Suzanne Bottum-Jones Explains Dementia to Kids in “Nice to Meet You… Again”

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By Suzanne Bottum-Jones, RN

Nice To Meet You… Again is the representation of years of sitting with families as a Registered Nurse, holding their hands, witnessing their frustrations, and sharing in their journeys through dementia. After fifteen years of wishing for a tool to help families learn strategies and see hope for their interactions, my father developed dementia, and I decided I needed to move my teaching outside of myself as the deliverer and multiply the effects that I, alone, could not make.  As I prepped for this, I remembered the countless families that made their final decision to stop visiting their loved ones because it was so upsetting to see the changes in their loved one and because of their fear of how these visits were affecting their children. This became my mission: to develop a tool that would help families change these moments of frustration by giving them the tools to help “see” a different expectation and journey, and change the flavor of their interactions.

bottum jones coverIn the short time the book has been available I have been blessed with  many responses from families of how they wished they would have had this resource when they were in this journey, or how it is currently changing their journeys and giving them back their joy with their loved one.  Professionals and family caregivers have stated they carry the book with them because hardly a day goes by in which someone they know or meet shares their journey of dementia. By offering this book, they state that they feel like they can finally do more then just say, “I understand;” in addition they can offer hope. Continue reading

New Release Spotlight: “Sweet Complications,” A Romance Beach Read from Bestselling Author Stacy Claflin

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Powerhouse author Stacy Claflin releases a new sweet romance, Sweet Complications. Stacy is the prolific author of 60 (!!!)  novels and a two-time USA Today bestselling author.  I once asked her how she manages to write so much so fast and she said she’s up before daylight, and everyone else, churning out her books. I would have guessed she never sleeps.

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Book Description

He can have any woman he wants… except her.

NFL quarterback Dylan Manley’s life revolves around his career and the fame associated with it. He’s onl

y back in Indigo Bay to help with a fundraiser in memory of his best friend. But then finds he has to work with Brooke—the one person who has always made him trip over his own feet.

Brooke Davenport is a far cry from the girl next door who left town years ago. Focused on her political aspirations and still recovering from the loss of her doting brother, she wants nothing more than to return to DC for good. But first she has to get through the fundraiser with Dylan, who she blames for her brother’s death.

When a family emergency pulls Brooke’s parents out of town, the success of the fundraiser depends on Brooke and Dylan. He’ll do whatever it takes to show her he’s a new man, but every attempt only makes him look worse. If he can’t make things right, he’ll lose her forever.

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This week I’m partnering with Authors XP to bring you a selection of audiobooks to get through your summer schedule with a chance to win a 3-month Audible subscription and free a-books. My YA novel Swim Season is included. For a chance to win a copy of it please respond to this email and tell me: How do you do audiobooks?

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New Release Spotlight: Barbara Silkstone’s New Cozy “Soap on a Rope,” Book 3 in the Cold Cream Murders Series

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Barbara Silkstone visits the blog again with her latest installment in the Cold Cream Murders Series.

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When Nelson Dingler is found dangling from a chandelier—feet-side up—Grams Dingler determines to find her son’s killer. Can Olive help her best friend Lizzy save her feisty grandmother from suffering the same fate? And can the Cold Cream Shop survive while Olive psyches out the killer?

Bonus: Contains a recipe for heavenly lavender lemon honey soap.

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Officer Kal wasn’t waiting for me at Lizzy’s. Too bad. I wanted to be sure the women were safe inside for the night. What if the entire Dingler family was in danger? I reached inside my tote feeling around for my can of self-defense hair spray. Unarmed! Not allowed on the flight, I’d left it home.

A slobbering red tongue greeted Lizzy as she unlocked her door. “Enough WonderDog! Sit!”

Instead of obeying, the gangly hound pawed at the front door once Lizzy closed it.

“Dave was supposed to walk WonderDog before the dinner rush. I don’t think he’s been emptied. Maybe Dave couldn’t break away.”

She clipped a leash to the dog that bore a striking resemblance to the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. “Be right back.”

“Grams would you like some tea? Maybe Lizzy has some chamomile?”

“That would be nice dear.”

We left her bag at the door and walked into the kitchen.

A bright turquoise teakettle sat on the stove. I filled it with water, but hesitated. One of Lizzy’s new finches swooped down and landed on my shoulder. Fearful that turning on the gas stove might result in an injury to the bird, I stopped my tea making. Continue reading