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Pennies From Heaven Rates Another Five Star Review

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

There is nothing else I can add to this amazing review. Be sure and go to her site and look at all of her wonderful books. Including Hollowing Screams and Six Pack

Ms. Barbara Watkins who is very well known for her paranormal books have given Pennies from Heaven a five star review  http://barbarawatkins.blogspot.com/2013/07/pennies-from-heaven-by-award-winning.html?spref=fb

Inspirational Stories Written From the Heart

First and foremost, I want to give a personal ‘thank you’ to award winning author, Yvonne Mason, for assembling this amazing group of loving and caring individuals – she included. Bravo to, Debi DeSantis, on the amazing book cover design – absolutely beautiful.
‘Pennies From Heaven’ is a collection of inspirational stories expressing from the heart the pain and suffering of losing a loved one. We know death is inevitable, a part of life, a final departure. But how does one survive life when confronted with the death of a loved one – it really is a fight for survival for those left behind. There really is no right or wrong way – no recipe written or handbook to be read. We must each find our own way of coping with the depression, heartache, and the helplessness death brings.
This collection includes true stories of those who have experienced the loss of loved ones, and the journey they have taken to come to terms with their own grief. How difficult it must have been to share such personal experiences – yet, they did so in hopes that their story might help others begin to heal.
I highly recommend ‘Pennies From Heaven’ as each story is a tribute to the human spirit.

Five Stars all the way around…!

July 28, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Surprises Beyond Measure

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies from Heaven has only been released for a couple of days and already it has made the best seller list on Amazon Kindle. I am receiving orders left and right for signed copies of the book which is beyond humbling.

For those of you who don’t know what this little book is about let me just tell you.

Since 2008 I have had one death after another in my family. It all began with my father’s youngest sister who was killed in a head on collision in Alabama in 2008. Shortly after that my mother’s youngest sister was diagnosed with inoperable  cancer she left us in Dec 2010. In April of that same year my baby sister – the only sister I had was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia we lost her in July 2011. Then the tsunami began. Right after my sister died we lost my dad’s sister in law and the last two sisters he had. To say the grief hung over our family like a fog is an understatement. We didn’t have time to grieve before we lost another one.

Because of this I decided to grieve on paper. I guess one could say it was my therapy. I added to the cause by asking others who I had connected with on facebook if  they would be interested in doing the same. The response was overwhelming. Fifteen contributors added their story. Some added more than one. They all told me it helped them to grieve. They all have said that if their story helps one person to grieve and heal then the book has done its job.

Now you might say but I do believe in a higher power- no problem. There are several stories in there by people who do not believe in a higher power. It is their story and very worth telling. you might say but I have lost so many I don’t know where to start- There are stories about someone who lost many. You might say I lost a child no one knows how I feel. I agree no one knows your feelings however there  are stories about losing children and how the writer grieved and felt.

You might say but I haven’t lost anyone yet- but my family member is dying the slow death of dementia or Alzheimer’s well guess what there is a story about that too.

 

You might say I lost my parents know one knows how that feels, you are right we don’t know how your feel however we have stories of children who have lost parents and they told how they grieved.

You even might say I lost a beloved pet you don’t know how that feels. Again I say no we don’t know how you feel- however we have stories of people who lost their pet one is written by a teenager – they can tell you how they grieved.

This book is a book of love, hope – grief- and memories. It is told by those who wrote their own stories in their own way with their pain and heartache. They talk about how they coped or didn’t cope- how they felt and why they felt that way.

Pennies from Heaven is not faith based however it does have faith based stories it also have non faith based stories. It is a book written with love- pain and acceptance.

We wrote this book with the thought that if just one person could find comfort- strength and the ability to  grieve and move forward with the memories then our job has been done. Please take the time to order it and read it- give it to someone who needs it.

