Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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New Podcast is Up

Well, this morning was a morning of reflection and soul searching- true soul searching. Especially when I found a bit of prose by my friend Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc The title of the prose found in her book Strange Brew is called “I haven’t Changed” as I read it because I was looking for something to grab each of you for my newest podcast, it hit me. This described me to a T. I have changed – I have changed and morphed in ways I did not fully realize. Talking about the lightbulb going off over my head. So that bit of prose became the basis for my podcast “Change Within Ourself” – You see if we don’t change and grow especially after a loss, then we stagnate and die. So I am going to give you a direct link to this podcast and get you to listen, please leave comments- I love feedback on my podcasts- since it is not live radio- I don’t know what you all are thinking. Here is the link, check it out it is downloadable and sharable. It is also on itunes and should be on stitcher, if you have it. That is if they haven’t screwed it up like they did several of my podcasts. Maybe they will get their act together and fix it soon. Anyway, I got off track, here is the link please go and listen, share and keep sharing. Change is not always a bad thing. Change Within Yourself

December 15, 2015 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Never Know Our Impact on People

Today I was in Cocoa, Florida doing a radio interview on Viewpoint with Seeta. http://www.seetamediainc.com/ The show was an hour long and we talked about many topics. We discussed my books and my background. Then we got down to the heart of the matter. We discussed grief, dealing with grief and loss and the new normal after a death. For those of you who don’t know I lost my 13 year old granddaughter on July 2, 1015 and six weeks later on August 10th I lost my father. It was a tsunami of loss and grief in a short time span. There was not time to grieve for the baby before we were traveling back to Atlanta to bury my father. That is the back story. I had previously written a book along with several other authors titled Pennies From Heaven. This little book holds stories from people talking about how they dealt or did not deal with loss. It is not a how to book, but a book to help someone cope and move forward.

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

When I got home I found this note on my facebook page, from Seeta the host of the show “Thank you for your continued support of our radio show Yvonne Mason.I wanted to let you know someone whose son passed away six months ago wanted me to let you know you helped her to let go of bottled up grief today.God truly sends angels when we need it♡”

Talk about humbled. I was truly humbled. After the show Seeta and I were talking and we both said, that is doesn’t matter how rich or poor one is, we all will be in the same place on day, that is death’s door. The important thing is the DASH between our birth and death dates. What we do to give back, how we behave, how we love and how we help others. That is what we will be remembered for- not how rich we were, not how much money we gave
away, not how poor we were not the clothes we wore or the car we drove, But the mettle of our character. I for one do not want to be weighed and found wanting. I wanted to be remembered for one thing, “She made a difference.”
I do not know the name of the lady that contacted Seeta, but I know that she was touched by the show. My prayer for her is that now she finds the peace that passes all understanding and that now she can celebrate her son’s life, to be grateful for the time she had with him, not bitter for the loss she suffered. That she will honor his life not mourn his death. Because I am sure he made a difference.

September 28, 2015 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Five Star Review for Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven was penned by several contributors many who have never been published before they were asked to just write their stories which they did- Grief is no respecter of persons it comes to us all. It is how we deal with it that matters.

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

5.0 out of 5 stars A moving compilation, September 27, 2013
By Ashley Fontainne “Ashley”
This review is from: Pennies from Heaven (Kindle Edition)
Losing someone you love is a burden each of us must face during our lifetime. The manner in which death appears does not lessen the pain and heartache that yearning for our loved one leaves inside us.

Just as different as the patterns on a snowflake, each of us differs slightly in how we deal with the loss. Grief stems from our internal thoughts, memories and coping skills. Some grieve longer than others. Some learn to let go quicker and move on with their lives.

Some never do, lost inside the unending sorrow, their wounds too deep to ever fully heal.

This collection, written by people from all different walks of life, explores the painful journey of losing a loved one. Each person deals with their loss differently, yet there is a common thread throughout all the stories.

Love. It never ends, never fails and, in the end, always prevails.

Ashley Fontainne http://www.ashleyfontainne.com/
ABOUT ASHLEY

Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning the Eviscerating the Snake series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley’s love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answered that question: far and wide.

Her latest work, a short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five, touches upon the sometimes dangerous world of online dating. Number Seventy-Five took home the BRONZE medal in fiction/suspense at the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest.

