Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

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Laughter as Medicine:
Author's grief inspires bestseller - and more to come
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson signs on with Seattle start-up, Booktrope Editions

Carolyn Aspenson epitomizes today's juggler: busy mother of 3, avid fitness buff, and
columnist for several websites and Atlanta-based publications. A few years ago, when both
her parents died within 11 months of each other, she found herself orphaned, and
completely devastated. Her grief consumed her, and her weight spun out of control. One
day, she gazed in the mirror and decided she no longer wanted to be "that girl."

She channeled her grief. Carolyn wrote her first paranormal/chick lit novel, Unfinished
Business: An Angela Panther novel, as a way of honoring her parents. "I felt the world was
missing out on these wonderful people, and I wanted to share them. I created the character
of Fran, the ghost in the book, after my mother, who was very much the sassy, in-your-face
Italian woman you'll find in the book." Before she knew it, Unfinished Business hit both
Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists. Caroline Fardig, author of Barnes & Noble
bestseller It's Just a Little Crush, says, "The author has a great sense of humor, even about
death, but when the story called for it, she was reverent and empathetic in the way her
characters handled each other."

Re-energized, Carolyn worked through her grief, dropped the weight, and discovered she
was just getting started. She discovered Booktrope, a Seattle-based publishing startup that
uses targeted marketing strategies and an innovative Team Publishing concept, which offers
authors the support they need to succeed, and allows them more creative control and higher
royalties than traditional publishing houses. Unfinished Business got a makeover, slated for
release in just weeks, and her second novel in the Angela Panther series, Unbreakable Bonds,
will be released through Booktrope in late spring. A third novel is in the works.

"I'm excited to be a part of the Booktrope community," Aspenson said, "and look forward to
working with them."

About Booktrope Publishing: Booktrope is a team-publishing platform and a social
marketing engine for books of all kinds. We free the creative team of authors, editors,
designers and marketing partners to work on what they do best—create and market the best
book possible. With over 150 authors, several on bestseller lists, Booktrope is redesigning
the way to publish. For more information on Booktrope, visit www.booktrope.com.


Unfinished Business; An Angela Panther Novel

Stay at home mom Angela Panther is living the good life. Happily married with two kids, a house in the suburbs and, a fantabulous best friend, she's got it all. But hours after Angela's mother dies, her ghost pops in for a visit, leaving the door to the other side wide open.  Suddenly Angela's life is jam-packed with ghosts - ghosts that need her help. Now Angela must find a way to balance the needs of the living along with the unfinished business of the dead, all while keeping her mother's ghost in line. Hilarious and bittersweet, Unfinished Business tackles the emotional ups and downs of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the desperate desire for that one last chance to tell someone we've lost how we feel.

Unbreakable Bonds; An Angela Panther Novel

A Mother's Work is Never Done...

Carolyn Aspenson's (Unfinished Business) latest picks up the story of Angela Panther's dealings with her dead mom, Fran and the duo's dynamic is as delightful as ever!

Angela had her psychic gift under control until a traumatic loss shut it down. And now that Angela's daughter is in too deep with a boy and her best friend Mel's husband is cheating, she needs her mom more than ever.

Fran knows that when you're a mom, there's no such thing as till death do us part and she won't rest in peace while there's strife in her daughter's life. Using her nifty celestial superpowers, she's soon back in the game and helping out, regardless of her daughter's defunct gift.

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Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is the Amazon and Barnes & Noble best selling author of Unfinished Business; An Angela Panther Novel, Unbreakable Bonds; An Angela Panther Novel, the novella Santa's Gift, a Cumming Christmas Novella and The Quick Start Weight Loss Program.

An avid fitness buff, Carolyn writes a monthly health and fitness column for Northside Woman Magazine as well as regular weekly news articles for various Atlanta area media outlets including the Forsyth Herald, the Milton Herald, the Revue and News, and the Johns Creek Herald. Her works have also been published in Countyline Magazine and various Internet publications.

A native of Indiana, for over eighteen years Carolyn called the northwest Chicago suburbs home. She now resides in the Atlanta area with her husband, three kids, two dogs and cat.

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