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New Book that Helps Women Through Menopausal Journey Wins Literary Award

Two women have earned a Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence for their book, which helps women deal with the symptoms of menopause.

Charlotte, NC, December 05, 2017 --( Dog Ear Publishing has recognized a book that combines dynamic artwork and heartfelt words about the experience of menopause, presenting it with the company’s Award of Literary Excellence. “MENO-Vations, a.k.a. Menopause Motivations: Helping to Color Your Menopause Perspective with Art and Attitude” offers suggestions on how to deal with a range of menopause symptoms, paired with artwork that offers its own commentary on the subject.

Author Cynthia King and artist Angela Walker were excited to learn their book had won the literary excellence award. “As Angela likes to say, we were doing the ‘happy dance’,” King said. “‘MENO-Vations’ was a labor of love, and to have it viewed and received positively was a thrill.”

Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence winners are determined by the company’s editorial team. It is a distinction that is very challenging to achieve, and team recommendations are further reviewed by the managing editor, editorial services manager and the publisher.

“A meditation journal to help women through a tough transition in life is useful, to be sure, but what elevates MENO-Vations beyond just a journal is the energizing artwork that enables the reader to meet challenges with a positive outlook (and some sass),” wrote Dog Ear Publishing editor Cathy Bernardy Jones.

“I love the bright, vibrant artwork. The artwork really lifts it to an A. It’s evergreen (not dated), so it’ll have a long shelf life [and will be] really something to cherish and to use both.”

King said other people have noted the “colorful, vibrant content that is relatable for most women of a certain age and beyond” and that the book “provides a platform to share and bond over common concerns” while offering “advice and humor for such a time as this.”

The women came together for the project “as a way of sharing with a wider audience, some of the menopause humor and art expressions that we shared with each other,” King said. “[It was] also as a way of encouraging positive thought, conversation and fellowship around the common bond and experience of menopause.”

She said they hope readers “will experience a moment of joy and a feeling of support when they think of their menopause journey.”

King said she is proud of the finished product – “the vibrancy of the cover and artwork. I am proud that the content seems to resonate with so many and combined with the artwork, provides a unique spin.”

What makes her most proud, however, is “being able to collaborate with such an amazing, talented artist who just happens to be family.”

The women had been talking about working together for a while, so King knew Walker would be on board with the concept. “I had pretty much outlined the thoughts and selected most of the artwork when I pitched it to her,” King said. “As I expected, she was immediately on board and graciously only made a few suggestions and tweaks to improve the project.”

Dog Ear staff was helpful executing their vision for the book. “I have felt supported with resources and ideas based on what we explained and could commit to,” King said.

The pair plan to promote the book via social media, local broadcasting outlets and book retailers. They also hope to pair up with art venues and women’s events.

They want to encourage women to gather and have “MENO-Vation” sessions “where they use the book as a tool to talk, share, offer support and have fun,” King said. “We also hope to connect with fellow menopausal women through blogging/vlogging. Hopefully women who don’t usually share their trials and tribulations in this area will develop a kindred bond with others who are also going through this phase of life.”

King, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., loves to write poetry and short stories. She has worked as a sales manager for consumer products and actively supports nonprofit and community organizations focusing on women’s health, nutrition and wellness, youth empowerment and the arts.

Walker is a mixed media artist who weaves poetry into many of her art projects. Although formally trained as an engineer, she is living her passion through art and the spoken word. She is a published poet, and her artwork has been featured in various online publications including Pink Panther Magazine.

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MENO-Vations, a.k.a. Menopause Motivations: Helping to Color Your Menopause Perspective with Art and Attitude
Cynthia King and Angela Walker
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5872-6 74 pages $14.95 US

Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

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