The Devil You Know, Part V #52weeks52stories

Week 15 already! 😉


Sally sat on the edge of the hospital recliner, her back ramrod straight.

The nurse was nearby completing Sally’s discharge orders.

Joanie, Carolyn, and Darrin stood by in silence, each casting worried looks at their mother.

Carolyn knelt at Sally’s side.

“Mom, please reconsider. The doctor said your vitals are stable, but you still need to be careful. He’d signed off on one more night’s stay in the hospital.”

She reached out and caressed her daughter’s cheek.

“And what good would that do, Caro? Laying in that bed for another night would change nothing, including me. The police have questions and so do I.”

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“If We Could Do It Again” by A. Marie Johnson


If We Could Do It Again

by A. Marie Johnson

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance/African-American

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“Nothing can go on between us. You can’t come in town and just sweep me back into your arms, Noble.”
“I can’t? Because that’s exactly what I plan on doing. Starting right now.”

Noni Clark never imagined living her life without Noble Preston by her side… until she had to. Their high school sweetheart love came to an unwanted end when Noble graduated and moved to California, leaving her behind in their hometown. With no other choice but to move on, Noni finished her final year of high school alone and continued to find her way through life without him… until he came back.

Riding on the upside of a promising acting career, Noble Preston has never been more satisfied with life, but there is one thing missing to make it complete; Noni Clark. After nine years without seeing her, fate finds a way to bring them back together through his younger sister, Avery. Avery needs a wedding planned, Noble is going to stay for the planning and fund it all and Noni is the best wedding planner in the city. The chance for Noble to win Noni back and keep her for good seems promising… until trouble pops up.

A mother that never wanted to see the two of them together, a man who has already made a place in Noni’s life and an enticing vixen from Noble’s very recent past makes it hard for the unforgettable lovers to truly reunite. Can a love that never seemed to fade win? Or will the destiny that first set them apart continue to trump all?

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#Review “Cruise With an Adorable Fat Girl” by Bernice Bloom

3/5 Stars!

This is the first book I’ve read from Bernice Bloom’s popular Adorable Fat Girl Series. Unfortunately, it’s the only book I’ll read from the series.

As a plus-size female, I wanted to love the story—ready for a smart, snarky heroine I could cheer for; someone who despite their ongoing battle with weight still had the confidence to meet life head-on; someone other obese persons could emulate.

That’s not the story I found here.

To me, Mary Brown isn’t the woman with a rampant sweet tooth, a love affair with carbs, and an aversion to working out. She has an eating disorder. Her plans revolve around food. She gorges herself while preparing her plate. She’s irritable when she can’t eat with wild abandon.

Even if I could suspend ALL belief that Mary lived in a world where everyone she met was kind and accepting and a candidate to be a friend for life, it wouldn’t change the fact I don’t like Mary. Other than disapproving looks from a couple of sales clerk early in the story, there’s no offensive, uncouth character intent on picking at Mary’s self-esteem… because Mary handles that quite well herself. Her descriptions of herself are unflattering, and not in a “hey, I don’t take myself too seriously” kind of way. It’s more, “I’m pathetic, but a good person for the most part.”

Again, this is the only book from the series I’ve read and I’m not sure who Mary is supposed to be—the jolly fat person… because all fat people are jolly *eye roll*; the confident, self-assured woman living life on her on terms; or the hapless female always ending up one ridiculous situation after another? Her first night on the cruise, Mary drinks to excess and can’t remember anything. Pretty sure I missed the Ha-Ha about that.

In addition to the cruise itself, Mary was surrounded by mini-plots—Simon, Frank and Janette, and of course, no Dawn.

The whole no-Dawn thing? Silly and predictable.

Simon may very well have been the biggest tool known to man, but I wouldn’t know that based on this story. All I know is the incredible tale Mary told him to break up with him made her seem even more shallow and unlikable. I felt sorry for him.  The lie she’s told Simon and the lie about Dawn should be sins to atone for…in some Mary Brown-way, but instead she blurts them out to virtual strangers and everyone has a good laugh because Mary is just so doggone adorable–not.

