After years of talk and a few months of action, the final product is here. I have all of my family to thank for their ongoing support and encouragement and, of course, all of you, for your “likes” and “comments” that gave me the courage to take this step. Without you, this wouldn’t be a reality!
I want to specifically thank my husband, Matt, for being the source of inspiration for many of the poems, my daughter, Stephanie, for her expertise editing, and my son, Michael, for his beautiful cover photo and for taking my “signature” author’s photo, as well.
My first collection of poetry, “New Day, New Dreams” is now available to order from my publisher, Xlibris, as well as, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
104 thoughts on “It’s here – My First Poetry Book has been launched!”
yay congrats Lauren
Thanks so much, Purple, and for all your visits and support!
Congratulations my friend…
Thank you very much! 🙂
Congratulations. This is a great achievement.
Thanks very much, Tric! 🙂
Thanks, Al! 🙂
Well done Lauren for taking the risk and leap of faith! ❤HBL XX
Thanks, Chris, and you are one of my strong supporters! HBL ♥
This is great! =)
Thanks so much, Iris, and for all of your support, too!
Fantastic! Congratulation, Lauren! I’m so proud of you, and very excited about this for you too!
How wonderful that your husband and children are all a part of this too!
Sending much love and hugs xoxo
Thanks for everything, Deb, your support, friendship, love and hugs! And yes, it’s nice to have my family supporting me, as well! xoxo ♥
Great news Lauren!!! I wish you all the best, although I am confident you don’t need my wishes… 🙂
Aww..thank you, Marina, and more wishes can’t hurt! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
Yay! Fantastic Lauren, so pleased for you! xxxx
Thanks so much, Sharon! It’s one more item checked off! 🙂 xoxo
congrats Lauren and well deserved
Thanks so much, Tim!
Congratulations…….OK, rest time is over, keep the beautiful words coming! 😉
Thanks, Steve, and rest time? I think I missed it! 😉 I don’t have anything new right now, so it might be a few days! Thanks for your kind words and support!
Congrats!!!! Let me know if you plan on offering an option to purchase from you – would love a signed copy 🙂
Thanks so much, Sarah, and I’ll have copies here, but right now the only options are on the above sites. How did you set it up? 🙂
Oh girl! Brilliant news! So happy for you! Well done! Will definitely be heading to get a copy in a minute!
Thanks so much, Chatty, for your encouragement and enthusiasm. It is very exciting and I appreciate you buying a copy, too. I hope you enjoy it. xx
Lauren, wow! Brilliant, and love the name and the cover of your poetry book.. I am so pleased that this is now a fact… And its wonderful that your family have all been so closely involved in its creation…
I wish you every success … Love and Light Sue xox
Thank you, Sue, and I’m so glad you like the cover and title. It’s an uplifting collection and it was hard choosing a photo from my son’s website. I love the “refreshing” feeling and sounds of a waterfall. Water brings new life…and yes, it’s great to have my family behind me, even the kids. When they tell me that they’re proud of me, it’s a definite example of the tables being turned. 🙂 I appreciate your wishes and love, also…xoxo
Congratulations! It is a GREAT achievement. Yippee I can say “I know a good author” I’m bragging because this is good. Your poetry is awesome. You make me feel your poetry words in my life.
Thanks so much, Cathy! Your words truly mean a lot to me! Hugs!
So thrilled for you, Lauren, and will order my copy very soon! XO ♥
Thanks, Diane, your love and support are greatly appreciated. Hugs! ♥
Well done you – how fantastic! xxxx
Aww…thank you, Pooky! xxx 🙂
You must be the current star and inspiration of the poetry blogging community. What a great place to be!
What inspired you to bring your work together and how did you choose what to include?
Oh, I’m definitely not the star, Pooky, several of my friends have published this year, which has been inspiring in itself. I’ve always wanted to take this leap; just wasn’t willing to jump, yet! Over time and receiving support and encouragement from my family and friends, I’ve felt more comfortable and ready. My parents love my writing and my only regret is not doing this before Mom passed away over a year ago. So, I wanted to make it happen while Dad was still around. He is very proud of his “baby” daughter. 🙂 Choosing the content took time and with the help of my family, I compiled a list and was ready to move forward. My friend calls it “giddy” and I think that’s a great word to describe seeing “your” writing in print. Thanks so much for all your kind words in the short time we’ve known each other. Have a lovely weekend. xx
I think it’s a most phenomenal achievement and I bet that your Mum does know and it very very proud xxx
Thanks, again, Pooky, and I feel that you are right. 🙂 xxx
I just know I am! Did you dedicate it to her?
I did, as well as, my Dad, and family…
Oh how lovely 🙂
When I wrote my eating disorders book, one of the dedications was my best friend. She cried!
That’s very sweet, too, and I know very special for her! 🙂
Bravo!! Bravo!! No small accomplishment Lauren. Incredibly demanding of you and those who are close to you. Others may dream of producing a book but you actually took your dream and made it a reality. Congratulations. Big hug and much love Virginia
Thanks very much, for all of your kind words and enthusiasm, Virginia! I’ve been talking about it for a long time, but the timing wasn’t right, nor was my confidence ready. 🙂 I appreciate your love and hugs, too! xoxo
Excellent and wonderful, Lauren 🙂
Thanks very much, Martin! 🙂
Wow…..seeing your book like this hits me hard and good. I am so proud of you for doing this. It’s a big step and hopefully will lead to other successes. Just know Steph, Michael and I are so proud of you…..heck, I even feel very honored to be part of your inspiration. Loving You Always, Matthew
Congratulation and much success. So very happy for you.
