Guest Day at Marcia Meara’s – The Write Stuff, featuring D.G. Kaye

I was thrilled to be Marcia’s guest this week at her book promo feature series, Guest Day Tuesday, with my latest book – Fifteen First Times.


#GuestDayTuesday – Featuring Author #D. G. Kaye


Today, it is my great pleasure to have author D. G. Kaye (known to many of us as Debby Gies) as my special guest. I know you are all going to enjoy Debby’s very interesting post, so I will let her have the floor without further ado. Debby, take it away! 


Thanks so much for having me over today Marcia to share my recent release of my new book, Fifteen First Times – Beginnings: A Collection of Indelible Firsts. After two years of no real production, I managed to get this book out just before Christmas 2022.



Do you ever think back on past events which have left an indelible impression on you or your life, or find that the incidents you’ve endured through life have helped shape the person you’ve become? Are your formed perceptions and values developed from experience, and have they consequently become incorporated into your daily life? Our experiences are steppingstones for much of what feed our character. We live, we experience, we learn, we become, and we overcome.

 Nobody sent me the memo on life, and most of the time, I had zero confidence to broach the subject of my conflictions and situations with anyone. All these events I experienced and share in my stories happened with little to no guidance or knowledge, making much of my young life experiences processes of trial and error. I was like the proverbial child who grew up in the wild, except I had parents and a comfortable home.

In these fifteen short stories, I’m fessing up to some firsts in my life, some of which turned out to serve as monumental lessons. These weren’t life-altering moments, but rather, moments of teaching to move my life forward, leaving me with scars and awakening moments, confirming my curiosities, and leading me in new directions of growth.

I finished writing this book just over three years ago. When it was ready for edits, I left it to marinate since it was late 2019 and I was getting ready for my winter escape with my husband in early 2020. By the time we returned in mid-March, Covid lockdowns began and so did my husband’s deterioration of his health. The book was the furthest from my mind, as I had no head for edits and publishing. The year got worse as it progressed, and I lost my husband early spring of 2021. Needless to say, I was in no state of mind for publishing. I pushed myself to get back to it summer 2022, along with many other projects I’d left on hold. And I kept my promise to myself that I’d publish this book before 2022 came to an end. Mission accomplished.

These short stories are a reminiscing back to some of the firsts in my life. They are moments that left an imprint and propelled me forward through life. Nothing that happens to us is insignificant – everything that happens is for a reason or for teaching us something to take forward with us.

Please head over to Marcia’s blog to read more – reviews and excerpt.


23 thoughts on “Guest Day at Marcia Meara’s – The Write Stuff, featuring D.G. Kaye

  1. Wonderful review of Fifteen First Times! This book is a fighter, she waited patiently to be put in the world, when you were ready Debby and the timing was right! I loved each and every story, they resonated with my experience, and the emotions they evoke are amazingly retrievable after all these years. I believe that is because your writing is so descriptive, full of wisdom earned, and raw emotion. A wonderful and unforgettable book. Congrats Debby! Hugs, C


  2. Fantastic post, reviews and sample. Oh, what memories! Thanks to Marcia and congratulations to you, for publishing it in those circumstances. You are a fighter, Debby, and an inspiration. All the best.


    1. Hi Olga. Thanks so much for your kind words, and for dropping by. Marcia is a most generous blogger and she has some fantastic guests. Weekend hugs to you. ❤


  3. Wonderful reviews, Debbie! Congratulations on the publication of your book. I love the cover as well. Many people would relate to your ‘growing pains’. xx Luciana


    1. Hi Luciana. Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving your kind words. And yes, I’m sure a few stories might ignite a few memories for everyone in their own experiences. Hugs ❤

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  4. That was great, Debby!
    I’d love to read this book.
    Are you available on any other platform(s)
    I may have already mentioned it, but I have been boycotting Amazon for 8 years now.
    It’s so sick that they have cornered the book market. (not to mention many other markets)
    It’s like Rogers, but books.
    I do buy from Kobo, when books I want are available on it.
    I’ve also bought PDF’s right from publishers.

    Sending hugs for the weekend!!!!! x😻o


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