Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Always There by Carol Ann Albright-Eastman ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


For readers who loved The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, or The Shack.

“People walked up the front steps of the funeral home, preparing themselves to see the grieving orphaned children of the woman who passed, but what did they find instead? The youngest orphaned child was snacking on a Quarter Pounder with cheese, drinking a medium Diet Coke, and laughing in a chair with her friends.”

In this fresh, poignant novel, Always There, Shelby Lynn LeeMaster grapples with her recent “orphaned” life and how to let down her guard to fully experience true love, allowing it in to her heart without fear. The mother, Betheny LeeMaster, struggles with dying before she could teach and guide her children into adulthood. The daughter cannot break from her own fears, while the mother cannot forgive herself for leaving her children too soon. The different narrators, the mother in Heaven and the daughter on Earth, tell their stories in alternating chapters. Can the two women reconcile their fears and remorse being worlds and lifetimes apart?

Eastman’s honesty explores the tragic ending to a mother-daughter relationship, revealing the pain a motherless daughter experiences. The two vantage points allow the reader to find a connection with the mother and/or the daughter, personalizing the loss that a dying mother and grieving daughter often face. The novel portrays the truth behind the death of a loved one, while glorifying the mystery of Heaven, proving that love does not die when a person does. The channels of love are still open, going in both directions. Love goes on when life does not. The novel bridges the tragic with the comedic, giving audiences a lighter, more enjoyable, sentimental read. You will laugh while you cry, and cry while you laugh, but in the end, you’ll hug your loved ones for dear life.

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About The Author

Carol Ann Albright-Eastman is a wife and mother of four, crazy, adorable, incorrigible, intelligent, kind, and athletic children. She’s taught high school English for fifteen years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from The Ohio State University, a teaching license and a communications minor from the University of Akron, and holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Akron.

Eastman spends the majority of her time grading papers, reading, but not as voraciously as other “indie” authors and their devout followers, watching her sons play baseball (or whatever seasonal sport they’re in at the time), negotiating futilely with a toddler, and falling deeper in love with her husband every day. Eastman is a motherless and fatherless daughter, but a day doesn’t go by that she doesn’t think of them

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolAnnEastman
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6926622.Carol_Ann_Albright_Eastman

Carol is giving two ecopies of Always There away on our blog.  Just leave a meaningful blog comment and be sure to leave your email address and your preferred format.


  1. This novel honestly looks like it would be an educational experience for me. I lost my mother 7 years ago when I was 23 and pregnant with her first grandchild (that she was very much looking forward to meeting). Even after 7 years I am still having a difficult time processing her unexpected death…. She was the last of my family; my brother and father passed when I was 13. Her death took not only my mother, but my sister/best friend/confidant. I am truly looking forward to reading this novel!
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  2. Wow! I think after reading this I need to prepare the tissue box :(

    I have heard amazing things about this book. Can't wait to read it!

    Thank you for giving us the chance to win it.

    (kindle format)

  3. I love the concept of this book...I don't believe love dies in death. Beautiful & poignant! Thank you for sharing this post! Carol, you might be from my neck of the woods (Dublin, OH)! Go BUCKEYES! :-)

    1. Oops! Email address is dawnbushemail@yahoo.com. Kindle format. Thanks for the chance!