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Honoring the woman behind the bestselling memoir-WEEDMONKEY on her St. Patrick’s Day birthday

Today, March 17, was my beloved mom Victoria‘s birthday.

Here are some things I want you to know about my Mom:

She was a strong and loving woman who grew up in the coal mining camps of Kentucky and West Virginia and suffered through a very difficult childhood during the Depression. She could have grown up angry and bitter however she chose to spend her life looking out for children and making their lives better than the one she had.

She loved antiques, pink roses, purple irises, wisteria, and poppies.

She loved Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Wesley Snipes, Snoop Dog, and James Garner. She esp loved Rod Stewart and Freddie Mercury.

She thought Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow should be together and it would have broken her heart if Tim and Faith ever broke up.

She loved Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, and it would have broken my heart to tell her he had died. I was grateful she had passed before he did.

She thought a woman should be President saying that a woman would not be so quick to send our boys and men into war.

She would cry and get angry when another soldier fell on the battlefield during the Gulf War.

She loved history and doing research on our area.

MA, GERALD, JESSE AND MAUD

My grandfather Jesse, grandmother Maude, my uncle Gerald, and my mom.

She loved to cook and bake, and our kitchen was always full of cakes, cookies and cupcakes, and she would always put cake mix in a coffee cup and hand me and Gary a spoon.

She was a writer who wrote short stories and published a small book called, “Almanac for a Bored Housewife” and asked me and Daddy to draw and design the cover. I was 15.

She loved ghost stories.

When I was a little girl, she, Gary and I went to a gas station one night in Frederick. The girl came out to pump our gas and it was freezing. My mother asked her where her gloves where and the girl said she had forgotten them. My mother took off her gloves and gave them to her. I remember sitting in the back seat thinking, I want to be like that one day.

Her favorite television show was “The Twilight Zone” and her favorite movie was “Random Harvest.”

She loved the Springtime and all the flowers and lush greenery that it would bring.

MA AND UNCLE GERALD PHOTO

The original photo I used as the cover of Weedmonkey. My uncle Gerald and my mom Victoria.

She loved watching country music videos.

She was terrified of the movie, “The Shining.”

She was scared to death of snakes.

She loved anything Victorian.

She thought commercials were ridiculous.

Her favorite color was Blue.

Her favorite trees were Mimosa, Holly, Magnolia, and Willow.

She loved Butterfingers and Werthers Caramels.

She got me hooked on “Sex and the City.”

I got her hooked on “Days Of Our Lives”.

She taught herself how to use Web-TV in her 60’s so she could check out the internet.

She was a big seller on eBay and had the ID name Vic10 because none of the other Vics were available.

She was born dead in 1929 and her Cherokee grandmother saved her life by removing the “veil” she had been born with saying, “The white doctors don’t know anything about birthin’ a Cherokee baby!”

DICIE, PETER AND FAMILY

My Cherokee great grandmother Dicie, who brought my mother back to life as a baby.

As a child, she fell into the hole in an outhouse, landing in the “basement” and her father and some men had to tip it over in order to save her as she was drowning in the debris.

She and my Dad were the 4-H leaders for Pleasant Valley and she was the PTA President for Pleasant Valley Elementary School and made many changes to the area.

She volunteered countless hours at the school helping children learn how to read and write. Every life she ever touched can remember “Miss Proulx.”

She is responsible for the flashing light at the end of Valley Road.

She idolized her grandchildren Shelley and Mandy and said both of them would do great things one day. She was so proud of them.

When spelling our last name, she would always say, “P as in Paul, R-O-U-L-X.”

She could not tell a joke to save her soul, yet she was hilarious, would come out with the craziest things, and when we laughed at her she always said, “I’m glad I am a source of amusement!”

When I would climb too high in a tree and couldn’t get down, she would climb up there and get me.

She couldn’t stand anything around her neck and would never wear turtlenecks.

She loved my cooking and always told me I should cook for a restaurant.

