Sunday, June 10, 2018

Well hello!

Today,  "Katie's View," has an announcement to make:

Starting now, until the end of June, I am offering a percentage of every book I sell, to go to the Lucky Fin Project. Here's what's what...

For several years, the LFP has been coordinating and organizing a big summer picnic. People from all over the country try to make it to Detroit in July, for the big 'meet-up.' Families mark their calendars for the event, while the snow still flies. Kids with limb differences (and adults, too) get so excited to see their friends from past years, and of course, to make new ones.The support, networking, and friendship-making that happens during a weekend like this, is indescribable, and very precious.


Sometimes it can be difficult for a family to find the finances, and just can't attend. So what I'm offering is this...

I now have three books that I've written. "Five Fingers, Ten Toes...," is the story of my son, Tony Memmel, who was born with a limb difference. He's done quite well in life; if I'd only known when he was an infant, I could have saved myself so much worry. But with God's help and guidance, we've all come out on a very, very bright side. "Silly Stories and Sentimental Stuff," is an easy read. It includes short essays and stories (some silly, some sad) about love, family, and life in general. "From This Day Forward..." is my brand new book. It's based on interviews with people about their real-life love stories and marriages. Early reviews are coming in as very positive! I promise to contribute a portion of each sale this month, and help to ensure someone be able to get to that picnic. 

If you've been hemming and hawing, and just haven't gotten around to picking up one of my books  yet, this deal may sound very appealing to you. As always, all of the books will be available through Amazon (links are also on my website) as both a paperback, and an electronic version. I will count each sale toward this promotion. OR... we can arrange a personal exchange. Private message me, and we can figure all of that out.

Let's see what we can do. The way I see it, it's a win/win. You get to read a new book, while still supporting the Lucky Fin Project, a fantastic purpose.

As always, thanks for reading! 

God's Blessings!

Katie
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Katie Kolberg Memmel is the author of three books: "Five Fingers, Ten Toes - A Mother's Story of Raising a Child Born with a Limb Difference," "Silly Stories and Sentimental Stuff," and "From This Day Forward..." For more information about Katie and her books, visit her website at www.katiekolbergmemmel.com  






Thursday, May 31, 2018

Video Two - Who Are These People, Anyway???

Hello, Dear Readers!

This is my second installment in my new video series, "Katie's View, Too." I've titled it, "Who Are These People, Anyway???"

In my new book, "From This Day Forward," I chose to interview eight individuals and couples from a variety of age groups and life circumstances. Throughout my years of getting to know them, and communicating with them, I've found their stories unique and interesting. I guess I figured you might, too!

You can see me, and hear what I have to say by watching the video now: 

 

For more information about "From This Day Forward..." check out my website at www.katiekolbergmemmel.com

As always, thanks for reading and watching. I hope to hear from you soon!

Love, Katie

Katie Kolberg Memmel is the author of three books:  "Five Fingers, Ten Toes - A Mother's Story of Raising a Child Born with a Limb Difference," "Silly Stories and Sentimental Stuff," and "From This Day Forward..." All books are available as either a paperback or electronic version. For more information, go to Katie's website at: www.katiekolbergmemmel.com  

Monday, May 21, 2018

Video One - From This Day Forward Intro...

Hello!

Perhaps you remember that last week when I wrote to y'all, I mentioned trying out a new video format to accompany my blog. I settled on the name, "Katie's View, Too" and decided to give it a whirl. Man... was it fun! I'm not sure that a middle-aged woman, sitting in her living room (family room, sun room, kitchen, office, and basically trying out every room in her house) should have THIS much fun... but fun I had!

I think I'll let the video (in other words, me) "talk" for itself. Here you have it...


As always, leave me a note with your thoughts. Oh, and as always, please be kind. Most of all, I hope it brings at least one smile - although, I count four smiles, myself.

Happy Reading and Viewing!

