17 Steps to Plan a Book Launch Party


17 Steps to Plan a Book Launch Party

Make your home book launch party a success!

When I shared my idea of a book launch party, a friend volunteered her help. A veteran at planning church events, she could pull off a celebration without a hitch. One evening she arrived for our brainstorming session, pen and notebook in hand. Four pages of notes later she left, promising to send me a Word document spelling out every party detail.


Local Author Writes Book to Encourage Women Battling Cancer

New book featured, In her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

Samantha Bowers, host of Midday Madison at WKOW TV, featured my ovarian cancer story and book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer.


On the Air!

Radio interview

Thank you to WMAP Radio, stationed in New York, for featuring my ovarian cancer story and new book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer.


She’s Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer

Joanie shares her ovarian cancer story with Michelle Rayburn on Life Repurposed.


World Ovarian Cancer Day

In 2006, I rolled over in bed and felt a grapefruit-sized mass in my abdomen. I Thought it   was just a fibroid.  Several weeks later, I had an appointment with a physical therapist for a back injury. The therapist instructed me to lie face down on the therapy table. He pressed his fingers along either side […]


11 Facets to Upgrade a Friendship

Friends are like precious jewels in a treasure chest.


Come Let Us Adore Him

O come let us adore himO come let us adore himO come let us adore himChrist the Lord The strains of “O Come All Ye Faithful” echoed throughout the church on Christmas Eve. In the darkness, the candle flames flickered. As the solitary light streamed over the manger scene, a sense of awe settled over […]


Not All Female Cancers Are Pink

Pink lights illuminate bridges, state capitols and city landmarks. Runners, walkers and strollers race for the cure. Pink ribbons embellish bags, jewelry, hats and t-shirts. Teas, brunches and banquets raise funds for breast cancer research. Even NFL players sport pink in October. Think pink! Wear pink! Celebrate pink! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. […]


7 Tips to Rebuild Your Life After a Winter Season

Sometimes my life seems to mirror the two seasons dominating Wisconsin—winter and road construction. For me, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer raised a stop sign and detoured me into a winter season. Major life events can divert us into the barrenness of winter, loss of a loved one or a job, changes in finances or […]


Bucky On Parade Chronicles (Part VI)

August 22 In my quest for Bucky, I plugged greedy meters, drove on probable footpaths, parked in permit-only lots and flipped my flashers in “No Parking” zones. I circled the Capitol, trekked through campus and climbed stairs equivalent to a stair-stepper workout. A Fitbit would have logged a record number of steps. I trolled Facebook, […]