Archive | December 2017

Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party


It’s back and it’s great to be part of this year’s #RRBC Holiday train, Book trailer and block party! Each year members of this amazing book club, join together for a month long book trailer tour. Check out the line up here: RRBC Book Trailer line up. 

I have one day this year, December 30th. Today I have two prizes: One eBook copy of When Angels Fly and the winner will also receive a $10 Amazon eCard. 

All you have to do to enter is to watch my book trailer in full and leave a comment on the YouTube video. You will then be entered into a prize draw. The winner will be notified a few days later.

The book trailer is found right at this link!

Words from others regarding my memoir, When Angels Fly, are found directly below the cover. Enjoy my red and green font colors!



2016 New Apple Official Selection eBook Award 

2016 Circle of Books Ring of Honor Silver 2nd Place Award 

2016 Amazon Number One Best Selling Book 

2016 McGrath House Indie Book Awards Finalist 

2016 Readers Favorite Five Star Book Award

2017 Literary Titan Silver 2nd Place Award

2017 Book Excellence Award Finalist

“Memoirs that deal with tragedy often turn out to be the most life-affirming and give a hope of resilience and strength. Kudos to you, Mary! You found the tender words to tell Eli’s story and your own journey.” ~ Jan Hawke, Author

“I read this book after the author appeared on the We Love Memoirs group, Spotlight on Sunday. The story is a very moving account of the authors life and most importantly the story tells of her son Eli who becomes sick with cancer and subsequently dies. The book is in four parts with the third part being told from her diary recounting the months of Eli’s illness and his passing away. The first two parts of the book set the scene and show how Sarah’s life has been hard with an abusive mother throughout her childhood and then marrying a husband who is also abusive. As I read I felt very much that the mother was a psychopathic narcissist at best and the husband was an abusive alcoholic who had no feeling for his family and his only love being the bottle. Sarah has a very hard road which many of us would not survive I am sure. Her faith though does give her solace and even though it wavered at times in the end does help her through. I enjoyed reading the book but not so much the diary format although this was a way of telling the story day by day. I admired Sarah’s love and devotion to her children and her loving heart comes through. How she managed to cope with the mother’s ongoing abuse through her son’s illness is beyond belief. I will refrain from saying too much more as don’t want to give more away as there are many other aspects to this heartfelt story.” Julie Watson, Author

“This book’s effect on me is hard to explain. I gave it a 5 Star review because all the emotional triggers were engaged. As I read, I found myself crying, angry, happy, excited and overwhelmed by the detailed story of young Eli, Noah and their mother. I agree with other interviewers, no one should have to endure this type of life, but fact is, life isn’t always a bed of roses or cotton candy and everything nice. S. Jackson’s has poured her heart into telling the day-to-day story of her son’s journey, along with sharing her faith mixed with the power of a mother’s resolve. I highly recommend this book to anyone facing hard challenges in their life.” Raven H. Price, Author

“A heartfelt and heartbreaking story of a mother’s love; that this beautiful child was subjected to such horrific treatment by his own father, grandmother, and uncle and yet allowed by the “system” to continue to suffer abuse by them while he was undergoing such a serious illness is despicable. Thank God that she was there to protect him and his brother. A must read for anyone who has ever loved a child.” ~ S. Bailey

“So much praise to you for surviving the unthinkable. Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world as inspiration to any other woman who is going through this or has been through this and needs to know they are not alone.”

“As the father of two wonderful daughters, I cannot begin to imagine the horror that took place in this mother’s life. How any man can be so evil is beyond me. Thank God for men like Matt, however. There are a few happy moments in this story that made tears of temporary joy hint from behind my eyes: when Eli was able to drink apple juice without choking; the late-night trip mom took to get watermelon her son craved; when Eli and Noah played, as much as they could, in the hospital together. But sadly these moments too quickly moved aside, and the harrowing acts by a despicable grandmother and truly evil husband and father darkened the story. But this is real. That is partially what attracted me to this book. There is a time for the raw truth, it keeps one grounded. To me, this book was more than a succession of events. Often, I felt like I was sitting across from the mother at a diner. My mind fades to gray images as she recollects her story from years ago. She opens her heart, and I listen to her thought process in awe. The mother is amazing for hanging on for dear life, even when it surely felt the bottom had fallen away and there was nothing to believe in anymore. She was there for her son regardless of all else. If you don’t believe evil exists, you will after reading this. Above all, little Eli shows strength and heroism, and despite the bitter end, he triumphed over life.” ~ Robert Kimbrell, Author

