“Divulging Secrets” by Lynn Burke


Divulging Secrets

by Lynn Burke

Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense/Erotic

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Candace Lake’s testimony against her father landed her in the Witness Protection program. With a new identity comes a new beginning, one based on lies and loneliness. How can she find someone to share her future with when a relationship without trust at its foundation won’t stand the storms of life?

Tom Berkley didn’t expect his new tenant to make him question his solitary lifestyle in the backwoods of Maine. He also didn’t expect to be caught up in the secrets of her past that bring his own tragic ones to the forefront of his mind.

The sizzling chemistry between them can’t be ignored, but when the threats from Candace’s turbulent past catch up with her, can she trust Tom enough to protect her from the price on her head?

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“Love Will Always Remember” by Tracey Livesay


Love Will Always Remember

by Tracey Livesay

Genre: African-American/Multicultural/Romance

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An accident changed Leighton Clarke’s life forever.

After waking from a coma, Leighton Clarke can’t remember anything from the past six years. She’s stunned when her doctors inform her she has amnesia, something she didn’t think occurred outside of soap operas. Anxious and disoriented, the only person who elicits any feelings is Jonathan Moran, a gorgeous chef with compassionate brown eyes . . . who also happens to be her fiancé.

Jonathan isn’t her fiancé. But when his estranged brother—her real husband-to-be—asks him to step in while he’s away in London, Jonathan doesn’t think he has a choice, especially after seeing how the previously aloof Leighton now responds to him. The more time they spend together, the more Jonathan begins to fall for his brother’s fiancé, until he’s wishing the pretense were reality.

When Leighton’s memories come flooding back, can she forgive the man she’s fallen in love with or will his lie ruin the only thing that feels true?

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“I Am Enough” by Grace Byers


I Am Enough

by Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books/Growing Up & Facts of Life/Emotions & Feelings/Bullying/Self-Esteem & Self-Respect

I Am Enough is the picture book everyone needs

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

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About the Author

Grace Byers is an actor and activist who stars in Fox’s hit series Empire. As a multiracial young girl and a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Grace was bullied throughout her childhood. This book was born out of her desire to empower young girls against the effects of bullying. In her spare time, she volunteers with the nonprofit antibullying organization Saving Our Daughters. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Trai Byers. I Am Enough is her first book.

What Does Fibromyalgia Feel Like?

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What does fibromyalgia feel like? It’s a question you might be asking for a number of reasons. Maybe a loved one has just been diagnosed, and you’re trying to understand a little bit of what their life is like now. Or maybe you think you might have it yourself and want to know what to look for. And maybe you just want to understand what fibromyalgia is like for the many people who suffer it every day.

Either way, when asking the question “what does fibromyalgia feel like,” be prepared to get a lot of different answers. No one’s fibromyalgia is the same, and the pain it causes isn’t just physical.

What Does Fibromyalgia Feel Like

For starters, fibromyalgia pain is both severe and long-lasting. But the type of pain people with fibromyalgia feel can be very different. Generally, the pain is located along 18 specific points on your body. These are usually near the joints on both sides of your body.

And this often feels like joint pain, where the joints have a sort of dull ache. Usually, in fibromyalgia, those points hurt more when you press on them. But in addition to joint pain, the muscles also ache. This usually feels like a kind of dull ache as well, as though the muscles had been subjected to strenuous exercise. And occasionally, the muscles will spasm uncontrollably.

But, fibromyalgia pain can also feel like sharper, like someone was shoving a knife into your muscles. In the worst cases of fibromyalgia, people can feel like the muscles are almost being pulled off of the bone. Fibromyalgia can be an extremely painful disease, which makes it easy to see why living with fibromyalgia is so difficult.

What Is Life With Fibromyalgia Like

In addition to the physical pain, which can make things like just walking around the room extremely difficult, fibromyalgia makes life hard in other ways. For example, there’s the constant fatigue. Fibromyalgia makes it difficult to sleep, partly because of the constant pain and partly because it seems to trigger insomnia.

That means that people with fibromyalgia can go years without getting a good night’s sleep. This makes it difficult to handle everyday life since they constantly feel too tired to accomplish basic tasks. And combined with the loss of mental clarity, called “fibro-fog,” people with fibromyalgia have problems with short-term memory.

So not only are people with fibromyalgia in constant pain, but it is difficult for them to focus mentally. That means that things like going to work are hard for people with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can get so bad that it becomes impossible to do normal things like go to work because it’s impossible to get out of bed. And even things you take for granted, like walking, become impossible.

In that sense, life with fibromyalgia is extremely difficult and the emotional toll it takes is even worse.

What Does Fibromyalgia Feel Like Emotionally?

