Socialbuzz: Directory of Smashwords Users on Twitter

Follow me on Twitter at  amyemme Amy Emme
Amy Emme is a fully certified and qualified HypnoCoach of the National Guild of Hypnotists and is a member of the International Hypnosis Federation. Amy has coached and prepared numerous US athletes for the Olympics supporting each high performance athlete through intense 2-3year training programs. Combined with an extensive education (including qualifications and degrees) in business, biology, chemistry, secondary education and languages Amy brings a breadth of experience to support your every success both in and out of your preferred performance arena. After growing a small town archery business into being the largest Archery Training Center in the world Amy decided it was time to offer this wealth of skills, ... read more
Latest book: Hugs, Kisses, Love and Positive Wishes

Follow me on Twitter at  MSueWIllis Meredith Sue Willis


Follow me on Twitter at  SteinbrecherInc Susan Steinbrecher
Susan Steinbrecher, an internationally acclaimed businesswoman, executive coach, speaker and author, is CEO of Steinbrecher And Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm that provides professional-development services in the areas of executive coaching, group facilitation and leadership training. Steinbrecher is the co-founder of The Institute for Heart-Centered Leadership, which teaches the core principles and virtues of transformational leadership, characterized by care, concern, honesty and humility. She is co-author of: Heart-Centered Leadership: An Invitation to Lead from the Inside Out; Roadmap to Success; and Straight Talk from America’s Top 10 Speakers. Susan’s new Amazon bestselling book KENSH ... read more
Latest book: KENSHO: A Modern Awakening, Instigating Change in an Era of Global Renewal

Follow me on Twitter at  deanhodsfry Dean Hodsfry
Dean has been writing since he was in his late teens almost 15 years ago. Born and bred in rural South Wales. Dean would spend most of his evening's in his bedroom, creating all sorts of weird and crazy ideas both for his writing and for his hobbies. Dean left his homeland in the early Noughties, to seek better employment. On his travels he had met a young girl and decided to move to Oxfordshire to be with her. He has currently been married since 2005 to that same girl and she is fully behind him with his writing and has even started working on her own story Currently Dean is living with his wife in the lovely town of Chipping Norton, although fully employed he does dedicate his time to writing and has sever ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  ethanspier Ethan Spier
Ethan Spier was born in the middle of England in 1980. He grew up listening to music by The Beatles and reading books by Roald Dahl. While always having an interest in writing stories, it wasn't until he was twelve and started reading books by Stephen King that he began writing short horror and science fiction stories. ​ Ethan continued to intermittently write short stories through his teenage years, but then his other passion, music, took over. After playing guitar in a number of bands during his early twenties, Ethan decided to try his hand at writing once again. ​ At the age of 28, he began a science fiction novel about a mysterious object which falls from space and then inexplicably prevents Earth from ... read more
Latest book: Kaleidoscope

Follow me on Twitter at  RobChild Robert Child
After spending 15 years in New York directing and technical directing some of the most widely viewed programs on network and cable television; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Emeril Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Robert Child followed his passion for history and is now one of the top history filmmakers in the United States. He has directed films all over the world including; Canada, UK, France and Belgium. Child, winner of more than 25 writing and directing awards is one of only a handful of directors whose work has screened in the Congress of the United States. Silent Wings debuted on Capitol Hill on the day of its release in 2007 and became the catalyst for New York Congresswoman, Carolyn McCarthy’s ... read more
Latest book: Washington's Crossing: America's First D-Day

Follow me on Twitter at  CJAwriter Christina J Adams
Christina J. Adams finds inspiration in the green rolling hills and farmland surrounding her home in Maryland. She loves writing, especially books for children and teens, and she gets more excited about a new book coming out, from one of many favorite authors, that it’s probably not good for her health. She didn’t think being a writer was a serious profession until after high school, but has since decided it is the best career ever.
Latest book: The Compound

