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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. If you did not arrive here via my website I’d like to tell you about a wonderful contest some fellow romance writers and I are hosting. It’s called the Breast Cancer Awareness Contest and begins on October 1st. We’ll be giving away romantic and inspiring gifts to winners. All you need to do to be in the running to win one of these prizes is visit each of the websites listed in the upper right hand corner of this blog and find the hostess’s WEAR PINK RIBBONS! Blog entry. Each hostess will discuss a topic of her choice—all dealing with breast cancer. Just note the topic and author on a list that you must e-mail to happyendings2007@aol.com by midnight CST October 31st.

My topic is listed below. Please take the time to read the article I’ve provided, it’s very important!

The following article was written by and can be found at http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/earlydetection.asp (I am not the author of this article)

Guidelines Women Should Follow for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Early detection of breast cancer can lead to greater likelihood of cure. The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for the detection of breast cancer in women who are asymptomatic (show no symptoms of breast cancer):

Women 20 years of age and older should women should be told about the benefits and limitations of breast self-exams (BSE). Women should be aware of how their breasts normally feel and report any new breast change to a health professional as soon as they are found. [Note: while the American Cancer Society recently amended its guidelines and no longer recommends monthly BSE, many healthcare professionals believe strongly in this easy, no cost method of screening for breast cancer and continue to recommend BSE on a monthly basis].

Women 20-39 should have a physical examination of the breast (CBE or clinical breast exam) at least every three years, performed by health care professional such as a physician, physician assistant, nurse or nurse practitioner. CBE may often be received in the same appointment as a Pap smear. Women 20-39 should also perform monthly BSE.

Women 40 and older should have a physical examination of the breast (CBE or clinical breast exam) every year, performed by a health care professional, such as a physician, physician assistant, nurse or nurse practitioner. CBE can often be performed in the same visit as a mammogram. Monthly BSE should also be performed.

Women 40 years of age should receive a screening mammogram every year. The National Cancer Institute recommends mammography every one to two years for women between 40-50 years of age. Beginning at age 50, screening mammography should be performed every year.

Women with a high risk of breast cancer and/or family history of breast cancer are encouraged to consult their doctor or other trained medical professional about receiving annual screening mammograms starting between the ages of 30 and 40.

Woman at a very high risk of breast cancer (such as those tested positive for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes) should speak with their physician about beginning annual mammograms as early as age 25.

I would like to comment in addition to the information provided above a nurse was kind enough to swing by this blog and leave a comment. Only a physician is qualified to give a breast exam and it's a very good idea to get a breast exam yearly. My mom is a second time breast cancer survivor so I know that I will!


Some site’s worth checking out…


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Everyday Life

I know, I haven't posted for a while, so sorry! I just finished writing a free read for my publisher. Right now the working title is Christmas Wish. It's a short read but I think that anyone that likes my work will enjoy it.

I spent the weekend at my parents with my son and wrapped up summer boating across the water I grew up on, Sunset Lake. The sun shone, the seagulls dove and it was a day unlike any other. Today, it was all about the New England Patriots. Yes, they lost, but I'm forever optimistic and look forward to next week's game.

I have big news...but I'm sitting on it until I know more. Wink, wink. Check back soon to learn more!

Thanks for swinging by and a special shout out to all of my friends down in Texas that weathered hurricane Ike. So glad it's over.

Hugs all,

Friday, September 12, 2008

Review of Hywela Lyn's Starquest

For those that have been to my blog before, especially during my Christmas in July Blog Event, you may remember that I spoke highly of author Hywela Lyn and her novel, Starquest. Well, the first review of this fantastic novel has arrived. Here it is!

Review site: Between the Lines

Title: Starquest
Author: Hywela Lyn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Faery Rose
Length: 292 pages Spicy
Release 8/29/2008

BLURB: When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery. Love is the last thing on her mind. However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Keri Marchant the ship's second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. The completion of her mission has consequences that neither of them could have foreseen.

Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close that there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late…

REVIEW: Starquest by Hywela Lyn is a sweet and wonderful book. It is a story of Jess who travels across the galaxy to find the love of her life. An incident happen to her that makes her lost her memories and the man that she loves. She woke up with nightmares and a strong desire to find Destiny and her crew, especially the blue-eyes man who makes her tingles and her hearts ache. But her head hurts every time she tried to remember, and she needs to find Destiny to get the last piece of the missing puzzle in her brain.

Jess made a pact with Dahll to help her with her quest. But she was not aware that he has his own reason to help her. He has a secret, so deep that it can jeopardize their journey and their life. A woman with a mission, a man hunted by a killer, little did they know the journey will test their courage, trust, and most of all, their heart.

This is a wonderfully written book that will keep you on your toes and ended with a big smile on your face. An adventure like no other, this is a book that you don’t want to miss big time.

Reviewed by Amylove

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tribute to September 11, 2001

To my countrymen, I remind you what was taken from us seven years ago.

But we have superceded. No one can take that away from us.

This blog is dedicated to all the women, men and children that gave their lives on September 11, 2001. I will always remember you. God bless.


Patriots Fan!

Just popping in to wave Hello! Honestly, there's not too much going on in my neck of the woods save...well...football! The New England Patriots kicked off their season and we're down a quarterback from the get go...Brady, good luck with your surgery, you'll be missed more than you know! Cassel, I have faith in you.

Can you tell I'm a football fan?

I know, odd for a writer, but I am who I am! On the subject of writing I'm typing up a page for my website that explains why I wrote my Scottish Mac'Lomain trilogy and will throw up the link as soon as I have it. Until then, be happy and enjoy the rest of your week!


Friday, September 5, 2008

Destiny's Denial Reviewed Again!

Hi all!

A big 'Thank You!' to everyone that took the time to vote for me last weekend. I'm thrilled by the feedback I'm getting about Destiny's Denial and wanted to share the latest review with anyone popping by! I'll swing by again tomorrow and let you know how we're weathering up here in New Hampshire under Hurricane Hanna!


Destiny's Denial is the second book in Sky Purington's The Mac'Lomain Trilogy, the first one is Fate's Monolith and the third one coming soon is Sylvan's Mist. So far I have loved this series and I am anxiously awaiting the third tale.

Magic, dreams and rogue Highland Scots combine to make these stories much more than just time travel. With wizards and prophesies and two families seemingly forever bound Ms. Purington has woven quite an intricate trilogy.

Caitlin has been dreaming this same dream for three years. It always plays out the same way until the night it doesn’t. Suddenly she is in the arms of a glorious Scot, he can't be real, its just a dream, isn't it? Finally she gathers the strength to tell her grandmother who gives her an ancient book. What she reads there is unbelievable or is it?

Chieftain Ferchar Mac'Lomain doesn’t want "his destiny" he doesn't even want to be laird but yet he is and his destiny will come for him no matter what he wants. What he doesn't count on is falling for the feisty Caitlin and willingly change his life for her. Ferchar and Caitlin make a dynamic couple and when they get together the heat is palpable. But most of all I loved the inner strength that Caitlin, she handles things that would break most women and she pulls it off. Ferchar of course is sexy, gruff and tries to push her away but then he pulls her into his arms every opportunity he has -- can you say mixed messages?

There is so much packed into Destiny's Denial the story is gripping. I couldn't put it down until I finished the last page but don't take my word for it, you really need to read these books. If you have the slightest interest in time travel, Scotland or magic you will be pulled into this story hook, line and sinker.