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Do Over (Brooks Family Book 2)
by Delaney Diamond
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance/African-American
She’s devoted to her daughters.
Years ago, when her cheating husband left, Ella Brooks realized how much she’d changed and wasn’t sure how to get back to the woman she used to be. When she meets Tyrone Evers, the last thing she’s looking for is another relationship, but it turns out that the police detective is just too tempting to resist.
He’s devoted to his job.
Tyrone meets Ella when he’s investigating a break-in at her home, but ends up paying more attention to the wealthy socialite’s case, and her, than normal. After his wife cheated on him, he’s not looking for romance, he’s not looking for commitment, and he’s definitely not looking for love. But you don’t have to be looking for any of those things for them to find you.
And when life gives you a second chance, do you take it or run for cover?
Angel’s Demon (Angel Series Book 5)
by Melanie Tomlin
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal & Urban
99¢ at time of posting!
Protect Little Mother, when the time comes …
Satan’s archdemon, Asmodeus, is jealous of the relationship the earth-bound angel, Helena, has with his lord and master. He has devised a plan that will rid them of the harlot for good, one that requires stealth, loyalty and a sacrificial lamb.
Gina’s children are awakening, only to find that someone is methodically torturing and murdering anyone who has met her. The self-proclaimed angel followers seek out Helena, who they’re supposed to protect, each of them wondering what an immortal could possibly need protection from. They believe that in the end it is she who will protect them.
When Helena learns of what’s going on in the world around her, she tries to save as many lives as she can. Yet to stop the carnage she must come face-to-face with another earth-bound angel and defeat him — or die.
Title: Under Control (the Guardians of Ivalice Book 2)
Author: Laura Catherine
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 16, 2018
Cover Designer: Laura Catherine
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
Nix, Grace and Phoebe are having problems with their new elemental powers. They keep losing control and sooner or later they are going to get caught or hurt someone.
When Nix gets grounded from preforming a gig, after having a fight with her boyfriend and accidentally starting a small fire, the girls come up with a plan to practice their powers and regain some control.
Kendra, on the other hand, is shutting everyone out. Despite Phoebe’s best efforts to get through to her, Kendra wants nothing to do with magic or Ivalice, but she can’t hide away forever because Morgan is desperate to find a way to Earth and take back the elements. As he gets closer to a solution Morgan’s obsession grows and begins to come at a cost.
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Laura Catherine was born in Melbourne, Australia where she spent most of her childhood creating fantasy worlds and talking to her invisible pet cheetah who ran along powerlines.
She completed a Diploma of Writing and Editing at Holmesglen Tafe where she learned a lot about turning her stories into actual books instead of just ideas hidden away on scrap paper in her desk draws.
Laura self-published her first novel, Djinn (2013), a Paranormal Romance, and the second in the series, Blooders (2015). Her latest release was for a new YA Fantasy series, The Guardians of Ivalice (2017). Laura is currently working on the next instalment in the Djinn series, Bloodjinn, as well as book two in The Guardians series.
Suitcase Girl: SG Trilogy Book 1 (Abby Kane FBI Thriller 7)
by Ty Hutchinson
Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Police Procedural/Assassinations
FREE at time of posting!
She’s your average twelve-year old, except there’s something about her that’s unthinkable, and quite frankly, unexplainable.
When a lone little girl is abandoned outside FBI headquarters, agent Abby Kane’s investigation points to a human trafficking ring—and something even worse…
For a tense, disturbing thrill-ride, pick up Suitcase Girl. Book one in the Suitcase Girl Trilogy.
Raise a glass—one glass that is—and say cheers. People with fibromyalgia can consume alcoholic beverages socially, in low to moderate levels, and possibly even feel an improvement in symptoms. With one caveat regarding fibromyalgia and alcohol: Those imbibing should not also be taking sedatives, opioids, muscle relaxers or other medications for a coexisting disease or whatnot that can interact with alcohol.
Fibromyalgia and alcohol
Alcohol boosts γ-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) levels, which tend to be low in patients with fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the FDA has not approved a drug that does the same thing that alcohol does with GABA levels. However, there are drugs approved by the FDA for the condition, and other new drugs are being explored and developed.
Daniel Clauw, MD, from the University of Michigan Medical School, is a coauthor of a study on fibromyalgia and alcohol, published in Arthritis Research & Therapy. The study found that low to moderate alcohol consumption may lower fibromyalgia symptoms and improve quality of life compared to no alcohol consumption or high alcohol consumption. Though the study was published in 2013, he says the research still stands today in 2017.
“Our study prompted Dr. Macfarlane in Scotland to look in large epidemiologic databases to see if he could find a similar association and he did. His data similarly showed that low alcohol consumption was protective against fibromyalgia symptoms compared to no or high alcohol consumption.”
The study on fibromyalgia and alcohol, which was published in Arthritis Care & Research, found that people who had chronic widespread pain were less likely to say their symptoms were disabling if they also consumed alcohol up to a moderate level.
When asked if low to moderate drinking is something that can benefit people with fibromyalgia, depending on the medications they take, Dr. Clauw says “Perhaps. They might want to at least give it a try to have a single drink a few hours before bedtime to see if they feel any better.”
Not all medical professionals, though, like suggesting that alcohol can be used to reduce fibromyalgia pain/symptoms.
The past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Lynn Webster, MD, says, “I think that a mild to moderate amount of alcohol is probably not going to be harmful to most patients. But I think it is another step to suggest that it be used for pain.”
Dr. Webster says that with the chronic use of alcohol, tolerance will develop and you have to increase the dose just like opioids. “That is kind of a slippery slope.” He also says that because alcohol is a rewarding substance, a subset of people who are exposed to alcohol end up having an alcohol use disorder. “They can become alcoholics.”
Another risk is drug-drug interactions. (You can check drug interactions at drugs.com and Medscape.com, or ask your pharmacist.) Dr. Webster says sedatives, muscle relaxers, opioids, and any drug taken for a coexisting medical condition can interact with alcohol. “It can get out of control and I think it can be very dangerous, particularly if somebody is taking other medications along with alcohol.”
While drinking alcohol may help symptoms for a while, Dr. Webster says, “I think it is just not prudent to recommend alcohol. If they are my patients and if they were to ask me if they could consume alcohol, it depends…. I would say in moderation alcohol can be used in people with fibromyalgia just like it can be used in people without fibromyalgia. But it should not be used to treat pain.”
So how much is okay? “If somebody has one or two glasses of wine and/or three or four per week, that would probably be acceptable. But that has to be individualized. For some people that is too much.”
Fortunately, hope is on the horizon when it comes to treatments for fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms.
“There are a number of medications in development that might be significant improvements to what is available today,” says Dr. Webster. Taking it further, he adds, “I see a day when there will be a cure for fibromyalgia.”
The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.
2:32 AM: Losing Faith in God
by Lakisha Johnson
Genre: Literature & Fiction/Christian/African-American
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The bible tells you how to fight the enemy but what do you do when it feels like it is God you’re up against?
Charlotte’s nightmare began at 2:32AM, the morning she experienced the most unimaginable pain ever, the loss of a child.
Now, she finds herself angry at God. She trusted Him and He took her only child. She prayed to Him and it seems as if He has turned His back on her. And if things could not get worse, hell keeps showing up at her door.
What can she do, when she continually cries in the darkness but gets no answer? Where can she turn when it feels like her back is against the wall and there is no way out? Who can she depend on if God let her down?
Questions Charlotte ponder when the memories snatch her from her sleep at 2:32AM. Questions that make her angry because to her, God has forsaken them.