Follow me on Twitter at  boeufie Tony Bull
Tony Bull is a native of Hampshire, England, where he lives in the New Forest with his wife, Beryl. He has been writing as a creative hobby for many years and was eventually persuaded by friends and family to publish some of what they consider his 'better' pieces, starting with his first full-length novel, Final Reckoning, a crime mystery set in the Isle of Wight and New Forest, and continuing with Tinkers Creek, a historical novel set in the American West, and The Astro File, a farcical novella inspired by memories from his early career in data processing and computers.
Latest book: The Astro File


Follow me on Twitter at  campbellcabs Andrew Campbell
Andrew Campbell was born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland in 2078. After graduating from the Irish Space Engineering College in 2098, he invented and built the World's first fully-functioning Time Machine. During early testing of the prototype, he mistakenly travelled back to 2012 where it smashed into a tree on arrival. Now stuck in 2012, Andrew has been desperately searching for a way to fund purchase of the spare parts he needs to return home. Andrew delivers pizzas, helps elderly ladies, washes cars and sells books online. So far, he's collected £4.56 of the £37million he needs to return home.
Latest book: Funny Facebook Statuses

Follow me on Twitter at  EmeliaHayes Emelia Hayes
I'm a sensual and passionate person who loves to write. I believe everyone has fantasies and I choose to write about mine. I currently have one erotic short story and two novellas published as ebooks, with many more on the horizon. Enjoy! Visit my blog and leave your email address to receive blog updates and information about new releases.

Follow me on Twitter at  @truevinepublish Timothy Bond
Timothy O. Bond is the founder of True Vine Publishing Company and the author of 2 books: Charge the Walls and Fall In Love with the Struggle. His life mission is to inspire, empower, and produce greatness.
Latest book: Fall In Love with the Struggle

Follow me on Twitter at  TracySaintJohn Tracy St. John
Bestselling author of the Clans of Kalquor and Netherworld series. Born in a small town on the coast of North Carolina, Tracy now lives in coastal Georgia with her husband and son. Besides writing, she also works in video production, both in front of and behind the camera. She's usually cast as the gun-toting bad gal, getting handcuffed in the end. She has no complaints.

Follow me on Twitter at  RebekkahFord Rebekkah Ford
Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator's League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. Her fascination with the paranormal is what led her to write the ‘Beyond the Eyes’ trilogy and soon to be released, Tangled Roots. Visit her online and read her blog at http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com
Latest book: The Devil's Third

Follow me on Twitter at  taarchives Courtney Grace Powers
Courtney Grace Powers has been cramming notebooks full of stories since she was six years old and determined to see her short stories about flying unicorns and vampire princes adapted to the big screen. Although she has since decided to leave the unicorns and vampires on the shelf, science-fiction and fantasy stories have retained a special place in her heart, along with theatre, chai tea, bomber jackets, and adventuring.
Latest book: The Aurelian Archives: The Airship Aurelia

Follow me on Twitter at  YouBLS Salvamento Academy
La Salvamento Academy può essere definita un “progetto” che ha come obiettivo principale quello di contribuire a diffondere la cultura del Primo soccorso nella comunità, coinvolgendo le Organizzazioni che operano in ambienti universitari, medico-sanitari, del volontariato di protezione civile, del soccorso professionale, dello sport e della cultura. L’idea è molto semplice: sviluppare e distribuire a basso costo, programmi di addestramento di alto livello utilizzando le tecnologie oggi disponibili (eBook), con particolare riguardo per le procedure e le metodologie di formazione a distanza (FaD) attraverso il sistema e-learning che raggiunge tutti coloro che, pur desiderando partecipare ad un corso, no ... read more
Latest book: Basic Life Support and Defibrillation

Follow me on Twitter at  Horncastle1951 Graeme Horncastle
From a casual first glance one could assume this book is just a boring chronicle of a family. First impressions can be wrong and certainly are in this case. The story consists of a rollercoaster ride, right from birth in Blenheim, to childhood on a 30-cow dairy farm near Karamea on the West Coast of New Zealand where he was raised by a "devoted mother and a frustrated eccentric father". Life was great on the Coast for youngsters with weird and wacky incidents but with a father who increasingly took to the bottle, the economics of the farm were rocky and life was full of challenges. Then followed a teenage marriage with a child due. Graeme Horncastle gritted his teeth and was determined to make a go of it. H ... read more
Latest book: Horncastle's Suitcase

