Book Reviews and Giveaway — WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART and NEVER ENOUGH — Author Denise Jaden

When author Denise Jaden shares the experiences that have influenced how she handles grief in her writing, she doesn’t mince words. A miscarriage, the death of her father in a workplace accident, the head injury of her son and her husband’s place of business burning down, all happened in the span of four months, and suddenly had her coping with unexpected loss and grief.

She says, “As much as I didn’t want it, I’ve had the opportunity to think on some teachable aspects of grief as I was walking my journey.” Not only did she think on them, she has utilized them to create a wonderful book for anyone writing about characters who are also dealing with loss.

In her first non-fiction book, WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART: USING GRIEF AND LOSS TO STRETCH YOUR FICTION, Denise shares her ideas on how to add emotional layers to your writing about characters going through various forms of loss. She analyzes how individuals react in grief, and provides exercises to help writers apply these reactions to their characters.

It’s an invaluable resource for every writer. Released October 1st, the paperback version is available at Create Space and through Amazon.  The e-book is available at AmazonSmashwordsKoboDiesel and Sony. Check out Denise’s blog for a Goodreads giveaway. Also, if you send Denise your mailing address at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with “Bookmarks” in the subject line, she’ll  be happy to send some bookmarks your way


This is the second of Denise’s books to be released in 2012. In July I was pleased to attend the launch of her second YA novel, NEVER ENOUGH. It’s a remarkable story about two sisters each coping with their sense of self-esteem and inadequacy. About it Publishers Weekly said, “In her sophomore novel, Jaden (Losing Faith) offers an intimate and enlightened rendering of anorexia and bulimia…Loann’s fight against forces that might be beyond her control is both harrowing and inspiring. While Jaden does not provide simple answers for the problems presented, she dramatically illustrates the importance of speaking out and reaching out.”

Like Denise’s first novel LOSING FAITH, NEVER ENOUGH is another story that caught me up and kept me reading non-stop to the end.

I have a signed copy of NEVER ENOUGH to give away to one of you who leaves a comment below before noon on Sunday, October 7th. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address when prompted so I can contact the winner. Draw is limited to mailing addresses in Canada and the United States. Winner will be announced on Monday.

NEVER ENOUGH is available just about everywhere I look, including on Amazon.

If you’ll be attending the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, October 19-21, 2012 at Surrey’s Sheraton Hotel, I believe Denise will also have copies of her books available there.

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Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

12 thoughts on “Book Reviews and Giveaway — WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART and NEVER ENOUGH — Author Denise Jaden

  1. Writing with a Heavy Heart sits in my Kindle library. I’ve been through it once and found it very valuable for my current WIP. She headed me in some directions I hadn’t considered fully and will help make my protagonist more dimensional. Thank you, Denise. And thank you, Carol, for bringing her to your blog readers’ attention.

  2. The story of loss and grief in many forms is a familiar story to me!! I would also love to have a copy of the ” Never Enough:” Something that many suffer through! Thanks for telling us about this offer and these books!! Love, Carla

  3. It has always been very difficult for me to ask for help. Even though I’m only blogging and I never actually have to face anyone, I still choke over any expression of sorrow that I might experience. So, slowly over the last year, I’ve been writing a little about the grief I know. And what happens? I find posts such as yours, where it feels as if they’ve been written specifically to help me. It’s extraordinary. The premise of Never Enough has already made me teary. Thank you, Carol!

  4. Two very good books! Nice to see them highlighted here, Mom. (Don’t enter me in the draw, though — I’ve already got a copy of NEVER ENOUGH, which I should bring to Surrey for Denise to sign!) 🙂

  5. Welcome to each of you today! I’m enjoying the comments and wondering which name will come up when I put the Random Number Selector to work on Sunday afternoon. 🙂

  6. Hi Carol –

    Enjoy the writers conference!

    Grief and loss hit all of us at some point. I’m glad Denise was able to share what she learned and how it made her fiction richer. I’d love to read her book. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com


  7. Can’t wait to see you at SIWC, Carol and Denise!

    This sounds very useful. Too often have I let that heavy heart stop me from writing, rather than harness the troubled energy and use it for good. There is something to be said for being with that energy at times, but something else for turning it into a powerful, positive force. Definitely something to think about.

  8. It was a pleasure introducing Denise’s books to all of you. I’ll be posting the winner of a signed copy of her NEVER ENOUGH tomorrow morning. 😉

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