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Tatia's Tattoo by Linda Brendle @LindaBrendle #RLFblog #NewRelease #LegalThrillerLinda Brendle, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Tatia’s Tattoo by Linda Brendle

Genre Legal Thriller
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?
Why did you write this book?
I live in a tiny town in East Texas that feels isolated and safe from the world. Several years ago I was shocked when a couple gave a presentation at our church about their organization, one that fights the sex-trafficking trade in a slightly larger town about fifty miles from where I live. The name of the organization is For the Silent, and it is my hope that Tatia’s Tattoo will help give a voice to the exploited children and youth who cannot speak for themselves.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I’ve been a mystery fan since I discovered Agatha Christie when I was in the fifth grade.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
There are many, but the first one that comes to mind is Spenser, the main character in Robert B Parker’s Spenser Series.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m beginning edits on the rough draft of Fallen Angel Salvage, a sequel in which we visit Tatia and her family ten years later.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I have a second memoir that is due to come out shortly after Tatia’s Tattoo, but I don’t have a release date yet. It is called Mom’s Long Good-Bye and is the “rest of the story” after my first memoir, A Long and Winding Road.

Where to buy Tatia’s Tattoo

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Tatias-Tattoo-Linda-Brendle/dp/1945455829

Linda Brendle Social Media

Linda first began to write during her years as a caregiver. After two memoirs, A Long and Winding Road and Mom’s Long Good-Bye, she ventured into the world of fiction. Tatia’s Tattoo will be followed soon by Fallen Angel Salvage, the continuing story of Tatia, her family, and Eric ten years later.
In semi-retirement from the business world, Linda holds a part-time job as secretary for her church and an on-line position as an accounting specialist for BookPros. She also writes a column for the weekly newspaper in the tiny East Texas town where she and her husband David live with their feral cat Kitty.
Blog https://lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/LindaBrendle
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.brendle
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/brendle0068/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7933327.Linda_Brendle
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindabrendle/
Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/YTfk2b

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Tatia's Tattoo, a legal thriller by Linda Brendle @LindaBrendle #RLFblog #LegalThrillerLinda Brendle, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Tatia’s Tattoo by Linda Brendle

Genre Legal Thriller
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?

Where to buy Tatia’s Tattoo

Tatia’s Tattoo is scheduled to be released on or around July 1. I had hoped it would be available for pre-order by the time this posted. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Watch for details as soon as it is available.

Linda Brendle Social Media

I’m a life-begins-at-fifty kind of gal. I earned my Bachelors Degree at 51, I learned to ride a motorcycle at 55, and I published my first book, A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos, after I began collecting Social Security.
After fifteen years of caring for my parents, David and I moved to a tiny town in East Texas where I work part-time at my church, garden when the notion strikes, tend to the whims of the feral cat who took over our home in 2015, and write about all of the above.
I’ve been a blogger for a decade and a correspondent for our local newspaper for six years. My 2nd memoir, Mom’s Long Good-Bye: A Tale of Alzheimer’s, Grief, and Comfort, is due out later this year.
A common theme of all my books is “the least of these.” My experiences as a caregiver taught me that the aging and those suffering from dementia can definitely by called “the least of these.”
Several years ago a presentation at my church made me keenly aware of another group of “the least of these” – victims of child sex trafficking, especially in small-town America. That awakening led to the writing of Tatia’s Tattoo, due for release on or around July 1.
Blog https://lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/LindaBrendle
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.brendle
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/brendle0068/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7933327.Linda_Brendle
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Brendle/e/B00LPS7Q6C/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindabrendle/

 

The Ultimate Road Trip #Memoir Linda Brendle @LindaBrendle #RLFblog #RoadTripLinda Brendle author of A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
I cared for my parents — both of whom had dementia – for 15 years. I began writing in the hope of maintaining my sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers, and anyone going through a difficult time, with my experiences.

I’m a life-begins-at-50 kind of gal. I received my BAS in management and psychology at 51, found new love at 52, learned to ride a motorcycle at 56, and published my first book after I began collecting Social Security. My husband David and I live outside a small East Texas town with a cat named Kitty who adopted us a couple of years ago. I am a blogger, a correspondent for our local weekly newspaper, and I work as the part-time secretary at my church in order to support my writing habit.

