Title: Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good, Ramblings of a Medicated Mind
Author: Lisa A. Baeringer
Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/2jfyD6V
About the book:
Lisa had a good life; married to her high school sweetheart, two handsome sons, and a nice home. Quite literally, in the blink of an eye, her whole world turned upside down. Sickness began to not only ravage her body, but also her world. In her own words, taken from her private journal, she takes you through what daily life is like when you have a seriously incurable, chronic illness. It gets even more complicated when the illness she was told she had turns out to be something else, something rare and possibly even fatal.
IS THIS WHAT DYING FEELS LIKE?
I’m taken to my room and am thankful it’s a single unit so I don’t have to share it with another person. I am utterly exhausted so I quickly fall asleep after changing into the customary hospital apparel. I believe it is night time but I can’t be sure because there aren’t any windows in my room. I don’t even bother to find out the time. Periodically, the nurse comes in to check on my vitals. She also checks the I.V. drip since they are still pumping fluids into me. I barely open my eyes while she’s taking my blood pressure. I fearfully whisper to her, “Why can’t I stay awake. Am I dying?”
She responds in a pleasant voice, “No sweetie. You’re just really weak from all the vomiting. You get some rest.”
I close my eyes and wrap myself in the thin scratchy covers. I begin to wonder to myself is this what dying feels like? Will I never see my boys again? Will I never get to feel Chrissy’s arms around me again? Tears start to trickle down my cheeks even though my eyes are closed. I picture how upset the boys would be without their mother being there for them. I whisper to myself, “Please God! Don’t let me die! My boys need me. Chrissy needs me. Please help me, I beg of you, please!”
At this moment I feel a gentle and reassuring caress on the top of my head. You know, the kind your mom use to do when you were a kid and were either sick or sad. It felt like that, a hand gently running down my hair on the top of my head. I barely had the strength to turn around but I do because I want to see who is there. Nobody. It’s just the regular hospital supplies and equipment. I’m not even freaked out by this experience because the touch was so comforting. Could it be an angel telling me it will all turn out fine? Perhaps my grandparents or Chris’ grandmother who are deceased are letting me know they are with me? I’m too tired to even think about it anymore.
I become afraid to close my eyes again because I feel like perhaps I won’t wake up. I fought the sleep off as long as I could and try to keep my heavy eyelids from closing. But as reluctant as I am I begin to slowly drift off. Right before I enter that restful and much needed slumber I come to terms that if this is the end of me I am ok with that. Honestly, in those few moments one has before death, it feels so peaceful, pleasant, and relieving. You feel like you just completely understand everything of the world all at once instantaneously. It’s as if you are granted God’s wisdom during those few moments between life and death. I only speak of this so personally because I experienced those glorious moments between life and death and lived to speak of them. I realize everyone is scared of dying because they feel like it’s the ultimate end. They’ll no longer be around in this world and their family. They don’t know or either don’t believe that there is actually something after their lives end in this world. I can tell you from my own experience that there is something more out there than just this life. Everyone might believe in their own version but no matter what that is I do know that this life is just a temporary stop along the road. Also, if that’s what those few moments feel like right before you die then I’m actually comforted and it eases my fear of dying a tad.
I wake up to noise and chatter in the hallways. I think it must be morning now because everything is lit up more brightly and it seems busier with all the nurses and employees passing by in the halls. My initial reaction is regret. I came to terms with death and was prepared for it. I actually welcomed and invited it. It was a solace to my torment. I guess it just wasn’t my time to go.
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Marketing. It's the ten thousand pound dragon in the room that everybody is trying to slay. I saw one of my publishers state that one million books are getting published every year. Though that seems high, with the amount of small publishers, big publishers, vanity presses and self publishers it could be accurate. So the question is how do you make your book stand out? How do you kill the dragon?
The answer is one sword strike at a time.
Blogs abound. They thrive. There are blogs on pretty much every topic one could imagine. Certainly your book has some classification doesn't it? Whatever your genre is cooking, science fiction, computers, romance, or whatever, I am sure that somewhere there is a blog that is representative of your writing. Most likely there are a multitude. So why not join forces and help one another out? I mean that dragon is real big. Why not double team him for a while?
I am earnestly promoting my book "Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent" http://amzn.to/2ibutsP It is a book that among other things tries to help the world. In particular uplifting the spirits of the most disenfranchised in our society. So when I came across KarmicReaction it was a natural fit.
The goals of KarmicReaction "are unity between social workers/ activists and oppressed populations that lack adequate and proper resources...." It is something created by a stay at home mom who wants to change the world. In her own little way, through her blog, she is pursuing her noble ambitions. Let me invite you to take a look.
