One year ago today, November 17, I proudly held my little bundle of joy in my arms and told her I’d love her forever . . . Well, maybe I’m not really that crazy, but it was a proud moment for me when One Degree of Freedom was born. During the long months that preceded the birth, I had all the usual morning sickness and fears and feelings of being overwhelmed, until the contractions kicked in and ushered forth my baby to be shared with the world.
And yes, if you’re wondering, I do realize a book is an inanimate object, but somehow I’ve always thought of my book as a she: so much more than a mere thing. She is a creation that came from me. She has personality. She will always be alive to me.
To celebrate her first birthday, we decided to forego the usual party complete with an adorable toddler smashing cake all over her face and ripping paper off presents she’s too hyped up to notice. Instead, we are offering the birthday gifts to YOU, the reader. For birthday month, we have planned three things:
- The birth of her baby sister audio book, beautifully narrated by Allison Wilson Lee, and now available for purchase on amazon.
- A giveaway at GoodReads running all month, with an opportunity for TEN lucky winners to each receive an autographed copy. You still have a chance to win! Click here to enter through November 30.
- A great idea for Christmas shopping! I’ve heard it on good authority that One Degree of Freedom makes a smashing gift.
Won’t you join us in celebrating the eventful first year of my baby’s life? She was born into a global pandemic and has not yet experienced normalcy, but now is the time to celebrate! I am thankful for her presence.