“Origins of an Alpha: Beast of Red Moon Ranch (An Arranged Marriage Romance)” by Morgan Rae

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“Origins of an Alpha: Beast of Red Moon Ranch (An Arranged Marriage Romance)”

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban/Shifters

Release Date: May 19, 2016

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What would you do to save your family…and yourself?

It’s a new era, a time of free love and women’s lib. So why did Mae McCullen agree to marry a total stranger at her father’s request? Ever the good girl, the solid one, she thinks it’s all to keep her family’s land and money secure. Instead, her father is hiding a much darker secret, one that is too wild to be real.

Scott Westmore doesn’t much care who he marries. After all, one human is the same as the next. But with the intense feeling that he’s losing touch with his human side, a marriage of convenience seems like an easy way to tether himself to reality and keep his Beast under control.

But when a shaman’s orphan has other plans for the shifter clans, ones that will curse the alpha into an animal existence forever, Mae must break the curse if she has any hope of keeping her bear…but only if he’s willing to stay.

“Mr. Adam: A Novel” by Pat Frank

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“Mr. Adam: A Novel”

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopian

Release Date: February 23, 2016

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Originally published at the dawn of the Atomic Age, Mr. Adam is a riveting, chilling novel from the author of the post-apocalyptic classic Alas Babylon,  revealing the dangers of nuclear power—and the far greater danger of government bureaucracy.

A young newspaperman accidentally turns up the biggest story of his career: On a certain date in the not-too-distant future, there are no reservations in the maternity wards of any hospitals in New York. When the journalist’s AP office checks other cities, he discovers that this alarming state of affairs is not just in the United States, but in the entire world. A few months earlier, an accidental explosion in an atomic plant in Mississippi released an unknown form of radiation that turned the Earth’s men sterile—with one notable exception.

Mr. Homer Adam, who was at the bottom of a lead mine in Colorado at the moment of the explosion, is the only man unaffected by the atomic rays. Naturally, he is in great demand, and sadly, it’s up to the government to decide what to do with him.

One of literature’s first responses to the atomic bomb, Mr. Adam is an artifact of classic science fiction—an equally biting satire and ominous warning to society—that will resonate deeply with readers today as it did when it was first published in 1946.

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52-Week Writing Challenge: Week 35
Reworking parts of ‘Heartburn’ and this is a deleted scene… for now. Who knows where it will end up?

“Quinn, you can’t! My parents are still well thought of in the school community even though they both retired years ago. Having this come out would kill my mother.”

“I don’t give three twisting bitches about what may or may not kill your mother!”


“For our entire marriage, she’s smiled in my face; stuck her nose where it didn’t belong and tried to talk me into quitting my job just to be a full-time wife to you — a man who can’t keep his pants zipped! Then when you commit the ultimate betrayal, she helps you hide it. Honestly, Oscar — she can kiss my ass!”


“Shut up! Stop yelling my name and sign the damn papers! I’m done with this… and you!”

“Quinn, baby — don’t do this! We can work this out. I’m serious about the marriage counseling. It’s not too late. We can fix our marriage, baby”

“The marriage wasn’t the problem, Oscar — you were. Sign.”

“Baby, please. Let’s take a vacation… spend some time together, and talk this out. Just the two of us.”

“Sign… or my next stop is your boss’ office.”

Oscar reached out towards Quinn, and she leaned away from the table. “Quinn…please…?

She stared at him, her jaws set.

Defeated, Oscar nodded to his attorney and retook his seat.

Opening the ominous file folder that always laid in the center of the table during each meeting, the attorney glanced at Morris and Quinn, then addressed Oscar.

“Are you sure about this, Oscar?”

Oscar looked at his wife and for the first time, she saw real emotion.

Quinn almost felt sorry for him. Almost.

Nodding, Oscar took the document and signed in the three marked places then slid it back to his attorney who also signed before sliding it back to the center of the table.

Morris pulled it in front of Quinn, who signed quickly with a flourish.