Of course, the worst thing about fibromyalgia is not the pain for many people. It is the way their condition shuts them off from the rest of the world. People with fibromyalgia often find that the people around them have a hard time relating to them once their fibromyalgia becomes severe.

Whereas before they may have been vibrant and full of life, people with severe fibromyalgia are stuck in bed most days, unable to even get up. This makes it hard for the people around them to continue including them in their lives. Or they get tired of having to support them emotionally and physically. Eventually, all but the most committed friends and relatives drift away. So fibromyalgia can get extremely lonely and isolating. That can be the hardest part of the disease to live with.

So when you’re asking “what does fibromyalgia feel like,” it’s worth remembering that there is an emotional toll that the disease takes as well as a physical one. And the emotional toll is so serious that people with fibromyalgia are significantly more likely to commit suicide. The constant pain and loneliness, as well as the feeling that they will never be able to live a normal life again, drives many people with fibromyalgia to take their own lives.

So in short, fibromyalgia feels so bad that people who have it feel like they want to kill themselves. To bring it back to the beginning, when you’re asking “what does fibromyalgia feel like,” the answer is “terrible.” It’s a disabling disease that causes terrible pain. Keep that in mind when you’re with people who have it. They need support and understanding most of all. And asking that basic question is a great way to start giving it to them.


The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.

#ReleaseBlitz “Sanctuary (Titanomachy Series Book 2)” by Makayla Love


Title: Sanctuary

Author: Makayla Love

Genre: Steampunk / Post-Apocalyptic

Shiloh isn’t adjusting well to her new life in Ironbridge. Life isn’t how she always imagined it would be, and every day is harder than the last. Things only get worse when a small family on their way to a settlement called “Sanctuary” shows up on Shiloh’s doorstep looking for an escort the rest of the way. But Sanctuary isn’t all its supposed to be.

When they find themselves trapped, every second becomes a fight for survival. Can they find a way out before one of them falls to a mad tyrant? Or will their little group be broken up forever?

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Author Bio

Makayla Love is an aspiring Harley Quinn-esque super villain who has decided to spend her time between nefarious schemes by writing paranormal novels in her lair somewhere in the general Kansas area. She enjoys sit-coms and doesn’t have enough shelf space for her ever multiplying collection of books.


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“Forever Changed (The Forever Series Book 1)” by Mona Ingram


Forever Changed (The Forever Series Book 1)

by Mona Ingram

Genre: Inspirational/Contemporary/Romance/YA

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There’s nothing like finding out you have breast cancer to make you take a second look at your life. Along with the diagnosis, Ariana finds a new reason to live when she meets tattoo artist Blaine Bennett. But Blaine’s reaction when she informs him of the pending double mastectomy isn’t what she expected. Can two people who so obviously belong together deal with the outside forces keeping them apart?
Each book in the ‘Forever’ series focuses on a woman at a crossroads in her life. These romances contain no graphic sex, but instead focus on the woman’s story, and how her journey leads to love. Novella-length at between 32,00-40,000 words, they are complete stories, and may be read in any order. Enjoy!

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National Women And Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

2018 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the loss of my baby brother, Keith, to AIDS-related complications. He was twenty-nine-years-old.  Not a cause for celebration, but a time to recommit to spreading awareness about this disease that does not discriminate. AIDS isn’t the ‘epidemic’ it once was, but any disease whose victims still number in the millions is not something to become complacent over.

HIV/AIDS at its worst didn’t just take lives. Families, friendships, marriages, livelihoods and more were left broken and devastated in its wake. Too many AIDS patients died alienated and alone but for the simple lack of knowledge.

Pledge today to be a part of the solution–to learn and share the FACTS about this killer. Nothing should be taken for granted. Sexually active adults should be having the AIDS-conversation. Parents should be talking to their children–especially their young daughters. The old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In the case of of HIV/AIDS, it could also save a life. Be safe. Be smart. Be informed. –FD



Observed annually on March 10th, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to empower people everywhere with knowledge and information regarding this disease and the often overlooked impact that it has on women and girls.

On this educational day, each year, groups, organizations, state and local health officials and thousands of people share the facts regarding HIV/AIDS and the impact on them.


Some of the action that is taken, or can be taken, on this day is:

  • Educating women and girls how to prevent HIV/AIDS
  • Encouraging more women and girls to get tested
  • Providing services to those living with the disease
  • Doing whatever it takes to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS

Use #WomenGirlsHIVAIDSAwarenessDay to post on social media.


National Woman and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services alongside many organizations that play a critical role in the observance in communities across the nation.

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10 Facts About HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS remains one of the world’s most significant public health challenges, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

As a result of recent advances in access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-positive people now live longer and healthier lives. In addition, it has been confirmed that ART prevents onward transmission of HIV.

An estimated 20.9 million people were receiving HIV treatment in mid-2017. However, globally, only 53% of the 36.7 million people living with HIV in 2016 were receiving ART.

