#FREE #Christmas Book Promotion – P.S. I Forgive You

BREAKING NEWS book promotion

 

I’m excited to announce just in time for the Christmas holiday season, I am putting my new book, P.S. I Forgive You on FREE promotion starting today, December 19th through December 23rd! If you haven’t got your copy of my book already, here’s a chance to download it for Free! The Universal link to all countries will bring you directly to the book page HERE

 

 

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Blurb:

 

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

 

P.S. I Forgive You - You can't fix someone who doesn't believe they're broken.

 

 

 

Reviews:

 

For Everyone Who Has or Is Attempting to be in a Better Place than Where They Came
5 Stars By Di Amazon Customer on November 22, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have always felt that something good can always come from something bad and this book clearly proves it. D.G. Kaye is the good that has for some blessed reason come from a horrific childhood. Her mother trumps the fictional mom in Yaya Sisterhood played by Ashley Judd and Ellen Burstyn about a very selfish and narcissistic woman! Whose line in one of the scenes was “Do I look fat?” The sad thing was this book is not writing about a fictional character but a mother who raised an amazing daughter in-spite of her lack of knowing how to love anyone but herself.
I have sent this book to two friends that I feel can relate and need to know that they are not alone and can rise above where they came from and not feel guilt for being angry at their moms. This book is sad but empowering. Showing that you are not your mothers!
Amazing Heartfelt Memoir – Loved it!
 on October 20, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I purchased “P.S. I Forgive You” this last night on Amazon (Kindle – as I wanted to read it right away). I could not put the book down and after 3 and 1/2 hours I finally had to go to bed (2:30 am). It was well written and surely from the bottom of D.G. Kaye’s heart! A story so sad that a mother was so taken with herself that she had not time to love her children they way a mother should. I am so sorry to hear you had to go through this heartache your whole life. I know family and friends that have endured similar experiences but never had the opportunity to be able write it down in a book. I will finish the book today and I am still reading…it really is mindboggling and sad. The hurt has carried through to all her siblings and in many ways will never go away. But Kaye had finally found peace and could forgive her mother….that in itself is a step to recovery!
Thinking of you D. G. Kaye and all your family to a healthy and long lasting relationship in the future going forward. Thank you so much for sharing your life experience with us all. We do cherish the fact that this was a very hard thing to do, but it needed to be done. Peace be with you always…..Smile and tomorrow is a new day. …submitted by Judy Hagadorn, Fonthill Ontario, Canada

 

STEVIE TURNER’S REVIEW OF ‘P.S. I FORGIVE YOU’, BY D. G KAYE.

I am a fan of biographies and autobiographies, and I must say I really enjoyed D.G Kaye’s P.S I Forgive You.

D.G Kaye and her siblings had the misfortune to be raised by a narcissistic and emotionally neglectful mother, who’d had exactly the same upbringing herself and so possibly considered her behaviour to be normal, knowing no other kind.  This type of upbringing leaves mental scars on the recipients, which Ms Kaye suffered from for years until she was old enough to learn some insight into her mother’s behaviour.

I have a cousin, who is one of 4 children who were all unwanted ‘accidents’.  My aunt not only suffered from post-natal depression, but she was also emotionally neglectful, just like the author’s mother.  One child grew up exactly like her mother, one was cowed and never left home, and the other two went as far away from their mother as they could.  Therefore I understand completely why Ms Kaye distanced herself in her mother’s later years, as it was the only way she could achieve peace of mind.

We grow in wisdom as we age, and with this insight comes forgiveness.  Ms Kaye can obviously never forget her troubled childhood, but I applaud her for finding the inner peace which my cousins were never able to do.  An inspirational memoir, which was shorter than I’d hoped, but still a five star read!

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Sunday #Book #Review – The Gamblers – Christoph Fischer

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Today’s book review is about one of Christoph Fischer’s many fascinating books, The Gamblers. 

Christoph is one of my favorite authors. His writing never disappoints, no matter what genre he writes in. He is known for his award winning historical fiction books Ludwika and The Luck of the Weissensteiners but is the author of many more successful books, some like this book, The Gamblers, written in a fast-paced thriller genre.

