Monday, June 13, 2011

No Guarantees Giveaway

Win a $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you from Everything and Nothing from Essex!

Please keep reading. The giveaway is explained at the end.

A year ago, I was a brand new mom- post NICU stay, post heart surgery. I had a 4 month old baby who was still on 24 hrs a day of oxygen and g-tube fed. Our doctor's appointments were plentiful and combined with frequent therapist visits. My life was completely overwhelmed by having a child with special needs.

Caught up in such a busy schedule of "extras", I discovered something startling. As I had grown to know and love my daughter, I found that none of that "stuff" mattered in the least bit. She amazed me continually with her spirit to fight and her will to live. An unbelievably beautiful personality started to peek through, and throughout all of the medical drama, I looked down at my little girl and saw not a "Down syndrome baby", but a little baby girl who was just like any other baby who deserved a chance at everything life had to offer. Just like any other baby.

It was while falling deeply in love with my baby that I became aware of the statistic that 90% of the women who received the same prenatal diagnosis that I did choose to end the life of their baby- terminating all chance of happiness and success for the child- simply hearing about the extra chromosome and deciding to play god in their child's life, deeming this life valued as less because of the "defect' and sure to come difficult life.

Experiencing such joy from my daughter with that same "defect" and "difficult life", I was heartbroken thinking of everything that these other moms were missing out on because of their fear and misconceived stereotypes that the medical community was feeding them.

I was horrified, thinking of these many, many babies with a lot of similarities to my perfect little angel who weren't given a chance at life. Who, yes, small things were more difficult to accomplish, but they weren't even allowed to try- and no one ever would see the huge smile encompass their face as they realized happiness and success- just like any other baby.

It was at this point last year where I started thinking about all of the potential being lost- the babies not given the opportunity to make their mark on the world simply because of a label- I decided to do something about it.

I wrote a book.

No, not overnight. Many, many hours have been spent crafting a story, stringing together sentences (and then rewording each of those sentences a couple dozen times), working on the best approach to make a difference in the 90%.

This is not a book about me and Addison. This is not a memoir. This is not a book about Down syndrome.

This is a fiction book about:

-a mom named Lila is told while pregnant that her baby most likely has Down syndrome because of the soft markers that show up in an ultrasound. She fully intends to terminate her pregnancy. When the amnio comes back with normal results, she gratefully continues to grow her unborn child, convinced that she is now guaranteed a perfect baby. However, when her son is born with a small physical defect (which had been the soft marker), she immediately schedules a cosmetic surgery to fix the problem.

-a man named Walter is obsessed with perfection and being the best anesthesiologist the world has to offer. His dearest and best friend, his mother, is dying from breast cancer and on her death bed confesses to him that he was supposed to have a brother. Because this brother was diagnosed with a rare form of mental retardation at birth, he was sent away to an institution where he died a few weeks later.

-a nurse named Emily has searched her entire life for love. Abused by her parents as a child and now as an adult tossed around from one one night stand to another, she is lonely and surrounded by people who merely use and abuse her.

-two sisters haven't talked in 30 years ever since their concurrent pregnancies ended with such different stories. One sister had a healthy boy who grew up to be stunningly brilliant, achieving a doctorate from Yale. The other sister went into premature labor, many things going horribly wrong, resulting in her son being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and struggling with basic functions his entire life.

These stories all intersect when Lila's son goes in for his surgery and the perfect Walter makes his first mistake, causing the baby to suffer from brain damage.

-Walter is unable to live with the knowledge that he caused this, and overwhelmed by grief, decides to rid the world of the imperfect being that he has created. Assisted by Emily, who is convinced that he is her last chance at love, they kidnap the baby, to "fix" the problem.

-Lila is faced with the dilemma of which is really worse- to have a dead baby or a retarded one?

The story plays out with drama, fear and heartache.

As different characters are attempting to play god and others question whether some lives are really worth more than others, and yet others wonder if loving a baby simply because it is your baby is more important than worrying about what that baby would bring to your life or deciding upfront what the life value would be and acting rashly on the decision- delicate subjects are hashed through from different perspectives, settling on a variety of conclusions as the story winds down with an entirely changed cast of characters.

