Happy Birthday, Randy.
I chose November 15 to release “Grief Survivor, a Love Story” because November 15 would have been Randy’s 61st birthday. I would have teased him about how old he was. He was four and a half years older than me, and I never let him forget it. I would have given him a card and told cake was terrible for him. He would have made a point to find somewhere to recline to answer the phone calls that came in to wish him a happy birthday. He hated not being comfortable when he talked on the phone. When we were dating, we would talk on the phone for hours at a time. The first summer he was in Kansas, and I was in Illinois, he would lay on the floor of his bedroom in the basement until his mother would stomp on the floor from above to tell him to get off because it cost so much money. I think it was about twenty-five cents a minute for landline long distance back then.
Consequently, when he called me usually every night, I felt very special. For years after he passed, when I heard that familiar tone that I was receiving a text or call, I thought it was him for a second until reality overcame my denial. So happy birthday, my dear Randy; I miss you! And because you died at 53, I will now forever be older than you.
This book is my gift to you, and it is your gift to the reader. I nervously hope and pray that it finds the right audience: Randy’s friends and family. Also, those who did not have the opportunity to know him will get that opportunity after reading about him. To my fellow grievers and those that are supporting those grieving. And finally, I hope the audience of my story are people that need a gentle reality check about how fragile life is and maybe will take a little extra care with their loved ones and neighbors. I want everyone that would benefit from this book to have that opportunity. If 2020 has hit you hard and it is not in your budget, but you know you need to read it, contact me and I will make sure you get a copy. The rest of you can help me make that happen by buying your ebook or paperback on or before Randy’s birthday on November 15. Buying “Grief Survivor, a Love Story” on or before the release date helps Amazon promote it. I won’t be able to have any book signings at this time because of the pandemic. If you would like me to sign your copy and you are local, then contact me. If you are out of town, I would be glad to send you a note that you can use as a bookmark. Another huge favor is if you like the book, please go to Amazon and review it. If you don’t like it, remember what my grandmother said, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Last but certainly not least, please take the opportunity to comment on my Facebook page MarlaKanePolkAuthor about someone you miss that was dear to you. It is important to remember and help others remember too.
You can pre-order the Kindle edition today or purchase the Kindle or paperback editions starting tomorrow November 15th at the following link: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08KNW8WRT
Once you have read the book, by following the same link above you can leave a review on Amazon which would be greatly appreciated.