Frank and Janette? My heart broke for 96-year-old-vet, Frank’s story and I applauded his last “mission” … right up until boardings were missed and a job was put in jeopardy. Fun Fact: the only time Mary isn’t binge-eating or drinking too much is when she’s focused on helping Frank.

Juan was probably the smartest person in the story, but he was also the most outrageous stereotype. Pity.

I’ve read many stories where I didn’t care for the protagonist—or any of the characters—yet, I enjoyed the plot and its journey to a satisfying ending. This ending felt rushed with too many loose ends haphazardly tied together.

The cover has changed since I read Cruise with an Adorable Fat Girl. The new cover (top) is very nice. The old cover (bottom) gave me a WTH-moment. Where’s the fat girl?

I know many readers find Mary Brown adorable… but I just find her annoying.



Mary Brown – our full-figured heroine – is off on a cruise. It’s the trip of a lifetime…featuring eat-all-you-can buffets and a trek through Europe with a 96-year-old widower called Frank and a flamboyant Spanish dancer called Juan Pedro in attendance. Then there’s the desperately handsome captain, the appearance of an ex-boyfriend on the ship, the time she’s mistaken for a Hollywood film star in Lisbon and tonnes of clothes shopping all over Europe.
“Lovely, warm, life-enhancing and laugh out-loud funny,” Glamour magazine.

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Fibromyalgia and Amalgam Fillings

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If you struggle with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia long enough, you’ll eventually hear a lot of different theories about what causes it. People have suggested that fibromyalgia is actually caused by everything from toxic mold to humid climates. And while some of these theories have more of a scientific basis than others, sometimes you come across a theory that sounds a little far-fetched, only to learn that it might be a lot closer to the truth than you imagined.

For instance, maybe you’ve heard that amalgam fillings, the kind used in dental work, actually contribute to chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. As it turns out, there may a lot more to this theory than you might expect. So, can amalgam fillings really contribute to fibromyalgia? Let’s look at the evidence.

Amalgam Fillings And Fibromyalgia

The standard dental amalgam filling is made up of about 50% mercury. The rest is a mixture of silver, tin, and copper. Doctors have used it to fill the holes in teeth caused by cavities for over 100 years because it is inexpensive and long-lasting.

But recently, scientists have begun to wonder how safe they actually are. Obviously, mercury can carry a range of health risks, including damage to the brain and nerves. Symptoms of mercury exposure include muscle weakness, tremors, and insomnia. Long-term exposure to high levels of mercury can even cause insanity. For instance, the phrase “mad as a hatter”  is a reference to the fact that people who made hats used to work frequently with mercury and often suffered the consequences.

Amalgam fillings present a special risk for a few reasons. First, when amalgam fillings are first put into the teeth, they are heated until they melt. This means that a small amount of mercury is vaporized and can be inhaled into the lungs. This type of exposure to mercury is particularly dangerous. Second, the fact that the fillings remain in the teeth means that people with the fillings are exposed to the mercury for years or decades.

In 2009, the World Health Organization looked at potentially banning the use of amalgam fillings. But because this would make it difficult for people in poor countries to get dental work, the WHO decided to suggest that dentists slowly stop using them instead.

Obviously, that doesn’t help if you’ve already had amalgam fillings installed, as many people around the world have. And recently, research has suggested that these fillings could have a link to chronic health conditions, especially those that cause fatigue and depression like fibromyalgia.

Now, it’s important to remember that this link has not been conclusively proven. The referenced study simply suggests that a large amount of evidence supports the idea that there is a link, not that there definitely is one. And it would almost certainly be a mistake to say that dental fillings cause fibromyalgia.

