“Neecey’s Lullaby: A Novel” by Cris Burks

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Neecey’s Lullaby: A Novel

by Cris Burks

Genre: Literary Fiction/Contemporary Fiction/African-American

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The story of a girl tempered in a crucible of abuse and neglect, Neecey’s Lullaby is a superbly crafted narrative in the spirit of the bestselling novels Push and Bastard Out of Carolina.

Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, Neecey once felt that her world was perfect. She was loved and protected by her father, Jesse, and lived in relative comfort with her mother, Ruby, her grandmother, Ma ’Dear, and her siblings. But when Ruby and Jesse’s marriage falls apart due to Jesse’s cheating ways and Ruby’s hot temper, the children are eventually abandoned by their father and end up living in poverty in a housing project.

Ruby plunges into depression and anger, yelling at and hitting her children without warning. Ruby brings shiftless suitors into her home and gives them her body and her time, leaving Neecey to learn on her own how to cook and care for her five younger siblings, some mere babies. Yet despite the trauma, Neecey’s love for her sisters and brother, and ultimately herself, helps her find the inner strength to succeed.

Cris Burks has created a poignant portrait of a child who strives to soar above a world of pain.

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“Losing Your Head (The Charlie Davies Mysteries Book 1)” by Clare Kauter

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Losing Your Head (The Charlie Davies Mysteries Book 1)

by Clare Kauter

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Mystery/Women Sleuths

FREE at time of posting!

Charlie Davies has never solved a murder before – or committed one, although it might have crossed her mind. Especially when it comes to James McKenzie.

When rich boy James is accused of killing his billionaire uncle, he bets Charlie twenty grand that she can’t find the real culprit, and she simply can’t resist. The money, that is – she has no trouble resisting him, no matter how symmetrical his stupid face is.

What James doesn’t know is that Charlie has an advantage: she’s just begun working at a private investigation company. OK, so she’s the receptionist, but it’s a start, right?

What Charlie doesn’t know is, well, a lot. But she’d better learn fast, or James will win the bet. As Charlie investigates, things get more and more dangerous. She needs to find the murderer soon, or it won’t just be her money and reputation on the line…

She might lose her head.

A hilarious sleuthing series for anyone who loves to laugh out loud on their crime-solving adventures. If you enjoy chick-lit murder mysteries with a snarky heroine, give Charlie Davies a try!

Contains some swearing.

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Fibromyalgia & Daylight Savings Time

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The time changing can make it difficult for people to adjust to a new schedule. However, for fibromyalgia patients ending daylight savings can make fibromyalgia worse. Setting the clock back or forward can make fibromyalgia worse because it can mess with an individual’s chronic fatigue and pain. Altering the clock by an hour can have a definite impact on your sleep. A lack of sleep not only makes you tired and moody, but it can also have terrible effects, such as pain, lack of focus, depression, and more.

It is already difficult for several people with fibromyalgia to get a good night’s rest. The time change can disrupt sleep patterns and schedules. So, does setting the clock back make fibromyalgia worse? It definitely can, especially if you already have trouble sleeping.

Negative Effects from Setting the Clock Back

As previously mentioned, there can be several negative effects for fibromyalgia patients by setting the clock back. Here we will examine a list of how the time change, and more specifically, daylight savings can make fibromyalgia worse for patients.

Depression

A study shows how daylight saving time can impact one’s mental health. Although “technically” we receive an extra hour when we turn our clocks back, it does not necessarily mean it is a good thing. The days become shorter and it gets dark earlier. In fact, according to CNN the darkness that comes earlier in the day can be difficult to handle and lead to depression. There are several negative effects of daylight saving time, yet it can be even harder for people who have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia patients may already be dealing with depression, and the added challenge of time change can be difficult.

Fatigue

Another negative effect is fatigue. Although it may seem contradictory, the extra hour can actually make you tired and drowsy. You may feel tired because the time change disrupts your sleep schedule. Several people who participate in online discussions criticize the negative effects of the time change, including depression and fatigue. For people who have sleep insomnia or have chronic fatigue the time change can have a real negative impact. Whether it is an hour lost or gained, the time change can make our bodies and minds have a hard time adjusting, which can lead to fatigue.

Other Effects

In addition to fatigue, you may experience mood swings and a lack of focus. Sleep can also have an impact on the level of a patient’s pain. In fact, a reduced amount of sleep disturbances can lead to reduced symptoms of pain in fibromyalgia patients.

Tips for Dealing with the Time Change

Although it can be difficult to adjust to the time change, there are some ways to cope with the change. The following is a list of tips and suggestions:

Schedule

Maintain a consistent sleep schedule so that your body can have the opportunity to adjust. When it gets close to having to turn back the clock, you should prepare. Instead of going to sleep at the same time as you usually do, go to bed about fifteen minutes before your usual time about a week before the time changes. Every day you can slowly progress to twenty minutes, thirty minutes, and so on until the time change.

Focus on Yourself

Try to focus on yourself and your needs. It can often be difficult to set aside time for yourself and focus on your own priorities, especially with everything else that is going on in your life. Try to stay calm and keep your stress levels to a minimum. During the time change you should be aware that you may not be getting enough rest or attention. So, perhaps you shouldn’t take on too much whether it is at work or your social life.

Morning Routine

In order to adjust to the time change more effectively, you can make a planned morning routine. You should create your own individual morning routine. Try waking up at the same time everyday. You can set your lamp on a timer so you are waking up to the light. If you have time, you can exercise in the morning. Exercise can consist of something as simple as a short walk in the morning light.