Of course the blog has a beauty of it's own as you will quickly notice. The creator uses words, photography and other images to convey her message. The creator is a woman who earned a degree from a university in the Detroit area. She draws upon her life experiences and talents to get her point across. The creator has kindly published a poem I wrote for her blog. She asked me to write a poem with the title "Detroit Women".
Herein comes the beauty of the whole thing. My wife is from Grenada and they have a saying, "One hand washes the other and together they wash the face." KarmicReaction posted my poem with links to my Amazon page. As a result of that another woman requested I write a poem for her. She too posted my poems and posted links to my page. In turn I am now writing this article. KarmicReaction is getting some free publicity.
Do you see how it works? Not only has a slight movement begun but relationships are built. I guess you could call it networking but I prefer to label it friendship. In a small way based on our common concern, in this case empowering the oppressed, we have helped each other.
There is no substitute for a product that will please people. As a writer you must believe in your own talent. You have to believe enough to try to get some attention to your work. By going to a blog that coincides with what your writing is about, you have connected with an audience that is already in tune with you.
Personally this has been a lesson to me. I believe that in the future I am going to seek out other blogs and offer my writing skills. I am determined that I will one day slay that dragon or at least fight him enough till he turns tail and runs away.
In conclusion let me say that the artist is made in the struggle. It is persevering through tough times and continuing the pursuit of your dream that is essential. KarmicReaction has been a refreshing well of water to me. One that I am sure I will revisit from time to time to post relevant writings on. I hope that you too will check in on them from time to time as well. It really is an excellent blog and one with a purpose. Oh, and if you do drop by, leave them a little note that I sent you their way.
John Kaniecki is a native of Brooklyn , New York . While he has no memory of New York City but he is proud to call himself a native New Yorker. John spent a few years in Illinois but grew up in Pequannock , New Jersey . After graduating high school John went off to Hoboken to attend Steven's Institute of Technology .
Despite being in engineering school, John was clueless to the direction his life should take. After two years John dropped out of Steven's. He became a Christian and hitchhiked across the United States . Several months later he was hospitalized with bipolar disorder.
At this time John began to write poetry. A self published book called "A Day's Weather" shows his mind at this time. After years of struggle John eventually returned to college and graduated from Montclair State University . John went to work stocking shelves at Sears and then worked with an engineering firm. John married Sylvia Smith in 2004.
Once married John returned to writing. His writing has been published in over seventy outlets. His books are "Murmurings of a Mad Man" a book of poetry by eLectio Publishing, "Poet to the Poor, Poems of Hope for the Bottom One Percent" by Dreaming Big Publications, "Words of the Future" a collection of science fiction stories published by Witty Bard and a horror novella "Scarecrow, Scarecrow" published by Jaded Books Publishing. Just out is his poetry book called "Sunset Sonnets" published by Local Gem Poetry. Also his memoirs "More Than The Madness" that deals with his successfully coping with mental illness is soon to be published by Dreaming Big Publications.
Presently John is a full time caretaker for his wife. Also he volunteers as a missionary for the Church of Christ at Chancellor Avenue ; which is in the inner city of Newark . He stays up light at night and writing in any free time in hopes of becoming a professional writer.
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Author: Dan McClure
About the book:
AELFA, THE GRAND CAPITAL of the once mighty Aelfan Empire, has fallen. Barbarian war parties and nomadic tribes harass the retreating and broken legions that once overawed them. All that stands against them now is the city of
, the last bastion of Aelfan rule. Zyren
Acting as a spy for Zyren is Grant Scotland, a man leading a double life because his own had been taken away from him by the very people he serves. An unwilling recruit into the business of clandestine missions and deceit, he searches for anything real to cling to as the world around him devolves into insanity. And when an old friend shows up asking him to help save his family by delivering a mysterious book to a shadowy figure, Grant's two lives collide and he is thrust into an even stranger world than he had known; one where ancient magic is wielded by deadly players who compete against one another for a prize greater than simply the rotting carcass of a dead empire.
Spy for a Dead Empire (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book One) is available as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal 14th-18th January for just $1.99. Grab your copy at http://amzn.to/2iqUTtH
About the Author:
Writing stories infused with the smoky charisma of classic film noir mixed with the pulse-pounding excitement of adventure fantasy and the cagey class of suspenseful espionage, Dan McClure brought the best parts of all of our most cherished pulp together and added his own signature brand of wit. He currently lives, writes and works in and around beautiful and historic
. Arlington, Massachusetts
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