Follow me on Twitter at  carterwolfinc Carter Wolf

Latest book: Bully

Follow me on Twitter at  duffyman23 Duffy Laudick
Duffy lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and daughters. During the day is a mild manner security guard and supervisor. In the late afternoon his becomes a musician hobbiest and poet. He has also acted and directed on stage for local theaters.
Latest book: Sailing On The Surreal Sea

Follow me on Twitter at  Anonymous Jonathan Eiken
The epub "Dear Daughter" is a paraphrase in modern English of the older "Book of Proverbs" in the book called "The Holy Bible". Originally, these Proverbs were directed to men only. This publication now is directed to the female. Paraphaser's profile includes a B.A. in Counseling and a Master's Degree in Theology - Licensed via International Ministerial Fellowship since 3/1/05.
Latest book: Dear Daughter


Follow me on Twitter at  ThatHealthSpot Ashley Picanco
Ashley Picanco holds an Honors Degree in Applied Human Nutrition, and is passionate about empowering others to take their health into their own hands, and learn about making healthy lifestyle choices.
Latest book: The Complete Vitamin and Mineral Buying Guide

Follow me on Twitter at  writejomichaels Jo Michaels
Jo Michaels is... Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations. I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case w ... read more
Latest book: I, Zombie

Follow me on Twitter at  dinosaurzoobook Nick Mackie
Nick Mackie is an award-winning animator, director and illustrator. As a creative he has worked for many years in the animation industry. Dino Zoo is his first novel. Nick has won a BBC Talent award for animation, a Royal Television Society award, been in competition at Annecy, Edinburgh, Portland, London and numerous other international film festivals. He once even won the funniest film in Belgium award! Nick lives in the sunny South West of England with his musician partner, their young son, and naughty border terrier.
Latest book: Dino Zoo

Follow me on Twitter at  knessr Ron Kness
As an ebook freelance writer, Ron has authored several ebooks including "The No Nonsense Guide To Digital Photography", "The New Digital Photographer’s Guide to Digital Photography", "How to Improve Your Travel Photography" and "Travel Trips and Tips". As a ghost-writer, he has authored ebooks on a variety of photography and automotive topics including "Buying a Car", "Maintaining Your Car", "How To Make Money With Photography" and "How To Make Even More Money With Photography" and "How To Make Money in Microstock Photography". Ron also blogs on his websites creating posts on digital photography, healthy eating and the GI Bill. In addition, Ron also creates and markets Private Label Rights (PLR) content ... read more
Latest book: Creating Your Home Inventory

Follow me on Twitter at  freeingfamilies Greg Alan
Greg Alan lives in Fairfield, Ohio with his Wife, Two Kids, and a Labrador Retrievapotomus. In addition to operating Freeing Families, he works as a freelance graphic designer, owns a childcare center, sings in a rock band, and tries to get some sleep now and again.
Latest book: 12 Freedoms of Healthy Families

Follow me on Twitter at  authormakenzi Makenzi
Makenzi is an author with several books under her name since 2006 including, "Unexpected Truth", "Dangerously", "That's How I Like It!" a short story "Blood Brothers" and October 2013 she will be releasing her newest novel "Wicked Attraction." Before becoming a self published author in 2013, from 2008-09, Makenzi not only was an author on the roster but she also served as the in-house event planner for the publishing company she was previously signed with. Her duties included scheduling all the book signings, speaking events, interviews and book club events. Makenzi's novels are available on eBook, paperback and audio.
Latest book: Unexpected Truth

