For I Am Yours Press Release

Winsome Watercolor Illustrations Highlight New Children’s Picture Book “For I Am Yours”  

Endearing Children’s Picture Book Extols the Twin Values of Love and Security for Little Ones  

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 15, 2019) – Author Pauline Hawkins and illustrator Lorraine Watry are celebrating the unveiling of their charming new children’s picture book, For I Am Yours, which recently released to retail from WordCrafts Press. The beautifully illustrated project immediately resonated with readers who have compared it to the beloved, Love You Forever. For I Am Yours debuted at Number 7 on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases chart in the Children’s New Baby Books category, and at Number 42 on the online retailer’s Hot New Releases in Children’s Sleep Issues chart.

“I wrote this story for my daughter over 20 years ago,” author Pauline Hawkins recalled. “At the time I thought it was just a simple story about how much her “blankie” loved her. But over the years I’ve come to realize I was really telling a story about a mother’s love for her daughter. That is a timeless message I knew needed to be put out into the world.

“I hope children will feel that unconditional love as they hear the words and explore the images Lorraine created while nestled in their loved ones’ arms,” Hawkins continued. “And I hope the book helps parents and other caregivers develop a deeper connection with their children through the unconditional love displayed by the blankie.”

Award-winning watercolor artist Lorraine Watry believes mothers from around the world will relate to the blanket’s sentiment of always being there for their babies. “I decided to do this project because I felt the story was a poignant tale of love—the blanket for the baby and the mother for her child,” she said. “The illustrations proved to be a fun challenge to create the world around the blanket and baby. Pauline and I discussed the general layout and included some of the toys our kids loved as characters in the story. Then I was given the freedom to come up with the scenes that help express Pauline’s wonderful story.”

For I Am Yours is a winsome and wistful love story of sorts, told from the unlikely perspective of a baby blanket who is always there for her ‘baby,’ from the moment she arrives in the nursery, through her growing up years, providing unconditional love, support, and security. The story serves as a beautiful metaphor for the strong bond between parent and child and is meant to be shared together.

“I cannot wait for people to see the beautiful illustrations Lorraine created,” Hawkins declared. “The images themselves fill me with joy. But I’m also excited by the knowledge that parents are going to hold their children in their arms and speak these loving words to them.”

Author/Educator Pauline Hawkins

Author Pauline Hawkins is a writer, teacher, and storyteller. Her first book Uncommon Core: 25 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in a Cookie Cutter Educational System (2015) shares edifying lessons from her classroom for parents, teachers, and students. Pauline teaches writing at Great Bay Community College and is a copywriter for HotDiggity Creative. She also hosts the weekly podcast All In with Pauline Hawkins where she interviews people who are going “all in” to pursue their goals.

Lorraine Watry is an award-winning watercolor artist and Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society as well as others. Her paintings have juried into National and International exhibitions and she has paintings published in the “Best of Watercolor Series” – Splash 14 & 20.

Lorraine enjoys the challenge of painting realistic reflections in water, glass, and metal and passing on her love of watercolor to her students.

Visit her online at: lorrainewatrystudio.com

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Episode 107: Some Holiday with Justin Scarelli and Melissa Sweatt

November 3, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Justin Scarelli and Melissa Sweatt from Rogue Productions join me to talk about their musical Some Holiday opening at the Players’ Ring November 22 thru December 1. Justin worked for Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Company and Melissa went through the filmmaking program at Boston University and worked for NH! News and NH PBS before they met and started Rogue Productions.

They share the genesis of the idea of Some Holiday, its journey from an independent film to a stage musical adaptation, the differences/similarities of directing/writing for film versus the stage, and what it means to them to go all in.

For song selections, Justin and Melissa brought three songs from the show: 1st song: “Running Out of Time”; 2nd song: “Hello Goodbye”; and 3rd song: “We Could Be Happy.”

For more information about Some Holiday or to get in touch with Justin or Melissa, go to Facebook: @SomeHolidayMusical or email them at: itsallrogue@gmail.com

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Episode 106: For I Am Yours with Pauline, Carol Linn, and Lorraine

October 20, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Lori McCarthy guest hosts the show, interviewing Pauline Hawkins (the author), Carol Linn Powell (the inspiration), and Lorraine Watry (the illustrator) about the children’s book, For I Am Yours, released on September 25th. It is a beautifully illustrated story about a baby and her blanket and the love they have for each other.

