We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


So, growing up in the 50's and 60's, I thought my life was planned out. I'd go to college, find my prince, get married, have kids and live happily ever after. What planet was I on?????

Drug addiction in MY family? NEVER.
A child of mine living on the street? NEVER.
One of my children incarcerated? NEVER.
Raising a grandchild in my lifetime? NEVER.
Experiencing the death of one of my children? NEVER.

NEVER say never.

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Great Editor Makes Your Work Great!

Oh, I am so lucky! I was just referred to an amazing editor. It's so important that an editor not only understand you and what you're trying to say, but to edit your work in a way that is compelling. I found a remarkable editor, who took the Overview of my Proposal and made it "golden!" She took my ideas and words, embellished and rearranged them to make better sense. I've hired her to edit my entire 30-page Proposal in hopes that a publisher will pick it up. Of course, there are no guarantees, but if you are serious about letting your voice be heard, DO have your Proposal for non-fiction edited by a professional before sending it out to agents. You will probably have fewer rejections. I would have!!!!