Thanks so much, Kim, I’ve always appreciated your comments and support. xx
I have my copy on my kindle
Aww..thanks, Kim, I hope you enjoy and I really do appreciate your ongoing support and insightful comments. xx
Congratulations! You did it! I’m proud of you seester! Love, Deb
Aww..thanks, seester! Without you and Susie as my back up support group, this wouldn’t have happened, either. Love ya, too!
So proud of you, Beautiful! Can’t wait to have a look. Cheers!
Thanks, Kathryn, it’s very exciting and I truly appreciate your support, always! I hope you enjoy the book, too! Hugs! xo
Thanks so much, Clowie!
Encore félicitations, Lauren!!
This is huge!!!
Thank you very much, my friend! 🙂
Great. I had hoped to have my first 100 cartoon book out by now but little glitches keep advancing release date.
Thanks, Carl, and I know yours will all come together, too! I had to learn a little patience, also..
Congratulations, Lauren. I’m excited for you. Well done! Here I go…to buy my copy of your first book. 🙂
Thanks so much, Lori, and I really appreciate you buying a copy, too! I hope you enjoy and big hugs to you for all of your support! 🙂 xo
Congratulations, Lauren!! What a wonderful accomplishment and the cover is beautiful too xx I can’t wait to read it!!
Thanks so much, Christy, and I’m happy you like the cover, too! I appreciate all the love and support you have given me to take this big step. It’s an exciting one, for sure, as I know you’ve already experienced! 🙂 xx
Awe! The moment when the physical book is in your hand is a great one — I wish you so much happiness, Lauren xx
I know you know the feeling, too! Thanks, again, my friend! ♥
Congratulations Lauren 🙂
Happy for you. I know the feeling – enjoy.
Lovely to see how the family ring fenced and helped you get published.
All good wishes,
P/s I agree with ChristyB – love that cover.
Thanks so much, Eric, and yes, it was nice to have my family behind me, cheering, helping and supporting. I’m glad you like the cover, too. It was tough choosing from my son’s photos, but this one jumped out. 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday.
Congratulations, Lauren! Very happy for you!
Thanks so much, John! I appreciate your wishes!
Lauren, I am so happy for you. Yes, like I said, “You must be ‘giddy’.” This is so exciting! Congrats to you my friend and you are truly an inspiration. Love the cover photo, your photo, your beautiful words. hugs. Renee ♥
Thanks so much, Renee, and I love your word “giddy!” It’s exactly how I feel! I appreciate all your beautiful words and encouragement and I’m glad you like the photos, too! It’s nice having a photographer living in the house. 🙂 Many hugs to you, also!
YOU are so welcome Lauren. Yes, you are so fortunate to have a photographer in the house. I am blessed to have YOU in my life. 🙂 ♥
Aww..thanks, Renee! You warmed my heart and I feel the same! 🙂 ♥
You are so welcome ♥
You’re welcome my friend. 🙂
Thanks so much, Joe! I really appreciate your support and I hope you enjoy my book, too! 🙂
Congratulations Lauren!!! We all knew you would eventually do this. Your poetry and writing is amazing! Many HUGS!!!!!!!!
Thanks so much, Scott! Your words always mean a lot and hugs back to you, too!
Well done Lauren – looks like a lovely family affair with the input from your husband and children. 🙂 x
Thanks so much, Holly, and yes, it was nice to have their help, as well! xx
Hi Lauren, Congratulations I am so proud of you and of course I just bought your book. Can’t wait to beginning reading, my dear friend! all my best on your new venture! 🙂 xo
Oh, Penny, you didn’t waste any time, did you? Well, thank you so very much! I appreciate your support and I hope you enjoy my book, too. Big Hugs, my friend! xo
No time to waste for the busy, but it is important for me to a) support you and b) to buy a book I know I will sincerely enjoy! 🙂 hugs!
I’m speechless and repetitive, all in one…thanks again, Penny, for your wonderful support! Hugs again (we can never have too many) 🙂
Nope, not where hugs are concerned! 🙂
Well done. It must be such a wonderful feeling 🙂
Thanks very much and yes, it is exciting, to say the least! I appreciate your visit, too! 🙂
Congratulations, Lauren! How exciting! I hope you sell TONS! 🙂
Thanks so much, Melody! 🙂
It’s really inspiring when a dreamer who dreams the same dream as yours finally achieves that dream. The impossible becomes a little more possible. 🙂 Congratulations 🙂
It definitely is and I’ve been inspired by many who achieved this dream earlier this year, which is what nudged me to make it happen. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and visit and I hope your dream becomes reality very soon, too. Lauren 🙂
Congratulations Lauren!!! I’m happy for you.
Thanks, Imexcited! I appreciate your wishes and I can honestly say that “I’m excited” too! 🙂 Hope all is well with you and your family…
Yes, we all all okay. Thanks!
Congratulations!!! Your poetry is lovely.
Thanks, Kimberley, for your wishes and for your kind words! I appreciate them very much and also all of your visits, too! xx
Lauren, this is magnificent 🙂 I am always delighted when a writer completes a goal. This is just wonderful. I truly wish you success with it .
Thanks so much, Noeleen, it’s been in the back of my mind for a few years and is exciting to have come to fruition! I appreciate your success wishes and for also stopping by here! Sending hugs!
Best book of modern day poetry out there. Go LS!
Wow, thanks so much, OMP! 🙂