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About Crimmy Lynn

Hello out there! My name is Crimson, and I'm a bit quirky, as if you read my blog, you'll come to find out. I'm a thirty-something (gasp!) gal, who is happily married to the most wonderful man on in the universe, Jon. We have a german shepherd mix rescue named Zeke, and are currently seeking another rescue. Want to know more...keep reading my blog!

Moms Meet WOW Summit 2013 – Oct 6th-8th! Hurry & Register Now for an Exciting Deal!

Moms Meet KIWI WOW Summit 2013

Have you heard what is coming up in October???

The VERY FIRST Annual WOW Summit, brought to us by Moms Meet and KIWI Magazine is occurring October 6th through the 8th at the Historic Center City in Philadelphia at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel!

I am VERY excited about the WOW Summit and you should be too!  Especially because they are having a TWO for ONE Deal!

Yes, indeed, you read that correctly!  Register yourself and you can bring a friend for FREE (lodging not included).  Head on over to the WOW Summit’s webpage and register soon, as spots are going fast!

Whats the WOW Summit all about? Well, you can look forward to:

  • Seminars:  Get great advice from experts from KIWI Magazine on topics such as parenting, healthy eating, and much, much more!
  • Workshops:  Dedicated time to talk to fellow Moms!  You’ll be able to share advice and information on leading a Moms Meet Group, starting and keeping up with a successful blog, holistic remedies for everyone in the family, and other important topics you don’t want to miss!
  • Product Reviews:  There will be on-the-spot free sampling of products from your favorite natural, organic, and eco-friendly brands!
  • You could WIN BIG! There will be raffles and giveaways throughout the entire conference!  And one very lucky attendee will win a vacation for four!
  • Freebies: Every single registered attendee will a gift bag filled with natural, organic, and eco-friendly goodies valued over $200!
  • WOW Awards Banquet:  Attendees will enjoy a fancy end to the WOW Summit trip with a celebration where you can let your hair down and have a fabulous time!
  • Tour Historic Philadelphia:  And while you’re in Philly, why not make the most of it and explore the city of “motherly” love with your newfound friends and family!

     

    Don’t Delay! Register today!  If (when!) you do register, please leave me a comment so we can be sure to meet in person at the Moms Meet WOW Summit 2013!

     

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Blogging, Events

 

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Introducing: National Suicide Prevention Week

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September 8th marks the start of 2013′s National Suicide Week.  It’s a time for organizations, communities, and individuals to unite in the name of those we’ve lost and those who’ve been affected by the reality of suicide.  The vision is that this is a battle we won’t always have to fight.

However, recent numbers show that, within the developed world, suicide is the leading cause of death among people ages 15 – 49, greater even than cancer or heart disease. But, and there is a but,” because there is always hope – we know that suicide can be prevented. Depression can be treated, help is available, and people can rally around truth and each other to conquer the shame secrecy upon which mental health stigma feeds.

Never has it been more important to spread this message:  You cannot be replaced.”

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.  

Thanks for reading.  Come back tomorrow to learn about challenging the stigma associated with suicide.

 

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Events, Life at Home

 

A Wicked Kind of Dark by Jonathan K. Benton

Author Jonathan K. Benton

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.

 
 





A Wicked Kind of Dark

Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.

As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …

A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Books

 

Ashes Ashes Book Tour, Giveaway, and My Review

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Are you ever really innocent until proven guilty?
Sophia Naziri is wanted for questioning in the murder of a U.S. senator. She’s worried the police will show up on her doorstep any moment, but when Detective Colby Black appears, it’s to help her put out a kitchen fire, not take her in. Yet. His easy smile and persistence in getting to know her pushes all her troubles to the back of her mind, until a hit man tracks her down. Getting arrested becomes the least of her worries and the handsome detective could be her only way out—if she tells him the truth.
Colby Black’s sniper skills have been a blessing and a curse to him. As a member of a Hostage Negotiation Team, he can use them to save people, but sometimes he can’t protect the innocent despite his best efforts. When a hostage situation goes bad, he tries to put it behind him by helping out his mysterious next-door neighbor, Sophia Naziri. But she pulls Colby into a web of lies and conspiracy that will force him to use every skill he has in order to survive. Faced with the moment of truth, can he trust anyone around him—including the woman at the center of it all?

