February Book Updates

Thanks for reading this February update for Expecting Sunshine memoir! There are so many exciting things to report that I’m sure I’m going to forget something important. It’s an exciting season and the build-up for the big release date, April 18, is quickly approaching. So lets dive in…

ALBERTA PRIMETIME + DINNER TELEVISION

My publicists are hard at work and doing a fabulous job. Two exciting pieces of press that came out recently are feature interviews on Alberta Primetime on CTV Two AND Dinner Television, City TV. It is always so great to share Zachary’s story and to talk about the book. Here are the videos so you can watch for yourself. (And if you like, please share. Thanks!)

 


PRE-ORDER TIME

If you have not already pre-ordered your copy of Expecting Sunshine, you can do so now! You can order it from all major bookstores and also from Amazon. I’ve heard that Amazon pre-orders will often arrive to the person who ordered the book even before the official publication date (April 18, 2017). So order now and you may get your copy by the end of March!

Click here to order Expecting Sunshine on Amazon.

Thank you in advance!!

 


LET’S GET SHARING

As soon as you receive your book, share it on all your social networks using the hashtags and handles below:

Twitter:

@expectsunbook   #ExpectingSunshine   @_Alexis_Marie

Instagram:

@alexismariechute #ExpectingSunshine

Facebook:

Tag: facebook.com/expectingsunshine/


MORE PRAISE FOR EXPECTING SUNSHINE

Here is our latest endorsement:

“Exquisitely detailed and achingly honest. A must-read.”

– Ariel Brewster, Senior Editor, Today’s Parent Magazine

Click here to read more testimonials about the book.


Thanks for reading! Soon I will be sharing the book tour schedule. There are a lot of exciting stops all across North America! Maybe even some European destinations… TBD.

As always, your support is beyond appreciated. Expecting Sunshine may seem like a sad story, but it’s actually an inspiring story about resiliency and love. I hope you will read the book and see for yourself.

Wishing you all the best,

Alexis Marie Chute

 

 

Early Film Reviews for Expecting Sunshine

Making a documentary film about pregnancy after loss, which I lovingly call Expecting Sunshine, is a labour of love and a creative process of joy. I am honoured by all the amazing people that have participated in the filming. Hearing their stories is encouraging and uplifting as we who have lost can realize that we are not alone. Others have been there. They have survived, one way or another – and we can too.

I am incredibly grateful for all the generous people who have made this stage of the filming such a huge success.

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Here are some early film reviews for Expecting Sunshine: The Truth about Pregnancy After Loss


 

“The first film of its kind that tackles the honest emotions of grief, fear and hope the mom expecting again after a loss experiences during her next pregnancy. We need more films like this that raise awareness about the struggles of pregnancy and parenting after loss.”

 

“I’m watching your trailers and bawling my head off, I’m so overcome with emotion. I appreciate your candidness and the words you say resonate so much. Even though our babies aren’t with us, we still have that strong love. When you talked about feeling intense blues after Luca, I could get that. Even though I’m soon to have our rainbow baby, I’ve been shedding a lot more tears about losing our Eli and talking about him a lot more. It’s so true that they are a part of us and that part of us will never die. I’m really looking forward to your documentary and want to thank you for your honesty. I know it will make a lot of mamas feel permission to grieve and to talk about their loss.”

  • Leanne Brooks, bereaved mom

 

“So powerfully capturing my emotions so far on this rainbow journey. There is nothing else like this….great to see more opportunity to share our stories with the world!”

  • Amanda Mayberry

 

“Beautiful and moving and important.”

  • Gene Luetkemeyer, MFA, author of Penitentiary Tales, a novel

 

“Documentaries often have this need, this urge to tell something to the viewer, whether it was a critique of some situation in a faraway land, during a distant period in time or merely an explanation of economical phenomenons that had a global footprint, recently.  On the other hand, some documentaries are stories that captivate audiences.  Expecting Sunshine, a documentary made by Alexis Marie Chute, is exactly that.  Based upon the idea of giving birth to a child after having lost a child.  On first glance, this documentary might seem like one of the abundant movies that emerge from the Hollywood abyss but it is not.  This movie is a work of art (and this is not a cliché, given the fact that Chute is an artist) that shows the fragility of life, the delicate aspects of a mother’s love and that reiterates the idea of “gone but never forgotten”.  Despite having to talk about a topic that seems dark and despairing, the documentarist and protagonist uses a palette of positivity, warmth, when talking about her “still born” son.”

  • Alex Micati, Blogger

 

“….touching and moving…well captured!”

