Saturday, January 17, 2015

In Which a Call for Help Strikes a Chord


I saw this flyer and call for help through Kimberly Derting's blog post, shared via Goodreads. It immediately resonated with me, and I went right away and pre-ordered THE THIRD TWIN. It sounds like a great thrill ride of a book (plus, I love twin stories). And even if it had sounded like something I wouldn't enjoy, I would have still pre-ordered.

CJ's illness hits so close to home. I don't have cancer, but like countless others, cancer has certainly affected my life. My grandmother had a double mastectomy when she was in her thirties and I can still remember catching glimpses of the pits in her chest, and how horrified I was by them. She told us that she went in for the doctors just to see how bad the cancer was. Once they got in, they told my grandfather it was really bad and he needed to make the call. He told them to take them both. Grandma woke up very different than how she went under, but she was always thankful Grandpa made that call for her, as it saved her life.

When my mother got breast cancer she took chemo and radiation successfully. Then two years later she came down with pneumonia. Except within a few weeks, they realized it wasn't pneumonia, but rather cancer in her lungs. I'll never forget sitting in our living room and hearing the news and thinking-- not again. She died within a few months, at the age of forty-two.

I've recently made a doctor's appointment-- as now I'm in my thirties-- to talk about what I need to do for early prevention, just in case the genes in my family come 'round visitin'. I live in fear of leaving my child without a mother. When mine passed, she left behind an 18 yo, a 15 yo (me), and a 4 yo. I was the only one of my siblings up that morning, and I remember wondering: How do I wake up my brothers and tell them this? And how do you make a four-year-old understand his mother won't be there with a hug and a smile like every other morning of his life?

So, please, can you share the news of CJ's book? I can't imagine the joy of having a new book coming out being overshadowed by a terrible illness like this. So once again, anything you can do to share would be amazing. Through your own blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc. And, please, feel free to use this flyer. And in closing, I wish CJ nothing but good thoughts, strength, a full recovery, and that THE THIRD TWIN goes out and makes its mark in the literary world.


When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything.

The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.

As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.

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21 comments:

  1. I'm going to help spread the word today by giving a link to your blog post. My prayers are with CJ and her family. The book sounds like my kind of book!

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  2. The book sounds amazing, and your story about your grandmother really moved me. My mother is a breast cancer survivor. I'm pre-ordering right now. Thank you for the share!!

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  3. Before I even read the blog I read the blurb first and thought how amazing this sounds. Life is so unfair that her release has to happen like this. And I was tearing up reading about your grandma and mom! such strong women and I know they're so super proud of you. <3 Cancer sucks: understatement of the century but it's true!

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  4. The book sounds awesome and I'm going to share this book and post on my social media as well. You're a good soul, Leandra.

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  5. This is so sweet of you to post! And your story just made my heart hurt, Leandra. Seriously. I'll definitely be picking up this title!

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  6. Cancer is one of those illnesses that touches all of us. My mother had a mastectomy too. Wishing CJ and her family all the very best. The book sounds like a fantastic read. Thanks for highlighting it, Leandra.

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  7. This book sounds really good. I can't order it quite yet, but it's definitely going up high on my list of books to get as soon as I get the chance. Thank you for sharing the book and the stories of your grandmother and mother.

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  8. What a great concept for a book and I've been praying for CJ.

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  9. Thanks fr bringing this to my attention and adding your own painful family experiences with cancer. I'm so sorry for you and for CJ. But it's great the community is helping her. :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing. I'd be glad to help. So sad to hear she has such a detestable illness marring what should be a super happy time. The blogosphere has helped launch books before- one of the reason I love bloggers so much.

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  11. I will be helping to spread the word after reading this post. The Third Twin sounds fascinating and very suspenseful. I can't wait to find out how it ends!

    Thanks for sharing CJs story with us and for sharing your own story. My heart goes out to you for all that you have gone through. I am sorry to hear about your grandma and your mom. I think it is great that you are going to meet with your doctor to see what you can do. Sending out good vibes to CJ (and you too). :)
    ~Jess

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  12. Thank you for sharing this, Leandra. Such a sad story. I am so glad you are being proactive, as well. We can never be too careful!

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  13. Oh wow. What a heart-wrenching story. I'm glad you're getting checked and being proactive so that you can live a long, healthy life.

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  14. That's horrible for CJ. My sympathies for her and her family, and you and yours. I'll happily share.

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  15. Oh my goodness, how awful. I will definitely be sharing this around! Your story is heartbreaking (and terrifying, as my own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, and I live in fear every day of a recurrence). CJ will be in my thoughts and prayers, as will you and your family. You are doing such an amazing thing for your kids and yourself by getting checked early. I too am in my early 30s and you have reminded me that it is high time that I get myself checked out, so thank you <3

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  16. Leandra, I admire you for this post. I will also spread the word.

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  17. Thank you so much for your visit, Leandra, and your kind support.

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  18. This was such a touching post. I will gladly spread the word about CJ's book and launch party. And I'm so glad you're being proactive—so scary.

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  19. Leandra, I'm so sorry for your loss. It must have been so tough (even now) to not have your mother around. I commend you for your strength. Stay on top of those check-ups and live each day to the fullest. :)

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  20. What a thoughtful post, so sad for what you've been through. Best wishes for CJ and her new book. And for you, may many many years of health and writing success lie ahead.

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