“Tonight & Forever (Madaris Family Saga)” by Brenda Jackson

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Tonight & Forever (Madaris Family Saga)

by Brenda Jackson

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

99¢ at time of posting!

After her marriage ends in bitter divorce, Lorren Jacobs returns to her roots in Texas to escape the trouble and heartbreak men cause, but then she meets physician Justin Madaris. Lorren has vowed never to give her heart to another man, but she can’t stop herself from responding to the handsome widower’s sexy, sensuous seduction…

Justin thought no woman could ever move him as deeply as his wife had. Until Lorren. She rekindles a desire he never believed he’d feel again. But sharing a life together means letting go of the past. Somehow, Justin and Lorren must fight through the painful memories to fulfill the passionate promise of tomorrow….

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~ Wishful Wednesday ~

Wishful Wednesday

Wishful Wednesday is a meme hosted by *Didi Oviatt – Author* where we can share the books we could see ourselves living in.  Whether it be pillow-talking with your book-boyfriend (or girlfriend), casting a sleep spell on your arch nemesis, or even crossing swords with a pirate. If you could pick a book to live in, what book would it be, and why?

The options are endless, and the beautiful part is that we can change our minds every week!!  If you want to list your *Wishful Wednesday #ICouldLiveThere* book, then join in the fun!!  You’re welcome to use Didi’s WW picture, or not, whatever you prefer!  Just list your book choice of the week and link back here to *the main Wishful Wednesday Page* and she’ll link you in her weekly pick!!

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Shifters, especially wolves. A favorite in paranormal romance.

This week, if I could live anywhere, it would be among shifters…specifically, Ellis Leigh’s Feral Breed Motorcycle Club.

If you’re not familiar with wolf shifters, they generally live in packs. There’s an Alpha leader, whose word is law, and he’s backed up by his Beta. The position of Alpha is mostly passed down through familial connections. However, any wolf may challenge the Alpha – in a fight-to-the-death match.

The Feral Breed is a pack unto itself, made up of centuries-old shifters, wolves who lost their pack (or walked away), and humans who were “turned.”

I love these guys! Their pack has one purpose and one purpose only – to serve as an elite protective/investigative team for the president of the North American Lycan Brotherhood – the NALB – the governing body of all shifters…except the bad guys.

This six-book series follows some of the main characters on their job assignments – and finding their fated mates! Mates, I should add, some of them believed they’d never find. Gates, the Gatekeeper, is well over four hundred years old and had given up hope. Gates is also the most dangerous member of the pack… but not the alpha. I’d just like to hang out with Gates… and his brother, Beast. Their snarky banter is spot on, but their brotherly love is even better. Gates feels responsible for what Beast went through when they were children… and lost their family.

What’s makes the Feral Breed world even more awesome is the heroines!

Don’t call these women sassy and feisty! They are strong and focused, and even though the pull to their fated mates is undeniable and hard to resist, they will not be deterred from their purpose. And if their mates make the mistake of trying to tell the women what to do? Well, they only try it…once.

The Feral Breed world centers around Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan. I grew up in Battle Creek, the Cereal Capital of the World, so the area is already familiar to me. I might even be able to teach my new pack-mates a thing or two.

There are three spin-offs of this great series – Feral Breed Followings, The Gathering Tales, and The Devil’s Dires. But you get the best flavor of the shifter paranormal world by starting with the Feral Breed.

And – you’re in luck! The first three books of the series are boxed together as

Feral Breed: Volume One: Feral Breed Motorcycle Club

and on sale for only #99cents!

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Spend some time with the Feral Breed in their world… and tell them I sent you!

 

 

 

 

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~ Wishful Wednesday ~

Wishful Wednesday

Wishful Wednesday is a meme hosted by *Didi Oviatt – Author* where we can share the books we could see ourselves living in.  Whether it be pillow-talking with your book-boyfriend (or girlfriend), casting a sleep spell on your arch nemesis, or even crossing swords with a pirate. If you could pick a book to live in, what book would it be, and why?