The overall message? There are no guarantees in parenting, and although some parenting paths seem more difficult than others, they aren't any less rewarding and the child's life isn't worth less.


This book is incredibly difficult for me to explain because this is really just the tip of the iceburg with what goes on in this book- the questions, the conversations, the story playing out in a way that causes the reader to feel the raw emotions that accompany such an emotional struggle all the while watching in horror as wrong decisions are made from seemingly logical reasoning that a mom would use to terminate her child once given the diagnosis of a "defect".

Perfection is completely redefined as each character's world is turned upside down in an unbelievably difficult and seemingly unfair circumstantial twist..

So here's my question for you.

Based on this short description, would you read this book? I know that I have a lot of blog lurkers out there, and normally I don't complain at the lack of feedback (-;. But I am now trying to break into the incredibly competitive field of publishing, and I need to be able to prove to a publisher that this would sell if they would publish it.

So if you love me at all- or just like me a little bit- or merely endure my blog posts for something to do when you're exceptionally bored- I NEED you to comment with whether or not you would read/buy this book. (please, please, please, please, please....with a cherry on top)

To thank you for your participation and honest opinion, I am giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one random commenter. Here's how it will work:

1. Leave one comment with your opinion of the book's plot line
2. Leave another comment if you are a follower of my blog or subscribe via email or RSS feed
3. Leave an additional comment for each time you post a link to my blog on facebook, twitter or blog about this giveaway. (you can do this once a day for additional comments)

The more comments you leave, the higher chance you have of winning the $50 Amazon gift card.

I don't ask much from you all- I freely share Chubbs' cuteness, allow you free front row seats to laugh at my really dumb new mom mistakes, and show you my struggles without flinching.

But I desperately need you to show me a little love with some comments/sharing of this post because I need to be able to prove to publishers that this is a book that not only will make a difference in the mind of the world about the worthiness of all life, regardless of medical diagnosis, but that it is also a book that would be willingly read by many (and therefore, sell).

Please help!!! (and good luck winning the gift card) This giveaway will last one week. I'll announce the winner next Monday (June 20th).

Thank you!

201 comments:

  1. Yes I would buy this book! I like the overall message, that there are just no guarantees in parenting and that each persons life has great worth. I like the dynamics of each character as well, and am interested in how they all tie in together to create the story :)

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  2. And I am a faithful stalker of your blog :)

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  3. I would most definitely read this book. It sounds very good, suspenseful and very "real".

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  4. Also I follow you on my google reader and read each post :) I love the photos of the darling Addison and am excited to "meet" her little brother!
    I don't always comment, though.

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  5. Also I follow you on my google reader and read each post :) I love the photos of the darling Addison and am excited to "meet" her little brother!
    I don't always comment, though.

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  6. Also I follow you on my google reader and read each post :) I love the photos of the darling Addison and am excited to "meet" her little brother!
    I don't always comment, though.

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  7. Also I follow you on my google reader and read each post :) I love the photos of the darling Addison and am excited to "meet" her little brother!
    I don't always comment, though.

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  8. yeah! I was so excited to read more about your book!! I'm interested to see how you pull all the stories together - can't wait to read it!!

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  9. you've been in my Google reader list for quite a while!!! :)

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  10. I would definitely be interested in the book. You are an amazing writer, and I am already glued to your blog posts. The plot sounds thick and full of twists and turns, and it sounds like something that would keep me up late at night, reading chapter after chapter!

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  11. I follow your blog, of course. :)

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  12. I Facebooked it on my blog page! (chambanachik)

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  13. As a lover of books and reading in general, I would definitely read this book! The story is not to complicated and there is a consistent and clear message throughout, which always makes a book better to read! Good luck!

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  14. I would totally read this book! :)

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  15. Honestly, I'm not much of a fiction reader, but I am completely intrigued with the plot of this one, and would read it.

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  16. you know I am dying for the first autographed copy!

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  17. of course I am a devoted follower!

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  18. I will give your post a plug! but only if you include a photo of addison in it;) miss that chubby bundle of cuteness!

