Mentions and Reviews
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
It all happened a few weeks ago when I got the e-mail about reviewing a book. Then I approached another author and offered to review her book. That's when it hit me- why not write my own book?
I've written poetry since I was young, around 5. I've played around with writing short stories etc. in middle school. In high school, I took a creative writing class. But since then, I didn't have inspiration to really write about anything. (other than my poems here and there)
Well all of a sudden I had 2 ideas for 2 separate stories. All I can tell you is yes, they are about surrogacy and they are children's books.
I've been working on the 1st story almost non-stop. I'm reseraching, etc. and it's been so good for me.
Getting closer to the final product every day. I already have an offer to review it. :)
This is extremely exciting for me!
Everything's lining up rather nicely.
I didn't want to say anything too soon, because I didn't want to jinx it or have someone else steal my idea(s). But I'm not saying a word about my ideas... so ha.
Wish me luck...
So here's what happened...
I wrote my story. I didn't know what to do about illustrations, so I threw in some real pictures from my 1st surrogacy journey and some clip art. I got a feel for how I wanted the book to look and what pictures I'd want. Basically I made a scrapbook for myself with a story to go along with it. (in the meantime, my 10 year old daughter asked if she could draw the art for my cover, which led to my girls illustrating my book)
Well that version is done.
I can't publish it with real pictures or real names. (except my own) So I have this little treasure all to myself. I was able to show close family and got good reviews. My girls were just as thrilled as I was to see my book as a book. Pure Awesome!
I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I'm lucky enough to have a dad in the printing/book binding business. He printed my books and I couldn't be happier. I did get to thinking though that the front cover could have looked a little more professional. (My fault, not his) So I re-designed it and I'm much happier with it. I was already happy with the back cover. YAY!
Awhile back I was working on my book and things just weren't quite working out like I pictured in my creative little head. I was settlingfor what I had, but hoping for more. Well things are starting to click and fall into place and I'm oh so happy! I wanted a background for each page, something to give the illustrations a little more color and flair. So, yestereday I played around and designed a background, and I think it's going to work great!
I was hoping to release my book for sale/publication on September 10th- my birthday. However, my little
I'd like to pull my hair out.! It's not really a huge deal if it's not done by then, but it would sure be nice. (also I can't start on my 2nd book till this one is complete)
So............... once my book is complete, would any of you like a copy to review?
If you're interested, contact me here. (firstname.lastname@example.org) In the subject line put "Chance for Book Review". I will randomly select 2 numbers and will notify the winners. I have not released any information about my book yet, not even the title. (only the fact that it's a children's book and it deals with surrogacy)
If you're serious about reviewing it, I will give you a heads up of the details a few days before it's officially published and for sale. Then once it's officially published, I will send you a signed copy of the book for review.
*UPDATE: Book is available for pre-orderhttp://surrogacybooks.blogspot.com/. Hopefully officially release will be 10/10/10! :)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
Latest review for Once Upon a Surrogate: The Stork's Helpers by Surrogacy Lawyer Theresa Erickson
I got a sneak peek last week and it was very touching. I was a little self conscious about what someone so powerful and knowledgeable about surrogacy would think about my book. Well what she had to say brought tears to my eyes. She liked it! Wanna see what she had to say? Head over to her site: Surrogacy & Egg Donation Issues
Things have been going pretty good for my book and they just keep getting better. :)
Just a reminder that through Christmas, my book is on sale at 25% off. No code needed, it's already discounted.
And if you'd like a shot at a free copy, this month's giveaway ends TONIGHT!
Review in French- http://meresporteuses.net/media/livre-once-upon-a-surrogate-the-stork%E2%80%99s-helper/
Livre – Once Upon a Surrogate: the Stork’s Helper
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Book Review: Once Upon A Surrogate by Jill Hancock Reeder
Have you ever wondered what is like to be a surrogate mom? Jill Hancock Reeder describes what it is like to be a “helper”- a stork if you will in children’s terms. Jill has been a surrogate before. She knows what it is like. Illustrations for the book are created by none other than her own children! It is simply beautiful!
If you or your children have ever wondered what is like to be a surrogate, I would highly recommend this book. You can catch a small glimpse of what it is like to be an incubator to someone who can’t have any children of their own. You can teach your children there is more than one way to have children.
And if you yourself are struggling to have children perhaps surrogacy might be the answer for you!
First off I'm in awe of anyone who is willing to be a surrogate mother. I've had 5 children and being pregnant is no picnic in the park. Delivering those babies was an amazing experience but not one I would long to repeat. Author Jill Hancock Reeder has been a surrogate 3 times, one of those times was for twins. What a selfless act of service to carry a child for someone who can't have one.
Once Upon a Surrogate: The Stork's Helper was illustrated by Jill's daughters. This book explains what a surrogate is and how the process works. Comparing herself to a "stork" who delivers a baby to those who want one, this book provides a way to discuss surrogacy with young children. Obviously this is a book for a very targeted audience but one that would be perfect for the children of a surrogate or to give to their friends and others who have questions about surrogacy.
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: From Author for Review
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
Told from the point of view of her ten year old daughter, Tristan, this story is based on Jill’s experience. When the stork realized that he needed help delivering lots of babies to their families, he finds a group of surrogates to “carry them in their tummies” until it was time for them to be delivered.
The illustrations are both unique and adorable, and were created by Jill’s two daughters. I would recommend this book for children ages 9-13, or those who are ready to learn where babies come from.
You can buy this book on Jill's blog at: mormonsurrogate.blogspot.com
I won this book on the Memorable Children Books & Gifts free giveaway.
January 23, 2011
This is a brand new children's book released 10/10/10. You don't have to be a child to enjoy the book. You don't even have to know anything about surrogacy. The book is written in a fun way for all to enjoy. It was a great way to learn more and to help open your minds! I really enjoyed sharing this book with my daughters!! And since Jill has been a surrogate, she has shared her first hand experience to help us understand it more!! This is a wonderful book!
Click here to find out how to win a copy of this great book!!
The author of this book provided me with a copy for my review on this blog. I was not obligated to give a positive review. Photos from Jill Hancock Reeder!
Reviews from goodreads:
http://booksfordonoroffspring.blogspot.com/2012/05/once-upon-surrogate.html (post below)