Living with Invisible Illness: The Gross Clinic- Henna Sjöblom

Living With Invisible Illness

Brave & Reckless

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The doctors will come,
I promised
as I stabilized the wound with a metal rail, stretching my abdomen for everyone to see
They all lined up, came by and spit into the orifice, one by one
granting me their final gifts of disregard.

Of course, I cried to them
You there, Sir! Won’t You take pity on this poor wretch of a woman?
Bring her home, slice her, carve her up like a snuff prostitute
then hang her torso over your bed as a lucky charm
to ensure that you, honored Sir, will never succumb to the same madness!

Believe me, I didn’t ask for it either.
But the strange thing about roadkill
is that it’s not a roadkill until you choose to get out of the car and look,
inspect the wheel-tracks carved into it’s stomach like the fingerprints of god.
I prefer to drive by,

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Living with Invisible Illness: Lost Key

Living with an Invisible illness.

Brave & Reckless

the transformation

was so slow

so gradual

that i was unaware

that bones had turned glass

joints brass clockwork

until they seized

from lack of lubrication

made me stumble gracelessly

onto cracked tiles

hands once strong


now tremble

fail to grasp

fail to open

jars and tubs

of balms

of potions

that clutter dresser top

displacing brushes

jewelry with delicate clasps

making empty promises

to ease aches


i now wind down

an underpowered automaton

dust a fine coating on pale skin

words once nimble on my tongue

swim in and out of view

bright as koi

frustratingly elusive

in brain rendered too sluggish

too viscous

to gather them

in silver butterfly nets

and set them free

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#Writerlife101 Day 7: Worst writing advice #amwriting

When is writing advice ‘bad’ writing advice? Three guesses and the first two don’t count! 😉

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Writing advice is good because beginning authors need to learn the craft, and simple sayings are easy to remember. They encourage us to write lean, descriptive prose and craft engaging conversations. The craft of writing involves learning the rules of grammar, developing a wider vocabulary, learning how to develop characters, build worlds, etc., etc. Authors spend a lifetime learning their craft and never learn all there is to know about the subject.

Writing advice is bad because it is so frequently taken to extremes by novice authors armed with a little dangerous knowledge.

  • Remove all adverbs.
    This advice is complete crap. Use common sense and don’t use unnecessary adverbs.
  • Don’t use speech tags.
    What? Who said that and why are there no speech tags in this drivel?
  • Show, Don’t Tell. Don’t Ever Don’t do it!

Quote from Susan Defreitas for Lit Reactor: Sure, hot tears, a pounding pulse, and clenched…

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“Tanzi’s Ice (Vince Tanzi Book 2)” by C.I. Dennis


Tanzi’s Ice (Vince Tanzi Book 2)

by C.I. Dennis

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Crime Fiction/ Private Investigator

FREE at time of posting!

The unexplained death of his abusive, estranged father sends private investigator Vince Tanzi to his home state of Vermont in this fast-paced sequel to “Tanzi’s Heat.”

Vince reconnects with his mother, brother, and sister, only to find that his father’s efforts at making amends have put them all at risk. At the same time, his own personal life begins to carom between infatuation, responsibility, and disaster.

Follow Vince across the ski trails, jazz clubs, graveyards, and spectacular landscape of Vermont in midwinter as he races to find the killers—before he becomes their next victim. For mystery readers who like an added dash of romance, wit, and edge.

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#CoverReveal “Whispers in the Dark” by LeTeisha Newton

I was captured…That’s just the beginning of my tale. I’ve survived Purgatory, abuse, and near death. In that abandoned farmhouse I nearly lost everything, but Jacob saved me. We were trapped in this hell together, giving each other the strength to hold on. I fell into darkness with my captor’s son.Until I left him behind.She was perfect, my Alana. Brilliant and full of pain. She understood my darkness and fueled the fire. When she left, I waited patiently to find her, and in her honor, I killed men who took away from innocents. Then I found her…She’s deadly now, a killer too, and perfectly mine. It was beautiful to behold, but she belongs in a cage. My cage. She’ll love me again, or I’ll expose her dirty secrets for the world to see while going down in flames with her. In darkness, it’s most definitely till death do us part.

Warning: This book is full of triggers. It’s wicked dark, with created evil falling in love. People die. They are hurt horribly. The bad guys get away, and there is no apology for it. Hardcore trigger within these pages.

