“Brunch at Ruby’s” by DL White

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Brunch at Ruby’s

by DL White

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

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Three Friends. One City. Waiting to Exhale in the “A.”

Brunch at Ruby’s is warm, funny southern women’s fiction about three friends who live in Atlanta and everything that happens to them before, after, and during their monthly brunch at Ruby’s Soul Food restaurant in downtown Decatur.  But it’s also about finding and keeping love, lifelong friendships with women who are like sisters and the bonds between them that bend but don’t break.

Debra Macklin is the envy of her friends. She has it all: a successful career, a long marriage and a happy child… but she’s hiding an explosive secret that could not only shatter her perfect image, but destroy her marriage and career.

Maxine Donovan  is self-made and successful, having overcome her past to live the life she deserves to live…despite all she earns and owns, she’s on a constant quest for Mr. Right. Handsome, aloof Malcolm Brooks might just be The One, but when Malcolm’s attention turns toward her friend instead, Maxine is willing to risk a strong bond to fight for him.

Renee Gladwell left a life and a handsome boyfriend to return to Atlanta and nurse her father and Gladwell Books back to health. Four years later she’s still struggling with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and a bookstore that is in no shape to sell. Renee is in limbo, caring for a man who is slowly forgetting his past–including her. When she meets Malcolm Brooks, her life brightens, but is love ever worth risking a friendship?

Brunch at Ruby’s is Book One in a growing series set in the heart of Decatur,Georgia.

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“Casualty of Court (The Blackleaf Agency Series Book 1)” by L S Fellows

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Casualty of Court (The Blackleaf Agency Book 1)

by L S Fellows

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Women’s Fiction/Friendship

3.99 at time of posting!

Four lives – Three friends – Two sides – One verdict

Fern Mortimer wants her life back.
After five years recovering from a hit-and-run accident, the last thing she needed was a maniac trying to kill her.
Now, eight months after that attempt on her life, she returns to Portugal to face her nemesis in court.

Raven – her closest ally – offers support throughout. In return she wants a business partner.


Stefan Pereira, has no intention of languishing in prison any longer.
He’ll do whatever it takes to secure his freedom and complete his mission.
He wants Fern dead.

Nessa – his girlfriend – is at his side. She risks losing her best friends for the family she always wanted.

The trial pits them against each other.
Can Fern hold her nerve? She has a strong case, after all … and a witness.
Does that even matter, when Stefan has his father’s money, the face of an angel and an ability to lie convincingly in three languages?

Inevitably, someone will be the Casualty of Court.


Casualty of Court picks up where The Fifth Wheel – A Prequel ended, and introduces The Blackleaf Agency Series.

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“The Delicate Matter of Lady Blayne (Intimate Secrets Book 1)” by Natasha Blackthorne

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The Delicate Matter of Lady Blayne (Intimate Secrets Book 1)

by Natasha Blackthorne

Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish/Gothic

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Catriona, Lady Blayne is recovering from a most delicate situation. Driven to the brink of madness by love for her late husband, a young man too ill to meet the demands of the marriage bed, she teeters on the brink of scandal. Now she must face the carnal temptation personified by her husband’s cousin and heir, James, the new Lord Blayne. His sensual appeal, contrasted with his iron will and stern self-mastery fascinates her. She can’t help but ask: what if sensual indulgence is the only way out of her darkness? However, she is not free to explore the idea. There are those who seek to control the young widow, keeping her imprisoned through emotional manipulation and physical coercion. With her growing restlessness, the very people she loves and trusts the most are becoming an increasing danger to her sanity and safety.

James is determined to protect Catriona—but he will not soften to her again. She rejected him once and James can’t risk losing his heart a second time. As heir to the Blayne baronetcy, he must marry a woman socially and politically appropriate. Such a scandalously self-indulgent lady as Catriona won’t do. Yet the pretty girl he once knew has grown into a beautiful, curvaceous woman that is every man’s dream.

Especially his.

Erotic Romance; Regency Historical; Elements of Sensual Domination, Spanking and Light Bondage; Rubenesque Heroine; Character-Driven Story with Angst and Strong Internal Conflicts; Standalone Long Novel.

Reader Advisory: The characters discuss issues of abuse which took place in the heroine’s backstory. Frank sexual language & period appropriate sexual slang and general bedchamber naughtiness.

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Can a Nerve Block Help Fibromyalgia?

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The technology that has started to go around in the world of medicine really is interesting. As time goes on, it’s hard to believe how much help we can get from all of the different advancements that have occurred in recent years.

One such advancement is known as nerve blocks, and they have been known to help with a number of different painful diseases and disorders, including fibromyalgia.

What Are Nerve Blocks and How Do They Work?

Nerve blocks are similar to other types of injections that help to reduce the amount of pain and stress that your body goes through. If you’ve ever heard of cortisone shots, they basically end up working in the same exact way.

