Thursday, August 25, 2016


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Mind, Pen, and Spirit 
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                            TODAY'S PRIZES FOR

                               LUCKY WINNERS:

                           $15.00 Amazon Gift Card

                           Signed copy of Novy's Son 
                              (For U.S. residents only)

       My name is Karen Ingalls and my claims to fame are:
           Retired nurse.
           Master's degree in psychology & human development.       

 Eight year ovarian cancer survivor.

         Lifetime writer, recent published author, blogger.
         Public speaker, advocate, and volunteer.
         Proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club.
         A firm believer in the power of love and God.
                      I write two blogs each week. 
        about relationships, health/wellness, spirituality
                for authors/writers and avid readers.

          Love is the theme of this beautiful song,
   performed by Tow'rs.   (proud to say my granddaughter is the cellist)      


                   LOVE OF SELF      LOVE OF GOD       LOVE IN  A FAMILY                                                         LOVE OF GOD

                 (About love of self and love of God)

   This is about my  journey with ovarian cancer, how I coped with it, and how it was a life
learning lesson. No matter which type of cancer a person has, we each go through
the same experiences and emotions. Cancer always invokes tremendous fear and a
feeling that death is "just around the corner." Yet, not all cancers are terminal. 

  I believe that we are to learn and grow from whatever challenge in life we face. And I
know that the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you will outshine any effects
from chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation.

Three brief quotes from the book:
         "I remained in a meditative state of abdominal breathing, focusing on
               God's healing light, and repeating words of comfort and peace."

               "I have learned that any rain that falls in my life is just droplets, and
                it's up to me whether I will let those droplets flood away my spirit."

            "When you talk about healing, you're including the way you live your life."

                                 All proceeds go to gynecologic cancer research.

AMAZON reviews:
Very positive story. I like the author's frame of mind and her very useful tips
 for avoiding, confronting, and surviving cancer, whatever form it might take.

The author's inspirational journey takes her through learning, loving, faith, and on to living again. 

This book is not only for those enduring the trials of ovarian cancer, but any challenge.

Having been through the cancer experience twice, once as a patient and once as a caregiver for my husband, I heartedly recommend this as essential reading for anyone with personal experience with the disease. I wish I had read this seven years ago for me and seventeen for my husband.

                    (Love between a father and son)

This book is based on the myth of the "Iron John" popularized by Robert Bly in
the 1980's. The importance of the father's role in raising and being a healthy role
model for his son cannot be overestimated. Too many boys grow up without 
a father or with one who does not know how to be a father. 
I was a nurse my therapist for 20 years and worked with a number of men who did not 
have a healthy father-son relationship, or not one at all. My grandfather did not learn how 
to teach his sons the Iron John principle so all three sons struggled to be fathers to their
sons and daughters. Each of them sought love and approval from their dad, which is the
center of the book, Novy's Son.

Two excerpts:
         "He relied on logic and the sciences for answers and therefore had 
              lived his life without much emotion. His stoicism was who he was. Now
              his tears were sadness for the loss of the woman he had loved for fifty-
              two years."

              "Dad was not close to his father, who devoted most of his time to his 
              first love, sculpting."

                               **Please note there are two editions. Second edition
                                          includes factual names and places.

                                           Book Trailer for Novy's Son                           

AMAZON reviews:
The thing that struck me the most about this biographical novel was the way the author, Karen
Ingalls was able to reflect social changes surrounding the main character, Murray.

It intrigued me because it's a morality tale of ambition, love and family gone wrong,

It is truly amazing when an author can make a reader dislike the main character SO MUCH that it only compels you to read more! Read this book. It will most definitely make you think

                  DAVIDA: MODEL & MISTRESS OF 
                      AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS
                (A sculptor's love affair with his model) 

   Though this is based on a true event, it is fictionalized because there is very
little factual information about Davida. We only know her first name by birth, her 
name as a model, and that she was born in Sweden. I therefore created Davida
as I think she might have been. Since Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier
sculptor from 1880-1920, I had many resources of information from which to
learn about his art and what kind of a person he was.    
Two excerpts:                   
          "The two brothers walked around me while never taking their 
                eyes off me. They exchanged their impressions and thoughts 
                sometimes in English, but mainly in French. I heard phrases such as 
               'angular head,' 'high cheekbones,' and 'vibrant eyes.'"

             "He has professed a love, or feelings, for me. And I have seen 
                and overheard things to make me believe he is not happy in his
                marriage with Mrs. Saint-Gaudens. I just want to be with him and 
                please him. I am happiest when I am with him. That is what is in 
                my heart."

                           Based on a true story of America's premier sculptor in the late
                              nineteenth century and his model, my great-grandparents

Amazon reviews:
This story is beautifully written and captivated me from start to finish.

The history is well-researched making it easy to feel the way life moved and changed from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. I had to go look up Augustus Saint-Gaudens' actual works which are amazing. 

She so eloquently describes Davida, her great-grandmother, that the reader is pulled into an intimate connection with her. The story is both full of warmth and love yet somewhat sad that Davida and Augustus Saint-Gaudens never marry. The story also gives the reader a glimpse inside the creative world of a great American sculptor.

          All three of my books (Kindle) are at 0.99
                 from August 24-28 in USA & UK


I hope you have had fun at my book and blog party today. Don't forget to leave a comment and be eligible for one of the prizes.


P.S. On August 27th, I will be hosting another book and blog party...come to the party and have a chance to win a special prize