Look for Ashley to delve into Christian fiction in late 2013 with her exciting thriller The Lie.

September 27, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Five Star Review for Pennies From Heaven

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Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

I was very humbled when I saw this review this morning. This book is very close to my heart and to know that it is being read and appreciated and  understood by those who read it is very humbling. Pennies from Heaven is not a how to book on grief. There is no such thing. It is a book filled with stories from others who have lost someone they loved. They have grieved and tried to heal in spite of the hole that remains in their hearts.
There is no set of rules for grief. There are however different steps of grief that we each must feel in order to move forward. If you stay stuck in any of those steps we cheat that person we grieve for. We cheat them of the life we had with them and their memories. Grief  and death are as much a part of life as living and being happy. We all must face it one day.
Pennies from Heaven doesn’t preach about the right or wrong way to grieve- it only shows how people have grieved and what they did after the grief was done. Everyone needs this little book. To read or to give away to someone who is grieving or about to grieve. It will help bring comfort – strength and hope to all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulfully Insightful… August 21, 2013
By GJLentz
Format:Kindle Edition
Death and grief are just one of those things in life we all have to deal with one day, and like many aspects of life that we all share, we do so in different ways and at different times. It can be very overwhelming, so reading these stories from different folks and their varying experiences and perspectives is quite the treasure. I’d recommend this book to anyone who has just lost a loved one, or someone- who after sometime- who is still coming to terms with their grief. Laugh, cry, be amazed, and move forward with these real life experiences and thoughts from folks just like me and you.

August 22, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pennies From Heaven- I Want to Offer this Book to Hospice, Funeral Homes, Churches, etc.

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies from Heaven is not a a how too book about grief. There is no such  thing. It is instead a book that is filled with stories written by other people who have dealt with death and grief and came out on the other side. It is stories filled with raw emotions – where souls have been stripped to the core. You may ask why would someone put that much emotion out there for others to read. The reason is simple they knew that grief is worse than hard- sometimes it is impossible.

What my mission has become it to find places where this book can do the most good. I started with Hospice. The reason is simple. After the machines are turned off, after the death pronouncement is  made and after the family is shown the door, the next thing they get is the bill. Wouldn’t it be nice that before the bill arrives in the mail, and before they were escorted out the door they received something they could hold on too. Something they could read when they are alone after all the others have left. Something that would offer them comfort, hope and strength when there is no one there but them.

No one knows or understand the feeling of complete loneliness when they have lost someone they love until they experience it and they are home alone- When they have to fight the pain of sorrow, anger, denial, and guilt of surviving alone. Yes, it does happen all the time. What if they had this book they could pick up and read a story and hear that they they are not alone, to know that someone understood those feelings.

Pennies from Heaven can offer that.

So I decided to start with Hospice- however- I want to include Funeral homes, Chaplains, Churches- grief counselors   – You see there are times when a grief stricken person doesn’t want to talk or listen- but they can read in the privacy of their own home. They can see that others have gone through the process.

No this is not a how too book there is no such thing. Each death and each grieving is unique to that person. There is no time period no set standard, no set of rules. Grief is personal and many times private because people do not know how to reach out. They believe that no one has ever gone through what they have gone through. While on one level that is true- each person’s grief is unique to them. However, we have all lost loved ones to death- it is the circle of life. Understanding that may help someone to know that they are not alone. Pennies from Heaven does that.

So this is a reaching out to others, if you know a church, a funeral director, hospice, chaplain (even military) leave me a comment here or contact me. This book has purpose. It fills a need

 

August 18, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interview on Blog Talk Radio

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ashleyfontainne/2013/07/28/brilliant-insanity-with-yvonne-mason Last night I was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio. We talked about my newest release Pennies from Heaven – You can listen to this 30 minute interview in the archives.  In this interview I talk about how this little book came into being and the though process behind it.

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

 

 

July 29, 2013 Posted by | Radio Interview | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Author Who has Written About Grief

Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices

I have just had the honor of reading a book by Laurel D Rund who lost her husband of many years. She wrote this little book to help her through the process of grief. She used her own artwork and her own poems to grieve. She has gone one step further and added places that one can write their own feelings and emotions as a journal entry.

She pours her heart and soul into her writings and art. One can plainly see the different stages of grief she traveled through as she completed her journey. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss.

