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Saving the Dream

Erica Jackson was a fifteen year old high school student when she discovered she was pregnant.  Alexa Pierce was a thirty year old pediatrician when she learned that fertility issues would not allow her to conceive.   Erica’s decision to have her baby and raise it or alternatively, to give the baby up for adoption is the foundation for this two-part story of hope and discovery.  This is the story of that child and his two mothers and the life he might have lived with each. Chapters in the story alternate between the child's life with his birth mother and adoptive mother, revealing both stark contrasts and surprising similarities. Moreover, this fiction novel  is also the story of how the dreams of each mother influenced her life, her son's life and the lives of other people he met in his life’s journey. 

Saving the Dream, by author  and judge, Vanessa D. Gilmore, will give women and families hope and inspiration.  As this book travels alternately between the two worlds that might have been, it reveals wonderful insights and lessons about adoption, parenting and the choices that families make. Gilmore hopes that her story will encourage other families and single people to pursue their own dreams of parenting by considering adoption. 






Is it possible to be a judge and have a sense of humor too? ;

Judge Vanessa Gilmore shows us that the answer is a resounding yes!

In this humorous, autobiographical collection of short stories, Judge Gilmore reveals a glimpse of life on and off the bench.

A master storyteller, and a lover of all things funny, Judge Gilmore would often regale her friends at parties with tales of her life. When she related a story about a criminal defendant who was flirting with her as she took his plea, and another who dressed as king during his trial, her friends insisted that these stories could not be true. To which she replied, "You can’t make this stuff up."

This book shows us that life really is stranger and funnier than fiction. From hilarious tales of flirting criminals and fighting lawyers, to heartwarming stories of time spent mentoring young girls, we see it all through the eyes of a judge. Vanessa found humor when a man in a restaurant insisted that she should stop saying she was a federal judge because it just sounded too farfetched and vindication when her young son asked if boys could be judges too. This book will leave you laughing and asking if life as a judge can really be this much fun.




A Boy Named Rocky:
A Coloring Book for the Children of Incarcerated Parents

Children with incarcerated parents are an invisible population. Nationwide, more than 2 million children have a parent who is incarcerated in state and federal prisons, and local jails (U.S. Department of Justice 2007). Since 1991, the number has continued to increase by more than 50%.

According to research, these children can experience a variety of emotions including anger, isolation, sadness, fear, anxiety and guilt. These emotions or their reactions to them can lead to problems or violence, erosion of self-esteem, and “risky” or dysfunctional behaviors. Many of these children see no chance of having their lives follow paths which are different from their parents.

Psychotherapist Dr. Janice M. Beal and Federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore, in their respective professions, had both seen the emotional devastation in the lives of these children. In their book A Boy Named Rocky: A Coloring Book for the Children of Incarcerated Parents, they help children discuss and understand their feelings.

This coloring book can be used in educational, therapeutic, and family settings to explore loss and help maintain family cohesiveness during parent-child separation. Furthermore, it helps create treatment plans for the minor child.

Please contact author regarding this publication for more details.