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AUTHOR JULIE COULTER BELLON

Julie is the author of seven international suspense novels: Through Love’s Trials, On the Edge,Time Will Tell, All’s Fair, Dangerous Connections,Ribbon of Darkness and All Fall Down. She loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism at BYU for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news—which is where she gets her story ideas.

She also has one non-fiction title: Be Prepared: A Parent’s Guide to the Duty to God and Eagle Scout Awards—What You Should Know and is part of two compilations, How Will Christmas Find Us and Life Lessons From Mothers of Faith.
She is the mother of eight children and when she’s not busy being a mom or a writer, you will find her browsing through bookstores to add to her book collection, at the library borrowing books, or reading the treasures she’s found.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK

Ashes Ashes is the book #2 of the Hostage Negotiation Team series.  Although I did not read the first book (but intend to!), I found Ashes Ashes to be great as a book on its own!  Colby Black is a retired Marine that works on a Hostage Negotiation Team as a detective.  And he de-stresses by cleaning.  Colby finds himself saving his beautiful new next door neighbor, Sophia, from a kitchen fire, saving her life, and yes, cleaning up.  Colby becomes intertwined in Sophia’s life, despite the fact she continuously pushes him away.  The book is filled with intense suspense, a heart-pounding plot, and great characters.

 

EXCERPT FROM ASHES ASHES

He rested his hands on her shoulders, but didn’t say anything.

“This is where I make my stand,” she told him.  “If I don’t, I know I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.  I have a chance to make a difference, to get justice for Philip.”

He let out a breath.  “I know about wanting to make a difference, but what if you don’t make it out?  Is it worth your life?”  He gently turned her around to face him.  “Because I don’t know if it is.”

She held her hand to his cheek, her brown eyes intense and searching his face.  Putting a hand at the back of her neck, he pulled her to him, brushing his lips over hers.  Her arms slid around his neck and she melted into his arms.  His feelings that he hadn’t consciously admitted he had for her surged to the surface and his mouth pressed into hers, no longer gentle.  She responded with just as much fire and Colby could barely suppress a groan.  His hand slipped to her back, running the length of it. His entire body felt like there was nothing else, just her, and without her there was nothing.

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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Book Review, Book Tour, Giveaway

 

Legacy of a Dreamer Book Tour and My Review

Legacy of a Dreamer

Author:  Allie Jean

Genre: Young Adult

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Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.

Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her.

On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. In this environment, she faces a whole new set of challenges.

One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare. Her dreams are clues to her future, and her life becomes twisted and dangerous when she learns that things that go bump in the night are not just in fairy tales and childhood stories.

About the Author:

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Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. She spent her childhood inventing stories and telling tales. Her mind never shut down, even while she slept. Vivid dreams containing extensive, elaborate plot lines of good overcoming evil villains captured her nightly visions, lingering into her waking hours and filling the pages of her well-loved bounded diaries. She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. As a busy wife, mother and critical care nurse, Allie’s love of storytelling has been reborn through the adventures of her unforgettable characters. 

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Excerpt from Legacy of a Dreamer

She had to be crazy to venture down here, she thought, chastising herself for the umpteenth time. What if a train came barreling down the tracks?

If nothing else, he needed help. If he happened to be homeless, maybe she could take him to a local shelter. He’d probably run from the system before she knew quite a few kids who’d done the same thing but she couldn’t leave him alone here.

“You know, you shouldn’t be down here. You could get hurt.”

A squeak of a passing rat sent her scurrying deeper into the tunnel, her eyes wide as she searched the surrounding area for any more of the offending creatures.

“Disgusting,” she said, her nose scrunching up. She’d always hated rats.

“Look, I’m going to call the cops if you don’t come out of here. This is ridiculous. You’re going to get hurt!”

A soft laughter could be heard from farther in. Frustrated, she glared toward the sound.

“I’m not going down there,” she said toward the sound. “It’s dark, and I can’t see a damn thing!”

“You’re swearing again,” the boy said, his voice full of humor.

“Hey, I promise I won’t call CPS. Just come out here, and I’ll buy you something to eat.”

“I’m not hungry,” the boy said, behind her all of a sudden. Chantal whirled around, and the boy smiled up at her with an innocent expression.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

“Hiding,” he said with a shrug.

“Hiding? From who?”

“You know, you shouldn’t have followed,” he said, ignoring her question.

“I couldn’t walk away knowing that you were down here.” She gestured to their surroundings.

“It isn’t safe,” he stated bluntly, his shadowed eyes fixed on her, unmoving.

“Really?” Chantal said with a note of sarcasm.

