It is hard to believe that my book “WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW” was hot off the presses on May 17, 2013, almost one year ago.  It became available on Amazon.com on June 2, 2013 and BN.com on July 1, 2013 (my birthday!).  To my joy, it sells in many different genres and to people of ages from teens to senior citizens in all walks of life and in every profession – all over the world.  That was a truly unexpected, but wonderful surprise and blessing.

Pete 2009

The above picture is my grandson, Pete, about whom I wrote WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW.  The picture was taken at his last Christmas party in December 2009 – about seven days before his 21st  (and last)birthday on December 30th.  We didn’t notice what is known as “angel orbs” around his head and shoulders until after he died on July 5, 2010.  He was at his grandfather’s annual Christmas party in the photo.

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This is Pete at our house on a cold winter’s late afternoon while he was home from college.  He died beside the river in the pitch black of night after falling 100 feet to the rock-strewn river bank and canyon floor below at the tender age of 21 years old.  Thankfully, he died instantly from a skull fracture.  He was  the absolute apple of my eye .  My book invites  you to walk along with me through my journey with death on the mountain.  On this path, you can learn the true story of what has been revealed to us since we lost this young man with an angelic face and who was born possessing an old soul.

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Review: ” This is a very poignant and insightful book about a journey through the dark valley of grief, intensified by Jackie’s pain for what her own child is enduring.  I would recommend this book to everyone, not only for those dealing with grief, but for others who try to help someone else who is grieving.  There are so many things NOT to do or say, as Jackie shows us…the main thing being, BE THERE without being intrusive.  Thank you, Jackie, for sharing your very personal and painful experience with us.”  LINDA REED

Review: ” I am indebted to Jackie Taylor Zortman for sharing her touching, bittersweet, awe inspiring book, “We Are Different Now”.  Reading it filled me with wonder and admiration.  As a life long skeptic, I finally found myself believing in some form of life after death.  With gratitude and appreciation to the author for sharing her heart breaking tragic story of loss and and survival.”  DR. MARILYN REGAN, a retired psychologist who was an English teacher, high school principal and the Director of Student Discipline for a California school district with 45,000 students.

 Me & Pete

Me & Pete in May 2009

My book is available at:  http://www.BN.com, http://www.Amazon.com & http://www.shopOTPbooks. com or can be bought or ordered at any Barnes & Noble store nationwide.




About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL". Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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  1. dianekratz says:

    Congrats on your books anniversary Jackie! I have your book and I confess I have not read it yet. It takes me awhile to build up the courage to read about someone else’s grief but I promise you I will eventually do so! Your Pete was a very handsome young man, and way too young to die. Hugs going out to you!


  2. Peggy says:

    Amazing how fast a year goes. Congratulations on the success of your book!


    • jtzortman says:

      Thanks, Pegs. It’s a lot of work, but has been well worth it. I’ve met so many wonderful people in the book business and otherwise and gained so many great friendships, all because of my book. Pete lives on in its pages.


  3. Nancy LiPetri says:

    It sounds like you have found words to help with the indescribable. Another for my must-read list.


  4. Marja McGraw says:

    Lovely post! I ordered the book a few days ago and I hope I can get to it soon. Thank you for sharing.


  5. Your book sounds intriguing. I’ll be ordering it soon. Seeing the pictures of your grandson really hit home. Congrats on your anniversary!


    • jtzortman says:

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, Thonie, and for ordering my book! As you know, the book business is a lot harder than it looks when you aren’t the one behind the scenes. It’s been an eye-opening experience for me, but I’ve learned a ton, especially about marketing. I appreciate your support.


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