God's Blessings,

Katie

Katie Kolberg Memmel is the author of three books. "Five Fingers, Ten Toes - A Mother's Story of Raising a Child Born with a Limb Difference," "Silly Stories and Sentimental Stuff," and "From This Day Forward..." All are available through Amazon as either an electronic download, or as a paperback version. For more information about Katie and her writing, visit her website at: www.katiekolbergmemmel.com  


Monday, May 14, 2018

Video - Yes? No? Maybe so...?


Well, Good Morning, and welcome to Katie’s View... 

It’s not often that I write a blog post bright and early on a Monday morning, but… when the urge comes upon me, I feel I have no choice but to roll with it.

I wanted to share an idea with you, and ask your opinions about something that happened. Last week, I was talking with my son, Tony, on the telephone. He asked me how my book sales for From This Day Forward… were going, and I filled him in. He congratulated me, and then said, “Mom, you should do a video, and announce the book to your readers in a new way.”  I’m guessing you already know what I was thinking - he’d lost me at the word, “video.” I laughed, and as I recovered, told him I was relatively sure he was wrong, and that I would not be doing that.

Later that day, I was talking with my daughter, Megan, and she also asked me how things were going with the new book. She congratulated me, and then said, “Mom, you should do a video, and announce the book to your readers in a new way.” … Yeah… I swear… you just can’t make this stuff up, right? Again, I laughed, and as I recovered, told her I was relatively sure she was wrong, and that I would not be doing that.

But their reactions, so similar, did give me a moment’s pause. Both of the kids run their own businesses. Many of you know that Tony is a professional musician, living in Nashville. Videos are an excellent way for him to share his new music, some old favorites, along with helpful information and thoughts on various topics.  www.tonymemmel.com  Megan also runs a business out of her home. She often hosts ‘live sales’ where she shows customers her clothing line in a format where people can better see colors, sizes, and freely ask her their questions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoeMeganScheinkoenig/

Hmmm… Is it possible that my children, each unprompted by the other, could be right…??? I decided to open my mind and let their idea sink in.

Over the weekend, I experimented with the video camera on my phone. The kids mentioned that recording outside can be too noisy, what with whooshing wind or nature noises; so for now, I avoided that. I positioned myself against a variety of backdrops to see what might be camera-worthy.

Once I felt more brave, I cleared my throat, and actually said, “Hello!” Yikes! Am I alone when I say that hearing one’s own voice can be a very weird experience? And yet, I must tell you I overcame my fear, and recorded several versions of some of the ideas I wanted to convey to you all. In the end, I had a lot of fun with the project, and actually loosened up enough to crack a joke or two. Oh boy… sounds like trouble with a capital T, doesn't it…?

So now, dear readers, I must ask you the burning question. What do you think about this idea? Would you like to see an example of what I’m talking about? Would you like to see and hear from me, occasionally?

Leave me a note, and tell me your opinion. The only favor I ask is that you be kind. You don’t have to like the idea, but please go easy on me. I do look forward to reading your responses.

Have a great week! Oh, and as always, Happy Reading!

Katie Kolberg Memmel is the author of three books: “From This Day Forward…” “Silly Stories and Sentimental Stuff,” and “Five Fingers, Ten Toes – A Mother’s Story of Raising a Child Born with a Limb Difference.” All are available as either a paperback or electronic version. Links to each, along with more information, can be accessed via her website: www.katiekolbergmemmel.com 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

"From This Day Forward..." Is Now Available!!!


Ladies and Gentlemen…

Drumroll, please…

I’d like to announce that my new book, From This Day Forward…, is now available.

That’s right! After a couple of years of thinking, planning, asking, interviewing, transcribing, editing, and creating, this project is finished. It is finished, and (in my opinion) it is beautiful.

From This Day Forward… is a compilation of extensive interviews with eight individuals and couples whom I believe have (or have had) good relationships and strong marriages. They’ve lived through difficult situations, and come out feeling closer to each other afterward than they felt before. They’ve loved, laughed, cried, fought, made up, loved (again)… over and over throughout life’s thick and life’s thin. Finally, they’ve lived to tell me their tale, and for that fact, I am very grateful.