Writing professionally since 2008, LeTeisha Newton’s love of romance novels began long before it should have. After spending years sneaking reads from her grandmother’s stash, she finally decided to pen her own tales. As many will do during their youth, she bounced from fantasy, urban literature, mainstream, interracial, paranormal, heterosexual, and LGBT works until she finally rested in contemporary romance.
LeTeisha is all about deep angst and angry heroes who take a bit more loving to smooth their rough edges. Love comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors, as well as with—or without—absolute beauty and fairy tale sweetness. She writes the darker tales because life is hard … but love is harder.

#CoverReveal “Taking It Slow (Doing Bad Things Book 3)” by Jordan Marie







What do you get when you mix tequila, a sexy blonde, and the bright lights of Vegas?

A hell of a hangover and apparently a runaway bride.

I got married last night.
I was drunk off my ass, but there’s a ring, a marriage certificate and more than enough proof that I had one wild wedding night.

There’s just one problem.

The bride is long gone.
Apparently what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there.

But that’s not the problem—

The problem is I’m already engaged.

When my bride-to-be meets my bride-already, there’s going to be hell to pay.

I have just two weeks to find my bride and get a divorce.
That should be simple enough.


What could go wrong?

Besides everything.

*Stand-alone novel, with a HEA inside. Please note there is absolutely no cheating in this book.*
Coming March 13th


USA Today Best Selling Author Jordan Marie, is just a simple small town country girl who is haunted by Alpha Men who talk in her head 24 hours a day.

She currently has 14 books out including 2 that she wrote under the pen name Baylee Rose.

She likes to create a book that takes you on an emotional journey whether tears, laughter (or both) or just steamy hot fun (or all 3). She loves to connect with readers and interacting with them through social media, signings or even old fashioned email.



#Review “66 Metres (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, Book 1)” by J.F. Kirwan

5/5 Stars!

Gritty. 66 Metres is gritty.

Exactly what is expected in the shadowy world of crime families, covert operatives, and terrorists looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and those who crave only power.

There are no good guys. Only those with agendas—be they escaping past demons or seeking to possess future riches.

There are no friendships… only alliances.

And they are temporary.

Nadia Laksheva is our protagonist, trapped into service for five years in this dangerous world to pay off a debt, and free older sister, Katya, one of several concubines [sex slaves] kept by Russian crime boss, Kadinsky.

I respect Nadia. She never gives up or gives in. Despite her tenth and last op going horribly wrong through no fault of her own, Nadia knows to not deliver “the package” to Kadinsky is a death sentence for her sister…and for her when she is eventually found. She’s knows trusting Kadinsky at all is a leap of faith… and a lot of hope

That being said, I’m still not sure if I like Nadia. Don’t misunderstand me, she’s not a bad person. But she’s in her own head a bit too much… dwelling… on past events and past conversations. She’s searching for wisdom, at the age of twenty-three (initially eighteen), she does not possess, and it leads to hasty/bad decisions—which is how she ended up in debt to Kadinsky. To be fair, I’m not sure if Nadia ever had a clear path to a different life. Between finding out the truth about her father only after he was killed, and the prickly relationship she had with her mother, she didn’t have much guidance. But, I don’t have to like her to be in her corner. She is no wimp, and somehow needs a break from the death and madness.

Former MI6 operative, Jake Saunders, is coerced back into service to recover ‘the package’ Nadia is hiding. Jake has issues of his own he needs resolved and goes on the hunt for Nadia. However, he becomes conflicted—how can he complete his assignment AND save Nadia?

Sound simple enough? It isn’t. The devil’s in the details…and there are lots of details.

66 Metres has a large cast of thugs, henchmen, hit-men, terrorists, corrupt officials, and rubes who pass through, some only lasting for a scene or two. However, the author has done a masterful job of making these brief appearances memorable. It’s even possible to see ‘human’ sides to some of the baddies and better understand their motives.

Well, except for pond scum Slick and Pox, who had no redeeming social value. And Kadinsky.

One of the best parts of this read is the significance of the title. It doesn’t only have meaning for the protagonist, but all the divers in the book understand… and respect the depth of 66 metres. The author gives readers a great visual when Nadia sits outside the ice cream parlor and imagines herself at the base of a twenty-story building with the roof being the water’s surface. The thought made Nadia shiver…and me too!

Fans of international crime and intrigue will enjoy this read, but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well-written story with a complex plot, and twists and turns on ever page. I’m looking forward to reading book 2, 37 Hours.



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Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.

Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has just one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.

And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her…

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JF KirwanJ. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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