Newburgh author releases hardback edition of captivating children’s book on dealing with eating disorder

NEWBURGH, Ind. — Author Melissa Ford announces the nationwide hardback release of her book, “Cross My Heart, Hope (Not) to Die: Two Silver Lockets, One Promise to Heal.”

In “Cross My Heart, Hope (Not) to Die,” Jessica has everything: a close-knit group of friends, parents who love her and a size two waist. There is nothing more to life at the age of 15 but it isn’t enough. Jessica can’t find the acceptance she needs. Tormented by an eating disorder she won’t acknowledge, Jessica keeps the smile on, relying heavily on her friend, Taylor, for love and support to continue living.

But Taylor has devastating news: Her leukemia is back. With her mask slipping and her best friend beyond her help, Jessica makes a promise she doesn’t know if she can keep. In this book, the author exposes the power of friendship and the deadly effects of striving for the perfection that does not exist.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Ford’s writing helped save her life during the times she, too, suffered from eating disorders. “Cross My Heart, Hope (Not) to Die,” which she finished when she was only 15, parallels her own struggles and fight to continue living. Ford lives with her family in Indiana, where she participates in youth ministry and teaches Sunday school. She continues to write and plans to someday start a Christian foundation for teenagers dealing with mental health issues.

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