Saturday, November 24, 2012

"Open Adoption, Open Heart" by Russell Elkins Blog Tour (ends 12/23) WW

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Open Adoption, Open Heart

The world of adoption has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. No longer do biological parents have to say goodbye to their child forever. They now have more options when deciding the type of adoption to pursue, such as open adoption. Open adoption creates the opportunity for a special relationship between biological parents, the adoptive parents, and the child.

 Open Adoption, Open Heart is an inspiring and true story, which takes the reader deeper into the feelings and emotions experienced by adoptive parents. As you read this incredible story, you will experience the joys, difficulties, and amazing victories facing adoptive couples. Russell and his wife, Jammie, invite you to share in their inspiring and heartwarming journey.


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From the Author: While my book's primary audience was thought to be those hoping to adopt, close to half of the books I've sold are simply people who want to read about our story and how adoption is different now than it used to be- and they have not adopted nor do they plan to adopt.

About the Author:

Russell Elkins was born on Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1977. Along with his five siblings, he and his military family moved around a lot, living in eight different houses by the time he left for college at age 17. Although his family movedaway from Fallon, Nevada, just a few months after he moved out, he still considers that little oasis in the desert to be his childhood hometown. He and his family now live in the Boise, Idaho area.

Russell has always been a family man at heart, looking forward to the day when he could be a husband and a father. It took him a little while, but eventually his eyes locked onto a beautiful blonde, and he has never looked away. Russell and Jammie were married in 2004. Years of struggling with infertility left Russell and Jammie with a decision to make and their lives changed dramatically when they decided to adopt.

Russell and Jammie have adopted two beautiful children, Ira and Hazel, and have embraced their role as parents through open adoption. Both are actively engaged in the adoption community by communicating through social media, taking part in discussion panels, and writing songs about adoption. Russell also writes a weekly post for and contributes regularly to Adoption Voices Magazine.

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The relationship between birth parents and adoptive parents is not a natural one. It’s not instilled inside us as human beings to naturally want to share parenthood with someone else. What felt natural was to tell ourselves we were going to be this child’s parents, not someone else, even if someone else was going to be the one giving birth. It was natural for us to feel a little bit of competition for parenthood.
We had a lot of emotional and difficult times coming our way, and getting to know the biological mother on such a personal level over those she stayed in our home really helped us to see her as the beautiful girl she was rather than as competition. She was someone we truly came to love, and not just because she was giving us the child she had been carrying for so many months, but because we knew her as a person and we loved her as our own. The pull for us to compete for that role of parenthood was always overshadowed by our love for her, and we will always be grateful for that.

Top 10 Lists from the Author

Top 10 foods to eat

10 Reeses Peaunut Butter Cups
9 Popcorn
8 A hot dog at the ballpark
7 Salmon and potatoes
6 My wife makes the best taco soup
5 Pupusas- from El Salvador, cheese or other things fried inside a thick corn tortilla
4 Lasagne
3 Horchata (a Mexican rice drink)
2 Who doesn't love a great pizza
1 Guatemalan Tamales (every Hispanic culture has their own type of tamale)

Top 10 favorite childhood books

10 Russell the Sheep
9 The Hardy Boys
8 Where the Sidewalk Ends
7 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
6 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
5 Freaky Friday
4 Green Eggs and Ham
3 The Bernstain Bears (all of them)
2 Encyclopedia Brown (kid who used to help his detective dad solve crime)
1 Where the Wild Things Are

Top 10 favorite vacation spots

10 Anywhere I have never been before
9 Lake Tahoe (ice cold swimming there, though)
8 Cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
7 Mexico (real Mexico, not tourist places)
6 Spain (haven't been, but that's where I most want to go)
5 Fallon, Nevada (little town where I grew up)
4 Philadelphia (visiting my brother)
3 Washington DC (love the museums there)
2 Oakland (to see the Oakland A's play)
1 Guatemala. Definitely Guatemala #1

Tour Giveaway:
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash from Author Russell Elkins
Ends 12/23/12
Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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