April 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

You’ve taken the time to subscribe to my mailing list and have allowed me to pop into your inbox from time to time. For that, I’m truly grateful. As a thank you, I’m giving you a sneak preview of my memoir–my first chapter!

 Chapter 1. A Reckoning

 I hope reading this chapter entices you to devour the rest of the book when it’s released next spring. As you follow along with the twists and turns of my story, wouldn’t it be great to have friends and family to discuss it with? 

I can help you with that. 

I’ve had memoir “calling cards” printed, and they’re a great way to share your interest in my book without you having to say much about it; the cards do the talking for you.
 
On the back is a QR code that connects right to my website.

 

My husband (my best PR advocate) and I hand these out often (without getting obnoxious). Sometimes, old-school really is the better way.

I’ve used calling cards several times in my writing journey. In fact, you can read about it here: From Non-Writer to Published Author in Twenty Short Years

If you’d like five or ten cards to pass out in your social circles, reply to this email with your snail mail address and tell me how many cards you’d like. I would be thrilled to send them to you!

Don’t worry–I won’t share your address with anyone or send anything unsolicited to you…ever. 

Not sure who’d like my book? Here’s a list: 

Readers who enjoy memoirs, medical mysteries, family dramas, inspirational stories
– Those in the brain tumor and brain injury communities
– Individuals (most often women) who have trouble saying no, who can’t stand up for themselves

Individuals with food addictions or eating disorders
– Anyone who has struggled to be heard in the healthcare system
– Parents of special needs children
– Therapists of clients who are people-pleasers


If you’re not interested in the calling cards, please consider forwarding this email to people you know who might be interested. Yes, they’ll get the link and will be able to read the first chapter without subscribing. Yes, it’s unfair. Yes, you’ll earn friendship brownie points. And, if they do subscribe, you’ll have my everlasting gratitude!

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In other news, the knee replacement surgery I mentioned last month takes place tomorrow, April 13. Here’s an essay I wrote last year about my first knee surgery: Kissing My Knee Goodbye.  I’m making this newsletter short and sweet because I have lots to prepare for being out of commission for a while. 

I hope you enjoy spring and all the freedoms it (hopefully) brings! 

Best,

Karen

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Growth:
A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived.

    When her eight-year-old son begins to exhibit increasingly bizarre behaviors, a happily married mother of two must meet the overwhelming demands of motherhood and wrestle with her fear of conflict if she and her son are to survive.  

Author

  • Karen DeBonis writes about motherhood, people-pleasing, and personal growth, the entangled mix told in her memoir "Growth: A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived" forthcoming in spring 2023. Subscribe today to receive Chapter 1: A Reckoning.

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