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  19. Well my goodness woman I'd buy it in a heartbeat!!!Tell me where and when :)
    I never comment just read your blog cause she is so off the cuteness factor chart :).(I;m a grandma with a 13 and 11 year old grandchildren)and your writing and baby make me smile ALOT and also gives me plenty to think about ! Keep up the great blog :)

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  20. Yes! I would read it, I wish I could read it now :) it sounds super interesting.

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  21. Yes! I would read it, I wish I could read it now :) it sounds super interesting.

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  22. I would read it, I would review it and I'd share it with others.

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  23. I would read your book.We love following your blog.I would post about it on my blog but have no idea how to link people there.

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  24. I would definitely read the book! I'm a big fan of Chubbs and of your blog :)

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  25. Oh, wow, I caught my breath while reading the plot of the story. I would TOTALLY read this book! It has just the right amount of complexity and emotion, a topic that would speak so loudly to me. It would be difficult to read from an emotional standpoint, but it sounds riveting.

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  26. your book sounds right up my alley! i would for sure read it!!

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  27. and of course i'm a blog follower.. :)

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  28. I would definately read your book! I enjoy following your blog! :)

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  29. Deanna - I would read your book! I am so proud of you and desperately wish for a shopping trip with my friend!
    Heidi

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  30. I'll buy the book, plot sounds interesting and I like your writing style on the blog, so I have a lot of confidence in your writing!

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  31. I would totally buy it...but I want an autographed copy so that one day I can say "I knew her when"! :)

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  32. Hey, Deanna!
    Well, I definitely read your blog and enjoy it. I would read anything you write just because I love your down-to-earth, personal style. It draws me in. I'm trying to imagine your style in a book (one that handles such a serious topic) and wondering how you keep it from getting too unrealistic or cheesy. (Did you have any struggles with keeping your characters/situations realistic? Just curious...) Sorry, not meaning to be negative. It sounds like your book is about people's thoughts and belief systems and so on, not so much plot driven and theme driven. My favorite kind of book! If I were you, I would just be careful not to come across as overly sentimental or sweet in your book's presentation.
    I can't wait to read it!

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  33. Yes, I would buy the book to read. I have kept up with you and Addison since you began posting. I love that you are honest.

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  34. Found you through chambanachik's facebook page. I love the plot line, it sounds captivating. I would buy/promote this book. I'm totally in!

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  35. I'm a new follower, and not just for the money! :)

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  36. Hey, Deanna thanks for sharing your book...I couldn't wait for Monday to come for the sneak peak and I can't wait to read it! Yes Yes Yes, I would buy this book, and I know many of my friends, and family would also love to purchase a copy!

    Sarah Fabrizio

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  37. you know I got your back..sounds great!

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  38. Yes, I would definitely buy the book. . . an a large box of tissues as well. Sounds like it is going to be both controversial and a tear jerker. Look out Jodi Picoult, you have competition!

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  39. Already a loyal follower of your blog :-)

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  40. Facebooked as well!
    Don't you just love all of the comments?!

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  41. I would defintely read this. Sounds very interesting.

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  42. I follw your blog. I read every thing you write. I have followed your writings for years. I love everything about you! I am your mother!

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  43. Tet is actually terasa. I hit the enter button instead of delete. I friended you on facebook because i also have a little girl with down syndrome and could never imagine my life without her. Love seeing all your pictures of addison!

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  44. I can't wait until this book comes out! I will definitely buy a copy for myself and a few to give away as presents.

    Olga

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  45. I would love to read this book!! It sounds amazing and I love how all of the characters mingle together! Good luck.

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  46. I can hardly wait to read this book! Your blog writing is wonderfully fresh and honest and I'm sure your characters will be too!

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  47. I follow your blog and look eagerly for updates! I rejoice with you in each of Addison's accomplishments! What an beautiful little girl!

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  48. Wow, I can't imagine not reading this book after reading the short part you shared. A friend who follows your blog shared this with me. Bless you and your beautiful baby!

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  49. I am an avid reader and your description is of a book I would definitely read.

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  50. I have been reading religiously since the blog a thon or whatever it was called with 5 minutes for mom.