July 5, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pennies From Heaven Receives its Second Five Star Review

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Sadly death and grief do not come with a set of instructions and most people are blindsided when death visits them or the ones they love. Pennies from Heaven is not an instruction book on how to grieve. That would be like saying we all get to a destination by the same route. It just doesn’t happen. People grieve in many different ways. No one can tell another person that “I know how you feel.” No we don’t know how they feel. Their emotions are different from our own. We can only empathize with them – We can understand the grief but we don’t know how they feel.

Pennies from Heaven is compiled of stories from many different people from all walks of life who have lost someone they love. They all grieved differently- and it was neither right or wrong- it was just grief.

The second five star review for Pennies From Heaven  was posted last night and the reviewer said it the best:

“5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for grieving!!! July 1, 2013

By Peter fundora
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This book proves that grieving has no right or wrong way of doing it.
Everybody has different ways of dealing with death.
And this book proves it.This is a must read!!! Highly recommend this book.”
   If you are grieving or know someone who is this book may help you understand that your grief is okay. The way you are grieving is okay.
 The people who have contributed to this book reached way down deep into their hearts and souls and poured everything they had into writing their stories so that it might help someone else to heal. They gave unselfishly and willingly in order to help someone else.
    This book is now available on Kindle and Nook and Lulu.com In about six to eight weeks it will be available in paperback on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also order directly through me by emailing me at ysam51@yahoo.com
  It will be the best money you ever spent!

July 2, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The First Review on Pennies From Heaven

The first reviews for Pennies from Heaven are appearing on Amazon. Horror Author Thom Futrell has put pen to paper after reading Pennies from Heaven. Thom got it. He understands why this book is so important. He gave this book a five star rating and highly recommends this book for every household. Death does visit each and every one of us if we live long enough.

 

“Pennies from Heaven is a book that I think no family should be without. Death walks through the living room of all of our lives and leaves a bit of himself as he leaves. These are stories of people who had to face death, and are willing to share those experiences so that no one has to feel alone in the world. What I took from this book is, we matter. All of us, every person on this Earth and every minute we have with them is precious and should never be taken for granted. My heart goes out to the people who had dealt with loss and to those who will in the future. Know this, no matter who you are, you are not alone”.–THOM FUTRELL, Author of Empty Graves

 

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

July 1, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option on Amazon Kindle’s Bestseller List

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option is still on Amazon Kindle’s best seller list. This book is very close to my heart for many reasons. One this is about my brother Stan who is challenged and was never supposed to succeed, second this book took me 34 years to publish. I was rejected so many times that I lost count. I finally decided that I was in charge of my own destiny. I have never looked back. Third this book is the reason I say I am successful contrary to the naysayers and the ones who are jealous because they refuse to live their dream.

Stan is my yardstick. He has done things that he was never supposed to do. He has never given up and he keeps on getting up when he is knocked down. This man has touched so many lives it amazes me. He has spent 15 years at Publix Grocery store and just received his evaluation he received the highest he could receive – which was 168 points-

So when I hear someone say they can’t or they can’t find a job or they want to just draw a check I want to smack them. One time I asked Stan if he wanted to draw SSI which he qualified for his comment was “No, I don’t want to live off the government, I will make my own money.” This was a man who was not supposed to be able to reason- and yet he has excellent reasoning skills.

So if this man who has brain damage understands there is no pride in living off the government that pride comes in hard work and honest work why can’t others? The answer is simple- he understands that nothing is free. He understands that in order to have pride and a sense of success one must work no matter the job- if it janitorial- digging ditches – washing dishes or whatever it takes to earn a living even if one has to work two jobs which he has done. He also understands that when one lives off someone else be it the government or someone else they own you. They determine your future and your present. They tell you what to do and how to do it.

If Stan who is brain damaged understands this why don’t those who are “normal” get it? The reason is simple- they choose to take the easy path they allow others to make those decisions for them- they like being owned.

Stan refuses to be owned as he is always telling the children “I am a full grown man, I can take care of myself.” Those who live off others can and should take lessons from a man who was never supposed to succeed failure was his only option- but yet he beat those options.

This book is available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, audio books including itunes download with enhanced version with photos, and nook as well as Lulu

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

 

Stan on Graduation Day

June 27, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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