Archive for July 15th, 2017
“Forever in Love (City Love Series #3)”
Author: Susane Colasanti
Release Date: July 11, 2017
From bestselling author Susane Colasanti comes the bittersweet ending to the City Love trilogy, featuring three girls sharing an apartment in New York City the summer before college begins. Forever in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood, a perfect fit for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Jennifer E. Smith.
Sadie is trying to find the strength to confront a past family trauma and forgive the boy who broke her heart. Darcy needs to figure out how to make it on her own for the first time and finally accept the love she deserves. Rosanna’s boyfriend might still be in love with his ex…and she can recognize the abuse of her past reflected in a girl who needs her help. As the summer comes to an end, will they learn to love themselves and support one another with a bond of sisterhood that will never be broken?
Told from alternating points of view, Forever in Love celebrates three girls who will be forever in love with the endless possibilities their futures hold.
~ About the Author ~
Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, Now and Forever, and the City Love trilogy. Susane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, she was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.
You can connect with Susane at susanecolasanti.com.
by S. T. Sanchez
This is definitely something you want to look at. Can you trust this person to read and critique your work without sharing it and putting it out on social media without your consent. (This has happened to well known authors. Just look up midnight sun by Stephenie Meyers)
Some writers even go so far as to have their beta readers sign a confidentiality agreement. I have chosen not to go this route, but I am very particular about who I let see my work pre-publication.
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by Liam Cross
Writing, just like anything else in life, must be done to please oneself. Must be done to let one take the sinews of their heart and the breath of their soul, and transcribe them somehow onto the page before them. It’s one of my most favourite feelings in the world, finishing a piece and knowing it captures how I’m feeling exactly, because then I can make that feeling known to others, which in life, I feel is one of the most difficult tasks to do.
It helps to remember who you are and where you have come from, when attempting to create a piece so emotive and so thought-evoking it captures people and touches their heart. But I actually have some backwards advice to give when it comes to doing just that, because when writing to evoke emotion in others, I believe not in focusing on them…
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“The Rogue World (Dark Gravity Sequence)“
Genre: Science Fiction/Children’s Books
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Perfect for fans of the Percy Jackson and Seven Wonders series, The Rogue World is the third book in an epic, fast-paced middle-grade adventure trilogy by acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby.
After the shattering new discoveries they made in Egypt, Eleanor and her mother, Samantha, have been separated: Samantha working with the sinister Dr. Watkins to ensure the survival of only a small number of humans, and Eleanor and her friends uniting in the desperate hope of saving the entire planet. They are preparing for a trek to the icy Himalayas, where they believe they’ll find the Master Concentrator and a chance to end the threat of the rogue planet—one way or the other.
But that’s when something happens that none of them expected: an alien spacecraft crash lands on earth, throwing the globe into crisis and changing everything for Eleanor. She has just begun to understand the mysterious power that sets her apart from everyone else on the planet; now, everything rests on her ability to control the same alien intelligence that has pushed us to the brink of extinction.
Matthew J. Kirby is the author of the acclaimed middle-grade novels The Clockwork Three, Icefall, and The Lost Kingdom, as well as one book in the New York Times bestselling series Infinity Ring. He was born in Utah, but with a father in the military, he has lived in many places, including Rhode Island, Maryland, California (twice), and Hawaii. As an undergraduate at Utah State University, he majored in history. He then went on to earn MS and EdS degrees in school psychology. Matthew currently lives in Utah.
Fibromyalgia is one of those illnesses that has probably been around for much longer than what we think.
It is just now that this illness is starting to gain the attention that it needs.
More and more people are being diagnosed with this. In the past, many people were misdiagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis or another similar illness that wreaks havoc on the body.
Now that we understand fibromyalgia more, one of the more common questions that people ask is if this is an illness that is associated with the central nervous system. This is a good question and the answer may surprise many people.
The Given Answer
If you were to ask a medical professional if fibromyalgia is something that is due to issues in the central nervous system, they will often state “not really”. Why is this?
Fibromyalgia is often categorized as a chronic pain condition that causes the pain and tenderness throughout the body.
However, fibromyalgia is actually associated with the central nervous system. How is this?
- Fibromyalgia is affected by the brain.
- The illness affects the way in which the brain is processing the pain signals.
- This is why the pain is often so hard for a person who has fibromyalgia, as their pain signals are firing constantly.
- Much of the pain that a person is feeling is also coming from the spinal cord.
Thus, fibromyalgia does have an origin of being from the central nervous system.
The Old Answer
For those who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia years ago, they were more than likely told that it was a psychosomatic problem.
During this time, many medical professionals believed that fibromyalgia was caused by a mental factor or that it was aggravated by a mental problem.
These mental problems were something along stress or internal conflicts. They would often want the person to treat the stress or inner conflict that they were having and they would then believe that the person was cured.
However, research and studies into this illness have ruled this out. Though, many medical professionals are quick to point out that stress can make some symptoms worse as this does affect the immune system.
What is interesting is that many years ago, this was a purely mental issue that doctors said only women get.
They believed this was due to the “fragile state of mind” that a woman was once thought to have.
However, we know better now. While men are not as likely to get this issue, they can still develop fibromyalgia.
The old ideas are coming to an end, as we learn more and more about what makes this issue and how we can learn how to live with this and provide treatment.
Why These Findings are Important?
It is super valuable to know what we know now.
Now that we know that fibromyalgia is something that is stemming from the brain and the spine, we know what treatments may work and what will probably not work.
For those who are suffering with the pain and the fatigue, they are going to find their doctors have new ideas on how to treat these symptoms.
Some of the newer methods that are being seen now, that were not given as options thirty years ago include:
Many people have found that physical therapy helps them to learn how to move through the pain, and how to gain greater strength in their body.
While this therapy is often associated with those who have had accidents, it is a great option for others who are dealing with fibromyalgia.
Massage therapy is a must for many fibromyalgia patients who find that this helps to ease the pain that they may be feeling.
In addition, it also helps to lower stress levels which many claims make their pain flare up worse when they are highly stressed.
This gentle exercise has been shown to help a patient to develop the muscles that they need to function and keep them limber.
Many people complain of having issues with walking due to having to sit for such a long period of time due to the pain that they are in.
While it may not be a traditional therapy many of those who suffer from fibromyalgia are finding that walking in the water is doing a world of relief for their pain and allowing them to maintain their mobility.
It is worth looking into to see if a rehab center near you may be offering this cutting-edge therapy.
Do Mind Workouts Help?
One question that many people have when they do discover that fibromyalgia can be linked to the brain is whether those mind workouts that are seen could help?
It is important to note that the mind is not the issue. Fibromyalgia is not something that is going to go away with wishful thinking or strengthening your brain power.
However, strengthening your brain power may be something that you want to do either way.
The brain plays a role in the pain that is being felt. There are many people who claim that they can reach a meditative state in which their brain is no longer registered the pain. In this case, learning how to conditions one’s brain in this manner could prove helpful.
However, remember that meditation is something that you must work at continuously to truly get the benefits of this.
For those who are still confused as to how fibromyalgia can be considered a central nervous disorder by some and not by others, they will need to talk with their doctor. As we learn more about fibromyalgia, this definition may change.
However, we must keep learning about this illness and what we can do in order to treat it effectively.
Every year, more and more people are diagnosed with this, and it is greatly impacting the quality of life that they once had.