Thursday, July 10, 2014

My BIG Announcement: I Published My First Children's Book

I am thrilled to announce that I have published my very first children's book, Bentley's Preemie Blessing. I wrote the book in honor of my daughter, Emily Marie Stevens, who is exactly 18 months old (15 months adjusted) today.

As many of you know, Emily was born three months early, weighing one pound, eight ounces. She spent 67 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Today, Emily is a happy and healthy toddler who is walking and starting to use jargon. She makes me proud each and every day. I am very blessed to be her mom.

I've been keeping Bentley's Preemie Blessing a secret for a long time, but realized that the book may be helpful to other preemies who are learning about their NICU journey. It may also be appropriate for young children with a brother or sister in the NICU, as well as family and friends who are interested in learning more about premature birth.

Copies of Bentley's Preemie Blessing (ISBN: 978-0-9915554-0-6) are available at online retailers, such as I hope to release an electronic version later this summer.

I would like to thank each of you for reading the Preemie Blessings blog and its other social media channels. Thank you also for your curiosity about my secret. I value each of you and appreciate all of the great guesses that you made. I hope you are not disappointed.

Given the interest in my secret, I will be giving away an autographed copy of Bentley's Preemie Blessing. Entry details will be made available next week! Please check back at Preemie Blessings for more information.


  1. That is so incredibly awesome... congratulations.

  2. Congratulations on your book publishing! All the best.

  3. Congrats! Looks like a great read, especially for little ones who were premies or who have premie siblings.

  4. This looks like an amazing little book written by an amazing lady! Great job! :)

  5. Congratulations! I'm sure it will help lots of folks! Are you doing any kind of local launch or signing events? There is a screening of a film on breastfeeding on Aug. 14 that is looking for giveaways and will let you share business cards - might be a good way to get the word out! If you're interested in more info, email me at jessica (at) mindfulhealthylife (dot) com and I'll try to find it for you ;-)