After she passed, I baked some homemade yeast rolls and left her one on the counter with a note.

At her memorial service, I played all of her favorite songs including, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and “Memories” from the musical Cats.

When we were little, she would sing, “Summertime” to me and Gary as we went to sleep.

She let us roller skate in the house.

She loved Butter Pecan ice cream.

She was a 3rd generation psychic/medium who grew up in an era where people didn’t talk about such things.

MALLIE VICTORIA AND TWO CHILDREN

Her other grandmother Mallie Victoria whom I am named after.

A chicken once attacked her when she was trying to save a baby chick, the hen jumped on her head, and my dad shot it off at about 50 feet away.

She had the patience of a saint.

She owned her own antique shop on our farm back in the 1970’s called “Vicki’s Antiques” and she was the first person on Valley Road to have a yard sale. She went on to co-own “Boonsboro Antiques and Flea Market” and ran it for 12 years. Then she owned “Victoria’s” in Hagerstown for several more.

She had a life worth remembering and today is not a sad day. It is a day we remember a beautiful woman who was a wonderful mother, wife and friend. A quiet, graceful Cherokee who could see beyond people’s faults and mistakes, someone who saw the good in everyone and made each of them her friend.

I was proud to call her Ma.

She had a good life … and she had a good death … surrounded by love. She is loved and fondly remembered today and every day.

Happy Birthday Ma! I love you and miss you so much! ♥♥♥

WEEDMONKEY available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle eBook:

http://ow.ly/Av4Oe

 

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All eBooks just .99 Cents for December!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Winter! It’s cold, snowy and icy here in Maryland but in my dreams, it’s 75 degrees with a tropical breeze. Ahhh, a girl can dream can’t I? 🙂

Well, this year certainly went by quickly and the new year is almost upon us and as a way to say thank you to all of my friends, fans and family, I want to present this special offer to you.

For the month of December only, all of my eBooks will be just .99 cents on Amazon!

Yep, that’s right, just .99 cents!

Since I write in different genres, there is something for everyone’s taste.

If you like Horror and Vampires (and who doesn’t) check out my very first book which is a haunting story of love and betrayal between a mortal and an undead.

PUNCTURE

PUNCTURE

PUNCTURE

http://www.amazon.com/Puncture-Lisa-V-Proulx-ebook/dp/B006CQBC62/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3

If you want to be inspired, check out a story of a dying mother’s advice to the obstinate daughter she is leaving behind.

THE RAINBOW WON’T WAIT

Rainbow Cover THIS IS THE ONE TO USE READY January 10, 2012

http://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Wont-Wait-Lisa-Proulx-ebook/dp/B006ZE6JIC/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386481550&sr=1-4

If you love Non-Fiction and want to read a haunting true story of growing up poor in Appalachia during the Depression, you’ll love

WEEDMONKEY

(an Amazon Best Seller)

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http://www.amazon.com/Weedmonkey-Lisa-V-Proulx-ebook/dp/B00DYWG898/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386481488&sr=1-1

How about a true life after death story that will not only shock you but will make you see dying in a whole new light. My latest release is

A TEMPORARY DEATH

(an Amazon Best Seller)

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http://www.amazon.com/Temporary-Death-Lisa-V-Proulx-ebook/dp/B00GG09YV4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386481407&sr=1-1&keywords=LISA+V.+PROULX

Or how about something to keep you warm on these cold winter nights. A HOT, erotic rock star romance that is sure to curl not only your hair but your toes as well. Written under my pen name, Veronica Moreau.

LICK AND A PROMISE~Diary of a Rock Star Groupie

USE LICK+AND+A+PROMISE+COVER WITH VERONICA UPDATED

http://www.amazon.com/Lick-Promise-Diary-Rock-Star-Groupie-ebook/dp/B00AYB0IN4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386480637&sr=1-2&keywords=veronica+moreau

These are just a few of my books to whet your appetite, I have eight books in all to choose from.

