Presence of Mind

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About the author:
Melissa Schenk, a professional freelance writer, has written for clients, including Dave Pipitone, author of The Rainbow Chronicles: A Bedtime Story for a New Day, as well as a review for Whim's Place of Riley Weston's Before I Go. Melissa has a passion for connecting her readers with a captivating style, while combining her knowledge of seizures and the life changing impacts that such experiences bring.

As a child, Melissa was always fascinated by intriguing books. As she grew, she learned to express herself through writing. When her husband developed Epilepsy in 2000, she began searching for ways to release the fears that played out in her mind on a daily basis. She found that release through her love for writing. Melissa describes her best writing moments when the characters take on lives of their own. In her own words, "Nothing is more refreshing than to feel the pages come alive. It's like dancing with each character one by one."

Presence of Mind

1st Series Edition

Authored by Melissa Schenk

Alyssa Gideon is a young wife, who struggles to cope with the emotional impact and unpredictable timing of her husband's new diagnosis of epilepsy. How will she ever overcome the stresses and fears that fill her mind?

Alyssa has always longed to live the life of the typical American dream. Marrying at the young age of nineteen has already stacked the odds against her. Now, she must set aside her own needs to attend to her husband and small children. When her husband loses his high paying job due to his seizures, she must find a meager paying job to support the family.

After disobeying doctor orders not to drive, her husband (Thomas Gideon) goes into a seizure behind the wheel - injuring their young daughter, Chelsea. Alyssa is consumed with every mother's deepest fears as she watches her own baby girl fight to live. She then faces one of the toughest decisions of her life - choosing between the one she loves or leaving the marriage for the physical and emotional well-being of her children. She tries to walk away from the marriage; however, love keeps her holding on.

Will she sacrifice love or learn to cope in the midst of her fears?

Publication Date:
1463608810 / 9781463608811
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Family Life

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