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The Heist ~ Tour with #Giveaway starts tomorrow!

TheHeist_MEDWant to sample more of our latest release? Starting tomorrow, we’re on tour for three days, with a different excerpt at every stop, plus new chances to enter for my giveaway. A huge thank-you to Gaele at Bippity Boppity Book for putting this all together for us.

Here’s the list of tour stops – or, starting tomorrow, you can click on the Bippity Boppity Book graphic to travel. Scroll to the bottom to enter the giveaway today through Rafflecopter.

TOUR STOPS

Tuesday July 29

Deal Sharing Aunt  Spotlight with Giveaway

A Tasty Read  Spotlight with Giveaway

Crystal Blogs Books  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

Riverina Romantics Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

Wednesday July 30 

Let’s Get Booked  Spotlight with Giveaway

Tattooed Book Review   Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

Reviews by Crystal  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

Read More Romance  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

I am, Indeed  Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

Thursday July 31 

Lusty Penguin Reviews  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

Moonbeams over Atlanta  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

For Whom The Books Toll  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

The Jeep Diva  Review and Giveaway

Forget the Housework, I’m Reading  Review, Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

TOUR HOST

Bippity Boppity Book

GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away a grand prize of a Kindle copy of Cassie’s Hope, a $10 gift certificate, swag, and a cover flat of The Heist signed by myself and cover model Scott Nova. Ten second prizes of swag and signed cover flats.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

A Bump in the Road

Since starting to write our Stay Sexy column a year and a half ago, I’ve focused on keeping it upbeat, sharing encouraging stories, interviewing authors who experience success with their health-related goals, and offering tips and information to help readers stay vibrant, healthy, excited and sexy across the life cycle.

I’m that kind of person, and yes, I was a cheerleader in high school. I didn’t want to be writing a column focused on “coping” with the many ailments that can catch us unawares as we age.

We’ve just been hit with one of those. Not major, if everything goes right – but anything threatening my vision, with which I make a living, feels major to me. I’m working hard to hang onto the attitude that will best position me to sail through this with optimum benefit, and I decided writing about it in this column would (a) help keep me honest and (b) maybe help others who likewise struggle with focusing on the positive when something unexpected blindsides them.

My diagnosis, technically, is a “pseudo-macular-hole” in my left eye. It’s a lesion in the concentrated bundle of nerves at the center of the retina, the area that communicates the vast proportion of visual information to the brain. ”The macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail,” (National Eye Institute). Um, yeah, gonna need that for the long haul.

It’s caused by aging – the vitreous gel that fills the eye shrinks with age and can pull away from the retina, causing a hole. My case is considered mild, and we caught it early, so I have much to be grateful for. The surgeon we’ve been referred to is a national expert in this field and she anticipates I will have either complete or nearly complete restoration of my vision in that eye.

I believe her. I don’t know that restoration will be complete, but I believe I have excellent odds, given both her assessment and the energy I’ve focused for years on doing everything in my power to stay healthy.

So where do I struggle with attitude? Lots of places. Any surgery requires a period of rest and inactivity. If I’m not regularly working out, I’m easily subject to depression. I hate when that happens, and I’m not a lot of fun to be around. I’ll have to work hard not to let it get me down or fill me with negative energy that won’t help me heal.

I don’t like unknowns. I don’t like not being able to plan ahead, not being able to know what to expect. If surgery goes as the doctor hopes, I’ll have to stay in a face-down position for at least two days. Longer, if there are problems. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

I’ve never coped easily with unexpected change, though clearly that’s something all of us need to practice as we age. When this problem occurred, we had just arrived in Seattle after four weeks driving up the Oregon and Washington coast on our summer motorhome trip. We’ve changed our travel plans and booked an extra month at the RV resort where we’d only planned to spend a week. I have no idea how soon we’ll be able to head back down the road to our home base in Nevada. Everything else being equal, actually, I hope that’s the biggest unexpected change I’ll be facing as we navigate our way through all this. Could be lots worse (see? Giving myself a pep talk).

And how do I begin to face these issues? Attitude is always a choice. We’ve been given an extra three weeks to explore what the Puget Sound area has to offer. We’ve encountered great beauty and been able to spend time with three sets of friends we might have missed. I’m supported by a husband who loves me, understands me, and will walk with me through whatever happens.

And we’ll keep writing about it, one way or another. Others have gone before me and faced darker days, and they’ve inspired me. For a taste of what matters, check out my conversations in this column with Mahalia Levey and Emma Lai.

I’d love to hear from you about how you’ve coped with bumps in the road, and what you’ve learned. Meanwhile, here are some of my favorite pics from where we’re staying.

IMG_0466    Lily pads at sunset

 

3_Lake Sawyer Mt Rainier sunsetMt. Rainier at sunset

dawn from Bainbridge IslandDawn from Bainbridge Island

 

Cover Reveal! Better than Cake, by Lisa Carlisle

Coming soon from Lisa Carlisle: Better than Cake, a short romance that takes place at a wedding on Cape Cod, a perfect read for the beach.

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Better than Cake

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After the worst fight of her marriage, the last place Stephanie wants to be is a wedding reception. She still can’t get over what happened. Could their five years of marriage be destroyed after a blast of heated words? Johnny suggested separating. Separating! Now with her marriage on the line, she has to put on a brave face and pretend love is grand.

Johnny doesn’t know why he’d freaked out the way he had and is left with one emotion. Regret. He doesn’t want to lose Stephanie. He must find her and make things right.

Stephanie enters the reception, fearing the end of her marriage, but Johnny has something else in mind. A much more decadent proposal that’ll turn her friend’s wedding into an event they’ll never forget.

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