Karen White – a NYT bestselling author’s thoughts on our book, Folly Beach Dances

No emotions can describe the feeling I have right now, but I’ll try with some cliche catch phrases….

Over the Moon, Flippin’ Awesome, Crazy Happy, On Cloud 9, Rapturous, In 7th Heaven….

That’s how we felt when Karen White, NYT bestselling author of the Tradd Street Series and endorsed our book, Folly Beach Dances, and then shared her thoughts on facebook with more than 8,000 other followers!

I’d have to say it looks lovely on her table, doesn’t it?

Follow us on facebook   Folly Beach Dances and twitter @follybeachdance

Click on Karen White’s LINK for her review.

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Folly Beach Dances – Reflections on a book launch party

May 1, my husband and and I, released our ‘healing’ coffee table Folly Beach Dances for purchase on the book’s official website Beach Dances.  May 4, we kicked off with a IMG_0073book launch party and celebration at Grand Opera House in St. Charles, Missouri.

Our ‘healing’ coffee table book, Folly Beach Dances, combines our love affair with Folly Beach, South Carolina, along with lyrical movements and universal beauty – expressed through dance names. It tells the story of sandpipers, babies, dogs, and yes, even structures moving in infinite rhythm.

Literary interpretations from five award-winning women authors, including us, accompany our photographs of Folly Beach.

Diagnosed with lymphoma in June 2012, I’m donating 10 percent of every book sale to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Debbie Kersting, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Gateway Chapter Director, has written the foreword for the book.

Sunday night was beautiful.

Friends, and family wore the colors of sand, sea and sky.IMG_0184 Ashley Delgado

The sweet vocals of Ashley Delgado mixed with the acoustic musings of Chris Griffith, guitarist extraordinaire.

The three food tables were a cornucopia of sorts. Chocolate-covered almonds, sesame-honey coated cashews, coconut macaroons were a few of the dessert delectables.  Cheddar bay biscuits, prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, and kalamata olives provided sustenance.  Friends arranged the tables for Russell and I, so we could focus on the event.

IMG_0015White tablecloths draped with weathered gray and sandalwood hued napkins complimented the white and caramel-colored candles under glass hurricanes, and balloon bouquets hung from the ceiling and rails.

The speakers for the night – Representative Bryan Spencer, Wentzville district; Deborah Marshall, Warrior Arts Alliance; Kristy Makansi, Treehouse Author Services, and of course, Debbie Kersting, Gateway Chapter Director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Kris Makansi (Tree House), Russell, me, Deb Kersting (LLS), Deb Marshall (WAA)

Kris Makansi (Tree House), Russell, me, Deb Kersting (LLS), Deb Marshall (WAA)

Contributing Authors Pat Wahler, Patt Pickett, Mary Horner and Tina Solomon read a selection of their poems, accompanied by appropriate photographs projected on the wall behind them.

I spoke about the book’s mission, and how important it is to take care of yourself.  There were tributes to friends Rick Wheeler, diagnosed with follicular lymphoma, and friend Dave Reed, who’s overcome Histocytic Sarcoma, a deadly cancer.

And finally, as the program came to a close, Russell and I called Debbie Kersting back up to turn over our donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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There were many door prizes – the book, greeting cards (photos from the book), sparkling juices, and even a black pearl bracelet from the Caribbean.

Friends shared how touched and moved they were by the entire evening, and gave big hugs, kisses, and “I love you’s.”  And even one couple whispered in my ear, “We made a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this evening.”

Russell and I hoped we made a difference by hosting the book launch.

It’s not really about the book, it’s about the people.

The people you meet at your local Starbucks, the people you’ve known forever, the friendships you forge, the family life time relationships, those you’ve made a difference in their lives, and loved ones that have passed on.

And when you think about it, everybody’s got something.  Physical ailments, issues, hard times, relationship troubles. Isn’t it true?

This book is dedicated to dreamers, the beach lovers, the dancers, the Mom’s and Dad’s, Folly Beach residents and all those with ailments – everywhere.

It’s meant to be a book of self-hope and positivity.

