It seems I’ve been very busy writing. I have, except I’m extra slow. I need to make the font as large as possible. The good news is that my upcoming eye doctor appointment might be when my doctors decide if I can have glasses. I’m hoping that means I’ll see something in sharp focus because everything is a little blurry.
So while I’ve been hiding from social media, because it’s too darn difficult to see things on the Internet. Lots of things have been going on without me. My book Silent Journey is now a galley and available for those who love to write reviews. It’s a galley and not the finished product. I’m waiting for someone to send me a photo for the cover. (I think that means someone wants clean off his desk first.)
Netgalley is a spot on net where publishers pre-release their books for the purpose of getting reviews. It’s totally free to the readers. I’d love my readers to grab a copy of my book, read it, and write an honest review.
Okay, so what’s the book about?
It would impossible to really describe the Deaf World. That’s because I can hear and I rely on my hearing just as I’ve relied on my eyesight. Go without it? No thanks. But the book peeks into the life of young Deaf man and the hearing woman who fell in love with him. Yes, there’s a love story in there but the real story is their lives and that is the emphasis of the book. It’s really a contemporary mainstream novel with a happy ending. (Because I hate sad endings!)
Alex attends a regular university, and is getting his degree in Architecture. He’s always been deaf, and he has a long linage of deaf relatives. He has to face a world that isn’t always very nice to people who are different.
Savannah might have fallen for his looks, but she’s discovering that being with Alex is darn tough, especially when she barely knows American Sign Language (ASL). Even her mother is against her relationship. She has no idea how the Deaf manage. Her questions are numerous.
As Alex emerges from the silent world, Savannah must enter it if she wants to be with him. The journey for both is arduous.
Here’s an unedited snippet of Alex and Savannah with Alex’s newborn nephew.
Alex took Savannah to Gwen’s house. Dustin was there waiting on Gwen as though she were an invalid, and she was making it known that she could stand and walk around without any help.
Alex laughed at them, but he couldn’t wait for the baby to wake up so that he could hold the tiny bundle. And when the baby began to stir, he looked at his sister, who nodded. Scooping the newborn into one arm, he gently caressed the baby with a delicate touch. Beautiful little boy. He signed to the newborn, “Wake up, sleepyhead.”
Gwen came to Alex and peered at her son. Then she began to sign to the newborn. “Meet your Uncle Alex.”
“I think he’s still too sleepy to pay attention.” Alex watched the baby put his little fists to his mouth. Alex held the baby’s fist and put it to the tiny lips. Like this.
The baby squinted his eyes and opened his mouth.
Gwen removed the baby from her brother’s arm. She sat in a large overly stuffed chair and pulled the blanket over her shoulder.
Alex turned to Savannah. “Sorry, I was going to give him to you, but I think he was protesting.”
Savannah grinned and signed, “We say he has good lungs. That was one loud protest.” Her smile dissolved into a perplexed look. “But why are you signing to the baby? The baby certainly can’t understand sign language.”
Alex shook his head. “Think about that. If this baby had hearing, would you use your words?”
“Do you think newborns understand those words or do they learn them?”
Savannah wrinkled her brow. “I guess they learn them. The words in the beginning are nothing more than comforting sounds.”
“And deaf babies will find comfort in our words.”
Savannah nodded. “And if Little Dustin had hearing, you would still sign to him.”
Alex nodded. “He would need to learn both languages. But little Dustin needs to learn both anyway. He will learn to read your lips.”
Alex went to where Savannah was and sat beside her. “He is Deaf. He will grow up bilingual. Do hearing children grow up bilingual?”
Savannah wrinkled her brow. “Some do. When the parents speak more than one language. Or they grow up with whatever language their parents use in the home, and they learn English once they are old enough to play with other children.”
“Our children are the same. They learn our touch and our words. They see our expression.”
“I’m sorry. I wasn’t thinking along those lines.”
“He will complain, smile, and do everything a hearing child does except hear. He doesn’t need to hear. He only needs to be loved.”
Gwen brought the baby to Savannah and she willingly took him. Watching Savannah with the newborn told of her love for children. Total serenity crossed her face. She rocked the baby in her arms as she caressed him with her fingers.
Alex wasn’t certain what Savannah was saying to the baby, but she snuggled the newborn and spoke as if the baby could hear. Teach him, Savannah, as my mother taught me to read lips. Alex’s heart swelled with joy. One day you will hold our baby in your arms. Until then, we get to play with and spoil this one.