Archive for June 16th, 2018

“Sinful Seduction: The Davies Family Book 1” by Ann Christopher

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Sinful Seduction: The Davies Family Book 1

Genre: Multicultural/Romance
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A guilt-ridden soldier.
His fallen brother’s former fiancee.
An undeniable passion…
The Davies Family
Power. Secrets. Seduction.

Just home from the war, billionaire former soldier Alessandro Davies craves the solitude of his Hamptons estate as he mourns his fallen twin.

The last thing he needs? An unexpected visit from beautiful veterinarian Skylar Lawrence, his dead brother’s former fiancée.

Sandro remains determined to honor his brother’s memory. But what happens when his forbidden passion for Skylar flares one dark and stormy night?

If you enjoy sexy and emotional contemporary romance novels—especially when they include love triangles—grab SINFUL SEDUCTION today!

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“Inheritance” by Lan Samantha Chang

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Inheritance

by Lan Samantha Chang

Genre: Historical Fiction/Psychological/Saga/Chinese

2.99 at time of posting! LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Spanning seven decades and set in China and America against a backdrop of political chaos and social upheaval, this arresting debut novel tells a timeless story of familial devotion undermined by deceit and passion and rebuilt by memory.

In 1931, abandoned after their mother’s suicide, the young Junan and her sister, Yinan, make a pact never to leave each other. The two girls are inseparable—until Junan enters into an arranged marriage and finds herself falling in love with her soldier husband. When the Japanese invade China, Junan and her husband are separated. Unable to follow him to the wartime capital, Junan makes the fateful decision to send her sister after him. Inheritance traces the echo of betrayal through generations and explores the elusive nature of trust.

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“The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook (Housewife Assassin Series, Book 1)” by Josie Brown

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The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook (Housewife Assassin Series, Book 1)

by Josie Brown

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Women Sleuths
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Murder, suspense, sex—and some handy household tips.

“Josie Brown writes with all the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover…Truly entertaining reading.” — Jackie Collins

Every housewife needs an alias. Donna Stone has one — and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But when terrorism hits close to home, it makes for strange bedfellows — and brings new meaning to the old adage, “Honey, I’m home…”

If you love funny mysteries with hard-boiled, sexy women sleuths, check out THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK!

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Fibromyalgia and Adult ADHD

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ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, has been on the rise in the past few years. And typically, it’s seen as a condition that affects children. That’s understandable.  Since 1991, diagnosis rates for kids in America have gone up 42%.

But ADHD doesn’t just affect kids. Adult ADHD is also on the rise. It’s estimated that about 4% of U.S. adults have ADHD. And for some reason, that number is much higher in people who also have fibromyalgia. So just what is adult ADHD? What’s the connection between ADHD and Fibromyalgia? And what can you do to treat it?

What Is Adult ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition marked by a few symptoms. People who suffer from the condition tend to have trouble paying attention to tasks for long periods of time, thus the “attention-deficit.” In addition, they tend to have an abundance of energy, or “hyperactivity,’ often at inappropriate times.

As a result, people with the condition sometimes have trouble navigating social interactions, school, or, in the case of adults, work.

Adult ADHD is simply ADHD that affects adults or is diagnosed when the patient is an adult. Typically, it’s common for children who are diagnosed with ADHD to carry the condition into adulthood.

We don’t know what causes ADHD, but it seems to have a genetic component. There also seems to be an issue with the way the brain forms connections which may contribute to the disorder. Research has demonstrated that the brains of people with ADHD are fundamentally different than those of other people. There seem to be changes in the pathways between nerves and chemical balances in the brain.

Future research may help us understand how the condition works exactly. But we do know that the same chemical and neural pathway changes do seem to have a link to fibromyalgia.

ADHD And Fibromyalgia

A recent study tested 123 people with fibromyalgia for ADHD.  The testing found that 44.72% of the patients tested positive. This is a significantly higher proportion than in the general population, which implies that there may be a link between the conditions.

But what exactly is that link? Well, that’s where things get a little tricky. All the study demonstrates for sure is that there is a high percentage of “co-occurrence” between the two conditions. And there are a number of possible explanations for this.

It could be that there’s something about living with fibromyalgia, stress perhaps or chronic pain, that makes people more likely to develop ADHD. Or people whose brains are naturally predisposed to developing ADHD may be more likely to develop fibromyalgia.

This scenario may be more likely. There’s evidence that fibromyalgia is rooted in the central nervous system. It seems to have something to do with the chemical balances in the brain itself, just as ADHD does.

In addition, the study concluded that having ADHD may make the symptoms of fibromyalgia worse. And of course, that means that you need to find a way to manage it.

How Can You Manage It?

If you have fibromyalgia, it’s a good idea to get screened for adult ADHD. The most obvious symptoms of ADHD like trouble focusing are also symptoms of fibromyalgia. That may make it difficult to tell if you have the condition on your own. Meet with a qualified doctor who can test you to be sure.

