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TLC Book Tour and Giveaway: When She Flew


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Many thanks to TLC Book tours, author Jennie Shortridge and Penguin Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review When She Flew (read my review). See all posts for this tour here.

A little about Jennie Shortridge:

Jennie Shortridge is a bestselling novelist with  four published novels to her credit: Riding with the Queen, (NAL 2003), Eating Heaven (2005),  Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe (2008), and now When She Flew (2009). Her nonfiction work has appeared regularly in magazines and newspapers, including Glamour, Mademoiselle, Natural Home, and others. The Seattle writer has been called “an accomplished and superior novelist” by the Statesmen Journal and “a writer to watch out for,” by the Rocky Mountain News.

When not writing, she spends time in the community helping kids and adults learn to write better, and in 2006 co-founded (with fellow Seattle author Garth Stein) a collective of Northwest authors whose mission is to create “connections 
between writers, readers, librarians and booksellers to foster and support a passion 
for the written word.” In 2009, they pledged to undertake several community outreach initiatives, including:  panel discussions and writing workshops with all or partial proceeds benefiting literacy programs in the Northwest; the development of community “pocket” libraries in unconventional places; and book club events to encourage community support of local libraries and independent booksellers.

To read more about Jennie Shortridge and her work, visit the author’s website.

When She Flew and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder):

Shortridge’s 4th novel centers around a true story of a war veteran and his daughter living off the land in a forested park in Portland in 2004. One of the themes of the novel is the challenges faced by those people suffering from PTSD. In the novel, Shortridge dispels some of the myths surrounding this disorder…including questions around the ability to effectively parent.

I love novels which inspire me to learn more about a subject…and When She Flew motivated me to read a bit about PTSD. I was familiar with the disorder through some education I received as part of being a Search and Rescue volunteer…and in fact, had suffered a episode of PTSD myself following a search where I was part of the team who located a suicide victim. Fortunately, I received good support from people close to me and was able to resolve the psychological trauma I had experienced, although that particular search will always be with me.

The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs defines PTSD as:

[…]an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening.

Anyone who has gone through a life-threatening event can develop PTSD. These events can include:

  • Combat or military exposure
  • Child sexual or physical abuse
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Serious accidents, such as a car wreck.
  • Natural disasters, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake.

After the event, you may feel scared, confused, or angry. If these feelings don’t go away or they get worse, you may have PTSD. These symptoms may disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.

PTSD is a medical diagnosis, established in 1980, defining symptoms that last at least a month after experiencing a major trauma.

The Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information website provides some great national and international links to learn more about the disorder and to locate help or treatment if you are suffering from it. One site they linked to really caught my attention. Gift From Within is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to those suffering from PTSD, those at risk of PTSD and those who care for traumatized individuals. They develop and disseminate educational materials and other resources through their website, and maintain a roster of survivors who are willing to participate in an international network of peer support.

If you or a loved one has suffered from PTSD, I urge you to check out some of the resources available to you on line, or contact local resources for treatment.

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BOOK GIVE-AWAY of When She Flew:

To wrap up my tour of this book, Jennie Shortridge has graciously agreed to give away a SIGNED copy of When She Flew to one of my readers. To enter the contest:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post by 8:00am (PST) January 5th.
  • Make sure you include a legitimate email address so I can contact you if you win.
  • I will draw a name sometime on January 5th and announce the winner here on my blog.
  • This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada.

Good luck!!

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34 Comments

  1. Darcy Odden's Gravatar Darcy Odden
    December 28, 2009    

    This book has been getting good reviews. I’d love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

  2. December 28, 2009    

    “Eating Heaven” was one of my favorite reads of 2009. I’d love to win this new novel by Jennie Shortridge. Thanks for the giveaway!

    susanaudrey316@gmail.com

  3. December 28, 2009    

    I loved Shortridge’s characters in “Eating Heaven.” Can’t wait to read this one.

    litandlifeATgmailDOTcom

  4. December 28, 2009    

    Oh, this sounds good! Put me down for the giveaway please. I remember the vet and his daughter in Forest Park, near my neighborhood. Sad story.

    email: teelgee7 AT gmail DOT com.

    Thanks, Wendy!

  5. December 28, 2009    

    I would love to read this book, please count me in. I have not read anything written by Jennie Shortridge, and this book sounds very interesting.

    alongtheway(at)telus(dot)net

  6. Sarah Emmerson's Gravatar Sarah Emmerson
    December 29, 2009    

    Please enter me in this giveaway! When She Flew sounds like a very interesting novel.

    Sarah

  7. December 29, 2009    

    This sounds intriguing…thank you for the contest!!!

    ktulanko AT aol DOT com

  8. December 29, 2009    

    Please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  9. December 29, 2009    

    My dad was a Vietnam Vet and while never diagnosed, it’s possible that he had PTSD. This sounds like a really interesting book. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it, but after reading a few reviews, I’ve added it to my to-read list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. December 29, 2009    

    No need to enter me, babe. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  11. Valeen N's Gravatar Valeen N
    December 29, 2009    

    I am really interested in this book. I think one of my friends suffers from this. I would love to have a peek into her world, so that I can better understand, and be a better friend to her!

  12. Amanda's Gravatar Amanda
    December 29, 2009    

    I would love to win this book.
    amandarwest@gmail.com

  13. anne's Gravatar anne
    December 29, 2009    

    thanks for this lovely giveaway. This book sounds compelling and unique.

  14. Lindymc's Gravatar Lindymc
    December 29, 2009    

    I’m not familiar with this author, but the review sounds wonderful. I love stores based on true events. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. karenk's Gravatar karenk
    December 29, 2009    

    thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful book :)

  16. December 29, 2009    

    Thanks for the chance to win! I have read so much about this book!!!

  17. December 29, 2009    

    Please enter me! :)

  18. mindy's Gravatar mindy
    December 29, 2009    

    this looks sensational thanks

  19. December 29, 2009    

    Please count me in.

  20. December 30, 2009    

    Would love to read this book!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  21. Pam R's Gravatar Pam R
    December 30, 2009    

    Count me in please! It sounds like a fantastic read!

  22. December 30, 2009    

    I’d love the chance to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

    fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

  23. December 30, 2009    

    I’ve been hearing lots of great things about this book so I would love to be entered. Thank you.

  24. Renee G's Gravatar Renee G
    December 30, 2009    

    Would love to read this.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(Dot)com

  25. Molly Capel's Gravatar Molly Capel
    December 31, 2009    

    What a great book! I would love the chance to read this.

  26. Alicia's Gravatar Alicia
    January 1, 2010    

    Would love to read this!

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  27. Mary Ward's Gravatar Mary Ward
    January 1, 2010    

    I loved Eating Heaven and would love to read this one as well.

  28. Ellie W's Gravatar Ellie W
    January 1, 2010    

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  29. Kathy D's Gravatar Kathy D
    January 1, 2010    

    Great Cover…. the cover art always catches my eye fisrt about a book

  30. Sharon A's Gravatar Sharon A
    January 2, 2010    

    I would enjoy reading this book and learning more about PTSD

  31. Nycole K's Gravatar Nycole K
    January 2, 2010    

    I’ve heard a lot about this book and would love to read it.

  32. Vicki Wurgler's Gravatar Vicki Wurgler
    January 3, 2010    

    sounds like a great read

  33. Nicole C.'s Gravatar Nicole C.
    January 3, 2010    

    I would love to read this book!!

  34. Marianna's Gravatar Marianna
    January 6, 2010    

    Thanks for the chance to read this book!

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