It is now available on Lulu.com on Amazon kindle and Nook – it can also be ordered directly from me and will be signed. If you want to order directly from me contact me at ysam51@yahoo.com

June 29, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | 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

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

Today this review appeared on Dream Catcher – When I wrote the book my goal was twofold the first goal was to leave something behind about Stan after we were all gone. The second goal was to help at least one person either make a dream come true or to help a family who a family member who is challenged. This review tells me that is happening.  The is book is full of inspiration and hope for families who live with the challenged and for people who are not challenged who has dreams.

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Families of Children with “Challenges” June 17, 2013

By M. Paschall
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is the story of a remarkable family. It chronicles their struggles and joys as they work to give their beloved son the best possible life. I am not sure that many of us realize what a different world it was in the mid to late 20th century for people with “challenges”. Ms Mason has given us a glimpse into that world. Like Temple Grandin’s family, they were ahead of the times. It is an inspiration to read of Stan’s determination and kindness. As the mother and grandmother of children with autism, severe ADHD, and depression issues, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.

June 17, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ask Yourself What Does Father’s Day Really Mean to You

As I was sitting here going through facebook and thinking about all the things people have written about fathers and mothers and the one day that is set aside to honor them I thought of my own parents. They have been together for 64 years. My mother fell in love with my Dad when she was 13 years old riding a school bus. They lived a mile and a half from each other. She has loved him all of her life. He has loved her all of his life. Together they have raised five children and buried one. They have lost siblings and parents. They have been through ups and downs and bumps in the road. They both have survived cancer for 13 years. They raised a son who is challenged and he became a productive member of society. They have been blessed with 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Their life has not been perfect but their love has. They taught their children how to love each other and how to make a marriage work. (Though some of ours didn’t) They taught us unconditional love and that people are not perfect. They taught us that even those who are challenged have a place in this world. They believed in us even when we didn’t.

The greatest gift our father gave his children is that he loves our mother- He is only happy when she is happy. He lives to take care of her and enhance her happiness. He has told me time and time again that the best part of his work day was coming home to his family.

No we are not a TV family. No we are not perfect, no my parents are not perfect (even though for years I thought they were) no the world is not perfect- but their love for each other and their children- grandchildren and great grandchildren if perfect. They love unconditionally.

If you would like an insight into just how perfect their love is how they raised us to love in that same vein how they taught that everyone has a place then you want to read Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option.

My mother and Dadn never gives up- She never gave up on my brother who is challenged. He is a success because of that.

Dream Catcher new Cover for Kindle

June 16, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pennies From Heaven – Soon to be Released

Pennies From Heavan

Pennies From Heavan

 

 

Pennies from Heaven is at the editors and will soon be released. This book was written with the intent to help anyone who is grieving – it is not a book that is based on any type of “medical” jargon or what you should or should not do. This book is stories from every day people who have experienced death in different forms. Who have grieved on different levels and in different ways. While there are stories that are spiritual based it is not necessarily a spiritual book. We have left it to the reader to find their own level. There are stories where the one left behind feels and sees the loved one who has gone on. There are stories of pets who have died and the grief that was caused. There are stories of young people who have died and left behind their parents to pick up the pieces. There is a story about what I call the slow death of hell, a parent who suffers from Alzheimer’s and the grief that begins as the disease progresses, the guilt that follows. There are stories of multiple deaths in one family as family member after family member seems to follow each other in death like an angry ocean crashing on the rocks. There are stories of children losing their parents way to soon and the missing piece that follows their lives.   

Our hope is that at least one person finds comfort, strength and the ability to heal after reading these heart wrenching stories. The authors of these stories have reached deep down in places that no one ever goes in order to write them for others. They are written in pain, love and grief so that others might find the courage to heal. Learn from them – know there is no timeline for grief- but also know that if you do not grieve and do not move forward you have cheated the person you grieve for of the life they had and you have cheated yourself of their memories which are forever with you.

