#BookBirthday “In the Best Interest of the Child” by Felicia Denise

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Best Interest 9

In the Best Interest of the Child is

number 2

years old!

Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes Best Interest 9another faceless, under-served child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.

NOTE: This book is intended for mature readers – 18+.

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What Readers are saying…

“Each page left you wanting to read more to find out what would happen next.” -Kotrish W., Amazon review

“I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction or contemporary fiction.” -Kathy G., Amazon review

“I can’t wait to read the next installment, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.” -A.C.M., Amazon review

Best Int 5 Stars

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EXCERPT

Olivia was far from an innocent.

She’d had her share of relationships… if you wanted to call them that. To her, they’d always been ‘friends with benefits’ situations, purely sexual. Starting out as casual meetings once or twice a week, she’d undoubtedly begin to hear words like ‘exclusive’ and ‘permanent’ creep into after-sex pillow talk, and she knew it was time to move on. Most of the men took it in stride—a couple became angry and accused her of using them. To which she would state the obvious. They had used each other. She had asked nothing more of them. The only exception was Kenny—Kenneth Lane Connors.

Olivia tried to break things off with him after he told her he was tired of meeting in hotels and wanted her to come to his home, but he would not be deterred. Olivia never felt threatened by Kenny, but he came pretty close to crossing the line from persistent suitor to stalker. She’d find him: standing next to her car when she left her office; sitting on the front stoop when she got home at night; standing in her favorite coffee shop, holding a cup of her special dark roast blend. Olivia finally acquiesced, more from the ennui of the situation, and agreed to trial dating.

She didn’t last two weeks.

At the end of their first week as a couple, Kenny surprised Olivia with tickets to sunny Miami, for a getaway weekend. She was genuinely touched, until Kenny mentioned that while they were there, the two of them would stop in and see Vonnetta and Kenneth, Sr.—his parents. Olivia not only flatly refused to even go to Florida she grabbed her bag, told him to never call her again, and stormed out.

While a few times Olivia felt as though she was being watched, she never saw Kenny again. And she was okay with it. There was no remorse, or heartache due to missing him. What she did have was even more resolve to not allow any man get close, her new unspoken rule was no man got more than three dates, period. No exceptions.

And then along comes Bruce Bellamy.

She had seen Bruce a total of three times, and each time, he’d left her speechless, flustered… and smiling.

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99¢

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“Healing His Medic (The Protectors Book 1)” by Nana Prah

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Healing His Medic (The Protectors Book 1) (NEW!)

by Nana Prah

Genre: Literature & Fiction/African-American/Romance

3.99 at time of posting!

Doctor Comfort Djan is looking for salvation after a tragic accident, which takes her to deprived regions where her skills heal the helpless. Until Fate thrusts her as a medic on board a West African military coastal protection ship. Proving herself to the male-only crew is nothing compared to being near one intense naval officer who has her feeling something other than her survivor’s guilt.

Commander Akin Solarin wants nothing more than to do his job, especially when his medic’s temporary replacement turns out to be a disconcerting woman who pushes all his buttons. He runs a tight ship, and doesn’t need captivating and efficient yet aloof Comfort around to keep his heart-rate in semi-permanent overdrive.

Neither can deny the attraction between them, but navigating uncharted personal waters may be the least of their problems when confronted with bold pirate attacks and other vicious unknown dangers onboard the frigate. And when Comfort’s life gets on the line, Akin knows he will do anything to save his medic and heal her battered heart in the process.

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“The Devil’s Dires: Dire Wolves Missions 1-4” by Ellis Leigh

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The Devil’s Dires: Dire Wolves Missions 1-4

by Ellis Leigh

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Military/Werewolves & Shifters

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Four books in one

Get the first four books in The Devil’s Dires series in one bundle.

There’s no escaping a Dire Wolf on the hunt…

Long thought to be extinct, the Dire Wolf shifters have been hiding in plain sight—hunting, tracking, and killing those who threaten their beloved Omegas. Each wolf will have to fight off an enemy in order to save not only his mission but his soul mate.

Set Includes:
Savage Surrender
Savage Sanctuary
Savage Seduction
Savage Silence

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Fibromyalgia and Hair Loss

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If you have fibromyalgia, you may notice that your hair hurts. Loss of hair is just one symptom of fibromyalgia out of many. Several common symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, digestive issues, depression, muscle and joint issues, and chronic pain. Fibromyalgia is a condition in which people experience widespread chronic pain throughout the body. Widespread pain caused by fibromyalgia occurs on both sides of the body and both above and below the waist. The brain processes abnormal pain signals, which creates the widespread pain and makes it heightened.

Hair loss and hair pain are possible if you have fibromyalgia. Before reading the following article, make sure to contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. This article is simply discussing why your hair hurts in relation to fibromyalgia.

Hair Loss

Many people who have fibromyalgia experience hair loss. Hair loss or thinning can be one symptom of fibromyalgia. Hair pain may also arise, which is discussed further in this article.

