Welcome back, everyone!
If you were here yesterday, you had the privilege of exploring the newly released title Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family, here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. If not, no worries! Feel free to click over to the post for a quick read through....we'll be right here. (Finished? Alrighty...moving on...)
This is day two of the 'Cleo' blog tour and we have a special combo post for you. Today, we catch a glimpse of the person behind the writer as revealed through a short series of questions and answers courtesy of InkWell Management and the author herself and then have a little contest fun! Warning readers....there is a thread of sadness in the post below dealing with the families loss and how they made it through, but certainly worth the read.
First, please join me in welcoming, author Helen Brown......
Q & A:Author Helen BrownQ: Did your close friends respond to your tragedy in the way you hoped or were they too intimidated to know how to approach you?A: We were in such a state of shock I had no expectations of anyone at the time. The only previous experience of death I’d had was of elderly relatives. Losing Sam was out of my realms of understanding.Q: Was it difficult for you to ask for help?A: Yes, it was because I had no idea what sort of help I needed. I thought the pain would last forever and my life was over.Over and over again people said “Let me know if there’s anything I can do”. I know they were sincere but I was too bewildered to have any idea what needed “doing”.Q: Were you at any time angry with the world or envious of the lives of friends that appeared so much easier than yours?A: Absolutely. The anger was irrational for several months. It rose like molten lava in me if I saw one of Sam’s friends at the supermarket. Every other family I saw seemed smug and untouched by pain. It took a while to come to terms with my own rage and understand nobody escapes loss and pain in their lives. If I was looking for proof all I had to do was open a newspaper.
Sad as it is to say, the facts revealed there are very true. Loss is something experienced by all at one point or another and the key to making it through is good friends, family, and memories.
Now...on to the FUN part of today's post....it's contest time!
Here's the scoop....
(1) copy of Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown
How to enter:
Required....fill out this FORM.
For bonus points and to spread a little smile across the miles....
Share YOUR favorite pet story in the comments below! Silly, funny, happy, crazy...whatever the situation was, give us a glimpse at your fuzzy friend!
*Open to US mailing addresses only! No P. O. Boxes please.
* Entries will be accepted from Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 through Saturday, September 18th, 2010 at midnight CST. The entries will be tallied and entered into the random.org randomizer, after which a random number will be picked by their number generator. (This way all the entries are mixed up nicely.)
* All entries must be submitted using the form accessible through this post. You MUST include your email address in order to be counted as well as contacted should you be chosen as the winner!
*The winner will be announced and contacted via email by Monday, September 20th, 2010 and will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. Should they fail to respond in the given time frame; a new winner will be chosen. If you choose to include your address in your entry, no worries...the time frame issue is removed.
*Winners name and address will be forwarded to Rose Marie Morse at InkWell Management for prize send out only and then discarded.
So what are you waiting for?
Until next time....happy reading!