They can all be found on my Amazon page

http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-V.-Proulx/e/B005UFKO5Q/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1386619432&sr=1-3

So, thank you again for your continued love and support!

Have a great day and we’ll talk soon! Stay warm! 🙂

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“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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AUTHORS NEEDED FOR MARCH BLOG!!!

Good evening everyone!

Well, usually I blog during the day but I got busy doing housework, mopping, sweeping, dusting, doing laundry…hey look at me, I’m Cinderella! 🙂 Seriously, I love my beautiful home and my beautiful family so I don’t mind the work at all.

I have received A LOT of positive feedback and response on my CALL FOR AUTHORS for my February blog interview swap! Thank you to everyone who responded!

I have several awesome authors lined up for next month and one will be doing a guest blog! I am learning more about guest blogging and I may be trying it here soon. What do you think?

So, I am putting the call out for March and beyond! If you missed the original blog (you naughty biscuit) what I am doing is an interview swap. I interview you and you interview me. How hard is that? 🙂

As writers/authors we all need exposure and need to get our name in front of everyone, the world, the Universe! So, I thought if we can all stick together and help one another out with interviews and guests blogs, well then by golly let’s do it!

So put on your thinking caps and email me and let’s get you scheduled for March!!!

Also, I want to thank everyone who has been following my blog. I don’t know how to thank you or respond to your follows on here (is there a button)! Duh! I am still trying to figure it all out but I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! 🙂

Don’t forget to check out my latest book, THE RAINBOW WON’T WAIT!

THE RAINBOW WON’T WAIT

A dying mother’s advice for the obstinate daughter she is leaving behind.

When the author lost her mother in 2006, she could have been a better daughter. She tried to be the daughter that her mother wanted and needed at this time of sorrow but she didn’t know how to be that person.

In a collection of short pieces of advice, the author has put together words of comfort and wisdom that her Cherokee mother gave her over the years. She never knew at the time, that this advice would help her as she took care of a dying parent. It also served as a catalyst to help her regain her footing after a series of tragedies following her mother’s death, left her in a crippling, suicidal depression for three years.

A story of hope, inspiration and how a briar of a child became the flower that her mother always dreamed of…but died before she got a chance to see her bloom.

Now available in eBook on Amazon.com for only $1.99!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rainbow-Wont-Wait-ebook/dp/B006ZE6JIC/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326985856&sr=1-6

If you don’t have a Kindle that’s okay! You can go to my author profile and download it right onto your computer for the same price!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/124487

~Contact Me~

I love to hear from my readers, whether good, bad or anything in between!

If you are interested in reviewing my books, interviewing me or being a guest on my blog please contact me at Magicforest@peoplepc.com

Let me know if you want to be added to my distro list for upcoming book info!

I’ll also let you know about new releases, contests and other fun stuff and you’ll find
out all the juicy stuff before anyone else does!

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“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”
– Sarah Bernhardt

 

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NEW RELEASE!!! “THE RAINBOW WON’T WAIT”

Hi everyone!

I am so excited to share with you that my latest book, THE RAINBOW WON’T WAIT, was released yesterday!

This book is a tribute to my mother Victoria who passed away in 2006.

100% of the proceeds go to Kurgan’s Fund, to help my 13 year old pure bred Rottweiler who has cancer. All I do, I do for him!

THE RAINBOW WON’T WAIT

A dying mother’s advice for the obstinate daughter she is leaving behind.

When the author lost her mother in 2006, she could have been a better daughter. She tried to be the daughter that her mother wanted and needed at this time of sorrow but she didn’t know how to be that person.

In a collection of short pieces of advice, the author has put together words of comfort and wisdom that her Cherokee mother gave her over the years. She never knew at the time, that this advice would help her as she took care of a dying parent. It also served as a catalyst to help her regain her footing after a series of tragedies following her mother’s death, left her in a crippling, suicidal depression for three years.

