Just Keep Breathing – Second Edition Released


On December 30, 2010, just before the birth of the New Year, I joined a club.  It is exclusive and mysterious.  Few participate.  When your name is called to step forward, the light disappears from the room.  Everything falls dark and silent.

Once in, you search endlessly for someone who understands the qualifiers for membership – anyone who can help you wrap your mind around how you wound up here.  You beg and plead aloud, every moment, to be taken out of the club.  But no one can remove you and put you back in the mainstream again.

Your name was placed on a list.  It cannot be unwritten.

This is not one of those swanky places where waitresses come around with cocktails.  There is no welcome mat at the entrance.  No greeters at the door.

The rules of this club are strict, and the consequences of breaking them are severe and painful.  You have to learn quickly, because no qualified person is there to explain these rules or how to behave; what to say and what not to say; how to feel, and how to escape feeling.

Even though people are all around you, they are not part of your group.  Your very membership now separates you from connecting with almost every person you have known or been close with in your life.  They try, but they can no longer reach you.

Once you join, your senses become heightened.  People in this club experience a level of emotional pain that most humans cannot fathom prior to membership.  There is no way around it.  You must feel it.

The door that separates the rest of the world from the club is a heavy, dark curtain – a veil that will not lift.  The sun rises there, but its members do not see it as they once did.

For those who search for the sun it is an uphill climb, a constant battle requiring actions that defy the very nature of human emotions.  It is a long and painful journey from the club’s entrance back to the light.  Some never make it back.

Nonmembers are fearful to even talk about the club, or the event that led a person to membership.  Once in, there is no leaving.  Your membership card will never expire.  You cannot pay your way out.  You are stuck there, trying to find others.

There are no others.

Just Keep Breathing is for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other literary outlets. CLICK HERE for the paperback edition on Amazon.


About Jana Brock

We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.
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4 Responses to Just Keep Breathing – Second Edition Released

  1. Just placed my order. Let me know when you’re doing a speaking/signing gig and I’ll be there!

    • Jana Brock says:

      Hi Jeff ~ Thank you! I am going to do a massive online signing (developing the website now) but a few local ones when I get my first shipment. It would be great to see you!

  2. G. M. Curtis says:

    I would be most happy to come to your first book signing, and I will purchase another book while there. My friend was here today and she has read through about one third of the book. She is very pleased with how well it was written. A couple of points she mentioned were: “She has really done her research,” and “She brings in the emotions and hardship but doesn’t make the whole thing about her.” I was grateful to receive my first edition on my Kindle and the copy your signed for Lonnie and I. Keep writing! We will keep reading!

    • Jana Brock says:

      Thank you, G.M. Excellent review. I will put together a book signing for Ind-Monmouth area in a few weeks and coordinate with you on that. I need to wait till my first shipment of books arrives.

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