Monday, March 27, 2017

Still Me After All These Years

Please welcome the lovely Karen Walker to the blog today!

It’s a pleasure to be participating in the Blog Tour for STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging by Karen Helene Walker through MC Book Tours.

This is a charming, funny, and enlightening collection of essays about aging. In addition, Karen is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) of STILL ME and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME (International entries). See how you can enter to win below.

STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging
◊ By Karen Helene Walker
◊ Kindle: 2000 KB, 102 pages
◊ Genre: Biographies, Memoirs, Nonfiction
◊ Publication Date: April 4, 2017
◊ Language: English

Poignant...Humorous...Brutally Honest!

A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging.
With a blend of grace, dignity, warmth and humor, women and men from 60 to 90 and from all walks of life candidly share the blessings and pitfalls of aging – from keeping dreams alive and keeping sex lives active to dealing with retirement, loss of independence and a growing sense of mortality.


STILL ME is available at the following sites: Amazon (print and Kindle), Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. Be sure to add it to your shelf on Goodreads.

Rev. Clara Alexander is an ordained New Thought minister who creates and performs sacred ceremonies, including unique weddings, funerals, memorial services, baby blessings and house blessings. She is also a popular speaker, inspiring groups with her talks on how we cling to our grudges, how we overuse the phrase “I’m sorry” and how we can live the life we love.
Wendy Brown recently retired from a career in wildlife biology, where she studied sandhill cranes and whooping cranes as they migrated from Idaho to New Mexico. Wendy eventually found a permanent home in Albuquerque, where she and her husband enjoy the sounds of sandhill cranes from their deck. Since retiring from state government in 2014. 

Valerie Capps has bypassed the porch rocking chair to pursue her life-long passion for writing, thereby proving that in today’s world, life can begin again at 65! Valerie lives in Nashville with her husband and their spoiled-rotten Welsh Corgi.
Mary W. Clark retired from her law practice in 2007 and transferred her observation and composition skills to travel writing. She is currently working on a book about her father’s World War II experience flying “the Hump” from India to China over the Himalayas. Mary lives in Paris, Texas.
Fran Fischer: “I was born at a very young age and that happened 82 years ago, so I don’t remember much about it. I’ve crammed as much living into my life as possible, and I’m not through yet. I’ve traveled extensively and I even flew in the same zero-gravity plane that the astronauts trained in. I live in California with my first (and only) husband, and we celebrated our 62nd anniversary this year.”
Pat Garcia (Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack) is an American expatriate living in Europe. An accomplished musician as well as a writer, she has been writing (and reading) since childhood.
Mark David Gerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including critically acclaimed titles for writers, award-winning fiction, and compelling memoirs. Known as “The Birthing Your Book Guru,” Mark David works with an international roster of clients as coach and consultant, helping them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease. Mark David Gerson
Holly Deuel Gilster plays “make believe” for a living. In other words, she is a professional actress and musician. Holly also loves painting with words as an accomplished poet, an award-winning short-story writer and a book reviewer for The Or Echo.
Aaron Gordon is a retired social sciences community college professor. He and his wife, Ellie, have been married for 65 years and have three children and grandchildren.
Ellie Gordon is a retired public school teacher who spent the best 20 years of her life in the classroom. A Chicago native, she now lives in New Mexico.
Karla “Rosie” Harper recently retired from teaching elementary school, freeing her to return to her early love of dancing. Today, when not helping out with her grandchildren, Rosie is taking dance lessons, spinning on a dance floor or performing in senior centers and retirement communities with Albuquerque’s Sugartime, as a singer as well as a dancer.
Linda Hoye is the author of Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude, available through major online retailers. A native of Saskatchewan, Linda currently lives in British Columbia (by way of Washington State) with her husband and doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier.
E.V. Legters hasn’t so much retired as she has exchanged one life for another — from rewarding years with career and children (while pursuing the arts on the fly) to a life with the arts at its center. She is the author of Vanishing Point and Connected Underneath and is currently hard at work on her third novel.
LD Masterson lived on both coasts before becoming landlocked in Ohio. After twenty years managing computers for the American Red Cross, she now divides her time between writing, volunteer work and enjoying her grandchildren. Her short stories have been published in several magazines and anthologies, and she is currently working on a new novel.
Kathleen Messmer not only runs a film production company with offices in the UK and the US, she is an avid photographer and wildlife advocate. In the unlikely event that she ever retires, Kathleen plans to live on a ranch with draft horses and pygmy goats and vineyards and fruit orchards, somewhere near the water. Oh, and a cowboy...maybe.
Karen Norstad has worked as cashier/gift wrapper, secretary, boutique seamstress, administrative assistant, manager of employee stock options, executive assistant, and budget analyst. Now retired, Karen’s life revolves around lounging about, wearing PJs until four in the afternoon, obsessing over the news, reading, fusing and slumping glass, practicing piano, keeping a small balcony garden and cooking.
Matt Nyman’s nonlinear career path has included working in the geological sciences, teaching high school, stay-at-home parenting and, currently, training tomorrow’s teachers. Poetry equently resides near the surface of his existence, occasionally erupting onto paper.
Jill Plaman was born and began aging in Milwaukee, but she has lived and worked in Albuquerque since 1977. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MSW from the University of Minnesota. Her special interests are travel, international folk dancing, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Maureen Polikoff is a clinical social worker/ therapist who has always pursued many other creative endeavors, including painting, playing music and, now, writing. A Connecticut native, she lives in New Mexico with her husband, Michael.
MaryFrank Sanborn left Boston 33 years ago, to apprentice with photographer Walter Chappell in Santa Fe. Still in love with the beauty of the Southwest, MaryFrank photographs, writes, hikes, travels, teaches yoga and meditation, makes soups on Sundays, and dreams of the ocean and whales.
Patricia Stoltey is the author of four mystery novels. The most recent is Wishing Caswell Dead. She lives in Northern Colorado with Sassy Dog, Katie Cat and her husband, Bill.
Susan Swiderski grew up in Dundalk, Maryland, where everybody calls everybody hon and eating steamed crabs is a sacrament. Although she’s happy in her adopted Georgia, part of her heart still lingers on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, explaining the setting for her novel, Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade. Susan is currently working on a trilogy, proof that this old gal is still a pathological optimist.
Jan Castle Walker is a retired teacher and an active artist. She lives in Davis, California with her husband, Mack.
Karen Helene Walker is a novelist, memoirist and essayist and the author of The Wishing Steps and Following the Whispers. When not writing, Karen is tap dancing, folk dancing or performing with the musical group Sugartime at retirement communities. Karen is currently working on her second memoir. 