So when you got out into this big fat beautiful (sometimes cruel) world, remember to dance!

It’ll make you feel real good.

Love and Peace and All That Stuff,

Sheree

 

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The Writing Process, and Favorite Women Bloggers

Cover photo - Seagul close up Folly Beach revised logoI’m honored that Mary Horner has invited me to be part of a blog chain to discuss my writing process.

Mary Horner is the author of “Strengthen Your Nonfiction Writing”, and is also a contributing author in my healing coffee table book, Folly Beach Dances – The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore. Mary’s a member of our critique group, a wonderful person, and a communications professor at St. Charles Community College. She blogs at http://writrteachr.blogspot.com/

1. What am I working on?

My ‘healing’ coffee table book, Folly Beach Dances – The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore, due out mid-April, published by Ocean Spirit Photography. It combines my husband’s and my love affair of Folly Beach, South Carolina, through our photography and literary interpretations, and reflections from five award-winning women authors. Visit our official website.

I’ve just submitted a full feature article on an organic/sustainable farm due out in October, and a local restaurant review due out in June, for Missouri Life.

My newest assignment for AAA Midwest Traveler and AAA Southern Traveler will find me in the Caribbean this month. This full-feature travel story will be published in September 2014.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

It’s deeply inspirational, positive, as well as reflective. I try to find universal beauty and rhythm in nature, people, and even structures. I’m a beach gal at heart, and my writing usually draws me to the seashore.

 

3. Why do I write what I do?

Simple answer. Because I love it.

 

4. How does your writing process work?

If photography is involved (which it usually is), I typically snap photos for recreating the essay, poem, or story at a later date.

I usually carry a pad and paper with me. (I’m old school). Then, in the quiet of the morning when the songbirds are chirping and the sun is at its lowest point in the sky, I transcribe my notes onto my computer.

My critique group usually gives me great feedback through the editing process. That’s how the story, essay or poem evolves.

 

5. The last step in this process is to invite two other authors to participate in the blog chain.

I hope that my writer buddies, Patti Hall and Becky Povich, will continue this blog chain.

Patti Hall is a 54-year old veteran of life, who ran away to a little fishing village on the Washington Coast. She blogs about her journey, the daily grind, and writerly tips. I met Patti through twitter, and I love her blog http://1writeplace.com/blog/

Becky Povich is a writer, humorist, and bliss follower who blogs about crazy and goofy things life has placed in front of her. Her new book is a journey of life, titled “Pigtails to Chin Hairs.” Becky is somewhat unpredictable, and basically a funny (side-splitting) lovable woman. Visit her website at http://www.beckypovich.com/purchase.html

Thanks Mary Horner for inviting me to participate in the blog chain.

Remember, there’s beauty in every living thing.

Stay positive and remember to dance,

Sheree

 

 

Folly Beach Dances going to print

Sorry I’ve been remiss about my blog posts.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the second proof on our ‘healing’ coffee table book, Folly Beach Dances – The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore.

Well, it finally arrived yesterday.  It’s gorgeous.  My book designer Kristy Makansi did a fine job on the layout, and in choosing a font that captures the essence of the book.  Thanks to my contributors Pat Wahler, Patt Hollinger Pickett, Mary Horner, Marcia Gaye, and Tina Solomon.  And my photographer husband, Russell.  I love you guys.

Thanks to all who inspired and endorsed me along the way – my church family, my crazy cousins, writer and photographer buddies, the barristas at the local Starbucks, my hairdresser, my neighbors, and new acquaintances made on vacation.

Last night, after reviewing the book, Russell shared “I’m so proud of you.”

I can’t believe the project is almost over.  But I’m glad I took on the challenge.  Now comes the task of marketing the book.  Another mountain to climb.

My mission for the book is of ‘healing’.  For everyone to take care of themselves, and go forth in this world with a positive impact on those around you.  Maybe even pay it forward.  Smile more.  Laugh often. Love alot.

In June 2012, I was diagnosed with low-grade lymphoma – which is manageable and treatable, but not curable.  A portion of the books proceeds is being donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

With that said, remember to dance.  It just makes you feel good.

~ Sheree

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