use this blog kind of like a journal through my publishing process.  Like I said earlier this process should take about eight months total. So I've been told. I took the first step - signing the contract.  My next step is to format my manuscript so they can start the four month editing process.

Thanks to everyone who helped me to get this far.

I would love for you to follow my blog as I go through the publishing process. A writers life can be pretty lonely.

Excitedly yours,

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Certain Star is Twinkling

For God so loved the world and sent us a savior. Don't you love knowing that nothing can keep you from the arms of a loving God? He never said that this world would be easy, and he never intended this to be our final destination. What he did for each and every one of us was to claim us as his children. And then to promise us that he would be there when we hurt.

He will never judge us on weather or not we go to church, although in this life when bad things happen, (and they will) it's nice to have a church family to help us and to count on. But, a relationship with Christ is personal, and nobody can judge what that relationship is. God's spirit is all around us...Grab it!

Sometimes I am afraid but then I realize that if God never puts obstacles in my way I would never have anything to overcome, therefore I would never grow in strength. God overcame the world. We can't do that but we can overcome the fear in life because of what he told us "Fear not, for I am with you." He didn't say take flight, instead we are to face our fear (our situation) and meet it straight on, even when we don't want to.

So trust in the Lord, he never makes mistakes.
Life is hard but choose to see the beauty in life, and help those who are suffering. So many have helped me and I am thankful.


Keep Smiling

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cirque du Soleil, Jukari-Fit to Flex-Nut's, walking 10,000 steps a day and weight

I don't know about you but I exercise for my health and to cope with stress. I watch what and how much I eat to keep my weight down. But doing the same workout every day can be boring so I like researching new ways to keep fit. While searching around I found this cool new exercise and wanted to share it with you. You can check it out on it's called "Cirque du Soleil's Jukari-Fit to Flex class. They use resistance bands to tone to Cirque du Soleil choreography, which combines dancing, stretching, and strengthening. I haven't tried it yet but I'm going to check it out.
Now, if you like nuts, grab a handful once a day because they lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. (from Archives of Internal Medicine reports). Apparently, the cholesterol from the food you eat is blocked from being absorbed into your body by the Phytosterols in the nuts. (that's so cool)
A study from the University of Florida showed that women who lost 1-1/2 lbs or more a week during the first month of a diet ended up losing more total weight than other women who lost the weight more slowly.
Calculate your favorite foods at
Did you know that we should be walking a minimum of 10,000 steps a day?  YUP, it's true.
Until next time...
Keep Smiling :)