Pauline shares three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Rise Up” by Andra Day; 2nd song: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts; and 3rd song: “Can’t Give Up Now” by Mary Mary.

To find out more about Carol Linn and Devin’s academy, Nostos MMA, go to http://nostosmma.com/index.html or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nostosmma/

To find out more about Lorraine Watry, go to https://www.lorrainewatrystudio.com/

For more about Pauline’s books, go to https://paulinehawkins.com/books/

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Episode 105: A Balanced Life with Chris Carrera

October 6, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Chris Carrera is back to tell us how his year in Costa Rica with his family went. Not only does he share great songs that illustrate his journey, but he shares many of the life lessons he learned along the way, which include finding balance in all of life, always keep learning, find new challenges, physically build something, music is the common language, practice gratitude daily, don’t worry about the future, and what it means to him to go all in.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his journey: 1st song: “Calma-Remix” by Pedro Capo; 2nd song: “Istanbul Dubphonics – Drumspyder Remix” by Shaman’s Dream; and 3rd song: “I Am” by Satsang.

If you missed Chris’s first appearance on my show, here’s the link to recording: https://paulinehawkins.com/2018/08/26/episode-57-walking-away-from-consumerism-with-chris-carrera/

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Episode 104: Dogfight with Jordan Formichelli and Trevor Gatcomb

September 22, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Jordan Formichelli, the director, and Trevor Gatcomb, the male lead, talk about Dogfight, currently playing at the Player’s Ring in downtown Portsmouth. Dogfight is a musical with music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul, a duo responsible for Dear Evan Hansen, James and the Giant Peach, and The Greatest Showman. They discuss their reasons for doing the show, using the unique space at the Player’s Ring for this show, the beautiful music, and what it means to go all in.

They shared three songs for the original cast production of Dogfight: 1st song: “Prelude: Take Me Back”; 2nd song: “Pretty Funny”; and 3rd song: “Some Kinda Time-Reprise”

For more information on Dive In Productions, go to: https://www.diveinproductions.com/

For more information on this production, go to: https://playersring.org/2019/06/dogfight/

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Episode 103: Mystery/Thriller Novels with Darden North

September 8, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Darden North is a mystery and thriller novelist, a presenter for writing conferences, chairman of the board of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation, on the editorial board of the Journal of the Mississippi Medical Association, and a board-certified ob/gyn. Joining me from Jackson, Mississippi, Darden talks about his five novels, a few of which are being considered for film projects, what’s next, what it means to go all in, and one of his favorite teachers.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “They’re Playing My Song” – from the Broadway play; 2nd song: “Climb Every Mountain” – from The Sound of Music; and 3rd song: “How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me” – a Presbyterian hymn from Psalm 13, The Psalter

To get in touch with Darden or order one of his books, go to www.dardennorth.com or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DardenNorthAuthor  

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Loving Mom

Recently I had an experience that was surreal in its timing and a reminder of the cyclical nature of life. Mid to late July I was anxiously awaiting the illustrations to be done for my book For I Am Yours and enjoying a rare time of fulfillment and joy.

The day finally came that Lorraine Watry told me that she was done with the illustrations. A few hours later, my brother told me that my mother was in the emergency room.  After some brutal ER situations stemming from her Alzheimer’s, my mom was anxious and disoriented during her health crisis, which made things so much worse for her. The final stages of publishing the story I wrote about a mother’s love was juxtaposed with a new story about my mother’s life in jeopardy. And my heart ached with the thought of it.

That weekend I worked with Lorraine and the publisher to finalize the book while also making plans to drive to New York with my daughter Carol Linn to take care of my mother. What made my mom’s situation somewhat bearable was that my oldest, Nicole, flew into Rochester with her husband the very next day to take care of her Baba Ana. Carol Linn and I planned to join her a few days later. We planned our road trip, down to the book we were going to listen to on the 7-hour drive.

It wasn’t lost on me that I was about to spend an incredible amount of time with the child who was the inspiration for my book. It had been years since we had each other’s undivided attention. Once we dropped off Ian and Chico, we put the audio book on and…two minutes later we turned it off. We had so much we wanted to share with each other, from the inconsequential to the deep thoughts and feelings that we haven’t had time or opportunity to share with each other. We talked about stupid things that made us angry (and then laughed about them) and important things that made us cry. We talked about our roles as stepmoms and daughters, our fears and our dreams. And my heart swelled with the joy of it.

