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Yesterday I went and rode the Van Fleet Trail.  It is one of my favorite trails.  Some people find it boring, so very straight and not a single hill.  But it goes through the Green Swamp.  So we get to see wildlife.

Yesterday I saw a wild turkey and three very LARGE otter.  I rode with a trike group that was visiting our area.  There were two velo-mobiles riding with us.


I AM FEELING CELEBRITY

I got a poem from Kathie Heimsoth, my neighbor and fellow author.  She framed it for me.


Last week Heather that takes pictures for the trail newsletter was out with her camera.  Then I got my picture on the Withlacoochee Trail facebook page!  I love the picture.


GOOD FEEDBACK

And I have to share this news.  So excited to get good feedback on my book.  The book club in my neighborhood chose my book for their April book to read and discuss.  I gave them two copies to pass around.  One of the guys wrote me an email today and said, "I am reading your book and I can't put it down."

What a lovely thing to say.

I feel driven.  Even though I published this book just to publish it, now I am so anxious and excited to get it into the hands of people who will enjoy it and/or benefit from it that I can't relax.  Even when I was on the Van Fleet I wanted to turn around and come home and work on promotion, perfection.

When I uploaded the kindle version I found the pictures got real small.  So now, I have to go through picture by picture on my computer and then go through the kindle uploading process again.  Lots of work.

MY CELL PHONE

In the meantime my cell phone went dead.  I think I bought it in August!  Already I have had it in for repair once and now again it does (fell out of my pocket and it rained).  So I ordered a new one.   I did not know that I HAVE TO BE HOME to get the delivery.  The shipper, Tracfone, won't let me sign ahead of time, or sign on line, or even go to the Fed Ex place and pick it up.  ARG!

In the meantime I have not text, no cell phone, no way of picking up my messages.  I feel my reputation is at stake.  Not able to respond in a timely manner.  I lost one airport transportation gig because I didn't have a cell phone.

TODAY

I am going to the library.  They are video-taping local authors for a kind of "meet the author" video project they are doing.  If they put it online I will share it with you, or not... depending on how much I mess up.

SALES PITCH

The Kindle version of the first book is only $2.99 until March 21st.  Then it launches and the price goes up to $9.99.  So if you want to get the kindle or gift the kindle version, do it now.  Just click and scroll down until you see the covers and pick a cover.  Same book, two covers.   Once you get to Amazon, pick the kindle version.

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Cover Choice Revealed... or maybe not... WATCH!

It is so exciting to be sharing our story.  Publishing this first book on Amazon has been a learning experience.
For those who have been asking, yes you WILL be able to order the paperback and have it in time for the book launch party at Cattle Dog in Inverness, Florida, USA at 10:00 a.m. on March 23, 2019.   The Kindle will be available for pre-order and will download to your device (as I understand) on the launch date, March 21st.  So,YES! I will be able to sign books at the launch parties.  
Please spread the word, as  a portion of my proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer's research and/or Caregiver relief/respite.
Mark your calendar!  The video to reveal the cover choice premiers at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time U.S.A. on Monday, February 4th.

If video doesn't work, click here!



Books coming soon!

This blog is being published into two books!

The first is scheduled to be released on March 21, 2019.  Mark your calendar!  Find out what I have added and removed from the original blog of our journey around the North Western United States of America.


ALZHEIMER’S TRIPPIN’ with George

Diagnosis to Discovery in 10,000 Miles
By Susan Straley

What would you do if you learned that your spouse or partner has progressive dementia, possibly Alzheimer’s disease? 
This is the brutally honest journal of one spouse and reluctant caregiver that “ran for the hills.” Of course she took her husband George along. 
What challenges did Susan encounter?  Can she enjoy the present — a journey across the U.S.A. -  while worrying about the future?  How do she and George deal with his increasing dementia symptoms? 
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Neighbors, Friends, Simultaneous Published Authors!

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Alzheimer's Trippin' with George - book 1 in the series - is now available to order and receive in paperback.

THE KINDLE

The kindle is  ready for pre-release orders.  Then it is sent to people's devices on March 21st.  On that date, the price goes way up!

If I get 100 pre-orders and some good reviews, then Amazon will take notice and start helping promote the book.  Which would be great if more beginning caregivers could find it and feel more confident and competent because of it.

SPEAKING OF...

I have now three speaking engagements at Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups in the area.

The first one is this week!

If these go well I will be looking for engagements in other areas of the state.

I stopped in at Trailside.bike where I used to work while caring for…