A story of hope, inspiration and how a briar of a child became the flower that her mother always dreamed of…but died before she got a chance to see her bloom.

Now available in eBook on Amazon.com for only $1.99!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rainbow-Wont-Wait-ebook/dp/B006ZE6JIC/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326985856&sr=1-6

If you don’t have a Kindle that’s okay! You can go to my author profile and download it right onto your computer for the same price!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/124487

Thank you all for your continued love and support! It means so much to me! 🙂

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UPCOMING RELEASE!!! “The Rainbow Won’t Wait”

Hi again,

Wow, two blog posts in one day! I must be getting the hang of this blog thing! I didn’t even know what a Blog was until last year! Yeah, yeah, I’m a little behind the times but so what! I am a laid back 70’s chick who is not computer savvy but at least I can type and spell! 🙂

As you know, I write horror novels. Plain and simple scare the poop out of you horror novels. I try not to be too graphic and keep the genre clean with tales that may remind you of Alfred Hitchcock or The Twilight Zone. Others delve into the supernatural and are full of vampires and witches. Hey, they say to write what you know!

But you may not know that I also write other types of stories such as inspirational, memoir and even comedy. But the book I have coming out next is a story that I wrote about my mom after she passed away in 2006.

My mom Victoria was a wonderful and beautiful woman. As a Cherokee Indian, she was full of advice, quotes and little sayings that I grew up hearing but never really appreciating until her passing.

She had a favorite quote that she used on everything such as her email signature. I even had it printed on her memory cards at her memorial service.

“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work”

What this means simply is the work will wait, enjoy life, it’s later than you think!

My upcoming book, “The Rainbow Won’t Wait” is a collection of advice from a dying mother to her obstinate daughter who she was leaving behind.

I could have been a better daughter but only had what I had to work with…me.

Although a good person, I was very difficult for my mother. I was an arrogant French kid who grew up mainly raised by my father, a charming French Canadian, and we had a bond that was unbreakable.

I loved my mother dearly but she was closer to my brother in many respects due to his childhood illness that left him terminally ill at one point in his young life.

When my father died in 1986, I felt lost. I felt as though he had left me with two people, my mother and my brother, who were almost strangers to me. They had the bond that Daddy and I had, but now he was gone and I felt isolated from them. Although my mother never, ever made me feel that way. It was something that I owned.

She loved me in spite of the fact that I was a faulty human and a “devilish” child as she would say. Her Indian name for me was “Running Mouth” and I was a hyper child who never sat still for a moment.

Taking care of her for three months as she lay dying, I listened to her for the first time in my life. I heard every breath she took, knowing that one of those breaths would be her last.

I didn’t know how to take care of a dying mother. I was scared to death of losing her and when I heard the Big “C” word, I began to mourn her at that very moment. Although I was an adult when she passed, I was still a smart ass, frightened little brat who didn’t have a clue what life was all about.

It took her death to teach me.

I tell the story of taking care of her, challenging her, even in her last months, and wanting to be the daughter that she needed me to be but not knowing how to be that person.

I talk about how her death changed me and how the hell that I was dragged into after her death plunged me into a three year crippling, suicidal depression. One by one, I had deaths and tragedies befall me until I was broken, scared and alone. But in that break, my own soul death, I rose again…a better person.

There are also funny moments between us as mother and daughter. Tender moments that I will treasure for eternity and silly things that she said under the influence of Morphine. She couldn’t tell a joke to save her soul but she would say some of the funniest things. I loved her so much!

I feel now, six years after her passing, I am the woman that she wanted me to be. I hope she can look down on me from Heaven and see how I have changed and as she said, “living up to my potential and making a difference in the world and not just taking up space in it.”

Hopefully this book will inspire others and help to guide you through a difficult time. I also hope that the words of comfort from my mother will help you as well. I feel they are wise words and I want to share them with you. I want to heal others not hurt them.

