Winners of my Book Give-Away Are…

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LucyLoon96a

@Disney_Bride

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Stacey Shute

Please contact me via my author’s page on FB: here to send me your addresses. Please allow extra time to arrive in your mailbox during the busy holiday mailing season. And please don’t forget to pass the book along to other memoir lovers and leave your honest review on Amazon.

Thank you so much for participating!

~ Robin Donnelly

*Winners have until December 31st to claim their book!

My First Interview about Steel Town Girl and a Shout Out from my Editor!

Today, I had my very first interview about Steel Town Girl, with Rod Ice from Words on The Loose located in Geauga County, Ohio.

Rod worked for the GCML for 16 years and was also an editor for Gazette Newspapers in Jefferson.

He has a new column called Words On The Loose which has run for a couple of years, it is on FB and the net where he is promoting his books.

Thank you Rod for your interest in my book, my writing and self-publishing process, and for the opportunity to interview.

His books can be viewed and are for available for sale: Here!

You can follow Rod at:

Words On the Loose

Also, I got a shout out on Twitter today from my editor:

I am so lucky to have found this woman, you have no idea! To say she deserves a blog post of her own is an understatement. She is quite impressive! But, in a nutshell she is a freelance writer and editor and has 31 books of her own.

Yowsa!

You can find Lauren (you’re probably pronouncing her name incorrectly) Baratz-Logsted here with her full bio and available books for sale.

I love you Lauren whatever the hell your name is! 😘

Thank again Rod and Lauren!

Forever Grateful for you both,

~Robin

You can check out my new book Steel Town Girl on Amazon and Kindle

And, today I received my author copies.

If you need me, I’ll be signing books and running to the post office!

Be “Very” Whatever You Are, and Know You Are Loved.

I got to chat face to face with a new friend this morning about my book. (She’s a voracious, fast reader, and former freelance writer and editor that hates prologues.) -Oops! Lol!

I’m glad I didn’t know any of that when I showed up on her doorstep today…

I rang her doorbell and when she saw me, she squealed, “I’m with you in the runaway shelter right now where the girl steals your money! Oh my god, how much more could you take!? I’m only 87% through! I’m going to finish this tonight!”

Tears floated down her face. She was damn angry. Fired up! Totally disgusted. Sad. In disbelief. Shocked.

“How could anyone treat their kids like that? How can someone allow abuse to break them like that and not be a parent?” We both agreed we just couldn’t wrap our minds around it.

She went right back to the book… She raised her voice in protest! “She was a smart woman! Do you think she knew? She had to know!”

I didn’t know…

She said how much she hated certain characters in the book. “And that Wayne! Ugh! What an asshole!”

She got quiet, happy in the tender parts. She told me I had stirred up emotions she buried deep within and we had “some things” in common.

She said, “I have a friend that wants to write her own memoir and she has vignettes written, but doesn’t know what to do with them.” —“I might be able to help her with that if she wants,” I said.

Then, we went right back to talking about the scenes of my life and just how much they moved her.

“I have a new Sharpie. I want you to sign my book! Keep it… to sign all your other books,” she said.

My husband sat watching. Listening.

Later, he said it was like watching a movie where someone was meeting a new author and now they were armed with excitement and questions and were passionate to discuss the deeper meaning. He felt proud of me. Excited.

I sat there discussing my life from the perspective of a third party observer. And just like that… I realized that while I was in my body, I was finally out of my story. The lost childhood I filed away in a notebook, finally meant something to someone other than me. Fully processed, and now helping others.

I sat there and finally felt like I was a full-fledged author. — I confessed to my husband I was happy and excited, but said, “I just don’t know how happy or excited I am allowed to be?” He said, “Be very.”

So, I’m officially owning “very” happy and “very” excited! After all, I moved someone through a wide range of emotions today. Mine, and theirs. And therefore my job as an author is complete.

P.S. – Authors aren’t supposed to use the word “very.”

#surreal #grateful #healing #memoir #STG #documentlife #bevery

Steel Town Girl for sale on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle e-book.

Steel Town Girl, is now also available on Kindle!

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I’m a published author, ya’ll!

When you self-publish your work, your paperback version and your Kindle e-book will be available on different days. It also takes about three days for the paperback link and the Kindle link to merge on Amazon, to make shopping easier, so I am sharing both those with you now. It’s pretty cool to finally see it this way for me!

When I updated Friday, I was getting ready to go out to celebrate hitting the publish button, and fully expected it to be another five to seven days before it was available for sale. But, my husband came rushing upstairs excited, yelling that I might want to have some wine at dinner because he discovered my paperback had already gone live on Amazon. Whaaat?!

It took one day. From hitting publish to availability. — Yay! Yikes!

So, we went out to a crab leg dinner and needless to say, when the waitress asked me if I’d like a six ounce or nine-ounce glass of Riesling, I said, nine. Then, later… said, I’ll take another six.

Then, we saw a movie — Did you see The House with a Clock in Its Walls? — Awesome! We loved it! If you are the discarded black sheep of your family, have felt as if dealing with your past is somehow equivalent to facing down the devil himself — (and you love Halloween like I do), THIS is your movie! Totally ironic I chose this as the movie I wanted to see on pub day. And during the movie, unbeknownst to me, I had received an email that my Kindle e-book was now up on Kindle, but I didn’t see it till morning.

Hence, another update about my Kindle book Steel Town Girl

Are you by chance a self-published author? If so, what book did you write? Leave me a comment and let’s connect.

~ You are Loved,

Robin