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What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

A friend of mine, Debbie Hamilton, is bravely venturing out into the world of blogging to share her journey with HCM. This is a silent killer, but she was fortunate to find a Doctor who knew to check for it. Here is the beginning of her story.

My Life With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

HCM.

Three little letters that don’t mean much to most
people. But to those of us that have
this disease, it can and does stop your world when you hear them. Am I going to die? How much time do I have left? Will I have a good quality of life? These are just some of the questions we
wonder about and ask.

To others, tears of relief are shed…as we now have a reason
for all the symptoms we can have!

The truth is, for the vast majority of HCMers, quality of
life is minimally impacted, if at all!
Actually most people and families don’t even know they have the
condition, until it is discovered at an autopsy. Signs and symptoms are dismissed as other
issues, even by the medical profession.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is the most common genetic heart
condition in the world. And, unfortunately, it is the one…

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End of the Year Promote Your Book Party!

Any Readers or Authors out there? Join Charles French’s End of the Year Book Party! Read here how to get involved, and Happy New Year!

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Hello to everyone! At the end of the year, I thought it would be a good time to share what you have been writing and what you have written. I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This includes poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

Thank you for participating!

Keep on writing!

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Self-Publishing – Your Fellow Authors are not Your Enemies – Let’s Help Each Other

This is a dear friend and fellow author who has been true to his word and helped me out on many an occasion. The following blog lists how we can support our fellow authors. Excellent blog!

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As we enter the holiday seasons, I wanted to bring back this post that is one of the first from my blog. I still truly believe the ideas in this post. Let’s help each other out. We’re all on this journey together.

High stress fightIf you are like me, you are aware of the thousands of other authors that are in the self-publishing universe on social media platforms. We all belong to groups on Facebook and we promote our books, blogs, giveaways, and events. We start to see the same names over and over relentlessly touting our work.

As I first entered the self-publishing world, I viewed all of these authors as people that were competing for my readers. I wanted to out-promote and out-sell all of them. Over the past year or so, however, my view has changed. Instead of viewing my fellow authors as competitors, I have come to think…

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Historical Realism – Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins…

Re-blog from The Story Reading Ape. Excellent article by Jaq D Hawkins on how today’s reader can view historical fiction.

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Among my favourite genres I read for my own pleasure is Historical Fiction. What makes Historical Fiction of interest to me as a reader is the opportunity to learn about a period of history by living it through a character’s eyes. The story must be well written to be enjoyed and the characters, fictional though they are, are what will make the story work. However, accuracy in the historical backdrop is essential to me.

Some allowances for Alternative History are a different matter. We know that airships have never frequented the skies and putting them into a Steampunk story adds a Fantasy element. However, the other details of the story are what will make the story ring true. I don’t want my history whitewashed or romanticised, I want as much realism as can be mustered.

Like most authors, I periodically have a look at any new reviews of my books…

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Author Friends – Jack Eason

 

I first met Jack on a little chat site called BookRix. Eventually, we all migrated to Facebook to offer our wares.  There, we began to chat on occasion after I left a review on one of his books. The time difference has been a challenge at times, but through hit and miss communications I learned a lot from my author friend.

I have enjoyed the camaraderie-ship, sharing those little things that only authors understand.  We encouraged each other and shared our newest literary accomplishments. We chatted about our lives and families. And even though we have never met, we learned what all humans should, that we all have common ground simply through being human. We dream, we strive, we hurt and we all go through life ‘s phases. and even on Facebook, we form bonds.

I asked Jack to give me a little background and this is what he sent.

“Jack Eason lived in New Zealand for forty-two years until 2000 when he returned to his birthplace in England. As far as he is concerned he will always consider himself to be a Kiwi. After military service in the 1960’s, he traveled the world, visiting exotic lands and making many friends. Now in his seventies, he is content to write and travel via the Internet.

Besides writing novels and short stories, he contributes to his own blog “Have We Had Help?” His literary interests include science fiction, history, both ancient and modern, and humorous tales like those written by his fellow writer Derek Haines, such as “HAL”. He lives in semi-retirement in his home town surrounded by his favorite books, ranging from historical fact to science fiction. His literary icons are J.R.R Tolkien, George Orwell, Arthur C Clarke, and John Wyndham.”

He recently finished another literary gem, “Autumn 1066: When Anglo-Saxon Dominance Ended.” Click on the link above to find out more. You can also visit his blog, “Have We Had Help?” Quite often he has some interesting information on new publishing trends as well as an eclectic collection of blogs on happenings in the world.  His recent new goal is trying to reach having 1000 followers on his blog and I hope he succeeds.

Meanwhile, I’m just grateful to have such a friend and I hope his book becomes a best seller!