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

 

The Blurb:

Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.
He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

 

My Review: 5 Stars – Nothing is as it Seems

What would happen if you were to suddenly win a lottery?
This story about a geeky accountant, Ben who does win 64 million in a lottery and besides the money he acquires, comes doubt, suspicion, new love, new friends, but questionable trust. We are taken through the story with some characters Ben meets after he acquires his new riches and are kept wondering throughout his story about whether or not his financial situation will change yet again in the name of love.
Should Ben trust his new love interest Wendy, or his ‘new’ best friend, Russian entrepeneur Mirco? You’ll have to read this fast-paced thriller to find out, and in doing so, there will be some cautionary flags to pay attention to for those who may be lucky enough to come into a windfall.
This book gripped my attention until the very last page and had me wondering if Ben would maintain his fortune or could possibly become destitute from his numerous times of throwing caution to the wind. It will keep you wondering if some things are just too good to be true.
Many moments in this book had me wanting to smack Ben in the head for his impulsive behavior, but these are the elements that make for a great book. So if you like cat and mouse type adventures, you will love this book!

 

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Smorgasbord Christmas Party -Guest Tina Frisco with Jewel and the Christmas Tree | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

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Perfect for the holiday season, today I’m reblogging Tina Frisco’s Christmas story, a heartfelt tale about a precious little girl, Jewel. Tina’s story was featured in Sally Cronin’s Christmas story feature at her blog Smorgasbord Invitation.

 

“I am delighted to welcome author and friend Tina Frisco to the Christmas party, with an ethereal short story about Jewel a little girl with special powers. Jewel and the Christmas Tree by Tina Frisco . . .

Jewel and the Christmas Tree by Tina Frisco

 

“Get away from that tree, you little gamine! I didn’t decorate it only to have you come along and ruin everything!”

His voice was harsh and threatening. Jewel ran all the way home as fast as her little seven-year-old feet could carry her. Mumzy was there ready to comfort, but they had no heat and the walls were stone. They also had very little else worth mentioning. But mumzy always made her feel safe and well-provided for.

The townspeople called Jewel’s mother Ruby, because when the sun caught her flaxen hair, it shone blood-red. They didn’t like her. She never hesitated to speak her mind. So whenever anything went missing from their yards or chicken coops, they blamed her. They thought she was dangerous because the thefts always took place at night. Continue Reading . . .

 

SPECIAL NOTE*** I would like to also congratulate Tina on her newest, true labor of love, her brand new book, barely published 24 hours, Vampyrie. Please visit her new book HERE. Next Friday will be the last of the author interview series for the year, and Tina will be my featured guest where we’ll talk more about the book.

 

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#Blog party! – The Cat’s Pajamas Birthday – yadadarcyyada

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Today’s extra edition is a special, animated, amusing and informative post by the always entertaining Donna Parker of yadadarcyyada . Donna is currently running one of her famous blog parties through Christmas. She provides great entertainment and laughs and is inviting everyone to drop by to the party every day and leave a link to your blog and/or website. How cool is that? Fun, mingling, networking all rolled into one. There’s something for everyone in this post, as well as her recommendations for book gifts and other authors and bloggers she recommends. So come over and visit!

Here’s a snippet from the post, so come over and keep reading at Donna’s place!

“With an emphasis on the gift of reading. New, almost new, new to you, gently used, regifted – books bought from wherever, or a gift certificate or e-certificate for books or ebooks. While it might be difficult to resist the bestseller list, why not try some indie authors, they’re the cat’s pajamas, remember, best-selling doesn’t mean it’s the best book. Shop local and/or shop within your blogging community. Buy from the author or go on Amazon (dot whatever your country) and look up some of these authors – ebooks download in a flash. . . CONTINUE READING AT DONNA’S!

Source: The Cat’s Pajamas Birthday – yadadarcyyada

Who Has a New Book? – Guest Author, Hugh Roberts – Glimpses

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I’m thrilled to have Hugh Roberts here today. Hugh is a compassionate and helpful soul and a great sharer of his experience in anything he comes across which may prove helpful for his fellow writers and bloggers. Hugh has a special style of writing, and knows precisely how to captivate his readers.

Many of you may know Hugh from his blog, HughsViewsandNews, where he’s become an eclectic blogger. Hugh’s blog is a rich blend of short stories, helpful posts about WordPress functions and issues and fixes, blogger participation posts, such as his infamous photo challenges, sentimental stories, humorous stories, and so much more! But I’m almost willing to bet that the positive interest and reaction he received from his short story writing was what inspired him to write his debut book, Glimpses.

 

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Hugh, frightened by his own stories.

 

About Hugh:

 

Hugh W. Roberts is a brand new first time published author who lives in Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Hugh gets his inspiration for writing from various avenues including writing prompts, photos, eavesdropping and while out walking his dog, Toby. Although he was born in Wales he has lived around various parts of the UK, including London where he lived for 27 years.

