Sunday, August 25, 2013

MS Monday. How I deal with the feeling of being useless to my sister.

      I drop my head in shame as she grabs her leg in pain.

                       This makes me feel useless and stupid.

Everything I try to do just makes things worse and makes her feel bad for having to ask for more help.
MS has a domino effect to it. Sometimes when you try to help the one you love it sets off a chain of events that can sometimes make things worse.

That's what I have to keep telling myself. My sister fights to do everything we take for granite so I'm going to fight to try anything that will make her struggle a little easier, even if it doesn't seem like a good idea I have to try.
I am an MS info junkie. Ever since she moved in with me I'm reading and researching everything, and anything that just might make her day a little easier. I buy all the gadgets that make bathing easier and all the hooks and grippers to make dressing a little less of a hassle  but I can't buy anything to take away the aggravation of dealing with a leg that won't work or a hand that won't open. 
She gets so angry and all I can do is let her. I beg her to get mad at the disease and fight it, don't give into it. Don't let MS win.

So for now we're going to fight, but not with each other. We  are going to fight the disease. Fight MS.  So that someday they will find a cure, or a medication that will stop the progression. 
Thanks for stopping by and listening to me rant for the sake of my sister.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Carole Avila has stopped by my blog to talk about her new release Eve's Amulet.

Help me welcome my fellow Black Opal Books author, Carole Avila as she shares some great information about herself and her new release.

Hi Lynda and thanks for letting me spend some time with you.
Here’s a bit about me
I rarely can answer questions that start with, “What is your favorite…” because I have too many favorites in most all categories. Books, music, art, food…there is so much to like! I love spending time with my three daughters. One is in Colorado so we’re not all together more than a couple of times a year but we’re very close to each other. I am a life coach and usually attract people from childhood sexual abuse backgrounds, as I am a survivor myself. (Spout Hill Press will be publishing my non-fiction work on The Long Term Effects of Sexual Abuse.)
I've known since I was 3 that I wanted to write. My stories are generally inspired –I dream them or they come to me at the keyboard and maybe for this reason, I can’t relate to “writer’s block.” I write several different genres, most containing elements of romance in them.
Eve’s Amulet, Book 1 is a fun, time-travel western adventure. It’s partly romance and historical fiction. Mandy Ruhe is swept back in time to Texas 1845, into the body of ranch owner, Carmena Luebber. Mandy must assume Carmena’s role until she finds a way back to her own time. She is caught in the lives of her new employees, and ends up torn between two men in love with the real Carmena. Mandy's amulet is stolen by a historical figure and she needs it to get back home before she destroys lives in the past as well as the future, but the only way to get it back is to participate in a criminal act that may be doomed to failure.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Help me welcome Melisse Aires as she shares her new release Starwoman's Sanctuary

I'm so glad you could stop by and spend the day with me today Melisse. Tells us a little about your new release Starwoman's Sanctuary.

Thank you for hosting me, Lynda!

What if the future turns out --good?

We see a lot of dystopian sci-fi on TV and in movies. Those are often exciting, edgy stories. But would you like to meet the man of your dreams, raise a family-- but live in hiding, trying to avoid the zombies? Or the bizarre controlling government's culling program?

Not me. With a family member with a serious health condition, I already know what instability feels like. It's not wonderful, and truly does not make me a better person, or bank up any warm memories. The times I cherish are not the hospital waiting rooms, but the family dinners, the outdoor road trip picnics, a card game full of laughs.

The romance genre ends on a HEA or HFN. My sci-fi romance series takes that a little deeper. The universe the Diaspora Worlds is set in is a thriving one. Not a perfect one, but one where most people can find a soft place. There's hope for a better life, for a real home, a safe harbor. There's an expansion movement--free land out thar! There's enterprise, burgeoning technology. Enough food, shelter, work and education for all. It's not a world for slackers, but hard work does bring rewards.

Of course, in my books, people find themselves in perilous circumstances for a time. That's when intense emotions blossom, revealing someone's true nature, showing that they are worthy of love and trust. Everyone wants to love a hero.

In Her Cyborg Awakes, Sabralia face a violent situation. She makes an unexpected and daring plan that sets things in motion so they can eventually have a life worth living.

In Alien Blood, Gema and Kellac choose to work together, not in competition, and reap rewards from that for the rest of their lives.

In Starwoman's Sanctuary, Skyleen and Kyler live lives of service to others--but in doing what they think right, they find each other.

In my upcoming book, Neon Orchid, Karvar learns just how disastrous it was to go into an arranged marriage, and Flavia knows he's her only chance at surviving.

None of them have easy times, a relaxing vacation as they find love, but in the end they have a future that that is full of love and fulfillment.

I hope you give the Diaspora Worlds a try!

