Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Angels, Analogies, and Anthologies



I’ve known Robyn Campbell for several years. We first met each other through blogging and then she joined my online writing support group. Over the years, I’ve learned about her son who has Sturge-Weber syndrome. He’s constantly dealing with scary symptoms, tests, more tests. And she’s constantly dealing with making decisions between something with bad side effects and something else with bad side effects, or worse. As a parent, we want to fix our children. 

What do you do when there is no fix?

Recently, Robyn decided to put together an anthology to raise $ for the foundation Sturge-Weber Foundation that provides hope for the families of children who suffer from this disease. I wanted to be a part of it. 

To find out more, read Robyn’s post HERE.

As everyone wrote and revised and shared what they wrote, I started a stressful teaching job. I felt like I wasn’t helping as much with the anthology as I could have. Even with my busy schedule, I critiqued and was impressed by quite a few authors’ pieces. The energy from everyone amazed me.

Finally the time arrived for the cover reveal.

At the same time, I began dealing with someone who had a personal crisis. I thought of Robyn and her son many times over these weeks. I, too, often felt powerless to help and felt like I had no idea if any decision I made was actually the right decision. So much of my energy was turned inward.

I missed the cover reveal.

Slowly, the personal crisis seems to be ending. So here I am.

I want to get the word out that there's a wonderful anthology for children at a reasonable price in both  Paperback and Kindle. 
There’s some nice artwork in there too. As you think about supporting charities as the year ends, please buy this anthology and/or DONATE.


The Kissed by an Angel anthology includes 10 stories and one poem featuring children who are gifted or have special powers. Some are ordinary people, others are extraordinary, and several aren’t what they seem to be. Read on and be enchanted. Wander with us onto a magical island ship, uncover an amazing secret, and solve a very fishy mystery. Discover a World War II codebreaker, captivating garden, time machine, undercover agents, bug master, plus more. And meet a special boy who was kissed by an angel. This anthology benefits the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Children who have Sturge-Weber are born with a port wine birthmark, which varies in color and size, and stays with them their whole lives. “You were kissed by an angel” is how author Robyn Campbell explained to her son Christopher, who suffers from Sturge-Weber syndrome, about his tell-tale birthmark. He is the creative genius who helped choose some of the names of the characters, and he is our inspiration.


Pssst... my story has the magical island ship!


Amazon purchase details  HERE.


Thank you for your support. 



P.S.  For a thorough post by our editor, Lynn Kelly, click  HERE.

32 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you had so many struggles. I'm sure she doesn't mind you posting this now.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I feel like I was missing out on blog too, including yours.

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  2. I missed the cover reveal, too. Glad things are getting better for you, Theresa.

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    1. Lynn, I know you were plenty busy. I just added your post link at the bottom of this one.

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  3. Sorry for all the obstacles you've had to face, but here ya are! And still here to support a friend. How can I do any less? I'll buy that book right away. :)

    Happy New Year!

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  4. LOVE you. Thank you, sweet friend. This post was worth the wait. You are the best. And I just wanted everything to get fixed for you. We're so lucky to have your story in the anthology. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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    1. Robyn, I really hope a bunch of books sell. It's really a bargain. I'll keep trying to get the word out. I feel lucky to have worked with all of you and to be a part of this anthology. Thank you! :)

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  5. I hope everything is going better now and that the anthology sells heaps of copies!

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    1. Kate, things are definitely better. Thanks. I hope this anthology sells heaps of copies too!

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  6. Hi Theresa - helping others is so important (especially personal others) ... and then helping blogging friends with their personal struggles too - and Robyn and Christopher's problems help us understand these diseases.

    Wonderful post - good luck with the job and all you do ... and an easier 2016 - have a happy time too - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you so much for your support, Hilary! I hope you're doing well. Happy New Year!

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  7. I love Robyn and her blog. I somehow missed all news about this anthology. It sounds wonderful and for such a good cause too. Thanks for sharing about it- I am off to check it out.

    Also, I am glad things seem to be settling down a bit for you too!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS, I'm glad you're hearing about the anthology now. Happy New Year!

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  8. That's great that Robyn took the time to publish an anthology to support a cause so close to her heart. Thanks for shouting out about it. We can all do so much, especially when we're going through challenging times like you have. Don't beat yourself up for not doing enough. You're doing all you can. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Natalie. I wish you a happy new year too!

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  9. I hope things are going better for you now.

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  10. This sounds like a more than worthwhile venture.

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  11. I'm sure nobody minds that you're posting late - at least I hope they don't, because I find myself doing that sort of thing quite often these days! Always late to the party. Sometimes it works out better as you catch people's attention who weren't around at the time of the original reveal.

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  12. A lovely idea, Theresa -- I think inspiring stories and poems are one of the best ways to aid others. It's never too late to share news of a good book! :-)

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  13. This sounds wonderful. I'll be share to snag a copy. I hope they raise a ton!

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  14. I'm glad things are better. Personal crises throw me off as well. I had one this fall and fell behind in certain areas. I'll check out the Amazon page.

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  15. There are quite a few people in my circle going through personal crisis right now. I'm glad that Robyn is in a position where she can give back to the medical community that helps her son. It's very kind and empathetic of you to participate in it as well. I don't think timeliness matters as it's the thought that counts.

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  16. Sounds like a wonderful anthology. Thanks for telling us about it!

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  17. Life can be tough, Theresa, as you realize. I'm glad things are a bit better for you now. You do so much for everyone here at your blog. I wish Robyn peace and all the luck with this new anthology. I agree with the others. It's people helping and supporting people that matter in the world. Thanks for sharing this with your readers, Theresa. All the best in 2016.

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