MORTON, IL READING AND SIGNING EVENT AT LEAVES N’ BEANS
Thrilled to return to the Peoria area for this reading and signing at the lovely Leaves N’ Beans Cafe on October 14, 2023 from 2-4 PM. Books will be available on site, but supplies are limited. Earlier that day, I will visit Lutheran Hillside Village to visit our legends who can no longer travel easily. Books cannot be sold there, but I will happily sign for anyone who already has a copy. Mom’s Search for Meaning can be purchased at these fine retailers– ORDER HERE.
READING AND SIGNING WITH AUTHOR SUSAN HAYDEN AND SONGWRITER BLISS BOWEN
￼At a private home in Altadena,￼ Susan and I will read from our recently released debut memoirs, and Bliss will serenade us with song. There will be ample time for signings as well.
￼(Fun fact: Bliss is also a gifted editor and did the final final proof of my book!)
If you are interested in attending, DM ￼one of us for the RSVP link. The ￼event is free, but seating is limited. If you RSVP but are unable to attend for any reason, please update the link so the tix become available to other interested guests. ￼ We are excited to share this occasion with you!￼
ARTICLE ALERT: INSIDER.COM
It was an honor to write this piece for the wonderful editor Conz Preti of Insider Parenting. Coincidentally, it was released just four days after the anniversary of Alice’s death and two weeks after what would have been her 12th birthday. You can read the article here:
PODCAST ALERT: COVER TO COVER WITH MARY ELIZABETH JACKSON
THANK YOU FOR SUCH A LOVELY SIGNING AND DONATING TO SCCC
Huge thanks to everyone who attended the July signing. There was reading, eating, fundraising, and signing and singing. I was honored to have Michael Koch — Executive Director of Southern California Counseling Center speak for a few minutes about the great work SCCC does in the community. Delicious tacos by Jose’s Kitchen Catering were available for a small donation to SCCC. After I read a couple passages from Mom’s Search for Meaning, I signed books while Una serenaded us with their groovy tunes. Huge thanks to Chef Tad Weyland for helping out, Jim and Jen Nice for providing their home and extra thanks to Jen for providing her band! I am lucky to have such a beautiful community around me. Thank you all.
LA BOOK SIGNING JULY 30, 2023!
It seems impossible that Alice would be 12 this year or that she’s been gone for an entire decade. I hope you can join us as we celebrate Alice’s life and Melissa’s new book “Mom’s Search for Meaning” about her journey after Alice died (A.A.D.).
We are delighted to announce that Michael Koch — executive director of the Southern California Counseling Center, which saved Melissa’s bacon — will be on hand to say a few words before Melissa’s short reading. And we are thrilled that the dreamy trip-hop trio Una will serenade us with their dulcet sounds as Melissa signs books, kids blow bubbles, and everyone eats tacos.
Yes, there will be tacos! Melissa promised to do a book signing at a taco truck, and she is true to her word! Taco plates will be available for a $15 donation directly to SCCC. You will be able to pay by QR code at the event.
You can bring your own copy of MSFM, or there will be a limited number for sale at the event. Please let us know if you need to purchase one at the event so we have enough on hand.
Thank you for always remembering Alice and for your ongoing support.
INTERVIEW ON THE WEEKEND WITH ED KALEGI
It was such a joy to have an extended conversation about grief, my book, SUDC, and raising teenagers with Ed Kalegi on his syndicated radio show The Weekend. Thank you, Ed!
RADIO INTERVIEW WITH MIKE HORN ON THE LOUNGE, CABLE RADIO NETWORK
Thank you to Mike Horn for having me on The Lounge last week to discuss my book, Mom’s Search for Meaning. You can listen here:
AUTHOR INTERVIEW IN WE MAGAZINE
It was an honor to be interviewed by Heidi Mooney, publisher of WE Magazine, about my book Mom’s Search For Meaning.
BOOK MARKETING CHAT ON TWITTER WITH BAD REDHEAD MEDIA: MARKETING A GRIEF MEMOIR
How do you write a book about an event no one wants to experience? How do you market a book about a topic folks would rather not consider? Good questions! I discuss these topics on more with Rachel Thompson, owner of Bad Redhead Media. You can listen at the link below.
PODCAST ALERT! SHAMAN ISIS SHOW
FIRST BOOK SIGNING EVENT!
Join Me for Books and Brews
Mom’s Search for Meaning Signing Event
Sat, June 3, 2023
From 4-6 PM
O’SHEA BREW CO.
28142 Camino Capistrano, #107
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Book available at
BYOBook for me to sign, or I’ll have a few copies for sale! The first 5 attendees will also receive a free copy of the book “Strong Moms” to which I contributed a chapter.
Looking forward to meeting you and sharing a pint!
HONORED TO CONTRIBUTE A CHAPTER TO RUTH SNYDER AND SHEILA WEBSTER’S “STRONG MOMS” AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.
KRISTY MICKELSEN’S W.W.A.A PODCAST
CONVERSATIONS WITH LOVE WITH LEE COLLVER-RICHARDS
This conversation with educator and activist Lee Collver-Richards was one of my favorites thus far. She really let me geek out on healing modalities and mindset. Thank you, Lee. xo
It’s always a joy to talk about dogs, especially with the gal who helped my daughter and me adopt our rescue, Lady. Betsy (a human life coach) and Ali (a human trauma therapist) are passionate dog saviors. It was a joy to join them on Dear Dog, It’s Us, Ali, and Betsy to talk about my fur princess, overcoming trauma, and my new book, Mom’s Search for Meaning.
BILLY DEES PODCAST ALERT
It was an absolute honor to speak with Billy Dees Podcasts about Alice and my new book.
Billy is a truly gifted interviewer, a steadfast mental health advocate, and extremely generous with his tech expertise—even for technophobic rookies like me.
The Billy Dees Podcast is free to listen and subscribe to.
On Apple Podcasts
BOOK LAUNCH! “MOM’S SEARCH FOR MEANING” WILL BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY, 3/28/23. VIRTUAL LAUNCH AT 9 AM PDT ON FACEBOOK LIVE!
3/29/23 BOOK MARKETING CHAT WITH BAD REDHEAD MEDIA TO DISCUSS THE LAUNCH OF MELISSA’S BOOK, “MOM’S SEARCH FOR MEANING.”
On 3/29/23 at 11 AM PDT, join Melissa and Bad Redhead Media owner Rachel Thompson for a discussion about launching “Mom’s Search for Meaning” (released 3/28). There will be a giveaway! One attendee will receive a signed copy of Melissa’s book! Link to join or listen to the recording HERE
3-23-23 Feel Good Feature with Kimberly Kay Scott on Twitter Spaces — Discussing My Upcoming Book, “Mom’s Search for Meaning”
A beautiful chat with Kimberly Kay Scott about grief, growth, and living after loss. You can listen HERE
FB LIVE on 1-17-23 at 3:30 PST with Cairo Brown Foundation
You Tube Podcast on Resilience with Ruth Snyder
SCCC Annual Gala – Spring Bash – April 30, 2022
I’m honored to present an award to Kim Cookson (founder and director of the Southern California Counseling Center’s Trauma and Resiliency Training Program) at SCCC’s annual Gala on Saturday, April 30th. As most of you know, SCCC was critical to my healing after my daughter died. I’ve done fundraising events in Alice’s memory for SCCC ever since, with hope that everyone can access the affordable, effective treatments that changed my life.
The Gala can be attended in-person or virtually. Tickets are available at the link below.