Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wowing this Wednesday with Arlene R O'Neil author of the inspirational book, Broken Spokes

There is nothing I would rather do that Wow this Wednesday for my dear writer/editor friend Arlene R O’Neil. I can’t help getting a bit emotional because I have Arlene to thank for my books getting a second chance with Master Koda Select Publishing. I will never forget the kindness she showed me. I was a stranger at the time but her generosity and kindness has made such a difference in my life.

I am proud to know her and blessed to be able to call her my friend!

In honor of Veterans Day I want to take this chance to personally thank Tanner, Arlene’s son for his strength and bravery for fighting for this county of ours. This is a gift that none of us can take for granted. He makes his mom so proud  for all that he does. I can’t thank him enough!

 Broken Spokes is more than a well-written, interesting read. It is an inspirational collection of the memories of a courageous child who, in spite of physical and emotional suffering, grew into a compassionate, loving and valiant woman. Crippled at age six, the author begins an odyssey which will consume her entire life. Through her sufferings, she finds a way to heal others, and in doing so, saves herself.
My Review

This book really touched me. I could relate to much of the sadness even though my story Home Wrecker is very different. I think both our stories were written from the heart. I could feel that by reading Broken Spokes. This book pulled me right in and broke my heart right from the very start. I could really see this child in front of me. It was so well written that I found myself getting a bit dizzy while the story was progressing. It was a powerful story that i read in just two sittings. I didn't want to put it down because I needed to know that this character was okay. I have read some books where the main character doesn't really interest me but that was not the case in this story. There were so many lines in the book that I wanted to highlight because they were so profound. I am glad that I read this book because it moved me and made me see how lucky we are for all the blessing in our lives. It makes you realize to NEVER EVER take your life or health for granted!

 Author Bio:
Biography of Arlene R. O'Neil
"Writing is what lights me up," states Arlene R. O'Neil. "Being a visual writer, I love seeing my work come to life: to take the reader with me on a journey word by word: to touch a reader whether through laughter or tears." Her current book, "Broken Spokes," refers to broken bones, broken bike, and broken spirit. It speaks to the reader of determination, of survival, of inspiration.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Mrs. O'Neil moved to South Carolina to work on her second novel, which will relate the roller coaster life of being the parent of a Soldier on active duty. O'Neil says, "My son, SGT Tanner O'Neil, is a member of the United States Army and the joy, pride, and love of my life. After five tours of duty to active war zones, I feel the need to share my experience with other parents in hope of lessening their fears." SGT O'Neil recently returned from his 5th combat tour.
Currently Arlene lives with her two Labradors, Holly and Bruno, and her adorable pet goats, Paxton, JaeJay, Rupert, Patches, and Frosty. "These amazing characters have helped me through some incredibly difficult times and I love them dearly." 

Aside from writing, supporting her son while deployed, and caring for her animals, Arlene lives on 3 ½ acres of land that she and her beloved animals enjoy.
An author, editor and proofreader, Arlene R. O'Neil may be contacted at arleneoneil@aol.com

1 comment:

  1. Great post and review of Broken Spokes - love the pics of the goats and the dogs! n x