RI Authors Showcase – Meet Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Debbie Tillinghast

Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast is the author of The Ferry Home, a memoir about her childhood on Prudence Island, Rhode Island. Her writing has appeared in Country magazine, and her poetry is featured in six anthologies published by the Association of Rhode Island Authors. A Dream Worth Keeping is her first novel. It is available online at Amazon (https://tinyurl.com/7kfv6j7s) or locally at Stillwater Books (https://www.stillwaterbooksri.com/dream-worth-keeping).

The most meaningful journeys encompass more than the distance we travel…

When Martha files for divorce from her controlling and dismissive husband, Tony, she knows she’ll have to begin again. Tony persuaded her to abandon her dreams of chocolate and pastry fame, and to break a promise to her grandmother, to follow him and his dreams.

Martha’s heart pulls her back to her hometown in seaside Maine, to Gram, and to the bakery where Gram is still waiting for her to return. But before she can go home, Martha must learn who she really is, and her journey of discovery leads her south—from Baltimore and Tony’s betrayal, to the Gulf coast of Florida and the friends she’d made in culinary school, when her dreams had felt within her reach.

When she eventually returns to Baltimore, life offers her another chance at love. But Martha can’t believe in love again until she first believes in herself.

A Dream Worth Keeping is a story of friendship and loss, guilt and forgiveness. It takes readers on a journey of love and redemption—and reminds us that we can’t love anyone else until we love ourselves.

Be sure to visit Debbie on her website (https://debbiekaimantillinghast.com/)

or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/debbiekaimantillinghast)

Debbie has generously offered to gift a copy of A Dream Worth Keeping to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this post and/or answer this question: What dream would you still like to achieve?

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

50 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast

  1. That waltz thing is tempting. My dream is to be an astronaut, a mere 50 miles above sea level. I would watch Captain Kirk on a regular basis and planned to travel the stars. How naive we were. Bill made it to 50+, I can too. Thank you!

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  2. Before life got busy I loved to travel. I dream of a few more adventures! I usually read these and post in the morning but it was fun to read all the comments. I look forward to seeing you at Christmas in the Village in Scituate.

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I dream of a few more traveling adventures too. I’m also looking forward to the Scituate Christmas Village. See you December 10.
      Debbie

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  3. After reading your first book, The Ferry Home, I have no doubt A Dream Worth Keeping will be filled with the same beautiful writing and heartfelt emotion and stirring of memories. My dream is to travel and I dream God will choose and provide the perfect place!

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  4. Debbie, your book sounds great. Dreams, whether something wished for or wonderful insights during sleep, are precious. I must say I loved your website so much that I asked Pauline Wiles to design mine. She does great work. My dream (prayer) is for my grandkids to find the Lord and their way in this crazy world. I wish you much success.

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  5. Hi, this book sounds very inspiring , I love the sound of it, Thank you for sharing about it. One dream I have is to someday travel to a place where Red Cardinal birds are abundant . Have a great week and stay safe.

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    1. Thank you, Alicia. I have a pair of Cardinals that visit my bird feeders every winter. They are such a bright color, and I love hearing their calls from the nearby woods.
      Debbie

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  6. What a remarkable life’s story, and I’d love to know how it all turned out! I look forward to reading it. I’ve never been much of a dreamer – that is of dreams with any realistic chance of coming true, so I just hope that in the end, I’ve done my best. I haven’t yet, but there’s still time. I hope that your “dream” is coming true!

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  7. I love the cover of your book. I love coastal scenes and especially with a lighthouse. Not exactly a dream but more of a desire, I had requested of my husband to build a pergola. It’s been in process for about three years but interrupted during the pandemic due to his pay cut. Full pay has been restored, and he’s now back to work on it. It’s looking good. I hope it’s completed by next year’s summer.

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie. I love the ocean and lighthouses too. My favorite one is on Prudence Island. Good luck with your pergola. I keep saying I need to build one to save my house from the wisteria.
      Debbie

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  8. My dream is that everything wrong with the world will disappear when I wake up in the morning. Lately it is a recurring dream. But we can still live in our imaginary world of dreams, can’t we?

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    1. I’ve never been to Johns Island, but I’m sure it’s beautiful. I have a fascination for islands, and I’m sure your animal shelter would be appreciated, Audrey.
      Debbie

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  9. I believe I posted every day. They are all great authors. Thank you for doing this. I will definitely post tomorrow as well. Leslie ❤️

    On Mon, Nov 29, 2021 at 2:02 AM Martha Reynolds Writes wrote:

    > Martha Reynolds posted: ” Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! > Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island > author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this > day’s giveaway! Leave a comment every day this month for ove” >

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  10. Debbie, a dream is like a bucket list, it is never empty. I once was told that you are never too old to dream, and I dream big. Five of my novels have scripts written and are in the hands of a website that caters solely to movie producers. I dream of one day having at least one of my novels made into a movie or television series. Wishful thinking, perhaps, but isn’t that what dreams are all about! Hope to see you at the Expo.

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    1. I never run out of dreams Julien. I would love to have my novel made into a movie too. I hope at least one of your five makes your dream come true. Yes, see you at the Expo.
      Debbie

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  11. Your books are wonderful and your friendship even more so. I am blessed to have you in our lives. You should be so proud of your accomplishments. Maybe the one dream would be, is to be able to have a place near our grandchildren so we can have a place to stay whenever we go and for whoever wants to go. 💗

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    1. Thank you for sharing your dream. It is a dream many families want this year, and I hope it comes true for you and others who are wishing for the same thing.
      Debbie

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  12. What a great message in your book, to love ourselves first. My dream is to live a very long life, to watch my Grandchildren become adults and follow their dreams.

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  13. Not to sound too Pollyanna-ish, but my dreams have been realized and am enjoying and appreciating retirement.
    Two lovely books, Debbie. I am proud to have them in my collection. Should I win, I know just to whom to give it as a gift.

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  14. My dream is to have my more than $97,000. in federal student loans to be forgiven. This actually might happy in the next month or two. I initially owed less than $50,000, but every time I received an economic hardship deferment, interest was still accumulated. Right now, I’m doing okay: working a lot of hours, lots of love from family and friends, going grocery shopping and buying what I want, . . .

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