Wonderful Surprise at Barnes and Noble Book Signing


 

Signing Berdetta Culver's copy of Joan's Elder Care Guide

Signing Berdetta Culver’s copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide

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Oh my goodness! What a great book signing event we had on Saturday, February 25, 2017! Thanks to Barnes and Noble and The Charlotte Writers Club for providing the opportunity to take part in this Book Fair at the Arboretum store. It was over the top wonderful in every way! Thank you to the following people for coming by: Dy English, Lorrie York Hackett, Mollie York Chewning, Mark Chewning, Kylie Hackett, Luke Chewning, Wyatt Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman, Barbara Lunow, Dan Lunow, Janis Silverman, Richard Silverman, Jeff Dubrielle, and Patricia Duran.

First came, Dy English, an illustrator friend from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Thank you, Dy.

Dy English and me

Dy English and me

Thank you to my daughters and their families, Lorrie Hackett, Mollie and Mark Chewning, Kylie Hackett, Luke and Wyatt Chewning for coming to my book signing. A few minutes after they came, I got a big surprise that brought tears of gladness to my eyes. My sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman flew down from Michigan to be there! So sweet! Everyone enjoyed keeping the secret!

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My Big Surprise – My sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman and me

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Kylie Hackett, Lorrie Hackett, Mollie Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman, and me.

Front left to right: Luke Chewning and Wyatt Chewning Second Row, Joan, Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett, Kylie Hackett Third Row,Barbara Lunow, Patricia Duran Fourth Row: Richard Silverman, Janis Silverman, Dan Lunow, Mark Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman Front left to right: Luke Chewning and Wyatt Chewning
Second Row, Joan, Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett, Kylie Hackett
Third Row,Barbara Lunow, Patricia Duran
Fourth Row: Richard Silverman, Janis Silverman, Dan Lunow, Mark Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman

Mark and Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett

Mark and Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett

Luke Chewning and Maw Maw Joan

Luke Chewning and Maw Maw Joan

Here’s the way it went. Lorrie, Kylie, Mark, and Wyatt were sitting on the long bench in front of the magazine section. Mollie and Luke were standing in front of the magazines. I asked them what they’d been doing today. Mollie said, “We’ve been shopping.”

“What were you shopping for?” I asked.

Mollie said, “Turn around and see!”

There stood my sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman! Oh my goodness! Tears ran down my cheeks.

Video of my sister, Janet surprising me at the book signing!

Thank you to Jeff Dubreuil for coming. I hadn’t seen him in about 20 years. He and his sister are caring for their Mother. I am praying for them.

Jeff Dubreuil and me

Jeff Dubreuil and me

Thank you, Janis Silverman and Richard Silverman for coming. Janis was the leader of the writing group that helped me get Flip Flap Floodle in shape for publication. She let me know that my frog illustration needed work. She couldn’t tell that the frog was a frog!

Janis and Richard Silverman with me

Janis and Richard Silverman with me

Thank you to Barbara Lunow and Dan Lunow for coming. Barbara was in the Savvy Wordsmiths critique group in Fort Mill that closed down last year. I miss seeing them once a month.

Barbara and Dan Lunow with me

Barbara and Dan Lunow with me

Patricia Duran, thank you for coming and for helping me pack up my books and things and carrying them to my car. Patricia and I are movie friends who make each other laugh.

Patricia Duran and me

Patricia Duran and me

I was wound up, high in the clouds, feeling great!

When it came time for my reading, I was excited.

I am so thankful to God. There was a crowd of about 15-18 people watching and listening. Most sat in a semi-circle. Others stood to my left. I am thankful to Liz G. Williams and Ione O’Hara, two of the other authors at the book fair who listened to my readings. That was so sweet.

I read first from Joan’s Elder Care Guide encouraging caregivers to ask questions and to keep asking them until they get the answer they need. I told that it is very important to leave a plan that includes what the elder can and cannot do because it helps the substitute caregiver do a good job.

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Afterwards, I read from Flip Flap Floodle. I planned to stop after Flip meets Mr. Bear, but I said, “One more page won’t hurt, right?”

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Ione O’Hara said, “Show us the fox. We know he’s in there.”

So I showed them Mr. Fox who didn’t like Flip’s song and swallowed him whole. Flip was inside the Fox’s belly still playing his song. Flip’s Mother bopped Mr. Fox with her pocketbook and sprinkled pepper on his nose. Mr. Fox sneezed. Out flew Flip Flap Floodle still playing his song on his flute. Flip Flap Floodle, Floodle Floodle. Click here to hear me sing Flip’s song.

Thank you very much to Whitney Schuner, the Community Business Development Manager
Barnes & Noble-Arboretum. She did an outstanding job of organizing the Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble – Arboretum. All of us authors appreciate you.

