In Leah’s Wake by Indie Author Terri Giuliano Long

Today is quite a Celebration *i’m looking forward to sharing with you!

it’s a chance to meet indie author
Terri Giuliano Long!


be sure to get yourself comfy
with food and drink ~
doesn’t this perfectly represent 
the First Day of Autumn?
help yourself to a slice!
or some fruit?

pull up a chair ~

shall i pour tea?

take a moment to relax…

then may i introduce you to my friend,
~Terri Giuliano Long~


an exceptional indie author celebrating her first ever
book anniversary!
let’s Congratulate & Celebrate
with Terri !
she’s provided a video trailer 
+ brief book intro below 
for our reading pleasure
and is offering her book for a 99c Celebration price ~
your comments encourage and motivate
her writing

please take a minute to add a brief word…
they are much appreciated

thanks for sharing your support with Terri today!

Indie Author Spotlight:
Terri Giuliano Long has just sold
the 10,000th copy of her literary novel,
In Leah’s Wake


Today, I’d like to spotlight an indie author who’s been able to achieve a great deal of commercial success. She’s just crossed the 10,000 copies sold mark and is approaching the book’s one-year anniversary on October 1. 
Please enjoy this synopsis and excerpt and consider purchasing this literary fiction novel – just 99 cents for your eReader!

About In Leah’s Wake
 The Tyler family had the perfect life – until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn’t want to be perfect anymore. While Zoe and Will fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah’s younger sister, Justine, must cope with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake. Will this family survive? What happens when love just isn’t enough? Jodi Picoult fans will love this beautifully written and absorbing novel.
Purchase links

priced at 99c, “In Leah’s Wake” is  currently available 



*An excerpt from In Leah’s Wake: The Prologue
. . . little heart of mine, believe me, everyone is really responsible to all men for all men and for everything. I dont know how to explain it to you, but I feel it is so, painfully even. And how is it we went on living, getting angry and not knowing?

Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Grand Inquisitor

Prologue
March
Justine strikes a pose before the full-length mirror hanging on her closet door. Chin up, hands by her sides. She draws a breath. “My dear. . .” she begins, and stops mid-sentence. Wrinkles her nose. She’s got it all wrong. She’s too—Too stiff. Too grownup. Toosomething.
She rakes her fingers over her short dark hair, sweeping the bangs out of her eyes, tugs at the hem of her pink baby-doll pajamas. She’s scheduled to deliver the candidates’ address at her Confirmation Mass this afternoon. When she learned, six months ago, that she had been selected speaker, Justine was ecstatic. Now, the very idea of standing in front of the whole congregation, telling hundreds, maybe thousands, of people how she’s learned from her own family what it means to be part of God’s larger family makes her sick to her stomach.
She has no choice. She made a commitment.
She folds her hands primly, setting them at chest height on her imaginary podium, glances at her cheat sheet, rolls her lower face into a smile, and begins again. “My fellow Confirmation candidates,” she says this time. Justine crumples the paper, tosses it onto her bed. My fellow Confirmation candidates. What a dork. She sounds about twenty, instead of thirteen.
She screws up her face. “I can’t do this,” she says, wagging a finger at the girl watching her from the mirror. She would feel like a hypocrite.

 Justine plods to the bathroom, pees, pads back to her bedroom. The forecasters are predicting snow, starting later today. A dismal gray stratus hangs over her skylight. Her room is dark, the air raw. Her sister’s blue and gold Cortland High sweatshirt lies in a heap at the foot of her bed. Justine pulls the sweatshirt over her head, retrieves the balled-up paper. With the back of her hand, she flattens it out, and returns to the mirror to practice.
As always, on first glance, the girl in the mirror takes Justine by surprise. She’s grown two inches since Christmas, isn’t chubby anymore, her belly flat, the clavicle bones visible now at the base of her throat. She pushes her bangs out of her pale, darkly fringed eyes. With her fingertips, she touches her cheeks. Her features have matured, her nose long and straight, like her mother’s, her cheekbones defined. She curls and uncurls her toes. She wears a size six shoe, a size and a half smaller than Leah. Her toes are long and slim, the nails painted blue.
Justine crushes the sheet of paper, tosses it in the trash, strolls to her window, raises the honeycomb shade. Spring feels a long way away, the yard empty, the trees bare. A rush of cold air streams in, under the sash. The air smells of snow. Justine presses her hand against the cool glass, the way she and her sister used to do on the windshield of their father’s car, when they were small. Stop, their father would scold. Youre making a mess. She smiles, remembering how Leah loved egging him on. She pulls her hand away from the glass, watches her prints disappear.
Justine wishes, sometimes, that she could disappear, too. Poof, just like the handprint.
Poof, just like her sister.