Morris Dabney added his signature.

“I’ll file these with the court before the end of business today and make sure your office gets copies”, he directed to the other side of the table. He turned to Quinn. “The court will set a formal hearing date, and without any more objections”,

Morris looked pointedly at Oscar, “the marriage dissolution will be final in a few short months. Neither of you will have to appear at the formal hearing since the documents are signed.”

“Thank you, Morris.”

Quinn reached for her bag and headed for the door. She had to leave this room while she could keep her anger in check. She had so much more she wanted to say to her soon-to-be-ex-husband. Things she should have said. But, she knew it would all fall on deaf ears as Oscar felt his infidelities were mere lapses in judgments… mistakes.

Quinn reached for the doorknob when Oscar called out to her. She turned to face him.

“I’ve made some mistakes, but I do love you. My heart will always belong to you.”

Quinn left the conference, stalking towards the elevator, her jaws clenched so tightly, a dull ache radiated down to her neck.

Jabbing the call button, Quinn was grateful when the lift doors opened and equally grateful no one else boarded.

Quinn pressed the button for the parking garage level, then leaned against the wall.

It was over.

She was closing the book on nine years of her life and moving on. Quinn knew it wouldn’t be easy. She may be rid of Oscar Landon, but her family wasn’t going anywhere. Oscar would waste no time in telling them Quinn had BLACKMAILED him into signing the divorce papers.

She supposed she’d done just. But Quinn felt no guilt or regret. The mental and emotional duress Oscar put her through, not to mention the risks to her health and life, left Quinn feeling justified in doing whatever it took to secure her freedom.

Quinn knew her family, descended from generations of pious, self-righteous folk who didn’t believe in divorce, wouldn’t see it her way. Quinn was glad she’d moved out of the home she’d shared with Oscar long ago and into her own home, miles away from both sides of the family.

She had won the war, but the battles were just beginning.

©Felicia Denise 2017




“Green Castles” by K.L. Montgomery

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“Green Castles

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Death & Grief/Coming of Age

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Inspired by true events, Green Castles tells the story of three former high school best friends; Jennifer, Kat, and Michelle; who are reunited in their small Indiana hometown when Jennifer’s daughter loses her battle with mitochondrial disease. Through a series of flashbacks to their teen days in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, the three women learn about resilience, forgiveness, and just how strong the bonds of family and friendship truly are.


“Doctor Who: Paper Dolls” by Simon Guerrier and Christel Dee

Calling all Doctor Who fans!

“Doctor Who: Paper Dolls

Genre: Hobbies & Crafts/Papercrafts

Release Date: September 5, 2017

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The first ever book of Doctor Who paper dolls, including all twelve doctors, a range of companions and characters, and more than fifty different outfits accompanied by captions and trivia for each!

Take your obsession with Doctor Who to an imaginative new dimension with Doctor Who: Paper Dolls. Role play as your favorite Doctor, replay the Doctors’ greatest episodes, and travel through space and time with close companions, including Rose, Donna, Missy, and the latest sidekick companion, Bill. Each doll is printed on heavy art cardstock and comes with a range of outfits to mix and match any adventure, all with captions providing background information and trivia. You can also take your dress-up to the next galactic level with cosplay tips from Christel Dee, star of Doctor Who: The Fan Show.


Fibromyalgia and Cutaneous Conditions


A cutaneous condition means one that affects the skin. And unfortunately, these sorts of conditions seem to be very common among people with fibromyalgia. But that’s not the type of thing you usually think of when you think of fibromyalgia. So, why is it that people with fibromyalgia suffer from skin conditions? What’s the link? And what can you do about it?

Fibromyalgia And Cutaneous Conditions

Fibromyalgia and skin conditions seem to go together. In fact, it’s estimated that almost half of all people with fibromyalgia will develop some kind of skin condition. But nailing down the answer to why that is is tricky. There are so many different kinds of skin conditions, and people with fibromyalgia seem to suffer from a wide range of them.

