Lighting a candle for baby loss awareness week

Posted by admin on Oct 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

I can’t think of anything much worse then losing a baby during late term or at birth.  The reality is that in the Uk we lose 6500 babies very year.  That is 17 babies each day across Britain.

The Baby Loss Awareness organisation coordinates the International Wave of Light remembrance each year where parents and families can light a candle on 15 October between 7-8pm in honour of the child that has been lost.

This month in 2008 we lost one of our twins.  We named him Aaron Roark.  We buried him under the shade of a sprawling yew tree overlooking the harbour.  Aaron’s twin sister Yasmine will be 4 on her next birthday.

I’m getting emotionally choked up as I write this.

When I look into Yasmine’s eyes I am always reminded of her brother Aaron.

I don’t think any parent or family ever ‘get over’ the loss of a baby or young child.  You get to a point where the emotional pain can be managed, yet it never goes away.  At least in mine and my wife’s experience.

We still regularly visit his grave.  And Yasmine and Mummy say Good Morning to Aaron together each day.

While I’m no professed expert on pain, I think with a great wife and 7 children I’m an aspiring expert on the subject of love.

Do we love a child we only held for a moment, any less than a toddler?  I don’t think there is significant difference between the degree of love that a parent experiences.

We published Aaron’s Star, an illustrated and compelling story of love, and hope in 2010.  It was my answer to my wife, the mother of Aaron and Yasmine.  This story continues to touch hearts today around the world.  If you can make it through the short story without a hanky and reflection, you are a better man than me.

If you know people that have experienced this very sensitive issue of loss, please let them know about Aaron’s Star and they can make their own mind up as to whether or not it helps them deal with their loss.

Together let’s you and I try to spread a bit of love in a world that is kind of turned upside down right now.  When we remove the masks we wear, the only real thing that matters is the love we give and receive.  It can change our home and it will change our world.

In the meanwhile as our paths cross in the A-Field, here is a picture of Aaron’s sister Yasmine Miracle.


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Baby Loss Awareness Week

Posted by admin on Oct 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Baby Loss Awareness Week is happening this week,  9 – 15 October 2012, leading up to Baby and Infant Loss Remembrance Day – International Wave of Light – on Monday, 15 October, when families light candles in remembrance of babies and children they have lost.

Roark wrote Aaron’s Star for his wife on the loss of one of their twins mid-term, to help deal with the loss and bring some comfort in their time of grief.  Everyone cannot help but be moved by Aaron’s Star, with its emotional sensitive prose.  Have a look at Aaron’s Star on Cloudninebooks’ website.



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Baby Loss Awareness Week

Posted by admin on Oct 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

The book, Aaron’s Star, a source of comfort for bereaved parents in light of the Baby Loss Awareness Wave of light – Monday 15th October at 7pm (www.babyloss-awareness.org). At www.cloudninebooks.com we have a short illustrated book for parents and families who have experience the loss of a child. Written from the heart by a father who lost a twin during his wife’s pregnancy.

Aaron’s Star has helped many bereaved families in what is a sensitive and difficult time. The book, which can be dedicated to the lost child, is available from www.cloudninebooks.com at £9.99.

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Ben and the Butterfly People,….of Joplin Missouri

Posted by admin on May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

I would personally and publicly like to thank the very talented professionals that helped to produce Ben and the Butterfly People, an illustrated story book that is a tribute to the people of Joplin, Missouri.

Gordon, from England
Vladividal, from Bulgaria
Raj, from Singapore
Yogi & Crew, from India
Grazyna, from Poland
and Soundmaster Luke, from England

Guys, I hope we are able to touch a few hearts and lives with the Ebook, Audio book, and softcover story book we have lovingly brought to life for the kind folks of Joplin, Missouri.

Thank-you for the piece of your heart you have put into Ben and the Butterfly People.



The Butterfly People of Joplin Missouri

Posted by admin on May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

A year ago this month Joplin, Missouri experienced a huge destructive tornado. It was the second worst tornado in the history of the United States.

If you visit here you can read first hand what many reported as the Butterfly People of Joplin Missouri coming to the rescue of several young children that faced imminent death.

The colorful Butterfly has come to symbolize hope and strength for the city of Joplin as they rebuild much of their city.

Ben and the Butterfly People, of Joplin Missouri is an illustrated story that serves to mark and commemorate the tragic day of 22 May 2011 that took 161 lives and leveled over 7000 homes and buildings.

Ben and the Butterfly People, ..of Joplin, Missouri came to life as an idea from my sister in law over the supper table in St. Charles, Missouri. My brother shared the idea with me in Hampshire, England, and in less than 2 weeks we had the makings of the story.

The story is inspired by a true life event, and is written by me, and Gordon Volke (a veteran children’s author). The wonderful Vladividal illustrated this touching story. Please feel free to visit our Facebook page. The production team for Ben and the Butterfly people consisted of professionals from 5 countries. It is amazing how much of our hearts needs to go into each story book we produce.

This week I am sending a hand crafted, and hand painted commemoration treasure chest to the Mayors office of Joplin, Missouri for the city museum.

The Butterfly people of Joplin, Missouri have touched the hearts of people from all over the globe.

We are pleased and humbled to offer an audio book, Ebook, and softcover book titled ‘Ben and the Butterfly People’.

Our story book is dedicated to the Spirit of the ‘Show Me’ State.

For more info please visit our website (or to view pictures of the Butterfly People commemoration treasure chest).

Ben and the Butterfly People....of Joplin Missouri


The Butterfly People of Joplin Missouri

Posted by admin on May 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

22 May 2011, the Butterfly People came to the aid of Joplin, Missouri.

A F5 multiple vortex tornado, the second worst in the history of the United States, ripped through Joplin, Missouri.

In its wake it left 161 people dead and over 7000 homes and businesses in ruin.

Many stories surfaced about young children reporting that during the tornado, angelic Butterfly People came to their aid and saved them from imminent death.

The Story of the Butterfly People of Joplin, Missouri has touched hearts, and continues to touch hearts from all over the globe.

A lady living on the other side of the state to Joplin, in St. Charles, Missouri, suggested to her husband over the supper table that a story book tribute to mark and commemorate the event for the people of Joplin could be a great idea. Her husband shared the idea with his brother, a publsher in England.

From the supper table in St. Charles to the breakfast table in Hampshire, England, the idea of a fitting storybook tribute began to take form.

Ben and the Butterfly People is an illustrated story that descibes what the event could have been like for an 8 year old boy named Ben.

The story is dedicate dto the Spirit of the Show Me state.

15 May 2012 –

Ben and the Butterfly People illustrated Ebook, and Audio version of the story are being released next week at http://www.cloudninebooks.com, and customers may pre-order the softcover version of the story book.

The book is co-written by Roark McMaster and Gordon Volke, and illustrated by Vladividal. For sales of the book direct rom the http://www.cloudninebooks.com website, 25% of sale proceeds are being donated to ongoing relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri.

You can find out more about the story here: Facebook.

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Overcoming Adversity – TALK – April 8th 2012 Roark McMaster

Posted by admin on Mar 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


Twins Turn 1

Posted by admin on Aug 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Our Twins turn 1 year old this week.

Happy 1st Birthday Maisie and Zach. Here are two stories for you. xxxx




Posted by admin on Apr 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Nothing fancy here tonight.

I would just like to express my thanks and my gratitude to my wife, my children, my parents, my grandparents, a few friends, and several good authors.

“Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost
New Hampshire


Welcome ~

Posted by admin on Sep 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

We welcome into our lives,

Maisie Isabelle McMaster and Zachary Nathaniel McMaster

September 4th 2010.

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