“Kissing the Captain: A Roses of Ridgeway Historical Romance (The Roses of Ridgeway Book 1)” by Kianna Alexander

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Kissing the Captain: A Roses of Ridgeway Historical Romance (The Roses of Ridgeway Book 1)

by Kianna Alexander

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction/Victorian

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Historical Romance Interracial
Victorian Historical Romance American
Kindle Short Reads 90 minutes

Heat Level: Sweet (love scenes take place off page, behind closed doors)

Setting/Time Period: Victorian America- California, US, 1879

-Explore love, life, and the challenges of a bygone era.-

Ridgeway, California: A fictional, mixed race settlement founded by abolitionists in 1853, after the madness of the California gold rush died down. Located near present-day Oakland, California, the town is home to a little less than 500 citizens. In Ridgeway, everybody knows everybody else- which can be a good thing- or a bad thing.

The Roses of Ridgeway: The feisty, determined female citizens of the settlement. They are intelligent, loving, and know their own minds- but they are far from perfect.

From Heartbreak to New Beginnings

In 1879, near the small northern California town of Ridgeway, Lilly Warren is a young woman who has recently lost her father. There is little time for mourning, though, as the responsibility of running the twenty-six acre farm now belongs to her. To make matters even more complex, her father has deeded the house and the land to her in his will with an interesting condition: that she share the land with a person she’s never met, or forfeit ownership.

Leaving the Sea Behind for a New Love

Ricardo Benigno is a Spanish captain of the Anna Juanita, a shipping vessel bringing spices and oils to the shores of California. Seeking out the farm of his old friend Leonard Warren, he discovers that the older man has passed away. To his surprise, Ricardo has also been willed joint ownership of Warren land, as long as he shares it with Lilly, Warren’s only child.

Will There be Romance, or Rebellion?

The attraction between them is instant, and they both agree that marriage is the only acceptable way they can share the land. But can two people from such different worlds learn to love each other, or will Lilly’s heart be broken if she dares to kiss the captain?

You will instantly be swept away into a rich, visual setting and an intensely beautiful love story. Scroll up and get your copy right away!

 

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“Ollie Stratford Cozy Mysteries: 5 Book Box Set: An Ollie Stratford Cozy Mystery” by N.C. Lewis

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Ollie Stratford Cozy Mysteries: 5 Book Box Set: An Ollie Stratford Cozy Mystery

by N.C. Lewis

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Cozy/Animals/Collections

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Cozy Mystery Fan Looking For Something Different?

Grab this Cozy Mystery five Book Box Set from Author N.C. Lewis’s popular Ollie Stratford Cozy Mysteries series. Enjoy hour upon hour of good, clean, humorous, reading with characters you will grow to love!

BOOK1: TEXAS TROUBLES
Middle-aged Professor Ollie Stratford’s been hounded by a psycho realtor, outrun by a bunch of grandma’s, taken advice from sock puppets, stuck in a brimming toilet bowl, and almost run out of college by a drunken professor. How is that for her first few days in a quiet little Texas town she never wanted to live in?

BOOK 2: CREEK CRISIS
When a mysterious Portuguese film producer hires Ollie Stratford’s event center she thinks it is going to be fun and games… until the brawling and fisticuffs amongst the Divas break out followed by Murder!

BOOK 3: BITTER BONES
When the bones of beloved local, Garrick Markovich, turn up buried by the oil well, Ollie’s dreams of financial stability are put in danger. Now, Ollie must uncover the secrets of tight lipped locals to find the killer and obtain justice for Garrick.

BOOK 4: MAGIC MUMBLES
Doctor Ollie Stratford loves a good mystery. But the last thing she ever expected was to stumble into one while relaxing at Mysterious Malcolm’s Magical Masquerade show. When a body shows up during the show, and the Magician leaps from the stage and disappears, Ollie gets sucked into a world where everyone has a grudge, and no one is talking.

BOOK 5: TEDDY TUMPIN
Ollie is trying to live a normal life, in a normal Texas Hill Country town, with a normal event center business. All that changes when the high school homecoming brings a local hero back to town. Then strange things happen—including to Ollie—and a body appears unexpectedly in a most unusual place. As Ollie follows a twisted trail, she does not understand the terrible consequences that will result. Will Ollie and the gang be able to track down the killer before the next victim or is it already too late?

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Is Fibromyalgia Hereditary?

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Affecting more than 5 million Americans, fibromyalgia is the most commonly diagnosed chronic pain disorder today. But is fibromyalgia hereditary?

Well, that question is more complicated than it may seem. A relatively newly recognized disorder, with its modern definition and diagnosis being solidified in 1972 by Dr. Hugh Smythe, and only seen as an actual condition by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1987, there haven’t been as many opportunities (or enough funding) to study fibromyalgia as there have been with other conditions and disorders.

So what does this mean for sufferers of fibromyalgia? What does modern science say about the possibility of passing on fibromyalgia to your children/grandchildren?

What causes fibromyalgia?

According to the American College of Rheumatology:

There is most often some triggering factor that sets off fibromyalgia. It may be spine problems, arthritis, injury, or other type of physical stress. Emotional stress also may trigger this illness. The result is a change in the way the body “talks” with the spinal cord and brain. Levels of brain chemicals and proteins may change. More recently, Fibromyalgia has been described as Central Pain Amplification disorder, meaning the volume of pain sensation in the brain is turned up too high.

With such a broad description of the possible causes of fibromyalgia, it is clear that the disorder is not very well understood, even by medical professionals. But even when this is the case, there have been some breakthroughs in the study of whether or not we can answer “is fibromyalgia hereditary.”

Is fibromyalgia hereditary?