What they do is that they “block” the nerves that you are feeling pain in. The injection is put into the area where the pain is being felt, and because of that, you get immediate relief from whatever pain you may be dealing with in that location.

Even though we’re talking about fibromyalgia here, there are lots of reasons that nerve blocks can be used. The most common reason that it is used is because of childbirth. If you’ve ever heard of an epidural, then you’ve heard of a nerve block.

The epidural blocks the nerves that cause a woman to feel pain in their reproductive organs – in some women, it ends up helping so much that they don’t feel any pain at all as a result of their labor. It’s actually quite amazing, since many women say that childbirth is one of the most painful things to go through – a couple of little shots can make it so it doesn’t hurt anymore!

The procedure is relatively simple. An anesthesiologist will help you through the procedure in a safe way.  They will give you the nerve blocker through an injection. Then, as the injection is going into your nerves, you will get to sit and relax while it’s going on. It takes anywhere from a half hour to an hour, and it could be any number of different things, depending on exactly what you need to do.

What Do Nerve Blocks Do to Assist with Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

As stated above, we’re focusing on fibromyalgia here. What do nerve blocks do in order to help with the reduction of pain that happens with fibromyalgia? They’re actually quite an important tool, and many people find relief when they use it as part of their fibromyalgia treatment plan.

We’ve discussed in other articles that the main area that is affected by fibromyalgia is the nervous system. The nervous system is overreacting to pretty much everything that is going on in the body, even if it’s not something that would normally cause a person to have pain. This over sensitivity can cause a number of different problems, including the pain that you are fighting off on a daily basis if you have the disorder.

So, logically, the nerve blocks make sure that the nerves are not firing off as they usually would, thus making it so that you aren’t feeling as much pain in those situations as you would otherwise. That being said, people who use this method will end up finding a lot of relief rather quickly, which is something that is rare for those who are dealing with fibromyalgia pain and other related symptoms.

Of course, that’s not the only thing that nerve blockers do. Because you aren’t dealing with as much pain, there are other symptoms that you may have noticed that have been reduced as well. Here are some of the issues that may be alleviated by nerve blocks and similar procedures.

– Increased flexibility and range of motion. If you are feeling sore, then chances are that you’re also feeling as if you are unable to move around very easily. When you get relief from that pain, you will notice that it’s a lot easier for you to move around and do everything that you did before the pain became a real problem in your life.

– If you are worried about having the pain flare up again, you can have the procedure done again. Over time, this will make it so that your nerves are not as sensitive as they once were, thus reducing the symptoms that you feel and making it so that you are better able to cope with any pain that you may be experiencing as a result. And if a treatment that helps to reduce the pain now can also help prevent further pain, you will realize that it’s definitely worth any investment that you put into it.

– Sometimes, nerve blocks can end up being a part of a physical therapy routine. Why is that? Because it makes it easier for you to go through the motions and to do all of the different things that need to happen during your physical therapy treatment. It’s usually done by an anesthesiologist, but your physical therapist will let you know ahead of time if you will be using it in between all of the procedures that you’re going to be doing as well.

– If you have any other disorders that are related to your fibromyalgia, including digestive issues, joint motion, vulvodynia, or any other pain related issues, you can find a lot of relief from those as well.

Nerve blocks are becoming a more popular option among doctors who treat patients with fibromyalgia symptoms. The pain can get really intense at times, so having a way that you can help to relieve that pain can be a huge deal, and it can end up solving a lot of other problems that you may be having as well. If you want to consider nerve blocks as part of your pain management, have a discussion with your doctor about it. They’ll be able to let you know if it’s something that will help you or if they want to explore other avenues of pain relief first.

Further reading:

Pain Management and Nerve Blocks: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/nerve-blocks

Nerve Blocks: http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_nerve_blocks.html

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.

“Wrong Time, Wrong Place” by Tia Kelly

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Wrong Time, Wrong Place

by Tia Kelly

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

2.99 at time of posting!

Dominique always hoped her best friend Taj would have been a part of her happily ever after before discovering his girlfriend was expecting his first child.

Dominique moved on – until she catches his now-ex dishing the dirt on Pro Wives, a reality show that made his ex a celeb in her own right, and at the basketball player’s expense.

Although Taj hurt her years ago, Dominique believes there’s more to the story his ex is painting. She decides to investigate the matter, but the sparks that ensue while cameras are rolling end up being a little too hot to leave on the cutting room floor.

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“Paid Companion” by Nia Forrester

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Paid Companion

by Nia Forrester

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

1.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Lia Hill isn’t a model. But she’s pretending to be.

Just for a few days, and just because she stands to earn a ridiculous amount of money. The thing is, her mind-numbingly boring job as a receptionist at a modeling agency while she tries to sell her art isn’t exactly paying the bills in her crappy apartment, and she’s desperate for cash. So when the wealthy and handsome Blake Morgan contacts her agency looking for a girl who’s “not ostentatiously attractive” to accompany him to a family getaway, Lia leaps at the chance, sending her on the adventure of a lifetime with Blake, his sister, Nicolette and Kevin, his somewhat reserved, but super-hot “assistant.”