What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
I like a wide variety of foods, but this would probably my favorite menu because it’s David’s favorite. Half the fun of cooking is seeing someone enjoy what you put on the table!
Pork roast with carrots and potatoes
Purple hull peas or speckled butter beans
Fried okra
Cornbread
Blackberry cobbler with a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla
Lemonade
Coffee with dessert

Describe the perfect vacation.
The trip I described in my memoir was nearly perfect. The chaos of caring for two people with dementia was a bit of a distraction, but we managed to make some beautiful memories anyway. The perfect vacation would be one without a time limit – a time when David and I could drive around the country in our motor home, stopping when we found something of interest and moving on when the spirit moved us. There are many amazing sights we have yet to see and many friendly people we have yet to meet. A year or so on the road is definitely on our bucket list.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My favorite toy was my older brother Jim. He is five years my senior, and he was always much more interesting than any doll or game in my toy box. As my mom used to say, he was always “hatching up” something, and I always wanted to be involved.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
My choice of recreational reading is an odd one for the author of a memoir. Ever since I discovered my first Agatha Christie novel in the fifth grade, I have been a fan of tales of mystery and suspense. After I read everything Christie had to offer, I moved on to Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, and others too numerous to mention. A couple of years ago, I decided to try my hand at a suspense novel of my own. If anything comes of it, I’ll let you know.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
My husband David has been a motorcycle rider since his uncle taught him to ride an old Cushman when he was nine years old. His perfect ringtone would be the sound of a Harley engine being revved as loud as possible. Many readers of A Long and Winding Road  have commented that David is the real hero of my story because of all the love and support he gave to me and my parents during my caregiving experience.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Alzheimer’s is a family disease, and this is a love story – not a boy meets girls love story, but a family love story. It is the story of the love between a daughter and her parents and her willingness to take them into her home when they could no longer care for themselves; the story of a mother and a father who loved their daughter but no longer remembered exactly where they were or why; the story of a husband who loved his wife so much that he stood beside her as they fought to survive the ravages of the brain-wasting disease that was stealing her loved ones away a piece at a time. It’s also the story of a seven-week trip for four across sixteen U.S. states in a forty-foot motor home – a trip that involved stopped up toilets, wet jeans, laughter, and headaches that were far from the easygoing retirement the Brendles had imagined for themselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG – No heat, but the subject matter might be a little intense for the younger reader.
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Amazon: http://goo.gl/ngqHno
Barnes and Noble: http://goo.gl/u3Gvs5
iBooks: http://goo.gl/PfkaGF
Kobo: http://goo.gl/bl3T1f
Smashwords: http://goo.gl/aIWifx

Linda Brendle Social Media

Linda Brendle cared for her mother and father — both of whom had dementia — for 15 years. She began writing in the hope of maintaining her own sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers with her experiences. Linda received her BAS in management and psychology in 1998 and retired in 2007 after 40 years in the business world. She has traveled both in the U.S. and abroad, and since meeting her husband David in 2000, she has done much of that travel by motorcycle and RV. She and David now live outside a small town in East Texas where she gardens, writes, and takes an active role in her church.

Blog https://lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.brendle
Twitter https://twitter.com/LindaBrendle
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/brendle0068/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7933327.Linda_Brendle
Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/YTfk2b

A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver's Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos @LindaBrendle #RLFblog #MemoirKayelle, Romance Lives Forever is an amazing website. Thank you so much for inviting me to share some thoughts with your readers.

Caregiving is not a romantic topic, but with some thought and hard work, it’s possible for a marriage to not only survive the experience but also to thrive. Being a family caregiver isn’t a task a person does in isolation. It affects everyone around you, particularly your family, and more specifically, your spouse.

In keeping a marriage strong during this trying time, the most important thing is to remember which relationship is the primary one in your life. It’s important to love and honor your parents or other loved ones, but it’s also important to find ways to do so without jeopardizing your marriage. I once read the memoir by a woman whose mother had Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. She cared for her in her home, and the task became so consuming that she neglected her husband and her children. The heart-wrenching task of caring for a loved one is more bearable when the caregiver has a strong relationship to fall back on – and when the task is done, she or he will need the support of a loving spouse to help deal with the grief.

Another way to keep your marriage strong is to guard your privacy. Having Mom and Dad in our home was certainly disruptive of our privacy.

