The Winding Road Book Tour with Miriam Hurdle

I am pleased to give a shout-out to my friend, Miriam Hurdle, with the release of her latest book, The Winding Road. Miriam was one of the first people I met when I started blogging almost three and a half years ago. She is considerate and supportive, often taking the time to leave kind comments on others’ blogs. We first bonded because we’re both retired educators. Miriam not only taught but also became an administrator for several years near the end of her career. A second area we have in common is we both sang in church choirs. I know this is one of the things Miriam missed most during the pandemic. Finally, in retirement, we’ve both become writers. Having read her book of poetry, Songs of Heartstrings, and her children’s book, Tina Lost in a Crowd, I was excited to learn she had another story to tell. Her memoir tackles the most challenging of subjects—battling cancer. Time to turn things over to Miriam.

Thank you for hosting my launch tour today, Pete. I’m thrilled to be here to share my new book with your friends.

During the launch tour, I want to talk about memoir writing. Yesterday, I talked about the types of memoirs. My memoir falls into the type of experience memoir. Here is my topic for today.

How to Write an Experience Memoir

Set the focus

An experience memoir should set focus on a specific experience. Your readers will walk away knowing you and a particular experience you lived through on a deeper level. They also relate their own understanding and experiences to your story.

Include interesting elements

If you write about a snowstorm during your skiing adventure, you want your readers to learn about you along the way and how you manage the situation. You may want to include the details about the place, the people you experienced, and what you learned about yourself and nature. Your readers want to know the backstory. It’s the vivid details that make a memoir unforgettable.

Tell the truth

An interesting memoir is the author’s honesty. You tell the truth as seen through your eyes. It should simply share an experience that readers can relate to. It doesn’t need to exaggerate or bend the truth. If you find you can’t remember certain details, that’s okay, too. You can lean into what “would have been true” where the details are.

Example: In The Winding Road, I said, “I couldn’t remember what the show was about, but being with my daughter was enough for me.”

Take the readers along the ride

You can let readers see yourself through the high and low of your story so they can identify with your experiences. This helps the readers to connect with your emotions with pivotal reflections and takeaways throughout your story. You may create enough ups and downs to shape your overall story. In the end, the readers can draw their own conclusions and apply the lessons in their own lives.

Reveal the personal growth

At the end of your memoir, show the experiences you’ve gone through along your journey and reflect on the growth and changes you have lived through or survived.

Example: In The Winding Road, I wrote, “the cancer journey changed my priority and the value of my life.”

The Book Information

Blurb

In the summer of 2008, Miriam Hurdle was diagnosed with melanoma-an aggressive and invasive cancer in her internal organs. The survival rate before 2008 was low. Besides risking harsh treatments for a slim chance of survival, Miriam had hoops to jump through. By the time she received treatment at the beginning of 2009, her cancer had progressed from stage II to stage IV. It was a rough and uphill winding road. But alongside her was support and encouragement. Accompanied by the love of her family and community, this is Miriam’s journey of faith and miracle. It is a heartwarming story of resilience, courage, and the will to live.

My Review of The Winding Road

Authors write books for many reasons. I sense that author Miriam Hurdle penned her memoir partly for cathartic reasons but mostly because she wanted to help those undergoing similar cancer treatments. Hurdle pulled no punches and shared her journey from beginning to end. I found this compelling tale revealed a great dale about her character and ability to keep fighting for herself and her family. There were plenty of challenging moments along the way, times when it would have been easier to give up, but she did not allow herself to go down that path. From physical, mental, and emotional challenges, Hurdle tells her story in an honest and heartfelt manner.

I came away with several takeaways after reading this book. First, one must keep trying and have strength and perseverance in believing they will get better. Next, the support of family and friends can make all the difference, particularly when a patient is going through low moments physically and emotionally. They may not be able to see their friends as much as they’d like, but the cards, phone calls, and favors such as offering to cook a meal are much appreciated. Finally, religious and personal faith was fundamental to her recovery. She believed she’d get better and continued to fight because she wanted to be there for her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.

Nearly everyone has experienced cancer in their family as a patient or watched a loved one fight this battle. Reading Hurdle’s book brought back many memories as a young man as I observed my mom going through many of these same challenges. I think this book would be helpful for anyone in similar circumstances. I commend Miriam Hurdle for having the courage to write it.

