Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Goodreads giveaway and launch press release

My publisher, Dream of Things, has officially launched the paperback edition of my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On, with a Goodsreads giveaway. Please enter to win one of five copies and tell your friends. The giveaway opportunity ends on August 28, 2012.

Mike O'Mary, owner and publisher says:

This week is the official launch of the trade paperback edition of Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples. Previously available only in hardcover, this is a powerful book that aligns perfectly with the Dream of Things goal to bring you "distinctive voices, meaningful books." Read on for more details -- and get 20% off the cover price of Leaving the Hall Light On at the Dream of Things website

hall-light>when you use coupon code "Light" at checkout.

Also, if you are a member of, be sure to enter the Goodreads Book Giveaway to be eligible to win a free copy of Leaving the Hall Light On.

Goodreads <>Book Giveaway

Leaving the Hall Light On

by Madeline Sharples

Giveaway ends August 28, 2012.

See the giveaway details
 at Goodreads.

Enter to win


And here's the official press release

*Dream of Things releases paperback edition of Leaving the Hall Light On*

Memoir focuses on surviving every family’s worst nightmare

Downers Grove, Ill. – Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples is now available in a trade paperback edition from book publisher Dream of Things.

Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide charts the near-destruction of one middle-class family whose oldest son committed suicide after a seven-year struggle with bipolar disorder. Author
Madeline Sharples goes deep into her own well of grief to describe her anger, frustration and guilt. She also shares the story of how she, her husband and younger son weathered every family’s worst
nightmare—including struggles with her own thoughts of suicide, and ultimately, her decision to live and take care of herself as a woman, wife, mother and writer.

Originally published in 2011, the hardcover edition of Leaving the Hall Light On garnered critical praise, as well as the attention of groups focused on suicide prevention and survivor support services:

 “A moving read of tragedy, trying to prevent it, and coping with life after.” – Midwest Book Review
 “I recommend this book to suicide survivors and to mental health professionals. Madeline Sharples is much more honest about what it is like to survive suicide than most patients and clients allow
themselves to be.” – Fran Edstrom, American Association of Suicidology

“Recommended to those who lost a child or who struggle with the mental illness of a child, and to anyone who wants a deep, intimate read where the author bares her soul and lets you into her world!”
– Bonni Rubinstein, Organizer of the Facebook group “Loss of an Adult or Young Adult Child”

“I am thrilled to offer this very moving and inspiring memoir in this new format,” said Mike O’Mary, owner and publisher of Dream of Things. “As many others have noted, this is a remarkable book for people who have been touched by bipolar disorder or suicide, while also inspiring many others to survive their own tragedies.”


Sonia Marsh/Gutsy Living said...

Congratulations Madeline. Seems like we're both launching. I wish you all the best.

madeline40 said...

Thanks, Sonia. The best to you too. We have lots to talk about tomorrow. xo