You can follow Karen and the other authors along on their tour by checking out the schedule HERE.

This tour-wide giveaway is for two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out this charming book.

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Thanks Karen, all the best to you and your collaborators!

How about you? Does getting older scare you or are you doing it with grace?
Me, getting older hasn't scared me yet. I know more, I have more confidence, and I'm much better at saying No. Sure, it would be great if my body would do a better job at staying strong, but I'm doing okay!


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Such a great group of authors to take part in this project!

So far so good with aging with grace! There are many things I look forward to in terms of getting older.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Karen and all of the authors! Sadly, I can relate. I still feel young but my body tells me otherwise.

Mason Canyon said...

Aging is something that shows itself from time to time no matter how hard I try to not think about it. Thanks for being a part of the tour, Jemi.

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Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to Karen on her book. It's hard to navigate life as we get older sometime. Reading inspiring stories like this can help.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats, Karen! I still look and feel young. And act young. But my joints have warned me not to try any cartwheels right now.

Karen Walker said...

Hi Jemi. Thanks so much for being part of the book tour for "Still Me." As I learned during the submission process, aging is a topic not many of us want to think about let alone write about, so thanks for your willingness to post about it here.
Elizabeth, you're so right, there are so many things to look forward to as we grow older.
Alex, yup, our minds can sure fool us, but the body can't.
Mason, it's when it shows itself more frequently...
Natalie, thanks so much. Yes, navigating life does have many more challenges the older we get.
Diane. Cartwheels? I never did try that when I was younger.

Pat Garcia said...

Hello Jemi,
Thank you so much for helping spread the word about this remarkable book.
Wishing you a great week.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

cleemckenzie said...

This anthology is making a splash! I'm excited to read these stories about people's thoughts on aging. Always an interesting topic.

LD Masterson said...

Thanks, Jemi, for being part of our tour.

For myself, I don't think about getting old... until I look in the mirror and think, "Who the heck is that?" I have a coffee mug given to me by co-workers a couple decades ago that says: I MAY BE GETTING OLDER BUT I REFUSE TO GROW UP. Yeah, they knew me.

Unknown said...

I've only recently really started thinking about aging, and now I feel like I'll never stop. Good luck to all the authors!

JeffO said...

Statistically, I'm well past the halfway point, and that definitely scares me when I think about it. So, I try not to think about it!

Jemi Fraser said...

I agree! It's definitely not all doom and gloom!

Jemi Fraser said...

Exactly!!! :P

Jemi Fraser said...

Glad to be a part of it!
I'm with you!

Jemi Fraser said...

They really can! It helps to know others are facing similar challenges

Jemi Fraser said...

LOL - cartwheels are out for me too!

Jemi Fraser said...

You're very welcome! It's fun! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

To you as well, Pat! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

It is! Fascinating stuff! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

LOL - Love it! That would work for me as well :)

Jemi Fraser said...

It does tend to hit us like that! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm so with you on that! We need to enjoy & be productive with the time we do have, not worry about the time we don't! :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Thanks for allowing your blog to be one of the stops on this whirlwind tour, Jemi. We all appreciate your help.

Laurel Garver said...

What a fascinating group of writers! In a society obsessed with youth, we need more celebration of maturity. Because none of us is getting any younger.

Dawn Simon said...

Congrats to Karen and the other authors!

There are older people at my gym who could kick my butt. I want to be like them when I'm older, fit and feisty!

Nas said...

Congratulations to all the authors!

Beth said...

I'm not afraid of aging - I only worry whether I'll stop trying new things! As long as I never stop challenging myself, I think I'll age happily.

Stephen Tremp said...

Hi Jemi, I'm just stopping by to say hello!

Heather R. Holden said...

Been seeing this book all over the blogosphere. Sounds like a fantastic anthology, for sure!

Jemi Fraser said...

You're very welcome!

Jemi Fraser said...


Jemi Fraser said...

Me too!!!

Jemi Fraser said...

Yes :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm in the same boat Beth! I'm getting to know myself better every year :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Hi back! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I think so too!