Whitney Schuner, Community Business Development Manager Barnes & Noble-Arboretum

Whitney Schuner, Community Business Development Manager
Barnes & Noble-Arboretum

I sold 6 copies of Flip Flap Floodle and 5 copies of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Thank you to all of you who came and a special thanks for purchasing my books and those by other authors! The event was such a success that Barnes and Noble and Charlotte Writers Club may agree to have an annual bookfair!

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Book Signing Barnes & Noble Arboretum, Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.


Joan's Elder Care Guide cover by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing

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Come to see me on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. Book signing Barnes & Noble Arboretum Shopping Center, 3327 Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226. Phone 704-341-9365.

Joint bookfair between Barnes and Noble and Charlotte Writers Club. Other authors will be there. Their names are below with the times they will do a reading!

If you can’t come in person, you can order online use Bookfair voucher ID 12077293: http://www.bn.com/bookfairs from 2/25/2017 to 3/2/2017 and include the Bookfair voucher ID 12077293 on the payment page during checkout.

At 3:30 p.m. I’ll be reading from one of my books – 15 minutes. I’m the last author to read! It’s an honor to be there.

Here’s the list of authors and the time they’ll read:

1:15 Ione O’Hara
1:30 M. Logan Ham
1:45 Linda Bost
2:00 Nancy LiPetri
2:15 Norma Dougherty
2:30 Ben Sharpton
2:45 Liz Gilmore Williams
3:00 Nancy Stancill
3:15  James Boatner
3:30 Joan Edwards


I know you’ll be with me in spirit, if you can’t be there in person! Thanks for caring about me!Flip Flap Floodle and I can’t wait to see you! 

 

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“Writing to Get Published” by Karen Cioffi


This is a reblog from 4RV Publishing: Reading, Writing, and Art News blog, September 4, 2016. It has great articles about writing and publishing.

4RV Publishing published my book, Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive. Thank you, 4RV.

“Writing to Get Published” by Karen Cioffi

By Karen Cioffi

All writers have one primary focus—to get published. What makes each of us different is our slant or perspective on the story we’re telling, and how we tell it.

It’s true that anyone can write, but writing to get published is another story. To accomplish this, there four steps you need to include in your writing.

1. Write an out-of-the-ballpark beginning

This is the crucial step that will determine whether the agent or editor keeps reading. Your beginning needs to grab the reader; it needs to lead the reader on without him having to think about it.

To read the rest of this article, go to:
https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2016/09/writing-to-get-published.html
Thank you for reading my blog.

Joan Y. Edwards, Author of Joan’s Elder Care Guide, Invites You to Her Book Signing at Park Road Books at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016


“Joan Y. Edwards, Author of Joan’s Elder Care Guide, Invites You to Her Book Signing at Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016”

 

P.S. The book signing went really well. It was a lot of fun…a big party with family, friends, and other guests. I sold 6 copies of Joan’s Elder Care Guide – 4 to friends and 2 to other shopping guests. Thank you to Megan at Park Road Books for letting me have the book signing. Thank you to all who came. Thank you to all who were there in spirit. Thank you to all who have bought my book online, in the Park Road Books, or from me. Thank you to all who signed the cards for the residents of Elmcroft Alzheimer/Dementia Unit. May God bless you.

Park Road Books 4139 Park Road Charlotte, NC 28209 704-525-9239

Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209/704-525-9239

I am very excited and honored that Park Road Books is selling Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive – $16.99 plus tax. Not only that, but they’re allowing me to have a book signing at their store at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016. I hope you’ll be able to come. If you can’t be there in person, but would like to purchase a book, please contact them.

Park Road Books
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
704-525-9239
http://www.parkroadbooks.com/

I’m creating “Thinking of You” cards for people to sign to give to residents at Elmcroft of Little Avenue, Alzheimers-Dementia Unit in Charlotte, NC.

Copyright 2016 Aidana Willow-Raven and 4RV Publishing

Copyright 2016 Aidana Willow-Raven and 4RV Publishing

About the Book

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive published by 4RV Publishing gives you, the caregiver, ways to meet your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs and those of your elder to promote healing, well-being, and survival.

Based on the author’s research and fourteen years of experience caring for her mother, this book provides many resources to find the right place for your elder to live, explains ways to improve communication to help find solutions to problems, and gives organization ideas for medical, financial, insurance, and legal documents.

It offers ways for a caregiver to get time away from caregiving responsibilities and contains information substitute caregivers must have to keep their elders safe. Along with all this, the book explains the signs of the end of life, ways to celebrate an elder’s life, and gives duties of an executor of an estate. It also includes ten useful charts to assist in assessing and recording an elder’s needs and capabilities.

I hope you’ll be able to make it. Please share with your family and friends. To leave a me a note, click on comment and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

 

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Pat Rullo’s Interview of Joan Y. Edwards on Speak Up Talk Radio


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Pat Rullo, Speak Up Talk Radio

Oh my goodness. Pat Rullo emailed and asked me if she could interview me for Speak Up Talk Radio! I am very honored that she singled me out to ask for an interview. She’s taking care of her mother, so my book, Joan’s Elder Care Guide, was of special interest to her. I hope you’ll listen. Please listen to it and tell me what you think in the comment area for this post.

