A Special Person and Six Winners of “The Bone Curse” ARC

As many of you know, my stepfather of twenty-eight years recently passed away. He was a wonderful man, one for whom the word “step” was a misnomer, since there was nothing “step” about him. As a father, he was all in.

After his passing, I spent two weeks in New Hampshire to help my mother. One of my tasks was to reactivate his iPad, iPhone, and Mac computer. They had been disabled from too many password attempts before I arrived.

(The fact that I’m the “tech” person in my family should frighten you all.)

After a loooong call with Joshua from Apple Support, to whom, were he in need, I’m pretty sure I’d now give my left kidney, I accessed my stepfather’s electronics. (Can we just take a moment here to acknowledge the fabulousness of my stepdad that, as an 85-year-old man, he navigated three Apple products, albeit not always adeptly?)

When I finally logged into his iCloud account, a bittersweet sadness cinched my heart. There, among the recent photographs, were images from our trip together last summer, when I had taken him and my mother to the UK to visit his ancestral homeland.

During that time, the two of us spent a day in Cardiff, Wales. I think the first picture is from the day before while we were still in London, but the second one he snapped of me as we walked down High Street in Cardiff. The third is a stop at the Doctor Who Experience. The fourth is us closing out the day with a pint in a pub overlooking Cardiff Bay.

I can still picture his excitement—and mine—on that wonderful day, not to mention his delight upon finding his common Welsh surname on storefronts and gift shop souvenirs.

Having these pictures is lovely.

Having these memories is priceless.

A day in Cardiff, Wales

Winners of The Bone Curse ARC giveaway

Shifting gears, I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who entered the ARC giveaway for my upcoming novel, The Bone Curse. Six winners were chosen randomly by Random.org.

Winners of the paperback ARC for U.S. entrants:

  • Luanne Castle
  • Jonathan Hagar
  • Sarah Wright

Winners of the ebook ARC for international entrants:

  • AC Flory
  • Jodie How
  • Carol Balawyder

Some of you I know, some of you I don’t, but to all of you I say congrats and I hope you enjoy the book. I’ll be sending emails out to you today.

To the rest of you, have a wonderful week ahead, and . . . give your loved ones an extra squeeze tonight.

Do you have a special day trip that stands out in your mind? Any tech horror stories in your past?

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standing color cropped tiny for blog postsCarrie Rubin is a medical thriller author with a background in medicine and public health. For full bio and a list of her books, click here.



191 Responses to “A Special Person and Six Winners of “The Bone Curse” ARC”

  1. kourtneyheintz2

    What wonderful pictures and memories! I am so sorry for your loss. I’m the tech support in my family which is rather funny. Hugs. Congrats on the new book! I’ll be adding it to my tbr list and ordering a copy.


  2. englishrose659

    A new book Carrie! That’s very exciting! Sounds kind of scary too… will look it up on Amazon 🙂


  3. L.E. Henderson

    I’m so sorry about your step-dad, Carrie! Great pictures! It looks like you had some great times together. And if he liked “Doctor Who,” he had to be awesome! 😉

    But this post was the first I’ve heard of your exciting new release! Social-media-wise, I have been in kind of a cave since the holidays. A BIG congratulations on your new novel “The Bone Curse”!!! I loved your first two novels and can’t wait to read this one! Good luck with the promotion! 😀


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks so much on both counts, Lisa. There’s always a lot to do in anticipation of a book release. Guess I better get busy. 😉 Hope you’re doing well and that the words are flowing from your fingertips!

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  4. curvyroads

    Oh Carrie, what precious items you found and can now refer to anytime you need a smile! What a lovely tribute to your Dad. ❤


  5. Curmudgeon-at-Large

    The loss of your step-dad and your comments about him remind me of an editorial by the late news journalist Eric Sevareid.
    He said that when we say the good die young, we do not mean that all good people die young but that, at whatever age a good person dies, they die too young for their family and friends.


    • Carrie Rubin

      That’s a lovely sentiment, and all too true. Thank you for sharing it with me. I do indeed remember who Eric Sevareid was.


  6. pegoleg

    Those pictures are so special! How wonderful that you were able to find them, and that your s-dad was well enough to share such a memorable trip with you late in life.

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Carrie. My dad passed a couple of months ago. We can’t complain because both men were gifted with long, full lives, but that doesn’t mean we don’t wish we had them longer.


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you, Peg. You’re right–it’s wonderful they had long, full lives and were able to do so much, but it’s still hard to lose them. I’m so glad we had the trip together.


  7. Christy B

    Oh Carrie, I’m sorry for the passing of this wonderful man in your life but you honor him well with your words here. Bittersweet about the photos, for sure. Congrats to the winners of your book and I cannot wait to read more of your work given how much I loved the book Eating Bull.


  8. Andrea Stephenson

    So sorry for your loss Carrie, it is wonderful to have such good memories and this is a lovely tribute to those memories and to your stepdad.


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