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my warmest Congratulations to Terri & every wish for your continued success!   i love Terri’s story of her writing journey.  here’s the latest ~On October 1, In Leah’s Wake reaches its first anniversary. This fall, while I’ll remain peripherally involved, I turn the care of my firstborn book to the capable hands of Ms. Sara Slack, my talented editor and UK publisher – while I focus my efforts on completing my new novel,   “Nowhere to Run.”

thanks for sharing Terri’s joy ~
 by ‘sharing’ the facebook post at faith hope cherrytea
and by commenting on this blogpost in showing your support 
is helping me in a comment competition for Terri! ~
**every comment is being counted  
and totaled on October 1st ~
heartfelt thanks for taking a moment to leave yours !!


a note from Terri ~ 
 What a wonderful post – and what a tremendous honor!! 
Thank you so very, very much for joining my anniversary celebration! And thank you a million times over for sharing my book with your friends!! Indie publishing has been a fantastic and exciting ride! I am so very grateful to all of you, and to the phenomenal indie community, for your kindness & support!! I am honored & proud to be one of you!! 
With lots of love, Terri”








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28 thoughts on “In Leah’s Wake by Indie Author Terri Giuliano Long

  1. brinkka2011 says: I think youve made some actually interesting points. Not as well many people would really think about this the way you just did. Im definitely impressed that theres so very much about this topic thats been uncovered and you did it so well, with so very much class. Great 1 you, man! Really good stuff here.

  2. I'm ending my day with BEST Wishes, Terri, for your every continued success in fulfilling your heart's desires! You must love writing to be committed to a new venture already~ and I support you wholeheartedly in it… blessings my friend!

  3. Beautiful post. Warmly welcomed '')
    Thank you!
    Very pleased to meet this new author. A grand accomplishment! Well worth the celebration! Congratulations!

  4. Thanks for sending me this way. Another great book I'd love to read and review one day! Now if I can just get through my stack on my dresser. Biggest love of my life, reading!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  5. Pretty pictures and interesting book highlight. (the book's titled grabbed my attention for obvious reason). I am avid reader and think the the book sounds like a good one.
    Cheers,
    Leah

  6. For me, to WRITE a book would be such a feat…to have it PUBLISHED..and to sell 10,000 copies ….would be a dream come true. She must be a very talented writer.
    You are so sweet to do this tribute post for her.:)

  7. GOOD MORNING!!!! How lovely to meet you and what a KILLER DILLER recipe! Nice way to grab the attention to your beautiful blog. LOVE THE WHITE CHAIRS TOO!!!! Thank you for coming to visit and if you do not know Koralee, she is a wonderful woman of faith, hope and LOVE!!!! BLESSINGS, Anita

  8. My dear Faith Hope Cherrytea –

    What a wonderful post – and what a tremendous honor!! Thank you so very, very much for joining my anniversary celebration! And thank you a million times over for sharing my book with your friends!!

    Indie publishing has been a fantastic and exciting ride! I am so very grateful to all of you, and to the phenomenal indie community, for your kindness & support!! I am honored & proud to be one of you!!

    With lots of love,

    Terri

  9. How fantastic, she's such an achiever, my goodness, writing and publishing a book must be the ultimate thing to do in life, almost like having a baby!! I am totally impressed with what I read, hope I can get the book soon! Thanks for sharing at Pink Sat. Just dropped to visit from Beverly's PS too. have a fun weekend. FABBY

  10. Congratulations to your friend, Terri! My dream is to publish a novel, so I know what an achievement that is! Your post is lovely and making me hungry! lol So nice to meet a fellow “tea lover!” Thanks for visiting my blog. Cindy

  11. i am so impressed with Terri as an author, i have taken every opportunity to make her known and encourage you to embrace her as another of your faves as well!
    Thank You for taking time to make her welcome here with your comments and into your libraries! ~

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