This book would make a thoughtful Mother’s Day or birthday gift for any woman, regardless of her parental status or age. I can envision young people reading about some of the ‘good ole days’ and trying to picture what that life was all about; as well as ‘great grans’ reading about the more ‘new-fangled ways’ of meeting and dating. I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s a book for just about everyone. Also, I believe that most of my readers will recognize at least one of the couples, if not more. But each couple has first-hand relationship advice and wisdom to impart… that’s for sure.  

All of that said, I’m very excited to share the book with all of you. It is available as a beautiful paperback book, as well as an electronic download. Both versions are available through Amazon. Here’s the link: 


The paperback is also available directly through me. If you’d like a signed copy (or several), contact me via private messenger or e-mail, and we can work out delivery or pick-up details. My e-mail address is:  kkmemmel@gmail.com  

In my last blog post, I laid out for you the process I used to create this book. Here’s the link to the post, in case you missed it:


This post would not be complete without mentioning this…

After I contemplated writing this book for as long as I did, and now seeing it come to completion, there is no doubt in my mind that I was ‘meant’ to do it. I believe that God has blessed and been with me throughout this entire project, and that he loves every participant of it. As I finish this post, I pray that he now blesses each one of my readers, as well. May you find a whole heap, or even a small scrap of wisdom, and be able to apply it in your own daily relationships, marriage, and life.

God’s blessings!

Katie Kolberg Memmel is the author of three books: “Five Fingers, Ten Toes – A Mother’s Story of Raising a Child Born with a Limb Difference,” “Silly Stories and Sentimental Stuff,” and “From This Day Forward…” For more information about Katie and her writing, please visit her website at: www.katiekolbergmemmel.com 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"From This Day Forward..." A brand new book coming soon

Hello!
  
It’s been a very long time since I posted, but believe me when I say I hope – no, I believe, it will have been well-worth the wait…

My recent time, thoughts, and energy have been poured into writing and editing my brand new book. It’s entitled From This Day Forward…, and I cannot wait to fill you in on the who, what, where, when, why, and how of this beautiful project.

For more years than I can count, I’ve been drawn to listen as people told me their personal stories. While I do enjoy a variety of subjects, love is by far my favorite. When I meet new friends, I often ask about their relationships, their marriages, their personal love stories. I enjoy hearing how a couple met, what happened next, where they were when they fell in love, got engaged, what type of wedding they planned, and much much more.

However, with a divorce rate that’s climbing higher each and every year, I started to wonder… what is it that keeps certain couples together for 10, 25, 40, 50, (or more) years…?  What are the tools of a truly great marriage? Todd and I will celebrate 37 years of wedded bliss this September, and I know that we’re far from perfect. So, with that said, even we could afford a few new tools to place in our personal fix-it kit.

I got to thinking about some of the strongest marital relationships I know, and figured they might hold some of the best and wisest answers. I gathered up my courage, and asked each of them to sit down with me for an interview. At first, I thought they might turn me down. They all said they didn’t think they were ‘all that special,’ or that anyone would be interested in anything they had to say. But I disagreed. How can someone celebrate 58 years of happy marriage, and have nothing interesting to share? It’s simply not possible!

I sat down with eight individuals or couples, and recorded our conversations. I asked them what works (or worked, as the case may be) in their own marriages. Their answers were as varied as their individual personalities; but interestingly enough, some of their responses were quite similar, as well. The one common thread that each couple shares is that they all have a strong faith and trust in God – a firm foundation, indeed.

Each interview lasted, on average, about five hours. I then went home and transcribed my notes, which also took seven to ten hours – one, longer. After that, I needed to weave our talks into cohesive, chronological stories. I mean, we all know how conversations go, right? We start talking, but then we forget an important part and need to backtrack, then we spring ahead again… Let me just say that this job of mine became quite an adventure! (Yes, an adventure, and I truly loved every minute!)

I’m excited to announce that most of my friends here on Facebook and Twitter, will recognize some of the couples I interviewed. My youngest couple was in their 20’s at the time we spoke, and I have one in their 30’s, one in their 40’s, two in their 60’s, and three in their 80’s and 90’s.  