Hugh suffers from a mild form of dyslexia but, after discover Blogging, decided not to allow the condition to stop his passion for writing. Since creating his blog ‘Hugh’s Views & News’ back in February 2014, he has built up a strong following and now writes everyday. Always keen to promote other bloggers, authors and writers, Hugh enjoys the interaction Blogging brings and has built up a group of on-line friends he considers as an everyday essential.

Hugh has now built up his first volume of short stories and is now working on the next volume. A keen photographer, he also enjoys cycling, walking, reading, watching television, and enjoys relaxing most evenings with a glass of red wine.

Hugh shares his life with John, his civil-partner, and Toby, their Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

 

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Blurb:

 Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

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Now, let’s discover more about Hugh, his writing, and about his new book!

Can you please tell us about how the concept of this book came about? Did writing short stories on your blog and gaining fans from those stories help your decision to publish?

 

The idea for ‘Glimpses’ came about from my love of stories that take the reader down a path that twists and turns and ends up in a completely different place to where the reader thought the path was going to take them. I’ve always admired writers who can take their reader’s breath away by delivering an unexpected twist that nobody was expecting, even though the clues are strewn throughout the story.  It’s extremely clever writing and something which I always wanted to try and achieve myself.

When I started blogging, back in February 2014, I wasn’t intending to publish my short stories on the blog, but then I found myself competing in fictional writing challenges set by other bloggers and I soon became hooked. The first short story I published on my blog ‘Last Train To Aldwych’ wasn’t written as part of a challenge, but people loved it and the comments I got were overwhelming. I soon found myself with over 30 short stories on the blog and people not only enjoying reading them, but asking me to publish them in a book.

 

When did you become a writer? Did you ever think you may like to publish a book, prior to when you began blogging?

 

I started writing short stories at an early age. Unfortunately, I am dyslexic and, back then, the condition was not recognised. My parents were always told that I was just very slow. However, I continued to write but never showed most of my work because of all the mistakes I knew would be littering the stories. People would laugh at the mistakes and think there was something seriously wrong with me. By the time I left school I’d stopped writing altogether because I was not able to handle the sometimes-hurtful feedback I’d get because dyslexia was considered a myth. However, my dream of one day publishing a book stayed with me. Fast forward 40 years and I discovered WordPress and blogging. The dream was still with me and, from the moment I published that first post, news doors opened for me and my writing.

 

You have such a unique style of writing your short stories, always containing an unexpected twist to keep your readers wondering till the end. What inspires you to create these stories?

 

Two TV shows are responsible for that. I always loved watching ‘The Twilight Zone’ and, in the UK, we also had a similar show called ‘Tales Of The Unexpected.’ I would ensure I never missed an episode. I would come away from watching those shows hoping and wishing that I could write episodes like those one day. In my late teens I loved watching Horror Movies, Sci-Fi and anything with a dark twist. I’m not so big a fan of Horror moves anymore, but anything that looks scary and looks as if it will get the hairs on my arms standing, will usually get my attention.

 

As a first time self-published author, did you find the process of the making of a book, challenging? From first draft to re-writes and edits, creating a cover and formatting, which part did you find the most overwhelming?

 

I didn’t find it a challenge, even though I was rather scared of going the self-publishing route. However, there was so much support and information on the blogs of other authors and I was overwhelmed with the offers of help. Without a doubt, it was writing the synopsis for the book that I found the most difficult to write. It was the toughest thing I’d ever written.  I must have had over 20 versions at one stage and even when I managed to whittle them down to just the one, I still wasn’t happy with it.  I went back to the drawing board and tried again and again. Then, one day, it just all seemed to click into place.

 

Can we expect more books from you in the future? And if so, do you think you’ll remain writing short stories, or perhaps consider writing one full length story?

 

Yes, I’ve already got six new short stories lined up for the second book. Some of the stories in Glimpses are very short, so I’m intending on making most of the stories for book two much longer. I’m planning on publishing my second volume of short stories in December 2017. Meanwhile, I do have a full-length story on the go. I started writing it way back in 2012, but it’s been laying untouched in a file on my computer for the last two years. The story is set in London in the 1980s and is based on my life over the 27 years I lived in the city. However, there is also a lot of fiction mixed in with it. The main character is based on me and I don’t think it will be long before he demands more of my attention again.  I’ve already written the first twelve chapters of the book and am intending in there being another six books in the series. I know, what big dreams, yeah? Inspiration for the book came from my love of ‘Tales Of The City’, by Armistead Maupin. I’ve read that book several times and absolutely love it.