Follow me on Twitter at  michela_obrien Michela O'Brien
Michela O'Brien was born in Milan, Italy, in... well, let's say some time in the last third of the 20th century. In Milan she grew up, studied, worked as a teacher, made friends and wrote, commending thoughts to page, imagining plots and characters, recording events in her life, noting observations about the world: stories, diaries, letters... In an era before personal computers, internet, blogs and social networks, it was pen and paper and she still carries a notebook and a pencil with her to sketch ideas on the spot. She moved to England in 1994 and lives at the edge of the beautiful National Park of the New Forest with her husband and two sons. Her greatest inspiration are ordinary people and real life sto ... read more
Latest book: A Summer of Love

Follow me on Twitter at  emyerriquez Emiliana Erriquez
Emiliana Erriquez was born in Foggia, Italy in 1977. She has a Master of Arts and a Master in Translation (English-Italian). She is a free-lance translator since 2004 and a journalist since 2007, she worked for some newspapers in Italy and directed for some time the economic website 'Helloimpresa'. Emiliana won the prestigious Giuseppe Sciacca Award in 2006 with an essay called 'Oriana Fallaci: una vita vissuta in pienezza' about the well-known Italian author and journalist. Emiliana Erriquez published her first novel 'Lasciami stare' in 2007 with Giovane Holden Edizioni. Now the novel is available on Amazon, in Kindle edition (KDP) and she translated it into English with the title of LEAVE ME ALONE. She wrote ... read more
Latest book: Lasciami stare

Follow me on Twitter at  Meditation_info Senka M
Senka is a meditation guide, course instructor and author specialising in Meditation. Her book “How to Meditate” is a guide on the varying techniques and amazing healing benefits of meditation. Her style of guided meditation is a combination of New Age, Ancient Tibetan and Ancient Vedic. After practising meditation for over 20 years, she has now chosen to share her meditations with the world. To help bring many people back into health, balance and happiness. “Senka’s meditations have helped me greatly with my health, happiness and overall wellbeing. After only just 3 sessions I have started to see results and feel a lot lighter after each session is completed. I can have a good night’s sleep aft ... read more
Latest book: How To Meditate

Follow me on Twitter at  jimdaica Jeffrey Day
Jeffrey Day Biography Jeffrey Day is a contemporary heir of Dai's Tao Xin Xiu Zhen ( a historical healthy academic system of Tao's theory and practice in English), containing four thousand years of heritage and practice history. He was invited to USA and Canada to teach Dai's Tao Xin Xiu Zhen. He also made some excellent cooperation with relevant medical institutions and specialists for that management of incurable diseases and achieved achievement. Early years, he furthermore studied and researched present business management, systems engineering and management information systems in western Jiaotong University. He was the duty for managing some large integrated projects as being a senior project manager, c ... read more
Latest book: The Creative Energy (The English Edition)

Follow me on Twitter at  Cassandra_Carr Cassandra Carr
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Sybarite Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Recently she was re-elected president of Western New York Romance Writers.

Follow me on Twitter at  Danelle Harmon Danelle Harmon
Multi-award winning and internationally published author Danelle Harmon is the author of ten novels, previously published in print and distributed in many languages worldwide. A descendant of Mayflower passengers and Revolutionary War heroes, Ms. Harmon was born and raised in Massachusetts but has also lived in England, where many of her novels are set. She, her English husband, and their daughter live with three dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of chickens near the Massachusetts seacoast. Ms. Harmon welcomes mail from her readers.
Latest book: Taken By Storm

Follow me on Twitter at  djcameron2012 DJ Cameron
I live in the Arizona desert and write paranormal romance novels. I have had many of my own experiences and have always had an interest in the paranormal. When not writing I enjoy spending time with my husband and my horses. I write books under D.J. Cameron and Diana Klabis.
Latest book: Haunted Hillary

