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Editorials, Book Reviews and Awards are also a big part of a book's launch and life cycle. Posting details on personal, professonal and other editorial reviews along with awards that Rue's Butterfly qualfies in or wins will be found on this page.
There is also a link to a personal store that will feature author signed copies of Rue's Butterfly which will be the only place other than book signings to obtain a signed copy.
Take a look around and thank you for following the journey of the book launch for Rue's Butterfly. Cheers.
McCart Welser joins Firebird Award Circle of Winners
On 19 October 22, Speak Up Talk Radio announced the winners of the recent FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS contest.
One of the winning entries was from New Jersey author Donna McCart Welser whose book titled Rue’s Butterfly was first place winner in the Grief Memoir and Caregiving categories.
For more information see:https://lnkd.in/enWY8mdw
🤩✨Thanks so much to #speakuptalkradio for this opportunity. I'm so honored that Rue’s Butterfly resonated with the judges and was a first place winner in two categories-Grief Memoirs and Caregiving categories. * * This week I was interviewed by Pat Rullo host of the nationally syndicated @speakupradioh on my book Rue's Butterfly that recently won two 1st place #FirebirdBookAwards. We talk about the human spirit through #caregiving, support of #friends and how we are changed over time. Take a listen to this and her other podcasts air on Speak Up Talk Radio available on iHeart, Sirius, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and at least 50 other online radio stations!
or click the link below to hear our interview specifically: https://www.speakuptalkradio.com/donnamccartwelser/
What a crazy week!!
Reviews are coming in...
Rue's Butterfly debuted on Amazon as a 'hot new release' on May 2, 2022. Shortly after that it hit best seller in multiple categories for both the eBook and paperback editions. Based on it's seat at number one Rue's Butterfly carries an Amazon Best Seller orange banner.
Amazon Readers currently rate Rue's Butterfly with five stars!
One editorial review says..."Nothing can ever fully prepare us for death. In this moving memoir, Donna finds herself prematurely navigating losses of her loved ones, while learning how to embrace this grief and create a new normal. She captures the true meaning to life! " -Leila Naylor, author of Voyage of An Independent Thinker
For more editorial reviews see Bits & Pieces on this website! For reader reviews check out Amazon!!
Reader Views Book Review Gives 5 stars
It’s easy to get caught up in the humdrum of everyday life or wallow in grief and put your dreams on the back burner for later. But the author reminds us that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed—we need to make our happiness a priority now. Start saving for that dream vacation, quit the job that makes you miserable, or leave the relationship that no longer serves you. Don’t wait for tomorrow, and don’t wait to read this book!" Up Next:
Rue's Butterfly will also be featured in the Reader Views newsletter: June 27, 2022 in the “Recent Reviews” section. Click the gold sticker above to be taken to Reader Views website. It will also be listed on their Author Showcase page in the “Recent Reviews” section during that same week. Rue's Butterfly has also qualified to compete in Reader Views Book Contest.
BOOK VIRAL GIVES
RUE'S BUTTERFLY 5 STARS
With the authority of lived experience, Welser recommends the constructive steps of positive intent, a bucket list and conscious choice, but does so with empathy and understanding, using realistic suggestions and anecdotes of these in practice. This creates a journal to be dipped into; a support document helping the reader to create a plan of action; a virtual road to recovery.
Welser concludes her memoir with the beautiful analogy of the Japanese art of ‘kintsugi’, the repairing of broken pottery by inlaying the cracks with gold, thus eloquently demonstrating how despite being broken, it is possible to move on whilst retaining valuable and joyful memories.
Generously transparent and thoughtful, Welser gives her all in her writing, providing a lifeline for others caught up in the same inevitability, and solid advice for all to consider the possibilities of tomorrow, whilst living for today. Rue’s Butterfly is a highly recommended 5-star read!
Rue's Butterfly will also be features on BookViral's Blog called "Why we like reading memoirs" at the url below: https://bookviralreviews.com/author-publishing-tips/why-we-like-reading-memoirs/ Rue's Butterfly has also been qualified to compete in Book Viral's Millenium Award Book Contest.