May 28, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pennies from Heaven Has Gone to the Editor

Pennies From Heavan

Pennies From Heaven

 

For those of you who have been waiting for this little book of strength and comfort know that it has made its way to the editor. The next step is the publisher. The stories are as varied at the people who contributed to them.     Below is just one story of the many which are included in this book: Bear in mind this is the raw copy – which includes any errors which were corrected in the final draft. Many of the contributors are not professional writers they are just people who have a story to tell. These wonderful people offered to not only open their hearts and the pain of loss but they were also willing to put in on paper. A huge thanks go out to them.

 

 

Still Daddy’s Girl

My parents married for the first time, later on in life. I was born when they were in their 30’s. I was born on New Year’s Eve the following year, and was “Daddy’s girl” from the get go.

My Dad and I always had a very close relationship. He was a very loving Father, and put mine and my Sister’s needs before anything else in life. He did without, so we could have what we needed, or went without to give us “special, little things that would make us happy.”

He always had time for us. Every summer, he would put up a swimming pool for our enjoyment. He loved to take us fishing during the summer, and he would take us to carnivals, and to Peony Park which was an amusement park, here in Omaha, so we could ride the rides and play the games… I can still remember the good times we had, and the happiness, closeness and love that it left in my heart.

My Dad looked out for us in every way possible. Like any child, I thought he was being mean or controlling, when I would get chewed out or lectured “as I called it,” but he was always right and it was love coming from his heart, trying to protect his “little girl.” Dad’s thoughtfulness and wise words and kind heart made me the person that I am today, and I am proud of who I have become.

Throughout my life, my Dad and I always had a special bond. When I grew up, I would take care of him when he got older, just as he took care of me, and that is exactly what I did. I took care of him and my Mother in every way possible.

My Dad’s way of dealing with death was cut and dried. People died, you went to their funerals and paid your respects. He wasn’t one to believe in life after death.

After my paternal Grandmother’s death (his Mother) I had some experiences with life after death. I was very close to my Grandmother also. I told my Dad and my Mom about my experiences. My Mom believed me, because she has had “life after death experiences also.” My Dad was not a believer of such things and tried to debunk my experiences, even though I know in my heart my Grandma was trying to let me know that she was with me and still loved me.

My Dad had a long, chronic illness that was slowly killing him. I was very lucky to have him with me until 2010, when he turned 87 years old. In 2010 he was struggling worse than ever, and I knew that our time together was limited.

 

Decisions had to be made on whether to have them put a tube down his throat, to help him breathe, or to let him die with “dignity.” He had always taken care of me and even though I didn’t want my Dad, “who was my heart to die,” I had to make sure that he was comfortable and let him go peacefully, without suffering.

When the decision was made to let my Dad go, I didn’t leave his side. I held his hand and talked to him, and made sure he was comfortable. I thought that he would pass on quickly, but my Dad held on for several days, which I was believe “for his girls.”

 

About a week before my Dad died, he was in the hospital, and still talking. I remember Dad looking towards the door of the hospital room, when I was there, and he said “there’s Donnie, why don’t you go talk to him!” His brother “Donnie” had died around 8 years earlier. When he told me to go and talk to my Uncle Don, and he said it with such clarity, and I could tell by the look on his face he was truly seeing his brother. I knew that, Donnie had come to take him “home,” even before the thought of “letting Dad go” was even considered.

 

Another thing that my Dad was doing around the same time was, “acting like he was reaching into his pant pocket,” even though he was wearing a hospital gown. He kept doing this and “handing something to me.” He wanted me to open my hand so he could,  “put something in my hand.” I went along with it, because it was obviously something important to him, because he kept repeating this task. I asked him what he was giving me and he said “the keys.” I believe that he thought that he was reaching into his pants pocket and giving me the “keys to the house because he wanted me to have the house and remain in our home.”