Follow me on Twitter at  kreedauthor K. Reed
Romance author with an historic twist. Too many post-apocalyptic stories, movies, and what-ifs crowded her head, and K. Reed decided to do something about it. So she plotted one out, decided an historical post-apocalyptic romance was the way to go, and wrote that one instead. A lover of all things historical, of strong heroes with equally strong heroines, and of sexy pirates, she’s going to explore the dystopian world of plague-ridden 1804 and the gritty criminal element of Victorian England. Luckily, she has an understanding family, supportive friends, and a day job that offers her the flexibility she needs to plot, plan, and write. Sure, one day she’d like to travel the country in search of fantastic s ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  ashleyhowie Ashley Howie

Latest book: tewst

Follow me on Twitter at  mstraysay Ms. Jones Tlj
Writing is my art. Like any artist I create my work with my imagination and I present it to you that way. It may not be the “conventional” way of writing but I am the “Aritist” of my novels and I am ECCENTRIC in all the right ways! You know my books are different… I want you to feel like you are being TOLD my stories first hand from the main character in my books. So they are written in a “face to face” mode. So you may see the word “ain’t“ instead of “isn’t” or the word “wanna” instead of “want to” becuz (instead of “because”) this is how I imagined the story and I write what I imagine. You can call it “Interactive” writing. I BELIEVE WORDS ARE POWERFUL!!! I ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  navsaleh Naveed Saleh
Naveed Saleh is a full-time freelance medical writer and editor. Naveed attained a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in science and technology journalism (with an informal concentration in psychology) from Texas A&M University. He has written for numerous publications including The New Physician, Pregnancy magazine, the Johns Hopkins Newsletter: Health After 50, and Science Editor. He’s also an expert blogger at Psychology Today. Naveed won a 2010 Apex Award for a feature titled “Don’t Mess with TCOM.” In his spare time, Naveed likes to play golf, design web sites, paint in oils, walk along the beach, ... read more
Latest book: Tales of a Two-Year-Old

Follow me on Twitter at  LisaLoomis1 Lisa Loomis
Lisa Loomis writes because she loves to. She was born in Oakland, California and raised in San Jose until she was a sophomore in high school. Her father then took a job in the San Diego area where he moved the family to Escondido, California. Lisa finished high school there and went on to Palomar Junior College and then finished at San Diego State University with a degree in Finance. Lisa now resides in the mountains of Park City, Utah with her husband, eight chickens, and three pygmy goats. She has two adult children attending the University of Utah.

Follow me on Twitter at  diane_dunning Diane Dunning
Diane Dunning is a fiction writer. Her work includes "One Short Year," "Love, Mark" and "The River Secrets." Diane lives in the Monterey Bay area of California with her family and dogs.
Latest book: Greta Smart Figures It Out

Follow me on Twitter at  MikeButler_com Mike Butler
Mike Butler began his real estate investing career while working his full time job as an undercover police detective in Louisville, Ky. Mike Butler began buying fixer uppers and renting them to make extra money vs. working “off duty” moon light jobs like many of his fellow police officers. Mike discovered very quickly how powerful investing in real estate could be for his family and exploded his real estate business by buying an average of 2.5 rental properties every week while working his full time job! Mike did this for several years over and over! Mike Butler knew he must have a brain dead simple system for his booming business and developed his amazingly simple Investor Books Pro System™ with Tenan ... read more
Latest book: 29 Secrets to Buy Real Estate Without Banks!

Follow me on Twitter at  martinpeltz Martin Peltz
SCROLL DOWN FOR MY FREE THRILLER CAPE CURRENTS AND READER'S REVIEWS. Martin Peltz lives in Cape Town and completed the Short Journalism Course at The Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Growing up in South Africa in the Sixties and Seventies, he was inspired by thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal and The Eye of the Needle. He remains a keen student of the life of Nelson Mandela; and hopes his future novels include one set In Denmark; and one set in South Africa, in the Mandela era.
Latest book: Cape Currents

Follow me on Twitter at  genizh Geniz Hernandez
A puzzle waiting to be solved... I have been writing fiction since I was eight, but I have been appreciating good stories from a much younger age. My grandmother used to tell me stories about her childhood and stories her father told her. I would listen in awe at the wonderful things she had to say. I hope to put together a book that will gather my grandma's stories and experiences... some day.
Latest book: Truth Lies beyond the Shadows

