Today, I am delighted to host author Tia Shurina on her Everything And A Happy Ending blog tour with 4Wills Publishing!
I can’t tell you how much pleasure it gives me to host this brave and delightful lady, so please help me to show her lots of love and support today …
Namaste, Harmony, & a heartfelt thank you for hosting me on Day 4 of my 1st tour! Since I specifically chose Valentine’s Day to start 7 special days, I knew one of them needed to include something especially lovely for the man who made all of this possible for me, my dad. Without his help, I would still be clinging to a half happy life, holding back from going ALL-IN in anything out of fear of just about everything.
As a memoir lover, other’s words have always struck a special chord in me for some reason. As a movie lover, those that include the concept of time, whether via flashback, or parallel interlocking stories that run simultaneously draw me in most. Because of that, the idea for my story in Timeline… in song & quote… was the genesis of my book. Even though I share it at the end, it was really the start! The entire Timeline of my history with the two men that bookend my special trio is comprised only of words that were shared between either me & my dad, or Ray & I. As we continue to celebrate a week of love, I’m honored to share that part of my story here now. It was created with the prayer that as a reader makes their way through other’s words & inspirations, they will see the circle I rounded in my relationship with my dad & know where we stood on the holy day he died, Holy Saturday & how our relationship continued to impact me after he passed over, on a holy day indeed, Holy Saturday. As I began a new journey with the book after it was born, the brutally challenging path that petrified me, promoting it, I added a new song & quote to it that I share here now with all of you…”this is for you daddy” Stevie Nicks Landslide
“Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there’s suffering you’ll find grace in many colors and facets.” William P. Young, The Shack
“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.” Shirley MacLaine
“Whatever road you may be on, know you’re never too far gone, my love is there wherever you may be.”
Sara Evans, “Always be My Baby”
“Every time you forgive, the universe changes. Every time you reach to touch a heart or life, the world changes. With every kindness and service, seen and unseen, my purposes are accomplished and nothing is ever the same again.” William P. Young, The Shack
“And I loved deeper, and I spoke sweeter, and I gave forgiveness I’ve been denying.” Tim McGraw, “Live Like You Were Dying”
“‘Has she forgiven me?’ he asked. ‘Forgiven you for what?’
‘I failed her,’ he whispered.
‘It would be her nature to forgive, if there were anything to forgive, which there is not.’” William P. Young, The Shack
“But I’m learning who you’ve been ain’t who you’ve got to be… but put some faith in me and someday you’ll see there’s a diamond under all this dust.” Tim McGraw, “Better than I Used to Be”
“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving soul on another.” George Eliot
“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, Love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves.”
‘Goodbye,’ said the fox. ‘And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’ ‘What is essential is invisible to the eye,’ the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember. ‘It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.’” Antoine de Sainte-Exupery, The Little Prince
“Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance, and when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.” Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance
“How about love? How do you measure the life of a woman or a man? Measure in love.” Daniel Noonan, “Seasons of Love””
“There is a reason God limits our days. To make each one precious.” Mitch Albom, The Timekeeper
“Shadows are falling and I’m running out of breath,keep me in your heart for a while.” Warren Zevon, “Keep Me in Your Heart”
Easter Week, April 2009
“Probably we will all regret to leave this world, yet I believe that after I have drained the first cup, and have possibly grown a bit weary of its flavor, I will then turn not unwillingly to the second cup and to the new and thrilling experience of exploring the unknown.” Edmund N. Carpenter II, “Before I Die”
“‘Que Sera, Sera’ life goes on. Whatever’s meant to be will always be, and baby, what don’t kill you will make you strong.” Sara Evans, “Pray for You”
“I love you, Tia.” “I love you too, Dad.”
The last words spoken between us that ended our last conversation with each other, April 8th, 2009.
“And in his final words, I found an ace that I could keep.” Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler”
“Hang on Daddy, I’m on my way. I promise I’m almost there.”
A few of my words to my dad as I sat grounded at the Atlanta airport en route to him at the hospital,
Good Friday, April 10th, 2009.
“Hymn to Hope” by Secret Garden
“That you’re waitin’ from the backroads by the rivers of my memory, ever smilin’, ever gentle on my mind.” Glen Campbell, “Gentle on My Mind”
“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
“I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom, for me and you.” Kenny G., Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”
“Every soul is filled with light, it never ends if I’m right. Our love can even reach across eternity.”
Diamond Rio, “I Believe”
“I didn’t ask for money, or a mansion in Malibu, I simply wished for one more day with you.”
Diamond Rio, “One More Day”
“Won’t take nothing but a memory, from the house that built me.” Miranda Lambert, “The House that Built Me”
“You fuckin’ get out there, and use all the shit that you’ve been through, all that fuckin hell, all the shit we’ve gone through over the fuckin’ years, and you put it in that ring right now. This is yours. This is fuckin’ yours.” Dickie Eklund, The Fighter
“This bond between us can’t be broken. I will be here, don’t you cry… When destiny calls you, you must be strong. I may not be with you, but you’ve got to hold on. They’ll see in time, I know. We’ll show them together.” Phil Collins, “You’ll Be in My Heart”
Everything and a Happy Ending, an award winning memoir published by Mascot Books, details the soulful shift of a story as Tia shares her holy grail & trail she took to transform her life. After moving through her own metamorphosis she then helped an old friend, Ray Romano, move through his own transition, going with the flow very privately, but most profoundly.
“My journey almost destroyed me”. Almost. Boy, have I come to like that word. What a pleasurable word “almost” can be. You may almost be ready to buy my book. You may almost be ready to begin an exciting new journey of your own. You may almost be over that rainbow Judy Garland sings about. What great potential “almost” can hold if you can flip your way of thinking. Just imagine, controlled pessimism, doubt & fear flipped into blind optimism, faith & love.
That flip helped Tia move to a place where heaven meets earth…the pearly gates of her own happy ending. Changing the ending for her story brought a pure, precious peace of heart, but kicked her butt a bit as she made her way…committed to keeping her faith. The book was a plan C, maybe even D, but Tia was determined, after a dedicated intention & divine decision to start swimming more with the current of her life, instead of bucking that flow. Her ordinary, relatable story took an extraordinary, fantastical turn when she showed the Universe she was committed to her intention & her desire to be given an opportunity to make some new, different choices for herself. EAAHE is a memoir that shares the “how’d that happen?” & the “how’d she do that?” in a holy hope of helping others to see life in a new way.
EAAHE recounts 3 interconnected relationships & stories that enable Tia to love truly, deeply, & most of all, love herself. Three special circles she rounded with Ray, her dad, & her ex-husband. A woman’s full circle journey to learn how to really trust, how to “thine own self be true”, &then, the “real & true” love it led her ‘round back to. It shares how the power of love & a journey to intimacy helped her make a faithful flip which began a sacred circle and new chapter…one that would allow a different ending for a story she had begun writing for herself when she was much younger. One that Tia feels strongly will inspire other women of a certain age keep faith that it’s not too late to write a new ending for their own, as they embrace their history, not try to re-write it.
Tia is, most days, filled with joy. She is, every day, filled with peace. She looks forward to a happy ending each new day now, however it unfolds, whomever it holds, & whatever way the Universe molds, as she continues to create a new “happily ever after”, staying committed to rising above her fears, moving out of her comfort zones, & going with the flow of her life.
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