The options are endless, and the beautiful part is that we can change our minds every week!!  If you want to list your *Wishful Wednesday #ICouldLiveThere* book, then join in the fun!!  You’re welcome to use Didi’s WW picture, or not, whatever you prefer!  Just list your book choice of the week and link back here to *the main Wishful Wednesday Page* and she’ll link you in her weekly pick!!

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It’s been over two years since I read Whipped, book 2 of the Hitched series by Alex Lux, and I still break into a grin when I think about it!

It wouldn’t be hard for me to live in the Whipped-world since it takes place in a city I’ve already spent a considerable amount of time – Las Vegas. But with my lifelong love of laughter, the icing on the cake would be hanging out with Vi Reynolds and Lachlan Pierce, and their friends and family.

She’s a former Domme who’s sunk all of her money into Whipped, a sex shop. He’s a transplanted Aussie and popular male dancer on a mission to earn enough money and leave dancing behind to fulfill his real dream. He’s also an occasional, random customer of Whipped. Always with a different female on his arm, and always… shirtless!

Back up – don’t think too hard about it. It’s not that kind of story…mostly. Okay, it is that kind of story, but don’t think dark and mysterious, think light and fun! The humor and snark are off the scales in Whipped. The story also has a corny-cornball feel at times and it melds smoothly with the humor, and with the relationships between family, friends, and lovers.

Trying to cut corners and save money, Vi advertises for a roommate, and guess who answers the ad?

I wouldn’t even need a particular part to play in Whipped-world. As long as I could be on the fringe of every scene, laughing myself into a coma, I’d be the perfect tertiary character!

Meeting and spending time with Vi’s parents… Laughing.

The male dance revue…and Tate… Tears begin to stream down cheeks.

The paintball range…OMG! Falls to floor dissolving into hysterical laughter.

There are plenty of other added pluses in Whipped – the support of family and great friends, Vi’s refusal to lie to herself and become a whiny girl, Lachlan’s relationship with his mom, and former man-whore Lachlan turns out to be a true romantic – WIN!

I’ve been to Vegas a couple of times since reading Whipped, but couldn’t find Vi, Lach or the gang. Sad puppy.

Connecting with book characters and their story is what makes a book a 5-Star read. Whipped connected with my funny-bone and hasn’t let go yet.

Yes, I could live there.

Go ahead…get Whipped!

(If the story sounds familiar, but the author’s name doesn’t, Alex Lux is Kimberly Kinrade, who with her husband, pens the popular Vampire Girl series.)

 

 

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~ Wishful Wednesday ~

Wishful Wednesday

Wishful Wednesday is a Meme hosted by *Didi Oviatt – Author* where we can share the books we could see ourselves living in.  Whether it be pillow-talking your book-boyfriend (or girlfriend), casting a sleep spell on your arch nemesis, or even crossing swords with a pirate. If you could pick a book to live in, what book would it be, and why?

The options are endless, and the beautiful part is that we can change our minds every week!!  If you want to list your *Wishful Wednesday *I could live there* book then join in the fun!!  You’re welcome to use Didi’s WW picture, or not, whatever you prefer!  Just list your book choice of the week and link back here to *the main Wishful Wednesday Page* and she’ll link you into my own weekly pick!!

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Congratulations to Didi on her blogging milestone, and big props to her for coming up with a fun blog share!

There are so many stories I would love to live in, I don’t know where to start! I know we all insert ourselves into the books we read.

What?

No?

It’s just me?

*Eye roll*

Whatever!

Anywho, I believe today I’ll choose good old Maplesville, Louisiana, a quaint little southern town which serves as the location of Farrah Rochon’s seven-book series Moments in Maplesville.

I’d love to sit and chat with Callie and listen to her bash her jerk of an ex-husband.  Or, attend a ‘Naughty Nights’ party hosted by Jada… and hope grumpy Mason shows up. Well, he’s only grumpy around Jada!

