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I'm running a new promotion on Wattpad to try their system out, and offering my historical romance, Wind Warrior, for FREE. That's right!  You get to read my first novel in its entirety at no cost to you.  PLUS, Chapter One of Book 2 in the series, Captive Heart.

There is no fee for signing up as a member.  Just click on the following link.  You can read a little summary on what Wind Warrior is about below.  Comments are welcome and I truly hope you enjoy the read and share it with your friends.


Leslie Michaels is a visionary, and only those close to her know of her special gift and visions. Fate has a way of righting many wrongs, and for Leslie it is a destiny that changes her life dramatically, but not before she is forced to flee into the wilderness to escape a murderous trapper bent on claiming her for his very own.
Faith and a strong will to survive are her only companions, until she encounters Winnokin, the handsome Seneca war chief. Not only does he prove to be her rescuer and protector, he teaches her that tragedy can breed happiness and the passion to live and love deeply once more.


Evading a Death Sentence

Janis with her granddaughter, Piper
There are many aspects of life we are all well versed in.  The sun will rise and set religiously.  The Earth will revolve around the sun.  The tides of the ocean will crash upon our shores, and, we will die.

But, there are thousands each year who die prematurely and would love nothing more than to evade the “Angel of Death” until well into their senior years.  These individuals are victims of Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), and they find themselves shadowed by this death sentence every day of their lives.  For many, it’s like an ominous cloud that lingers precariously overhead. They can’t escape it or see it, but they know it’s there, lying in wait like a predator stalking its prey.

“I’m blessed to have the gift of life,” states Janis Cohen, President and Founder of Purple-Power Org, a non-profit that raises money specifically for Stage 4 research.  “It’s not fun not knowing what tomorrow will bring.  It certainly gives you more awareness of life’s simple pleasures.  It’s like seeing and feeling for the very first time.  The sky is bluer, holding hands and receiving/giving hugs means more.  Those I know, who also have MBC, have no idea what the next moment will bring.  Living with this disease certainly makes life, love and the world around us more precious.”

Janis was diagnosed with MBC in 2012, and like the 232,670 men and women diagnosed last year, she prays she’s not one of the expected 40,000 projected to die this year alone.

“It’s not want I want to be remembered for,” claims Cohen.  “If I have to go, I want my death to mean something more, not be noted as just another statistic.”

 A Stage 4 diagnosis affects each of its victims differently.  Some lie in wait shut out from the world, suffocated and debilitated by the fear that eats away at them.  Others constantly question their worthiness and the reasoning behind being slighted of good health.  And the majority will embrace life’s blessings, fighting like a lioness protecting her cubs to make every day matter.  They’ll participate in clinical trials that may not help.  They’ll continually endure their prescribed treatments that wrack their bodies with torturous pain, fighting like hell to stay alive against all of the odds against them.

What they all share in common, however, is the fear that nettles deep within their very being, that ticking time bomb, which will assuredly go off.  They can’t evade death.  The cancer that lays in wait, settled in either their bones, their lungs, their liver, or brain, is determinedly growing and eventually will overcome them.

Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer kills.  There is no cure.  Treatment, at best, prolongs life but sadly, not for long.  Life expectancy for only twenty-five percent of those diagnosed generally does not exceed five years.  At some time during their treatment, these victims eventually ask the same question, “Is enough of the millions of dollars raised for breast cancer, going towards research to find a cure?”  It’s a question, we all would ask, if we were in their shoes.

Unfortunately, of the millions upon millions raised for breast cancer, only a meager two percent is allocated for Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer Research.  For decades, the effort has been concentrated on prevention, early detection and support.  Thirty percent of the 232,670 people diagnosed last year will metastasize and die.  That could be someone you love, someone you know and someone you work with.  It’s a fact they’ll never be able to ignore.

Purple-Power.Org wants to end this death sentence.  Their Vision and Mission are one and the same, and that is to eradicate Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer completely.  “A daunting task,” we asked Janis Cohen?

“Perhaps,” she answered.  “Adversity is only a deterrent, if you allow it to affect and disable you.  Awareness is key.  People need to know about Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer, its steadfast progression, and both its paralyzing and traumatizing effects on those men and women who have been diagnosed with it.”

Those at Purple-Power, symbolize their cause by adding a streak of purple in their hair. For them, it signifies
Board Members Streak Purple
power, dignity and inspires high ideals.  They ask the public to help them increase awareness by either temporarily/permanently streaking their hair or wearing an extension in their hair.  They call this Campaign #ColorMePurple and hope everyone will use the Hash Tag on all of their social media platforms, so that Purple-Power can become the next on-going trend.

A CURE is so very possible with the public’s direct financial support for Stage 4 Research.

To learn more of Purple-Power’s efforts, you can visit their website at http://www.purple-power.org and feel free to send your #ColorMePurple photos to info@purple-power.org and Purple-Power will proudly display them on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/PurplePowerOrg 


30 Day Romance Challenge

Whether you're married, in a long term partnership or just started dating, keeping the romance alive is a challenge every couple faces. Not to mention between work, school, friends and family, many couples are exhausted by the time they actually have time for a date night. That's why ProFlowers created a 30 day couples challenge calendar to help you improve your relationship and yourself! The ideas are easy too—each tip is backed by scientific studies that are proven to improve communication, intimacy and happiness. Start the challenge over here or see the full calendar below.