Melisse Aires

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Help me welcome Krystal Shannon as she shares her new release Saving Margaret


Vegas Mates, Book 2
Krystal Shannan

Successful, but lonely, Margaret Taylor finds her mate in the body of a man she least expects it in. A bear! Her human half tries to reason her way out of the match, but her wolf is through with her excuses. Crossing the species line isn’t unheard of, but it’s not often done.

Try as she might to avoid him, fate makes sure the big grizzly bear is nearby at all times. But, will his presence be enough to protect her from the evil stalking her?

The power of the magic between them can’t be avoided. But, Scott O’Hearn thinks the beautiful Taylor wolf is doing a fine job of just that —avoiding him. He can’t help he’s a bear shifter and he’s determined to convince her it doesn’t matter. She is his mate and he’s waited over a century to find her.

Will he convince Margaret she’s his true match before it’s too late?

Excerpt #14

“Yes.” She nodded and leaned forward on the railing.
“Do you live here in Vegas? Does your family?”
“Yes, just east of the strip. I belong to the Taylor Pack.”
“You grew up with Chase?”
“No.” She shook her head. “His sister, Maggie.”
“Wait…I’ve heard about the infamous Maggie and Maggie.”
A soft laugh escaped her and a little more of the tension slid away. “Yes, everyone has heard about the Maggie’s. I go by Margaret now, though.”
He leaned down and nuzzled her cheek. “I like Margaret.” A barely audible whimper encouraged him further and he trailed soft kisses down the side of her neck. “I can’t wait to get you to the Tetons. You’ll love the forest. So much cooler than this godforsaken desert.”
She stepped back. Her facial expression morphed from disbelief to terror. Tension returned, thickening the air between them with the sickly scent of fear.
“Now you’ve done it!” His bear growled.
She slid his jacket from her shoulders and tossed it at him, shaking her head. “I have to go. I’m sorry. I can’t do this.”
“Wait, Margaret…”

To be continued…


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Novel – 40K word count – Paranormal / Witches/ Shifter Romance

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Paranormal Romance author, Krystal Shannan, lives in Texas and is married to the love-of-her-life. They have a spunky young daughter who believes in fairies. Krystal professes to loving shoes, but avoids wearing them at all costs. She teaches in the public schools and writes as much as she can in her free time. If any more spare time can be squeezed from her day, she enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. If it has a 'Happily Ever After', she's on board!

 Krystal Shannan
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Help me welcome fellow author Nana Prah as we celebrate her new release, Love Through Time

Welcome Nana. I'm excited to have you here today and help spread the word about your amazing new book, Love Through Time.

Let me tell you a little bit about this amazing author

Nana Prah was born in Ghana, West Africa, raised in the US and currently resides in Ghana where she loves her job as a writer and nurse educator. She has been writing since she can remember (in her journal) and has been an avid reader of romance novels since the eighth grade. She has finally been able to utilize the years and years of inadvertent research into writing her own romance novels where love always conquers all.

You can find more about her at:
Twitter: @NanaPrah

Now I want to share information on her new book:

Title: Love Through Time
Author:  Nana Prah
Genre: Paranormal romance
Heat level: Sweet
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release date: August 3, 2013

Defending her family – no problem. Recalling past lives – maybe just a small problem. Taking a chance on love again – well…

Jasmine Gibson has her world turned upside down when she meets gorgeous Sean Taylor. He’s the first man she’s been attracted to since her fiancĂ© dumped her two years ago. But when the disturbing daydreams start, Jasmine begins to fear that her actions in a past life may have finally caught up with her.

Sean finds it impossible to stay away from Jasmine even though he can’t shake the inexplicable feeling of betrayal, simmering deep inside him every time he sees her.

To complicate things, someone is out to hurt Jasmine and every time she and Sean are together, the police have to be called. Even if Jasmine can make Sean trust her, the two of them may not stay alive long enough to enjoy their love this time around.

 She was coming to terms about their past lives, but he was having trouble just dealing with her in this one.

“I must have been a great man in previous life,” Sean said jokingly, but Jasmine’s expression turned serious as she held onto the doorpost. “Are you all right? Are you getting lightheaded?”

“No, I’m fine.”

But he could tell something was bothering her. “Now you’re holding something back from me.”

“Do you believe in past lives?”

 “I haven’t thought about it. I've seen so much in my travels around the world that I wouldn't be surprised if it existed. Do you?”

“I think it might exist, and the thought about coming back and making your soul better is very appealing. At the same time it could be painful, especially if you hurt someone else in a past life and met them again in another.”

Sean felt a chill go up his spine. He knew there was something more to this conversation, but he couldn’t pin point it. He wanted to stay and talk with her about it, but he had to get back to studying.

He leaned down and kissed her cheek. It was nothing but a friendly kiss, but he felt the shock of it straight down to the soles of his feet. Jasmine looked just as affected as he was.

Thanks for spending the day with me Nana and I know this book will be on my kindle today.

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