A Promise Kept; The Story of One Widowed Bride’s Journey through Grief

October 1, 2009 at 11:27 pm (Biographies, Crime Novels, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


A Promise KeptGrief: An Invisible Genre until Now

New heart-rending memoir is about how one woman survives a tragic loss

 

Lynnwood, WA – Those who read Anne Rule’s 1999 book and New York Times bestseller, A Rage To Kill, would know that the first chapter (A Bus To Nowhere) is about the true story of the heroic Seattle Metro Transit driver who was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty on the Aurora Bridge the day after Thanksgiving, 1998, in an unprovoked act of violence, the worse in Metro history.

 But Rule’s recollection of the driver and his family was based solely on hearsay and public knowledge. Now, for the first time, Elise Crawford—the brave man’s widow—in this stirring memoir A Promise Kept courageously allows us a glimpse into how her world was shattered—and how she managed to put the pieces back together.

The life-altering paradox of that fateful day, November 27, 1998, marks the beginning for the driver’s young widow who journals her spiraling descent into hell through a complex system of paths, obstacles—including the tragic death of her mother—and betrayals through which she inevitably becomes lost, essentially missing for nearly eight years in a labyrinthine maze of grief. By no means a poster child for grief, she leans the hard way that grief cannot be outrun, that it has to be faced head on.

 

In A Promise Kept, she reveals her true feelings, raw emotions, and mental anguish she suffered needlessly while making her way down that road less traveled—the journey of grief. Riding every wave, letting the ebb and flow of the tide of grief flow over her, she learns valuable lessons that she never wanted to learn, about the value of life, faith, and self-discovery.  Most importantly, she learns that of all the stages of grief, the most difficult of all is the stage of acceptance, the only one that will show her out of the door of the past and into the present toward healing.

 

Bio :
Elise Crawford was born on a cold and wet November day in the Motor City the year U. S. troops were sent to prevent the South Vietnamese government from collapsing, during election week the year the Voting Rights Act was signed into congress, the year Kellogg’s introduced Pop Tarts, and the year that the first close up photographs of Mars were taken. Elise moved with her mother and younger sister, Jenny, to Seattle in 1968.

        Although not formally educated as a writer, Elise has been writing creative fiction since she was eight years old. Elise holds several Associate of Arts degrees; one in Liberal Arts, two in Social Sciences, and one Technical. Throughout her college education she maintained her membership with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while raising her two children single-handedly and working on the college campus part-time teaching college level English to fellow ESL students.  

        Elise is a native of Washington; she and Roberto reside in Lynnwood, Washington, with their four cats—Sniffles, Lucky, Foxy, and Fluke. Their CEDAR-AL business continues to flourish and prosper. Elise has two grown children; a son, Dale, and a daughter, Lexi. Her son, Dale, is currently serving in the United States Navy as an aviation ordinance man. His ultimate goal is to become a Navy SEAL. He plans to make the Navy his career. Her daughter, Lexi, lives in southwest Washington, works full-time in a bank, and attends a technical college full-time. Her ultimate goal is to become an architectural engineer.

        A Promise Kept is Elise’s first book; “Spiritual Intervention” was her first short story prior to the writing of this book. She is currently working on Wednesday’s Child, a prequel to A Promise Kept.

 With a sequence of poignant chronological photographs, A Promise Kept not only gives readers “the rest of the story” of that tragic day, but also reaches out to other survivors of tragic loss in hopes they come away with the strength and courage needed to face, to accept, and to begin their own grief journey, regardless of the nature of their loss. If you are searching for a real-life story of love and tragic loss to relate to, and to seek hope and comfort from, then you will want to read A Promise Kept.

 

Links:
www.elisecrawford.com
www.apromisekept.org
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2909507.Elise_Crawford
http://www.authorsden.com/elisercrawford
http://www.more.com/4879/5964-the-impossible-dream
http://theauthorssociety.ning.com/video/a-promise-kept2

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Check Out the One and Only Dana Davis She So Rocks

October 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm (Magic, mystery, old world, romance, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , )


Award-Winning Speculative Fiction by Dana Davis Dear Readers: Halloween is just around the corner. My favorite holiday! Time to get out those decorations and decide on a costume. I’m also thrilled because Sage Truth: Book Two of the Teadai Prophecies will be released as an eBook in October. This is the second book in this fantasy trilogy for adults. And if you haven’t read book one, Deadly Fate, it’s now available from mobipocket, fictionwise, Kindle, eReader, and as a PDF download or CD. Please check out my website for more info. Other publications: My young adult, fantasy eBook Breach of Worlds is also available from the places listed above. And you can order the trade paperback versions of my award-winning novels Desert Magick: Superstitions and The Mask of Tamirella online or from your favorite bookstore. City of Gods: Book Three of the Teadai Prophecies is scheduled for release in December. And by next year, I should have an agreement for my young adult, audio book Quest for Freedom, so I’ll keep you posted on that as well. Upcoming public appearances: If you’re in the Phoenix area, please come out and join me on Saturday, October 10th from 10-3. I’ll be speaking at The Write Stuff writing seminar at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, along with several other authors on various aspects of writing and publishing advice. Registration is required and you might still get a seat if you act quickly. The venue is free but there is a $10 lunch fee which must be paid in advance. What a deal! But hurry – payments must be received by October 7th. If you’re interested, please check out the Appearances page on my website for information. Current writings: I’m now back to revising Desert Magick: Dream Catcher, the second book in my paranormal fantasy series. I’m anxious to focus on the third book in this series, as well as get those final edits done on my other fantasy and sci-fi novels for adults. Fun Stuff: Hubby and I had a great trip to Salem, MA a few weeks ago. We stayed at a haunted B&B and went on a haunted tour of the city, as well as doing all the witch stuff around town. Though we didn’t encountered any ghosts at the B&B we were creeped out by the dolls in our room. And of course, we couldn’t skip all the great author sites in the Boston area. I posted a few pictures on my website for you to check out and enjoy. For updates on my projects, appearances and general goings-on, please check out my website http://www.danadaviswriting.com Happy reading! Regards, Dana Davis Email: aznovelist@cox.net Website: http://www.danadaviswriting.com Blog: http://www.danadaviswriting.blogspot.com Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/danadaviswriting Twitter: http://twitter.com/DanaDavis New from SynergEbooks Deadly Fate: Book One of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Coming October 2009 Sage Truth: Book Two of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Coming December 2009 City of Gods: Book Three of The Teadai Prophecies trilogy adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Now on Kindle Breach of Worlds new young adult fantasy eBook http://www.synergebooks.com Trade paperback Desert Magick Superstitions award-winning paranormal fantasy for adults Trade paperback The Mask of Tamirella award-winning teen post-apocalyptic adventure.

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