Reader discoveries

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To celebrate my novel’s release, I held a giveaway on a Facebook readers group, A Novel Bee, and made some extraordinary reader discoveries.

I gave the members of that group 24 hours to leave a comment on my giveaway announcement if they wanted to be entered into my contest to pick one lucky (hopefully lucky) reader to receive a complimentary copy of my novel, Requiem for the status quo.

I received 37 entries, and a considerable percentage of those readers’ entries made mention of their own personal Alzheimer’s/dementia caregiving journey. Here are just a few of those comments:

  • I am a geriatric care manager, can’t wait to read it!
  • My friend just had to put her mom into a caregiving rest home because she could no longer handle her. She was becoming quite violent. It is a horrendous disease.
  • I love that you are writing inspiring stories! Many of us are or were caregivers and the hopelessness we feel when we dont see them getting better can be overwhelming. Your compassion is so sweet and much needed in todays world. Im really excited to find a new author I can enjoy!
  • I would be honored to read this book, my father had Alzheimer’s disease. I want to tell you that the cover is totally amazing !!!!!
  • I would love to win. My husband has Alzheimer’s/ dementia so it is if special interest to me.

Even as familiar as I am with the statistics for this disease – 44 million diagnosed worldwide as of this writing – it still astounds me to hear the personal stories associated with it. Like every terminal disease known to man, Alzheimer’s and other dementia are very personal diseases. The brain – the very essence of a person’s being – is the initial body part affected. What we say, how we behave, and who we are resides in the various, vital parts of our brain. Our brain is the grand traffic director of all things me.

It’s no wonder the very long goodbye associated with this disease is so devastating to the one diagnosed, as well as for the one caring for her or him. It’s very personal, isn’t it?

I am of the belief that family dementia caregivers are 21st century heroes. Additionally, all caregivers, not just those on a dementia caregiving journey are the best of the best. They are:

Ordinary people, doing the ordinary right thing, at an extraordinary time.

I am honored to be in your company.

Requiem for the status quo will be released by Black Rose Writing on July 20th. You can order Requiem at Barnes & Noble and Amazon as well as all online and brick and mortar chain and independent bookstores. Be sure to shop around for the best price, you won’t be sorry you did. And for those of you with eReaders, the eBook will be available at most online book retailers on, or about, July 27th.


7 thoughts on “Reader discoveries

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    July 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Ack! How did I not know about your reader page, Irene? If I overlooked an invite, my apologies. If you didn’t send me one, why not? LOL!


      Irene Olson responded:
      July 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      A Novel Bee isn’t my reader page, it’s just a FB group I follow. I do have a FB author page: @RedmondWriter. It’s been a learning process for me. I have a few followers on my FB author page but LOTS on my personal FB page. Many readers & authors are following my personal page but I certainly could use more followers on my author page.


        Jill Weatherholt said:
        July 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm

        I’m still lost in the world of social media. 🙂 Did you send out invites to the people who follow your personal page? I’ve thought about only have the author page, since my blog is where I prefer to interact. Who’s got time for all of this? LOL!


          Irene Olson responded:
          July 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

          What I’ve been doing is posting the same articles on my author FB page as I do my personal one. It’s as easy as copy and pasting and saves time, for sure. I’m on Instagram but haven’t at all figured out the ins and outs of that medium. In time, I guess. Twitter is a breeze, thankfully.

          Liked by 1 person

          Jill Weatherholt said:
          July 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm

          I’m not on Instagram, since I have a flip phone. 🙂


          Irene Olson responded:
          July 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

          LOL. You’re probably living a less-stressed life than the rest of us with smartphones.

          Liked by 1 person

          Jill Weatherholt said:
          July 19, 2017 at 2:13 am

          I sure am! 🙂


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