Night Routine

Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Maintain a relaxing sleeping environment by keeping your room dark, quiet, and cool. Maybe read before bed instead of going on your cell phone or social media. Take a warm bath or light a candle.

In conclusion…

Sleep can be difficult for people living with fibromyalgia because of several different reasons. Fibromyalgia can disrupt your sleep patterns based on pain and other reasons. The time changing can make things worse, but there are ways to cope.

 

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“Star Brigade: Resurgent (Star Brigade Book 1)” by C.C. Ekeke

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Star Brigade: Resurgent (Star Brigade Book 1)

by C.C. Ekeke

Genre: Hard Science Fiction/Cyberpunk/Alien Invasion

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A war-weary captain. A ruthless alien uprising. Can he reassemble his team to save the Union?

Captain Habraum Nwosu is haunted daily by the loss of his combat unit. Determined to be a role model for his motherless son while on sabbatical, he resists the embattled Star Brigade’s pleas for him to return. Conflicted by the impossible choice, a vicious attack puts his dwindling family in the cross-hairs…

Driven to restore order amidst terrorism, Nwosu fears his new handpicked Star Brigade will suffer the same fate as his previous crew. Can he resurrect his team and protect his son or will his fear of failure fulfill a lethal prophecy?

Star Brigade: Resurgent is the first book in a powerful new series of space opera novels. If you like diverse characters, complex politics, and good old-fashioned space battles, then you’ll love C.C. Ekeke’s action-packed adventure.

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“The Doctor’s Christmas Proposal (The Gallaghers of Montana Book 3)” by Eve Gaddy

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The Doctor’s Christmas Proposal (The Gallaghers of Montana Book 3)

by Eve Gaddy

Genre: Contemporary/Romance/Holidays

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Betrayed by his ex-fiancée, Dr. Wyatt Gallagher turns to the one woman he can always trust – his best friend, Mia Watson. After moving away, Wyatt has realized he wants more than friendship with the beautiful artist. With that in mind, he convinces Mia to come to Marietta for the Christmas holidays. But wooing Mia is surprisingly difficult — especially given the passionate night they’ve already shared.

Though Mia Watson has loved Wyatt Gallagher for years, he’s always seen her as a friend, never a lover. Except for one unforgettable interlude when comfort turned to passion. Then Wyatt moved back to Montana, leaving Mia with an unexpected consequence of their night together–and soon, heartbreak to follow.

Faced with the fulfillment of her dreams, Mia knows she must reveal the consequences of their night together to Wyatt. But having withheld the truth for so long, will her confession destroy his trust in her, ending their friendship and any hope of a future together?

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” – Adele

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

No theme was posted for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday and I pray all is well with Helen as she hasn’t been feeling well. Sending love and prayers out to her.

Which leads me to go my own way this week and use the prompt of send/sending.”

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This spot belonged to Adele’s All I Ask last week and she gets it again with the third release from her third studio album, Send My Love (To Your New Lover). An uptempo, rhythmic song, the singer describes it as a “happy you’re gone” song dedicated to an ex-boyfriend. It was a collaboration by Adele, Max Martin and Shellback for Adele’s third album, 25.

The song reached #1 on the Pop, Adult Pop, and Adult Contemporary charts and Billboard ranked Send My Love (To Your New Lover) at number 26 on their 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016 list.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Adele plays guitar and provides background vocals on the song track.
  • Send My Love (To Your New Lover) was originally intended to be the first release from 25 before Hello was chosen instead.
  • The track was recorded at two studios; MXM Studios in Stockholm and Eastcote Studios in London.
  • At the last minute, Adele changed the title of the song from We Ain’t Kids No More to Send My Love (To Your New Lover).
  • The track is a reworked skeleton of a song Adele wrote when she was thirteen years old after being inspired by the release of Frank (2003) by Amy Winehouse.

Enjoy!

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Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

[Intro]
Just the guitar?
Okay, cool

[Verse 1]
This was all you, none of it me
You put your hands on, on my body and told me
Mmm, told me you were ready
For the big one, for the big jump
I’d be your last love, everlasting, you and me
Mmm, that was what you told me

[Pre-Chorus]
I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

[Verse 2]
I was too strong, you were trembling
You couldn’t handle the hot heat rising (rising)
Mmm, baby, I’m still rising
I was running, you were walking
You couldn’t keep up, you were falling down (down)
Mmm, there’s only one way down

[Pre-Chorus]
I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free, oh

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

[Bridge]
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
If you’re ready, I am ready
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
We both know we ain’t kids no more
No, we ain’t kids no more

[Pre-Chorus]
I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

[Outro]
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
(Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, are you ready?
(Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
(Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, are you ready?
(Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

 

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube.

“We Have Lost The Chihuahuas: A Great British Canine Comedy” by Paul Mathews

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We Have Lost The Chihuahuas: A Great British Canine Comedy

by Paul Mathews

Genre: Political/Humor & Satire/Comedy

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London, 2046. The British Republic has a new First Lady. She’s Californian, ‘in-your-face, for sure’ and she’s got big plans for a Buckingham Palace refurb. When her three Chihuahuas go missing, one man is determined to avoid getting dragged into it all. His name is Pond. Howie Pond – presidential spokesperson, retired secret agent and cat lover.

Meanwhile, Howie’s wife Britt is handed her first assignment as a National Security and Intelligence Service rookie – to solve the mystery of the missing canine trio.

Will Howie manage to slope off to the pub before he can be roped into help? Will Britt unmask the dognapper and grab the glory? Find out, in this crazy canine comedy from barking-mad British author Paul Mathews.

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