“Come on, I’ll buy you a milkshake,” she said as she headed toward the direction of the platform, hoping the boy would follow her. When she didn’t hear him move, she turned to level him with a disapproving glare.

“No.” The boy’s firm tone made her pause. She faced him, seeing how he watched her with a stone posture, his resolve unbreakable. It made her wonder what he must have been through to make him act this way. She

knelt down so she could speak on his level.

“Hey, I promised I wouldn’t call anyone, and I meant that. I just want to make sure you have some food in your stomach, that’s all. You can trust me. My name’s Chantal. What’s yours?”

A hint of curiosity, bordering on mischief, lit his face.

“I’m called Damon,” he said. The way he said the name sent a spark of a remembered fear through her mind. His young, innocent voice had morphed into something new, carrying a deeper timber again. It changed him from a lost little soul to a sinister, mysterious stranger. Chantal paused for a moment, wary. That odd sense of déjà vu chilled her to the core, sending goose bumps along her arms and neck.

“Damon,” she said in a soft whisper as her heart rate picked up, and the boy laughed, seeming to be aware of her unease.

“What’s wrong, sweet girl?” he said, and the way he sneered the term of endearment brought up an old, painful memory: a man stood above her as she crouched in her closet, terrified. She could see in her mind’s eye sharp teeth glinting in the moonlight, red eyes glaring, a man’s face hidden in shadow. It wasn’t her werewolf that watched over her when she slept, leaving her feeling a sense of comfort or safety. In this sudden memory, the man’s menacing canines were terrifying, and he had appeared long before the wolf came to protect her.

“Who are you?” she said, stark terror clogging her windpipe, her throat feeling cold as ice.

“I’m sad you don’t remember me. I guess I didn’t make a memorable impression,” he said in his deep voice. He took a step back into the shadows, but not before he flashed a wicked grin. Unable to make her feet

move, she seemed frozen by confusion and fear.

“Help,” she cried, but it came out soft and inadequate just like the many times she’d awakened in the middle of the night, trembling from a hideous nightmare. Her pathetic attempt made the monster laugh all the harder.

A threatening growl rumbled from where the horrible boy disappeared, sending her searching for the source. The sound of scratching and tearing echoed off the stone walls. She heard a strangled cry of pain in the distance.

A dead silence followed, leaving her wondering why the hell she hadn’t taken off running yet.

“H-hello?” she said, her voice weak and timid, and she took a step backward, her shoe scraping across the loose gravel. It startled her, making her stop. A deep growl echoed from the darkness, and she backed away in earnest. Her head was screaming, run girl . . . danger, scary dude . . . growling! Her body barely able to move the few steps back due to fear and frank curiosity.

Out of the shadows, stepped a creature she’d only heard of in horror stories described as a hellhound. It was the size of a large horse but shaped more like a rabid dog, sharp teeth hanging from a gaping mouth. Smoke came from his huge nostrils as he breathed, his fangs dripping streams of nasty black liquid.

Holy God . . .

She took an unsteady step backward and then another, her mind catching up belatedly with her panicking, uncooperative body. The creature followed her retreat, eyes fixed on his captive. Snarling in anticipation, the thing opened its horrendous mouth and bared its enormous teeth.

Chantal screamed just as the beast leapt to attack, and then her unsteady legs gave out, sending her stumbling to the ground. She covered her head and neck in a vain attempt to protect herself, waiting to feel the bonewrenching pain that was sure to come at any moment.

The attack didn’t happen.

She flinched when she heard a loud bang echoing as if something big hit the brick tunnel hard. She heard the thing growl followed by the sound of scraping metal.

“Go!” a male voice said, and she lifted her arms to see a figure encased in odd wisps of shadow crouching in front of the beast, standing as her guard.

“Go!” he yelled again, turning with a fierce gaze, and when she saw his beautiful blue eyes, she gasped. She knew him, but didn’t know from where.

His features were somehow not completely solid, surrounded by a heavy fog. An odd sense of warmth enveloped her, the earlier panic completely forgotten. She was lost in him—time frozen—as he looked through her.

A terrifying war cry grabbed their attention, and her defender turned back to his enemy, ready to take him on to give her a chance to escape. Chantal stumbled to her feet. She turned and raced away from the battle, heading toward the direction she’d come, the faint hint of train tracks along the ground helping to guide her.

Forgetting the possibility that the train could round the bend at any second or even the reason she’d followed a young boy in the tunnel to begin with, her mind had one purpose: Get out of danger.

