Friday, November 26, 2021

Finding My Sunshine by Shannon Leith McGuire - Book Tour + Giveaway

FINDING MY SUNSHINE by Shannon Leith McGuire

FINDING MY SUNSHINE by Shannon Leith McGuire

Join us for this tour from Nov 15 to Dec 3, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title Finding My Sunshine (A Memoir)
Author:  Shannon Leith McGuire.
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 198 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Sunshine Street Press
Release date:  March 2021
Tour dates:  Nov 15 to Dec 3, 2021
Content Rating PG+M for bad language, anger, and suicidal thoughts, clinical depression, and assault
Book Description:

"What if that someone was you?" Shannon had been so quick to blame others for her anger. She knew she was drowning in darkness and pain; being born with a learning disability made her feel defeated by life. She tried drinking heavily in order to quiet the demons. After being kicked out of college, Shannon took a leap of faith and started working in a nursing home. That's when her angels appeared and the miracle began. The insight and wisdom she gained from those elderly new friends led her on an inspiring journey of discovery and self-acceptance. Each of us has our own path. Some of us just need angels to help us find it. This is her story.
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Author Interview
Can you share a bit about why you chose to share your story in a book?  Why was now the right time to write your story and share it with the world?
I believe sometimes people need to read about others to understand themselves, so I decided to write this book.
Now was the right time, because finding similarities with other people helps us live happy and healthy lives. Your life may feel ordinary to you, but it might seem extraordinary to someone else. Every story shared is a chance to make someone feel less alone.


You share freely in the book about your learning disability and the challenges it created for you, particularly with language. How did that affect your ability to write this book?  What process or processes did you use to help you get your story down into a written form?
My Learning disability definitely made writing this book interesting. I had a group of incredibly supportive colleagues working with me. My editor, Bobby Haas, bless his heart, he had to deal with my run on sentences, misspelled words, parts that were too wordy in some spots. He took my voice and made it streamline into a beautiful masterpiece.

About 3/4 of the book is very dark, dealing with bullying, drinking, social challenges, rejection and more. I am sure they took you to a tough place emotionally. What did you do to walk away at the end of a day of writing?  How did you leave those dark feelings behind and step into the sunshine?
At the end of the day, when I walked away from writing about my dark days, I went for a walk with my pit bull, and talked it over with her and my husband. I reminded myself it is okay to talk about this because I may be helping others.
I also learned a lot of valuable tools about how to cope with darkness while I was in counseling. Such as, give myself permission to feel what I am feeling, but not to drop anchor there. I have already made it through, I do not need to stay there again. I say out loud “thank you for the lesson, and I’m ready to move on.”


After struggling more than once in the education system, you eventually head back to school and successfully complete your nursing degree with a very respectable GPA.  Comprehension and math were, particularly a challenge. What did you do this time around to help you succeed?
This time, I took my time. I was not the kind of student who could handle a full load, plus work and keep up. I signed up for part time classes and took my time to learn at my pace, not at everyone else’s pace.  Also, I had support from my residents and counselor. I did not have that before. 


  After quite being in counselling for quite a while working on changing your perspective, you received a diagnosis of clinical depression.  The medication was life changing for you.  What would you like to share with others who are struggling emotionally? 
Looking back, were there some signs posts or other indications you can now see that this should be looked into.
Looking back, yes, I wished I allowed myself to take medication when it was first brought up, after our move when I was entering the 8th grade. The move was extremely hard on me, and I did not know how to adjust. I feel had I allowed myself to take medication, the adjustment period would not have been so traumatic for me. Maybe the static in my head, and the anxiety would not have been so bad. I honestly wished I had allowed myself to take the medication earlier. But at the time I thought that would only give the kids who were bullying me something more to talk about. I did not have the mental maturity to understand that no one had to know. I was too young and naive.


  What would you most like readers to take away from reading your story?
I hope they take away that they are not alone in their struggles. That I have been where they are now and survived.  I want them to know that counseling is not a weakness, and neither is taking medication if it’s needed.  I want to give them hope and to understand it is okay to laugh at themselves.
  I'd love to close with one of your favorite quotes - anything that is meaningful to you that is a go when times get challenging. 

Strength for Today- "And This Too Shall Pass" 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18

Meet the Author:

Shannon was raised in a small town in Eastern Montana, where you leave your car keys in the ignition and your front door unlocked all the time. The kind of place where sunsets and sunrises can be seen for miles on the horizon. Where the spring crickets and frogs resting in the irrigation ditches helped transition the days into a calm resting night. Where the winters can get so cold, air can freeze.

It was only after she was academically suspended by the college she was attending, that she became a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA). She did her training in Billings, Montana and it was there she learned how to take care of others and bonded with the geriatric population.

For over five years, Shannon worked in the same nursing home where she received her training. The work was hard, but it grounded her and helped her find balance in what had become a deeply unbalanced life. It was not until she was a CNA, at one of the hospitals that she had a dream-three nights in a row-that she was going to become a nurse.

She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where you may hear her laughing with her husband of over 10 years,  scuba diving in the ocean, taking walks with their rescued pit-bull dog- Darby, or dancing together to life's music.

connect with the author: website
Tour Schedule:
Nov 15 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 - Kam's Place – book spotlight / author interview 
Nov 16 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 16 - fundinmental - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 19 – I'm All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 24 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Nov 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 - @books_and_bagels – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 - StoreyBook Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 –Cheryl's Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 - @soph_life.pages - book spotlight
Dec 1 – Pick a Good Book - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 - Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

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