Like many other rheumatic diseases, fibromyalgia is believed to be the result of a genetic tendency that could be passed down to one’s genetic offspring, especially from mothers to daughters.

Defined as possibly being “epigenetic,” rheumatic diseases could be a result of specific genes being “turned on” by environmental factors that otherwise might stay dormant.

A quick breakdown of the phenomenon of epigenetics from The Guardian reads:

Epigenetics is essentially additional information layered on top of the sequence of letters (strings of molecules called A, C, G, and T) that makes up DNA.

If you consider a DNA sequence as the text of an instruction manual that explains how to make a human body, epigenetics is as if someone’s taken a pack of highlighters and used different colours to mark up different parts of the text in different ways. For example, someone might use a pink highlighter to mark parts of the text that need to be read the most carefully, and a blue highlighter to mark parts that aren’t as important.

There are different types of epigenetic marks, and each one tells the proteins in the cell to process those parts of the DNA in certain ways. For example, DNA can be tagged with tiny molecules called methyl groups that stick to some of its C letters. Other tags can be added to proteins called histones that are closely associated with DNA. There are proteins that specifically seek out and bind to these methylated areas, and shut it down so that the genes in that region are inactivated in that cell. So methylation is like a blue highlighter telling the cell “you don’t need to know about this section right now.”

So what does this all mean? Does this necessarily mean that fibromyalgia is hereditarily passed?

As of right now, the only answer that science can give to the question, “Is fibromyalgia hereditary?” is that it very well possibly could be. Without more study, peer-reviewed research, and fundingwe simply don’t know more than the simple fact that fibromyalgia seems to cluster in family lines with no real pattern or ease of diagnosis.

For more information on fibromyalgia, please visit the American College of Rheumatology.

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. For additional information, please visit their site, The American College of Rheumatology, or consult your personal physician.

“Friendly Fire (The Wilde Brothers Series Book 2)” by Lorhainne Eckhart

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Friendly Fire (The Wilde Brothers Book 2)

by Lorhainne Eckhart

Genre: Romance/Westerns/Sagas

FREE at time of posting! LIMITED TIME ONLY!

In FRIENDLY FIRE, after a roadside bomb ends his career in the marines, Logan Wilde struggles to put his life back together, taking a job as a sheriff in a small Idaho town. He expects a quiet, peaceful life that will bore him to tears. Until he walks through the door of Julia Cooper’s cafe.

From the moment the new sheriff walks into Julia’s cafe, she fights the attraction from the new sheriff, a man she recognizes is ex-military and has baggage that comes along with it. Even though she’s never felt this way for another man, Julia isn’t willing to take a chance with Logan. No she’s convinced herself she needs stability, someone average, someone who has never handled a gun. Except when her daughter disappears its Logan who’s there for her, it’s Logan she turns to, and Logan who turns the town upside down searching for her.

But what Logan realizes is the disappearance of her daughter may not be as it seems, and while Julia waits on the sidelines she wonders if she’ll ever be able to trust again and open her heart and take a chance on love.

 

THE WILDE BROTHERS:
The One (Joe & Margaret)
The Honeymoon, A Wilde Brothers Short
Friendly Fire (Logan & Julia)
Not Quite Married, A Wilde Brothers Short
A Matter of Trust (Ben & Carrie)
The Reckoning, A Wilde Brothers Christmas
Traded (Jake)
Unforgiven (Logan)
*Now Available* THE WILDE BROTHERS THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

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“Widows” by Lynda La Plante

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Widows

by Lynda La Plante

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Heist/Crime Fiction

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THE BASIS FOR STEVE MCQUEEN’S UPCOMING MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, WIDOWS IS A FAST-PACED HEIST THRILLER WITH AN ALL FEMALE CAST YOU WON’T FORGET.

Before PRIME SUSPECT there was WIDOWS . . . Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Pirelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband Harry’s bank deposit box, containing a gun, money – and detailed plans for the hijack – she realises that she only has three options: 1. Give up and forget she ever found them; 2. Hand over Harry’s ledgers to the police, or to the thugs that have been hassling her for information they think she has; 3. She and the other widows could carry out the robbery themselves Novices in the craft of crime, the three women make their preparations. Along the way they discover that Harry’s plan required four people, not three. But only three bodies were discovered in the carnage of the original hijack – so who was the fourth man, and where is he now? Recruiting hooker Bella O’Reilly as their fourth, the widows are determined to execute their plan. Facing mounting pressure from DI Resnick, and local thugs Arnie and Tony Fisher, can they stick together and finish the job their husbands started . . .

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“Nightmare in the North: A Horror Story” by Kelli A. Wilkins

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Nightmare in the North: A Horror Story

by Kelli A. Wilkins

Genre: Horror/Fiction/Short Story

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Stranded during a violent blizzard, Mark hikes to the only house nearby. George, a well-mannered University professor, welcomes Mark and gives him shelter from the storm.

By morning, Mark suspects that everything isn’t what it seems. George’s adult daughter, Kate, who also lives in the house, shares a disturbing and unsettling tale. When questioned, George insists that Kate has a psychological issue and can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

Mark quickly finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse. Who should he believe? Is Kate’s desperate plea for help sincere? Should he be suspicious of George? Or are both of them plotting something together?

Isolated from everyone, Mark is forced to wait out the storm—and find a way to escape—if he hopes to make it out alive.

Genres: Fiction / Horror / Short Story/ Novella / Horror Fiction / Speculative Fiction / Short Fiction / Kindle Short Reads

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#SaleBlitz “Keeping 6 (Rock Point Book 1)” by Freya Barker

Title: Keeping 6 (Rock Point #1)
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Designer: Freya Barker
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever.
The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare.
Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

 

 

 

Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and their own slice of happy.
A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.
She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

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