Thursday, September 27, 2007

Here it is - Sparta Rose in Book Trailer Format!

Create Your Own


Attention all Readers:

On October 10th and 11th, I have issued an invitation to several of my author friends to gather here for a good old blogging party. The rules of decorum are simple: Everyone is welcome to post comments, and I'm hoping the authors will share excerpts, offer some prizes, tell you about their upcoming releases, those they have released, and answer any questions that might pop up. The authors are coming from all different publishing companies, write in different genres and will provide a wide array of talent. Right now I have no idea how many or who, but I'll update you between now and then. This is a new blog, so consider this my kick-off party. I've got two upcoming releases, so I'll be sharing some teasers and pleasers with you. There will be some prizes, so save some time on these two days and as Bob Baker says...'C'mon down."

Coming in the near Future

Coming in 2008, Sparta Rose will be released by Highland Press. Here's a book trailer I've created to hopefully whet your appetite for more. Stay tuned for more information on the release date. Just click on the link below, and let me know what you think.

Sparta Rose

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Raise your Hand

If you are an author and interested in participating in a blogging day, please email me at with your contact information. I'm shooting for the middle of October and I'll be doing some promo work to get information out between now and then. I'm just getting this blog started, but my hope is to use it for promotional efforts. I have two new releases coming someday. *lol*


Do you know what's in your medical records?

I thought to start this blog with information about my, my books and my passion for writing, but the strangest things pass through my mind lately, and today's topic is one of them.

Honestly, do you know what's in your medical records--what they say about you? Everyone has a right, and that's why I'm raising the question. I have fibromyalgia, also known as FMS. It's a painful, confusing condition and complicated even more by that fact that It seems that everything I've contracted since the diagnosis has been tied someway to it. Although, most of my aches and pains are related, I'm sure if I got an infected hangnail and the doctor opened my chart from, he would attribute the ailment to FMS. I worry what might slip through the cracks because of it. But...

The reason I bring this up... years ago, before I was diagnosed, I frequented the doctor with all kinds of complaints. Quite simply, there were days when everything hurt. FMS was not a known 'syndrome' at the time, so rather than find the root of the problem, he simply wrote "neurotic" inside my chart. I didn't always see the same physician, so any doctor opening my chart formed a preconceived notion that I was just a nut. Well, I may well be in many aspects, but not where my health is concerned.

Being the curious type, one day while left alone in the room, I opened my chart and snooped. Sure enough, there in big bold letters was that one word that chilled my heart, NEUROTIC. I was much younger at the time, and didn't have the confidence or courage that I have now, so I didn't confront him, instead, I lost faith in him and anyone connected with his practice because I knew how they viewed me.

Eventually, I switched to another health plan and went in to ask to have my files transferred. I finally grew a backbone and told him exactly how I felt. He apologize and admitted he never gave a thought to how it affected the perception of others, and he made sure that I had a clean, new folder to pass along. I other's found me neurotic after that, they had to form their own opinion. *smile*

So, there's nothing wrong with asking to see your chart. I've found other surprises inside, but I won't go into them today. I think we sometimes put more faith in our doctor's judgement than we should. Maybe you have a wonderful doctor, but for those of you who question the care you get... ask to see your record and check it out. You might be surprised what it tells others about you.

I just started this blog, so I hope you'll continue reading. God knows what I'll post, but therein lies the surprise. Right?

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