Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway - Road to Hope: How One Woman Went from Doubting Her Path to Embracing Her Inner Journey by Dena Jansen

How One Woman Went from Doubting Her Path to Embracing Her Inner Journey
Dena Jansen

Genre: Memoir / Inspirational / Christian Life
Publication Date: November 15, 2019
Number of Pages: 240 pages

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Have you ever felt stuck? If so, you are not alone. As a 36-year-old wife, mother, and corporate executive, Dena Jansen’s life looked successful by society’s standards. But she found herself at an intersection—stranded at a real-life crossroads in her life.

Over a matter of years, darkness and doubt slowly crept in, leaving her unsure and unsettled in her life, marriage, and career. And after stalling out multiple times and nearly wrecking everything, she finally grabbed hold of a life-saving truth: 

She had a choice to make. She could stay stuck, or she could try and find new roads that would lead to the peace and joy she was looking for. 

With a glimmer of hope, Dena embraced the gifts of curiosity and grace and began a journey of self-discovery. And she chose to believe in a new truth: 

She was meant for more and could no longer settle. 

In Road to Hope, Dena invites you to join her as she wanders the roads she traveled and take anything you need from her story to help you in yours. She shares how she grew from a woman who doubted her path to one who is confident and ready for the next adventure. And she wants you to experience a similar shift. And more than that, she believes you can.

Dena Jansen’s calling to lift others up is profoundly personal. She understands the fears and doubts that hold people back because she has them too. Her own path to fulfillment is a real-life journey that’s still very much in progress. As a CPA and retired partner from Austin-based CPA firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter, she launched Dena Speaks to inspire potential seeking individuals and businesses. Dena shares life and love with her husband, JP, and their two children, Trace, and Elizabeth in Buda, Texas. She loves romantic comedy movies, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family and friends.

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- How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
There is something special about being a born and raised Texan. Texans are a proud, tight-knit, and hard-working group of people and having that Lone Star blood in my veins served me well as I shared about my journey. Texas might be a big state, but we are connected by shared values of confidence and independence yet held together by a deep sense of community! And that was echoed in my story as I figured out how to be the strong-willed woman I longed to be by standing alone AND having deeply connected relationships!

- What cultural value do you see in storytelling?
I believe that every single person has a beautiful life story that they are writing and creating with every single choice they make. So, it was an honor to share my story in my memoir and to learn about other people’s stories. That’s how I continue to live and learn…through experience – my own or from watching, reading, or hearing of others.

- What do you think most characterizes your writing?
I am an everyday woman who shares her everyday life. The most consistent feedback I get from my speaking and writing is that I am RELATABLE! I’ve wondered why or how I can explain that, and I’ve decided it boils down to the fact that I live by my K.O.R. values – being Kind, Open, and Real. I am simply me. It’s the only person I can be. People are drawn to that level of authenticity, and it is my honor to give them what they are longing for!

- What did you find most useful in learning to write for publication?
The most useful learning was something my second set of editors kept repeating to me, which was: Don’t OVERTHINK it! They (and anyone who reads Road to Hope) could see that my analytical mind that is also prone to fear might overcomplicate the process. They kept telling me to do my best and not overthink things. Don’t overthink CUTTING nearly 28 THOUSAND words from the original manuscript. Don’t overthink the launch. Don’t overthink the chapter titles. Just GET THE BOOK OUT! That was the win for me. Learning to embrace the power and freedom that comes when I just do my best and stop overthinking!

- What do your plans for future projects include?
I do think there will be another memoir since I believe that personal story is the best way to express what I want to share. I believe that I am living my next book right now and can’t wait to share all that I’ve lived and learned!

- What’s something interesting, fun, or funny that most people don’t know about you?
On the weekend that I graduated from Texas Tech with my master’s in accounting, I started a 9-month program for massage therapy! I had heard commercials about it and decided that I wanted to learn something completely different than numbers and meet all new people. I completed the course and even sat for and passed the state licensing exam. But, I never did one massage for hire. I let my license lapse. I don’t regret it though. I listened to my gut and explored something simply because I wanted to, even though my husband was always bummed that I never shared my massage skills!

- Do you have a mantra for writing and/or for life?
Since I started naming my years in 2016 to give them an intentional focus and meaning, I find that I’m creating my own living mantra. These are goals that I want to forever keep in my mind. They flow out and feel exactly right for me and the life I want to create:
Fearless Growth (2016)
Balanced Freedom (2017)
Calm Consistency (2018)
Fun Fulfillment (2019)
and, now, Explore More (2020)!

ONE WINNER: Signed copy + $10 Starbucks Gift Card + Dena Speaks swag
TWO WINNERS: Signed paperback OR audio code + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
JANUARY 21-31, 2020
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  1. Great interview! Loved your insightful questions and Dena's answers were so fun :) Love her enthusiasm for everything. It truly shows!

  2. thanks for the wonderful post. very pretty cover
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. This book looks like the perfect read for my best friend. She's at a serious crossroads in her life and could use the encouragement! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I would love to read this book, love the cover