Progress has also been made in preventing and eliminating mother-to-child transmission and keeping mothers alive. In 2016, almost 8 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV, or 1.1 million women, received antiretrovirals (ARVs).

WHO has released a set of normative guidelines and provides support to countries in formulating and implementing policies and programmes to improve and scale up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for all people in need.

This fact file provides current data on the disease, and ways to prevent and treat it.

Fact 1: HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infects cells of the immune system

Infection results in the progressive deterioration of the immune system, breaking down the body’s ability to fend off some infections and other diseases. AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome) refers to the most advanced stages of HIV infection, defined by the occurrence of any of more than 20 opportunistic infections or related cancers.

Fact 2: HIV can be transmitted in several ways

HIV can be transmitted through:

* unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal or anal) or oral sex with an infected person;
* transfusions of contaminated blood or blood products ortransplantation of contaminated tissue;
* the sharing of contaminated injecting equipment and solutions (needles, syringes) or tattooing equipment;
* through the use of contaminated surgical equipment and other sharp instruments;
* the transmission between a mother and her baby during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

Fact 3: There are several ways to prevent HIV transmission

Key ways to prevent HIV transmission:

* practice safe sexual behaviours such as using condoms;
* get tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV to prevent onward transmission;
* avoid injecting drugs, or if you do, always use sterile needles and syringes;
* ensure that any blood or blood products that you might need are tested for HIV;
* access voluntary medical male circumcision if you live in one of the 14 countries where this intervention is promoted;
* if you have HIV start antiretroviral therapy as soon as possible for your own health and to prevent HIV transmission to your sexual or drug using partner or to your infant (if you are pregnant or breastfeeding);
* use pre-exposure prophylaxis prior to engaging in high risk behaviour; demand post-exposure prophylaxis if there is the risk that you have been exposed to HIV infection in both occupational and non-occupational settings.

Fact 4: 36.7 million people are living with HIV worldwide.

Globally, an estimated 36.7 million (34.0–39.8 million) people were living with HIV in 2015, and 1.8 million (1.5–2.0 million) of these were children. The vast majority of people living with HIV are in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 2.1 million (1.8–2.4 million) people were newly infected with with HIV in 2015. An estimated 35 million people have died from HIV-related causes so far, including 1.1 million (940 000–1.3 million) in 2015.

Fact 5: Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents HIV from multiplying in the body

If the reproduction of HIV stops, then the body’s immune cells are able to live longer and provide the body with protection from infections. Effective ART results in a reduction in viral load, the amount of virus in the body, greatly reducing the risk of transmitting the virus sexual partners. If the HIV positive partner in a couple is on effective ART, the likelihood of sexual transmission to the HIV-negative partner can be reduced by as much as 96%. Expanding coverage of HIV treatment contributes to HIV prevention efforts.

Fact 6: As of mid-2016, 18.2 million people were receiving ART worldwide

Of these, more than 16 million lived in low- and middle-income countries. In 2016, WHO released the second edition of the “Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection.” These guidelines present several new recommendations, including the recommendation to provide lifelong ART to all children, adolescents and adults, including all pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV, regardless of CD4 cell count as soon as possible after diagnosis. WHO has also expanded earlier recommendations to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV (PrEP) to selected people at substantial risk of acquiring HIV. Alternative first-line treatment regimens are also recommended.

Fact 7: HIV testing can help to ensure treatment for people in need

Access to HIV testing and medicines should be dramatically accelerated in order to reach the goal of ending AIDS by 2030. HIV testing reach is still limited, as an estimated 40% of people with HIV or over 14 million people remain undiagnosed and don’t know their infection status. WHO is recommending innovative HIV-self-testing and partner notification approaches to increase HIV testing services among undiagnosed people.

Fact 8: An estimated 1.8 million children are living with HIV

According to 2015 figures most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected through transmission from their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Close to 150 000 children (110 000–190 000) became newly infected with HIV in 2015.

Fact 9: Elimination of mother-to-child-transmission is becoming a reality

Access to preventive interventions remains limited in many low- and middle-income countries. But progress has been made in some areas such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and keeping mothers alive. In 2015, almost 8 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV – 1.1 million women – received antiretrovirals worldwide. In 2015, Cuba was the first country declared by WHO as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. In June 2016, 3 other countries: Armenia, Belarus and Thailand were also validated for eliminating mother-to-child HIV.

Fact 10: HIV is the greatest risk factor for developing active TB disease

In 2015, an estimated 1.2 million (11%) of the 10.4 million people who developed TB worldwide were HIV-positive. In the same year approximately 390 000 deaths from tuberculosis occurred among people living with HIV. The WHO African Region accounted for around 75% of the estimated number of HIV-related TB deaths.


Compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO)


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