“I couldn’t help thinking about womanhood while reading When Angels Fly. As a man and a father, it is hard to imagine the kind of feeling my wife has for our two kids. Many times I had to stop reading, close my eyes, and ask myself: “Could this be really happening?” I couldn’t help but wonder about the stuff of which women are made, because Sarah is a tough woman, sensitive, and rich in her humanity. It is inspiring to see how she gives life and nourishes it. The experience with Eli, her son suffering from cancer, is very touching and one that will inspire many people in the way they relate with their children. S. Jackson and A. Raymond have done a wonderful job in sharing experiences that will offer hope and provoke a silent revolution in the way most of us see women and life. It’s a book that every man should read. And I mean every man!” Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite





This entry was posted on December 30, 2017. 4 Comments

Merry Christmas 2017


Days are busy… time is short… may this be your most blessed Christmas ever! 


For unto us a child is born… laying in a manger… for there was no room in the inn. 


This entry was posted on December 23, 2017. 8 Comments

Grammar-Get It Right!

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

4QYYI7VIf you think grammar is just a small child’s mispronunciation of “grandmother,” and if you think syntax is a tax that the church levies on sin, maybe you should consider becoming a nuclear physicist or a neurosurgeon or just about anything at all except a novelist. Dean Koontz

Maybe you’re inexperienced, or perhaps you have been writing for a while, but still haven’t produced a publishable piece of work. You probably have a few things to learn about writing a novel, but grammar should not be one of them. Writing grammatically sound prose has nothing to do with creativity. It is a mechanical process.

You don’t need extensive experience to produce prose that meets minimum standards of correct English usage. You don’t even need a formal education. Grammar is something that can be self-taught. While a publisher may understand your deficiencies in characterization, shaky plotting, and an overblown style, he…

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This entry was posted on December 19, 2017. 2 Comments

7 Tips to Maintaining a Long Term Blog

Legends of Windemere

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I realized as I chose topics for the Warlord of the Forgotten Age promotion that I should probably talk about blogging.  I started mine in December of 2012, which was about 3 months before I released Beginning of a Hero and I had no idea what I was doing.  Some people would say I still have no idea what I’m doing.  To them I say, ‘I will see all of you at the next family reunion’.  Let’s see how serious I can actually be here this time:

  1. DO NOT forget images.  This is something I never considered when I was starting out, so most of my earlier posts lacked pictures.  Once I was told I needed something to draw people in from the reader, I started connecting to photos in a way that doesn’t allow them to show up these days.  Honestly, I don’t even remember…

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The Little Girl Praying on the Hill

Little Girl Praying

The Little Girl Praying on the Hill by Mrs. D. 

From the author:

“2014 Readers Favorite International Award Winner
The Little Girl Praying on the Hill is a bittersweet story based on the emotional childhood memories of a young girl determined to understand the purpose for her existence. Growing up in a poor village of the post-World War II era in a country where half the men drink themselves to death by the age of forty, the confused child questions God. The beauty of nature around her animates her and paints the perfect combination of colors, but life in her rundown village, sinking in mud after each rainfall, is a strong contrast. She exists between two worlds: her beautiful imagination and the harsh realities of life. The picture of majestic nature does not fit with the picture that God created for the people he loves. Why did he divide this world so unevenly? Why did he drop her in the wrong place? Her emotions rise to unreachable heights and sink to devastating lows. The gripping beauty of his creation mesmerizes her young mind, but only for a moment before her memories of specific events make her doubt God’s intentions.”

The Little Girl Praying on the Hill by Mrs. D. aka Olga D’Agostino was an emotional and endearing read for me. A young girl narrates her life as she was growing up in a tiny village, and in a home with a cold dirt floor. This child narrates the harsh conditions of her life, and those of her working mother and drunk father. I was torn and just wanted to get that little girl and show her real love – precious hugs, and more. The harshness of post-WWII rural life in Europe was compelling. Children won’t be able to grasp what the narrative is about but those in mid-grade will, and they should. This is real life history in the voice of a little girl. The story gave me thought of the author, Olga D’Agostino, and I wondered if this is how she, herself, grew up in her younger years. Truly an educational read for mid-grades and for those kids to see the actual difference of what this time period and life was like, compared to today’s kids and their life with instant television, cell phones, and other gadgets.

I received a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


This entry was posted on December 17, 2017. 2 Comments