 

I made the mistake of not responding to “taking the keys” and despite his 87 years of age and being so sick, his feistiness came out. He got a wee bit snippety and told me to “take the keys.” So, from there on out, he would reach into his pocket, take out the keys, I would take them from him and put them in my pants pocket. He repeated this, to make sure that I had the keys.

 

My Dad always liked to look nice when he went somewhere to visit. He would always be clean shaven, and smelling of cologne, and dressed in his nice pants and a nice shirt. Before his death, he couldn’t talk, but he took his hand and rubbed his chin area. He hadn’t  shaved for about a week. I asked him if he wanted me to shave him, and he shook his head “yes.”

 

I asked the nurse to shave him because I didn’t want to cut him with my unsteady hands. She shaved him and I took a wash cloth and washed his face, and wet his hair down and combed it back like he would wear it, and I told him “you can go now, you are Heaven’s little hottie.”

 

Later that night we were moved to a much nicer room on another floor because the ICU was needing the room. We had a newly remodeled room and my Sister slept on the couch and I took the recliner, and held his hand in mine, and we all fell asleep. The nurse woke me, to tell me “that it was getting close.” His breathing was getting shallow. Within 15 minutes or so, my Dad was gone, and my heart was breaking.

 

Once again, I looked at his face, as I had done with my Mom. All of the years of suffering and the lines on his 87 year old face disappeared. He looked happy and so peaceful! He looked so young, and happy again.

 

After my Dad’s passing I was going through some major depression. I had lost my Mom in 2009 and now my Dad in 2010. Other than my Sister, that was my only family. I was struggling to find a job, had people in my life that “claimed to be friends,” but were treating me terribly, and trying to take advantage of my kind heart. The people that said that they would be there for me, bailed and I was left alone or with people that were not treating me right, and I was hurting so badly, that I excepted that, when I should have slammed the door in their face.

 

My Dad had warned me about one of these people, when he was alive and I lived in “major denial,” and would get angry because of “the lectures.” This person was trying to take advantage of me and brought others into the picture. My life turned into a living hell in every way possible, and I can truly say that I had hit my rock bottom, and really didn’t want to be on this earth, living like this any longer.

 

There were people living in my household that I could not get out of here. They would not leave and the police said that they were “residents” and I would have to do a “legal eviction” which takes 30 days, so they could stay. There was stealing going on, and other things that were terribly wrong. I would sit here and cry and was giving up on my life.

 

I would cry myself into panic attacks, then would fall asleep. I would pray and talk to my Dad, even though I knew that he wasn’t with me and couldn’t help me. I would feel my Dad’s presence with me though. I felt like he was listening. One day, I realized that he was still with me.

 

I was sitting in the recliner watching TV, and I caught something out of the corner of my eye. I looked over towards the hallway, and saw my Dad, walking through the hallway.

 

He was not looking sickly and 87 years of age, but instead he looked young, and healthy again. I would see him from his head down to his chest. He was young looking again. He looked like he was maybe in his 40’s or 50’s. He was wearing a light weight, gray jacket that he always wore in the spring. He would walk from the upstairs door in the hallway, and then disappear at the end of the hall. This gave me comfort knowing that my Dad was still here with me, and he knew what was going on, and listening.

 

I had seen my Dad several times in the same exact place, and wearing the same exact thing. It eased my heart to know that my Dad, who did not believe in life after death, was visiting me when I needed him the most. Daddy was looking out for his little girl and this was easing some of the pain and helping me get through the things that I had been goingthrough.

 

Throughout this time, I never mentioned this to anyone.  One of my roommates came up to me though, and mentioned that he thought he saw my Dad. Well, before I opened my mouth and said anything, I asked him what he looked like, and he gave me the same exact description:  he looked younger and healthy, and  he would only see the upper half of him and he was wearing the same gray jacket. Now I knew that my Dad was making his presence known.

 

Over the next month or so, I would see my Dad. Even though we did not have any interaction, it gave me great comfort to know that he was there for me and I believe he is the reason that I struggled to go on, and got my household situation straightened out, and I was able to start my life over.

