Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Still Me... After All These Years blog tour

It’s a pleasure to be participating in the Blog Tour for STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging by Karen Helene Walker through MC Book Tours.

This is a charming, funny, and enlightening collection of essays about aging. In addition, Karen is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) of STILL ME and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME (International entries). See how you can enter to win below.

STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging
◊ By Karen Helene Walker
◊ Kindle: 2000 KB, 102 pages
◊ Genre: Biographies, Memoirs, Nonfiction
◊ Publication Date: April 4, 2017
◊ Language: English

Poignant...Humorous...Brutally Honest!

A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging.
With a blend of grace, dignity, warmth and humor, women and men from 60 to 90 and from all walks of life candidly share the blessings and pitfalls of aging – from keeping dreams alive and keeping sex lives active to dealing with retirement, loss of independence and a growing sense of mortality.


STILL ME is available at the following sites: Amazon (print and Kindle), Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. Be sure to add it to your shelf on Goodreads.

I asked contributing author E.V. Legters why she decided to take part in the book and here's what she had to say...

"Karen Walker happened to post her call for submissions at precisely the moment I had made a major decision. During the months just prior, I had formally retired, published my first novel with the second due out in May, and was casting about for an entirely new arena from which to write my third. No longer bound by family -- my sons now out in the world -- or jobs, I would do what I had longed to: live in Europe. Giddy with the possibility, research revealed Portugal as viable.  I had never been there, but I have solved that. I am on a reconnaissance mission as I write this. Viable may become likely.

And so, when Karen's request for forward-facing, optimistic pieces on the up-side to being this age came in, I couldn't resist sharing my enthusiasm."

Here's the full list of contributors:

Rev. Clara Alexander is an ordained New Thought minister who creates and performs sacred ceremonies, including unique weddings, funerals, memorial services, baby blessings and house blessings. She is also a popular speaker, inspiring groups with her talks on how we cling to our grudges, how we overuse the phrase “I’m sorry” and how we can live the life we love.
Wendy Brown recently retired from a career in wildlife biology, where she studied sandhill cranes and whooping cranes as they migrated from Idaho to New Mexico. Wendy eventually found a permanent home in Albuquerque, where she and her husband enjoy the sounds of sandhill cranes from their deck. Since retiring from state government in 2014. 

Valerie Capps has bypassed the porch rocking chair to pursue her life-long passion for writing, thereby proving that in today’s world, life can begin again at 65! Valerie lives in Nashville with her husband and their spoiled-rotten Welsh Corgi.
Mary W. Clark retired from her law practice in 2007 and transferred her observation and composition skills to travel writing. She is currently working on a book about her father’s World War II experience flying “the Hump” from India to China over the Himalayas. Mary lives in Paris, Texas.
Fran Fischer: “I was born at a very young age and that happened 82 years ago, so I don’t remember much about it. I’ve crammed as much living into my life as possible, and I’m not through yet. I’ve traveled extensively and I even flew in the same zero-gravity plane that the astronauts trained in. I live in California with my first (and only) husband, and we celebrated our 62nd anniversary this year.”
Pat Garcia (Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack) is an American expatriate living in Europe. An accomplished musician as well as a writer, she has been writing (and reading) since childhood.
Mark David Gerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including critically acclaimed titles for writers, award-winning fiction, and compelling memoirs. Known as “The Birthing Your Book Guru,” Mark David works with an international roster of clients as coach and consultant, helping them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease.
Holly Deuel Gilster plays “make believe” for a living. In other words, she is a professional actress and musician. Holly also loves painting with words as an accomplished poet, an award-winning short-story writer and a book reviewer for The Or Echo.
Aaron Gordon is a retired social sciences community college professor. He and his wife, Ellie, have been married for 65 years and have three children and grandchildren.
Ellie Gordon is a retired public school teacher who spent the best 20 years of her life in the classroom. A Chicago native, she now lives in New Mexico.
Karla “Rosie” Harper recently retired from teaching elementary school, freeing her to return to her early love of dancing. Today, when not helping out with her grandchildren, Rosie is taking dance lessons, spinning on a dance floor or performing in senior centers and retirement communities with Albuquerque’s Sugartime, as a singer as well as a dancer.
Linda Hoye is the author of Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude, available through major online retailers. A native of Saskatchewan, Linda currently lives in British Columbia (by way of Washington State) with her husband and doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier.
E.V. Legters hasn’t so much retired as she has exchanged one life for another — from rewarding years with career and children (while pursuing the arts on the fly) to a life with the arts at its center. She is the author of Vanishing Point and Connected Underneath and is currently hard at work on her third novel.
LD Masterson lived on both coasts before becoming landlocked in Ohio. After twenty years managing computers for the American Red Cross, she now divides her time between writing, volunteer work and enjoying her grandchildren. Her short stories have been published in several magazines and anthologies, and she is currently working on a new novel.
Kathleen Messmer not only runs a film production company with offices in the UK and the US, she is an avid photographer and wildlife advocate. In the unlikely event that she ever retires, Kathleen plans to live on a ranch with draft horses and pygmy goats and vineyards and fruit orchards, somewhere near the water. Oh, and a cowboy...maybe.
Karen Norstad has worked as cashier/gift wrapper, secretary, boutique seamstress, administrative assistant, manager of employee stock options, executive assistant, and budget analyst. Now retired, Karen’s life revolves around lounging about, wearing PJs until four in the afternoon, obsessing over the news, reading, fusing and slumping glass, practicing piano, keeping a small balcony garden and cooking.
Matt Nyman’s nonlinear career path has included working in the geological sciences, teaching high school, stay-at-home parenting and, currently, training tomorrow’s teachers. Poetry equently resides near the surface of his existence, occasionally erupting onto paper.
Jill Plaman was born and began aging in Milwaukee, but she has lived and worked in Albuquerque since 1977. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MSW from the University of Minnesota. Her special interests are travel, international folk dancing, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Maureen Polikoff is a clinical social worker/ therapist who has always pursued many other creative endeavors, including painting, playing music and, now, writing. A Connecticut native, she lives in New Mexico with her husband, Michael.
MaryFrank Sanborn left Boston 33 years ago, to apprentice with photographer Walter Chappell in Santa Fe. Still in love with the beauty of the Southwest, MaryFrank photographs, writes, hikes, travels, teaches yoga and meditation, makes soups on Sundays, and dreams of the ocean and whales.
Patricia Stoltey is the author of four mystery novels. The most recent is Wishing Caswell Dead. She lives in Northern Colorado with Sassy Dog, Katie Cat and her husband, Bill.
Susan Swiderski grew up in Dundalk, Maryland, where everybody calls everybody hon and eating steamed crabs is a sacrament. Although she’s happy in her adopted Georgia, part of her heart still lingers on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, explaining the setting for her novel, Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade. Susan is currently working on a trilogy, proof that this old gal is still a pathological optimist.
Jan Castle Walker is a retired teacher and an active artist. She lives in Davis, California with her husband, Mack.
Karen Helene Walker is a novelist, memoirist and essayist and the author of The Wishing Steps and Following the Whispers. When not writing, Karen is tap dancing, folk dancing or performing with the musical group Sugartime at retirement communities. Karen is currently working on her second memoir. 