    I am in total agreement with your views on abortion. Who's to say who any of our preborn children are going to be? Such blessings!

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  51. I would read your book. It sounds interesting!

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  52. I follow your blog and enjoy reading it.

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  53. You truly have a gift of expression and you can really draw your readers in!! I love reading your blog and would DEFINITELY enjoy reading your book...I would be really curious to see how your character rationalizes kidnapping the child..that's that only part that seems like it couldn't actually happen....but your creativity is much more abundant than mine and I'm really looking forward to reading this!!

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  54. Read the book???????!!!! Are you kidding???!!!!!! YES!!

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  55. I am most definitely a shameless follower of your blog...I think I have stated that on more than one occasion. :)

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  56. I shared the link! Happpily :)

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  57. Can't wait to read the finished product!

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  58. I posted your blog on my facebook page!

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  59. Yes, of COURSE I would read your book. In fact, I already have! Guess being the little sister comes with its sneek-peek priviledges!! And for those of you who haven't read it, it is definitely worth reading. At points I forgot my sister wrote it and was simply caught up in the emotions and the gripping plot. And I only read the rough draft! Can't wait to see the real thing, sis, in print!

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  60. I shared your link on facebook!

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  61. I'm a follower! Even when I don't have time I end up following your insightful, inspiring posts.

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  62. Of course I would read it. The plot sounds like an awesome mix of different people in different circumstances!

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  63. I check multiple times a day to see if there's a new Addison post =D And while the plot line sounds emotionally driven, something I'd normally avoid, I love your writing on the blog so will certainly be ordering the book as soon as it's available.

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  64. I would definitely read the book - there's a lot going on in the plot and I want to figure out how it all ends!! I think the message is brilliant. :)

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  65. I also am a faithful follower of your blog - I hope these comments work, b/c I've tried to comment in the past and they haven't gone through... ;)

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  66. Yes< i would love to read your book. Keep trying publishers...it is so competitive out there, from your summary I am sure someone would take a chance on you!

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  67. 1) I would read it: I like complicated stories. Almost the more complex the merrier. Real life isn't nearly as straightforward as most books and movies are. Maybe I'm weird. Probably I'm weird. It sounds like a good story and a strategic way to make a point that many people wouldn't willing read about if it was just about Downs or abortion or etc. Studies show stories to be better remembered than lists of points. That and ya'll are friends; so of course I'd read it!
    2) I don't subscribe: I was surfing and saw the post on Facebook tonight.

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  68. This sounds so creative and nothing I could ever do - you deserve much credit!! Yes, I'd buy it :)

    Great feedback, good for you!

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  69. This book sounds very intriguing. I would definitely read this book. Hope it gets published!!

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  70. I would most definitely buy and read your book! Can't wait til it gets published!!

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  71. I am a faithful stalker of your blog! :)

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  72. First of all I love you too pieces and think we may secretly be sisters separated at birth :) I am very impressed with your approach to this book! I can't wait to read it!!!!!

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  73. And in case you haven't noticed by my obsessive comments, I am a follower.

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  74. and I will put it on my next blog post due to go up as soon as I finish looking at pictures of Addison

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  75. Ok and sharing it to facebook too cause people need to know about you! I'll tweet it too if I can remember my login for all the good ME tweeting will do :P

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  76. I think your charm is infectious (Addison gets it from you...) and that your book can do nothing but translate your warm insight.

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  77. I would absolutely love to read this book. The plot line you gave grabbed me from the first line and I'm really hoping you are able to get it published so I can get my hands on it. Good luck!

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  78. I follow your blog through Google Reader.

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  79. WOW I wanna get my hands on that book!! I would LOVE to read it xoxo

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  80. And yes I follow your blog through Google Reader x

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  81. I will totally read your book sounds amazing!! I can't wait!

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  82. Hi, Deanna! Brian Hoffman here. Kate and I have enjoyed following your journey via your blog. Every time I read what you write I can hear you saying it in my head - makes me laugh! YES I would buy the book...and read it too!! Hope you can get it published.