Matchmaking, second chance romances, avoidance, frenemies, some naughtiness, and long-held secrets surround a small group of friends, as well as newcomers to Maplesville, and even those who are returning home after years away. Hearts have to be opened and problems resolved to grab the elusive happily ever after!

Get lost in Maplesville. Tour the town, and have a mint Julep or two. Everyone is just so gosh darn nice…when they’re not drowning in emotions and drama!

6 Rare Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia can be a weird illness. Your doctor may say that fatigue and pain are the only real symptoms of fibro, but you can’t help but wonder if your latest uncomfortable symptoms can be attributed to your illness. Here are some of the rare symptoms of fibromyalgia that you might experience.

Non-Cardiac Chest Pain 

This is one of the scariest of the rare symptoms of fibromyalgia. Any time you feel severe chest pain, it’s normal that your first worry will be that you’re having a heart attack. Many fibro sufferers deal with chest pain due to non-cardiac causes, also called angina. If you experience this, it will feel like a crushing, squeezing pressure in your chest. An attack of this symptom can be very scary and will probably send you to an emergency room, only to be told that you’re fine. However, fibromyalgia sufferers can have heart disease the same as anyone else can, and it is the number-one killer of Americans. If you feel chest pain, get it checked out because it’s much better to be safe than sorry.

Sensitivity to Noise and Light

If the nearby table of shrieking little kids at a restaurant seems to bother you more than everybody else, it’s likely a fibro symptom. Although most doctors will tell you that sensitivity to noise, particularly high-pitched or exceptionally loud noise, isn’t a fibromyalgia symptom, enough fibro sufferers do experience this issue that it shouldn’t be considered rare. Many fibro sufferers are also extremely sensitive to bright lights.

Alcohol Intolerance and Increased Side Effects of Medication

You start feeling like you’ve had way too much alcohol after only a glass or two of wine, while your friends can drink all night long. Or you get every possible bad side effect from medications, leading your doctor to be suspicious about why drugs never seem to help you. This is actually not uncommon in people who have fibromyalgia, though nobody knows why.

Difficulties with Your Senses

Many fibromyalgia sufferers feel like their vision isn’t quite right. You may have difficulty with driving at night or you may lose the ability to distinguish the difference between colors. Some people are more sensitive to strong odors, which is not the same as being allergic to specific fragrances. Some fibro patients even lose their hearing.

Skin Issues

Fibromyalgia patients often have problems with their skin. You may experience the sensation that your skin is crawling, itching, prickling or burning, a symptom called parasthesia. Some fibro sufferers deal with acne far beyond the adolescent years. Still other people with fibromyalgia have mottled skin that looks like it has red blotchy spots.

Tissue Overgrowth

Overgrowth of body tissues can affect you both internally and externally. In women, internal tissue overgrowth leads to a painful condition called fibroids, which cause benign tumors to grow in the uterus. The most common symptoms of fibroids include heavy bleeding and extremely painful periods. Fibroids may also cause pelvic pain. Other forms of tissue overgrowth include frequent ingrown hairs, adhesions and heavy, splitting cuticles. For unknown reasons, tissue overgrowth may be more common in those with fibromyalgia.

Because the medical community still doesn’t have a great understanding of fibromyalgia, it’s entirely possible that the rare symptoms of fibromyalgia your doctor dismisses may indeed be part of your illness. Regardless of the cause of your symptoms, it’s important to be open with your doctor and committed to taking care of yourself.

 

(From FibromyalgiaTreating.com For more informative articles on chronic illnesses, please visit their site.)

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Fibromyalgia: Is there a worst case scenario?


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Have you ever wondered what the absolute worst case of fibromyalgia would be? After all, it’s a disease that affects everyone differently. And it makes sense that some people are affected by it more severely than others.

So what would be the worst case of fibromyalgia? How severely could it affect your life? And what could you do to treat it?

