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“No Hope for Gomez!”
Author: Graham Parke
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 13, 2013
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.
We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly.
Gomez is eternally bewildered by the ease with which others navigate the world. He’s never had much luck with women, or jobs, or anything really. Even gravity seems to pull on him a little harder than it does on others. But when he enters a medical trial and a super sexy research assistant falls for him, he thinks his luck has changed – even if that assistant has trouble expressing herself in terms outside the realm of science.
But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure whom he can trust and which of his experiences are actually real and which merely drug induced delusions, he decides to go underground and work out a devious plan.
Graham Parke is a Forewords Book of the Year winner, a Kirkus Indie best-lister, and an IBA and USA Book News Awards finalist.
He is responsible for a number of odd publications and has recently attempted to patent a self-folding map. He’s been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.
Follow his blog at http://www.grahamparke.blogspot.com
I only love revisions when they’re done! 😄
Revisions: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em
You worked hard on your first draft of your book. You edited it several times, had an alpha reader, and sent it out to a few beta readers. While waiting to hear back from the readers, you were probably thinking, “I might need to make a few changes, but all in all, the story is great. It won’t be long before I publish it and start making some money.”
The day has arrived. The readers have reported back to you with lots of comments and suggestions. Reading through what they wrote, you realize you need to do more than a few minor corrections. The book is not ready for prime time. Your readers have pointed out a number of problems: not staying in point of view, too much telling instead of showing, boring descriptions that do nothing but slow the story down. Confusion between…
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by Sara Butler Zalesky
While I was working with an editor onWheeler, the phrase ‘head hopping’ kept coming up again and again, but I had no idea to what she was referring. Being new to this thing called writing, my only experience was what I read from other authors. I’m a prolific reader, from sci/fi, fantasy, romance, YA, thrillers, anything I could get my hands on, I read. I hadn’t noticed the difference between hearing the inner thoughts of the characters, I was either fully engrossed or I couldn’t get past the first chapter.
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“The Bees: A Novel”
The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death.
Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.
But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.
Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.
Hip pain can occur in any normal individual without relating it to fibromyalgia. But if a fibromyalgia patient suffers with severe pain, both might be related to each other.
Tender points in the right and left buttock and in the sides of the hips may be painful to touch. This may cause difficulty in walking and sleeping.
Researchers have confirmed that women experience more hip pain than men. Many suggest that this may be due to weight gain and hormonal changes that are more common in women than men. Hip joint and buttocks can be painful at the same time.
Many people with fibromyalgia suffer with a low back pain and most of them can get better by a physiotherapy. It was revealed in a study from University of Gothenburg in 2011.
For those who are suffering from long-term back pain can have little bit relief and will require extensive treatment. Thus it is advisable to treat the low back pain at an early stage.
Many researchers have suggested that different approaches of treatment should be applied to benefit fibromyalgia patients. The combination of two or more methods can be more fruitful than a single method in treating the disease.
The pain control medication can be equipped with good and clean diet, exercises, meditation, etc.
Research at University of Gothenburg in April 2011 published that immediate treatment by a physiotherapist, can reduce problems with recurring low back pain. It was revealed in a thesis from this University.
How can A Severe Hip Pain Be Treated?
There are medicines available in the form of painkillers that can help minimize the severe hip pain. Apart from medicines there are some alternative methods that can also soothe the pain. Some of these are as follows:
1- Hot and cold ice packs is a traditional home remedy that helps many sufferers. Hot pack is recommended for a person having severe hip pain not resulted from an injury.
If someone is confused about using a hot or a cold pack, he/she can try 20 minutes with one pack and see the difference and comfort level.
2- Stretching is an easy method to keep the body parts functional. Stretching gives stress and pain relief if the hip pain is not that severe.
If anybody is suffering from chronic hip pain he/she must consult a yoga instructor or any other instructor for proper support and guidance.
Vigorous stretching is not recommended with fibromyalgia because it can worsen the pain. Stretching, yoga and exercise enhance blood circulation and help in improving chronic pain.
3- Aromatherapy can decrease muscle pain and increase blood circulation. It also helps to promote sleep and mental peace.
4- Acupuncture also can give relief hip pain and increase blood flow. A qualified acupuncturist should be consulted.
5- A study conducted at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in 2010 suggested that breathing slowly can significantly reduce pain. It was also reported that fibromyalgia patients have also reported less pain when they are breathing slow.
But the pain might flare-up when there are negative feelings, anxiety, sadness and depression. This research was published in PAIN a journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
Terrible shoulder is also associated with fibromyalgia. Stiffness can be felt in the shoulder that causes pain during movement of shoulder, arms and cause sleep difficulty.
Fibromyalgia is a terrible and frustrating disease. It is very uncomfortable and unbearable. Going for alternate and natural therapies can be a better way to control the symptoms rather than the medications which are full of side effects and never give 100% relief.
Are There Alternative Therapies to Control Hip Pain?
Alternative therapies such as physical activities, exercise, yoga, aromatherapy, acupuncture, etc can help in controlling any kind of pain related to fibromyalgia.
A study conducted in York University, 2011 proved that practicing yoga reduces physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women suffering with fibromyalgia.
It suggested that yoga works on the cortisol levels in women and helps in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia in women. In study it was revealed that 75 minutes of yoga two times a week for a period of eight weeks can increase the level of total cortisol.
In October 2010, Oregon Health and Science University (OSHU) published that yoga exercises may have the power to combat widespread pain of fibromyalgia.
This study was published online in PAIN journal. In a previous study at OSHU also suggested that yoga can combat a number of symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, anxiety, poor memory, etc.
The pain was reduced by 24%, fatigue by 30% and depression by 42% in those who did yoga.
The Journal PAIN also commented that exercise is a sub category of physical activity, physical activity involves more than only exercising such a movement of body during play, work, transportation, household chores and recreation. Both physical activities and exercise can help in reduce any kind of joint pain, hip pain or shoulder pain.
It is true that avoiding physical activities and daily chores do not reduce pain in fibromyalgia sufferer. But it can reduce fatigue and anxiety.
The patients that persist pain and undergo physical exercises ignoring their pain may lead to overactivity and may end up with troublesome levels of daily activities.
A better way to treat fibromyalgia is to educate the sufferer about the disease and prepare the patient for the upcoming symptoms so that the sufferer can cope up the disease mentally and physically.
Understanding pain and other symptoms is very important in fibromyalgia. Providing patients with pain neuroscience education changes the patient’s perception and belief towards pain.