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  83. This sounds just like the kind of book I would be drawn to in the store. Can't wait to read it!!!

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  84. YES! I would read it - in fact, I think I'd pick it for our book club read.

    euroduck111 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  85. Your book sounds great and thought provoking - I'd definitely read it.

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  86. Deanna-
    Of course I will read your book. I like non-fiction better than fiction but read fiction as well -- especially when an author is recommended. :-)
    Love,
    Doc

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  87. hi deanna,

    my husband and i are friends with sarah and tim. we have a little girl who is a few weeks older than drew. i saw your link posted on sarah's facebook page and clicked on it. your little girl is beautiful and congrats on your soon to be new addition to the family! my husband and i are expecting our second child in early december :). i would definitely read your book -- i hope you can get it published!

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  88. I love the description of your book - I would absolutely buy it.

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  89. absolutely I'd read it...in fact, I thought I was going to get to read the first draft.
    grandma smith

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  90. Deanna, I think the story line of your book sounds intriguing. I would definitely start it, and since I like your writing, most likely I would finish it :)
    Kari

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  91. I do "follow" your blog :) I love hearing your stories and I really relate to them.

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  92. Ok, now your are getting supper techie... I am attempting to put your blog link on my facebook page today. Who new I was so unsavy.

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  93. Sounds fascinating - I'll read it!

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  94. I would definitely read your book based on the description - it sounds wonderful.

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  95. I would read your book! I check and read your blog pretty much once a day. :)-Bekka

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  96. I would absolutely read this book. It sounds very intriguing.

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  97. I would absolutely read this book. It sounds very intriguing.

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  98. Book sounds interesting. I too would read it.

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  99. I would read this book. I like the message and it sounds like a full, interesting way to describe it.

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  100. Wow, I am amazed by the creativity! I will definitely read it!

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  101. I would definitely read this book. I love your writing style, which is one of the many reasons I read your blog, so I would definitely enjoy reading a novel you wrote!!!

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  102. I love to read and can't wait until your book comes out! Good luck!

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  103. I would buy and read this book!! Yes yes yes!

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  104. I am looking forward to reading No Guarantees. I guess I have been a "lurker" as I have been reading your blog from the beginning.I love your writing style, honesty and especially the adventures and adorable pictures of Addison! I'm sure your book will be a success.

    Andrew's Nana

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  105. I have to be honest, yes I'm interested. Do I know if can get through it all? I'm not sure. Having had a special child with whom we were sent home with hospice. We knew nothing until the day before she was born. Sometimes stories that touch so much are hard to get through it. But it also might others understand why I have the perspective on life I do now...

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  106. just fund you and now RSS :)

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  107. just found you via a perfect lily and yes i would buy this book. i have a child with smith magenis syndrome and would defo buy this.

    i am also a follower now! x

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  108. Yep, I'm a stalker. I have been reading for 4 months, and I found your blog through Patti's (another blog I stalk!)
    I am getting married in November. I don't have children. But your blogs have touched my heart in a deep way.
    And yes, I would totally read your book!

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  109. Yes I would most definetely read your book. I think it shows some real problems our culture has and maybe make some people stop and think about the gift God has given them. Good luck!

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  110. Deanna! I can't not wait to read this book.....I am such a book nerd(haha), and I got all excited just reading about it :) So my answer to your question: YES! I would read it :)

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  111. I just facebooked your giveaway!

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  112. You have me on the edge of my seat asking, "what happens next?"

    :)
    Teri

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  113. I am a follower by way of another blog!

    :)
    Teri

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  114. I would definitely read your book. It sounds like an emotional roller coaster, but beautiful. Blessings as you pursue getting published!

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  115. I think the book sounds great. A little confusing as described here, but as you said, it's kind of hard to explain it when this is just the tip of the iceberg. I agree completely with the message and have blogged about it before. There just are no guarantees in parenting or just life in general. My beautiful, funny and smart little "imperfection" in the eyes of some is my blessed gift and perfect just as she is to me. She truly answered my prayers. God doesn't make mistakes!

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  116. I just stumbled upon this post thanks to Ashley Quinn, and I must say I can't WAIT to read this book!