Why am I losing so much hair?

So, why are you experiencing hair loss? Here are a few possible reasons:

Medication: One reason why you may have hair loss is due to medications for fibromyalgia. If you start a new medication and notice you are losing more hair, make sure to speak to your doctor.

High Stress: Another reason may be due to times of high stress. During times of high stress or symptom flares, individuals with fibromyalgia can experience unusual hair loss or widespread thinning. The good news is that stress-induced hair loss is reversible and can be treated.

Thyroid Dysfunction: Hair loss may be due to thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid dysfunction is thought to be more common in people who have fibromyalgia. Check your thyroid hormone levels and speak to your doctor for more information concerning thyroid dysfunction.

Autoimmune Issues: If you are experiencing hair loss in multiple spots, you may be experiencing autoimmune issues. Hair loss occurs as several coin-shaped bald spots, which is also known as alopecia.

Treating Hair Loss

Although there is no proven treatment for preventing hair loss before it falls out, there is good news. Luckily, hair grows back, and there are several steps you can take to help treat hair loss. It is important to not allow yourself to get more stressed. Instead, stay calm and look into the different approaches to treatment.

To treat hair thinning and hair loss, one option is to optimize overall nutritional support. This is especially good for stress-induced hair loss cases. Low iron negatively affects hair growth. Try taking an iron tablet. Another resource to try is Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder. However, keep in mind too much of anything is never a good thing. Too much iron can result in dangerous levels of excess iron in the body.

Another way to treat hair loss that is caused by high levels of stress is to optimize thyroid function. As mentioned earlier, thyroid dysfunction is more common in people who have fibromyalgia. In order to check your thyroid hormone levels, speak to your doctor.

Hair Pain

Several people who have fibromyalgia also experience the symptom of hair pain. In fact, several accounts say that the head gets so sensitive that it is difficult to touch the hair. There are many stories online that include people from the fibromyalgia community who report a burning sensation. The painful sensation comes and goes but makes it hard for people to touch their hair, much less wash or brush it.

People who have fibromyalgia ask whether or not there are steps to take to ease the pain. There are recommendations, such as leaving your hair down. Putting hair up in a ponytail or bun may create even more pain. If you need to put your hair up, it is recommended to use hair elastic scrunchies. Another possibility is to cut or shave your hair.

Why does my scalp hurt?

When hair loss or hair thinning occurs pain may arise from the scalp muscles being too tight. Allodynia, or pain caused by touching the skin, is a nuisance, which is why treatment is important.

Treatment

Certain medications can help ease the scalp pain caused by fibromyalgia. According to Dr. Teitelbaum, there are steps you can take to address the hair pain symptom. Ultram and Neurontin are low-cost generics that can be used. Additionally, there is End Pain by Enzymatic Therapy and Curamin by EuroPharma. If you are experiencing other symptoms or have questions and concerns, it is important to contact your doctor.

 

 

 

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

“No Substitute for Maturity (Subbing Isn’t for Sissies Book 3)” by Carolyn J. Rose

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No Substitute for Maturity (Subbing Isn’t for Sissies Book 3)

by Carolyn J. Rose

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Women Sleuths/Animals

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After tangling with killers (NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MURDER) and a deranged drug dealer (NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MONEY), substitute teacher Barbara Reed craves routine, relaxation, and quality time with drug cop Dave Martin.

Moving in together seems like the way to achieve that. But Dave’s teenage daughter is part of the package—a package filled with drama, conflict, stress, and shirked responsibility.

And Allison’s issues are only the tip of a looming iceberg. Thanks to Mrs. Ballantine, Cheese Puff’s obedience level falls to new lows. Meanwhile, Barb’s smarmy ex-husband lands a job at her condo complex, curriculum changes spark teacher turmoil, and Barb’s bombastic sister, Iz, launches a protest against the justice system.

Then the police chief resigns, leaving Dave at the mercy of a new boss with an old grudge—a boss who wants Iz arrested for murder.

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“You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession” by Piper Weiss

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You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession

by Piper Weiss

Genre: Nonfiction/Biography/Teenagers/True Crime

1.99 at time of posting!

A riveting blend of true crime and coming-of-age memoir— The Stranger Beside Me meets Prep—that presents an intimate and thought-provoking portrait of girlhood within Manhattan’s exclusive private-school scene in the early 1990s, and a thoughtful meditation on adolescent obsession and the vulnerability of youth.

Piper Weiss was fourteen years old when her middle-aged tennis coach, Gary Wilensky, one of New York City’s most prestigious private instructors, killed himself after a failed attempt to kidnap one of his teenage students. In the aftermath, authorities discovered that this well-known figure among the Upper East Side tennis crowd was actually a frightening child predator who had built a secret torture chamber—a “Cabin of Horrors”—in his secluded rental in the Adirondacks.