A year or so before they came to live with us, Dad developed some kind of brain infection that required two weeks of hospitalization followed by three weeks of rehab. Mom was far enough along in her Alzheimer’s that she couldn’t stay alone, at least at night. She stayed in our guest room, but her sleep was frequently disrupted by bad dreams and delusions. She would burst into our bedroom in the middle of the night and declare that she knew that Dad was dead or that he had run off with a good-looking nurse.

I told my Aunt Fay about the situation. She had taken care of both her mother and her husband for many years, and she became my go-to person for advice. She empathized immediately. She advised me to put a lock on the bedroom door and to use it. It didn’t stop the nightmares, but at least when she knocked, I had time to grab a robe and slip out into the hall so David could sleep through the crisis.

Caregiving can be disruptive even if your loved one doesn’t live with you. Frequent phone calls at all hours of the day and night are not necessary or healthy to your marriage. It is perfectly acceptable to set healthy boundaries on the number of calls and to use your caller ID to screen calls when those boundaries are ignored.

A third way to strengthen your marriage is to intentionally make time for each other. If you are not intentional about it, it won’t happen. We were fortunate that Mom and Dad slept late most mornings, so we made use of the early hours some couple time. We would roll out of bed early so we could have a leisurely breakfast followed by a long walk or a neighborhood tour on our bicycles. We enjoyed the time so much that we got up early even on Saturday.

We also had date night on Fridays except that our dates were during the day. I’d leave cereal and fruit on the table and sandwiches in the fridge; then, we’d take off on the motorcycle. We’d ride to our favorite diner for breakfast. Then, we’d ride to the huge dealership where we bought our RV to check out the new arrivals and dream of going on the road full time. We’d visit with the sales people who had become good friends, we’d have lunch, and then we’d head for home. After a while, getting the sandwiches out of the fridge became too difficult for Mom and Dad, so I hired a caregiver to come in for a few hours. It was expensive, but it was cheaper than a psychiatrist or a marriage counselor.

Once or twice a year, we arranged for the caregiver to stay for a couple of days, so we could spend a weekend at a nearby RV campground. Occasionally, my brother and sister-in-law came for a week or so, and we had a really nice getaway. Sometimes, making the arrangements seemed to be just one more task added to an already-too-long list, but the relief of being away and the special time with David was well worth the effort.

Finally, remember to include your spouse in the many decisions a caregiver is required to make. A familiar saying says that a burden shared is half a burden. Allow your spouse to help carry your caregiving burdens. After all, these decisions will affect him or her as much as they will affect you and your loved one.

One reviewer wrote this about my book:

“Ultimately, this is a love story–but not in the way you might think. It’s the story of a grown woman who loves her parents. It’s the story of parents who love their daughter but can’t remember why they’re in her RV. It’s the story of a man who loves his wife so much that he assists her with caregiving for her two parents who cannot meet even the most basic of needs.”

I couldn’t have made it through the ordeal of caregiving without David – and our marriage not only survived, but it became stronger. By remembering to focus our attention, not just on Mom and Dad but also on our marriage and each other, we survived Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and even fifty-three days in a four-hundred-square-foot box on wheels.


A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos, a Memoir by Linda Brendle

“Sometimes, reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots; vascular dementia has attacked dad, and instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped up the toilet again; Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we imagined for ourselves.”

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.

Genre: Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG – No heat, but the subject matter might be a little intense for the younger reader.
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Amazon: http://goo.gl/ngqHno
Barnes and Noble: http://goo.gl/u3Gvs5
iBooks: http://goo.gl/PfkaGF
Kobo: http://goo.gl/bl3T1f
Smashwords: http://goo.gl/aIWifx

Linda Brendle Social Media

Linda Brendle cared for her mother and father — both of whom had dementia — for 15 years. She began writing in the hope of maintaining her own sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers with her experiences. Linda received her BAS in management and psychology in 1998 and retired in 2007 after 40 years in the business world. She has traveled both in the U.S. and abroad, and since meeting her husband David in 2000, she has done much of that travel by motorcycle and RV. She and David now live outside a small town in East Texas where she gardens, writes, and takes an active role in her church.

