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Sunday, September 20, 2009


Hello Friends and Bloggers!
Today is a red letter day in my writing world. As you know, I wrote Echo of a Raven to inspire those facing a vision loss to never give up on a dream. My goal is to prevent the children affected with this horrendous disease to have a happy and healthy future. Diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic at the age of six, diabetic retinopathy was my greatest fear, my worst nightmare and my eventual nemesis.

I struggled with the silent enemy for twenty years, never speaking my fear aloud for fear it might come true. But the word Blindness echoed in my head again and again to the point of obsession. And even though I became a legal secretary, preparing cases for judges in the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas, my passion was painting. No more pain. No more heartache. Through my picturesque landscapes and ruins of the Roman forum, I could escape and find peace and serenity. Then it happened one day while painting a Tuscan countryside, the initial bout of progressive blindness. And for the next twenty years, my life became an emotional roller coaster. Now you see you don't. And after one devastating operation, I lost all remaining hope and all remaining vision.

It was then I enrolled in a sixteen week program for the blind and visually impaired where I was forced to accept my fate. Through mobility training with the dreaded white cane, group therapy where I was forced to confront my fears and inhibitions and the use of a computer with adaptive software, I found the courage to face a sighted world I was once part of. And alas, a new dream resurrected. Today, instead of painting my pictures on canvas, I paint my pictures with words.

I wrote Echo of a Raven with great apprehension. A writing instructor encouraged me to get it out there to teach, to inspire and to raise awareness of diabetes and its complications. I am shy by nature and do not relish sharing my fears with the world. But if I can help JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fight for a cure by donating a portion of proceeds and preventing one child from living in fear of losing his or her vision, Echo of a Raven will be a smashing success.

Cherokee from Coffee Time Romance and More has reviewed Echo of a Raven and has bestowed the greatest gift one could hope for in writing. Humbled and thrilled beyond words, I thank Cherokee from the bottom of my heart. She just got it. Here's what was in my in box this morning.

Wishing you all good things and the luck of the Irish,

Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith

Hello Sharon, (hope you are doing well today)Per my recommendation, your book has received a CTRR (Coffee Time Reviewer's RecommendAward) from Coffee Time Romance & More. This award recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. Your book has received this award because I feel it is above and beyond a 5 Cup Rating.You can see this here: have attached a graphic that we encourage you to use on your site, your newsletter,MySpace, and any other place you use to promote you and/or your books.We have announced this in our weekly newsletter, on our blog, and put the CTRR Awardon your actual review on our site. It will stay there permanently.hugs, Cherokee


Mary Ricksen said...

Hi Sharon,
HOLY MOLEY! I had no idea what this was until I read your blog. I am just amazed. Better than a five!
I am so proud for you and I can just hear the screams from here.
Congratulations my friend and best of luck with sales.
You rock girl!

Mary Ricksen said...

Also-My husband is type II diabetic and very stubborn. He has a sore on the bottom of his foot and won't go to the doctors. Dummy huh. I don't think people take diabetes seriously enough.

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks for your support, Mary! You know how much it means to me my friend. Hey, get that hubby of yours to a doctor. Feet and diabetes are nothing to mess with. Keep pushing. We all know you can give him the devil. Holds her ears...I can hear ya from here@!! Give 'em hell, Mary!

P.L. Parker said...

What a wonderful thing. My mother has diabetes along with polymyositis (sp) and she has such problems, but still keeps smiling. Congratulations and good luck with sales.

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Patsy. Thank you so very much! Your mother sounds like a real gem and a real trooper. What an inspiration and joy she must be. Here's hoping for a cure in the very near future! Cheers,

Hywela Lyn said...

Huge Congratulations, my talented friend.

You deserve this and I am so thrilled for you - you are an inspiration to us all!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thank you Lyn! You are too kind, dear friend. This was such a shock but I must admit a very pleasant one. What an honor! Grin

Kathye Quick said...

Inspiring post Sharon. You are truly an inspiration.

This is a horrifying disease; one we all hope has a cure coming soon.

Congrats on your wondeful review and Coffe Time Reviwers Award

Jane Richardson, writer said...

Sharon, this is WONDERFUL! Very much deserved, I know, so many, many congratulations! Now get Oliver to help you over the shock with a glass of something chilled!
Well done, my friend. I'm so proud of you. :)

Jane x

Miss Mae said...

Again, congratulations. From what I've read in your excerpts, this is well deserving. You keep on rocking, girl! :)

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks so much, Kathye. I feel so honored to have received the CTR award. Yes, what a horrendous disease diabetes is and I agree. Let's hope the cure is right around the corner.

Sharon Donovan said...

There you are, Jane! Thank you so much, dear friend. I know how much you appreciate the fight for a cure with your son being a type 1. Let's make it happen, Jane. Oh, Oliver, do bring Jane and I a chilled glass of white. And bring all my guests a cocktail of choice and a load of munchies. My friends are the people in my life who inspire me to go on!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hey, Miss Mae! Thank you so much for dropping by with your warm wishes, dear friend. As always, your support gives me strength.