  • ChanPeew Wan

 

Expecting Sunshine touched my heart. I never met the child my Husband and I lost 15 years ago. My husband and I never gave that child a name. I feel as though we never properly grieved the loss of our first child. Though in some ways I feel as though I never stopped grieving the child who I never had the chance to meet. Expecting Sunshine taught me that losing a child at any point during pregnancy, birth or even years later that I am a mother to ALL my children. I care and dedicate my life and soul to nurturing, loving and protecting my children, earth bound holding my hand or smiling upwards and never forgetting the child I remember as my angel. Thank you Alexis Marie Chute for bringing Expecting Sunshine to life. Your film has brought me peace, comfort, permission to grieve, but most importantly knowledge in knowing how to celebrate the life of my child that I never met. Thank-you!”

  • Erika Breen, Artist and Educator

 

 

“It is 2016. It should no longer be taboo to talk about how babies can die and how subsequent rainbow babies can never replace the other baby. Artist, writer, and photographer Alexis Marie Chute tackles this taboo head on in the documentary Expecting Sunshine. Join her on her eye-opening and creative journey of recovery.”

  • Man-Sum Yau, Writer and veterinarian

 

“Everything Alexis Marie does is straight from the heart, introspective and challenging. Traveling with her through loss, grief, growth and renewed perspective on life promises to be an insightful journey. Expect sunshine and to walk away changed.”

 

  • Donloree Hoffman, Executive Coach and author of If I Die, Please Bring Cheesecake to My Funeral

 

 

Thank you for reading and for subscribing to this blog feed. This is an exciting project and my crew and I are thrilled you are coming along for the ride. I believe we are stronger together. More updates coming soon, for example, from our amazing evening filming the musicians performing their pieces for the film. Stay tuned. And – Thank you!

 

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.

 

Find more film reviews on ExpectingSunshine.com

Find out how you can contribute to the film.

Meet the film crew.

Learn about the companion to the film, the memoir entitled Expecting Sunshine: A heartwarming journey of grief, healing and pregnancy after loss.

Check-out more news and updates on the blog.

See the film sponsors.

Support the film with an “In Memory/Supporter/Rainbow Baby” credit in the film.

Check out Expecting Sunshine’s sister site: Wanted Chosen Planned, Life After the Loss of a Child

Powerful Testimonials for Expecting Sunshine

Expecting Sunshine memoir has been receiving wonderful responses from all our early readers! I am so grateful for these individuals and their words. This book is my passion and I hope Expecting Sunshine will speak to many.

There is so much coming up on the publication landscape – from choosing a subtitle, approving a cover, and planning the launch – but for now, I am proud to share the latest testimonials for the book.

Jennifer Hamilton Canadian Family Testimonial Expecting Sunshine memoir Alexis Marie Chute

All current and future testimonials will be posted on the Expecting Sunshine website.

You can view them by clicking here.

New testimonials for Expecting Sunshine:


“An amazingly moving and emotional story that any woman – or any parent – can easily relate to.”
– Jennifer Hamilton, Editor, CanadianFamily.ca

“Expecting Sunshine is an exquisite book for all those who have lost a child and those who need to understand and cope with untimely grief. It is one woman’s heart-rending story of a mother’ loss which confounds ideology, faith and any of the prescribed cures for mourning. It’s pain and wisdom are as old as time, the simple truths of nature, nurture and the bonds of mother and child. It is also an uplifting lesson in­ redemption.”
– Rachel Manley, Governor General Award Winner for the memoir Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood

“Wow!  The story of Alexis Marie Chute and her precious pregnancies was almost impossible for me to put down.  I know that this book will be so helpful for families living through subsequent pregnancies- a chance to validate their varied emotions and know that whatever they are feeling is “normal”.  Thank you for sharing your story so that others can learn from your journeys. Thank you Zachary for helping your mother tell yours and Eden’s stories.”

Lori Ives-Baine, RN, MN (CPB), Perinatal and Pediatric Grief Support Coordinator, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Expecting Sunshine is a brave book, walking the reader through the deep grief that accompanies the loss of a child and moving beyond immediate pain to recovery. Alexis Marie Chute speaks honestly of all the areas of life that are threatened by the death of a child: the relationship of the parents, and their faith, creativity, and belief in themselves and one another. At the same time, Expecting Sunshine acknowledges the myriad support systems that exist to help bereaved parents heal from this kind of trauma and emerge together, altered but vital. Part memorial, part celebration, this is a striking book.”
– Jenna Butler, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Award winner and author of Profession of Hope

“An honest and tender memoir about the complex and difficult emotions of grief and joy a mother goes through during a pregnancy that follows a death of a child. Alexis Marie conveys the delicacy of emotions that go into motherhood after loss and shares with us her courageous journey through the pregnancy that follows. Moms pregnant again after loss will find a fellow companion in her words that are much needed to be shared.”
Lindsey Henke LICSW, founder of Pregnancy After Loss Support

 

To read more about the memoir, please click here. 

To read about Expecting Sunshine author, Alexis Marie Chute, please click here.

Learn about Expecting Sunshine – the documentary – and how you can contribute.

 

Thank you for reading!

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.