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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Never After--Jason Robert Macumber

The world of fairy tales is twisted and corrupted. Two years after her entrapment and torture at the hands of the Seven Deadly Trolls, Snow White now works as an assassin for hire. Rude, crude and with her princess status long revoked, she has become a dark angel for the Ever After's damsels-in-distress.

A game of cat and mouse soon begins when two of the Deadlies, Pride and Wrath, return to exact revenge on the fallen princess for the murder of their brothers.
Armed with her trusty dagger carved from the magic mirror, Snow finds herself drawn into a conspiracy that involves an ancient relic from beyond her world's borders and the destruction of her world.

Taking perversion to a whole new level, NEVER AFTER is an estrogen-filled romp to save the Ever After as Snow slices and dices her way through beloved characters leaving no talking animal safe!

Jason will be giving away an ebook at every stop, plus there will be a giveaway for 2 signed paperback copies at the end of his tour for those that follow.   A Rafflecopter code is included, be be sure to mention the giveaway for the ebooks and include the Rafflecopter code with your posts.

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Genre: Dark Fairy tale/Fantasy  (Warning: Extremely Mature Content)
Publisher: Melange Books
Release Date: July 31, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Difficult Transition-Annie Harris

A Difficult Transition

I have just two more weeks with my current personal care aide.  She has been with me since last November and separating will be especially difficult. She is a recent graduate from Penn State and is from Hong Kong.  According to her culture the elders and “the ancestors”, as she refers to those in her culture who are no longer living are highly valued.  In fact, they are revered.  This is something we seemed to have lost sight of in the United States. I was familiar with this cultural tradition among Asians from my undergraduate years at Penn State when several women students from Taiwan invited me to share dinner each evening.  They considered it a privilege to assist an American with a disability in gratitude for being able to attend a university in the United States.  That’s how I have been treated over the past 9 months and it has been a joy to teach this lovely young woman about my particular needs.  She was been a willing assistant as I watched her slow down to my pace and cook according to my instructions as I shared how important nutrition was to managing pain and reducing the inflammation of osteo arthritis.  Any miscommunications or differences of opinions were worked out between us without the assistance of the agency that employed her or my case manager from the Office of Aging.

Those of you familiar with home based care or “elder care,”as it is sometimes called, will know that this is very extraiordinary.  In addition, the agencies were unfamiliar with some one with cerebral palsy living independently into their 6thdecade.  However, my wonderful aide from Hong Kong who, from the beginning, identified herself as Christian assured me, “God is not done with your life yet!  He has more for you.”  That is, apparently true as I have grown much stronger while working with my personal assistant during these past 9 months.  I have lost weight and have established a regular exercise routine with her consistent and reliable help.  I will miss her very, very much!

Yes, the arthritis has spread and  there are days of increased pain.  However,   that does not yet diminish the optimal quality of my life.  This what having my current caregiver has taught me.  I hope it will continue with the person who next comes to assist me.