Angels Never Die
Angels Never Die
The courageous true story of a mother's loss of all four sons to two rare diseases, and the struggle to maintain her faith.
The courageous true story of a mother's loss of all four sons to two rare diseases, and the struggle to maintain her faith. Read more
About this project
We are trying to raise funds to publish the revised edition for "Angels Never Die." Originally published through an online publishing house. However, the printing was too expensive and getting it in the bookstores nationwide was almost impossible. A major store is willing to carry the book once more editing has been done and the cover design updated. The design you see on this webpage is the new front cover - the sky with and angel in the foreground and framed in stained glass.
"Angels Never Die" is the true story of a mother's struggle to save her four boys from two different diseases that effected her children. Two of the four boys suffered from Fanconi Anemia, one from Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, and one of the boys suffered from both diseases.
Gwendolyn explains what it was like to have all four boys ill at once, while at the same time her husband was hospitalized due to an explosion at the plant where he worked. He suffered third degree burns over thirty percent of his body. But through it all, she fought to understand and maintain her faith.
When she lost her first son at age 11, she did her best to understand why he was taken so young. Then, as each of the other boys began to succumb to their disease, her faith was tested even further. But through it all, Gwendolyn realized God has a reason for everything. Ours is just to endure and get through it.
Though they are gone, their memories will live on. This book will be their living legacy. A portion of all proceeds, once the book is published, will go to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc., located in Eugene, Oregon.
Her editor: Dana Micheli is a NYC-based ghostwriter and editor. Over the past several years she has been involved with an assortment of nonfiction and fiction projects, including science fiction/fantasy, historical, young adult, and “slice of life” novels; as well as books on smart investing for the layperson, science, religion and spirituality, legal matters, and the trials and tribulations of daily life in New York City. Before pursuing her writing career full-time, Dana served as an advocate for victims of domestic violence; she has also worked for several media outlets, writing and researching legal, political and human interest stories for print, online and television. Dana has a B.A. in English from Southern Connecticut University and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School.
Future PR will be handled by: Travis Shortt of Aspyr Communications. Co-founder Travis Shortt began his career in broadcasting working with both WDIC and WAXM radio as an on-air personality. After four years he worked his way into sales while simultaneously pursuing his college degree. While in college he worked for the Department of Media Studies and began learning video production. He received his degree in Communication from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. In 1993 he met and formed a long-lasting personal and professional relationship with Charlie McCracken. In 1995 both Travis and Charlie were employed by the same firm to handle marketing/public relations and creative production respectively. In 1997 they formed their own firm, Digital Edge Productions, which evolved into ADVANTURE Media in 2001. In 2003, Travis and Charlie again embarked on another venture. Liquidating their shares in ADVANTURE they launched Black River Media and Black River Films to pursue their own projects. From 2003 until 2007 Black River continued to provide media consulting and production services to a variety of clients. In 2007, to assist another friend, Travis stepped away from Black River and assumed a position as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for an acute care hospital in need of re-branding and imaging. Travis returned to Black River in 2009 and helped facilitate the launch of several new service-lines and alliances with partner firms. By 2010 Travis began laying the groundwork for a re-branding of Black River and the services they provided. That groundwork is now ASPYR Communications the leading communication, branding, imaging, and public relations firm on the market. With ASPYR Travis works with all clients on their positioning, language, imaging, and brand ownership.
Risks and challenges
The book will be launched in Las Vegas, Nevada where it is being published and promoted. My first book signing will be in Las Vegas. My second will be in Henderson, Nevada. From there I will promote this work in my hometown of Wynne, Arkansas.
Getting the book in the major books stores will probably be my biggest challenge. However, I hope I have assembled an editing and independent publishing team that will do everything within reason to accomplish this goal. Author, James Kelly, the host of "Aspects of Writing" has added his support of this project. He has lined up a major book editor and PR firm to help with this project once it is funded. All funds will be used for the production and promotion of this book.
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