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Celebrating by Collecting Smiles #CoverReveal

Vidya Sury Collecting Smiles 2

I turned a full deck of cards today, except the entire pack is hearts. Yes. I must confess that I believe that age is only a number and I love my life the way it is. I believe I don’t grow old…I just grow.

So last week I was contemplating on how to make this birthday memorable and I had an idea. I thought, why not celebrate by creating an ebook with posts from my blogger friends? I decided on the theme, predictably, “Collecting Smiles.” And so, I announced it, inviting those interested to send me their favorite post from their blog in line with the theme. I wanted something that would make the reader smile, inspire a smile and generally feel good.

The response was overwhelming, far exceeding my expectations. I reveled in the love that poured in.

My goal was to have the book ready today, in time for my birthday.

However, around midnight last night, I had a brainwave. I thought, what if we uploaded this ebook as a free book on Amazon? We could list each contributor as an author and that would mean a dream come true for most of us. My lovely sis Vanita Cyril, and her daughter pledged their support for any help I needed and encouraged, I quickly let the contributors know of this idea, to see how they felt.

Again, the response was fantastic.

And so, I am now working on reformatting the book as per Amazon Kindle guidelines and there’s be a slight delay of just a few days.

In the meantime, there’s absolutely no reason to wait for the cover which was the first thing I made. You know what they say about the power of visualization – and looking at it every day for the past week has been such a source of motivation for me. I hope you like it as much as I loved making it. I stressed over size, effects, font and a whole lot of crazy stuff that only I can dream up – and finally here is the result. I wanted to create something that you’ll be proud to show off in your blog’s sidebar. Something that will stand out, something that will look gorgeous.

I’ve had a lovely day so far. I know I am truly blessed – I’ve had wishes from my classmates, my friends, my family, my son’s school teachers, his classmates parents, his old classmates, my ex-colleagues … what more could I possibly ask for? My phone’s been ringing off the hook, my email spilleth over….and I am loving it. I am grateful!

Okay – without further ado – here is the cover of the ebook – a tribute to my vibrant community, a responsive community and most of all, wonderful human beings. Thank you everyone. I love you all very much!

Vidya Sury Collecting Smiles

Feel free to post this in your blog’s sidebar with a “Coming soon” – and perhaps a link back here. No pressure on that though!

Let’s now count down to the book! OUR Book!

Love

Vidya

P.S. Google and I share a Birthday. Can you believe my blog’s url when I started blogging in 2003 was actually http://google-n-i-share-a-birthday.blogspot.com ? Truth.

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12 Comments

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    Debbie D.
    September 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    This is fabulous, Vidya! 😀 Thank you so much. Of course, I will add it to my sidebar as well. You’re amazing! ♥
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    vanita
    September 27, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    that cover is simply beautiful, just not as beautiful as you.
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    Vishal Bheeroo
    September 27, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Vidya, happy wala budday and sprinkling vibes around is simply amazing, here ur budday and you working hard to make us smile. I take a bow and amazing cover, I just love it 😀 M simply touched and such amazing cover. Yay!!!!
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    Joy
    September 27, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Happy Birthday, Vidya!!! I didn’t know you are creating a Kindle book – what a pleasant surprise (I’m glad I got my essay in and am looking forward to reading the others.) The cover is beautiful – it feels magical, and I am smiling as I look at it! Your heart energy is extraordinary – I am honored to know you and so inspired by you!!
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      Vidya Sury
      September 27, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      I love that color, Joy! 🙂 I am so very happy you are part of this ebook! As I edit it, I fondly recall our collaborative works – what fun that was! Love you so much! When I sign in to Skype every day to talk to my son, I always recall the wonderful marathon conversation we once had! Thank you for being in my life!
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    Birgit
    September 28, 2015 at 6:59 am

    This is great! I can’t wait to see it and all the wonder inside
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    Rajlakshmi
    September 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Thank you so much Vidya for the idea and for working so hard. Loved the cover … I can’t wait to download a copy 😀
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    Nabanita
    September 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    The cover looks amazing Vidya..Thank you for letting each and everyone of us be a part of this… Collecting Smiles indeed!

    And here’s sending a huge, huge hug your way 🙂
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    Mahathi Ramya
    September 28, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    The Cover looks awesome! thanks for including us in collecting smiles 🙂
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    Darla M Sands
    September 29, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    What an honor to be included in this joyous project. Thank you! The cover is fabulous. And the Pooh quote opening this post made me smile.
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