Archive for July 7th, 2018

“The Psychic (Starlight Cafe Book 2)” by Lovelyn Bettison

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The Psychic (Starlight Cafe Book 2)

by Lovelyn Bettison

Genre: Ghosts/Horror/Occult

3.99 at time of posting!

Ghosts, love, and good coffee.

Cheryl reads tarot cards at the Starlight Cafe. When a regular customer asks her to help him get rid of the ghosts terrorizing his home, she takes the job.

Pulled into a web of family secrets and revenge, Cheryl must find out the truth to put the spirits to rest. Little does she know that helping them will complicate her own life in ways she could never imagine.

Follow Cheryl down a winding road of hauntings and paranormal events that change the course of her life.

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“Savage Security: A Dire Wolves Mission” by Ellis Leigh

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Savage Security: A Dire Wolves Mission

by Ellis Leigh

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Action Adventure/Suspense

3.99 at time of posting!

There’s no escaping a Dire Wolf on the hunt…

Dire Wolf Deus likes his quiet, regimented life. He might live in the big city, but interacting with humans isn’t his favorite thing, so he spends most of his time behind the screens of the computers and tech gadgets he loves. At least, when he’s not handling research and missions for Luc, the Dire Pack Alpha.

Zoe follows two rules in life—never trust a pack wolf, and take what you can get. She spends her days living the high life in New York City, but at night, this little wolf becomes a cat. Cat burglar, that is. Her services are for hire, but her heart isn’t. Period.

One soldier living a life behind the screen, one woman hiding from the shadows of her past, and a chance encounter that takes them across the country and beyond. In the world of the Dire Wolves, the man behind the control panel is considered an asset. But when a mission requires a personal touch, Deus will have to leave the security of his world to travel to another, more dangerous one…and not just because he’s met the woman the fates think is perfect for him.

One soldier, one fight…one chance at forever.

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Fibromyalgia & Dyshidrotic Eczema

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Have you ever noticed that you sometimes develop small, red blisters on the bottom of your feet or on your hands? Often, these blisters will itch, and the skin surrounding them can grow tender and painful.

If those symptoms sound familiar, you might suffer from dyshidrotic eczema. And if you’re already suffering from fibromyalgia, you may be at a higher risk of developing the condition.

So what is dyshidrotic eczema exactly? How is it linked to fibromyalgia? And what can you do to treat it?

What Is Dyshidrotic Eczema?

As with all forms of eczema, no one is really sure what causes dyshidrotic eczema. But there seems to be an interaction between the skin and the immune system. Basically, the skin gets irritated by dehydration or external irritants like pollen or dust.

The immune system then overreacts to these irritants and triggers an inflammation response in the skin. When it comes to dyshidrotic eczema, this response creates the blisters that are closely identified with the disease. Usually, they develop on the soles of the feet, the toes, the palms of the hands, and the fingers.

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It’s often possible to tell when the blisters are developing as the skin begins to grow tender and may sweat around the area that the blisters will eventually form.

Typically, they come in small groups. And the individual blisters themselves are usually small and might even be hard to notice. But the blisters can also eventually grow large enough to make walking difficult. In most cases, the blisters are intensely itchy and occasionally they can be quite painful.

It’s more common in women than men. And there seems to be a link between allergies and the condition. People who suffer from hay fever are more likely to develop dyshidrotic eczema.

And like many skin conditions, there’s a possibility that it could be linked to fibromyalgia.

How Is It Linked To Fibromyalgia?

We know that many people with fibromyalgia suffer from different skin conditions. There’s little evidence of a direct link between fibromyalgia and dyshidrotic eczema beyond the anecdotal.

And it doesn’t seem as though fibromyalgia itself causes skin conditions. Instead, the most likely explanation is that these conditions are linked to some of the complications of fibromyalgia. There seems to be a link between the stress of living with fibromyalgia and many different immune system disorders.

It’s possible that the resulting changes to the immune system make people more likely to develop skin conditions like eczema. But we’re not sure just what sort of role the immune system plays in conditions like eczema, or in fibromyalgia for that matter.