Here’s a link to Pat’s interview with me on Speak Up Radio: http://www.speakuptalkradio.com/joan-edwards/

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I hope you enjoy it. Pat asked me very good questions. She fell in love with my book, Flip Flap Floodle, too. After talking with Pat, I feel like I’ve found a new friend.

In case you’d like to have Pat Rullo interview you, here’s information to help you.

Each person who has an interview gives a donation which to fund the Sewport pillowcase project. They send handmade one-of-a-kind pillowcases to veteran shelters, women and children’s domestic abuse homes and animal shelters with each participant name as the donor. I think this is a great project. That’s one of the reasons I decided to do the interview.

If you would like Pat Rullo to interview you to highlight your product, service, talent, book or simply have something to say – Speak Up Talk radio will feature you on the Network for a full 52 weeks for $1.00 per week. You can also air your interview on iTunes, Stitcher (available in over 4 million cars) as well as on mobile apps iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle Fire. Extra promotions on iHeart Radio available, too. What are you waiting for? SPEAK UP! Enjoy one of those few opportunities you have to talk about yourself to a very interested audience! contact pr@speakuptalkradio.com

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Sarah Maury Swan’s “An Interview of the Amazing Joan Y. Edwards”


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Sarah Maury Swan, Author of “Terror’s Identity,” honored me and I bow humbly because she did a blog interview of me. She said I was very encouraging. I’m glad because I do like to encourage people to Never Give Up. She even tackled this with a new computer and included pictures, too. Hurray for Sarah and her new computer. I hope you’ll drop by and read it and share your thoughts and similar experiences with us on her blog. Thanks.

Sarah has followed my blog for a long time and was one of the first people to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group. Thanks again, Sarah.

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And the Winners Are: Aidana WillowRaven, Andrea Ball, Marcia Ann Radaker Collins, and Niki Masse Schoenfeldt


“And the Winners Are: Aidana WillowRaven, Andrea Ball, Marcia Ann Radaker Collins, and Niki Masse Schoenfeldt” by Joan Y. Edwards

Between April 19, 2016 and May 31, 2016 I compiled a list of people who helped spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, in person, on blogs and websites about Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive:

Great Readers, Reviewers, Authors, Illustrators, Websites, and Blogs

Here is a list an alphabetical listing of those I know shared with others.

1.    Aidana WillowRaven
2.    Andrea Ball
3.    Andrea Dawn Brummett
4.    Ann Eisenstein
5.    Barbara Lunow
6.    Bonnie Bartel Latino
7.    Carol Baldwin
8.    Catherine H. Armstrong
9.    Cynthia Vestal
10.    Dana Roberts
11.    Deborah Allmand
12.    Deb Hockenberry
13.    David Lee Bragg
14.    Emma Shipes
15.    Gretchen Griffith
16.    Janet Meyer
17.    Janet K. Brown
18.    Janis Silverman
19.    Jennifer Jordan
20.    Joan B. Reid
21.    John Magoteaux
22.    John Snow
23.    J.Q. Rose
24.    Karen Tomas
25.    Kathleen Burkinshaw
24.    Kathy Kusior
25.    Kim Kilbarger
26.    Kristina Stanley
27.    Linda Andersen
28.    Linda Collier
29.    Linda Vigen Phillips
30.    Lorrie York Hackett
31.    Louise Bradford Blanks
32.    Marcia Ann Radaker Collins
33.    Marie Lunow
34.    Megan Vance
35.    Melanie Robertson-King
36.    Mimi Milford
37.    Mollie E. Chewning
38.    Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
39.    Roy L. Vestal
40.   Sabrina Campbell Colvin
41.    Sandra Warren
42.    Shawn Simon
43.    Sheri S. Levy
44.    Susan Bergdorf Magoteaux
45.    Susan Hornbach
46.    Tracy Campbell
47.    Vivian Zabel
48.    Woody Schlier

I told you I was going to choose one winner. I couldn’t do that. There are so many of you who have helped me that I asked Random.org to choose 4 winners. Here they are:

First was #1 Aidana Willow-Raven
Second was #32 Marsha Ann Radaker Collins
Third was #38 Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
Fourth was #4 Andrea Ball

Each of these four people won a 1000 word manuscript critique, an interview on my blog, or a 15 minute phone call to talk about life goals and brainstorm ways to reach them.

Congratulations to all the winners. May God bless each of you who have helped spread the word about Joan’s Elder Care Guide.May God also bless each person who has bought a copy of the book! I hope it helps each caregiver who reads it to remember to take care of themselves, too.

Do something fun to celebrate you!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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