Follow me on Twitter at  successfulgardn Rachel Mathews
I'm Rachel Mathews and I've been a professional garden designer for over 20 years. I'm based in the UK but do work internationally for clients in the USA, Australia, Malaysia, North Africa, Spain and Switzerland. Over the years I've designed every size, shape and style of garden. My passion lately is to create modern gardens with a natural feel, whilst incorporating plenty of edible foods. In 2009 I did an online teacher training programme so I could learn how to teach garden design and since then I have been writing and teaching garden design to a worldwide audience via the Successful Garden Design website. I'm currently taking a year out from my design and construction business to write another 3 ebooks an ... read more
Latest book: Garden Design and Landscaping - The Beginner's Guide to the Processes Involved with Successfully Landscaping a Garden (an overview)

Follow me on Twitter at  GregDarkwood Greg Darkwood
Greg Darkwood was a lawyer before he realised that he had a soul. He now spends his free time writing and playing with his Golden Retriever.
Latest book: One Way

Follow me on Twitter at  4HorsemenSeries Pam Funke
I am the proud grand-daughter of a pastor and have spent the majority of my life in the church. I love serving God and living a Christian life. I am a Christian author who enjoys writing many different things. My love of reading and writing led me to write for the enjoyment of others. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy photography, cooking, painting, drawing, scrap-booking and anything creative actually. I am the author of The Apocalypse Series.
Latest book: The Return of Nicolaitanes

Follow me on Twitter at  medicinechief Dr Sota Omoigui
Sota Omoigui M.D. is Medical Director of the L.A. Pain Clinic and former member of the FDA Advisory Committee on Anesthetics and Life Support Devices (2008 – 2011). Dr. Sota Omoigui is author of The Biochemical Origin of Pain (State-of-the-Art Technologies, 2002), Sota Omoigui’s Pain Drugs Handbook (Blackwell Scientific Publishers, 1999), The Anesthesia Drugs Handbook (Mosby Yearbook Publishers, 1995), The Pain Drugs Handbook (Mosby Yearbook Publishers, 1996), Pain Relief—The L.A. Pain Clinic Guide (State-of-the-Art Technologies, 1998), The Universal Drug Infusion Ruler (State-of-the-Art Technologies, 1995) and co-author of The Nigerian National Anthem (198). Dr. Sota Omoigui’s drug handbooks are used w ... read more
Latest book: Sota Omoigui's Anesthesia Drugs Handbook - EBook 4th Edition

Follow me on Twitter at  Maria Barkel Maria Barkel
Married and a mother of two beautiful daughters.
Latest book: Testify

Follow me on Twitter at  corkster32 Cory Hiles
Cory Hiles is a novelist, poet, blogger, and an expert in the ancient art of sarcasm. He enjoys a fairy tale existence in the small town of Naches, Washington where he lives with his wife, kids, and too many cats. In his spare time he enjoys trout fishing, random road trips, and offending people who seem eager to be offended. He has been writing for pleasure for almost thirty years and has written hundreds of poems, short stories, children’s stories, and essays. He has recently completed his first full length novel—The Lovely Shadow—and is currently hard at work on his second, as of yet, unnamed novel.
Latest book: In the Dark

Follow me on Twitter at  AWayOfLove Marsha Jane Orr
Formerly Extension Faculty at Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations School, and ad hoc mediator, fact finder, and arbitrator for the NYS Public Employment Relations Board and the American Arbitration Association, in 1992, Marsha Jane Orr began building client engagements as founder of Intrepreneur Coaching (IC). Since then, she has partnered with other consulting firms serving academic and corporate clients in HR, change, strategic reorganization, and lean design efforts. In 2009, with a M.ED. in hand, she made a mid-life career change to become a primary Learning Support teacher with Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf schools in Perth, Australia. “My students teach me about what it means to ‘show up with ... read more
Latest book: Life After Life, Another Glimpse at Grief, 'Til Death--Never--Do US Part, a true tale of initiation