Let’s start with one of the most common complaints of people with fibromyalgia: chronic itching. Fibromyalgia can lead to a sort of constant itchy feeling that no amount of scratching can soothe. This itch can last for hours or even days with no relief. And if you’ve ever had an itch that you just can’t scratch, you know how frustrating that can be. Many people who suffer from this symptom even say that it interferes with their ability to sleep, compounding the insomnia that fibromyalgia causes.

It’s hard to say what causes this chronic itch, especially since very little research into the subject has been done. The most likely explanation lies in the nerves. Fibromyalgia seems to cause some sort of breakdown in the functioning of the nerves, which causes them to relay a feeling of pain without any external cause. It could be that this same misconnection in the nerves that causes pain is also contributing to the itchy feeling, which is also transmitted to the brain by the nervous system.

But in addition to itching, many people with fibromyalgia experience another condition called xeroderma. Xeroderma is simply a term that means dry skin, but that seems to be a problem that many people with fibromyalgia experience. Again, we don’t know exactly what causes this condition in people with fibromyalgia, but it may have something to do with the way the cells in your skin replicate themselves or related to the immune system.

And speaking of the immune system, it’s behind one of the most troubling forms of skin conditions related to fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a condition where the body’s immune system begins to attack and destroy your own tissue. Some forms, like lupus, result in immune cells attacking the tissue in your skin. This results in chronic inflammation in the skin and often a red, scaly rash on the face. This rash usually spreads across both cheeks, leading many to call it a “butterfly rash.”

But there are other forms of autoimmune disease that can cause skin problems. Psoriasis is a common one. In cases of psoriasis, the immune cells destroy the cells in your skin. To compensate, your skin cells begin to multiply rapidly, creating large red plaques on the skin.

We don’t know exactly what the relationship is between autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia. For a long time, people have speculated that fibromyalgia itself is an autoimmune disease. But the evidence doesn’t quite suggest this is the case. People with fibromyalgia don’t have the elevated levels of antibodies that are a key sign of autoimmune disease. And they lack the tissue inflammation that most autoimmune conditions cause.

It could be that the stress of fibromyalgia makes you more susceptible to autoimmune disease since stress is known to be a major trigger in this conditions. But until we know more about the relationship we can’t tell for sure.

How Are They Treated?

Regardless of what kind of condition you’re suffering from, you probably want to know how to treat it. The good news is that most of the cutaneous conditions associated with fibromyalgia are fairly easy to treat.

For dry skin, the answer is usually a moisturizing cream. These creams help lock moisture into the skin and combined with staying hydrated are usually enough to resolve any issues caused by dry skin.

When it comes to other conditions, such as itching, it’s a bit harder to find effective treatment. Often, basic allergy medication is effective for giving temporary relief from the itching. But many doctors also prescribe a type of anti-seizure medication called Gabapentin that seems to be effective in granting long-term relief.

And for autoimmune conditions, there are a number of different medications that can help control inflammation. These include basic over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressants.

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. For additional information, please visit their website.
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“The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy” by Mark R. Healy

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“The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy

Genre: Science Fiction/Metaphysical & Visionary/Cyberpunk

Release Date: October 11, 2016

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One of the most gripping and original sci-fi series of recent years, The Silent Earth is a breathtaking glimpse into a terrifying future.

The Earth is in ruins. Cities and nations destroyed. Those who survive the onslaught succumb to the cold blackness of winter. A handful of machines finally emerge into the light, lost and directionless. They are the last remnants of civilisation.

Brant is a synthetic – a machine who has the appearance and emotions of the humans who made him. He is hunted across the wasteland by cruel scavengers known as Marauders who are intent on cannibalising his body to prolong their own lives.

Brant carries a great burden as he tries to return home: a secret that can change the world. Against the unforgiving desert, the twisted denizens of this new world and his own dark past he needs to find a way back at any cost.