Before the shocking scandal broke, Piper had been thrilled to be one of “Gary’s Girls.” “Grandpa Gary,” as he was known among his students, was different from other adults—he treated Piper like a grown-up, taking her to dinners, engaging in long intimate conversations with her, and sending her special valentines. As reporters swarmed her private community in the wake of Wilensky’s death, Piper learned that her mentor was a predator with a sordid history of child stalking and sexual fetish. But why did she still feel protective of Gary, and why was she disappointed that he hadn’t chosen her?

Now, twenty years later, Piper examines the event as both a teenage eyewitness and a dispassionate investigative reporter, hoping to understand and exorcise the childhood memories that haunt her to this day. Combining research, interviews, and personal records, You All Grow Up and Leave Me explores the psychological manipulation by child predators—their ability to charm their way into seemingly protected worlds—and the far-reaching effects their actions have on those who trust them most.

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“Always Come Home (Emerson Book 1)” by Maureen Driscoll

Always Come Home (Emerson Book 1)

by Maureen Driscoll

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Holidays

FREE at time of posting! Limited Time Only! Kindle Unlimited!

From the author of the Kellington series of Regency romances, comes the first novel about the Emerson family.

Colin Emerson, the Earl of Ridgeway, has two unmarried sisters and a mountain of debt incurred by his late father. He has no choice but to marry an heiress. It is most unfortunate, therefore, when he falls in love with a penniless governess.

Ava Conway has been making her way in the world since the death of her father. She takes a position as the governess to Lord Ridgeway’s sisters, but finds her growing attachment to the earl threatens his family’s future.

Bound by honor, torn by love, can Colin do right by his sisters while following his heart?

WARNING: This book contains explicit sexual content and adult situations. You will not like this book if you don’t like either of those two things.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Someone Like You” by Adele

 

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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 “search.”

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The end of a relationship can be devastating causing one or both parties to search for the reasons why they’re not together… or search for closure—and that’s what Adele does in Someone Like You when she tells her former lover (who’s moved on) “… Never mind, I’ll find someone like you.”

Someone Like You is the second single off of Adele’s sophomore album, 21. The track was inspired by the broken relationship that inspired most of 21. As the closing track of the album, lyrically, it speaks of Adele coming to terms with it. She wrote it with Dan Wilson.

The single is one of Adele’s most commercially successful singles. It became Adele’s first number-one single in the UK and second in the USA. As of 2015, it is the third most downloaded single of all-time in the UK and the fourth best-selling single of the 21st century.

Fun fact: This was the first pure-piano ballad to ever top the Billboard Hot 100. At the time of Someone Like You’s ascension, there were 1,008!

The song won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance, at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.

Someone Like You‘s music video was directed by Jake Nava and filmed in Paris, France. The video showed Adele walking alone through the streets with a sad look on her face. Critics praised the video for being simple and perfect for the sound of the song.

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.

Someone Like You

[Verse 1]
I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now
I heard that your dreams came true
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you
Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light

[Pre-Chorus]
I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face
And that you’d be reminded that for me it isn’t over

[Chorus]
Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
“Don’t forget me,” I beg
“I’ll remember,” you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

[Verse 2]
You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised in a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

[Pre-Chorus]
I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face
And that you’d be reminded that for me it isn’t over

[Chorus]
Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
“Don’t forget me,” I beg
“I’ll remember,” you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

[Bridge]
Nothing compares, no worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes, they’re memories made
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

[Breakdown]
Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
“Don’t forget me,” I beg
“I’ll remember,” you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

[Chorus]
Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
“Don’t forget me,” I beg
“I’ll remember,” you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube.

“Bring Your Own Baker (Death By Cupcake Book 2)” by D.E. Haggerty

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Bring Your Own Baker (Death by Cupcake Book 2)

D.E. Haggerty

Genre: Cozy/Mystery, General Humor

99¢ at time of posting! KINDLE COUNTDOWN!

When Anna discovers her friend murdered, there’s no way she’s not getting involved in the investigation – no matter how dangerous it gets.

Everyone thinks that since I make the best cupcakes this side of the Mississippi, I must be some sweet, innocent thing. Being five-feet-nothing doesn’t help with that assessment! Let me tell you. They are wrong. So, when I discover my friend murdered, I’m not sitting back and letting the police handle it. Oh no, not I! Together with my bakery buddies, Callie and Kristie, this murder is getting solved. I don’t care how dangerous it gets. Gang affiliations, illegal gambling dens, ladies of the night? Bring it on. Some stupid undercover cop who decides he’s my protector is not stopping me.

Will Anna discover who murdered her friend or will her self-appointed protector put a stop to such aspirations?

Come join us at Callie’s Cakes, where murder investigations are on the menu, but make sure to bring your own baker, because Anna’s a bit preoccupied at the moment.

Warning: This is NOT your mom’s cozy mystery. Bring Your Own Baker may be a ‘clean’ read, but if gangs, illegal gambling, and pimps make you turn your nose up at your Kindle, you might want to skip this one. Although you’ll be missing some sizzling chemistry between Anna and her protector. Not to mention a whole bunch of witty dialogue.

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