When we arrived at my mom’s home, we weren’t prepared for how much independence she had lost: She could no longer walk on her own or feed herself; she was unable to carry on a conversation; she was weepy and afraid—a dramatic difference from when I saw her just a few weeks earlier. Nicole was taking care of her as well as the move from an upstairs room to a main-level room—this after being in the hospital all night with my mom after the 4th ER visit in 2-3 days. I looked at Nicole and was amazed by my child, now a woman; I was completely blown away by her strength and diligence–whatever the job might be, she accomplished it. And my heart swelled with the pride of it.

We helped Mom walk to her room and get her ready for bed and then worked into the evening to finish the move. Nicole was leaving in the morning, and Carol Linn and I were taking over. I have to admit that I was nervous. I was an emotional wreck. Could I bind my breaking heart enough to take care of my mother? I’m not sure I would’ve been able to without Nicole’s example.

The next day, Carol Linn and I followed in Nicole’s footsteps. We helped my weeping mother get out of bed, go to the bathroom, brush her teeth, change her clothes, eat breakfast, and drink juice. We took turns sitting with her on the couch and holding her legs in our lap; we wrapped a blanket around her when she was cold; we held her hand and kissed her forehead. Most of the time she barely opened her eyes, but when she did, she was happy to see our faces, even if she couldn’t remember who we were at times.

We stayed for a few days, but then Carol Linn and I had to make our way back to New England to our other family members who needed us as well. Neither one of us wanted to leave her. It pained us to walk away. How could we leave her when she needed us so badly? Who was going to take care of her? Who was going to feed her, help her get to her room, change her clothes? Who was going to hold her hand when she was lost and confused? Who was going to say, “I love you” to ease her fears? And my heart broke with the thought of it.

Once home, I checked in daily with the staff on her progress. Every phone call confirmed my worst fears: She was crying and disoriented in bed, refusing to get up and eat. I wanted to run back and wrap my arms around her, hold her and wipe away her tears. But as the weeks went on, the new medication started to kick in. She wasn’t waking up weepy anymore. She learned to use a walker and eventually didn’t need it anymore. She started feeding herself and carried on conversations with staff and friends and family visiting her. And my heart swelled with the relief of it.

She is not back to where she was at the end of June, but she is much better than when we left her at the end of July. I know that eventually she will return to that dependent state because of the nature of the disease, but at least now it will be a slow decline. Even if she doesn’t remember my visits, I’ll be able to return and share the new book with her. I’m excited to read the words that epitomize my love for my children and that I now realize also echo my love for my mother. While I hold her hand and tuck a blanket around her legs, I’ll be able to tell her that I love her and that I am hers and she is mine, ‘til the end of time.

Episode 102: CBD and Soul Purpose with Nadine Thompson

August 4, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Nadine Thompson has dedicated her life as a social entrepreneur to empowering women and creating innovative entrepreneurial opportunities for people who want to improve the quality of their lives. Nadine has created a number of successful businesses under her brand Soul Purpose and is now working on her latest venture CBD products.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Pata Pata” by Miriam Makeba; 2nd song: “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers; and 3rd song: “Human” by Rag n Bone Man.

To contact Nadine, go to http://soulpurpose.com/

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Episode 101: Historical Fiction with Thomas Ott

July 28, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Thomas Ott earned his Ph.D. in Caribbean History from the University of Tennessee and is the author of The Haitian Revolution: 1791-1804 and Saturday and the Witch Woman. In 2010 he retired from the University of North Alabama to write the story of Saturday, a slave on the French side of his ancestors and a participant in the world’s greatest slave rebellion. He joins me from North Alabama.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life:1st song: “City of New Orleans” by Arlo Guthrie; 2nd song: “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash; and 3rd song: “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge.

To order Thomas’s book, go to: https://www.wordcrafts.net/thomas-o-ott/

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Episode 100: Serendipitous Text Message with Kasey Bergh

July 21, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Kasey Bergh found new love when she sent a text and got a wrong number. Ultimately, they met, fell in love and got married 3 years later.  Kasey and Henry’s love story has gone viral, not only because of that serendipitous text message but also because Henry is 29 years younger than she is. Kasey shares the circumstances behind their first meeting and the ways they have dealt with some of their unique struggles in order to go all in.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Peace of Mind” by Rare Bird; 2nd song: “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin; and 3rd song: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

For more information on Kasey’s next adventure, go to: kaseybstl.com or follow Kasey and Henry’s story on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kaseyandhenry/

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