Time Warp Tuesday: Books

Ooooh, books. Most every blogger I know loves to write because she loves to read. We pepper our posts with references to the books and authors we loved in the past — Nancy Drew and Piers Anthony and Sydney Sheldon (don’t judge!) and Jean Auel — and those that touch us now — Jim Gritter, Melissa Ford, Joan Didion, and Anita Diamont.

We’re revisiting posts about “books” for Time Warp Tuesday, the monthly blog hop offered by Kathy at Bereaved and Blessed.

Kathy directs us this month to:

Choose a post in which you wrote about one or more books that you have read. The post could be a book review, a blog entry that was part of a book tour/book club discussion or just references a book(s) that you love… Then write a new post about why you chose the post that you did and what has happened in your life since.

I’m going to interpret Kathy’s instructions loosely. I’m going to warp time by 11 months and direct you to this post, the closest I will ever get to making a pregnancy or birth announcement.

My Big Announcement: Not Paper Pregnant but…

Damn, it felt good to publish that post after so many years of trying.


So what has changed since my news?

  • I have written the book. I had the privilege of interviewing dozens of people involved in adoption, and their stories and insights make the book something I’m proud of. I committed to showing up to write for at least an hour every day the kids were in school, and by May I had a manuscript. Consequently, I am able to share some excerpts with you.
  • My daughter’s birth mom, Crystal, is listed as a contributor rather than co-author. Turns out it was too cumbersome to write in the first-person plural, since our viewpoints and experiences were often vastly different.
  • Carolyn Savage, author of Inconceivable, has written the Foreword, thanks to Kathy introducing us. Carolyn has become a good friend and publishing mentor, and I love reading her regularly on her blog.
  • Several luminaries have written endorsements for the book after reading the raw manuscript. You might recognize some of them.
  • Even though the book won’t be available until March, its page just went up on Amazon. If you have an Amazon account, would you Like my book?
  • My Amazon Author page was just approved. Do you want to see the Author/Contributor portrait for the book flap?

What has not changed?

  • The title, at first in question by the publisher, will remain The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole.
  • The cover is still under development. I have NO IDEA what it will look like.
  • The book will be available in hardcover and e-version. Amazon is taking pre-orders now, along with its pre-order price guarantee.

Is this sense of contentment and happiness and anticipation I’m experiencing at all like what it feels like to at last be pregnant with a takeaway?

Click over to Time Warp Tuesday to read more posts about books, and maybe even add your own (even if it’s no longer Tuesday).

21 thoughts on “Time Warp Tuesday: Books”

  1. YAY!!! You and your book were part of what inspired me to choose this theme/topic for this month’s Time Warp! So glad that you decided to warp with us again!

    It was so fun to revisit your post from almost a year ago (has it really been THAT long since you shared the news publicly here?!)… I also really liked reading what has and had not changed since.

    I am so proud of you for writing the book and staying the course with all that was involved to see it to this point. You are truly an inspiration to me and I hope to follow in your footsteps in the not too distant future.

    That is interesting to know about how Crystals role in the book evolved and it certainly makes sense. I am looking forward to reading her perspective, as the aunt of a niece and nephew who are both part of open adoptions (as you know, my sister has two adopted children).

    I LOVE helping to make connections and am so glad that I was able to put you in touch with Carolyn and happy to see how your relationship has grown. She is a gem and I feel blessed lucky to know both of you and also consider you both to be mentors and great inspiration to me as a writer, mother and friend.

    So exciting to see, like and read your Amazon book and author pages, not to mention reading those glowing endorsements! I can’t wait to read your book and write my own review!

    I am pleased to read that the name has not changed after all, as I always really liked the one you came up with and was disappointed when I heard other options were being considered.

    I also am so curious and excited to see what they come up with for the cover!

    As for if this is what it feels like to be pregnant and bring something you love and care about so much home with you! I would say so!

    HUGE CONGRATS TO YOU and thanks for doing the Time Warp again this month!!! xoxo

  2. What about Danielle Steel? I read 9 of her books in one summer, back when I was a budding romantic in high school (and worked at Elitches).

    SOOOO Excited for you!!! Like, super duper over the top excited for you!!

  3. I’m going to “Like” your amazon page, it I can do already. Those likes are important, but it can be addictive, checking all the time for more of them.

  4. I am so proud to know you, so proud that this project finally came to fruition, and so proud that your voice will be out there in print. Hugs to you, Lori!! 🙂

  5. Sidney Sheldon! Hee! I will say that “The Other Side of Midnight” was insanely gripping and plotted as well as any page turner I’ve ever read. I mean, outsmarting Nazis! Unrequited love! The biggest jerk ever (I hated that pilot. Ugh.) so, no. I will NOT be judging 😉

    So proud of your book. I know it’s going to make a difference to so many. Yay 🙂

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