The Morgan clan is young, beautiful, loaded and tons of unexpected fun. So what’s the worst that could happen?

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“Forbidden Planet (Worlds Apart Book 1)” by Rinelle Grey

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Forbidden Planet (Worlds Apart Book 1)

by Rinelle Grey

Genre: Science Fiction/Romance/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic

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He needs a miracle.

When Captain Tyris Bekkert crash lands on a planet that’s been deleted from the star charts, he’s sure he’s doomed. What he doesn’t expect is to find a village. The residents seem strangely reluctant to help him escape. All except Marlee.

She needs a partner.

For Marlee, trapped on a dying planet, Tyris’s spaceship is a lifeline–an opportunity to change her future. She agrees to help him repair the ship, if he’ll pretend to be her partner to appease the village council, who are obsessed with securing the next generation.

As winter closes in and they’re cut off from their only means of escape, their pretense is tested to the limits, likewise Marlee’s own resolve. The handsome space captain is everything she’s always wanted.

But what’s the point of letting yourself fall in love when you know it can’t last?

Forbidden Planet is the first book in the Worlds Apart series. This series is currently complete. Each book can stand alone.

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“The Cottage at Hope Cove” by Hannah Ellis

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The Cottage at Hope Cove (A Wonderfully Uplifting Holiday Romance)

by Hannah Ellis

Genre: Women’s Fiction/British/Contemporary/Sisters

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The summer that changed everything…

Lizzie Beaumont has it all: a great career, a wealthy fiancé, and the wedding of her dreams just months away. But when her fiancé puts work before her again, she sets off for a week in the picturesque town of Hope Cove. She’s hoping for time away from the chaos to find herself.

Instead, she finds Max.

When the gorgeous guy next door asks her for decorating help, Lizzie finds herself all too eager to please. The week she expected to drag suddenly flies by, and before she knows it, she has to return to her other life. The life with the impending marriage and the fiancé she loves.

Or does she?

One week with Max has left her questioning her life choices. Is her fiancé the man of her dreams, or just the man who asked? Now Lizzie must decide what her life will be. Will she go for the safe and predictable route, or take a chance on a man she hardly knows? No matter what she does, someone’s heart is going to break. She just doesn’t want it to be hers.

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“Magic Kingdom #7” by Zenith Publishing

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Magic Kingdom #7

by Zenith Publishing

Genre: Children/Fantasy/Crafts

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   “Magic Kingdom” is a rich mix of delightful tales and entertaining activities that make this magazine ideal for preschool children and children of primary school age. Your child will be fascinated by bright and colorful illustrations.

   Our magazine is specially designed for little hands and growing minds; it will inspire your kids to make their first attempts in reading, painting, drawing, writing. Also, it will encourage your child to play, imagine and explore with his friends. Interesting practical tasks, recipes to cook together with Mums, home workshops and board games give your children opportunity to enjoy time with parents, grandparents and loved ones.

   Welcome to the wonderful world of good and wise tales, where everyone can find a pretty princess and naughty king, dwarves and fire-breathing dragons, all-powerful wizards and brave princes.


In this issue:

  • Fairy tale “Little Beard”
  • Smart little tasks for little ones
  • Board game
  • Little cookery experts. Let’s make cupcakes
  • Home workshop. Magic planets

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Song Lyric Sunday | “We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters

 

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “plan.”

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Some of the Song Lyric Sunday themes have truly been challenging but when I learned this week’s theme, one song immediately stood out to me.

If I had to choose a song to represent baby boomers of the 70s, We’ve Only Just Begun is it, hands down.

It was the theme of proms, senior classes, clubs, new businesses–even the U.S. Air Force used it in a commercial. And who among hasn’t been to a wedding with it as the theme or the newlywed’s first dance song?

So many roads to choose, sharing new horizons, working together day-to-day… it was all part of the plan.

Landing at number 405 on  Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 for recordings “of lasting quality or historical significance”, the tune has quite a legacy for a song that began as a commercial.

We’ve Only Just Begun debuted within a wedding-themed television commercial for Crocker National Bank in California in the winter of 1970, with songwriter Paul Williams on vocals. Richard Carpenter recognized Williams’ voice (both were under contract with A&M Records) and asked for a full version. The rest is history… and pop culture!

Released on their Close To You album, We’ve Only Just Begun became the Carpenters best selling single, spending seven weeks at number one.  It also helped them to win two Grammy Awards in 1971: for the Best New Artist (The Carpenters) and Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus (Close to You).

The video is not of me singing the song at my ninth grade graduation…. because that happened, but of The Carpenters during a television performance.

And just in case you’re not feeling ancient yet, boomers, keep in mind this song is two years away from it FIFTIETH anniversary! 😀 😀

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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