Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief, is Born!

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Tragedy's Treasures, A Mom's Journey Through Grief book coverWHAT A RIDE! 

This has been the ride of a lifetime! I am so honored and awed at the response since launching my book on October 10, 2016!

THANK YOU to all of my friends and family for spreading the word, sharing posts, liking my Facebook author page, and BUYING the e-book and print version of Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief. (You may click on these links to go the FB author page and Amazon Sales Page.



My book reached #1 Newest Bestseller ranking in FOUR categories! It even received the Amazon ribbon in the Love and Loss category. (I don’t know much about it, but I am told that it is a big deal:))1-in-love-and-loss


LAURA COLE GONZALEZ for the countless hours she spent before and during the launch to make banners, take screen shots, and make it so easy for others to share the book on social media. (Click on her name to go to her website and find out how talented she is in so many areas!)

JAN GRANGER for enthusiastically rallying the troops in Fort Worth, Texas on launch day. Her experience with book launches and outreach was invaluable and still is!

BILL UNGERER AND PAM SCHOFIELD for reading and editing my copy after it had been professionally edited. They found many ways for me to make my words clearer and more meaningful!

JOEY UNGERER for making Bart’s photo come alive for my designer to use in the book cover

ALLISON WOFFORD for taking incredible photos of me to use for my author picture

ALBERT ALMENDAREZ for lovingly pushing me to finish the book and for giving me space and time I needed to focus on completing my goal

AMY GRANGER MALONEY for pre-reading the book and helping me see how to make the introduction better, and for loving me and patiently waiting for me to finish this book


Please continue to pray that God can use this book to encourage, comfort, and give hope to the grieving; but also, that all who read it will draw closer to Him and His Son through faith in what He can provide.

Please continue to share the Facebook posts and blog posts (you may use the sharing buttons at the end of this post)

Please encourage others who read the book to leave a review on Amazon. (you can click on the red to go to the review page)

Yay! If you purchase the print book, you get the ebook for FREE on Amazon! (Once you purchase the print copy, you will see that you can order the ebook for free.)

Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief



Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief Is For Sale on Monday, October 10th!


I am nervous and excited that this book is going on sale on Monday, October 10, 2016!

Six years…blood,sweat, and tears…

Why October 10th? For the last nineteen years, this day has cast a shadow over my heart. Bart died on this day nineteen years ago.

For the first time since that tragic day, I am excited for October 10th to get here. I am still sad that Bart is no longer with us, but I believe he knows that this book is a labor of love dedicated to him, his family, and his friends.

My daughter, Amy, and my grandchildren watched the emotional video of me opening my proof copy of the print version. In case you have not seen it on Facebook , I am including it in this post. She let me know that my grandsons think I am a celebrity. I was quick to tell her that they are a huge part of why I wrote the book.

I chose to self-publish to have control over the content, marketing, and pricing. Print on Demand is different in that I don’t stock books and mail them out. Anyone may go to and order the print copy. Create Space is Amazon’s print on demand company. They print it and mail it directly to your door.

On Monday, the e-book will also be available. You do not need a Kindle to read it. You can download a Kindle Reader App on your desktop, phone, or iPad.

For 24 hours, the e-book will be on sale for $.99. This is my way of thanking all of you who have helped edit the book (Bill Ungerer and Pam Schofield), create and perfect the cover(  and Joey Ungerer), photograph me for the cover (Allison Wofford), format the book (Amit Dey, and help me market the book on social media and on this website (Laura Cole Gonzalez and Jan Granger).

I also want to make the book available at a discount for anyone who has lost a child or loved one or who knows someone who is grieving.

The more people who buy the book on Monday, October 10, the higher up in the Amazon rankings the book climbs so that it is visible when anyone searches a book on grieving the loss of a child.

I would be SOOO grateful if you would leave a review (hopefully favorable 🙂 ) on Amazon. A five-star rating does not mean the book is perfect, only that is worthy of others buying and reading it.

I could not have written and published this book without my husband, Albert, encouraging me, spurring me on, and giving me the “kick” to get this baby birthed!