 

Did you choose to use professional help to create your book, ie: editor, cover artist, formatter?

 

Yes. I hired both an editor and a cover artist. My editor also proof read the book for me as did some of my followers on the blog who left comments about what they liked and disliked. I wanted a cover that would be both eye-catching and colourful. I know people say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you have to try all you can to persuade people to pick up your book and look inside, otherwise, the chances of them buying it are probably almost non-existent. I fell in love with the cover as soon as I saw it and, with a few tweaks here and there, it became something I am very proud to have my name on.

I got help with the formatting from fellow author Christoph Fischer and his partner. I sat down with them for a few hours and came away with a lot more confidence about doing the formatting. Before then, I saw formatting as a big bad monster.

 

I’ve been following your fascinating blog for a few years now, and I know your story, The Truth App, was a smash success with your reader’s interest. Do you think it was that story that became the pivotal point where you knew you had to keep writing short stories?

 

I remember the day I published the ‘The Truth App’ on my blog and how gobsmacked I became because of all the attention it got. It got a lot of re-blogs and people were saying things like ‘OMG! You’ve got to read this!”. I also published the story on ReadWaves (that sadly no longer exists) and that is how the story went viral. However, it wasn’t the story that was the pivotal point for writing more short stories. I’d already written several short stories before ‘The Truth App’ and although they did not get anywhere near as much exposure as ‘The Truth App’, they had already done very well on my blog and brought me in a lot of new followers. When I joined the Committee of the Bloggers Bash, I had an idea to write another nine parts of “The Truth App’ and to include ‘The Bloggers Bash’ and ‘Bloggers’ in the story. Those further nine parts went on to bring me in even more followers and some people have already told me that the story is what they think got me noticed and what I’ll be famous for. I do love ‘The Truth App’ but it’s not my favourite story that I have written. However, I owe it a lot and will always look at it as getting me off the ground and onto that publishing road.

 

Now, please tell us a little about what types of stories we can expect to read in your book, and please share an excerpt with us.

 

There are 28 stories across a good cross-section of genres in the book. Many of the stories do fall on the dark side of my writing, but I’ve also included a four-part murder mystery, some comedy, a divine character who gets herself two stories (and somebody I hope everybody will love to hate), and an LGBT story with a wicked twist that came to me in the middle of the night.  All the stories contain twists and turns towards their endings I hope very few people will guess what is coming as they read the stories. I love to see the pure shock of ‘not expecting that ending’ on people’s faces. It makes me smile and tells me that I’ve written it exactly how I wanted.

The extract I’d like to share with you today is from my story “The Fence.’ It’s a Sci-Fi story about a man who has been asked, by his wife, to fix a hole in the garden fence. Sounds a simple enough task, but what Neil, the main character, discovers is that what appears on the other side of the fence when looking through the hole is not the same as when he peers over fence when standing on a chair.

 

Excerpt:

He rushed towards the hole in the fence again and peered through it. There she was, exactly in the same spot as she had been the last time he had peered through the hole. Neil wondered why he couldn’t see her when looking over the fence.

Grabbing the biggest hammer he could find, Neil started knocking away some of the wood around the hole. Seconds later, he dropped the hammer and tore at the remaining part of the fence. When the hole was big enough, he pushed himself through while Tara continued to scream.

A shot of pain went straight through his body as a rusty nail tore into the skin of his right leg. He let out a roar as the nail dug deep and the first drop of blood dribbled across his leg. Had he not been wearing shorts then his jeans may well have done something to stop the rusty nail entering his body, but his mind was now focused on getting to Tara. As the last part of his body squeezed through the hole, Tara gave the biggest scream of all.

“They’re here!” she screamed, pointing a finger towards the Samuels’ house.

When Neil collapsed in front of her he didn’t waste a second in lifting himself off the ground and looked over to where she was pointing. His eyes darted from left to right several times, but he saw nothing other than the house. However, it wasn’t the Samuels’ house he could see. This house was a different shape, with more glass at the front, and the roof was flat, not raised.

He rubbed his eyes thinking that what was happening was all a dream, but it didn’t matter how many times he rubbed his eyes or looked away from the house, this was not the same house he had lived next to for the last ten years. In fact, this was not even the garden he had seen when he had looked over the fence. What on earth was going on?