The book is written in short chapters of advice that she gave me as a child and how those words of comfort came back to hug me as an adult dealing with the death of a parent.

There is also information in the book about her rare type of cancer and the early warning signs that everyone should look out for, no matter your age.

I am looking for a March release since her birthday would have been March 17, the day before mine!

The book cover will be released this week!

Thank you for your continued love and support! 🙂

Early reviews for Rainbow:

“Lisa tells a brutally honest and poignant story about a mother and daughter dealing with the difficult task of caring for a dying parent. The words of comfort in The Rainbow Won’t Wait actually helped me deal with my own mother’s recent passing.” Brenda J., teacher and avid book lover

“I loved this book and it actually made me cry! I know Lisa personally and have been witness to the remarkable transformation she has undergone since her mother’s death. She has overcome incredible obstacles, ones that I don’t think I could have, but she came through it all like the champ she is. Thank you for sharing this story with the world.”  Barbara H., writer

“Brutally honest, this is a powerful piece of work! A guide to help anyone through the dark corners of life. Good job Lisa!” Rosemary A., reader

“Vicki (her mom) would be so proud of her!” Anne W., antique dealer and avid book lover

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“THE PATH OF DEATH” (short story) PUBLISHED IN THE BAREFOOT REVIEW MAGAZINE!

Hey everyone! I still have the Plague! Well, it feels like it anyway! I used to never get sick, I was immortal! Now it seems that every little bug that flies by lands on me and makes me sick!

But I was able to crawl off my couch and drag myself into my library and reach my computer and in my dying breath, write this post. See what a good hostess I am to my fans!

But anyhoo, I wanted to share some good news with you my friends!

Back in 2006, my beloved mother Victoria got diagnosed with cancer and gievn three months to live. As her caretaker, this took quite a toll on me and our family.

As a writer, I needed to express myself in such a way that I wanted to convey what I thought she might be feeling as she lay there waiting to die.

I wrote a short piece called, “THE PATH OF DEATH”, and it was recently published in an online magazine, The Barefoot Review.

Please check it out! 🙂

http://www.barefootreview.org/progress.html#lisa_v_proulx

Reviews for “THE PATH OF DEATH”

Stephen T. DeFreytas wrote:
“Lisa- That was sadly beautiful. Brings back memories of when my Mother too, was dying of that awful disease. But you’ve put into words, a perspective that only those who “have been there” can really appreciate.”
 
Julie Maynard, editor of The Brunswick Citizen wrote:
“A powerful piece.”
 
Sam Thurber wrote:  
    “After reading “The Path of Death” I was floored! I don’t know how you were able to sit there as this was taking place and be able to write!  I know your mother gave you the “strength gene”, cause you had to be pretty strong. 
    I knew your mother and thought of her as a strong, loving, wonderful friend to me and as I was reading the words, it brought me to tears.  I know she knew that her beloved daughter loved her very much…and it shows in your writing how much you loved and adored your mother!
    Your writing is amazing!  The way you paid attention to all of the details of her “path” was amazing!  It made me think of all the families that have to deal with this every day and how this could be the “paths” of many, whether it be cancer, or a number of other chronic illnesses.  It helps me realize how much more we take for granted…I think it’s a powerful piece of work that should be in the homes of everyone!  I think the Cancer Society or others could use it…they could have someone read it and set a video to it, they could get someone like Maya Angelou to read it (I was reading it kinda like she would) or other ways to help ease the pain of so many and to help educate those that don’t have any idea what is about to happen with their loved ones.”  

Patty Gillum Peck wrote:

“Wow, I see people dying from this dreaded, evil disease all the time, you have truly captured true feelings, so nice for you to write this. I am so glad it got printed.”

 Phyllis Burral-Lopez wrote:

“This makes me think of how my mother must have felt…I just lost her in July of this year!!”
 

 Jessica James, award winning author of  “Shades of Gray, A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia” wrote:

“This is an awesome piece!  It’s very heartfelt!”

 

 
 

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