Monday, July 28, 2014

Rocks, Paper, Flowers

Most of you know that my sweet friend, Katie, had her first EVER book published. DoodleBug and I were lucky enough to get ourselves on the invitation list for the book launch party! (AND, stick with me to the end because the publisher is letting me give a copy away to a lucky reader!)

It was so nice and Katie read for us towards the end.

Lots of fellow school staff and faculty were there to cheer her on:

We're quite a talkative bunch. But, when Katie was reading from her book, she had our undivided attention:

The book is great. And not just because she's a friend. It is a good read.

Somewhere around Chapter 10, I realized that I had to slow it way down. Because I didn't want to get to the end of the book. I was caught up and I didn't want it to end.

I'm just going to put my review right here for y'all:

Wow. I would say, "What a great book," and leave it at that but I would be leaving out so many wonderful things about this wonderful book by Katie Sullivan. ROCKS, PAPER, FLOWERS is more than a book. It's a cathartic experience. It's personal. It's relatable. On every level. It's a book about sisters- one of the best relationships a girl can have. And it's about mothers and daughters and love and loss. It's about not only having people in your life to lean on but also about having the courage to actually lean on them. It's about waking up and moving on and taking memories with you as encouragement instead of baggage. It's about personal growth and the fact that it's never too late to learn and do that growing. This book is a must read for anyone who has experienced loss and has difficulty with the grieving process. But, at the same time, it is also for those who have not experienced close loss as serves as a beautiful, gentle reminder to pay attention and appreciate those who are dear to us while they are here with us. A most beautifully written book that will run you through the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy to sadness to laughter and back again and again. You'll laugh, you'll cry and then you'll call those you love and send them a copy of the book. 

I promise my review is an honest one. And, should y'all decided to give it a read and can't wait to see the results of the giveaway, just go over to Holladay House Publishing and grab one! I've linked you right to Katie's book page (it's available in hardback and paperback).

If you want to wait and try to win a copy, just leave me a comment that you want to enter the giveaway! That's all there is to it!

Well, except that, IF you share this post on Facebook, other social media or your own blog, let me know and I'll gladly give you extra entries for each share!

Katie and DoodleBug


  1. How fun!!! What a very nice time and you are so lucky. :)

  2. I would be so thrilled to have a copy of this book! What a fabulous event! I think you all could win 'best dressed' ladies! Thanks! Hugs, Diane

  3. Kim- It was fun and we're all so excited for Katie! Are you in for the book?

    Diane- Ok! You're in! We had a great time and we're all so excited for Katie! Thanks!

  4. How exciting for your friend! That is a great photo of her with your Doodlebug!

  5. Terri- It is so exciting! I can't even imagine her joy but I do so enjoy sharing in it with her! Thanks!

  6. How exciting! Sounds like a very lovely book. =) Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  7. That looks way ore fun than any book launch I've ever been to. Everybody looks so happy to be there. .

  8. It sounds like a good book and thank you for reviewing it. How awesome that you were able to attend the reading. Yes I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book!

  9. Valerie- It was such fun! It's particularly exciting for Katie but we're all feeling it! :)

    Stephanie- We were all happy to be there. That's one of the best things about the school where I teach- it's a family! Thanks!

    Debby- It is a good book! She's quite a writer and quite a lady in general! I'll put you in the pot! :)

  10. I'll pass my lucky chance to someone else. So does this make you want to write a book yourself? I have a relative who had a book published. I read a little of it but I didn't care much for it. It's a very tough project to complete. I might be like many who have ideas for a story but the idea might fill two-three pages if I was lucky.

  11. How exciting, for your friend, to have become a published author! I'd love to be entered for a chance to win her book.

  12. bill- I already wanted to write a book, actually. But nothing like this one. Mine would be sort of like this blog. I can't do fiction. I just don't have the gift. And I've almost come to terms with that fact. LOL

    Kathy- It really is exciting! We're all so happy for her! I will put you in for a chance to win a copy!


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