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After twenty-six years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and five years as a forensic expert on work-place disability, I figured I’d paid my dues and “retirement” would be my next step in life. Then, the opportunity to start writing my memoir, From Tears to Triumph presented itself, so instead of retiring and perfecting my ever elusive golf swing, and working tirelessly on intricate West Coast Swing and Line Dance moves, I spent three years writing the memoir and then thought it was time to retire. However, writing and publishing a book, I discovered, is like giving birth and there’s much to be done once the book pops into the world. So…for the last thirteen months I have been on the book promotion/marketing/speaking turnpike. From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope is selling, lives are being touched and the message of God’s grace and mercy is being...
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       So, here’s where we stand. From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope is in the INTERIOR DESIGN stage. “What’s that,” You ask?        That is where an interior book designer takes the fully edited manuscript and makes it look pretty! He/she formats the pages, justifies the text right and left, adds page numbers, chooses a font style and font size, adds page numbers (upper right hand corner of page? Middle bottom of page) and headers…while making sure there are no “widows or orphans.” “Widows or orphans???”   It’s a tedious process. Who knew?        Not me. I’m still not sure what widows and orphans are!       I’ve been blessed that Ted Witt, President of the Northern California Authors and Publishers Association (NCPA) and owner of Pretty Road Press offered to do the interior design work at no charge!...
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I’m so excited to show off the cover for “From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope.” The cover was designed by illustrator, Yoko Matsu, and the typography was created by Sam Duncan. I highly recommend both of these young ladies.   The back cover reads:   During the summer of 1970, nineteen-year-old Linda stops on the way home from work to talk to a tall, handsome stranger on a San Francisco street corner. That chance meeting changes the course of her life. Linda’s compassionate, gripping, and soul-searching memoir tells the story of her remarkable journey from crushed dreams to the creation of a house of Hope.   Her desperate cry for help brings a spiritual awakening, a two-year life-molding adventure with the controversial Children of God commune, and her decision to escape. By the age of twenty-two, disillusioned but not defeated, Linda follows a tug on...
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