Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Held Together by Jenny Q


Jenny Q - Held Together

I wanted to write a book. I had it in me to share an incredible journey that included being hospitalized for over six months and becoming an amputee. So while I wanted to write, I was still recuperating. I was also having to work and mother my child who was suffering from post traumatic stress after nearly losing her mama.

When to write, and a book no less?

With some support from my wife, I reached out to my community for submissions, their stories of how my illness and absence affected them, what they felt about a friend becoming disabled after nearly losing her life.

So I set down to the arduous task of writing my own pieces, finding snippets of time in the wee early morning hours, when my family was still deep in dreamland. 4:30 in the morning became my favorite time to let my thoughts flow onto the page. I would sneak times at night, after a song and a kiss to my sleepy child. Sometimes, late at night, my wife would find me with papers all around me in bed, trying to weave together the stories around my own words to create a flow to my forming book.

Slowly, after four years of writing and editing, my book Held Together took shape and I set her out into the world, where she now has a life of her own. Happy journey, dear Book!

Book Details:

Book Title: Held Together: A True Story of Love's Victory by Jenny Q

Category: Adult Non-Fiction; 456 pages

Genre: Memoir

Publisher: BookBaby

Release date: June 1, 2018

Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Graphic medical procedures, some bad language)

Book Description:

In January of 2014, Joshua Tree’s beloved village herbalist, Jenny Q. suddenly became seriously ill and rapidly descended into a coma with slender chance of survival. The shock of this news initiated an overwhelming outpouring of love, wit, service, practical magic and sharing of spiritual wisdom between those in her intimate desert community. Indeed it seemed that the entire group became one in their desperate effort and race against the clock to save her life.

While the words of others in the community tell the story in this book, it is Jenny’s own insightful writings that provide a fascinating window into a range of rare experiences. She gives us a unique glimpse into the mysterious worlds encountered while in a coma, the absolute alteration of losing one’s legs, the subtle venom of PTSD, the nightmare of withdrawal from prescription opiates, and the maddening frustration of having to re-learn basic skills previously taken for granted such as the ability to walk.

To read reviews, please follow the tour on Jenny Q's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:

Jenny Q was born in Southern California to Palestinian immigrants. Her love of herbs began in her teens while on the road following the Grateful Dead. After exploring many heart homes, she set her roots in Joshua Tree, California, where she opened Grateful Desert, the local apothecary. Joyously sharing her life with her tight-knit desert community, Jenny lives with her beloveds~ Yazzy, her daughter and Myshkin, her wife.

Connect with Jenny: Website

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