I’ll finish this post by getting serious for a moment. I really had no idea that this project would affect me as much as it has. Listening to each of these eight stories, hearing their joys and their sorrows, what worked and what didn’t, their wise words of wisdom… Believe me when I say that this project has left me a changed woman. What an amazing resource these couples are; and because of their willingness to share in this book project, they will remain so for years to come.

From This Day Forward… is very close to completion, and I hope to have final approval within a couple of weeks. Please watch for future posts from me as I announce its release, and how you'll be able to order your own copies. In the meantime, please keep me (and all of this) in your prayers. It really is special. Until we blog again…

God’s Blessings!

Katie

Katie Kolberg Memmel is the author of two books: “Five Fingers, Ten Toes – A Mother’s Story of Raising a Child Born with a Limb Difference” and “Silly Stories and Sentimental Stuff.” Both are available through Amazon as both an electronic and paperback version. For more information, visit her website at www.katiekolbergmemmel.com  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

An Interview with author, Christine Schimpf

Hello!

Long time, no blog! I hope this post finds you all happy, healthy, and hankering for some holiday cheer, because...

My friend and writing colleague, Christine Schimpf, has just written her third book, which just so happens to be a Christmas (Christian) romance. I'd go so far as to say it (very much) reminds me of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Since I personally enjoy that genre, I told her I'd interview her here on "Katie's View." That'll give all of you a chance to hear a bit about her, her writing style, and what makes this new Christmas-y e-book of hers, A Christmas Kind of Perfect, so special. I hope you enjoy it!

So tell me, Christine, what makes "A Christmas Kind of Perfect," a must-read this holiday season? 

You know, I've always felt that the Christmas season is a magical time of the year - a time when miracles can happen. I feel this book has a timeless appeal since the experiences of the hero (Conrad) and heroine (Lila) tend to occur over and over again in life. They've both made mistakes in the past that have turned into regrets. Many of us have experienced the very same dilemma. It's my hope that their story has the ability to reach out to my readers who are still hurting - maybe help them to believe in the power of forgiveness and true love, all over again.

That sounds like a beautiful story, and one that many will be able to relate to. In order to write a book like this, do you have a routine with  your writing schedule? Do you set aside a certain time of day, or...?  

I know that many writers do struggle with finding the time to write, but that's not an issue for me. I write every day when I'm working on a book. I almost hate to admit this, but for me, writing is kind of a healthy addiction. Is there such a thing? Until the book is finished, it becomes the friend I take with me wherever I go!

I love that example - the friend you take with you wherever you go. It sounds like you enjoy your work. What do you find most challenging in the writing process?

I'll be honest... It's difficult for me to set the work free. After investing days, weeks, and sometimes years into a project, it's hard for me to say the words, "I'm finished." It seems there's always one more tweak, polish, or embellishment I feel I could make. However, I've found that's one of the big differences in having a publisher, as opposed to independently publishing. This time I'm on their timetable, with concrete deadlines - and there's no wiggling out of their deadline.

Oooo, good answer! As a writer myself, I agree that it's definitely difficult to let our work go, as well as stay on schedule. Tell me, do you have any new writing projects on the horizon?

Actually, yes. In September, I finished a romantic novella entitled, A Perfect Fit. It's a spin-off romance from A Christmas Kind of Perfect. The story steps into the life of a young woman who typically chooses the wrong kind of man, until... this time she turns the decision over to God. I find that it's not always easy to let go, even of behaviors that can hurt us.

I'm also working on A Perfect Ending, another spin-off romance from A Christmas Kind of Perfect, with intentions to finish that work by the summer of 2018. This story peeks in on a woman with a solid profession and steep career goals, until God places her in an unexpected situation, and turns her world upside down.

Wow, it sounds like you've got a great series going... Congratulations! If my readers wanted to look you up online and follow your work, how could they do that?

Website:  www.christineschimpf.webs.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/authorchristineschimpf

Blog:  www.christineschimpf.blogspot.com

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ChrisSchimpf

Contact:  cschimpf57@yahoo.com

Here's a peek into Christine's new release, "A Christmas Kind of Perfect."