How Do I Purchase Miriam’s Book?

The Winding Road Trailer

About Miriam

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her publications include Songs of Heartstrings, and the children’s book, Tina Lost in a Crowd. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching, and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.

Contact Miriam at

Website/Blog: https://theshowersofblessings.com 

Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17252131.Miriam_Hurdle 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhurdle112 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miriam.hurdle.1

124 thoughts on “The Winding Road Book Tour with Miriam Hurdle

  1. An amazing story of determination and love… everyone should read this…

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 5:38 am

      The will to live to be there with one’s family is a powerful motivation.

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    2. I’m grateful to have a supportive family and friends, Anita. Yes, they boosted my energy to fight. Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  2. Congratulations, Miriam. Impressed with her strength and glad that she’s sharing her story. More power to her.

    I’m going to check out her book. My grandfather has been battling cancer this year and it would be comforting to read a survivor’s story.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 5:42 am

      Sorry to hear about your grandfather. When my mom went through radiation and chemotherapy, it was hard to concentrate on anything else.

      I’m all about taking inspiration from others, even if I’m not going through the same challenges. Thanks for reading, Moksha.

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    2. I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather. I hope he’ll read my book and find encouragement in his situation. I like your name Panda. Your friends must be right to call you Panda. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Wishing the best for your grandfather.

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  3. this sounds like such a powerful book, in more than one way. congrats to Miriam, and thank you for sharing this –

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 5:45 am

      She kept notes on everything that went on throughout the process. I imagine part of the reason was to help keep it straight in her head. It reinforces the importance of keeping a journal.

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    2. My family and friends helped me through the battle, Beth. I’m grateful to have survived to tell the story. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  4. So glad Miriam made it through her tough journey with cancer. So nice of you to feature her story here and promote her book.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 5:47 am

      Miriam is the one who took the time to share a personal story. The least I can do is offer a little support.

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    2. The journey was tough, with a happy and positive ending, Peggy. I’m delighted to share my story. I’m thankful for Pete’s wonderful review of my book and his kindness to spread the word.

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      1. So nice to hear about your book and how you overcame your medical struggle. Here’s to many more wonderful years on this earth for you Miriam. I was never a teacher, but was an educational secretary on the Navaho Indian Reservation in Arizona for 18 years.

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  5. Sounds inspiring. Resilience and love carried her through her illness, but there is also a humble note that comes through. I love how she took the time to pass on her knowledge of how to write a memoir. Congratulations!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 5:50 am

      Memoirs seem to evoke a strong response from most readers. Not everyone likes them, but it’s one of my favorite genres to read. I want to put myself in the author’s head to understand what it must have been like.

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    2. Thank you very much, Margie (and Tony). I wanted to share my story. Many professionals write about how to write a memoir. I was glad to learn from them. I appreciate your lovely comment.

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      1. Congratulations, and may good health stay with you!

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  6. I’m the wife of an almost thirty-year cancer survivor, and I’m interested in reading this book. Going on my TBR list. A big thanks for hosting today, Pete. Miriam, I continue to wish you well on this new release.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 5:53 am

      You must be incredibly grateful, Joan. Having known a few people who’ve gone down this road, it seems they take a lot less in life for granted.

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      1. We are grateful, Pete. And yes, we’ve learned not to take life for granted.

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    2. Congratulations on your husband’s victory over cancer, Joan. When I told my friends that I had melanoma, a couple of survivors showed me their scars. My doctor said my hidden scars were not available to show.
      I’m delighted you have my book on your TBR list. appreciate it very much of your support. Pete is a wonderful host!

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    3. I don’t take life for granted either, Joan! Every day is a gift!

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  7. A very insightful review of Miriam’s book, Pete! I also appreciated her discussion of how to write an experience memoir that readers will relate to.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 5:58 am

      A key element to most successful memoirs is they make us feel what it must have been like to go through. I think emphasizing personal growth along the way is a great way to engage the reader.

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    2. I appreciate very much Pete’s review, Liz. I think your Grief Song is a form of memoir. I refer to my book Songs of Heartstrings as a memoir in poetry. Thank you so much for your support and for reviewing my book and hosting me.