She ignored the strange looks from the truant station attendant as she ,climbed onto the platform. Without a single acknowledgment of his hollered questions and threats of police involvement, she sprinted up the stairs toward the street.

As she ran, her mind went into sensory overload, reevaluating everything from her sanity to whether she’d been asleep this entire time. A boy who turned into a rabid beast? She was going mad, but it had all seemed so real.

Who was the dark stranger and where had he come from? Why did he seem so familiar to her, and why did she feel safe once he’d appeared?

Chantal tried to convince herself that she was dreaming, but when she rounded the corner that lead into her apartment complex, she knew the she wasn’t.

Monica approaching their building as well only confirmed what just happened was real.

“Hey, sweets! How did the interview . . . are you all right?” Chantal watched as her friend’s face morphed to abject horror.

“I-I don’t feel good,” Chantal said, shaking.

“Let’s get you inside,” Monica said, ushering up the stairs toward her apartment door.

Chantal let her mind go as her friend helped her inside and pulled her purse from her frozen arm, but she didn’t have the conscious effort to do anything to help. She stared straight ahead blankly, seeing nothing but the gruesome red eyes of the beast, and then the calming of her savior’s gentle gaze.

She heard Monica saying something, but she couldn’t make it out. Her thoughts were consumed with more pressing, life-altering events. Then her answering machine came on. Monica had probably been trying to tell her that the phone was ringing.

“Uh, Chantal, this is Tony,” the manager of the diner said, sounding very timid. “I’m sorry about earlier. You ran out of here before I could explain. I meant no offense, honest. I was testing your ability to take care of yourself, that’s all. New York is a dangerous place. You never know what may blow through the doors.”

My Thoughts on the Book

I found Legacy of a Dreamer to be one of those captivating books that you find difficult to put down.  The plot was complex and compelling, bring you back for more, filled with action and suspense, and well written for additional books in the series.  Chantal’s dreams and nightmares are described so vividly you can imagine yourself inside them.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook to review; I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed in this review are one hundred percent my own .

 
 

Pomeranian Breed of A Queen: Book Tour and My Review

Pomeranian Breed of a Queen

Author: John Williams

ISBN-13: 978-1483945637

Non Fiction, Pets, Dogs

Publisher: Flask of Oil LLC, March 22, 2013

Synopsis:

Pomeranian book cover PDFIf you have a Pomeranian or would like to own one, this book is for you.  Do you know that Pomeranians have a history with two specific queens?  You will learn who they are in the book: “Pomeranian – Breed of a Queen.”  It covers most every topic that will apply to your Pom and provides associated charts you can source for practical and immediate application to your pet.

It discusses immediate issues like: Your Pom moving into your home, House Training, Routine Care, Toys, and Diet & Exercise

It also discusses underlying issues like: Eye Problems,  Hypoglycemia in puppies less than three months old, and Thyroid problems.

These and other issues are discussed in this book,

These and other issues discussed in this book. As a long time owner and researcher of dog breeds, I enjoy compiling useful information all in one place to serve loving pet owners in the care of their pets. You do not have to buy multiple books to find the information that you need.

You will read about:  Grooming, Food Quality, Special Diets for Special Times, Deciding to Show Your Pomeranian, Three Ways to Potty Train, and Illnesses native to the Pomeranian Breed.

Most people buy a puppy and care for it based on what they have learned as a kid or what their friends or family did. You can equip yourself with the information that you need to give your dog the best care that he/she deserves.

Author Bio:

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John Williams is a 25+ year aviation professional, pet enthusiast, musician and writer, leads a highly professional team in the publishing of quality books that educate and entertain the reader. John has published three titles: “Take Charge of Your Aviation Career,” the five star rated: “Bichon Frise – Unique Among Dogs” and “Pomeranian – Breed of A Queen.” John’s goal is to write quality books that serve the reading community with enthusiasm and excellence.

For more information about author John Williams, please go to his Amazon Author link at: www.amazon.com/author/john_williams

My Thoughts on the Book:

As a dog enthusiast, I enjoyed reading this book and learning about a breed I was previous unfamiliar with, the Pomeranian Dog.  This book is full of informative information for those who are thinking about owning a Pomeranian (especially a puppy), and even those who already own a Pomeranian.  I enjoyed John Williams’ writing style, the way he conveyed his love for this breed, yet keeping the book very informative at the same time.