You can follow Karen and the other authors along on their tour by checking out the schedule HERE.

This tour-wide giveaway is for two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like it was perfect timing for most of the contributing authors.

Mason Canyon said...

E.V. makes me feel aging can have wonderful benefits. Nick, thanks so much for being a part of the tour.

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Pat Garcia said...

Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour, and good luck E.V. I just know you're going to love Portugal. My next move is Italy. That's where my heart is and I can't wait for the journey there to begin.
All the best.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G

Annalisa Crawford said...

What a fascinating bunch of writers! And a few names I recognise from blogging. Good luck to E.V. in Portugal - hope her dreams can become a reality :-)

JeffO said...

What a nice idea for a book! Best of luck to the authors and editors!

Karen Walker said...

Hi Nick. Thanks so much for hosting and participating in our blog tour. E.V's essay made me so happy when I read it. And now I'm even happier since Ill have a friend to visit when I finally get to Portugal some day!

Valerie Capps said...

I didn't know that. (In Portugal, the cost of living is half what it is here.) May good luck follow you, E.V., as you set out on another great adventure! I've never been to Portugal, but it sounds like a trip I need to investigate. I enjoyed your essay. I didn't become friends with myself until I hit my 60s. When I'm writing, I live in my own little world--just me, myself and I. I'm glad I have a husband who is equally independent and is okay with me spending so much time with my three closest friends. ;-)

Thanks, Nick, for being a part of this Blog Tour. It is great to meet you! The best thing about Blog Tours is getting to know new people. My husband is from London and I, too, write short stories so we are somewhat kindred spirits. It sounds like you are on an adventure yourself. Three girls and five dogs, oh, my. You are a busy man. I'll come back and visit from time-to-time. I'm glad to see your book "Overcoming Adversity" is available in Kindle format. Our house is too small for all the books I want to read, so my husband gave me a Kindle and "strongly suggested" I get rid of a few hundred of my hardback and paperback books.

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm so excited about this book...and not just because my mom is one of the authors! I'd be intrigued anyway. It's such an interesting premise.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Young people seem to think that once we reach a "certain age" our days of excitement are behind us. Along with many others, E.V. is proving them wrong. I wish her much excitement and happiness in her courageous move.

LD Masterson said...

Thanks so much for hosting E.V. and for being part of the Still Me blog Tour.

Liz A. said...

Sounds like a great collection.

Weaver said...

This is everywhere! What a great premise!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I love the premise of this anthology!
And, I would love to win any kind - paperback or e-book. :)

Sherry Ellis said...

I saw this book featured on another blog. I bet it has some interesting stories and thoughts on aging.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick and EV - and Karen, of course ... being the instigator of this amazing challenge ... that's great to read EV's new thoughts for her future - to experience something of Portugal - should be so interesting. Cheers to you all - and the book holds many an interesting story line ... Hilary

Heather R. Holden said...

Love the theme behind this anthology. Many congrats to all the writers involved!

cleemckenzie said...

I know this will be a great collection of stories. I entered.

Yolanda Renée said...

Love the idea and can't wait to read the stories. Help, advice, insight - nothing better than that especially from those who've already been@

Christine Rains said...

Fantastic! Congratulations to all the authors.

cleemckenzie said...

I love the idea behind this anthology. I'm sure it will be very successful.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Sounds like a great collection. Thanks so much for spotlighting it, Nick.

Theresa Milstein said...

This sounds like a good read to get my dad's girlfriend. Thanks for sharing about it.