The 30 Day Relationship Challenge


Healthy Summer Vegetable Bake

This is the time of the year when fresh garden vegetables add juicy flavor and color to any meal. You'll simply love this combination of zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes and potatoes seasoned with garlic and onion and baked until tender.  Makes a wonderful addition to any dish for a little more than $1.00 per serving.


Sex and Aging

Okay, we've all heard the whispers about our less than functioning libidos and irritating dryness as we
age, right?  You wonder why bother, if that's what we have to contend with.  Stop the presses!!!  There are plenty of experts who agree that just isn't so.  Sex does get better as you age.  Seriously!

1. Sex is more satisfying.

The American Journal of Medicine shows a surprising two-thirds of women were pretty darn thrilled with their sex lives, even those as old as 80. Happily, as many as 67% of older women admitted having orgasms either "most of the time" or "always" during sex.  Women like to talk about great sex and what better proof that sex really does get better with age.

2. Your man finally is getting it right.

Experience matters and partners over 40 do have the advantage.  Younger men are totally clueless about what a woman wants and needs.  With age, comes the wisdom in knowing the importance of satisfaction.

3. Looking "hot" causes undo pressure.

We can't stop the birthdays from happening and as much as we can slow the aging process by really taking care of ourselves, we simply can't halt it forever.  Don't psyche yourself out trying to look younger, because it will hinder your sex appeal.  Be proud of the beautiful and mature woman you have become.  Mind over matter is pretty darn powerful.

 4. Years with the same sex partner will increase your happiness.

Semen is good for something other than making babies. It's actually filled with two "feel good" hormones known as oxytocin and serotonin.  Studies have actually shown that woman who have been having sex with the same man on a regular basis, actually have lower levels of depression and higher levels of joy and happiness. 

5. Take Your Time

When we were young, quickies were erotic and fun. Not so much now. As we get older, things take a little longer and that means arousal ... for our male partners as well.  Sometimes we need help with lubrication and being relaxed enough to really enjoy a good lovemaking session. Now, more than ever, we have more free time.  The key is using it.  Foreplay is your friend so, cuddle, snuggle, kiss and give things a chance to get hot and heavy.



5 Daily Exercises That Will Work Wonders

For the past six months I've been faithfully hitting the gym three times a week and power-walking daily for upwards of thirty minutes.  My persistence has definitely paid off, but now I think I've plateaued and need to switch up my routine for even better results.

While searching for that ultimate new routine, I literally fell upon this MSN Fitness article that struck a chord with me and wanted to share.  I've been faithfully doing their exercises pictured below for five days and REALLY pleased with the results.  I can only imagine what my body will look like after four weeks.

So ladies, try it out for yourself, see what happens, and share your results.  For instructions on how to perform each exercise individually, just click on the photo.







How To Beautify Your Backyard Inexpensively

Homeowner’s nowadays are taking particular care in making their backyards an area they can appreciate and take great pleasure in enjoying.  Let’s not forget the resale value it can offer as a homeowner when thinking about selling.   

Real estate mogul and TODAY contributor, Barbara Corcoran, writes people are investing more in the back of their property and according to a study by the University of Michigan, consumers value a landscaped home 11.3% higher than one without it.

Ideas on how to beautify your backyard abound out there and are priced from the most meager to thousands of dollars.  Once you know what your “price point” is, there are a multitude of sources to aide in creating a look that suits your personal style, do-it-yourself capabilities (if you can’t hire an expert) and pocketbook.

Fire Pits – Building your own can be fun and easy.  Thanks to social media, there are a host of DIY projects to scan that will provide you the inspiration you’re looking for whether rustic, elegant or plain old simple.  Check out the multitude of ideas I found on Pinterest, offering fire pits even as low as $50.00.

Fountains – There is nothing more peaceful, soothing and stress reducing than the sound of water bubbling, flowing, waving against a shoreline or cascading over rocks. Fountains are a way to bring that peaceful zen to your living space without needing to be in that natural environment all the time.  They have become such a popular item added to landscapes and believe it or not, you can install one yourself pretty easily.  Want something creative and uniqueHometalk.com has taken that to the next level.

Privacy Fencing – We all have that desire to shut out the rest of the world and privacy fencing can be expensive.  Not to worry though.  If you’re looking to cover a small area without fencing in an entire backyard, check out some of these 13 awesome ideas on how to create a little privacy for your yard.

Patios – Just the word can make one shutter because ultimately, they think   No one wants their outdoor living area to look cheap and tacky.  You can have the best of both worlds and create an attractive, inviting and impressive area for less than $100.00.  Here’s how Ashleigh at Live Gorgeously designed her patio, and you can do the same. 


Swimsuit for Your Body Shape

Summertime is here and the first thing we worry about is how we'll look in a bathing suit.  Did you know that the average American woman wears a size 14 or 16. That's the size at which "plus" begins.

If you're a plus size woman, you already know that if you want something to wear, most likely you've got to shop online. The Huffington Post reports that online retailer ModCloth conducted a survey — polling over 5,000 women — and found that there were more "wearing a size 16 dress than those who wear a size 2 and size 0 combined." And yet! Some of the most popular stores in the country — Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, H&M, J.Crew, American Apparel, Abercrombie & Fitch — do not carry sizes above 12 or 14 in stores. As seen in the chart here, even though some retailers make sizes above 12 or 16, they don't stock them in stores; shoppers have to order them online. 

We all have imperfections (no waist, thick waist, small chest, large hips).  Knowing the style that will flatter your own body type is key.  MSN's Lifestyle put together 20 of the most flattering styles I've seen, and there is definitely something there for you to help camouflage that problem area.