Hard Cover Released includes Kirkus Review
"A tough, uplifting account of a spouse’s terminal illness—and helpful advice for survivors." ~Kirkus Review Kirkus says - OUR VERDICTGET IT
Launch Party Event
This event will celebrate those that supported the publishing pre-sale process and helped make Rue's Butterfly a reality. We understand that some supporters may not be able to attend based on distance. Portions will be taped or live-streamed.
If you are able to attend, please let me know if you are bringing others. I need to give Ricca's a headcount.
Author Signed Copies available Paperback and Hardcover
Book Club & Media Link (click photo)
Media kit and other materials, discussion topics and author bio are available on this website to allow for preparation book clubs to enhance the book club readership experience. Donna will participate in a working discussion Rue's Butterfly at no cost if book clubs are interested.
Bucket List Challenge
Spot A Typo
Pg. 50 Santa Ana mispelled
Pg. 66 Section 7 Sentence 5 word he missing
Pg. 98 Journal Date should be 2011 These typos should be corrected in later versions barring printer errors.
Bits & Pieces
Your Bucket List ActivitiesSend 'em inSend in photos of you completing your bucket list activities for our bucket list gallery! Images may be emailed to DonnaMcWelser@gmail.com
Never Write Alone (click photo)Book Creators & New Degree Press - Book Creators offers a community-powered writing experience designed to help aspiring nonfiction authors, novelists, memoirists, thought leaders, and poets. The goal is to help each author create a first draft manuscript, and a path forward to publish the work. Each aspiring author starts their experience with a one-on-one call with Professor Koester to discuss their topic and goal for the book. From there, they join a weekly virtual seminar course with other authors where collaborate and get access to a fast-paced, community-powered experience to help develop and write your book. Author's are paired up with a professional editor for coaching and writing feedback.
Professor Koester & the Book Creator program have set an ambitious goal to help 10,000 authors in the next 10 years, and this open course is designed to make the book creation and publishing experience accessible to all.
More Editorial Reviews ..."A touching and honest memoir that is bristling with energy. Donna effortlessly moves between humor and grief, revealing insights that come from a fierce life filled with highs and lows." —Kevin A. Kuhn, Award winning author of Do You Realize? A Novel.
"A beautiful story about love and death and perseverance. Donna gets to the heart of the matter and does not shy away from the topic of death but rather throws others a life line to pull through their own journey. I am beyond happy for her that her bucket list keeps growing only because she works hard to consistently complete her goals." Kuri Levine author, Autism with a Side of Sushi
More Editorial Reviews ..."Donna McCart Welser, a confirmed apocaloptimist, has authored an intimate, yet highly resonant book that is imbued with wisdom, courage, humor and adventure. She invites us to learn from her own hard-earned lessons and - instead of preaching to us - guides us as a trusted friend." - Matthew J. Goldberg, author of Hot Ice Cream: Inspiring Life Lessons from Our Children
"In a memoir both heart-wrenching and uplifting, Donna shares her story of surviving the devastating loss of her husband and rebuilding her life in the aftermath. Donna's story resonates with relatability, wit, and the strength that hardship instills in the human spirit." -Zena Logan, Producer, Real Housewives of Orange County, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
More Editorial Reviews ..."As a bereaved mother on a forever journey of grief, who has learned to survive and find joy in life again, seeing Donna's feelings of her own grief and the want to push through and heal, confirms that the love of family and friends is what we all need to accept in our times of despair!" -Kelly Lemanowicz, President of Smiles from Kara, a 401c foundation
"Pandemics, crisis, and losses are all a part of life. No one said it would be easy. I find easier to navigate when people like Donna share how they navigated their rough times. When you read her story, it makes you see yourself, and you realize you are not alone. She speaks to the apocaloptismist in us all. Don't know what that word means? It's another reason to read this book." -Christopher Hampton - The Champiam Organization, Motivational Teacher and Author of Everyday Leadership For Everyday People