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      1. You’re most welcome, Miriam. I haven’t thought of Grief Songs as a memoir, but I think you have a point!

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  8. Thank you for introducing me to this exceptional woman/author, Pete. An excellent interview. Miriam, it is heartening for me personally to see your memoir of your journey through cancer and beyond from over a decade ago just now being published. My own personal WIPs seem to take forever to be finished – you have proven it can be done and relevant regardless of the length of time from ‘when it occurred’ to ‘when it got published’. Brava.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 6:03 am

      I can relate to your feelings, Laura. One foot forward, a little bit at a time. Many books are published before they’re ready in an author’s haste to have their story read. I’m determined to see my project to the finish line, even if it takes longer than most.

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    2. I appreciate your sharing of your WIP, Laura. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to finish as long as we keep inching forward. I kept all my journals and notes of my experience. I started writing bits and pieces in 2016. My first draft was written in 2021. I kept reorganizing and editing it. With the help of my writing group, I finished it this year, 13 years after the ordeal.

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      1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:25 am

        I love learning that fact about you, Miriam. My respect for your perseverance just went up another notch.

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  9. Congratulations on the release and your health Miriam. Thanks, Pete for hosting Miriam today.

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    1. Thank you very much, John. I’m thankful to have the health to play with my grandkids!

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  10. Thank you Pete for hosting Miriam’s story here. I benefited from her instruction in the beginning about the different types of memoir and the fact that there is “an experience” memoir theme. Words to remember. More importantly, you know well my own struggles with cancer and so I am very interested in reading Miriam’s book. Mainly, I remember walking away from cancer treatment with a new, almost overwhelming sense of gratitude.

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    1. Good to see you here, Melanie! Thank you for sharing your experience. “Overwhelming sense of gratitude” describes how I’ve felt perfectly. I’m glad to know you’re interested in reading my book. I’m sure we have some similar struggles and ups and downs during the journey. Please let me know what you think about my book.

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      1. I will be happy to! Thank you Miriam.

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    2. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:33 am

      It seems that phenomenon understandably happens to a lot of people, Melanie. Even though I never had Covid, I have a renewed appreciation for the simple things in life, such as having a beer and sharing a meal with a friend. As screwed up as the world sometimes seems, I’ve got many blessings.

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  11. Reblogged this on The Showers of Blessings and commented:
    I’m over at Pete Springer’s blog for my Day 3 of The Winding Road launch tour. Pete and I followed each other several years ago. He tells you why we became good friends. I love his book They Call Me Mom. Every new or experienced teacher will benefit from this book.

    During this book launch tour, I talk about memoir writing. Today’s topic is How to Write an Experience Memoir. Please head over to join me for the discussion.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:36 am

      I’ve been following you along on your tour, Miriam. It’s great to see you and your book getting the attention you deserve. Good for you to have the courage to share your story.

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      1. I’m thankful for this supportive community, Pete. We have many mutual blogging friends, and I made some new friends during this tour. It’s my privilege to share my story.

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  12. Great hosting and excellent book. Highly recommended.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:39 am

      I believe you got this train rolling, Jacqui. I immediately thought of Miriam’s book when you posed the question from the Insecure Writer’s Group about writing fantasies vs. memoirs.

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      1. They say not to write a memoir unless your personal journey stands out. Miriam certainly met that standard.

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    2. Pete is a great host. I’m thankful to be here at his blog, Jacqui! I appreciate your recommendation of my book.

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  13. Thank you for hosting me today, Pete. I love your introduction. We have many good things in common. We may have many mutual friends in this blogging community. I’m excited to meet your friends who are new to me. Thank you so much for your fantastic review on The Winding Road. I appreciate your understanding because you have personal experience with your mom suffering from cancer.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:43 am

      I think we realize the importance of friends and supporting each other in the blogging community. You’re having quite a busy year, young lady. Much luck with the next chapter in your lives in Portland. We’ve got family up that way, so maybe we’ll meet in person someday, my friend.

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  14. I have to commend anyone with the strength to battle cancer and the will to share their story. Miriam is one brave lady. Thanks for sharing Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:46 am

      I’ve never met Miriam in person, but she strikes me as someone on the introverted side. She shows that one doesn’t have to be boisterous to possess courage and strength.