 

Lovely way to leave us hanging Hugh! I have no doubt that your book will be a huge success and readers who enjoy a twist making us hang on till the very end of your stories, should be lining up for this book. It was a pleasure having you here today Hugh, and wishing you much success. Welcome to authordom!

 

BONUS ALERT!!! – Hugh is running a great promotion NOW to win $100 Amazon gift certificate and 5 other runner up prizes in the GLIMPSES COMPETION. Please visit his promotional post here to find out how to win! 

 

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3 Stupid Questions That Will Make Your Blogging Great – ALWAYS WRITE

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Today I’m sharing another blogging friend’s awesome post that all bloggers should read. My friend Marsha Ingrao of Marshajustwrites.com is a wealth of information on everything blogging. Marsha’s blog talks about all the little nitty gritty things we sometimes don’t even realize why they’re in our dashboard and what they’re for. Well Marsha is a great communicator and explains things to us in simple terms.

 

Have a look at one of her posts here titled 3 Stupid Questions that will make your Blogging Great!

Don’t you know what an alt text is? Don’t you hate asking stupid questions? Even if it will help your blogging? Let me do it for you. I mean everyone knows about alt text by now, don’t they? Do you even know where to find alt text? I did not. And who thinks up keywords … Continue reading “3 Stupid Questions That Will Make Your Blogging Great”

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Seasons Greetings – Wishing You All Happy Holidays

 

 

Merry Christmas

Just a short post as I wanted to wish you all happy holidays and wishing all your hopes and dreams come to fruition.

 

I know it’s a busy time for many of us getting ready to celebrate with family and probably over-indulge in goodies and drinks but I know we all deserve this time to let loose and enjoy the people in our lives. We spend many of our waking hours here online with our readers and friends, so use this time to catch up with the ones who put up with our absence throughout much of the year as we work hard in our virtual lives. This is a time to live, laugh and love and remember all that we’re grateful for. Relax and prepare for the year ahead.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah and Happy Holidays to all that celebrate their own individual customs and holidays.

Below you will find a tiny video clip I amateurishly made. In my pursuit to get more involved with video in the new year, I thought I’d experiment with this little message for you.

 

 

Memoir Bytes – All the Light We Cannot See But Can Sometimes Sense

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I live in a building complex comprised of 3 buildings. Ironically, the building I live in is 2 over from the one my father lived in for years since he divorced my mother, until his death a quarter of a century ago.

Often I walk out onto my balcony overlooking a small forest to one side and a walking path to another. I can see directly through the trees to my father’s apartment balcony. Of course I think of my father every single day that passes as though the years of his absence in my life don’t mark time. But since I moved here almost 2 years ago, I feel him closer to me.

When I step out for a breath of fresh air on my balcony, I recall the many times my sister and I went to visit him, bringing him home-cooked meals to store in his freezer, and the pleading we used to do with him, begging him to eat healthy, for his love of junk food and his lost passion for living had escalated his cholesterol levels through the roof, which prompted his ultimate demise – death by instant, massive heart attack.

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Through the years, since my father’s departure from this earth, he has visited me many times. My inner knowing senses his presence. And he mostly shows up in my worst moments of despair, a comfort to me knowing he can hear me.

I can’t count how many times I’d sit on my balcony, staring directly at the balcony where he once lived, wondering how ironic it is that through all my moves around the city, I wound up living where my father had lived out the remainder of his life in solitude. Many times I’ll look down from my balcony and catch a glimpse of a man walking on the grounds with the same gait and posture as my father’s, and for a moment I wonder if that was him.

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My dad’s portrait hangs proudly on my office wall, and I often catch myself glancing his way to take in his beautiful smile. And for that moment, it closes the distance between us, illuminating the part of me where I still carry our memories together, in my heart.

The one and only time I was transported in my dreams to visit him in heaven, stays with me in vivid sequence. It was a gift that helped me come to peace with myself for my tragic loss. I saw the light. I looked upon him still wearing the shroud he was buried in as I stood on a floorless ground with billowing white clouds. He reached out to me and spoke the words, “I love you” and comforted me when he told me he’s okay now, reminding me that he’d never be too far away from me.

I know he kept his word. And I know that it was that meeting I was gifted with that helped ease the heaviness in my heart. Although I was never invited back to that holy place again, I understood why. It was no longer necessary. I got my reassurance.

My father is always around me and he’s at peace, that was the message I needed to hear to help me let him go in my head and move my love for him to a new special place in my heart.

We don’t always see the light that beckons us to that other world, but even in darkness we carry the light within.

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