 

It means the world to me, knowing that my Dad of all people, the person that didn’t believe in “life after death,” made his presence known, and helped me in my darkest time. My Dad is still “my hero” even though he may not be physically with me right now, I know that he is still with me. I love you Dad, you are my heart!

 

Sharons father

Sharon J. Sobolik                                 Sharons’ Father

May 6, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On Death and Grief

Pennies From Heavan

Pennies From Heaven

Death comes to all of us sooner or later. It is as much a part of life as living. Because death is an unknown we do not know how to handle it when we lose someone we love. We have a hole that will not close. We feel a loss that will not leave. We feel anger, hurt, sadness, denial and many other emotions. We are not taught about death and grief because as human beings we live in denial. If we don’t think about it – then it will not happen. Or it happens to others not us.

I have been dealing with death since I was a child. People I loved have been dying ever since I can remember. Thankfully I had parents that taught me not only about death but about grief. They were wise enough to teach me that every one grieves differently- everyone has to find their own level of acceptance. (Some never do) –

Pennies from Heaven is about death and grief. It is not the usual how to book- Those are a waste of time. Pennies from Heaven is stories gathered far and wide written by others who have been there. Some who fell into the abyss and had to find their way out. It is not a book about making people “get over it”. One never gets over a death- one only learns how to move forward with the hole in their heart.

The beauty of this book is this- not only is it filled with stories of death and grief it is filled with stories of those who have gone on – being near those left behind. There are stories of beloved pets who have crossed over to Rainbow Bridge- Yes, I included those because they are a part of our lives- we love them and when we lose them it is painful- It does leave a hole in our hearts.

I highly recommend this book- It is not morbid nor is it hand slapping funny. It is a mixture of emotions much like we feel when we grieve. If this little book helps just one person learn to move forward while holding on to those memories which are so dear it will have been worth it. I know it has already helped the story tellers to heal.

Pennies From Heaven will be released in the next two months. I will post as soon as it hits the market.

May 2, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option now on Audio at Audiobooks.com

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

I am pleased to announce that Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option is now available at http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/dream-catcher/156150 it will soon be available on Amazon as both a download and an audio tape in mp3 formate.  This book is close to my heart because it is the true story of my brother who is challenged – He was born at a time when the challenged were not accepted instead they were put in asylums and back rooms and forgotten this did not happen to Stan. He has caught his dreams and become successful. This book is indeed a tissue holding eye wiping book.

December 7, 2012 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option is Now Available in Audio!!!!!

Dream Catcher new Cover for Kindle

 

After so many months of waiting Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option has been released as an audio book by Brook Forest Voices. Now you can enjoy this wonderful true story of love, inspiration and success in your car, on your computer, your kindle audible your ipod or ipad. To add to the beauty of this you can also enjoy it through the enhanced ebook with sounds- photos etc through itunes Connect for ibooks. This will be available in about three weeks.
“Starting Monday, it will be uploaded to Audible.com, audiobooks.com, and iTunes for the audiobook.  Next week the enhanced ebook (with sound, pictures, etc.) will also be uploaded and delivered to iTunes Connect for iBooks.  I wouldn’t expect to see anything online for about 2-3 weeks. (Audible usually takes 3+ weeks especially at this time of year.)”

This is my second book in audio. This book is a must have especially if you have a child or family member who has challenges. This book is full of inspiration- love and success at a time when failure was the only option.

Stan on Graduation Day

 

This is the story of Stan who was never ever supposed to succeed in any shape or form. This is his gift to the world. To let people know that all of us are here for a purpose- we all have a place and we all deserve to be here. The story can also be purchased in book for and on kindle and nook. IF you want signed copies to give for the holidays you can go to http://thebookattic.ecrater.com I will see that you get them before that big day.

December 1, 2012 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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