Judge #50 Review: 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Entry Title: If I Fall Apart

Author: Karen M. Garcia

Entry Category: Life Stories

Judge Number: 50

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking.

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4

Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 5

“Karen, you write well.  I’m impressed with your clear and straight-forward style, and your ability to include many details without being tedious.  Write some magazine articles, perhaps lifted straight from your book, and start thinking about your next book, hopefully from a royalty publisher!”

Living Through It – A Survivor’s Experience with Breast Cancer

Many thanks to HMSA’s Island Scene for sharing my story in the Fall 2014 issue. I hope it will remind women to get an annual mammogram. 

Living Through It

A survivor’s experience with breast cancer.

By Nicole Duarte

HMSA Island Scene, Fall 2014

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Successful Fundraiser at A Little Bit of Everything

ALBOE Fundraiser 2014UPDATE:  Many thanks to all who attended the Breast Cancer Awareness & Research Fundraiser at A Little Bit of Everything gift shop last Friday. $500 was raised and will be donated to Kapiolani Women’s Fund.

ALBOE owner, Val Kubota with Lyndsey and Karen at the event.

ALBOE owner, Val Kubota, with Lyndsey and Karen at the event.

ORIGINAL POST:  A Little Bit of Everything gift shop (ALBOE) is once again sponsoring a fundraiser to support the fight against breast cancer. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 24th, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  ALBOE proprietor, Val Kubota, has invited her vendors to participate by donating a portion of their proceeds earned at the event. The funds raised will be donated to a local charity that specializes in treating breast cancer.

Whiteginger Press will be there handing out free breast cancer awareness ribbons. Copies of IF I FALL APART will also be available for $10 with 50% of sales being donated to fighting cancer.

A Little Bit of Everything is located in The Imperial Plaza, 725 Kapiolani Boulevard, 1st Floor, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

We hope to see you there!

Update: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Whiteginger Press:

Mahalo to everyone who made a donation to support my fundraising effort for the 2014 Komen Race for the Cure. Together we raised $350 to fight breast cancer!

2014 Race for the Cure

2014 Race for the Cure

Originally posted on Whiteginger Press:

Aloha!

Here is an update on my fundraising progress for the Race for the Cure on October 19th. As of 7/15/14, I raised $175 towards my $200 goal! Don’t forget that I will be matching donations, up to $200, so please donate today. Mahalo! Here is the link to my personal page again:  http://hawaii.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/HNL_HawaiiAffiliate?px=19131361&pg=personal&fr_id=4365

Original Post:

I am finally ready to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for the very first time. Seven years after completing active treatment for breast cancer, I am looking forward to celebrating life with my sister-survivors. Believe me, it’s been a long journey to get to this point.

I humbly ask for your support to help me reach my goal of raising $200 (increased from $125) for Susan G. Komen Hawaii. Seventy-five percent of the money raised will remain here in the islands. In addition, I will match each donation (up to…

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Update: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Aloha!

Today I made my matching donation to Susan G. Komen Hawaii’s Race for the Cure. Thanks to family and friends who donated a total of $175 towards this worthy cause. With my matching donation of $175, we raised $350!! Mahalo to Jerry R, Shelley O, David E, Janet S, Joyce Y, Tom M, and Lori M for your generosity and support!

Here is a link to my personal page:

http://hawaii.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/HNL_HawaiiAffiliate?px=19131361&pg=personal&fr_id=4365

Original Post:

I am finally ready to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for the very first time. Seven years after completing active treatment for breast cancer, I am looking forward to celebrating life with my sister-survivors. Believe me, it’s been a long journey to get to this point.

I humbly ask for your support to help me reach my goal of raising $200 (increased from $125) for Susan G. Komen Hawaii. Seventy-five percent of the money raised will remain here in the islands. In addition, I will match each donation (up to $200 total) from the proceeds of my book “If I Fall Apart.” That’s $400 to help find a cure for cancer, but I can’t do it without your help. If 20 people donate just $10 (tax-deductible!), I will exceed my goal!

Please check out my participant page as you consider making a donation to support this great cause: http://hawaii.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/HNL_HawaiiAffiliate?px=19131361&pg=personal&fr_id=4365

If you prefer not to make a donation online, please contact me at whiteginger11@gmail.com.

Mahalo for your kind consideration!

Karen

P.S. – Many thanks to those who already donated to the cause!

Donation to The Queen’s Medical Center

As promised, a portion of the proceeds from IF I FALL APART is donated to fighting cancer. Today, Whiteginger Press donated $200 in unrestricted funds to The Queen’s Medical Center.

Many thanks to Queen’s for the excellent care I received during my diagnosis, treatment and recovery from Stage IIB breast cancer. Thanks also to Sharlene Tsuda and Laura Yamamoto for taking time from their busy day for this photo op.

Karen with Sharlene Tsuda, VP Community Development for The Queen's Medical Center.

Karen with Sharlene Tsuda, VP Community Development for The Queen’s Medical Center.

Reader’s Favorite Review

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If I Fall Apart
A Memoir of Breast Cancer and Bilateral Mastectomy
by Karen M. Garcia 
Non-Fiction – Memoir 
102 Pages 
Reviewed on 05/09/2014

Reader’s Favorite reviewed IF I FALL APART and gave it 4 stars out of 5!  Click here to read the review.  Many thanks to all!

March is Women’s History Month

I enjoyed being one of the speakers at the US Army Corp of Engineers Women’s History Month Celebration. The theme was “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.” The other speakers were Pastor Norma DeSaegher of Waipahu United Church of Christ and Honolulu Police Officer Teisa Eteuati. Their personal stories about overcoming adversity and following their hearts were so inspiring! Thanks to my brother, Phillip Mun, for inviting me.

With Major Sally Hannan at Women's History Month Celebration

With Major Sally Hannan at Women’s History Month Celebration