Guest Post: Kameo Monson, Author of Finding Me

Finding Me Series Promotion March 22nd– 23rd

Sit awhile as I tell you a tale of a book series titled Finding Me. No witches or warlocks, no dragons, elves, or faeries, this series still hold magic within its pages. The magic comes from a mother with weaknesses and strengths and a love for her son that can’t die. Imperfect at best, she learns how to handle life when the unexpected comes. Her son’s autism diagnosis.

As a mother of a child with autism, I chose to write this series to show not only the difficulties of raising a child with a disability, but also to show how life goes on, and how the love for that child never changes.  So, I created a family completely different from my own, and then I took situations similar to what I experienced with my son and tossed them in.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

I want to share my series with everyone—those who have children with autism, and those without— because if there is one thing I’ve realized while raising my son, it’s that every parent goes through painful parenting experiences. Disabilities or not, parenting is hard. That doesn’t mean we can’t find happiness and joy. What a blessing that is!

The Finding Me series is filled with angst and hope. It is a story of finding one’s self through the rollercoaster of life. And THAT’s pretty magical!

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I NOT David

I NOT David Kameo Monson _FINAL

A toddler’s autism diagnosis, a father’s denial, and a mother’s perseverance.

When three-year-old Joey is diagnosed with autism, Kat’s heart sinks. With a single phone number and a few suggested therapies, she and her husband Derek are left to wade through the unknown abyss of ASD. Derek assures Kat their son will grow out of it, but she has done enough research. That never happens. Still, Joey can improve, and Kat vows to make his life better any way she can.

Jumping feet first into the depths of therapies and developmental preschool, Kat gives it her all. Everything should get easier. But Derek still can’t handle Joey’s meltdowns, and now he only wants to spend time with her. What happens if his attitude doesn’t change?

As Kat’s world continues to crumble around her, she finds something in herself that she didn’t know was missing.

I Not David: Finding Me Book One is a character-driven, women’s fiction novel that evokes emotion as it twists and turns through silly smiles and torturous tantrums, love and loneliness, and everything in between.

I NOT Buddy

I NOT Buddy Cover

After being abandoned by her husband, can Kat find it in herself to love again?

Three years after being abandoned by her then-husband, Kat works at the middle school across the street from her son’s elementary school. It’s the perfect place to care for Joey while giving him space. Still, first grade and autism have their struggles. Meltdowns, food aversions, and above all, potty-training woes leave the school on edge and Kat with plenty to do.

As she continues fighting for Joey, the handsome new vice principal at work battles his way toward her heart, even after an unexpected visitor shows up on his doorstep. But Kat swears she only has space in her life for Joey.

Could she be wrong? Does she have room for someone else?

Heart-wrenching and hopeful, I NOT Buddy promises much more than romance. It offers a story of healing hearts, second chances, and a mother’s unfailing love.

I Joey

I Joey 3 copy

The truth of who she is lies within one word: family.

When Kat’s son, Joey, was diagnosed with autism three years ago, she learned everything she could to give him the best life possible. Months later, her husband abandoned them. Luckily, her now-boyfriend Warren and his sisters pushed their way into her heart.

But life still has bumps. Joey’s school doesn’t agree with the accommodations he requires. Warren’s sister Kristen continues struggling with no way to support herself. And, worse yet, Kat’s ex is back.

Even with all that’s happening, Kat wants Joey to have a fulfilling life. But when disaster strikes, she’s forced to make a choice. Can she figure out how to help others while providing for Joey’s needs?

At the conclusion of the Finding Me Series, I JOEY offers a whirlwind of emotions that promises heartache, hope, healing, and second chances.

Author’s Bio

Kameo Monson grew up in Glendale, Arizona, where she picked cotton on the way to school through her kindergarten year and smelled orange blossoms on the way to church through junior high. The first time her husband, McKay, drove an hour across the Phoenix Valley to pick her up for a date, he thought she’d be surrounded by farmland. Unfortunately, most had been built up a decade previously.

When Kameo was still young, her parents allowed one family dog at a time, despite her begging. McKay has a harder time saying no. That’s why they house three dogs, a cat, a Guinea pig, and two lovable rats. The fish are his. She and her husband reached twenty-five years of wedded bliss in June 2020. They have four children, ranging from adult to young teen.

Kameo loves spending time outdoors and dreams of being a reverse snowbird. Pine and aspen trees regularly call to her from the Mogollon Rim. She also enjoys exploring Arizona and surrounding states with her husband.

Most of Kameo’s spare time is spent writing women’s fiction novels, where she gets to explore the emotional toll that comes with being human from different points of view. She also enjoys writing short stories and won the February 2020 What’s Your Story contest sponsored by Envie Magazine, a literary publication.

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