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disease that is not well understood. Essentially, it creates a general feeling of pain and fatigue around your body. There are a number of possible explanations for what causes fibromyalgia, but no one is sure what the right one is.

Some doctors believe that fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease. That means that the body’s immune system begins to attack the healthy cells which make them inflamed and tender and causes aching in certain points around your body.

While no one knows exactly what the cause of fibromyalgia is, it’s a debilitating illness that affects people in a lot of different ways.

What Does It Do To Your Body?

Fibromyalgia causes a number of very different symptoms. And it varies so much that no two people have the exact same reaction to fibromyalgia. However, the most common system and one that all fibromyalgia sufferers have is chronic pain.

The pain is located along 18 specific points of the body. These are usually in your joints on both sides of the body and the level of pain can be different for different people. The level of pain can also change throughout the day.

And another common symptom for people with fibromyalgia is fatigue. Fibromyalgia sufferers often find that they can’t sleep very well, and when they do, they don’t wake up feeling refreshed the next day. As a result, people with fibromyalgia end up feeling something that is usually called a “fibro-fog.”

Fibro-fog is the name for a sort of mental cloudiness that comes with fibromyalgia. It usually presents as short-term memory loss, or trouble focusing on tasks.

Finally, fibromyalgia can cause some slightly more unusual symptoms. People with fibromyalgia often have irritable bowel syndrome, and gastrointestinal problems are very common among people who have fibromyalgia. And there are other conditions like constant itching which sometimes affect fibromyalgia sufferers.

What’s The Worst Case Of Fibromyalgia?

So if you’ve been diagnosed, you’re probably wondering how bad your fibromyalgia might actually get (what the worst case of fibromyalgia might be, basically).

Well, the good news is that your fibromyalgia won’t kill you. But fibromyalgia can still severely limit your quality of life.

Fibromyalgia affects many people by causing them to feel a constant feeling of pain and fatigue. So for people who have fibromyalgia, daily life can get very difficult.And the stories of people who have suffered from the illness for decades are heartbreaking.

Generally, fibromyalgia begins in its early stages with some warning signs. These are things like chronic fatigue and mysterious pain in eighteen points around the body. This pain is what causes most fibromyalgia patients to go to the doctor for a diagnosis. Though, if you have fibromyalgia, you probably already know how that goes.

Fibromyalgia then progresses into the chronic stage, where the pain and fatigue are constant. This is what most fibromyalgia patients live with every day. And though there are treatments, not all are effective. And everyone’s fibromyalgia seems to respond differently to different drugs.

Even the most up to date and cutting edge treatments might be completely ineffective for a lot of people. And this kind of treatment-resistant condition is the worst case of fibromyalgia since it is unresponsive to treatment and can often seem to get worse.

This is a tricky subject to discuss with any certainty, however. While most doctors will say that fibromyalgia isn’t a progressive disease for most people, some sufferers definitely report that their disease gets worse over time.

Can Fibromyalgia Make You Disabled?

So if you’ve just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, there’s a chance that your pain and fatigue levels might begin to plateau and stay roughly where they are, though some days will be worse than others.

But in the worst case of fibromyalgia, the disease will get more painful and debilitating over time.

For people whose situation is the worst case of fibromyalgia, they will likely suffer their entire lives with constant, and unmanageable pain. This leads to serious problems in their daily lives.

Often, they lose their jobs due to the fact that they are effectively disabled. The constant pain and fatigue and the mental cloudiness, or fibro fog, makes working impossible.

And for people with extremely severe fibromyalgia, even getting out of bed is close to impossible. They require heavy doses of painkillers to even walk. And it takes them heavy doses of sleeping medication to get anything close to a full night’s sleep.

For those people who have the worst case of fibromyalgia, every day is a physical struggle. But it can be an emotionally struggle as well.

Can The Worst Case Of Fibromyalgia Affect Your Relationships?