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    2. Thank you so much for your comment, Jennifer. Like doing everything else, I just tried my best. I’m thankful to have beaten the beast!

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      1. Doing everything your best is a great way to approach things. You definitely have the right attitude to succeed at both beating cancer and writing your memoir.

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author September 8, 2022 — 9:08 am

    Great advice, Miriam 🙂 You told your story beautifully, and insightfully, with a lot of hope mixed in. Thanks for hosting, Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:48 am

      Attitude is everything, isn’t it, Denise? I’d much rather surround myself with positive and uplifting people like Miriam.

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    2. Yes, hope was the major ingredient of my journey, Denise! Thank you so much for your support and your lovely review. I look forward to next Monday when you host me.

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  16. Thanks for hosting Miriam, Pete and for doing it so well. It’s a great book.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:52 am

      My pleasure, Dan. There are many good people in this community, and it’s good that we can spread the word to help each other. I’m hoping to get to Knuckleheads in the next month.

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      1. Thanks Pete. I hope you enjoy it. This community has been so supportive.

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    2. Pete is a great host and did a wonderful job with this post, Dan! I’m thankful for this supportive community.

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  17. A great review of Miriam’s book, Pete. I think it takes courage to go through cancer and be strong. I also believe it takes courage to write about the experience.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:55 am

      You make an excellent point, Darlene. They really are two different types of courage. My wish is that in our lifetime, we’re able to wipe out this dreaded disease.

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    2. Thank you so much for your comment. I have a great writing group. They encouraged me to be vulnerable and show my struggle and emotions. I read my journals again and dug up those moments, closed my eyes to relive them, and revised my writing. I like my final presentation.

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      1. A great writing group is so valuable, especially one that provides encouragement. I look forward to reading this.

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  18. Hi Pete, your review interested me as I was also personally effected by Miriam’s memoir. It brought back my memories of my mother’s battle with cancer. Fortunately, like Miriam, my mom is a cancer survivor. A most interesting article too, thanks for sharing it.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 11:59 am

      I suspect our moms shared many of the same qualities, Robbie. Mom was a deeply religious person, and her faith was one of the most important things in her life. If this was God’s plan for her, she accepted it. I remember feeling pretty powerless during that time, wishing I could trade places with her to take on some of the burden.

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      1. Exactly, Pete. We have that feeling when our loved ones get seriously ill. I had the same feeling when my daughter got sick.

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      2. Hi Pete, it is difficult to watch our loved ones suffer. I have had to sit on the sidelines many times with sick children and my parents. The staff at the hospital still remember me.

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    2. I’m sure there’s a cancer survivor club somewhere, Robbie. Your mom and I would be happy members. I’m glad she is doing well and enjoying your father, you, and your family.

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  19. It’s wonderful to see Miriam and this book in the spotlight. It kept me glued to the pages. It’s hard to imagine all she went through. I’m thankful it’s behind her, and hope her story is inspiring for many.

    Congratulations, Miriam, and thanks for sharing, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 12:01 pm

      Hope is the thing that keeps us going, even when things look bleakest. Miriam’s story is a testament to the strength of her character and support system.

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    2. I’m thankful for Pete’s generosity in hosting my launch tour today, Mae. Thank you so much for reading my memoir and doing a beautiful review for my book. It’s my privilege to share my story.

      Pete is a wonderful and supportive friend. I’m delighted to be here today.

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  20. Wonderful launch post and review for Miriam’s memoir, Pete. Congratulations and book blessings, dear Miriam! Sharing…

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Bette. I appreciate your support and sharing.

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    2. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 7:04 pm

      Books like Miriam’s are so important. Cancer can be cruel, and we need to keep pouring our dollars into research to come up with a cure.

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  21. Thank you for sharing your review and for hosting Miriam today, Peter. I’ve gotten to know her through her lovely blog, so I’m looking forward to reading her memoir. Wishing her all the best! xo

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 7:07 pm

      Having read Second Chance Romance and faith’s significant role in your book, I suspect that you and Miriam have a lot in common.

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    2. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment, Jill. I enjoyed your presence on my blog. I appreciate your support in reading my memoir. Have a wonderful weekend. Hope it’s not as hot as Southern CA. It was 96 degrees at 5:00 p.m.