All we can say for certain is that there does seem to be a link between fibromyalgia and these sorts of conditions. There are a number of different theories about what it might be, but there’s no convincing evidence that supports any conclusively.

Until more research is done on the subject, it’s hard to say for sure what the connection is.

Of course, the fact remains that if you have developed eczema, you want to treat it. And there are a few ways to do that.

How Can You Treat It?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to cure dyshidrotic eczema. That means that managing the condition comes down to simply treating the symptoms as they appear and trying to prevent them from recurring in the future.

The blisters and skin irritation will usually come and go every few weeks or months. In some cases, the condition might spontaneously disappear after a few years.

In most cases, doctors usually prescribe topical corticosteroids to treat the outbreaks. These are creams that contain artificial hormones that help block the immune response that triggers the blisters. If those prove ineffective, you may also be prescribed corticosteroid shots or pills.

Other treatment options include UV light treatments or medications that can suppress the immune system. In some cases, doctors may suggest botulism shots to prevent your hands or feet from sweating.

Sweat seems to contribute to triggering the blisters, so keeping your hands and feet dry might help prevent outbreaks. In terms of over-the-counter options, there are a number of moisturizers that block water from escaping the skin. These can help you avoid blisters and have the added benefit of keeping the skin healthy.

Antihistamines can help with the itching and are available in pills and topical creams. It’s important not to scratch at the blisters, as this can damage the skin and make the condition worse.

As with any chronic condition, the most important thing to do is to take the necessary steps to manage the condition proactively and take charge of your health.

 

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

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“Murder on a Silver Sea” by Loulou Harrington

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Murder on a Silver Sea (Myrtle Grove Garden Club Mystery Book 3)

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Women Sleuths
3.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

An aging heiress, the beloved dog who will inherit her fortune, and too many suspicious accidents. Or are they a prelude to murder?

Jesse Camden is a sucker for a mystery. So when Amanda Carmichael’s assistant Bethany asks the Myrtle Grove Garden Club to investigate what she thinks are attempts on her employer’s life, Jesse and Vivian Windsor agree. But before they can start, Bethany sends a frantic message that Amanda is leaving for her isolated estate in the Salish Sea, taking her dog Lady and a small staff, including Bethany, with her. As Jesse and Vivian go hurrying after them, disaster strikes again, and this time the “accident” is fatal.

Jesse and Vivian suddenly find themselves racing toward the unknown, determined to uncover the truth and protect the small dog who not only inherits Amanda’s fortune but the danger that stalks this remote private island.

 

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“Cat Got Your Corpse (A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Six)” by Louise Lynn

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Cat Got Your Corpse (A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Six)

by Louise Lynn

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Culinary/Hobbies & Crafts

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Hazel Hart can’t stay out of trouble.

With Hazel’s dad back in Cedar Valley for the summer, they resume their camping trip tradition. Hazel wants nothing but a relaxing vacation with plenty of opportunities to photograph the local wildlife, but she stumbles across a dead big game hunter instead!

It looks like the work of a mountain lion, but Hazel isn’t so sure. Foul play is written all over it, and her vacation turns into a race against time to find the killer—especially since her father is a prime suspect for the crime.

Can Hazel clear her father’s name and find the murderer before it’s too late?

A feel-good, cozy mystery about a quirky photographer and her black cat solving mysteries in Cedar Valley, a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This book does not contain any cliffhangers, gore, graphic scenes, or foul language. It can be read as a standalone or as part of a series.

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“The Snail Who Forgot the Mail” by Sigal Adler

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The Snail Who Forgot the Mail (Bedtime & Dreaming Fiction Children’s Books Book 1)

by Sigal Adler

Genre: Children’s eBooks/Early Learning/Basic Concepts/Sense & Sensation

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Teach your child patience !!!
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“You forgot the mail?!?!”
The king yelled at the snail.
But the snail stayed as calm as could be.
He was not afraid of the king, you see.
He knew where the gift was; he knew what to do.
The monsters learned that patience pays off too.

We are all familiar with the phenomenon of children wanting everything “here and now”. This story describes just such a situation. I hope you and your children will enjoy it and learn from it.

 

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