Having severe fibromyalgia makes it difficult to maintain relationships with friends and family. People who used to enjoy your company sometimes drift away because your chronic pain and lack of mobility become tough for them to deal with. While that isn’t even remotely fair, it’s often how people are.

So in the worst case of fibromyalgia, expect to lose some of the friends you had who aren’t really friends. But the good side is that you will see who truly cares about you because they will stick around.

In addition, dealing with such a severely limited quality of life is extremely difficult emotionally. The constant pain can make it feel like life isn’t worth living. And suicide is tragically common among people with severe fibromyalgia.

It’s important to get help if you feel like you might be considering taking your own life. Suicide is never a good solution, and the saying that “it doesn’t end the pain, it only spreads it to the people who care about you,” is very true.

Fibromyalgia is a horrific disease to live with. And it takes a special kind of courage to endure the worst case of fibromyalgia.

(The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com. For this and other Fibromyalgia-related articles, please visit their informative website.)

 

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Celebrate National Reading Month – Read with Me! #SignUp

March is National Reading Month and I invite you to “Read with Me” and share your love of reading by:

  1. Create a post about reading. Why do you read? Who taught you to read? Where is your favorite reading spot? What do you read? What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite book character? Or a topic about reading that is unique to YOU!
  2. Include the supplied banner/button on your blog sidebar for the month of March.
  3. Share your link on social networks and/or in your subscriber newsletter.
  4. Consider doing a giveaway of your favorite ebook to a random commenter. (NOT A REQUIREMENT – just a suggestion!)

There is a selection of buttons and banners below. Please forgive my meager artistic ability. Be sure to include one in your sidebar menu and link it back to the landing page. (Link found at bottom of signup page under the signup link!) If you don’t link back, visitors will NOT be able to “hop” from your blog to the next one!

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please coment below or message me on Twitter (@MsFelicia) or Instagram (@fle_d)!

 


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Celebrate National Reading Month – Read with Me! #SignUp

March is National Reading Month and I invite you to “Read with Me” and share your love of reading by:

  1. Create a post about reading. Why do you read? Who taught you to read? Where is your favorite reading spot? What do you read? What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite book character? Or a topic about reading that is unique to YOU!
  2. Include the supplied banner/button on your blog sidebar for the month of March.
  3. Share your link on social networks and/or in your subscriber newsletter.
  4. Consider doing a giveaway of your favorite ebook to a random commenter. (NOT A REQUIREMENT – just a suggestion!)

There is a selection of buttons and banners below. Please forgive my meager artistic ability. Be sure to include one in your sidebar menu and link it back to the landing page. (Link found at bottom of signup page under the signup link!) If you don’t link back, visitors will NOT be able to “hop” from your blog to the next one!

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please coment below or message me on Twitter (@MsFelicia) or Instagram (@fle_d)!

 


Use the link below to access the Linky tools signup! (New browser will open) It will be easier for blog visitors if you sign up using the URL link directly to your reading post! If you choose to use your main URL, PLEASE make sure a link to your special post on reading is prominently posted!

 

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March is National Reading Month! #Celebrate

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If you look inside your particular group of followers, you’ll find a culturally rich and diverse group. Authors/writers, bloggers, students, parents/grandparents, business professionals, those sharing personal experiences, many who just want to connect…the list is endless.

While we are diverse, many of us share one common interest – WE READ!Book Happiness

March is National Reading Month and I invite you to “Read with Me” and share your love of reading by:

Create a post about reading.

Book OclockWhy do you read? Who taught you to read?

Where is your favorite reading spot? What do you read?

What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite book character?

Or a topic about reading that is unique to YOU!

Include the supplied banner/button on your blog sidebar for the month of March. (Similar to the one posted above.) Biggest Book Lie

Share your link on social networks and/or in your subscriber newsletter. Consider doing a giveaway of your favorite ebook to a random commenter. (NOT A REQUIREMENT – just a suggestion!)

Blog/link signup and event banner will be posted next week! (The week of the 13th!)

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