Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sensory Awareness Month Book Giveaway Week 3 ~ Dark Water

Here we are heading into week three of our month-long book giveaway to help raise awareness for SPD and other sensory issues. This week, our focus will be on Dark Water.

Although the main theme of this story is a suspense/mystery/paranormal, there are other issues woven into the storyline. One of them is showing how a family works together when a child lives with sensory issues.

Freesia's eight-year-old younger sister, Sage, lives with SPD. Instead of just talking about SPD, I showed how a child with a more severe form of the disorder reacts and copes in her world. I always say it's much easier to teach others about an issue or condition if you present the information in an entertaining, non-preachy way, and I think Freesia, Sage and her family do a great job.

Through Sage, we learn how SPD looks and feels and we also learn what special strategies, tools and methods can be used to deal with it. I tapped into what my oldest daughter, Jaimie, has had to do (her younger brother, Xander, has a more complicated form of SPD, which might have put more focus on Sage rather than the storyline, so I chose to model Sage after Jaimie instead.)

Although this book has had alot of attention in the last few months, simply because it is a newer release, we will talk about it more depth this week. I do hope you join us. Oh! And there is an added bonus for this week's winning commenter. Because I wasn't able to get on the computer as much to promote our Not Just Spirited week, the winner of this week's draw gets signed copies of both Not Just Spirited and Dark Water. We will draw a name from comments on this post only on Sunday October 21st (midnight), and announce the winner on Monday, October 22nd.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get started on this week's book chat!


  1. Thanks again for still promoting awareness! I'm tweeting and posting on FB but it goes further coming from someone famous!

    Jen (earthchild618)

    1. Thank you, Jen! I so appreciate your comment and support.

      (I'm not sure I'm famous but that is so very sweet. xo)

  2. My five year old grandson is autistic nonverbal-he has violent meltdowns. Could SPD be part of it-I don't believe his doctor has mentioned sensory disorder. Thanks for sharing your information through books and blogging!

    1. Hi Sherry! Is your grandson in therapy or OT? It is very likely that he has sensory issues too, as being 'out of sync' is often what triggers the meltdowns. That would be a good thing to look into so that his little body stays regulated throughout his day.

      Thanks for joining me here.

  3. "Dark Water" a book that is hard to put down. It is easy to read enjoyable, and exciting. The character "Mizu" was my favorite she is so mysterious!!! I would recommend this book to anyone. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    1. Carolyn, I am so happyu that you enjoyed 'Dark Water'. I love Mizu as well. She was alot of fun to create the story with. ;)

      Feel free to share a review on Amazon, if you are comfortable. I would love that!



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