It’s particularly important to be sure because treating your ADHD may actually help with the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms. There’s evidence that the common medications used to treat ADHD can actually improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

According to another study, people with fibromyalgia and ADHD who were treated with ADHD medications- typically stimulants like Adderall, reported a number of benefits. First, the medications helped control the symptoms of ADHD like an inability to focus and impulsivity. That’s to be expected, of course, since the medications were designed to treat these symptoms.

What was more surprising is that these patients reported that they experienced less pain and fatigue as well. These medications may work for the same reason that anti-depressants work. They help balance the chemical balances in the brain that contribute to the condition. And the stimulants used to treat ADHD may help balance out the fatigue of fibromyalgia.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about fibromyalgia, including what the link to ADHD might be. But the evidence that people with the condition should at least get screened is fairly compelling.

 

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

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#ReleaseBlitz “Under Control ( The Guardians of Ivalice Book 2)” by Laura Catherine

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.

 

“Test five hundred and sixteen. Failed,” Morgan said as he sat slumped at his desk, his head in one hand.

Morgan had been running tests all day and night. It was taking its toll on him. He was tired, but he couldn’t stop. He was getting so close.

He channelled energy from the void bat into a bottle and watched the wispy smoke swirl. Morgan had come up with so many different ways to extract the energy from the bat, so many different forms it took.

A knock on the door brought Morgan back from his thoughts. He placed the bottle on a shelf above his desk with the other failed experiments.

“Come,” he said and took a more authoritative pose, sitting up straight, hands in his lap.

Hunter lumbered into the room; his claws tapping on the marble floors.

“What is it now?” Morgan said, rising from his chair and walking toward the window. He’d like to think it was to seem aloof, but it was more because he didn’t want Hunter to see how tired he was. The bags under his eyes.

“It’s about the party of guards you had me send to the town of Riven,” Hunter growled.

“What about them? Have they brought order back to the town?”

“No. They’ve all been killed,” Hunter replied.

Morgan clenched a fist. “How exactly does that happen?”

“I’m not a hundred percent sure. There were no survivors to bring back information, but we know the rebels took out the last guards.”

“I sent over twenty men. How was that not enough?”

“Likely there are more rebels out there than we originally thought.”

Morgan slammed his fist on the windowsill. “Fine. Seems that if I want to keep the town protected, then I’ll have to go myself.”

Morgan channelled his Spirit and changed his clothes from silver robes to a travelling outfit of pants, shirt, and a cloak.

“Ready my horse,” Morgan ordered as he swooped past Hunter.

Hunter bowed. “Yes, my lord.”

“Can’t say I’m a shut-in now,” Morgan whispered as he made his way through the palace. “I’ve got everything under control.”

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.

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“Shadow of Death” by Alison Joseph

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Shadow of Death

by Alison Joseph

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction & Murder/Supernatural & Paranormal

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Agnes is up to her neck in books. Having been asked to help sort out the library of the nearly defunct Order in Bermondsey before the building is sold, she is trawling through piles of tatty Victoriana and mawkish lives of the saints.

However, the 17th-century Hawker archive, a collection of beautifully preserved books on spells and magic as well as hand-written journals, does catch her eye. These tell the story of Alice, her husband Thomas and their daughter who died in infancy.

Alice did not long survive her.

Alice’s story seems to haunt the present.

The building, now an NHS day center for the mentally ill, is the backdrop for a modern mother’s fears for the safety of herself and her child Agnes is increasingly drawn into the predicament of Jeanne-Marie and her daughter Leila as well as Alice’s narrative.

The line between past and present becomes hazy, as Jeanne-Marie, like Alice before her, is prey to the men in her life and depression.

When unexplained and horrible things start happening and Agnes becomes convinced that buyers are after something more than the obvious in the Hawker archives, she hurries to protect Leila and lay some ghosts to rest.

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“Sophie Washington: The Gamer” by Tonya Duncan Ellis

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Sophie Washington: The Gamer

by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Genre: Children’s Books/Multicultural/Holidays/Easter

99¢ at time of posting! KINDLE COUNTDOWN – ending soon!

READERS’ FAVORITE “FIVE STAR” RATED BOOK FOR KIDS!
Give Up Video Games for 40 Days? Oh No!
Sophie and Cole’s parents want her to give up tattling and him to give up playing his video games for 40 days before Easter. The kids agree, or so their parents think…Soon after Lent begins, Cole starts sneaking to play his video games. Things get out of control and he comes to his sister for help. Should Sophie break her promise and tell on him?
Here’s what Goodreads reviewers say about Sophie Washington: The Gamer:
  • “Adorable series, Sophie and her friends have lots of fun, very age appropriate.”
  • “What a perfect way to teach about the meaning of Lent and the ability to give up things that you don’t always realize will be hard. This book is easy to follow for all ages and will pull close to your own personal life.”
  • “So realistic. Kids as they are, good and bad in real situations. I am buying a few more of this series.”
This is the fourth book in the Readers’ Favorite five star rated Sophie Washington book series that includes:
  1. Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee (Book 1)
  2. Sophie Washington: The Snitch (Book 2)
  3. Sophie Washington: Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie (Book 3)
  4. Sophie Washington: The Gamer (Book 4)
  5. Sophie Washington: Hurricane (Book 5)
  6. Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica (Book 6)
Kids Ages 7-12

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