Interested in Buying this Book?

Amazon Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Pomeranian-Breed-Mr-John-Williams/dp/1483945634/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371571154&sr=1-2

Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Pomeranian-Breed-Of-Queen-ebook/dp/B00BZQSZZ0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1371571235&sr=1-1&keywords=john+williams+pomeranian

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pomeranian-breed-of-a-queen-mr-john-williams/1114957271?ean=9781483945637

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook to review; I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed in this review are one hundred percent my own .

 
 

Breathless Novelette Book Blast

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Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.

For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times.

It’s a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy in her perfect bubble. If those responsible find out what she knows, they won’t stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.

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When Eria escapes her home in the Biome, she uncovers more about her
features and specifications as a HumaNot. Following her father’s
instructions, Eria embarks on a journey into a dangerous and unpredictable world.

Along the way, she encounters a young rebel, Dirk, who explains he’s from the Anarchy, an underground human resistance rising up against the BOTs–advanced man-made robots gone wild. Together, Dirk and Eria battle underground serpents, desert dingos, sand storms, and advanced Bots that are always hot on their trail. As they become closer, Dirk reveals his hatred of machines, forcing Eria to hide the secret of what and who she really is.

When the truth of her identity comes out, Eria is forced to become the very thing she hates the most.

This novelette is about 20,000 words and is the 2nd in the YA Breathless novelette series. Exhale (#3) is scheduled for Nov 2013.

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S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling thriller series, The Nature of Grace (Untraceable and Uncontrollable). Unstoppable (book 3) is scheduled for September 2013.

S.R. Johannes is the YA advisor of ALLi and a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult category) as well as a Silver medalist (2nd place) in the IPPY awards for YA Fiction. She was also nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult category), a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult of 2012, and a YA Finalist in the US Book News Best Book of 2012.
After earning an MBA and working in corporate America doing marketing for over 15 years, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Book Blast, Books

 

Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor – Book Tour and My Review

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Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor

Author:  John Kerastas

ISBN-13: 978-0865349087

Non Fiction:  A Memoir

Sunstone Press (November 15, 2012)

Length:  136 Pages

You can buy this book on Amazon

Book Description:

At 57 years old, I thought I was the poster child for fifty-year old healthiness: I competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables. Then I discovered that I had a brain tumor the size of my wife’s fist.

My memoir chronicles the first year I spent addressing tumor-related health issues: preparing for my first operation, discovering a dangerous skull infection, having the infected portion of my skull surgically removed, learning about my substantial vision and cognitive losses, undergoing rehab and radiation treatments, and learning to live with my “new normal.” And, as best I can tell, the phrase “new normal” is the medical community’s code words for “You’re alive, so quit bitchin’.”

As my health changed, so did my sense of humor. My humor started out superficially light-hearted prior to the first operation; transmogrified into gallows humor after several subsequent operations; and leveled out as somewhat wry-ish after radiation and rehab.

Topics I write about in the book include:

How not to tell everybody you have a brain tumor

Why it’s a lot of work to die in this country

Why I had difficulties in naming my tumor

How I negotiated bathroom visits with “Nurse Don’t-Bother-Me”

Why I could prove that I was the “dumbest guy in the room”

Why someone compared the back of my head to a diseased goat

How I flunked a job interview with myself

This is a book for anybody interested in memoirs about people dealing with personal crises, for patients trudging through rehab, for caretakers helping victims of serious illnesses, or for anybody looking for an unexpected chuckle from an unlikely subject.

Author Bio:

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I’ve worked at a global advertising agency, at several technology start-up companies and as a free-lance writer. Currently I spend most of my time blogging, speaking and writing about brain health, brain tumors and rehab. I speak to hospital rehab groups, stroke and aphasia groups, and last summer spoke at the American Brain Tumor Association’s annual “Patient and Caregiver” conference.

My charity and non-profit efforts includes work through the Taproot Foundation on behalf of Apna Ghar (a Chicago-based non-profit providing domestic violence services to immigrant communities). I also go on Appalachia Service project trips through my church, participate in Early Response Teams that follow first responders into disaster areas, and teach and certify Early Response Teams through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (e.g.UMCOR).

My Thoughts on the Book:

Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is an incredible book and great uninhibited account of John and his journey through illness and brain tumors.  John writes quite frankly and with humor about his ailments and experiences, making the reader learn from what he is going through, and actually laughing (out loud at times) instead of feeling bad for him.  Even though I know a lot about medicine from my background, I still learned many things from this book and even more about how to handle stressful situations and how to take bad experiences and turn them into helping others.  I definitely give this book a Five out of Five for engagement (I didn’t want to stop reading it), and the amount of humor, and how refreshing a book it was to read.