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  22. Sounds like an amazing book and an amazing journey. Thanks for telling me about it.

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment, Rosi! It was a period of my life I won’t forget!

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    2. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 7:10 pm

      I have a couple of friends in the middle of cancer treatments right now. Miriam had a terrific support system—a key element in recovery.

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  23. what a wonderful review, Pete, of a book that can make a difference in people’s lives. I wish Miriam the best of luck with her memoir, and continued health and success…

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    1. petespringerauthor September 8, 2022 — 7:14 pm

      Unfortunately, patients can do everything right and not have a positive outcome. That’s why we need to keep beating the drum for cancer research.

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      1. yes, especially when any one of us could be the one that benefits from such research…

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    2. Pete did a wonderful review of my book, Jim. I’m thankful to be alive to share my story. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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      1. you are welcome, Miriam, and congrats again on your health, and your memoir!

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  24. Thanks for this introduction. I appreciate knowing about Miriam and her memoir. True stories written by those who lived the story, ring true with me. Adding the book to my TBR list.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Ally Bean. I followed you but have to come back to your blog to get to know you because we’re in the middle of moving. I appreciate your support and your adding my memoir to your TBR list. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  25. Wonderful review, Pete. I recently finished The Winding Road and will be posting my review next week. Like you, I am a huge fan of Miriam’s. Her kindness and generosity shine in her eyes.

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    1. Thank you for reading The Winding Road, Jacquie! I look forward to your review. I appreciate your kind remark about me – my grandkids put the sparks in my eyes!! We look forward to moving close to them.

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    2. petespringerauthor September 10, 2022 — 7:41 pm

      I consider myself a good judge of character, and Miriam is like a solid house foundation.

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      1. I like that, Pete. It suits her ❤

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  26. Thanks for sharing, Pete!

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    1. Thank you very much, John!

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    2. petespringerauthor September 10, 2022 — 7:43 pm

      My pleasure, John. Someone who has gone down this path before can offer insight to those who haven’t.

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  27. It’s great to see Miriam here, Pete. I had almost the same takeaways from the powerful book – tenacity, self-advocacy, and the power of a supportive community. I was riveted for the entire read And great info on memoirs, Miriam. Telling the truth is part of what makes memoirs so personal and connects the author and reader. Thanks for sharing your journey. And thanks for hosting, Pete. Happy Weekend to you both.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 9, 2022 — 7:44 pm

      Miriam’s story is quite inspirational. I’m glad that she decided to share it with the world. I think it would be useful for cancer victims and those who are part of the patient’s support system to read it.

      I’ve finished and enjoyed The Necromancer’s Daughter and will be ready to include my review as part of my post on Monday. Superb job, Diana!

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      1. Having just navigated the cancer journey with my husband, I found her information extremely informative, Pete. I’m also grateful that she shared her story and her wisdom. And Thank You for the kind comment on my book too. Enjoy your weekend and see you on Monday!

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    2. Self-advocacy is not an easy thing to do for an introvert and shy person. It was great learning for me personally by going through the entire ordeal. I was glad to have taken a whole year to learn about writing memoirs, Diana! Thank you for your visit and comment. I’ll check on your tour schedule soon.

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      1. No need to follow my whole tour, Miriam, though I’ll be at Pete’s on Monday! I can relate to how hard it is for introverts to advocate for ourselves, but you did it and that’s a huge inspiration. And I remember when you were learning about writing memoirs. It paid off with your excellent book. Hugs.

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      2. Thank you, Diana. I remember in group discussion, I tried so hard to build up the courage to raise my hand or utter the first word. By the time I was ready, the group leader moved on to the next item. The cycles repeated again. 😂
        Being a teacher or an administrator was different. I had the floor. 🤣
        Haha, I didn’t tell anyone about what that one member did to me.
        Hugs to you, my friend.

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  28. I’m so thankful that you introduced me to this incredible lady Pete! What a heartwarming story of personal strength. She sounds like an amazing woman and I can’t wait to dig in a browse her blog! I apologize for not seeing your post sooner. I’ve been checking your blog for new posts but somehow WordPress was showing that you didn’t have any new ones available. I’m so glad I caught this today 🥰

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    1. petespringerauthor September 11, 2022 — 7:25 pm

      No reason to apologize, LaShelle. I’ve never understood why I consistently receive notifications when some bloggers post while WordPress seems random about others. I’m sure you always make the family your #1 priority.