The true cause of fibromyalgia remains a mystery, but it seems to have something to do with the nervous system. This suggests that mercury, which affects the nervous system, could play a role in the severity of symptoms. But many people without dental fillings get fibromyalgia, which means that there isn’t a direct correlation between fibromyalgia and fillings.

However, could mercury from fillings make your symptoms worse? Could it contribute to developing fibromyalgia? That’s where things get a little murkier. The truth is that we simply don’t know.

The fact remains that the level of mercury from fillings is probably still quite low. You’re more likely to be exposed to dangerous levels of mercury from a seafood-rich diet than from your fillings. But even small levels of mercury can have a dangerous impact on your health.

So, while you might want to hold off on scheduling an appointment with your dentist until we establish a more definite link, you should still be mindful of mercury exposure. Avoid foods that you know are high in mercury, especially if you’re already struggling with fibromyalgia. And if you do need to get a cavity filled, it might be a good idea to ask for a non-amalgam filling.

As always, if you’re concerned about the risk of mercury exposure, consult your doctor. They’ll be able to give you the information you need and test your blood for exposure to mercury.

So, what do you think? Is there a link between fillings and fibromyalgia, or is it overblown? Have you had fillings removed because of the risk? Did you notice a change in your symptoms?


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“The Woman Who Ran” by Sam Baker


The Woman Who Ran

by Sam Baker

Genre: Psychological Thriller/Gothic/Suspense

1.99 at time of posting.

She can’t remember. But someone else can… When Helen Graham arrives in a tiny village, she shuts herself away, far from the prying eyes of the locals, behind the gates of a gothic mansion. But her fiercely guarded privacy comes at a cost. Just what is making her so scared?

With everything in her life, including her memory, in fragments, it is impossible for Helen to know who to trust and what to believe. Looking over her shoulder, she must piece together the past before it catches up with her.

She can run, and she can hide. But if she can’t remember, someone else will…

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“Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera” by Jennifer Bohnet

Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera

by Jennifer Bohnet

Genre: Women’s Fiction./Holiday/Humor

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Escape to the French coast this summer with Jennifer Bohnet’s deliciously uplifting read.

A summer of taking chances!

Rosie Hewitt’s dream of opening a little French café on the Riviera is finally coming true. She’s giving up on love and instead chasing her own perfect recipe for happiness…

Only, she never expected the oh-so-sexy, award-winning chef, Sebastian Groc, to set up a rival restaurant next door – or for his freshly-baked croissants to smell quite so delicious.

But with just a few days until she opens her doors and all her sugar-coated dreams crumbling around her, Rosie isn’t prepared to give up without a fight!

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“First Date with Destiny: Teen Angel Romance Series” by Kellie McAllen


First Date with Destiny: Teen Angel Romance Series (Date with Destiny Collection Book 1)

by Kellie McAllen

Genre: Teen/YA/Science Fiction/Inspirational/Dystopian

FREE at time of posting!

To fulfill his destiny, he’ll have to uncover hers.

Zeph is half angel, half human, and a total disappointment. Because of his unique lineage, everyone expected his supernatural gift to be extraordinary, but instead he didn’t have one at all.

After 17 years of insignificance, Zeph has given up on ever fulfilling his destiny, but when he meets Eve, she sees something in him that no else has. Suddenly, Zeph’s quirks start to seem more like rare supernatural gifts, instead.

Besides being brilliant, beautiful, and way out of Zeph’s league, Eve is an intriguing mystery that Zeph can’t resist trying to unravel. He’s convinced that Eve is a Celestia Divisa, but she doesn’t even know they exist.

When Zeph shares his theories with his friends and family, it’s no surprise that everyone thinks he’s crazy. But is he willing to risk losing Eve to uncover the truth?

First Date with Destiny is the first book in the Date with Destiny Collection, a series of clean, paranormal angel romance novels that can be read in order or as stand-alones.

If you like sweet, heartwarming romance novels with charming characters and happily ever after endings, you’ll love First Date with Destiny!



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