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Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Reviewer’s Choice: Midwest Book Review, May 2017

“Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Reviewer’s Choice: Midwest Book Review, May 2017″ by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you to Shawn Simon for reviewing Joan’s Elder Care Guide and to Midwest Book Review for putting her five-star out of 5 stars rating review in the May, 2017 Issue of Reviewer’s Bookwatch in the Reviewer’s Choice area.

Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Bookwatch, May 2017.

Reviewer’s Choice

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive
Joan Y. Edwards
4RV Publishing
2912 Rankin Terrace, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013
9781940310398, PB, $15.99, Page Count 176 pages, www.amazon.com
9781940310404, HC, $19.99, Page Count 176 pages, www.amazon.com

Shawn Simon, Reviewer

Copyright 2016 Aidana Willow-Raven and 4RV Publishing

Five Stars on a scale of 1-5

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive, by Joan Y Edwards, is a comprehensive handbook for those who are taking care of or may need to take care of an elderly person. So often when one becomes a caregiver to a parent or other relative, they are not at all prepared for the job at hand. Being unprepared can cause stress to the caregiver and to the person being cared for.

With Joan’s handbook, this stress, frustration, and exhaustion can be relieved. There is advice for how to handle emotions that are sure to arise and for making sure to provide social outlets for your elder, and so much more. From first deciding the best location for your loved one to the end of life discussions, this book has it all. The book even provides checklists to use and a whole host of resources!

Of essential importance, is making sure your own needs are met. We often forget to care for ourselves when we are caring for a loved one. However we are no good to them, if we are not good to ourselves. What is sometimes difficult to think about are the financial issues to consider after your loved one has passed. Joan’s book discusses how to best handle wills, trusts, estates, and more. There is even a section on grieving our loved one.

I especially love the anecdotal stories she shares about her time caring for her feisty, witty elderly mother. Her experiences are what prompted her to write this book. She realized how much she needed to consider before deciding to provide full-time care for her mother. There did not seem to be a comprehensive guide to help her, so she decided to write her own. This is a book everyone should have if they may ever need to care for an elderly person. Joan Y Edwards has thought of everything!”

Read complete review at Midwest Book Review website: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/rbw/may_17.htm#rc
(If you go to the link, my book is about the 12th one. They are not numbered.)


Shawn Simon is author of soon to be releasedStepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms with 4RV Publishing: websitehttp://stepmomshawn.comStepmom Shawn/Facebook Page

Thanks again to Shawn Simon for reviewing my book for me. Thank you, dear readers, for reading my blog and leaving comments now and then. I appreciate you very much.

Here are the three people who left a comment between May 13, 2017 and May 22, 2017:
1. Linda Martin Andersen
2. Sarah Swan
3. Melanie Robertson-King

Random.org chose number 2. Therefore, Sarah Swan won a free copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Please send me your snail mail address, Sarah and I’ll send it to you.

Melanie Robertson-King offered to review it so I sent her a copy in the mail on May 24, 2017.

Reviews help others know that my book is a good buy and a worthy use of  time to read it. If you’re also willing to review it for me, please let me know: joanyedwards1@gmail.com.



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Reblog: Don’t Do for Others What They Can Do for Themselves: North Shore Care Supply

Reblog: “Don’t Do for Others What They Can Do for Themselves” by Joan Y. Edwards – North Shore Care Supply Blog

A couple of weeks ago, Adam Greenberg, owner/President of North Shore Care Products asked me on LinkedIn if I would be a guest on their blog. Thank you, Adam.

Wow! What an honor! I hope you’ll stop by! Feel free to email Adam at info@northshorecare.com and let him know you liked it.


Here’s the beginning paragraph.

Many times in life you see others struggling to accomplish something. You are tempted to do it for them. That shows your compassion. You can do it easier than they can. It’ll be a more-perfect job. However, don’t do for others what they can do for themselves. Show respect for them. Make them stronger and more confident so they can continue to do it for themselves. Don’t do it for them; help them achieve it. Be a partner, not a solo.