Blog https://lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/LindaBrendle
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.brendle
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/brendle0068/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7933327.Linda_Brendle
Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/YTfk2b

For our final day, we’d like to introduce you to four Anaiah Press authors, one from each of our imprints, Surge, Romance, Inspiration, and
Presence. Thank you for reading about Anaiah Press this week. We hope you’ll
visit us often! Our official launch date is July 1st. There are links at the
end of this post to our site and social media.

Jennifer Novotney (Surge Imprint)

Why did you choose Anaiah
Press for your book, Winter in the Soul?
Jennifer Novotney 
I chose Anaiah Press for my book, Winter in the Soul, for a few
reasons. One was that I believe the publisher and editors truly understand the vision
I have for my book. Another was the staff’s experience and expertise. I have complete
confidence in the editors and know they value my book just as much as I do. I wanted
a team behind me that had a successful track record, especially since Winter in
the Soul is my debut novel.
What has been your favorite
part of working with Anaiah Press thus far?
My editing relationship with Executive Editor Eden Plantz. She
has taught me so much about storytelling and characterization. She’s also extremely
funny! I love how she can point out areas of improvement in the manuscript without
making it a negative experience. She’s such a pleasure to work with and such a great
teacher.
Courtney Rice Gager

Courtney Rice Gager (Romance Imprint)

Why did you choose Anaiah
Press for your book, Tess in Boots?
I met my editor, Kara Leigh Miller, through a Twitter pitch contest
in February. She displayed an immediate enthusiasm for my manuscript, and I felt
confident in her commitment to making the book a success. I also stand behind the
mission of Anaiah Press to publish books with strong inspirational themes and messages
of faith.
What has been your favorite
part of working with Anaiah Press thus far?
I’m in the trenches of the editing process, and I love seeing
Tess in Boots sparkle with every round of edits. Kara’s dedication to polishing
my manuscript has made all the difference. It’s amazing to have an editor who seems
to think about my story in her sleep! It’s also great getting to know my fellow
Anaiah Press authors. We’re a close-knit, supportive community. Plus, I recently
got to see my book cover, and it’s the perfect visual representation of my story.
Wait, was I supposed to list just one favorite thing? Oops…

Linda Brendle (Inspirations Imprint)

Why did you choose Anaiah
Press for your book, A Long and Winding
Road: A

Linda Brendle

Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos?

The first thing that attracted me to Anaiah Press was their prompt
response to my query. Instead of keeping me in suspense for months, they responded
within two weeks. As a new author, I was relatively uneducated about the publishing
process, so when Anaiah expressed an interest in my manuscript, I asked a lot of
questions. Eden Plantz, Executive Editor, answered every question patiently and
completely, and while her responses were prompt, I never felt that I had to rush
my decision. From the beginning, I sensed the integrity and professionalism of the
organization, and by the time we reached a final agreement, I felt completely comfortable
putting my memoir in the hands of Anaiah Press.
What has been your favorite
part of working with Anaiah Press thus far?
It’s very hard to choose one aspect of the Anaiah Press experience
as my favorite.
The process of editing my work could have been painful and traumatic,
but Jessica Schmeidler, Managing Editor, made it both fun and educational. I have
been blown away by the publicity campaign mounted by Melinda Dozier, Director of
Marketing and Art, and the amazing publicity staff. However, my favorite part of
the experience would have to be the friendships that have developed among the staff
and authors. I love being part of the Anaiah Press family.

N.N. Light (Presence Imprint)

Why did you choose Anaiah
Press for your book, Princess of the Light?
I chose Anaiah Press for my book, Princess of the Light, for
several reasons. They were a brand new publisher, had the best in the publishing
industry on staff, the art and marketing department and a dedication to publishing
inspiring and exciting books. But I think the most important reason I chose Anaiah
Press lies in their name. Anaiah is loosely translated God

Answers and I have always
trusted in God. His message in my book is Spread the Light and that is exactly what
Anaiah Press is doing.

N N Light
What has been your favorite
part of working with Anaiah Press thus far?
I have to be honest here and tell you that my favorite part of
working with Anaiah Press has been working with Melinda Dozier, my publicist. She
has had such an intuitive vision for my book and her book trailer blew me away.
It is exactly what I envisioned when I wrote Princess of the Light. She even got
the perfect picture for the Walking Man and she has never even seen him. Incredible!
I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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