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  117. Hi Deanna, I commented yesterday and I didn't want you to think I was some random scary person. I have been reading your blogs for over a year. Your in-laws live across the street from my parents, which is how I learned about your blog. You are an amazing writer and you capture the feelings of motherhood quite well! Best of luck, and again, I would definitely buy this book!

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  118. Yes I would definitely read this book. I love intersecting plot lines, they are always so intriguing! Love your blog too!

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  119. I am also a follower of your blog! Love the Chubs!

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  120. I totally think this is a great plot and a good way to get people to really think about these situations. I just turned 30 and just had a baby boy with Down Syndrome and we just finished having his open heart surgery done. And I completely agree that you almost forget that your child has Downs, and just fall madly in love with them. I will love to read your book! Thanks for your blog, you are a huge encouragement to me!
    Amber
    ajlandeck at gmail dot com

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  121. I follow your blog through google reader.
    ajlandeck@gmail dot com

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  122. Shameless facebook plug..check lol

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  123. Your book sounds wonderful, I can't wait for it to come out so I can read it.

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  124. I would read this book! :)

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  125. I always follow your blog. :)

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  126. I just recently started reading your blog and am falling in love with it! I would definitely read the book and recommend it to others.

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  127. Today is the first time I stumbled upon your blog (I actually round it from another blog, A Perfect Lily). I am a teacher of students with special needs, and am just so impressed by what you are doing and your love for your daughter! That being said, I would DEFINITELY read your book! It sounds intriguing while covering some very important issues!
    Meghan

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  128. Hello. I'm brand new to your blog (a friend posted on fb), so I might have a different perspective. Based solely on the information provided in this entry, I would not buy the book. All the points indicate a story that is full of darkness, despair and lacking in hope; and these tactics are used to convey a political point of view (a view I happen to agree with, but nonetheless).
    Reading through several of your other entries you seem to shine light on the hopeful and happy elements of your life, while still acknowledging the challenges. I can assume that you utilize this same writing style in your book, however that isn't indicated by this post. If there is hope in the story, I'd be sure to include it in the pitch to the publisher as well.
    Also, I find the premise of a surgeon causing brain damage during cosmetic surgery a little far fetched. An anesthesia complication, causing cardiac arrest and oxygen depravation to the brain, leading to brain damage I could understand. Then again, I'm not up-to-date on cosmetic procedures.
    I think you DO have a great story here, and a great moral as well. I think our society needs this sort of book. These comments are meant only as constructive criticism, based again solely on this singular blog entry. I love the other posts I've read, and the pictures. I'm looking forward to digging into your blog further.
    Good luck, and God bless!

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  129. Here's another faithful stalker, and sometimes commenter! I would read the book! When's it coming out ;)

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  130. I would read your book. Although an avid reader I have never read a book dealing with this topic, and I think it's something I need. Doesn't sound too complicated, no more than real life... OK, and I would BUY your book just as soon as it hit the market, not waiting to find a low priced second hand copy. ;)

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  131. I hit your blog every other day or so! I've gotten addicted to Chubbs and have to stop by often for my "fix"

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  132. I would read this--and it sounds like something my book club would read too. Have you read the Memory Keeper's Daughter (by Kim Edwards)? There is just a wee bit of similarity between the plot you've described (only a wee bit though) and Memory Keeper's Daughter and I LOVED Memory Keeper's Daughter--I highly recommend it.

    catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  133. Oh and I'm a long time reader but new GFC follower.

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  134. Yes. yes yes yes yes yes I would read this book!

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  135. Yes I would purchase this book, seems to be suspenseful & interesting
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  136. I am a GFC follower!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  137. I think the book sounds wonderful and difficult to read. I'd love to read it. You are tackling really good and hard topics!

    szogediek at yahoo dot com

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  138. I follow your blog via gfc

    szogediek at yahoo dot com

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  139. Your book sounds great! I'd love to read it.

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  140. I would love to read this book! I wouldn't buy it because I prefer to just use the library, but I would request it there!
    mk_mitchell90 at hotmail dot com

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  141. I follow you via gfc
    mk_mitchell90 at hotmail dot com

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  142. I love the complexity of the story line. I'd definitely read it!

