Army of Authors Blog Tour: Ann Richardson


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“As Powerful As Any Great Classic Of Fiction”

So said Sir Ian McKellen in his Foreword to my book. And it is.Ann Richardson

Do you remember the terrible times of AIDS and HIV in the 1980s and 1990s? If not, are you curious to learn what it was like for those diagnosed?

Wise Before their Time, first published in 1992, shows in moving detail what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS when there was no real treatment for this life-threatening illness. It tells the true stories of over forty young men and women from all over the world, attending an international conference of people with HIV and AIDS in London in 1991.

I have added a new cover and a short introduction to the new version, but the book remains essentially the same.

These were very young people (most were in their twenties and thirties) having to cope with an unexpectedly shortened lifespan.

They describe the difficulties of telling their parents, friends, and partners of their diagnosis, while trying to cope with the day-to-day problems of staying healthy, keeping in work and supporting their friends.

They all experienced enormous stigma, blame, and guilt because of the disease. This can be seen in all kinds of ways ­– from small things, like an Irishman being disappointed that friends did not want him to play with their child, to larger ones, such as a man being placed alone in an isolation hospital in Goa for some months with no help.

They all knew others who had died. And one mother tells the story of the death of her toddler.

Yet this is in no way a struggle to read. It is touching, it is enlightening, and it is sometimes funny.  But most of all, there is virtually no self-pity. On the contrary, the participants were committed to celebrating the joys of life to the full. Which is why I chose the title – they were, genuinely, wise before their time.

For more information or to buy: https://myBook.to/Wise


 

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“BONE SET Gina Mazzio RN Thrillers 1-3 (Gina Mazzio RN Medical Thriller Series)” by Bette Golden Lamb, J.J. Lamb

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“BONE SET Gina Mazzio RN Thrillers 1-3 (Gina Mazzio RN Medical Thriller Series)

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Medical/Pulp

Release Date: July 10, 2016

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BARGAIN BOX SET—THREE GRITTY ACTION-PACKED MEDICAL THRILLERS IN ONE AFFORDABLE PACKAGE – NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!
Meet RN Gina Mazzio, a feisty, determined, tenacious, and all ballsy Italian ex-Bronxite. Compassionate to most, downright lethal to those who would harm her patients. This is an action-packed, shocking, take-no-prisoners series about the dark rough and tumble side of the medical profession and its adjuncts. Fans of hard-boiled medical thrillers will eat it up … as will lovers of strong women sleuths, hospital mysteries, and all medical fiction, especially fans of Tess Gerritsen, Carolyn McCray, Eileen Dreyer, Lisa Genova, and Robin Cook.

BONE DRY (#1)
Carl Chapman, a young man with an excellent prognosis, dies–and Gina knows he shouldn’t have. Another patient’s acting weird and desperate; a third, a teenager, has actually run away. Gina soon learns Carl’s cancer treatment had gone missing, in fact, finds out her patients are being subjected to a form of blackmail so diabolical Hanibal Lecter could have dreamed it up.
… a medical thriller “not for the squeamish.”-Publishers Weekly,

SIN AND BONE (#2)
“Help me quit killing redheads.”
That’s the plea RN Gina Mazzio hears when she gets an anonymous call the night before her wedding. The cops say it’s a crank call. Her fiancé says she’s altar-shy. Her fellow workers call her “silly”. But Gina’s got a bad feeling…
And then it turns out two of her fellow nurses at San Francisco’s Ridgewood Hospital are missing. Instead of a honeymoon, she’s plunged into the dark world of the black market trade in human body parts. Need we mention this is not medical suspense for the faint-hearted?

BONE PIT (#3)
Why does a hospital need bars on the windows? And why is the parking lot empty? As RNs Gina Mazzio and her fiancé Harry Lucke arrive for their new assignment as travel nurses, they suddenly have the chilling feeling of being about to enter a Stephen King novel—only in rural Nevada instead of Maine. This adventure’s supposed to be a respite from San Francisco, with its numbing memories of murder and kidnapping, but they seem to have signed up to work at a hospital with no windows on the first floor and barred windows on the second.


I am an RN, and yes, an ex-Bronxite. So listening to me talk (hands flying) can be a funny experience. I love to write crime novels and multitask because I’m also an artist that plays with clay in my studio in my little home in the West (Marin County, CA.). My sculptures and other artistic creations appear in many juried national and local exhibitions, and I sell my work through galleries, associations, and retail stores, including Kris & Joe Neri’s, The Well Red Coyote Book Store, in Sedona, AZ.
I especially adore hanging out with my 50+ rose bushes or sneaking out to the movies when I should be writing. Being an RN is a huge clue as to why I like to write gritty medical thrillers with my husband J. J. Lamb. Our RN Gina Mazzio medical thriller “Bone ” series” #1 BONE DRY, #2 SIN & BONE, #3 BONE PIT, #4 BONE OF CONTENTION, #5 BONE DUST, #6 BONE CRACK, plus standalones SISTERS IN SILENCE and HEIR TODAY…, THE KILLING VOTE, are all available as an e-book and trade paperback, and THE BONE SERIES is in audio. Check out our website at http://www.twoblacksheep.us,or http://www.bettelamb.com or jjlamb.com. You can also see some examples of my art at http://www.bettegoldenlamb.com

” Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery” by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin #Spotlight

by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Genre: Nonfiction/Medical

Release Date: May 9, 2017

The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand—a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades—delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn’t, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery.

In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful —exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system.

The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.

The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options—showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.

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