Widow Mom, Kristen K. Brown, Spins Tragedy in New Book, "The Best Worst Thing"

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"The Best Worst Thing" is a soaring story by Kristen K. Brown, a 34-year-old widow, mother, author, entrepreneur and radio host, who has found a way to successfully take tragedy and manage the stress and change that goes along with it. Kristen takes her readers on a heartbreaking and inspiring journey through loss that has led her to find her passion as founder of WidowMommy.com and Happy Hour Effect®.

Book Cover for "The Best Worst Thing" by Kristen K. Brown
In the wake of my husband's death, I realized that I had a unique insight and perspective into how to cope successfully with tragedy and change. And if I help even one person do the same thing, then I’ll know I’ve done my job.

Imagine being a 31-year-old woman, married to the man of your dreams with an adorable brand-new baby, a happy home, and a life filled with dear friends and family. Imagine having that life, that best life possible...then imagine it all tragically changing in the blink of an eye. This is what happened to Kristen K. Brown, author of her debut book, "The Best Worst Thing."

At the tender age of 31, Kristen's healthy, young husband Todd died unexpectedly, leaving Kristen alone; not only to cope with the loss of her husband and the heartache of raising their child as a single-parent, but also with the uncertainty of figuring out how to pay the bills, all during the worst financial crisis of the decade.

"In one instant, my life changed forever, and there were moments when I didn't think I would make it," Kristen says. "I felt overwhelmed with stress and grief, but I felt Todd looking down on me, and I knew I had to use my stress, and turn it into something positive. That's what I know Todd would want me to do."

Overloaded with stress, grief and change, Kristen picked herself up and went back to school for her Master's Degree. And what started out as only an inkling of an idea for a business turned into the full-fledged, award-nominated company, Happy Hour Effect®, which helps others manage their own stress and change. From there, Kristen turned herself into a successful radio show host and speaker, all while raising her daughter. Her most recent venture is WidowMommy.com, a website with articles and resources to help other young widow moms.

“In the wake of Todd’s death, I realized that I had a unique insight and perspective into how to cope successfully with tragedy and change,” Kristen says. “And if I help even one person do the same thing, then I’ll know I’ve done my job.”

"The Best Worst Thing" is the soaring story of this 34-year-old widow, mother, author, entrepreneur and radio host, who's found a way to successfully take tragedy and manage the stress and change that goes along with it. Kristen takes her readers on a heartbreaking and inspiring journey through loss, that’s led her to a happy new career and life for her and her daughter. And in memory of her husband, Kristen will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book to heart health research.

"The Best Worst Thing" will be released May 24th, 2011 and will be available through Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com and can be ordered through bookstores. Retailers and libraries can order through Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Bowkers BooksInPrint, Bertram Books and Nielsen Book Data or through the publisher:

Balboa Press-A Division of Hay House
1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403
1-(877) 407-4847

ISBN: 978-1-4525-3310-0 (sc)
ISBN: 978-1-4525-3311-7 (e)
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011903299

About the Author: Kristen Brown is a widow mom, author, multiple award-nominated entrepreneur, radio host and speaker. She founded Happy Hour Effect LLC to help people manage stress and recently launched WidowMommy.com to support other young widows. She and her four-year-old daughter live in Minneapolis with their 85-lb black Lab who thinks he’s a lap dog. To learn more about Kristen and her work please visit: http://www.KristenKBrown.com.

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