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  143. I am subscribing as a follower now. :)

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  144. I think this book would be amazing. I think we have too much information available to us these days, and it may not always be accurate. We make decisions without perfect information. Your book would be a great teaching tool that there are no guarantees in life!
    Good luck!!
    kcoud33 at gmail dot com

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  145. Email subscriber - by the way, Addison is a dolly! She looks so sweet!
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  146. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/kcoud33/status/81456771616616448
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  147. I'm a new follower from Confessions of a First Time Mom. I loved your guest post over there. As for the book... it sounds very interesting and lots of twists and turns but honestly I don't know if I'd read it. I feel like I am a little lost as to what is going on just from the summary you posted. I think, depending on how long it was, I'd definitely give it a try though. I like the way you write.

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  148. I think the plot line sounds fascinating. Definitely an area in the book world that needs to be explored - I've never heard of a book that deals with this very real issue! I will definitely be reading it when it's published!

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  149. Blogged about it on my personal blog :)

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  150. You have my attention. I thought it would be some sort of journal about your life with your new baby, but I am definitely impressed your ability to put several scenarios and types of people together to make this book applicable to several different audiences. I am proud of you for all your efforts and amazed at your ability to write a book while caring for your little girl AND working. Good for you, Deanna. Hope to see you at Christmas!

    -Rebecca Cary

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  151. I posted on my FB blog page again. :)

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  152. I tweeted again. :)
    (@chambanachik)

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  153. Your book sounds so good and I'd definitely buy and read it not only because I think it gives an important message, but also because I love reading books written by people I know. That makes a book even more special. Your little Addison is so sweet and special. Your blogs have been an inspiration to so many.

    Priscilla

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  154. Yes, Deanna, I would certainly purchase and read your book. I must say when I was imagining in my mind what kind of book you would be writing, I assumed it would be one of the things you mentioned...Mommy-hood, caring for a special needs child, etc. I find it intriguing that you would chose fiction to challenge the thought processes and decisions that inevitably follow when people hold certain core beliefs. You are tackling some huge issues in this first book of yours - persevere! We are cheering for you! And along with others, I would like an autographed copy so that I can say, "I knew her way back..."

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  155. And yes, I read your blog because I find your life, your little Chubbs, and how you respond to situations with her, to be an encouragement to this grandmother's heart.

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  156. Hi Deanna,

    I just popped on and saw your question and am happy to help! When I see a blog post on my news feed on FB I’ll wander in; sometimes I’ll leave a comment, sometimes not. I’ve been dying to read some of your book and keep thinking I might luck out and find excerpts on your blog when I wander in ;) ! I’m looking forward to reading it in its entirety because I’ve gotten to know your writing through this blog - and I thoroughly enjoy reading it each and every time because you are an awesome writer - one of those rare authors who have an especially good connection with your audience.
    The topic is relevant to culture, has that tension of mental and emotional strain and suspense, and has already touched many people’s lives. It’s a successful formula!
    That said, were I a publisher, and not familiar with your writing, I may not opt to read a manuscript that is marketed with your short description above. Perhaps the intro you ultimately pen could include the joy and speechless wonderment you have found and shared in our dear Chubbs to balance the raw emotions that accompany such an emotional struggle as presented here?
    ~ Sylvia

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  157. The summary you gave is REALLY interesting! I would def read this book. Seems like it would be a great read with a lot of suspense and drama in it. Just what I like :)

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  158. I follow your blog

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  159. I posted on my facebook page

    http://www.facebook.com/TheNotSoSecretConfessions

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  160. I think it is an amazing sounding story! I would read it in a heart beat!

    chroniclesofacrazymom@gmail.com

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  161. Shared on FB

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  162. Tweeted today!

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  163. Following you on GFC

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  164. This is great Deanna! I can't wait to read it!

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  165. Yes, I would buy this book. It sounds like a wonderful plot line and very realistic.

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  166. I know I'm terribly behind...procrastination strikes again...but of course I would read your book. I love emotionally complex books, and yours sounds great!

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