Blended Giveaway Winner Announced

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Announcing the winner of the giveaway! Unfortunately, this did not stimulate the Facebook likes I had hoped it would, so I chose a winner from Twitter: Juli Crestani, @jcrestani. Message me your mailing address and I will send you your books and framed art! Congratulations!

In honor of the release of Hey, Who’s in my House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz, I am having a giveaway!

One in three Americans live in a stepfamily, and more than half of Americans will live in a stepfamily at some point in their lives, according to the Stepfamily Foundation. Much has been written about the stereotypes and sometime realities of stepparent struggles and the “wicked stepmother,” but an integral part of all these changing families hasn’t been truly addressed, until this anthology: The stepkids themselves.

My first published essay, Happy Endings, is in this amazing anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz. The first book telling the story of blended family life from the perspective of the stepkids. It revisits the rocky relationship with my own stepmom, one of the main reasons I am so determined to co-parent with my two daughter’s stepmom, and my own idea of a happy ending. The book is available on Amazon for Kindle now and in print To order the print copy: Barnes & Noble.

Hey, Who's in my House Stepkids Speak Out

The second book I will be giving away in this package is, Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience edited by Samantha Waltz. I know one of the writers in this anthology, the talented Kerry Cohen.

Blended explores stepfamilies from the inside out through the perspectives of thirty writers who know what it’s like first hand. Sometimes funny, often poignant, and always deeply personal, the stories in Blended capture the essence of stepfamilies in all of their weird and wonderful varieties. The journeys range from the first encounters between new step-relatives, to marriages, honeymoons, daily experiences, and divorces.

Blended Writers on the Stepfamily experience

The photograph below was actually taken across the street from my ex-husband’s house. Nestled behind a hill, surrounded by a sea of wildflowers is a paint-chipped blue and white, abandoned house. As pictured in the beginning of this post, and in the video, it is a metallic 5×7 metallic print, in a vintage-looking frame. Some of other work is on my other site, Abandoned, Forgotten, & Decayed.

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Trish Eklund is taking a nontraditional approach to parenting children after divorce and remarriage. Raising her two daughters of twelve and sixteen with her husband, ex-husband, and his wife, they consult one another on all parenting decisions. In addition to Family Fusion Community, Trish is also the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten, & Decayed, A photographic adventure in the abandoned and forgotten. She is a regular feature writer on Her View From Home, a lifestyle magazine that connects your view to the rest of the world. Trish Eklund has an essay, Happy Endings, in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz. The first book telling the story of blended family life from the perspective of the stepkids. Trish revisits the rocky relationship with her own stepmom, one of the main reasons she is so determined to co-parent with her children’s stepmom, and her own idea of a happy ending. The book is available on Amazon for Kindle now! To preorder the print copy: Barnes & Noble. Trish has been featured on www.playground-magazine.com, and www.bigblendedfamily.com. Follow her on Twitter: @trishiewriter, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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