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Website: http://www.chief-complaint.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChiefComplaintBrainTumor

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16249650-chief-complaint

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Book Review, Books

 

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Rising Sun, Falling Star Book Blast Giveaway

Rising SunRising Sun, Falling Star

Different eyes and skin

Mock me from the mirror’s light

Enemy am I.

Dec 7, 1941

Today my life changed forever . . . I am no longer considered American, but by shear heritage I am now the hated enemy . . .

The lives of Kenji and Aiko Onishi and their American-born children are about to unravel when the United States is thrust into war with Japan. Confronted by insurmountable prejudice and fear, the family is ripped from their California home without just cause by the American government and sent to an assembly center “for their own protection.”

Forced to live in deplorable circumstances, every aspect of their lives regulated and controlled, the Onishi’s freedoms are stripped from their grasp as they struggle to survive behind barbed wire. It isn’t long before the mind-numbing confinement and feelings of helplessness begin to pit the family against one another.

When sent to a relocation camp in the center of the Utah desert, they’re beset by ever increasing emotional and physical challenges, and Aiko is faced with her greatest yet: to mend the broken spirits of her family, or risk losing them forever.

Based on true and tragic events that transpired during World War II, Rising Sun, Falling Star is a heart-rending story of one family’s struggle to survive uncalculated loss and emotional destruction.

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Author Vickie Hall

Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she’s not writing, she’s composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.

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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Book Review, Books, Giveaway

 

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Lost in Vegas Cosmic Blast

Lost in Vegas

Lost in VegasLost in Vegas

Vegas – the city of gamblers, dreamers, heroes and heartbreak. And Kate McLarens’ last chance to redeem herself by putting her boyfriend’s fail-safe black jack system into action to make payroll for her salon. Make that ex-boyfriend when the system fails miserably.
She wakes up to find herself being given mouth to mouth resuscitation by sexy JT Sullivan of Security. But the only way she can convince him not to send her to the nearest ER is by agreeing to meet him for breakfast the next day. After she tells him she’s gone from business woman of the year to not being able to make payroll and can’t face going back to her hometown he convinces her to stay in Vegas, finds her a place to stay and a job waiting tables.
Determined to make the money she needs to pay off her debts she stays in Vegas and things are looking up when she gets a job styling a famous star making a comeback. Unfortunately her ex-boyfriend is still in Vegas and takes the opportunity to kidnap the star she works for and her.
JT Sullivan has to find the kidnappers and bring them back. It looks as if he’s succeeded when Max returns the star and keeps Kate. Now JT has to put everything on the line to get Kate back.
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Pat AmsdenAbout the Author:
Pat Amsden is a writer of romance and mystery who lives on the West Coast of Canada. She lives with her son in Victoria, BC and works at the local hospital. She is, once again, single.
For as long as she can remember she has loved stories. First reading them and then making them up. Sometimes that got her into trouble when she was younger but that’s another story!
She studied journalism in college but got side-tracked raising a family and working a variety of other jobs to pay the bills. Writing fell by the way-side. The years went by and one day she decided to check out a local writer’s group.
There was a workshop with an exercise. Write something that had the hero and heroine meeting within the first page. Maybe there could even be a kiss! And don’t let the heroine get too comfortable. If she’s shy don’t have her go to the library and meet the librarian, get her out of her comfort zone. Maybe in a bar. She decided, why stop there, let’s put the heroine on top of the bar! Many revisions later, the result is Lost In Vegas!
But none of this would have been possible without the support and encouragement of fellow writers. She benefited from workshops such as the Write On Vancouver workshop with Michael Hauge and another with Jane Porter. Shirley Jump’s workshop was so good she immediately took another with her. Then she got the Deep Editing lectures from Margie Lawson’s School of Writing and Lisa Wells, How to Create A Series. I pitched to editors and submitted manuscripts. But as she was doing this several of her fellow writers decided to self-publish through Amazon. They are all doing well. More than one suggested she should try this route, as did her son. So here she is, feeling a lot like Sally Fields and hoping that ‘They like me, they really do!
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Website: http://www.patamsden.com/
Twitter: @PatAmsden

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Book Review, Books, Uncategorized

 
 
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