Monday, May 2, 2016

'Our Fragile Hearts' gets 5-star reviews on publication day today!



Today is publication day for Our Fragile Hearts! WOOT!  I am so nervous about reviews, but the first two I received were 5 stars! Here's what the reviewers had to say:

Once again, Buffy Andrews has hit a homerun with Our Fragile Hearts and I just loved it!! It touched my heart in so many ways. The three main characters each have their own personal struggles but collectively they give in ways that help each other through. It is beautifully written and is one that I could not put down until I had read every single word! There is a realization that sometimes in our brokenness we are overpowered by the comfort and strength we find by helping others. And, there are a few “OMG” moments that were total shockers, which is the epitome of a well written book!! I highly recommend this novel, as well as all of Buffy's other books, as each and every one are wonderful and memorable experiences! - Sharon Weed

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I absolutely fell in love with Mary and Rachel, and especially little Piper. Mary and Rachel both have survived so much adversity, and kept their heads held high. As a mother, I immediately felt my heart clench when I read Mary's story. Rachel has been through even more, in some ways, because she was raised not knowing who she could depend on. Growing up in foster care is no picnic. Yet, Rachel survived. When she was told that she must raise her sister lest Piper end up in foster care as well, Rachel rises up to the challenge. This story is full of hope and love, and eventual peace. It is one to remember for a long time to come. - Jennifer Muncy

Monday, April 18, 2016

Our Fragile Hearts coming May 2



Here's a sneak peek at OUR FRAGILE HEARTS.



Prologue

Mary


June 30, 1957
I hate Mother. I hate Father. They’re sending me away. They said I brought shame to the family, that no decent man will want me. They have forbidden me to see Teddy. He doesn’t know I’m carrying his child. He thinks I don’t love him. My life is over.
Love, Mary Katherine
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I lay in my hospital bed trying to remember. I remembered the cold, sterile delivery room and the doctors and nurses dressed in white and wearing masks. 
I remembered seeing the delivery table and the bassinet, the sterile towels and drapes and rubber gloves. I even remembered seeing the scissors and string the doctor would use to tie my baby’s umbilical cord.
But I didn’t remember seeing my baby.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Buffy's picks: Interesting reads for March 18



1. This baby goat lost his back legs but keeps motoring along. A tearjerker video that beautifully captures Izzy's journey. Meet Rory who adopted her and rescue dog Piper who she cuddles her.  

Dust Bunnies
2. If you're into zombies you're in luck! The Walking Dead attraction is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.

3. You go girl! 90-year-old woman earns Ph.D. Yeah! You'll never too old to learn.

4. Check out my marshmallow Peeps Expressions!  Who says you can't play with your food!

5. I love innovation, which is why I love this Turtle on a Skateboard!  

6. And I love happy endings and dogs so this video is a win-win!  Speaking of dogs, I love this idea of a dog sharing service for those who'd love a canine companion but can't  commit full time.

Have a super weekend!





Friday, March 11, 2016

Buffy's picks: Interesting reads for March 11

I'm going to start a new feature where I post some of the most interesting stories I found via the Internet. I plan to do this on a daily basis so I hope you return time and again to see what's new! Enjoy!

1. Doctors use part of a pig's eye to repair Chinese boy's sight. . That's some pig!

2. Check out these  life-sized dog sculptures made out of recycled bicycle parts. Very cool! 

3. This one will just make you cry and wonder why. Father goes to Bulgaria to adopt 2 special needs boys and dies.

4. Sooo cute! Kid has a loose tooth and pulls it out with his Hot Wheels track.  Now that's innovation!

5. OK, so this just make me spit out my coffee! Little boy dives into aunt's wedding dress as she walks down the aisle! 

6. Remember "Ghostbusters." There's a reboot coming this summer with a cast of hilarious  characters. Take this cool quiz and see how much you know about the original!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Harper Lee dies

We lost a great writer today. Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" died. She was 89. When her book "Go Set a Watchman" hit the stores last summer, I shared this quiz. How well do you know "Mockingbird?"

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Frog picture book joins my growing collection

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I teamed up with a great friend, Sammy Dellinger, to publish ONE FROG. TWO FROGS. THREE FROGS, FOUR.  I'm extremely excited about this book because it showcases Sam's awesome talent.

I wrote this book a long time ago and it's based on a true event that happened when my son, 26, was 3. When I talked to Sam about bringing the text to life, she was all in. Together we finally did it and I couldn't be more proud. 

Here's the skinny: 

“One frog. Two frogs. Three frogs. Four. Tree frogs. Tree frogs. I want more.”

This delightfully illustrated tale tells the story of Sam, who counts down the days until the next grocery store trip. Sam can’t wait to buy plastic tree frogs from the grocery store bubblegum machine and add them to his colorful collection. But after waiting all week, Sam sees something that makes him opt to give his quarters to charity instead.

One frog. Two frogs. Three frogs. Four. I love tree frogs, but I’ll wait to get more.” 



This great read-aloud book is also perfect for the beginner reader, offering a subtle life lesson about kindness and thinking of others in a fun, unobtrusive manner. This perfect addition to home and classroom library also boosts color and counting confidence.


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Friday, October 9, 2015

New Author and Friends store items

I added some items to my literary gift shop, Author and Friends. Like me on Facebook and check out other merchandise there. Also, don't forget that I have a ton of really cool T-shirts, mugs and more on my Cafepress store by the same name.   If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, email me at Buffyandrews@gmail.com with "Literary gifts" in subject line.