To read more, go to: http://www.northshorecare.com/blog/dont-do-it-for-them-help-them/


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Celebrate Each Step You Take

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Blog Tour

Joan Y. Edwards and Her Mother, Ethel Darnell Meyer

Joan Y. Edwards and Her Mother, Ethel Darnell Meyer

Joan and Carl Edwards wearing hats

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards
Joan and Her Husband, Carl Edwards

Thank you, Eyvonna Rains for asking me to take part in this Blog Tour. In her Blog Tour post, she shares a few of the wonderful illustrations for her new book, Breakfast Is for the Birdshttp://countrymisadventures.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/books-and-blog-tours/

I love to write. I write for children, young adults, and for adults. I love to learn. I love to teach. I love to incorporate humor in my writing. Laughter is healing. Here are three things you may or may not know about me and my writing:

  1. At present, I am working on revisions for Joan’s Elder Care Guide. I’m happy to say that 4RV Publishing moved the release date to June, 2014. Now it will be 2015 before it is released. Any month is a great month to launch a new book.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide is a resource for caregivers packed with practical day-to-day survival tips from fourteen years of taking care of my mother and helping my husband with two health problems. The guide has charts to assess an elder’s skills and abilities necessary for daily living. It gives questions to ask before making the commitment to care for your elder at home. It shows ways to decide if a certain elder living facility is the right place for your elder. It has resources to help make things go smoother to meet the needs of both the elder and the caregiver.


My Family Loves Flip Flap Floodle, Your Family Will Love It, Too

My Family Loves Flip Flap Floodle, Your Family Will Love It, Too

  1. In 2004 I wrote, illustrated, and self-published the picture book, Flip Flap Floodle, the happy little duck who won’t give up: http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/. When I read it to a group of children or adults, It amazes me how Flip keeps their attention. They love the repetition of his song and sing along with me. When he’s afraid, they’re afraid. When he’s proud, they’re proud. My family loves Flip Flap Floodle, I believe that your family will love it, too. Flip Flap Floodle keeps on playing his song even when he finds himself in the belly of Mr. Fox. I’ve seen that this little duck encourage people of all ages to face their problems with courage and determination,

Jane Henderson stated in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on August 16, 2013: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/book-blog/how-many-books-do-self-published-authors-sell/article_4fafc45a-e7a3-11e1-a95e-0019bb30f31a.htm that most self-published books only sell from 100-150 copies. If that is true, Flip Flap Floodle is a success. I personally sold 264 copies of it and about 36 online for a total of 300. I have 13 Five Star Reviews on Amazon. Thank you to all the people who bought Flip Flap Floodle. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a review for me.

Dan Poynter, self-publishing guru suggested that self-publishers give away at least 200 books. He said it would help virtually unknown people and books win over the hearts of readers. So I did that. David Laughrun tells Why Giving Away Thousands Of Free Books Is A Good Thing in his blog.

In 2011, I mentioned to a motel manager at our family reunion that I was the author of Flip Flap Floodle.  He said, “Flip Flap Floodle.” I’ve heard that book. My daughters read it to me. It’s a great book. That day I felt ten feet tall. He bought a copy of it! Hip Hip Hooray! Then I felt twenty feet tall.


  1. A new picture book I’m working on right now is: Porky Wins the Race. Here’s the pitch: Porky hates racing, but agrees to enter a race to help save Farmer Dell’s farm. He doesn’t realize that each contestant must take a bath. will Farmer Dell have to sell or can bubbles entice Porky to pull Farmer Dell passed the finish line to win $10,000 to save the farm?

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. You are a gift to me. Thank you for sharing your time with me.


Please continue this Blog Tour with the following three creative and talented young adult and/or children’s authors. You will learn fascinating things about them and what they write. Enjoy!

1. Sandra Warren http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2013/09/blog-tour-next-stop-grateful-writer.html
2. Gretchen Griffith http://www.gretchengriffith.blogspot.com/2013/09/blog-tour-interview.html
3. Megan Vance http://www.inchristalone-byhismercy.blogspot.com/2013/09/9302013-blog-tour.html

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The big celebration comes when we reach 70,000 views. It may be during the next 3-4 days. I will give away three free critiques, a free copy of Flip Flap Floodle, and free copy of a writing craft book, too. Come back so you can leave a comment on the celebration blog to put your name in the hat.

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