Conrad Hamilton thought his life would be easy. A great job running his own construction business, living in his hometown in Door County, Wisconsin, with Lila Clark by his side. He planned on marrying her as soon as she returned from her Chicago internship, but it never happened.

Lila never expected to become a successful writer, nor did she plan on spending the last decade in New York. But she did.

Can the magic of Christmas turn two hearts back to one another again, or is it too late to capture that special kind of perfect?

Chapter 1

Lower Manhattan, New York

Lila almost tripped over her suitcase as she swept into her apartment. Hand to chest, she willed the panic to subside. It seemed that everywhere she went lately, she saw a tall, broad-shouldered man who reminded her of...him. Her first love. He was even showing up in her dreams.

Taking a deep breath, she locked the door and kicked off her high-heels. She dragged the suitcase to her bedroom and quickly unpacked, as if by doing so, she could set memories from ten years ago back in the closet of her mind where they belonged.

It hadn't mattered where her book signing was, or that she'd been out on the west coast working on the movie versions of her books, Conrad haunted her.

Ah, the mind of an author was a terrifying place at times. She'd been working too hard. At least that's the excuse she gave herself. Settling into more comfortable clothes, she headed to the kitchen.

Lila walked to the window of her apartment, cradling a cup of chamomile tea, sweetened with honey. She watched the street traffic below, which reminded her of a busy ant colony. How she wished the city would sleep, if only for one night. Oh, the blessed silence. She'd walk for miles. Better yet, she'd run. Although Lila feared the attempt wouldn't be easy. Like so many other activities she used to enjoy doing, she'd abandoned running since moving to the Big Apple years ago.

She padded over to her favorite chair, a chaise lounge in dire need of new fabric, and snuggled in like a fat cat finding its spot. The chair stuck out compared to the eclectic-themed room, but Lila refused to reupholster the piece despite the persuasive arguments from her friends. In an odd sort of way, Lila drew comfort from the inanimate object. They shared the same flaw - an inability to fit in with their surroundings.

Lila's bones ached. Now that she was back in the city, her life would return to normal. She'd hibernate for the next few weeks and start outlining her next book. Ugh. At this point, she'd much rather clean her uncle's morning catch of fish.

Goodness, what had made her think of her uncle? He'd died years ago.

Reaching for the remote, she flicked on the receiver. Sounds from an acoustic guitar filled the room. Ooh, much better. She placed her emptied cup near her phone on the end table, leaned her head back on the cushion, and stared up at the ceiling.

Her smartphone buzzed. Ahh. The phone always seemed to ring at the worst of times, scaring her half to death. The clock had barely moved five minutes, and she'd bet her last chocolate donut that her agent, Andrea, was calling with another idea for a book tour. Lila swiped the call through. With tired eyes and a worn-out spirit, she forced a pleasant tone. Sounding irritated was not how Lila wanted to present herself. "Hello."

"Hi, I'm calling for Lila Clark?"

Lila's heart stopped as if she'd skidded on ice and slammed her vehicle into a fire hydrant. This wasn't Andrea. She recognized the sing-song melody in the caller's voice, so reminiscent of someone from the past. Was her memory going, as well as her stamina?

... Ooooh, a cliffhanger! Don't do that to us, Christine! 

Anyway, thank you for sharing your story with us today, and for giving us a glimpse into your writing world. I wish you every good thing as you promote, "A Christmas Kind of Perfect."

"A Christmas Kind of Perfect" is available through Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Kind-Perfect-Christine-Schimpf-ebook/dp/B07781LL5Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513296805&sr=8-1&keywords=Christine+Schimpf



Katie Kolberg Memmel is the author of two books: "Five Fingers, Ten Toes - A Mother's Story of Raising a Child Born with a Limb Difference," and "Silly Stories and Sentimental Stuff." Both books are available through Amazon as either a paperback or electronic version. For more information, visit her website at www.katiekolbergmemmel.com