      I’ve known Miriam for quite some time. She’s one of those people who always has a kind word for everyone. I felt sad for her when Covid prevented her from spending time with her grandchildren.

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      1. We’re still recovering from Covid over here. We have long haul Covid unfortunately. ❤️ WordPress is weird with their notifications but I’m glad I caught this one!

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      2. petespringerauthor September 11, 2022 — 7:52 pm

        Been able to dodge Covid so far. Hope everyone feels like themselves soon.

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      3. We all had our shots, we all were boosted and this was our first time getting it. It’s been rough. Over a month later and were still not right.

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      4. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 1:29 pm

        So much randomness with Covid. Why do some people who ride together in a car get Covid while others do not? You can do everything right and still get it. The evidence seems pretty clear that far fewer of the vaccinated will die. I just got back from the gym, and one of the other people working out was telling everyone that’s it all fake. I don’t even know what to say to people like that. We haven’t lost anyone close to us, but many others have. Can you imagine if one of the people he talked to had someone die in their family, and he’s telling them it’s all fake?

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      5. Two friends of mine died of COVID and I don’t understand the stupidity behind people who think it’s not real. It bothers me so much. My husband works for life flight. We treat Covid with respect which is why we’re all vaccinated, even Nikolai is vaccinated.

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    2. Hi LaShelle, I visited your blog. Happy anniversary! What a fun love story you have. I followed you and will check out your blog in more detail later because we’re in the middle of moving 1,000 miles away to be close to my daughter and the grandkids. Thank you for checking out my blog. Hope we can keep in touch. 🙂

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      1. That’s so thoughtful of you! I’ve had a hard time following you on my phone so hopefully you following me will make it easier for me to find you and follow you back! Drive safe Miriam! I’m so glad you get to live near family now

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      2. I know, LaShelle. There are certain things I can’t do it with my phone. We don’t have a moving date yet. We’re flying in a few days for our next trip for my older granddaughter’s birthday.

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      3. That’s wonderful! It’s my birthday this weekend 😅. I’m so glad you get some family time in

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  29. Nice to see you part of Miriam’s book tour Pete. And another fantastic review. This book is coming up on my reader. Congrats again to Miriam. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 8:10 pm

      Yes, I’ve been a busy boy lately. I generally like that, as long as I’m doing things that interest me. My life has been in good balance for the last several years, and I plan to keep it that way.

      I’m sure you will enjoy Miriam’s book, Debby. Thanks again for all of the attention regarding my book and for your excellent review.

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      1. My pleasure Pete. 🙂

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  30. Congratulations to Miriam on this great review – a fabulous post for her blog tour. Toni x

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    1. Thank you very much, Toni.

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  31. Thank you for this introduction to Miriam, Pete. I love a great memoir for many reasons but mostly, for how relatable it can be and how there’s a great take-away from everyone’s story. Miriam’s take-away is how perseverance and resilience can carry us through the darkest of times. Thank you for sharing!

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  32. petespringerauthor September 17, 2022 — 6:32 pm

    She showed fantastic heart and perseverance. She also had a great support system, which helped her challenges. She and her husband are in the process of moving to Portland to be closer to their grandkids.

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  33. Miriam’s book is amazing. I also have read Miriam’s poetry book (lovely) and her sweet children’s book, but I was not prepared for the heartfelt turmoil, pain, and love expressed in her memoir THE WINDING ROAD. What a road Miriam traversed. I shuttered during part of it. I wondered if I’d have the strength and faith to go through what she went through. Wanting to live for our children, and a strong attitude, sure has amazing healing powers. I reviewed her book on Amazon and Goodreads. Yay for you reviewing Miriam’s memoir here, Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 21, 2022 — 7:04 am

      I’m someone who is fascinated by motivation. I suspect my son is the same way as a football coach. The psychology of finding a reason to do what we do is interesting. I think most of us generate a lot of motivation, the way Miriam did, through their family. Many of your short stories center around family as well, Pam.

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      1. You make a good point – motivation – and yes, I think family may be the top motivator for most of us. Thank goodness! ❤

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